Category: History

Today In The Past




1400 – Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1630 – Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston

1662 – Flamsteed sees solar eclipse, 1st known astronomical observation

1782 – Great Seal of US used for 1st time

1810 – Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, which called for the end of Spanish rule Mexican Independence Day celebrates this event

1847 – United Shakespeare Company buys his home in Stratford-upon-Avon

1848 – Slavery abolished in all French territories

1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1885 – Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America’s Cup




1906 – Roald Amundsen discovers Magnetic South Pole






1908 – William Crapo Durant incorporates General Motors in Janesville Wisc

1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of Congress

1920 – Bomb explosion in Wall Street, kills 30

1926 – -22] Hurricane in Florida & Alabama, kills 372

1931 – Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)

1938 – George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH

1940 – FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

1945 – Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55″) off Okinawa (record low)

1947 – John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH

1955 – US Auto Club forms to oversee 4 major auto racing categories

1963 – “Outer Limits” premieres on ABC-TV

1968 – Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”

1975 – The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.

1978 – 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran




1978 – Filming on Monty Python’s Life of Brianbegins



What have the Romans ever done for us                 The Stoning

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life                    He’s Not The Messiah

Biggus Dickus                                                              Splitters





1979 – Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin

1986 – Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed

1991 – US trial of Panamanian leader Noriega begins

1997 – Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs temporary CEO

2000 – Sammy Sosa’s becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire






16 – Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)

1387 – Henry V, king of England (1413-22)

1507 – Jiajing, Emperor of China (d. 1567

1666 – Antoine Parent, French mathematician (d. 1716)

1745 – Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (d. 1813)

1822 – Charles S Crocker, Pres of Central & South Pacific Railroad

1823 – Francis Parkman, American historian/author (Oregon Trail)

1832 – George Washington Custis Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)

1875 – James Cash Penney, Hamilton Missouri, department store founder (J C Penney), (d. 1971)

1891 – Karl Dönitz, German naval leader (d. 1980)

1893 – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungary, biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937)

1893 – Alexander Korda, British movie producer (3rd man)

1898 – H.A. Rey, American children’s author, creator of “Curious George” (d. 1977)




1914 – Allen FuntBkln NYTV host & creator (Candid Camera)



Lady With A Monkey On Her Head

Candid Camera

Buster Keaton on Candid Camera





1924 – Lauren BacallStaten Islandactress (Dark PassageKey Largo)



To Have and Have Not


Labor Day 1965 at Rock Hudson’s House





1925 – Riley B KingItta Bena Missblues singer (Thrill is Gone)



Why I Sing The Blues                                 Key to the Highway

Best Solo Guitar King of Blues                 Since I Met You Baby wth Gary Moore

The Thrill Is Gone                                        Rock Me Baby with Eric Clapton & George Benson






1925 – Charlie Byrdguitarist (Desfinado)


Jitterbug Waltz

Shiny Stockings






1926 – Tommy “Butch” Bondactor (Butch-Our Gang)


The Little Rascals Good Singin’

The gang takes on the streets





1927 – Peter Falk, Ossining NY, actor (Colombo, Scared Straight)

1934 – Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers)

1937 – Aleksandr Medved, USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964 68, 72)

1941 – Richard Perle, American political advisor




1943 – Dennis W Conneryachting pro (4-time America’s Cup-winning skipper)








1953 – Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist

1956 – David Copperfield, [Kotkin], Metuchen, New Jersey, magician

1992 – Nick Jonas, American singer, member of The Jonas Brothers






96 – Titus Flavius Domitianus, emperor of Rome (81-96), murdered at 45

1380 – Charles V, the Wise, King of France (1364-80), dies




1498 – Tomas de Torquemadainquisitor who burned 10,000 people, dies







1701 – James II of England and VII of Scotland (b. 1633)

1736 – Daniel G Fahrenheit, Prussian/Neth physicist (thermometer), dies at 50

1864 – John Hanning Speke, English explorer (b. 1827)

1911 – Edward Whymper, English mountaineer (Ascent of Matterhorn), dies

1932 – Ronald Ross, English physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1857)

1977 – Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29

1977 – Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53

1993 – Willie Mosconi, world billiards champ, dies of heart attack at 80

1996 – McGeorge Bundy, US national security advisor (1961-66), dies at 77

2002 – James Gregory, American actor (b. 1911)















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Extent Of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels, Scientists Say


Satellite image showing Antarctic sea ice




” Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.

  Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.

  Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

” This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” he said.

” Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area.

” That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia.” “


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Rational Thinking About Irrational Numbers





” I am drawing this reference from this article from someone who I look up to and admire – Dr. Roy Spencer.

  In the last 100 years, the amount of CO2 in the air has increased from three molecules per 10,000 molecules of air, to four molecules out of 10,000 molecules of air.

  Which means we are being asked to believe the increase of one molecule of CO2 out of 10,000 molecules of air in the last 100 years is causing catastrophic climate change that threatens mankind.

  This is all fascinating to me, given Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments on the immense threat of a catastrophe based on out of control climate, when we have groups like ISIS and Hamas running around.

  But let’s really put this whole CO2 scare (scam) in perspective, okay?

  Here is the infamous hockey stick graphic (see above), the last 50 years of warming based on the most reliable temperature measurements versus tree rings that decided to show cooling instead of warming. This, of course, has stirred up the angst of Dr. Michael Mann when people suggested there was something very wrong with switching the way one measured temperatures after 950 years when that way no longer agreed.

  Now here is the real hockey stick, the increase in GDP per capita since the coming fossil fuel age really took off over the last 100 years. “



” That is a real correlation. No switching measurement horses midstream. During the time of the increase of one molecule of CO2 per 10,000, earth’s per capita income went up. And think about how many more people there are now against 1900.

  But let’s look more closely at this in the U.S., since we naturally want to lead the world to a brighter tomorrow. “



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Today In The Past




668 – Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.

921 – Saint Ludmila is murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law at Tetin.

1616 – The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.

1620 – Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]

1683 – Germantown Pa founded by 13 immigrant families

1762 – Battle of Signal Hill.

1830 – 1st to be run-over by a railroad train (William Huskisson, England)

1835 – HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Galapagos Islands

1857 – Timothy Alder patents typesetting machine

1862 – Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV

1904 – Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight

1914 – US Marines march out of Vera Cruz, Mexico




1916 – Britains 1st use of tanks (Battle of Somme)






1923 – Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror

1930 – 1st intl bridge match is held in London. US team defeats England

1931 – British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts

1938 – British PM Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden

1938 – John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1 day)




1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal







1944 – British bombers hit Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs

1947 – 1st 4 engine jet propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Oh

1948 – F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speech record of 1080 kph




1950 – During Korean conflictUN forces land at Inchon in South Korea







1963 – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham

1965 – “Lost in Space” premieres

1966 – 1st British nuclear sub HMS Resolution launched

1966 – Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1969 – Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

1970 – Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

1973 – Secretariat wins Marlboro Cup in world record 1:45 2/5 for 1¼ miles

1976 – Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days

1978 – Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor

1982 – 1st issue of “USA Today” published by Gannett Co Inc

1983 – Cops beat to death Michael Stewart for graffiting NYC subway

1985 – Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings

1990 – Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000

1992 – Ted Weiss, despite dying on 14th, wins congressional NYC seat

1994 – Moslem fundamentalists kidnap & behead 16 citizens in Algeria

2000 – Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia






1254 – Marco PoloVenice, Italian explorer (Il Milione), (d. 1324)






