1807 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet
1848 - Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, English Composer, Writer on Music
1861 - Rudolf Steiner, Philosopher
1902 - John Steinbeck, Writer, Nobel Prize Laureate
1926 - David H. Hubel, Neuroscientist
1930 - Joanne Woodward, Actress
1932 - Elizabeth Taylor, Actress
1934 - Ralph Nader, Consumer Activist
1980 - Chelsea Clinton, Daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie is an epic poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and published in 1847. The poem follows an Acadian girl named Evangeline and her search for her lost love Gabriel, set during the time of the Expulsion of the Acadians. The idea for the poem came from Longfellow's friend Nathaniel Hawthorne, fellow American writer, novelist and short story writer. It became Longfellow's most famous work in his lifetime and remains one of his most popular and enduring works. (Audiobook, read by Leonard Wilson. YouTube, uploaded by The 16th Cavern. Accessed February 27, 2018.)
"Jerusalem" with words from poet William Blake and music composed by Sir Charles H. H. Parry, performed at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (The Royal Wedding - Jerusalem - 29 April 2011. YouTube, uploaded by pishposhx. Accessed February 27, 2017.)
1892 - Louis Vuitton, Entrepreneur Maker of Bags and Luggage
1936 - Ivan Pavlov, Physiologist
1993 - Lillian Gish, Actress
2002 - Spike Milligan, Comedian
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the Island of Elba, beginning the Hundred Days' War, which ended his defeat in Waterloo.
1879 - Constantine Fahlberg discovers the artificial sweetener saccharin by accident.
1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patents the first practical cigar-rolling machine.
1900 - The British Labour Party is formed.
1990 - The Exxon Corporation and Exxon shipping are indicted on five criminal counts after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1991 - U.S. President George Bush declares on live television, "Kuwait is liberated. Iraq's army is defeated. I am pleased to announce that at midnight tonight, exactly 100 hours since ground operations began and six weeks since the start of Operation Desert Storm, all United States and coalition forces will suspend offensive combat operations."
2004 - A large ferry carrying 900 people is bombed by terrorists in the Philippines killing 116 passengers.
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