1940: Leon Trotsky died of his injuries after being struck on the head with an ice pick by Soviet agent Ramon Mercader, who attacked him in his study.
1612: Diego Sarmiento, 1st Count of Gondomar, was appointed Spanish ambassador to London. His plans to arrange a marriage between Prince Charles and the infanta Maria Anna of Spain eventually came to nothing.
1831: Outbreak in Southampton County, Virginia, of Nat Turner’s slave revolt: more than 50 whites were killed in the rebellion. In its suppression more than 100 enslaved Africans were killed and 16 more were hanged, including Turner himself.