Ferdinand Magellan reached Guam in 1521. York, Upper Canada, was incorporated as Toronto in 1834. After a 13-day siege, the Alamo fell to General Santa Anna's troops. La Traviata was first performed in Venice in 1853. And in 1987, the MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsized shortly after leaving Zeebrugge, killing 193 passengers and crew.
Born today: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), Frankie Howerd (1917-1992), Gabriel García Márquez (1927), Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), David Gilmour (1946), Alan Davies (1966), heyhabib, a few years ago.