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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

1652 – New Amsterdam (now NYC) passes 1st speed limit law in US

1693 – 1st woman’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” published (London)

1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: on the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally leads troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field.

1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

1778 – Liberty Bell came home to Phila after the British had left

1847 – NY & Boston linked by telegraph wires

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange

1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”

1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)

1940 – Soviet Army attacks Romania

1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island

1950 – US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

1950 – North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1954 – 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)

1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala

1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas

1963 – USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m

1973 – “Live & Let Die” premieres in US

1976 – Israeli raid on Entebbe, Uganda

1977 – Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)

1985 – Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified

1993 – Don Henley booed in Milwaukee when he dedicates the song “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to President Clinton

1994 – Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet

2008 – Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Births

1040 – King Ladislaus I of Hungary (d. 1095)

1838 – Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)

1869 – Emma Goldman, anarchist/publisher (Mother Earth)

1880 – Helen Keller, Ala, blind-deaf author/lecturer had more sense than many

1899 – Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur (d. 1981)

1923 – Paul F Conrad, Cedar Rapids Iowa, cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84)

1925 – Jerome “Doc” Pomus, rocker

1930 – H Ross Perot, Texas, billionaire/presidental candidate (1992)

1944 – Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows)

1955 – Isabelle Adjani, Paris, actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar)

1985 – Nico Rosberg, German race car driver

Deaths

444 – Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies

1638 – Lukaris Cyrillus, patriarch of Alexandria/Constantinople, dies

1844 – Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill

1844 – Joseph Smith Jr, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob at 38

1889 – Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies

1952 – Max Dehn, German mathematician (b. 1878)

1971 – Kenneth Washington, actor (Sgt Baker-Hogan’s Heroes), dies at 53

1995 – Prez “Kidd” Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 61

2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

2002 – John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57

2004 – George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)

2005 – Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)

2005 – Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

684 – St Benedict II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened)

1498 – Toothbrush invented

1721 – Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!

1843 – Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US

1896 – 1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission

1906 – Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)

1917 – 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I

1936 – 1st flight of Fw61 helicopter

1941 – Finland enters WW II against Russia

1944 – Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0

1945 – UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF

1959 – Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1959 – Queen Elizabeth & Pres Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway

1964 – Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album

1970 – Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Orioles beat Senators 12-2

1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio

1975 – Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

1977 – Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, last performance of his career

1990 – 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

1994 – 104°F (40°C) at Denver Colorado

1994 – 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque New Mexico

1994 – 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso Texas

1994 – 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin Nevada

1994 – 126°F (52.2°C) in Death Valley Calif

1995 – Gunmen ambush Egyptian pres Hosni Mubarak, escapes unharmed

2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

Births

1575 – Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)

1819 – Abner Doubleday, Mjr Gen (Union)/inventor (baseball) [or 1/26]

1887 – Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist

1892 – Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, China, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938)

 

 

 

1893 – “Big Bill” Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)

 

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1898 – Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer

 

 

 

1898 – Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)

 

 

 

 

 

1904 – Peter Lorre, Hungarian/US, actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)

1911 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)

1943 – Georgie Fame, rock vocalist (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde)

1961 – Greg LeMond, US bicyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990)

1973 – Gretchen Wilson, American singer

1974 – Derek Jeter, Pequanock NJ, shortstop (NY Yankees, Rookie of Year 1996)

1979 – Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver

Deaths

363 – Flavius C Julianus, [Apostata], emperor of Rome (361-63), dies

1541 – Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.

1863 – Andrew Hull Foote, US Union lt admiral, dies

1993 – Roy Campanella, 3xMVP catcher (Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

2003 – Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)

2003 – Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)

2007 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

253 – St Lucius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1183 – Peace of Konstanz

1500 – Pope Alexander VI accept Treaty of Granada

1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop

1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in US

1788 – Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio

1868 – FL, AL, LA, GA, NC & SC readmitted to US

 

 

 

1876 – Custer & 7th Cavalry wiped out by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn

 

 

 

 

 

1910 – Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes)

1929 – Pres Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)

1935 – Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium

1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

1942 – Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe

1947 – Tennis shoe introduced

1949 – Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.

1950 – Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea

1951 – 1st color TV broadcast-CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities

1956 – 51 die in collision of “Andrea Doria” & “Stockholm” (Cape Cod)

1968 – Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)

1977 – Roy C Sullivan of Va is struck by lightning for 7th time!

1979 – Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium

1981 – Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional

1988 – Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen.

Births

1242 – Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny (d. 1275)

1726 – Thomas Pennant, British naturalist

1886 – Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding general, US Army Air Force (WW II)

1900 – Lord Louis Mountbatten, of Burma, royal relative/earl/baron/admiral

 

 

 

1903 – George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], Bihar, British India, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), (d. 1950)

 

 

 

 

 

1924 – Sidney Lumet, Phila, director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe)

1925 – Clifton Chenier, Opelousas La, blues singer (Bayou Blues)

1925 – June Lockhart, NYC, actr (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction)

1929 – Eric Carle, American author

1936 – Harold Melvin, US singer (Blue Notes-My Hero)

1945 – Carly Simon, NYC, singer (Anticipation, You’re So Vain)

1946 – Allen Lanier, rock keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)

1956 – Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author

Deaths

1212 – Simon de Montfort, a leader of the crusades, dies at 67

1483 – Edward V, king of England (Apr 9-Jun 25, 1483), murdered

1533 – Mary Tudor, queen consort of Louis XII of France (b. 1496)

1579 – Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1541)

1876 – Boston Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn

1876 – George A Custer, US general (Little Bighorn), dies at 36

1876 – Thomas W Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn

1906 – Stanford White, Architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit

1916 – Thomas Eakins, American artist (b. 1844)

1956 – Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77

 

 

 

1959 – Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

1976 – Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

1995 – Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78

1997 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fren oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

2009 – Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest aged 50

2009 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today in the Past

 

Events

451 – 10th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

843 – Vikings destroy Nantes

1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England

1441 – Eton College founded by Henry VI

1509 – Henry VIII crowned King of England

1540 – Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

1795 – US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty

1817 – 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast

1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce 

1861 – Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from US

1863 – Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee’s army crosses Potomac

 

 

 

1884 – John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

1917 – Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol

1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC

1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

1939 – Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight

1947 – Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career

1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade

1962 – Jack Reed’s 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history

1968 – Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleve 14-3

1970 – “Catch 22” opens in movie theaters

1970 – Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs

1972 – “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6

 

 

 

1972 – Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention

 

 

 

 

 

1980 – Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million

2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

Births

1386 – Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (d. 1456)

1771 – E I Du Pont, France, chemist/scientist (Du Pont)

1813 – Henry Ward Beecher, Litchfield Ct, clergyman/orator (Independent)

1842 – Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County, Ohio, American writer and satirist (Devil’s Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust)

1850 – Horatio Herbert Kitchener, England, original Order of Merit member

1897 – Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)

1899 – Chief Dan George, actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man. Smith!)

1903 – Phil Harris, Linton In, actor (Anything Goes, Robin Hood)

1911 – Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver

1944 – Jeff Beck, Surrey England, singer/guitarist (Jeff Beck Group)

1950 – Mercedes R Lackey, US, sci-fi author (Arrow’s Fall, Magic’s Pawn)

Deaths

1398 – Hongwu Emperor of China (b. 1328)

1519 – Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander, dies at 39

1817 – Thomas McKean, US attorney/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 83

1908 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th Pres (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71

1946 – Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)

1987 – Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71

2007 – Chris Benoit, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1967)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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930 – World’s oldest parliament, the Iceland Parliament, established

1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; 

1775 – 1st regatta held on Thames, England

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to US Congress

1780 – American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township.

1784 – 1st US balloon flight (13 year old Edward Warren)

1810 – John Jacob Astor organizes Pacific Fur Co (Astoria, Oregon)

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes patents “Type-writer”

1888 – Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president

1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

1931 – Wiley Post & Harold Catty took off for flight around world

1939 – Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ

1947 – Truman’s veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by congress

1949 – 1st 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School

1950 – Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women

1952 – US airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu Korea

1955 – Walt Disney’s “Lady & the Tramp” released

1961 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,830 m

1964 – Gen Maxwell Taylor appointed US ambassador in South Vietnam

1967 – Jim Ryun sets mile record (3:51.1, Bakersfield CA)

1969 – Warren E Burger sworn in as Supreme Court Chief Justice

1974 – 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space

1976 – CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens

1979 – Charlie Daniels Band releases “Devil Went Down to Georgia”

1979 – Rock group, the Knack releases “My Sharona”

1981 – 33 inning game ends, Pawtucket 3, Rochester 2

1982 – -117°F; All time low at South Pole

1986 – Tip O’Neill refuses to let Reagan address House

1991 – Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race

1993 – Lorena Gallo Bobbitt amputates husband’s John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis

1997 – Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts

Births

47 BC – Pharaoh Ptolemy XV of Egypt (d. 30 BC)

1534 – Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (d. 1582)

1894 – Alfred Kinsey, Hoboken, New Jersey, American entomologist/sexologist (Kinsey Report)

1894 – Edward VIII, King of Great Brit/N-Ireland/emperor of India (1936)

1902 – Howard T Engstrom, Boston, computer designer (Univac)

1940 – Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)

1943 – Vint Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate

1948 – Clarence Thomas, Savannah Ga, 108th US Supreme Court Justice (1991- )

1977 – Jason Mraz, American singer and songwriter

Deaths

79 – Vespasian, Roman Emperor (b. 9)

1582 – Shimizu Muneharu, Japanese military leader (b. 1537)

1916 – Victor Chapman, US legionaire/WW I pilot, killed

1945 – Lt Gen Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa

1970 – Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)

1995 – Jonas Salk, biologist (Polio vaccine), dies of heart failure

2005 – Shana Alexander, American columnist (b. 1926)

2009 – Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)

2011 – Peter Falk, American actor (b. 1927)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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168 BC – Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England

1611 – Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery & never seen again

1633 – Galileo Galilei forced to recant Earth orbits Sun by Pope (on Oct 31, 1992, Vatican admits it was wrong)

1675 – Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II

1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)

1807 – British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812

1812 – Napoleon’s Grand Army invades Russia

1847 – Doughnut created

1873 – Prince Edward Island joins Canada

1910 – 1st airship with passengers sets afloat-Zeppelin Deutscheland

1933 – German social-democratic party (SPD) forbidden

1940 – France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms

1947 – 12″ rain in 42 mins (Holt, MO)

1949 – Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title

1969 – Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

1970 – Pres Nixon signs 26th amendment (voting age lowered to 18)

1978 – Pluto’s satelite Charon, is discovered

1982 – Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place

1990 – Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

1990 – Florida passes a law prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit

1992 – Supreme Court rules “hate crime” laws violated free-speech rights

Births

1757 – George Vancouver, surveyed Pacific coast from SF to Vancouver I

1856 – Henry Rider Haggard, author (King Solomon’s Mine, She, Dawn)

1896 – Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)

1903 – Carl Hubbell, pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA

1922 – Bill Blass, Ft Wayne Ind, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)

1941 – Ed Bradley, Phila, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)

1945 – Howard Kaylan, rocker (Flo & Eddie/Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)

1949 – Meryl Streep, New Jersey, American actress (French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice)

1964 – Dan Brown, Exeter, New Hampshire, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code)

1978 – Dan Wheldon, British race car driver

Deaths

1535 – John Fisher, English bishop (1504-35)/cardinal, beheaded at about 65

1874 – Howard Staunton, world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies

1903 – George White, black resident of Delaware, lynched

1965 – David O Selznick, producer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 63

1969 – Judy Garland, actress (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

1979 – Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)

1987 – Fred Astaire, actor/dancer (Royal Wedding, Let’s Dance), dies at 88

1993 – Pat Nixon, 1st lady (1969-75), dies of lung cancer at 81

2002 – Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)

2008 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

1607– 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown

1633 – Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, & detest” his Copernican heliocentric views

1788 – US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine

1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.

1893 – 1st Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago’s Columbian Exposition)

1932 – Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)

1945 – US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II

1950 – Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

1962 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m

1968 – Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns

1975 – “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg opens

1982 – John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity

2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.

2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.

Births

1002 – Leo IX, [Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54)

1732 – Martha Washington, 1st, 1st lady (1789-97)

1921 – Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)

1922 – Judy Holliday, NYC, comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam’s Rib)

1944 – Ray Davies, London, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing)

1953 – Benazir Bhutto, 1st female leader of a Moslem nation (Pakistan)

1982 – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, London, England, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana

Deaths

1527 – Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine statesman/author, dies at 57

1582 – Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1534)

1893 – Leland Stanford, American business tycoon and founder of Stanford University

1965 – Bernard M Baruch, pres advisor (termed “Cold War”), dies at 94

1969 – Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

 

 

 

2001 – John Lee Hooker, American bluesman , guitaristmusician (b. 1916)

 

 

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2001 – Carroll O’Connor, American actor (b. 1924)

2008 – Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

451 – Germans & Romans beat Atiila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields

1214 – The University of Oxford receives its charter.

1633 – Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore

1756 – 146 Brit soldiers imprisoned in India-Black Hole of Calcutta-most die

1787 – Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

1819 – 320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)

1837 – Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV Ruled for 63 years ending in 1901

1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1863 – West Virginia admitted as 35th US state

1867 – Pres Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska

1910 – “Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal

1919 – Treaty of Versailles: Germany ends incorporation of Austria

1936 – Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

1944 – Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency

1950 – Joe Dimaggio’s 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

1969 – 150,000 attend Newport ’69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear

1995 – Space probe Ulysses begins 2nd passage behind the Sun

Births

 

236 BC – Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War (d. 183 BC)

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – George Delacorte, NYC, philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books)

1905 – Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)

1909 – Errol Flynn, Hobart Tasmania, actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood)

 

 

 

1924 – Audie Murphy, Kingston Tx, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)

 

 

 

 

 

1924 – Chet Atkins, Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)

1942 – Brian Wilson, Inglewood California, vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)

1967 – Nicole Kidman, Honolulu Hawaii, actress (Dead Calm, Far & Away)

Deaths

451 – Theodorid, King of the Visigoths

1947 – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal

1972 – Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today in the Past 

 

Events

987 – Louis IV, crowned king of France

1306 – The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.

1586 – English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island NC

 

 

 

1588 – Spanish Armada heavily destroyed in storm at Coruna

 

 

 

 

 

1754 – Albany Congress held by 7 British colonies & Iroquois indians

1778 – Washington’s troops finally leave Valley Forge

1829 – Sir Robert Peel found London Metropolitan Police

1846 – 1st baseball game (Cartwright Rules)-NY Nines 23, Knickerbockers 1

1848 – Elizabeth Stanton & Lucretia Mott open 1st women’s rights convention

1862 – Slavery outlawed in US territories

 

 

 

1864 – CSS “Alabama” sunk by USS “Kearsarge” off Cherbourg, France

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – Siege of Richmond, VA

1893 – Lizzie Bordon acquitted

1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Wash)

1926 – DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry

1936 – German boxer Max Schmeling World Champion KOs Joe Louis

1941 – Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal

 

 

 

1944 – Two day Battle of Philippines Sea begins

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – Bob Dylan completes UK tour

1972 – -29] Hurricane Agnes, kills 118 in NY & Florida

Births

1941 – Václav Klaus, Czech politician and President

 

 

 

1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician (Nobel)

 

 

 

 

 

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Pak, novelist (Midnight’s Children, Satanic Verses)

1964 – Boris Johnson, British politician

1969 – Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur

1978 – Garfield the Cat, animated character “Big fat hairy deal”

Deaths

 

1786 – Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (b. 1742)

 

 

 

 

 

1794 – Richard Henry Lee, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – James M Barrie, Scottish writer (Dear Brutus/Peter Pan), dies

1953 – Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

1953 – Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

1984 – Lee Krasner Pollock, US painter, dies at 75

1993 – William Golding, author (Lord of the Flies, Nobel 1983), dies at 81

1994 – Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot, dies at 92

1997 – Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

Events

860 – Swedish Vikings attack Constantinople

1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

 

 

 

1812 – War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain

 

 

 

 

 

 

1815 – Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon defeated by Wellington & Blucher

 

 

 

 

 

1873 – Susan B Anthony fined $100 for voting for President

1898 – 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, NJ

1900 – Empress Douairiere orders I-Ho-Chuan (Boxers) to kill all foreigners

1928 – Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean

1940 – Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that “this was their finest hour”

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing 

1956 – Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as Brits leave Suez Canal

1959 – 1st telecast transmitted from England to US

1960 – Real Madrid wins 5th Europe Cup 1

1968 – Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing

1973 – NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

1977 – Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation

1977 – Space Shuttle test model “Enterprise” carries a crew aloft for 1st time, It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747

1979 – Pres Carter & Leonid I Brezhnev sign SALT 2 treaty

1981 – Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O’Connor, 1st woman on high court)

1982 – ABC’s All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations

1985 – Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs

1996 – Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, is indicted on ten criminal counts.

