1945 British rock guitarist Eric Clapton was born.
1853 Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gough was born.
Sadly, At the time of his death, only one of his paintings had sold.
"I cannot help it that my paintings do not sell. The time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint."
(Letter to his brother Theo, October 1888.)
1867 America buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2million. Senators in Washington are calling it "An awful lot of ice for an awful lot of dollars".