Louis XVI became King of France in 1774. The National Gallery opened to the public in 1824. The Sepoy Rebellion began in 1857. The first transcontinental railroad in the United States was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa in 1994.
Born today: Leon Bakst (1866-1924), Fred Astaire (1899-1987), David O. Selznick (1902-1965), Mother Maybelle Carter (1909-1978), Maureen Lipman (1944), Donovan Leitch (1946), Dave Mason (1946), Sid Vicious (1957), Bono (1960), Merlene Ottey (1960), Dennis Bergkamp (1969).