Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536. Thick smoke and heavy clouds plunged eastern Canada and much of New England into complete darkness at around 10:00 a.m. in 1780. The darkness stayed for more than 24 hours. Oscar Wilde was released from Reading gaol in 1897.
Born today: Nellie Melba (1861-1931), James Fox (1939), Nora Ephron (1941), Pete Townshend (1945), Grace Jones (1948), Joey Ramone (1951-2001), Victoria Wood (1953) and Manuel Almunia (1977).