Category: History


Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

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.

 

 

 

 

Births

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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 

COULDN’T STAND THE WEATHER

Crossfire

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

Today In The Past 

 

 

 

Events

1071 – Battle of Manzikert, Byzantine Armenia (modern Malazgirt, Turkey). Fought between Byzantine Empire and Seljuq Turks.

 

 

 

1346 – Battle at Crécy-England’s longbows defeat France, cannons used for 1st time in battle

 

Battle of Crécy

 

 

 

1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.

1541 – Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Buda/annexes Hungary

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1839 – The ship Amistad is captured off Long Island.

1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

1907 – Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec

 

 

 

 

1946 – George Orwell published “Animal Farm”

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ

1972 – 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

1989 – Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS

1996 – Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

 

 

 

 

Births

1676 – Robert Walpole, (Whig) British PM (1721-42) 

1740 – Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, France, aeronaut (ballooning)

1845 – Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)

1898 – Peggy Guggenheim, art patron & collector

1901 – Gen Maxwell D Taylor, former US Army chief of staff

1903 – Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer

1906 – Albert B Sabin, Russia, US microbiologist (oral polio vaccine)

1910 – Mother Teresa, [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Yugoslavia (Nobel Peace Prize 1979)

1960 – Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)

 

 

 

 

Deaths 

1346 – Jan de Blinde, King of Bohemia/count of Luxemburg, dies in battle

1346 – Charles II of Alençon, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1297)

1346 – Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1320)

1850 – Louis-Philippe of France (b. 1773)

1865 – Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73

1910 – William James, American psychologist and philosopher (b. 1842)

1930 – Lon Chaney, actor (Thunder, Big City, Unholy 3), dies at 47

1968 – Kay Francis, actress (Charley’s Aunt, Play Girl), dies of cancer at 65

1974 – Charles Lindbergh, aviator, dies at 72

 

 

 

1980 – Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)

 

A Wild Hare

What’s Buzzin’ Buzzard

Dixieland Droopy

The Chump Champ

Ventriloquist Cat

Red hot riding hood

Oh Wolfy 

 

 

 

1986 – Jennifer Levin, strangled by Robert Chambers in Central Park

1986 – Ted Knight, [Tadeus Konopka], actor (Mary Tyler Moore), dies at 62

2004 – Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957)

2009 – Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)

2011 – John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past 

 

 

 

Events

49 BC – Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.

79 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii & Herculaneum, 15,000 die

410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire

1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid

1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.

1516 – Battle at Aleppo: Turks beat Syria

1704 – Sea battle at Malaga

1814 – British forces captured Washington, DC, & burned down many landmarks

1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs NY)

1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

1904 – Field battle at Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian

1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal

1932 – 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart

1960 – -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)

1970 – Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin’s Army Math Research Center in Madison

1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for Lennon’s murder

1989 – Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

1992 – Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die

1994 – Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism

1995 – Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island

2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

 

 

 

 

Births

1113 – Geoffrey Plantagenet, France, conquered Normandy

1759 – William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade

1787 – James Weddell, Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)

1817 – Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1875)

1872 – Max Beerbohm, England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review)

1886 – William Francis Gibbs, naval architect, designed Liberty ships

 

 

 

1905 – Arthur Crudup, American singer and guitarist (d. 1974)

 

 

Born into the Blues

So Glad You’re Mine

That’s All Right- with Elvis Presley

 

 

 

 

 

1915 – Wynonie Harris,  the first rocker

 

 

Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me

Lovin’ Machine

Keep On Churnin’ (Til The Butter Come)

Good Morning Judge

 

 

 

 

1927 – Harry Markowitz, American economist, Nobel laureate

1951 – Orson Scott Card, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Ender’s War)

1960 – Cal Ripken, Havre de Grace Maryland, shortstop (Balt Orioles, game streak)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

79 – Pliny the Elder, Roman writer and naturalist (b. 23)

1217 – Eustace “the Monk”, French buccaneer, dies in battle

1595 – Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies

1680 – Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)

1967 – Henry J Kaiser, industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), dies at 85

1975 – Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69

 

 

 

1978 – Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67

 

 Jungle Book

Banana Split for My Baby

That Old Black Magic with Keely Smith

Just a Gigolo & I Ain’t Go Nobody

Buona Sera Signorina

Medley – When you´re smilin, Zooma Zooma, Oh Marie

 

 

 

 

1991 – Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87

1998 – E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)

2001 – Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)

2004 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

682 – St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1180 – Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against Kiyomori Taira who installed his grandson, Emperor Antoku, to the throne

1498 – Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows & office to marry a French princess

1577 – Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots

1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia to find no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]

1787 – Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups

1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

1835 – Solymon Merrick patents wrench

1863 – Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC

1869 – 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)

1870 – 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington

1891 – Electric self-starter for automobile patented

1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U & begins Pulitzer Prizes

1908 – Projection in Paris of the very first cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl.