1533 – Catherine of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1572)

1649 – Titus Oates, English minister and plotter (d. 1705)

1789 – James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major US novelist (Last of Mohicans)




1857 – William Howard Taft, Cin, (R) 27th pres (1909-13), chief justice







1876 – Frank E Gannett, Rochester, newspaper publisher (Gannett)

1881 – Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti, Milan, race car builder (Amaz Bugattis)

1889 – Robert Benchley, Worcester MA, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary)

1890 – Agatha Christie, Torquay, Devon, mystery writer (Murder on Orient Express), (d. 1976)

1894 – Jean Renoir, French director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion)

1903 – Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)

1907 – Fay Wray, Alberta Canada, actress-King Kong’s main squeeze




1911 – Silas Hoganblues singer/guitarist



Guitar Kelly

Honey Bee Blues

Hoodooman Blues





1914 – Creighton Abrams, US, army general (Vietnam War)




1918 – Nipsey RussellAmerican comedian (d. 2005)



Nipsey Russell Roasts Don Rickles

Mantan Moreland & Nipsey Russell 1955

Nipsey Russell roasts Ronald Reagan

on Hurricanes






1921 – Jackie Cooper, LA California, actor/director (Hennesey, People’s Choice)




1924 – Bobby ShortDanville Illsinger/pianist (Carlisle Hotel)



Miss Otis Regrets

Tiger Rag

Stellar with Lucy Arnaz





1927 – Norm Crosby, Boston Mass, comedian/double talker (Liar’s Club)

1937 – Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist, Nobel laureate

1938 – Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)

1945 – Jessye Norman, US, opera singer (Carmen)

1946 – Tommy Lee Jones, actor (Executioner’s Song, Bloody Monday, Fugitive)






1525 – John Pistorius, church reformer, burned at the stake

1598 – Hidejoshi, [Hijoshi], Japanese general strategist/kampaku, dies

1794 – Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)

1885 – Jumbo, P. T. Barnum’s circus elephant (hit by a train)

1893 – Thomas Hawksley, English civil engineer (b. 1807)

1938 – Thomas Wolfe, US writer (Enigma), dies at 62

1978 – Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80




1980 – Bill Evans, US jazz pianistdies of a bleeding ulcer at 51



Waltz For Debby

Some Other Time

Autumn Leaves





1989 – Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)

2000 – Vincent Canby, American movie critic (b. 1924)

2004 – Johnny Ramone, American lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones




2006 – Oriana FallaciItalian journalist and writer (b. 1929)






2007 – Colin McRae, Scottish rally driver (b. 1968)















The Untold Story Of The Star-Spangled Banner







” Not only our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner was the flag that flew during the War of 1812  during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the words that would become the famous song.   

Around the country there will be celebrations to mark this historic event.

  Baltimore will be pulling out all the stops and is hosting the Star-Spangled Spectacular includes historic tall ships, Blue Angels flyovers, the state’s largest-ever fireworks show, and a concert featuring acts such as Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers and Melissa Etheridge.”






” Washington, D.C. will hold several events, including a sing-along of the anthem on one of the lawns adjacent to the U.S. Capitol building and a cocktail event Friday evening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Many other local communities will be hosting the singing of the anthem and other patriotic events.

Click here for a listing of events. “



Read more from Fox News here and be sure to check out our previous posts on the history of the Star Spangle Banner :


How The Star Spangled Banner Came To Be

The Star Spangled Banner Has Four Stanzas As This Marine Reminds Us









Today In The Past




81 – Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.

1180 – Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.

1682 – Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, founded.

1716 – 1st lighthouse in US lit (Boston Harbor)

1807 – Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge

1812 – Napoleon occupies Moscow & fires start (fire extinguished on the 19th)  




1847 – US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma)






1848 – Alexander Stewart opens 1st US dept store

1854 – Allied armies, including those of Britain & France, land in Crimea

1856 – Battle of San Jacinto, Nicaragua defeats invaders

1868 – Golf’s 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick’s 8th hole)

1899 – Henry Bliss becomes 1st automobile fatality (NY)

1917 – Kerenski regime declares Russian republic

1923 – Jack Dempsey KOs Luis Firpo in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1938 – Graf Zeppelin II, world’s largest airship, makes maiden flight

1944 – Hurricane hits New England: 389 die

1948 – Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters




1948 – Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater


 Uncle Miltie IS Auntie Mildred!

Milton Berle Roasts Jack Benny

Early Milton Berle

Milton Berle & Terry-Thomas in Mad Mad World






1954 – Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage

1959 – Soviet Union’s Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon

1960 – Chubby Checker’s “Twist” hits #1

1964 – Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House

1965 – “F-Troop” premieres

1968 – 1st broadcast of “60 Minutes” on CBS-TV

1973 – Israel shoots down 13 Syrian MIG-21s

1975 – Pope Paul VI declares Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton 1st US saint

1981 – Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV

1984 – 1st MTV awards-Bette Midler & Dan Aykroyd host

1986 – Bomb attack in Paris, 2 killed

1986 – Bomb explosion on airport Kimpo at Seoul, 5 killed

2001 – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.





1531 – Philipp Apianus, [Bennewitz/Bienewitz], German geography/cartographer

1656 – Thomas Baker, British antiquarian (d. 1746)

1737 – Johann Michael Haydn, composer

1742 – James Wilson, Scot/US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)

1849 – Ivan Pavlov, Russia, physiologist/pioneer in psychology (Nobel 1904)

1864 – Lord Cecil of Chelwood, UK, help form League of Nations (Nobel 1937)

1867 – Charles Dana Gibson, illustrator, drew “Gibson Girl”

1887 – Stanley “Midnight Assassin” Ketchel, HW boxing champ (1908-10)

1899 – Hal Wallis, movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park)

1909 – Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer (d. 1989)

1927 – Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (d. 1997)

1936 – Stan Williams, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)

1936 – Ferid Murad, American physician and pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1944 – Joey Heatherton, Rockville Center NY, dancer/actress (Bluebeard)




1947 – Jon “Bowser” BaumanQueens NYsinger (Sha Na Na)



This Magic Moment

Pretty Little Angel Eyes

Blue Moon






1949 – Steve GainesSeneca Morock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)



I Know A Little

T For Texas

Sweet Home Alabama





1965 – Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia

1983 – Amy Winehouse, Southgate, London, singer (“Stronger Than Me, Rehab), (d. 2011)





585 – Emperor Bidatsu of Japan (b. 538)

775 – Constantine V, Byzantine Emperor (b. 718)

1321 – Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divine Commedy), dies at 56

1637 – Pierre Vernier [Peter Werner], French mathematician, dies

1712 – Jean [Giovanni] D Cassini, Italian/French astronomer, dies

1836 – Aaron Burr, 3rd VP, dies

1851 – James Fenimore Cooper, American author (b. 1789)

1852 – Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory) (1828-30) dies at 83

1862 – Jesse Lee Reno, Union general-major (Reno Nevada), dies at 39

1898 – William Seward Burroughs, American inventor (b. 1857)

1901 – Pres William McKinley, dies in Buffalo, of gunshot wounds inflicted at 58

1927 – Isadora Duncan, dies as her scarf became entangled in her car’s wheel




1981 – [Walter] Furry Lewisfather of bluesdies at 88 of a heart attack



 Furry’s Blues with Leon Russell

Falling Down Blues

Furry Lewis pt 1

Judge Harsh Blues





1982 – Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, dies in a car crash at 52

2005 – Robert Wise, American filmmaker (b. 1914)

2006 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian actor and bodybuilder (b. 1926)

2009 – Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)

2009 – Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)
















Today In The Past





122 – Building begins on Hadrian’s Wall

533 – General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage, North Africa

1224 – Francis of Assisi is afflicted with stigmata.