Births

1839 – William Henry Seward Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1920

 

 

 

1886 – George Mallory, England, mountain climber (“because it is there“)

 

 

 

 

 

1906 – Kay Kyser, Rocky Mount NC, orchestra leader (Kay Kyser’s Kollege)

1910 – E G Marshall, Owatonna Minn, actor (Playhouse 90, Chicago Hope)

1917 – Richard Boone, LA California, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel)

1942 – Paul McCartney, Liverpool, English rocker & pop star (Beatles)

1952 – Isabella Rossellini, Rome Italy, actress (Big Night, Blue Velvet)

 

 

 

1976 – Blake Shelton, American Country Singer

 

Videos

 

 

 

 

1989 – Renee Olstead, American singer and actress

 

Videos

Deaths

1234 – Emperor Chukyo of Japan (b. 1218)

 

 

 

1629 – Piet Heyn, lt-admiral (Spanish silver fleet), dies in battle at 51

 

 

 

 

 

1788 – Adam Gib, Scottish religious leader (b. 1714)

1880 – John Sutter, US colonist (gold discovered on his land), dies at 77

1902 – Samuel Butler, British writer (Erewhom), dies at 66

 

 

 

1916 – Max Immelmann, German pilot (WW I), killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

1928 – Roald E G Amundsen, Norwegian pole explorer, dies

1936 – Maxim Gorky, [Alexei M Peshkov], Russian writer (Mother), dies at 68

1959 – Ethel Barrymore, [Blythe], actress (None but the lonely), dies at 79

1967 – Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)

1974 – Georgi K Zhukov, Russian marshal/minister of Defense, dies at 77

1984 – Alan Berg, American radio talk show host

2011 – Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

653 – St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

656 – Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam

676 – Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1091 – Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland

1119 – Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders

1291 – Akko reconquered after 200 years by French crusaders, & destroyed

1397 – Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway

1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

 

 

 

1497 – Battle of Deptford Bridgeforces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.

 

 

 

 

 

1535 – English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights

1565 – Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.

1579 – Anti-English uprising in Ireland

1579 – Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it “New Albion”

1580 – Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels

1583 – Brabant: duke of Parma beats French mercenaries

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.

1665 – Battle at Viciosa: English & Portuguese army beat Spain

1745 – American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French

 

 

 

1775 – Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed’s Hill)

 

 

 

 

 

1815 – Stephen Decatur conquerors Algerian frigate Mashouda

 

 

 

 

 

1824 – Bureau of Indian Affairs established

1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

1850 – Paddle-wheeler “G P Griffith” burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)

1855 – Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, 2000+ killed

1856 – Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia

1861 – Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces

1863 – Battle at Middleburg Virginia

1863 – Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia

1863 – Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta

1863 – Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)

1864 – -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia

1864 – 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished

1864 – General John B Hood replaces General Johnston

1864 – Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes’s (Nose) Creek, Georgia

1876 – Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother

1877 – Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.

1882 – Tornado kills 130 in Iowa

1885 – Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’

1894 – 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont

1895 – US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan

1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.

1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.

 

 

 

1916 – US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

1919 – “Barney Google” cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres

1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

1932 – Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada

 

 

 

1932 – Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

1933 – Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – Marx Brothers’ “A Day At The Races” opens in NY

1938 – Japan declares war on China

1939 – Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.

1940 – France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II

1940 – USSR occupies Estonia

1940 – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.

1946 – SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis

1947 – Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline

1950 – 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)

1952 – 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium

1953 – Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

1954 – CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)

1954 – Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1956 – Golda Meir begins her term as Israel’s foreign minister

1958 – Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy

1958 – The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day

1960 – Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

1962 – Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers

1963 – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

1965 – 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)

1965 – Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour

 

 

 

1966 – Peter Green joins John Mayall’s Bluebreakers

 

1967 – “Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5

1967 – 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes

1967 – China becomes world’s 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power

1967 – Longest doubleheader 9:15 (Tigers & Athletics)

1968 – Ohio Express’ “Yummy Yummy Yummy” goes gold

1969 – “Oh! Calcutta!” opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera

1970 – Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour

1972 – 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate

1972 – Looking Glass releases “Brandy”

1972 – Five White House plumbers apprehended after second burglary of Democratic Natl HQ, Watergate

1973 – Russian party leader Brezhnev visits US

1978 – “Cheeseburger In Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32

1978 – Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

1981 – Battle between Moslems & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed

1982 – Pres Reagan 1st UN Gen Assembly address (“evil empire” speech)

1982 – President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat

1986 – Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated

1987 – With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.

1988 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0

1988 – Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case

1991 – Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78

1991 – Pres Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he died

1993 – Indians’ Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit

1994 – OJ Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)

Births

1239 – Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England

1603 – Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)

1682 – Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718)

1691 – Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)

1704 – John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)

1714 – Cesar F Cassini, de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor)

1718 – George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)

 

 

 

1742 – William Hooper, US attorney (signed Decl of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

1811 – Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)

1817 – Thomas Maley Harris, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1823 – John Henry Hobart Ward, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1903

1830 – Rochard Montgomery Gano, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1913

1832 – William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe, thallium)

1837 – Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, died in 1863

1861 – Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)

1867 – John Robert Gregg, Ireland, inventor (shorthand)

1870 – George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties)

1880 – Carl Van Fight, US author/critic (Red, Nigger Heaven)

1880 – Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (d. 1964)

1881 – Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer (d. 1955)

1882 – Igor F Stravinsky, Oranienbaum Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]

1888 – Heinz Guderian, German General (d. 1954)

1898 – Maurits C Escher, Dutch graphic artist

1898 – Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)

1900 – Martin Bormann, propoganda minister (Hitler)

1902 – Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (d. 1989)

 

 

 

1903 – Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)

 

 

 

 

 

1904 – Ralph Bellamy, Chicago, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places)

1910 – Red Foley, Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)

1914 – John R Hersey, author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall)

1915 – Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)

1917 – Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)

1920 – Beryl Reid, actress (Joseph Andrews, Psychomania, Yellowbeard)

1920 – Francois Jacob, France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965)

1922 – Jerry Fielding, Pitts Pa, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan’s Heroes)

1923 – Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)

1929 – Tigran Petrosyan, USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)

1930 – James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)

 

 

 

1933 – Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – Peter Lupus, actor (Mission Impossible)

1939 – Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont’s)

1940 – George Akerlof, American economist, Nobel laureate

1942 – Norman Kuhlice, England, rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans-You’re No Good)

1942 – Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian IAEA director, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

1943 – Newt[on] L Gingrich, (Rep-R-G, 1979- /Speaker of House 1995-97)

1943 – Barry Manilow, New York City, American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs)

1943 – Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer

1944 – Bill Rafferty, comedian (Real People, Laugh-in ’77)

1944 – Chris Spedding, rocker

1945 – Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

1945 – Tommy Franks, American General

1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and musician

1951 – Joe Piscopo, Passaic NJ, comedian (SNL, Miller Lite commercials)

1957 – Philip Chevron, English pop musician (Pogues-Peace & Love)

1958 – Jello Biafra, American musician and activist

1958 – Bobby Farrelly, American film director

1960 – Thomas Haden Church, American actor

1963 – Greg Kinnear, actor/talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later)

1964 – Diane Murphy, actress (Tabitha Stevens-Bewitched)

1964 – Erin Murphy, actress (Tabitha Stevens-Bewitched)

1964 – Michael Gross, West Germany, swimmer (Olympic-2 world records-1984)

1964 – Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver

1965 – Dan Jansen, West Allis Wisc, speed skater (Oly-gold-1984, 88, 92)

1965 – Kami Cotler, Long Beach California, actress (Elizabeth-Waltons)

1969 – Karen Nystrom, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-Silver-98)

1969 – Kevin Thornton, Amarillo, vocalist (Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up)

1970 – Michael Showalter, American comedian

1971 – Tripp Schwenk, US, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-silver-96)

1971 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer

1976 – Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser

1980 – Brittney McConn, Largo Fla, figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ)

1980 – Venus Williams, Lynwood California, tennis star

Deaths

656 – Osman ibn Affan, 3rd kalief of Islam (644-56) murdered

676 – Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies

855 – Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies

1091 – Dirk V, count of Holland (1061-91), dies

1119 – Boudouin VII with the Axe, earl of Flanders (1111-19), dies

1463 – Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)

1565 – Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)

1678 – Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69

1696 – John III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), dies at 66

1734 – Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle

1775 – Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)

1797 – Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed

1815 – Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle

1821 – Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)

1906 – Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies

1938 – Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies

1939 – Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France

1952 – Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)

1956 – Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)

1961 – Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40

1968 – José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)

1981 – Richard O’Connor, British general (b. 1889)

1981 – Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)

1981 – Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65

1984 – Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies

1986 – Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78

1989 – John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38

1992 – Dewey Balfa, bayou fiddler, dies at 65

1996 – Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)

2001 – Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)

2002 – Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)

2005 – Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)

2005 – Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)

2007 – Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)

2008 – Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)

2008 – Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)

2009 – Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)

2012 – Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Today In The Past

 

Events

632 – Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era

1338 – German monarch declares pope & king’s decree redundant

1487 – Battle at Stoke: Henry VII beats John de la Pole & Lord Lovell

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison Scotland

1624 – Judge directs US colony Virginia to English crown

1673 – Peace of Vossem: Fren King Louis XIV & Frederik Willem of Brandenburg

1745 – English fleet occupies Cap Breton on St Lawrence River

1746 – Battle at Piacenza: Austria & Sardinia beat Spanish & French army

1755 – British capture Fort Beauséjour, expel Acadians

1775 – Liberty Bell rang for the 2nd Continental Congress

1779 – In support of the US, Spain declares war on England

1779 – Vice-admiral Hardy sails out of Isle of Wight against Spanish Armada

1779 – Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.

