Stoic philosopher & Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius born.
Artist and birdwatcher John James Audubon born in Les Cayes in Santo Domingo.
French painter Eugène Delacroix (Liberty Leading the People) born in Saint-Maurice-en-Chalencon, France.
Landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted born in Hartford, Connecticut.
He co-designed Central Park in New York City.
American impressionist painter Edmund C. Tarbell born in Groton, Massachusetts.
Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth is discovered hiding in a farmer's tobacco shed.
He is shot in the neck by Boston Corbett and his last words were "useless... useless...".
Blues singer Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) born in Columbus, Georgia.
American author, playwright, and screenwriter, Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) born in Sisson, California.
Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein born in Vienna, Austria.
MLB baseball player Hack Wilson born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.
His record of 191 RBI's in a single season still stands.
American author Bernard Malamud (The Natural) born in Brooklyn, New York.
Architect I. M. Pei born in Guangzhou, China.
Actress, comedian, singer, and writer Carol Burnett born in San Antonio, Texas.
The bombing of Guernica in Spain takes place during the Spanish Civil War by the Condor Legion of the German Luftwaffe.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist Duane Eddy born in Corning, New York.
In the Ukraine, one of four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
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