An earthquake believed to measure 8.5 on the Richter scale devastated Aleppo, Syria in 1138. Historical records suggest that 230,000 people were killed. In 1634, a tidal storm called the Burchardi Flood slammed the Nordfriesland coast, killing from 8,000 to 15,000 people. The Sack of Wexford occurred in 1649. Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962. The first episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live was aired in 1975. The Mary Rose was raised from the seabed in 1982.
Born today: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), Elmore Leonard (1925), Thich Nhat Hanh (1926), Bobby Charlton (1937) and Dawn French (1957).
Here in the USA, we're observing National Coming Out Day.