French author Marquis de Sade born in Paris.
P.T. Barnum's circus begins its first tour of the U.S.
English author Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles) born in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England.
Actor and Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) born Freidorf, Romania.
Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig dies of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) in the Bronx, New York.
Drummer Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) born in London.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurs.
This is the first major international event to be televised.
Submitted for your approval: The Twilight Zone, Episode 65 "The Obsolete Man" airs on this Friday evening.