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Writer, alchemist and privateer Sir Kenelm Digby born in Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire.
Sixth President of the US, John Quincy Adams born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Vice president Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Weehawken, New Jersey.
Hamilton was challenged to a duel by the V-P, whom Hamilton had accused of profligacy.
Painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Whistler's Mother) born in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Charles Dickens publishes A Tale Of Two Cities.
The first cultured pearl is created by Kokichi Mikimoto.
Blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson born in Couchman, Texas.
Author E(lwyn) B(rooks) White (Charlotte's Web) born in Mount Vernon, New York.
White was a staff writer with The New Yorker and co-author of The Elements of Style.
Babe Ruth makes his Major League Baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published.
America's first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.