John Keats, English Romantic poet, died.
Mexican general Santa Anna began the siege of the Alamo.
The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1898 French novelist Emile Zola was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
The first Axis shelling of U.S. soil took place near Santa Barbara, Calif.
U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.
Scottish scientists announced the successful cloning of a sheep, Dolly.
The Obama Administration determines that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.