English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robspierre born in Arras, France.
He sent tens of thousands to the guillotine and would meet the same fate.
But, he was executed face upwards.
Father of modern Psychology Sigmund Freud (or 'Sigmund Fruit' as Archie Bunker called him) born Freiburg in Moravia.
Writer Gaston Leroux (The Phantom of the Opera) born in Paris.
Eiffel Tower inaugurated at the Universal Exhibition.
Actor Rudolph Valentino born in Castellaneta, Italy.
Bob Wills (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys) born in Kosse, Texas.
Poet Randall Jarrell born in Nashville, Tennessee.
Actor/Director Orson Welles born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Baseball great Willie Mays born in Westfield, Alabama.
The explosion of the dirigible, Hindenburg at Lakehurst, NJ.
Official cause of the explosion is listed as "St. Elmo's Fire."
Artist James Turrell born in Los Angeles.
Roger Bannister became the first to run a mile in under four minutes - 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Floréal 17 Pimprenelle