Joan of Arc was turned over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon to be tried for heresy in 1431. Martin Luther was excommunicated in 1521. Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1870. Howard Carter found the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen in 1924. Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the March of Dimes, a national drive to raise funds for the prevention and treatment of birth defects in 1938. If for no other reason, he is one of my heroes. Without the March of Dimes, I would probably be blind. Fidel Castro was excommunicated by Pope John XXIII in 1962. And I'm ignoring one of today's "milestones".
Born today: Cicero (106-43 BC), Clement Attlee (1883-1967), JRR Tolkien (1892-1973), Victor Borge (1909-2000), George Martin (1926), Sergio Leone (1929-1989), John Thaw (1942-2002), Stephen Stills (1946), John Paul Jones (1946) and Michael Schumacher (1969).