Today in the Past

Events

306 - St Marcellus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

722 - Pope Gregory II names Boniface as missionary bishop

1215 - Pope Innocent III closes 4th council of Lateranen

1406 - Angelo Correr elected Pope Gregory XII

1523 - Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics

1630 - 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague

1648 - English army captures King Charles I

1700 - King Charles XII of Sweden defeats Russia at Narva [NS]

1700 - Turkey declares war on Russia

1731 - Beijing hit by Earthquake; about 100,000 die

1776 - Capt Cook begins 3rd & last trip to Pacific (South Sea)

1782 - Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence

1803 - Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France

1804 - Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins

1824 - First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal.

1829 - First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking.

1838 - Mexico declares war on France

1861 - Harper’s Weekly publishes EE Beers’ “All quiet along the Potomac”

1863 - Confederate troops vacate Fort Esperanza, Texas

1864 - Battle of Franklin Tennessee: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualties

1864 - Battle of Honey Hill SC (Broad River) 96 dead/665 wounded

1866 - Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel, Chicago

1872 - 1st intl soccer game, Scotland-England 0-0 (Glasgow)

1886 - 1st commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo

1886 - The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

1900 - A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles

1902 - American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1922 - 1st speed test of 1st genuine Japanese aircraft carrier Hosho

1924 - 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)

1931 - His Master’s Voice & Columbia Records merge into EMI

1933 - CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District

1936 - London’s Crystal Palace (built 1851), destroyed by fire

1937 - 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB)

1938 - Germany bans Jews being lawyers

1939 - 21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton)

1940 - 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)

1940 - Lucille Ball weds Desi Arnaz

1941 - 101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes it’s last run

1941 - 13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton)

1942 - -Dec 1st: Sea battle at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal

1942 - 109 U boats sunk this month (729,000 ton)

1942 - German scout ship Altmark explode & sinks off Yokohama

1947 - Arab terrorist campaign opens in Palestine

1947 - Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked

1953 - French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu

1954 - 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)

1954 - 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)

1956 - 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & the News)

1956 - Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1957 - Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno, kills 8

1958 - 1st guided missile destroyer launched, Dewey, Bath, Me

1961 - USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership

1967 - People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen declares independence from UK

1967 - People’s Rep of South Yemen (Aden) gains independence from Britain

1967 - Sen Eugene McCarthy begins run for US presidency

1971 - TV movie “Brian’s Song,” airs for 1st time on ABC-TV

1972 - BBC bans Wings “Hi, Hi, Hi”

1972 - Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 (Rome Italy)

1973 - Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Jim Godman

1974 - Lucy (Australopithecus) is discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.

1976 - 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)

1979 - Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iranian Hostages (ABC)

1982 - STS-6 vehicle moves to launch pad

1982 - US sub Thomas Edison collides with US Navy destroyer in So China Sea

1983 - Police free kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam

1983 - Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)

1986 - Ivan Lendl is 1st tennis player to earn over $10 million, lifetime

1987 - Afghanistan Constitution adopted

1988 - NYC furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase

1988 - Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs

1988 - UN General Assembly (151-2) censures US for refusing PLO’s Arafat visa

1988 - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for $25.07 billion USD.

1989 - Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb.

1990 - Actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke

1991 - 1st world championship of women’s soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1

1991 - 93 cars & 11 truck accident near SF during a dust storm, 17 die

1991 - San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing & scoring titles

1993 - President Clinton signs Brady Gun Control Bill

1994 - Cruiser Achille Lauro destroyed by fire at Somalia, 4 die

1995 - Official end of Operation Desert Storm.

1998 - Deutsche Bank announces a $10 billion USD deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.

1999 - In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.

1999 - British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.

2004 - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.

2004 - Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television’s all-time biggest game show haul.

2005 - John Sentamu becomes the first African American archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.

2007 - Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.

