Vercingetorix surrendered to the Romans in 52 BC. Dafydd ap Gruffydd was the first person to be executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered in 1283. Edgar Allen Poe was found in a gutter, muttering incoherently, in Baltimore in 1849. Pravda was founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, et al., in Vienna in 1908. The Maze Prison hunger strike came to an end in 1981 after seven months and ten deaths. And the German Democratic Republic ceased to exist on this day in 1990.
Born today: James Herriott (1916-1995), Gore Vidal (1925), Stevie Ray Vaughn (1954-1990) and Clive Owen (1964).
As luck would have it, today is German Unity Day. Happy German Unity Day, elementary watson!