The first recorded assassination by firearm occurs when James Hamilton fired a shot at James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, the regent for the infant King James VI, in Linlithgow, Scotland.
French writer Stendhal born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble, France.
The HMS Bounty is burned in Bounty Bay by mutineers to avoid detection.
Bounty Day is now celebrated on Pitcairn Island in commemoration of the event.
French impressionist painter Edouard Manet born Paris.
Cartoonist George McManus (Bringing Up Father) born in St. Louis, Mo.
Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein (The Battleship Potemkin) born in Riga, Latvia.
Jazz guitarist Django Reinhard born in Liberchies, Belgium.
TV comedian Ernie Kovacs born in Trenton, New, Jersey.
West Indian poet/playwright Derek Walcott born in Castries, Saint Lucia.
John Huston's Treasure of Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart opens.
USS Pueblo was seized by North Korean forces, who claimed that it had violated their territorial waters.
Photographer Helmut Newton loses his life when his car sped out of control and hit a wall in the driveway of the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days