Sir Francis Drake returned to Plymouth in 1580, completing his circumnavigation of the globe. The Chicago Cubs' Ed Reulbach became the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch two shutouts in a single day, in a double-header against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1908. The first ever televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, took place in 1960. The Beatles released Abbey Road, their last studio album, in 1969. Concorde made its first trans-Atlantic flight in 1973. Australia II became the first non-American entrant to win the Americas Cup in 1983.
Born today: T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), George Gershwin (1898-1937), Bryan Ferry (1945), Andrea Dworkin (1946), Michael Ballack (1976) and Serena Williams (1981).