1274 - Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. He didn't do well against Edward I, but won the Battle of Bannockburn against the English king's son, Edward II.
1561 - Luis de Gongora y Argote, Poet, best known for The Solitudes.
1767 - John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President
1834 - James McNeill Whistler, Painter
1857 - Alfred Binet, Psychologist, Inventor of IQ test
1899 - E.B. White, Children's Author
1934 - Giorgio Armani, Fashion Designer
1939 - Louise Lasser, Actress
1963 - Lisa Rinna, Actress and Television Host
Actress Louise Lasser
Television host and actress Lisa Rinna
1786 - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf's opera Doktor und Apotheker is first performed, in Vienna.
1893 - Kokichi Mikimoto extracts the first cultured pearl at his pearl farm. The pearl was imperfect and took another 10 years a spherical one.
1960 - Harper Lee publishes her all-time bestseller novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a book on racism in the southern U.S. It went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, becoming one of the best-selling books in history. (Theme music: here)
1975 - The discovery of the tomb of the "terracotta warriors" in China is announced to the world. In March 1974, villagers in China's Shanxi Province were digging a well when they found unusual pieces of pottery. Archeologists were called in and explorations revealed a huge pit containing life-sized terracotta warriors.
1979 - Skylab falls back to Earth after 6 years in orbit. The debris falls over the desert regions of Western Australia and the southern Indian Ocean.
1985 - Dr. H. Harlan Stone announces that he has devised and used a self-adhesive zipper to be applied instead of stitches on surgical patients who might need to be re-operated on.
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