Henry IV of France is crowned at Chartres Cathedral, beginning the House of Bourbon dynasty.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hiawatha) born in Portland, Maine.
Poet Lord Byron addresses the House of Lords in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism.
New Orleans, Louisiana celebrated its first Mardi Gras.
The Flag of Japan is adopted for Japanese merchant ships.
Football-Club Bayern München is founded.
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.
Editor, novelist and staff writer for the New Yorker, Peter De Vries (Tunnel of Love) born in Chicago, Illinois.
Author Lawrence Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
Jazz saxiphonist Dexter Gordon born in Los Angeles.
Poet Kenneth Koch born in Cinncinati, Ohio.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor born in London.
The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building, is burned down.
The Nazis blame a Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe for the disaster.
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the second of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom of Worship