1503 – Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.




1759 – British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec)








1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US

1789 – 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks)

1847 – American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City

1861 – 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate “Colorado” sinks privateer “Judah” off Pensacola, Fla

1869 – Jay Gould & James Fisk attempt to control US gold market

1881 – Lewis Latimer invents & patents electric lamp with a carbon filament

1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1906 – 1st airplane flight in Europe

1922 – 136.4°F (58°C), El Aziziyah, Libya in shade (world record)

1925 – 1st US University for Blacks, Xavier University, opens in New Orleans

1939 – First (tethered) flight of the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, one of the first viable American helicopters




1942 – Battle of Edson’s Ridge (2nd Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal






1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became president of China

1956 – IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305.

1961 – Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit

1963 – “Outer Limits” premieres on ABC TV

1965 – Beatles win 1st Grammy, for Best Group of 1964

1971 – 11 guards & 31 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison

1977 – General Motors introduces 1st US diesel auto (Oldsmobile 88)




1978 – 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet







1983 – US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)

1988 – Gilbert is strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere

1994 – George Burns, undergoes surgery to drain fluid from his brain

1999 – Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.

2008 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.






1475 – Cesare Borgia, Italian aristocrat (d. 1507)

1739 – Grigory Potemkin, army officer, statesman, Catherine II’s lover, OS

1766 – Samuel Wilson, possible namesake of Uncle Sam (d. 1854)

1775 – Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine (d. 1868)




1813 – John SedgwickMajor General (Union volunteers), died in 1864








1851 – Walter ReedUS Army Surgeon, proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever








1857 – Milton S HersheyDerry TownshipPennsylvaniachocolate manufacturer/philanthropist, (d. 1945)








1860 – John J Pershing (Blackjack), Laclede, Missouri, US commander (WW I), (d. 1948)








1903 – Claudette Colbert, [Lily Chauchoin], Paris, actress (Texas Lady)

1916 – Roald Dahl, Llandaff, Cardiff, author (Over to You, Taste, 2 Fables), (d. 1990).




1922 – Charles BrownAmerican singer , pianist , Bluesman (d. 1999)



I Stepped In Quicksand

Driftin’ Blues

Early morning Blues





1924 – Maurice Jarre, Lyons France, composer (Dr Zhivago-Acad Award 1966)




1925 – Mel TorméAmerican singer (d. 1999)



A foggy day in London town


Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme





1937 – Don Bluth, American animator

1939 – Richard Kiel, Detroit Mich, actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo)

1944 – Peter Cetera, Chicago, lead singer (Chicago-25 or 6 to 4, Old Days)




1951 – David Clayton-Thomas, singer (Blood Sweat & Tears – Joy to the World)



And When I Die

Lucretia MacEvil / Spinning Wheel

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy





1961 – Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth)

1977 – Fiona Apple, American singer





1321 – Dante Alighieri, author (Divine Comedy), dies




1759 – James WolfeBritish general (Plains of Abraham), dies in battle at 32






1881 – Ambrose Everett Burnside, US Union general, dies at 57

1921 – Ludwig-Alexander von Battenberg [Mountbatten], adm (WW I), dies at 67

1967 – Russell L Rogers, USAF/astronaut (X-20), dies in explosion at 38

1971 – Nikita Krushchev, Soviet premier,

1977 – Leopold Stokowski, symphonic conductors, dies in England, at 95

1987 – Mervyn Leroy, actor/screenwriter/director (Quo Vadis), dies at 86

1992 – Lou Jacobs, US clown (1966 US postage stamp), dies at 89

1996 – Tupac Shakur, rap star/actor (Juice, Bullet), killed in drive by at 25

1998 – George Wallace, American politician (b. 1919)

2004 – Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)















Spinosaurus Fossil: ‘Giant Swimming Dinosaur’ Unearthed




” A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur:Spinosaurus.

The 95-million-year-old remains confirm a long-held theory: that this is the first-known swimming dinosaur.

  Scientists say the beast had flat, paddle-like feet and nostrils on top of its crocodilian head that would allow it to submerge with ease.  

  Lead author Nizar Ibrahim, a palaeontologist from the University of Chicago, said: “It is a really bizarre dinosaur – there’s no real blueprint for it.”



Life-size reconstruction of Spinosaurus



” It has a long neck, a long trunk, a long tail, a 7ft (2m) sail on its back and a snout like a crocodile.

” And when we look at the body proportions, the animal was clearly not as agile on land as other dinosaurs were, so I think it spent a substantial amount of time in the water.” 

The team says that Spinosaurus was a fearsome beast.

  The researchers say that, at more than 15m (50ft) from nose to tail, it was potentially the largest of all the carnivorous dinosaurs – bigger even than the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. ” 


BBC Science









Today In The Past




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

1396 – Crusaders under earl of Nevers reaches Nicopolis

1624 – 1st submarine tested (London)

1683 – Turkish troops attack Vienna overthrows by Polish king Sobieski

1695 – NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties

1759 – British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.

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




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






1862 – Battle of Harpers Ferry VA






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

1901 – Arabs attack Gedara Palestine

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

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

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

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




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









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

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




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






1944 – US Army troops entered Germany for 1st time

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

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

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

1965 – Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75

1966 – “Monkees” premieres on NBC-TV

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

1970 – 1st Concorde lands at Heathrow airport

1970 – US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail

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

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

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

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

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

1994 – Cessna crashes in White House front yard

1994 – Parti Québécois wins parliamentary election

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

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

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






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

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

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

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



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








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








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

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

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

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

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




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



Stymie Teaches Dickie A Fact Of Life

Stymie Performs First Chiropractic Adjustment




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

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

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

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

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

1956 – Ricky Rudd, American race car driver




1974 – Jennifer NettlesAmerican country singer, part of Sugarland



Who Says You Can’t Go Home

The Night the Lights went out in Georgia


Stuck Like Glue





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





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

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

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




1953 – Hugo SchmeisserGerman weapons designer (b. 1884)







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

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

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




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



Walk The Line

Ring of Fire

A Boy Named Sue





2009 – Norman BorlaugAmerican agronomist (b. 1914)




Alan Jackson-Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning

Uploaded on Nov 20, 2006

” Alan Jackson’s song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” Dedicated to the victims and heros of 9-11. “







Today In The Past




1185 – Isaac II Angelus kills Stephanus Hagiochristophorites and then appeals to the people, resulting in the revolt that deposes Andronicus I Comnenus and places Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.




