1478 - The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Florence Cathedral. (During Mass!)
1865 - American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. (Ya damn skippy he did!) (Although I’m sorry Sherman burned everything to the ground on his way through.)
1994 - South Africa holds its first multiracial elections. (Yay for civil rights!)
1564 (baptized) - William Shakespeare, English writer I’m crazyproud to share my birthday with Will.
1886 - Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939) (Mother of the Blues)
1933 - Carol Burnett, American singer, actress, and comedian (I spent many happy evenings in front of the television as a kid … cracking up at “The Carol Burnett Show.”)
(I listed three … so sue me.)
1932 - Hart Crane, American poet (suicide) (Suicide?! Ack! The title of my LiveJournal comes from a quote by him.)