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This Day In History
The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.
Henry VIII dies. His nine year old son, Edward VI becomes King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.1754
Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to Horace Mann.
Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.
In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.
Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent became the first person to be convicted of speeding. He is fined 1 shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph, thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph.
The Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard.
The first ski tow in the United States begins operation in Vermont.
The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission – Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board.
Saint Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274)
Johannes Hevelius, Polish-born astronomer (d. 1687)
Charles George 'Chinese' Gordon, British soldier and administrator (d. 1885)
Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh-born explorer and journalist (d. 1904)
Charles W. Nash, American automobile entrepreneur (d. 1948)
Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist (d. 1962)
Arthur Rubinstein, Polish pianist (d. 1982)
Robert Stroud, American convict, the Birdman of Alcatraz (d. 1963)
Jackson Pollock, American Expressionist painter
Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (d. 2002)
Alan Alda, American actor, writer, and director
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
Megan McDonald, American children's literature author
Elijah Wood, American actor