In 393, Emperor Theodosius I named his 9 year old son, Honorius, co-emperor. The deadliest earthquake ever recorded shook Shannxi, China, in 1556. As many as 830,000 people were killed. Scottish regent, James Stewart was assassinated in 1570. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female M.D. in the United States in 1849. Duke Ellington performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time in 1943. And one year ago today, three people were killed and twelve wounded when a man armed with a knife attacked a nursery in Dendermonde, Belgium.
Born today: John Hancock (1737-1793), Stendhal (1783-1842), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), Jeanne Moreau (1928), Rutger Hauer (1944), Robin Zander (1953) and Princess Caroline (1957).