It's also, in history, the date of a lot of other things.
Here are some of them.
On This Day In History
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope.
1707: Last recorded eruption of Mt Fuji in Japan.
1773: The Boston Tea Party. Protest against tea tax.
1927 – Donald Bradman scores a century in his first game of first-class cricket for NSW agains South Australia
Birthdays - an embarrassment of riches!
1485: Catherine of Aragon, subject of a lot of writing, from biography to fiction. Imagine how different the world would have been if she'd given Henry a living son...
1775: Jane Austen! Yay!
1866: Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French artist(there's a Google doodle in his honour. If you miss it, they do have a stash of them online)
1899: Noel Coward, British playwright and composer
1901: Margaret Mead, the American anthropologist
1917: Arthur C Clarke, classic SF writer
1927: Peter Dickinson, who has written quite a lot of spec fic for children and teens. For adults, among other things, there was King And Joker, an alternative universe crime novel set in Buckingham Palace.
1928: Phillip K Dick. If you haven't read any of his books, I'm betting you've seen at least one movie based on something he wrote, such as Bladerunner.
1933: Quentin Blake, who illoed all those Roald Dahl stories.
1967: Miranda Otto, Aussie actress whom you would likely have seen in LOTR. I believe she went to school with one of the ASIM members, so we have an interview with her in one of our earlier issues.
It may also be the birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven(1770), but I'm uncertain. He was baptised on the 17th.
There are more, but these will do. As I said, an embarrassment of riches among all the people who, in one way or another, have made the world a nicer place to live.