Feast day of St Catherine of Alexandria
Baseball great Joe Dimaggio, born in Martinez, California.
Saxophonist and composer Paul Desmond born in San Francisco.
Rosa Parks, a black seamstress from Alabama, refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in the segregated south.
This event is considered to be the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.
Japanese playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima commits ritual seppuku (self disembowlment) after an aborted coup.
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