A North Sea tidal wave hit the coast from Holland to Jutland, leaving more than 1000 dead in 1570. The Balfour Declaration, giving British support to a homeland for Jews in Palestine, was issued in 1917. Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was formed and the British Broadcasting Corporation began the world's first regular television service in 1936. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a national holiday in the U.S. in 1983.
Born today: Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Queen Sofia of Spain (1938) and Keith Emerson (1944).
It is All Souls Day and the second day of Mexico's Día de los Muertos celebrations.