1799
France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.

1815
Mathematician and first computer programmer Ada Lovelace born in London.
She was the daughter of poet Lord Byron

1830

Poet Emily Dickinson born in Amherst, Massachusetts.

1884
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is first published in Great Britain.
It would not be published in the United States until February of 1885

1896
Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi opens and closes in Paris.

1905
O Henry's The Gift of the Magi was first published.

1906
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1936
King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, Edward VIII abdicates the throne in order to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson.

1955
Mighty Mouse Playhouse premiers on CBS.

1965
The Warlocks become The Grateful Dead.

1967
Singer Otis Redding (Dock of Bay) dies in plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin.

1968
Trappist monk, writer, poet Thomas Merton (The Seven Story Mountain) accidentally electrocuted when he touched a fan as he stepped from his bath in Bangkok, Thailand.


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