1297 – Battle at Stirling BridgeScottish rebel Wm Wallace beats English






1648 – -13] Battle at Pilawce: Bohdan Chmielricki’s beats John Casimir [OS]

1649 – Massacre of Drogheda-Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists

1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace”

1777 – Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British

1792 – The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store the jewels.




1814 – Battle of Lake ChamplainNY; American Navy defeats British






1857 – Mountain Meadows Massacre, Mormons dressed as Indians murder 120 colonists in Utah

1875 – 1st newspaper cartoon strip

1886 – Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America’s Cup

1895 – FA Cup stolen in Birmingham

1903 – The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.

1914 – William Christopher Handy publishes “St Louis Blues”

1919 – US marines invade Honduras

1936 – FDR dedicates Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam

1939 – British submarine Triton torpedoes British submarine Oxley

1940 – Buckingham Palace in London destroyed by German bombs

1941 – Construction of the Pentagon begins (completed 15 Jan 1943)

1950 – “Beetle Bailey” comic strip debuts

1959 – “Duke” Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

1959 – Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans

1967 – US Surveyor 5 makes 1st chemical analysis of lunar material

1970 – The Ford Pinto is introduced.

1985 – Flyby of Comet Giacobini-Zinner

1986 – Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded

1989 – Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud

1998 – Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

2001 – Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people

2001 – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard

2003 – Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.

2004 – All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).

2005 – The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

2007 – Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs






1182 – Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shogun (d. 1204)

1614 – Philipp Buchner, composer

1816 – Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (d. 1888)

1862 – O Henry, [William Sydney Porter], short story writer

1885 – David Herbert Lawrence (DH), Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, writer (Lady Chatterly’s Lover), (d. 1930)

1902 – Alice Tully, Corning, NY, singer/patroness (Carnegie Hall)

1913 – Paul “Bear” Bryant, US football coach (Alabama Crimson Tide)

1924 – Tom Landry, NFL player (NY Giants)/coach (Dallas Cowboys)

1929 – David S Broder, Chicago Hgts Ill, journalist (Pulitzer 1973)

1939 – Lola Falana, Camden NJ, singer (Liberation of LB Jones)

1940 – Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General

1943 – Mickey Hart, drummer (Grateful Dead)

1945 – Leo Kottke, Athens Ga, guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse)

1949 – Bill Whittington, race car driver

1957 – Brad Bird, American director and animator




1967 – Harry Connick JrNew Orleans Louisianasinger (We Are in Love)




Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

All Of Me 

It Had To Be You

The Way You Look Tonight

Saint James Infirmary

Caravan with Ellis Marsalis






1298 – Philip of Artois, French soldier (b. 1269)

1680 – Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (b. 1596)

1712 – Giovanni D Cassini, French astronomer, dies

1915 – William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (b. 1843)

1950 – John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80

1966 – C. E. Woolman, American airline magnate (b. 1889)

1971 – Nikita Khrushchev, dies of a heart attack at 77

1972 – Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)

1987 – Lorne Greene, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 72

1987 – Peter Tosh, reggae singer shot dead in Jamacia at 42

1988 – George Alpert, railroad executive, dies at 90

1988 – Luis W Alvarez, physicist (Nobel-1968), dies at 77

1995 – Charles William Hutton, architect, dies at 90

2001 – Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)


2001- 2,977 innocent Americans including …


2001 – Todd Beamer, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1968)
2001 – Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
2001 – Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
2001 – Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
2001 – Father Mychal F. Judge, Chaplain, FDNY (b. 1933)
2001 – Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter (b. 1966)
2001 – John P. O’Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
2001 – John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)
2001 – Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
2001 – Daniel M. Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies (b. 1970)



2002 – Johnny Unitas, American football player (b. 1933)

2003 – Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1957)

2003 – John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)














Today In The Past





1349 – Jews who survived a massacre in Constance Germany are burned to death

1608 – John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Va

1776 – George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers




1813 – Comm Oliver H Perry defeats British in Battle of Lake Erie






1823 – Simon Bolivar named president of Peru

1905 – Japanese battleship Mikasa explodes

1913 – Lincoln Highway opens as 1st paved coast-to-coast highway

1924 – Leopold & Loeb found guilty of murder




1944 – Lt-gen Frederick Browning against Montgomery “But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far


operation market garden





1945 – Vidkun Quisling sentenced to death for collaborating with Nazis

1953 – Swanson sells it’s 1st “TV dinner”

1955 – “Gunsmoke” premieres on CBS TV

1961 – Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari.

1972 – Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship

1972 – US Men’s olympic basketball teams 1st lose, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)

1973 – Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton

1997 – Discovery buys Travel Channel for $20 million

2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.






1736 – Carter Braxton, US farmer/signer (Declaration of Independence)

1836 – Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)

1892 – Arthur H Compton, US physicist (X-rays)

1896 – Elsa Schiaparelli, French fashion designer

1914 – Robert Wise, director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story)

1934 – Charles Kuralt, Wilmington NC, newscaster (On the Road)

1934 – Roger Maris, Hibbing, Minnesota, Yankee, HR champ (61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961), (d. 1985)

1941 – Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (d. 2002)

1949 – Bill O’Reilly, American journalist and commentator

1950 – Joe Perry, Boston Mass, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Walk this Way)






210 BC – Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China.

1167 – Empress Matilda, wife of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1102)

1308 – Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (b. 1285)

1797 – Mary Wollstonecraft, English author (b. 1759)

1983 – Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)

1997 – Burgess Meredith, actor (Penguin-Batman, Rocky), dies at 88




2005 – Clarence “Gatemouth” BrownBluesman , American musician



 I’ve Got My Mojo Working

okie dokie stomp

Up Jumped The Devil

Jazz Funeral / Second Line for Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown


Today In The Past




1000 – Battle of Svolder, Viking Age.

1543 – Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling.

1675 – New England colonies declare war on Wampanoag indians

1776 – Continental Congress renames “United Colonies,” “US”

1830 – Charles Durant, 1st US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ

1850 – California becomes 31st state

1908 – Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va

1914 – World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.

1926 – National Broadcasting Co created by Radio Corporation of America

1932 – Steamboat SS Observation explodes in NYC East River (71 killed)

1942 – 1st bombing on continental US soil, Mount Emily Oregon (WW II)

1945 – 1st “bug” in a computer program discovered by Grace Hopper, a moth was removed with tweasers from a relay & taped into the log

1955 – Elvis Presley’s 1st appearance on Ed Sullivan’s Show

1957 – Pres Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction

1963 – Alabama Gov George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools

1966 – The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1967 – 1st successful Test flight of a Saturn V

1970 – Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun

1975 – Viking 2 Mars probe launch

1977 – 1st TRS-80 computer sold

1978 – Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Iranian army

1982 – Conestoga 1, 1st private commercial rocket, makes suborbital flight

1983 – Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (Coco2)

1987 – Gary Hart admits on “Nightline,” to cheating on his wife

1988 – US swamps NZ at 27th America`s Cup: NZ set to appeal

1991 – Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Cleveland

1997 – Sinn Fein accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament

2004 – 2004 Australian embassy bombing: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.






