George, Duke of Clarence, is drowned, according to tradition, by Richard III in a vat of Malmsey wine in the Tower of London.
Vincent Price gave the definitive portrait of this event as the Duke of Clarence in the 1939 movie "The Tower of London (1939)".
Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Southern Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama.
Author Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek) born in Heraklion, Crete.
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time in the United States.
It had previously been published in Great Britain in December of 1884.
Classical guitarist Andres Segovia born Linares, Spain.
Writer Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose) born in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Actor Jack Palance (Shane) born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania.
Poet Jack Gilbert born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Poet A. R. Ammons born in Whiteville, North Carolina.
Cartoonist Gahan Wilson born in Evanston, Illinois.
Novelist Toni Morrison born Lorain, Ohio.
Cartoonist Johnny Hart (B.C.) born in Endicott, New York.
Film director Milos Forman (Amadeus) born in Cáslav ,Czechoslovakia.
Artist Yoko Ono born Tokyo.
Actress Cybill Shepherd (The Last Picture Show) born in Memphis, Tennesse.
The first 3D film "Bwana Devil" opened.
VIII Winter Olympics open in Squaw Valley, California.
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