French author Jean de la Fontaine (Selected Fables) born in Château-Thierry, Champagne, France.
Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns off the western coast of Italy near Livorno, Italy.
His body is cremated on the beach but his heart will remain unscorched.
His wife Mary Shelly will carry it with her in a silken shroud for the rest of her life.
Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, who invented the rigid dirigibles that carry his name, born in Konstanz, Germany.
The Perry Expedition, lead by Commodore Mathew Perry, steams into Edo Bay with a treaty requesting trade with Japan.
Composer, arranger and pianist Percy Grainger born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was a collector of folk music and was instrumental in the fold revival in Britain in the early years of the 20th centrury.
Poet Richard Aldington born in Portsmouth, England.
Architect Philip Johnson born in Cleveland, Ohio.