English explorer Sir Francis Drake, names the south-west coast of America New Albion and claimed California for Queen Elizabeth I.
The Third Estate in France declares itself a national assembly, and begins to frame a constitution.
Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
Writer John Hersey (A Bell for Adano) born in Tientsin, China.
Cartoonist and illustrator Wally Wood born in Menahga, Minnesota.
He is well known as the creator of the satirical Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, which first appeared in Paul Krassner's The Realist.
Burglars found breaking into Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate hotel.
Following a televised highway chase, O J Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
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