1784 – Holland forbids orange clothes

1815 – Battle at Ligny: French army under Napoleon beats Prussia

1815 – Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French

1822 – Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina

1832 – Battle of Kellogg’s Grove, Ill

1858 – Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand”

1861 – Battle of Vienna, VA & Secessionville, SC (James Island)

1864 – Battle of Lynchburg VA

1864 – Skirmish at Golgotha Georgia

1864 – Union General Grant begin siege of Petersburg, Va

1871 – Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine founded, NYC

1873 – Pres Grant decrees Wallowa Valley for Nez-Perce indians

1880 – Salvation Army forms in London

1882 – 17″ hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa

1883 – The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children

1884 – 1st roller coaster used (Coney Island NY)

1893 – RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack

1896 – Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, Calif

1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.

1903 – Ford Motors incorporates

1903 – Pepsi Cola company forms

1903 – Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.

1909 – 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000

1909 – Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

1911 – A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.

1917 – 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8

1922 – Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics

1923 – Sun Yat Sen founds military academy

1929 – Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)

1933 – US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created

1935 – US Congress accepts FDR’s “New Deal”

1937 – Marx Brothers’ “A Day At The Races” opens in LA

1938 – Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by Browns

1943 – Race riot in Beaumont Texas (2 die)

1945 – 71st Preakness: Wayne D Wright aboard Polynesian wins in 1:58.8

1951 – 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29

1952 – Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down

1954 – Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam

1956 – 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8

1957 – French offensive in Algeria

1960 – “Psycho,” opens in NY

1962 – 2 US army officers killed in Saigon

1966 – “Rowan & Martin Show,” debuts on NBC-TV

1967 – 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival

1970 – Kenneth A Gibson elected 1st black mayor of Newark, NJ

1970 – Race riots in Miami Florida

1972 – The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador.

1975 – Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabber & Walt Wesley to LA for 4 players

1975 – Supreme Court rules uniform minimum legal fees are a violation

1976 – Student uprisings begin in Soweto, South Africa (Soweto Day)

1977 – Leonid Brezhnev named president of USSR

1977 – Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.

1978 – Cin Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0

1979 – “Logical Song” by Supertramp peaks at #6

1979 – Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

1979 – Moslem Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria

1980 – “Blues Brothers,” premieres in Chicago

1982 – Britain requests Argentina arrange for return of prisoners

1983 – Charlos Vieira completes 191 hr “nonstop” cycling in Leiria Portugal

1983 – European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

1984 – Edwin Moses wins his 100th consecutive 400-meter hurdles race

1984 – Matt de Waal finishes 14,290-mi round trip from Salt Lake City (106d)

1985 – Willie Banks of USA sets triple jump record (58 feet 11 inches) in Indianapolis

1987 – Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz acquitted on all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him

1989 – Funeral for Imre Nagy, leader of Hungarian uprising in 1956

1989 – Only 17 hole-in-ones recorded since US open began, today 4 more are made all on 6th hole (Weaver, Wiebe, Pate & Price)

1991 – Boris Yeltsin elected president of Russian SSR

1991 – Otis Nixon steals NL record 6 bases in 1 day

1992 – Caspar Weinberger (Sec of Def 1981-87), indicted on Iran-contra charge

1992 – Longest salami is 68’9 & 25 circumference, weighed 1,492lbs/5oz in Flekkefjord, Norway

1995 – “Batman Forever” opens with a record $528 million weekend

1995 – Marlins outfielder Andre Dawson hits his 400th NL career HR (429)

1995 – Salt Lake City awarded the XIX Winter Olympics in 2002

1997 – The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed.

2012 – 32 people are killed by a car bomb in Baghdad

2012 – A collapse of a stage at a Toronto Radiohead concert kills one person

Births

1139 – Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)

1332 – Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)

1591 – Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)

1606 – Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)

1633 – Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)

1644 – Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)

1792 – Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)

1801 – Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)

1806 – Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)

1813 – Otto Jahn, German archaeologist (d. 1869)

1826 – Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)

1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

1834 – Wesley Merritt, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)

1837 – Eli Long, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1903

1840 – Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913)

1888 – Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World’s funniest circus clown)

1888 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)

1890 – Stan Laurel, [Arthur S Jefferson], England, comedian (Laurel & Hardy)

1895 – Stan Laurel, [Arthur S Jefferson], comedian (Laurel & Hardy)

1896 – Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)

1897 – Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)

1899 – Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)

1902 – Barbara McClintock, US, cytogeneticist (Jumping Genes, Nobel 1983)

1902 – Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist

1907 – Jack Albertson, Malden Mass, actor (Thin Man)

1909 – Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)

1910 – E G Marshall, Owatonna Minn, actor (Lawrence-Defenders, Caine Mutiny)

1910 – Ilona Massey, Budapest Hungary, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show)

1910 – Richard Maling Barrer, chemist

1912 – Enoch Powell, England, MP (C)/racist/Greek professor

1916 – Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)

1917 – Katharine Graham, NYC, newspaper publisher (Wash Post)

1917 – Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)

1917 – Irving Penn, American photographer

1920 – Raymond U. Lemieux, Canadian scientist (d. 2002)

1923 – Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (d. 1962)

1925 – Faith Domergue, New Orleans, actress (House of 7 Corpses)

1925 – Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)

1929 – Ramon Bieri, American actor (d. 2001)

1932 – Ralph Robins, CEO (Rolls-Royce)

1934 – Little Caesar, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)

1934 – William Forsyth Sharpe, American economist, Nobel laureate

1937 – August Busch III, CEO (Anheuser-Busch, St Louis Cards)

1937 – Erich Segal, Brooklyn NY, author (Love Story, Oliver’s Story)

1938 – Joyce Carol Oates, NY, novelist (Garden of Earthly Delights)

1938 – Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn’s)

1940 – Billy “Crash” Craddock, Greensboro NC, singer

1941 – Lamont Dozier, Detroit, songwriter (Dozier-Holland-Dozier)

1941 – Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union

1942 – Eddie Levert, Canton Ohio, vocalist (O’Jays-For the Love of Money)

1942 – Giacomo Agostini, Lovere, Italy, world motorcycle race champion

1943 – Joan Van Ark, New York City, New York, American actress and director (Valene-Dallas, Knots Landing)

1944 – Takamiyama, [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion

1950 – James Smith, US, singer (Stylistics-Can’t Give you Anything)

1951 – Sonia Braga, Maringa Brazil, actress (Dona Flor & Her 2 Husbands)

1951 – Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer

1952 – Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1952 – Gino Vanelli, Montreal Quebec, singer (Living Inside Myself)

1954 – Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats)

1958 – Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)

1959 – Warrior, American professional wrestler

1966 – Jan Zelezny, Czech, javelin thrower (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)

1966 – [Eric] Randy Barnes, Charleston WV, shot putter (Oly-silv/gold-88, 96)

1970 – Phil A Mickelson, San Diego CA, PGA golfer (1991 Northern Telecom)

1971 – Tupac Shakur, Bkln NY, rap star/actor (Juice, Bullet) (killed in 1996)

1972 – Ann Shoket, American magazine editor

1973 – Eddie Cibrian [Edward Carl], Burbank, California, American actor (Sunset Beach, Third Watch)

1978 – Jasmine Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer

1980 – Nehir Erdoğan, Turkish actress

1982 – May Andersen, Danish supermodel

Deaths

956 – Hugo, the Great, duke of France, dies

1246 – Lutgardis/Ludgardis, Flemish mystic/saint, dies at about 64

1397 – Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)

1492 – Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded

1575 – Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen the Jonghe], medical/historian, dies at 63

1623 – Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)

1671 – Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow

1722 – John Churchill up Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72

1752 – Joseph Butler, English philosopher (b. 1692)

1792 – Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)

1815 – Frederik Willem, duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle

1850 – William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)

1855 – John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)

1858 – John Snow, English epidemiologist (b. 1813)

1869 – Charles Sturt, English explorer (b. 1795)

1881 – Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)

1881 – Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)

1902 – Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (b. 1841)

1905 – Hermann von Wissmann, German explorer/governor of E Africa, dies at 51

1925 – Chittaranjan Das, Indian patriot and freedom fighter (b. 1870)

1930 – Elmer Ambrose Sperry, US inventor (gyroscope compass), dies

1930 – Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)

1939 – Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)

1944 – Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)

1945 – Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)

1947 – Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86

1952 – Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)

1958 – Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)

1959 – George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), shoots self at 45

1969 – Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Brit field marshal, dies at 78

1970 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)

1976 – Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed

1977 – Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

1981 – John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86

1982 – John Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs

1996 – Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83

2003 – Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)

2006 – Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist, (b. 1942)

2008 – Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

Events

763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

923 – Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.

1094 – Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren

1184 – King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the battle of Fimreite.

1215 – King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England

1219 – King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark

1219 – Dannebrog – oldest national flag in the world – and flag of Denmark. According to legend, fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse (now Tallinn) in Estonia, and turned the Danes’ luck.

