Category: Uncurrent Events


Today In The Past

 

Events

1077 – Pope Gregory VII pardons German emperor Henry IV

1349 – Gunther of Schwarzburg chosen German anti-king

1349 – Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred

1467 – Battle at Velke Kostolany: Hung king Mátyás Corvinus beats Bratrici

1487 – Bell chimes invented

1522 – Duke of Albany takes captured French back to Scotland

1544 – Adrian van Goes becomes land advocate of Holland

1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years.

1774 – Capt Cook reaches 71°10′ south, 1820km from south pole (record)

1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland

1790 – Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor

1798 – Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument

1800 – US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)

1804 – Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River

1806 – Prussia takes possession of Hanover

1806 – The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened.

1815 – Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson’s 6500 vols

1826 – The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.

1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at Pres Andrew Jackson in Washington DC

1841 – A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

1862 – US Navy’s 1st ironclad warship , USS Monitorlaunched

 

 

 

 

 

1889 – John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48″ (120cm) telescope

1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling.

1892 – Capt Lugard occupies Uganda’s King Mwanga’s hide out

1894 – Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit

1894 – US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham

1895 – SS Elbe sinks after collision in North Sea, 332 killed

1911 – 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba

1913 – House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill

1915 – German submarine attack on Le Havre

 

 

 

1917 – 1st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)

 

 

 

 

 

1922 – World Law Day, 1st celebrated

1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US

1931 – Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” premieres at Los Angeles Theater

1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio

1933 – Adolph Hitler named German Chancellor, forms government with Von Papen

1934 – 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC

1935 – Ezra Pound meets Benito Mussolini, reads from a draft of “Cantos”

1937 – 2nd of Stalin’s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death

1939 – Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile

1939 – Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews

1940 – Benjamin Britten’s “Lesson Illuminations” premieres in London

1941 – Australian troops conquer Derna Libya

1942 – Japanese troops land on Ambon

1943 – 6 British Mosquito’s daylight bomb Berlin

1943 – German assault on French in Tunisia

1943 – German under officers shot down in Haarlem Neth

1943 – Hitler promotes Friedrich von Paul to general-fieldmarshal

1943 – USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean

1944 – US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands

1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro.

1945 – “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 7,700 die

1946 – 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime

1948 – 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse

1951 – Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio

1956 – Elvis Presley records his version of “Blue Suede Shoes”

1956 – Martin Luther King Jr’s home bombed

1957 – US Congress accepts “Eisenhower-doctrine”

1958 – 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx

1958 – House of Lords passes bill allowing women in

1960 – CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)

1960 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss

1961 – Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC

1962 – 2 members of Flying Wallendas’ high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit

1964 – Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam

1965 – “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis hits #3

1965 – State funeral of Winston Churchill

1966 – -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)

1966 – -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)

1968 – Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, “Honey”

 

 

 

1968 – Vietcong launch Tet-offensive on US embassy in Saigon

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert

1969 – US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere

1971 – UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak

1972 – Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die

1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts

1973 – KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)

1976 – George Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)

1976 – William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA

1978 – Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1979 – Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.

1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”.

1983 – Superbowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB

1989 – 5 Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor

1989 – Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter

1989 – Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident

1989 – The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.

1993 – 100,000n Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism

1994 – Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)

1994 – Superbowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta Superbowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

1994 – Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.

1995 – Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured

1995 – Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of “Tonight Show”

1995 – Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.

1996 – Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.

1997 – Minuteman III launches

2000 – Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB

 

 

Births

133 – Marcus Severus Didius Julianus, Roman Emperor (d. 193)

1505 – Thomas Tallis, English composer (d. 1585)

1563 – Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer

 

 

 

1615 – Thomas RolfeAmerican colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe (d. 1675)

 

 

 

 

 

1616 – William Sancroft, Archbishop (Canterbury)

1624 – Arnold Geulincx, South Netherland, philosopher (About Virtue)

1661 – Charles Rollin, French historian (d. 1741)

1687 – [Johann] Balthasar Neumann, German architect, baptized

1708 – Georg D Ehret, German/English cartoonist

1720 – Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist (d. 1778)

1754 – John Lansing, Jr., American statesman (d. 1829)

1797 – Edwin Vose Sumner, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

1816 – Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1894

1822 – John Basil Turchin, [Ivan Turchinoff], Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1829 – Alfred Cummings, Georgia, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1910

1835 – Oliver Edwards, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1904

1841 – Alfred Townsend George, Civil War journalist, died in 1914

1844 – Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, German gen/gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17)

1846 – Francis H Bradley, British philosopher (neo-idealism)

1882 – Franklin Roosevelt, New Hyde Park NY, 32nd US President (1933-1945), (d. 1945)

1885 – John Henry Towers, aviator/naval hero

1899 – Max Theiler, English/US microbiologist (Nobel 1951)

1900 – Sandy Powell, Rotherham England, costume designer (Rob Roy)

1909 – Saul David Alinsky, Chic Ill, radical writer (John L Lewis)

1911 – Alexander George Ogston, biochemist

1911 – Roy Eldridge, Pitts Pa, jazz trumpeter (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw)

 

 

 

1912 – Barbara TuchmanUS, historian/author (PulitzerGuns of August)

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1932)

1914 – David Wayne, Traverse City Mich, actor (Andromeda Strain, Adams Rib)

1914 – John Ireland, Vancouver BC, actor (Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral)

1914 – Louis Osman, artist architect goldsmith medallist/craftsman

1915 – John D Profumo, England, politician (C)

1915 – Joachim Peiper, German SS officer (d. 1976, by assassination)

1917 – Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)

1920 – Carwood Lipton, American WWII veteran (d. 2001)

1922 – Dick Martin, Detroit Mich, actor/comedian (Laugh-In, Carbon Copy)

1925 – Dorothy Malone, Chic, actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place)

1925 – Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist

1927 – Olof Palme, Stockholm, PM of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86) assassinated

1928 – Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)

1930 – Gene Hackman, San Bernardino California, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, Superman)

1930 – Samuel J. Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (d. 1974)

1931 – Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author

1932 – Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co)

1933 – Louis Rukeyser, financial whiz (Wall Street Week)

1934 – Tammy Grimes, Lynn Mass, actress (Can’t Stop the Music)

1935 – Richard Brautigan, Tacoma Washington, novelist/poet (Trout Fishing in America)

1937 – Boris Spassky, USSR, world chess champion (1969-72)

1937 – Vanessa Redgrave, London, actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express)

1939 – Eleanor Smeal, feminist/pres (NOW)

1939 – Nick Gaselee, racehorse trainer

1941 – Dick Cheney, Lincoln, Nebraska, 46th US Vice President

1941 – Joe Terranoua, rocker (Danny & The Juniors)

 

 

 

1941 – Gregory BenfordAmerican Sci-Fi author and scientist

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Marty Balin, Cincinnati, singer (Jefferson Starship-Miracles)

1944 – John Thornton, English chocolate factory/multi-millionaire

1944 – Lynn Harrell, NYC, cellist

1947 – Steve Marriott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces)

1948 – Paul Magee, Provisional Irish Republican Army member

1949 – Peter Agre, American biologist, Nobel laureate

1951 – Charles S Dutton, Balt Md, actor (Alien 3, Crocodile Dundee 2, Roc)

1951 – Phil Collins, England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)

1955 – Curtis Strange, Norfolk VA, PGA golfer (1989 US Open)

1955 – Judith Tarr, US, sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica)

1955 – Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock’d)

1956 – Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver

1957 – William Payne Stewart, Springfield MO, PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)

1958 – Brett Butler, Montgomery Ala, comedienne (Grace-Grace Under Fire)

1959 – Jody Watley, Chic, dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love)

1960 – Tony O’Dell, Pasadena California, actor (Alan Pinkard-Head of the Class)

1962 – King Abdullah II of Jordan

1962 – Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist

1965 – Julie McCullough, Honolulu Hi, playmate (Feb 86)/actr (Growing Pains)

1966 – Daphne Ashbrook, Long Beach California, actress (Liz-Our Family Honor)

1967 – Bill Leverty, Richmond Va, guitarist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime)

1968 – Felipe de Borbon, Prince of Asturias, heir to Spanish throne

1969 – Carolyn Kepcher, American businesswoman and reality TV show star

1974 – Christian Bale, Wales, actor (Empire of the Sun, Little Women)

1974 – Jemima Khan, English socialite

1979 – Diva Zappa, daughter of Frank

1979 – Karen Smith, Australian field hockey midfielder/halfback (Olympics-96)

1980 – Leilani Dowding, British glamour model

1980 – Wilmer Valderrama, American actor

1981 – Mathias Lauda, Austrian racing driver

1985 – Aaadietya Pandey, Indian astrologer

1987 – Rebecca Knox, Irish professional wrestler

1990 – Jake Thomas, American actor

 

 

Deaths

1030 – William V, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 969)

1156 – Herman van Horn, bishop of Utrecht (1151/52-56), dies

1181 – Emperor Takakura of Japan (b. 1161)

1384 – Louis II of Flanders (b. 1330)

1393 – Aimery Poitiers, French nobleman, burned at royal ball

1393 – Yvain, son of earl of Foix, burned at royal ball

1584 – Jonker Wigbold van Ewsum, mister of Nienoord, dies in battle

1649 – Charles I, King of Great Britain (1625-49), beheaded for treason

1836 – Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag (b. 1752)

1838 – Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail

1858 – Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (b. 1778)

1888 – Asa Gray, US botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77

1928 – Douglas Haig, Brit fieldmarshal (Sudan/Boer war/WW I), dies at 66

1928 – Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)

1934 – Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862)

1947 – Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi, India’s political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi

1948 – Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76

1951 – Ferdinand Porsche, German car inventor (Porsche), dies at 75

1953 – Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68

1958 – Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WW II), dies at 70

1969 – Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75

1969 – Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58

 

 

 

1976 – Jesse “Lone Cat” FullerSF Blues Greatdies at 80

 

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1976 – Mance Lipscombbluesmanguitaristdies at 80

 

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1980 – Professor Longhairking of New Orleans musicdies at 61

 

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1982 – Lightnin’ HopkinsAmerican bluesman dies of cancer at 69(b. 1912)

 

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1983 – [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65

1991 – John Bardeen, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1908)

1991 – Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)

1993 – Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88

1994 – Byron “Wild Child” Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64

1994 – Ernestine “Tiny” Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86

1995 – George Richard James, saxophonist, dies at 88

1995 – Gerald M Durrell, British zoologist/author (Mockery Bird), dies at 70

1998 – Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38

1999 – Huntz Hall, American actor (b. 1919)

2001 – Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)

 

 

 

2001 – Johnnie JohnsonBritish fighter pilot (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

2001 – Joseph Ransohoff, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)

2006 – Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1927)

2007 – Sidney Sheldon, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

2009 – Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)

2011 – John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

904 – Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.

1523 – Sermon of Constanz: Zwingli defends 67 Schlussreden

1574 – Sea battle of Reimerswaal – Admiral Boisot beats Spanish fleet

1587 – Deventer & Zutphen surrender to Spain

1595 – William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is probably first performed.

1613 – Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees

1676 – Feodor III succeeds his father and becomes Tsar of Russia.

1802 – John Beckley of Virginia appointed 1st Librarian of Congress

1834 – Pres Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute

1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC)

1850 – Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

 

 

 

1856 – Victoria Cross established to acknowledge bravery

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – Kansas becomes 34th state

1863 – Battle at Bear River, Washington: US army vs indians

1879 – Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established

1886 – 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe

1895 – King Koko’s Kopermannen assault on Akassa Niger, 100’s killed

1896 – Emile Grubbe is 1st dr to use radiation treatment for breast cancer

 

 

 

1900 – Boers under Joubert beat English at Spionkop Natal2,000 killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA

1916 – 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place

1917 – English submarine K13 leaves Gaire Loch

1920 – Walt Disney starts 1st job as an artist; $40 week with KC Slide Co

1923 – 1st flight of autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)

1924 – Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland

1925 – British Liberals choose David Lloyd George as party leader

1936 – 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame-Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

1943 – New Zealand’s Kiwi cruiser collides with Jap sub I-1 at Guadalcanal

1944 – 285 German bombers attack London

 

 

 

1944 – USS Missouri the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy is launched.

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – World War IIThe Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.

1951 – Liz Taylor’s 1st divorce (Conrad Hilton Jr)

1953 – 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres

1958 – Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming

1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released

1963 – Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football hall of fame

1964 – 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria

1964 – Stanley Kubrick’s”Dr Strangelove,” premieres

1964 – Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
w storm in north east US kills 165

1966 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

1967 – Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1969 – Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars

1975 – 1st Annual Comedy Awards of the Year hosted by Alan King

1976 – Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire

1979 – Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays”

1979 – Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, DC

1979 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together

1979 – Pres Carter commuted Patricia Hearst’s 7 year sentence to 2 years

 

 

 

1980 – 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians

1983 – “Down Under” by Men At Work hit #1 on UK pop chart

1984 – Pres Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term

1984 – Space Shuttle 41-B (STS-11) Challenger launched

1986 – 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

1987 – William J Casey, ends term as 13th director of CIA

1988 – United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s

1989 – Cleveland’s Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt

1989 – Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43

1989 – USSR’s Phobos II enters Martian orbit

1989 – Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

1990 – Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill

1991 – Nelson Mandela & Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

1996 – 6,138th performance of “Cats” is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway’s longest-running musical, “A Chorus Line”

1998 – Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR

1998 – Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die

1998 – Woman’s Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed

2002 – In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2005 – The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.

 

 

 

Births

1584 – Frederik Hendrik, count of Nassau/Prince of Orange

1632 – Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)

1688 – Emmanuel Swedenborg, Sweden, religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)

1700 – Daniel Bernoulli, Basel Switz, mathematician (10 time French award)

1715 – Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist

 

 

 

1717 – Jeffrey AmherstEnglish gov-gen of America/field marshal

 

 

 

 

 

1737 – Thomas Painepolitical essayist (Common SenseAge of Reason)

 

 

 

 

 

1756 – Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee IIICongressmanGovernor of Virginia and American General

 

 

 

 

 

1761 – Abraham AA “Albert” Gallatin, Switz, US minister of Finance (1801-14)

1803 – James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general

1810 – Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician

1821 – Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1891

1823 – Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)

1836 – Benjamin Franklin Potts, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1887

1836 – James Meech Warner, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1897

 

 

 

1843 – William McKinleyNiles Ohio25th US President (1897-1901), (d. 1901)

 

 

 

 

 

1846 – Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)

1850 – Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)

1860 – Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Tagarov Russia, playwright (Cherry Orchard)

1866 – Romain Rolland, France, writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)

1867 – Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spain, writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)

1873 – Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italy, explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)

1874 – John David Rockefeller Jr, Cleveland Ohio, philanthropist

1877 – Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)

 

 

 

1880 – W C Fields, [William Claude Dukenfield], Philaactor (Bank Dick)

 

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1891 – R Norris Williams, American tennis champ (US Open-1914) and survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)

1892 – Clifford Gray, US, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1928)

1901 – Allen B DuMont, inventor (perfected coml practical cathode ray tube)

1903 – Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist

1906 – Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)

1910 – Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)

1911 – George Burns, British major-general

1911 – Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)

1912 – “Professor” Irwin Corey, Brooklyn NY, comedian (Car Wash, Doc)

1913 – Victor Mature, Louisville KY, actor (1 Million BC, Samson & Delilah) (d. 1999)

1915 – Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)

1917 – John Raitt, Santa Ana California, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)

1918 – John Forsythe, NJ, actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty)

1922 – Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concetration camp supervisor (d. 1946)

1923 – Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], US, dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)

1924 – Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot

1925 – Anthony George, Endicott NY, actor (Untouchables, Checkmate)

1926 – Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist

1927 – Edward Abbey, US author (Desert Solitaire)

1929 – William McMillan, US, rapid pistol (Olympic-gold-1960) [or Jul 3]

1936 – James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records (d. 1983)

1937 – Bobby Scott, jazz singer

1938 – Bill Christian, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)

1939 – Germaine Greer, Melbourne Australia, feminist/author (Female Eunich)

1940 – Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver

1942 – Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38)

1942 – Claudine Longet, France, former Mrs Andy Williams/singer

1942 – Katharine Ross, Hollywood Cal, actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys)

1944 – Barbara Moore, Wardell Mo, actress (Lisa Rogers-Man From UNCLE)

1945 – Tom Selleck, Detroit Mich, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI)

1947 – David Byron, vocalist (Uriah Heep)

1947 – Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate

1948 – Bill Kirchen, singer/guitarist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen)

1948 – Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin’ On)

1948 – Marc Singer, Vancouver Canada, actor (V, Dallas)

1950 – Ann Jillian, Cambridge Mass, actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here)

1950 – Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver’s 1979)

1952 – Tommy Ramone, [Erdelyi], Budapest, Hungary, rock drummer/bassist (Ramones)

1954 – Oprah Winfrey, Mississippi, actress/TV host (Color Purple, Oprah)

1955 – John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)

1957 – Irlene Mandrell, Corpus Christi Tx, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)

1957 – Jac Bico, Dutch guitarist/singer (Tambourine)

1958 – Judy Norton-Taylor, Santa Monica California, actress (Mary Ellen-Waltons)

1959 – Paul McGann, actor (Dr Who)

1960 – Eddie Jackson, bassist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)

1960 – Gregory Efthimos Louganis, San Diego Ca, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88)

1960 – Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chic White Sox)

1960 – Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)

1962 – Nicholas Turturro, Queens NY, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue)

1964 – Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)

1964 – Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)

1968 – Ed Burns, director/actor (Brothers McMullen)

1968 – Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder and luger

1969 – Karen Fonteyne, Calgary Alberta, synchro swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)

1970 – Heather Graham, Milwaukee WI, actress (Drugstore Cowboy, Diggstown)

1970 – Scott Davis, guard (Atlanta Falcons)

1970 – Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer

1972 – Scott Davis, Great Falls Mont, figure skater (Olympics-1994)

1974 – Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics-96)

1975 – Lorraine Magwenzi, Miss Zimbabwe Universe (1997)

1975 – Sara Gilbert, Santa Monica California, actress (Melissa-Roseanne)

1976 – Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Miss Universe-Russia/best costume (1996)

1978 – Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper

1980 – Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress and model

1985 – Isabel Lucas, Australian actress

1986 – Drew Tyler Bell, American actor

1987 – Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)

1987 – Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver

 

 

 

Deaths

969 – Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies

1240 – Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. va. 1165)

1342 – Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)

1559 – Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52

1597 – Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)

1676 – Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)

1737 – George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)

 

 

 

 

1820 – King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – Aleksandr Pushkin, poet/novelist (Golden Cockeral), killed in a duel

1899 – Alfred Sisley, painter, dies

1899 – Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75

1928 – Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WW I), dies at 66

1933 – Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)

1934 – Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65

1941 – Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69

1944 – William Allen White, US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75

1946 – Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55

1956 – H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

1962 – Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86

1963 – Robert Lee Frost, US poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

1964 – Alan Ladd, actor (Shane), dies at 50 in Palm Springs Calif

 

 

 

1970 – Basil H Liddell HartEnglish military historiandies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89

1977 – Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22

1980 – Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86

1981 – Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies

1988 – Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide

 

 

 

1992 – Willie Dixonbluesmansinger,songwriter (I’m a ManBackdoor Man), dies at 76

 

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1993 – Hank Werba, [Herman Werblowski], US journalist (Variety), dies at 79

1994 – Nick Cravat, midget (Gremlin-Twilight Zone), dies of lung cancer at 81

1994 – Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26

1995 – Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69

1995 – Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77

1995 – Richard Desborough Burnell, oarsman, dies at 77

1996 – John Terence Reese, bridge master, dies at 82

1997 – Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35

1999 – Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)

2002 – Dick “Night Train” Lane, American football player (b. 1928)

2005 – Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)

 

 

 

2007 – BarbaroAmerican thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

2007 – Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)

2008 – Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)

2009 – Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1077 – German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII after his penitent Walk to Canossa.

1099 – 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria

1262 – Flemish/Dutch coast ravaged by north western storm

1393 – Fire during Royal Ball at Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents)

1495 – Pope gives his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France

1547 – 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England

1561 – By Edict of Orleans persecution of French Huguenots is suspended

1613 – Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune

1624 – Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.

1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity

1760 – Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.

1807 – London’s Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight

1813 – Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.

1814 – Stendahl’s 1st book is published

1820 – Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovered the Antarctic continent approaching the Antarctic coast.

1821 – Bellingshausen discovers Alexander Island off Antarctica

1846 – Battle of Allwal, Brits beat Sikhs in Punjab (India)

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered

1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.

1860 – Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua

1864 – Battle of New Bern, NC

1871 – Paris surrenders to Prussians

1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)

1878 – George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator

1878 – Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper

 

 

 

1881 – Battle at Laing’s Neck NatalBoers beat superior powered British

 

 

 

 

 

1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

1899 – American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress

1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Wash DC

1909 – US milt forces leave Cuba for 2nd time

1911 – Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo

1914 – 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)

1914 – Beverly Hills, Ca, is incorporated

1915 – 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)

1915 – US Coast Guard created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services

1915 – US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates

1916 – 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson

1917 – Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.

1918 – Strike on Berlin ammunition’s factory

 

 

 

1918 – Finnish Civil WarRebels seized control of the capitalHelsinkiand members of the Senate of Finland go underground.

 

 

 

 

 

1922 – Knickerbocker Storm, Washington D.C.’s biggest snowfall, causes the city’s greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses.

1923 – 1st “Reichs Party” (NSDAP) forms in Munich

1925 – -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)

1932 – 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)

1932 – Japan occupies Shanghai

1932 – Japanese forces attack Shanghai.

1934 – 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock Vermont)

1935 – Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion

1941 – French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.

1942 – General Timoshenko’s troops move into Ukraine

1942 – German troops occupy Benghazi Libya

1944 – 683 British bombers attack Berlin

1944 – U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland

1945 – Gen “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell & truck convoy reopen Burma Road to China

1945 – Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands

1950 – Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud

1953 – J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC’s “Today Show”

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

1958 – Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

1958 – Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

 

 

 

1958 – The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricksstill compatible with bricks produced today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960 – 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington DC

1960 – Goon Show’s final episode on BBC

1960 – NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises

1962 – Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives

1963 – -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)

1965 – The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV

1967 – Rolling Stones release “Let’s Spend the Night Together”

1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

1972 – Oral Roberts’ Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game

1978 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

1978 – Ted Nugent autographs a fan’s arm with his knife

1979 – “Wiz” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances

1980 – USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.

1981 – William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)

1981 – Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision

1982 – US Gen Dozier freed from Red Brigade of Padua Italy

1984 – Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany

1985 – Charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

 

 

 

1986 – 25th Space Shuttle -Challengerexplodes 73 sec after liftoff

 

 

 

 

 

1986 – Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, DC

1988 – Canada’s Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional

1989 – 63rd Australian Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (64 64)

1990 – Superbowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

1991 – Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule

1994 – Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead

1994 – Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)

1995 – 69th Australian Women’s Tennis Open: Mary Pierce beats Vicario (63 62)

1995 – 83rd Australian Mens Tennis: Andre Agassi beats Sampras (46 61 76 64)

1998 – Michelangelo, “Christ & the Woman of Samaria,” sold for $7.4 million

2010 – Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed were hanged.

2011 – Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian’s streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the “Friday of Anger”

2012 – Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185

 

 

 

Births

1225 – Saint Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274)

 

 

 

 

1312 – Queen Joan II of Navarre (d. 1349)

1457 – Henry VII, Pembroke Castle, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509)

1540 – Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)

1582 – John Barclay, Scottish satirist/poet (Euphormio’s Satyricon)

1608 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Naples, mathematician/astronomer

1611 – Johannes Hevelius, Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)

1622 – Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)

1701 – Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)

1702 – Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch lawyer

1706 – John Baskerville, English printer (typeface inventor)

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

1714 – Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon)

1719 – Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (d. 1749)

1815 – Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1875

1818 – George Sewall Boutwell, MC (Union), died in 1905

 

 

 

1825 – George Edward PickettMajor General (Confederate Army), died in 1875

 

 

 

 

 

1828 – Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1868

1831 – Henry Brevard Davidson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1833 – Charles George Gordon, London, general (China, Khartoum)

1841 – Henry Stanley, Engld, journalist/explorer (found Livingstone in Africa)

1853 – Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician

1855 – William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)

1864 – Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English engineer – inventor of the first compression ignition engine (d. 1927)

1865 – Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)

1865 – Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first president of Finland (d. 1952)

1880 – Mary Boland, Phila, US, comedienne/actress (Ruggles of Red Gap)

1884 – Auguste Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard

1884 – Jean Felix Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard

1884 – Lucien H d’Azambuja, France, astronomer (chromosome of sun)

1886 – Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)

1887 – Artur Rubinstein, Lodz Poland, pianist

1890 – Robert Stroud, American convict, the Birdman of Alcatraz (d. 1963)

1891 – Bill Doak, American baseball player (d. 1954)

1892 – Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, actor, producer and film director (Love Parade)

1899 – Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger

1900 – Anni Holdmann, Germany, 100m runner (Olympic-1928)

1909 – Lionel KP “Buster” Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)

 

 

 

1910 – John BannerVienna Austriaactor (Sgt Hans Schultz-Hogan’s Heroes)

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Jackson Pollock, Cody Wyoming, expressionist painter (Lavender Mist)

 

 

 

1918 – Vito ScottiSF Californiaactor (Flying NunBarefoot in the Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1922 – Robert W Holley, US, biochemist, worked with RNA (Nobel ’68)

1927 – Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner

1928 – Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)

1929 – Claes Oldenburg, Stockholm Sweden, US pop artist (Alphabet/Good Humor)

1932 – David Thompson, CEO (Gestetner Holdings)

1936 – Alan Alda, [Alphonso D’Abruzzo], NYC, actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*A*S*H)

1939 – John M Fabian, Goosecreek Tx, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)

1940 – Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman

1943 – Dick Taylor, rock vocalist (Pretty Thing-Cry on Me)

1943 – Susan Howard, Marshall Tx, actress (Donna-Dallas, Petrocelli)

1944 – Brian Keenan, NYC, rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today)

1944 – Martin Fried, rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball)

1946 – Rick Allen, Ark, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter)

1947 – MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)

1948 – Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)

1948 – Charles Taylor, President of Liberia

1950 – Barbi Benton, [Klein], California, Playboy model (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!)

1951 – Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)

1954 – Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)

1954 – Rick Warren, American pastor and author

1955 – Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris, President of France (2007-)

1957 – Nick Price, Durban South Africa, PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic)

1957 – Frank Skinner English comedian

1959 – Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)

1959 – Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality

1963 – Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)

1968 – Sarah McLachlan, folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)

1968 – DJ Muggs, American musician (Cypress Hill)

1968 – Rakim, born William Michael Griffin Jr., American rapper

1969 – Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)

1969 – Mo Rocca, American writer and comedian

1970 – Donald Tardy, US, death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death)

1973 – Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 – Robert Braknis, Montreal Quebec, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics-96)

1975 – Anne Montminy, Montreal Quebec, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96)

1975 – Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)

1977 – Matt DeVries, American guitarist (Chimaira)

1977 – Takuma Sato, Japanese Formula One driver

1977 – Joey Fatone, American singer (*NSYNC)

1978 – Helga Bauer Salas, Miss Bolivia Universe (1997)

1979 – Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder

1980 – Nick Carter, singer (Backstreet Boys)

1981 – Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (Radio Flyer, Good Son)

 

 

 

Deaths

814 – CharlemagneGerman emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71

 

 

 

 

 

 

1061 – Duke Spytihněv II of Bohemia (b. 1031)

1119 – Gelasius II, [Giovannis Caetani], pope (1118-19), dies

1256 – Willem II, earl of Holland/German emperor (1238, 47-56), dies at 22

1271 – Isabella of Aragon, queen of Philip III of France (b. 1247)

1393 – Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris

1443 – Robert le Maçon, Chancellor of France

1547 – Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55

 

 

 

1595 – Francis DrakeEnglish pirateAdmiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies at 50

 

 

 

 

 

 

1612 – Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies

1687 – Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday

1697 – John Fenwick, English conspirator

1782 – Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d’Anville, French geographer, dies at 84

1810 – Andrew Hofer, Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead

1829 – William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh

1832 – Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)

1864 – Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)

1895 – Francois Certain de Canrobert, French marshal, dies at 85

1912 – Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)

1915 – Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (b. 1846)

1937 – Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)

1938 – Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28

1939 – William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73

1950 – Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)

1953 – Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)

1960 – Zora Neale Hurston, American author (b. 1891)

1963 – Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday

1963 – Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)

1965 – Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)

1973 – John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan’s Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday

 

 

1986 – Christa McAuliffe, Concord NH ,teacher, dies in Challenger disaster

 

 

 

1986 – Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/astr, dies in Challenger disaster

1986 – Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster

 

 

 

 

1986 – Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster

1986 – Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger

 

 


 

 

1986 – Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr, dies in Challenger disaster

1986 – Greg Jarvis ,Detroit MI, astr,  dies in Challenger disaster

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)

1992 – Nahman Avigad, Isr archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86

1994 – Hal Smith, actor (Otis Campbell-Andy Griffith Show), dies at 77

1994 – William Levitt, builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86

1996 – Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84

1996 – Dan Duva, boxing promoter, dies at 44

1996 – Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81

1996 – John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81

2002 – Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)

2004 – Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)

2005 – Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (b. 1944)

2007 – Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)

2007 – Emma Tillman, the world’s oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

98 – Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.