214 – Aurelian, Roman Emperor (d. 275)

1466 – Ashikaga Yoshitane, Japanese shogun (d. 1523)

1711 – Thomas Hutchinson, American politician (d. 1780)

1754 – William Bligh, ship’s captain (HMS Bounty)

1789 – William Cranch Bond, US, astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion)

1828 – Leo Tolstoi, Russian writer (War & Peace, Anna Karenina) 

1890 – Harland Sanders, Henryville Ind, colonel/CEO (Kentucky Fried Chicken), (d. 1980)

1919 – Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder, gambler/sportscaster (lay you 5 to 1)

1920 – Robert Wood Johnson III, American philanthropist (d. 1970)

1923 – Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, American virologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1925 – Cliff Robertson, La Jolla California, actor (Charly)/spokesman for AT&T

1928 – Julian E “Cannonball” Adderley, US, jazz musician (Black Messiah)





1941 – Otis ReddingDawson Gasoul singer (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay)



I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

Try A Little Tenderness

The Dock of the Bay

My Girl

Shake with Eric Burden







1952 – Lee M Morin, Manchester NH, cmdr USN/astronaut

1960 – Mario Batali, American chef and restauranteur




1966 – Adam Sandler, Brooklyn New York, actor/comedian (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Saturday Night Live)



Lunch Lady

Piece Of S..t Car


The Waterboy






1000 – Olaf I of Norway

1087 – William I, The Conqueror, King of England/Duke of Normandy, dies

1513 – James IV, king of Scotland (1488-1513), dies in battle at 40

1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, dies at 36

1909 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad entrepreneur (b. 1848)

1976 – Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese communist party chairman (1949-76), dies at 82

1978 – Jack L Warner, US movie production (Warner Bros), dies at 86)




1996 – Bill Monroebluegrass vocalist (created bluegrass music), dies at 84



Blue Moon Of Kentucky


Blue Grass Breakdown

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Banks of the Ohio with Doc Watson

Bill Monroe & Earl Scruggs at the Grand Ole Opry






1996 – Jack Pepys, immunologist, dies at 82

1999 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)

2003 – Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)

2003 – Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist,( Father of the H-Bomb) dies at 95















Today In The Past




1141 – -9] Battle of Samarkand: Yelutashi defeats Islams

1380 – Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow’s great monarch Dimitri beats Mongols

1449 – Battle of Tumu Fortress – Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor.

1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Florence.

1565 – 1st permanent settlement in US forms (St Augustine, Florida)

1664 – Dutch surrender New Amsterdam (NY) to 300 English soldiers

1727 – A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire, England kills 78 people, many of whom are children.

1847 – US under Gen Scott defeat Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey

1863 – Battle of Sabine Pass TX: 47 Texas volunteers repel Federal forces

1883 – Northern Pacific RR’s last spike driven at Independence Creek, Mont

1914 – World War I: Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war.

1923 – Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers run aground off the California coast. Seven are lost.

1930 – Richard Drew creates Scotch tape

1943 – Gen Eisenhower announce unconditional surrender of Italy in WW II

1944 – World War II: London is hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.

1954 – SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) forms to stop communist spread in SE Asia

1957 – Jackie Wilson, releases his 1st solo single “Reet Petite”

1965 – Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida

1966 – “Star Trek” premieres on NBC-TV

1970 – Hijacking (and subsequent destruction) of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians; the events to follow would later become known as Black September

1974 – Pres Gerald Ford pardons former Pres R Nixon of all federal crimes

1989 – George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

1999 – United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government stories.






1157 – Richard I, [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99)

1271 – Charles Martel d’Anjou, son of Charles II of Naples (d. 1295)

1779 – Mustafa IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08)

1828 – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1829 – George Crook, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

1841 – Antonín Dvorák, Nelahozeves Czech, composer (New World Symphony)

1841 – Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of James A. Garfield (d. 1882)

1884 – Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1921)




1897 – Jimmie RodgersMendoza Misscountry singer/singing brakeman



Waiting for a Train

Blue Yodel No 1





1907 – Leon Askin, Vienna Austria, actor (Pierre-Charlie Farrell Show)

1914 – Hillary Brooke, Abbott & Costello’s neighbor (Hillary)

1915 – Frank Cady, actor (Mr Drucker-Green Acres), (d. 2012)




1922 – Sid CaesarYonkers NYcomedian (Your Show of Shows)



The Clock

The German General

Health Food Restaurant

What is Jazz?

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD The Hardware Store Scene






1925 – Peter Sellers, England, actor (The Mouse That Roared , Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980) See Death of July 24

1932 – Patsy Cline, Winchester Va, country singer (Crazy)

1939 – Guitar Shorty, American musician

1945 – Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, California, rocker (Grateful Dead, Grass Roots)

1951 – Mark McCumber, golfer

1979 – Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], Doylestown, Pennsylvania, singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill)






780 – Leo IV de Chazaar, Byzantine Emperor (775-80), dies

1100 – Clement III, [Wibert van Ravenna], 1st anti-pope (1084-1100), dies

1780 – Enoch Poor, American Continental Army general (b. 1736)

1895 – Adam Opel, German manufacturer (motorcars), dies at 58

1935 – Huey P Long, (Sen-La) assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building

1949 – Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra), dies at 85

1965 – Dorothy Danridge, actress (Island in the Sun), dies at 41 in Hollywood

1970 – Percy Spencer, inventor of the microwave oven, (b. 1894)

1979 – Jean Seberg, actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40

1985 – John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)

2003 – Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (b. 1902)

2004 – Frank Thomas, American animator (b. 1913)

2006 – Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)















Today In The Past





1251 BC – A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes, Greece.

70 – Roman army under Titus occupies & plunders Jerusalem

1191 – Third Crusade: Battle of Arsuf – Richard I of England defeats Saladin at Arsuf.

1800 – Zion AME Church dedicated (NYC)





1812 – Battle at BorodinoNapoleon-Kutuzov








1813 – “Uncle Sam” was 1st used to refer to US (Troy Post of NY)

1876 – Bank robbery by James/Younger fails (Cole/Bob/Jim Younger arrested)

1880 – Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters

1892 – James Corbett KOs John Sullivan in 21 for heavyweight boxing title

1896 – 1st closed-circuit auto race, at Cranston, RI

1909 – Eugene Lefebvre (1878-1909), while test piloting a new French-built Wright biplane, crashes at Juvisy France when his controls jam. Lefebvre dies, becoming the first ‘pilot’ in the world to lose his life in a powered heavier-than-air craft.

1915 – John Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll

1916 – Workmen’s Compensation Act passed by Congress

1927 – Philo Farnsworth demonstrates 1st use of TV in SF

1936 – Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation

1948 – 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Oh

1956 – Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000’+

1963 – 1st US TV appearance of Beatles (Big Night Out-ABC)

1963 – Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated in Canton Ohio

1970 – PLO hijacks 4 planes

1973 – Jackie Stewart becomes Formula 1 world champion

1977 – Pres Carter & Gen Herrera sign Panama Canal treaties

1979 – The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.

1997 – The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University





786 – Emperor Saga, 52nd Emperor of Japan (d. 842)

1533 – Elizabeth, daughter of English king Henry VIII & Anna Boleyn

1737 – Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist/physicist

1836 – August Toepler, German physicist (d. 1912)

1860 – Grandma Moses [Anna Maria], NY, primitive painter (Old Oaken Bucket), (d. 1961)

1885 – Harry Sinclair Lewis, US, writer (Babbitt, Nobel 1930)

1909 – Elia Kazan, Constaninople Turkey, director (Streetcar Named Desire)

1912 – David Packard, electronic engineer/businessman

1914 – James Van Allen, US physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts)

1922 – Arthur Ferrante, pianist/composer (Ferrante & Tachere-Exodus)

1923 – Peter Lawford, London England, actor (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man)

1927 – Don Messick, cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo) or 1935





1934 – Little MiltonAmerican musician , Bluesman (d. 2005)



 The Blues is Alright

Who’s Cheating Who?

