Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in the main square of Florence.
Savonarola was often associated with the bonfire of the vanities - the ritual setting fire to objects that were considered sinful.
The marriage of King Henry VIII to his first wife Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
Captain William Kidd is hanged in London on charges of murder and piracy
. His body was gibbeted over the River Thames for three years.
Patrick Henrymade his 'Give me Liberty or give me death!' speech in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
South Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the eighth US state.
The King of Hollywood Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief of Bagdad) born in Denver, Colorado.
Hall of Fame outfielder Zack 'Buck' Wheat born in Hamilton, Missouri.
Dame Joan Collins (Land of the Pharaohs) born in Paddington, London, England.
Inventor of the Moog synthesizer Robert Moog born in New York City.
Bonnie & Clyde killed by Texas Rangers near their Bienville Parish, Louisiana hideout.
Poet Jane Kenyon born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The first version of the Java programming language is released.