Henry I, fourth son of William the Conqueror, is crowned King of England after the death of his brother King William II in a hunting accident.
Short story writer and poet Guy de Maupassant born in Tourville-sur-Arque, France.
Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, born in Leicester, England.
Poet and novelist Conrad Aiken born in Savannah, Georgia.
Film director John Huston (Treasure of the Sierra Madre) born in Nevada, Missouri.
The first talking motion picture was displayed - Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
Pilot, engineer, and astronaut Neil Armstrong born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
He was the commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to walk on the Moon.
Author, poet, and farmer Wendell Berry born in Henry County, Kentucky.
American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, debuts on the ABC television network.
Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood, California home, an apparent suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.
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