Category: Education

Intriguing Chart Showing Every Week Of Your Life Really Puts It Into Perspective







” Sometimes, you have to see something illustrated to realize just how vast – or limited – it is. Such is the case with the average American life, which the site Wait But Why captured in this fascinating chart: (see above)

  As you may have noticed, we spend a gigantic chunk of our lives in school and work, toiling away with the hope that we can someday retire and do whatever we want. And that’s not a bad thing.” 



   Be sure to click through to the original chart post which contains other interesting weekly gems such as this one portraying famous deaths .



Famous Deaths in Weeks





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Today In The Past



8 – Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus.

881 – Battle at Saucourt: French King Louis III beats the Vikings

1492 – Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for “Indies”

1527 – First known letter was sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1676 – Nathaniel Bacon publishes “Declaration of People of Virginia”

1678 – Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon

1852 – 1st intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths

1860 – American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY

1864 – Battle of Mobile AL

1882 – Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration

1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

1914 – 1st seaworthy ship through Panama Canal

1923 – VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th president

1925 – Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912

1943 – Gen Patton slaps a US GI in the hospital accusing him of cowardice

1949 – Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association

1954 – 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown

1955 – Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing

1977 – Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered

1981 – 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike

1996 – General William F. Garrison accepted responsibility for the outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and he retired from military service.

2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.


1509 – Étienne Dolet, French scholar (d. 1546)

1801 – Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace)

1811 – Elisha Graves Otis, inventor (safe elevator)

1900 – Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II

1900 – John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution

1904 – Clifford D[onald] Simak, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station)

1924 – Leon Uris, Baltimore, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry)

1941 – Martha Stewart, New Jersey, cookbook author/actress (Those Two)

1950 – John Landis, Chicago IL, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video)

1977 – Tom Brady, American football player

1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer


1460 – King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)

1604 – Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander

1907 – August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59

1924 – Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

1957 – “Black Jack” Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer

1966 – Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39

1983 – Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer

2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

2007 – John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)

2008 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (b. 1918

2011 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)













5 Ways Muslims Have Contributed to ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’





” Last Sunday, in his message congratulating Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Barack Obama wrote: “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” That’s right: he said “many achievements and contributions.” I could only think of five. Maybe you will be able to think of some more.”






” 5. Getting us here in the first place`

  This one predates the United States as a nation, but without it, the United States would not exist. Every schoolchild knows, or used to know, that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America while searching for a new, westward sea route to Asia. But why was he searching for a new route to Asia? Because the fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453 closed the trade routes to the East. This was devastating for European tradesmen, who had until then traveled to Asia for spices and other goods by land. Columbus’s voyage was trying to ease the plight of these merchants by bypassing the Muslims altogether and making it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.

  So the bellicosity and intransigence of Islam ultimately opened the Americas for Europe – and made the United States possible.”



    Read the rest of Robert Spencer’s piece at PJ Media and see if you agree with his assessment of Muslim contributions to the American fabric … We find it hard to argue against him .










Today In The Past




338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.

216 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.

1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella

1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

1704 – Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1798 – British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US

1864 – 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

1873 – 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones

1875 – 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

1922 – China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

1975 – 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1975 – 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

1987 – Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)

1989 – NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water





1674 – Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)

1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)

1835 – Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

1872 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

1892 – Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)

1905 – Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)

1922 – Carroll O’Connor, NYC, actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

1924 – James Baldwin, New York, author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), (d. 1987)

1926 – Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

1932 – Peter O’Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)

1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)

1953 – Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)






257 – Stefanus I, bishop of Rome (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies

1100 – William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

1611 – Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)

1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61

1811 – William Williams, US merchant/signer (Decl of Indep), dies at 80

1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)

1876 – Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8’s

1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish/US physicist (telephone), dies

1923 – Warren Harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

1956 – Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

1976 – Fritz Lang, director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85

1988 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1997 – William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83

2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)

Today In The Past




338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.

216 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.

1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella

1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

1704 – Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1798 – British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US

1864 – 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

1873 – 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones

1875 – 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

1922 – China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

1975 – 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1975 – 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

1987 – Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)

1989 – NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water





1674 – Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)

1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)

1835 – Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

1872 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

1892 – Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)

1905 – Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)

1922 – Carroll O’Connor, NYC, actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

1924 – James Baldwin, New York, author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), (d. 1987)

1926 – Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

1932 – Peter O’Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)

1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)

1953 – Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)





257 – Stefanus I, bishop of Rome (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies

1100 – William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

1611 – Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)

1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61

1811 – William Williams, US merchant/signer (Decl of Indep), dies at 80

1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)

1876 – Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8’s

1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish/US physicist (telephone), dies

1923 – Warren Harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

1956 – Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

1976 – Fritz Lang, director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85

1988 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1997 – William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83

2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)












Laughing At Pain: 14 More Hilariously Awful Sunburns



funny sunburns, painful sunburns, sunburnt couple selfie




” The dog days of summer are upon us, which means there is still plenty of time for knuckleheads to go outside without using sunscreen and get a nasty burn. We’re trying to warn you with this collection of hilarious sunburn photos, but we know you won’t listen anyway.”




   In case the reader requires further proof of the wisdom of sun protection take a gander at this one …



funny sunburns, painful sunburns, sunburn handprint




   The other twelve equally disastrous examples of an unhealthy day at the beach can be viewed here . This post is a part two to one we did in June along the same lines … 13 Reasons to avoid falling asleep at the beach … LOL











37 Times When One Tiny Grammar Or Spelling Fail Ruined EVERYTHING





5. ” When Rachael Ray was exposed for the monster that she truly is”




She must have gotten cooking lessons from our president …





10. ” When this guy maybe had one regert”



Nothing spells genius like a mis-spelled tattoo … see the other 35 funnies at Distractify 






















Today In The Past





30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

607 – Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).

902 – Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily

1498 – Christopher Columbus lands on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela)

1716 – 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)

1774 – Priestly discovers oxygen

1781 – English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia

1794 – Whiskey Rebellion begins

1798 – Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet

1831 – London Bridge opens to traffic

1876 – Colorado becomes 38th state

1896 – George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)

1903 – 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed

1914 – British fleet reaches Scapa Flow

1941 – The first Jeep is produced.

1946 – Pres Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

1953 – California introduces sales tax (for education)

1958 – US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole

1960 – Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

1960 – Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”

1966 – Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

1982 – Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives

1988 – Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show

2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.

2004 – A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.






