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According to legend, Robin Hood died at the Abbey of Kirklees on this day.
Legendary archer and Swiss patriot William Tell shoots an apple from his son's head.
St Elizabeth's flood occurs when a seawall at the Zuiderzee dike breaks in the Netherlands killing up to 10,000 people.
French photography pioneer Louis Daguerre born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis.
Playwright, poet, and illustrator W. S. Gilbert (The Mikado) born in London, England.
Mark Twain's story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, is published in the New York Saturday Press.
Statistician George Gallup (Gallup Poll) born in Jefferson, Iowa.
First American in space, Astronaut Alan Shepard born in Derry, New Hampshire.
George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize.
Saying, I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuts in NY in Steamboat Willie.
Author & poet Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin) born in Ottawa, Canada.
913 people take their lives in a mass suicide lead by cult leader Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana.
Painter, writer and critic Wyndham Lewis born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada.
12 people were killed and 28 injured when a huge bonfire under construction collapses at Texas A&M.