Adventurer, Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen born in Bodenwerder, Germany.
Munchausen supposedly told a number of outrageous tall tales about his adventures which were collected and published, in English, in 1785, by Rudolf Erich Raspe.
Jazz musician Joe "King" Oliver born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Composer Irving Berlin (God Bless America) born in Tyumen, Russia.
French Orientalist painter Jean-Louis Gerome born in Vésoul, France.
Artist Salvador Dali born Figueres, Spain.
Comedian Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko) born in New York.
Comedian Mort Sahl born Montreal, Canada.
Black Muslim leader & nightclub singer Louis Farrakhan (Louis Wolcott) born in New York City.
Reggae star Bob Marley passes away at age 36 at Miami's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and is buried near his birthplace in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica.
IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer defeated Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Floréal 22 Fritillaire