1564 William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-on-Avon. He died on the same date in 1616.
1850 William Wordsworth (b. 1770), English poet who helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature died in the Lake District of England. Daffodils and The Solitary Reaper are some of his notable poems.
1930 The Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan led his Khudai Khidmatgars in picketing shops selling foreign cloth in Peshawar and was arrested.
1935 Josef Stalin inaugurated the 80-km long Moscow underground railway.
1967 Soyuz 1, a manned Soviet spacecraft, was launched. The flight was marred by technical snags and its cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when the spacecraft crashed during its return to Earth, making it the first in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight.
1992 Well-known film director Satyajit Ray died in Calcutta. He was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement a few weeks before his death.
2005 The first Youtube video entitled Me at the zoo was uploaded, featuring founder Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
2007 Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), first President of the Russian Federation (1991-1999), died.
2007 NASA released the first-ever 3D images of the Sun acquired by its Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft.