Christopher Columbus flotilla comprised of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, set sail from the Spanish port of Palos de la Frontera in search of India.
The first Boat Race between Yale and Harvard occurs.
This marks the first American intercollegiate athletic event.
Writer Walter Van Tilburg Clark (Ox-Bow Incident) born in East Orland, Maine.
Poet Hayden Carruth born in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Writer Leon Uris (Exodus) born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Singer Tony Bennett born in Astoria, New York.
Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash.
The first of four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics.
Publisher and writer Martha Stewart born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus completes the first submerged ttansit of the North Pole.
Novelist and short story Flannery O'Connor (Wise Blood) dies from complications from lupus at age 39 in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Comedian Lenny Bruce dies from a morphine overdose in his Hollywood Hills home.