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Poet Elizabeth Barrett elopes with poet Robert Browning.
Social commentator Henry Louis Mencken born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Painter and graphic designer Ben Shahn born in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Poet, performance artist, playwright, and composer Jackson Mac Low born in Chicago, Illinois.
Country Western singer, songwriter George Jones born in Saratoga, Texas.
The cave paintings at Lascaux were discovered in France by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat and three friends.
Writer Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) born in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Singer, songwriter Barry White (The Love Unlimited Orchestra) born in Galveston,Texas.
A monster is sighted in Flatwoods, West Virginia.
Premiere of the TV show Bonanza.
It is the the first televison program presented in color.
Gemini 11, the 17th manned American space flight, launches from Cape Canaveral.
TV show The Monkees premiered on NBC-TV.
In what can only be called a last hurrah for the 60's, Timothy Leary escapes from prison (San Luis Obispo) with help from the Weather Underground.
He joins fellow exile Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers.
Poet Robert Lowell dies in a New York City cab on his way to visit his ex-wife.
Author David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest) dies by suicide in Claremont, California.