10 BC – Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)

1377 – Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan (d. 1433)

1744 – Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine Monnet de Lamarck, Paris, naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), (d. 1829)

1770 – William Clark, Charlottsville VA, 2nd lt of Lewis & Clark Expedition

1779 – Francis Scott Key, composer (Star-Spangled Banner)

1815 – Richard Henry Dana, novelist/lawyer spent 2 years before mast

1819 – Herman Melville, New York, author (Moby Dick, Billy Budd), (d. 1891)

1889 – John F Mahoney, developed pencillin treatment of syphillis

1922 – Yvonne DeCarlo, actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters)

1931 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, rocker

1933 – Dom DeLuise, Bkln NY, comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso)

1942 – Giancarlo Giannini, La Spezia Italy, actor (Seduction of Mimi)

1942 – Jerry Garcia, SF, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe’s Band)

1953 – Robert Cray, Columbus Ga, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy)






1137 – Louis VI, King of France, dies (1108-37)

1589 – Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)

1796 – Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)

1977 – Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47

1980 – Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

1981 – Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58

1994 – George Dixon, trumpet/sax, dies at 85

2009 – Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines (b. 1933)














Hot Air





  2700 aborted babies a day Progressive’s idea of birth control . Hypocrisy anyone ? The numbers at the link to CDC “only” average two thousand two hundred per day  but even that figure is obscene …










This GIF Depicting Voter Turnout By State In Presidential Elections Is Cooler Than You’d Expect








” The GIF at the top of this story is fascinating if you enjoy maps, politics or scanning for patterns.

  It depicts voter turnout by state in presidential elections from 1980 to 2012.

 It’s an impressive graphic. It caught my eye on Reddit, and I watched it repeatedly while writing this story. I even took some time and checked the numbers against Census Bureau data to be sure it’s accurate. (Note: the legend is a bit small, but red stands for low turnout and green for high turnout — and the colors are on the spectrum following the ROYGBIV pattern we learned in secondary school.) “




Washington Examiner
















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Don’t Send Your Kid To The Ivy League



Hanna Sender/International Business Times




” When I speak of elite education, I mean prestigious institutions like Harvard or Stanford or Williams as well as the larger universe of second-tier selective schools, but I also mean everything that leads up to and away from themthe private and affluent public high schools; the ever-growing industry of tutors and consultants and test-prep courses; the admissions process itself, squatting like a dragon at the entrance to adulthood; the brand-name graduate schools and employment opportunities that come after the B.A.; and the parents and communities, largely upper-middle class, who push their children into the maw of this machine. In short, our entire system of elite education.

  I should say that this subject is very personal for me. Like so many kids today, I went off to college like a sleepwalker. You chose the most prestigious place that let you in; up ahead were vaguely understood objectives: status, wealth“success.” What it meant to actually get an education and why you might want oneall this was off the table. It was only after 24 years in the Ivy Leaguecollege and a Ph.D. at Columbia, ten years on the faculty at Yalethat I started to think about what this system does to kids and how they can escape from it, what it does to our society and how we can dismantle it. “

New Republic

Read also Newsweek’s piece on The New Republic’s hypocrisy regarding their hefty percentage of Ivy League staff .

” But if such a student seeks a job at The New Republic, that move won’t be a wise one. We’ve sized up TNR’s lengthy editorial masthead (read: not the business or sales teams) and noticed that 46 out of 91 staffers hold undergraduate or graduate degrees (or both) from an Ivy League institution. Readers who attended a college with a robust core curriculum that forces you to take a math class—Columbia University, for instance—will note that that amounts to more than half of the masthead. Here’s the breakdown.”

Everyone Gets A Gun: NRA Commentator Talks ‘Gun Required’ Zones, Shooting Tests




” In a new video entitled “Everyone Gets a Gun,” NRA commentator Billy Johnson this week dishes on his view of guns and education in America, comparing the two and drawing on some startling comparisons and thought-provoking contrasts in our nation’s schools as balanced against gun laws.

  In the four-minute video, which begins with a disclaimer that Johnson’s commentary “does not necessarily” reflect the larger organization’s views, Johnson proposes that schools be mandated to introduce a curriculum that forces kids to learn shooting skills, as part of his tongue-in-cheek suggestion for “gun required zones.” “

















Voters See A More Divided Nation; GOPers More Enthusiastic To Vote




” Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.

  Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) think the country is less divided now, while 21% rate the level of division as about the same.(To see survey question wording, click here.)

  Among voters who see more division or about the same level of it, 35% believe President Obama is to blame. But 34% point the finger at Republicans in Congress instead. Twenty-three percent (23%) say they’re both to blame. Just five percent (5%) attribute the division to something else.”


     All is proceeding as the Left has planned in the Balkanization of America , the first step towards bringing our nation to it’s knees …













Lying Commies






” “UNDER capitalism”, ran the old Soviet-era joke, “man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.” In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity.

  Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans’ willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8).”



The results were less than surprising …



” After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.”


The Economist












Scientists Probe Depths Of Mysterious Hole In Siberia








” That mysterious crater deep in Siberia will soon be a bit less mysterious; a team of scientists just completed their first survey of the giant hole in northern Yamal — Siberian for “the end of the world.” Conspiracy theorists who thought bombs or UFOs might be involved will be disappointed to hear the team’s initial judgment: “There is nothing mysterious here,” said Andrey Plekhanov, one of the researchers, speaking with the Siberian Times. “It is simply Mother Nature’s law with its internal pressure and changes in temperatures.” “


NBC News











Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer








” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. “



Continued at Hackaday










Today In The Past




1099 – 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem

1240 – A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.

1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.

1410 – Battle of Tannenburg-Teutonic Knights vs King Ladislas II of Poland

1779 – US troops under Gen A Wayne conquer Ft Stony Point, NY

1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte captured

1823 – A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

1869 – Margarine is patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by French Navy

1876 – Baseball’s 1st no-hitter, St Louis’ George W Bradley no-hits Hartford

1912 – British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect

1916 – 22.22″ (56.4 cm) of rain falls in Altapass NC (state record)

1916 – Boeing Co (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle Wash

1918 – 2nd Battle of Marne began during WW I

1933 – Wiley Post began 1st solo flight around world

1941 – Florey & Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)

1948 – Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain

1954 – 110°F (43°C) at Balcony Falls, Virginia (state record)

1958 – Pres Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months

1960 – Balt Orioles’ Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle

1964 – Barry M Goldwater (Sen-R-Az) nominated for president by Republicans

1965 – “Mariner IV” sends back 1st pictures of Mars

1971 – Pres Nixon announces he would visit People’s Rep of China

1973 – Paul Getty III kidnapped

1973 – Ray Davies, announces retirement from Kinks then attempts suicide

2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

2002 – Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.





