Today in the Past

 

Events

 

610 – Heraclius’ fleet takes Constantinople

869 – 4th Council of Constantinople (8th ecumenical council) opens

1349 – Paris’ theologist Jean de Fayt warns for flagellanten at Avignon

1550 – Foundation of Concepción, city in Chile.

1568 – Conference of York begins: trial against Mary Stuart

1568 – Willem of Oranges army occupies Brabant

1665 – The University of Kiel is founded.

 

 

1813 – Battle of Thames in CanadaAmericans defeat British

 

 

1863 – Confederate sub David damages Union ship Ironsides

CSS David Charleston 1865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Allatoona1/3 of Union troops die repulsing South

 

 

1864 – Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone (approx 60,000 die)

1869 – A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.

1877 – Chief Joseph surrenders, ending Nez Perce War

 

1892 – Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in CoffevilleKansas bank holdup

 

 

1905 – Orville/Wilbur Wright’s “Flyer III” flight 38.5 km in 38.3″

 

 

1914 – World War I first aerial combat resulting in a kill.

1923 – Edwin Hubble identifies Cepheid variable star

1924 – 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News

1931 – 1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)

1945 – “Meet the Press” premieres on radio

1945 – Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.

1947 – 1st Presidential address televised from White House- Harry Truman

1949 – WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins

1953 – Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US

1953 – The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.

1954 – Hurricane Hazel hits Eastern US

1957 – Yugoslav dissident Milovan Djilos sentenced to 7 years

1962 – Beatles release their 1st record “Love Me Do”

1965 – Chuck Linster performs 6,006 consecutive push-ups

1965 – Dick McInnes stays aloft almost 12 hours in a kite

 

1969 – Monty Python’s Flying Circus begins airing on BBC (see UE 8/17 , 9/16 , 10/4 )

 

 

1970 – John Creach, joins Jefferson Airplane

1970 – Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross

1970 – PBS became a television network.
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1974 – Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.

1978 – Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits environmental modification techniques

1981 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honarary American

1982 – Unmanned rocket sled reaches 9,851 kph at White Sands, NM

 

 

1983 – Lech Walesa wins Nobel Peace Prize(see Uncurrent Events 9/29 Births)

 

 

 

 

1984 – 13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G)-Challenger 6-launched

1986 – London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms

1988 – Brazil adopts its Constitution

1988 – Israel bans Meir Kahane’s Kach Party on grounds of racism

1990 – Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obsentity (Mappelthorpe photos)

1991 – The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.

1999 – The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.

2000 – Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.

2001 – Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

 

 

Births

 

1458 – Kazimierz de Saint, Polish ruler/saint

1626 – Johann Schop, composer

1641 – Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France (d. 1707)

1713 – Denis Diderot, Langres, France, enlightenment philosopher (Encyclopédie), (d. 1784)

1715 – Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist (d. 1789)

1792 – Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1844)

1795 – Alexander Keith, Scottish-born Canadian brewer (d. 1873)

 

 

1804 – Robert Parker ParrottInventordied in 1877

 

 

 

 

1829 – Chester A. ArthurFairfield Vt, (Republican21st American President (1881-85)

 

 

1840 – John Addington Symonds, Brit historian/writer (Probs in Greek Ethics)

1863 – Ludwig Borchardt, German Egyptologist

1864 – Louis Lumière, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895

1892 – Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (d. 1969)

 

 

1895 – Walter Bedell SmithUS general (WW II)/head of CIA (1950-52)

 

 

 

1902 – Larry Fine, [Laurence Feinberg], PA, comedian (3 Stooges)

Larry Gets His REVENGE!!!

