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1793
Charlotte Corday is publicly executed four days after she had assassinated Jean-Paul Marat by stabbing him in his bathtub.
The executioner lifted Corday's head out of the guillotine's basket and slapped both cheeks.

1889
Mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner born in Malden, Massachusetts.
He wrote over 80 mystery novels featuring lawyer Perry Mason.

1896

16 year old Indian sage Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi initiates a process of self-enquiry that culminates within a few minutes in his own permanent awakening.

1898
Photographer Berenice Abbott born in Springfield, Ohio.

1899
Actor James Cagney born in New York.

1917
American comedienne Phyllis Diller born in Lima, Ohio.

King George V of England issues an Order in Council stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family would henceforth bear the surname Windsor rather than the German-origin House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1918
The RMS Carpathia is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine.
The Carpathia was famous for rescuing the 705 passengers from the RMS Titanic in 1912.

1928
Jazz musician, composer Vince Guaraldi born in San Francisco.

1935
Variety publishes its most famous headline - Sticks Nix Hick Pix,.
Translation: rural Americans didn't like movies about rural America.

1938
Pilot Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan takes off for California but lands in Ireland.
He complained that his compass was faulty.

1954
The first Newport Jazz Festival begins in Rhode Island.

1955

Disneyland opens in Orange County, California.

1959
American jazz singer Billie Holiday dies as a result of her drug addiction.

1968

The Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine premieres at the London Pavilion.

1976

XXI Summer Olympics open in Montreal, Canada.

1998
In St Petersburg, Nicholas II of Russia and his family are buried in Ekaterininsky Predel (St Catherine Chapel), 80 years after they were killed by Bolsheviks.


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