Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León first sighted Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth in the New World.
French engineer Georges-Eugène Haussmann born in Paris.
His renovation of the boulevards, parks and public works gave Paris its distinctive look.
1879 Photographer Edward Steichen born in Bivange, Luxembourg.
Actress Gloria Swanson born in Chicago.
Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan "The Divine One," born in Newark, NJ.
Poet Frank O'Hara born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Actor David Janssen (Dr Richard Kimble in the TV series The Fugitive) born Naponee, Nebraska.
Actress Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) born in Paris.
Film director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
First man in space, Yuri Gagarin is killed in a crash of the MIG-15 he was piloting.
A young native American woman named Sacheen Littlefeather takes the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in Los Angeles, California, to decline Marlon Brando's Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather.
Two Boeing 747 airliners collided on Tenerife of the Canary Islands, killing 583.
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