Italian master artist Michelangelo born in Caprese, Italy.
Soldier, poet and dramatist, Cyrano de Bergerac, best known for his huge proboscis, is born in Paris.
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born near Durham, England.
French author and illustrator, George du Maurier born in Paris.
He was the grandfather of the writer Daphne du Maurier and the five boys who inspired J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
English philosopher John Stuart Mill knocks at the door of his friend, the Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle.
Mill has the unenviable task of informing Carlyle that the manuscript on the French Revolution that Carlyle had asked his friend to read was, as Carlyle later wrote "irrevocably annihilated!" when a maid had mistaken the manuscript (the only copy) for garbage, and had lit the fire with it.
The Alamo falls after a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops.
Writer Ring Lardner or "Jupiter on tiptoes" as Hemmingway called him, born Niles, Michigan.
George Will once wrote that the greatest sentence in American literature was one Lardner wrote: "'Shut up,' he explained."
Blues guitarist and songwriter, Furry Lewis born in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Texas swing bandleader Bob Wills born in Limestone County, Texas.
Comedian Lou Costello born in Patterson, New Jersey.
It was rumoured that Abbott and Costello once took out a $100,000 insurance policy with Lloyd's of London that stipulated payment if any of their audience should die of laughter.
Cartoonist Will Eisner (The Spirit) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Jazz great Wes Montgomery born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Novelist Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude) born in Aracataca, Columbia
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the third of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom from Want
Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali.
Three members of the Weather Underground accidently blow themselves up.
Diana Oughton died along with Terry Robbins & Ted Gold in the basement of a Greenwich Village townhouse occupied by the Weathermen.
They were killed by a nail-studded bomb, probably of their own making.
The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown for the first time on national TV.
Walter Cronkite presents his last edition of CBS Evening News.
The Big Lebowski is released. It has become a secular holiday called The Day of the Dude.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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