This Day In History
Don Gaspar de Portolà leads the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay.
American Revolutionary War: Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren form the first Committee of Correspondence.
In Rocky Hill, New Jersey, US General George Washington gives his "Farewell Address to the Army".
The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize: $2,000.
The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day.
In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 Hercules, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd., the Lady Chatterley's Lover case
The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.
King Edward V of England, one of the two princes in the Tower (d. 1483)
Daniel Boone American explorer (d. 1820)
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (d. 1793)
Émile Bayard, French artist, illustrator (d. 1891)
Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (d. 1972)
Burt Lancaster, American actor (d. 1994)
Lois McMaster Bujold, American science fiction and fantasy author
Dale Brown, American author
k.d. lang, Canadian musician