- Battle of Rorke's Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.
- James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
- Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
Day of the Week: Wednesday