The Aurora Borealis over Iowa
Westminster Abbey was consecrated in 1065. Iowa became the 29th state admitted to the Union in 1846. In 1879, the central portion of the Tay Bridge collapsed as a train was passing over it, killing 75 people. An earthquake killed 75,000 in Messina, Sicily, in 1908. The Peak District became the first national park in the United Kingdom in 1950 and Nepal abolished its monarchy in 2007.
Born today: Earl "Fatha" Hines (1903-1983), Pops Staples (1915-2000), Stan Lee (1922), Roy Hattersley (1932), Nichelle Nichols (1932), Ana Torroja (1959)
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.