Not entirely intentional French theme to today's events: Napoleon began his exile on St. Helena in 1815. Alfred Dreyfus was arrested on charges of spying in 1894. Mata Hari was executed at Vincennes in 1917. Pierre Laval was executed in 1945 and the Great Storm of 1987 slammed France and England with winds up to 100 knots and air pressure equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, leaving 22 dead.
Born today: Virgil (70-19 BC), Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), Friederich Nietsche (1844-1900), P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), Mario Puzo (1920-1999), Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Penny Marshall (1942) and David Trimble (1944).
It's Global Handwashing Day, so wash those filthy mitts.