Edward the Confessor became King of England in 1043. The first successful run of the Pony Express from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, began in 1860. President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan in 1948.
Born today: George Herbert (1593-1633), Washington Irving (1783-1859), Leslie Howard (1893-1943), Doris Day (1922), Marlon Brando (1924-2004), Jane Goodall (1934), A.C. Grayling (1949) and Richard Thompson (1949).
It is the feast day of St. Richard of Chichester.