Philosopher and scholar Baruch Spinoza born in The Hague.
First observation of a transit of Venus was made.
Author Laurence Sterne (Tristram Shandy) born in Clonmel, Ireland.
Twelfth President of the US, Zachary Taylor born in Orange County, Virginia.
The French revolutionary calendar becomes operative.
Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, the anniversary of which is sometimes called "Evolution Day".
French painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec born in Albi, France.
American composer Scott Joplin born near Linden, Texas
Conservative author and general smart guy William F. Buckley born in New York.
Lee Harvey Oswald killed in the Dallas County jail by Jack Ruby. First live murder on TV.
Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington State with $200,000 in ransom.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Frimaire 4 Nèfle