(1540) Henry VIII marries for the fourth time
England’s King Henry VIII, trying yet again to produce a male heir, marries Germany’s Anne of Cleves. The union, however, is said to be unconsummated and the marriage will be annulled six months later, this time without the aid of an axe.
(1838) The telegraph makes its debut
The telecommunications revolution begins as Samuel Morse taps out a coded message that travels over two miles of wire near Morristown, New Jersey.
(1907) Maria Montessori opens her first school
Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori opens the Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) for low-income residents in Rome. Montessori will use the school as her own laboratory, observing the students’ behavior to inform the educational philosophy that will eventually bear her name.
(1994) Olympic skater Kerrigan attacked and injured
Two days before the Olympic trials, an assailant strikes Nancy Kerrigan on her knee with a police baton. The attacker will later be identified as an associate of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding.