Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

236 – St Anterus ends his reign as Catholic Pope

269 – St Felix I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

936 – Duke Alberik II of Spoleto appoints his son Pope Leo VII

1338 – Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent

1407 – Bloody battles between Hoeksen & Kabeljauwen in Dordrecht

 

 

 

1431 – Joan of Arc handed over to the bishop

 

 

 

 

 

1496 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

 

 

 

 

 

1521 – Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

1638 – Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of “Hostage rights of Aemstel”

1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.

 

 

 

1777 – Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

1823 – Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.

1825 – Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community

1831 – 1st US building & loan association organized, Frankford, Penn

1833 – Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic

1840 – 1st deep sea sounding

1852 – 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii

1861 – Delaware legislature rejects proposal to join Confederacy

1861 – US Ft Pulaski & Ft Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia

1862 – Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester

1865 – Con Orem & Hugh O’Neill box 193 rounds before darkness ends match

1868 – Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan’s emperors

1870 – Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883

1871 – Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY

1872 – 1st patent list issued by US Patent Office

1888 – 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC

1889 – Admissions convention meets in Ellensburg, WA, asks for statehood

1890 – 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin

1896 – Emperor Wilhelm congratulates Pres Kruger on the Jameson Raid

1899 – The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.

1900 – Perihelion Passage

1910 – British miners strike for 8 hour working day

1911 – US postal savings bank inaugurated

1918 – US employment service opens as a unit of Dept of Labor

1920 – NY Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000

1924 – British egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamun

1925 – Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator

1926 – Greek gen Theodorus Pangulos names himself dictator

1929 – 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS pres

1932 – Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.

1933 – Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.

1938 – March of Dimes established to fight polio

1939 – Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives

1941 – Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)

1941 – Italian counter offensive in Albania

1943 – 1st missing persons telecast (NYC)

1943 – Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa

 

 

 

1944 – World War II: Top Ace Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero , Medal Of Honor Recipient .

 

 

 

 

BOYINGTON, GREGORY Photo

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab

1945 – British Premier Winston Churchill visits France

1945 – US aircraft carriers attack Okinawa

1947 – 1st opening session of Congress to be televised

1947 – William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee

1951 – 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians “exposed” as British/US agents

1952 – “Dragnet” with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV

1953 – Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.

1956 – A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1957 – 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

1958 – Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

 

 

 

1959 – Alaska admitted as 49th US state

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba

1962 – Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome

1964 – Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing “She Loves You”

1967 – “Tonight Show” is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes

1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion

1970 – Marxist government takes over in Congo

1973 – George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

1974 – Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London

1977 – Apple Computers incorporate

1980 – Gold hits record $634 an ounce

1981 – Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)

1983 – Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota

1984 – Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson

1987 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist Aretha Franklin

1988 – Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century

1990 – Panama’s leader Gen Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities

1992 – 32 Cubans defect to the US via helicopter

1993 – Junk bond king Michael Milkin is released from jail after 22 months

1994 – 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt

1994 – Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia: 122 killed

1994 – 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob’s Field

1997 – The People’s Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.

1999 – The Mars Polar Lander was launched.

2004 – Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.

2009 – Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.

 

 

 

Births

 

106 BC – Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (d. 43 BC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1196 – Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1231)

1624 – William Tucker, 1st Black child born in America

1680 – Johann Baptist Zimmermann, German stucco worker

1698 – Pietro Metastasio, Italian poet (d. 1782)

 

 

 

1710 – Richard Gridley, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1796)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1722 – Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (d. 1752)

 

 

 

1760 – John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1835)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1763 – Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator

1789 – Carl G Carus, German physician/psychologist/philosopher

1793 – Lucretia Coffin Mott, US, teacher/minister/abolitionist/feminist

1810 – Antoine T d’Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia) [or Jul 24]

1819 – Thomas Hill Watts, Atty Gen (Confederacy), died in 1892

1819 – Charles Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland (d. 1900)

1835 – Larkin Goldsmith Mead, sculptor

1836 – Sakamoto Ryoma, Japanese revolutionary (d. 1867)

1840 – Father Joseph Damien de Veuster, Belgium, helped lepers in Hawaii

1861 – William Renshaw, British champion tennis player (d. 1904)

1879 – Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, 1st lady (1923-29)

1883 – Clement Richard Attlee, (L) British PM (1945-51)

1886 – Josephine Hull, Newtonville MA, Academy award actress (Harvey)

1887 – Helen Parkhurst, US educator (Education on the Dalton plan)

 

 

 

1892 – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, South Africa, philologist/writer (Lord of Rings)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)

1897 – Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupec], Polish/US actress (Madame Bovary)

1898 – Johannes Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)

1898 – ZaSu Pitts, Parsons Kansas, actress (Life With Father, Dames)

1901 – Ngo Dinh Diem, pres/dictator of South Vietnam (1955-63)

1903 – Charles Foulkes, Canada, general

1904 – Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)

1905 – Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer

1905 – Ray Milland, Neath Wales, actor (Lost Weekend-Acad Award 1945)

1907 – Anna May Wong, LA California, actress (Impact, Study in Scarlet)

