Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

 

 

888 – Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1099 – Crusaders set fire to Mara Syria

1547 – Earl Henry Howard of Surrey sentenced to death

1559 – Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey

1605 – The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.

1607 – The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.

1610 – Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1621 – Jan Pieterszoon Coen’s fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)

1630 – Patent to Plymouth Colony issued

1695 – Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland

1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC

1785 – John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times

1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes

1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

1830 – Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves

 

 

 

1840 – The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1842 – Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.

1854 – Anthony Foss patents accordion

1863 – Chenille manufacturing machine patented by William Canter, NYC

1863 – Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet

1865 – -Jan 15th] BBT & CPT Ft Fisher, NC

1869 – Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Wash DC

1873 – P B S Pinchback relinquishes office at Louisiana governor

1874 – Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried

1874 – US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king

 

 

 

1888 – National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1893 – British Independent Labor Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)

1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1898 – Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J’accuse) in defense of Dreyfus

1906 – 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile

1908 – French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip

1911 – Roald Amundsens anchors at Walvis Bay

1912 – -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)

1913 – Delta Sigma Theta, the world’s largest Black Women’s Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington DC

1915 – Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800

1915 – W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles

1920 – NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly

1922 – Buck Weaver, a Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement

1922 – Conference of Cannes concerning German retribution payments ended

1927 – US & Mexico battle over oil interests

1929 – Humanist Society established, Hollywood Calif

1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appears

1935 – Plebiscite in Saar, indicates a desire (90.3%) to join Nazi Germany

1938 – The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.

1939 – The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

1942 – Allied Conference for war trials

1942 – German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1942 – Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration

1942 – World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1943 – British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca

1943 – Hitler declares “Total War”

1943 – Russian offensive at Don under general Golikov

 

 

 

1943 – US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge Guadalcanal

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 – 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin

1953 – Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14

1954 – Milt rule in Egypt; 318 Mohammedan Brotherhood arrested

1957 – Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee

1958 – US newspaper “Daily Worker” ceases publication

1958 – Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

1959 – De Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 to Algerian death row convicts

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

1967 – Coup in Togo

1967 – Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show

1968 – Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)

1969 – Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” album

1972 – Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

1974 – Superbowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Superbowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB

1976 – Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of “La Traviata”

1979 – Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam

1980 – Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium

1982 – Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

 

 

 

1982 – Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, DC, & falls into Potomac River, killing 78

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – AMA urges ban on boxing sites Muhammad Ali’s deteriorating condition

1985 – 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course

1985 – Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000

1985 – Express train derails in Ethiopia, kills at least 428

1986 – NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams

1986 – South Yemen Pres Ali Nasser Mohammed’s bodyguard shoots opponents

1987 – 7 top NY Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each

1987 – W German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking

1988 – Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities

1989 – “Friday the 13th” virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain

1989 – “Ryan’s Hope” ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

1989 – Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate

 

 

 

1989 – Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence

1990 – 1st elected US black governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)

1991 – 12th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 25 awards

1991 – 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg South Africa

1991 – Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open

1992 – Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins

1992 – US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane

1992 – Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

1994 – Tonya Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan

1995 – America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America’s Cup race

1998 – CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

2001 – Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people

2007 – Two thirds of the Venus’s southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.

2012 – Cruise ship, Costa Concordia, runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, with at least 15 deaths

 

 

 

Births

 

1334 – King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)

1381 – St Colette, abbess/reformer (Poor Clares)

1406 – Matteo Palmieri, Italian writer (Della vita civile)

1505 – Joachim II Hector, ruler (Brandenburg)

1562 – Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)

1596 – Jan J Goyen, Dutch landscape painter

1610 – Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1665)

1616 – Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic

1720 – Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)

1749 – Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)

1807 – Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1808 – Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)

1812 – Humphrey Marshall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1872

1815 – William Henry French, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1832 – Horatio Alger, Jr., Chelsea Massachusetts, American minister and author (Lost at Sea, Work & Win)

1845 – Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)

1861 – Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)

1864 – Wilhelm K W Wien, German physicist (Nobel 1911)

1869 – Emanuele F, duke of Aosta, Italian general (WW I)/fascist

1870 – Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist (d.1959)

1878 – Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)

1881 – Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)

1884 – Sophie Tucker, [Kalish], Russia, singer/last of red hot mammas

1885 – Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)

1892 – Paul Smart, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948)

1893 – Clarke Ashton Smith, US, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)

1901 – A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)

1903 – Kay Francis, [Katherine E Gibbs], Oklahoma City, actress (False Madonna)

1909 – Danny Barker, jazz guitarist

1918 – Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer

1919 – Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)

1919 – Robert Stack, LA California, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane)

1925 – Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)

1926 – Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)

