Aztec New Year
English historian and philosopher John Aubrey (Brief Lives born in Kington St Michael, Wiltshire, England.
Ukrainian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky born in Kiev, Russia.
Coca-Cola sold in bottles for the first time.
Painter Elaine de Kooning born in New York City.
Writer and poet Jack Kerouac (On the Road) born in Lowell, Massachusetts.
One of the Mercury Seven original astronauts, Wally Schirra born in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The St. Francis Dam fails in California causing the deaths of 431 citizens.
This event provides part of the back story for the 1974 film Chinatown.
Playwright Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) born in Washington, D.C.
Singer James Taylor born in Boston.
Writer Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) born in Boston, Massachusetts.
A day after the Tohoku earthquake, a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere.