Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation
Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
Massive Nepal earthquake kills 218 people and injures more than 3500.
Constantinople is consecrated
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France
In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.
Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.