1610 - Pope Alexander VIII
1692 - James Stirling, Mathematician
1724 - Immanuel Kant, Philosopher
1766 - Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein, commonly known as Madame de Staël, Novelist and Critic, whose Delphine and Corinne are noted as the first "modern" feminist psychological romantic novels
1858 - Dame Ethel Smyth, English Composer and Suffragist
1870 - Vladimir Lenin, Leader of the Soviet Union
1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Writer
1904 - Robert Oppenheimer, Physicist
1906 - Eddie Albert, Actor
1916 - Yehudi Menuhin, Violinist
1926 - Charlotte Rae, Actress
1926 - Glen Campbell, Singer
1937 - Jack Nicholson, Actor
1944 - Joshua Rifkin, Pianist, Conductor, and Musicologist
Actor Eddie Albert
Singer Glen Campbell
Actress Charlotte Rae
1509 - Henry VIII becomes King of England upon the death of his father.
1913 - The first issue of Pavda ("The Truth"), the Soviet Communist Party newspaper is published in St. Petersburg.
1915 - During World War I, German forces fire chlorine gas on French soldiers during the Second Battle of Ypres. This is widely deemed as the beginning of the use of chemical weapons in war.
1959 - Dame Margot Fonteyn lands in New York after a stint in a Panama jail. Prima ballerina Dame Margot fonteyn arrived in New York this day after being released from a Panama jail having been taken into custody for 24 hours following the disappearance of her husband, Roberto Arias, former Ambassador of Panama to London.
2000 - Armed U.S. forces raid a Miami home and seize 6 year-old Elian Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant who lost his mother in a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.
Ethel Smyth - Serenade in D Major (1889). YouTube, uploaded by UnsungMasterworks. Accessed April 22, 2017.
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