This Day In History
Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg's Elster Gate.
Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time.
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize.
The first transcontinental flight across the United States is completed. Calbraith Perry Rodgers began the flight on 17 September 1911, taking off from Sheepshead Bay NY in the Wright EX Vin Fiz.
The Mighty Mouse Playhouse premieres on television.
Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
King James I of Scotland (d. 1437)
Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, priest, maker of astronomical instruments and professor at the University of Tübingen (d. 1531)
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator (d. 1851)
Ada Lovelace, English mathematician (d. 1852)
Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)
Rumer Godden, English writer (d. 1998)
Dorothy Lamour, American actress (d. 1996)
Alexander Courage, American orchestrator, arranger, and composer (d. 2008)
Philip R. Craig, American mystery author
Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (d. 2012)
Sir Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director
Bobby Flay, American chef and restaurateur