This Day In History
Jadwiga is crowned King* of Poland, although she is a woman.
George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after a siege.
William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered".
The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
Rahima Banu, a two-year old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, is the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.
Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
The Skye Bridge is opened.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.
King James II of Scotland (d. 1460)
Noah Webster, American lexicographer (d. 1843)
Benjamin Russell, American artist (d. 1885)
Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet (d. 1900)
Eugene O'Neill, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953)
Maria Goretti, Italian saint (d. 1902)
Angela Lansbury, English-born actress
Tim McCarver, American baseball player and commentator
Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and writer
* - And yet, as St. Hedwig, she is the patron saint of queens.