St David's Day
A feast day of the patron saint of Wales.
What will be known as the Salem witch trials starts in Massachusetts.
Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates for causing affliction by witchcraft.
Ohio becomes the 17th state of the Union.
Pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin born in Warsaw, Poland.
Writer and editor William Dean Howells born in Martns Ferry, Ohio.
Sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens born in Dublin, Ireland.
Not only renowned for his statuary, Saint-Gaudens did coin relief designs for the US Mint.
His design for the $20 gold piece double eagle coin is considered one of the most beautiful American coins ever issued.
Nebraska is admitted as the 37th state of the Union.
Russian chemistDmitri Mendeleev completes his design of the first periodic table.
He claimed the whole design came to him in a dream.
Yellowstone National Park is established.
Author, poet, and friend of the stars, Mercedes de Acosta born in New York City.
Big Band leader Glenn Miller born in Clarinda, Iowa.
English soldier and actor David Niven (The Pink Panther) born in London, England.
Writer Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man) born in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sportscaster Harry Caray born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Poet Robert Lowell born in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1947 to 1948.
Poet Richard Wilbur born in New York.
He was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1987 to 1988.
Publisher William Gaines (founder of MAD Magazine) born in New York.
Jamaican-American musician and actor Harry Belafonte born Harlem.
The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped.
The Hoover Dam is completed.
The draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization is finalized.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf,
Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November,
Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango,
Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.
President John F Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
The album Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is released.