Death of Roy Rogers, American singer and cowboy actor .
An explosion on the North Sea oil rig ‘Piper Alpha’ killed 167 people .
The last remaining Jewish businesses in Germany were shut down
The first all-talking feature film ‘Lights of New York’ was presented at the Strand Theatre, New York.
The first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship (British dirigible R34)
American explorer Robert Peary set sail for the Arctic – he arrived at the North Pole in April 1909.
Birth of Verner von Heidenstam, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet and author
Death of Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French Cavalry General during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Pope Pius VII was arrested and imprisoned by the French after excommunicating Napoleon
Battle of Sedgemoor
Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II granted Bohemia the Letter of Majesty, allowing it to control its own religious structure
Edward VI dies; Lady Jane Grey queen for a few days only
Thomas More is executed
Henry II dies at the castle of Chinon in Anjou; Richard I 'Lionheart' becomes king of England (d. 1199) – acknowledges the independence of Scotland