1619 - death of Richard Burbage, English actor who built the Globe Theatre.
"For three-quarters of an hour I was the only person in the world who knew where Pluto was. It electrified me. I realised I'd be world famous and turn the scientific world upside-down."
[US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the planet on 13 March 1930.]
Feast day of St Gerald of Mayo, St Mochoemoc, St Nicephorus of Constantinople, Saints Roderic and Salomon, St Ansovinus, and St Euphrasia.
1781 German-born British astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
1881 Tsar Alexander II of Russia died after a bomb was thrown at him in St Petersburg.
1894 The first public striptease act was performed in Paris.
1928 450 people drowned when a dam burst near Los Angeles, USA.
1930 US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto; its existence had been predicted 14 years earlier by US astronomer Percy Lowell.
1979 A Marxist coup led by Maurice Bishop took place in Grenada while the prime minister Edward Gairy was in New York at a meeting of the United Nations.
1996 Sixteen children aged five and six, together with their teacher, were shot dead by Thomas Hamilton at a school in Dunblane, Scotland.
1997 A lone Jordanian soldier armed with an automatic rifle fired on a group of 80 Israeli schoolgirls at a border site in the northern Jordan Valley, killing seven of the girls and wounding six other group members, including a teacher.
1997 Sister Nirmala, a 63-year-old nun who left her wealthy Indian army family to join the Missionaries of Charity, was elected Superior General of the order and succeeded Mother Teresa, 83, who retained the title of Mother General.
1733 Joseph Priestley, English scientist
1855 Percy Lowell, US astronomer
1884 Hugh Walpole, English novelist
1898 Henry Hathaway, US film director
1939 Neil Sedaka, US singer and songwriter
1950 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-born British boxer
1619 Richard Burbage, English actor who built the Globe Theatre
1906 Susan Anthony, US feminist
1943 Stephen Benet, US poet who wrote 'John Brown's Body'
1947 Angela Brazil, English writer of stories about girls' schools
1957 John Middleton Murry, English writer and critic
I spent 90% of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted - George Best