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 BandAway 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)

1955– James 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)