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 and Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) born Freidorf, Romania.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurs.
This is the first major international event to be televised.