The Bruges Matins took place in 1302. The Flemish militia massacred almost the entire French garrison. The colony of Rhode Island passed the first law in North America which made slavery illegal in 1652. Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington in 1980 killed 57 people and caused $3,000,000,000 damage.
Born today: Omar Khayyám (1048-1131), Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), Walter Gropius (1883-1969), Frank Capra (1897-1991), Fred Perry (1909-1995), Perry Como (1912-2001), Walter Sisulu (1912-2003), Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) and Rick Wakeman (1949).
It is Revival, Unity and Poetry of Magtymguly Day in Turkmenistan.