1909 – Victor Borge, [Borge Rosenbaum], Copenhagen Denmark, pianist/comedian

1910 – Thomas Stuart Willan, historian

1910 – Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (d. 2000)

 

 

 

1911 – John Sturges, US, director (Old Man & Sea, Magnificent 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916 – Betty Furness, NYC, actress/journalist/consumer activist (Studio 1)

1916 – Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist

1917 – Vernon Walters, NYC, US permanent rep to the UN

1917 – Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)

1918 – Maxene Andrews, Minn, singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)

1924 – Nell Rankin, American singer (d. 2005)

1926 – Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist

1926 – George Martin, record producer (The Beatles)

1928 – Frank Ross Anderson, Canada, International Chess Master (1954)

 

 

 

1929 – Sergio Leone, Italian, director (Fistful of Dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Robert Loggia, Staten Island, actor (Officer & a Gentleman, THE Cat)

1930 – Marcel Dubé, Quebec playwright

1932 – Anatoli Petrovich Kuklin, Russia, cosmonaut

1932 – Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (d. 2005)

1939 – Bobby Hull, NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72)

1941 – Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)

1945 – Stephen Stills, Dallas TX, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash)

1946 – John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], rock bassist (Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven)

1947 – Sergey Filipovich Protchenko, Russian cosmonaut

1948 – Larry McNeeley, Lafayette Ind, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour)

1949 – Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)

1950 – Victoria Principal, Fukuoka Japan, actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas)

1953 – Angelo Parisi, France, heavyweight judo (Olympic-gold-1980)

1954 – Ned Lamont, American businessman

1955 – Cynthia Sykes, Coffeyville Ky, actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere)

1955 – Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)

1956 – Mel Gibson, Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)

1956 – Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver

1957 – Bojan Križај, Slovenian skier

1959 – Rusty Golden, rocker (Boys Band)

1960 – Joan Chen, [Chen Chung], Shanghai China, actress (Last Emperor)

1963 – Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist

1964 – Cheryl Miller, Riverside California, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)

1966 – Chetan Sharma, cricketer (Ind Test bowler, World Cup hat-trick 1987)

1967 – Joseph Amor, San Jose, video game record holder (Space Invaders)

1967 – Magnus Gustafsson, Sweden, tennis star

1968 – Kent Carlsson, Sweden, tennis star

1968 – Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)

 

 

 

1969 – Michael Schumacher, Hurth, Germany, Formula One racing driver (seven time world champion)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – Yogi Johl, Vancouver BC, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)

1970 – Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress

1970 – Christian Duguay, American comic actor

1971 – Ku’ualoha Taylor, Hawaii, Miss USA (Hawaii-Miss Congeniality-1996)

1971 – Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)

1972 – Deborah Carter, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)

1973 – Paula Knoll, Moorhead Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)

1974 – Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist

1975 – Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Mar 3]

1975 – Jason Marsden, actor (General Hospital, Eddie-Munsters Today)

1975 – Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk)

1976 – Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor

1977 – Beata Handra, SF California, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd)

1980 – Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)

1980 – Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)

1980 – Liya Kebede, Ethiopian model

1981 – Eli Manning, American football player

1981 – Chris Blais, California racecar driver

 

 

Deaths

 

235 – Pope St Anterus (b. unknown)

1098 – Walkelin, first Norman bishop of Winchester (b. unknown)

1322 – Philip V, the Tall, King of France (1316-22), dies

1437 – Catherine of Valois, wife of Henry V of England (b. 1401)

1501 – Ali Sjir Neva’i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59

1543 – Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Cen America, discoverer of California, dies

1552 – Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), dies at 64

1628 – Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer, dies at 64

1641 – Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomical prodigy, dies at 22

1661 – Maria I Stuart, Queen of England/husband of Willem II, dies at 29 [NS]

1670 – George Monck, English general(-to the-sea), dies at 61

1743 – Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect and designer (b. 1657)

1759 – Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portugese nobles, executed

1779 – Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)

1795 – Josiah Wedgwood, British, ceramic craftsman/woodworker, dies at 64

1813 – Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)

1826 – Louis Gabriel Suchet, French marshal (b. 1770)

1875 – George Bizet, composer, dies

1882 – William H Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76

1895 – James Merritt Ives, American lithographer with Nathaniel Currier (b. 1824)

1898 – James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70

1903 – Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler (b. 1837)

 

 

 

1916 – Grenville M. Dodge, American Civil War Union Army Major General (b. 1831)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1927 – Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (b. 1856)

 

 

 

1945 – Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason

1967 – Jack Ruby, assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 55

1969 – Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)

1970 – Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)

1972 – Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82

1975 – Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (False Flag), dies at 77

1976 – Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37

1979 – Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91

1980 – Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38

1980 – Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan’s Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81

1980 – Joy Adamson, author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69

1980 – Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)

1988 – William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82

 

 

 

1988 – Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)

1990 – Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)

1992 – Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79

1994 – Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten & The Bie), dies at 48

1994 – Heather Sears, British actress (b. 1935)

1995 – Al Duncan, drummer, dies at 68

1996 – Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67

2002 – Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)

2007 – William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)

2007 – Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)

2008 – Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)

2009 – Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)

2009 – Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)

2012 – Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.

2012 – Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94

2012 – Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97

2012 – Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82

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