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1992–Texas billionaire, Ross Perot, appears on CNN’s Larry King Live, and says he will run for President of the United States if his name is placed on the ballot in all 50 states. It was, and a surprisingly large number of Americans cast their vote for the diminutive Southerner.



702–Mayan King, K'inich Kan B'alam II, dies at age 66.

1194–Tancred, King of Sicily, dies in Palermo, Italy.

1431–Pope Martin V dies of apoplexy in Rome, Papal States, at age 62.

1524–Mayan Ruler, Tecun Uman, dies in battle near Quetzaltenango. He was one of the last rulers of the K'iche' Maya people, in the highlands of what is now Guatemala.

1547–At the age of 10, Edward VI is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, in London, England. He was a mere figurehead, but during his brief reign, Edward demonstrated impressive piety and intelligence.

1685–René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.

1707–Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, dies in Ahmednagar, Mughal Empire, at age 88. He was the sixth Mughal Emperor and ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent during some parts of his reign.

1790–Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph II, dies a broken man from lingering ill health in Vienna, Austria, at age 48. He was the brother of Marie Antoinette.

1792–The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.

1798–Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.

1805–The Potomac River is re-opened after being closed by ice for two months.

1811–Austria declares bankruptcy.

1816–Rossini's opera, The Barber of Seville, premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy.

1835–Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake and 5,000 people are killed.

1848–Businessman, E.H. Harriman, is born in Hempstead, New York. Harriman was nearly 50 years old when he became a director of the Union Pacific Railroad. By May 1898, he was chairman of the executive committee, and from that time until his death his word was law on the Union Pacific system. In 1903, he assumed the office of President of the company. From 1901 to 1909, Harriman was also the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad. At the time of his death, Harriman controlled the Union Pacific, the Southern Pacific, the Saint Joseph and Grand Island, the Illinois Central, the Central of Georgia, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and the Wells Fargo Express Company. Estimates of his estate ranged from $70 million to $100 million. Harriman is mentioned in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as the commercial baron whose agents become the outlaws’ nemeses. It is Harriman who hires a professional posse to hunt down Butch and Sundance.

1872–The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York.

1872–A toothpick manufacturing machine is patented by Silas Noble and JP Cooley.

1872–The hydraulic electric elevator is patented by Cyrus Baldwin.

1872–A machine that manufactures paper bags is patented by Luther Crowell.

1873–The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.

1877–Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, has its premiere performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

1887–The Minor League Baseball Association organizes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1890–Conman, Michael Romanoff, is born Hershel Geguzin in Lithuania. He posed as Russian Prince, Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff, from about 1919. He opened Romanoff's restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, in the late 1930s, a popular spot with Hollywood movie stars.

1892–The reviewer for The London Times writes about the previous night's premiere of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan, complaining that all the characters talked alike, just like Oscar Wilde.

1895–The U.S. Congress authorizes a mint in Denver, Colorado.

1895–Frederick Douglass, dies of a heart attack in Washington, D.C., at age 77. He was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman.

1898–Eastern Wisconsin experiences its biggest snow storm on record. Racine receives 30 inches, and drifts around Milwaukee measure 15 feet.

1898–Boogie-woogie pioneer, Jimmy Yancey, is born James Edward Yancey in Chicago, Illinois. He was a mainstay in the jazz and blues circles in Chicago, playing at after-hours joints and rent parties. Piano pieces such as Yancey Stomp and State Street Special became his signature songs. No matter what key he played in, he ended every song in the key of E flat. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, but, despite his success as a musician, he earned his living for 26 years as a groundskeeper at Comiskey Park for the Chicago White Sox.

1899–Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of Pan Am Airways, is born in Old Westbury, New York.

1901–Cecil Harmsworth King, publisher of The Daily Mirror, is born in England.

1901–Architect, Louis Isadore Kahn, is born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky in Kuressaare, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire. He created a style that was monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. His works include Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; Salk Institute, La Jolla, California; Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York.

1901–Muhammad Naguib, first President of Egypt, is born Mohamed Naguib Yousef Qotp Elkashlan in Khartoum, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Along with Gamal Abdel Nasser, he was the primary leader of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which ended the rule of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty in Egypt and Sudan. Disagreements with Nasser led to his forced removal from office, and subsequent 18-year house arrest, until his release by President Anwar Sadat in 1972.

