Connecticut becomes the fifth state of the US.
The French Academy of Sciences announces the development of the Daguerreotype photography process.
Named for Louis Daguerre an artist and photographer who was instrumental in its development
Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union.
Cartoonist Chic Young (Blondie) born in Chicago.
Philosopher and novelist Simone de Beauvoir born in Paris.
Thirty-seventh President of the US, Richard Nixon born in Yorba Linda, California.
Juan de la Cierva's autogyro makes it's first successful flight.
Folksinger Joan Baez born in Staten Island, New York.
Singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer Scott Walker (The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)) born in Hamilton, Ohio.
The Guardian once called Walker's baroque pop stylings as "Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen."
Guitar great Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) born in London.
Passenger liner RMS Queen Elizabeth is destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour.
Super Bowl XI - Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14 in Pasadena.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone.
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