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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
Thirty-third President of the US, Harry Truman born in Lamar, Missouri.
Mystic and author Helena Blavatsky, known as Madame Blavatsky, co-founded the Theosophical Society, dies of the influenza in London.
The anniversary of her death is celebrated as White Lotus Day.
Author and critic Edmund Wilson born in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Blues singer Robert Johnson born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi.
Paramount Pictures film studio is founded.
American animator, director, and producer Bob Clampett born in Hollywood.
Graphic designer Saul Bass born in New York City.
French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane in an attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York.
Poet Gary Snyder born in San Francisco.
Writer Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow) born New York City.
French artist, cartoonist, and writer Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (aka Mœbius) born in Nogent-sur-Marne, France.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor Ricky Nelson born in Teaneck, New Jersey.
VE Day - German forces agreed to an unconditional surrender which brings to a close the Second World War in Europe.
The first of the James Bond films, Dr. No is released in the States.