Death of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman emperor, in Aachen, Francia.
King Charles VI of France is almost killed when the wild men dancers' costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball.
He was saved by hiding underneath the skirts of Joan, Duchess of Berry.
King of England Henry VII born in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Henry VIII dies leaving his nine-year-old son, Edward VI as King and the first Protestant ruler of England.
Writer Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to a friend.
Walpole was describing an unexpected discovery he had made by referencing a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip.
Paris falls after a four-month siege during the Franco-German War.
British General Charles George Gordon born in London, England.
Explorer and journalist Henry Morton Stanley born in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales.
Best known for searching and finding missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
French novelist Colette (Gigi) born in Saint-Sauveur-en Puisaye, France.
German-born film director Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner) born in Berlin.
Artist Jackson Pollock born in Cody, Wyoming.
Poet Philip Levine born in Detroit, Michigan.
Artist Claes Oldenburg born in Stockholm, Sweden.
He is best known for public installations of large replicas of everyday objects.
Elvis Presley makes his first US television appearance on the variety program Stage Show.
The Lego company patents the design for its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
CBS News Sunday Morning debuts with Charles Kuralt.
Moments after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing 6 astronauts & Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher.
Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49er's beat the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Louisiana Superdome.
Super Bowl XXX - Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburg Steelers 27-17 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Super Bowl XXXV - Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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