The last eight executions of the Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692. Des Moines, Iowa, was incorporated as a city in 1851. Queen Victoria became the longest-reigning monarch in British history in 1896 and ITV broadcast live for the first time in 1955.
Born today: Anne of Cleves (1515-1557), Michael Faraday (1791-1867), Ségolène Royal (1953), Nick Cave (1957), Billie Piper (1982) and Tom Felton (1987).
It is Independence Day in Bulgaria and Mali. It is also the first day of autumn or, as we like to call it here in America, fall.