Liu Bang was crowned as Emperor Gaozu of Han in 202 BC, beginning the 400 year Han Dynasty. John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church in 1784. The Republican Party was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. Forty-three people were killed when an Underground train failed to stop at Moorgate station in 1975. Olaf Palme was assassinated in 1986. The Nisqually Earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Seattle area in 2001.
Born today: Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974), Zero Mostel (1915-1977), Brian Jones (1942-1969), Sepp Maier (1944) and Mike Figgis (1948).