Today in History

William Shakespeare
1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.
1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crosses the Atlantic and docks in NYC
1861 – Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces

1900 – First know occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)

1954 – Hank Aaron hits first of his 755 homers
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts explore Moon’s surface
1995 – President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City
Birthdays
1564 – William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon, English Poet and playwright, traditionally regarded as his birthdate
1791 – James Buchanan, Cove Gap PA, (Fed/Dem), 15th president (1857-61)
1813 – Stephen Arnold Douglas debates Lincoln
1899 – Vladimir Nabokov, St Petersburg, Russia, novelist (Lolita, Ada)
1928 – Shirley Temple, Santa Monica, California, child star in the 1930s and diplomat in latter life
1936 – Estelle Harris, actress (Estelle Castanza-Seinfeld)
1942 – Sandra Dee, [Zuck], Bayonne NJ, actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life)
1954 – Michael Moore, Flint, Michigan,  filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko)
Deaths
34 – Christ, crucified, according to Isaac Newton
1616 – William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52
1850 – William Wordsworth, poet, dies at 80
1995 – Howard Cosell, sportscaster, dies at 77
1998 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin (b. 1928)
2007 – Boris Yeltsin, first President of the Russian Federation (b. 1931)

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