2013: Record producer and engineer Phil Ramone dies at age 79 in New York City of complications from surgery for an aortic aneurysm. Ramone founded A & R Recording with his business partner Jack Arnold in 1958 and went on to work with music stars such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Elton John, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand. He was nominated for 34 Grammy Awards in his career, winning a total of 14.
2003: Actor Michael Jeter dies of an epileptic seizure at age 50 in Hollywood, California. He was best known for playing Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle on the "Elmo's World" segment of "Sesame Street" and also won an Emmy for his work on the 1990s sitcom "Evening Shade." He also appeared in movies such as "The Fisher King," "Waterworld," "Air Bud," "The Green Mile" and "Jurassic Park III."
2002: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom dies in her sleep at the Royal Lodge, her Windsor residence since 1952. At the age of 101, she was the longest-lived member of the royal family in British history at the time of her death. The wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, she was queen consort of the United Kingdom from her husband's accession to the throne in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which her daughter ascended to the throne.
1992: "The Silence of the Lambs" dominates the 64th Academy Awards, becoming only the third film to win Oscars in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins, Best Actress for Jodie Foster, Best Director for Jonathan Demme and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally. The other films that have achieved the honor are 1934's "It Happened One Night" and 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
1987: Vincent van Goghs "Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers" sells for a record $39.9 million at auction at Christie's London. The record, which came on van Gogh's 134th birthday, was more than four times the previous record of about $12 million paid for Andrea Mantegna's "Adoration of the Magi" in 1985. The record, however, was short-lived, with another van Gogh, "Irises," selling for $53.9 million on Nov. 11, 1987.
1986: Actor James Cagney, known for movies such as "The Public Enemy," "Angels with Dirty Faces," "White Heat" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," dies of a heart attack at age 86 in Stanfordville, New York. Cagney won an Academy Award for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and was also nominated for "Angels with Dirty Faces" and "Love Me or Leave Me."
1981: John Hinckley Jr. shoots President Ronald Reagan and three others in an assassination attempt outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reagan was shot in the chest and in the lower right arm and suffered a punctured lung and heavy internal bleeding, but survived thanks to immediate medical attention. White House Press Secretary James Brady was left paralyzed from a gunshot wound and died in 2014 from injuries directly related to the shooting. District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were also shot in the attack. Hinckley, who claimed the attack was part of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster, was found not guilty by reason of insanity and remained under institutional psychiatric care until his release in September 2016. He now lives full-time at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1979: Singer-songwriter and pianist Norah Jones is born in Brooklyn, New York. Her 2002 debut solo album "Come Away with Me" was certified diamond and earned her five Grammy Awards.
1968: Singer-songwriter Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She is best known for the hit song "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic," which won a Grammy for Record of the Year. Her other hit songs include "The Power of Love," "Because You Loved Me" and "It's All Coming Back to Me Now."
1967: The Beatles pose for the famous photograph that would be used for the cover of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. Pictured here is artist Peter Blake, who designed the album cover, posing next to a copy of the cover in May 2011.
1964: Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, best known for her hit songs "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason," is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1964: Actor Ian Ziering, best known for his role on "Beverly Hills, 90210," is born in Newark, New Jersey. He is also known for the SyFy movie series "Sharknado."
1962: Rapper MC Hammer, best known for the hit '90s songs "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit," is born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, California.
1957: Buddy Knox becomes the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own No. 1 hit when "Party Doll" tops the Billboard singles chart.
1957: Comedian and actor Paul Reiser, best known for the TV series "Mad About You" and "My Two Dads," and movies such as "Diner," "Aliens" and "Beverly Hills Cop," is born in New York City.
1955: "On the Waterfront" dominates the 27th Academy Awards, winning eight out of its 12 nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Eva Marie Saint and Best Director for Elia Kazan. The ceremony also saw Grace Kelly win the only Oscar of her short movie career, winning Best Actress for her performance in "The Country Girl."
1945: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, Surrey, England. Clapton is known for his work with bands such as The Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, as well as for his solo work, which includes hits such as "After Midnight," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Lay Down Sally," "Wonderful Tonight," "Cocaine" and "Tears in Heaven."
1940: Basketball Hall of Fame power forward/center Jerry Lucas is born in Middletown, Ohio. Lucas played collegiately at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to a national title in 1960 and earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors in 1960 and 1961. He played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Cincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors and New York Knicks, being named to the All-Star Game seven times and winning an NBA title with the Knicks in 1973. He also was part of the American team that won gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
1939: The Heinkel He 100 fighter aircraft sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.
1937: Actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty is born in Richmond, Virginia. Some of his best known movies as an actor include "Bonnie and Clyde," "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "Heaven Can Wait," "Shampoo," "Reds," "Dick Tracy," "Bugsy" and "Bullworth." He has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, including a win for Best Director for "Reds." He also directed "Heaven Can Wait," "Dick Tracy" and "Bullworth."
1930: Actor John Astin, best known for playing Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family," is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1913: Singer-songwriter and actor Frankie Laine is born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago, Illinois. Some of Laine's hits in a career that spanned 75 years included "That's My Desire," "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train," "Cry of the Wild Goose," "Jezebel," "High Noon," "Cool Water," "I Believe" and "Rawhide." He was also well known for singing the theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including "3:10 To Yuma," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Blazing Saddles." He died of heart failure at the age of 93 on Feb. 6, 2007.
1867: U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty to buy Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or about 2-cents per acre.
1853: Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh is born in Zundert, Netherlands. Some of his best known paintings include "Starry Night," "Sunflowers" and a variety of self-portraits.
1842: Dr. Crawford Long becomes the first doctor to use ether anesthesia in a surgery, using it during a procedure to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient in Jefferson, Georgia.
1746: Painter and printmaker Francisco Goya, regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns, is born in Fuendetodos, Aragón, Spain. Known for paintings such as "The Third of May 1808," Goya provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet, Picasso and Francis Bacon.
1533: Henry VIII of England divorces his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The marriage would be only one of six for Henry during his reign.