American commander Matthew C. Perry Born in Newport, Rhode Island.
He used gunboat diplomacy to open commerce with Japan.
American general, lawyer, author and Governor of the New Mexico Territory Lew Wallace (Ben Hur) born in Brookville, Indiana.
Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg is proclaimed emperor of Mexico during the Maximilian Afair.
Irish author, poet, and painter George William Russell born in Portadown, Northern Ireland.
RMS Titanic sets sail for its maiden voyage from Southampton, England .
Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata and his bodyguards are shot to death after being lured to a meeting by army colonel Jesus Guajardo who collects a reward of 52,000 pesos and is promoted to the rank of general.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby is published.
Actor Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal) born in Lund, Sweden.
Writer Paul Theroux (The Mosquito Coast) born in Medford, Massachusetts.
The first colour feature film in 3-D, The House of Wax, opens at New York City's Paramount Theater.
Stuart Sutcliffe, bass player with the (Silver) Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage, in Hamburg, Germany.
The submarine USS Thresher is lost at sea, with all hands.
Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles.