Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Coup of 18 Brumaire begins in Paris, marking Napoleon's rise to power and the end of the French Revolution.
Harriet Westbrook, the first wife of the poet Percy Shelley, takes her own life drowning herself in the Serpentine.
She was despondent over the way Shelley, then living with Mary Godwin, had treated her.
Ivan Turgenev (Fathers & Sons) born in Orel, Russia.
Architect Stanford White (co-founded McKim, Mead & White) born in New York City.
American painter Charles Demuth born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Jack the Ripper murders his last victim, Mary Kelly in Miller's Court.
Silent screen sctress Mabel Normand born in New Brighton, New York.
Film star Hedy Lamarr born in Vienna.
Illustrator André François born in Timişoara, Romania.
American poet Anne Sexton born in Newton, Massachusetts.
Photographer Robert Frank born in Zürich, Switzerland.
Kristallnacht "the Night of Broken Glass", the night when German Nazis coordinated a nationwide attack on Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues.
It's generally considered the official beginning of the Holocaust.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas dies in New York's Chelsea Hotel after drinking 18 martinis.
The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine hits the news-stand.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days