A tsunami destroys the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.
The Buddha has sat in the open air ever since.
Poet Chidiock Tichborne is executed along with six others for their involvement in the Babington Plot.
This was a plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, a Protestant, and put Mary, Queen of Scots, her Roman Catholic cousin, on the English throne.
The conspirators were eviscerated, hanged, drawn and quartered - the mandatory punishment for treason.
Writer Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jazz great Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton born in New Orleans.
Animator, producer, and screenwriter Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle) born in San Francisco.
Poet Donald Hall born in Hamden, Connecticut.
Actress Sophia Loren born in Rome, Italy.
Glass sculpture Dale Chihuly born in Tacoma, Washington.
The Cannes Film Festival makes its debut.
First FORTRAN computer program run.
Might look something like this:
Singer/songwriter Jim Croce is killed when the Beechcraft D-18 charter plane he is riding in crashes into a tree near Natchitoches, Louisiana.