1902–Photographer and naturalist, Ansel (Easton) Adams, is born in San Francisco, California. Adams aspired to becoming a pianist until his father presented him with a brownie camera during a family trip to Yosemite National Park. He fell in love with photography during that trip, devoting his time in the upcoming years to camera magazines and mastering darkroom techniques, ultimately developing the zone system. He earned his reputation partly by carrying heavy and awkward large format photographic equipment deep into the wilderness, to preserve the stunning landscapes of the American West. Adams left a rich legacy. His black and white photographs of Yosemite, and other wilderness and landscape subjects, are some of the best known and most sought after photographs in the world. He was instrumental in elevating photography to a fine art. Adams also created the photography department of the San Francisco Art Institute.

1906–Character actor, Gale Gordon, is born Charles T. Aldrich Jr. in New York, New York. He is best remembered for various roles on the sitcom I Love Lucy, and as bank executive, Theodore J. Mooney, on The Lucy Show. When Lucille Ball ended her career, Gordon was the only actor to have co-starred or guest-starred in every weekly series (radio and television) she had produced since the 1940s. He appeared in the films Don’t Give Up the Ship, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, Visit to a Small Planet, All Hands on Deck, and Speedway.

1909–The “Futurist Manifesto” is published in the French journal Le Figaro.

1910–Businessman, Carl Stotz, is born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He founded Little League Baseball.

1914–John Daly, host of the TV game show, What's My Line?, is born John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly in Johannesburg, South Africa. The show lasted for 17 years, with Daly hosting all but four episodes of the weekly series.

1915–The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.

1924–American heiress, socialite, and designer, Gloria (Laura) Vanderbilt, is born in New York, New York. She became heiress to a half share in a $5 million trust fund upon her father's death when she was 18 months old. The rights to control the trust fund while Vanderbilt was a minor belonged to her mother, who traveled to and from Paris for years, taking Gloria along. After a court battle for her custody, Vanderbilt was raised in luxury at her aunt Gertrude's mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, surrounded by cousins her age who lived in houses circling the vast estate. The story of the trial was told in a 1982 miniseries for NBC-TV, Little Gloria... Happy at Last. Vanderbilt is best known as a designer of signature blue jeans. She was married to conductor, Leopold Stokowski; director, Sidney Lumet; and author, Wyatt Emory Cooper (Vanderbilt and Cooper are the parents of CNN news anchor and commentator, Anderson Cooper).

1925–Film director, Robert (Bernard) Altman, is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Altman was considered a "maverick" filmmaker: he developed a reputation for being "anti-Hollywood" and non-conformist in both his themes and directing style. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in history. His films include M*A*S*H, Nashville, A Wedding, Quintet, Popeye, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Streamers, Vincent & Theo, The Player, Short Cuts, Ready to Wear, Gosford Park, The Company, and A Prairie Home Companion.

1926–Writer and screenwriter, Richard (Burton) Matheson, is born in Allendale, New Jersey. His books include I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Comedy of Terrors, Hell House, and What Dreams May Come. His films include The Incredible Shrinking Man, Beat Generation, Master of the World, Burn Witch Burn, Tales of Terror, The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, and Somewhere in Time.

1927–Actor, Sidney Poitier, is born in Miami, Florida. In 1964, he became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. He also appeared in the films No Way Out, Blackboard Jungle, Edge of the City, The Defiant Ones, Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Paris Blues, Pressure Point, A Patch of Blue, The Slender Thread, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, For Love of Ivy, Brother John, Little Nikita, and Sneakers.

1929–Actress, Amanda Blake, is born Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, New York. She is best known for the role of Miss Kitty Russell on the long-running TV Western series Gunsmoke.

1931–The state of California gets approval from the U.S. Congress to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

1933–Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.

1934–Virgil Thomson's opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, opens in New York with the librettist, Gertrude Stein, present in the audience after years abroad.

1934–Auto racer, Bobby Unser, is born Robert William Unser in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is one of 10 drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 three or more times. He is the brother of Al Unser, Jerry Unser, and Louis Unser; the father of Robby Unser; and the uncle of Al Unser, Jr. and Johnny Unser.

1935–Caroline Mikkelsen is the first woman to reach Antarctica.

1937–Singer, Nancy Wilson, is born in Chillicothe, Ohio. Her biggest hit was (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.

1938–Actor, Richard Beymer, is born George Richard Beymer, Jr. in Avoca, Iowa. He appeared in the films Indiscretion of an American Wife, Johnny Tremain, The Diary of Anne Frank, High Time, West Side Story, Bachelor Flat, Five Finger Exercise, Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man, and The Stripper.

1941–Native American singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie, is born Beverly Sainte-Marie on the Piapot Cree First Nations Reserve in the Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her songs include Circle Game, Soldier Blue, and Fallen Angels.

1942–Politician, Mitch McConnell, is born in Sheffield, Alabama. He is the senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky and has been serving the longest in the state’s history.

1942–Actor, Peter (Lawrence) Strauss, is born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. He is best known for his starring role of Rudy Jordache in the TV mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man.

1943–The Parícutin volcano begins to form in Parícutin, Mexico.

1943–American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1943–The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in support of President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of “Four Freedoms.”

1943–Phil Wrigley and B. Rickey charter the All-American Girls Softball League. These teams would play until the end of World War II.

1944–U.S. war planes begin bombing German manufacturing plants during World War II.

1944–Trumpet player, Lew Soloff, of Blood, Sweat & Tears, is born Lewis Michael Soloff in Brooklyn, New York.

1946–Actress, Brenda Blethyn, is born Brenda Anne Bottle in Ramsgate, Kent, England. She appeared in the films The Witches, A River Runs Through It, Secrets & Lies, Girl’s Night, Little Voice, Music from Another Room, and Saving Grace.

1946–Actress, Sandy Duncan, is born Sandra Kay Duncan in Henderson, Texas. She is best known for her performances in the Broadway revival of Peter Pan. She appeared in the films Midnight Cowboy, The Million Dollar Duck, Star Spangled Girl, and The Cat from Outer Space.

1946–Rocker, J. Geils, of The J. Geils Band, is born John W. Geils, Jr. in New York, New York.

1947–A chemical mixing error causes an explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles, California.

1947–Actress, Jennifer O'Neill, is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was a model for Cover Girl cosmetics in the 1970s. She has appeared in the films For Love of Ivy, Rio Lobo, Summer of ‘42, Such Good Friends, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, and Scanners.

1949–A nine-year old Ricky Nelson joins the cast of his parents' NBC Radio show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, replacing a child actor who'd been portraying him.

1949–Model, Ivana Trump, is born Ivana Marie Zelnickova in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia. She was married to real estate magnate, Donald Trump, and their children are Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump. After her divorce from Trump, it is rumored that she received $20 million, the $14 million family estate in Connecticut, a $5 million housing allowance, $350,000 annual alimony, all of her jewelry and 49% of Mar-A-Lago, the family home in Palm Beach, Florida, which also serves as a private club for the Palm Beach elite.

1950–Dylan Thomas arrives in New York for his first series of American poetry readings.

1950–Walter (Carl) Becker, singer and bassist of Steely Dan, is born in Queens, New York. After he and partner, Donald Fagen, disbanded the group, he relocated to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer. The group’s hits include Do It Again, Reelin’ in the Years, My Old School, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Pretzel Logic, Peg, Deacon Blues, FM (No Static at All), and Josie.

1951–Actor, Edward Albert, is born Edward Laurence Heimberger in Los Angeles, California. He appeared in the films Butterflies Are Free, 40 Carats, Midway, The Greek Tycoon, The Squeeze, When Time Ran Out..., Galaxy of Terror, and Guarding Tess. He was the son of actor, Eddie Albert.

1951–(James) Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister (2007–2010), is born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

1951–Randy California, guitarist with Spirit, is born Randolph Craig Wolfe in Los Angeles, California. When he was working in Jimi Hendrix’s band, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, the stage name "Randy California" was given to him by Hendrix to distinguish him from another Randy in the band (who Hendrix dubbed "Randy Texas").

1954–American heiress, Patty Hearst, is born Patricia Campbell Hearst in San Francisco, California. In 1974, Patty Hearst gained notoriety when she was kidnapped by, and later joined, the Symbionese Liberation Army. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank heist with other SLA members, Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. As an actress, she appeared in the films Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Bio-Dome, and A Dirty Shame. Her grandfather was William Randolph Hearst, and her father was Randolph Apperson Hearst, both of the Hearst publishing dynasty.