661 – Rashidun Caliphate ended with death of Ali.

672 – St Vitalian ends his reign as Catholic Pope

847 – Sergius II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1142 – Wrongful execution of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei.

1302 – Dante becomes a Florentine political exile

1343 – Pope Clement VI issues the Bull Unigenitus.

1662 – 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)

 

 

 

1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City

 

 

 

 

 

1710 – Czar Peter the Great sets 1st Russian state budget

1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens Georgia

1823 – President Monroe appoints 1st US ambassadors to South America

 

 

 

1825 – U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears.”

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Fair Gardens, TN

1864 – Civil War skirmish at Kelly’s Ford, Va

1870 – 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)

1870 – After accepting 15th amendment, VA is readmitted to Union

1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1888 – National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)

1891 – Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania

1894 – 1st college basketball game, U of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11

1897 – British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)

1900 – Social Democrat Party of America (Debs’ party) holds 1st convention

1902 – 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)

1906 – Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec

1908 – Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte

1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti

1917 – Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)

1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes,” 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater

1918 – The first hostilities occurred in the Finnish Civil War.

1924 – Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square

1926 – 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London

1926 – US Senate agrees to join World Court

1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

1940 – -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)

1941 – Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor

1942 – -19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland’s coldest day since 1850

1943 – 1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen)

1944 – Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed

1945 – Nazi occupiers forbid food transport to West (The Netherlands)

 

 

 

1945 – Russia liberates Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Wally van Hall, “banker in defiance,” arrested

1948 – 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates

1948 – 1st tape recorder sold

1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” [Miller] premieres on NBC TV

1963 – Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec

1964 – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Pres bid

1965 – 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite

 

 

 

1967 – Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

1967 – Treaty banning military use of nuclear weapons in space, signed

1969 – 14 spies hung in Baghdad

1969 – 9 Jews publically executed in Damascus Syria

1970 – Movie rating system modifies “M” rating to “PG”

1973 – UCLA’s basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)

1973 – US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war & milt draft

1973 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn

1973 – William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign US-N Vietnam treaty

1976 – “Laverne & Shirley” spinoff from “Happy Days” premieres on ABC TV

1977 – 1st broadcast of “Roots” mini-series on ABC TV

1977 – Pres Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders (10,000)

1982 – “Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat” opens at Royale NYC for 747 perfs

1983 – World’s longest subaqueous tunnel (53.90 km) opens, Honshu-Hokkaid

1984 – LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky’s NHL-record 51-game scoring streak

1984 – Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

1988 – Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court

1989 – German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed

1991 – Nadine Strossen is 1st female president of the ACLU

1991 – Superbowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Superbowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB

1992 – Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty)

1992 – Pres candidate Bill Clinton (D) & Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair

1994 – Romanian social-democrats form government with anti-Semites

1996 – 15 day old siamese twins separated-Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies

1996 – Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episcopal bishop

1996 – Germany celebrates it’s 1st Holocaust Rememberance Day

1996 – Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.

1998 – Crane crashes into Roosevelt Is (NYC) Tram, injuring 10

1998 – Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)

 

 

Births

1443 – Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)

1546 – Joachim III Frederick, elector (Brandenburg)

1556 – Abbas I, “the Great,” shah of Persia (1587-1629)

1585 – Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)

1621 – Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria, musical prodigy/composer (Figaro), (d. 1791)

1775 – Friedrich von Schelling, Germany, philosopher (Views on Christianity)

1805 – Samuel Palmer, London, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision)

1814 – Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (d. 1879)

1821 – John Chivington, American officer, (d. 1892)

1822 – Thomas Leiper Kane, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1826 – Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1828 – Samuel Allen Rice, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1830 – William Henry Fitzhugh Payne, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1832 – Lewis Carroll, [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Halton, Cheshire, author (Alice in Wonderland), (d. 1898)

1834 – Dmitri Mendeleev, chemist (discovered periodic table of the elements)

1834 – Robert Sanford Foster, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1836 – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (masochism)

1848 – Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

1850 – Samuel Gompers, Dutch/US 1st president (American Federation of Labor)

1850 – Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)

1872 – Learned Hand, Albany NY, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals)

1885 – Jerome Kern, NYC, Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta)

1887 – Carl Blegen, Minneapolis, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos)

1889 – Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)

1894 – Fritz Pollard, early black NFL star (1920-26)

 

 

 

1900 – Hyman G RickoverUS Admiral (father of modern nuclear navy)

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1903 – John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist

1903 – Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)

1905 – Howard McNear, LA California, actor (Floyd-Andy Griffith Show, Jetsons)

1907 – Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)

1908 – William Randolph Hearst Jr, newspaper publisher (Hearst Publishing)

1908 – Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)

1912 – Lawrence Durrell, Darjeeling, Indian/British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet)

1912 – Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher

1914 – Anna Larina, revolutionary

 

 

 

1918 – Elmore Jamesbluesman,slide guitarist (Dust My Broom)

 

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1918 – Skitch Henderson, Birmingham England, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)

1918 – William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)

1919 – David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], Fresno California, (Alvin & Chipmunks)

1920 – John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)

1921 – Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)

1924 – Sabu, [Dastagir], India, actor (Elephant Boy, Drum)

1925 – John Bury, designer

1927 – Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)

1929 – Ingrid Thulin, Solleftea Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned)

 

 

 

1930 – Bobby “Blue” BlandRosemark TNblues singer (Call on the Drummer)

 

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1931 – Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)

1933 – Mohamed Al Fayed, CEO (Harrods)

1934 – Donald Spiers, controller (Aircraft MoD)

1936 – Troy Donahue, NYC, actor (Surfside Six, Cockfighter, Hawaiian Eye)

1936 – Samuel Ting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

1938 – Kim Gardner, rocker (Byrds)

1938 – Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen’s Flight

1940 – Brian T O’Leary, Boston Mass, astronaut

1942 – James Cromwell, LA California, actor (Stretch-All in the Family, Babe)

1942 – John Witherspoon, American actor

1943 – A H Harper, CEO (Baltic Exchange)

1944 – Nicholas Berkeley Mason, drummer (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)

1945 – Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)

1945 – Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader (d. 2005)

1946 – Kim Gardner, England, rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)

1947 – Nedra Telley, NYC, vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby)

1947 – Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)

1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That’s Dancing)

1950 – Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician

1950 – Derek Acorah, English spirit medium

1951 – Brian Downey, rock drummer (Thin Lizzy-Boys are Back in Town)

1951 – Seth Justman, Wash DC, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold)

1952 – “White Shoes” Johnson, American football player

1954 – Kimberly J “Kim” Hughes, Australian cricketer

1954 – Peter Laird, American comic-book artist

1954 – Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist

1955 – Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)

1955 – John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1955 – Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

1956 – Mimi Rogers, Coral Gables Fla, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters)

 

 

 

1957 – Frank MillerUScomicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – Keith Olbermann, American news presenter

1961 – Charlotte Kemp, Omaha Ne, playmate (Dec, 1982)

1961 – Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)

1961 – Karen Velez, Rockville Ctr NY, playmate (December, 1984)

1961 – Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)

1961 – Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1961 – Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer

1962 – James F Doehring, Santa Barbara CA, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992)

1964 – Bridget Fonda, LA California, actress (Scandal, Single White Female)

1968 – Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)

1968 – Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)

1968 – Tricky, English rapper

1969 – Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)

1969 – Phil Plantier, Manchester NH, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A’s)

1969 – Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer

1970 – Jon Douglas Rainey, American TV personality

1972 – Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality

1973 – Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)

1973 – Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)

1976 – Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1979 – Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player

1981 – Jonny Lang, blues musician

 

 

 

Deaths

98 – Marius Cocceius Nerva, emperor of Rome (96-98), dies at about 67

661 – Death of Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam.(b. 599 or 600)

672 – Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies

847 – Sergius II, pope (844-47), dies

1164 – Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies

1490 – Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)

1540 – Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies

1629 – Hieronymus Praetorius, composer, dies at 68

1699 – William Temple, statesman, dies

1816 – Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies at 92

1850 – J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85

1851 – John James Audubon, conservationist (Audubon Society), dies at 65

1860 – János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)

1864 – Franz von Klenze, German architect (palace Leuchtenberg), dies at 59

1880 – Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)

1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, dies at 77

1921 – Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)

1927 – Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army

1967 – Alphonse Juin, French marshal, dies at 78

 

 

 

1967 – Edward Higgins White IILt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), dies at 36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Roger B Chaffeeastronautdies at 31 in Apollo I fire

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Virgil I (Gus) Grissomastronautdies at 40 in Apollo I fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 – Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

1972 – Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84

1974 – Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75

1978 – Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79

1983 – Paul “Bear” Bryant, US football coach (Alabama), dies at 69

1986 – L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74

1986 – Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71

1992 – Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness

1993 – Andre “the Giant” Roussimoff, WWF wrestler, dies of heart attack at 49

1994 – Claude Akins, actor (Rio Bravo, Lobo), dies of cancer at 67

1994 – Eddie Calhoun, jazz bassist, dies at 72

1995 – Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65

1995 – Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76

1996 – John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha), dies at 93

1996 – Julian Hill, research chemist, dies at 91

1997 – Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)

2004 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)

2006 – Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)

2006 – Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (disappeared) (b. 1965)

2007 – Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)

2009 – John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)

2010 – J. D. Salinger, American novelist (b. 1919)

2010 – Howard Zinn, American historian (b. 1922)

2010 – Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

66 – 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1340 – English king Edward III proclaimed king of France

1531 – Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die

1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

1697 – Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

1784 – Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol

1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip and british colonists hoist the English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day

1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library

 

 

 

1808 – Rum Rebellionthe only successful (albeit short-livedarmed takeover of the government in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th US state

1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States

1841 – Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain

1850 – 1st German-language daily newspaper in US published, NYC

1861 – Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede

1862 – Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order

1863 – American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)

1870 – Virginia rejoins US

1871 – US income tax repealed

1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

1885 – Muhammad Ahmed (“Mahdi”) rebels conquer Khartoum

1886 – Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

1887 – Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians

1897 – Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe’s army

 

 

 

1905 – World’s largest diamondthe 3,106-carat Cullinanis found

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – 1st federal corrupt election practices law passed

 

 

 

1907 – The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Serviceand remains the oldest military rifle still in official use.

 

 

 

 

 

1911 – Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego

1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for being a pro

1914 – Vatican puts Belgian Nobel winner Maeterlinck’s works in their index

1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.

1922 – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Pastoral Symphony,” premieres in London

1924 – Charles Jewtraw, US 500m skater, takes 1st Winter Olympics gold medal

1929 – Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India’s independence

1932 – British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel (60 dead)

1934 – Nazi Germany & Poland sign non-attack treaty for 10 years

1934 – The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.

1939 – Federal Hall National Monument established

1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind”

1948 – Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed

1956 – 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

1956 – Buddy Holly’s 1st formal recording session

1956 – Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame

1958 – H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense

1958 – Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.

1960 – Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley peaks to #1

1963 – Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone

1965 – South Vietnam milt coup under general Nguyen Khanh

1966 – The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.

1967 – Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned

1968 – Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die

1971 – Charles Manson convicted of murder

1984 – US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, NJ

1986 – Yoweri Museveni’s rebel army conquerors Kampala Uganda

1988 – Australia’s 200th anniversary-parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbor

1989 – AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988

1989 – US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus

1991 – Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame

1991 – NY Lotto pays $90 million to nine winner (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)

1992 – Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect

1998 – Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

1998 – Pres Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

2001 – An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.

2004 – President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.

 

 

 

2004 – A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, TaiwanA build-up of gas in the decomposing Sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.

 

 

 

 

 

2005 – Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

2005 – Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.

2006 – Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service.

 

 

Births

1497 – Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)

1541 – Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)

1667 – Henricus Zwaardecroon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies

1714 – Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Bird Cage)

1715 – Claude Helvetius, Paris France, philosopher

1722 – Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader (d. 1805)

1813 – Juan Pablo Duarte, Dominican founding father (d. 1876

 

 

 

1814 – Rufus KingBrigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1876

 

 

 

 

 

 

1816 – Lloyd Tilghman, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1819 – Abner Doubleday, Union general-major/inventor (baseball) [or Jun 26]

1826 – Julia Dent Grant, 1st lady (1862-76)

1831 – Mary Mapes Dodge, NYC, writer (Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates)

1832 – George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)

1852 – Pierre Brazza, explorer/colonial administrator (French Africa)

 

 

 

1880 – Douglas MacArthurLittle Rock Arkgeneral (WW II),(d. 1964)

 

 

 

 

 

1887 – Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist

1887 – Marc A “Pete” Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)

1891 – Frank Costello, Italian-born gangster (d. 1973)

1893 – Bessie Coleman, 1st black airplane pilot

1902 – Laurence “Bill” Craigie, jet pioneer

1904 – Sean MacBride, Dublin, statesman/Amnesty Intl co-founder (Nobel ’74)

1904 – Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)

1905 – Charles Lane, SF California, actor (Homer-Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), (d. 2007)

1905 – Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austria, singer, inspired “Sound of Music”

1905 – Marquess of Bath, English large landowner/multi-millionaire

1908 – Stephane Grappelli, French jazz/violinist

1911 – Polykarp Kusch, US, nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955

1912 – Cora Baird, NYC, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie)

1913 – Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter (Love & Marriage)

1918 – Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian president (1967-90)

1921 – Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)

1924 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician (d. 1998)

1925 – Desmond Cassidi, British admiral

1925 – Paul Newman, Cleve, racer/popcorn mogul/actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler)

1927 – William Redfield, NYC, actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage)

1928 – Eartha Kitt, SC, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)

1928 – Philip Jose Farmer, Indiana, science fiction novelist (Riverworld)

1928 – Roger Vadim, France, director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)

1929 – Jules Feiffer, NYC, cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders)

1930 – Harry “Buddy” Melges Jr, Wisc, yachter (Oly-gold/bronze-1964, 72)

1933 – Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist

1934 – Huey “Piano” Smith, pianist (Having a Good Time)

1934 – Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher

1935 – Bob Uecker, Milwaukee Wisc, catcher/actor (Mr Belvedere)

1936 – Noel Harrison, London, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE)

1936 – Sal Buscema, American comic book artist

1941 – Scott Glenn, Pittsburgh, actor (Right Stuff, Personal Best, Backdraft)

1943 – Sherian Grace Cadoria, brigadier general

1944 – Angela Yvonne Davis, black activist/professor

1946 – Gene Siskel, movie critic (Siskel & Ebert)

1948 – Corky Laing, rocker (Mountain)

1949 – Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)

1950 – David Strathairn, actor (LA Confidential, Eight Men Out)

1950 – Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)

1950 – Janet Lupo, American model

1951 – David Briggs, rock guitarist (Little River Band-Help is on it’s Way)

1951 – Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic-silver-1980)

1952 – Mario Runco Jr, Bronx NY, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77)

1953 – Lucinda Williams, singer

1955 – Eddie Van Halen, Nijmegan Neth, rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984)

1956 – Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)

1958 – Anita Baker, Toledo Oh, singer (Giving You the Best That I Got)

1958 – Ellen DeGeneres, New Orleans LA, comediene (Ellen Morgan-Ellen)

1958 – Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1960 – Jeanette Bolden, LA California, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1961 – Wayne Gretzky, Brantford Ont, NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers)

1962 – Tom Keifer, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)

1963 – Andrew Ridgeley, England, rock guitarist (Wham-Wake Me Up)

1963 – Jazzie B, [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free)

 

 

 

1976 – Frankie RayderAmerican model

 

 

 

 

 

1976 – Willie Adler, American guitar player

1988 – Mia Rose, British-Portuguese singer

1989 – Emily Hughes, American figure skater

1997 – Pasaye, Palatine Ill, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26)

 

 

Deaths

946 – Eadgyth, German Queen

1109 – Albericus of Côteaux, French saint, dies

1567 – Nicholas Wotton, English diplomat

1630 – Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)

1697 – Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (b. 1640)

1744 – Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal (b. 1683)

1799 – Gabriel Christie, British general (b. 1722)

1823 – Edward Jenner, English physician (b. 1749)

 

 

 

1869 – Duncan Gordon BoyesEnglish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1846)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1885 – Charles George GordonBritish gov-gen (Sudan), executed at 51

 

 

 

 

 

1885 – Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)

1891 – Nicholaus Otto, German auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), dies. (b. 1833)

1893 – Abner Doubleday, credit with inventing baseball, dies on 74th birthday

1895 – Arthur Cayley, mathematician, dies

1904 – Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)

1920 – Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered

1932 – William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies

1933 – Alva Belmont, American socialite (b. 1853)

1939 – Armand Calinescu, Romania’s PM, assassinated by the iron guard

1943 – Nikolai Vavilov, geneticist, Saratovv labour camp, dies

1943 – Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)

1949 – Victor Fleming, director (Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind), dies at 65

1962 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies at 65

1973 – Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], actor (Little Caesar), dies at 79

1973 – Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)

1979 – Nelson Rockefeller, former VP & (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70

1983 – Paul “Bear” Bryant, college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69

1990 – Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)

1990 – Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)

1992 – José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor/director (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 80

1993 – Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87

1996 – David Schultz, wrestler (Oly-Gold-84), killed by John Du Pont

1997 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)

 

 

 

1998 – S P LearyTexan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67

 

 

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1998 – Shinichi Suzuki, music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99

2000 – A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-born author (b. 1912)

2001 – Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)

2004 – Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)

2008 – Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)

2011 – Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

41 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

1139 – Godfried II the Young becomes duke of Brabant

1327 – King Edward III accedes to British throne

1348 – Earthquake destroys Villach, killing 5,000

1494 – Alfonso II replaces his father as king of Naples

1554 – Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary

1554 – Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil.

1565 – Battle at Talikota India: Moslems destroy Vijayanagar’s army

 

 

 

1573 – Battle of Mikatagaharain JapanTakeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu.

 

 

 

 

 

1579 – Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic

1755 – Moscow University established on Tatiana Day.

1775 – Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)

 

 

 

1787 – Shays’ Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmersled by Capt Daniel Shaysfail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass

 

 

 

 

 

1799 – 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont

1825 – 1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY

1856 – Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers & Indians

1863 – Battle of Kinston, NC

1863 – General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac

1865 – CSS Shenandoah arrives in Melbourne, Australia

1870 – Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows

1875 – Anti-slavery society forms (NY)

1877 – Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden

1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.

1890 – Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg’s time around world by 8 days (72 days)

1894 – James J Corbett KOs Charley Mitchell in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1904 – 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania

1915 – Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in SF

1915 – Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (NY to SF)

1916 – Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary

1918 – Russia declared a republic of Soviets

1919 – Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later

1937 – 1st broadcast of “Guiding Light” on NBC radio

1937 – Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13

1939 – Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed

1939 – Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1940 – Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland

1942 – Lt General Rommels African corps reaches Msus

1945 – Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

1945 – Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths

1945 – West Africa 82nd division occupies Myohaung, Burma

1950 – 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January

1951 – UN begins counter offensive in Korea

1953 – Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec

1955 – Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race

1955 – US & Panama sign canal treaty

1955 – Columbia U scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years

1956 – 96.5 cm (38.0″) of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)

1957 – FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR

1959 – 1st transcontinental coml jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)

1961 – 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)

1961 – Military coup in El Salvador

1961 – Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmations” released

1964 – Echo 2, US communications satellite launched

1969 – US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris

1970 – Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” premieres

1971 – Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders

1971 – Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada

1971 – Phila mint’s 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

1974 – Christian Barnard transplants 1st human heart without removal of old

1974 – Ray Kroc, CEO (McDonald’s), buys SD Padres for $12 million

1979 – 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

1980 – Bani Sadr elected president of Iran

1980 – Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft

1981 – 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

1981 – Mao’s widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

1983 – China’s supreme court commutes Chiang Ch’ing’s death sentence to life

1983 – Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit

1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia

1988 – VP Bush & Dan Rather clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

1990 – Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel & crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die

1990 – Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail

1990 – West-Europe’s strongest hurricane

1990 – The Burns’ Day storm hits northwestern Europe.

1991 – Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government

1992 – Hubble space telescope optics finds NGC3862/3C264

1993 – Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales dept after 97 years

1993 – Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.

1994 – Mine fire at Asansol India, kills 55

1994 – US space probe Clementine launched

1994 – Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

1998 – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka’s Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.

1999 – A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.

2002 – Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software (“Phase II”) aka Magnus Manske Day.

2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

2005 – A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

2006 – Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.

2011 – Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.

Births

749 – Leo IV, the Khazar, Byzantine emperor (775-80)

1037 – Su Tung-p’o, [J Sotoba], China, layman/poet/administrator [or Dec 19]

1477 – Anna de Bretagne, wife of Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII

1509 – Giovanni Morone, Italian theologist/diplomat/cardinal/”heretic”

1540 – Edmund Campion, London, saint/Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes)

1627 – Robert Boyle, Ireld, physicist/chemist/author (experiments with color)

1640 – William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (d. 1707)

1759 – Robert Burns, Alloway Scotland, poet (Auld Lang Syne), (d. 1796)

1794 – François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (d. 1878)

1839 – Seldon Connor, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1917

1858 – Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese pearl farm pioneer (d. 1954)

1864 – Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (d. 1934)

1882 – Virginia Woolf [Adeline] , London, author (Jacob’s Room, To Lighthouse), (d. 1941)

1891 – William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador to USSR

1896 – John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire

1901 – Eric Brown, architect

1901 – Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (d. 1982)

1902 – Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (d. 1975)

 

 

 

1903 – “Sleepy” John EstesBluesman

 

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1913 – Luis Marden, American photojournalist (d. 2003)

1917 – Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)

1919 – Edwin Newman, NYC, newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment)

1923 – Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)

1923 – Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as “Sybil”) (d. 1998)

1928 – Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Georgia, foreign minister of USSR (-91)

1931 – Dean Jones, Decatur Ala, actor (Ensign O’Toole, Company, Love Bug)

1931 – Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein’s Daughter)

1933 – Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines

1938 – Etta James [Jamesette Hawkins], Los Angeles, California, singer (Roll with Me, At Last), (d. 2012)

1938 – Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (d. 1998)

1938 – Leiji Matsumoto, sJapanese creator of anime.

1941 – Elzie “Buddy” Baker, race-car driver

 

 

 

1942 – Carl EllerDefensive End , Minnesota Vikings 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Leigh Taylor-Young, Wash DC, actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas)

1947 – Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer

1950 – Michael Cotton, rocker (Tubes)

1951 – Steve Prefontaine, Coos Bay Oregon, 5K (Olympics-4th-1972)

1953 – Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)

1953 – The Honky Tonk Man, American professional wrestler

1954 – Kim Gandy, American feminist

1956 – Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)

1957 – Martha Elizabeth Thomsen, Moses Lake Wash, playmate (May, 1980)

1958 – Dinah Manoff, NYC, actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest)

1958 – Gary Brian Tibbs, London, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music)

1958 – Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier

1964 – Chip Foster, actor (Chip & Pepper’s Surf’s Up Saturday)

1964 – Pepper Foster, actress (Chip & Pepper’s Surf’s Up Saturday)

1966 – John [Vo] Velyvis, North Adams Mass, rower (Olympics-1996)

1967 – Marty Calder, St Catharine ON, 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-12-92,96)

1969 – Jesse Harte, Rome Ga, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)

1969 – Kina, American singer

1971 – Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver

1971 – China Kantner, San Francisco, American actress and daughter of Grace Slick

1973 – Elvis Presley Jr, alleged son of Elvis Presley

1975 – Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress

1976 – Mario Haberfeld, Brazilian racing car driver

1979 – Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver

1979 – Pi Hongyan, French badminton player

1981 – Alicia Keys [Cook], New York NY, singer-songwriter (Fallin, Where Do We Go From Here)

 

Deaths

389 – Gregory Nazianzus, theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 329)

477 – Geiseric, King of the Vandals and Alans

844 – Pope Gregory IV

1067 – Emperor Yingzong of China (b. 1032)

1138 – Anacletus II, [Pietro Pierleone], Jewish anti-pope (1130-38), dies

1139 – Godfried I, with the Beard, duke of Brabant/earl of Leuven, dies

1366 – Henry Suso, German mystic

1494 – Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies

 

 

 

1573 – Hirate HirohideJapanese samuraidies at the Battle of Mikatagahara (b. 1553)

 

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1640 – Robert Burton, author (Anatomy of Melancholy), dies

1726 – Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (b. 1675)

1733 – Reinier V van Hompech, Dutch gen-maj cavalry, dies

1733 – Gilbert Heathcote, Mayor of London (b. 1652)

1896 – Frans C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68

1906 – Joseph Wheeler II, Confederate General, dies at 70

1925 – Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)

 

 

 

1947 – Al CaponeChicago gangsterdies of syphilis at 48

 

 

 

 

 

1957 – Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)

1957 – Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)

1960 – Diana Barrymore, actress (Ladies Courageous), dies at 38

1970 – Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st black female DA in NY, dies at 70

1972 – Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)

1978 – Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse

1990 – Ava Gardner, actress (Barefoot Contessa), dies of pneumonia at 67

1994 – Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85

1997 – Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79

2005 – Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)

2006 – Anna Malle, adult film star (b. 1967)

2010 – Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

41 – Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards.

817 – St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV

1076 – Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII

1118 – Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II

1458 – Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary

1556 – Heavy earthquake strikes Shaaxi China, kills 830,000

1568 – In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw

1639 – Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders

1644 – Battle at Nantwich Cheshire: Parliamentary armies win

1656 – 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland

1722 – Czar Peter the Great begins civil system

1764 – Gov Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire

 

 

 

1776 – Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.

 

 

 

 

 

1847 – 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price

1848 – James Marshall finds gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, Calif

1857 – The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.

1861 – Arsenal at Augusta, Ga seized by Confederacy

1861 – Federal troops from Ft Monroe are sent to Ft Pikens

1874 – Gen J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after 1000’s die

1878 – The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.

 

 

 

1892 – Battle at Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack Brit missionaries

 

 

 

 

 

1899 – Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O’Sullivan

 

 

 

1900 – Battle at Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)

 

British artillery firing onto Spion Kop from south of the Tugela River.

 

 

 

 

1901 – Emily Hobhouse view lord Kitcheners concentration camp at Bloemfontein

1902 – Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA

1908 – Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts

1913 – Franz Kafka stops working on “Amerika”; it will never be finished

1915 – German-British sea battle at Doggersbank & Helgoland

1922 – -54°F (-48°C), Danbury, Wisconsin (state record)

1922 – Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)

1922 – Lehman Caves National Monument established

1923 – Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM established

1924 – Benito Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union

1924 – Russian city of St Petersburg renamed Leningrad

1925 – Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island NY

1927 – Director Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film, The Pleasure Garden, in England.

1935 – 1st canned beer, “Krueger Cream Ale,” is sold by Kruger Brewing Co

1936 – Benny Goodman & orchestra record “Stompin’ at the Savoy” on Victor Records

1939 – 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile

1941 – British troops march into Abyssinia

1943 – Hitler orders nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death

1943 – Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau

1944 – Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy

1950 – Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

1952 – Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

1956 – 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)

1958 – After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion

1961 – Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68

1962 – 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany

1962 – Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

1962 – Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1964 – Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking

1964 – 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

1969 – Spanish Gen Franco announces state of emergency

 

 

 

1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

1975 – Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England

1976 – George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

1977 – 5 lawyers murdered by fascist in Madrid

1977 – Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy.

1978 – Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)

1984 – Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer

1986 – NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

1986 – Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons

1990 – Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon

1993 – Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed

1993 – Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.

1994 – Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)

2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

2011 – At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

 

 

 

Births

76 – Publius A Hadrianus, 14th Roman Emperor (117-138)

1287 – Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)

1444 – Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)

1638 – Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)

1664 – John Vanbrugh, London, dramatist/architect (baptized)

1674 – Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)

1679 – Christian von Wolff, German philosopher

1712 – Frederick II, (the Great), king of Prussia (1740-86)

1750 – Wybo Fijnje, Dutch politician/patriot/journalist

1763 – Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (d. 1831)

1820 – John Milton Thayer, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1828 – Adam Jacoby Slemmer, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1868

1832 – John Pegram, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1865

1862 – Edith Wharton [-Jones], New York NY, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), (d. 1937)

1888 – Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)

1888 – Henry King, US, director (Jesse James, 12 O’Clock High)

1891 – Walter Model, German fieldmarshal

1903 – Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)

1911 – C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, US, sci-fi author (Judgment Night)

1913 – Mark Goodson, TV game-show proudcer (Goodson-Toddman)

1915 – Robert B Motherwell, US, painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic)

1916 – John Corner, scientist

 

 

 

1917 – Ernest Borgnine, Hamden Ct, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale’s Navy, Marty), (d. 2012)

 

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1918 – Oral Roberts, Pontotoc County Oklahoma, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College

1920 – Jerry Maren, actor (munchkin-Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese)

1924 – Marvin Kaplan, Brooklyn NY, actor (Top Cat, Henry-Alice)

1928 – Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language)

1930 – Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer/multi-millionaire

1933 – Ron Townson, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Aquarius) [or Jan 29]

1933 – Zeke Carey, US R&B-singer (Flamingos-I Only Have Eyes For You)

1936 – Doug Kershaw, La, plays electric fiddle

1939 – Ray Stevens, Clarksdale Ga, singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak)

1941 – Aaron Neville, US singer/keyboardist (Neville Brothers)

1941 – Neil Diamond, Brooklyn NY, singer/actor (Jazz Singer)

1943 – Julie Bennett, Beverly Hills CA, actress (Hey There It’s Yogi Bear)

1943 – Sharon Tate, Dallas Tx, actress (Valley of the Dolls)

1946 – Michael Ontkean, Vancouver BC, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks)

1947 – Warren Zevon, Chicago, rocker (Excitable Boy)

1949 – John Belushi, Chicago Ill, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers)

1951 – Yakov Smirnoff, Russia, comedian (It’s a wonderful country)

1952 – William F Readdy, Quonset Point RI, astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79)

1954 – Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)

1955 – James Montgomery, US 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)

1958 – Frank Ullrich, East Germany, world biathlon champion

1958 – Jools Holland, British musician

 

 

 

1961 – Nastassja Kinski, Berlin Germany, actress (Tess, Cat People)

 

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1961 – Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut

1965 – Ross MacDonald, Vancouver BC, star yachter (Olympics-96)

1966 – Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-96)

1968 – Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont WV, gymnist (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-84)

1969 – Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-92, 96)

1972 – Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka and politician

1973 – Chris Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Oly-94, NY Rangers)

1986 – Mischa Barton, English-born American actress

 

 

 

Deaths

41 – Caligula, [G C Germanicus], Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards. Known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism.

