1791 - The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia legislature.
1961 - In Jerusalem, Adolph Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
1994 - The web browser Netscape Navigator 1.0 is released.
37 - Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (d. 68)
1859 - L. L. Zamenhof, Russian initiator of Esperanto (d. 1917)
1923 - Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
1955 - Paul Simonon, British bassist (The Clash)
1964 - me!
1890 - Sitting Bull, Sioux nation leader (b. circa 1831)
1944 - Glenn Miller, American musician (b. 1904)(probably - date of plane's disappearance)
Apparently it's the Roman holiday of Consualia, on which day the Rape of the Sabine Women took place. The holiday is all about THE GRAIN THAT IS UNDERGROUND AND HIDDEN AND PROTECTED. Fascinating stuff.