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.
Businessman and founder 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
Doctor John Harvey Kellogg born in Tyrone, Michigan. He, along with his brother Will, invented the corn flake.
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.
Cartoonist Tex Avery 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 first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premiéres in Berlin.
Actor Tony Randall (Felix Unger in The Odd Couple)born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Singer Fats Domino born in New Orleans.
Singer Johnny Cash born in Kingsland, Arkansas.
Rocker Bob "Bear" Hite (of Canned Heat fame) is born in Torrance, CA.
Rocker Mitch Ryder (of Detroit Wheels fame) born in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Scandinavian bservers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
National Public Radio founded.
A terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, is fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida
Today from Chamber's Book of Days