French philosopher, scientist & mathematician, René Descartes born in La Haye en Touraine, France.
"I think therefore I am."
English poet Andrew Marvell (To His Coy Mistress) born in Winestead, Yorkshire.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born in Eisenach, Germany.
Composer Franz Josef Haydn born in Rohrau, Austria.
Ukrainian-Russian author and playwright Nikolai Gogol born in Sorochyntsi, Ukraine.
The first installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club is published by Charles Dickens.
The first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson born in Galveston, Texas.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris was opened.
At 300-meters it was the world's tallest building at the time.
Binney & Smith, Inc. began selling their Crayola Crayons to the public.
British novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle resurrects Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes had been killed off on May 4, 1891 by falling to his death over the Alpine Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
Mexican poet Octavio Paz born in Mexico City.
Novelist John Fowles (The Magus) born in Leigh on Sea, Essex, England.
Singer and actress, Shirley Jones born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
Musician Herb Alpert ( Tijuanna Brass ) born in Los Angeles.
Actor Christopher Walken born in New York City.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.
"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was released.
In a televised speech to the nation, President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not run for president for a second term.
"I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president."
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
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