Today in the Past

Events

1400 - Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1630 - Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston

1662 - Flamsteed sees solar eclipse, 1st known astronomical observation

1782 - Great Seal of US used for 1st time

1810 - Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, which called for the end of Spanish rule Mexican Independence Day celebrates this event

1847 - United Shakespeare Company buys his home in Stratford-upon-Avon

1848 - Slavery abolished in all French territories

1863 - Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1885 - Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America’s Cup

1906 - Roald Amundsen discovers Magnetic South Pole

1908 - William Crapo Durant incorporates General Motors in Janesville Wisc

1919 - American Legion incorporated by an act of Congress

1920 - Bomb explosion in Wall Street, kills 30

1926 - -22] Hurricane in Florida & Alabama, kills 372

1931 - Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)

1938 - George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH

1940 - FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

1945 - Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55″) off Okinawa (record low)

1947 - John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH

1955 - US Auto Club forms to oversee 4 major auto racing categories

1963 - “Outer Limits” premieres on ABC-TV

1968 - Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”

1975 - The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.

1978 - 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran

 

1978 - Filming on Monty Python’s Life of Brian, begins

What have the Romans ever done for us                 The Stoning

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life                    He’s Not The Messiah

Biggus Dickus                                                              Splitters

 

1979 - Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin

1986 - Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed

1991 - US trial of Panamanian leader Noriega begins

1997 - Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs temporary CEO

2000 - Sammy Sosa’s becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire

 

Births

16 - Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)

1387 - Henry V, king of England (1413-22)

1507 - Jiajing, Emperor of China (d. 1567

1666 - Antoine Parent, French mathematician (d. 1716)

1745 - Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (d. 1813)

1822 - Charles S Crocker, Pres of Central & South Pacific Railroad

1823 - Francis Parkman, American historian/author (Oregon Trail)

1832 - George Washington Custis Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)

1875 - James Cash Penney, Hamilton Missouri, department store founder (J C Penney), (d. 1971)

1891 - Karl Dönitz, German naval leader (d. 1980)

1893 - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungary, biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937)

1893 - Alexander Korda, British movie producer (3rd man)

1898 - H.A. Rey, American children’s author, creator of “Curious George” (d. 1977)

 

1914 - Allen Funt, Bkln NY, TV host & creator (Candid Camera)

Lady With A Monkey On Her Head

Candid Camera

Buster Keaton on Candid Camera

 

1924 - Lauren Bacall, Staten Island, actress (Dark Passage, Key Largo)

To Have and Have Not

Whistle

Labor Day 1965 at Rock Hudson’s House

 

1925 – Riley B King, Itta Bena Miss, blues singer (Thrill is Gone)

Why I Sing The Blues                                 Key to the Highway

Best Solo Guitar King of Blues                 Since I Met You Baby wth Gary Moore

The Thrill Is Gone                                        Rock Me Baby with Eric Clapton & George Benson

 

1925 - Charlie Byrd, guitarist (Desfinado)

Jitterbug Waltz

Shiny Stockings

Desafinado

 

1926 - Tommy “Butch” Bond, actor (Butch-Our Gang)

The Little Rascals Good Singin’

The gang takes on the streets

 

1927 - Peter Falk, Ossining NY, actor (Colombo, Scared Straight)

1934 - Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers)

1937 - Aleksandr Medved, USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964 68, 72)

1941 - Richard Perle, American political advisor

 

1943 - Dennis W Conner, yachting pro (4-time America’s Cup-winning skipper)

 

1953 - Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist

1956 - David Copperfield, [Kotkin], Metuchen, New Jersey, magician

1992 - Nick Jonas, American singer, member of The Jonas Brothers

 

Deaths

96 - Titus Flavius Domitianus, emperor of Rome (81-96), murdered at 45

1380 - Charles V, the Wise, King of France (1364-80), dies

 

1498 - Tomas de Torquemada, inquisitor who burned 10,000 people, dies

 

1701 - James II of England and VII of Scotland (b. 1633)

1736 - Daniel G Fahrenheit, Prussian/Neth physicist (thermometer), dies at 50

1864 - John Hanning Speke, English explorer (b. 1827)

1911 - Edward Whymper, English mountaineer (Ascent of Matterhorn), dies

1932 - Ronald Ross, English physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1857)

1977 - Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29

1977 - Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53

1993 - Willie Mosconi, world billiards champ, dies of heart attack at 80

1996 - McGeorge Bundy, US national security advisor (1961-66), dies at 77

2002 - James Gregory, American actor (b. 1911)

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