Claude Chappe unveils a new method of long-distance communication using a semaphore machine in Paris.
The Republic of Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
Queen Victoria escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor, England.
He had been plying Her Majesty with doggerel which he claimed she curtly responded to.
His response was with a pistol.
Pianist and composer Kurt Weill (Three Panny Opera) born in Dessau in Saxony, Germany.
Author Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat) born in Springfield, Massachuetts.
Cuban band leader Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) born Santiago de Cuba.
Poet Edgar Bowers born in Rome Georgia.
He won the Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1989.
Author Tom Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) born in Richmond, Virginia.
p>Last President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev born in Privolnoye, Russia.
The film King Kong premières in New York City.
In 1991, it was added by the Library of Congress to the United States National Film Registry.
Pope Pius XII is elected 260th Roman Catholic pope.
Author John Irving (The World According to Garp) born in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Rockster Lou Reed born in Brooklyn, New York.
Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rory Gallagher born in Ballyshannon, Ireland.
Singer Karen Carpenter born in New Haven, Connecticut.
Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record for the NBA by scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks.
The Pioneer 10, first of five artificial objects to leave the Solar System, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This Is Spinal Tap premières.
In 2002, it was added by the Library of Congress to the United States National Film Registry.