Celebrating the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body.
Athenian philosopher Socrates found guilty of leading the young people of Athens astray and sentenced to death.
Astronomer Galileo Galilei born in Pisa, Italy.
The Royal Executioner of France during the reign of King Louis XVI and High Executioner of the First French Republic, Charles-Henri Sanson born in Paris.
He administered captial punishment in the city of Paris for over 40 years.
British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer Jeremy Bentham born in London, England.
Bentham's mummified remains are on display at University College London and sometimes are brought to the meeting of the College Council, where it is listed as "present but not voting".
Author Sax Rohmer ( Dr. Fu Manchu series) born Birmingham, England.
The Royal Observatory, in Greenwich, is the apparent target of the Martial Bourdin, a 26 year old French anarchist, who is armed with a bomb, which exploded in his hand.
This event was the basis for Joesph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Alfred Hitchcock's movie Sabotage
The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, Cuba for then unknown reasons, killing more than 260.
This led the United States to declare war on Spain.
French President Félix Faure suddenly dies from apoplexy while having a sexual daliance with Marguerite Steinheil in his office.
Photographer Esther Bubley born in Phillips, Wisconsin.
She was one of the first women to successfully support herself working as a freelance photographer for the major magazines.
In Miami, Florida, an anarchist attempts to assassinate USA President-elect Franklin D Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago Mayor Anton J Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
Cartoonist Art Spiegelman (Maus) born in Stockholm, Sweden.
Animator Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons, born in Portland, Oregon
Comedian Chris Farley born in Madison, Wisconsin.
A meteor explodes over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Pluviôse 27 Noisetier