The First Punic War came to an end when the Romans sank the Carthaginian fleet in 241 BC. The French Foreign Legion was established in 1831. Europe's worst mining disaster occurred in 1906, when an apparent dust explosion killed 1099 miners (including children) in a coal mine 2 km east of Lens, France. Fulgencio Batista declared himself provisional president after successfully leading a coup in Cuba in 1952.
Born today: Fellow Iowegian Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931), Sepp Blatter (1936), Chuck Norris (1940) and Sharon Stone (1958).