1246 – Battle at Leitha: Hungary-Austrian

1389 – Battle of Kossovo; Turks defeat Serbs

1567 – Battle at Carberry Scot: Protestant troops beat Earl Bothwells army

1643 – Able Tasmania returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania

1664 – NJ established

1741 – Capt Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America

1752 – Ben Franklin’s performs his kite-flying experiment

1762 – Austria uses 1st paper currency

1775 – George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of American Army

1779 – General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx

1785 – 2 French balloonists die in world’s 1st fatal aviation accident

1804 – 12th amendment ratified; deals with manner of choosing president

1836 – Arkansas becomes 25th state

1844 – Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber

1846 – Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N

1851 – Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, sets up 1st ice-cream factory

1859 – Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the “Northwestern Boundary Dispute” between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers.

1861 – Johnston evacuates Harpers Ferry

 

 

 

1862 – Gen JEB Stuart completes hisride around McClellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1863 – 2nd battle at Winchester Va, ends in Federal defeat; 1350 casualities

1864 – -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia

 

 

 

1864 – Battle for Petersburg begins as Gen Grant assaults Confederate line

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Capt Mendell begins building 640m long ponton bridge over James R Va

 

 

 

1864 – Robert E Lee’s home area (Arlington, VA) becomes a military cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

1867 – Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode gold mine located in Montana.

1869 – Celluloid patented by John Wesley Hyatt, Albany, NY

1869 – Mike McCoole (US) defeats Tom Allen (England) in bare-knuckle bout

1871 – Phoebe Couzins is 1st woman graduate of a US collegiate law school

1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy

1878 – 1st attempt at motion pictures (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground

1887 – Carlisle D Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel

1898 – US marines attack Spanish off Guantánamo Cuba

1904 – Side-wheeler “General Slocum” burns in NY’s East River (1,031 die)

1911 – Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated.

1913 – The Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippine concludes.

1915 – US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo

1916 – Boys Scouts of America forms

1918 – 1″ of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania

1918 – 50th Belmont: Frank Robinson aboard Johren wins in 2:20.6

1920 – Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.

1921 – Bessie Coleman reaches France as US 1st black pilot

1924 – Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile

1924 – J Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI

1924 – Native Americans are proclaimed US citizens

1928 – Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time

1934 – Great Smokey Mountains National Park dedicated

1940 – France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris

1943 – Congress of racial Equality (CORE) forms

1944 – US forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific

1951 – 1st coml electronic computer dedicated Phila

1951 – Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

1954 – Great Britain’s 2 biggest steel factory nationalized

1955 – The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual “Operation Alert” (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA’s preparations for a nuclear attack.

1957 – 89th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man wins in 2:26.6

1960 – Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races

1960 – Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann

1962 – Students for a Democratic Society complete the Port Huron Statement.

1963 – SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0

1964 – Last French troops leave Algeria

1965 – Denny McLain in relief strikesout 1st 7 batters faced & record 14 in 6 2/3 innings, Bill Freehan ties catcher record of 19 putouts

1968 – Yummy Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express hits #4

1969 – “Hee Haw” with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV

1969 – Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon

1972 – Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die

1973 – “American Graffiti” opens in NYC

1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hit #1 on UK pop chart

1977 – NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry

1982 – Supreme Court rules all children, regardless of citizenship, are entitled to a public education

1983 – Supreme Court struck down state & local restrictions on abortion

1984 – Thomas Hearns KOs Roberto Duran

1985 – Rembrandt’s painting Danaë is attacked by a man later judged insane; he threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it twice with his knife.

1987 – Bettino Craxi’s Socialist Party wins election in Italy

1987 – Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1991 – Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines

1991 – Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois.

1992 – 1st Berlin Air Show in 60 years

1992 – Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers’ save record with #342

1992 – Dan Quayle, relying on faulty card, erroneously instructs Trenton NJ, elementary student to spell “potato,” “potatoe” during spelling bee

1994 – Disney’s “Lion King,” opens in theaters with $42 million

1994 – NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms

1994 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1996 – IRA bomb in Manchester wrecks city centre at 11.17am, injuring 200

2002 – Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

2012 – Apple I computer sells for a record $374,500

2012 – Five Dutch banks, including ING, receive credit rating downgrades of one or two notches

Births

1221 – Frederik II, [Strijdbare], duke of Austria

1330 – Edward, the black prince, prince of Wales (1343-1376)

1542 – Richard Grenville, English parliament leader/vice-admiral (Roanoke)

1553 – Ernst, archduke of Austria/governor of the Netherlands

1624 – Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)

1640 – Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)

1755 – Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (d. 1809)

1765 – Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (d. 1831)

1767 – Rachel Donelson Jackson, wife of Pres Andrew (1828-37) (died 1828)

1789 – Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)

1833 – Edward Moody McCook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1909

1884 – Harry Langdon, Council Bluffs IA, comic/director (Strong Man)

1900 – Paul J Mares, US, jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)

1900 – Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)

1908 – Sam Giancana, American mafioso (d. 1975)

1910 – David Rose, London England, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper)

1914 – Saul Steinberg, Romania, cartoonist/illustrator (New Yorker)

1914 – Yuri Andropov, Russian KGB chief/1st secretary

1914 – Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)

1916 – Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)

 

 

 

1919 – Van Barfoot, Edinburg, Mississippi, Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1923 – Errol Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty) (d. 1977)

1926 – Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)

1927 – Hugo Pratt, graphic artist

1929 – Nigel Pickering, guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang)

1932 – Einar K Enevoldson, US, Nasa test pilot (X-24B)

1934 – Ruby Nash Cutis, Akron Oh, rocker (Ruby & The Romantics)

1937 – Waylon Jennings, country singer/guitarist (Ramblin’ Man)

1939 – Ward Connerly, American political figure

1941 – Harry Nilsson, Bkln NY, singer/guitarist (Midnight Cowboy)

1942 – Xaveria Hollander, [DeVries], Surabaya Indonesia, auth (Happy Hooker)

1943 – Johnny Halliday, rocker

1944 – Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)

1944 – Robert Keppel, American criminologist

1945 – Rod Argent, England, keyboardist (Zombies-She’s Not There)

1945 – Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer

1946 – Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)

1947 – Lee Purcell, Cherry Point NC, actor (Big Wednesday, Mr Majestyk)

1949 – Jim Varney, Lexington Kentucky, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail, Hey Vern)

1949 – Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)

1950 – Noddy Holder, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade-Cum On Feel The Noize)

1954 – James Belushi, Chicago Ill, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places)

1955 – Julie Hagerty, Cincinnati OH, actress (Airplane, Princesses)

1955 – Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)

1955 – Polly Draper, Gary, Indiana, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects)

1957 – Brad Gillis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger)

1957 – Brett Butler, MLB center fielder

1957 – Clio Goldsmith, Paris France, actress (Gift, Heat of Desire)

1958 – Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)

1959 – Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)

1963 – Helen Hunt, LA California, actress (Jamie-Mad About You, Twister)

1963 – Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)

1964 – Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends)

1969 – Ice Cube, rap singer/actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda)

1970 – Leah Remini, American actress

1971 – Jake Busey, American actor

1973 – Neil Patrick Harris, Albuquerque NM, actor (Doogie Howser MD)

1975 – Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer

1976 – Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol)

1979 – Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver

1981 – William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)

Deaths

923 – Robert I, King of France (922-23), dies in battle

948 – Romanus I Lecapenus, Armenian emperor of Byzantium (919-44), dies

991 – Theophanu, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and regent of Otto III, dies (b. 960)

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

1246 – Frederik II “the Strijdbare”, duke of Austria, dies in battle at 25

1381 – Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants’ Revolt, beheaded in London

1389 – Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle

1389 – Murad I, Osmaans sultan, dies in battle

1397 – Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity

1467 – Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 70

1557 – Sebastiaan Van Noyen, military master builder, dies

1666 – Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies

1702 – Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies

1703 – Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58

1768 – James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)

1849 – James Knox Polk, 11th Pres (1845-1849), dies in Nashville, Tenn at 53

1865 – Edmun Ruffin, US secessionist/writer, commits suicide

1905 – Hermann von Wissmann, German African expl/gov East-Africa, dies

1907 – William Le Baron Jenney, US architect, dies

1917 – Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)

1917 – Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper’s Bazaar), (d. 2012)

1941 – Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873)

1968 – Samuel Earl “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88

1968 – Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48

1982 – Art[hur E] Pepper, US, alto saxophonist, dies at 56

1985 – Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)

1987 – Walter W Heller, US economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71

1989 – Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54

1993 – John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), dies at 76

 

 

 

1996 – Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78 see also Our Birthday Tribute 

 

 

Videos

1996 – Fitzroy Maclean, the original James Bond, dies at 85

1996 – Jean Gimpel, author/iconoclast, dies at 77

2002 – Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do (b. 1918)

2003 – Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911)

2007 – Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)

2007 – Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler and valet (b. 1958)

2008 – Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)

2011 – Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

1276 – While taking exile in Fuzhou in southern China, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnants of the Song Dynasty court hold the coronation ceremony for the young prince Zhao Shi, making him Emperor Duanzong of Song.