1458 – Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish Explorer (d. 1521)

1573 – Inigo Jones, London, architect (Old St Paul’s Cathedral, Coven Garden)

1606 – Rembrandt van Rijn, Leiden Netherlands, painter (Night Watch), (d. 1669 )

1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist (Bulfinch’s Mythology)

1850 – Francesca Xavier Cabrini, [Mother Cabrini], 1st US saint

1867 – Maggie Mitchell Walker, 1st woman bank director/philanthropist

1911 – Lord Shackelton, explorer/government minister

1927 – Ann Jellicoe, theater director/playwright (Knack)

1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, Denver, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie)

1946 – Linda Ronstadt, Tucson Az, singer (Dif Drum)/actress (Pir of Penzance)

1950 – Arianna Huffington, Greek-born newspaper columnist

1951 – Jesse “The Body” Ventura, wrestler/actor (Predator, Running Man)

1956 – Joe Satriani, rocker

1960 – Kim Alexis, Lockport NY, supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress

1961 – Forest Whitaker, Longview TX, actor (Bloodsport, Platoon, Stakeout)

1963 – Brigitte Nielsen, Eisinore Denmark, actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV)

1976 – Diane Kruger, German actress and former fashion model





1381 – John Ball, English priest/ideologist of Boer uprising, hanged

1410 – Ulrich von Jungingen, German Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (killed in battle) (b. 1360)

1751 – John Wilson, botanist, dies

1765 – Charles Andrew Vanloo, painter, dies

1869 – A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteren, assassinated by KKK 

1881 – William “Billy the Kid” Bonney, shot by sheriff Pat Garrett at 21

1883 – Tom Thumb, famous small person (40″), dies of a stroke at 44

1904 – Anton Pavlovich Chechov, Russian writer (Uncle Vanya), dies at 44

1940 – Robert Wadlow, world’s tallest man (8’11.1″), dies at 32

1948 – John J Pershing, [Black Jack], US general (Mexico, WW I), dies at 87

1997 – Gianni Versace, designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50

2003 – Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)

2006 – Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)














Today In The Past




1223 – Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II 
1420 – Battle at Vitkov Zizka’s hill (Prague): Taboriets beat Bohemia
1520 – Battle of Otumba Mexico: Hernan Cortes & Tlascala’s vs Aztecs
1535 – Emperor Charles V conquerors Tunis
1544 – English troops attack The Canal
1581 – English jesuit Edmund Campion arrested
1682 – Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London
1698 – The Darien scheme begins with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.
1714 – Battle of Aland, Russian fleet overpowers larger Swedish fleet
1769 – The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).
1771 – Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
1789 – Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille
1791 – The Priestley Riots drive Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.
1798 – 1st direct federal tax on states-on dwellings, land & slaves
1798 – Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against US government
1822 – Slave revolt in SC under Denmark Vesey/Peter Poyas
1823 – Switzerland signs boundaries for fugitives
1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty
1845 – 1st postmasters’ provisional stamps issued, NYC
1845 – Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes & kills many
1850 – 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration
1853 – 1st US World’s fair opens (Crystal Palace NY)
1853 – Commodore Perry requests trade relations with Japan
1853 – Pres Franklin Pierce opens 1st industrial exposition (NY)
1861 – Gen McDowell advances toward Fairfax Courthouse, VA with 40,000 troops
1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington NC – USS Daylight establishes blockade
1863 – Battle of Falling Waters, MD (Beaver Creek)
1863 – Jews of Holstein Germany granted equality
1864 – Gold is discovered in Helena, Mont
1865 – Whymper, Hudson, Croz, Douglas & Hadow 1st to climb Matterhorn
1868 – Alvin J Fellows patents tape measure
1877 – General strike brings US railroad to a stand still
1891 – John T Smith patents corkboard
1902 – The Campanile in St Mark’s Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta.
1909 – Germany chancellor Bernhard von Bulow resigns
1911 – 46″ of rain begins to fall in Baguio, Philippines
1912 – Kenneth McArthur runs Olympic record marathon (2:36:54.8)
1914 – 1st patent for liquid-fueled rocket design granted (Robert Goddard)
1914 – NL’s Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
1916 – 33.6 cm rainfall at Effingham SC (state record)
1916 – St Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 inns in a 0-0 tie vs Boston
1918 – Dutch government reclaims South seas
1921 – Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted in Dedham Mass, of killing their shoe company’s paymaster
1927 – 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii
1932 – Belgian Chamber rules Dutch language for education of Flanders
1933 – Germany began mandatory sterilization of those with hereditary illness
1933 – NSDAP becomes only party in Germany
1933 – Verity bowls out Essex twice in a day, 8-47 & 9-44, at Leyton
1934 – 116°F (47°C), Orogrande NM (state record, broken on June 27, 1994)
1934 – NY Times erroneously declares Ruth 700 HR record to stand for all time
1934 – Phillies score 11 runs in an inning, beats Cincinnati 18-0
1934 – Ruth hits 700th career home run
1936 – 1 million demonstrate to support French People’s Front government
1936 – 116°F (47°C), Collegeville, Indiana (state record)
1938 – Benito Mussolini publishes anti-Jewish/African manifest
1940 – Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
1940 – Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
1941 – 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
1941 – Cease fire of Joan of Arc (ends combat in Lebanon & Syria)
1941 – Jam rationed in Holland
1942 – 1st transport of Amsterdam Jews to Westerbork
1942 – Riots against Jews in Amsterdam
1944 – Attempt to liberate prisoners in Amsterdam fails, John Post arrested
1944 – US assault on Coutances Cotentin
1945 – Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
1946 – Dr Ben Spock’s “Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care” published
1946 – Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
1946 – Cleve Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles & HR but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 HR with 8 RBIs
1948 – Israel bombs Cairo
1948 – Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament.
1949 – USSR explodes their 1st atom bomb
1950 – RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
1951 – “Courtin’ Time” closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances
1951 – “Make a Wish” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 perfs
1951 – 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
1951 – Citation becomes 1st horse to win $1,000,000 in races
1951 – George Washington Carver monument unveiled
1952 – SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
1953 – 1st Natl monument dedicated to a Negro-George Washington Carver
1953 – 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
1953 – Communist offensive in Korea
1954 – 117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)
1954 – 118°F (48°C), Warsaw & Union, Missouri (state record)
1955 – 2 killed, many dazed when lightning strikes Ascott racetrack, England
1956 – Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
1957 – Soviet steamer “Eshghbad” sinks in Caspian Sea, drowning 270
1958 – General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq
1958 – Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th & last encyclical Meminisse juvat
1958 – Col Saddam Hussein & Iraqi army overthrows the monarchy
1959 – 1st atomic powered cruiser, Long Beach, Quincy Mass
1960 – Barbara Romack wins LPGA Leesburg Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1960 – Fire raging through a Guatemala City, Guatemala insane asylum kills 225, severly injuring 300
1961 – Astro’s Eddie Matthews hits HR #500
1961 – Finland’s Miettunen government forms
1961 – Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate
1962 – Borehole for Mont Blanc-tunnel finished
1962 – US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1963 – Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sight Golf Open
1964 – Jacques Anquetil wins his 5th Tour de France
1964 – Oriole Bob Johnson’s 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter
1965 – Australian Ronald Clarke runs world record 10k (27:39.4)
1965 – Israeli/Jordanian border fights
1965 – US Mariner IV, 1st Mars probe, passes at 6,100 miles (9,800 km)
1966 – Richard Speck rapes & kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
1967 – Astro Eddie Matthews hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Juan Marichal
1967 – Surveyor 4 launched to Moon; explodes just before landing
1967 – The Who, opening for Herman’s Hermits begin a US tour
n1968 – Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick
1968 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Pabst Ladies’ Golf Classic
1968 – Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes-out 18, beats Reds 6-1
1968 – WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1969 – “Futbol War” between El Salvador & Honduras begins
1969 – Soccer war – Salvador-Honduras (1000 dead)
1969 – WMUL (now WPBY) TV channel 33 in Huntington, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
1969 – The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
1970 – 41st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
1970 – All star MVP: Carl Yastremski (Boston Red Sox)
1972 – Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic Natl Committee
1972 – USSR performs underground nuclear Test
1972 – Plate ump & catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is ump & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
1973 – 102nd British Golf Open: Tom Weiskopf shoots a 276 at Royal Troon
1973 – Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to Everly Brothers
1974 – Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by ump from 2 games in 1 day
1974 – Bundy victims Janice Ott & Denise Naslund disappear, Lk Sammamish, WA
1974 – Sharon Miller wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
1975 – EPCOT Center (Florida) plans announced
1976 – Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NYC
1976 – USSR banishes dissident Andrei Amalrik to Netherlands
1977 – North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
1977 – US House establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
1978 – Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
1978 – Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
1978 – Allen Ginsburg completes “Plutonian Ode,” blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell’s nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado
1979 – USSR performs nuclear Test
1981 – Kevin Wade’s “Key Exchange,” premieres in London
1983 – Crane (Rep-R-Il) & Studds (Rep-D-Mas) admit to sex with pages
1984 – STS 41-D vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB for remanifest of payloads
1984 – USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1985 – 40th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Baker
1985 – Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Offutt AFB, Neb
1985 – Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
1986 – 10 killed & 60 injured at ETA-bomb attack in Madrid
1986 – 2nd government of Lubbers sworn in
1986 – 41st US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Jane Geddes
1986 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil begins 30 day sentence for vehicular homicide
1986 – NASA’s plan to implement recommendations of Rogers commission
1986 – Paul McCartney releases “Press”
1986 – Richard W Miller became 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage
1986 – Shalamar’s Howard Hewett acquitted in Miami of drug charges
1987 – 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad
1987 – All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)
1987 – Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million
1987 – Lt Col Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony
1987 – Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson
1987 – Steve Miller’s star is unveiled on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
1987 – Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
1988 – 200,000 demonstrate in Soviet Armenia for incorporation of Nagorno-Karabak
1988 – Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place
1988 – WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive
1989 – 16th James Bond movies “License to Kill” premieres
1990 – “Howard Stern’s Summer Show” premieres on WWOR-TV (NYC)
1990 – Sara Martin, of Illinois, crowned America’s Junior Miss
1991 – 46th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Meg Mallon
1991 – Failed military coup in Mali
1992 – 63rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-6 at Jack Murphy Stadium, SD
1992 – Actress Nell Carter undergoes brain surgery
1992 – All star MVP: Ken Griffey Jr (Seattle Mariners)
1992 – 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz beginning the Open Source Operating System Revolution. Linus Torvalds release his Linux soon afterwards.
1993 – Aeroflot starts non-stop flights between Moscow & NY
1994 – Gas explosion at old age home in Milan, 27 killed
1995 – LA Dodger Ramon Martinez no-hits the Florida Marlins 7-0
1995 – Ramon Martinez pitches a 7-0 no-hitter against the Marlins
1996 – “How To Succeed in Business…” closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 perf
1996 – “Thousand Clowns” opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances
1996 – 14th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Raymond Floyd
1996 – Michelle McGann wins Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic
1996 – NY Yankee John Weteland sets record of 24 consecutive saves
1996 – NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
1997 – Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
2002 – French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
2007 – Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
2012 – Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception and kills 22 people and inures 22 in northern Afghanistan
2012 – Floods on the Japanese island of Kyushu kill 20 and displace 250,000






