Today In The Past

 

 

Events

13 - General Tiberius’ (later Emperor) triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany

534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published.

1380 - French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever

 

 

 

1384 - Jadwiga is crowned King of Polandalthough she is a woman.

 

 

 

 

 

1532 - Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca

 

 

 

1632 - Battle at LutzenSweden beats imperial armies under Von Wallenstein

 

 

 

 

 

1676 - 1st colonial prision organized, Nantucket Mass

1677 - French troops occupy Freiburg

1764 - Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac

1776 - 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port – US Andrew Doria at Ft St Eustatius

 

 

 

1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

1798 - Kentucky becomes 1st state to nullify an act of Congress

1801 - 1st edition of New York Evening Post

1805 - Battle at Schongrabern: Russian army stop French

1835 - Charles Darwins voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society

1841 - Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)

1849 - A Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor.

1863 - Battle of Campbell’s Station TN, 492 casualities

1864 - Confederate retreat at Lovejoy, Georgia

1875 - Battle at Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians

1885 - Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel is executed for treason aged 41.

1894 - 6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan

1894 - French capt Henri Decoeurs troops reach Nikki West Africa

1901 - 3 autos race on Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, fastest speed achieved by Henry Fournier who drives a mile in 51 4/5 seconds

1907 - Oklahoma becomes the United States 46th state

 

 

 

1914 - Federal Reserve System formally opens

 

 

 

 

 

1916 - USSR La Satannaya ammunitions factory explodes, killing 1,000

1917 - British occupy Tel Aviv & Jaffa

1919 - Admiral Horthy conquerors Budapest from Béla Kuns Soviet Republic

1920 - Australia’s Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited

1933 - Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR

1936 - German air force begins bombing of Madrid

1938 - LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1939 - Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail

1939 - German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland

1940 - World War II: In response to Germany’s leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.

1941 - German troops conquer Kertsh (probably)

1942 - Assault of US B-17 Flying Fortresses on airport at Sidi Ahmed

1943 - World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.

1944 - US 9th division & 1st Army attacks at Geilenkirchen

1945 - Yeshiva College (Univesity), chartered in NY, 1st US Jewish College

1945 - UNESCO is founded.

1947 - 15,000 demonstrate in Brussels against mild sentence of nazis

1948 - Operation Magic Carpet – 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel

1955 - 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (D M Campbell)

1955 - Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with “Cry Cry Cry”

1957 - Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Phila 111-89

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks

1963 - Touch-tone telephone introduced

1965 - Venera 3 launched, 1st to land on another planet (crashes into Venus)

 

 

 

1965 - Walt Disney launches Epcot CenterPrototype Community of Tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

1966 - Dr Sam Sheppard freed after 9 years in jail, by a jury

1966 - Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

1969 - 1968 massacre of civilians at My lai S Vietnam, by US is 1st reported

1973 - Pres Nixon authorizes construction of Alaskan pipeline

1973 - Skylab 4 launched into Earth orbit

1974 - 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away

1976 - René Levesque’s “Parti Québécois” wins elections in Quebec

1976 - Rick Barry (SF), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

1982 - Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight

1988 - Benazir Bhutto wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years

1988 - Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs

1988 - Jose Canseco is 1st unanimous AL MVP since Reggie Jackson

1988 - Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto’s PPP wins parliamentary election

1989 - 6 Jesuit priests are killed by El Salvadorian troops

1993 - Russian President Yeltsin shuts Lenin museum

1997 - After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

 

 

 

Births

42 BC - TiberiusRoman Emperor (d. 37 AD)

 

 

 

 

 

1436 - Leonardo Loredan, Doge of the Republic of Venice (d. 1521)

1569 - Paul Sartorius, composer

1642 - Cornelis Evertsen the Younger, Dutch buccaneer/lt admiral of Zeeland

1643 - Jean Chardin, French explorer (d. 1703)

1717 - Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d’Alembert, French Enlightenment philosophe/mathematician (Encyclopédie), (d. 1783)

