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in 1444

Battle of Varna.
Battle of Varna. The crusading forces of King Vladislaus III of Varna (aka Ulaszlo I of Hungary and Wladyslaw III of Poland) are crushed by the Turks under Sultan Murad II and Vladislaus is killed. It was the final battle of the Crusade of Varna.
Varna, battle

in 1871

Henry Morton Stanley meets David Livingstone
Henry Morton Stanley meets David Livingstone
Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji , near Lake Tanganyika, famously greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". To which he responded "Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you." These famous words may be a fabrication, as Stanley has torn out the pages of this encounter in his diary. Even Livingstone's account of this encounter does not mention these words. However, the phrase appears in a New York Herald editorial dated 10 August 1872, and the Encyclopædia Britannica and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography both quote it without questioning its veracity. The words are famous because of their tongue-in-cheek humourous nature: Dr. Livingstone was the only white person for hundreds of miles.
Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone

in 1969

National Educational Television (the...
National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts the children's television program «Sesame Street». Sesame Street is an American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its combination of Jim Henson's Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The program was conceived in 1966 during discussions between Cooney and Morrisett.
Sesame Street, PBS


in 1483
Martin Luther

Martin Luther was a German priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money.
in 1759
Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
in 1977
Brittany Murphy

Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American actress and singer.


in 1938
Mustafa Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey. He is credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
in 2001
Ken Kesey

Kenneth Elton "Ken" Kesey was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), and as a counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. "I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie," Kesey said in a 1999 interview with Robert K. Elder.
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