Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England.
American short story writer, essayist, poet, travel book writer, biographer, and columnist, Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) born in New York.
The first successful Pony Express run made from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.
Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America, is captured by Union forces in the American Civil War.
Jesse James shot by the Coward Bob Ford at St. Joseph, Missouri.
Cartoonist Bud Fisher (Mutt & Jeff) born in Chicago, Illinois.
The first of eleven murders of women committed in the Whitechapel district in the East End of London.
Some or all of which were attributed to Jack the Ripper.
Actress Pearl White (Perils of Pauline) born in Green Ridge, Missouri.
Fan Dancer Sally Rand born in Hickory County, Missouri.
Newspaper columnist Herb Caen born in Sacramento, California.
He wrote his column for almost 60 years in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Actor Marlon Brando born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Soviet sniper Roza Shanina born in Yedma, Russia.
One of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, Gus Grissom born in Mitchell, Indiana.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed in the electric chair for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.
Suspected Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his cabin in Montana.
Apple Inc. releases a tablet computer called the iPad.