The first airship powered by a steam engine, created by Henri Giffard, flew 17 miles (27 km) from Paris to Elancourt.
Blues singer and guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson born in St Paul, Minn.
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) born in Coutchman, Texas.
Puppet master Jim Henson (Muppet Show) born in Greenville, Miss.
Comedian Phil Hartman (Saturday Night Live) born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show debuts.
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