An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks a Nantucket whaling ship called the Essex.
Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick was inspired by this story.
The rotary crank bicycle is patented, by Pierre Lallemont, in Paris.
These machines incorporated the crank directly to the front wheel.
Cartoonist Chester Gould (Dick Tracy) born in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Photographer Marrianne Breslauer born in Berlin.
Politician Robert F. Kennedy born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Novelist Don DeLillo (Libra) born in New York City.
Actress Bo Derek (10) born in Long Beach, California.
Actress Sean Young (Blade Runner) born in Louisville, KY.
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