Wow, chockablock with interesting events today! St. Columba reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness in 565. Richard III died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Charles I called Parliament 'traitors' in 1642. Jacob Barsimson, the first known Jewish immigrant in North America, arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654. George III declared the American colonies to be in open rebellion in 1775. The Red Cross was formed in Geneva in 1864. Michael Collins was assasinated in 1922. Gold was discovered near Johannesburg in 1926. The BBC conducted its first experiments in television broadcasting in 1932. Althea Gibson became the first black woman to compete in international tennis in 1950 and the Devil's Island penal colony was closed in 1952.
Celebrating birthdays today: Ray Bradbury, Honor Blackman, Roland Orzabal, Lee Camp and Kiko Macheda. Today is the first full day of Ramadan.