St David's Day
A feast day of the patron saint of Wales.
What will be known as the Salem witch trials starts in Massachusetts.
Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates for causing affliction by witchcraft.
Pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin born in Warsaw, Poland.
Writer and editor William Dean Howells born in Martns Ferry, Ohio.
Sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens born in Dublin, Ireland.
Not only renowned for his statuary, Saint-Gaudens did coin relief designs for the US Mint.
His design for the $20 gold piece double eagle coin is considered one of the most beautiful American coins ever issued.
Russian chemistDmitri Mendeleev completes his design of the first periodic table.
He claimed the whole design came to him in a dream.
Yellowstone National Park is established.
American author, poet, and friend to the stars, Mercedes de Acosta born in New York City.
Big Band leader Glenn Miller born in Clarinda, Iowa.
English soldier and actor David Niven (The Pink Panther) born in London, England.
Writer Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man) born in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sportscaster Harry Caray born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Poet Robert Lowell born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Poet Richard Wilbur born in New York.
Publisher William Gaines (founder of MAD Magazine) born in New York.
Jamaican-American musician and actor Harry Belafonte born Harlem.
The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, kidnapped.
The Hoover Dam is completed.
Poet Robert Hass born in San Francisco, California.
English singer-songwriter and actor Roger Daltrey (The Who) born in London, England.
Actor and Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13) born in Duncan, Oklahoma.
The draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization is finalized.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf,
Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November,
Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango,
Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.
President John F Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Ventôse 11 Narcisse