Emperor Elagabalus along with his mother are assassinated by the Praetorian Guard.
They are beheaded and then dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber river.
Sic semper tyrannis
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published.
Film director and actor, Raoul Walsh (White Heat) born in New York City.
Walsh also played John Wilkes Booth in the silent film Birth of a Nation.
Writer and illustrator, Wanda Gág (The ABC Bunny) born in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Bandleader Lawrence Welk born in Strasburg, North Dakota.
Writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Argentinian bandoneòn player and tango composer, Ástor Piazzolla born in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Film director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is killed in an automobile accident on the Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Barbara.
His Rolls Royce, driven by a 14-year-old Philippine servant, crashed into an electric pole.
The Tohoku earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan.
The subsequent tsunami created waves of 40 meters (130 feet) and traveled 10 km (6 miles) inland.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Ventôse 21 Mandragore