On this day:

1752 French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India

1928 Charles Kingsford Smith completes the world’s first trans-Pacific flight

Gone on this day:

1870 Charles Dickens, English author

1974 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan journalist, author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

2011 M. F. Husain, Indian artist, painter