Diarist Samuel Pepys, believing he is going blind, writes in his diary for the last time after keeping it regularly for ten years.
Lady Godiva rides naked through Coventry as a tax protest.
Poet Walt Whitman born in Long Island, New York.
Illustrator W. Heath Robinson born in London.
Famously drawing overly complex devices to do the simplest of tasks.
Johnstown Flood kills 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Comedian Fred Allen (Allen's Alley) born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly born in Newburgh, New York.
Actor and film director Clint Eastwood born in San Francisco.
Film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder born Bad Wörishofen, Germany.