Stephen of Blois is crowned King of England.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67, was first performed in Vienna.
Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky goes before a firing squad for his involvement in anti-government activities.
He was given a pardon at the last moment.
American poet Edward Arlington Robinson (Richard Cory) born in Head Tide, Maine.
American poet Kenneth Rexroth born in South Bend, Indiana.
One critic once referred to Rexroth and fellow poets Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen as members of the bear-shit-on-the-trail school of poetry.
He is said to have read the entire Encyclopædia Britannica "like a novel" once a year.
Author Nathanael West (Day of the Locust) & his wife Eileen McKenney are killed during a honeymoon car accident in El Centro, California.
Goldfinger released in the US.
Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceausçescu regime overthrown.
Sic semper tyrannis!
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