Mozart and Monet die, the 21st Amendment repealing prohibition is ratified, the Montgomery Bus Boycott begins, and O.J. Simpson heads to prison, all on this day.
1791: Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed more than 600 works and is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, dies at the age of 35 in Vienna, Austria. Although researchers have suggested at least 118 causes of death for the composer, with the official record listing "severe miliary fever," the most widely accepted hypothesis is that Mozart died of acute rheumatic fever.
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