The Russians defeated the Mongols and Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380. Michelangelo's David was unveiled in 1504. The first six matches of the Football League were played in 1888. Galveston, Texas, was devastated by a category 4 hurricane in 1900. Eight thousand people were killed. The Severn Bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 and Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office in 1974.
People born today: Richard I (1157), Antonín Dvoràk (1841), Siegfried Sassoon (1886), Harry Secombe (1921), Peter Sellars (1925), Patsy Cline (1932), Michael Frayn (1933), and Virna Lisi (1937). It is International Literacy Day.