This Day In History
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.
The Strait of Magellan, the passage immediately south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, is first discovered and navigated by European explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the first recorded circumnavigation voyage.
William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello is presented for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.
William Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Tempest is presented for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.
US President John Adams becomes the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).
The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse is lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles in good conditions.
In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast.
American Fishing Schooner Esperanto defeats the Canadian Fishing Schooner Delawana in the First International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax.
American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography.
The Mackinac Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages at the time, opens to traffic connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.
The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens.
St. Oliver Plunkett, Irish Catholic martyr (d. 1681)
Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer and organist (d. 1941)
Stephen Crane, American writer (d. 1900)
Hannah Höch, German Dada artist (d. 1978)
Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian author (d. 2001)
Jim Steinman, American songwriter
David Foster, Canadian musician and composer
Lyle Lovett, American singer
Toni Collette, Australian actress
Aishwarya Rai, Indian actress
Matt Chapman, American cartoonist and voice actor
Natalia Tena, English actress