1660 - Johann Kuhnau, German Organist and Theorist, who preceded JS Bach as cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
1671 - Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French Playwright and Poet, particularly noted for his cynical epigrams.
1890 - Anthony Fokker, Aircraft Designer
1892 - Lowell Thomas, Travel Writer, whose lectures and articles help create the legend of "Lawrence of Arabia"
1928 - James Watson, Geneticist
1929 - Andre Previn, German-born and American Conductor, Pianist and Composer of film-scores. Below is a video profiling Andre Previn. YouTube, uploaded by wpsu, accessed April 6, 2017. This profile was completed while he was the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He was honored at the 2005 Grammy awards.
648 B.C.E. - First solar eclipse recorded by the ancient Greeks.
1895 - Oscar Wilde is arrested for the crime of homosexuality after losing a libel case to the Marquess of Queensbury. He is sentenced to two years and hard labour.
1896 - The first modern Olympic Games is opened in Athens, after a 1,500 year ban. A Greek, Spyridon Louis, wins the marathon. An Irishman, John Boland, is on holiday in Greece and enters the men's tennis competition. He wins the gold medal.
1906 - The first animated cartoon is copyrighted.
1917 - The U.S. enters World War I by declaring war on Germany.
1967 - Miklos Rozsa's Piano Concerto is first performed, by Leonard Pennario, soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. (Below, is Miklos Rozsa's Piano Concerto, with pianist Leonard Pennario, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn.YouTube, uploaded by Doug Raynes. Accessed April 6, 2018.)
1994 - The Presidents of two African states, Rwanda and Barundi, are killed when Tutsi extremists shoot down the plane they are traveling in.
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