Poet Lord Byron, age 22, swims the Hellespont, in emulation of Leander's legendary swims to visit his beloved Hero.
Crooner Bing Crosby born in Tacoma, Washington.
Actress Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) born in Quincy, Illinois.
American author/playwrite William Inge (Picnic) born in Independence, Kansas.
Folk singer Pete Seeger born in New York.
The Godfather of Soul James Brown born in Barnwell, South Carolina.
Winston Churchill coins the phrase Iron Curtain in a speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
The Kentucky Derby is televised live for the first time.
The Brooklyn Dodgers move from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California.
National Public Radio's All Things Considered broadcasts for the first time.
New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.