1454 – Poliziano, Florentine humanist (d. 1494)
1486 – Andrea del Sarto, Italy, painter (Recollets)
1602 – Jules Mazarin, France, cardinal, French 1st Minister (1642-61)
1608 – George Goring, Lord Goring, English royalist soldier (d. 1657)
1610 – Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1670)
1634 – Pasquier Quesnel, French Jansenist theologian (d. 1719)
1671 – Jacques D’Allonville, French astronomer and mathematician (d. 1732)
1675 – Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (d. 1747)
1676 – Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (d. 1763)
1696 – William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (d. 1761)
1707 – Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, composer
1721 – John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (d. 1807)
1743 – Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, Russian poet (d. 1816)
1756 – Thomas Rowlandson, English painter/cartoonist/etcher
1785 – Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (d. 1851)
1794 – John G Lockhart, [Scorpion], biographer (Life of Sir Walter Scott)
1801 – Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (d. 1858)
1804 – Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general
1816 – Arthur de Gobineau, French philosopher (d. 1882)
1818 – Nathaniel Lyon, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1861
1830 – Richard Henry Jackson, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1831 – William Dwight, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1888
1834 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler, artist (Whistler’s Mother)
1839 – Edward Sydney Smith, composer
1854 – Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer
1855 – Richard Samuel Hughes, composer
1857 – Maytag, inventor (washing machine)
1858 – Emmeline Pankhurst, England, found (Women’s Social & Political Union)
1859 – Willy Hess, German violinist (d. 1928)
1862 – Florence Bascom, US, 1st American woman PhD
1862 – Gustav Klimt, Austria, Art Nouveau painter
1865 – Annie Jones, Virginia, bearded lady
1868 – Gertrude Bell, Durham, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), (d. 1926)
1869 – Owen Wister, US, novelist (Virginian)
1874 – ‘Abbas Hilmi II, last khedive (Ottoman viceroy) of Egypt (1892-1914)
1874 – Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (Actinium)
1880 – Donald Meek, Glasgow Scotland, actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach)
1883 – Alexandru Zirra, composer
1884 – Charles Meldrum Daniels, Dayton Oh, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1904, 08)
1885 – King Sisavang Vong of Laos (d. 1959)
1890 – Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ/French sculptor (Destroyed City)
1891 – Henry Oscar, London England, actor (Saint in London)
1893 – John G Strijdom, premier of South-Africa (1954-58)
1893 – Spencer Williams, Vidalia La, actor (Andy-Amos ‘n’ Andy)
1893 – Clarence J. Brown, Newspaper publisher and politician (d. 1965)
1895 – Frank Raymond Leavis, British literary critic (Culture & Environment)
1896 – Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (d. 1936)
1898 – Ivan Triesault, Estonia, actor (Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute)
1898 – A. B. “Happy” Chandler, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1991)
1901 – George Tobias, NYC, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched)
1901 – Gerald Finzi, London, British composer (Dies natalis)
1902 – Paul Guilfoyle, Jersey City NJ, actor/director (Curiosity Kills)
1902 – Richard Clarkson, aerodynamicist
1902 – Truman J Hedding, US vice-admiral (WW II)
1903 – Irving Stone, US, author (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life)
1903 – Ken Murray, NYC, comedian (Ken Murray Show, Judy Garland Show)
1904 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Poland, Yiddish novelist (Enemies-Nobel 1978)
1906 – Arthur James Bramwell Hutchings, composer
1906 – Tom Carvel, ice cream mogul (Carvels)
1908 – Chaim Raphael, writer
1909 – Annabella, [Suzanne G Charpentier], Paris, actress (Dinner at Ritz)
1910 – Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic
1910 – William Hanna, Melrose New Mexico, animator (Hanna-Barbera- Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo), (d. 2001) 
1911 – J de Graaf, Dutch ethicist/president (Church & Peace)
1911 – Terry-Thomas, England, actor (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)
1912 – Woodrow Wilson “Woodie” Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
1912 – Northrop Frye, Canadian literary critic (d. 1991)
1913 – Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP)
1913 – Gerald R Ford, [Leslie King], Omaha Nebraska, 41st VP (1973-74)/38th pres (R-1974-77), (d. 2006)
1913 – Nigel Thomas Loveridge Fisher, politician
1914 – Sidney George Gray, company secretary
1916 – Natalia Ginzburg, Italian author (Family dictionary)
1916 – Phyllis Stedman, politician
1917 – Arthur Leavins, violinist
1917 – Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
1918 – Arthur Laurents, NYC, playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy)
1918 – Ingmar Bergman, Uppsala Sweden, director (Cries & Whispers)
1918 – Jay Wright Forrester, invented random-access magnetic core memory
1919 – Lino Ventura, Parma Italy, actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A–)
1921 – Geoffrey Wilkinson, chemist
1921 – Leon Garfield, English children’s author (d. 1996)
1922 – Peter Andrew Tranchell, composer
1922 – Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
1922 – Elfriede Rinkel, Nazi concentration camp guard
1923 – Dale Robertson, Harrah Ok, actor (Death Valley Days, Walter-Dynasty)
1923 – Frances Lear, Larchmont NY, Woman’s magazine publisher (Lears)
1923 – Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (d. 1989)
1924 – James W. Black, Scottish pharmacologist, Nobel laureate
1925 – Luis Antonio Escobar, composer
1926 – Harry Dean Stanton, West Irvine KY, actor (Alien, Cool Hand Luke)
1926 – Jan Krenz, composer
1927 – John William Chancellor, Chicago Ill, news anchor (NBC, VOA)
1928 – Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, artist/teacher
1928 – Nancy Olson, Milwaukee, actress (Absent-Minded Professor, Pollyanna)
1928 – Ole Schmidt, composer
1928 – Pierre Olaf, Cauderan France, actor (Kraft Music Hall)
1929 – George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher
1929 – Charles Anthony [Caruso], New Orleans, Louisiana, tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), (d. 2012)
