On this day :
1920 Pope John Paul II born, 1783 United Empire Loyalists reach Canada, 1958 Lotus makes Formula One debut, 1863 The siege of Vicksburg commences, 1989 One million protesters take to the streets in Beijing, 1926 Popular evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears, 1980 Mount St Helens erupts, 1860 Lincoln nominated for presidency, 1896 Supreme Court rules in Plessy v Ferguson, 1974 India joins the nuclear club, 1980 Mount St Helens erupts, 2012 Facebook raises 16 billion in largest tech IPO in US history, 2001 Shrek released, 1593 Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1980 Ian Curtis of Joy Division commits suicide, 1871 Chief Satanta massacres teamsters, 1861 Newspaper report criticizes Mrs Lincoln, 2004 Randy Johnson throws perfect game at 40, 1966 Laird charges, 1969 Communists attack Xuan Loc, 1917 US Congress passes Selective Service Act, 1943 Hitler gives the order for Operation Alaric, 1944 Polish Corps takes Monte Cassino,