On this day:

1966 Botswana becomes independent from UK

2005 Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten publishes controversial cartoon leading to riots in many parts of the world

Born on this day:

1207 Rumi, Persian mystic, poet

1928 Elie Wiesel, Romanian/American author, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Prize laureate

Gone on this day:

1987 Alfred Bester, American author