Queen Cleopatra commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite to her breast.
English poet Robert Southey born in Bristol, England.
Ukrainian mystic Madame Blavatsky born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
she was a co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated his new phonograph to a group of people at his Menlo Park, New Jersey labratory.
They heard the inventor's voice on the record cylinder recite "Mary had a little lamb".
Inventor of the characters Dick and Jane of school book fame, Zerna Sharp, born in Hillisburg, Indiana.
Movie director Cecil B. DeMille (The 10 Commandments) born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
The Hawaiian flag is lowered signifing the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.
Guitarist Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) born in Glasgow, Scottland.
The IBM Personal Computer is released.
Gloria Dawn, daughter of your erstwhile chronicler, born in Phoenix, Arizona.
Major League Baseball players go on strike.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Thermidor 25 Loutre