1921 - Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate General
1933 - David Storey, Writer and Playwright
1932 - Per Norgaard, Danish Composer and Teacher
1934 - Wole Soyinka, Playwright and Poet, famous for A Dance of the Forests.
1942 - Harrison Ford, Actor
1944 - Erno Rubik, Inventor of the Rubik's cube
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest
1643 - The Battle of Roundway Down is fought during the English Civil War. It was a Royalist cavalry success that formed part of the "Royalist Summer," where everything seemed to be going Charles I's way for a time.
1793 - Charlotte Corday, a noblewoman, stabs French revolutionary leader Jean Paul Marat in the heart whilst soaking in a bath. Corday believes in democracy and that he his leading France into anarchy. Four days later, she is executed in guillotine.
1829 - Felix Mendelssohn's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is first performed in London. Ignaz Moscheles and the composer are the soloists. (Listen to this performance. Lovely Mendelssohn concerto for two pianos and orchestra! And double enjoyment as I profoundly feel Mozart's presence in here. interpreted by Katia and Marielle Labeque, with Simeon Bychkov conducting the London Philharmonia Orchestra.)
1923 - The "Hollywood" sign is dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. At first it read "Hollywoodland," but later, it was shortened to "Hollywood" 1949.
1985 - Organised by Bob Geldof, the Live Aid Concerts raise more than 30 million Pounds for Ethiopian famine victims.
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2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)
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