Sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days, is beheaded in the Tower of London.
The Convention Parliament declares that the flight to France by James II and his throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames, constituted his abdication as king.
Celebration of the colonial founding of Georgia by James Oglethorpe.
Ethan Allen dies in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen plain of Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye.
Sixteenth President of the US, Abraham Lincoln born in Hardin County, Kentucky.
Naturalist Charles Darwin (The Origin of Species) born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
French photographer Eugène Atget born in Libourne, France.
The Great Auto Race 1908 - New York to Paris (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in New York.
George Schuster driving a Thomas Flyer wins after 88 days behind the wheel.
Film director Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet) born in Florence, Italy.
Film director Costa-Gavras (Z) born Loutra Iraias, Greece.
Musician and co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek born in Chicago.
Construction begins on the Gateway Arch designed by architect Eero Saarinen in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Rolling Stones' 19th Nervous Breakdown is released.
Writer and 1970 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is exiled from the Soviet Union.
XIII Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.
XVII Winter Olympics open in Lillehammer, Norway.
Armed thieves break into the Munch Museum and steal Edvard Munch's paintings The Scream and Madonna.
XXI Winter Olympics open in Vancouver, Canada.