This Day In History
1520 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.
1582 - William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married.
1757 - English poet, painter and engraver William Blake was born. Two of his best known works are "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience."
1919 - American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.
1922 - Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
1934 - The U.S. bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, IL.
1942 - 491 people died in a fire that destroyed the Coconut Grove in Boston.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II.
1953 - New York City began 11 days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.
1958 - The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.
1963 - U.S. President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
1964 - The U.S. launched the space probe Mariner IV from Cape Kennedy on a course set for Mars.
1977 - Larry Bird was introduced as "College Basketball's Secret Weapon" with a cover story in Sports Illustrated. (NBA)
1978 - The Iranian government banned religious marches.
1979 - An Air New Zealand DC-10 flying to the South Pole crashed in Antarctica killing all 257 people aboard.
1985 - The Irish Senate approved the Anglo-Irish accord concerning Northern Ireland.
1987 - A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean. All 159 people aboard were killed.
1989 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.
1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain.
1992 - In Bosnia-Herzegovina, 137 tons of food and supplies were to be delivered to the isolated town of Srebrenica.
1992 - In King William's Town, South Africa, black militant gunmen attacked a country club killing four people and injuring 20.
1993 - The play "Mixed Emotions" closed after 48 performances.
1994 - Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
1994 - Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership.
1995 - U.S. President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
Whose Birthday Is It?
John Bunyan 1628
Jean Baptiste Lully 1932
William Blake 1757
William Stanley 1858
Brooks Atkinson 1894
José Iturbi 1895
Charles Alston 1907
Dick Vance 1915
Wes Westrum 1922
Gloria Grahame 1923
Berry Gordy, Jr. 1929
Hope Lange 1933
Ethel Ennis 1934
Gary Hart 1936
Michael Ritchie 1938
Gary Troxel 1939
Bruce Channel 1940
Norm Beaudin 1941
Paul Warfield 1942
Randy Newman 1943
R.B. Greaves 1945
Joe Dante 1946
Susan Spencer 1946
Vern Den Herder 1948
Beeb Birtles 1948
Paul Shaffer 1949
Alexander Godunov 1949
Ed Harris 1950
Judd Nelson 1959
Jon Stewart 1965
Anna Nicole Smith 1967
Matt Cameron 1962
Roy Tarpley 1964
Dawn Robinson 1968
Scarlett Pomers 1988
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