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1763

James Boswell first met Dr Samuel Johnson whose famous biography, Life of Dr Johnson, he wrote.
It would be published on this day in 1791.

1770
French King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette marry.
The future French king & queen were 15 and 14 respectively.

1836
Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin, the tubercular Virginia Clemm.

1883

Buffalo Bill Cody's first Wild West show premieres in Omaha, Nebraska.

1905
Actor Henry Fonda (Mister Roberts) born in Grand Island, Nebraska.

1912
Author and historian Studs Terkel (The Good War) born in New York City.

1919
Pianist Liberace born in West Allis, Wisconsin.

1929
The first Academy Awards were presented in Hollywood.
Wings was Best Picture.
Emil Jannings Best Actor.
Janet Gaynor Best Actress.

Poet Adrienne Rich born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Recipient of the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 2003.

1946
Guitarist Robert Fripp (King Crimson) born in Wimborne Minster, England.

1966
The Cultural Revolution begins with the issuing of the May 16 Notice.

Two of the best rock albums were released on this day - Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.

1984
Comedian Andy Kaufman dies of cancer at age 35.


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