Fourth President of the US, James Madison born in Port Conway, Virginia.
King Gustavus III of Sweden is shot by Captain Anckarstroem during a masquerade ball at a Stockholm opera palace.
Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter published.
22 year old James Joyce is awarded the bronze medal in a Dublin singing contest. He promptly throws it into the Liffey River.
Lawrence Oates, a member of Robert Falcon Scott's South Pole expedition, left his tent to die, saying: "I am just going outside and may be some time."
Robert Goddard launches first liquid fuel rocket and it which goes 184 feet.
Comedian Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) born Newark, New Jersey.
Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) born in Parma, Italy.
The first V-2 rocket test launch.
It exploded at lift-off.
My Lai Massacre.
In a one hour killing spree Charlie Company lines up 430 men, women & children in a ditch & proceed to massacre every single person.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Ventôse 26 Pissenlit