Births

538 - St Gregory of Tours, Auvergne, Gaul, chronicler/bishop (Historia Francorum), (d. 594)(see UE 11/17 Deaths)

1340 - John duke of Berry, captain of Paris/art collector

1364 - John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier (d. 1390)

1373 - Ferdinand I, the Righteous, king of Aragon/Sicily

1427 - Kazimierz IV, king of Poland (1447-92)

1466 - Andrea Doria, Genoese statesman/admiral

1485 - Veronica Gambara, Italian poetess

1498 - Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer (d. 1568)

1508 - Andrea Palladio, [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], architect

1554 - Philip Sidney, England, poet/statesman/soldier (Arcadia)

1637 - Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French historian (d. 1698)

1667 - Jonathan Swift, Dublin, satirist (Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal), (d. 1745)

1723 - William Livingston, revolutionary Governor of New Jersey (d. 1790)

1756 - Ernst Chladni, German physicist (d. 1827)

1768 - Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist and biologist (d. 1838)

1781 - Alexander Berry, British adventurer (d. 1873)

1810 - Oliver Fisher Winchester, rifle maker (Winchester)

1817 - Theodor Mommsen, Germ, historian/author (Imperial Lives, Nobel 1902)

1826 - George Washington Deitzler, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1827 - Ernest H Baillon, French botanist (History of Plants)

1828 - Jedediah Hotchkiss, Engineer (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1835 - Mark Twain, [Samuel L Clemens], author (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn)

1840 - Henry Birks, Canadian businessman (d. 1928)

1858 - Jagdish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist (d. 1937)

1863 - Andres Bonifacio, leader of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain

1869 - Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1937)

1872 - Dr. John McCrae, Canadian physician and soldier (d. 1918)

1874 - Winston Churchill, Brit PM (1940-45, 1951-55, Nobel 1953)

1874 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (d. 1942)

1885 - Albrecht (von) Kesselring, German fieldmarshal (Poland/Netherland)

1889 - Edgar D Adrian, English physiologist (Nobel 1932)

1890 - John Tasker Howard, composer

1890 - Oege Bakker, Dutch economist

1903 - Germaine Emilie Madame Gres Krebs, haute Couturist

1904 - Philip H Burton, Welsh director/acting teacher (Richard Burton)

1907 - Jacques Barzun, France, author (The House of Interlect), (d. 2012)

1909 - Robert Nighthawk, American Bluesman , Guitarist (d. 1967)

ANNA LEE

Return Mail Blues

Honey Hush

My Sweet Lovin’ Woman

1910 - Paul Cerutti, Monaco, trap shooter, disqualified for drugs in 76 oly

1912 - Gordon Parks, Ft Scott KS, film director/author (Learning Tree)

1915 - Henry Taube, chemist (Nobel 1983)

1915 - Walter BrownBrownieMcGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist

Born and Livin’ With The Blues                                                     Walk On

Good Morning Blues                                                                         Key to the Highway

Don’t Pity Me                                                                                       Hootin’ the Blues

1918 - Efren Zimbalist Jr, NYC, actor (77 Sunset Strip, FBI, Scruples)

1920 - Virginia Mayo, St Louis Mo, actress (Out of the Blue, White Heat)

1922 - Robert Evett, composer

1924 - Allan Sherman, parody singer/songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Fardah )

1926 - Richard Crenna, LA Cal, actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles)

1927 - Robert Guillaume, [Williams], St Louis Mo, actor (Benson, Soap)

1930 - G[eorge] Gordon Liddy, FBI/Author/Watergate felon/radio host

1930 - James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount NC, light HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1956)

1930 - William H Dana, Pasadena California, test pilot (X-15)

1931 - Bill Walsh, NFL coach (SF 49ers)/sportscaster

1931 - Jack Ging, Alva Ok, actor (11th Hour, Ripcord, Tales of Wells Fargo)

1933 - Norman Deeley, English footballer (d. 2007)

1936 - Abbie Hoffman, aka Free, Yippie/activist/author (Steal this Book)

1937 - Paul Stookey, Balt, singer (Peter, Paul & Mary-Wedding Song)

1937 - Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)

1937 - Ridley Scott, director (Alien, Blade Runner)

1943 - J[ames] J[ay] Barnes, US gospel/singer (Please Let Me In)

1943 - Leo Lyons, Standbridge Beds, rock bassist (Ten Years After)

1944 - Luther T Ingram, US singer/songwriter (I’ll Be Your Shelter)

1944 - Rob Grill, LA California, rock bassist/vocalist (Grass Roots)

1945 - Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six-Deep Purple)

1947 - David Mamet, Chicago, playwright/dir (Speed the Plow, House of Games)

1949 - Arthur Lee Washington Jr, Neptune NJ, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)

1950 - Kathryn Witt, Miami Fla, actress (Lenny, Pam-Flying High)

1950 - Margaret Whitton, Balt Md, actress (Good & Evil, Major League)

1951 - Christian Bernard, mystic

1952 - Mandy Patinkin, Chicago Il, actor/singer (Yentl, Alien Nation)

