This Day in History

2010

American director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director, for The Hurt Locker (2008).

1999

American director and writer Stanley Kubrick—whose iconic films are characterized by a cool, formal visual style, meticulous attention to detail, and a detached, often ironic pessimism—died in England.

1987

American boxer Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight to acquire the World Boxing Association (WBA) championship belt when he defeated James Smith in 12 rounds.

1952

West Indian cricketer Viv Richards, who earned the nickname “Master Blaster” as arguably the finest batsman of his generation, was born in Antigua.

1876

Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.

1875

Composer Maurice Ravel, who was noted for his musical craftsmanship and perfection of form and style, was born in Ciboure, France.

1872

Painter Piet Mondrian—who was an important leader in the development of modern abstract art and is known for works that possess a formal purity that embodies his spiritual belief in a harmonious cosmos—was born in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

1850

U.S. Senator Daniel Webster spoke out in favour of the Compromise of 1850 (enacted in September), a series of moderate measures that addressed the question of slavery in U.S. territories.

1792

English astronomer Sir John Herschel, a successor to his father, Sir William Herschel, in the field of stellar and nebular observation and discovery, was born.

1644

Massachusetts established the first bicameral legislature in North America.

161

Marcus Aurelius became emperor of Rome.

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