In the year 8, Tiberius defeated the Dalmatians. Why he would want to harm those cute dogs, I don't know. Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera in 1492. And in 1936, Jesse Owens took the gold medal in the 100m dash at the Berlin Olympics. Celebrating birthdays today: P.D. James, Tony Bennett, Terry Wogan, Martin Sheen, Jack Straw and John C. McGinley. It is Independence Day in Niger.