Jacques Marquette, Jesuit missionary explorer and first European to build at the site of present-day Chicago, is born at Laon, France. Marquette and Joliet explored the Mississippi and Marquette opened a mission in the wilderness that would become Chicago. He died in Michigan.
Henry Francis Lyte was born at Ednam, Scotland. Orphaned as a child and never physically strong, Lyte struggled to get an education and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1814. He became a minister in the Church of England and served at Lower Brixham, Devonshire, a fishing village, for 23 years. He wrote hymns and paraphrases of the psalms, including "Abide with Me," and "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken."