Today in the Past

 

 

 

Events

 

473 - The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.

1183 - Battle of Mizushima.

1278 - 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins

1292 - (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scotland.

1558 - Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Mary “Bloody Mary”, Queen of England (1553-58), aged 42

1603 - English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1734 - John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted

 

 

 

1796 - Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I’s French forces beat Austrians in Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

1798 - -21) Snow storms in New England, 100s die

1800 - Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building

 

 

 

1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1827 - The Delta Phi fraternity, America’s oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.

1856 - On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.

1862 - Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns

1863 - -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN

1869 - Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)

 

 

 

1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas

 

 

 

 

 

 

1874 - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ

1884 - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being “cruel”

1894 - Daily Racing Form founded

1914 - US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral

1917 - Lenin defended “temporary” removal of freedom of the press

1927 - Tornado hits Washington DC

1928 - Boston Garden officially opens

1928 - Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years

1929 - Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo

1936 - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio

1937 - Britains Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement

1939 - German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship

1945 - New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF

1947 - The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.

1948 - Britain’s House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry

1953 - The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.

1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

1959 - De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond

1959 - Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year

1962 - Pres Kennedy dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC

 

 

 

1966 - Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 - Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon

1968 - Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.

1969 - SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland

1970 - British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on pg 3 (Stephanie Rahn)

1970 - Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

1970 - Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.

1972 - Juan Peron returns to Argentina

1973 - Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed

1973 - Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on “The Nurse”

1973 - Pres Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their pres is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook”

1977 - Egyptian Pres Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel

1979 - Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

1983 - Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship

1989 - Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract

 

 

 

1992 - Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show General Motors trucks, blowing up on impact, later revealed NBC rigged test

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993 - US House of Representatives approve Nafta

 

 

 

1997 - In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004 - Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.

 

 

 

Births

 

9 - Vespasian, Falacrina, Italy, Roman Emperor (AD 69-79), (d. AD 79)

331 - Flavius Claudius Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], Emperor

 

 

 

1502 - Atahualpa, last emperor of the Inca (d. 1533)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1503 - Il Bronzino, Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son)

1594 - Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)

1612 - Dorgon, Manchu prince (d. 1650)

1685 - Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)

1755 - Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)

1790 - August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician (d. 1868)

1794 - John Barrien Montgomery, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1873

1799 - Titian Ramsey Peale, US, artist/naturalist (American Ornithology)

1814 - Joseph Finegan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1885

1826 - John McArthur, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1834 - Stephen Hinsdale Weed, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

1865 - John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett’s twins)

1866 - Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)

 

 

1887 - Bernard L Montgomery, British field marshal (WW II-African campaign)

 

 

 

 

 

1890 - Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)

1897 - Ed Baker, Davis WV, actor (Keystone Kops)

1899 - Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)

1902 - Eugene Paul Wigner, mathematician/physicist (A Bomb, Nobel 1963)

1902 - Lee Strasberg, Austria, acting coach/actor (And Justice for All)

1905 - Astrid Bernadotte, Princess of Sweden

1906 - Betty Bronson, Trenton NJ, actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night)

1906 - Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)

1911 - Charles Walters, US, actor/choreographer/director (Easter parade)

1911 - Nobutaka Shikanai, Japans media CEO (Fujisankei Com Group)

1914 - Archie Campbell, Bullsgap Tenn, comedian (Hee Haw)

1917 - Jack Lescoulie, Sacramento California, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show)

1919 - Hershy Kay, Philadelphia Penn, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn)

1925 - Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier

1925 - Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Ill, actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms)

1929 - Edgar White, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)

1929 - Sumner White, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)

1930 - Bob Mathias, Tulare California, decathelete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)

1933 - Orlando Peña, Cuban baseball player

1935 - Anton Sailer, Austria, skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956)

1937 - Peter Edward Cook, Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)

 

 

1938 - Gordon Lightfoot, Ontario Canada, folksinger (Sundown)

 

 

Sundown

If You Could Read My Mind

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Cotton Jenny

 

 

 

1940 - Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player

1941 - Gene Clark, LA California, rock vocalist/guitarist (Byrds)

1942 - Bob Gaudio, Bronx NY, rocker (Four Seasons-Sherry)

1942 - Martin Scorsese, Queens, New York, director (Raging Bull, The Departed)