We’re Gonna Make It

My Dog and Me

That’s What Love Will Make You Do with Jimmy Vaughan

His Old Lady

If Walls Could Talk

I Can’t Quit You Baby






1936 – Buddy Holly, Lubbock Tx, singer (Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day), (d. 1959)

1942 – Garrison Keillor, humorist (Praire Home Companion)

1942 – Richard Roundtree, actor (Shaft, Earthquake)

1950 – Peggy Noonan, author (What I Saw at the Revolution)

1951 – Chrissie Hynde, Akron Oh, rocker (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)

1969 – Angie Everhart, Akron Ohio, model/actress (Jade, Last Action Hero)

1975 – Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer (d. 2007)






355 – Claudius Silvanus, Roman usurper

1151 – Geoffrey Plantagenet, earl of Anjou/duke of Normandy, dies at 38

1943 – J. P. Morgan, Jr., American financier (b. 1867)





1969 – Everett McKinley Dirksen, (Sen-R), dies at 73








1978 – Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug OD at 31

1994 – James Clavell, author (Shogun, Tai-Pan), dies at 69

1994 – Terence Young, British director (Thunderball), dies of at 79





2002 – Uziel GalIsraeli firearm designer (b. 1923)








2003 – Warren ZevonAmerican musician (b. 1947)



Lawyers, Guns and Money

Excitable Boy

Werewolves of London

Mohammed’s Radio

Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

Last Letterman Appearance






2010 – John Kluge, American Businessman (b. 1914)
















Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It





Published on Jul 6, 2013

” The story of how our national anthem came to be. This is a story every American should hear. It’s a little lengthy, but I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.

  It took me awhile to make this. Towards the end I started getting lazy, so that’s why it may not be as great as the rest of the video. Enjoy anyways though :)

Oh yeah, and sorry about the typos in the anthem.

*I don’t own the audio or pics and the flag video that I used towards the end belongs to FarWestTexas.”

Today In The Past




1492 – Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands

1522 – Magellen with Vittoria returns to Spain, after 1st round world trip

1622 – Spanish silver fleet disappears off Florida Keys; 1,000s die

1628 – Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony, witches soon to settle

1716 – 1st US lighthouse built (Boston)




1776 – 1st (failed) submarine attack (David Bushnell’s “Turtle” attacks British 64 Gun Frigate “Eagle” in Bay of NY)








1819 – Thomas Blanchard patents lathe

1861 – General Grant occupies Paducah Kentucky

1862 – Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland

1866 – Frederick Douglass is 1st US black delegate to a national convention

1886 – Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO) award




1901 – Pres William McKinleyshot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at Pan American Exposition in Buffalo NY, he dies 8th days later


File:McKinley last photo.jpg






1909 – Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier

1913 – 1st aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe Pégoud-France)

1914 – Battle of Marne; Germans prevented from occupying Paris

1917 – French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft

1939 – 1st German air attack on Great-Britain in WW II

1941 – All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star

1954 – US plane shot down above Siberia

1957 – Elvis records “White Xmas,” “Silent Night” & “Here Comes Santa Claus”

1963 – Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

1983 – USSR admits to shooting down KAL 007 on 9/2

1991 – USSR recognizes independence of the 3 Baltic republics

1991 – The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia’s second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.

1995 – Cal Ripken Jr breaks Gehrig’s record, plays in 2,131 straight games





1697 – Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent/banker/merchant

1711 – Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (d. 1787)




1757 – Marquis de LafayetteAmerican patriotFrench revolutionary





1766 – John Dalton, English physicist, developed atomic theory of matter

1817 – Alexander Tilloch Galt, a Canadian founding father

1819 – William Starke Rosecrans, Mjr General (Union volunteers)




1893 – Claire ChennaultAmerican pilot (d. 1958)








1904 – Maxie Rosenbloom, NYC, light heavyweight boxing champ (1930-34)

1919 – Wilson Greatbatch, American Inventor




1925 – Jimmy Reed, Mississippi, blues singer (Soulin’, Big Boss Man) See Aug 29th Death of









1937 – Jo Anne Worley, Lowell Indiana, comedienne (Laugh-in)

1939 – David Allan Coe, country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy)

1943 – George Roger Waters, Cambridge, England, rock bassist and vocalist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)

1954 – Banner Thomas, rocker (Molly Hatchet)

1954 – Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

1958 – Jeff Foxworthy, comedian (Jeff Foxworthy-The Jeff Foxworthy Show)

1963 – Mark Chesnutt, Beaumont Tx, country singer (Too Cold at Home)

1963 – Geert Wilders, Dutch politician

1974 – Nina Persson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)

1979 – Foxy Brown, American rapper





394 – Eugenius, linguistic/anti emperor of Rome (392-94), dies in battle

1536 – William Tyndale, Protestant bible translator (b. c. 1494)

1625 – Thomas Dempster, Scottish historian (b. 1579)

1649 – Robert Dudley, English navigator/writer (Arcano del Mare), dies

1701 – James II [Stuart], king of England (1685-88), dies at 68

1782 – Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, wife of Thomas Jefferson (b. 1748)

1902 – Frederick A Able, English chemist/inventor (cordiet), dies at 75

1945 – John S Mccain, US admiral, (WW II-Pacific Ocean), dies

1959 – Edmund Gwenn, actor (Them, Java Head, Miracle on 34th St), dies at 83

1981 – Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)

1984 – Ernest Tubb, singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 70

1990 – Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

1995 – Buster Mathis, heavyweight boxer, dies at 52




1998 – Akira KurosawaJapanese film director (b. 1910)



Seven Samurai




99th Birthday Director’s Tribute

Dreadnoughtus Dinosaur Weighed Whopping 65 Tons, Feared Nothing








” A gargantuan, long-necked dinosaur as big as a two-story house and weighing as much as 12 elephants once stalked a flower-dotted earth some 77 million years ago in what is now Argentina. 

That’s where paleontologists discovered the beast’s bones, naming it Dreadnoughtus schrani after steel warships. The dinosaur is a sauropod, a type of long-necked, four-legged dinosaur that only ate plants.”






” “I think the big herbivores don’t get their due for being” intimidating, said study lead author Ken Lacovara, an associate professor of paleontology and geology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. “I thought it should have a fearsome name.” 

