1742 George Frideric Handel's oratorio, 'Messiah' had it's first performance in Dublin, Ireland. It was received enthusiastically by audience and critics. Handel conducted the performance himself.
To hear Andre Rieu's performance of 'Hallelujah Chorus'
1743 Birth of Thomas Jefferson, American President, responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence.
1964 Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Oscar. The prize was for his performance in Ralph Nelson's 'The Lilies of the Field'.