1556 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the
stake as a heretic.
1685 * Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and organist.
1871 Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his search to find the
missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
1935 * Brian Clough, English soccer player and manager.
1944 * Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor who became the fourth actor to
play James Bond.
1960 In Sharpeville, South Africa, a demonstration became a massacre
with police killing 56.
1960 * Ayrton Senna, (Brazil) three times world Formula 1 motor
1963 Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march
from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their 'Beds in Peace' demo at
the Amsterdam Hilton.
1990 A Poll Tax demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London turned
into a riot.
1999 The feat of flying a balloon non-stop around the world was
achieved by Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3.
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