 

 

 

 

 

661 – Ali ibn Abu Talib, kalief of Islam (656-61), murdered

772 – Stephen III/IV, Catholic Pope (768-72), dies. (b. 720)

817 – Stefanus IV, Pope (816-17), dies

1125 – David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)

1336 – Alfonso IV, the Benignant, King of Aragon (1327-36), dies at 36

1376 – Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader

1473 – Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies

1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason

1595 – Ferdinand II of Austria (b. 1529)

1626 – Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (b. 1580)

1639 – George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated

1709 – George Rooke, English admiral (b. 1650)

1769 – François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)

1862 – James McIntosh, US confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at about 33

1864 – Stephen Gardner Champlin, brig-general (Union), dies at about 36

1877 – Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)

1895 – Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (b. 1849)

1918 – George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)

1932 – Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)

1939 – Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)

1948 – Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)

1948 – Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)

1953 – [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77

 

 

 

1955 – Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)(see UE births 1.12.13)

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American swimmer and inventor (b. 1884)

1962 – Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)

 

 

 

1965 – Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55), dies at 90

 

 

 

 

 

1966 – Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)

1970 – James “Shep” Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death

1971 – Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)

 

 

 

1975 – Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72

 

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1983 – George Cukor, director, dies of stroke & heart attack at 83

1986 – Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64

1986 – L[aFayette] Ron[ald] Hubbard, author (Death Quest), dies at 74

1988 – Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91

1988 – Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)

1989 – Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42

1992 – Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41

1992 – Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)

1993 – Thurgood Marshall, 1st black supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

1994 – Michalis Vranopoulos, head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48

1995 – Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65

1997 – Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49

2002 – Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)

2003 – Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)

2006 – Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)

2006 – Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)

 

 

 

2007 – Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s Oldest Military Veteran (b. 1891)

 

 

 

 

 

2010 – Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

3102 BC – Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.

393 – Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor.

638 – Start of Islamic calendar

909 – John of Rila aka Saint Ivan and the fable of two pies.

971 – In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending not only Southern Han rule, but also the first regular war elephant corps employed in a Chinese army that had gained the Southern Han victories throughout the 10th century.

1265 – 1st English Parliament formally convened (some authorities)

1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1492 – “Pentateuch” (Jewish holy book) 1st printed

1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, Francois Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.

1556 – Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China

1570 – Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, assassinated; civil war breaks out

1647 – Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament

1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

1779 – Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)

1793 – Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized

1812 – 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1849 – Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US

1849 – Patent granted for an envelope-making machine

1855 – The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.

1856 – Steamer Pacific lost

1862 – Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings

1865 – -Jan 25th) Battle of City Point, VA (James River, Trent’s Reach)

1870 – 173 Blackfoot (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army

1879 – National Archery Association forms (Crawfordsville Ind)

1897 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

1899 – Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.

1904 – Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator

1909 – 1st radio rescue at sea

1916 – Temp falls from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) night of 23-24, Browning MT

1930 – Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto

1930 – George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Va established

1932 – El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers

1933 – 20th amendment changes date of presidential inaugurations to 1/20

1937 – Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin’s great purge

1942 – Tank battle at Adzjedabia, African corps vs British army

1943 – 66.34 cm (26.12″), Hoegees Camp, California (state record)

1943 – British 8th army marches into Tripoli

1943 – Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured

1943 – Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

1945 – World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

1946 – Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA

1948 – Huston’s “Treasure of Sierra Madre” starring Humphrey Bogart opens

1950 – Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel

1950 – NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)

1950 – Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung

1954 – Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (18 games)

1960 – Bathosphere “Trieste” reach bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)

1962 – Bob Feller & Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1962 – British spy Kim Philby defects to USSR

1964 – 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

1965 – Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in loss to Philadelphia Warriors led by Wilt Chamberlain

 

 

 

1968 – Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Cream releases their last album “Goodbye”

1970 – Australia’s 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)

1970 – Dolle Mina’s burns her bra in Amsterdam

1971 – -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)

1971 – UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row

1972 – Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi

1972 – Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest

1973 – Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs

1973 – Pres Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War

1975 – “Barney Miller” premieres on ABC TV

1977 – Miniseries “Roots” premieres on ABC

1978 – Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris

1978 – Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.

1979 – Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1981 – 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California)

1981 – Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

1983 – “A-Team” with Mr T premieres on NBC

1983 – Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis

1984 – Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

1986 – 1st induction of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, B Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

1987 – Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

1991 – “Seinfeld” debuts on NBC-TV

1993 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan

1994 – Bernie Kosar is 2nd QB to throw TD passes in AFC & NFC Champ games

1996 – The first version of the Java programming language was released.

2001 – The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.

2002 – Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered .

2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.

2003 – Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10

2009 – Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.

2012 – European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program

 

 

 

Births

1350 – Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (d. 1419)

1574 – Lucas I Franchoys, Belgian painter

1582 – John Barclay, Scottish satirist/Latin poet (Argenis)

1688 – Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden (d. 1741)

1719 – John Landen, English mathematician (d. 1790)

 

 

 

1730 – Joseph HewesUS merchant (Declaration of Independence signer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1737 – John Hancockmerchant/statesman, (1st to sign Declaration of Independence), (d. 1793)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1745 – William Jessop, English canal engineer (d. 1814)

1783 – Stendhal, [Marie Henri Beyle], France, writer (Le Rouge et de Noir)

1785 – Carl A Agardh, Sweden, botanist/bishop of Karlstad

1786 – Auguste de Montferrand, French architect (d. 1858)

1809 – Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Freedom Fighter

1827 – Takamori Saigo, Samurai, leader of Satsuma rebellion (d. 1877)

1828 – Calvin Edward Pratt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1896

1832 – Edouard Manet, Paris, French impressionist painter (Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass), (d. 1883)

1833 – John Randolph Chambliss Jr, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1840 – Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)

1855 – John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)

1862 – David Hilbert, Königsberg East Prussia, mathematician

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

1884 – Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956)

 

 

 

1897 – Sir William Samuel StephensonCanadian soldierW.W.II codename, IntrepidInspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)

 

 

 

 

 

1897 – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (d. 2000)

1898 – Randolph Scott, actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)

1898 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, director (Battleship Potemkin) [NS]

1899 – Joseph Nathan Kane, historian (Famous Firsts)

1899 – Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (d. 1931)

1902 – Benny Waters, saxophonist

1906 – Bob Steele, Pendleton Oregon, actor (Duffy-F Troop, Big Sleep)

1907 – Dan Duryea, White Plains NY, actor (Pride of the Yankees)

1907 – Hediki Yukawa, Japan, physicist (Nobel 1949)

 

 

 

1910 – Django ReinhardtBelgiumGypsy jazz guitarist

 

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1914 – Napoleon L Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne

1915 – Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)

1918 – Gertrude Belle Elion, NYC, biochemist/drug researcher (Nobel 1988)

1919 – Ernie Kovacs, Trenton NJ, comedian (Ernie Kovacs’ Show)

1919 – Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952)

1919 – Hans Hass, Austrian zoologist and underwater scientist

1923 – Florence Halop, Queens, actress (Florence-Night Court, St Elsewhere)

1923 – Walter M[ichael] Miller Jr, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars)

1927 – Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (d. 1994)

1928 – Eugene Monti, Italy, bobsledder (Olympic-2 golds-1968)

1928 – Jeanne Moreau, Paris France, actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim)

1928 – Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952)

1929 – John Polanyi, Berlin, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986)

1930 – William Reid Pogue, Okemah Oklahoma, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4)

1933 – Arlene Golonka, Chicago Ill, actress (Millie-Mayberry RFD)

1936 – Jerry Kramer, Green Bay Packer, author (Instant Replay)

1938 – Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident

1939 – Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor and martial artist

1939 – Arlene Golonka, American actress

1942 – Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, cosmonaut

1942 – Willy Bogner Jr, Munich, director (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)

1943 – Gil Gerard, Little Rock Ark, actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century)

1943 – Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist

1944 – Jerry Lawson, US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)

1944 – Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend)

1944 – Sergey Belov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1972)

1946 – Don Whittington, American businessman, car & airplane racer and convicted felon

1948 – Anita Pointer, Oakland, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She’s So Shy)

1949 – Robert Cabana, Minneapolis, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88)

1950 – Bill Cunningham, rock keyboardist/bassist (Box Tops)

1950 – Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)

1950 – Patrick Simmons, guitarist/vocal (Doobie Brothers-Minute by Minute)

1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, Minneapolis, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS)

1950 – William Cunningham, rock bassist/pianist (Box Tops-Letter)

1951 – Margaret Johnson Bailes, Bronx NY, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1951 – Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)

1953 – Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)

1954 – Franco De Vita, Caracas Venezuala, spanish singer (Extranjero)

1954 – Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)

1955 – Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)

1957 – Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, Monte Carlo Monaco, princess

1958 – Lorraine Michaels, Canterbury England, playmate (Apr, 1981)

1959 – Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1959 – Tyrone Power Jr, Los Angeles California, actor (Shag)

1960 – Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)

1963 – Gail O’Grady, Detroit, actress (Hitman, Nobody’s Perfect, NYPD Blue)

1966 – Scott Fortune, Newport Beach California, volleyballer (Oly-G-88,B-92, 96)

1967 – Christine Parris-Washington, Truro Nova Scotia, softball (Olympics-96)

1967 – Naim Suleymanoglu, Bulgaria, Turkish weight lifter (Oly-gold-1988)

1968 – Eric Metcalf, NFL receiver/running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers)

1971 – Julie Foudy, SD California, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)

1971 – Mark Grimmette, Ann Arbor Mich, doubles luger (Olympics-1994)

1972 – Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1974 – Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Long Beach Ca, actress (Saved by Bell, 90210)

1975 – Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter

1976 – Phil Boudreault, Copper Cliff Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)

1979 – Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)

1980 – Theresa Kulikowski, Tacoma Wash, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)

1981 – Greg Smith, American UFC fighter

 

 

 

1985 – Doutzen KroesDutch supermodel

 

Deaths

1002 – Otto III, German king/emperor 983/996-1002, dies at 21

1199 – Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)

1356 – Margaretha of Bavaria, Emperess of Germany, dies

1516 – Ferdinand II, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 63

1567 – Jiajing, Emperor of China (b. 1507)

1622 – William Baffin, British explorer, dies at about 38

1639 – Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake

1744 – Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (b. 1668)

1785 – Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)

 

 

 

1800 – Edward RutledgeUS attorney (signed Decl of Indep), dies at 50

 

 

 

 

 

 

1803 – Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (b. 1725)

1805 – Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)

1806 – William Pitt, the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783..1806), dies at 46

1812 – Robert Craufurd, British general (b. 1764)

 

 

 

1813 – George ClymerUS merchant (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 73

 

 

 

 

 

 

1833 – Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, British admiral (b. 1757)

1838 – Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67

1893 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1825)

1913 – Nazim Pasha, Turkey’s PM, assassinated

1937 – Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (b. 1876)

1943 – Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56

1944 – Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80

1945 – Helmuth J Moltke, German politician (“July 20th Plot”), executed at 37

1956 – Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62

1957 – Willie Edwards, US black, murdered by KKK at 25

1973 – Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)

1973 – Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)

1976 – Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44

1976 – Paul Robeson, athlete/lawyer/singer, dies in Philadelphia at 77

1977 – Bernard “Toots” Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73

1978 – Jack Oakie, actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74

1978 – Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidently shot in head at 32

1978 – Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers) (b. 1925)

1989 – Salvador Dalí, Catalan artist (b. 1904)

1990 – Albert Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 57

1992 – Freddie Bartholomew, child actor (Kidnapped), dies of emphysema at 67

1993 – Thomas A Dorsey, jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies

1994 – Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76

1997 – Laura “Dinky” Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Superbowl rehearsal at 43

1997 – Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47

1997 – Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61

1997 – Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67

1999 – Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)

2002 – Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)

 

 

 

2002 – Robert NozickAmerican philosopher (b. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 – Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)

2004 – Bob Keeshan, American actor (b. 1927)

2004 – Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)

 

 

 

2005 – Johnny CarsonAmerican television host (b. 1925)

 

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2007 – E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)

2011 – Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)

2012 – Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

565 – Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus.

871 – Battle at Basing: Danish invasion army beats Ethelred of Wessex

1371 – King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned

1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.

1510 – Jews are expelled from Colmar Germany

1517 – Turks conquer Cairo

1528 – England & France declare war on Emperor Charles V

1673 – Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated

1689 – Lord Halifax becomes Speaker of English House of Lords

1690 – Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French

1760 – Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French

1771 – Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain

1798 – Coup of Midderigh

1813 – Americans capture Frenchtown, Michigan Territory

1816 – Lord Byron completes “Parisina” & “Siege of Corinth”

1817 – English freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia

1824 – Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.

1837 – Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands

1840 – British colonists reach New Zealand.

1850 – Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in Calif

1862 – Confederate government raises premium for volunteers from $10 to $20

1863 – Union General Burnside’s “Mud March”

1873 – Britains SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness England, 300 die

 

 

 

1879 – Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

1879 – Battle at Rorkes DriftBritish garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulus

 

 

 

 

 

1889 – Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.

1890 – Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC

1895 – National Association of Manufacturers organized in Cincinnati

1899 – Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1905 – Bloody Sunday: Russian demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops

1906 – SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.

1930 – -35°F (-37°C), Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)

1938 – “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover’s Corners, NH, premieres (NJ)

1939 – Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University

1941 – 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania

1941 – British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians

1942 – Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain

1943 – Temperature rises 49°F (9°C) in 2 minutes in Spearfish, SD

 

 

 

1944 – Battle of AnzioItalyAllies stopped on beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Burma highway reopens

1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa

1946 – US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency

1951 – Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter

1956 – 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles

1957 – Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula

 

 

 

1957 – Mad Bomber (George P Meteskyaccused of 30 explosionsarrested

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – USAF concludes less than 1% of UFO’s are unknown objects

1960 – Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title

1962 – The Organization of American States suspends Cuba’s membership.

1964 – World’s largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin

1965 – US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite

1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on NBC

1968 – Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made

1969 – Billy Preston becomes 5th Beatle

1969 – Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

1970 – 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, NY to London in 6½ hours

1972 – “Emergency” with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV

1973 – George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1973 – Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions

1973 – US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord

1975 – Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched

1976 – Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million (record)

1980 – Andrei Sakharov is arrested in Moscow

1982 – 75% of North America is covered by snow

1983 – Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96

1984 – Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women’s basketball record with 70 pts

1984 – Superbowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Superbowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB

1985 – -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)

1985 – Cold wave damages 90% of Florida’s citrus crop

1987 – Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5

1987 – Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

1988 – Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

1989 – Superbowl XXIII: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 20-16 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR

1990 – 17th American Music Award: Milli Vanilli

1990 – Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.

1991 – Gulf War. Three SCUDs and one Patriot missile hit Ramat Gan in Israel, injuring 96 people. Three elderly people die of heart attacks.

1992 – Princess Sarah Ferguson wears paper bag over her head on airline ride

1992 – Rebel forces occupy Zaire’s national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government’s resignation.

1993 – Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77

1995 – Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed

1999 – Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.

2002 – Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2003 – Last successful contact with the spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects.

2006 – Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president.

 

 

 

2007 – The jury portion of the trial against Robert Picktonaccused of being Canada’s worst serial killeropens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

2010 – Conan O’Brien’s last Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot.

 

 

 

Births

1263 – Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)

1440 – Ivan III, the Great, Russian czar (1462-1505)/conquered Lithuania

1553 – Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior (d. 1625)

1561 – Francis Bacon, Strand, London, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), (d. 1626)

1592 – Pierre Gassendi, Champtercier Provence, scientist/philosopher

1654 – Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)

1655 – Geleyn Evertsen, lt-admiral (Zealand)

1733 – Philip Carteret, British Naval Officer

 

 

 

1788 – Lord [George Gordon Noel] ByronEnglandromantic poet (Don Juan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1796 – Karl Claus, Russian chemist (d. 1864)

1802 – Richard Upjohn, US, gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY)

1826 – [Merriwether] Jeff Thompson, Partisan (Confederate Army), died in 1876

1849 – August Strindberg, Sweden, dramatist/novelist (Apologia)

1858 – Beatrice Potter Webb, England, economist

1865 – Friedrich Paschen, German physicist

1869 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II (d. 1916)

1874 – Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)

 

 

 

1875 – D[avid] W Griffithmovie producer/director (Birth of a Nation)

 

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1890 – Fred M Vinson, Ky, 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53)

1892 – Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder

1893 – Conrad Veidt, Potsdam Germany, actor (Cabinet of Dr Calgary)

1897 – Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)

1903 – Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)

1904 – George Balanchine [Giorgi Balanchivadze], ballet composer/choreographer, (d. 1983), [OS=Jan 9]

1906 – Robert E[rvin] Howard, US, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror)

1906 – Willa B Brown (Coffey), US black air pioneer (NAAA)

1909 – Ann Sothern, [Harriette Lake], ND, actress (Lady in a Cage)

1909 – Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)

1909 – [Sithu] U Thant, Burma, 3rd UN sec-genl (1962-72)

1909 – Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)

1911 – Bruno Kreisky, Austria, bandleader/chancellor (1970-83)

1923 – Diana Douglas, Devonshire Bermuda, actress (The Cowboys)

1924 – Margaret Whiting, big band singer

1925 – Leslie Silver, English paint manufacturer/multi-millionaire

1931 – Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)

1932 – Piper Laurie, [Rosetta Jacobs], Detroit Mich, actress (Twin Peaks)

1932 – Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist

1934 – Bill Bixby, SF California, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian)

1934 – Graham Kerr, chef (Galloping Gourmet)

1935 – Pierre S Du Pont IV, (gov-Del)

 

 

 

1935 – Sam Cooke, Chicago Ill, soul singer (You Send Me)(see UE Deaths 12/11)

 

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1936 – Alan J. Heeger, American chemist, Nobel laureate

1937 – Joseph Wambaugh, East Pittsburgh Pa, police writer (Onion Fields)

1937 – Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader

1940 – Addie “Micki” Harris, Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)

1940 – John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)

1945 – Oliver, rocker

1949 – Steve Perry, Hanford California, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry)

1952 – Karen Moe [Thornton], US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1972)

1952 – Teddy Gentry, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)

1953 – Jim Jarmusch, American director

1954 – Chris Lemmon, LA California, actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22]

1955 – Thomas David Jones, Balt Md, PhD/Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)

1957 – Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), 1st 50 goals in 50 game

1959 – Linda Blair, St Louis Mo, actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St)

1960 – Michael Hutchence, Australia, rock vocalist/actor (INXS-Dogs in Space)

1963 – Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist

1964 – Ann Rowe, Auburn Maine, Miss Maine-America (1991)

1965 – Diane Lane, NYC, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove)

1965 – Jazzy Jeff Townes, rapper (Parents Just Don’t Understand)

1965 – Ray Mayhew, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1966 – Carlton Haselrig, NFL guard (NY Jets)

1967 – Manabu Nakanishi, wrestler (NJPW)

1967 – Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle)

1967 – Olivia d’Abo, London England, actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy)

1967 – Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast

1969 – Christina Marie Leardini, St Petersburg Fla, playmate (Apr, 1991)

1969 – Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-88, 96)

1970 – Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist

1972 – Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver (d. 1999)

1975 – Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, Palmerston North NZ, cyclist (Oly-96)

1975 – Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver

1976 – Balthazar Getty, actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies)

1979 – Melanie Winiger, Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)

1980 – Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence)

1981 – Willa Ford, American singer

 

 

 

1983 – Robert SteinhäuserGerman perpetrator of the Erfurt massacre (d. 2002)

 

See Also :

Bremen school shooting
Cologne school massacre
Eppstein school shooting
Winnenden school shooting
Emsdetten school shooting
Ansbach school attack

 

 

 

1984 – Raica OliveiraBrazilian supermodel

 

 

 

 

 

1987 – Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier

 

 

Deaths

1336 – Louis III, last Earl of Loon, dies

1531 – Andrea del Sarto, Italian painter, dies at 44

1536 – Bernhard Knipperdolling, German religious leader (b. 1495)

1552 – Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, beheaded for treason

1640 – Erasmus Quellinus I, Flemish wood carver, dies at about 55

1767 – Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German minterologist and geologist (b. 1719)

1779 – Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)

1779 – Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733)

 

 

 

1798 – Lewis MorrisUS farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 71

 

 

 

 

 

1799 – Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58

1840 – Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (b. 1752)

1850 – Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint, dies at 54

 

 

 

1879 – Anthony DurnfordBritish coloneldies in Battle of Isandlwana

 

 

 

 

 

1879 – George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle

1892 – Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)

1909 – Richard A C E Erlenmeyer, German chemist, dies at 83

1921 – Captain George Streeter, American riverboat captain and circus owner (b. 1837)

1942 – Walter Richard Sickert, British painter (Free House!), dies at 81

1950 – Alan Hale, actor (Little John-Adv of Robin Hood), dies at 57

1951 – Karl Nessler, inventor of the perm (b. 1872)

1959 – Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)

 

 

 

1968 – Duke Kahanamoku100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-12, 20, 24), dies at 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – Lyndon B Johnson, president (1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

1975 – Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)

1978 – Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)

1979 – Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes

1985 – Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)

1987 – R Budd Dwyer, Penns State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury, shot himself to death at a televised news conference

1988 – Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86

1994 – Irving B Kahn, inventer (teleprompter), dies at 76

1994 – Telly Savalas, actor (Kojak), dies of prostate cancer at 70

1995 – Mahmoud Sayed Selim, Egyptian moslim leader, shot to death at 29

1995 – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of pres JFK, RFK, & Ted, dies at 104

1996 – Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77

1996 – Yisrael Eldad, extremist politician, dies at 85

2000 – Craig Claiborne, American writer and editor (b. 1920)

2001 – Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)

2002 – Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)

2003 – Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)

2004 – Billy May, American composer and musician (b. 1916)

2004 – Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)

2005 – Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1917)

2007 – Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)

2008 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)

2010 – Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)

2012 – Joe Paterno, American College Hall of Fame football coach, dies from lung cancer at 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1077 – German King Heinrich IV petitions Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness

1189 – Philip II, Henry II & Richard Lion hearted initiate 3rd Crusade

1276 – Pierre de Tarantaise elected Pope Innocence V

1287 – The treaty of San Agayz is signed. Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.

1324 – Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai & Shingon

1522 – Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope

1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz’s mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1542 – Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard

1664 – Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army

1677 – 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston

1749 – The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1754.

1789 – 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy,” is published

1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination is introduced

1827 – Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing

1846 – 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ “Daily News”

1853 – Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass

1861 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi & 4 other southern senators resign

1863 – City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years

1880 – 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis

1887 – Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms

1887 – Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.

1894 – Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec

1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile.

1903 – “Wizard of Oz,” premieres in NYC

1903 – Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam

1908 – NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public

1910 – British-Russian military intervention in Persia

1915 – Kiwanis International founded in Detroit

1919 – Sinn Fein proclaims parliament of Free Ireland

1922 – 1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland

1935 – 12.0″ (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Wash (state record)

1935 – Wilderness Society forms

1941 – 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria

1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX

1941 – Australia & Britain attack Tobruk Libya

1942 – Count Basie records “One O’Clock Jump”

1942 – Tito’s partisans occupy Foca

1943 – Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk

1943 – Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad

1943 – Vice-admiral Cunningham appointed Brit adm of fleet

1944 – 447 German bombers attack London

1944 – 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg

1949 – 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)

1950 – NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

1951 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women’s Golf Open

1953 – John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State

1954 – 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)

1958 – Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn’t happen)

1960 – Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km

1960 – Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook South Africa, 417 die of methane poisoning

1961 – Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria

1962 – Snow falls in SF

1964 – Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency

1967 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

1968 – US B-52 bombers with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland

 

 

 

1968 – Vietnam WarBattle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.

 

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1970 – Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London

1971 – “Alias Smith & Jones” premieres on ABC TV

1974 – Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

1976 – Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France

1977 – Italy legalizes abortion

1977 – Pres Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

1978 – Bee Gees’ “Saturday Night Fever” album goes #1 for 24 weeks

1979 – Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)

1979 – Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz

1979 – Superbowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

1980 – Gold hits record $850 an ounce

1980 – Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89′ 3″ basketball field goal

1981 – Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a NY subway train

1982 – NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak

1983 – Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

1984 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

1985 – -19°F (-28°C), Caesar’s Head, South Carolina (state record)

1985 – -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)

1985 – Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java

1985 – Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr’s career record of 270 NHL goals

1986 – 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana

1986 – Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed

1987 – BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to U of Mississippi

1988 – US accept immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children

1989 – Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL’s 2nd all time scorer

1990 – John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

1993 – Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder

1994 – Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)

1994 – Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane of chopping off spouse’s penis

1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kg (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.

2002 – The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).

2004 – NASA’s MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.

2008 – Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.

2008 – The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies.

 

 

 

Births

1337 – Charles V, the Wise, king of France (1364-80)

1338 – King Charles V of France (d. 1380)

1571 – John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam)

1659 – Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect

1721 – James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec (d. 1794)

1743 – John Fitch, inventor (had a working steamboat years before Fulton)

1815 – Horace Wells, dentist (pioneered use of medical anethesia)

1821 – John Cabell Breckinridge, (D) 14th US VP (1857-61)/mjr-gen (Confed)

 

 

 

1824 – Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson , ClarksburgVirginiaLt Gen 2nd Corps (ANVConfed), (d. 1863)

 

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1827 – Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician (d. 1900)

 

 

 

1855 – John M BrowningUSweapons manufacturer

 

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1882 – Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician (d. 1937)

1884 – Katie Sandwina, Germany, legendary woman weight-lifter

1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)

1885 – Umberto Nobile, Italian general

1897 – J Carrol Naish, NYC, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan)

1905 – Christian Dior, Normandy France, fashion designer (long-skirted look)

1905 – Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (d. 1978)

1912 – Konrad Bloch, Germany, biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)

 

 

 

1918 – Richard D. Winters, American war hero(see UE Deaths 1.2.13)

 

 

 

 

 

1921 – Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart

1921 – Howard Unruh, American mass murderer

1922 – Paul Scofield, Hurst England, actor (Man for All Seasons, Train)

1923 – Judith Merril, [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer

 

 

 

1924 – Benny HillSouthampton Englandcomedian (Benny Hill Show)

 

 

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1924 – Telly Savalas, Garden City NJ, actor (Acapulco, Kojak)

1926 – Steve Reeves, Glasgow Montana, actor (Hercules, Hercules Unchained)

1930 – Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russia, cosmonaut

1933 – William Wrigley III, chewing gum mogul (Wrigleys)

1935 – Ann Wedgeworth, Abilene Tx, actress (Tiger’s Tale, Men’s Club, Bogie)

1938 – Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], Bkln NY, DJ (Midnight Special)

1940 – Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76)

1940 – Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire

1941 – Edwin Starr, [Charles Hatcher], US singer (War)

1941 – Placido Domingo, Madrid Spain, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly)

1941 – Richie Havens, Bkln, folk singer (Here Comes the Sun)

1942 – Mac Davis, Lubbock Tx, singer/actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)

1945 – Chris Britton, rocker (Troggs-Rock & Roll Goldmine)

1947 – Jill Eikenberry, New Haven Ct, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project)

1947 – Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

1950 – Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)

1953 – Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft

1955 – Robby Benson, Dallas Tx, actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen)

1955 – Jeff Koons, American artist

1957 – Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)

1962 – Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)

1962 – Tyler Cowen, American economist

1963 – Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, Nigeria, NBA center (Rockets, Oly-gold-96)

1965 – Cordell Crockett, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)

1968 – Charlotte Ross, Chicago, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives)

1968 – Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician

1971 – Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player

1972 – Cat Power (Chan Marshall), American musician

1974 – Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver

1975 – Anette Oldenborg, Miss Universe-Denmark (1996)

1975 – Faghma Absalom, Miss Universe-Namibia (1996)

1975 – Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater

1975 – Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver

1976 – Emma Lee Bunton, “Baby Spice”, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)

1976 – Lynn Thomas, Newport News VA, playmate (May 1997)

1978 – Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, American Singer

1978 – Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist

1979 – Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit

1981 – Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model

1985 – Sasha Pivovarova, Russian Model

1986 – Coffin Joe, English drummer ( The Horrors)

 

 

Deaths

304 – Saint Agnes (martyred) (b. 291)

879 – Boudouin with the Iron Arm, earl of Flanders, dies

917 – Erchanger, Duke of Swabia (c. 880)

1118 – Pope Paschal II, born Raniero (1099-1118) dies

1519 – Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish explorer (b. 1475)

1527 – Juan de Grijalva, Spanish conquistador (c. 1489)

1546 – Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1491)

1686 – Nicolas-Francois Blondel, French architect, dies

1704 – Willem B Schepers, Dutch merchant/ship owner, dies at about 83

1774 – Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1717). Reigns 1757 to 1774. Dies at 56

1793 – Louis XVI, French King (1774-93), beheaded by revolutionaries at 38

1795 – Samuel Wallis, English navigator (b. 1728)

1809 – Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)

1892 – John Couch Adams, English co-discoverer of Neptune, dies

1901 – Elisha Gray, American inventor (b. 1835)

1924 – Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, Russian leader, dies of a stroke at 53

1928 – George Goethals, American army engineer (b. 1858)

1932 – [Giles] Lytton Strachey, British biographer/critic, dies at 51

1950 – George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

1959 – Cecil B de Mille, producer (10 Commandments), dies at 77(b. 1881)

1967 – Ann Sheridan, actress (Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats), dies of cancer at 51

1974 – Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78

 

 

 

1984 – Jackie WilsonUS singer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49

 

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1985 – Barbara Cowsill, rocker (Cowsills), dies of emphysema

1985 – James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)

1989 – Billy Tipton, American musician (b. 1914)

1991 – Howard “Red” Grange, football’s galloping ghost, dies at 87

1991 – Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Mo)/US civil-rights leader, dies at 74

 

 

 

1992 – William T “Champion Jack” DupreeUS boxer/pianistdies at 81

 

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1994 – Basel al-Assad, Syrian pres Assad son, dies in car accident at 31

1996 – Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88

1997 – Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87

1998 – Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)

 

 

 

1999 – Charles BrownAmerican blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)

 

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2001 – Byron De La Beckwith, American white supremacist (b. 1921)

 

 

 

2002 – Peggy LeeAmerican singer (b. 1920)

 

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2008 – Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)

2012 – Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

250 – St Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50)

820 – Book of mother, published

1045 – Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III

1156 – According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland.

