The Stockholm Bloodbath came to an end in 1520. As near as I can tell, around 215 people were killed over a four-day period by Danish King Christian II's men. René Descartes apparently had some dreams in 1619 that lead him to write Meditations on First Philosophy. In 1969, American children were introduced to a happy world where people of all ethnicities lived in peaceful harmony with monsters and mutant birds when Sesame Street hit their tv screens. The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank suddenly during a storm on Lake Superior in 1975. Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Movement to Save the Ogoni People were executed in Nigeria in 1995.
Born today: Martin Luther (1483-1546), William Hogarth (1697-1764), Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), Richard Burton (1925-1984) and Screaming Lord Sutch (1940-1999).