1930 – Eric Norman Stokes, composer
1930 – Polly Bergen, Knoxville Tn, actress (Rhoda-Winds of War, Baby Talk)
1931 – Donald Eugene Webb, Oklahoma City, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1931 – Robert Stephens, Bristol England, actor (Uncle Kurt-Holocaust)
1932 – Roosevelt Grier, Cuthbert Ga, NFLer (NY Giants)/actor (Movin’ On)
1933 – Del Reeves, singer/guitarist
1933 – Robert Bourassa, Montreal, premier of Quebec (1970-76, 1985- )
1934 – Leo Joseph Koury, Pitts, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1934 – [Robert] Lee Elder, Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1974 Monsanto Open)
1936 – Gloria Lambert, Worcester Mass, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
1936 – Robert F Overmyer, Lorain Ohio, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 5, STS 51B)
1937 – Khalid Hassan, Pak cricket leg-spinner (took 2-116 at 16 in only Test)
1937 – Yoshiro Mori, Japanese politician
1938 – Bob Scholl, rocker (Mellow Kings)
1938 – Jerry Rubin, activist (Chicago 7)/stockbroker
1939 – Karel Gott, Czech singer
1939 – Sid Haig, American actor
1939 – George E. Slusser, American scholar and writer
1940 – Susan Howatch, English author
1941 – Tatyana Dmitryevna Kuznetsova, cosmonaut
1941 – Maulana Karenga, American author and activist
1941 – Andreas Khol, Austrian politician
1942 – Javier Solana, Spanish European Union foreign policy chief
1943 – Lynn Loring, NYC, actress (Patty-Fair Exchange, Barbara-FBI)
1944 – Billy McCool, American baseball player
1945 – Peter James Leonard Klatzow, composer
1946 – Maureen O’Connor, Mayor (San Diego)
1946 – John Wood, Australian actor
1947 – Nick Benedict, Los Angeles CA, actor (Pistol-Birth of a Legend)
1947 – Steve Stone, Cleveland Ohio, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
1947 – Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army officer
1948 – Tommy Matola, rock manager/CEO (CBS records)
1949 – Joyce Benson, LPGA golfer
1949 – Lukas D Barnard, head of South Africa secret service (NIS)
1950 – Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer
1950 – Gwen Guthrie, American singer (d. 1999)
1951 – Esther Dyson, Zurich Switz, computer publisher (Release 1.0)
1951 – Judi Brown, E Lansing Mich, 400m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1984)
1951 – Erich Hallhuber, German actor (d. 2003)
1952 – Chris Cross, [St John], rock singer (Arthur)
1952 – Eric Laneuville, New Orleans La, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere)
1952 – George Louis Francis Lewis, composer
1952 – Jerry Houser, Los Angeles California, actor (Slapshot, Summer of ’42, Class of ’44)
1952 – Joel Silver, South Orange NJ, producer (Warriors, Xanadu, Die Hard)
1952 – Stan Shaw, Chicago Illinois, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation)
1952 – Franklin Graham, American evangelist
1952 – Bob Casale, AKA Bob 2, American Musician (Devo)
1953 – Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], Portsmouth, Virginia, American model/singer (Nov 1974 Playmate of the Month)
1954 – Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
1954 – Ralph D’Amico, jockey
1955 – L. Brent Bozell, American author and activist
1956 – Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor
1957 – Peter Webb, NZ cricketer (batsman against West Indies 1980)
1958 – Joe Keenan, American screenwriter, television producer and novelist.
1959 – Rodney Rash, horse trainer
1960 – Ray Herndon, Scottsdale Ar, singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You)
1960 – Anna Bligh, Australian politician
1961 – Jackie Earle Haley, Northridge California, actor (Breaking Away)
1962 – Diane Ratnik, Toronto Ontario, volleyball setter (Olympics-8-92, 96)
1962 – Jeff Olson, American musician
1963 – Bel Le Harper, NFL tight end (Atlanta Falcons)
1963 – Phil Rosenthal, American newspaper columnist
1964 – Barbara Chiu, Canton China, Canada table tennis player (Oly-33-92, 96)
1964 – Brett J Ogle, Paddington Austral, PGA golfer (1993 AT&T Pebble Beach)
1964 – Jack Kay Jr, Montreal Que, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Singapore Open)
1965 – Reina Olea, female jockey
1966 – D J Johnson, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
1966 – Matthew Fox, Crowheart Wyo, actor (Party of 5, Fredhman Dorm)
1966 – Tayna Donelly, rocker (Belly)
1966 – Ellen Reid, Canadian musician (Crash Test Dummies)
1966 – Brian Selznick, American author and illustrator
1967 – Glen Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1967 – Hashan Tillekeratne, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper/batsman)
1967 – Leonardo Lavalle, Mexico, tennis star
1967 – Robin Ventura, Santa Maria CA, infielder (Chicago White Sox)
1967 – Patrick J. Kennedy, politician
1968 – John Maginnes, Atlanta GA, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Texarkana Open-5th)
1968 – Mark Lenz, US, 3m spring diver (Olympic-gold-1992)
1968 – Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist/professional wrestler
1969 – Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
1970 – Mark Brandenburg, Houston Texas, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
1970 – Mark Strickland, NBA forward (Miami Heat)
1970 – Michelle Sawatzky, Steinbach Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1970 – Missy Gold, Great Falls Mont, actress (Katie-Benson)
1970 – Todd Rucci, NFL guard (NE Patriots)
1971 – Mark LoMonaco, American professional wrestler
1971 – Joey Styles, American wrestling commentator
1971 – Marie-Chantal Toupin, French Canadian singer
1972 – Ben Talley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
1972 – Joe Aska, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
1972 – Lou Roe, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
1972 – Matthew Campbell, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers)
1972 – Deborah Mailman, Australian actress
1973 – Kieren Perkins, Brisbane QLD Aust, 1500m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-92, 96)
1973 – Halil Mutlu, Bulgaria-born Turkish weightlifter
1973 – Adam Quinn, American bagpipe player
1973 – Candela Peña, Spanish actress
1974 – Erick Dampier, NBA center (SF Warriors)
1974 – David Mitchell, English comedian and actor
1975 – Matthew Kessinger, Louisville Ky, fig skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ)
1975 – Taboo, American rapper
1975 – Tim Hudson, American baseball player

