Cyrus the Great released the Jews from their exile in Babylon in 539 BC. Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for £40,000 in 1662. In 1814, a vat at the Meux and Company Brewery in Tottenham Court Road ruptured, causing other vats to rupture and spilling 323,000 gallons of beer into the streets of London.
Born today: Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) and David St. Hubbins, er Michael McKean (1947).
It is Diwali.