Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events 

 

1217 - French prince Louis & English king Henry III sign peace treaty

1396 - Crusaders under earl of Nevers reaches Nicopolis

1624 - 1st submarine tested (London)

1683 - Turkish troops attacks Vienna overthrows by Polish king Sobieski

1695 - NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties

1759 - British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.

1776 - Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission

 

 

 

1847 - Mexican-American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins.

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Harpers Ferry VA

 

 

 

 

 

1895 - Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (Engld) in 10th America’s Cup

1901 - Arabs attack Gedara Palestine

1907 - Lusitania arrives in NYC after 5 day crossing of Atlantic (record)

1910 - World’s 1st female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, appointed (LAPD)

1928 - -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000

1934 - Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania signs Baltic Entente, against USSR

 

 

 

1935 - Millionaire Howard Hughes flies his own designed plane at 352.46 mph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 - 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)

1940 - 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings

 

 

 

1943 - Waffen-SS (Skorzeny) frees Benito Mussolini at Gran Sasso

 

 

 

 

 

1944 - US Army troops entered Germany for 1st time

1953 - Sen John F Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24

1958 - US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate

1964 - 1st football game at Shea Stadium, Jets defeat Denver 30-6

1965 - Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75

1966 - “Monkees” premieres on NBC-TV

1966 - Gemini XI (Charles Conrad & R Gordon) launched for 71-hour flight

1970 - 1st Concorde lands at Heathrow airport

1970 - US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail

1970 - Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.

1972 - Ciod War: Icelandic gunboats sink 2 British trawlers in North Sea

1979 - Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

1983 - Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million

1988 - Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica

1994 - Cessna crashes in White House front yard

1994 - Parti Québécois wins parliamentary election

1995 - Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.

2001 - Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for only the second time (the other being in Bosnia) in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.

2005 - Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.

 

 

 

 

Births 

 

1575 - Henry Hudson, England, navigator/explorer (Hudson River)

1806 - Andrew Hull Foote, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1863

1811 - James Hall, US geologist (Natural history of NY)

1812 - Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist (d. 1886)

 

 

1818 - Richard Jordan GatlingUS, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1880 - Henry L MenckenBaltimore, Mdnewspaperman/critic (Prejudices)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1892 - Alfred A Knopf, US, publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal)

1906 - Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, St Petersburg Russia, composer [OS]

1913 - Jesse Owens, track star, spoiled Hitler’s 1936 Olympics with 4 gold

1914 - Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (d. 1999)

1916 - Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 1961)

 

 

 

1925 - Dickie MooreLA California, actor (Expert, Oliver Twist, Little Men)

 

 

Stymie Teaches Dickie A Fact Of Life

Stymie Performs First Chiropractic Adjustment

 

 

 

1931 - George Jones, Saratoga Tx, singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me)

1934 - Gunther Gebel-Williams, lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus)

1943 - Maria Muldaur, Greenwich Village, NY, singer (Midnight at the Oasis)

1952 - Neil Peart, Canada, musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings)

1954 - Peter Scolari, New Rochelle NY, actor (Jerry-Newhart, Bosom Buddies

1956 - Ricky Rudd, American race car driver

 

 

 

1974 - Jennifer NettlesAmerican country singer, part of Sugarland

 

 

Who Says You Can’t Go Home

The Night the Lights went out in Georgia

Stay

Stuck Like Glue

 

 

 

 

1981 - Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Illinois, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson)

 

 

 

Deaths

 

352 - Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies

1213 - Pedro II, [el Catolico], king of Aragon, dies in battle

1591 - Richard Grenville, vice-admiral (Roanoke) dies in battle at 49

 

 

 

1953 - Hugo SchmeisserGerman weapons designer (b. 1884)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 - Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86

1977 - Steven Biko, South African black student leader, dies in police custody

1993 - Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason), dies of liver cancer at 76

 

 

 

2003 - Johnny CashAmerican singer and guitarist (b. 1932)

 

 

Walk The Line

Ring of Fire

A Boy Named Sue

 

 

 

2009 - Norman BorlaugAmerican agronomist (b. 1914)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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