1730 - Gualtherius “Wouter” van Doeveren, Zealand-Flanders physician

1758 - Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (d. 1841)

1822 - Charles Smith Hamilton, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1891

1835 - Elliott Warren Rice, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1887

1836 - David Kalakaua of Hawaii, Hawaiian king (d. 1891)

1841 - Jules Violle, French physicist (d. 1923)

 

 

 

1873 - William Christopher HandyAlabamajazz/bluesman (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)

 

Memphis Blues

Ole Miss Rag

A Bunch O Blues

ST LOUIS BLUES

 

 

 

 

1887 - Philip Frohman, US architect

1889 - George S Kaufman, Pittsburgh Pa, playwright (This is Show Business)

1890 - George Seldes, journalist

1892 - Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (d. 1978)

1892 - Tazio Nuvolari, Italian racing driver (d. 1953)

1893 - Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist

1894 - Mabel Normand, [Muriel Fortescue], Boston MA, comedienne (Mickey)

1895 - Eduard Bagritsky, [Dzhubin], Russ poet/journalist (South-West)

1899 - Mary Margaret McBride, Paris Mo, radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC)

1904 - Eddie Condon, Goodland Ind, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon’s Floor Show)

1907 - Burgess Meredith, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), (d. 1997)

1916 - Daws Butler, Toledo OH, animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound)

1922 - Royal Dano, NYC, actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II)

1922 - Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist

1924 - Mel Patton, American athlete

1930 - Alice Adams, sculptor

1931 - Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (d. 2006)

 

 

 

1931 - Hubert SumlinAmerican blues musician (died,2011)

 

Come On Home Baby with Sunnyland Slim

Talkin’ Blues – Hubert Sumlin Interview

Hubert Sumlin Teaches “Smokestack Lightning”

Come On In My House

 

 

 

 

1933 - Guy Stockwell, NYC, actor (Chris-Adventures in Paradise)

1938 - Toni Brown, US guitarist/singer/keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)

 

 

 

1938 - Robert NozickAmerican philosopher (d. 2002)

 

The Tale of the Slave

A History of the Libertarian Movement

Anarchy, State, and Robert Nozick

On Robert Nozick and Liberty

 

 

 

 

1942 - Donna McKechnie, Pontiac Michigan, actress/dancer (Company)

1942 - Willie Carson, Scottish jockey

1944 - Joanna Pettit, London, actress (Knots Landing, Cry of the Innocent)

1948 - Chi Coltrane, US pianist/singer

1950 - Carl J Meade, Illinos, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 38, STS 50, 64)

1950 - David Leisure, actor (Joe Isuzu, Airplane, Charley-Empty Nest)

1952 - Piero Falchetta, Italian archivist, Biblioteca Marciana

1952 - Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer

1954 - Andrea Barrett, American author

1954 - Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1956 - Terry LabonteAmerican NASCAR driver

 

 

 

 

1958 - Marg Helgenberger, North Bend Nebraska, actress (China Beach)

 

 

 

1958 - Roberto GuerreroMedelin Colombia, Indy racer (Rookie of Year 1984)

 

 

 

 

 

1958 - Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic

1959 - Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silv-1988)

1959 - Corey Allen Pavin, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1995 US Open)

1961 - Frank Bruno, British boxer (European champ)

1963 - Zina Garrison Jackson, Houston Tx, tennis star (1988/90 Wimbledon)

1964 - Dwight Gooden, Tampa FL, pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets)

 

 

 

1964 - Diana KrallCanadian Jazz pianist and singer

 

Look Of Love

Cry Me A River

Love Me Like A Man

You Don’t Know Me with Ray Charles

 

 

 

 

1966 - Dan Nowosielski, Montreal Quebec, fencing epee (Olympics-96)

1966 - Lisa Brown Miller, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)

1966 - Tricia Cast, Medford NY, actr (Amanda-Bad News Bear, Young & Restless)

