During the playing of the national anthem at the Theatre Royal, James Hadfield fires a pistol at King George III of the United Kingdom.
Hadfield is later acquitted of the assassination atempt by reason of insanity.
Writer L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) born in Chittenango, New York.
Poet Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, Massachusetts, having not left home since 1865.
At her request, her coffin was carried not driven through fields of buttercups for burial in the family plot.
She was 55.
Writer Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools) born Indian Creek, Texas.
Businessman and amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder born in Kovel, Ukraine.
He inadvertently filmed assassination of President John F. Kennedy and now is called the Zapruder film.
Photographer Richard Avedon born in New York.
Artist Jasper Johns was born Augusta, Georgia.
Illustrator Ralph Steadman born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
Joe DiMaggio begins his major-league baseball record 56 game hitting streak.
Musician record producer & visual artist Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
Some believe that the spacecraft was manned by the Lost Cosmonauts.
The final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper is launched.
This marks last time an American will to go into space alone.
Arthur Bremer shoots Alabama Govenor George Wallace in a Maryland shopping mall parking lot.