The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.
Poet Robert Browning born in Camberwell, England.
World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria.
Composer Peter Tchaikovsky born in Votkinsk, Russia.
Poet Archibald MacLeish born in Glencoe, Illinois.
Film star Gary Cooper (High Noon) born in Helena, Montana.
British ocean liner Lusitania torpedoed by a German U-boat U-20 off the coast of Ireland.
1,198 lives were lost.
Eva (Evita) Peron Argentina's spiritual leader and wife of Argentina President Juan Peron born in Los Toldos, Argentina.
Australian novelist and short story writer Peter Carey (True History of the Kelly Gang) born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia.
French surrender to the Vietminh after a 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu.