*AD 41 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.
*1533 – Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn.
*1765 – Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded.
*1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding processional.
*1890 – Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
*1947 – Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a “Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device”, the first ever electronic game.
*1961 – In Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference. His press conference covers a fascinating array of topics from the ‘enemy’ (Russia) and sending food to “Red China” to discussion about ‘National Security’ and election reform. The seriousness with which Kennedy is accepting of experts and cautious about governing, illustrate a sober view of how a President should govern.
Here’s a clip from one of his press conferences.
*1993 – Five people are shot outside the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Two are killed and three wounded.
*1995 – The Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.
*2003 – Invasion of Iraq: A group of people leave London for Baghdad, to serve as human shields, intending to prevent the U.S.-led coalition troops from bombing certain locations.
*2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins throughout the country, marked by street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes.
*1759 – Robert Burns, Scottish poet and songwriter (d. 1796)
*1874 – W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1965)
*1882 – Virginia Woolf, English novelist, essayist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1941)
*1919 – Edwin Newman, American journalist and author (d. 2010)
*1933 – Corazon Aquino, Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines (d. 2009)
*844 – Pope Gregory IV (b. 795)
*1138 – Antipope Anacletus II
*1852 – Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer (b. 1778)
*1947 – Al Capone, American gangster and mob boss (b. 1899)
*2005 – Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
*2017 – Mary Tyler Moore, actress, dancer, and producer (b. 1936)
This list is compiled from many internet and other sources of information including wikipedia, the New York Times, a multitude of websites and old books.
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