1564 is the generally accepted birthdate of the English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare, who died on the same date 52 years later.
1616 The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid.
1789 President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.
1791 James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Franklin County, Pa.
1940 About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.
1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Aaron's career total is second only to Barry Bonds.)
1968 Leftist students at Columbia University in New York City began a weeklong occupation of several campus buildings.
1971 The Rolling Stones album "Sticky Fingers" was released.
1985 The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke. (Negative public reaction forced the company to revert to the original version.)
1993 Labor leader Cesar Chavez died at age 66.
1998 James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 but later insisted he was framed, died at age 70.
2004 President George W. Bush eased sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi's giving up weapons of mass destruction.
2005 The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.
2010 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest illegal immigration measure into law.
Shirley Temple Black Diplomat, former child actress 83
David Birney Actor 72
Lee Majors Actor ("The Six Millon Dollar Man") 72
Joyce DeWitt Actress ("Three's Company") 62
Michael Moore Director ("Fahrenheit 9/11") 57
Jan Hooks Actress ("Saturday Night Live") 54
Actress Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time," "Hot in Cleveland") turns 51 years old today.
Actor George Lopez turns 50 years old today.
Melina Kanakaredes Actress ("CSI: NY") 44
Andruw Jones Baseball player 34
Daniela Hantuchova Tennis player 28