1985 New Coke Coca-Cola announces it is changing its 99-year-old formula, introducing what was to become known as "New Coke." Less than three months later, due to public outcry and poor sales, they brought back the old formula under the name "Coca-Cola Classic."
A.D. 34 Crucifixion Using astronomical data, Isaac Newton calculated the date of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as April 23, AD 34. However, modern scholars generally prefer the date April 3, AD 33.
1962 First U.S. Satellite to reach the surface of the Moon Ranger IV is launched, reaching the Moon's surface three days later.
1896 First public showing of Edison's motion picture projector The Vitascope is demonstrated at New York's Koster & Bial's Music Hall.
1791 James Buchanan d. 1868 15th U.S. President (1857-61). The only bachelor U.S. president.
1564 William Shakespeare d. 1616 English author, The Taming of a Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (1597), and Hamlet.
1936 Roy Orbison d. 1988 American singer. Music: Oh, Pretty Woman (1964, #1).
1932 James Fuller Fixx d. 1984 American author, The Complete Book of Running (1977) which launched a running craze. He died of a heart attack while jogging. He also published three collections of puzzles: Games for the Super-Intelligent, More Games for the Super-Intelligent and Solve It!.
1858 Max Planck d. 1947 German Nobel-winning physicist. He discovered quantum physics (1900). His son was among those executed for the July 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler.
1731 William Williams d. 1811 American patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He died on the 35th anniversary of his signing the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
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