1265 – 1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester

1320 – Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland

1356 – Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scots.

1502 – The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.

1613 – Peace of Knarodends War of Kalmar between Denmark & Sweden

1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass

1785 – Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers

1801 – John Marshall appointed US chief justice

1809 – 1st US geology book published by William Maclure

1839 – In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance.

1841 – China cedes Hong Kong to British

1850 – Investigator, 1st ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England

1869 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress

1870 – “City of Boston” vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard

1870 – Hiram R Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis

1879 – British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana

1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor

1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.

1921 – British submarine K5 leaves with man & mouse

1921 – Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire

1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit)

1937 – -45°F (-43°C), Boca, California (state record)

1939 – Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews

1942 – Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain

1942 – Japanese invade Burma

1942 – Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on “final solution” calling for extermination of Europe’s Jews

1943 – Lead SD, temp is 52°F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood SD records -16°F

1943 – Operation-Weiss: Assault of German, Italian, Bulgarian & Croatian

1944 – RAF drops 2300 ton bombs on Berlin

1945 – FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as president

1945 – Hungary ends its involvement in the Second World War, agreeing to an armistice with the Allies.

1947 – Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA

1949 – J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

1949 – Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program

1952 – British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone

1953 – 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)

1954 – -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)

 

 

 

1954 – 1st atomic subUSS Nautiluslaunched at Groton Conn ( Act. 1/21)

 

 

 

 

 

1960 – Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo

1965 – Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)

1965 – JPL proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return

1965 – Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain

1968 – Houston ends UCLA’s 47-game basketball winning streak, 71-69

1968 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

1969 – Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president

1970 – Super Fight, computer mock championship between Ali & Marciano

1977 – George Bush, ends term as 11th director of CIA

1977 – Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

1978 – Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to “Annie”

1980 – President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

1981 – 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed

1981 – Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA

1981 – Frank C Carlucci, ends term as deputy director of CIA

1981 – Ronald Reagan inaugurated as president

1982 – 7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor Ky

1984 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners

1985 – Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago)

1985 – Superbowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Superbowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

1986 – 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

1986 – Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Canal)

1986 – Milt coup in Lesotho under gen-mjr Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan

1987 – Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon

1987 – Rhino Records 1st #1-Billy Vera & Beaters’ “At This Moment”

1988 – Andre Hoffman skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)

1988 – Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham

1989 – Bush inaugurated as 41st president & Quayle becomes 44th vice pres

1989 – Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive

1990 – 47th Golden Globes: Born on 4th of July, Driving Miss Daisy win

1990 – US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space

1990 – Black January – crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku.

1991 – US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles

1991 – Matt Barr’s field goal with no time left gives NY Giant 15-13 Victory over defending champs SF 49ers, for NFC title

1991 – Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.

1993 – Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA

1993 – Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd president

1995 – Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record)

1996 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan

1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars’ orbit

1998 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles

1999 – The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.

 

 

Births

225 – Gordian III, Roman Emperor (d. 244)

1292 – Elisabeth I of Bohemia (d. 1330)

1358 – Eleanor of Aragon, wife of John I of Castile (d. 1382)

1435 – Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (d. 1490)

1554 – King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)

1654 – Michiel de Swaen, South Netherland physician/poet

 

 

 

1732 – Richard Henry LeeUS farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

1775 – André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)

1798 – Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (d. 1858)

1812 – Ralph Pomeroy Buckland, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1812 – Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (d. 1896)

1813 – Jacon Gartner Lauman, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

1820 – Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women

1837 – David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)

1847 – W R Pettiford, Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)

1877 – Ruth St Denis, Newark NJ, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses)

1883 – Betram Home Ramsay, English admiral/Commander Allied Naval Forces

1884 – A[braham P] Merritt, US, sci-fi author (Moon Pool, Creep Shadow!)

 

 

 

1888 – Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)(see UE Deaths 12/06)

 

Videos

 

 

 

1892 – Roscoe Ates, Grange Miss, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass)

1893 – Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)

1893 – Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)

1894 – Harold L Gray, creator (Little Orphan Annie)

 

 

 

1896 – George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], NYCactor/comedian (Oh God)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – Colin Clive, [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)

1903 – Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)

1904 – Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/grandson of Bakunin

1908 – Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)

1910 – Ennio Porrino, composer

1910 – Joy Adamson, naturalist/author (Born Free)

1912 – Christopher Casson, Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)

1912 – Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)

1915 – Joe Hitchcock, darts player (leader of St Dunstan’s Four)

1916 – Walter Bartley, biochemist

1920 – DeForest Kelley, Atlanta GA, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek)

1920 – Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist

1920 – Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)

1922 – Lord James Hanson, English industrialist/House of Lords (Conservative)

1922 – Ray Anthony, Penn, orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)

1926 – Patricia Neal, Packard Ky, actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), (d. 2010)

1928 – Martin Landau, Bkln NY, actor (Mission Impossible, Tucker, Space 1999)

1929 – Arte Johnson, Chicago Ill, comedian (Laugh-in, Don’t Call Me Charlie)

1929 – Bob Denard, French mercenary

 

 

 

1930 – Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin JrMontclair NJUSAF/astro (Gem 12, Ap 11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1933 – Ron Townson, St Louis Mo, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away)

1937 – Dorothy Provine, Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)

1939 – Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Indian astronomer

1940 – Carol Heiss Jenkins, NYC, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60)

1941 – Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host

1942 – Slim Whitman, yoddler/country singer (Home on the Range)

1945 – Eric Stewart, rock guitarist (10cc-I’m Not in Love)

1945 – Peter Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire

1946 – David Lynch, Missoula Montana, actor/director (Dune, Eraserhead)

1947 – George Grantham, rocker (Poco-Crazy Eyes)

1947 – Malcolm McLaren, founded rock group (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)

1947 – Ronald Townson, rock singer (5th Dimension-We Can Fly)

1948 – Jerry Ross, Ind, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74,sk:88)

1948 – Melvyn Paul Pritchard, England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest)

 

 

 

1948 – Natan SharanskyRussian-born physicist and politician

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)

1952 – Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)

1955 – Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)

1956 – John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)

1956 – John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)

1958 – Lorenzo Lamas, LA California, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever)

1964 – Victoria Sellers, London England, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords)

1964 – Kazushige Nojima, Japanese game scenario writer

1966 – Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It’s Over Now)

1967 – Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey)

 

 

 

1967 – Stacey DashBronx NYactress (Dionne-Clueless)

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner

1969 – Melissa Rivers, NYC, TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News)

1970 – Skeet Ulrich, actor (Scream)

1970 – Thomas “Tom” Murray, Buffalo NY, rower (Olympics-1996)

1974 – Calvin Harrison, Orlando Florida, 200m/400m runner

1975 – Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver

1977 – Paul “Goggo” Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for S Afr)

1977 – Melody, Belgian singer

1978 – Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete

1978 – Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model

1979 – Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)

1980 – Philippe Cousteau Jr., Freanch oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau

1980 – Brigitte Olivier, Belgian judoka

1980 – Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)

1981 – Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress

1984 – Toni Gonzaga, Filipina Actress and Singer

 

 

 

Deaths

250 – Fabianus, Pope (236-50)/saint, dies

287 – St. Sebastian

820 – Muslim jurist Abu Abdallah M ibn Idris al-Sjafi’i, dies

842 – Theophilus, Byzantine kaiser (829-42), dies

882 – Louis II/III the Younger, German king (876-82), dies

1156 – Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland

1191 – Frederick VI, Duke of Swabia (b. 1167)

1479 – John II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81

1666 – Anna of Austria, queen of France/daughter of Philip III, dies at 64

1739 – Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (b. 1659)

1779 – John Burman, Dutch botanist/director (botanical gardens), dies at 71

1810 – Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)

1819 – Carlos IV, King of Spain (1788-1808), dies at 70

1837 – John Soane, English architect (Book of Designs), dies at 84

1862 – Felix Zollicoffer, Gen killed after mistakenly riding into Union lines

1873 – The Venerable Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)

1901 – Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)

1936 – George V, King of Britain (1910-36), dies at 70

1936 – King George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1865)

1940 – Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)

1947 – Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35

1949 – Josephus T J Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87

1957 – James Connolly, 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies

1959 – Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31

1965 – Alan Freed, DJ (Big Beat), dies at 42

1971 – Gilbert M Anderson, actor (1st Movie Cowboy), dies at 88

1982 – Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]

1984 – Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79

1988 – Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86

1989 – Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94

1990 – Barbara Stanwyck, [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82

1991 – Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies

1993 – Audrey Hepburn, actress (Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer at 63

1996 – Buster Benton, singer/guitarist, dies at 63

1996 – Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68

1997 – Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59

1997 – Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100

1997 – Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56

1998 – Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)

2003 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b. 1903)

2005 – Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)

2009 – David “Fathead” Newman , American jazz musician  (b. 1933)

 

 

 

2012 – John F Baker JnrUnited States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient dies at 66

 

 

 

 

Navy Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

2012 – Etta James, American singer, dies from leukemia at 73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

379 – Theodosius installed as co-emperor of East Roman Empire

973 – Pope Benedictus VI elected

1419 – French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War

1493 – France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona

1511 – Mirandola surrenders to the French.

1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund.

1607 – San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines

1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Stirling [OS= Jan 8]

 

 

 

1770 – Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)

 

 

 

 

 

1785 – First manned balloon flight in Ireland

1793 – French King Louis XVI sentenced to death

1795 – Democratic revolution in Amsterdam ends oligarchy

1806 – Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope

1808 – Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law

1810 – Overnight temp at Portsmouth NH drops 50°F (10°C)

1812 – Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.

1839 – Aden conquered by British East India Company

1840 – Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)

1861 – Georgia becomes 5th state to secede

1861 – MS troops take Ft Massachusetts an Ship Island

1862 – Battle of Mill Springs, KY (Fishing Creek, Logan’s Crossroads)

1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC

1871 – 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1885 – Battle at Abu Klea Sudan: 800-1000 killed

1886 – Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota

1898 – Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game

1903 – New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced

1910 – National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress

1915 – 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die

1915 – Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude

1917 – Silvertown Essex’s ammunition factory explodes; 300 die

1918 – Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles between the Red Guards and the White Guard.

1920 – US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations

1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years

1925 – -48°F (-44°C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)

1927 – British government decides to send troops to China

1929 – Acadia National Park, Maine established

1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs.

1937 – Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1937 – Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s)

1938 – General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines

1939 – Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec

1941 – British offensive in Eritrea

1941 – British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan

1942 – Japanese forces invade Burma

1942 – Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers

1943 – Joint Chiefs of Staff decide on invasion in Sicily

1947 – SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392

1949 – Cuba recognises Israel.

1950 – Maiden flight by Canada’s Avro Canada CF-100 military plane

1955 – “Millionaire” TV program premieres on CBS

1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on board game market

1960 – Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

1961 – 1st episode for “Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed

1970 – Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to Supreme Court (fails)

1970 – UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist

1971 – Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” is played at Charles Manson trial

1972 – Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame

1974 – Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak

1975 – 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq

1977 – Ernie Banks elected to Hall of Fame

1977 – Pres Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (Tokyo Rose)

1977 – World’s largest crowd-12.7 million-for Indian religious festival

1977 – Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.

1978 – Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI

1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.

1979 – John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison

1981 – Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

1981 – US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages

1982 – Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Oklahoma, kills 6 kids & teacher

 

 

 

1983 – Klaus BarbieSS chief of Lyon in Nazi-Francearrested in Bolivia

 

 

 

 

 

1984 – Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km

1984 – California Supreme Court rejects quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia, who wants to starve herself to death in a public hospital

1985 – “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9

1986 – Spain recognizes Israel

1987 – Guy Hunt becomes Alabama’s 1st Republican governor since 1874

1991 – Eastern Airlines shuts down operation

1991 – Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title

1991 – Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt

1992 – IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992

1992 – Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ

1993 – Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal

1993 – Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA

1994 – -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio

1994 – -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)

2006 – The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

2006 – Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously.

2007 – Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper’s office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

2012 – FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites

 

 

Births

399 – Pulcheria, Byzantine empress (d. 453)

570 – Mohammed, Islamic prophet (Koran)

1200 – Dogen Kigen, Japan, Zen teacher, 1st patriarch of the Japanese Soto

1544 – Francis II de Valois-Angouleme, king of France (1559-60)

1639 – Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian

1686 – Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist

 

 

 

1736 – James WattScotlandinventor (steam engine)

 

 

 

 

 

1739 – Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect (d. 1808)

1749 – Isaiah Thomas, US, printer/editor/publisher/historian

1752 – James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)

 

 

 

1807 – Robert E LeeStratford VirginiaAmerican Confederate General in Chief, (d. 1870)

 

 

 

 

 

1808 – Lysander SpoonerAmerican philosopher (d. 1887)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, Boston, author (Pit & the Pendulum)

1813 – Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)

1816 – Henry Gray, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1892

1820 – John Haskell King, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1830 – George Blake Cosby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1909

1837 – William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)

1839 – Paul Cézanne, French painter (d. 1906)

1848 – John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)

1851 – David Starr Jordan, NY, biologist/university pres (Leland Stanford)

1851 – Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer

1859 – Alice Eastwood, Toronto, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California)

1877 – Charles Coburn, Savannah Ga, actor (Devil & Miss Jones)

1887 – Alexander Woollcott, NJ, short story writer (Man Who Came to Dinner)

1892 – Olafur Thors, Icelandic PM (6 times, 1942-63)

1904 – James Winston Watts, developer (Frontal Lobotomy)

1905 – Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer

1905 – Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)

1906 – Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser’s Kollege)

1908 – Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)

1912 – Leonid V Kantorovich, St Petersburg Russia, economist (Nobel)

1913 – “Minnesota Fats”, American billiards player (d. 1996)

1914 – Lester Flatt, country musician (Flatt and Scruggs)

1914 – Bob Gerard, British racing driver (d. 1990)

1915 – Alvy West, Bkln NY, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show)

1917 – John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt’s father/singer/actor (Pajama Game)

1918 – John H Johnson, US, publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet)

1921 – Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)

1921 – “Billy Batts” Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)

1922 – Ken Hughes, Liverpool England, director (Casino Royale)

1923 – Jean Stapleton, NYC, actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family)

1923 – Markus Wolf, German spy (d. 2006)

1924 – 7th earl of Carnarvon, English large landowner

1924 – Nicholas Colasanto, Providence RI, actor (Coach Ernie-Cheers)

1926 – Fritz Weaver, Pitts Pa, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin)

1930 – John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)

1931 – Robert MacNeil, Montreal, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67)

1932 – Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Petulia)

1935 – Tippi Hedren, Minnesota, actress (The Birds, Marnie, Bold & Beautiful)

1938 – Phil Everly, Brownie Ky, singer (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)

1942 – Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera)

1942 – Shelly Fabares, Santa Monica California, actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach)

1943 – Janis Joplin, Port Arthur Tx, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me)

1944 – Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)

 

 

 

1944 – Richard  LeakeyNairobi Kenyaanthropologist

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – Peter Lynch, American investor

1945 – Rod Evans, rocker (Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band)

1946 – Dolly Parton, Sevierville Tn, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5)

1946 – Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)

1947 – Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)

1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur

1949 – Robert Palmer, Batley England, singer (Power Station)

1952 – Dewey Bunell, Yorkshire England, rock guitarist (America-Daisy Jane)

1953 – Desi Arnaz Jr, LA California, actor (Craig-Here’s Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride)

1954 – Katey Sagal, Los Angeles, California, singer/actress (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children)

1955 – Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor and comedian

1956 – Carman Licciardello, American Christian singer

1957 – Mickael Virtue, rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1957 – Ottis “O J” Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants)

1958 – Thomas Kinkade, Sacramento, California, artist, (d. 2012)

1960 – Alfrederick Joyner, E St Louis Ill, triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984)

1961 – William Ragsdale, AK, actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk)

1962 – Chris Sabo, Detroit Michigan, third baseman (Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles)

1962 – Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist

1964 – Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist

1964 – Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer

1966 – Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer

1968 – Whitfield Crane, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)

1969 – Andrew Murray Stone, Auckland NZ, Open 470 yachter (Olympics-96)

1969 – Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2012)

1970 – Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian

1971 – Reggie Brooks, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)

1971 – Shawn Wayans, actor (In Living Color)

1972 – Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family

1973 – Drea de Matteo, American actress

1973 – Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity

1975 – Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics-96)

1976 – Sky Christopherson, Tucson Ariz, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1976 – Tarso Marques, Brazilian racing driver

1977 – Nicole, Chilean singer

1977 – Cocco, Ryukyuan singer

1979 – Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast

1979 – Wiley, English Rapper (Grime)

 

 

 

1980 – Jenson ButtonEnglish Formula One driver

 

 

 

 

 

1980 – Kotoko, Japanese Singer

1982 – Jodie Sweetin, actress (Stephanie Tanner-Full House)

1984 – Karun Chandhok, Indian racing driver

1985 – Esteban Guerrieri, Argentine racing driver

1992 – Shawn Johnson, American Gymnastics Champion

1993 – John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy

 

 

Deaths

639 – Dagobert I, king of Austrasia/Soissons/Burgundy/Neustrië, dies

1479 – Johan II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81

1547 – Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29

1549 – Barthout van Assendelft, 1st land advocate of Holland, dies

1625 – Erhard Buttner, composer, dies at 32

1629 – Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57

1647 – Johan van Beverwijck, physician (Treas of Ongesontheyt), dies at 52

1661 – Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)

1692 – John Commelin, director of Hortus Botanist (Amsterdam), dies at 62

1729 – William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58

1747 – Johann Bode, “discoverer” of Bode’s Law, dies

1865 – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)

1878 – Henri V Regnault, French physicist/chemist, dies at 67

1885 – Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle

1927 – Empress Carlotta of Mexico (b. 1840)

1929 – Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)

1948 – Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)

1954 – Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (b. 1885)

1957 – József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)

 

 

 

1975 – Thomas Hart BentonAmerican painter dies at 85 (b. 1889)

 

 

 

 

 

1976 – Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)

1977 – Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51

1980 – William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81

1982 – Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77

1990 – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58

1993 – Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72

1993 – Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50

1997 – James Dickey, poet/novelist, dies at 84

1998 – Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65

2000 – Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)

2000 – Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born actress (b. 1913)

2006 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

2007 – Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow, American professional wrestler (b. 1961)

2007 – Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)

 

 

 

2008 – Suzanne PleshetteAmerican actress (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

2008 – John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)

2010 – Jennifer Lyon, American reality television personality (Survivor) (b. 1972)

2011 – Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

336 – St Mark elected Catholic Pope

350 – General Maxentius drives out Western Roman emperor Constans

474 – Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.

532 – Nika uprising at Constantinople fails, 30-40,000 die

1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.

1307 – German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf king of Bohemia

1478 – Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod

1520 – Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde

 

 

 

1535 – Francisco Pizarro founds the city of LimaPeru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1591 – King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.

 

 

 

1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenderscaptures Panama

 

 

 

 

 

1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston)

1777 – San Jose California, founded

1778 – Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)

1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to setup a penal colony

1817 – San Martin leads a revolutionary army over Andes

1840 – Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, 1st US electrical journal, appears

1850 – British blockade Piraeus, Greece to enforce mercantile claims

 

 

 

1854 – Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – American Civil War – Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.

1862 – Confederate Territory of Arizona forms

 

 

 

1865 – Battle of Ft MoultrieSC

 

 

 

 

 

1884 – General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum

1884 – Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

1886 – Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.

1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)

1911 – 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)

1912 – English explorer Robert F Scott & his expedition reach South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before

1916 – A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.

1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded.

1929 – “NY Daily Mirror” columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio

1929 – Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

1930 – -27°F (-33°C), Watts, Oklahoma (state record)

1933 – White Sands National Monument, NM established

1942 – Nazi’s arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman

1943 – Presliced bread sale banned to reduce bakery demand for metal parts

1943 – Soviets announce they broke long Nazi siege of Leningrad

1943 – US rations bread & metal

1944 – 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts

1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1945 – Warsaw freed by Soviet army

1947 – Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400

1948 – Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)

1955 – Battle of Yijiangshan occurred.

1957 – 3 B-52’s set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min

1962 – Southern University closed due to demonstrations

1962 – US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas

1964 – Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)

1964 – Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

1966 – Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

 

 

 

1967 – Albert DeSalvo (Boston Stranglersentenced to life in prison

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada

1971 – Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ

1973 – John Cleese’s final episode on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” on BBC

1974 – “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

1975 – “Jeffersons” spinoff from “All in the Family” premieres on CBS

1976 – Superbowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR

1977 – Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.

1978 – Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)

1978 – Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle’s SRB

1979 – Peter Jenkins finishes “A Walk Across America,” Florence Oregon

1980 – Gold reaches $1,000 an oz

1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Wall” hits #1

1980 – Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sentenced to 3½ years in prison for tax evasion & fined $20,000

1981 – Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets

1981 – Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity

1983 – IOC restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

1986 – 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth

1989 – Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)

1989 – IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988

1990 – Wash DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting

1991 – Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

1991 – US acknowledges CIA & US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career

1991 – Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy’s Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

1991 – Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.

1993 – Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time

1994 – The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.

1996 – Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

1997 – In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.

1998 – Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish’s #00

2000 – The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.

2002 – Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over.

2003 – A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

2007 – The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.

2012 – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet

 

 

 

Births

885 – Daigo, Emperor of Japan (d. 930)

1519 – Isabella Jagiełło, queen of Hungary (d. 1559)

1543 – Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer

1641 – Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois)

1657 – Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Fieldmarshal (Nassau)

1688 – Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1765)

 

 

 

1689 – Charles de MontesquieuFrancephilosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1779 – Peter Roget, thesaurus fame/inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard)

 

 

 

1782 – Daniel WebsterSalisbury NHorator/politician/lawyer, (d. 1852)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 – Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896

1813 – Joseph Farwell Glidden, inventor (1st coml useable barbed wire)

1815 – James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1885

1815 – Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), died in 1873

1820 – Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1884

1831 – Edward Ferrero, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1899

1835 – Caesar A Cui, Vilna Lithuania, fort architect/composer

1842 – Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)

1848 – Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)

1849 – Edmund Barton, 1st PM of Australia (1900-03)

1854 – Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)

1857 – Otto von Below, German commandant (WW I)

1858 – Daniel Williams, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, surgeon (1st open heart operation), (d. 1931)

1861 – Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist

1877 – Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d.1961)

1879 – Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)

1880 – Paul Ehrenfest, Austria/Neth physicist (adiabates hypothesis)

1882 – Alan Alexander Milne, English author (Winnie-the-Pooh)

1882 – Jacob Clay, Dutch philospher/phyicist (Mesones)

1882 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist

1892 – Oliver Hardy, Harlem Ga, comedy team member (Laurel & Hardy)

1892 – Paul Rostock, German surgeon (d. 1956)

1901 – Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1973)

 

 

 

1904 – Cary GrantEnglandactor (Arsenic & Old LaceNorth by Northwest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1904 – Henri-Georges Adam, French etcher/painter/sculptor (Grand Nude)

1904 – Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006)

1905 – Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002)

1908 – Jacob Bronowsky, British mathematician/cultural historian

1913 – Danny Kaye, Bkln NY, UNICEF/comedian/actor (Danny Kaye Show)

1916 – James Crow, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, geneticist and influential educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), (d. 2012)

1918 – Ton Brandsteder, CEO/founder (Sony Nederland)

1918 – Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician (d. 1996)

1921 – Bruce Woodcock, boxer

1921 – Robert Glaser, Providence, Rhode Island, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), (d. 2012)

1922 – Bob Bell, American clown (d. 1997)

1925 – Gilles Deleuze, philosopher

1925 – Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52)

1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, US, sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat)

1933 – John Boorman, producer/dir (Exorcist II, Deliverance, Zardoz)

1933 – Vladimir Yevgrafovich Bugrov, cosmonaut

1935 – Raymond Briggs, English author (Fungus the Bogeyman)

1938 – Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)

1940 – Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)

1941 – Bobby Goldsboro, Marianna Fla, singer (Honey)

1941 – David Ruffin, Miss, vocalist (Temptations-Papa Was a Rolling Stone)

1941 – Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist

1943 – Dave Greene, rocker

1943 – Kay Granger, American politician

1944 – Larry “Legs” Smith, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman)

1949 – Philippe Starck, French designer

1950 – Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer

 

 

 

1950 – John Hughesdirector (Breakfast Club16 CandlesWeird Science)

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer

1952 – Michael Behe, American advocate of Intelligent Design

1955 – Kevin Costner, Los Angeles California, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham)

1955 – Mable Fergerson, LA California, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)

1961 – Mark D Messier, Edmonton Alberta, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers)

1962 – David O’Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)

1963 – Jane Horrocks, Lancashire England, actress (Absolutely Fabulous)

1963 – Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter

1964 – Brady Anderson, Silver Spring MD, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles)

1964 – Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1966 – André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver

1967 – Kim Perrot, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)

1967 – M C Tab, [Sharon Richard], NYC, rapper

1967 – Peter Cox Jr, Bronxville NY, fencer-sabre (Olympics-96)

1971 – Jonathan Davis, American singer (KoЯn)

 

 

 

1971 – Christian FittipaldiBrazilian racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)

1982 – Joanna Newsom, American harpist

1983 – Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress

1984 – Kristy Lee Cook, American Idol 7 cast member

1984 – Michael Kearney, American child prodigy

1985 – Dale Begg-Smith, Australian freestyle skier

1985 – Minnisha Lamba, Indian Actress and Model

 

 

Deaths

52 BC – Publius Clodius Pulcher (murdered) (b. 93 BC)

474 – Leo I, Byzantine Emperor (b. 401)

1367 – Pedro I, king of Portugal (1357-67), dies at 46

1425 – Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician (b. 1391)

1471 – Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (b. 1419)

1479 – Louis IX, the Rich, duke of Bayern (U of Ingolstadt), dies at 61

1586 – Margaret of Austria, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)

1659 – Benedikt Lechler, composer, dies at 64

1664 – Moses Amyraut, French theologian (b. 1596)

1677 – John A van Riebeeck, Dutch founder Cape Colony, dies at 57

1760 – Claudio Casciolini, composer, dies at 62

1769 – Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan

1854 – Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies

 

 

 

1862 – John Tyler10th US pres (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71

 

 

 

 

 

1878 – Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1788)

 

 

 

1936 – Rudyard Kipling, author (Gunga Din, Nobel 1907), dies at 70(see UE Births 12/30)

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Curly HowardAmerican actor and comedian (b. 1903)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Sydney Greenstreet, actor (Conflict, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74

1967 – Harry Antrim, actor (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies of heart attack at 83

1968 – Bert Wheeler, actor (Rainmakers, High Flyers, Dixiana), dies at 72

1976 – Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes, Sparta), dies in crash [or 1/17]

1978 – Carl Betz, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 56

1978 – Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)

1982 – Trent Lehman, actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), dies at 20

1984 – Malcolm H Kerr, 9th pres of American U of Beirut, shot dead

1985 – Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Moslem leader, hanged at 76

1990 – Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23

1990 – Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)

1991 – Hamilton Fish, congressman (NY), dies at 102

1991 – Lillian Bond, actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83

1991 – Nita Krebs, actor (Munchkin-Wizard of Oz), dies of heart attack at 85

1993 – Mike Templeton, 2nd person to receive a heart pump, dies at 34

1995 – Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 91

 

 

 

1996 – Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustlerdies at 82

 

 

 

 

 

1997 – Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86

2000 – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)

2003 – Edward “The Sheik” Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)

2007 – Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)

2008 – Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)

2011 – Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1287 – King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca

1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

1501 – Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna

1524 – Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s voyage to find a passage to China.

