This Day In History
The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
Initial flight of the first successful* flying car, Waldo Waterman's Aerobile.
In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
John Henry Newman, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1890)
Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
Charles-Marie Widor, French composer (d. 1937)
Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
W. H. Auden, English poet (d. 1973)
Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
Alan Rickman, English actor
William Petersen, American actor
Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer
* - Successful, in that it both flew like a plane and drove like a car. Commercially, not so much.