James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603. Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating the mass in San Salvador in 1980. The Exxon Valdez struck the Bligh Reef, spilling 240,000 barrels of oil into the Prince William Sound in 1989. Two boys, aged 13 and 11, opened fire on fellow students of Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1998. They killed four girls, aged 11 and 12 and a 32 year old teacher and injuring 10 others.
Born today: William Morris (1834-1896), Harry Houdini (1874-1926), Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), Steve McQueen (1930-1980), Nick Lowe (1949) and Nena (1960).