Simeon I became the first Emperor of Bulgaria in 893. Women from the Bolivian city of Cochabamba fought the Spanish army in the Battle of La Coronilla in 1812. The bubonic plague struck San Francisco in 1907. An earthquake shook the island of Java in 2006, killing around 6000 people.
Born today: Wild Bill Hickock (1837-1876), Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), Rachel Carson (1907-1964), John Cheever (1912-1982), Herman Wouk (1915), Christopher Lee (1922), Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), John Barth (1930), Louis Gossett, Jr. (1936), Cilla Black (1943), Siouxsie Sioux (1957), Paul Gascoigne (1967) and Jamie Oliver (1975).