In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking a citywide boycott and a new era in the civil rights movement. In 1969, the U.S. instituted its first draft lottery since World War II. In 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the U.S. economy had been officially in a state of recession since December 2007.
Marie Tussaud (1761-1850), museum founder; Mary Martin (1913-90), actress; Woody Allen (1935- ), filmmaker; Lou Rawls (1935-2006), singer; Lee Trevino (1939- ), golfer; Richard Pryor (1940-2005), actor/comedian; Bette Midler (1945- ), singer/actress; Sarah Silverman (1970- ), actress/comedian; Janelle Monáe (1985- ), singer; Zoë Kravitz (1988- ), actress/model
In 1924, Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance (28 wins, 2.16 ERA, 262 strikeouts) won the MVP award in the National League over Rogers Hornsby, who batted .424 for the season.
At the time of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, around 70 percent of bus ridership in the city was black.
"Life doesn't imitate art. It imitates bad television." – Woody Allen