Muhammad delivered his Farewell Sermon in 632. Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing "J'accuse" in 1898 and an avalanche devastated the village of Galtür in Austria in 1999, killing 31 people.
Born today: Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), Victor Fleming (1889-1949), Peter Fonda (1940), Bernard Cornwell, John Sandford and Johnny Winter (1944), Allan Boesak (1945), Howard Jones (1955), David Sylvian (1958).
It is Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia.