A masked man held prisoner in the Bastille in Paris died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue, and his story became the basis of literary works by François Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.
John Jay and Lord Grenville signed Jay's Treaty.
Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa.
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva.
Milli Vanilli's Grammy award was rescinded after it was discovered they didn't do their own singing.