Happy St. Andrew's Day!
King Charles XII of Sweden led 8500 troops in the Battle of Narva, defeating a Russian force of 37,000 men in 1700. Scotland and England played to a scoreless draw in the first international football match ever played in 1872. The Folies Bergère performed for the first time in 1886. The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936. At least 40,000 people massed in downtown Seattle in 1999 to protest the opening of the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation. Police were unprepared for the scale of the demonstrations and the presence of anarchist groups, and the protest is now known as the Battle in Seattle.
Born today: Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Mark Twain (1835-1910), Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), Graham Crowden (1922), Ridley Scott (1937), Billy Idol (1955) and Gary Lineker (1960).