On this day:

1830: One of the world’s best-known nursery rhymes, Mary had a little lamb, is published

1916: Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname

1970: Engineers begin drilling the world’s deepest hole, the kola superdeep borehole, of 40,230 feet depth

Born on this day:

1941: Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

Gone on this day:

1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician, astronomer