The Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the first time in 1879. Women in the Netherlands received the right to vote in 1919. Actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping from the Hollywood sign in 1932. Dag Hammarskjöld was killed in a plane crash in 1961. Jimi Hendrix was found dead in a Notting Hill hotel in 1970 and the funeral of Mao Zedong was held on this day in 1976.
Born today: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Mo Mowlam (1949-2005), Peter Shilton (1949) and DeeDee Ramone (1952-2002).
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown. Shanah tovah! Let's hope 5770 is a better year than 5769 was.