1927 – Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1929 – Joseph Anthony Pass, jazz guitarist

 

 

All the Things You Are

Duets in Hannover with Ella Fitzgerald

Jambalaya with Roy Clark

 

 

 

 

1930 – Frances Sternhagen, Wash DC, actress (Outland, Starting Over)

1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, NYC, actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir)

1933 – Nurdin Jivraj, Tanzanian/British hotel magnate (Buckingham Intl)

1933 – Ron[ald Joseph] Goulart, US, sci-fi author (Deadwalk, Plunder)

1934 – Rip Taylor, Washington, D.C., American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show)

1935 – Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)

1935 – Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress

1938 – Billy Gray, LA California, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best)

1941 – Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic-gold-1976)

1943 – Richard Moll, Cal, actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor)

1945 – [Eileen] Joy[ce] Chant [Rutter], UK, sci-fi author (High Kings)

1947 – Peter Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)

 

 

 

1948 – ‘T BoneBurnett, rocker

 

 

Zombieland

Driving Wheel

Every Little Thing

 

 

 

 

1948 – Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur

1949 – Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)

1949 – Rakesh Sharma, India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)

1952 – Cornelius Bumpus, keyboardist (Doobie Bros-Minute by Minute)

1952 – Sharon Gabet, Fort Wayne IN, actress (Edge of Night, Another World)

1954 – Vicki McCarty, Los Angeles Ca, playmate (Sep, 1979)

1955 – Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)

1955 – Trevor Rabin, rocker (Yes)

1956 – Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

1956 – Jay McInerney, writer (Bright Lights, Big City)

1956 – Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)

1957 – Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic-bronze-1984)

1957 – Don Snow, rocker (Squeeze)

1961 – Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Sussex, rock vocalist (Madness-Our House)

1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, NYC, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll)

1963 – Felita Carr, Fort Lauderdale Fl, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ)

1963 – Tim Patrick Kelly, Trenton NJ, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)

1964 – Penelope Ann Miller, LA Ca, actress (Kindergarden Cop) [or Feb 13]

1966 – Joseph Harper, Ventura California, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1966 – Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston Me, actor (Mike-Fast Times)

1969 – Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor)

1969 – Katarzyna Nowak, Lodz Poland, tennis star (1994 Futures France)

 

 

 

1970 – Anne-Marie Goddard, Utrechtum Netherlands, playmate (Jan, 94)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)

1972 – Nicole Eggert, Glendale California, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch)

1973 – Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor

1975 – Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1976 – Vaclav Batlik, Costa Mesa California, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1976 – Michael Peña, American actor

1977 – Orlando Bloom, Kent England, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings)

1983 – William Hung, American Idol contestant

 

 

 

Deaths

 

86 BC – Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)

533 – Remigius van Reims, 1st bishop of Reims (459-533)/saint, dies about 96

703 – Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)

858 – Aethelwolf, king of Wessex (Battle at Aclea), dies

888 – Charles III, the Fat One, King of Franconia/Roman emperor, dies

1049 – Derrick IV, Count of Holland (1039-49), dies in battle

1138 – Simon I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1076)

1151 – Abbot Suger, French statesman and historian (b. 1081)

1177 – Hendrik Jasomirgott Babenberg, Duke of Austria, dies. (b. 1107)

1330 – Frederick I (III), the Fair, Duke of Austrian/German anti-king, dies (b. 1286)

1363 – Meinhard III of Gorizia-Tyrol (b. 1344)

1488 – Hermann Vischer, “the Old”, buried

1599 – Edmund Spenser, poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46

 

 

 

1630 – Yuan Chonghuan, Chinese military commander (b. 1584)

 

 

 

 

 

1658 – Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)

1682 – Simon van Leeuwen, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 55

1691 – George Fox, founder of Quakers, dies at 66

1790 – Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)

1796 – John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)

1853 – Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)

1864 – Stephen Foster, composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in NY

 

 

 

1882 – Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)

 

 

 

 

 

1906 – Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)

1924 – Georg H Quincke, German physicist (Test of Quincke), dies at 89

1928 – Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57

 

 

 

1929 – Wyatt Earp, US marshal (OK Corral), dies at 80

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Jean-Baptiste Marchand, soldier/explorer (Sudan), dies at 70

1939 – Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies

1941 – James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

1962 – Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42

1978 – Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn

1979 – Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33

1980 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78

1985 – Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson’s teatime movie hostess, dies at 42

1992 – Josef Neckermann, German founder mail-order firm/travel bureau, dies

1996 – Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies

2002 – Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)

2002 – Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)

2003 – Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)

2004 – Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)

2004 – Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)

2006 – Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)

2007 – Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)

2007 – Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)

2009 – Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)

2009 – Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)

2009 – Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)

2010 – Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)

2010 – Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)

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