Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn were bombed by German zeppelins in 1915 -- the first major aerial bombardment on civilian areas. In 1917, an explosion of 50 tons of TNT at a munitions factory in Silvertown, West Ham, killed 73 people and injured 400 others. Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India in 1966. The last Volkswagen Beetle to be manufactured in Germany was produced in 1978 and the Apple Lisa, the first home computer with a graphical interface and a mouse, was introduced in 1983.
Born today: James Watt (1736-1819), Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), Henry Bessemer (1813-1898), Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Phil Everly (1939), Janis Joplin (1943), Dolly Parton (1946), Robert Palmer (1949-2003), Simon Rattle (1955), Stefan Edberg (1966) and Jenson Button (1980).