Today in the Past

 

Events

70 - Walls of upper city of Jerusalem battered down by Romans

489 - Odoacer attacks Theodoric at the Battle of Verona, and is defeated again.

1066 - William the Conqueror troops set sail for England

1290 - Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000

1331 - The Battle of Płowce between the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order is fought.
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1694 - Hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados; 27 Brit ships sink & 3,000 die

1787 - Constitution submitted to states for ratification

1822 - Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone.

1864 - Centralia Massacre (Missouri): “Bloody Bill” Anderson

1864 - Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 killed

1894 - Aqueduct racetrack opens in NY

1903 - Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.

1905 - The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc².

1908 - The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

1910 - 1st test flight of a twin-engined airplane (France)

 

1912 - W C Handy publishesMemphis Blues1st Blues Song, 1912

Memphis Blues

Ole Miss Rag 1917

 

1919 - Democratic National Committee voted to allow female members

 

1938 - British ocean linerQueen Elizabeth,” launches at Clydebank Scotland

 

1941 - 1st WW II liberty ship, freighter Patrick Henry, launched

1950 - Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles KOs Joe Louis in NYC

1953 - Typhoon destroys 1/3 of Nagoya Japan

1954 - Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show” premieres

1963 - At 10:59 AM census clock, records US population at 190,000,000

1964 - Warren Commission released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

1973 - Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season

1979 - Congress’ final approval to create Dept of Education

1985 - Hurricane Gloria’s 130 MPH wind hits Atlantic coast

1988 - Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story

1988 - The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded.

1989 - Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash

1996 - In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.

1998 - Google is launched.

2008 - CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.

 

 

Births

 

1389 - Cosimo de Medici, ruler of Florence and patron of the arts (d. 1464)

 

1722 - Samuel Adams, revolutionary rabble rouser/(Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94)

 

1792 - George Cruikshank, London, caricaturist (Oliver Twist)

1817 - Hiram R Revels, Fayetteville NC, 1st black US senator

 

1840 - Alfred Thayer Mahan, US, naval officer (Influence of Sea Power)

 

 

1840 - Thomas Nast, political cartoonist of late 1800s America

 

 

1862 - Louis Botha, Greytown South Africa, 1st PM of South Africa (1910-19)

1885 - Harry Blackstone, Sr., American magician (d. 1965)

1907 - Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)

1922 - Arthur Penn, Phila, director (Miracle Worker, Bonnie & Clyde)

1922 - Carl Ballantine, actor (McHale’s Navy)

1925 - Patrick Steptoe, scientist (perfected in vitro fertilization)

1926 - Jayne Meadows, Wu Chang China, Mrs Steve Allen, actr (Dark Delusion)

1932 - Roger C Carmel, actor (Harry Mudd-Star Trek, In-Laws)

1933 - Will Sampson, American actor (d. 1987)

1934 - Dick Schaap, sportscaster/author (Bo Knows Bo, Instant Replay)

1934 - Greg Morris, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mission Impossible, Vega$)

1934 - Wilford Brimley, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon)

1936 - Don Cornelius, American television host (Soul Train), (d. 2012)

1942 - Dith Pran, Cambodian-born photojournalist

1943 - Randy Bachman, Winnipeg, rocker (Bachman-Turner Overdrive-Roll On)

 

1947 - Meat Loaf, [Marvin Lee Aday], Dallas, rocker (Bat Out of Hell)

Two Out Of Three Ain`t Bad

You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

 

1965 - Alexis Stewart, American radio personality

1979 - Christian Jones, Australian racing driver

1982 - Lil Wayne, American rapper

1984 - Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter

 

 

Deaths

 

1259 - Ezzeline III da Romano, gentleman of Verona/”cruel monster”, dies

1557 - Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)

1590 - Urban VII, [Giambattista Castagna], Italian Pope (1590), dies

1876 - Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)

1917 - Edgar Degas, painter, Paris

1940 - Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)

 

1942 - Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies

 

1944 - Aimee Semple McPherson, Canada/US evangelist/faith healer, dies at 53

1956 - Milburn Apt, in X-2 rocket plane reaches 3370 kph, but, dies in crash

1956 - [Mildred] Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, javelin (Oly-gold-32), dies at 45

1965 - Clara Bow, US actress, dies at 60

1985 - Lloyd Nolan, actor (Dr Chegley-Julia), dies of lung cancer at 83

 

1993 - James H Doolittle, US air force general (Tokyo 1942), dies at 96

 

 

1998 - Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)

2003 - Donald O’Connor, American actor (b. 1925)

2009 - William Safire, American Columnist (b. 1929)

2010 - George Blanda, American football player (b. 1927)

2011 - Johnny “Country” Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)

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