Today In The Past

 

 

Events

324 – Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor.

401 – St Anastasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1055 – Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad

1154 – King Henry II of England crowned

1551 – Dutch west coast hit by hurricane

1562 – Battle at Dreux: Anne de Montmorency & huguenots under Condé captured

1686 – Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)

 

 

 

1732 – Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1776 – Thomas Paine published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1777 – Washington settles his troops at Valley ForgePa for winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1783 – English government of Pitt Jr forms

1795 – 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky

1823 – Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law

1828 – South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws

1843 – Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol,” in England

1854 – Allen Wilson of Conn patents sewing machine to sew curving seams

1861 – Battle of Black Water

1862 – Skirmish at Jackson/Salem Church, Tenn (80 casualties)

 

 

 

1867 – Victims of “Angola Horror” burned to death (Angola NY)(12/18)

 

 

 

 

 

1871 – Albert L Jones (NYC), patents corrugated paper

1891 – 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore

 

 

 

1907 – 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs CreekPennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

1913 – Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for hw boxing title

1918 – Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column (NY Globe)

1922 – Mrs Theres Vaughn, 24, confessed in court to being married 62 times

1924 – The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.

1928 – 1st autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US

1932 – British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas

1939 – Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa

1941 – German submarine U-574 sinks

1941 – Hitler takes complete command of German Army

1941 – US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II

1946 – War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

1948 – 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3″)

1949 – Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland

1950 – Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander

1950 – Tibet’s Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

1958 – 1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice “To all mankind, America’s wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere”)

1959 – 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0

1960 – Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Bkln (50 die)

1960 – Frank Sinatra’s 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

1960 – Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight

1965 – French president De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)

1967 – Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.

1971 – NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp

1971 – Stanley Kubrick’s X-rated “A Clockwork Orange” premieres

 

 

 

1972 – Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing seriesreturns to Earth

 

 

 

 

 

1974 – “Man With Golden Gun” premieres in US

1974 – Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st VP

1975 – John Paul Stevens becomes a Supreme Court Justice

1975 – Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones

1976 – Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt

1980 – Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages

1981 – Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.

1984 – China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty

 

 

 

1984 – Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people

 

 

 

 

 

1984 – UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

1984 – Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

1985 – Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart

1985 – STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem

1986 – USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1986 – Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500

1987 – Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ

1988 – NASA unviels plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars

1989 – American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline’s Latin American route

1989 – Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

1991 – 6,000th episode of One Life To Live

1994 – Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW.

1997 – MTV drops video “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

2001 – A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.

 

 

Births

1036 – Su Tung-p’o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher

1498 – Andreas Osiander, Germany, Protestant Reformation theologist

1554 – Philip William, Prince of Orange (d. 1618)

1676 – Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, Paris France, composer/organist

1699 – William Bowyer, English printer (d. 1777)

1714 – John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)

1753 – John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)

1790 – William Parry, England, Arctic explorer

1809 – Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)

1813 – Thomas Andrews, Belfast Ireland, chemist/physicist (ozone)

1814 – Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)

1817 – James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) died in 1864

1819 – James Clifford Veatch, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1831 – Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian philanthropist (d. 1884)

1832 – John Kirk Barry, Scot, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone

1837 – John Carpenter Carter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

 

 

 

1849 – Henry Clay FrickPennbuilt world’s largest coke & steel operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

1852 – A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)

1894 – Yoshida Isoya, Tokyo Japan, architect (modern sukiya style)

1901 – Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, NYC, anthropologist/novelist

1903 – Cyril Dean Darlington, England, biologist (hereditary mechanisms)

1903 – George Davis Snell, Bradford Mass, geneticist (H-2 gene)

1906 – Leonid I Brezhnev, Ukraine, 1st Secretary of USSR (1964-82)

1910 – Jean Genet, Paris France, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks)

1913 – William C De Vries, surgeon/inventor (artificial heart)

1915 – Edith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], Paris, chanteuse (Little Sparrow), (d. 1963)

1920 – David Susskind, NYC, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show)

1920 – Ragnild Hveger, Denmark, 400m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936) [NS]