Lacovara named the dinosaur after dreadnaughts, warships that were created in the early 20th century. “For a time, they were basically impervious to attack,” Lacovara told Live Science. “I thought that Dreadnoughtus would be a good name for these dinosaurs, which does two things: It means ‘fears nothing,’ and this dinosaur would have had nothing to fear. It also connotes something big like a battleship.” “


Live Science














Today In The Past





1519 – 2nd Battle of Tehuacingo, Mexico: Hernan Cortes vs Tlascala Aztecs

1622 – Richelieu becomes cardinal

1774 – 1st Continental Congress assembles, in Philadelphia




1781 – Battle of Virginia CapesFrench defeat Britishtraps Cornwallis






1793 – In the French Revolution, the “Reign of Terror” begins

1836 – Sam Houston elected president of Republic of Texas

1885 – 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind)




1914 - Battle of Marne (WW I) beginsGermans chase out Russians






1923 – Flyweights Gene LaRue & Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously

1925 – 112 F (44°C), Centerville, Alabama (state record)

1942 – British & US bomb Le Havre & Bremen

1960 – Cassius Clay captures Olympic light heavyweight gold medal

1967 – -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas

1968 – 21 killed by hijackers aboard a Pan Am jet in Karachi Pakistan 




1972 – 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics by Black September






1975 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme attempts to assassinate Ford in Sacramento

1977 – Voyager 1 (US) launched toward fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn

1982 – Eddie Hill sets propeller-driven boat water speed record of 229 mph

1986 – Karachi Pakistan army storms hijacked US B-747, 19 killed

2007 – Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.






1567 – Date Masamune, Renowned Samurai and Daimyo in Japan (d. 1636)

1750 – Robert Fergusson, Scottish poet (Scots poems)




1847 – Jesse James, Missouri, outlaw, son of a clergyman, (d. 1882)






1902 – Darryl F Zanuck, film magnate/president (20th Century Fox)

1905 – Arthur Koestler, Hungary, British writer (Arrow in Blue)




1907 –  Albert “Sunnyland Slim” Luandrew , blues pianist



Woman I Ain’t Gonna Drink No More Whiskey

Tin Pan Alley

Come On Home Baby with Hubert Sumlin

in Antone’s: Home of the Blues

You Put That Thing On Me





1929 – Bob Newhart, Oak Park Ill, comedian (Bob Newhart ShowNewhart)



The Grace L. Ferguson Airline

The Driving Instructor

“Defusing A Bomb”

Bob Newhart Show 20th Anniversary Special–Pt. 4

The Bob Newhart Show Bloopers

The Last Newhart: final scene





1940 – Raquel Welch, Chic Ill, (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles)

1946 – Buddy Miles, rocker

1946 – Freddie Mercury, [Bulsara], British vocalist (Queen-We are Champions)

1946 – Loudon Wainwright III, vocalist (April Fool’s Day Morn)

1969 – Dweezil Zappa, Hollywood CA, rock guitarist/son of Frank/VJ (MTV)






1566 – Suleiman I, Great Law Giver, sultan of Turkey (1520-66), dies at 71

1786 – Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)

1857 – Auguste Comte, French sociologist (b. 1798)

1877 – Crazy Horse, [Tashunka Witko], last great Sioux war chief, dies at 27

1912 – Arthur MacArthur, Jr., U.S. Army general (b. 1845)

1972 – Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered

1972 – Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered

1988 – Gert Froebe, actor (Lover’s Wood, Upper Hand , Goldfinger), dies at 75

1995 – James “Pigmeat” Jarrett, pianist, dies at 95

1997 – Mother Teresa, Nobel (1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

1999 – Allen Funt, American radio and television personality (b. 1914)

2002 – David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)

2010 – Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)















Today In The Past




1024 – Conrad II the Sailor chosen German king

1571 – Catholic coup in Scotland

1618 – “Rodi” avalanche destroys Plurs Switzerland, 1,500 killed

1682 – English astronomer Edmund Halley sees his namesake comet

1807 – Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat

1882 – 1st district lit by electricity (NY’s Pearl Street Station)

1885 – 1st cafeteria opens (NYC)

1886 – Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

1888 – George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers “Kodak”

1918 – US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay 10 months

1923 – Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.

1933 – 1st airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 kph), JR Wendell, Glenview, Il

1950 – 1st helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines

1950 – D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna

1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.

1964 – NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)

1972 – US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals

1976 – Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus

1980 – Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)

1983 – Greg LeMond becomes only American to win cycling’s Road Championship





1241 – Alexander III of Scotland (d. 1286)

1563 – Wanli, Emperor of China (d. 1620)

1622 – Jacob Hintze, composer

1795 – Friedrich [August] von Alberti, German geologist (Triasic Age)

1810 – Donald McKay, US naval architect, built fastest clipper ships

1826 – Martin Wiberg, Swedish computer pioneer (d. 1905)

1846 – Daniel Burnham, US, architect/built skyscrapers

1908 – Edward Dmytryk, director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny)

1913 – Stanford Moore, US biochemist (Nobel 1977)

1917 – Henry Ford II, automaker (Ford Motor Co)




1918 – Paul Harvey, Tulsa Oklahoma, news commentator (Rest of the story)



If I Were the Devil

Letter from God

What is a policeman

The Man and The Birds




1920 – Craig Claiborne, food columnist (NY Times Cookbook)

1928 – Dick York, Fort Wayne Ind, actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind)




1945 – Daniel Wood Gattonguitarist


Sleepwalk solo

boogie woogie

Remington Ride





1960 – Damon Wayans, actor/comedian (In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman)

1968 – Mike Piazza, Norristown PA, catcher (LA Dodgers)

1976 – Clinton R. Nixon, American game designer

1977 – Mark Ronson, English DJ/Producer and co-founder of Allido Records

1981 – Beyoncé Knowles, Houston Texas, singer (Destiny’s Child)






1063 – Toghrül, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad

1784 – Cesar F Cassini “the Thury”, French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies

1804 – Richard Somers, American naval officer

1864 – John Hunt Morgan, American Confederate military leader (b. 1825)

1965 – Albert Schweitzer, German/French missionary (Nobel 1954), dies at 90

1974 – Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59

1986 – Hank Greenberg, American baseball player (b. 1911)

1991 – Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car

1994 – Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64

2006 – Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality (b. 1962)
















Today In The Past





36 BC – In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, thus ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate.

301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.

1189 – England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) crowned in Westminster

1651 – Battle at Worcester-Oliver Cromwell destroys English royalists

1752 – This day never happened nor next 10 as England adopts Gregorian Calendar. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives

1777 – Cooch’s Bridge – Skirmish of American Revolutionary war in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.

1783 – Treaty of Paris signed (ending US Revolutionary War)

1826 – USS Vincennes leaves NY to become 1st warship to circumnavigate globe

1833 - NY Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper)

1902 – Pittsburgh Pirates, win earliest pennent (full season)

1903 – Resolute beats Shamrock III (England) in 13th America’s Cup

1916 – Allies turned back Germans in WW I’s Battle of Verdun

1929 – Dow Jones Industrial Average reached all time high at the time (381.17), which was shortly followed by the Crash of 1929.

1935 – 1st automobile to exceed 300 mph, Sir Malcolm Campbell (301.337 mph)

1939 – Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada

1940 – US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base leas

1941 – 1st use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz (on Russian prisoners of war)

1950 – “Nino” Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.

1971 – Watergate team breaks into Daniel Ellsberg’s doctor’s office

1976 – Viking 2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), returns photos

1979 – Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000

1995 – eBay founded.

2004 – The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.