1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life

1918 – Samuel Riddle buys Man o’War for $5,000

1942 – 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces

1943 – 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde

1945 – Koreas divided on 38th parallel with US occupying the southern area

1957 – Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

1958 – World’s 1st Moon probe, US’s Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec

1960 – Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow

1978 – 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)

 

 

 

1979 – Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” premieres

 

Monty Python's Life of Brian

The People’s Front

What have the Romans ever done for us

Biggus Dickus

Stoning

 

 

 

1980 – Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history

1987 – Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)

1996 – Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit

1998 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about his relationship.

2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.

 

 

 

Births

1607 – Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins (Fermat’s Last Theorem) [or 1608]

1786 – Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)

1851 – Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist

1870 – Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine

1873 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)

1882 – Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)

1893 – Mae West, New York, actress (She Dine him Wrong), (d. 1980)

 

 

 

1896 – Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1905 – John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)

 

 

 

1921 – Maureen O’Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)

 

Quiet Man Country 1

The Quiet Man (1952)The Kiss

 

 

 

 

1929 – Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)

 

 

 

 

 

1939 – Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)

1943 – Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)

1952 – Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, ’83, ’87)

 

 

 

1959 – David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player

1983 – Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1304 – Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)

1553 – Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies

1785 – Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies

1865 – Mosby Munroe Parsons, US Confederate gen-maj, dies in battle

1896 – Bridget Driscoll, 1st Brit to die in an auto-accident

1973 – Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations), commits suicide at 32

 

 

 

1979 – Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86

 

Ella Fitzgerald sings Ira – “Summertime” (TV Special 1968)

 

 

 

1990 – Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

927 – The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.

1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.

1519 – Panama City founded

1549 – Portuguese missionaries Franciscus Xaverius lands in Kagoshima Japan

1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims

1635 – 1st recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony

1760 – Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

1863 – Submarine “HL Hunley” arrives in Charleston on railroad cars

1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado

1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost)

1914 – A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

1945 – World War II: Korean Liberation Day.

1957 – USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter

1965 – Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

 

 

 

1969 – Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)

 

 

 Ten Years After – I’m Going Home(Woodstock 1969 Concert)

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts

1989 – US Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle

1991 – 750,000 attend Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park

 

 

 

 

Births

1195 – Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)

1717 – Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)

1769 – Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica, resident of Elba (emperor of France 1804-13, 1814-15), (d. 1821)

1771 – Walter Scott, Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)

1875 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, London, composer (Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast)

1879 – Ethel Barrymore, Phila, actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green)

 

 

 

1888 – T E Lawrence Tremadoc , Wales, soldier/writer , [Lawrence of Arabia]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Julia Child, Pasadena California, chef (French Chef)

1924 – Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

1925 – Rose Marie, actress/comedienne (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show)

1946 – Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)

1979 – Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver

1989 – Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

69 – Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), murdered

778 – Roland, Frankish commander

1057 – Macbeth, King of Scotland, slain by son of King Duncan

1935 – Wiley Post, aviation pioneer, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 36

 

 

 

1935 – Will Rogers, humorist, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 55

 

 

The Official Will Rogers Website

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)

 

 

 BLIND WILLIE MCTELL . ” Southern Can Is Mine ” (1931)

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1248 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun

1281 – Kublai Khans invading fleet disappears in typhoon near Japan

1457 – Oldest known exactly dated printed book (c 3 years after Gutenberg)

1756 – French capture Fort Oswego, NY

1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)

1813 – British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC

1824 – General Lafayette returns to US

1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president

1873 – “Field & Stream” begins publishing

1893 – France issues 1st driving licenses, included required test

1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion

1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925

1932 – Philips makes 1 millionth radio

1935 – Social Security Act becomes law

1936 – Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa

1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

1947 – India granted independence within British Commonwealth

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m

1966 – 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon

1974 – Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold

1980 – 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland

1980 – Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

1984 – IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0

1994 – Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings

1994 – Terrorist “Carlos” arrested in Khartoum Sudan

1997 – Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh

2003 – Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

 

 

 

 

Births

1297 – Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan (d. 1348)

1586 – William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist (d. 1642)

1688 – Frederik Willem I, king of Prussia (bodyguard of giants)