1562 – Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France

1595 – French King Henri IV declares war on Spain

1605 – First publication of Don Quixote.

1656 – Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg

1718 – Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53

1746 – Battle of Falkirk Muir, the Jacobites under Charles Stuart defeat Hanoverian forces.

 

 

 

1773 – Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S)

 

 

 

 

 

1775 – 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol

1779 – Capt Cooks last notation in ship’s log Discovery

1799 – Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed.

1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas

1827 – Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander

1852 – British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)

1861 – Flush toilet patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!)

1862 – -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, TN by USS Lexington

1863 – Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia

1864 – General Longstreet’s command ends heavy fighting at Dandridge TN

1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)

1873 – A group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.

1874 – Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction

 

 

 

1885 – Brits beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

1893 – -17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)

1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific

1911 – Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly

1912 – Robert Scott expedition arrives at South Pole, 1 month after Amundsen

1915 – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s Hospital in Amsterdam opens

1916 – Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC

1917 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)

1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented

1929 – Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater”

1934 – Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated

1944 – Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean

1945 – Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

1945 – Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work

1945 – Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)

 

 

 

1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenbergcredited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazisarrested by secret police in Hungary

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

1947 – Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die

1948 – Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC

1949 – The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.

1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts

1955 – Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage

1957 – 9-county commission recommends creation of BART

1961 – Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo’s Lumumba

1961 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military-industrial complex”.

1962 – A NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m

1963 – Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km

1963 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

1966 – Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago

1968 – Soyuz 4 & 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft

1969 – Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK

1969 – Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US

1970 – 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft

1970 – Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

1971 – Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

1972 – Section of Memphis’ Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd

1979 – Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran

1980 – NASA launches Fltsatcom-3

1981 – Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege

1982 – “Cold Sunday” in the United States would see temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.

1983 – Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time

1983 – Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

1984 – Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

1987 – Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1989 – Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded

1989 – Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)

1990 – 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin

1990 – Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters & Kinks inducted into Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1991 – Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel

1991 – Operation Desert Storm: 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)

1991 – Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.

1993 – Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45″)

1994 – 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage

1995 – 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan (5,372 die)

1995 – Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win the World Series Cup

1998 – Pres Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones

2002 – Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

2010 –  Penang dragon boat accident occurs in Penang, Malaysia

 

 

 

Births

1342 – Philip, the Bold, duke of Burgundy

1463 – Frederick III, the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther

1484 – George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)

1501 – Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants)

1504 – Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)

1560 – Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)

1612 – Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general

1683 – Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian

1686 – Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)

 

 

 

1706 – Benjamin FranklinBoston, Mass., kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor, (d. 1790)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1719 – William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)

1732 – Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)

1759 – Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist

1761 – James Hall, Scotland, geologist

1771 – Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)

1806 – James Madison Randolph, (Jefferson’s grandson) 1st born in White House

1828 – Lewis Addison Grant, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1918

1851 – A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)

1863 – David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)

1863 – Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)

1864 – Lucien Herr, France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)

1865 – Gen Sir Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

1871 – David Earl Beatty British admiral (d. 1936)

1880 – Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)

1881 – Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders)

1881 – Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)

1884 – Noah Beery, US actor (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf)

 

 

 

1886 – Glenn Luther Martinaviator (Collier Trophy-1933)

 

 

 

 

 

1891 – Norman “Squab” Read, US aviator who lived to be 101

1897 – Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)

1899 – Al Capone, Italy, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)

1899 – Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)

1899 – Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian

1900 – Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts

1905 – Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)

1911 – Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]

1920 – Nora Kaye, NYC, prima ballerina

1922 – Betty White, Oak Park, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)

1922 – Nicholas Katzenbach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lawyer (US Attorney General), (d. 2012)

1925 – Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member

1926 – Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)

1927 – Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)

1927 – Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)

1928 – Vidal Sassoon, London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), (d. 2012)

1929 – Jacques “Jake the Snake” Plante, Quebec, NHL goaltender (#1)

1930 – Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader

1931 – James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)

1931 – L Douglas Wilder, (Gov-D-Va)

1933 – Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)

1933 – Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire

1933 – Sheree North, [Dawn Bethel], LA, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show)

1935 – Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)

1938 – John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)

1939 – Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung

1939 – Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)

1940 – H Kipchoge “Kip” Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)

1942 – Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)

1942 – Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)

1947 – Jane Elliot, NYC, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing)

1947 – Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)

1948 – Mick Taylor, rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1951 – Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1952 – Larry Fortensky, former husband of Liz Taylor (7th)

1954 – Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)

1954 – Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)

1955 – Steve Earle, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Guitar Town)

1956 – David Caruso, actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes)

1957 – Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1957 – Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality

1957 – Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist

1958 – Jez Strode, rocker (Kajagoogoo)

1959 – Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)

1962 – Jim Carrey, Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask)

1962 – Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author

1966 – Rexton Gordon, Jamaican dj/rapper (Shabba Ranks-Extra Naked)

1967 – Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (d. 2007)

1970 – Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator

1971 – Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)

 

 

 

1971 – Kid RockAmerican singer

 

 

All Summer Long

Roll On

FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS

 

 

 

 

1971 – Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)

1971 – Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress

1971 – Ann Wolfe, female boxer

1974 – Sharon Marie Ferris, NZ, yachter (Olympics-96)

1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American actress

1980 – Kimberly Spicer, American model

1982 – Dwyane Wade, American basketball player

1983 – Andrea Lowell, American Model

1983 – Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver

1985 – Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)

 

 

 

Deaths

395 – Theodosius I, the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49

1103 – Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies

1119 – Boudouin VII Hapkin, count of Flanders, dies

1229 – Albert, Bishop of Riga/Albert of Buxhoeveden, founder of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, dies at about 68

1369 – King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)

1468 – Skanderbeg, Albanian leader (b. 1405)

1598 – Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)

1617 – Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68

1617 – Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)

1661 – Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed

1702 – Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [OS=Jan 6]

1705 – John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)

1718 – Captain Benjamin Church, Plymouth Colony settler and military leader

1737 – Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)

1833 – William Rush, Indians sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies

1834 – Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (b. 1762)

1861 – Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)

1884 – Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)

1893 – Rutherford B Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies in Fremont Ohio at 70

1910 – Thomas Crapper, inventor (flush toilet), dies

1910 – Wilhelm F Kohlrausch, Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69

1927 – Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)

 

 

 

1932 – Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)(see UE births 1.10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1933 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist and designer (b. 1848)

1938 – William H Pickering, astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79

1942 – Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)

1947 – Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)

1961 – Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered 

1977 – Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967

1992 – Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)

1994 – Grady “Fats” Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66

1994 – Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75

1994 – Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)

1996 – Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59

1996 – Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)

1997 – Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90

1998 – Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke

2003 – Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)

2004 – Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)

2004 – Noble Willingham, American actor (b. 1931)

2005 – Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)

2005 – Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)

2005 – Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China (b. 1919)

2006 – Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)

2007 – Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)

2008 – Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

2011 – Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)

2012 – Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

27 BC – The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

 

 

 

550 – Gothic War (535-552)The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siegeby bribing the Isaurian garrison.

 

 

 

 

 

1120 – The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

1219 – Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed

1362 – A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt.

1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.

1493 – Columbus returns to Spain on his 1st trip

1547 – Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow

1572 – Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.

1761 – The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.

1765 – Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)

1776 – Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks

1777 – Vermont declares independence from NY

 

 

 

1780 – Battle at Cape St Vincentadmiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet

 

 

 

 

 

1847 – John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.

1863 – -Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida

1864 – Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee

1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft Fisher NC, 40 die

1865 – Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)

1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit

1870 – Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War

1871 – Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman

1877 – Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop

1878 – Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.

1879 – January record 13″ of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)

1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system

1887 – Cliff House damaged when schooner “Parallel”‘s powder cargo explodes

1896 – Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.

1908 – Pinnacles National Monument, California established

1909 – British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole

1909 – David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole

1911 – Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east

1914 – Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia

1919 – Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states; Nebraska is 36th

 

 

 

1920 – 18th Amendmentprohibitiongoes into effectrepealed in 1933

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1925 – Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council

1936 – 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Fla

1936 – Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president

1938 – 1st jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)

1941 – US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor

1941 – War Dept forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

1942 – William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army

1943 – -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)

1943 – 1st US air raid on Ambon

1943 – German 2nd SS-Pantzer division evacuates Charkow

1943 – Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad

1944 – Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London

1945 – Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg

1945 – US 1st & 3rd army meet at Houffalise

1948 – 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon

1950 – Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel

1951 – Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi

1951 – World’s largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)

1956 – Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine

1957 – 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flight

1961 – Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

1962 – Shooting begins on “Dr No”

1963 – Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

1965 – “Outer Limits” last airs on ABC-TV

1967 – Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th cent

1969 – Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space

1970 – Col Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya

1970 – NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)

1970 – AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92’3½” from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn’t have counted, but was allowed

1970 – Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.

1972 – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

1973 – NBC presents 440th & final showing of “Bonanza”

1973 – USSR’s Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon

 

 

 

1974 – “Jaws” by Peter Benchley is published

 

 

 

 

 

1976 – Peter Frampton released platinum live album “Frampton Comes Alive”

1979 – Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt

1981 – Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth

1981 – John Lennon releases “Woman” in UK

1981 – Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

1981 – Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

1984 – Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

1985 – “Playboy” announces end of stapling centerfolds

1986 – Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam

1986 – First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

1990 – 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering

 

 

 

1991 – US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.

2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

2006 – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.

 

 

 

Births

1245 – Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (d. 1296)

1409 – René I of Naples (d. 1480)

1477 – Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (d. 1547)

1501 – Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (d. 1559)

1587 – Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter

1616 – François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)

1626 – Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish painter (d. 1699)

1757 – Samuel McIntire, woodcarver/architect (architect of Salem)

1807 – Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1877

 

 

 

1815 – Henry Wager “Old Brains” HalleckMaj-General (Union Army)

 

 

 

 

 

1834 – Albert Lindley LeeBrigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1907

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – James Phillip Simms, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1887

1853 – Andre Michelin, France, industrialist/tire manufacturer (Michelin)

1875 – Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)

1878 – Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], Bronx New York, American actor (Aces Wild, Border Cafe, Air Force)

1894 – Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)

1901 – Fulgencio Batista, president/dictator of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59)

1901 – Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)

1902 – Eric Liddell, China, English 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1924)

1907 – Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)

1908 – Ethel Merman, stage & screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam)

1908 – Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)

 

 

 

1910 – David McCampbellUS pilot/capt (WW II-Pacific-downed 34 Jap planes)

 

 

 

 

 

1911 – Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)

1917 – Carl Karcher, founded the Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)

1918 – Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter

1921 – Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)

1923 – Martin Stokken, Norway, nordic relay (Olympic-silver-1952)

1924 – Katy Jurado, Mexico, actress (High Noon, Trapeze, Barabbas, AKA Pablo)

1928 – John William Fozard, aircraft designer

1929 – Allard Lowenstein, radical (Students for Democratic Action)

1930 – Norman Podhoretz, Brooklyn NY, author/editor (NY Post)

1932 – Dian Fossey, zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist)

1932 – Jim Berry, cartoonist (Berry’s World)

1933 – Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A, 27, T-3)

1933 – Susan Sontag, NYC, author/film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award)

 

 

 

1935 – A J FoytHoustonauto race driver (Indy 500 1961, 64, 67, 77)

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)

1942 – Bill Francis Mobile Al, rocker (Dr Hook)

1942 – René Angélil, Canadian music executive

1944 – Jim Stafford, Eloise Fla, singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill)

1944 – Ronnie Milsap, Robbinsville NC, country singer (Legend in My Time)

1946 – Michael L Coats, Sacramento Ca, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39)

1947 – Georgette Mosbacher, CEO (La Prairie cosmetics)

1948 – Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Riga, cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71)

1948 – Christopher Moran, English financier/multi-millionaire

1948 – John Carpenter, Carthage NY, director (Halloween, The Thing)

1948 – Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor

1950 – Debbie Allen, Houston Tx, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame)

1952 – Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr, Savannah Ga, Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64)

1953 – Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi (d. 1984)

1955 – Jerry M Linenger, Mt Clemens Mich, PhD/Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 81/84)

1958 – Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer

1958 – Lena Ek, Swedish politician

 

 

 

1959 – SadeNigerian-born singer

 

Smooth Operator

Nothing Can Come Between Us

Paradise

 

 

 

 

1961 – Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter

1966 – Anthony Washington, Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympics-4th-96)

1969 – Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics-96)

1969 – Roy Jones, Pensacola Fla, Light-MW boxer (Olympic-silver-1988)

1974 – Kate Moss, Addiscomb Surrey England, model (Calvin Klein)

1976 – Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver

1979 – Aaliyah, American singer (d. 2001)

1980 – Albert Pujols, Dominican-born baseball player

1980 – Michelle Wild, Hungarian model

1981 – Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)

1982 – Samuel Preston, British singer (The Ordinary Boys)

 

 

 

Deaths

308 – Marcellus I, Catholic Pope (-308), dies

429 – Honoratius of Arles, bishop/saint, dies [or 430]

960 – Polyeuctus, Patriarch of Constantinople

1343 – Robert of Anjou, king (Naples), dies

1400 – John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter, English politician (executed) (b. 1352)

1547 – Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)

1585 – Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)

1595 – Murad III, sultan of Turkey (1574-95), dies

1659 – Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer (b. 1580)

1750 – Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshall (b. 1667)

1752 – Francis Blomefield, English topographer (b. 1705)

 

 

 

1794 – Edward Gibbonhistorian (Decline & Fall), dies in London at 56

 

 

 

 

 

1809 – Sir John Moore, British General, at the Battle of Corunna (b. 1761)

1834 – Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (b. 1769)

1856 – Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)

1864 – Anton Schindler, German violinist/biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68

1901 – Hiram Revels, dies at 73

1906 – Marshall Field, founder of Marshall Field and Company (b. 1834)

1912 – Georg Heym, writer, dies at 24

 

 

 

1917 – George DeweyU.Sadmiral (b. 1837)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Ma BarkerAmerican criminal (b. 1871)

 

 

 

 

 

1936 – Albert Fish, American serial killer (b. 1870)executed

1942 – Carole Lombard, actress, (Bolero), & mom killed in plane crash at 32

 

 

 

1945 – Dennis DonniniBrit rifleman (Victoria Cross), dies in battle at 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

1957 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89

1962 – Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)

1967 – Robert J Van De Graaff, US nuclear physicist, dies at 65

1969 – Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20

1972 – David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52

 

 

 

1979 – Ted Cassidyactor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 – Bernard Lee, English actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73

1982 – Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)

1987 – Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79

1988 – Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)

1989 – Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies

1993 – Glenn Corbett, US actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), dies at 63

1994 – Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52

1997 – Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76

1997 – Innis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29

1997 – Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59

 

 

 

1998 – David “Junior” Kimbroughblues musiciandies at 67

 

Burn In Hell

Sad Days, Lonely Nights

Old Black Mattie

2002 – Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)

2002 – Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)

2007 – Ron Carey, American actor (b. 1935)

2007 – Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)

2009 – Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)

2012 – Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician, died of heart failure at 71.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

588 BC – Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reignThe siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but only rules for three months before committing suicide.

708 – Sisinnius begins his reign as Pope (dies 20 days later)

946 – Caliph al-Mustaqfi blinded/ousted

1346 – Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand

1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church

1582 – Russia cedes Livonia & Estonia to Poland, loses access to Baltic

1586 – Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army

1759 – British Museum opens in Montague House, London

 

 

 

1762 – Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

1777 – People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England

1780 – Continental Congress establishes court of appeals

1797 – 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)

1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run

1831 – 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC

1833 – HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego

1844 – U of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana

1847 – 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC

1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis

1863 – 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal

1865 – Ft Fisher, NC falls to Union troops

1870 – Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly

1877 – US Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens

1882 – 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)

1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

1892 – Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass

1895 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS)

1905 – Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater

1907 – 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee De Forest

1907 – Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them

 

 

 

1919 – 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MAdrowning 21

 

 

 

 

 

1919 – Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.

1934 – Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)

1936 – 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio

1936 – Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates

1939 – 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field

1939 – Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal

1940 – German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle’s Church)

1943 – 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught

 

 

 

1943 – World’s largest office buildingPentagoncompleted

 

 

 

 

 

1943 – 1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon

1944 – Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die

1945 – Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp

1947 – The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.

1949 – Mao’s Red army conquers Ten-tsin

1950 – 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC

1951 – Supreme Court rule “clear & present danger” of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest

1953 – 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Wash DC station

1953 – GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for “espionage”

1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field

1958 – NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV

1961 – Supremes signed with Motown Records

1962 – Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea

1964 – Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract

1965 – Rock group Who releases 1st album “I Can’t Explain”

1967 – Superbowl I: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California.

1970 – Republic Biafra disbands/joins Nigeria

1971 – Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

1971 – George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord”

1973 – 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court

1973 – Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam

1974 – “Happy Days” begins an 11 year run on ABC

1974 – Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures

1975 – Portugal signs accord for Angola’s independence

1975 – Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)

1976 – Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford

1976 – US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit

 

 

 

1977 – Coneheads debut on “Saturday Night Live

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978 – Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman

1981 – “Hill Street Blues” premieres on NBC-TV

1983 – Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard

1983 – Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours

1984 – Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova’s 54-match winning streak

1984 – Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)

1986 – Living Seas opens (Disneyland)

1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes

1989 – Big John Studd wins WWF’s 1st Royal Rumble

1990 – 42 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds

1990 – AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch

1991 – UN’s deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don’t)

1992 – Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man

1992 – Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn’t entitled to asylum

1993 – Top mafia leader Salvatore “Toto” Riina arrested in Palermo

1994 – Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)

1997 – Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station

1998 – NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again

1999 – The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.

2001 – Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.

2005 – ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.

2005 – An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.

2007 – Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.

2009 – US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.

Births

1481 – Ashikaga YoshizumiJapanesshogun (d. 1511)

 

 

 

 

1507 – Johann Oporinus [Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran)

1538 – Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)

1622 – Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)

1671 – Abraham de la Pryme, English antiquarian (d. 1704)

 

 

 

1716 – Philip LivingstonAmerican businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

1747 – John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)

1754 – Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)

1798 – Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends)

1809 – Pierre Joseph Proudhon, France, politician (libertarian socialist)

1813 – James Marion Sims, SC, surgeon/gynecologist (vesicovaginal operation)

1815 – Henry Morris Naglee, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1816 – Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)

1817 – Lewis Golding Arnold, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1871

1821 – Lafayette McLaws, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1897

1824 – Marie Duplessis, French courtesan (d. 1847)

1842 – Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian candidate for sainthood (d. 1909)

1845 – Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman pres (National Educational Association)

1850 – Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)

1866 – Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)

1870 – Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer (Greenland)

 

 

 

1870 – Pierre S. du PontAmerican businessman (d. 1954)

 

 

 

 

 

1873 – Max Adler, Austria sociologist/socialist theorist

1877 – Lewis M Terman, Ind, psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)

1885 – Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)

1885 – Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)

1892 – Rex Ingram, [Reginald IM Hitchcock], Irish director (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse) (d. 1950)

1895 – Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)

1902 – Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, king (Saudi Arabia)

1906 – Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate

 

 

 

1908 – Edward TellerBudapest Hungaryfathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project), (d. 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

1909 – Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman’s drummer (Sing Sing Sing)

1909 – Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)

1913 – Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro California, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)

1913 – Alexander Marinesko, captain of the S-13 submarine, which sank the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff (d. 1963)

1918 – Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971)

1920 – John J “Cardinal” O’Connor, Phila, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY

1923 – Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)

1925 – Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist

1926 – Maria Schell, Vienna Austria, actress (Space 1999)

1927 – Norm Crosby, Boston MA, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians)

1929 – Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta, American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964)

1931 – Derek Meddings, special effects technician

1932 – Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)

1932 – Louis Woodard Jones, New Rochelle NY, 4X400m relayer (Oly-gold-56)

1935 – Robert Silverberg, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan’s Planet)

1941 – Captain Beefheart, [Don Van Vliet], rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)

 

 

 

1945 – Vince FosterAmerican lawyer (d. 1993)

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)

1947 – Andrea Martin, Portland ME, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise)

1948 – Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1951 – Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat)

1951 – Martha Davis, California, vocalist/guitar (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame)

1953 – Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)

1956 – Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)

1957 – Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)

1957 – Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur

1959 – Pete Trewavas, Middlesbrough, bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)

1959 – Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)

1961 – Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director

1963 – Erling Kagge, Norway, explorer (South Pole)

1963 – Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics-96)

1963 – Yaro Dachniwsky, Chic Ill, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996)

1964 – Paula Schnurr, Kirkland Lake Ontario, 1.5k (Olympics-8-92, 96)

1965 – Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist

1967 – Lisa Lisa, [Velez], rock vocalist (& Cult Jam)

1968 – Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)

1968 – Steve McConaghy, Australian soling yachter (Olympics-96)

1969 – Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)

1970 – Dan Landry, San Diego Ca, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96)

1970 – Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)

1971 – Regina King, LA California, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227)

1978 – Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist

1979 – Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ

1984 – Megan Jendrick, American swimmer

 

 

Deaths

69 – Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched at 70

570 – Saint Ita, Irish nun (b. 475)

936 – King Rudolph of France

1208 – Peter of Castelnau, French nobleman, murdered

1345 – Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler

1595 – Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)

1683 – Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)

1684 – Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48

1705 – Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies

1790 – John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)

1804 – Dru Drury, English entomologist (b. 1725)

1815 – Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761

1876 – Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)

 

 

 

1896 – Matthew B BradyUS photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72

 

 

 

 

 

1919 – Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered at 47

1919 – Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist revolutionary, murdered

1922 – John Kirk Barry, Dr/explorer David Livingstone’s companion, dies at 89

1934 – Patrick O’Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger

1942 – Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58

1947 – Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)

1949 – Black Dahlia, murder victim found in LA (basis of the movie)

 

 

 

1950 – , Henry “Hap” Arnold USGeneral of the Air Force (b. 1886)

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – Weldon John “Jack” Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58

1968 – Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69

1978 – Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy

1983 – Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80

1987 – Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83

1988 – Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 83

1993 – Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)

1994 – Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody’s Talkin’), dies at 52

1996 – Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73

1996 – Richard Charles Cobb, historian, dies at 78

 

 

 

1998 – Amos “Junior” Wells, blues musician, dies at 63(see UE Births 12/09)

 

Hoodooman Blues

Messin’ With The Kid

Cryin’ Shame

Hoochie Coochie Man & Mannish Boy with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy

 

 

 

 

2000 – Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)

2003 – Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)

2005 – Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)

2005 – Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1915)

2005 – Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)

2007 – James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)

2007 – Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)

2008 – Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1129 – Formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes.

1301 – Andrew III of Hungary (1290-1301) dies at 50, ending the Arpad dynasty in Hungary.

1501 – Martin Luther, age 17, enters the University of Erfurt.

1514 – Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery.

1526 – Charles V & Francis I sign Treaty of Madrid, forcing Francis to give up claims to Burgundy, Italy & Flanders

1539 – Spain annexes Cuba.

1639 – 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow

1641 – United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malakka, 7,000 killed

1659 – Battle at Elvas: Portuguese beat Spanish

1690 – Clarinet invented, in Nurnberg, Germany

1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”

1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army leaves Glasgow [OS=Jan 3]

1783 – Congress ratifies peace treaty between US & England

 

 

 

1784 – Revolutionary War endsCongress ratifies Treaty of Paris

 

 

 

 

 

1794 – Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom Va, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation on his wife

1799 – Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

1813 – Gideon Hawley becomes 1st state school superintendent in US (NY)

1814 – King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel

1822 – Greek War of Independence: Acrocorinth is captured by Theodoros Kolokotronis and Demetrius Ypsilanti.

1858 – French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

1861 – Ft Pikens, FL falls into state hands

 

 

 

1863 – Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teche Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Cosby Creek, TN

1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South

1868 – NC constitutional convention meets in Raleigh

1868 – SC constitutional convention, meets with a black majority

1873 – “Celluloid” registered as a trademark

1873 – P B S Pinchback elected to Senate

1878 – US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional

1907 – An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica kills more than 1,000.

1914 – Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords

1919 – John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham, & Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants

1932 – 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah

1932 – Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race

1935 – Oil pipeline Iraq-Mediterranean goes into use

1938 – National Society for Legalization of Euthanasia forms (NY)

1939 – Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica

1942 – Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo

1943 – FDR & Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WW II

1944 – Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow

1946 – 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed

1949 – Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

1952 – Snow storm in Sierra Nevada kills 26

1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.

1956 – Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”

1960 – US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

1963 – George C Wallace sworn in as governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

1964 – Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1st public appearance (TV) since assassination

1966 – David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can’t Help Thinking About Me)

1967 – 20,000 attend Human Be-In, SF

1967 – Earthquake in Sicily kills 231

1967 – NY Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

1968 – Superbowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

 

 

 

1969 – An explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 people.

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs

1972 – “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV

1973 – Tap dancer Ray Castle measured at 1440 taps/min on BBC TV

1975 – Anita Wold (Norway) sets women’s ski jump distance record-98 m

1976 – “Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)

1976 – Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves

1978 – Sex Pistols’ final concert (Winterland, SF)

1979 – Pres Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday

1980 – Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec

1981 – FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish

1985 – M Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

1985 – British pound (£) sinks to record low $US1.11

1987 – Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1989 – 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in Bradford England

1990 – “Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV

1991 – Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys Calif

1993 – David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS

1993 – Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die

1994 – Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61m)

1994 – Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands

1998 – Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).

2000 – A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.

2005 – Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan.

2011 – Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more

2011 – Ben Ali, former Tunisian president, fled the country to Saudi Arabia after popular protests (dubbed as Jasmine Revolution) requesting his departure.

