Boganda Day in the Central African Republic
Martyrs' Day in Madagascar (1947)
845 – Viking raiders possibly led by the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok captured Paris and held the city for a huge ransom.
1882 – The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, was founded by Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
1942 – Second World War: The British Royal Air Force completed a bombing raid of Lübeck, the first major success for RAF Bomber Command against a German city.
1969 – The New People's Army (original flag pictured), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed.
1975 – Jeff Beck released Blow by Blow, his most successful album in the U.S., reaching the top five and selling over one million copies.
1999 – The strongest earthquake to hit the foothills of the Himalayas in more than ninety years killed 103 people.