1793 – Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie Antoinette follows him to the guillotine.
1846 – William Thomas Green Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as a general anaesthetic before a gathering of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
1847 – Charlotte Brontë’s book “Jane Eyre” published.
1923 – Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded.
1934 – Mao Zedong and 25,000 troops begin their 6,000 mile Long March from the south of China to the north and west.
1946 – At Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high-ranking Nazi officials are executed by hanging for their crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes during World War II.
1977 – American singer, songwriter and guitarist, John Mayer, is born.
2017 – Findings published of neutron star collision that occurred two months prior on August 17, the first cosmic event is seen in gravitational waves and light. Confirms heavy elements such as gold the result of such collisions.
Via Britannica / On This Day