Inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Winner of the first Tour de France in 1903, Maurice Garin born in Arvier, Italy.
The première of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen takes place at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.
Italian businessman Charles Ponzi born in Lugo, Italy.
Perpetrator of a financial scheme that took on his name - The Ponzi Scheme.
Illustrator and potter Beatrice Wood born in San Francisco, California.
Actress Jean Harlow born Kansas City, Missouri.
When Jean Harlow met Lady Asquith, she addressed her by her first name, Margot, pronouncing the word as if it rhymed with not.
Lady Asquith reproved her gently: "My dear, the t is silent as in Harlow."
Illustrator Ronald Searle born in Cambridge, England.
Time magazine born.
Singer 'Doc' Watson was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina.
Poet James Merrill was born New York
The Star-Spangled Banner becomes the national anthem of United States.
Jackie Brenston, a member of the Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, sings lead on the record "Rocket 88", often mentioned as one of the first rock and roll records.
Actress Miranda Richardson born in SouthPort, England.
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