John Wesley issues “Deed of Declaration” formally establishing the Methodist Church.
The steamship California landed in San Francisco, bringing the first East Coasters to the Gold Rush.
Henry James, American novelist and critic, died.
The last British troops left India.
James Watson and Francis Crick described their theory that two DNA strands were coiled in a double helix.
The final episode of M*A*S*H aired. It was the most watched television program in history.
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm.
Four federal agents were killed in Waco, Texas, after they tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh, starting a 51-day standoff.
1901–1994, American Chemist.
Michel de Montaigne
Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur
physicist and naturalist (1683)
auto racing driver (1940)