2012 – Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq

 

 

Births

83 BC – Marcus AntoniusRoman politician (d. 30 BC)

 

 

 

 

 

1131 – King Valdemar I of Denmark (d. 1182)

1451 – Franchinus Gaffurius, composer

1467 – Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, German gov/viceroy of Frisia

1477 – Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (d. 1552)

1507 – Catherine of Habsburg, Infanta of Spain and queen of Portugal (d. 1578)

1592 – Sjihab al-Din Sultan Choerram Sjah Djahan, leader of India

1684 – Jean-Baptiste Vanloo, French painter

1684 – Johann Matthias Hase, German scientist (d. 1742)

 

 

 

1730 – William Whipplemerchant/judge (Declaration of Independence signer)

 

 

 

 

 

1741 – Benedict Arnold, Norwich Connecticut, US general turned traitor (Revolutionary War)

1791 – Calvin Phillips, became shortest known adult male (67 cm; 2′ 2″)

1806 – Matthew Fontaine Maury, Naval Commander (Confederacy)

1819 – Frederick Steele, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1868

1831 – John Bullock Clark Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1903

1836 – [Hugh] Judson Kilpatrick, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1874 – Thornton Waldo Burgess, author (Peter Rabbit)

 

 

 

1875 – Albert Schweitzerdoctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1954)

 

 

 

 

 

1886 – Hugh Lofting, England, writer & illustrator (Dr Dolittle)

1892 – Hal Roach, early film director/producer (1 Million BC)

1896 – John dos Passos, novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)

1899 – Fritz Bayerlein, German lt-general (WW I, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)

1904 – Cecil Beaton, England, royal family photographer

1906 – William Bendix, NYC, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley)

1907 – Derek Richter, British neuro chemist (Aspects of learning & memory)

1915 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer (d. 1992)

1919 – Andy Rooney, Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)

1924 – Guy Williams, NYC, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), (d. 1989)

1927 – Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1968)

1928 – Garry Winogrand, American photographer (d. 1984)

1930 – Ernest Just, Black biologist, served as VP of American Zoologists

1932 – Harriet Andersson, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers)

 

 

 

1932 – Don GarlitsAmerican race car driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Lucille Wheeler, Canadian alpine skier

1936 – Clarence Carter, US singer (Thread the Needle)

1936 – Ludmila Pinayeva, USSR, 500m kayak (Olympic-gold-1964, 1968, 1972)

1936 – Reiner Klimke, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1984)

1937 – Billie Jo Spears, country singer

1938 – Allen Toussaint, [Naomi Neville], pianist/songwriter (Ride Your Pony)

1940 – Julian Bond, Nashville Tenn, (D-Ga) civil rights leader

1941 – [Dorothy] Faye Dunaway, Bascom Fl, actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde)

1943 – Holland Taylor, Phila, actress (Bossom Buddies, Camilla-Naked Truth)

1943 – Shannon Lucid, Shanghai China, astronaut (STS 51G, 34, 43, 58, 76/79)

1944 – Nina Totenberg, American journalist

1946 – Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d. 2004)

1948 – Carl Weathers, New Orlean La, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)

1949 – Christine Belford, Amityville NY, actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210)

1949 – Lawrence Kasdan, Miami FL, director/writer (Accidental Tourist)

1951 – Gil Pak Jong, Korea PR, judo (Olympic-1976)

 

 

 

1952 – Sydney Biddle Barrowmadam/author (Mayflower Madam)

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Maureen Dowd, American writer

1958 – Colin Ferguson, murderer (6 people on the LIRR on Dec 7, 1993)

1959 – Susan Smith, Beloit WISC, playmate (Sept, 1981)

1964 – Steven Soderbergh, writer (Mimi, Schizoplis)

1964 – Shepard Smith, American news anchor

1965 – Jemma Redgrave, London England, actress (Buddha of Suburbia)

1965 – Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel (d. 2006)

1967 – Emily Watson, actress (Breaking the Waves, Boxer)

1967 – Zakk Wylde, American musician (Black Label Society)

1968 – Fred[ric] Honebein, SF California, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)

1968 – L L Cool J, [James Todd Smith], St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)

1969 – Dave Grohl, drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

1971 – Lasse Kjus, Norwegian skier

1973 – Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver

1974 – Hugues Legault, Montreal Quebec, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96)

1974 – Nancy Napolski, Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics-1996)

1979 – Karen Elson, British supermodel

1979 – Angela Lindvall, American supermodel

1980 – Cory Gibbs, American soccer player

1981 – Pitbull, American rapper

1983 – Maxime Monfort, Belgian cyclist

1984 – Mike Pelfrey, American baseball player

1986 – Gary Brolsma, American internet celebrity

1994 – Samir Patel, American spelling bee winner

 

 

Deaths

973 – Ekkehard I, monk of St Gallen (Vita Waltharii manu fortis), dies

1163 – Ladislaus I Arpad, king of Hungary (1162-63), dies

1236 – Sava [Rastko], son of Serbia’s king/saint, dies at 64

1331 – Odoric, Italian explorer (b. 1286)

1623 – Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian/politician, dies at 70

1640 – Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, English lawyer and judge (b. 1578)

1679 – Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (b. 1602)

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

 

 

 

1742 – Edmond Halley, English scientist (b. 1656)(see UE Births 10/29)

 

 

 

 

 

1788 – François Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasetilly, comte de Grasse, French admiral (b. 1722)

1802 – Marie Allard, French ballerina, dies at 59

1819 – Peter Pindar, English satirist (b. 1738)

1825 – George Dance the Younger, English architect (b. 1741)

1847 – Gov Bent, 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico

1850 – Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner, dies at 93

1887 – Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83

 

 

 

1898 – Lewis Carrollwriter (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 65

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – Charles Hermite, French mathematician (e is transcendent), dies at 78

1902 – Cato M Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 65

1905 – Ernst Abbe, German physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company), dies at 64

1907 – Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)

1909 – Sinovi P Rozhestvensky, Russian admiral, dies at 60

1912 – Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71

1916 – Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73

1920 – John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (b. 1864)

1923 – Zübeyde Hanım, Mother of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (b. 1857)

1931 – William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, dies

1948 – Anna “Ans” van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42

1956 – Siegfried F Nadel, Aust/Brit anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52

 

 

 

1957 – Humphrey Bogartactor (CasablancaCaine Mutiny), dies at 57

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I’m Calling You), dies at 63

1966 – Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies

1970 – William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)

1977 – Anthony Eden, British premier (1955-57), dies at 79

1977 – Peter Finch, actor (Network, Nun’s Story, Judith), dies at 60

1977 – Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)

 

 

 

1978 – Blossom Rockactress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81

 

 

 

 

 

1978 – Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)

1984 – Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55

1984 – Ray Kroc, founder of MacDonalds/owner San Diego Padres, dies at 81

1986 – Donna Reed, actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64

1988 – Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

1997 – Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)

2001 – Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)

2004 – Uta Hagen, American actress (b. 1919)

2006 – Shelley Winters, American actress, dies at 85

2008 – Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)

2009 – Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)

2009 – Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (b. 1920)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

888 – Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.

 

 

 

 

 

1099 – Crusaders set fire to Mara Syria

1547 – Earl Henry Howard of Surrey sentenced to death

1559 – Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey

1605 – The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.

1607 – The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.

1610 – Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1621 – Jan Pieterszoon Coen’s fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)

1630 – Patent to Plymouth Colony issued

1695 – Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland

1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC

1785 – John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times

1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes

1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

1830 – Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves

 

 

 

1840 – The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

 

 

 

 

 

1842 – Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.

1854 – Anthony Foss patents accordion

1863 – Chenille manufacturing machine patented by William Canter, NYC

1863 – Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet

1865 – -Jan 15th] BBT & CPT Ft Fisher, NC

1869 – Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Wash DC

1873 – P B S Pinchback relinquishes office at Louisiana governor

1874 – Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried

1874 – US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king

 

 

 

1888 – National Geographic Society founded (WashingtonDC)

 

 

 

 

 

1893 – British Independent Labor Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)

1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1898 – Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J’accuse) in defense of Dreyfus

1906 – 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile

1908 – French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip

1911 – Roald Amundsens anchors at Walvis Bay

1912 – -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)

1913 – Delta Sigma Theta, the world’s largest Black Women’s Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington DC

1915 – Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800

1915 – W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles

1920 – NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly

1922 – Buck Weaver, a Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement

1922 – Conference of Cannes concerning German retribution payments ended

1927 – US & Mexico battle over oil interests

1929 – Humanist Society established, Hollywood Calif

1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appears

1935 – Plebiscite in Saar, indicates a desire (90.3%) to join Nazi Germany

1938 – The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.

1939 – The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

1942 – Allied Conference for war trials

1942 – German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1942 – Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration

1942 – World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1943 – British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca

1943 – Hitler declares “Total War”

1943 – Russian offensive at Don under general Golikov

 

 

 

1943 – US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge Guadalcanal

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 – 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin

1953 – Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14

1954 – Milt rule in Egypt; 318 Mohammedan Brotherhood arrested

1957 – Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee

1958 – US newspaper “Daily Worker” ceases publication

1958 – Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

1959 – De Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 to Algerian death row convicts

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

1967 – Coup in Togo

1967 – Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show

1968 – Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)

1969 – Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” album

1972 – Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

1974 – Superbowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Superbowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB

1976 – Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of “La Traviata”

1979 – Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam

1980 – Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium

1982 – Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

 

 

 

1982 – Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstormcrashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, DC, & falls into Potomac Riverkilling 78

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – AMA urges ban on boxing sites Muhammad Ali’s deteriorating condition

1985 – 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course

1985 – Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000

1985 – Express train derails in Ethiopia, kills at least 428

1986 – NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams

1986 – South Yemen Pres Ali Nasser Mohammed’s bodyguard shoots opponents

1987 – 7 top NY Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each

1987 – W German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking

1988 – Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities

1989 – “Friday the 13th” virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain

1989 – “Ryan’s Hope” ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

1989 – Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate

 

 

 

1989 – Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BCfound in Iraq

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence

1990 – 1st elected US black governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)

1991 – 12th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 25 awards

1991 – 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg South Africa

1991 – Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open

1992 – Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins

1992 – US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane

1992 – Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

1994 – Tonya Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan

1995 – America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America’s Cup race

1998 – CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

2001 – Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people

2007 – Two thirds of the Venus’s southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.

2012 – Cruise ship, Costa Concordia, runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, with at least 15 deaths

 

 

 

Births

1334 – King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)

1381 – St Colette, abbess/reformer (Poor Clares)

1406 – Matteo Palmieri, Italian writer (Della vita civile)

1505 – Joachim II Hector, ruler (Brandenburg)

1562 – Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)

1596 – Jan J Goyen, Dutch landscape painter

1610 – Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1665)

1616 – Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic

1720 – Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)

1749 – Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)

1807 – Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1808 – Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)

1812 – Humphrey Marshall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1872

1815 – William Henry French, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1832 – Horatio Alger, Jr., Chelsea Massachusetts, American minister and author (Lost at Sea, Work & Win)

1845 – Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)

1861 – Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)

1864 – Wilhelm K W Wien, German physicist (Nobel 1911)

1869 – Emanuele F, duke of Aosta, Italian general (WW I)/fascist

1870 – Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist (d.1959)

1878 – Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)

1881 – Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)

1884 – Sophie Tucker, [Kalish], Russia, singer/last of red hot mammas

1885 – Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)

1892 – Paul Smart, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948)

1893 – Clarke Ashton Smith, US, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)

1901 – A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)

1903 – Kay Francis, [Katherine E Gibbs], Oklahoma City, actress (False Madonna)

1909 – Danny Barker, jazz guitarist

1918 – Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer

1919 – Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)

1919 – Robert Stack, LA California, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane)

1925 – Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)

1926 – Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)

1927 – Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1929 – Joseph Anthony Passjazz guitarist

 

All the Things You Are

Duets in Hannover with Ella Fitzgerald

Jambalaya with Roy Clark

 

 

 

 

1930 – Frances Sternhagen, Wash DC, actress (Outland, Starting Over)

1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, NYC, actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir)

1933 – Nurdin Jivraj, Tanzanian/British hotel magnate (Buckingham Intl)

1933 – Ron[ald Joseph] Goulart, US, sci-fi author (Deadwalk, Plunder)

1934 – Rip Taylor, Washington, D.C., American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show)

1935 – Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)

1935 – Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress

1938 – Billy Gray, LA California, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best)

1941 – Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic-gold-1976)

1943 – Richard Moll, Cal, actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor)

1945 – [Eileen] Joy[ce] Chant [Rutter], UK, sci-fi author (High Kings)

1947 – Peter Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)

 

 

 

1948 – ‘T Bone‘ Burnettrocker

 

Zombieland

Driving Wheel

Every Little Thing

 

 

 

 

1948 – Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur

1949 – Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)

1949 – Rakesh Sharma, India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)

1952 – Cornelius Bumpus, keyboardist (Doobie Bros-Minute by Minute)

1952 – Sharon Gabet, Fort Wayne IN, actress (Edge of Night, Another World)

1954 – Vicki McCarty, Los Angeles Ca, playmate (Sep, 1979)

1955 – Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)

1955 – Trevor Rabin, rocker (Yes)

1956 – Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

1956 – Jay McInerney, writer (Bright Lights, Big City)

1956 – Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)

1957 – Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic-bronze-1984)

1957 – Don Snow, rocker (Squeeze)

1961 – Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Sussex, rock vocalist (Madness-Our House)

1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, NYC, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll)

1963 – Felita Carr, Fort Lauderdale Fl, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ)

1963 – Tim Patrick Kelly, Trenton NJ, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)

1964 – Penelope Ann Miller, LA Ca, actress (Kindergarden Cop) [or Feb 13]

1966 – Joseph Harper, Ventura California, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1966 – Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston Me, actor (Mike-Fast Times)

1969 – Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor)

1969 – Katarzyna Nowak, Lodz Poland, tennis star (1994 Futures France)

 

 

 

1970 – Anne-Marie GoddardUtrechtum Netherlandsplaymate (Jan, 94)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)

1972 – Nicole Eggert, Glendale California, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch)

1973 – Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor

1975 – Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1976 – Vaclav Batlik, Costa Mesa California, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1976 – Michael Peña, American actor

1977 – Orlando Bloom, Kent England, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings)

1983 – William Hung, American Idol contestant

 

 

 

Deaths

86 BC – Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)

533 – Remigius van Reims, 1st bishop of Reims (459-533)/saint, dies about 96

703 – Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)

858 – Aethelwolf, king of Wessex (Battle at Aclea), dies

888 – Charles III, the Fat One, King of Franconia/Roman emperor, dies

1049 – Derrick IV, Count of Holland (1039-49), dies in battle

1138 – Simon I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1076)

1151 – Abbot Suger, French statesman and historian (b. 1081)

1177 – Hendrik Jasomirgott Babenberg, Duke of Austria, dies. (b. 1107)

1330 – Frederick I (III), the Fair, Duke of Austrian/German anti-king, dies (b. 1286)

1363 – Meinhard III of Gorizia-Tyrol (b. 1344)

1488 – Hermann Vischer, “the Old”, buried

1599 – Edmund Spenser, poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46

 

 

 

1630 – Yuan ChonghuanChinese military commander (b. 1584)

 

 

 

 

 

1658 – Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)

1682 – Simon van Leeuwen, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 55

1691 – George Fox, founder of Quakers, dies at 66

1790 – Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)

1796 – John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)

1853 – Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)

1864 – Stephen Foster, composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in NY

 

 

 

1882 – Wilhelm MauserGerman weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)

 

 

 

 

 

1906 – Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)

1924 – Georg H Quincke, German physicist (Test of Quincke), dies at 89

1928 – Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57

 

 

 

1929 – Wyatt EarpUS marshal (OK Corral), dies at 80

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Jean-Baptiste Marchand, soldier/explorer (Sudan), dies at 70

1939 – Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies

1941 – James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

1962 – Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42

1978 – Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn

1979 – Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33

1980 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78

1985 – Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson’s teatime movie hostess, dies at 42

1992 – Josef Neckermann, German founder mail-order firm/travel bureau, dies

1996 – Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies

2002 – Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)

2002 – Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)

2003 – Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)

2004 – Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)

2004 – Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)

2006 – Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)

2007 – Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)

2007 – Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)

2009 – Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)

2009 – Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)

2009 – Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)

2010 – Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)

2010 – Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

475 – Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.

1493 – Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily

1528 – Gustav I of Sweden crowned king of Sweden.

1552 – Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed

1616 – Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco

1773 – 1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC)

1807 – Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Neth, 150 die

1812 – 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez

1816 – France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever

1820 – Royal Astronomical Society founded in England

1836 – Battle of Wetumka, Fla

1839 – Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn

1863 – President Davis delivers his “State of Confederacy” address

 

 

 

1865 – -13] Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC

 

 

 

 

 

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.

 

 

 

1879 – British Zulu War beginsLt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand

 

 

 

 

 

1895 – The National Trust is founded in Britain.

1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)

1900 – Freeland Colony founded in US

 

 

 

1908 – Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pakilling 170 (OS , 13th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1904 – Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garrison

1906 – 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)

1906 – Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman’s cabinet (which included amongst its members H.H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.

1912 – -47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record)

1924 – History of Science Society organized at Boston

1929 – Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana

1932 – Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-Ark)

1933 – US Congress recognize independence Philippines

1933 – Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies

1937 – Plow for laying submarine cable patented

1940 – World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.

1942 – British troops reconquer Sollum

1942 – Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender

1942 – National War Labor Board created

1943 – Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)

1944 – Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterd

1945 – German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge

1945 – US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Jap ships in Battle of South China Sea

1945 – World War II: The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe.

1948 – 1st Supermarket in UK opens

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

1948 – US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)

1949 – “Arthur Godfrey & His Friends” premieres on CBS TV

1949 – Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter

1950 – Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die

1950 – USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage

1952 – University of Tennessee admits it’s 1st black student

1953 – 9 “Jewish” physicians arrested for “terrorist activities” in Moscow

1954 – Austria’s worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115

1958 – NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring

1961 – UN genocide pact goes into effect

1963 – “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1

1966 – “Batman” with Adam West & Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV

1966 – LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends

1967 – Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1969 – Superbowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB

1970 – Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria

1970 – Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage

1970 – Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.

1971 – “All in the Family” premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

1971 – Congressional Black Caucus organizes

1971 – Fed grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

1974 – “Joker” by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1

1974 – Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as “Islamic Arab Republic”

1975 – Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates

1975 – Superbowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

1976 – UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Org

1977 – Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes

1979 – LA’s Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham

1979 – Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100

1981 – “Dynasty” with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV

1981 – -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)

1983 – Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame

1988 – Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1989 – 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

1989 – Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

1990 – Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln

1991 – Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)

1991 – US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

1992 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman

1994 – Malcolm X’s daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham’s murder

1994 – Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1995 – Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

1995 – Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in LA

1997 – HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)

1997 – Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated

1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

2005 – Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.

2006 – A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.

2006 – Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.

2006 – The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.

2007 – Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.

2010 – Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

Births

1483 – Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda, Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland 1515-1521 (d. 1538)

1492 – Andreas Alicatus, Italian author

1562 – Charles Emanuel I, the great, Duke of Savoy

1579 – Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)

1580 – Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)

1588 – John Winthrop, 1st governor (Mass Bay Colony)

1628 – Charles Perrault, Paris France, author (Mother Goose)

1638 – Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)

1716 – Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general (d. 1795)

1721 – Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Prussian general (d. 1792)

 

 

 

1729 – Edmund BurkeBritish author (Philosophy & Inquiry)

 

 

 

 

1792 – Robert Patterson, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1814 – Jones Mitchell Withers, Mjr General (Confederate Army), died in 1890

1819 – Zealous Bates Tower, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1900

1822 – Étienne Lenoir, French engineer (d. 1900)

1825 – Joseph Robert Davis, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896

1826 – Charles Cruft, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1832 – Richard Waterhouse Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1876

1852 – Joseph J C Joffre, French fieldmarshal (Indo China, Marne)

1853 – Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)

1871 – Paul Guthnick, German astronomer

1876 – Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild)

1878 – Ferenc Molnar, Hungarian/US playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk)

1879 – Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)

1892 – Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)

1893 – Hermann Goering, propoganda minister (Nazi Germany)

1896 – Rex Ingram, Ireland, actor/director (Elmer Gantry, God’s Little Acre)

1899 – Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)

1902 – Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia)

1902 – Simon H Spoor, Dutch gen/intelligence officer for Gen MacArthur

1903 – Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist – helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon

1904 – Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist

1905 – James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (d. 1997)

1906 – Henny Youngman, England, comedian (Take my wife please…)

1906 – Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)

1907 – Sergei Korolev, scientist

1908 – Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)

1910 – Charles Martin, cartoonist

1910 – Luise Rainer, Austria, actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City)

1915 – Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot

1915 – Martin Agronsky, journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)

1916 – A P[ieter] W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa

1917 – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)

1920 – James Farmer, Marshall, Tex, civil rights leader

1921 – John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)

 

 

 

1923 – Ira HayesAmerican Marine , Iwo Jima  (d. 1955)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1926 – Ray Price, country singer (Good Times)

 

 

 

1928 – Ruth BrownAmerican singer (d. 2006)(see also UE 11/17 Deaths)

 

Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean

Ain’t Nobody’s Business with BB King

A Good Day For The Blues

Ice Water In Your Veins

 

 

 

 

1929 – Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottis-born American philosopher

1930 – Glenn Yarborough, singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)

1934 – Burdette Haldorson, US, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)

1935 – “Amazing” Kreskin, Montclair NJ, mentalist/telepath

1935 – William Lee Gloden, Brewton Al, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys)

1941 – Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don’t try to Lay No Boogie)

1942 – Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup)

1942 – Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the radical leftist organization Weather Underground

1944 – Joe Frazier, Beaufort SC, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73)

1944 – Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate

1946 – Cynthia Robinson, rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)

1946 – George Duke, San Rafael Ca, rocker

1947 – Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)

1949 – Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)

1949 – Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

1950 – Marilyn R Smith, microbiologist

1950 – Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician

1950 – Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)

1951 – Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver

1951 – Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)

 

 

 

1951 – Ann AlthouseAmerican law professor

 

 

 

 

 

1951 – Larry Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)

1951 – Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality

1951 – Rob Zombie, American law professor

1952 – Ricky Van Shelton, country musician

1954 – Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, “Radio’s Bad Boy” (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)

1957 – John Lasseter, American animation director

1960 – Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)

1964 – Jeff Bezos, Albuquerque New Mexico, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon.com

1965 – Rob Zombie, American musician

 

 

 

1967 – Vendela [Kirsebom], Stockholm Swedenmodel (Sports Illustrated 1993)

 

 

 

 

 

1968 – Heather Mills, Aldershot England, model/writer (Out on a Limb)

1970 – Jenny Griffith, Burbank California, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995)

1970 – Raekwon, American rapper

1970 – Zack de la Rocha, American musician (Rage Against the Machine)

1972 – Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi

1972 – Randy Sklar, American comedian

1974 – Melanie Jayne Chisholm, “Sporty Spice”, Widnes, vocalist (Spice Girls)

1974 – Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier

1976 – Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer

1977 – Sara Walsh, South Bend In, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1978 – Amerie, American singer and songwriter

1979 – Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)

1982 – Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete

 

 

 

Deaths

689 – Benedict Biscop, English saint, dies

1049 – Abu Sa’id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic, dies at 81

1167 – Aelred of Hexham/Rievaulx, English abbot/saint, dies at about 56

1321 – Maria of Brabant, wife of Philip III of France (b. 1256)

1390 – Peter van Herenthals, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67

1537 – Lorenzo di Credi, Italian painter, dies

1665 – Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (Fermat therorem), dies at 63

1732 – John Horsley, British archaeologist (b. 1685)

 

 

 

1777 – Hugh MercerAmerican Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)

 

 

 

 

 

1897 – Isaac Pitman, British inventor (Pitman Shorthand) (b. 1813)

1899 – Hiram Walker, American distiller (b. 1816)

1909 – Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (b. 1864)

1928 – Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair

1943 – Jan R T Campert, Dutch resistance fighter/poet (18 Dead), dies at 40

1944 – Lance C. Wade, American pilot (b. 1915)

1958 – Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)

1960 – Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60

1962 – Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42

1965 – Porcupine, in Washington DC zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent

 

 

 

1970 – Blanche Stuart ScottUS pilotdies at 84

 

 

 

 

 

1975 – Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo

1976 – Agatha Christie, mystery writer (10 Little Indians), dies at 85

1977 – Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69

1978 – Nancy Spungen, stabbed to death by boyfriend Sid Vicious

1981 – Beulah Bondi, actress (It’s a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

1991 – Keye Luke, actor (Charlie Chan’s No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86

1992 – Walt Morey, US children’s book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84

1996 – Edmund Happold, engineer, dies at 65

1996 – John Howard Purnell, scientist, dies at 70

1996 – Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76

1996 – Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)

1997 – Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher, dies at 95

1999 – Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (b. 1914)

 

 

 

2001 – AffirmedAmerican racehorse Triple Crown Winner (b. 1975)

 

 

 

 

 

2001 – William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)

2002 – Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)

2003 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (b. 1912)

2003 – Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)

2003 – Maurice Gibb, British singer, songwriter, and musician (Bee Gees) (b. 1949)

2003 – Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)

2004 – Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)

2005 – Alessia di Matteo, first survivor of eight transplants in one operation (b. 2003)

2005 – Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)

2007 – Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)

2009 – Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)

2012 – Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

532 – Nika-revolt against Justianus & Theodora in Hippodrome Constantinople
1055 – Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
1158 – Vladislav II of Bohemia becomes king
1558 – Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm
1569 – 1st recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul’s Cathedral
1571 – Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion
1599 – Jacob van Necks fleet leaves Bantam Java with pepper, clove & muskaat
1693 – Mt Etna erupts, Sicily
1709 – Colley Cibber’s “Rival Fools,” premieres in London
1753 – Ferdinand VI of Spain & Pope Benedictus XIV sign concord
1758 – Russian troops occupy Königsberg, East-Prussia [NS=Jan 22]
1759 – 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
1765 – Frisia bans Voltaires “Traité sur la tolérance”
1774 – Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog
1775 – Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
1779 – Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
1785 – Continental Congress convenes in NYC
1787 – Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel
1790 – Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
1794 – Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
1803 – Monroe & Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
1805 – Michigan Territory organizes
1813 – 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 1/21)
1839 – Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal – 700 die
1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in US to earn medical degree
1861 – Alabama becomes 4th state to secede from the Union
1861 – Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
1863 – Naval engagement near Galveston between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras
1863 – Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
1864 – Charing Cross Station opens in London
1865 – Battle of Beverly, WV
1866 – Steamship London sinks in storm off Land’s End, England and kills 220
1867 – Benito Juárez becomes the Mexican president again.
1873 – 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover’s Journal, Chicago
1879 – Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins
1885 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Vildauden,” premieres in Oslo
1892 – Hawaiian Historical Society founded
1892 – William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia
1893 – Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)
1897 – M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
1904 – Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
1912 – Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts
1913 – 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
1915 – Col Jacob Ruppert & Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000
1916 – French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
1917 – Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse’s “Have a Heart,” premieres in NYC
1919 – 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
1919 – Romania annexes Transylvania
1920 – French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
1922 – Insulin 1st used to treat diabetes (Leonard Thompson, 14, of Canada)
1923 – 1st Dutch Dada-evening (Theo Van Doesburg & Kurt Schwitters)
1923 – French & Belgian troops occupy Ruhr to collect reparations
1925 – Frank Kellogg replaces Charles Hughes on as US Sect of State
1927 – Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
1935 – Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course)
1936 – Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives
1938 – Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st
1938 – Frances Moulton elected 1st woman president of a US national bank
1940 – Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo & Juliet premieres in Leningrad
1941 – Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
1942 – -23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)
1942 – Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
1943 – US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China
1944 – Crakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp established
1946 – Bert Bell becomes 2nd NFL commissioner, moves Chicago HQ to Phila
1946 – Enver Hoxha declares People’s Rep of Albania with himself dictator
1949 – Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
1952 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
1953 – J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club
1954 – 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
1957 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
1957 – Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
1959 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
1959 – Hanif Mohammad completes 499 for Karachi, then 1st class world record
1959 – Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mayfair Golf Open
1959 – NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 28-21
1960 – Chad declares independence from France
1960 – Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
1961 – Racial riot at University of Georgia
1962 – Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
1963 – 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
1963 – Beatles release “Please Please Me” & “Ask Me Why”
1964 – “She Loves Me” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 302 perfs
1964 – 1st government report warning smoking may be hazardous to one’s health
1964 – Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is #80 in US (Cashbox)
1964 – Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
1964 – US Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous
1966 – “Daktari” African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
1966 – 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
1967 – Romeinse Curie installs Council for Pontifical Study commission
1968 – Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
1969 – “Hooked on a Feeling” by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
1969 – Jethro Tull’s This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
1970 – Superbowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
1971 – 1st “Quickie” Divorce granted in UK
1971 – Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
1972 – East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
1972 – Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
1973 – American League adopts designated hitter rule
1973 – Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
1973 – Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Wash DC
1974 – ABC airs final episode of “Love, American Style”
1975 – Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
1976 – “Pacific Overtures” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 perfs
1976 – Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consec natl figure skating champions
1976 – Military coup in Ecuador, Pres Guillermo Lara leaves
1976 – Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Pacific Overtures,” premieres in NYC
1976 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
1976 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
1977 – Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
1977 – Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
1977 – France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
1978 – Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
1978 – Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
1979 – “Grand Tour” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
1980 – Debut of Pretenders
1981 – “Tintypes” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
1981 – Palau adopts constitution
1981 – Brit team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
1982 – Atlanta Ga’s temperature goes below zero F
1982 – Honduras adopts constitution
1983 – Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time
1984 – Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
1984 – STS 41-B vehicle moves to launch pad
1984 – Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood’s family
1986 – 1st black lt gov since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Va)
1987 – Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)
1988 – Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
1988 – USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
1989 – 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
1989 – Denver Nuggets’ rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
1989 – Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
1990 – 200,000 demand return of Lithuania’s independence
1990 – Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
1990 – Bobby Knight becomes basketball’s Big 10 winningest coach (229)
1990 – Pat Lafontaine sets NY Islander record of scoring goals in 11 straight
1991 – Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
1991 – Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title
1991 – Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
1991 – Ben Johnson 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finished 2nd
1992 – Algeria’s Pres Chadli announces his resignation
1992 – Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa
1992 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Kristi Yamaguchi
1993 – Howard Stern’s radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)
1993 – Independent pres candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics
1994 – Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
1994 – Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA
1995 – 5th TV network (WB) Warner Brothers begins (WPIX-TV in NYC)
1995 – Birmingham Barracudas granted CFL franchise
1995 – DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives
1995 – NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike
1996 – Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
1996 – Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1997 – 23rd People’s Choice Awards: Bill Cosby wins
1997 – Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl
1997 – Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
1998 – “Proposals,” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
1998 – 24th Annual People’s Choice Awards – Seinfeld, Tim Allen win
1998 – AFC Championship: Denver Broncos beat Pitt Steelers 24-21
1998 – NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers beat SF 49’ers 23-10
1998 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
1998 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1998 – Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
1999 – 26th American Music Award: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win
2013 – 46 people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China
2013 – 29 people are killed and 12 are injured after a bus veers off a mountain road in Doti, Nepal

 

 

 

