English captain and explorer Francis Drake dies of dysentery off the coast of Portobelo, Pananma.
Before dying, he asked to be dressed in his full armour and to be buried at sea in a lead coffin.
Daniel Defoe publishes Moll Flanders: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, etc. Who was born at Newgate, and during a Life of continued Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born in Salzburg, Austria.
Writer Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) born in Daresbury, England.
The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Elmore James born in Richland, Mississippi.
Blues singer Bobby Bland born in Rosemark, Tennessee.
Illustrator, screenwriter, producer, and director Frank Miller (Sin City ) born in Olney, Maryland.
Three astronauts die at Cape Canaveral, Florida when a flash fire engulfs their Apollo I space capsule during a training session.
The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War.
Michael Jackson's hair burst into flames while filming a Pepsi commercial.
Super Bowl XXV - Giants beat the Bills 20-19 in Tampa, Florida.
The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.
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