French author Jean de la Fontaine (Selected Fables) born in Château-Thierry, Champagne, France.
Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns off the western coast of Italy near Livorno, Italy.
Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, who invented the rigid dirigibles that carry his name, born in Konstanz, Germany.
Architect Philip Johnsonborn in Cleveland, Ohio.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Messidor 20 Parc