Former Vice-President Aaron Burr put on trial for trying to seize New Orleans and 'separate the Western from the Atlantic states.'
Composer Richard Wagner born in Leipzig, Germany.
American painter Mary Cassatt born in Pittsburgh.
Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas.
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Actor Sir Lawrence Olivier born in Dorking, Surrey, England.
Belgian comics writer and artist Hergé (Georges Remi) creator of Tin Tin, born. "Hergé" is the French pronunciation of "R.G.", the reverse of his initials.
Jazz musician Sun Ra (Herman Blount) born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Writer Peter Mathiesson (Shadow Country) born in New York.
Official Guide of the Tarzan Clans of America is published. Edgar Rice Burrough's version of a boys' club similar to the Boy Scouts of America.
Singer Morrissey (The Smiths) born in Stretford, Manchester, England.
Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning baseball game.
Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
Today from Chamber's Book of Days