Today in History
Captain William Kidd, the pirate, is taken into custody at Boston, Massachusetts. He is later hanged in England.
Louis Pasteur performs first inoculation of a human being: a young boy bitten by a rabid dog
Some 169 people die in fire in the main tent of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut
The world’s worst offshore accident occurs when the Piper Alpha oil platform explodes in the North Sea, killing 167
Queensland school bans performance by PNG dance group because of bare breasts