Essayist, critic, novelist Samuel Johnson born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.
In a race between Tom Thumb, the first American steam locomotive, and a horse drawn carriage, Tom Thumb springs a leak and the horse wins.
New York Times was first published.
Garbo born in Stockholm, Sweden.
Film Director Roman Polanski (Chinatown) born in Paris, France.
The Addams Family premiers ABC-TV.
Jimi Hendrix dies at age 27 of a drug overdose.
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French Republican Calendar
Sansculottides 2 La Fête du Génie