1813 - Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher and Theologian
1818 - Karl Marx, Philosopher
1908 - Rex Harrison, Actor
1726 - George Frideric Handel's opera Alessandro premieres at London's King's Theatre.
1891 - Carnegie Hall, then Music Hall, has its opening night in New York. Piotr Tchaikovsky is guest conductor.
1893 - Panic hits the New York Stock Exchange that causes many European investors to withdraw from U.S. interests. About 500 banks and 15,000 companies go bankrupt as a result.
1941 - Benjamin Britten's first opera, Paul Bunyan, if first sung in New York City at Columbia Uiversity; the text is by W.H. Auden.
1961 - Alan Shepard, flying the Freedom 7 capsule as part of the Mercury space exploration program, becomes the first American to travel in space.
1962 - The West Side Story soundtrack goes to number one in the U.S. and stays there for 54 weeks.
1980 - At the Iranian Embassy in London, a siege ends as British commandos and police storm the building.
1987 - The U.S. Congress opens hearings into the Iran-Contra affair. It is about a secret arrangement to provide funds to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. Ronald Reagan was U.S. president.
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