Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart) beheaded for plotting against her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.
A doctor in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony declares that three teenaged girls were under dominion of Satan.
This leads to the Salem witch trials.
French occultist and author Eliphas Lévi born in Paris.
French science fiction writer Jules Verne born Nantes, France.
The Russian author Alexander Pushkin was mortally shot in a duel with his brother-in-law defending his wife's honor.
The phenomenon called the Devil's Footprints occurred in Devon, England during the evening hours.
After a light snowfall, the series of hoof-like marks appeared in the snow.
Measuring 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide and eight inches apart, continued throughout the countryside for a total of over 100 miles.
Film director King Vidor (The Crowd) born in Galveston, Texas.
Poet Elizabeth Bishop born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Time to plant tears, says the almanac. The grandmother sings to the marvelous stove and the child draws another inscrutable house. from Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop
The controversial film The Birth of a Nation by D. W. Griffith premiers in Los Angeles.
Actress Lana Turner (The Postman Always Rings Twice) born in Wallace, Idaho.
Actor Jack Lemmon (Some Like it Hot) born in Newton, Massachusetts.
Wheel man and fell talker, Neal Cassady born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Actor James Dean born in Marion, Indiana.
Mobster Mad Dog Coll killed in a pharmacy while making a call in a phone booth.
Comedian Robert Klein born in The Bronx, New York.
XVI Winter Olympics open in Albertville, France.
XIX Winter Olympics open in Salt Lake City.
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