1381 – Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants’ Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.

1535 – Karel V’s fleet sails under Andrea Doria to Tunis

1565 – Catharina de Medici & Duke of Alva discuss Calvinism

1597 – At 4:30 AM Willem Barents leaves Novaya Zemlya for Netherlands

1642 – 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts

1645 – Battle at Naseby Leicester: New Model army under Oliver Cromwell & Thomas Fairfax beats royalists

1658 – Battle at Dunes: English & French fleet beat Spanish

1673 – Battle at Schooneveld: Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

1755 – 1st edition of Dr Johnsons “Dictionary”

1775 – US Army founded

1777 – Continental Congress adopts Stars & Stripes replacing Grand Union flag

1789 – Capt William Blighs reaches Timor

 

 

 

1800 – Battle of Marengo (Alessandria): Bonaparte vs Austria

 

 

 

 

 

1807 – Emperor Napoleon I’s French Grande Armee defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Prussia (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending the War of the Fourth Coalition.

1822 – Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled “Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables”.

1834 – Hardhat diving suit patented by Leonard Norcross, Dixfield, Maine

1834 – Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont

1839 – 1st Henley Regatta held

1846 – California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico

1847 – Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner

1850 – Fire destroys part of SF

1861 – Harpers Ferry evacuated by rebels in face of McClellan’s advance

 

 

 

1863 – Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – US Union warship USS Kearsarge appears at Cherbourg

1876 – 1st player to hit for cycle (George Hall, Phila Athletics)

1880 – 14th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47

1881 – Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Mass)

1901 – 1st golf championship is played

1907 – Norway adopts female suffrage.

1917 – 1e German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East-London

1917 – Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I

1919 – 1st nonstop air crossing of Atlantic (Alcock & Brown) leaves Nfld

1922 – Pres Harding is 1st US president to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

1923 – Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)

1933 – Lou Gehrig & Joe McCarthy thrown out of game, McCarthy suspended 3 games but Gehrig isn’t, so he continues his streak at 1,249 games

1934 – Max Baer KO’s Primo Carnera in 11 for HW box champ in Long Island City

1935 – Chaco War between Bolivia & Paraguay ends

1938 – Chlorophyll patented by Benjamin Grushkin

1940 – Auschwitz concentration camp opens (3 million killed there)

1940 – German forces occupied Paris during WW II

1941 – Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS

1942 – 1st bazooka rocket gun produced Bridgeport Ct

1942 – Walt Disney’s “Bambi” animated movie is released Thumper’s 1st job

1944 – 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan

1948 – Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia

1949 – State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor

1951 – 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau

1952 – Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub USS Nautilus (4th to be named Nautilus)

1953 – Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis Tenn

1954 – Pres Eisenhower signs order adding words “under God” to the Pledge

1956 – “New Faces of 1956” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 perfs

1957 – 42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)

1958 – British parachutists lands on Cyprus

1961 – 106°F, hottest temperature in SF

1962 – Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim.

1963 – NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR

1967 – Mariner 5 Launch (Venus Flyby)

1974 – Angels’ Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings

1976 – “Gong Show” premieres on TV (syndication)

1979 – Rock group “Little Feat” disbands

1982 – Argentina surrenders to Britain on Falkland Is, ends 74-day conflict

1987 – 4th full-duration test firing of redesigned SRB motor

1988 – Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000 alleges he hit her

1989 – Ground breaking begins in Minn on world’s largest mall

1989 – Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams

 

 

 

1989 – Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Rocker Carol King gets a star in Hollywood’s walk of fame

1989 – Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slaping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman

1990 – Supreme Court rules police check for drunk drivers constitutional

1991 – Leroy Burrell of USA sets 100m record (9.90) in NYC

1993 – Tansu Ciller appointed 1st female premier of Turkey

1998 – “Comic Relief” benefit comedy show

 

 

Births

1479 – Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet (d. 1552)

1529 – Ferdinand, archduke (Austria)/mayor (Bohemia)

1657 – Cornelis Cruys, [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian/Dutch admiral

1736 – Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, physicist (formulated Coulomb’s Law)

1796 – Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician (d. 1866)

1805 – Robert Anderson, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1871

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, author (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

1820 – John Bartlett, US, editor (compiled Familiar Quotations)

1836 – Thomas Wilberforce Egan, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1844 – Edouard Naville, Swiss egyptologist

1855 – Robert Marion La Follette, Wisconsin, pres candidate (Progressive)

1856 – Andrey Markov, Russia, mathematician (Markov Chain)

1864 – Alois Alzheimer, Germany, psychiatrist/pathologist (Alzheimer Disease)

1871 – Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (d. 1946)

1889 – Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist/palaeontologist

1893 – Siggie Nordstrom, Swedish singer (The Nordstrom Sisters) (d. 1980)

1903 – Arthur William Raynes McDonald, radar Pioneer/pilot

 

 

 

1906 – Margaret Bourke-White, photographer/innovator/correspondent

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1989)

1909 – Burl Ives, Hunt Ill, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

1912 – E Cuyler Hammond, scientist (1st to link smoking with lung cancer)

1917 – Al “Lash” LaRue, Gretna La, actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp)

1919 – Sam Wanamaker, Chic Ill, actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal)

1919 – Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], New York City, New York, American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson)

1922 – Kevin Roche, Irish architect

1925 – Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John Kennedy)

1929 – Cy Coleman, [Seymour Kaufman], songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity)

1931 – Marla Gibbs, Chicago Ill, actress (Florence-Jeffersons, Mary-227)

1932 – Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

1933 – Jerzy Kosinski, novelist (Painted Bird, Being There)

1936 – Renaldo “Obie” Benson, singer (The Four Tops) (d. 2005)

1943 – Muff [Mervyn] Winwood, singer (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)

1943 – John Miles, British racing driver

1945 – Rod Argent, rocker (She’s Not There-Zombies, Hold Your Head Up-Argent)

1946 – Donald Trump, billionaire/master builder (Trump Towers/Plaza/Castle)

1947 – Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish)

1949 – Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled)

 

 

 

1949 – Harry Turtledove, American author

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Eddie Mekka, Worcester Mass, actor (Carmine-Laverne & Shirley)

1952 – Jimmy Lea, England, rock bassist (Slade)

1956 – King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond)

1958 – Brian David Willis, rock drummer (Quarterflash)

1958 – Eric Heiden, Madison, Wisconsin, US speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980)

1960 – Tonie Campbell, LA California, 100m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1988)

1961 – “Boy George” O’Dowd, androgynous vocalist & druggie (Culture Club)

1961 – Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)

1963 – Chris DeGarmo, guitarist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)

1967 – Wendy Lian Williams, St Louis Mo, US diver (Olympic-bronze-88, 92)

1968 – Yasmine Bleeth, NYC, actress (Ryan’s Hope, 1 Life to Live, Baywatch)

1969 – Steffi Graf, Bruhl West Germany, tennis player (Grand Slam 1988)

1969 – Michael Gerber, American parody author

1970 – Willie Beamon, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)

1972 – Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)

1975 – Ryuji Miki, Japanese racing driver

1975 – Chris Onstad, American cartoonist

1976 – Alan Carr, British Stand-up comedian, Television presenter

1978 – Diablo Cody, American screenwriter

1978 – Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast

1981 – Lonneke Engel, Dutch model

1982 – Jamie Green, British racing driver

 

 

Deaths

1144 – Aboe ‘l-Kasim Mahmoed ibn Omar al-Zapowersjari, theologist, dies at 69

1161 – Emperor Qinzong of China (b. 1100)

1349 – Gunther Van Schwarzburg, German anti-king 1349, dies at about 44

1381 – Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury

1497 – Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)

1544 – Antoine, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1489)

1662 – Henry Vane the Younger, British Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)

1703 – Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer (b. 1625)

1727 – Cornelis Cruys, Norwegian/Dutch admiral, dies at 70

1752 – Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, dies at 57

1752 – Daniel Marot, French/Neth, architect/engraver, dies at about 88

1800 – Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French military leader (b. 1768)

1800 – Jean-Baptiste Kleber, French general (b. 1753)

1801 – Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War general, dies in London

1825 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, French architect, dies at 70

1864 – Leonidas Polk, general, killed in action in Battle of Pine Mt

1920 – Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian, dies

1932 – Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer

 

 

 

1936 – G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer/poet (Father Brown), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

1938 – William W Campbell, US astronomer (Stellar Motions), dies at 76

1944 – Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist/slavist, dies at 78

1944 – Robert H Iseley, US pilot/lt-comdr (Saipan), dies in battle

1946 – John Logie Baird, Scottish television pioneer (b. 1888)

1967 – Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (b. 1897)

1975 – Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)

1977 – Alan Reed, actor (Fred Allen)/voice (Fred Flintstone), dies at 69

1986 – Alan Jay Lerner, Broadway librettist, dies in NY at 67

1986 – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

1986 – Marlin Perkins, TV host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom), dies at 81

