1099 – Death of Spanish hero El Cid. – Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar , Castilian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat.
1553 – Jane Grey proclaimed Queen of England…forced to abdicate nine days later, and ultimately executed.
1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serb-American inventor born.
1871 – Marcel Proust, French writer, born.
1925 – Meher Baba – Indian mystic and spiritual master who declared publicly in 1954 that he was the Avatar of the age – begins his silence of 44 years. His followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration. And if you’re wondering how he declared anything while maintaining silence, he did it “by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures.“
1935 – Tura Satana, American actress, born. Star of Faster Pussycat ! Kill ! Kill !
1941 – Death of Jelly Roll Morton