1737 – Charles Hutton, mathematician

1742 – Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)

1821 – Clement Hoffman “Rock” Stevens, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1851 – Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist (d. 1887)

1867 – John Galsworthy, England, author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932)

1903 – John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)

1916 – Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)

1926 – Buddy Greco, Phila Pa, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House)

1930 – Earl Weaver, St Louis Mo, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86)

1933 – Richard R. Ernst, Swiss chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate

1947 – Daniele Steel, NYC, author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy)

1948 – Terry Adams, American musician (NRBQ)

 

 

 

1950 – Gary Larson, Tacoma, Washington, cartoonist (Far Side)

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Mark C Lee, Viroqua WI, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82,sk: 98)

1956 – Rusty Wallace, American race car driver

1965 – Emmanuelle Seigner, Paris France, actress (The Smile)

1966 – Halle Berry, American actress

1987 – Tim Tebow, American football player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

582 – Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor

1573 – Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)

1691 – Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)

1704 – Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)

1870 – David [James] Glasgow Farragut, admiral, dies

1951 – William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher, dies in Beverly Hills

 

 

 

1958 – Big Bill Broonzy, Bluesman, dies of cancer at 65

 

 Click link below for video of Big Bill performing .

 

 

The great country blues singer and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy performs “Worried Man Blues,” “Hey, Hey” 

See also our “Happy Birthday” post of June 26th for a tribute to Big Bill .

 

 

 

 

1988 – Roy Buchanan, American Blues guitarist (b. 1939)

 

 Roy Buchanan – Live from Austin Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992 – Tony Williams, US, singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64

1999 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player (b. 1918)

2000 – Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)

2005 – Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)

Today In The Past

 

Events

1415 – King Henry V of England army lands on mouth of Seine River

1521 – Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs

1624 – Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII

1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1898 – US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war

1913 – Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.

1919 – Man o’War’s only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)

1937 – Japanese attack Shanghai

1944 – Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio

1945 – 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia

1959 – Milt satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)

1993 – US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail

1997 – South Park’s first episode is aired.

 

 

 

 

Births

1422 – William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)

1625 – Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)

1818 – Lucy Blackwell-Stone, US abolitionist (US Woman’s Suffrage Association)

1860 – Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill’s Wild West), (d. 1926)

1888 – John Logie Baird, Scotland, inventor (father of TV)

1899 – Alfred Hitchcock, London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), (d.1980)

1902 – Felix Wankel, Germany, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)

1907 – Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, Essen Germany, arms manufacturer

1912 – Ben Hogan, Dublin Tx, PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53)

1918 – Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal

1918 – Frederick Sanger, England, biochemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)

1920 – George Shearing, London, blind pianist/composer (Lullabye of Byrdland)

1926 – Fidel Castro, Mayari, Oriente, Cuba, dictator/prime minister/president (1959-2008)

1930 – Don Ho, Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)

1951 – Dan Fogelberg, Peoria Ill, rocker (Same Auld Lang Syne)

1952 – Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)

 

 

 

 

1958 – Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

 

American Valor 

Born: August 13, 1958
Lincoln, Nebraska

War: Somalia 

Rank: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army 
(Sniper Team Member)

Location of action: Mogadishu, Somalia

Date of action: October 3, 1993

Medal received from: President Bill Clinton, May 1994 (posthumously)

 

 

 

 

 

Deaths

900 – Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29

1278 – Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65

1863 – Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)

1865 – Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47

1910 – Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90

1946 – H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, sci-fi author (Time Machine), dies at 79

1971 – King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37

1991 – Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65

1992 – Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident

1995 – Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84

1995 – Mickey Mantle, baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

2004 – Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)

2007 – Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)

2007 – Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 25-Year Gun Collection And Their Stories

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 12, 2014

” https://www.facebook.com/wethepeoplebook – On this episode of We The People, Ben Philippi asks his friend Prokopios Ziros to show us around his gun room. He’s been collecting for 25 years and he has some amazing firearms. But there are three in general that have incredible stories.

Ben is no stranger to the gun world. His popular photography book “God, Guns & Guts” was later picked up by the History Channel and turned into “God, Guns & Automobiles.”

For more on this, check out http://www.guns.com “

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by means of an asp bite.

1099 – Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth beats Egyptians

1121 – Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.

1480 – Battle of Otranto – Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.

1658 – 1st US police corps forms (New Amsterdam)

1687 – Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders

1833 – Chicago is founded.

