1849 For engaging in socialist activities, Fyodor Dostoevsky receives the death sentence, later commuted to four years’ hard labor in Siberia.
1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th state of the union.
1922 José Saramago is born.
1930 Chinua Achebe is born.
1959 "The Sound of Music" opens on Broadway.
1967 Lisa Bonet is born.
1970 Martha Plimpton is born.
1975 spinynorm is born.
1977 Oksana Baiul is born.