The Danes defeated the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon in 1016. Basel was destroyed by an earthquake estimated to have measured 6.5 on the Richter scale in 1356. The British Broadcasting Company was formed in 1922. A bomb attempt to assassinate Benazir Bhutto left 139 dead in Karachi in 2007.
Born today: Lotte Lenya (1898-1981), Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000), Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), Chuck Berry (1926), Klaus Kinski (1926-1991), Peter Boyle (1935-2006), Martina Navratilova (1956), Jean-Claude van Damme (1960) and Wynton Marsalis (1961).
Those of you living your life by the French Republican calendar know that today is Septidi, 27 Vendémaire, CCXVIII.