1976 – Yesim Cetin, Miss Turkey Universe (1997)
1976 – Geraint Jones, English cricketer
1976 – Kirsten Sheridan, Irish film director and screenwriter
1977 – Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
1979 – Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
1979 – Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
1980 – George Smith, Australian Rugby player
1981 – Lee Mead, English actor
1981 – Yomi, Japanese vocalist (Nightmare)
1982 – Dmitry Chaplin, So You Think You Can Dance finalist
1983 – Wesley Dening, Australian TV personality
1984 – Chris Steele, Canadian musician, (Alexisonfire)
1987 – Adam Johnson, English footballer
1988 – James Vaughan, English footballer
1989 – Sean Flynn-Amir, American actor






664 – Deusdedit of Canterbury, Archbishop of Canterbury
937 – Arnulf, Duke of Bavaria
1223 – King Philip II of France (1180-1223) dies at 57
1298 – Jacob de Voragine, Italian bishop/writer (Golden Legend), dies
1575 – Richard Taverner, English Bible translator
1614 – Camillus de Lellis, Ital soldier/monastery founder/saint, dies at 64
1671 – Méric Casaubon, English classical scholar (b. 1599)
1711 – Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange/(Nassau-Dietz), drowns at 23
1723 – Claude Fleury, French historian (b. 1640)
1742 – Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (b. 1662)
1744 – Immanuel J Pyra, German poet (Temple of True Poetry), dies at 28
1762 – Cornelis Hop, Amsterdams regent/diplomat, dies at 77
1766 – František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect (b. 1674)
1770 – David ‘t Kindt, Flemish architect (Mammelokker, Ghent), dies at 71
1774 – James O’Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley and Kilmaine, British field marshal (b. 1682)
1779 – George Ross, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 49
1780 – Charles Batteux, French philosopher (b. 1713)
1788 – Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer, dies at 60
1789 – Jacques de Flesselles, French provost (assassinated) (b. 1721)
1789 – Bernard-René de Launay, governor of the Bastille, murdered during the Storming of the Bastille (b.1740)
1790 – Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (b. 1717)
1793 – Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist, dies in battle at 44
1803 – Esteban Salas y Castro, composer, dies
1812 – Christian G Heyne, German archaeologist, dies at 82
1816 – Francisco AG de Miranda, Venezuela freedom fighter, dies at 66
1817 – Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, Swiss author (b. 1766)
1827 – Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist (b. 1788)
1830 – Anthony FRE Haersolte, member of Executing Regime, dies at 73
1834 – Edmond Charles Genêt, French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution (b. 1763)
1850 – August Neander, German theologian (b. 1789)
1873 – Ferdinand David, Dutch violinist/composer, dies at 63
1876 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (b. 1816)
1881 – Billy the Kid, American outlaw (b. 1859?)
1895 – Alexander Ewing, composer, dies at 65
1902 – Mark M Antokolski, Russian/French sculptor, dies at 58
1904 – S J Paul Kruger, general/pres South-Africa (1883-1904), dies at 78
1907 – William Henry Perkin, English chemist and inventor (b. 1838)
1908 – William Mason, composer, dies at 79
1917 – Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
1923 – Louis Ganne, composer, dies at 61
1925 – Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (b. 1901)
1930 – W H Ashley, cricketer (Test South Africa, 7 wkts), dies
1938 – Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies
1939 – Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist (b. 1860)
1940 – Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
1942 – Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Neth/French/Belgian painter’s model, dies
1943 – Johannes F “Frits” Bakker Sr, actor, dies at 74%
1948 – Palmiro Togliatti, Italy’s CPI chairman, assassinated
1949 – Frank Hearne, cricketer (2 Tests for England, 4 Tests for S Afr), dies
1951 – Sammy Jones, cricketer (last survivor of the 1882 Oval Test), dies
1954 – Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
1954 – Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
1956 – Jaroslav Ridky, composer, dies at 58
1958 – Abdoel Illah, crown prince of Iraq, murdered
1958 – Emil Barth, writer, dies at 58
1958 – Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), assassinated at Baghdad
1958 – Franciscus J Feron, vicar-general of Roermond, dies at 62
1958 – Noeri el-Said, premier of Iraq, murdered
1959 – Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
1965 – Adlai Stevenson, US amb to UN/pres candidate (D, 1952, 56), dies
1966 – Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
1967 – Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (b. 1880)
1968 – Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
1968 – Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
1968 – Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
1970 – Preston S Foster, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69
1973 – Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds), killed by a car
1974 – Henri Smajda, Tunis/French publisher (Combat), commits suicide at 77
1974 – Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
1975 – Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
1975 – Madan Mohan, Hindi Film’s Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
1979 – George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
1982 – George Amadee Tremblay, composer, dies at 71
1983 – Jack MacBryan, cricketer (Test for England 1924), dies
1984 – Al Schacht, [Clown prince of baseball], baseball player, dies at 91
1984 – Kenny Delmar, comedian (School House), dies at 74
1984 – Philippe Wynne, US soul singer (I’ll Be Around), dies at 43
1984 – Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
1986 – Raymond Loewy, US industrial designer, dies at 92
1989 – Frank Bell, British educator (b. 1916)
1990 – Dallas Alinder, dies
1990 – Philip Leacock, dies of collapsed lungs at 73
1991 – Nic van Bridges, Flemish poet, dies
1993 – Robert Strong
1994 – Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist, commits suicide
1994 – Robert Jungk, German/French/Us/Austrian philosopher/historian, dies
1994 – Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
1995 – Michael Naylor, insurance broker, dies at 59
1996 – Frederick Angus Armstrong, journalist, dies at 82
1996 – Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, physicist, dies at 91
1996 – Kim Besly, activist, dies at 69
1996 – Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
1998 – Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
2000 – William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
2000 – René Ríos Boettiger, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1911)
2000 – Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
2002 – Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)
2003 – Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
2003 – François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
2005 – Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger (b. 1924)
2005 – Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer (b. 1918)
2007 – John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
2008 – Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
2009 – Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)
2010 – Mădălina Manole, Romanian pop recording artist (b. 1967)
2010 – Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
2012 – Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier, dies at 83












Today In The Past




1174 – William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England.

