- 1870 - Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th PM of Canada (C: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick (died June 26, 1947, age 76).
- 1883 - Birthday: Franz Kafka, Czech author born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (died June 3, 1924, age 40).
- 1871 - USA: Jesse James robs bank in Corydon, Iowa ($45,000).
- 1886 - Germany: Karl Benz drives 1st automobile.
- 1962 - Birthday: Tom Cruise, American actor born in Syracuse, New York.
- 1971 - Birthday: Julian Assange, Australian founder of Wikileaks, born in Townsville, Queensland.
- 2014 - Germany passes first nation-wide minimum wage law (8.5 euros).