The Great Fire of Rome began. Nero supposedly fiddled as Rome burned.
Comedian Red Skelton born in Vincennes, Indiana.
Singer-songwriter Screamin' Jay Hawkins (I Put a Spell on You) born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Spanish Civil War begins.
Film director Paul Verhoeven(RoboCop) born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Actress Elizabeth McGovern (Ragtime) born in Evanston, Illinois.
In Los Angeles, the beaten corpse of rocker Bobby Fuller is found in the front seat of his mother's Oldsmobile.
Fuller is found to have died from "forced inhalation of gasoline."
Technology company, Intel is founded in Mountain View, California.
Mary Jo Kopechne died when the automobile driven by Senator Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick on .
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