Millennium footbridge over the Thames opens, but wobbles and is quickly declared dangerous and closed – finally reopened Feb 2002
Death of Hammond Innes, British writer .
The notorious Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader Son Sen was executed by loyalists of his bitter rival Pol Pot
Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt, a former Black Panther, was freed on bail after 27 years in prison in the USA
Death of Les Dawson, British comedian .
Death of Louis L'Amour, American writer of Western fiction .
Death of Spencer Tracy, American movie actor
Death of Angelina Weld Grimke, prominent American journalist and poet .
Death of Frederick Delius, British composer
The Cunard liner Slavonia became the first ship to transmit an SOS distress call when it was wrecked in the Azores.
Death of Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and writer
Birth of Robert Cummings, American actor .
Death of Amelia Dyer, notorious baby farmer who although executed for the murder of one baby certainly killed many more.
First Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race