Today in the Past

 

Events

 

1192 – English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured

 

 

1217 – The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights.

1621 – King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling

1677 – John & Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher

1745 – Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army

1776 – 5 days after British take NY, a ¼ of city burns down

 

 

1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested

 

 

1780 – Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point

 

 

1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores

1860 – In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao.

1872 – John Henry Conyers of SC becomes 1st black student at Annapolis

1895 – 1st auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company

1898 – China’s empress-mother Ci Xi & emperor De Zong arrested

1913 – 1st aerobatic maneuver, sustained inverted flight, performed in France

1915 – CH Chubb buys Stonehenge for £6,600

1930 – Johann Ostermeyer patents flashbulb

1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is published

 

 

1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.

 

 

1954 – 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned

 

 

1955 – Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1961 – Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.

1964 – Constellation (US) beats Sovereign (England) in 20th America’s Cup

1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world’s first Mach 3 bomber, made its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.

1970 – “Monday Night Football” premieres on ABC – Browns 31, Jets 21

1972 – Marcos declares martial law in Philippines

1974 – US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury

 

 

1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice

 

 

2001 – Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.

2003 – Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.

2008 – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.

2008 – The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

 

 

Births

 

1328 – Hongwu Emperor of China (d. 1398)

1372 – Frederik I van Hohenzollern, monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40)

1411 – Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne (d. 1460)

1415 – Frederick III, Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493)

1428 – Jingtai Emperor of China (d. 1457

1737 – Francis Hopkinson, US, writer/lawyer (helped design Stars & Stripes)

1840 – Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876)

 

 

1866 – H. G. Wells, Bromley, Kent, , English writer (War of the Worlds, Kipps), (d. 1946)

 

 

1886 – Teiichi Igarashi, Japan, climed Mt Fuji at age 99

 

 

1912 – Chuck Jones, animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)

A Chuck Jones Tribute                                         One Froggy Evening  

Fast and Furry-ous                                                 I Love To Singa

The Cat Above And The Mouse Below             Marvin the Martian

 

 

1914 – John Kluge, Chemnitz Germany, media CEO (Metromedia)/billionaire

 

 

1920 – Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman                    Dudley Do-Right

Mr. Know-It All                                      Go Go Gophers

Commander McBragg                         

 

 

1926 – Donald A Glaser, physicist (Nobel-1960)

1932 – Don Preston, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)

1935 – Henry Gibson, Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In’s poet)

1941 – R. James Woolsey, Jr., Central Intelligence Agency director

1945 – Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner

 

 

1947 – Stephen King, Portland, Maine, sci-fi/horror author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo)

 

 

1950 – Bill Murray,  Wilmette, Illinois, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters)

Dalai Lama

Stripes

Venkman gets Slimed

 

 

1957 – Ethan Coen, Minneapolis Mn, producer (Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink)

1967 – Faith Hill, American singer

 

 

Deaths

 

 

19 BC – Virgil, Roman poet, dies at 50

 

 

1327 – Edward II, king of England (1307-1327), assassinated at 43

1397 – Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346)

1798 – George Read, US judge/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 65

 

 

1832 –  Sir Walter Scott, Scottish attorney/poet/writer (Ivanhoe), dies

 

 

1860 – Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (b. 1788)

1904 – Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perces), dies

1906 – Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator (b. 1838)

1947 – Harry Carey Sr, actor/director (Red River, Sundown), dies at 69

1956 – Anastasio Somoza, Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated by Roliberto Lopez

1974 – Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53

 

 

1974 – Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), dies at 80

To Have And Have Not

Stumpy

Red Skelton And Walter Brennan

 

 

1979 – John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73

 

 

1987 – Jaco Pastorius, jazz bassist and composer (Weather Report) dies at 36

The Chicken

Birdland

Mercy,Mercy,Mercy

 

 

1988 – Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85

1998 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)

2007 – Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1926)

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