1492 – In Spain, a royal edict declared that all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity would be expelled.
1596 – René Descartes, often called the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” was born in La Haye, France.
1809 – Playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol was born in Sorochintsi, Ukraine.
1880 – The first electric street lights installed by a municipality were turned on in Wabash, IN.
1918 – Daylight saving time went into effect throughout the United States for the first time.
1959 – The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese suppression in his native Tibet, fled to India where he was granted asylum.