In 1820, an 80 ton sperm whale attacked the Nantucket-based whaling ship, Essex, an event that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The Nuremberg Trials began in 1945. Brenda and Phil got married in 1947. Francisco Franco died in 1975. He's still dead. And a fire in Windsor Castle caused £50 million in damage.
Born today: Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), Nadine Gordimer (1923) and Joe Biden (1942).