Births

889 – Abd-ar-Rahman III, Emir and Caliph of Cordoba (d. 961)
1322 – Emperor Komyo of Japan (d. 1380)
1359 – Emperor Go-En’yu of Japan (d. 1393)
1395 – Michelle of Valois, Duchess of Burgundy (d. 1422)
1403 – Jan IV, Duke of Brabant/Limburg
1449 – Domenico Ghirlandajo, Italy, renaissance painter
1503 – Francesco Parmigianino, Italian artist (Madonna with the Long Neck)
1591 – Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, English Civil War general (d. 1646)
1630 – John Rogers, American President of Harvard in the US (d. 1684)
1671 – François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (d. 1745)
1703 – Columban Praelisauer, composer
1720 – Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
1723 – Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (d. 1774)
1727 – Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer
1746 – Frantisek Adam Mica, composer
1746 – William Curtis, English botanist/publisher (Botanical Magazine)
1750 – Johann Jakob Walder, composer
1755 – Alexander Hamilton, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury, (d. 1804)
1757 – Samuel Bentham, English mechanical engineer (d. 1831)
1788 – William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
1800 – Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (d. 1895)
1801 – John Lodge Ellerton, composer
1807 – Alfred Eugene “Mudwall” Jackson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1807 – Ezra Cornell, founder (Western Union Telegraph, Cornell University)
1808 – Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
1814 – James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget)
1814 – Richard Griffith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862
1815 – John A MacDonald, (C) 1st PM of Canada (1867-73)
1816 – Fitz-Henry Warren, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1878
1818 – John Reese Kenly, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1891
1825 – Bayard Taylor, U.S. poet and writer (d. 1878
1831 – James Ronald Chalmers, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1898
1839 – Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar
1842 – William James, US, psychologist/philosopher
1843 – Charles Yelverton O’Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
1849 – Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (bath house)
1850 – J C Arthur, Lowville NY, botanist (studied rusts)
1850 – Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
1852 – Konstantin Fehrenbach, German chancellor (1920-21)
1853 – Gustav Falke, German author/poet (Der Mann im Nebel)
1853 – Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (d. 1926)
1856 – Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
1857 – Fred[erick J] Archer, English jockey (won 5 Derbys)
1858 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
1859 – [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Nog bij mother, Ot & Sien)
1860 – Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian/French painter/author (Journal)
1864 – Thomas Dixon, US attorney/playwright (Flaming Sword)
1867 – Edward B. Titchener, British psychologist. (d. 1927)
1868 – Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (d. 1940)
1870 – Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (d. 1945)
1872 – Paul Graener, composer
1872 – George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
1873 – John Callan O’Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
1875 – Reinhold Gliere, composer
1876 – Elmer Flick, American baseball player (d. 1971)
1878 – Theodorus Pangalos, Greek general/dictator (1926)
1879 – Antonio Beltramelli, writer
1880 – Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
1885 – Alice Paul, ERA advocate/founder (National Woman’s Party)
1885 – Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (d. 1965)
1886 – George Zucco, England, actor (Adv of Sherlock Holmes, Capt Fury)
1887 – Aldo Leopold, founder (Wilderness Society)
1888 – Chester Conklin, Oskaloosa IA, actor (Every Day’s a Holiday, Greed)
1889 – Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
1890 – Monte Blue, Indianapolis IN, silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy)
1890 – Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (d. 1954)
1890 – Max Carey, American baseball player (d. 1976)
1894 – Jaroslav Vogel, composer
1896 – Eva Le Gallienne, London England, actress/director (Resurrection)
1896 – Paddy Driscoll, NFL QB/coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
1897 – August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (d. 1979)
1898 – Hans Rudolf Krik, Danish writer/critic (Fiskerne, Slaven)
1899 – Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress (d. 1991)
1901 – Andries D Copier, Dutch glass manufacturer (Gildeglass)
1901 – Kwon Ki-ok, Korean pilot (d. 1988)
1902 – Maurice Durufle, French organist/composer
1903 – Alan Paton, South Africa, writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
1904 – Frederick Boland, Irish diplomat/president (UN General Assembly)
1905 – John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer
1905 – Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
1906 – Albert Hofmann, Switzerland, chemist (discovered LSD)
1906 – Johannes Paul Thilman, composer
1906 – Robert Nesbitt, impresario
1907 – Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55) (d. 1982)
1908 – Lionel Stander, NYC, actor (Max-Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours)
1909 – Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
1909 – Marguerite Kelsey, English model/painter (Haunting)
1910 – Izler Solomon, St Paul, Minn, conductor
1910 – Trygve Martin Bratteli, Norwegian PM (Labour) (1971-72, 1973-76)
1910 – Sir Shane Paltridge, Australian politician (d. 1966)
1911 – Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
1911 – Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
1912 – Donald Barry, Houston Texas, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak)
1912 – Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, Curtiss Wright, Pan Am)
1912 – Thomas “Schoolboy” Rowe, Waco Texas, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1914 – Dorothy Jeakins, costume designer
1915 – Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service (d. 1955)
1916 – Bernard Blier, Buenos Aires Argentina, actor (Les Miserables)
1916 – James H [Jimmy] Quillen, (Rep-R-TN, 1963- )
1918 – Albert Weisser, composer
1919 – Veda Ann Borg, Boston MA, actress (Avalanche, Accomplice)
1920 – John Powell, campaigner
1921 – Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
1922 – Kathleen Byron, London England, actress (Abdication, Profile, 4 Days)
1922 – Neville Duke, English test pilot
1922 – Tony Charmoli, Minn, choreographer (Cher, Julie Andrew)
1922 – Ernle Bradford, English historian and writer (d. 1986)
1923 – Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
1924 – Don Cherry, Wichita Texas, singer (Dean Martin Summer Show)
1924 – Slim Harpo [James Moore], Lobdell, Louisiana, American blues musician
1924 – Sam B. Hall, American politician (d. 1994)
1926 – Alexander Gibson, conductor
1926 – Elisabeth M J “Elly” Bakker, Dutch actress (The Miser)
1926 – Grant Tinker, broadcasting executive (NBC-TV)
1926 – Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
1926 – Phil Sidey, broadcaster
1927 – John Hayes, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 15 Tests 1951-58)
1927 – Wilton “Bogey” Gaynair, saxophonist
1928 – David L Wolper, producer (Devil’s Brigade)
1928 – Mitchell Ryan, Cincinnati Oh, actor (Chase, Executive Suite)
1929 – Nicoletta Orsomando
1929 – Wanda Wilkomirska, Warsaw, Poland, violinist
1930 – Rod Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine)
1930 – Ron Mulock, Australian politician
1931 – Ed Hall, Roxbury Mass, actor (Dr Bicker-Medical Center)
1931 – Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
1932 – Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
1933 – Goldie Hill, Karnes County Tx, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1934 – Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, Computer scientist
1935 – Chuck Barksdale, US singer (Dells-I Can Sing a Rainbow)
1935 – Ghita Nørby, Danish actress
1936 – Linda Lawson, Ann Arbor Mich, actress (Don’t Call Me Charlie)
1936 – Meindert Leerling, Dutch TV director/MP (RPF)
1936 – Eve Hesse, Hamburg Germany, German born Jewish-American sculptor.
1938 – Fischer S Black Jr, financial theorist
1938 – Michael Fenn, docker/socialist
1938 – Arthur Scargill, Socialist Labour Party (UK) leader
1939 – Anne Heggtveit, Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
1940 – Mark DeVoto, composer
1941 – Gérson, Brazilian footballer
1942 – Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen’s E St Band)
1943 – William Albert Penn, composer
1943 – Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
1944 – York Georg Holler, composer
1944 – Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (d. 1989)
1944 – Shibu Soren, Indian politician
1945 – Christine Kaufmann, Austria, actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips)
1945 – Samdech Preah Sanghareach Bour Kry, Supreme Patriarch of the Cambodian Dhammayutt Order
1946 – Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1946 – Naomi Judd, [Diana Ellen], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)
1946 – Tony Kaye, rocker (Yes)
1946 – John Piper, American theologian
1947 – Anna Calder-Marshall, Kensington England, actress (Zulu Dawn)
1947 – Bryan Robson, English international soccer star
1948 – Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms, US 800m runner (Oly-gold-1968)
1949 – Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
1949 – [Frederick] Dennis Greene, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
1949 – Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
1951 – Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
1952 – Ben Daniel Crenshaw, Austin TX, PGA golfer (1976 Bing Crosby)
1952 – Lee Ritenour, Los Angeles California, jazz musician
1952 – Massimo Lopez, Italian comedian
1952 – Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
1952 – Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
1953 – Anna Marchesini, Italian entertainer
1953 – John Sessions, Scottish actor
1954 – Saskia ten Batenburg, Dutch actress (Factory, Hunk)
1956 – Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
1956 – Robert Earl Keen, American singer
1957 – Darryl Dawkins, NBA center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets)
1957 – Bryan Robson, English footballer and manager
1958 – Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores, Honolulu Hawaii, playmate (Jun, 1982)
1958 – Vicki Peterson, Los Angeles California, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles)
1958 – Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Columbian crime boss
1959 – Brett Bodine, auto racer
1961 – Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
1961 – Jasper Fforde, British author
1962 – Donn Pall, Evergreen Park IL, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Fl Marlins)
1962 – Julie Moran, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day)
1962 – Kim Coles, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Synclaire-Living Single)
1962 – Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy
1963 – Jason Connery, London England, actor (Robin Hood)
1963 – Kate Gompert, Ames lA, tennis star
1963 – Petra Schneider, E German swimming star (world record 400m)
1963 – Tracy Caulkins, Winona Minn, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1984)
1965 – Barbara Belding, San Diego Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994)
1965 – Joely Richardson, London England, actress (Body Contact, Wetherby)
1965 – Karl Van Calcar, Torrance California, 3k steeplechase
1965 – Loredana Romito, Benevento Italy, model/actress (Fatal Temptation)
1965 – Olivia Barash, Miami Fla, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue)
1965 – Steve Vancil, Oregon City Ore, golfer (1989 City of Portland)
1965 – Roland Scholten, Dutch Darts Player
1966 – Christian Pouget, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
1966 – Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
1966 – Kelley Law, Canadian curler
1967 – Jeff Bankett, Pittsburgh Pa, actor (Tyler-1 Life to Live)
1967 – Richmond Webb, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
1967 – Ronnie Stern, St-Agathe, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
1968 – Ben Rivera, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)

1968 - Sharon Brown, NYC, actress (Chantal-Generations)
1968 - Tom Dumont, American musician
1969 - Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
1969 - Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
1969 - Frank Robinson, WLAF defensive back (Scottish Claymores)
1969 - Reemt Pyka, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1969 - Kyle Richards, American actress
1970 - Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
1970 - Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
1971 - Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
1971 - Karmeeleyah McGill, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
1971 - Mary Jane Blige, New York, American R&B singer-songwriter
1971 - Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
1971 - Stephen Smith, Indianapolis Indiana, high jumper
1972 - Amber Medlin, Virginia Beach Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1996)
1972 - Dexter Seigler, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
1972 - Huub Loeffen, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
1972 - Rey Ordonez, Havana Cuba, infielder (NY Mets)
1972 - Yang Wenyi, Chinese swim star (WR/OR 50m freestyle)
1972 - Marc Blucas, American actor

1973 – Dave Dickenson, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)

1973 – Rahul Dravid, cricket batter (prolific Karnataka, Tests for India 96)
1973 – Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress
1973 – Rockmond Dunbar, American actor
1974 – Echo Leta Johnson, Austin TX, playmate (Jan, 1993)
1974 – Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
1974 – Rod Jones, NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
1974 – Toderick Malone, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
1974 – Warren Morris, Alexandria LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
1974 – Jens Nowotny, German footballer
1975 – Brad Badger, guard (Washington Redskins)
1975 – Jacky Verbeek, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
1975 – Rory Fitzpatrick, Rochester, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
1976 – Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player
1977 – Shomari Buchanan, American football player
1977 – Nadia Turner, American singer
1978 – Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer
1978 – Emile Heskey, English footballer
1978 – Holly Brisley, Australian actress
1979 – Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director
1979 – Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
1980 – Lovieanne Jung, American softball player
1980 – Mike Williams, American football player
1980 – Deanna Wright, American actress
1981 – Jamelia Niela Davis, Birmingham, English singer
1981 – Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian)
1982 – Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer
1982 – Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress
1983 – Matthew Palleschi, Canadian soccer player
1983 – Adrian Sutil, German racing driver
1985 – Rie fu, Japanese singer
1985 – Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
1985 – Newton Faulkner, British singer
1987 – Scotty Cranmer, American professional BMX rider
1988 – Alexandria L’Esperance, quintuplet
1988 – Danielle L’Esperance, quintuplet
1988 – Erica L’Esperance, quintuplet
1988 – Raymond L’Esperance, quintuplet
1988 – Veronica L’Esperance, quintuplet
1993 – Flora Cross, American actress

 

 

 

Deaths

314 – St. Miltiades
705 – John VI, Catholic Pope (701-05), dies
802 – St. Paulinus II of Aquileia
812 – Staurakios, Byzantine Emperor
844 – Michael I Rhangabes, Byzantine Emperor
1055 – Constantine IX Monomachos, emperor of Byzantium, dies
1083 – Otto of Nordheim, Duke of Bavaria (c. 1020)
1494 – Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
1495 – Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman (b. 1428)
1547 – Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
1552 – Johannes Cochlaeus, [Dobeneck], German humanist/theologist, dies
1641 – Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], French theologist, dies
1641 – Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583)
1650 – Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49
1674 – Jan Zoet, actor/playwright/poet (Brutal-Roffel), dies at 58
1696 – Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
1703 – Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
1713 – Pierre Jurieu, French Protestant leader (b. 1637)
1735 – Danilo I , Vladika of Montenegro (b. c. 1670)
1753 – Hans Sloane, English physician (British Museum), dies at 92
1762 – Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
1763 – Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
1771 – Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, marquis d’Argens, French author, dies at 66
1775 – Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
1775 – Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
1784 – Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 59
1791 – William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
1797 – Francis Lightfoot Lee, US farmer (singer Decl of Independ), dies at 62
1801 – Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Matrimonio segreto), dies at 51
1836 – John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
1837 – John Field, Irish pianist/composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
1843 – Francis Scott Key, composer (Star Spangled Banner), dies at 63
1847 – Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, dies at 83
1856 – Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
1867 – Sir Stuart Donaldson, first Premier of the Colony of New South Wales (b. 1812)
1870 – Adolf Ganz, composer, dies at 73
1877 – Pietro Romani, composer, dies at 85
1882 – Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810)
1891 – Georges-Eugene Haussmann, French senator/baron, dies at 81
1893 – Benjamin F Butler, US gen/pres candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
1898 – Gaetano Capocci, composer, dies at 86
1901 – Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer, dies at 34
1902 – Johnny Briggs, cricketer (118 wkts for England), dies in an asylum
1905 – Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)
1914 – Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist, dies at 71
1914 – Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery was named (b. 1842)
1923 – Constantine I, king of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54
1928 – Thomas Hardy, novelist (Maddening Crowd), dies near Dorchester at 87
1929 – Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28
1931 – Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76
1931 – James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
1941 – Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
1943 – Carlo Tresca, NY’s Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
1944 – Galeazzo count of Cortellazzo Ciano, Italian politician, dies
1947 – Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
1950 – Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
1952 – Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
1952 – Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (b. 1885)
1953 – Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
1953 – Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
1953 – Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
1954 – Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher/drawer, dies at 77
1954 – Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
1954 – Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
1955 – Rodolfo Graziani, Italian East-Africa Minister of Defense, dies at 72
1957 – Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
1958 – Alec Rowley, composer, dies at 65
1959 – Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
1960 – Johan E Elias, Dutch historian (Elias Family), dies at 84
1961 – Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
1963 – Arthur D Nock, English/Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
1966 – Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor, dies at 64
1966 – Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian premier (1964-66), dies at 61
1966 – Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
1969 – Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
1971 – I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
1973 – Isabel Randolph, actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
1973 – Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday
1975 – Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
1976 – Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
1978 – Michael Bates, actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
1978 – Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
1979 – Jack Soo, actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
1980 – Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
1981 – Beulah Bondi, actress (It’s a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
1983 – Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
1983 – Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator (b. 1894)
1984 – Fritz Geissler, composer, dies at 62
1984 – Jack La Rue, TV narrator (Lights Out), dies at 81
1985 – Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
1986 – Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
1987 – Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
1988 – Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, dies at 75 of cancer
1988 – Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
1988 – Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
1990 – Mary Jane Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Second Wife), dies
1991 – Jason Christmas, dies of gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49
1991 – Carl David Anderson, American physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 85
1993 – Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
1994 – John Bradley, raised US flag at Iwo Jima, dies at 70
1994 – Roger “Ram” Ramirez, jazz piano player/composer, dies at 80
1994 – Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician (b. 1902)
1995 – Adrian J “Ad” Kaland, Dutch MP (CDA 1977-93), dies at 72
1995 – John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
1995 – Onat Kutlar, Turkish screenplay/producer (Hazal), murdered at 59
1995 – Willem N “Pim” Koot, pianist (Concert Building), dies at 76
1995 – Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
1996 – Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
1996 – Harold Walter Bailey, philologist, dies at 96
1996 – Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
1996 – Ike Isaacs, guitarist, dies at 76
1997 – Cavan O’Connor, singer, dies at 97
1997 – Duncan Wood, television director/producer, dies at 71
1997 – Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
1997 – Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
1997 – Sheldon Leonard, producer/director (Dick Van Dyke), dies at 89
1998 – Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, dies at 71
1999 – Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897)
1999 – Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
1999 – Fabrizio de André, Italian singer (b. 1940)
2000 – Betty Archdale, Anglo-Australian educationalist and cricketer (b. 1907)
2000 – Ivan Combe, American inventor (b. 1911)
2000 – Bob Lemon, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
2001 – Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
2001 – Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
2002 – Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
2002 – Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
2003 – Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913)
2003 – Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925)
2003 – Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
2005 – Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
2005 – Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)
2005 – James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
2005 – Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
2006 – Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
2006 – Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim (b. 1998)
2007 – Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
2007 – Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
2007 – Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
2008 – Carl Karcher, founded the Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)
2008 – Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88
2009 – David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
2010 – Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank’s diary (b. 1909)
2010 – Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
2010 – Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
2013 – Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

49 BC – Julius Caesar crosses the Rubiconsignaling the start of civil war.

 

 

 

 

 

69 – Roman emperor Galba adopts Marcus Piso Licinianus as Caesar

236 – St Fabian begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1072 – Robert Guiscard conquers Palermo

1356 – German emperor Charles I delegates Golden Degree

1429 – Order of Golden Fleece established in Austria-Hungary & Spain

1475 – Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui.

1514 – Complutensian New Testament in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek & Latin finished

1642 – King Charles I & family flee London for Oxford

1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine, published

1811 – Louisiana slaves rebell in 2 parishes

1845 – Poets Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning begin corresponding

1861 – Ft Jackson & Ft Philip are taken over by LA state troops

1861 – US forts & property seized by Mississippi

1861 – American Civil War: Florida becomes 3rd state to secedes from the Union.

 

 

 

1862 – Battle of Big Sandy RiverKY (Middle Creek)

 

 

 

 

 

1862 – Battle of Romney, WV

1863 – 1st underground railway opens in London

1863 – General McClernand’s Union troops surround Fort Hindman Ark

1870 – John D Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

1878 – US Senate proposes female suffrage

1883 – Fire at uninsured Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin kills 71. General Tom Thumb of P T Barnum fame, escapes unhurt

1900 – Lord Roberts & Lord Kitchener reach Capetown

1901 – Oil discovered in Texas

1910 – 1st international air meet in US held, in LA

1910 – Lunt-Fontanne Theater (Globe) opens at 205 W 46th St NYC

1911 – 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego

1912 – World’s 1st flying boat’s maiden flight, (Glenn Curtiss in NY)

1914 – Oscar Mathisen skates world record 500 m in 43.7 sec in Oslo

1920 – League of Nations established

1920 – Silver reaches record $1.37 an ounce

1923 – Last US troops leave Rhineland (Germany)

 

 

 

1927 – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis premieres

 

 

 

 

 

1928 – Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

1932 – “Mickey Mouse” & “Silly Symphony” comics syndicated

1941 – Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic & Old Lace,” premieres in NYC

1941 – Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews

1941 – World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.

1942 – Japan invades North-Celebes, Neth Indies

1943 – Russian offensive against German 6th/4th Armies near Stalingrad

1943 – 1st US pres to visit a foreign country in wartime-FDR leaves for Casablanca, Morocco

1944 – 1st mobile electric power plant delivered, Phila

1944 – British troops conquer Maungdaw, Burma

1946 – 1st radar contact with Moon

1946 – UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)

1946 – US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, NJ

1947 – British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel

1949 – 1st Jewish family show “Goldbergs” premieres on CBS

1949 – RCA introduces 45 RPM record

1951 – 1st jet passenger trip made

1951 – UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

1953 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish

1954 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden

1956 – Elvis records “Heartbreak Hotel”

1957 – Anthony Eden resigns & Harold Macmillan becomes PM Britain

1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

1962 – 4,000 die in avalanche, Ranrahirca, Peru

1962 – Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500

1964 – Battles between moslems & hindus in Calcutta

1964 – Panama severs diplomatic relations with US

1966 – Julian Bond denied seat in Ga legislature for opposing Vietnam War

1967 – Edward Brooke, takes (Sen-R-Mass) seat as 1st popular elected black

1967 – Lester Maddox inaugurated as governor of Georgia

1967 – PBS (the National Educational TV) begins as a 70 station network

1968 – US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho

1969 – Sweden (1st Western country) recognizes North Vietnam

1969 – USSR’s Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus

1972 – Triple album set “Concert for Bangladesh” released in UK

1973 – Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die

1978 – Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched

1979 – 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks

1981 – El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens “general offensive”

1982 – Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)

1984 – Clara Peller 1st asks, “Where’s the Beef?”

1984 – US establishes full diplomatic relations with Vatican after 117 years

1985 – Daniel Ortega Saavedra inaugurated as president of Nicaragua

1986 – Palau signs Compact of Free Association with US

1990 – China lifts martial law (imposed after Tiananmen Square massacre)

1990 – NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players

1991 – Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans

1991 – US Congress begins debate on Persian Gulf crisis

1994 – Trial of Lorena Bobbitt who cut off her husband’s penis, begins

1994 – Ukraine says it will give up world’s 3rd largest nuclear arsenal

1996 – Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners

1997 – 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1

1997 – 4,000th episode of “Entertainment Tonight”

1997 – Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits

1999 – Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with ‘Praise You’

2001 – A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.

2005 – A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.

 

 

 

Births

1480 – Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands (d. 1530)

1502 – Hendrik Niclaes, German/Dutch merchant/cult leader (Children of God)

1538 – Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (d. 1574)

1573 – Simon Marius, German astronomer (d. 1624)

1607 – Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1646)

1628 – Jan Theunisz Blanckerhoff, [Jan Maet], seascape painter)

1638 – Nicolas Steno, Danish Scientist and Bishop (d. 1686)

1644 – Louis Boufflers, marshall of France

 

 

 

1738 – Ethan AllenRevolutionary War fighter (lead the Green Mtn Boys)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1769 – Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo)

1780 – M Heinrich C Lichtenstein, German zoologist

1797 – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (d. 1848)

1812 – Georg Hermann Nicolai, German architect (d. 1881)

1815 – Alexander Brydie Dyer, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1874

1815 – Thomas Williams, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1825 – Alexander Travis Hawthorn, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1836 – Charles Ingalls, father of Laura Ingalls Wilder (d. 1902)

1843 – Frank James, American outlaw (d. 1915)

1850 – John Wellborn Root, American architect (d. 1891)

1855 – Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)

1864 – George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist [or Jul 12]

1864 – Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (d. 1931)

1865 – Mary Ingalls, sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder (d. 1928)

1877 – Frederick Gardner Cottrell, inventor (elecrostatic precipitator)

1883 – Francis X Bushman, Norfolk VA, silent film actor (Ben Hur)

1888 – Grock, Switzerland, clown

1890 – Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (d. 1957)

 

 

 

1893 – Albert JackaAustralian soldierfirst Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – Sergei M Eisenstein, Russian director (Alexandr Nevski) [OS]

1904 – Ray Bolger, Dorchester Mass, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz)

1908 – Bernard Lee, London, English actor (M in James Bond movies)

1910 – Dorothy Stroud, garden historian

1916 – Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)

1917 – Jerry Wexler, music producer (Aretha Franklin/Bob Dylan)

1921 – Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)

1925 – Maxwell Roach, composer

1928 – Donald Brooks, fashion designer (Emmy 1983)

1930 – Byron “Wild Child” Gipson, blues singer

1930 – Roy Edward Disney, American film executive and CEO of Disney

1931 – Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)

1935 – Ronnie Hawkins, American musician

1936 – Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer (d. 1997)

1936 – Stephen Ambrose, American historian (d. 2002)

1936 – Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist and radio astronomer, Nobel laureate

1936 – Al Goldstein, American publisher and pornographer

1937 – Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge

1938 – Ivan Twigden, English contractor/multi-millionaire (Twigden PLC)

1938 – Willie “Stretch” McCovey, 1st baseman (SF Giant #44)

1938 – Donald Knuth, American mathematician and computer scientist

1939 – Bill Toomey, Phila Pa, decathelete (Olympic-gold-68)

1939 – Sal Mineo, NYC, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause)

1939 – David Horowitz, American author and political commentator

1940 – Harry Gant, NASCAR driver

1942 – Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, Russia, cosmonaut

1942 – Walter Hill, director (48 Hours, Extreme Prejudice)

 

 

 

1943 – Jim CroceAmerican singer (d. 1973)

 

I Got a Name

Operator

Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues

Bad bad Leroy Brown

 

 

 

 

1944 – Frank Sinatra Jr, Jersey City NJ, American singer/bandleader (Golddigers)

1944 – Rory Byrne, South African racing car designer

1945 – Rod Stewart, London, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I’m Sexy)

1946 – Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)

1946 – Aynsley Dunbar, rocker (Journey, Jefferson Starship)

1946 – Bob Lang, rock bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)

1947 – George Alec Effinger, US, sci-fi author (Nick of Time)

1947 – Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac “2Pac” Shakur, member of the Black Panther Party

1948 – Cyril Neville, US singer/percussionist (Neville Bros-Yellow Moon)

1948 – Donald Fagen, Passaic NJ, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Steely Dan-Peg)

1948 – William Sanderson, Memphis Tenn, actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner)

1949 – George Foreman, Houston Tx, world HW boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

1949 – Teresa Graves, Houston Tx, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love)

1949 – Walter S Browne, US chess champion (1974-78, 1980-84)

1949 – James Lapine, American stage director

1953 – Bobby Rahal, Indy-car racer (over 15 wins)

1953 – Pat Benatar, [Andrezejewski], Bkln NY, singer (Hell Is for Children)

1958 – Shawn Colvin, singer/guitarist

1958 – Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter

1959 – Chandra Cheesborough, Jacksonville Fla, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-84)

1959 – Don Letts, rocker (Big Audio Dynamite)

1959 – Kirk & Curtwood, musician (Meat Puppets)

1961 – Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, Rome Italy, concert violinist

1964 – Karen Josephson, Bristol Ct, synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-1992)

1964 – Sarah Josephson, Bristol Ct, synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-1992)

1967 – Trini Alvarado, actor (Frighteners)

1967 – Johan Laats, Belgian judoka

1968 – Lyle Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)

1969 – Doug E Doug, rapper/comedian (Operation Dumbo Drop, Jungle Fever)

1969 – Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics-96)

1970 – Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)

1971 – Guylaine Cloutier, Levis QUE, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-4-92, 96)

1973 – Glenn Robinson, Gary In, NBA forward (Milw, Olympics-gold-96)

1975 – Shannon Kavanaugh, Boston Mass, rocker (Ivory Soul)

1979 – Chris H E Smith, [Daddy Mack], Atlanta, rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)

1983 – Danilo Dirani, Brazilian racing driver

1983 – Li Nina, Chinese aerial free-style skier

1986 – Saleisha Stowers, American model

 

 

Deaths

681 – Agatho, Sicilian pope (678-81), dies

866 – Lin-chi I-hsuan, [J Rinzai Gigen], Zen teacher, dies

976 – John I Tzimisces/Tzimiskes, Byzantine Emperor (969-76), dies at 51

1094 – Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo (b. 1029)

1271 – Otto II, the Lame, earl of Gelre, dies

1276 – Pope Gregory X, (Tedaldo Visconti), dies. (bc. 1210)

1542 – Gerardus Noviomagus, [Gerrit Geldenhauer], Dutch theologist, die at 59

1645 – William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, beheaded, for treason, in the Tower of London at 71

1654 – Nicholas Culpeper, English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer (b. 1616)

1698 – Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French historian (b. 1637)

1754 – Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (b. 1691)

1761 – Edward Boscawen, British admiral (b. 1711)

1768 – Charles Cressent, French court furniture maker, dies at 82

1778 – Carolus Linaeus “Carl von Linne”, Swedish botanist/explorer, dies at 70

1789 – Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist/cryptologist, dies at 82

1794 – Georg Forster, German scientist and revolutionary (d. 1754)

1851 – Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (b. 1775)

 

 

 

1862 – Samuel ColtAmerican inventor (6 shot revolver), dies at 47

 

 

 

 

 

1863 – Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader (b. 1775)

1883 – Dr Samuel A. Mudd, American medical doctor (b. 1833)

 

 

 

1917 – Buffalo Bill Cody ,US , Soldier ,Hunter , Showman

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Edwin H Flack, English 800/1500m runner (Oly-gold-1896), dies at 60

1941 – Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian, murdered at 67

1943 – J Arthur S Berson, Austrian meteorologist, dies at 83

1949 – Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)

1951 – Sinclair Lewis, writer, (Nobel 1930), dies at 65 

1951 – Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (b. 1890)

1961 – Dashiell Hammett, US detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66 

1970 – Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44

1971 – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, French fashion designer, dies at 87

 

 

 

1976 – Chester Arthur “Howlin’ Wolf ” BurnettUS blues guitarist/harmonica playerdies at 65

 

How Many More Years

Back Door Man

Smokestack Lightning

Little Red Rooster

 

 

 

 

1978 – John D Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71

1978 – Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua

1978 – Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62

1980 – George Meany, labor leader, dies at 86

1981 – Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63

1982 – Paul Lynde, comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies at 55

1986 – Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61

1987 – Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)

1989 – Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)

1992 – Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (b. 1919)

1993 – Diana Adams, ballerina, dies

1993 – Noorjahan Begum, “adulterous” wife in Bangladesh, stoned to death

1994 – Charles “Chub” Feeney, baseball pres (National League), dies at 72

1995 – Souphanouvong, leader of Pathet Lao (1957), dies

1996 – Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88

1996 – Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81

1997 – Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71

2000 – Sam Jaffe, American producer (b. 1901)

2004 – Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)

2004 – Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)

2005 – Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)

2005 – Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)

2007 – Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (b. 1912)

2007 – Bradford Washburn, American explorer (b. 1910)

2008 – Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)

2008 – Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)

2008 – Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)

2009 – William Frederick “Bill” Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)

2011 – Margaret Whiting, American singer (b. 1924)

2012 – Gregor Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

475 – Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople.

