146 British prisoners are placed in a 18 foot by 14 foot cell known as The Black Hole and held there until the following morning.
Only 23 survived.
577 Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath (pledging to do away with the monarchy), starting the French Revolution.
French King Louis XVI, while attempting to flee Paris during the French Revolution, was stopped at Varennes and turned back.
An informant recognized the king from his face on a coin and he was arrested.
Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne.
During the Boxer Rebellion, the Imperial Chinese Army began a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
Playwright Lillian Hellman born in New Orleans.
Actor Errol Flynn born in Hobart, Tasmania.
Krazy Kat, the comic strip by George Herriman, debuts in the New York Journal.
Singer/Song writer Brian Wilson(Beach Boys) born in Inglewood, California.
Mobster Bugsy Siegel is shot to death at Virginia Hill's mansion, on orders from Meyer Lansky.
Columbia Records began the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP.
Poet, critic and translator, Paul Muldoon born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Poetry editor at The New Yorker since 2007.
Actress Nicole Kidman, born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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