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- 1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.
- 1492 - Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.
- 1521 - Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
- 1924 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company.
- 1958 - Expo '58 opens in Brussels
- 1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair.
- 1907 - A Dream Play by August Strindberg premieres in Stockholm, Sweden.
- 1586 - John Ford, English dramatist
- 1885 - Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (d. 1962)
- 1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
- 1897 - Thornton Wilder, American dramatist (d. 1975)
- 1923 - Lindsay Anderson, English film director (d. 1994)
- 1923 - Jacques Sternberg, Belgian author (d. 2006)
- 1930 - Chris Barber, British jazz band leader
- 1957 - Nick Hornby, English author
- 1957 - Afrika Bambaataa (born Kevin Donovan), American DJ
- 1790 - Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, diplomat, and printer (b. 1706)
- 1960 - Eddie Cochran, American musician (b. 1938)
- 1988 - Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (b. 1900)
- 1990 - Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights activist (b. 1936)
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