Queen Cleopatra commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite to her breast.
English poet Robert Southey born in Bristol, England.
Visionary poet, painter and printmaker William Blake dies in Charing Cross, London, England.
Ukrainian mystic Madame Blavatsky born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
she was a co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
Writer, college professor and scholar Katharine Lee Bates (America the Beautiful) born in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated his new phonograph to a group of people at his Menlo Park, New Jersey labratory.
They heard the inventor's voice on the record cylinder recite Mary had a little lamb.
Poet and author Radclyffe Hall born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
Quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger born in Vienna, Austria.
He is also known for his 'Schrödinger's cat' thought-experiment.
Inventor of the characters Dick and Jane of school book fame, Zerna Sharp, born in Hillisburg, Indiana.
Movie director Cecil B. DeMille (The 10 Commandments) born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
The Hawaiian flag is lowered signifing the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.
Movie director, and screenwriter Samuel Fuller (I Shot Jesse James) born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Poet and teacher Donald Justice born in Miami, Florida.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Porter Wagoner born in West Plains, Missouri.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Buck Owens born in Sherman, Texas.
Author, playwright, and screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride) born in Chicago, Illinois.
Guitarist Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) born in Glasgow, Scottland.
Thirteen prominent Jewish intellectuals are executed in Moscow by Soviet authorites during Soviet Union era.
This event became known as The Night of the Murdered Poets.
The IBM Personal Computer is released.
The finest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is found by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.
The fossil is nicknamed 'Sue' after the discoverer.
Major League Baseball players go on strike.