To­day in his­tory

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In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice pres­i­dent of the United States.

In 1910, au­thor Sa­muel Langhorne Cle­mens, bet­ter known as Mark Twain, died in Red­ding, Con­necti­cut, at age 74.

In 1918, Man­fred von Richthofen, 25, the Ger­man ace known as the “Red Baron” who was be­lieved to have downed 80 en­emy air­craft dur­ing World War I, was him­self shot down and killed while in ac­tion over France. In 1926, Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II was born in Mayfair, Lon­don; she was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later be­came King Ge­orge VI and the Queen Mother.

In 1930, fire broke out in­side the over­crowded Ohio Pen­i­ten­tiary in Colum­bus, killing 332 in­mates.

In 1977, the mu­si­cal play “An­nie,” based on the “Lit­tle Or­phan An­nie” comic strip, opened on Broad­way, be­gin­ning a run of 2,377 per­for­mances.

In 1998, as­tronomers an­nounced in Wash­ing­ton that they had dis­cov­ered pos­si­ble signs of a new fam­ily of plan­ets or­bit­ing a star 220 light-years away, the clear­est ev­i­dence to date of worlds form­ing be­yond our so­lar sys­tem.

In 2016, Prince, one of the most in­ven­tive and in­flu­en­tial mu­si­cians of mod­ern times, was found dead at his home in sub­ur­ban Min­neapo­lis; he was 57.

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