Larry Fine at Woodstock

Disorder in the Court

 

 

1902 – Ray KrocOak Park, Illinoisfast food entrepreneur (MacDonalds), (d. 1984)

 

 

 

1903 – M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (d. 1989)

1904 – George Chesterman Phillips, naval officer

1913 – Eugene Bennett Fluckey American Navy Submariner (d. 2007)

1919 – Allen Ludden, Mineral Point Wisc, TV host (Password)

1919 – Donald Pleasence, Worksop England, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Halloween)

1923 – Philip Berrigan, militant priest (Chicago 7)

1924 – Bill Dana, Quincy Mass, comedian/actor (Jose Jimenez)

1926 – Willi Unsoeld, American climber (d. 1979)

1929 – Richard F Gordon Jr, Seattle, Capt USN/astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12)

 

 

1936 – Vaclav Havelwriter/pres Czechoslovakia (1989-92)

 

 

 

1942 – Richard Street, Detroit Mi, rocker (Temptations)

 

 

1943 – Steve MillerMilwaukeerocker (AbracadabraSpace Cowboy)

The Joker

Space Cowboy

Fly Like An Eagle

 

 

1949 – B. W. Stevenson, American singer (d. 1988)

1950 – Jeff Conaway, NYC, actor (Bobby-Taxi, Loving)

1952 – Clive Barker, English author and film director (Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions)

1954 – Bob Geldof, rocker

1957 – Bernie Mac, American comedian (d. 2008)

1958 – Brent W Jett Jr, Pontiac Mich, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 72, sk:81)

1958 – André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut

1959 – Troy Luccketta, rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

 

 

1962 – Michael AndrettiIndy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)

 

1969 – Karyn Parsons, actress (Hilary-Fresh Prince of Bel Air) [or Oct 8 66]

1974 – Rich Franklin, American Mixed Martial Artist

1975 – Kate Winslet, Reading Engld, actress (Titanic, Jude, Hamlet, Get Back)

1976 – J. J. Yeley, American race car driver

1977 – Lia Rousset, Alhambra California, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)

1980 – Paul Thomas, American bassist (Good Charlotte)

 

 

Deaths

578 – Justinus II, Byzantine emperor (565-78), dies

1056 – Henry III, RC German King (1039-56), dies

1111 – Robrecht II of Jerusalem, Count of Flanders (1st Crusader), dies

1285 – Philippe III, the Stout, King of France (1270-85), dies

1399 – Raymundus of Capua, Italian general, dies

1496 – Ferdinand II, king of Naples, dies

1777 – Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician (b. 1704)

1787 – Thomas Stone, US attorney/signer (Dec of Ind), dies at about 44

1791 – Grigori Potemkin, Russian statesman (b. 1739)

 

1805 – Charles Cornwallis1st Marquess CornwallisBritish general (b. 1738)

 

 

 

1813 – TecumsehUS Shawnee-chief/English Gen (Battle of Thames), dies

 

 

1930 – Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)

1940 – Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)

 

 

1941 – Louis D Brandeis1st Jewish Supreme Court Judge (1916-39), dies at 84

 

 

1967 – Clifton C Williams Jr, astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash

1976 – Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)

1979 – Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies

1983 – Earl Tupper, American inventor (b. 1907)

1984 – Leonard Rossiter, actor (2001, Water), dies of a heart attack at 57

1986 – Hall B Wallis, US movie production (Barefoot in Park), dies at 87

1986 – Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)

1990 – Meir Kahane, founder of Jewish defense league, assassinated at 58

1992 – Eddie Kendricks, singer (Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52

1993 – Karl G Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), dies of heart failure at 66

1996 – Seymour Cray, computer designer, dies in auto accident at 71

2003 – Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast featured in Grizzly Man (b. 1957)

 

 

2004 – Rodney DangerfieldAmerican comedian (b. 1921)

Standup Routine                       Caddyshack 

Rappin’ Rodney                        Back to School – Triple Lindy

First Economics Class              Funiculi, Funicula

 

 

2011 – Steve JobsAmerican Businessmanco-founder and CEO of Apple, dies from respiratory arrest at 56

2011 – Charles Napier, American actor (b. 1936)

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