Henry IV of France is crowned at Chartres Cathedral, beginning the House of Bourbon dynasty.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hiawatha) born in Portland, Maine.
New Orleans, Louisiana celebrated its first Mardi Gras.
Novelist John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wraith) born Salinas, California.
Poet and adventurer Harry 'Breaker' Morant is executed by firing squad in South Africa.
Author James T. Farrell (Studs Lonigan) born in Chicago, Illinois.
Author Lawrence Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
Jazz saxiphonist Dexter Gordon born in Los Angeles.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor born in London.
Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, burned down with Nazis blaming a Dutch Communist, Marinus van der Lubbe.
Political activist and author, Ralph Nader (Unsafe at Any Speed) born in Winsted, Connecticut.
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the second of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom of Worship
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Ventôse 9 Marceau