1967 - Lisa Bonet, SF, actress (Cosby Show, Different World, Angel Heart)

1968 - Melvin Stewart, US butterfly swimmer (200m record)

1970 - Martha Plimpton, NYC, actress (Goonies, Mosquito Coast)

1971 - Donald Wolf, computer game creator

1971 - Koshi Rikdo, Japanese mangaka

1973 - Joe Hudepohl, US, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)

1973 - Sedrick Shaw, running back (New England Patriots)

1973 - Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner

1974 - Eric Judy, American Musician

1974 - Maurizio Margaglio, Italian ice dancer

1977 - Oksana Baiul, Ukraine, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1994)

1977 - Maggie Gyllenhaal, New York, actress (Donnie Darko, The Dark Knight)

1979 - Salli Wills, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1979 - Bruce Irons, American surfer

1980 - Nicole Gius, Italian alpine skier

1980 - Carol Huynh, 2008 Canadian Gold Medalist,48 kg. wrestling

1983 - Britta Steffen, German swimmer

 

 

 

Deaths

1271 - Henry III, King of England (1216-71, Provisions of Oxford), dies

1328 - Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)

1512 - Gerbrand Mockema, Fries rebel, beheaded

1512 - Jemme Herjuwsma, Fries rebel, beheaded

1548 - Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer, dies at 44

1603 - Pierre Charron, French philosopher/theologian, dies

1613 - Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)

1706 - Cornelis Evertsen, mutineer/ltalian-admiral of Zeeland, dies at 64

1745 - James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (b. 1665)

1766 - Dominikus Zimmermann, German architect/painter, dies at 81

1779 - Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)

1790 - Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)

1797 - King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97

1806 - Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)

1808 - Mustapha IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08), dies at 29

 

 

 

1831 - Karl von ClausewitzPrussian strategist (Campaign 1813), dies at 51

 

 

 

 

 

1907 - Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma (b. 1848)

1922 - Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)

1935 - Kurt Schindler, composer, dies at 53

1939 - Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)

1943 - Marcel Verhamme, Belgian resistance fighter, executed

1950 - Bob Smith, American doctor, co-founder of the Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1879)

 

 

 

1960 - Clark Gableactor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59

 

 

 

 

 

1961 - Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79

1964 - John Emery, actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos, Mademoiselle Fifi), dies at 59

1964 - Piet Moeskops, Dutch world champion cyclist (1921-24, 26), dies at 71

1971 - Charlie Dell, comedian, dies at 90

1973 - Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif

1974 - Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner Effect), dies at 91

 

 

 

1981 - William Holdenactor (NetworkWild BunchBreezy), dies at 63

 

WILLIAM HOLDEN TRIBUTE

Network

Breezy

The Wild Bunch – Final Shootout

 

 

 

 

1982 - Arthur Askey, British comedian, dies at 82

1982 - Lenny Murphy, Leader of Belfast’s notorious Shankill Butchers (b. 1952)

1986 - Siobhan McKenna, actress (Dr Zhivago, Hungry Hill), dies at 63

1987 - Jim Brewer, Major League Baseball relief pitcher (b. 1937)

1993 - Achille Zavatta, French clown (b. 1915)

1994 - Dino Valente, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b.1943)

1995 - Jack Finney, author (Body Snatchers), dies at 84

1999 - Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1928)

2001 - Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)

2005 - Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)

2005 - Donald Watson, English founder of the Vegan Society (b. 1910)

2005 - Henry Taube, Canadian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

 

 

 
2006 - Milton FriedmanAmerican economistNobel Prize laureatedies at 94

 

Free To Choose Part 1 of 10 The Power of the Market                      Socialism is Force

on Libertarianism                                                   The Role Of Gold In Great Depression

The Road To Serfdom                                                     Power of the Market – The Pencil

 

 

 

 

2007 - Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)

2009 - Edward Woodward, British actor (The Equalizer) (b. 1930)

2010 - Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)

2010 - Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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