1568 – Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral perfects a way to bottle beer

1657 – Oliver Cromwell constrains English army leader John Lambert

1772 – Capt James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas

1787 – Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)

1836 – US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels

1837 – Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace

1865 – Horace Greeley advises his readers to “Go west young man”

1868 – Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana

1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland ” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

1930 – 1st-ever soccer World Cup competition began in Uruguay

1934 – Babe Ruth hits HR #700 (against Detroit)

1936 – 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)

1936 – 114°F (46°C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisc (state record)

1939 – Frank Sinatra made his recording debut

1943 – Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia’s defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 were lost by Germany

1945 – 1st atom bomb explodes in New Mexico

1966 – Richard Speck, murders 8 nurses in Chicago

1975 – 8.5″ (21.6 cm) of rainfall, Dover, Delaware (state record)

1977 – NYC experiences 25 hr black-out

1979 – Calif’s Nolan Ryan & Boston’s Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

1985 – “Live Aid” concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief

1996 – Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)

2011 – Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130.






100 BC – Julius Caesar, Rome, Roman military and political leader, (d. 44 BC), (or July 12)

1590 – Clement X, [Emilio Altieri], Italy, Pope (1670-76)

1745 – Robert Calder, British naval officer (d. 1818)

1815 – James Alexander Seddon, Secy War (Confederacy), died in 1880

1821 – Nathan Bedford Forrest, Chapel Hill Tennessee, slave trader/Confed lt-gen/KKK Grand Wizard, (d. 1877)

1864 – John Jacob Astor IV, American entrepreneur (d. 1912)

1913 – Dave Garroway, Schnectady NY, TV host (Today Show)

1913 – Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Hellerup Denmark, Danish shipping magnate, (d. 2012)

1921 – Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)

1928 – Bob Crane, Waterbury Ct, actor (Col Hogan-Hogan’s Heroes, Donna Reed)

1940 – Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul)

1942 – Giancarlo Giannini, Spezia Italy,actor (NY Stories, Sensual Man)

1942 – Harrison Ford, Chic Ill, actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)

1942 – Roger McGuinn, guitarist (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn, Mr Tambourine Man)

1946 – Cheech Marin, [Richard], comedian (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke)






939 – Leo VII, Italian Pope (936-39), dies

1309 – Jan I van Nassau, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1402 – Jianwen Emperor of China (b. 1377)

1755 – Edward Braddock, British general, dies in battle at Pittsburgh

1761 – Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (b. 1712)

1785 – Stephen Hopkins, US judge/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 78

1793 – Jean Paul Marat, French revolutionary, murdered by Charlotte Corday

1882 – Johnny Ringo, American Gunfighter (b. 1850)

1890 – John C. Frémont, American army officer, explorer and presidential candidate (b. 1813)

1946 – Alfred Stieglitz, US photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), dies at 82

1954 – M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47

1955 – Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging

1973 – Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats), dies at 67

1988 – Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104

1993 – Davey Allisson, race car drive, dies in a plane crash at 32

1994 – Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79

1994 – Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate, dies at 50

1995 – Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group) (b. 1920)

2006 – Red Buttons, American comedian (b. 1919)

2010 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the New York Yankees, dies from heart attack at 80















Today In The Past




1191 – Saladin’s garrison surrenders, ending the two-year siege of Acre. Conrad of Montferrat, who has negotiated the surrender, raises the banners of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and of the Third Crusade leaders Richard I of England, Philip II of France, and Leopold V of Austria on the city’s walls and towers.

1472 – Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and later King of England, marries Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, in Westminister Abbey.

1543 – England’s King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)

1630 – New Amsterdam’s governor buys Gull Island from Indians for cargo, renames it Oyster Island, it is later known as Ellis Island

1679 – Britain’s King Charles II ratified Habeas Corpus Act

1690 – Battle of Boyne-King William III defeats catholic king James II

1785 – 1st manned flight by gas balloon in Netherlands

1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a duel.

1900 – 114°F (46°C), Basin, Wyoming (state record)

1901 – Cy Young wins his 300th game

1906 – Alfred Dreyfus found innocent in France

1920 – Panama Canal opens

1933 – Congress passes 1st minimum wage law (33 cents per hour)

1962 – Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)

1966 – 10.51″ (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)

1967 – Blacks in Newark, riot, 26 killed, 1500 injured & over 1000 arrested

1970 – Blues-Rock singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

1970 – Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atl Ocean in “Ra” docks in Barbados

1972 – Democrats nominated George McGovern for president in Miami Fla

1993 – 7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido Japan, 160 killed

1994 – Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins

1997 – Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive gane with out being no-hit






1730 – Josiah Wedgwood, England, pottery designer/manufacturer (Wedgwood)

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, Concord Mass, naturalist/pacifist (Walden Pond), (d. 1862)

1854 – George Eastman, Waterville NY, inventor (Kodak camera)

1864 – George Washington Carver, botanist (studied the peanut) [or Jan 10]

1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Dymer, Ukraine, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM)

1884 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italy, painter/sculptor (Reclining Nude)

1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, NYC, lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers

1895 – R Buckminster Fuller, architect/inventor (geodesic dome)

1908 – Milton Berle, Harlem NYC, comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television)

1917 – Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford Pa, painter (Christina’s World)

1933 – Donald E. Westlake, American author

1937 – Bill Cosby, Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)

1943 – Christine McVie, Lancashire, rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me)

1949 – Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner, and car dealer.

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, Huron SD, actress (Charlie’s Angels, Purple Hearts)

1978 – Michelle Rodriguez, American actress






783 – Bertha “with the great feet”, wife of French king Pippin III, dies

1450 – Jack Cade, slain in a revolt against British King Henry VI

1536 – Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies

1712 – Richard Cromwell, English Lord Protector (1658-59), dies at 85

1804 – Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken

1934 – Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor and industrialist (b. 1877)

1973 – Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Wolfman), dies after long illness at 66

1976 – Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72

1983 – Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39

1992 – Albert Pierrepont, last British executioner (433 men/17 women), dies

1996 – John Chancellor, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68

2008 – Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H.W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)

2008 – Bobby Murcer, center fielder for the New York Yankees,San Francisco Giants, and Chicago Cubs from 1965-1983(b. 1946)

2011 – Sherwood Schwartz, American Television Writer (b. 1916)



















Film Critics Hate ‘America’







” Dinesh D’Souza shocked the movie world in 2012 with his anti-President Barack Obama documentary “2016,” which became the second highest-grossing documentary in U.S. movie history. On July 2, he unveiled his new documentary called “America: Imagine the World Without Her.” It has already grossed $5 million in its first week. One fictional competitor, the abortion-promoting comedy “Obvious Child,” barely grossed $2 million in its first month.

