The current Hagia Sophia was completed in 537. It is the third church to stand on that spot. The HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth in 1831. Spain became a democracy in 1978. The USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
Born today: Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), Jacob Bernoulli (1654-1705), Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), Gérard Depardieu (1948) and Sarah Vowell (1969).