1924 – Peter Prowtiny, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire

1924 – Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (d. 1994)

1925 – Robert Sherman, New York City, New York, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), (d. 2012)

1926 – Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN

1933 – Cicely Tyson, Harlem NYC, actress (Roots, Miss Jane Pittman)

1934 – Al Kaline, Baltimore MD, Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers)

1935 – Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)

1940 – Phil Ochs, El Paso Tx, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over)

1943 – William De Vries, Bkln, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart)

1943 – Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)

 

 

 

1944 – Alvin LeeNottingham Englandrock vocals/guitarist (10 Years After)

 

Help Me Baby

Choo Choo Mama

Woodchopper’s Ball

Keep On Rockin

 

 

 

 

1944 – Richard Leakey, anthropologist

1944 – Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank’s Place)

1944 – Zal Yanovsky, rock guitarist (Lovin’ Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic)

1944 – Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist

1945 – John McEuen, rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

1946 – Marianne Faithfull, Hampstead England, singer (Money, As Tears Go By)

1946 – Robert Urich, Toronto Ohio, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$)

1949 – Claudia A Kolb, US, 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-silver-1964)

1951 – Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)

1957 – Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)

1957 – Liz Glazowski, Chicago Ill, playmate (April, 1980)

1958 – Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)

1959 – Kathryn “Furu” Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1960 – Mike Lookinland, Mt Pleasant Utah, actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch)

1961 – Reggie White, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)

1963 – Jennifer Beals, Chicago Ill, actress (Flashdance, Bride)

1963 – Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1964 – Beatrice Dalle, Breast France, actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath)

 

 

 

1966 – Alberto “La Bomba” TombaItalian skier (Olympic-gold-1988, 92)

 

 

 

 

 

1966 – Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)

1967 – Criss Angel, Illusionist,Actor, Musician, etc.

1968 – Jennifer Devine, Portland OR, rower (Olympics-96)

1969 – Chris Robinson, Atlanta, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)

1969 – Kristy Swanson, actress (Knots Landing, Buffy Vampire Slayer)

1970 – Jon Cleveland, Fresno CA, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Oly-br-92, 96)

1970 – Zac Foley, rock bassist (EMF-Unbelievable)

1970 – Tyson Beckford, American model

1971 – Amy Locane, Trenton NJ, actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place)

1971 – Jen[nifer] Dore, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4TH-96)

1971 – Tiffany Towers, Canadian adult film actress

 

 

 

1972 – Alyssa Jane MilanoBrooklyn NYactress (Samantha-Who’s the Boss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 – Warren Sapp, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)

1973 – Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist

1975 – Casual, [Jon Owens], rapper

1980 – Jake Gyllenhaal, Los Angeles, California, actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead)

1982 – Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower

1996 – Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

 

 

 

Deaths

401 – Anastasius I, Bishop of Rome (399-401), dies

1075 – Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England

1327 – Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy

1370 – Urban V, [Guillaume de Grimoard], 1st Avignon Pope (1362-70), dies

1614 – Melchior Bischoff, composer, dies at 67

 

 

 

1741 – Vitus J BeringDutch navigator/explorerdies

 

 

 

 

 

1813 – James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1744)

1814 – Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump

 

 

 

1819 – Sir Thomas FremantleBritish naval officer and politician (b. 1765)

 

 

 

 

 

1848 – Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist, dies at 30

1915 – Alvis Alzheimer, German neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51

1933 – George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)

1941 – L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle

1944 – Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)

1946 – Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)

1953 – Robert A Millikan, US physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

1959 – Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117

1986 – V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)

1991 – Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81

1993 – Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49

1994 – Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39

1995 – Janet Wilder, stuntwoman, dies at 29

1996 – Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72

1996 – Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82

1997 – David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52

1997 – Masaru Ibuka, co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89

 

 

 

1998 – Mel FisherAmerican treasure hunter (b. 1922)

 

 

 

 

 

1999 – Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)

2000 – Rob Buck, American guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (b. 1958)

2000 – Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)

2000 – Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)

2003 – Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933)

2004 – Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)

2005 – Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)

2005 – Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)

2008 – Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)

2008 – Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)

2009 – Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)

2009 – Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)

2010 – Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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