The Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia begins when Mikhail I is elected Tsar by a national assembly.
Mexican general and 8th President of Mexico Antonio López de Santa Anna born in Xalapa, Mexico.
Karl Marx publishes The Communist Manifesto in London, England.
The Washington Monument is dedicated.
Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia born in Linares, Spain.
French novelist and short story writer Anaïs Nin born in Neuilly, France.
Fashion designer Christian Dior born in Granville, France.
British poet W. H. Auden born in York, England.
Actress Ann Sheridan (The Man Who Came to Dinner) born in Denton, Texas.
The Battle of Verdun begins in WWI.
The first issue of The New Yorker published selling for 15 cents a copy.
Film director Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs) born in Fresno, California.
Singer-songwriter Nina Simone born in Tryon, North Carolina.
In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first instant camera, the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
The peace symbol is born from a design by Gerald Holtom commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Writer David Foster Wallace born in Ithica, New York.
Writer Chuck Palahniuk (The Fight Club) born in Pasco, Washington.
Malcolm X assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom, New York City.
Nixon visits China.