This Day In History
The Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.
John White, governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the "lost" colonists.
William Lassell discovers the moons Umbriel and Ariel orbiting Uranus.
The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Harry Houdini gives his last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.
The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist (d. 1723)
Sarah Josepha Hale, American poet (d. 1879)
Annie Edson Taylor, American adventuress (d. 1921)
Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress (d. 1976)
Moss Hart, American dramatist (d. 1961)
Bob Kane, American comic book artist and writer, creator (with Bill Finger) of Batman (d. 1998)
Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2008)
Reginald "Reggie" Kray, British gangster and murderer (d. 2000)
Ronald "Ronnie" Kray, British gangster and murderer (d. 1995)
Kevin Kline, American actor
David Weber, American science fiction and fantasy author
Jemima Rooper, British actress