Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

69 - General Vespasian’s troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius

1046 - Synod of Sutri: German King Henry III removes Popes Gregory VI

1046 - Benedictus IX & Silvester III & names Bishop Siutger, Pope Clemens II at the Council of Sutri

1192 - Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna

1448 - Pope Nicolaas V named Utrechts bishop Rudolf of Diepholt, cardinal

1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.

1585 - English fleet & earl Robert Dudley van Leicester reach Vlissingen

1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia

1669 - 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery

1699 - Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed-Sept 1 to Jan 1

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army meets de Esk

 

 

 

1803 - Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M

 

 

 

 

 

 

1820 - Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50

1860 - SC votes 169-0 for Ordinace of Secession, 1st state to secede

1861 - Battle of Dranesville, VA

1862 - -Dec 20th] Battle of Kelly’s Ford, VA

 

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Holly Spring, MS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky

1864 - -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC

1879 - Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park

1880 - Battle at Bronker’s Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten

1883 - Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls

1891 - Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses

1892 - Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Verne

1892 - Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY

1893 - 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia

1900 - Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)

 

 

 

1907 - Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917 - Russian secret police in Czech forms under Felix Dzerzjinski

 

1919 - Canadian Natl Railways established (N America’s longest, 50,000 KM)

1920 - Bob Hope became an American citizen

1922 - 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)

1928 - 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Que

1928 - Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC

1940 - Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

1941 - Japanese troops lands on Mindanao

 

 

 

1941 - World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers” in Kunming, China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 - 1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta

 

 

1944 - Battle of Bastogne, Nazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 - “Harvey,” starring James Stewart, premieres in NY

1955 - Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.

1956 - Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses

1957 - Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

1959 - Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur

1960 - Auschwitz-commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR

1962 - Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

1963 - Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners

1963 - Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins

1967 - “Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft, premieres

1967 - 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam

1967 - Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

 

 

 

1968 - The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 - Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” reaches #1

1972 - Neil Simons “Sunshine Boys,” premieres in NYC

1975 - Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles

1977 - 1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut

1980 - USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin

1981 - “Dreamgirls” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances

1981 - Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)

1983 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

1984 - 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library

1985 - Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

1985 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

1985 - Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)

1986 - White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, NY

1987 - Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die

1988 - Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod’s dept store, London

 

 

1989 - US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don’t catch him

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 - Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15

1991 - A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.

1992 - Slobodan Milosevic re-elected president of Serbia

1995 - NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.

1999 - Portugal returns Macau to China

2002 - US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.

2006 - A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.

 

2007 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

2007 - The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

 

 

 

Births

 

1494 - Oronce Finé, French mathematician (d. 1555)

1537 - King John III of Sweden (d. 1592)

1539 - Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer

1626 - Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (d. 1692)

1717 - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)

 

 

 

1720 - Charles Edward Stuart, [Bonnie Prince Charlie/Young Pretender]

 

 

 

 

 

 

1807 - Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1901

1808 - Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1887

1825 - Romeyn Beck Ayres, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1833 - Samuel A Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth

1841 - Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)

1865 - Maude Gonne, Irish nationalist (Irish Joan of Arc)

1865 - Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (d. 1950)

 

 

 

1868 - Harvey Firestone, Columbia, Ohio, Industrialist, where the rubber meets the road, (d. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1869 - Charley Grapewin, Xenia OH, actor (Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady)

1873 - Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(d. 1948)

1876 - Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)

1881 - Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)

1884 - Marius HLW “Max” Blokzijl, Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor

1886 - Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, California, tennis player (US Open 1909-11)

1901 - Louis I Kahn, US architect [or Feb 20]

1901 - Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)

1902 - Max Lerner, US, columnist (NY Post)

1902 - Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom)

1906 - Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)

 

 

 

1917 - David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist (d. 1992)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1922 - George Roy Hill, dir (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance)

1923 - Nadine Gordimer, Springs South Africa, novelist

1925 - Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect

1933 - Gordon Getty

1933 - Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)

1939 - Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer

1940 - Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1942 - Robert L Hayes, Jacksonville Fla, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964)

1944 - Robert Colomby, NYC, rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die)

1945 - Peter Criss, American drummer and singer (Kiss)

1946 - Patti Smith, singer/songwriter

1946 - Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

1951 - Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter

1952 - Jenny Agutter, Taunton England, actress (Logan’s Run, Equus, Amy)

1956 - Blanche Baker, NYC, actress/Carroll Baker’s Daughter (French Postcard)

1957 - Anita Baker, [Ward], Detroit Mi, vocalist (Rapture)

1958 - Billy Bragg, British rocker (It Says Here, Ideology)

1961 - Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor

1966 - Chris Robinson, singer (Black Crowes)

1966 - Matt Neal , British Race Driver

1966 - Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer

1967 - Duncan Kennedy, Burlington California, luger (Olympics-1994)

1967 - Wendy Hamilton, Detroit Mich, playmate (Dec, 1991)

1968 - Joe Cornish, British comedian

1972 - Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)

1972 - Jonathan Wyatt, Lower Hutt NZ, 5000m (Olympics-96)

1976 - Adam Powell, Neopets creator

1979 - Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist

1982 - David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.

 

1983 - Jonah Hill, American actor

1983 - Lucy Pinder, British model

1983 - Lara Stone, Dutch model

 

 

 

Deaths

 

217 - Pope Zephyrinus

860 - King Ethelbald of Wessex

910 - Alfonso III the Great, King of Leon, Galicia and Asturias, dies

1022 - Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)

1073 - Domingo, Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies

1355 - Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies

1494 - Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet

1524 - Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician

1590 - Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510)

1676 - John Galle, Flemish engraver/printer, dies at 76

1722 - Kangxi Emperor of China (b. 1654)

1723 - Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (b. 1652)

1740 - Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)

 

 

 

1812 - Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clark, dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist

1875 - Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75

1876 - Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US

1917 - Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)

1921 - Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850)

1935 - Martin O’Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)

1936 - Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid

1937 - Erich Ludendorff, German general (WW I), dies at 72

1939 - Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide

1954 - James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54

1956 - Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906)

1961 - Moss Hart, US dramatist (You can’t take it with you), dies at 57

1968 - John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel 1940, 62), dies at 66

1971 - Roy O Disney, Brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78

 

 

 

1973 - Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37

 

 

Mack the Knife

Beyond the Sea

Artificial Flowers

Clementine

 

 

 

 

1976 - Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74

1991 - Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies

1991 - Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies

1991 - Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)

1993 - W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93

1994 - Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85

 

 

 

1996 - Carl Sagan, scientist (Contact), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - Dawn Steel, film maker (When Harry Met Sally), dies at 51

1997 - Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81

1998 - Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)

1999 - Hank Snow, Canadian singer (b. 1914)

 

 

 

2001 - Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (b. 1912)

 

 

Drunk pilot on Dean Martin Show

12 Drunken Days of Christmas

Roasts Jackie Gleason

 

 

 

2009 - Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)

2009 - Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)

2010 - Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)

 

 

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