The Boston Massacre, a pre-Revolutionary incident that grew out of anger towards British troops, occurred. Five anti-British rioters were killed.
Winston Churchill delivered his famous Iron curtain speech, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73, after 29 years in power.
Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hankshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash.