On this day:

1675: King Charles II of England commissions the Royal Observatory in Greenwich

1904: The United States takes over the construction of the Panama Canal

1953: Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for Old Man and the Sea

1959: The Grammy is presented for the first time

Born on this day:

1825: Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist

1767: Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, born in Thanjavur

Gone on this day:

1799: Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam, dies at 48

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