On this day:

1910 First public demonstration of neon lights at Paris Motor Show. They were invented by Georges Claude.

1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. A gas leak from a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal became one the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Born on this day:

1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish/English author

1895 Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalyst

Gone on this day:

1894 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author, poet