An impoverished John Milton sold the copyright to Paradise Lost for £10 in 1667. Beethoven composed Für Elise in 1810. The foundation stone was laid for the Palace of Westminster in 1840. The riverboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River in 1865, killing 1700. Most of the dead were Union soldiers, survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba prisoner of war camps. Expo 67 opened in Montreal. Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons in 1992. Zambia's national football team was killed in an airplane crash on its way to Senegal for a World Cup qualifying match in 1993.
Born today: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872), Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Anouk Aimée (1932), Kate Pierson (1948), Sheena Easton (1959), Russell T. Davies (1963) and Darcy Bussell (1969).