In 1773, Captain James Cook and shipmates became the first to sail south of the Antarctic Circle. In 1904, Anton Chekhov's final play, The Cherry Orchard, debuted at the Moscow Art Theater. In 1991, a U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes at targets in Kuwait and Iraq, marking the beginning of the Persian Gulf War.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), statesman/inventor/author; Al Capone (1899-1947), organized crime boss; Betty White (1922- ), actress; Eartha Kitt (1927-2008), actress/singer; James Earl Jones (1931- ), actor; Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), boxer; Jim Carrey (1962- ), actor; Sebastian Junger (1962- ), journalist; Michelle Obama (1964- ), former U.S. first lady; Joshua Malina (1966- ), actor; Tiësto (1969- ), DJ/producer; Maksim Chmerkovskiy (1980- ), dancer; Zooey Deschanel (1980- ), actress; Dwyane Wade (1982- ), basketball player
In 1971, the Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V, a game so filled with errors it was nicknamed the "Blunder Bowl."
Though Benjamin Franklin's accomplishments as an inventor, publisher, and statesman are well known, his musicianship is not: he was a composer and viol player, and created a briefly popular new instrument known as the armonica (or glass armonica).
"A man who views the world at 50 the same way as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." – Muhammad Ali