America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.
1963: Author and poet Sylvia Plath commits suicide at age 30 by putting her head in an oven with the gas turned on. Plath, who had suffered from depression for much of her adult life, died of carbon monoxide poisoning. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections, "The Colossus and Other Poems" and "Ariel." She also wrote "The Bell Jar," a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for "The Collected Poems" in 1982.
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