1956–The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.

1960–Comedian, Joel (Gordon) Hodgson, is born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He was one of the creators of the TV comedy show, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). In 2007, MST3K was listed as one of the top 100 television shows of all time by Time.com. Hodgson created MST3K in 1988, and it originally aired on KTMA, before becoming one of the first two shows to be picked up by the Comedy Channel, the forerunner of Comedy Central. He left the show in 1993, after it’s 100th episode, due to a conflict with friend and producer, Jim Mallon.

1962–Astronaut, John Glenn, is the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits (in 4 hours, 55 minutes) in Friendship 7.

1962–The Beatles' new manager, Brian Epstein, writes to producer, Bert Kaempfert, in Hamburg, Germany, trying to free the boys from a contract they signed with the Strangers in the Night songwriter in May 1961. Kaempfert agrees, in his letter dated March 3, 1962, requesting only that The Beatles record for Polydor during their seven-week engagement in Hamburg set to begin on April 13th.

1963–The Beatles pose for the cover for their first album, Please Please Me, with photographer, Angus McBean.

1964–A chart topper: Diane by The Bachelors.

1964–Actor, Willie Garson, is born Willie Garson Paszamant in Highland Park, New Jersey. He is known the for roles of Stanford Blatch on the HBO series Sex and the City, and Mozzie in the USA Network series White Collar. He has appeared in the films Troop Beverly Hills, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Soapdish, Groundhog Day, Untamed Heart, There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, and Sex and the City.

1965–Spacecraft, Ranger 8, crashes into the Moon after photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

1966–Supermodel, Cindy Crawford, is born Cynthia Ann Crawford in Dekalb, Illinois. Crawford has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career, and is known for her seemingly ageless beauty. She was married to actor, Richard Gere.

1967–Grunge rocker, Kurt (Donald) Cobain, is born in Aberdeen, Washington. After signing with major label DGC Records, his band, Nirvana, found breakthrough success with Smells Like Teen Spirit from its second album, Nevermind. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness, and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, Courtney Love.

1967–Actress, Lili (Ann) Taylor, is born in Glencoe, Illinois. She has appeared in the films Mystic Pizza, Say Anything, Born on the Fourth of July, Dogfight, Arizona Dream, Short Cuts, Rudy, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Ready to Wear, I Shot Andy Warhol, Ransom, A Slipping-Down Life, The Haunting, and The Notorious Betty Page.

1971–The U.S. Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.

1972–Journalist and radio broadcaster, Walter Winchell, dies of prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 74. At one time he was the most widely read and listened to gossip columnists in the world, with a radio broadcast that started out with the words, “Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast, and all the ships at sea.” Winchell spent his final two years as a recluse at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

1974–Cher files for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage.

1975–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh.

1975–Margaret Thatcher is elected leader of the British Conservative Party.

1975–In a New York court, Judge Griesa orders that the illegal John Lennon Roots LP should be withdrawn from sale, pending final legal judgment. In fact, Capitol Records had already pressured TV stations not to take ads for the unofficial album. Exactly a year later, Lennon’s case against Morris Levy concludes with the judge ruling in favor of the former Beatle: John is awarded $144,700 in damages.

1976–Evangelist, Kathryn Kuhlman, dies of complications from open heart surgery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 68. Kuhlman traveled extensively around the United States and in many other countries, holding "healing crusades" between the 1940s and 1970s. She was one of the most well known healing ministers in the world.

1981–Yoko Ono releases the single, Walking on Thin Ice, in the U.K. This was the track John Lennon had been working on the night he died.

1986–The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for a full decade.

1987–A bomb blamed on the Unabomber explodes by a computer store in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1988–Peter Kalikow purchases The New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million.

1988–Singer, Rihanna, is born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad in 2007, and its chart-topping lead single, Umbrella, were major breakthroughs in her career that brought her to widespread prominence. She has sold more than 50 million albums and 190 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

1989–An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England.

1991–A gigantic statue of Albania's longtime leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital of Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.

