632 – Mohammed, the founder of Islam, died in Medina, near present-day Saudi Arabia.
1783 – Iceland’s Laki Volcano erupted and spewed lava continuously for eight months. One of the most violent of volcanic eruptions ever recorded, it killed 9,350 people and caused a famine which lasted until 1790.
1786 – Commercial ice cream was manufactured for the first time in New York City.
1810 – Composer Robert Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Fantasia in C Major, Concerto in a Minor) was born in Saxony, Germany.
1867 – Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Pennsylvania’s Falling Water, NYC’s Guggenheim Museum) was born in Richland Center, WI.
1869 – Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago, IL, received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.
1874 – Chief Cochise, a leader of the Apache Indians, died on the Chiricahua Reservation in southeastern Arizona.