1851 – 1st America’s Cup-US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora

1851 – Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

1862 – Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX

1865 – Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery

1876 – Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America’s Cup

1877 – Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device

1896 – Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson

1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

1935 – Babe Ruth’s final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand

1936 – 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)

1953 – Ann Davison arrives in Miami, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic 

1959 – 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island

1960 – Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched

1960 – USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m

1974 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

1977 – Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight

1981 – IBM introduces PC & PC-DOS version 1.0

1992 – Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

2000 – The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise

2005 – An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island

 

 

 

 

Births

1503 – Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)

1696 – Maurice Greene, composer

1753 – Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop’s Fables)

1781 – Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)

1819 – Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1856 – “Diamond Jim” Brady, American financier (d. 1917)

1859 – Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful)

1881 – Cecil B deMille, Mass, directed God (10 Commandments, Cleopatra)

1911 – Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexico, actor (Around World in 80 Days)

1920 – Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)

1929 – Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)

 

 

 

1949 – Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Pat Methany, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)

1972 – Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna

 

 

 

 

Deaths 

1350 – Philip VI, king of France, dies

1424 – Yongle, Emperor of China (b. 1360)

1676 – King Philip, [Metacomet], leader Wampanoag-indians, shot to death

1809 – Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)

1827 – William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69

 

 

1849 – Abraham AA “Albert” Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88

 

Gallatin, Albert

 

 

 

1861 – Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)

 

 

 

 

1896 – Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg

1914 – John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74

1955 – Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

1964 – Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56

1982 – Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77

1989 – William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

 

 

1997 – Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

612 BC – Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh

843 – Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bare divide France

991 – Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.

1519 – Magellan’s 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate Earth

1627 – Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

1743 – Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated

1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

1821 – Missouri admitted as 24th US state

1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution

1861 – Battle of Wilson’s Creek MO (Springfield, Oak Hills)-Gen Lyon killed

1889 – Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1904 – Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur

1907 – Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally

1936 – 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)

1936 – 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)

1938 – 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)

1944 – US recaptures Guam from Japanese

1948 – Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera” TV debut on ABC

1949 – Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 – At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.

1960 – Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space

1965 – Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km

1966 – 1st lunar orbiter launched by US

1972 – 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

1977 – US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord

1977 – Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being “Son of Sam” 44 caliber killer

1988 – Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)

1990 – US’s Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus

1994 – Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)

2006 – Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.

 

 

 

 

Births

1267 – King James II of Aragon (d. 1327)

1489 – Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (d. 1553)

1744 – Alexandrine-Jeanne d’Étiolles (nicknamed “Fanfan”), daughter of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour (d. 1754)

1782 – Charles Napier, London, soldier

1814 – John Clifford Pemberton, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1881

1814 – Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890)

1874 – Herbert Hoover, West Branch Iowa, (R) 31st Pres (1929-1933), (d. 1964)

1893 – Douglas Stuart Moore, Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)

1909 – Leo Fender, Anaheim California, rocker (Fender guitars)

1914 – Jeff Corey, NYC, actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men)

1920 – William “Red” Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)

1928 – Eddie Fisher, Phila Pa, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)

1928 – Jimmy Dean, Tx, actor/singer (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever)

1942 – Betsy Johnson, fashion designer (1971 Winnie Award)

1943 – Ronnie Spector, [Veronica Bennett], NYC, singer (Be My Little Baby)

1949 – Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1960 – Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit.

1965 – Patricia Spurgin, US sharpshooter (Olympics-gold-1984)

1982 – Devon Aoki, American supermodel and actress

 

 

 

 

Deaths

258 – Saint Lawrence, martyr

955 – Conrad the Red, Duke of Lotharingen, dies in battle

1535 – Ippolito de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)

1806 – Johann Michael Haydn, composer, dies at 68

1861 – Nathaniel Lyon, US Union brig-gen, dies in battle at 43

1896 – Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies

1930 – William H Taft, US president (1909-13), dies

1932 – Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog (b. 1918)

1944 – Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, attempt Hitler assassination, dies

1945 – Robert H Goddard, US, rocket pioneer, dies at 62

1987 – I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87

2002 – Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)

2008 – Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Bureau: One New Migrant Enters U.S. Every 40 Seconds

 

 

Populous Nations

 

 

 

” The Census Bureau calculates that one person enters the United States legally, on net, every 40 seconds.

  The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock lists  “components of population change” on the website: “one birth every 7 seconds;” “one death every 13 seconds;” “one international migrant (net) every 40 seconds;” making for a “net gain of one person every 12 seconds.”

