President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression.
Nat Turner, a minister and slave, launched the largest and most violent slave revolt in U.S. history in Southampton County, Virginia. After the revolt was thwarted by a state militia of 3,000, many African Americans were hanged, including some that did not participate in the revolt. Although the revolt did not end slavery as Turner hoped, and even led to harsher laws and regulations, the revolt brought national attention to the turmoil erupting in the south.
President Woodrow Wilson was picketed by Women Suffragists due to his unwillingness to act on promises he made while campaigning for presidency to give women the right to vote. President Wilson did not initially give in to the movement, but after many protests that included a hunger strike, President Wilson eventually agreed to the amendment in January of 1918.
Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.
Scotland voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
The first edition of the New York Times was published.
Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.
Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on the high court.