781 - The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781)
1498 - On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
1588 - The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
1911 - George Liberace, American musician (d. 1983)
1965 - J. K. Rowling, English novelist
1099 - El Cid, Spanish warrior (b. 1044)
1784 - Denis Diderot, French philosopher and encylopedist (b. 1713)
and this made me laugh... Holidays and Observances... "Republic of the Congo - Upswing of the Revolution "