AD 14Roman emperor Augustus dies (possibly of poisoned figs) in Nola, Italy.
Poet and playwright John Dryden (England's first Poet Laureate) born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England.
Writer and printer Samuel Richardson (Clarissa: History of a Young Lady) born in Mackworth, Derbyshire, England.
Maîtresse-en-titre of King Louis XV of France, Madame du Barry born in Vaucouleurs, France.
Louis Daguerre announces the invention of the daguerreotype photographic process.
Painter Gustave Caillebotte born in Paris.
Inventor and aviation pioneer Orville Wright born in Dayton, Ohio.
Fashion designer Gabrielle Coco Chanel born in Saumur, France.
Outlaw and gunfighter John Wesley Hardin is killed in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
Poet Ogden Nash born in Rye, New York.
Inventor of TV Philo T. Farnsworth born in Beaver, Utah.
Screenwriter Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek) born in El Paso, Texas.
Writer Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Radio voice and monologist, Joe Frank born in Strasbourg, France.
Drummer Ginger Baker (Cream) born in Lewisham, South London, England.
Liberation of Paris begins during WWII.
Forty-second President of the US, Bill Clinton born in Hope, Arkansas.
Baseball owner Bill Veeck sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3 foot 7 inch midget, to pinch-hit.
The Soviet Union launches the satellite Korabl-Sputnik 2 into earth oribt with two dogs named Belka and Strelka aboard.
Writer Carlos Castaneda becomes an apprentice of shaman Don Juan Matus.