On this day:

1905: Earthquake in Kangra kills 20,000

1949: 12 nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty to establish NATO

1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

1975: Bill Gates and Paul Allen establish Microsoft

Born on this day:

1979: Heath Ledger, Australian actor, director

1928: Maya Angelou, American author, poet, actress, director

Gone on this day:

1929: Karl Benz, German engineer, businessman, founder of Mercedes-Benz