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1475

Italian master artist Michelangelo born in Caprese, Italy.

1619
Soldier, poet and dramatist, Cyrano de Bergerac, best known for his huge proboscis, is born in Paris.

1806
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born near Durham, England.

1834
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.

1836

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.

1885
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.

1893
Blues guitarist and songwriter Furry Lewis born in Greenwood, Mississippi.

1900
Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove born in Lonaconing, Maryland.

1905
Texas swing bandleader Bob Wills born in Limestone County, Texas.

1906
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.

1917
Cartoonist Will Eisner (The Spirit) born in Brooklyn, New York.

1927
Jazz great Wes Montgomery born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

One of the Mercury Seven original astronauts, Gordon Cooper born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

1933
Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago dies from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt on Franklin Roosevelt on Febuary 15th.

1943

The Saturday Evening Post publishes the third of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom from Want

1953
Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union.

1964
Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali.

1970
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.

1975
The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown for the first time on national TV.

1981
Walter Cronkite presents his last edition of CBS Evening News.

1998

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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