1655 - Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian harpsichord maker, credited with inventing the piano.
1882 - Sylvia Pankhurst, Historian and Feminist
1928 - Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President
1929 - Audrey Hepburn, Actress
1939 - Amoz Oz, Inventive Short-Story Writer and Novelist
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "A London Symphony"
1920 - Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" (revised version), is conducted in its premiere by Albert Coates, in Queens Hall, London.
1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit lands on what is now Manhattan Island.
1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister. Leader of the Conservative Party, she made history by becoming Britain's first ever female prime minister. On the steps of Number 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's Office, she quoted from St. Francis of Assisi's famous prayer of peace: "... Where there is discord, may we bring harmony... Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope."
1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy which grants self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1997 - IBM's Deep Blue computer defeats the world chess champion Garry Kasparov after losing to him the year before and undergoing upgrades.
2000 - An email virus, the "I LOVE YOU" hits computers around the world, causing more than $2 billion in damage.
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "London Symphony" YouTube, uploaded by Colin. Accessed Mary 4, 2017. (Vaughan Williams's great paean to the city of London, written shortly before the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-18.)
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