English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robspierre born in Arras, France.
He sent tens of thousands to the guillotine and would meet the same fate.
But, he was executed face upwards.
Father of modern Psychology Sigmund Freud (or 'Sigmund Fruit' as Archie Bunker called him) born Freiburg in Moravia.
Writer Gaston Leroux (The Phantom of the Opera) born in Paris.
Eiffel Tower inaugurated at the Universal Exhibition.
Actor Rudolph Valentino born in Castellaneta, Italy.
King of Western Swing Bob Wills (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys) born in Kosse, Texas.
With the death of King Edward VII, George V becomes King of the United Kingdom.
Poet Randall Jarrell born in Nashville, Tennessee.
Actor/Director Orson Welles born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Slugger Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run.
He will continue to hit home runs until March 25, 1935.
Baseball great Willie Mays born in Westfield, Alabama.
The explosion of the dirigible, Hindenburg at Lakehurst, NJ.
Official cause of the explosion is listed as St. Elmo's Fire.
Artist James Turrell born in Los Angeles.
Roger Bannister became the first to run a mile in under four minutes - 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.