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Michelangelo starts chiseling away at his statue of David.
Painter Jan Brueghel the Younger born in Antwerp, Belgium.
The Irish of the Battalion of San Patricio, who defected from the US Army & gave their lives trying to save Mexico from US, are executed.
Writer Sherwood Anderson (Winesburg, Ohio) born in Camden, Ohio.
F. Scott Fitzgerald said that Anderson was the possessor of a brilliant and almost inimitable prose style, and of scarcely any ideas at all.
Actress Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night) born in Paris, France.
Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe born in Jerusalem Ridge, Kentucky.
English author, Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Llandaff, Wales.
Blues singer and pianistCharles Brown born in Texas City, Texas.
Jazz singer Mel Torme The Velvet Fog born in Chicago.
Artist Robert Indiana born in New Castle, Indiana.
Singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood Sweat & Tears) born in Surrey, England.
Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries suffered when her car plunged off a mountain road in Monaco.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien premiers on NBC-TV.