1991 – Peggy Ashcroft, British actress (A passage to India), dies at 83

1993 – Vincent T Hamlin, cartoonist (Alley Oop), dies at 93

1994 – Harry “Little” Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66

1994 – Henry Mancini, composer (Pink Panther, Moon River), dies at 70

1994 – Lionel Grigson, professor of Jazz, dies at 52

1995 – Roger Joseph Zelazny, sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 60

 

 

 

1995 – Rory Gallagher, Irish rock/blues guitarist (See Here), dies at 47

 

 

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1997 – Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71

1997 – Richard Jaeckel, actor (Starman, The Dark), dies of cancer at 70

2003 – Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)

2005 – Mimi Parent, Canadian painter (b. 1924)

2007 – Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)

2007 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian politician and statesman (b. 1918)

2008 – Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)

2009 – Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1325 – Sheik Ibn Battuta begins 1st world trip, Tangiers to Mecca

1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world’s oldest) signed in London

1392 – Assassination attempt on Pierre de Craon Van Clisson of France, fails

1547 – King Ferdinand of Austria subjects himself on Turkish sultan Suleiman

1665 – Sea battle at Lowestoft: English fleet beats Dutch

1774 – Rhode Island becomes 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves

1777 – Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette lands in US

1789 – Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington

1828 – Simon Bolívar proclaimed dictator

1863 – Battle of Winchester VA

1863 – Skirmish at Berryville Virginia

1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims reconstruction confederate states

1866 – House passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights for blacks)

1868 – Oscar J Dunn (a black) is elected Lt Governor of Louisiana

1871 – Hurricane kills 300 in Labrador

1874 – 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5

1881 – The USS Jeannette is crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.

1886 – Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC

1888 – Congress creates Department of Labor

1889 – 2′ of snow accumulates in Rawlins Wyoming

1889 – 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25

1895 – Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)

1898 – Yukon Territory of Canada organized, Dawson chosen as capital

1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners & Christians

1907 – Lowest temp ever in 48 US states for June, 2°F in Tamarack Calif

1908 – Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1910 – Pilot Charles Hamilton makes 1st 1-day round-trip from NY to Phila

1913 – 45th Belmont: Roscoe Troxler aboard Prince Eugene wins in 2:18

1917 – Germany bombs London

1917 – World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.

1920 – Post Office says children could not be sent by parcel post

1922 – Longest attack of hiccups begins Charlie Osborne, 98 hiccupped over 435 million times before it stops, He dies 11 months after it stops

1925 – 57th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard American Flag wins in 2:16.8

1927 – Ticker-tape parade welcomed Charles A Lindbergh to NYC

1930 – 1st Nudist Colony opens

1930 – 22 people killed by hailstones in Siatista Greece

1931 – 63rd Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Twenty Grand wins in 2:29.6

1933 – 1st sodium vapor lamps installed (Schenectady NY)

1933 – German Secret State Police (Gestapo) established

1935 – James J Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1937 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns

1937 – Stalin executes Rus officers Tuchachevski, Jakir, Putna & Uberevitch

1940 – Paris evacuates before German advance

1942 – 1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km

1942 – Germany puts 4 saboteurs on Long Island

1942 – OSS, Office of Strategic Services, form

1944 – German counter attack on Villers-Bocage Normandy

1944 – Nazi Germany begins V-1 (Fieseler Fi-103) buzz-bomb attacks

1945 – Orokoe peninsula Okinawa captured, with 6,000 dead

1946 – 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland

1947 – 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)

1951 – UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea

1952 – Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8

1953 – 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1954 – Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx

1955 – Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans France

1956 – After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control

1957 – Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth Mass

1958 – Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster Ca

1959 – “Sammy Kaye Show,” last airs on ABC-TV

1959 – 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1960 – “Alley-Oop” by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59

1962 – “Bob Newhart Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1966 – Supreme Court’s Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights

1967 – “You Only Live Twice” premieres in US

1967 – Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice

1969 – Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band & joins Rolling Stones

1970 – “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry hit #1 in UK

1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

1971 – NY Times began publishing “Pentagon Papers”

1973 – Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)

1977 – Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray recaptured

1978 – Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.

1979 – Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD

1980 – Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” hits #1

1981 – Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

1983 – Pioneer 10 is 1st man-made object to leave Solar System

1987 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina

1988 – 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRS, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow

1988 – Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

1990 – Boeing 767 sets nonstop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya

1991 – A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament

1993 – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani re-elected president of Iran

1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

1996 – The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.

1997 – Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death

1997 – American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.

2000 – Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

2002 – The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

2005 – A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

2012 – A series of bombings across Iraq kill 93 and wound 300 people 

2012 – San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise’s history against the Houston Astros

Births

40 – Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England

823 – Charles II, the Bald, King of France (843-77)/emperor (875-77)

1539 – Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist/illustrator

1592 – Tobias Michael, composer

1649 – Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic (d. 1706)

1786 – Winfield Scott, army general (Union)/presidential candidate

1809 – George Philip St Cooke, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1895

1820 – WF Hendrik, the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands/admiral

1821 – Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox, Asst Secy (Union), died in 1883

1822 – Carl Schmidt, German chemist (d. 1884)

1823 – Gustave Paul Cluseret, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1900

1825 – Benjamin Jefferson Hill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1827 – Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (d. 1882)

1831 – James Clerk Maxwell, Scotish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light)

1854 – Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine)

1865 – William Butler Yeats, Ireland, poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923)

1884 – Etienne Gilson, French philosopher (d. 1978)

1892 – Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Sherlock Holmes)

1894 – Isaak E Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [or Jul 13]

1894 – Jacques-Henri Lartigue, France, photographer

1897 – Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finland, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28)

1903 – Harold “Red” Grange, “Galloping Ghost” of football (Illinois Bears)

1905 – Doc Cheatham, jazz musician

1906 – Bruno de Finetti, Italian mathematician (d. 1985)

1913 – Ralph Edwards, Merino Colo, TV host (This is Your Life)

1915 – J Donald Budge, US tennis player (1st to hold world’s 4 major titles)

1918 – Ben Johnson, Foraker Oklahoma, actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), (d. 1996)

1918 – Helmut Lent, German night fighter pilot (d. 1944)

1920 – Knut Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)

1925 – Hans Fellner, bookseller

1926 – Paul Lynde, Mt Vernon Ohio, comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched)

1928 – John Forbes Nash, American mathematician, Nobel laureate

1929 – Ralph McQuarrie, Gary, Indiana, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), (d. 2012)

1930 – Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel (d. 2004)

1931 – Lachlan Macleay, USAF/pilot

1938 – Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer (UEI, Paintbox)

1939 – Don “Sugarcane” Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)

1943 – Edward Skorek, Poland, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1976)

1943 – Malcolm McDowell, Leeds England, actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula)

1944 – Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)

1945 – Whitley Strieber, American author

1949 – Dennis Locorriere, Union City NJ, rock guitarist (Dr Hook)

1951 – Richard Thomas, New York City, American actor (John Boy-Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda)

1951 – Stellan Skarsgard, Swedish actor (Breaking the Waves)

1952 – Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka

1953 – Tim Allen, Denver Colo, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle)

1954 – Bo [Robert] Donaldson, rock vocalist (Billy Don’t Be a Hero)

1954 – Jorge Santana, rocker (Malo)

1954 – Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer

1962 – Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

1962 – Davey Hamilton, American racing driver

1963 – Catarina Lindqvist, Sweden, tennis player (Swedish Open 1986)

1963 – Paul De Lisle, American musician (Smash Mouth)

1966 – Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician

1966 – Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver

1968 – Deniece Peterson, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)

1972 – Natalie MacMaster, Canadian musician

1974 – Steve-O, American television personality

1974 – Brande Roderick, American actress

1978 – Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model

1979 – Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player

1980 – Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver

1981 – David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time

1983 – Matt Allison, British racing driver

1985 – Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver

1986 – Ashley Fuller Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Mary Kate Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Kat Dennings, American actress

1992 – Tyler Davison, was world’s smallest baby at 6 inches, 11 ounces

Deaths

1036 – Ali az-Zahir, caliph (b. 1005)

1142 – Godfried II, duke of Brabant/Neth-Lotharingen, dies

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

1256 – Tankei, Japanese sculptor (b. 1173)

1371 – Jan V of Virneburg, bishop of Utrecht (Pledge Vollenhove), dies

1550 – Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64

1645 – Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman

1665 – Auke Stellingwerf, lt-admiral of Friesland, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Egbert Meussen Kortenaer, vice-admiral, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Jacob van Wassenaer, [Foggy Obdam], lt-admiral, dies in battle at 55

1784 – Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)

1865 – Cleaveland J Campbell, Union brig-general, dies at about 29

1905 – Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered

1930 – Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)

1931 – Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)

1961 – Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79

1965 – Martin Buber, German/Israel philosopher/zionist/theologist, dies at 87

1972 – Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39

1977 – Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)

1979 – Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47

1986 – Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

1987 – Geraldine Page, actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62

1989 – Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81

1993 – Donald “Deke” K Slayton, US major/astronaut (Apollo 18), dies at 69

1995 – David Parry, guitarist, dies 53

2004 – Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)

2008 – Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

28 – Gaius Carrinas’ triumphant procession through Rome

1381 – Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath.

