The feast day of St Denis.
The French martyr who was beheaded on a hill north of Paris (later called Montmartre) and walked 6 miles to the future site of Saint Denis Basilica with his head in his hand.
Leif Erikson landed in North America (Vinland).
King Richard Coeur de Lion of England leaves Jerusalem in disguise.
French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (Carnival of the Animals) born in Paris.
The New York Tribune published Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee.
Archaeologist, painter & spiritualist Nicholas Roerich born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. officially opened to the public.
It was, at the time, the worlds tallest building.
Founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Aimee Semple McPherson born in Salford, Ontario, Canada.
Historian and author Bruce Catton (A Stillness at Appomattox) born in Petoskey, Michigan.
The Black Sox scandal: The Cincinnati Reds "defeated" "Shoeless Joe" Jackson and the Chicago White Sox to "win" the World Series major league baseball championship by 5 games to 3.
Singer/song writer John Lennon born in Liverpool, England.
Singer/song writer Jackson Browne born in in Heidelberg, Germany.
Cuban revolutionary and pop icon, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is killed in Bolivia.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Vendémiaire 18 Sarrasin