On this day:

1756 Black Hole of Calcutta: 146 British soldiers, Anglo-Indian soldiers and Indian civilians are imprisoned in a small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die from suffocation and heat exhaustion

1837 Victoria becomes Queen of the United Kingdom

Born on this day:

1952 Vikram Seth, Indian poet and novelist of ‘A Suitable Boy’

Gone on this day:

1966 Georges LemaƮtre, Belgian priest, astronomer, cosmologist