London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts.
The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual" prompting some states to revise their laws.
The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit Earth.
Actress Katharine Hepburn died.