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 Mill to read was, as Carlyle later wrote "irrevocably annihilated!".
A maid had mistaken the manuscript (the only copy) for garbage, and had lit a fire with it.
The Alamo falls after a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops.
Among the casualties are Jim Bowie, Colonel William Travis and Davy Crockett.
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.
Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove born in Lonaconing, Maryland.
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.
The policy 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.
One of the Mercury Seven original astronauts, Gordon Cooper born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Novelist Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude) born in Aracataca, Columbia
Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago dies from wounds suffered in an assassination atempt on Franklin Roosevelt on Febuary 15th.
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the third of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom from Want
Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union.
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 film The Big Lebowski is released.
It has become a secular holiday called The Day of the Dude.
In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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