Author Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America) born in Verneuil-sur-Seine, France.
Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Russian "monk" Grigori Rasputin born in Siberia.
Actress Maria Ouspenskaya born in Tula, Russia.
Played a gypsy woman who spoke these immortal words to Larry Talbot in the movie The Wolfman (1941):
"Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the Autumn moon is bright".
Newspaper columnist Don Marquis born in Walnut, Illinois.
Created Archy, the cockroach, and Mehitabel, the alley cat in books of humorous poetry.
Actress Theda Bara (Cleopatra) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Writer Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons) born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Actor William Powell (The Thin Man) born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Actress Clara Bow (known as the It girl) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Poet Stanley Kunitz born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Irwin Corey born in Brooklyn, New York.
XIV Summer Olympics open in London.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is published.
Bob Dylan crashes his Triumph motorcycle near Woodstock, New York.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Thermidor 11 Panis