1578 - King Phillip III of Spain
1904 - Sir John Gielgud, Actor
1925 - Rod Steiger, Actor
1936 - Frank Serpico, First policeman to testify against corruption within the U.S. police force.
1940 - Loretta Lynn, Singer
1942 - Valentin Lebedev, Russian Cosmonaut
Leftie:Actor Rod Steiger
1759 - G. F. Handel dies in London, aged 74. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language is copyrighted.
1865 - Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth, and dies in hospital the next day.
1883 - Leo Delibes opera Lakme is first staged in Paris at the Opera-Comique. (Refer to February 21 Dateline, Delibes birthday, where I featured his famous "Duo des fleurs (Flower Duet) from Lakme.)
1895 - Thomas Alva Edison's kinetoscope is launched in a New York arcade. It's a precursor to motion pictures.
1912 - Just before midnight, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean.
1965 - Richard Hickock and Perry Smith are executed by hanging for the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Kansas. The crime was the subject for Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood.
1988 - The Soviet Union agrees to withdraw from Afghanistan after a decade of fighting Muslim guerillas for occupation.
2003 - The Human Genome Project is completed. Scientists finish identifying all the genes that make up human DNA. On this day, this project came to an end after 13 years of research conducted by geneticists from around the world. The objective was to identify all the genes that make up human DNA - approximately 30,000 in all - and map the sequences of the three billion chemical base pairs. As everyone has a different genetic sequence, data were gleaned from the amalgamation of genes, from cell samples given by anonymous donors of both sexes.
1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)
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