This Day In History
The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.
A poisonous cloud caused by the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France.
The London Underground's Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opens.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
The Cuyahoga River catches fire, triggering a crack-down on pollution in the river.
Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, is discovered by American astronomer James W. Christy.
The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska
Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.
George Vancouver, British explorer (d. 1798)
H. Rider Haggard, English writer (d. 1925)
Maximilian von Spee, Danish-born German admiral (d. 1914)
Erich Maria Remarque, German writer (d. 1970)
John Dillinger, American bank robber (d. 1934)
Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (d. 2002)
Gower Champion, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)
Kris Kristofferson, American singer and actor
Octavia E. Butler, American science fiction author and Hugo & Nebula winner (d. 2006)
Lindsay Wagner, American actress
Cyndi Lauper, American singer
Bruce Campbell, American actor