Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

451 - Germans & Romans beat Atiila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields

1214 - The University of Oxford receives its charter.

1633 - Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore

1756 - 146 Brit soldiers imprisoned in India-Black Hole of Calcutta-most die

1787 - Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

1819 - 320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)

1837 - Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV Ruled for 63 years ending in 1901

1840 - Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1863 - West Virginia admitted as 35th US state

1867 - Pres Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska

1910 - “Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal

1919 - Treaty of Versailles: Germany ends incorporation of Austria

1936 - Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

1944 - Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency

1950 - Joe Dimaggio’s 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

1969 - 150,000 attend Newport ’69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear

1995 - Space probe Ulysses begins 2nd passage behind the Sun

 

 

 

 

Births

 

236 BC - Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War (d. 183 BC)

1894 - George Delacorte, NYC, philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books)

1905 - Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)

1909 - Errol Flynn, Hobart Tasmania, actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood)

1924 - Audie Murphy, Kingston Tx, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)

1924 - Chet Atkins, Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)

1942 - Brian Wilson, Inglewood California, vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)

1967 - Nicole Kidman, Honolulu Hawaii, actress (Dead Calm, Far & Away)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

451 - Theodorid, King of the Visigoths

1947 - Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal

1972 - Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

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