1260 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself
1648 Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Years’ War in the Holy Roman Empire; Switzerland’s independence recognized
1869 John Paton observes the Lord’s Supper with his first converts on Aniwa in the New Hebrides.
1929 “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba
2008 “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
Today’s Historical Events
Today in Film & TV
1962 “The Manchurian Candidate”, directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released
Today in Music
1979 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter
Today in Sport
1857 Recognised by FIFA as oldest existing club still playing football in the world, Sheffield FC is founded in Yorkshire, England; now based in Dronfield, Derbyshire
Do you know this fact about today? Did You Know?
Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion, on this day in 1931
Would you believe this fact about today? Would You Believe?
Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico, on this day in 1593