John Hooper, the Bishop of Gloucester, was burnt at the stake for heresy in 1555. John Quincy Adams was elected President of the United States by the House of Representatives in 1825, after no candidate received a majority of votes in the Electoral College. William G. Morgan invented a game he called mintonette in 1895. It is now called volleyball. The Beatles made their first appearance on American television, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
Born today: Ronald Colman (1891-1958), Carmen Miranda (1909-1955), Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Clive Swift (1936), Janet Suzman (1939), J.M. Coetzee (1940), Carole King (1942), Alice Walker (1944), Ciarán Hinds (1953) and Gordon Strachan (1957).