Kimg of England William the Conqueror dies in the Priory of Saint Gervase, Rouen, Duchy of Normandy.
He is succeeded by his son William II in and England and by his other son Robert Curthose as Duke of Normandy.
Painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder born in Breda, Netherlands.
The Continental Congress officially names the 13 original colonies the United States.
Washington, D.C. is named after President George Washington.
Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace) born in the province of Tula, near Moscow.
Polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor and experimental photographer John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.
California beccomes the 31st state.
Writer and poet Mary Hunter Austin (The Land of Little Rain) born in Carlinville, Illinois.
British author James Hilton (Lost Horizon) born in Leigh, Lancashire, England.
Singer-songwriter Otis Redding (Sittin on the Dock of the Bay) born in Dawson, Georgia.
Rocker Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition.