Today in the Past

 

EVENTS 

3761 BC – The epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar (Proleptic Julian calendar).

1492 – Columbus misses Florida when he changed course

1513 – Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians.

1520 – 1st public burning of books in Netherlands, in Louvain

 

1571 – Battle of LepantoSaint League (Spain & Italydestroys Turkish fleet

 

 

1637 – Prince Frederik Henry occupies Breda

1690 – English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade

1737 – 40 foot waves sink 20,000 small craft & kill 300,000 (Bengal, India)

1763 – George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north & west of Alleghenies to white settlement

1765 – Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY

 

1777 – Americans beat Brits in 2nd Battle oSaratoga & Battle of Bemis Hts(see also Uncurrent Events 9/19)

 

 

 

 1780 – British defeated by American militia near Kings MountainSC

 

 

1806 – Carbon paper patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood

1825 – Miramichi Fire, disaster in New Brunswick

1856 – Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers

 

1864 – Naval Engagement at Bahia Harbor Brazil-CSS Florida vs USS Wachusett

 

 

 

1868 – Cornell University (Ithaca NY) opens

1870 – Leon Gambetta flees Paris in balloon

1871 – 16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago’s 185 firefighters

1907 – France’s Henry Farman flies 30m in a double decker plane

1913 – Henry Ford institutes moving assembly line

1915 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland College 222-0 in football (record)

1916 – 222 points are scored in a football game between Georgia Tech & Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee

1922 – 1st radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series

1928 – Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)

1931 – 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
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1941 – German army occupies Viarma, USSR

1942 – 1 salvo Katjoesja-rocket destroys nazi battalion in Stalingrad

1942 – US & British government announce establishment of United Nations

1944 – Fieldmarshal Rommel gets order to return to Berlin

 

1944 – Uprising at AuschwitzJews burn down crematoriums

 

 

1944 – Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp

1945 – Dutch author A M de Jong’s murderer Ton van Gog escapes

 

1950 – US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel

 

 

1950 – Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head

1951 – David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government

 

1955 – Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga at Brooklyn launched

 

 

 

1957 – “American Bandstand” premieres

1958 – Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court

1958 – US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury

1959 – Far side of Moon seen for 1st time, compliments of USSR’s Luna 3

1960 – “Route 66″ premieres

1960 – 2nd JFK & Richard Nixon debate

1963 – Hurricane Flora hits Haiti & Dominican Republic, kills 7,190

1965 – Charles Linster does 6,006 consecutive push-ups

1968 – Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system

1977 – Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis

1977 – USSR adopts constitution

1982 – Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1984 – Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL’s career rushing leader

1985 – Lynette Woodward, chosen as 1st woman on Harlem Globetrotters

 

1985 – PLO terrorists seize Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro

 

 

 

1990 – Israel begins handing out gas masks to its citizens

1991 – Child star Adam Rich arrested for stealing hypodermics

1991 – Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history

 

1991 – Law Professor Anita Hill accuses Supreme nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments to her

 

 

 

2001 – The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

 

 

2003 – Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.

2004 – King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.

 

BIRTHS

1573 – William Laud, English archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45)

1576 – John Marston, English writer (d. 1634)

1713 – Granville Elliott, British military officer (d. 1759)

 

1728 – Caesar RodneyDelawarejudge/signer (Declaration of Independence)

 

 

 

1734 – Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)

1798 – Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)

1817 – Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1854 – Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War

1866 – Martha McChesney Berry, US, founded Berry School for Children

 

1885 – Niels BohrDenmarkphysicistexpanded quantum physics (Nobel 1922)

 

 

 

1896 – Elijah Muhammad, US, leader of Nation of Islam

1900 – Heinrich Himmler, a leading Nazi and head of the Gestapo

 

1905 – Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], Flagstaff Azactor (Andy’s Gang)

Froggy the Gremlin

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

 

 

 

1906 – James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68)

1910 – Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)

1911 – Joe Jones, Chicago IL, drummer

1911 – Vaughn Monroe, Akron Oh, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)

1913 – Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer

1916 – Walt W Rostow, NYC, economist (Politics & Stages of Growth)

1917 – Helmut Dantine, Vienna Austria, actor (Shadow of the Cloak)

1917 – June Allyson, Bronx, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas)

1927 – Al Martino, Phila, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (Godfather)

1927 – Ronald Laing, British psychiatrist (anti-psychiatrist)

1929 – Harold Zirin, Boston, Massachusetts, astronomer, (d. 2012)

1931 – Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of S Afr (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)

 

1939 – Colin Cooperrocker (Climax Blues Band)

Couldn’t Get It Right

Come On In My Kitchen

So Many Roads

Take Me Back To Georgia

 

 

1940 – Dino Valenti, rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service)

 

 

1943 – Oliver L NorthUS colonel (Irangate)

 

 

 

 

1944 – Donald Tsang, current Chief executive of Hong Kong

1949 – Dave Hope, rock bassist (Kansas)

1949 – Kieran Kane, Queens NY, singer (O’Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too)

1951 – John Cougar Mellencamp, Seymour Indiana, rocker (Jack & Diane)

1952 – Ludmila Tourischeva, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1972)

1952 – Vladimir Putin, Russian politician

1953 – Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)

 

 

1955 – Yo-Yo MaParis Franceworld famous Chinese cellist

Elgar Cello Concerto, 1st mvmt

Yo-Yo Ma &Bobby McFerrin

Empire State Of Mind

 

 

 

1955 – Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist

1959 – Simon Cowell, Lambeth, London, recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol)

1960 – Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer

1961 – Judy Landers, Phila, actress (Vega$, BJ & the Bear, Madame’s Place)

1971 – Paul Hannam, Vancouver BC, 470 yachter (Olympics-96)

1974 – Shannon MacMillan, Syosset NY, soccer forward (Olympics-96)

1975 – Billy Walsh, Summit NJ, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 – Taylor Hicks, American musician

1976 – Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress

1976 – Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer

1977 – Clayton Miller, Toronto Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-96)

 

DEATHS

290 – [Christian] Sergius, roman soldier/martyred saint, decapitated

929 – Charles III, the Plain, King of France (893-929), dies

1368 – Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (b. 1338)

1488 – Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52

 

 

1571 – Ali PashaTurkish fleet commanderdies in battle

 

 

 

1620 – Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)

1639 – John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68

 

 

1780 – Patrick FergusonEnglish major in SCdies in battle at 36

 

 

 

1792 – George MasonAmerican statesman (b. 1725)

 

 

 

1796 – Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (b. 1710)

 

 

1849 – Edgar Allen Poepoet (Raven), dies in Balt at 40 (see also Uncurrent Events 10/3)

 

 

 

 

1864 – John Gregg, US judge/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 36

1894 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American writer (b. 1809)

1939 – Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70

1951 – Anton F Philips, CEO (Philips), dies at 77

 

 

1956 – Clarence BirdseyeAmerican inventor (b. 1886)

 

 

 

 

1959 – Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack

 

 

1988 – Billy Danielssingerdies of cancer at 73

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS

SWAY

 

 

 

1991 – Leo Durocher, baseball coach/manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

1992 – Allan Bloom, author (Closing of the American Mind), dies at 62

1992 – Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies

1994 – Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish immunologist (Nobel prize 1984), dies at 82

1995 – Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman, dies at 59

1995 – Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91

 

 

2001 – HerblockAmerican cartoonist (b. 1909)

 

 

 

2003 – Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)

2004 – Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)

2006 – Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (b. 1958)

2007 – Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)

2009 – Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)

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