Today in history, The famous Flemish composer Heinrich Issac dies in 1517.
Today in history, German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna. He had been deaf for the later part of his life, but said on his death bed “I shall hear in heaven” in 1827.
Today in history, Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film in 1885.
Today in history, The United States Air Force flag design is approved in 1951.
Today in history, The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks in 1954.
Today in history, The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin (see picture below) is elected in 1989.