Mt Vesuvius erupts and buries Pompeii & Herculaneum.
The start of what will be called the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
Catholic mobs kill thousands of Huguenots.
An estimated 70,000 people were killed in France during following weeks.
Poet Robert Herrick (Hesperides)baptized in Cheapside, London, England.
Best known for the poem 'To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time', that begins 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'.
Caricaturist Max Beerbohm born in London.
Writer Jorge Luis Borges born in Buenos Aires.
Writer, editor, historian, poet, and literary critic Malcolm Cowley born Belsano, Pennsylvania.
Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup (That's All Right Mama) born in Forest, Mississippi.
Jump blues shouter Wynonie Harris (Good Rocking Tonight) born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Painter Alex Colville born in Toronto, Canada.
President of Brazil, Getúlio Dornelles Vargas,commits suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
The last line of his suicide note read, 'Serenely, I take my first step on the road to eternity and I leave life to enter history'.
Yippies Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin throw 300 one-dollar bills from balcony onto floor of New York Stock Exchange, creating pandemonium as people scrambled for the bucks.
The Beatles meet with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Microsoft's Windows 95 launched.
Pluto is redefined by the International Astronomical Union as a dwarf planet rather than a planet.