German artist Albrecht Dürer born in Nuremberg, Germany.
King Henry VI of England dies reportedly from melancholia on hearing news of the Battle of Tewkesbury.
Poet Alexander Pope (The Rape of the Lock) born London.
Paris was divided into 20 zones called arrondissements.
The Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri on what is known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
French painter Henri Rousseau (The Dream) born Laval, France.
Beginning of suppression of the Paris Commune - 'Semaine Sanglante'(Bloody Week).
Jazzster Fats Waller born in New York.
His hands were so large that he could span 13 keys on the piano.
Actor Jimmy Stewart born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes after 146 years in business.
College students Leopold & Loeb murder fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks.
Charles Lindbergh completes his flight from New York to Paris.
Mathematician, anarchist and serial murderer Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber) born in Chicago, Illinois.
Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth, claiming to be the resurrected Jesus Christ, takes a hammer to Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a member of the Tamil Tigers.
He was handed a bouquet of flowers with a bomb in it.