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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