Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat become the first to ascend Mont Blanc in the Alps.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven completes his Symphony #3 called Eroica in honour of Napoleon.
He later removed the dedication when Napoleon declared himself Emperor.
Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata born in the village of Anenecuilco, Morelos, Mexico.
Poet Sara Teasdale (There Will Come Soft Rains) born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling) born in Washington, D.C.
Jazz saxophonist, trumpet player, and composer Benny Carter born in Harlem, New York.
Wilbur Wright makes his first public flight at a horse race track at Le Mans, France.
XXIX Summer Olympics open in Beijing.
The German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight.
Actor Dustin Hoffman (Little Big Man) born in Los Angeles.
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland released.
Kingsmen release Louie, Louie
Great Train Robberyoccurs when a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds from the Royal Mail train.
Beatles' release their album Revolver
Photographer Iain Macmillan takes a photo of The Beatles that is used for the cover for their Abbey Road album outside Abbey Road studios in London.
President Richard Milhous Nixon resigned (effective August 9) in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.