Death of Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, assassinated
The British-built supersonic aircraft Concorde made its first test flight, from Bristol to Fairford, Gloucestershire. (France tested theirs in March 1969)
Death of Frank Lloyd Wright, Americas most famous architect
NASA announced that it had selected its first astronauts the Mercury 7
Birth of Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-born French artist who specialised in geometric abstract art.
Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville of Paris made the first known recording of the human voice, a lady singing Au Clair de la Lune.
John Opie died 1807 (born 1761). Sought after as a portraitist, though he saw himself primarily as a history painter.
Birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer whose bridges and tunnels are still in use today.
The Spanish coast guard ship San Antonio stopped and boarded the British brig, Rebecca. The Spanish officer cut off the ear of Robert Jenkins, the Rebecca's Captain. 8 years later this incident erupted into The War of Jenkins Ear.