1890 - Boris Pasternak, Soviet Russian Poet, Novelist, and Literary Translator, best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago (Listening pleasure: Doctor Zhivago (film) Soundtrack - here)
1893 - Jimmy Durante, Actor, Singer, Comedian
1898 - Bertolt Brecht, Author
1927 - Leontyne Price, American Soprano, the first African American to become a prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera.
1930 - Robert Wagner, Actor
1940 - Roberta Flack, Singer
1944 - Peter Allen, Singer and actor
1950 - Mark Spitz - Swimmer
1952 - Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
1955 - Greg Norman, Golfer
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1763 - The 1763 Treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years' War and France cedes Canada to Great Britain, said to be the real World War I, and by far the most successful war ever fought by Britain, as it brought India and Canada into the fold.
1744 - George Frideric Handel's dramatic oratorio Semele was first performed in London. The work actually took shape as an opera but the composer eyed a place for it on the Theatre Royal's Lenten concert series the following February. It can be inferred therefore that Semele was fashioned for presentation "in the manner of an oratorio."
1863 - Alanson Crane patents the fire extinguisher.
1870 - The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is founded.
1881 - Jacques Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffman is produced posthumously in Paris.
1931 - New Delhi becomes the capital of India.
1962 - Captured American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
2005 - North Korea suspends multi-nation talks and officially admits to developing nuclear weapons.
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