Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

536 – Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire.

656 – Battle of Kameel: Kalief Al ibn Abu Talib beats rebellion

1212 – Frederik II crowns himself Roman Catholic king

1315 – Swiss Woudsteden renews Eternal Covenant (Oath Society)

1425 – Pope Martinus V forms University of Leuven

1570 – Geuzen under Herman de Ruyter occupies Loevestein

1625 – Netherlands & England sign military treaty

1640 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin

1688 – King James II’s wife & son flee England for France

1783 – 1st execution at English Newgate-jail

1793 – Noah Webster establishes NY’s 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva

1805 – Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth

 

 

 

1824 – Battle of Ayacucho (Candorcangui), Peru defeats Spain

 

 

 

 

 

1854 – Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Charge of the Light Brigade,” published

1856 – The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.

1861 – Battle of Bird Creek, Indian Terr (High Shoal, Chusto-Talasah)

1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.

1868 – 1st British government of Gladstone forms

 

 

 

1875 – Massachusetts Rifle AssociationAmerica’s Oldest Active Gun Clubis founded.(Nov,4)

 

 

 

 

 

1878 – Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500

1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate

1897 – Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.

1903 – Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage

1905 – French Assembly National votes for separation of church & state

1907 – 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)

1909 – 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)

1913 – Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris

1917 – British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem

1926 – USGA leagalizes steel shaft golf clubs

1931 – Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol

1935 – Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.

1940 – British assault on Banghazi Libya

1940 – British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II

1941 – 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines

1941 – 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)

1941 – China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy

1941 – Hitler orders US ships torpedoed

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired

1958 – Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society

1961 – SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel

1961 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY

1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped

 

 

 

1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” premieres

 

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Meaning of Christmas)

Christmas Time is Here Song

Christmas Dance

Lucy And Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

1967 – Jim Morrison, arrested on stage for disturbing the peace

1967 – Nicolea Ceausescu becomes president (dictator) of Romania

1968 – NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.

1971 – Lewis F Powell Jr appointed to Supreme Court

1973 – Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in NY, to become WWF champ

1974 – Dow Jones index hits 570.01

1974 – Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ

1974 – Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail

1975 – Jelena Bonner receives Andrei Sacharov’s Nobel Prize

1975 – Pres Gerald Ford signs $2.3 B loan-authorization for NYC

1978 – Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus

1978 – 1st game of Women’s Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does

1980 – 61°F in Boston at 1 AM

1984 – Iranian commandos end capture of Kuwaiti plane

1985 – Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

1985 – Phoenix Arizona, gets 3″ of snow

1987 – Larry Bird, ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

1987 – Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank

1990 – Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)

1990 – Lech Walesa wins presidental election in Poland

1990 – NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard

1992 – Cin Red owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks

 

 

 

1992 – Operation Restore HopeUS Marines land in Somalia

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth

2003 – A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

2006 – Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency..

 

 

 

Births

 

1392 – Peter, Prince/Regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa benfeitoria)

1447 – Chenghua, Emperor of China (d. 1487)

1561 – Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony

1571 – Adrian A Metius, Dutch mathematician/fort architect

1579 – Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice) (d. 1639)

 

 

 

1594 – Gustavus II Adolphus, king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)

 

 

 

 

 

1608 – John Milton, London, poet/puritan (Paradise Lost), (d. 1674)

1652 – Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician (d. 1723)

1667 – William Whiston, English mathematician (d. 1752)

1717 – Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)

1742 – Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist (lemon acid)

1748 – Claude Louis Berthollet, French chemist (d. 1822)

1787 – John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)

1806 – Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (d. 1838)

1842 – Pjotr A Kopotkin, Russian ruler/anarchist

1848 – Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)

1868 – Fritz Haber, German phycist-chemist (Nobel 1919)

1873 – Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect

1883 – Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander

1883 – Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (d. 1950)

1886 – Clarence Birdseye, frozen vegatable king (Birdseye)

1889 – John P “Hannes” Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)

1897 – Hermione Gingold, London England, actress (Gigi, Music Man)

 

 

 

1898 – Emmett Kelly, Sedan KS, circus clown (Weary Willie)

 

 

 

 

 

1899 – Jean de Brunhoff, France, children’s book author (Babar the Elephant)

1901 – Jean Mermoz, French pilot (d. 1936)

1902 – Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland Ohio, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz)

1904 – Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist

1904 – Robert Livingston, American actor (d. 1988)

1905 – Dalton Trumbo, US, writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)

1906 – Grace Murray Hopper, computer innovator

1907 – Noel Walton Bott, engineer

1909 – Douglas Fairbanks Jr, NYC, actor (Ghost Story)

1910 – Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)

1911 – Broderick Crawford, Phila, actor (All the King’s Men, Highway Patrol)

1912 – Thomas P “Tip” O’Neill, (Rep-D-Mass 1977-86)/Speaker of the House

1916 – Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)

1916 – Kirk Douglas, [Issur Danielovitch], Amsterdam, New York, American actor (Gunfight at OK Corral)

 

 

 

 

1917 – James Angleton, head of counterintelligence for the CIA (d. 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

1917 – James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)

1919 – William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate

1922 – Redd Foxx, St Louis Mo, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show)

1925 – Dina Merrill, NYC, actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8)

1926 – Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)

1928 – Dick Van Patten, Queens NY, actor (Tom Bradford-8 is Enough)

1928 – André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver

1929 – John Cassavetes, NYC, actor (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary’s Baby)

1930 – Buck Henry, NYC, screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart)

1932 – Jessie “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Hill, jazz musician

1933 – Milt Campbell, Plainfield NJ, hurdler/decathlete (Olympics-gold-56), (d. 2012)

1934 – Al Kaline, Baltimore Md, baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers)

1934 – Judi Dench, York England, actress (Henry V, Wetherby)

 

 

 

1934 – [Amos] Junior Wells, Memphis Tn, blues singer , Harp Player (In My Younger Days)

 

 

Hoodooman Blues

Messin’ With The Kid

Cryin’ Shame

Hoochie Coochie Man & Mannish Boy with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy

 

 

 

 

1938 – [David] Deacon Jones, NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington)

1940 – Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)

1941 – Beau Bridges, LA California, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer)

1941 – Dan Hicks, American rocker

1942 – Dick Butkus, Chicago, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears)/sportscaster

1942 – Joe McGinniss, Rye NY, author (Selling of President 1968)

1943 – Rick Danko, Canada, rocker (The Band-Islands, Stage Fright)

1949 – Nando Parrado, Uruguayan plane crash survivor

1950 – Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)

 

 

 

1953 – John Malkovich, Christopher Ill, actor/director (Killing Fields)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956 – Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)

1957 – Donny Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)

1958 – Nancy J Currie, Wilmington DE, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88)

1960 – Terry Moran, American TV reporter

1961 – Christiane Jolissaint, Switzerland, tennis star

1961 – Ian Andrew Wright, Hamilton NZ, rower (Olympics-96)

1962 – Felicity Huffman, American actress

1964 – Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)

1967 – Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater

1968 – Kurt Angle, Pittsburgh Pa, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-96)

1969 – Greg[ory] Klingsporn, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)

1970 – Marlin Cannon, Dallas Texas, 200m/400m runner

1970 – Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer

1972 – Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)

1972 – Tre Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day)

1974 – Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach

1975 – Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1977 – Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter

1978 – Mandy James, Jacksonville Fla, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)

1978 – Jesse Metcalfe, American actor

1982 – Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1165 – Malcom IV, king of Scotland (1153-65), dies at 24

1292 – Sa’di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies

1437 – Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 70

1565 – Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66

1603 – William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)

1636 – Giovanni B Aleotti, Ital writer/theater architect, dies at about 90

1669 – Clement IX, [Giulio Rospigliosi], Ital Pope (1667-69), dies

1674 – Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65

1718 – Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopaedist (b. 1650)

1767 – Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), dies

1798 – Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)

1819 – Ann C Coleman, fiancee of pres Buchanan, commits suicide

1830 – Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (b. 1757)

1887 – Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader

1916 – P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73

1916 – Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)

 

 

 

1935 – Walter Liggett, American crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – Nils Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)

1940 – Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle

1955 – Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)

1965 – Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)

1970 – Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65

1971 – Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

1972 – Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)

1975 – William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79

 

 

 

1981 – Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77

1982 – Marty Robbins, country singer, dies

1984 – Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)

1990 – Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80

1992 – Vincent Gardenia, actor (All in the Family, LA Law), dies at 71

1994 – Garnet Silk, Jamaican raggae-singer, dies at 28

1994 – Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82

1995 – Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84

 

 

 

1995 – DouglasWrong WayCorrigan (aviator), dies

 

 

 

 

 

1995 – Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic, dies at 75

1995 – Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56

1996 – Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64

1996 – Mary Douglas Nichol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83

1996 – Raphael Samuel, historian, dies at 32

1997 – Tamara Geva, dancer, dies at 91

1998 – Archie Moore, American boxer, dies at 81

2001 – Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)

2002 – Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)

2005 – György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)

2007 – Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)

2008 – Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)

2010 – James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)

2010 – John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)

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