A look at events which took place in history, today. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines in the year 1521. Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph was born in 1791. Ludwig van Beethoven wrote one of his most famous piano compositions, the Bagatelle in A-minor in 1810. The 18th US President, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in 1822.