The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Galatasaray SK was formed in 1905. The Long March ended in 1935 and, boy, were Mao's feet tired. Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 and tragedy struck a UEFA Cup match at Lenin Stadium in Moscow between FC Spartak and HFC Haarlem in 1983. Spartak supporters were crushed as some who had been leaving the stadium turned around to try to re-enter. The official death toll was 67, though family and witnesses placed the number at closer to 340.
Born today: Christopher Wren (1632-1723), Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), Bela Lugosi (1882-1956), Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), Jomo Kenyatta (1891-1978), Empress Michiko(1934), Tom Petty (1950), Viggo Mortensen (1958), Danii Minogue (1971) and Snoop Dogg (1971). Fo shizzle.
Bahá'is are celebrating the Birth of the Báb today.