1296 – Earl Floris V signs accord with French king

1317 – Phillips V, the Tall, crowned king of France

1349 – 700 Jews of Basel Switzerland, burned alive in their houses

1431 – Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government.

1493 – 1st sight of manatees (by Christopher Columbus)

1558 – Geneva becomes independent from Berne canton, Switzerland

1570 – Tsar Ivan the terrible kills 1000-2000 residents of Novgorod

1718 – France declares war on Spain

1760 – Afghans defeat Marathas in battle of Barari Ghat

1768 – Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London.

1788 – Connecticut becomes 5th state

1793 – 1st hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard

1799 – British Prime Minister William Pitt introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.

1806 – Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.

1811 – 1st Women’s Golf Tournament held

1839 – Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science

1839 – Thomas Henderson measures 1st stellar parallax (Alpha Centauri)

1848 – 1st commercial bank in SF established

1848 – People’s uprising in Palermo Sicily

1854 – Astor Library opens in NYC

1855 – Clipper Guiding Star disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead

1858 – Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.

 

 

 

1861 – 1st hostile act of Civil WarStar of West fired onSumter, SC

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – Mississippi becomes 2nd state to secede

 

 

 

1863 – -Jan 11thBattle of Arkansas PostAR (Ft Hindman)

 

 

 

 

 

1879 – Cheyenne prisoners led by Dull Knife revolt at Ft Robinson

1880 – 6′ (1.8 meters) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days

1880 – The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.

1894 – “Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” released in movie theaters

1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.

1903 – Wind Cave National Park, SD established

1903 – – Frank Farrell & Bill Devery purchase AL Balt franchise for $18,000 & move it to NYC (Yankees)

1905 – Bloody Sunday-demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops (1/22 NS)

1909 – Ernest Shackleton reaches 88°23′ south

1912 – US marines invade Honduras

1916 – The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated.

1917 – World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.

1923 – Juan de la Cierva makes 1st autogiro (helicopter) flight, Spain

1927 – Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, 78 children died

 

 

 

1936 – Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US army , M1 Garand

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium

1941 – 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania

1941 – Maiden flight by Canada’s British-built Avro Lancaster military plane

1942 – Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1942 – US Joint Chiefs of Staff created

1945 – US soldiers led by Gen Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines

1947 – Elizabeth “Betty” Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive.

1952 – Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

1952 – Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

1953 – Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game

1953 – Korean ferryboat “Chang Tyong-Ho” sank off Pusan killing 249

1956 – Abigail Van Buren’s “Dear Abby” column 1st appears in newspapers

1957 – British premier Anthony Eden resigns

1958 – In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

1959 – “Rawhide” with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

1960 – Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins

1962 – NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks

1964 – Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone

1968 – Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon

1969 – 1st trial flight of Concorde

1969 – Concorde jetliner’s 1st test flight (Bristol England)

1972 – Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving’s bio is a fake

 

 

 

1972 – Passenger ship Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – Luna 21 launched, to Moon

1976 – CW McCall CB song “Convoy” hit #1 on the country music charts

1977 – Superbowl XI: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

1979 – K-Mart pulls Steve Martin’s “Let’s Get Small” for being in “bad taste”

1979 – Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

1980 – 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

1982 – 5.9 earthquake in New England & Canada; 1st since 1855

1983 – British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

1984 – “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes” premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)

1986 – After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.

1987 – Chinese/Vietnamese border fights, 1500 killed

1988 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

1989 – Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1990 – Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1990 – Supreme Court strikes down Dallas’ ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses

1991 – Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame

1991 – Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games

1993 – Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100 m free style (53.33)

1994 – Gunda Niemann skates world record (167.282 pts)

1994 – Rintje Ritsma skates world record (156.201 points)

1995 – Worker accidentally cuts electrial wires at Newark Airport

1996 – First episode of “Third Rock from the Sun” screened on NBC

1997 – Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

1998 – Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins

2001 – Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.

2001 – Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.

2007 – Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.

 

 

 

Births

1554 – Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)

1571 – Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (d. 1621)

1620 – Johann Weichmann, composer

1624 – Empress Meishō (d. 1696)

1745 – Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)

1773 – Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)

1803 – Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) died in 1888

1816 – John Palmer Usher, Secy Int (Union) died in 1889

1822 – John Porter Hatch, volunteers Bvt Major General (Union), died in 1901

1839 – John Knowles Paine, Portland Maine, composer

 

 

 

1854 – Jennie JeromeAmerican society beauty and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

1859 – Carrie Chapman Catt, women’s rights leader

1864 – Vladimir Steklov, Russian mathematician (d. 1926)

1868 – S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)

1870 – Joseph B Strauss, civil engineer/builder (Golden Gate Bridge)

1873 – Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Hebrew poet (d. 1934)

1875 – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)

1881 – Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)

1890 – Karel Capek, Czech, writer (R U R); coined the word “robot”

1898 – Gracie Fields, [Stansfield], England, music hall/vaudeville performer

1898 – Vilma Banky, Budapest Hungary, silent screen actress (Eagle, Rebel)

1898 – Wally Baker, American supercentenarian

1900 – Richard Halliburton, American adventurer (presumed dead 1939)

1901 – Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie)

1902 – Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1908 – Simone de Beauvoir, France, author (Mandarins, 2nd Sex)

1912 – Ralph Tubbs, architect

1913 – Lavad “Dr Hepcat” Durst, vocal/piano

1913 – Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist

 

 

 

1913 – Richard NixonYorba LindaCalifornia37th President (Rof the United States (1969-74)

 

 

 

 

 

1914 – Derek Allhusen, England, equestrian (Olympic-gold-1968)

1914 – Gypsy Rose Lee, [Rose Hovick], Seattle, burlesque actress (Gypsy)

1914 – Kenny [Klook] Clarke, Pittsburgh, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop)

1915 – Anita Louise, NYC, actress (My Friend Flicka)

1915 – Fernando Lamas, Buenos Aires Argentina, actor (“You look marvelous”)

1916 – Vic Mizzy, Bkln NY, orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show)

1917 – Herbert Lom, Czech, actor (Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dorian Gray)

1922 – Har G Khorana, India/Canada bio-chemist (Nobel 1968)

1925 – Lee Van Cleef, NJ, actor (For a Few Dollars More, Escape from NY)

1928 – Judith Krantz, NYC, author (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle)

1929 – Dorothea Puente, American serial killer

1931 – Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)

1933 – Wilbur Smith, Zambian-British novelist

1934 – Bart Starr, NFL quarterback/coach (Green Bay)

1935 – Bob Denver, New Rochelle NY, actor (Dobie Gillis, Gilligan’s Island)

1935 – Dick Enberg, Mt Clemens Mich, sportscaster (Where’s Huddles)

 

 

 

1935 – Kenneth “Buddy” Scottblues guitarist/Singer

 

Buddy Scott & The Rib Tips – Chicago Blues Festival

The Greasey Spoon

 

 

 

 

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

1940 – Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)

1941 – Joan Baez, Staten Island, folk singer/human rights advocate

1941 – Susannah York, London, actress (A Man for All Seasons, Tom Jones)

1942 – K Callan, Dallas Tx, actress (Joe’s World, Martha-Lois & Clark)

1942 – Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung

1943 – Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist/singer (Drinking on My Bed)

 

 
1944 – Jimmy PageLondonrock guitarist (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)

 

50 Years of Jimmy Page

Heartbreaker Solo

The Yardbirds – Dazed And Confused

Led Zeppelin – Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970

 

1945 – Frank J Biondi Jr, president (HBO)

1948 – Bill Cowsill, Newport RI, rock guitarist/vocals (Cowsills-We Can Fly)

1948 – Paul King, Dagenham Essex, English rocker (Blue Oyster Cult)

1950 – David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!)

1951 – Crystal Gayle, Ky, country singer (Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue)

1954 – Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)

1958 – Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II

1958 – Stephen Neale, British philosopher

1959 – Mark Martin, American race car driver

1959 – Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

1962 – Phil Lewis, London England, rock vocalist (LA Guns-It’s Over Now)

1965 – Carin Garbarra, East Orange NJ, soccer forward (Olympics-96)

1965 – Cindy Brooks, East Hampton CT, rower (Olympics-96)

1967 – Dave Matthews, singer/musician (Dave Matthews Band)

1967 – Steven Harwell, American singer and musician (Smash Mouth)

1968 – Joey Lauren Adams, American actress

1970 – Lara Fabian, Belgian singer

1971 – Elizabeth Punsalan, Syracuse NY, American ice skater (Oly-15-94)

1971 – Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist

1972 – Angie Martinez, American radio and television personality

1975 – Justin Huish, Fountain Valley CA, archer (Olympics-gold-1996)

1975 – Mariano Friedick, Tarzana California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)

1975 – Kimberley Ann Scott Mathers, former wife of Eminem

1976 – Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1976 – Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer

1978 – AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)

1978 – Maggie Rizer, American model and AIDS activist

1982 – Kate Middleton, Reading, England, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William

1987 – Sam Bird, English racing driver

 

 

 

Deaths

1150 – Emperor Xizong of Jin was murdered by Prince Hailing of Jin in a Coup d’état.

1282 – Abû ‘Uthmân Sa’îd Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (b. 1204)

1283 – Wen Tianxiang, Prime Minister of China (executed) (b. 1236)

1499 – Johan Cicero, elector of (Brandenburg, 1486-99), dies at 43

1543 – Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)

1562 – Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1514)

1571 – Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French naval officer (b. 1510)

1757 – Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (b. 1657)

1757 – Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (b. 1688)

1766 – Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)

1799 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)

1800 – Jean Étienne Championnet, French general (b. 1762)

 

 

 

1805 – Noble Wimberly JonesAmerican Continental Congressman (b. 1723)

 

 

 

1843 – Caroline Herschel, “1st lady of astronomy”, dies at 98 in Germany

1843 – William Hedley, British industrial engineer (b. 1773)

1848 – Caroline Herschel, German-born astronomer (b. 1750)

1858 – Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (suicide) (b. 1798)

1873 – Emperor Napoleon III of France (b. 1808)

1876 – Samuel Gridley Howe, American abolitionist (b. 1801)

1878 – Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), dies at 57

1879 – Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86

1893 – Mohara, Arab ivory/slave trader, dies in battle & is eaten

1895 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American watch manufacturer (b. 1812)

1902 – Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian lawyer/Interior minister, dies at 66

1923 – Katherine Mansfield, NZ/British writer (Dove’s Nest), dies at 34

1941 – Ko Boezeman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies

1947 – Lambertus Zijl, sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80

1961 – Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)

1975 – Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)

1977 – Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62

1979 – Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80

1979 – Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)

1982 – Paul Lynde, actor (Bye Bye Birdie, Bewitched), dies at 55

1985 – Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)

1990 – Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)

1993 – Felix Grucci, fireworks expert, dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 87

 

1994 – Silas Hoganblues singer/guitaristdies at 82

 

I’m Goin’ in the Valley

Airport Blues

Hoodooman Blues

 

 

 

 

1995 – Peter Cook, English comic/actor (Peter n’ Dud, Bedazzled), dies at 57

1996 – Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies

1998 – Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79

2001 – Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)

2003 – Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)

2006 – Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)

2007 – Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)

2012 – Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

624 – Battle of Badr, Muslim forces defeats Meccan Caravan

 

 

 

794 – Vikings attacked Lindisfarne Islandfirst attack upon UK soil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

871 – Battle at AshdownEthelred’s army , led by Alfred the Great  beats Danish invasion army

 

Alfred the Great at the Battle of Ashdown, 871 (1913). Artist: Morris Meredith Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1198 – Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III

1214 – Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France

1297 – Monaco gains its independence.

1558 – French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais

1598 – Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy

1656 – Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)

1675 – 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co)

1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops occupy Stirling [NS=Jan 19]

1760 – Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth

 

 

 

1790 – 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

 

 

 

 

 

 

1798 – 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed

1800 – Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi

1800 – Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France

1806 – Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105′ blue whale in Oregon

1811 – Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast

 

 

 

1815 – Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew

 

 

 

 

 

1833 – Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established

 

 

 

1835 – The United States national debt is 0 for the first and only time.

 

 

 

 

 

1838 – 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes (NJ)

1848 – Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia

1853 – 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Wash

1856 – Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif

 

1863 – American Civil WarSecond Battle of Springfield

 

 

 

 

 

1867 – Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite President Johnson’s veto

1867 – African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.

 

 

1877 – Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1889 – Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine

1894 – Columbus World’s fair in Chicago destroyed by fire

1897 – Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship

1904 – Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen

1906 – A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.

1912 – The African National Congress is founded.

1916 – World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.

1918 – Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)

1918 – Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I

1925 – 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas

1926 – Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa’ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia

1935 – Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy

1937 – -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)

1940 – Britain’s 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)

1941 – British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns

1947 – Gen George Marshall becomes Sect of State

1951 – Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda

1954 – Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, “Casual Love” & “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”

1955 – Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt

1955 – Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 130-game home basketball win streak

1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog,” single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

1956 – Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.

1958 – Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

1959 – Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as pres of France’s 5th Republic

1963 – “Mona Lisa,” on loan, unveiled in America’s National Gallery of Art

1964 – President Lyndon B Johnson declares “War on Poverty”

1965 – Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History

1966 – Who & the Kinks perform on the last “Shindig” TV show on ABC

 

 

 

 

1968 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st undersea special on US network TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif

1971 – Voyageurs National Park, Minn established

1973 – Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris

1973 – USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing

1974 – Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London

1974 – Loch Ness Monster photographed

1974 – Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York

1975 – Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate’s John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach & Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison

 

 

1979 – 51 die as oil tanker Betelgeuse blows up at Bantry Bay 

 

 

 

 

 

1979 – Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh

1982 – AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies

1982 – Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee

1982 – Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since

1985 – Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley’s Comet

1986 – Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year

1987 – Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)

1988 – Dow Jones down 140.58 points

1988 – Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator

1988 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

1989 – Boeing 737-400 crashes in England, 46 die

1989 – Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons

1992 – George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister’s lap

1993 – Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

1996 – Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths

1996 – For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1998 – Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

1998 – World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life

2002 – President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

2004 – The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

2008 – New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

2011 – Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords

 

 

 

Births

1081 – Henry V, Roman German king/emperor (1098/1111-25)

 

 

 

1556 – Uesugi KagekatsuJapanese samurai and warlord (d. 1623)

 

 

 

 

 

1583 – Simon Episcopius, Dutch bishop/theologist

1587 – Johannes Fabricius, Denmark, astronomer (discovered sunspots)

1628 – Francois de Montmorency-Bouteville, duc de Luxemburg, French soldier

1632 – Samuel, Freiherr von Pufendorf, German jurist

1635 – Luis Manuel Fernández de Portocarrero, Spanish Archbishop (d. 1709)

 

1786 – Nicholas Biddlemade 2nd bank of US 1st effective central bank

 

 

 

 

 

1792 – Lowell Mason, Medfield Mass, organist/composer (Zebulo)

1814 – Thomas Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1815 – George Webb Morell, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883

1815 – Lawrence Pike Graham, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1905

1817 – John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1867

 

 

 

1821 – James LongstreetConfederate general (1st Corps, ANV)(died 1904) (see UE Deaths 1/2/13)

 

 

 

 

 

1830 – Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Major Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1882

1836 – Fannie M Jackson, pioneer & educator, 1st US Black woman college grad

1843 – Frederick Abberline, British police investigator (d. 1929)

1852 – James Milton Carroll, American pastor and author (d. 1931)

1860 – Nancy Jones, US black missionary in Africa

1862 – Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)

1867 – Emily Green Balch, US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)

1868 – Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity

1885 – A. J. Muste, Dutch pacifist and activist (d. 1967)

1888 – Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)

1888 – Matthew Moore, Irish-American actor (d. 1960)

1891 – Walter Bothe, Germany, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)

1902 – Georgy M Malenkov, Stalin’s successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)

1904 – Peter Arno, NYC, cartoonist (New Yorker)

1904 – Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)

1905 – Carl Gustav Hempel, German Logical Positivist philosopher

1911 – Butterfly McQueen, [Thelma], Tampa Fla, actress (Gone With the Wind)

1912 – José Ferrer, San Juan Puerto Rico, actor/director (Blood Tide, Dune)

1917 – Stanley Prager, NYC, comedian (College Bowl)

1920 – Hendrikus J Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter

 

 

1923 – Larry StorchNYCcomedian (F TroopLarry Storch Show)

 


Videos

 

 

 

 

1925 – James Saunders, English chemist/playwright (Ark)

1926 – Soupy Sales, [Milton Hines], NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)

1927 – Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator

1928 – Sander Vanocur, Cleve Ohio, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)

1930 – Doreen Wilber, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)

1931 – Bill Graham, Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)

1933 – Charles Osgood, NYC, news anchor (CBS Weekend News)

1934 – Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France bicycle racer (5-time winner)

1934 – Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist

1934 – Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1935 – Elvis Aaron PresleyTupelo Misssinger (Blue Suede ShoesHounddog)

 

One Night With You

Suspicious Minds

The Lady Loves Me

Gladys and Vernon Presley Interview

 

 

 

 

1935 – Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis

1935 – Nolan Miller, Burkburnett Tx, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)

1936 – Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist

1937 – Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)

1938 – Bob Eubanks, Flint Mich, TV host (Newlywed Game)

1940 – Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)

1940 – Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)

 

 

 

1941 – Graham ChapmanEnglandcomedian (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)

 

Graham Chapman Tribute

Best Of

 Graham Chapman interviewed 

 

 

1942 – Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)

1942 – Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)

1942 – Yvette Mimieux, Los Angeles California, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are)

1944 – Terry Brooks, US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)

1945 – John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)

1946 – Robby Krieger, Los Angeles, California, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire)

1947 – David Bowie, [Jones], London, singer/actor (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust)

1947 – Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe)

1951 – John McTiernan, Albany NY, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man)

1952 – Lauri Walters, SF California, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment)

1958 – Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler

1961 – Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh

1964 – Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1984)

1967 – Hollis Conway, Chicago Ill, high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92)

1968 – Ami Dolenz, LA California, actress (General Hospital, Can’t Buy Me Love)

1968 – Mark Duane Croghan, Akron Ohio, 3k steeplechase (Olympics-5th-96)

1969 – R Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], Chicago, Illinois, American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly)

1972 – Devlin Murphy, Honolulu Hawaii, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1973 – Mark Knight, English sound designer

1975 – DJ Clue, American DJ and producer

1976 – Brad Snyder, Ontario, shot putter (Olympics-96)

1977 – Pearl Amoah, Miss Universe-Ghana (1996)

1978 – Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster

1979 – Sarah Polley, actress (Sweet Hereafter)

1979 – Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)

1982 – Gaby Hoffman, actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)

 

 

Deaths

482 – Severinus, German monastery founder/saint, dies

624 – Abu Sufjan becomes Quraish chief and leader of Mecca after loss at Battle of Badr against Muslim forces

1100 – Antipope Clement III (bc. 1029)

1107 – Edgar of Scotland (b. 1074)

 

 

 

1324 – Marco PoloVenetian explorerdies at 69

 

 

 

 

 

1336 – Giotto di Bondone, Italian Renaissance painter, dies at about 71

1455 – Laurentius Justitianus, [Lorenzo Giustiniani], saint, dies at 73

1464 – Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)

1557 – Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (b. 1522)

1570 – Philibert de l’Orme, French architect (bc. 1510)

1642 – Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

1775 – John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68

1808 – Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies

1811 – Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58

 

 

 

1815 – Edward PakenhamEngl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle

 

 

 

 

 

1825 – Eli Whitney, American inventor (b. 1765)

1842 – Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71

1854 – William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)

1859 – Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50

1865 – Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (b. 1779)

1894 – Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, paleont (life of tapeworms), dies at 84

 

 

1901 – John BarryIrish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)

 

 

 

 

 

1916 – Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (b. 1884)

1922 – Charles R Young, colonel, dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria

1934 – Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies

1938 – Johnny Gruelle, Creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)

1941 – Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scout movement), dies at 83

1943 – Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)

1944 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)

1945 – Jac[obus] P Thijsse, Dutch biologist (Omgang met planten), dies at 79

1945 – Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)

 

 

 

1950 – Joseph A SchumpeterAus/US economist/Minister of Financedies at 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 – Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies

1952 – Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies

1953 – Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)

1958 – Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)

1976 – Chou En-lai, China’s PM (1949-76), dies of cancer in Beijing at 78

1980 – John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)

1981 – Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66

1983 – Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)

1988 – Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76

1989 – Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56

 

 

 

1990 – Terry ThomasEngland  comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 78

 

It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

How To Murder Your Wife

I’m Alright Jack

 

 

 

 

1991 – Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30

1992 – Johnny [Jan] Meijer, Dutch king of accordians (Body & Soul), dies

1992 – Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack

1993 – Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies

1994 – Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78

1995 – Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52

1996 – Francois Mitterrand, Pres of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

1996 – Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)

1997 – Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77

1997 – Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76

1997 – Ronald William Eastman, cinematographer, dies at 60

1998 – Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93

2000 – Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)

2002 – Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)

2002 – Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)

2004 – John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)

2005 – Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer

2006 – Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)

2007 – Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)

2007 – Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)

2011 – Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

754 – Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion

1325 – Afonso IV succeeds Dionysius as King of Portugal

1558 – Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French

1584 – Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia & Holy Roman empire

1598 – Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I

1601 – Robert, Earl of Essex leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth

 

 

 

1608 – Fire destroys JamestownVirginia

 

 

 

 

 

1610 – Galileo discovers 1st 3 Jupiter satellitesIoEuropa & Ganymede

 

 

 

 

 

1618 – Francis Bacon becomes English lord chancellor

1654 – Fire after heavy storm destroys 2/3 of De Rijp Neth, 1 dies

1714 – Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1782 – 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

1784 – 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia

1785 – 1st balloon flight across English Channel (Blanchard & Jeffries)

1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used.

1817 – 2nd Bank of US opens

1822 – Liberia colonized by Americans

1830 – 1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore)

1835 – HMS Beagle anchors off Chonos Archipelago

1861 – Florida troops takeover Ft Marion at St Augustine

1862 – Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV

1868 – Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock

1868 – Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson

1890 – W B Purvis patents fountain pen

 

 

 

1892 – Mine explosion kills 100Krebs, Oklahoma-blacks trying to help rescue white survivorsdriven away with guns

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – Motion picture experiment of comedian Fred Ott filmed sneezing

1896 – Fanny Farmer publishes her 1st cookbook

1899 – Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier’s

1904 – Marconi Co establishes “CQD” as 1st intl radio distress signal

1911 – 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, SF

1913 – William M Burton patents a process to “crack” petroleum

1914 – 1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal

1916 – German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun

1923 – Baltimore Sun warns of Ku Klux Klan

1925 – Musical “Big Boy” with Al Jolson premieres in NYC

1927 – Coml transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between NY & London

1927 – Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Illinois)

1929 – “Buck Rogers,” 1st sci-fi comic strip, premieres

1929 – “Tarzan,” one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears

1931 – Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand’s west coast.

1934 – “Flash Gordon” comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts

1936 – Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)

 

 

 

1942 – WW II siege of Bataan starts

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighterthe Bell P-59

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Lord Haw-Haw reports total German victory at Ardennes

1946 – Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union

1948 – US president Harry Truman raises taxes for Marshall-plan

1949 – 1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker

1950 – Hank Snow’s 1st appearance on “Grand Ole Opry”

1950 – Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia)

 

 

 

1953 – Pres Harry Truman announces development of hydrogen bomb

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.

1955 – Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)

1958 – USSR shrinks army to 300,000

1962 – Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno, fails

1963 – 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

1964 – Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)

1965 – France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold

1967 – “Newlywed Game” premieres on ABC TV

1968 – 1st class postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents

1969 – US Congress doubles president salary

1970 – Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock”

1971 – -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)

1972 – Iberian Airlines crashes into 800′ peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die

1972 – Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a Supreme Court Justice

1972 – William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1973 – British Darts Organisation founded in North London

1979 – Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge

1983 – Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

1984 – Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1985 – Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm, elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1986 – STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems

1986 – US president Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

1987 – French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum

1989 – Akhito becomes emperor of Japan

1989 – Intl Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris

1990 – Lynn Jennings runs world record 5K indoor at 15:22.64

1990 – Tower Of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far

1992 – AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499)

1992 – Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1993 – The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.

1994 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

1997 – Newt Gingrich, narrowly re-elected speaker of the House

1998 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

1999 – President Bill Clinton begins his impeachment trial in the Senate.

2012 – Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11

 

 

 

Births

1355 – Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)

1502 – Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Bologna, Papal States, Italian pope (1572-85), introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582

1528 – Jeanne d’Albret, queen of Navarra/mother of French King Henry IV

1539 – Sebastian de Covarrubias Horozco, Spanish lexicographer

1611 – James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)

1647 – Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)

1652 – Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian

1653 – Bernhard Albinus, Germany, court-physician (Frederick of Prussia)

1685 – Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company

1685 – Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)

 

1718 – Israel PutnamAmerican Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)

 

 

 

 

 

1768 – Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)

1786 – John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)

1799 – Daniel Tyler, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1882

 

 

 

1800 – Millard FillmoreLocke NY, (Whig13th president (1850-53)

 

 

 

 

 

1808 – Jacob Ammen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1894

1816 – Stephen Miller, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1821 – Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell, Brigadier General (Confed Army), died in 1891

1824 – James Morrison Hawes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1889

1827 – Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)

1830 – (Samuel) Emerson Opdycke, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1830 – Albert Bierstadt, Germany, painter (US landscapes)

1834 – Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)

1858 – Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)

1871 – Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)

1873 – Adolph Zukor, Hungary, movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)

1875 – Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic-gold-1904)

1875 – Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)

1883 – Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WW II)

1890 – Maurice E McLoughlin, tennis champ (US Open-1912)

1891 – Zora Neale Hurston, American writer (d. 1960)

1895 – Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)

1898 – Art Baker, NYC, TV host (You Asked For It)

1898 – Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)

1903 – Alan Napier, Birmingham England, actor (Alfred-Batman)

1905 – Francis Taylor, builder

1907 – Nicanor Zabaleta, San Sebastian, Spain, harpist

1908 – Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)

1910 – Alain JG de Rothschild, France, banker/baron

1910 – Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/runner (Olympic-gold-1936)

1910 – Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)

1910 – Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)

 

 

1912 – Charles Addamscartoonist (New YorkerAddams Family)

 

 

 

 

 

1915 – Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)

1916 – Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)

1920 – Albert Meltzer, anarchist

1920 – Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer

1920 – Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer/Industrialist

1922 – Vincent Gardenia, Naples Italy, actor (All in the Family, LA Law)

1924 – Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)

1924 – Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)

1925 – Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)

1928 – William Peter Blatty, NYC, author/director (The Exorcist)

1934 – Charles Lamont Jenkins, NYC, 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1956)

1936 – Eldee Young, US bassist (Young Holt Unlimited-Hang on Sloopy)

1936 – Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer

1941 – Frederick Drew Gregory, Wash DC, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44)

1941 – Robert Hicks, rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)

1941 – Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)

1941 – John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1942 – Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic-gold-72, 76)

1943 – Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)

1943 – Leona Williams, singer/songwriter (Ladies Get the Blues)

1943 – Nicholas Warner, test Pilot

1943 – Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)

1945 – Tony Conigliaro, Mass, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)

1946 – Jann S Wenner, publisher (Rolling Stone)

1948 – Kenny Loggins, Everett WA, singer (& Messina-This is it, Footloose)

1950 – Erin Gray, Honolulu Hawaii, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers)

1951 – Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)

1953 – Earl Wilber Force “Wire” Lindo, rocker (Bob Marley & the Wailers)

1955 – Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)

1956 – Rosalyn Bryant, Chic Ill, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1976)

1957 – Katie Couric, [Katherine], Arlington VA, TV news host (Today)

1957 – Nicholson Baker, American novelist

1957 – Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer

1957 – Reena Roy, Indian actress

 

 

 

1958 – Donna RiceNew Orleans Lamodel/Gary Hart’s lover

 

 

 

 

 

1958 – Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)

1959 – Kathy Valentine, rocker (Go-Go’s-We Got the Beat)

1964 – Nicolas Cage, [Coppola], actor (Moonstruck, Racing with the Moon)

1966 – Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, model/wife of John Kennedy Jr

1966 – Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1966 – Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, ( WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)

1969 – Doug E Doug, actor (Cosby)

1970 – Frank “Cliff” Mannon, Amarillo TX, team handball (Olympics-1996)

1972 – Aaron John Mcintosh, Auckland NZ, sailboard yachter (Olympics-96)

1973 – Ricky Wood, Van Nuys California, diver (Olympics-96)

1973 – Robert Dunn, Glenn Cove NY, team handball left wing (Olympics-1996)

1974 – Jennifer LeRoy, Craig CO, playmate (Feb, 1993)

1975 – Robert Norman Waddell, Cambridge NZ, Single scull rower (Olympics-96)

1977 – Michelle Behennah, British model

1977 – John Gidding, American architect and TV host (Designed to Sell)

1979 – Bipasha Basu, Indian model

1979 – Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress and model

1982 – Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer

1982 – Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver