On this day:

1542 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, then capital of Portuguese India

1909 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India

1994 The Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom with France is opened

Born on this day:

1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist

Gone on this day:

1859 Alexander von Humboldt, German geographer, explorer

1862 Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher