Berwick upon Tweed was captured by the Scots in 1318. Household Words began publishing Charles Dickens's Hard Times as a serial in 1854. The Royal Canadian Air Force was established in 1924. Same-sex marriage became legal in the Netherlands in 2001.
Born today: Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997), Milan Kundera (1929), Debbie Reynolds (1932) Wangari Maathai (194), Jimmy Cliff (1948), Gil Scott-Heron (1949) and Susan Boyle (1961).
Contrary to what my 8 year-old self thought, today is not Monday Thursday.