The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition to circumnavigate the world, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain.
The Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth in the Mayflower.
American revolutionary hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, born at the Château de Chavaniac, Haute-Loire, in the Auvergne region of France.
Author Joseph Conrad takes command of a small stern-wheeler for a trip down the Congo river from Stanley Falls to Leopoldville.
His experiences will become the basis for Heart of Darkness published twelve years later.
Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley at the Buffalo Exposition grounds.
McKinley dies eight days later on September 14.
Blues muscian and songwriter Jimmy Reed born in Dunleith, Mississippi/
Author Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist David Allan Coe (You Never Even Called Me by my Name) born in Akron, Ohio.
Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters born in Great Bookham, Surrey, England.
During a drinking party in Mexico City, author William S. Burroughs attempts to shoot a glass of gin off the head of his wife Joan Vollmer with a .38 pistol.
He fails to hit the glass and hits Joan instead.
Baltimore Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. plays his 2131st consecutive major league baseball game, breaking the 56-year old record set by New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig.
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