Today in the Past

Events 

642 - Arabs conquer Alexandria, library destroyed

1562 - Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon

1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.

1683 - Antonie van Leeuwenhoek reports existence of bacteria

1697 - Battle at Zenta: Prince Eugen of Savoye beats Turks

1776 - Presidio of SF forms as a Spanish fort

1778 - 1st treaty between the US & Indian tribes signed (Fort Pitt)

 

 

1787 - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention

 

 

1850 - Great fire in San Francisco

1861 - 1st day school for freedmen forms at Fortress Monroe Virginia

 

 

1862 - Battle of Antietam, bloodiest day in Civil War (Sharpsburg Md), 23, 100 die

 

 

1862 - American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1872 - Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires

1873 - 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University

1900 - Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed

1908 - Thomas Selfridge becomes 1st fatality of powered flight

1911 - 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hrs 4 min

1922 - Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)

1926 - Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die

1928 - Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500

1934 - RCA Victor re leases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven’s 5th)

1934 - USSR joins League of Nations (Netherland, Switz & Portugal vote no)

1939 - German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die

 

 

1944 - Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem Netherlands

 

 

1947 - Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News

1953 - 1st successful separation of Siamese twins

1953 - Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

1954 - Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1959 - Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea

1960 - Cuba nationalizes US banks

1961 - Minnesota Vikings’ 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

1963 - “Fugitive” premieres on ABC TV

1967 - “Mission Impossible” premieres on CBS-TV

1967 - Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH)

1970 - Jordanian King Hussein moves against PLO guerrillas

1972 - “M*A*S*H,” premieres on NBC TV

1974 - Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America’s Cup

1978 - Begin, Sadat & Carter sign Camp David accord

1980 - Solidarity labor union in Poland forms

1983 - Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black

1986 - Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed

1986 - US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice

1989 - Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62

1991 - 4,355 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

1991 - The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

1993 - Last Russian troops leave Poland.

2008 - The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea

 

 

2011 - Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.

 

 

 

Births

879 - Charles III, [The Simple], king of France (893-923)

1192 - Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1219)

1271 - Wenceslas II, king of Bohemia & Poland (1278-1305)

1639 - Hans Herr, Mennonite bishop (d. 1725)

1677 - Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist, and inventor (d. 1761)

1730 - Friedrich WLGA von Steuben, Prus/US inspector-gen of Washington’s army

1739 - John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)

1783 - Samuel Prout, water-color painter

1819 - Jean-Bernard-Leon Foucault, physicist (pendulum proved Earth rotates)

1820 - Earle Van Dorn, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1883 - William Carlos Williams, poet

1899 - Winnie Lightner, Greenport NY, comedienne (Sit Tight, Side Show)

1900 - John Willard Marriott, American hotelier (d. 1985)

1904 - Jerry Colonna, Boston MA, actor (Road to Morocco, Road to Singapore)

1907 - Warren E Burger, Minn, Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86)

1916 - Mary [Florence Elinor] Stewart, UK, sci-fi author (Crystal Cave)

1922 - Naomi Datta, geneticist

 

 

1923 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin‘)

hey good lookin’

Jambalaya

 Lovesick Blues

 

 

1927 - George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)

 

 

1929 - Stirling Moss, London England, race car driver

 

 

1931 - Anne Bancroft, Bronx, actr (Graduate, Miracle Worker), (d. 2005)

 

 

1934 - Little Milton [Campbell], rocker , see death of

The Blues is Alright

Who’s Cheating Who?

 

 

1939 - David H Souter, Weir NH, 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990- )

1944 - Reinhold Messner, Italian mountain climber (Mount Everest)

1947 - Jeff MacNelly, Puliter Prize-winning cartoonist (Shoe)

1955 - Rita Rudner, comedienne (Funny People)

 

 

1975 - Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver

 

 

 

Deaths

1312 - Ferdinand V, king of Castile/Leon, dies at 26

1322 - Robert III of Flanders (b. 1249)

1574 - Pedro Menendez de Aviles, soldier/navigator, dies

 

 

1858 - Dred Scott, US slave (REV-decision Supreme court), dies

 

 

1873 - Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer (b. 1781)

1884 - Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56

1948 - Ruth Benedict, anthropologist, dies

 

 

1951 - Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)

Yancey Stomp

Five O’Clock Blues

How Long Blues

 

 

1956 - Mildred E “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, (Olympic-gold-1932), dies at 42

 

 

1972 - Akim Tamiroff, actor (Hotel Paradisio, Lord Jim), dies at 72

1980 - Anastasio Somoza, former Nicaraguan Pres, assassinated in Paraguay

1980 - Katherine A Porter, US author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90

1985 - Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, dies by accident

 

 

1994 - Karl R Popper, philosopher (Poverty of Historianism), dies at 92

 

 

1997 - Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84

The Pledge

Red Skelton And John Wayne

Clem Kadiddlehopper Sketch

Freddie The Freeloader

Seagulls

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