This Day In History
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.
The city of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.
James VI of Scotland is crowned as king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707.
The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
Wolfgang Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London.
Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from (Calais to Dover) in 37 minutes.
Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born.
Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German Baroque composer (d. 1714)
Thomas Eakins, American artist (d. 1916)
Maxfield Parrish, American illustrator (d. 1966)
Jim Corbett, Irish-Indian hunter, pioneer conservationist and author (d. 1955)
Rosalind Franklin, English scientist (d. 1958)
Donna Theodore, American actress and singer
Brian Stableford, British science fiction writer
Walter Payton, American football player (d. 1999)