Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.
1859: American writer Washington Irving, best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," dies of heart attack at the age of 76 in Tarrytown, N.Y.
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