Today in History

Muybridge “Spashing Nude”
1667 – First public art exhibition at the Palais-Royale, Paris
1682 – Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
1833 – First tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire
1865 – General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops, surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant
1912 – RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for New York
1927 – Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti given death sentences
1928 – Mae West’s NYC debut in a daring new play “Diamond Lil
1962 – JFK throws out first ball at Washington’s new DC Stadium
1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.
1968 – Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta
1969 – First flight of Concorde 002
Mae West

2002 – Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

2003 – Baghdad falls to U.S. forces resulting in widespread looting
Birthdays
1597 – John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (d. 1670)
1794 – Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (d. 1881)
1830 – Eadweard Muybridge, England, pioneered study of motion, photography
1903 – Gregory Pincus, inventor (birth control pill) [or Nov 9]
1926 – Hugh Hefner, [Marston], Chicagp, magazine publisher (Playboy)
Deaths
1626 – Francis Bacon, English statesman and philosopher, dies from pneumonia at 65
1945 – Georg Elser, failed assassin of Hitler (b. 1903)
1959 – Frank Lloyd Wright, architect (Guggenheim Museum), dies at 89
1996 – James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls), dies at 81
Edited from various sources including historyorb.com, the NYTimes.com 
and other internet searches

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