- Jul 24 American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas
- Aug 21 "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)
- Dec 14 Norwegian Roald Amundsen's expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole
- Dec 29 Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China
- May 30 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
On August 29, 1911