A tornado hit Dantan, India, killing 250 people and injuring 3,000 .
The supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil
Elvis Presley joined the US Army, in Memphis, Tennessee .
Death of J.M. (John Millington) Synge, Irish dramatist who led the Irish literary renaissance along with W.B. Yeats
Birth of Clyde Barrow, American outlaw and robber (Bonnie and Clyde)
Death of William Heilwagner, executed for the murder of his daughter-in-law. Ten years later his son Otto committed suicide and left a note confessing to the murder.
Death of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet
Birth of William Morris, British designer, craftsman and poet, one of the principal founders of the Arts and Crafts movement
Birth of Joseph Liouville, French mathematician, known for his work in number theory and differential geometry, and the first person to prove the existence of transcendental numbers
Death on his 83rd birthday of John Harrison, clockmaker whose chronometers were sufficiently accurate to allow for much more accurate navigation.
Birth of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, Bishop and inspiration for 'The Song of Western Men' which has become the unofficial Cornish national anthem.
union of Scottish and English crowns – under King James VI of Scots and I of England (d. 1625)
Elizabeth I dies