O.J. Simpson was arrested in California for the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Polaroid camera patented by Edwin Land
First kidney transplant took place
The last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a German serial killer, was executed outside the Saint-Pierre prison, Versailles
Death of A C Benson, English writer - most famously the words of Land of Hope and Glory. His diaries ran to over 4 million words.
Death of Edward Burne-Jones, British artist .
Birth of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer
Birth of William Crookes, British chemist and physicist who discovered thallium and invented several measuring instruments that were fundamental in the development of atomic physics
Birth of Charles-Francois Gounod, composer
French Emperor Napoleon I annexed the Papal States
Birth of Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian writer .
Birth of John Wesley, founder of Methodism
Birth of Charles XII, King of Sweden
Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived at the Mississippi River and are the first Europeans to make a detailed study of its course.
Battle of Blackheath