On this day in 987, Hugh Capet was crowned King of France. The Great Auk became extinct in 1844, when a trio of Icelandic men killed the last nesting pair and smashed the egg they'd been incubating. Arseholes. And in 1996, the Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland. Celebrating birthdays: Ken Russell, Tom Stoppard, Julie Burchill, Vince Clark, Tom Cruise and Yeardley Smith. It's Independence Day in Belarus.