Husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley is found strangled following an explosion at the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Author Charles Lamb born in London, England.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti returns from a night on the town with Algernon Charles Swinburne and finds his wife on the floor, having taken a fatal overdose of laudanum.
Novelist Boris Pasternak (Doctor Zhivago) born in Moscow.
Actor, singer, comedian, vaudevillean Jimmy Durante born in Brooklyn, New York.
Playwright Bertolt Brecht (The Threepenny Opera) born in Augsburg, Germany.
"Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night,
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright..."
Actor Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man) born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Harmonica player Larry Adler born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Illustrator John Alcorn born in New York City.
The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer, defeated International Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in a game of chess for the first time.
XX Winter Olympics open in Turin, Italy.
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Pluviôse 22 Thimelé