What happened today in history?
- 1666 – The Great Fire of London starts, and it continues to burn for three days.
- 1945 – World War 2 combat in the Pacific ends as Mamoru Shigemitsu (the Japanese Foreign Minister) signs surrender documents.
- 2013 – A new portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is opened. At the time, it is the widest bridge in the world.
Who was born today?
- 1952 – Jimmy Connors – American tennis player.
- 1964 – Keanu Reeves – Canadian actor (The Matrix, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed)
- 1965 – Lennox Lewis – English-Canadian heavyweight boxing champion.
Who died today?
- 1910 – Henri Rousseau – French painter.
- 1973 – J. R. R. Tolkien – English author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings).
- 2005 – Bob Denver – American singer.