French author, Marquis de Sade born in Paris.
P.T. Barnum's circus begins its first tour of the U.S.
English author, Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles) born in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England.
Actor, Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) born Freidorf, Romania.
Actress, Sally Kellerman (Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H) born Long Beach, California.
Drummer Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) born in London.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurs.
This is the first major international event to be televised.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Prairial 14 Acacia