Today in the Past

 

Events

 

1199 - Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate Guide of Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew

1399 - King Richard II of England abdicates throne

1452 - 1st book published, Johann Guttenberg’s Bible

1544 - King Henry VIII draws his armies out of France

1555 - Oxford Bishop Nicholas Ridley sentenced to death as a heretic

1777 - Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance

1787 - 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston

1808 - Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire

1841 - Samuel Slocum patented the stapler

1846 - Anesthetic ether used for 1st time (Dr Wm Morton extracts a tooth)

1867 - Midway Islands formally declared a US possession

1877 - 1st US amateur swim meet (NY Athletic Club)

1880 - Henry Draper takes the 1st photograph of Orion Nebula

  

 
1887 - Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America’s Cup

1888 - “Jack the Ripper” butchers 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes

1898 - City of NY established

1927 - Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary)

1928 - Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 mi 604 yds in 1 hr

1929 - 1st manned rocket plane flight (by auto maker Fritz von Opel)

1935 - The Hoover Damastride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.

 

1939 - 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)

1939 - Britain first evacuates citizens in anticipation of war.

1940 - 47 German aircrafts shot down above England

1942 - Admiral Nimitz B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map

1946 - Von Ribbentrop & Goering sentence to death by Nuremberg trial

1949 - Berlin Airlift ends after 277,000 flights (Ed. note: dates differ from site to site)

 

1950 - 1st congress of International Astronautical Federation opens in Paris

1950 - Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” is broadcasted on TV for 1st time

1953 - Auguste/Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m (record)

1953 - Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

1960 - Flintstones premieres (1st prime time animation show)

Theme Song

Flintstones Cigarette Commercial

History of The Flintstones

 

1961 - Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost

1968 - 1st Boeing 747 rolls out

 

1972 - Roberto Clemente, is 11th to get 3,000 hits

1975 - The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now BoeingAH-64 Apache makes its first flight.

 

1977 - Due to US budget cuts, the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.

1980 - A’s Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100

1980 - Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

1984 - NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg

1985 - Howard Stern gets fired from WNBC AM (NY)

1986 - US releases soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov

1986 - Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, was kidnapped in Rome, Italy.

1988 - IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer

1988 - Louise Ritter, US, jumps 6’8″ to win Olympic gold medal

1989 - NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension

1993 - 6.4 earthquake at Latur, India, 28,000 killed

1993 - MS Dos 6.2 released

1994 - Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit

1997 - Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0

1999 - Japan’s worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.

 

2004 - The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.

 

 

 

2004 - The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.

 

 

2005 - The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

 

Births

 

1207 - Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)

1227 - Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)

1631 - William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (d. 1701)

1861 - William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company) (d. 1932)

1870 - Jean Perrin, France, physicist, studied Brownian motion (Nobel 1926)

1905 - Nevill Francis Mott, physicist

1915 - Lester Garfield Maddox, (Gov-D-Ga)/restaurant owner

1917 - Buddy RichNew YorkAmerican jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), (d. 1987)

1970

Stick Trick Solo

Birdland

Drum Battle with Gene Krupa

Drum Solo Battle with Jerry Lewis

 

 

1917 - Chung Hee Park, general/pres of S Korea (1961-79), assassinated

1921 - Deborah Kerr, Helensburg Scotland, actress (King & I, Night of Iguana)

1922 - Alan Stretton, Australian general

1924 - Truman Capote, New Orleans LA, author (In Cold Blood)

1928 - Elie WieselRomaniaauthor (Souls on FireNazi hunter (Nobel 1986)

 

1931 - Angie Dickinson, [Angeline Brown], Kulm ND, actress (Police Woman)

1935 - Johnny MathisSFvocalist (Chances Are12th of Never)

Misty

Too Much Too Little To Late with Deniece Williams

Chances Are

Wonderful, Wonderful

 

1942 - Frankie Lymon, NYC, rocker (The Teenagers-Why do Fools Fall in Love)

1943 - Marilyn McCoo, Jersey City NJ, host/singer (Solid Gold, 5th Dimension)

1945 - Ehud Olmert, twelfth Prime Minister of Israel

1947 - Marc Bolan, London England, rock vocalist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong)

1951 - Nicholas Yermakov, US, sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)

1951 - Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1953 - S.M. Stirling, Canadian-born author

1954 - Barry Williams, Santa Monica California, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch)

1957 - Fran Drescher, Queens NY, actress (Cadillac Man, Nanny)

1958 - Marty Stuart, Phila Miss, country singer (Hillbilly Rock)

1958 - Nona Garson, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)

1961 - Crystal Bernard, Garland TX, actress (Amy-It’s a Living, Helen-Wings)

1961 - Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver

1962 - Dave Magadan, Tampa FL, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs)

1964 - Stephen N FrickPitts PALt Cmdr USN/astronaut

 

 

 

1964 - Trey AnastasioAmerican musician (Phish)

Shine

Trey Anastasio & The Roots

Long Beach Jam

 
1968 - Monica Bellucci, Italian actress

1971 - Jenna Elfman, LA California, actress (Townies, Dharma & Greg)

1975 - Marion Cotillard, French actress

1980 - Martina Hingis, Kosice Slovakia, tennis star (1997 Aust/US/Wimb)

1981 - Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympics-gold-96)

1982 - Lacey Chabert, actress (Party of Five)

1982 - Tory Lane, American nude model, exotic dancer, and pornographic actress

1982 - Ryan Stout, American comedian

 

Deaths

 

420 - Saint Jerome, translator of the Vulgate Bible

653 - Saint Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury

739 - P’u-chi Ho-shang Tao-chao, Northern Ch’an Line Zen teacher, dies

1101 - Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan

1351 - Muso Soseki, Zen teacher/Rinzai line/head of Nanzenji, dies in Japan

1440 - Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician

1551 - Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (b. 1507)

1626 - Nurhaci, Manchurian chief (b. 1559)

1630 - John Billington, murderer, 1st American execution, hanged

1772 - James Brindley, English engineer (b. 1716)

1877 - Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle

1888 - Catherine Eddowes, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45

1888 - Elizabeth Stride, Long Liz, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45

1897 - St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)

1910 - Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)

1955James Deanactor (Rebel Without a Cause), dies in a car crash at age 24

James Dean and Ronald Reagan

Giant

James Dean’s Crash – The Truth?

1960 - Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer, dies

1965 - E[dward] E[lmer] “Doc” Smith, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), dies at 75

1978 - Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75

1985 - Charles F Richter, US seismologist (scale of R), dies at 85

1985 - Helen MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

1985 - Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

1987 - Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73

1995 - George Kirby, comedian/impressionist (Pearl Bailey), dies at 71

1997 - Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65

2003 - Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer (b. 1944)

2011 - Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)