  The Census provides some background on the immigration debate in the United States on August 3rd, apropos of the 131st anniversary of the law banning people from immigrating to the United States if they were likely to need government assistance. “

 

The Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

70 – Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans

1509 – The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire

1588 – Sea battle at Grevelingen: English fleet battles Spanish armada

1609 – Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope

1673 – Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC

1709 – 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)

1786 – Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena

1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1870 – Magic (US) defeats Cambria (Engld) in 2nd running of America’s Cup

1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1911 – The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1937 – Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power

1940 – Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

1942 – “Monty” appointed commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein

1942 – 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Wash DC

1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1963 – Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)

1963 – Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie,” radio stations label it obscene

1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres

1984 – Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics

1988 – Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2007 – An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889

 

 

 

 

Births

1079 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)

1673 – John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)

1763 – Charles Bulfinch, Boston Mass, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House)

1835 – James William Forsyth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1879 – Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader

1879 – Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)

1881 – Albert Kesselring, German field marshal (d. 1960)

1896 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Wash DC, writer (Yearling

1902 – Paul Dirac, Bristol, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), (d. 1984)

1907 – Benny Carter, NYC, musician/composer (Easy Money, King Carter)

1919 – Dino De Laurentiis, Torre Annunziata Italy, producer (King Kong)

1920 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (d. 1997)

1923 – Esther Williams, Inglewood Cal, actress/swimmer (Dangerous when Wet)

1933 – Joe Tex, singer/songwriter (Hold What You’ve Got)

1942 – Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)

1954 – Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)

1981 – Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (16 grand slams)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

869 – Lotharius II, King of Middle-France (Lotharingen) (855-869), dies

1555 – Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)

1788 – Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92

1969 – Sharon Tate, murdered by the Manson family at 26

1975 – Julian “Cannonball” Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46

1976 – John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered

1988 – Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85

1996 – Frank A Whittle, inventor of the Jet engine, dies at 89

2004 – Fay Wray, American actress (b. 1907)

2008 – Richard B Herrlin , Father , Husband , Businessman , Fireman , Community Leader , The Best 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

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.

Births

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

Deaths

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

 

 

Events

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

 

 

 

Births

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)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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

 

 

Events

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

 

 

 

Births

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)

 

 

 

Deaths

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

 

 

 

Events

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.

 

 

 

 

Births

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)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billionaire Warns: Yellen Collapse ‘Will Be Unlike Any Other’

 

 

 

 

” Another horrific stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be “unlike any other” we have seen.

  That’s the message from Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management. 

  Grantham pulls no punches when assigning responsibility for the coming financial carnage. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he calls Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen “ignorant” and says the Federal Reserve all but killed the economic recovery

  Grimly, he adds, “We have never had this before. It’s going to be very painful for investors.” 

  Grantham isn’t the only one worried about a market collapse. 

“ We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.” 

  Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The “Warren Buffett Indicator,” also known as the “Total-Market-Cap to GDP Ratio,” is breaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment. “

 

 

Money News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Men Equal: The Legend Of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.

  When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”

 

 

 

 

” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”

Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo

 

 

 

 

 

Nostalgia From Mustang 87.7 Radio

 


” A MUST WATCH! ~ Especially if you we’re born in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s! … SO TRUE, We Made It!!!
 — with Coaching Pro’s and Abee Mujica Bejar. “

—-

From Hickok45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

” Just a little comparison between two firearms that give us similar capabilities. 80 + years of firearms development gives us a few very desirable improvements. :-)
Thanks to Tennessee Gun Country in Clarksville, Tn, for lending us this Browning BAR: http://tnguncountry.com/ 

  Thanks to Federal Premium for the ammo:http://www.federalpremium.com/
And yes, if do realize that the BAR was kind of a special purpose firearm, and the firearms our military uses for that sort of purpose today are more likely to be belt fed, etc. In terms of producing a 20-rd rifle of serious caliber that a man could carry into battle, we thought a little comparison might be interesting. It is to me, at least. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victor Davis Hanson

 

 

” Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out

  By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly did not approach the balanced budget that was once achieved by spending discipline under the Clinton-Gingrich compromise.)

  The problem instead is Hillary Clinton herself. She is not a very good speaker, and is prone to shrill outbursts and occasional chortling. She has a bad habit of committing serial gaffes (e.g., speaking too candidly), and what she says on Monday is often contradicted by her rantings on Tuesday. She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff. When Bill steps in to correct her mistakes, either sloppily or out of some strange psychological spite, he usually makes things even worse. We saw that often in 2008 and are seeing it again now. But aside from the cosmetics of her political style, the Clintons are faced with two fundamental obstacles in 2016.”

 

 

 

Read the whole thing at Work & Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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