Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1564 – William Shakespeare is born; historians believe he died on his birthday in 1616 (More info)

1910 – Theodore Roosevelt makes his The Man in the Arena speech (More info)

1940 – The Rhythm Night Club fire at a dance hall in Natchez, Miss. kills more than 200 people (More info)

1954 – Hank Aaron hits the first home run of his career (More info)

1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke to an enormous public backlash (More info)