1712 – Birth of Jean-Jaques Rousseau.
1846 – The saxophone was patented by Adolphe Sax in Paris.
1880 – The Australian bushranger Ned Kelly captured at Glenrowan.
1905 – A French criminal named Languille was guillotined. At the very moment his severed head tumbled forward from the blade, a Dr. Beaurieux observed movement in its eyelids and lips. Three times he called out Languille’s name in a loud voice. The first two times the eyes opened and focused on him. The third time, no reaction.
1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo, setting in motion the events that led to World War I.
1924 – Arthur Ferguson suceeded in selling London’s Trafalgar Square to an American tourist for 6000 GBP. He later “sold” Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, before emigrating to the USA, where he was arrested trying to sell the Statue of Liberty.
1964 – Malcolm X forms the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
1969 – Stonewall Riots begin in New York City marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.
1975 – Death of Rod Serling, American TV screenwriter, novelist, television producer, and narrator best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone.
1993 – Death of GG Allin, American singer, who I used to correspond with in the early 1980s.