1952 - Keith Giffen, American comic book writer and artist

1953 - Shuggie Otis, rocker , Blues Guitarist

Strawberry Letter 23

Johnny Otis with Shuggie Otis & Roy Buchanan

Rare Acoustic Jam with Frank Zappa

Shuggie’s Shuffle

1954 - George McArdle, rock bassist (Little River Band Melbourne

1954 - June Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I’m So excited)

1955 - Billy Idol, [William Broad], rocker (White Wedding)

1957 - John Ashton, English guitarist (Psychedelic Furs)

1957 - Colin Mochrie, Scottish-born Canadian comedian

1958 - Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder

1958 - Stacey Q, American singer

1959 - Sylvia Hanika, Munich West Germany, tennis player (Avon-1982)

1959 - Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist

1961 - Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1984)

1962 - Bo Jackson, baseball/football player , Heisman Trophy , Auburn (KC Royals, LA Raiders)

1965 - Ben Stiller, NYC, actor (Ben Stiller Show, Next of Kin, Cable Guy)

1966 - Ed Kemper, American serial killer

1968 - Des’ree, English singer

1968 - Laurent Jalabert, French cyclist

1970 - Corrina Kennedy, Saskatoon Saskatchawan, kayaker (Olympics-96)

1970 - Natalie Williams, Long Beach California, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-96)

1975 - Mindy McCready, country/western singer

1976 - Cypher Zero, American circus innovator (New York Circus Arts)

1978 - Clay Aiken, American singer

1978 - Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor

1979 - Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver

1982 - Elisha Cuthbert, Canadian actress

1987 - Vasilisa Bardina, Russian tennis player

1987 - Ian Hecox, Part of the America Online comedy duo Smosh

1989 - Chanel Iman, American supermodel

1990 - Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess Grandmaster

1994 - Nyjah Huston, American skateboarder

Deaths

1016 - Edmund II, Ironsides, King of the Saxons (1016), dies at 27

1519 - Michael Wolgemut, German painter (Weltchronik), dies at about 85

1528 - Great Wierd, Dutch Gelderland army commander, beheaded

1631 - Rabbi Samuel Eliezer ben Judah ha-levi Edels, dies

1646 - John C Lichthart, admiral (Cape Augustine), dies at about 45

1654 - John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (b. 1584)

1675 - Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, colonial Governor of Maryland (b. 1605)

1679 - Pieter van Schooten, Dutch mathematician/fort architect, dies at 45

1694 - Marcello Malpighi, father of microscopic anatomy, dies

1718 - Charles XII, king of Sweden (1697-1718), dies during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway at 36

1761 - John Dollond, British optician (b. 1706)

1765 - George Glas, British merchant and adventurer (b. 1725)

1864 - Hiram Bronson Granbury, Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33

1864 - John Adams, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at about 39

1864 - Otho French Strahl, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33

1864 - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in the Battle of Franklin at 33

1893 - Jacobus J Backer, German sea historian, dies at 68

1900 - Oscar Wilde, Irish author, dies in Paris at 46

1901 - Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica), dies at 86

1933 - Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian general (b. 1875)

1934 - Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (b. 1908)

1947 - Ernst Lubitsch, actor/director (Anna Boleyn, Ninotchka), dies

DESIGN FOR LIVING

To Be or Not to Be

The Shop Around The Corner

Ninotchka

1958 - Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)

1972 - Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies

1977 - Terrence Rattigan, British writer and playwright (b. 1911)

1979 - Zeppo Marx, [Herbert], US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 78

1987 - James Baldwin, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountain), dies at 63

1989 - Alfred Herrhausen, German CEO (Deutsche Bank), murdered at 59

1990 - Norman Cousins, editor (Saturday Review), dies at 75

1994 - Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67

1994 - Irwin Kostal, US arranger/conductor (Sound of Music), dies at 83

1996 - Koji Kobayashi, industrialist, dies at 89

1996 - Tiny Tim, [Herbert Khaury], entertainer (Tip Toe), dies at 71

1999 - Charlie Byrd, American jazz guitarist (b. 1925)(see UE 9/16 Births)

2003 - Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (b. 1906)

2007 - Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil, at 69

2007 - Engin Arık, Turkish nuclear physicist (b. 1948)

2010 - Rajiv Dixit, Indian scientist and Swadeshi movement figure (b. 1967)

2010 - Faye Wright, American spiritual figure (b. 1914)

2010 - Garry Gross, American photographer (b. 1937)

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