1991–The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards announces its winners. Record of the Year: Phil Collins for Another Day in Paradise; Album of the Year: Quincy Jones for Back on the Block; Song of the Year: Julie Gold (songwriter) for From a Distance; Best Vocal Performance, Male: Roy Orbison for Oh Pretty Woman; Best Vocal Performance, Female: Mariah Carey Vision of Love; Best Performance by a Vocal Group: Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt for All My Life; Best Country & Western Performance: Vince Gill for When I Call Your Name; Best Rhythm & Blues Performance: Luther Vandross for Here and Now; Best Rock Performance: Eric Clapton for Bad Love; Best Instrumental Performance: Angelo Badalamenti for Twin Peaks Theme; Best Rap Performance: M.C. Hammer for U Can't Touch This; Best New Artist: Mariah Carey. The ceremonies are held at Radio City Music Hall, New York. There is no host. John Lennon is posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Yoko Ono accepts the award on his behalf.

1992–Texas billionaire, Ross Perot, appears on CNN’s Larry King Live, and says he will run for President of the United States if his name is placed on the ballot in all 50 states. It was, and a surprisingly large number of Americans cast their vote for the diminutive Southerner.

1992–Actor, Dick York, dies of emphysema in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, at age 63. He is best known as the first “Darren” on the TV series Bewitched. He appeared on the TV shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Playhouse 90, The Millionaire, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Naked City, Dr. Kildare, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Thriller, and Route 66.

1993–Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer, dies after suffering a heart attack in Perugia, Umbria, Italy, at age 76. In 1963, he created Automobili Lamborghini, a maker of high-end sports cars in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

1999–Film critic, Gene Siskel, dies from complications of surgery for brain cancer in Evanston, Illinois, at age 53. He was a film critic and journalist for The Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows from 1975 to 1999.

2001–Actress, Rosemary DeCamp, dies of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, at age 90. She appeared in the films Yankee Doodle Dandy, Rhapsody in Blue, Nora Prentiss, On Moonlight Bay, Scandal Sheet, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Many Rivers to Cross, and 13 Ghosts.

2003–During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the nightclub ablaze, killing 100 people and injuring over 200 others.

2004–Pop singer, Brian Wilson, plays his 1960s masterpiece, Smile, live for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

2005–Celebrity chef, Bobby Flay, marries actress, Stephanie March at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City.

2005–Actress, Sandra Dee, dies of complications from kidney disease in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 62. She is best known for her starring role in the film Gidget. She also appeared in the films Until They Sail, The Reluctant Debutante, Imitation of Life, A Summer Place, Portrait in Black, Romanoff and Juliet, Tammy Tell Me True, Come September, If a Man Answers, Tammy and the Doctor, Take Her, She’s Mine, I’d Rather Be Rich, That Funny Feeling, Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding!, and The Dunwich Horror.

2005–Actor, John Raitt, dies of pneumonia in Pacific Palisades, California, at age 88. He is best known for his stage roles in the musicals Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Carnival in Flanders, Three Wishes for Jamie, and A Joyful Noise.

2005–Journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson, dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Woody Creek, Colorado, at age 67. He is best known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, published in 1972, which quickly became a cult classic.

2006–Sportscaster, Curt Gowdy, dies of leukemia in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 86.

2009–Hershey's, the largest U.S. candy maker, closes its factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. The company moved this production to a new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

2010–Politician, Alexander Haig, dies from complications of a staphylococcal infection at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, at age 85. He was the 59th U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan.

2013–The smallest Extrasolar planet, Kepler-37b is discovered.

2014–Dozens of Euromaidan anti-government protesters die in Kiev, Ukraine, many reportedly killed by snipers.

2014–Newsman, Garrick Utley, dies of prostate cancer in New York, New York, at age 74. Utley covered the Vietnam War and became one of the first network reporters based in Saigon in 1964.


PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM: Mayan King, K'inich Kan B'alam II; Edward VI; E.H. Harriman; Michael Romanoff with Doris Day; Jimmy Yancey; Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon; Gloria Vanderbilt; Sidney Poitier; Amanda Blake; Richard Beymer; Peter Strauss; Brenda Blethyn; Ricky Nelson; Edward Albert; Joel Hodgson on Mystery Science Theater 3000; The Beatles' first album Please Please Me; Lili Taylor; picture sleeve for Yoko Ono's single Walking on Thin Ice; Rihanna; Ross Perot; Rosemary DeCamp; Sandra Dee; and the Hershey factory in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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