The Bastille prison, built in the 14th century, is stormed by a mob although virtually no prisoners are inside.
Thus begins the French Revolution.
Bastille Day is a French national holiday.
The first ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and his party, four of whom die in a fall on the descent.
New Mexico sheriff Pat Garrett shoots Billy the Kid in a darkened bedroom in Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory.
Quoth Billy, ¿Quién es? (Who is it?)
Writer Isaac Bashevis Singer born in Leoncin, Poland.
Folk-song writer Woody Guthrie born in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Thirty-eighth President of the US, Gerald Ford born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Film-maker Ingmar Bergman (Seventh Seal) born in Uppsala, Sweden.
Character actor Harry Dean Stanton (Alien) born in West Irvin, Kentucky.
Austrian painter and illustrator Gustav Klimt born in Baumgarten, Austrian Empire.