Masada fell to the Romans in 73. Martin Luther made his first appearance before the Diet of Worms in 1521. The Battle of Culloden was in 1746. Lenin arrived in Petrograd in 1917. Bob Feller pitched the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball in 1941. An explosion on a freighter in the port of Texas City, Texas, in 1947 set fire to the city. At least 600 people were killed and 5000 were injured in the town, the population of which was only 15,000 at the time. At Virginia Technical University in 2007, a student went on a shooting rampage, killing 32 people and injuring 25 others.
Born today: Elisabeth-Louise Vigée le Brun (1755-1842), Anatole France (1844-1924), John Millington Synge (1871-1909), Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), Spike Milligan (1918-2002), Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), Henry Mancini (1924-1994), Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), Gerry Rafferty (1947), Rafa Benítez (1960) and Pierre Littbarski (1960).
I'm sure it's the feast day of some obscure saint, but I forgot to write one down & can't be bothered to look now.