During the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, turn back an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan) born in Westport, England.
French revolutionary Georges Jacques Danton guillotined as a traitor.
Poet Algernon Swinburne born in London.
Actor Spencer Tracy born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Eccentric monologist Lord Buckley (Richard Myrle Buckley) born in Tuolumne, California.
Actress Bette Davis (The Petrified Forest) born in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Writer Robert Bloch (Psycho) born in Chicago.
English Swinging chick of the 60's and one-time girlfriend of a former insect, Jane Asher born in London.
Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain commits suicide.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Germinal 16 Laitue