Did you know that on this day in 1742 George Frideric Handel‘s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland? Or that it was on this day in 1870 the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded?
And on this day in 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British troops massacre at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India. At least 1200 are wounded, in 1953 CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA, in 1964 at the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field and in 1997 Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Thomas Jefferson, American politician; 1st United States Secretary of State, 2nd Vice President of the United States & 3rd President of the United States (1743-1826), Butch Cassidy, American outlaw (1866-1908), Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel laureate (1906-1989), Seamus Heaney, Irish writer, Nobel laureate (1939), Max Weinberg, American drummer (1951), Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player (1963) and Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist (1975).
For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.