The American Revolution began, when King George III's red-coated grenadiers fired on a collection of protesting Boston citizens. This became known as the Boston Massacre.
Illustrator and author, Howard Pyle (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)born in Wilmington, Delaware.
Author Frank Norris (McTeague) born in San Francisco, California.
Winston Churchill coins the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
Singer-songwriter Tom Russell born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
General Secretary of the Communist Party and Premier of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin dies after suffering a stroke.
Cuban photographer Alberto Korda takes his iconic photograph of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
The photo is called Guerrillero Heroico.
Country singer Patsy Cline dies in small plane crash near Camden, Tennessee.
Comedian John Belushi dies of drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles.
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