The great fiddle player & composer, Niel Gow, was born in Perthshire on this day in 1727...
1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.
1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
1888 - The English Football League was established.
1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.
1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.
1934 - The first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, GA.
1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.
1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.