Emperor Elagabalus along with his mother are assassinated by the Praetorian Guard.
They are beheaded and then dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber river.
Sic semper tyrannis
Italian poet Torquato Tasso born in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published.
Film director and actor Raoul Walsh (White Heat) born in New York City.
Walsh also played John Wilkes Booth in the silent film Birth of a Nation in 1915.
Writer and illustrator Wanda Gág (The ABC Bunny) born in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Bandleader Lawrence Welk born in Strasburg, North Dakota.
Writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Argentinian bandoneòn player and tango composer, Ástor Piazzolla born in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
The Roxy Theatre, called the Cathedral of the Motion Picture, opens in New York City.
The silent film The Love of Sunya starring Gloria Swanson premeres.
Film director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is killed in an automobile accident on the Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Barbara.
His Rolls Royce, driven by a 14-year-old Filipino servant, crashed into an electric pole.
Writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) born in Cambridge, England.
Following the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the last head of the Soviet Union.
The Tohoku earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan.
The subsequent tsunami created waves of 40 meters (130 feet) and traveled 10 km (6 miles) inland.
The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 virus a pandemic.