 

 

1943 - Lauren Hutton, [Mary], Charleston SC, model/actress (American Gigolo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 - Danny DeVito, Neptune NJ, actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins)

1944 - Eugene Clarke, Tipton Missouri, rock guitarist

1944 - Lorne Michaels, [Lipowitz], Toronto Ontario, comedian (SNL)

1944 - Tom Seaver, pitcher (NY Met, 300 game winner, Cy Young ’69 ’73 ’75)

1945 - Elvin Hayes, NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore)

1945 - Roland Joffe, director (City of Joy, Mission, Killing Fields)

1946 - Martin Barre, British pop guitarist (Jethro Tull)

1948 - Jaime Huelamo, Spain, cyclist (Olympic-bronze-1972) drug disqualified

1948 - Howard Dean, American politician

1949 - John Boehner, (Rep-R-Ohio)

1949 - Thomas Lionel Hill, New Orleans, 110m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1950 - Roland Matthes, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Oly-gold-1968, 72)

1950 - Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner

1951 - Dean Paul Martin, Santa Monica California, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science)

 

1953 - Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)

1958 - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Oak Park Ill, actress (Color of Money)

1960 - RuPaul, drag queen/model/actor (RuPaul Show)

1961 - Merete Van Kemp, Denmark, actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy)

 

 

 

1961 - Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 - Marina Tcherkasova, US, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)

1964 - Michelle Knox-Zaloom, Annapolis MD, rower (Olympics-96)

1965 - Grant Connell, Regina Saskatchawan, tennis player (Olympics-96)

1965 - Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)

1965 - Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)

1965 - Amanda Brown, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) and composer

 

 

 

1966 - Daisy Fuentes, model/MTV veejay (America’s Funniest Videos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1966 - Sophie Marceau, Paris France, actress (Braveheart, L’Amour Braque)

1969 - Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)

1970 - Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)

1972 - Kimya Dawson, American singer

1973 - Scott Rehberg, tackle (New England Patriots)

1974 - Leslie Bibb, American actress

1974 - Berto Romero, Spanish humorist

1977 - Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer

1978 - Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress

1980 - Isaac Hanson, vocalist (Hansons-Do Wah)

1980 - [Clarke] Isaac Hanson, Tulsa OK, singer (Hansons-MMMMbop)

1981 - Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)

1983 - Christopher Paolini, American novelist

 

 

 

Deaths

 

375 - Valentinian IThe Great“, Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (363-75), dies at 54

 

 

 

 

 

 

474 - Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies

 

 

 

594 - St Gregory of Tours, Frankish bishop of Tours, dies at 55

 

 

 

 

 

 

641 - Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)

1093 - Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies

1231 - Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)

1494 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)

1512 - Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered

1600 - Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)

1608 - Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22

1632 - Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)

1690 - Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (b. 1610)

1713 - Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)

 

 

 

1720 - Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)

 

 

 

 

 

1776 - James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)

1780 - Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)

1794 - Jacques François Dugommier, French general (b. 1738)

 

 

 

1796 - Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67

 

 

 

 

 

1858 - Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)

1875 - Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies

1917 - Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

1927 - Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44

1928 - Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)

1929 - Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69

1940 - Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)

1940 - Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)

1941 - Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide

1942 - Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)

1947 - Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)

1962 - Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami

1971 - Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83

1971 - Jackie Cooper, actor (People’s Choice), dies at 49

1973 - The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram (b. 1878)

1974 - Clive Brook, actor/director (On Approval), dies at 87

1978 - James J “Gene” Tunney, heavyweight boxing champ (1926-8), dies at 80

1979 - John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery

1981 - Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65

1982 - Bill Baldwin, announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69

1982 - Duk Koo Kim, S Korean boxer, legally declared dead

1986 - Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71

1986 - Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered

1989 - Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)

1990 - Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

1991 - Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, (Jerry Van Dyke’s daughter), suicide at 33

1995 - Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng, dies at 66

1998 - Esther Rolle, American actress (b. 1920)

2000 - Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

2001 - Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)

2002 - Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)

2003 - Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)

 

 

 

2006 - Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)

 

 

Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean

Ain’t Nobody’s Business with BB King

A Good Day For The Blues

Ice Water In Your Veins

 

 

 

 

2008 - George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison

2011 - Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)

 

 

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