The Channel Tunnel linking England and France was officially opened by the Queen and French President François Mitterrand
Roger Bannister runs the four minute mile
Edward VII dies – George V king
Birth of Lew Christensen, American dancer, teacher and choreographer, particularly known for his work with the San Francisco Ballet, which helped to popularise ballet in the western USA
Death of Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer, particularly of South America
Birth of André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince of Essling, French military commander.
Birth of Maximilien François Robespierre, French revolutionary leader .
Death of François de Montmorency Laval, first bishop of Canada .