  But there’s a more dramatic contrast. Film critics are supposed to judge art, but their liberal politics are smeared all over their reviews. collects and analyzes movie reviews. “Obvious Child” drew a high score of 75 (out of 100). For D’Souza’s “America,” it was a ridiculously low score of 14.” “



   Brent Bozell tells the tale , but is anyone surprised that the film “critics” pan anything at all that shows America in a positive light while gushing over all things anti-American ? They are as predictable as the sunrise .












 Today In The Past





911 – Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy.

1156 – Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan.

1346 – Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

1405 – Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.

1533 – Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII

1750 – Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire.

1776 – Captain James Cook begins his third voyage

1798 – US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress

1804 – Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

1812 – US invades Canada (Detroit frontier)

1864 – Confederate forces led by Gen J Early begin invasion of Wash DC

1888 – 118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)

1914 – Babe Ruth debuts as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox, he beats Cleve 4-3

1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens.

1936 – Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens

1955 – New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colo with 300 cadets

1962 – Cosmonaut Micolaev set then record longest space flight – 4 days

1962 – Fred Baldasare is 1st to swim English Channel underwater (scuba)

1975 – Chinese archeologists discover a 3-acre burial site with 6,000 clay statues of warriors dating as early as 221 BC

1985 – Astros’ Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets’ Danny Heep)

2006 – 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.






1274 – Robert Bruce, King of Scotland (1306-29)

1628 – Tokugawa Mitsukuni, Japanese warlord (d. 1701)

1709 – Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, Swedish chemist (d. 1785)

1767 – John Quincy Adams, Braintree (Quincy) Mass, 6th Pres (D) (1825-1829)

1897 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, rocker

1897 – Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)

1899 – E B White, writer (Charlotte’s Web, Elements of Style), (d. 1985)

1915 – Colin Purdie Kelly, US, 1st US air hero (during WW II)

1920 – Yul Brynner, Russian-born actor (d. 1985)

1934 – Giorgio Armani, Milan Italy, fashion designer (American Gigolo)

1975 – Lil’ Kim, American rapper






155 – Pius I, bishop of Rome (approx 140-155)/saint/martyr, dies

1581 – Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero

1690 – Friedrich H duke van Schomberg, marshal, dies in battle at 75

1775 – Simon Boerum, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)

1825 – Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)

1926 – Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, dies at 57

1937 – George Gershwin, composer (American in Paris), dies at 38

1942 – Simon de la Bella, Dutch president (NVV), dies in Dachau

1971 – John W Campbell, US, sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61

1973 – Robert Ryan, US actor (Dirty Dozens, Longest Day), dies at 63

1983 – Ross Macdonald, American-Canadian writer (b. 1915)

1989 – Laurence Olivier, acting great (Hamlet), dies at 82

2007 – Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)














Today In The Past





48 BC – Battle of Dyrrhachium: Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia.

988 – The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey.

1040 – Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes

1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.

1460 – Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton

1553 – Lady Jane Grey becomes queen of England

1584 – William I of Orange is assassinated in his home in Delft, Holland by Balthasar Gérard.

1778 – American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1797 – 1st US frigate, the “United States,” is launched in Phila

1890 – Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)

1910 – Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park opens, visiting Browns win 2-0

1911 – 105°F (41°C) at North Bridgton, Maine (state record)

1913 – Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States.

1936 – 109°F (43°C) Cumberland & Frederick, Maryland (state record)

1936 – 110°F (43°C) at Runyon, New Jersey (state record

1936 – 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)

1936 – 112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record

1938 – “Yankee Clipper” completes 1st passenger flight over Atlantic

1938 – Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours

1940 – Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)

1949 – WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting

1962 – Telstar, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched

1965 – Rolling Stones score their 1st #1, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

1979 – Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion

1985 – French agents sink Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior in NZ

1997 – Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a NY Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3

2002 – At a Sotheby’s auction, Peter Paul Rubens’ painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson.

2005 – Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.






1452 – King James III of Scotland (d. 1488)

1509 – John Calvin, Protestant religious reformer/theologian

1723 – William Blackstone, London England, jurist (Blackstone’s Commentaries)

1834 – James A McNeill Whistler, US/British painter (Whistler’s Mother)

1839 – Adolphus Busch, German-born brewer (d. 1913)

1856 – Nikola Tesla, Croatian physicist, electrical engineer and inventor, developed alternating current and the Tesla Coil

1871 – Marcel Proust, France, novelist (Remembrance of Things Past)

1897 – Jack “Legs” Diamond”, American bootlegger (d. 1931)

1914 – Saul Bellow, Quebec, novelist (Nobel 1976-Mr Samler’s Planet)

1921 – Jake LaMotta, Bronx New York, middleweight boxing champ (1949-51) (Raging Bull)

1923 – John Bradley, United States Navy corpsman, one of six who raised flag on top of Mt. Suribachi(see Iwo Jima) (d. 1994)

1926 – Fred Gwynne, NYC, actor (Car 54 Where Are You, Munsters)

1931 – Julian May, US, sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat)

1943 – Arthur Ashe, tennis pro (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon)

1947 – Arlo Guthrie, Bkln, singer (Alice’s Restaurant, City of New Orleans)

1980 – Jessica Simpson, Abilene, Texas, singer and popstar (“I Wanna Love You Forever,” “I Think I’m In Love,” and “Where You Are.”) 






1099 – El Cid, of Castile (b. 1044)

1535 – Jacob Van Campen, Reconstruction bishop, beheaded

1692 – Bridget Bishop, 1st Salem witch hanged

1851 – Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (b. 1787)

1863 – Clement Clarke Moore, (‘Twas the Night Before Xmas), dies at 83

1920 – John A “Jacky” Kilverston, adm/designer (dreadnought), dies at 79

1941 – Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56

1945 – Robert Goddard, Rocket pioneer, dies

1979 – Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84

1989 – Mel Blanc, cartoon voice (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 81















The Most Depressing Chart You’ll See All Day








” The American people are low-information voters.

  But their lack of information doesn’t just apply to the candidates they vote for or the issues that are important to them; it also applies to some of the most basic founding principles of this country — up to and including the First Amendment.

  The First Amendment Center has conducted yearly studies asking people their opinions of certain freedoms and how far they extend. But before they get to that point, they ask people to simply name the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment.

  The results, as the below (see above) chart shows, are somewhere between depressing and less-than-inspiring.”


     It comes as no surprise that the more the State spends on “education” the less informed our youth become . For two generations the education system has been moving away from basic history and civics and into all of the touchy-feely , propaganda that serves to minimize the accomplishments of our forebearers and the individual and consolidate the belief in the all-powerful State , all with the help of our compliant “watchdogs” in the media …





 The State and their media lackies are proceeding with a systematic curriculum of misinformation designed with the specific intention of making the “common folk” forget about their basic rights under the Constitution and allow power to be usurped and aggregated in the hands of the politicians and the bureaucrats , all in the name of the “public good” .

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