On this day:

1844 Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází founds Bábism, the forerunner of Bahá’í faith

1949 The Federal Republic of Germany is established

1951 Delegates of the Dalai Lama sign the Seventeen Point Agreement

Born on this day:

1707 Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist

Gone on this day:

1937 John D. Rockefeller, American businessman, philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company