Coca-Cola patents its iconic contoured bottle, Al Capone leaves prison, Luke and Laura get married, Harry Potter makes his movie debut, and Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement, all on this day.
1849: A Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky, who would go on to write "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov," to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group. Following a mock execution in December 1849, the sentence was commuted to four years of exile with hard labor in Siberia followed by a term of compulsory military service.
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