Dianne at Brit Knitter tagged me for the birthday meme so here it is....
I'm lazy so I'm just going to copy my favs from Wikipedia:
1556 - Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic.
1779 - James Cook was killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
1843 - The event that inspired the song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! is held.
1849 - In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
1895 - First performance of Oscar Wilde's last play The Importance of Being Earnest at the St James's Theatre in London.
1912 - Arizona admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
1920 - The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1989 - Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 million to the Indian government for damages it caused in the 1984 Bhopal Disaster.
1989 - Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie.
1847 - Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette (d. 1919)
1913 - Jimmy Hoffa, American labor union leader (disappeared 1975)
1944 - Carl Bernstein, American journalist
1947 - Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter (d. 1975)
1948 - Teller, American magician (Penn and Teller)
1317 - Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)
1400 - King Richard II of England (murdered) (b. 1367)
1975 - P. G. Wodehouse, English writer (b. 1881)
2003 - Dolly, first cloned mammal (b. 1996)
And some gratuitous cuteness: