Death of Henry I of England in Saint-Denis-en-Lyons, Normandy, France.
French wax-modeller Madame Tussaud was born Strasbourg.
Poetaster Julia A. Moore born in Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan.
The first installment of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is published.
Mystery writer Rex Stout born in Noblesville, Indiana.
He created the Nero Wolfe detective series.
The first appearnce of detective Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is published in Beeton's Christmas Annual.
The novel is called A Study in Scarlet.
Comedian/actor Dick Shawn (The Producers) born in Buffalo, New York.
Actor/Director Woody Allen (Manhattan) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Chanteuse and actress Bette Midler born in Honolulu.
The body of an unidentified man is found in Adelaide, Australia beach and becomes the unsolved Taman Shud case.
It includes elements such as an undetectable poison and a secret code in a very rare book.
Film comic Richard Pryor born in Peoria, Illinois.
Illustrator and painter Gary Panter(designer of Pee Wee's Playhouse) born in Durant, Oklahoma.
First issue of Playboy published.
Seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's segregation laws.
this is the begining of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Singer-songwriter Julee Cruise (Twin Peaks soundtrack) born in Creston, Iowa.
The first annual Yule Goat inGävle, Sweden is erected.
It will become the victim of arson this and in subsequent years.