Paul Revere rides from Charleston to Lexington to warn of the coming British.
San Francisco earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, destroyed much of San Francisco, California.
Yankee Stadium opened in New York City.
Muscian Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown born in Vinton, Louisiana
Poet Bob Kaufman born in New Orleans.
After witnessing the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Kaufman took a vow of silence, which it is said was unbroken until the end of the Vietnam War.
Music critic Robert Christgau born in New York City.
Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down over Bougainville Island by U. S. fighter pilots as part of Operation Vengeance.
Actress Hayley Mills born in London.
Poet Ezra Pound is released from an insane asylum after 12 years.
The hospital's superintendent agreed to release as long as there was an affidavit saying Pound was permanently and incurably insane.
Talk show host and comedy writer Conan O'Brien born in Brookline, Massachusetts.