Philosopher Socrates born in Athens.
The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
As a first public demonstration, they sent up at Annonay a 900 m linen bag inflated with hot air.
Its flight covered 2 km, lasted 10 minutes, and had an estimated altitude of 1600 - 2000 m.
An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.
Actress Rosalind Russell born in Waterbury, Connecticut.
The evacuation of Dunkirk and St Valéry ended.
With the allies evacuating 338,226 British and French troops who were cornered by Hitlers armies.
More than 1,200 British vessels, including pleasure craft, were involved.
Zoot Suit riots begin Los Angeles
During Ten Cent Beer Night, drunken Cleveland Indians fans start a riot, causing the game to be forfeited to the Texas Rangers.
Thousands of students die as the Chinese military take control of Tiananmen Square.
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Prairial 16 aillet