Confederate troops recaptured the town of Galveston, Texas, after receiving a message from Rosanna Dyer Osterman, a leading member of Texas's first Jewish community and later an important philanthropist.
Rosina Bessie Lhevinne debuted at age 15 at the Moscow Conservatory, playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.” At age 83, after a lifetime of war, migration and inspired teaching, she performed it again with the New York Philharmonic.
Prolific children's author Judy Blume was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award made special mention of her controversial novel "Forever."
Suffragist and anti-slavery activist Ernestine Rose addressed the annual Thomas Paine dinner, declaring, "superstition keeps women ignorant, dependent, and enslaved beings. Knowledge will make them free."