1034 – Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (d. 1073)

1724 – Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec (d. 1808)

1856 – Louis Henri Sullivan, Boston Mass, father of modern US architecture

1875 – Ferdinand Porsche, German car inventor (Porsche, Volkswagen)

1905 – Carl David Anderson, NYC, physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), (d. 1991)




1916 – Memphis Slim, [Peter Chatman], Bluesman



Everyday I Have The Blues

Slim’s Boogie

Beer Drinking Woman

Born With The Blues

 live in europe





1923 – Mort Walker, cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois)

1942 – Al Jardine, Lima Oh, guitarist/singer (Beach Boys-Surfin, In My Room)

1947 – Eric Bell, rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy Belfast, N Ireland

1948 – Donald Brewer, Flint Mich, rock drummer (Grand Funk Railroad)

1965 – Charlie Sheen, [Carlos Estavez], NYC, actor (Wall St, Platoon)

1986 – Shaun White, San Diego, California, snowboarder (Olympic gold – 2006, 2010)






1189 – Jacob of Orleans, Rabbi, killed in anti Jewish riot in London England

1205 – Petrus van Poitiers, French theologist (Sententiarum libri V), dies

1634 – Edward Coke, English Chief Justice/politician, dies

1658 – Oliver Cromwell, British general (1653-58)/Lord Protector, dies at 59

1808 – John Montgomery, American Continental Congressman (b. 1722)

1893 – James Harrison, Scottish-born inventor (b. 1816)

1954 – Eugene Paullette, actor (It’s a Date, My Man Godfrey), dies at 65

1962 – e[dward] e cummings, US poet (Tulips & Chimneys), dies at 67

1970 – Al Wilson, “Blind Owl”, guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

1970 – Vince Lombardi, football coach (Packers), dies in Washington DC at 57

1991 – Frank Capra, director (It’s a Wonderful Life), dies at 94

2001 – Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)

2005 – William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)















Today In The Past





44 BC – Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.

44 BC – The first of Cicero’s Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the next several months.

31 BC – Final war of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium – off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

911 – Viking-monarch Oleg of Kiev-Russia signs treaty with Byzantines

1192 – Sultan Saladin & king Richard the lion hearted sign cease fire

1666 – Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London is destroyed

1789 – US Treasury Department established by Congress

1864 – Union General William T Sherman captures and burns Atlanta

1894 – Forest fires destroy Hinckley Minnesota: about 600 die

1898 – Battle of Omdurman: Lord Kitchener retakes Sudan for Britain

1898 – Machine gun 1st used in battle

1901 – VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, “Speak softly & carry a big stick”

1930 – 1st non-stop airplane flight from Europe to US (37 hrs)

1935 – A hurricane slams Florida Keys killing 423

1944 – During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane

1944 – Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz

1945 – V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)

1969 – The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.

1998 – The UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide.






1548 – Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (d. 1616)

1716 – Johann Trier, composer

1778 – Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland (d. 1846)

1850 – Albert Spaulding, baseball player/founded Spaulding sports company

1914 – Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist

1917 – Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian guitarist (developed bossa nova)

1936 – Andrew Grove, American computer chip manufacturer

1940 – Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)

1946 – Billy Preston, Houston, Texas, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show)

1948 – Terry Bradshaw, NFL QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)

1951 – Jim DeMint, American politician

1964 – Keanu Reeves, Beirut, actor (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed)

1966 – Salma Hayek, Veracruz, Mexico, actress (Desparado)

1990 – Marcus Ericsson, Swedish Racing Driver






490 BC – Pheidippides, Greek hero

1274 – Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)

1547 – Hernan Cortes, Spanish general defeated Aztec Indians

1834 – Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (b. 1757)




1964 – Alvin YorkAmerican soldier (b. 1887)



Sgt. Alvin Cullum York

The Home of Alvin C. York (Part 1)

The Home of Alvin C. York (Part 2)

The Home of Alvin C. York (Part 3)

Burial Site of Sgt. Alvin C. York Pall Mall, Tennessee

Sergeant York




1973 – John R R Tolkien, British story writer (Hobbit), dies of ulcer at 81

1992 – Barbara McClintock, US, geneticist (Nobel 1983), dies at 90

2005 – Bob Denver, American actor (b. 1935)

2008 – Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)












Weather Channel Founder Explains The History Of The Global Warming Hoax





” John Coleman, an award-winning meteorologist and weatherman with sixty years of experience and founder of the Weather Channel, produced a video explaining the history of the man-made global warming hoax .

  Coleman, a former broadcast meteorologist of the year of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), explains that after being a member for several years, he quit the AMS after it became very clear to him that “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.” Coleman explains that there is no man-made global warming, and he’s sure of it. 

  Coleman says that if there were evidence of man-made global warming, he would have been dedicated his life to stopping it: 

“ I love our wonderful planet Earth. If I thought it was threatened by global warming, I would devote my life to stopping the warming!”

  Now they call it “climate change” instead of global warming, because the warming has stopped, says Coleman, and that $4.7 billion in taxpayer money is funding “bogus reports” and “bogus research.”  “


Today In The Past





479 BC – Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea. Along the with the Greek victory on the same day in the Battle of Mycale, the Persian invasion of Greece is halted.

1585 – Duke van Parma’s troops occupy Antwerp

1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)

1776 – British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island

1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn by Edwin Drake

1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die

1883 – Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people

1900 – Battle at Bergendal: Gen Buller beats Boer general Botha

1913 – Lt Peter Nestrov, of Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev (1st aerobatic maneuver in an airplane)

1928 – 16 die in a NYC subway’s 2nd worst accident

1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war

1937 – George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH

1939 – Erich Warsitz makes 1st jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)

1955 – “Guinness Book of World Records” 1st published

1979 – 18 British militia die in ambush/bomb attack in Northern Ireland

1982 – Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock’s mark

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States






1407 – Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (d. 1425)

1770 – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher/inventor (dialectic)




1839 – Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1881







1871 – Theodore Dreiser, US, novelist (Sister Carie, American Tragedy)

1874 – Karl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, Nobel 1931)

1877 – Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd)

1882 – Samuel Goldwyn, [Gelbfisch], film magnate (MGM)

1899 – Cecil Scott Forester, Engld, historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower)

1904 – John Hay Whitney, American financier (d. 1982)

1908 – Lyndon B Johnson, Stonewall Tx, (D) 36th Pres (1963-1969), (d. 1973)

1952 – Pee-wee Herman, [Paul Reubens], NY, actor (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure)

1953 – Alex Lifeson, Toronto Canada, rock guitarist (Rush)

1954 – Derek Warwick, race car driver

1959 – Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)






1394 – Chokei, Emperor of Japan (b. 1343)

1576 – Titian, [Tiziano Vecelli], Italian painter, dies of plague

1773 – Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (b. 1721)

1948 – Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)

1964 – Gracie Allen, actress (Burns & Allen), dies at 62

1965 – Le Corbusier, [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss/French architect, dies at 77

1971 – Bennett Cerf, (Random House)/panelist (What’s My Line), dies at 73

1971 – Margaret Bourke-White, US photographer, dies at 67

1979 – Louis Mountbatten, British adm of the Fleet, assassinated by IRA




1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan, blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35


Pride And Joy

Texas Flood 



Sweet Home Chicago with Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray

Why I Sing the Blues with BB King , Eric Clapton , Albert King , Etta James , Dr John , Paul Butterfield, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean

A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan — In Session 1983

Live at the El Mocambo 1983

Honolulu 1984


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