Elizabethan poet, dramatist Christopher Marlowe (Doctor Faustus) baptised in Canterbury, England.
Poet/playwright/novelist Victor Hugo born in Besancon, France.
Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from exile Elba to begin his second conquest of France.
BFasion designer and founder of Levi Strauss & Co, Levi Strauss born in Buttenheim, Germany.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody born in Davenport, Iowa
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
- ee cummings
Cartoonist Rudolph Dirks (Katzenjammer Kids) born in Heide, Germany.
Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander born in Elba, Nebraska.
Character actor William Frawley born in Burlington, Iowa.
Best known as the irascible landlord Fred Mertz from the I Love Lucy television show.
Founder the Nation of Islam Wallace Fard Muhammad, American religious leader, founded the Nation of Islam (disappeared 1934)
Cartoonist Tex Avery (Red Hot Riding Hood) born in Taylor, Texas.
Comedian Jackie Gleason born in Brooklyn, New York.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record - "Livery Stable Blues" and "Dixie Jass Band One Step", for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
The Grand Canyon National Park established.
The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premiéres in Berlin.
Actor Tony Randall (7 Faces of Dr. Lao) born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Singer Fats Domino born in New Orleans.
Singer Johnny Cash born in Kingsland, Arkansas.
Rocker Bob "Bear" Hite (Canned Heat) is born in Torrance, CA.
Scandinavian observers report the first of what will be many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
They possibly originated from the former German rocket facility at Peenemünde, and were long-range tests by the Soviets of captured German V-1 or V-2 missiles.
National Public Radio founded.
A terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days