The navy frigate U.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston Harbor.
Admiral Horatio Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Seminole chief Osceola was captured as he carried a white flag of truce during the Second Seminole War.
Thomas Edison invented a workable incandescent electric lamp.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York City.