Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León first sighted Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth in the New World.
With the death of James VI and I at Theobalds House, England, Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
French engineer Georges-Eugène Haussmann born in Paris.
His renovation of the boulevards, parks and public works gave Paris its distinctive look.
Photographer Edward Steichen born in Bivange, Luxembourg.
German architecy Ludwig Mies van der Rohe born in Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire.
Actress Gloria Swanson born in Chicago, Illinois.
Cartoonist and illustrator Carl Barks born in Merrill, Oregon.
He was the creator of Scrooge McDuck.
Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan "The Divine One," born in Newark, NJ.
Poet Frank O'Hara born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Actor David Janssen (Dr Richard Kimble in the TV series The Fugitive) born Naponee, Nebraska.
Film director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
First man in space, Yuri Gagarin is killed in a crash of the MIG-15 he was piloting.
A young native American woman named Sacheen Littlefeather takes the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in Los Angeles, California, to decline Marlon Brando's Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather.
Two Boeing 747 airliners collided on Tenerife of the Canary Islands, killing 583.
This was the deadliest air disaster in history.
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