1475 * Michelangelo, Italian artist & sculptor.
1619 * Savinen Cyrano de Bergerac, French novelist and playwright.
1836 The Battle of the Alamo ended.
1853 Verdi's opera La Traviata was performed for the first time in
1857 The Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v Sandford that slaves
were not citizens.
1870 * Oscar Strauss, French composer born in Vienna.
1899 Aspirin was patented by chemist Felix Hoffman.
1944 * Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano.
1944 * Mary Wilson, US singer who was a member of the group, The
1957 The former British colonies of Togoland and the Gold Coast
united to form independent Ghana.
1957 Israel completed its withdrawal from Sinai.
1961 "Ukulele king" George Formby, died after suffering a heart
1984 The National Coal Board announced a plan of massive job cuts &
1987 The Herald of Free Enterprise ferry capsized just outside
Zebrugge killing 200 people.
1988 Three members of an IRA active service unit were shot dead by
security forces in Gibraltar.
1997 Queen Elizabeth II launched the first royal website.
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