In 1836, Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1918, Germany’s “Red Baron,” fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen, was shot down and killed. In 1960, the new city of Brasilia officially became Brazil’s capital. In 1992, murderer Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years.
Charlotte Brontë (1816-55), novelist/poet; John Muir (1838-1914), environmentalist; Anthony Quinn (1915-2001), actor; Elizabeth II (1926- ), British monarch; Elaine May (1932- ), actress/filmmaker; Patti LuPone (1949- ), actress/singer; Tony Danza (1951- ), actor; James McAvoy (1979- ), actor.
In 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon, but the title was stripped when Ruiz was revealed to have started the race just a mile before the finish.
Brasilia was added to the United Nations’ World Heritage List in 1987 in recognition of the city’s innovative urban planning and design.
“Life appears to me to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.” – Charlotte Brontë
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