Today in the Past

Events 

1217 – French prince Louis & English king Henry III sign peace treaty

1396 – Crusaders under earl of Nevers reaches Nicopolis

1624 – 1st submarine tested (London)

1683 – Turkish troops attacks Vienna overthrows by Polish king Sobieski

1695 – NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties

1759 – British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.

1776 – Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission

1847 – Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.

1862 – Battle of Harpers Ferry VA

1895 – Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (Engld) in 10th America’s Cup

1901 – Arabs attack Gedara Palestine

1907 – Lusitania arrives in NYC after 5 day crossing of Atlantic (record)

1910 – World’s 1st female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, appointed (LAPD)

1928 – -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000

1934 – Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania signs Baltic Entente, against USSR

1935 – Millionaire Howard Hughes flies his own designed plane at 352.46 mph

1940 – 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)

1940 – 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings

1943 – Waffen-SS (Skorzeny) frees Benito Mussolini at Gran Sasso

1944 – US Army troops entered Germany for 1st time

1953 – Sen John F Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24

1958 – US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate

1964 – 1st football game at Shea Stadium, Jets defeat Denver 30-6

1965 – Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75

1966 – “Monkees” premieres on NBC-TV

1966 – Gemini XI (Charles Conrad & R Gordon) launched for 71-hour flight

1970 – 1st Concorde lands at Heathrow airport

1970 – US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail

1970 – Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.

1972 – Ciod War: Icelandic gunboats sink 2 British trawlers in North Sea

1979 – Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

1983 – Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million

1988 – Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica

1994 – Cessna crashes in White House front yard

1994 – Parti Québécois wins parliamentary election

1995 – Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.

2001 – Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for only the second time (the other being in Bosnia) in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.

2005 – Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.

 

 

Births 

1575 – Henry Hudson, England, navigator/explorer (Hudson River)

1806 – Andrew Hull Foote, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1863

1811 – James Hall, US geologist (Natural history of NY)

1812 – Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist (d. 1886)

 

1818 – Richard Jordan GatlingUS, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)

 

 

1880 – Henry L MenckenBaltimore, Mdnewspaperman/critic (Prejudices)

 

1892 – Alfred A Knopf, US, publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal)

1906 – Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, St Petersburg Russia, composer [OS]

1913 – Jesse Owens, track star, spoiled Hitler’s 1936 Olympics with 4 gold

1914 – Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (d. 1999)

1916 – Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 1961)

 

1925 – Dickie MooreLA California, actor (Expert, Oliver Twist, Little Men)

Stymie Teaches Dickie A Fact Of Life

Stymie Performs First Chiropractic Adjustment

1931 – George Jones, Saratoga Tx, singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me)

1934 – Gunther Gebel-Williams, lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus)

1943 – Maria Muldaur, Greenwich Village, NY, singer (Midnight at the Oasis)

1952 – Neil Peart, Canada, musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings)

1954 – Peter Scolari, New Rochelle NY, actor (Jerry-Newhart, Bosom Buddies

1956 – Ricky Rudd, American race car driver

 

1974 – Jennifer NettlesAmerican country singer, part of Sugarland

Who Says You Can’t Go Home

The Night the Lights went out in Georgia

Stay

Stuck Like Glue

 

1981 – Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Illinois, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson)

 

Deaths 

352 – Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies

1213 – Pedro II, [el Catolico], king of Aragon, dies in battle

1591 – Richard Grenville, vice-admiral (Roanoke) dies in battle at 49

 

1953 – Hugo SchmeisserGerman weapons designer (b. 1884)

 

1973 – Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86

1977 – Steven Biko, South African black student leader, dies in police custody

1993 – Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason), dies of liver cancer at 76

 

2003 – Johnny CashAmerican singer and guitarist (b. 1932)

Walk The Line

Ring of Fire

A Boy Named Sue

 

2009 – Norman BorlaugAmerican agronomist (b. 1914)

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