1418 – An insurrection delivers Paris to the Burgundians.

1534 – Turkish adm Chaireddin “Barbarossa” allows Giulia Gonzaga to kidnap & plunder Naples

1560 – Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto.

1653 – – 13] First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland, English fleet beats the Dutch

1665 – English rename New Amsterdam, NY, after Dutch pull out

1673 – Charles II’s brother duke James of York resigns as Lord High Admiral

1775 – 1st naval battle of Revolution-Unity (US) captures Margaretta (Br)

1787 – Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old

1792 – George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver BC

1812 – Napoleon invades Russia

1830 – Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch.

1838 – Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

1859 – Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered

1864 – Lee sends Early into Shenandoah Valley

1864 – Skirmish at Mcafee’s Cross Road Georgia, about 57 dies in battle

1875 – 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25

1885 – Roof collapse kills 30 at murder trial in France

1889 – 88 are killed in the Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland.

1897 – Possibly most severe quake in history strikes Assam India, shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1500 casualties)

1900 – German Navy Law calls for massive increase in sea power

1908 – Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)

1913 – “Dachshund” by Pathe Freres, early animated cartoon, released

1917 – Secret Service extends protection of president to his family

1918 – 1st airplane bombing raid by an American unit, France

1920 – 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o’ War wins in 2:14.2

1923 – Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC

1925 – William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25′ 10 3/4″

1926 – 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2

1930 – 34th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 287 at Interlachen CC Minn

1930 – Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey on a foul in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

1931 – Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury

1934 – Black-McKeller Bill passes causes Bill Boeing empire to break up into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] & United Air Lines

1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate’s longest speech on record (150,000 words)

1936 – 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh Pa)

1937 – USSR executes 8 army leaders as Stalin’s purge continues

1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY

1939 – Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

1942 – Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)

1944 – 1st V-1 rocket assault on London

1944 – British 12th battalion conquers Bréville

1944 – US troop march into Carentan/Caumont, Normandy

1945 – US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa

1947 – Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win Brit Women’s Amateur Golf Champ

1948 – 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2

1954 – 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8

1954 – Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock,” is originally released

1955 – “Mr Peepers” (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC

1957 – Paul Anderson of US back-lifts a record 2850 kg (6,270 lbs)

1962 – 3 convicts used spoons to dig their way out of Alcatraz

1962 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m

1965 – Morio Shigematsu runs world record marathon (2:12:00)

1965 – Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies

1966 – Dave Clark 5 set record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan

1967 – Israel wins 6 day war

1967 – Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)

1967 – USSR launches Venera 4 for parachute landing on Venus

1970 – Pitts Pirate Doc Ellis no-hits San Diego Padres, 2-0

1978 – David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life

1979 – Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185′

1979 – Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min

1981 – “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” starring Harrison Ford premieres

1981 – Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

1982 – 750,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators, rally in Central Park NYC

1982 – Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands

1983 – Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

1989 – Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids

1990 – Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite Neth 1-1 in World Cup game

1994 – Cab Calloway suffered massive stroke at his home in White Plaines NY

2000 – Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.

2004 – A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

2012 – The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created

2012 – An Australian coroner’s report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980

 

Births

1107 – Emperor Gaozong of China (d. 1187)

1468 – Juan del Encina, composer

1519 – Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and art patron of Florence (d. 1574)

1577 – Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)

1659 – Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Japanese samurai (d. 1719)

1771 – Patrick Gass, Falling Springs PA, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition

1775 – Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (d. 1851)

1795 – John Marston Jr, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1885

1798 – Samuel Cooper, Sect of War/General (Confederate Army), died in 1876

1802 – Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist (d. 1876)

1806 – John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge) (d. 1869)

1812 – Edmond Hébert, French geologist (d. 1890)

1821 – Henry Moses Judah, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1866

1825 – John Cook, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1910

1829 – Johanna Spyri, Switzerland, writer (Heidi)

1851 – Oliver Joseph Lodge, England, early radio pioneer

1877 – Thomas C Hart, US admiral (Asiatic fleet)

1897 – Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon (C), British PM (1955-57)

1912 – Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist

1915 – David Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank)

1916 – Irwin Allen, NYC, director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure)

1916 – Ivan Tors, TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper)

1917 – Priscilla Lane, US, actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)

1919 – Uta Hagen, Germany, actress (Boys From Brazil)/teaches acting

1920 – Dave Berg, American cartoonist (d. 2002)

1924 – George Herbert Walker Bush, MA, 43 VP (1981-89) 41st Pres (R, 1989-93)

1927 – Timir Pinegin, Moscow, Russia, sailor (Olympic gold 1960), (d. 2013)

1928 – Richard Sherman, composer/lyricist (Mary Poppins)

1928 – Vic Damone, [Vito Farinola], Bkln, singer (Street Where You Live)

1929 – Anne Frank, Holland, Nazi victim/diarist (Diary of Anne Frank)

1930 – Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener of 50s)

1930 – Donald Byrne, American chess player (d. 1976)

1932 – Jim Nabors, Sylacauga Al, actor/singer (Gomer Pyle)

1932 – Mamo Wolde, Ethiopia, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1932 – Rona Jaffe, novelist (Mazes & Monsters)

1933 – Eddie Adams, American photographer, won Pulitzer Prize (d. 2004)

1934 – John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (d. 2001)

1937 – Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician

1941 – Chick Corea, Chelsea Mass, jazz pianist (Delhpi I, Toy Dance)

1941 – Reg[inald] Presley, [Ball], rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing), (d. 2013)

1941 – Marv Albert, NYC, “Yes!” sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter

1942 – Bert Sakmann, German physiologist, Nobel laureate

1945 – Terry Anderson, Sydney NSW Aust, US rapid fire pistol (Olympic-80, 96)

1947 – Ronald J Freeman II, Elizabeth NJ, 4x400m runner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1948 – Barry Bailey, Doraville Ga, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section)

1948 – Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver

1951 – Bun E Carlos, [Brad Carlson], rock drummer (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)

1951 – Brad Delp, guitarist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)

1952 – Dale Krantz, singer (Rossington-Collins Band)

1952 – Seigfried Brietzke, German DR, coxless rower (Oly-gold-1972, 76, 80)

1952 – Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders) (d. 1983)

1953 – Grace Jones, Kingston Jamacia (she claims but actually 5/19/48)

1957 – Jim Morris, impressionist/comedian (Ronald Reagan, George Bush)

1959 – Scott Thompson, comedian (Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show)

1959 – Steve Bauer, St Catharines Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-silver-84, 96)

1959 – John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants)

1959 – Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham

1962 – Ally Sheedy, [Alexandria], NYC, actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club)

1964 – Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver

1965 – Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)

1968 – Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)

1969 – Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (Omen, Bikini) (d. 2007)

1971 – Florencia Labat, Buenos Aires Argentina, tennis star (1992 Austrian)

1974 – Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player

1975 – Scott Ferrier, Australia, high jumper/decathlete (Olympics-96)

1977 – Kenny Wayne Shepherd, American blues-rock guitarist

1981 – Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel

1982 – Loïc Duval, French racing driver

1985 – Blake Ross, American software developer

1985 – Chris Young, American musician

 

 

Deaths

816 – Leo III, Italian Pope (795-816), dies

918 – Ethelfleda, Lady of the Mercians

1020 – Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury

1036 – Tedald, Bishop of Arezzo

1231 – Antonius van Padua, [Fernando M de Bulhom], Port minister, dies at 35

1435 – John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (b. 1408)

1490 – Adriaan Vilain II of Rassegem, peace of Tours, murdered at about 39

1560 – Imagawa Yoshimoto, Japanese daimyo (b. 1519)

1560 – Ii Naomori, Japanese warrior (b. 1506)

1567 – Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1490)

1687 – Jurriaen van Streeck, Dutch still life painter, buried

1772 – Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (b. 1724)

1778 – Philip Livingston, American merchant (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62

1858 – Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder/ship owner, dies at 74

1936 – Isidore Weiss, French world checker champion, dies

1957 – James F “Jimmy” Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53

1963 – Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80

1963 – Medgar Evers, NAACP official, shot in Jackson Miss at 37

1972 – Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63

1980 – Milburn Stone, actor (Doc-Gunsmoke), dies at 75

1982 – Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)

1982 – Sgt Ian McKay VC, British soldier (Falklands War) (b. 1953)

1983 – Norma Shearer, actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

1989 – Lou Monte, American singer (b. 1917)

1994 – Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of OJ, murdered at 35 (probably by OJ)

1994 – Otto Roesch, paleontologist, dies at 93

1994 – Ron Goldman, waiter, murdered with wife of OJ Simpson at 27

2002 – Bill Blass, American fashion designer (b. 1922)

2003 – Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916)

2007 – Don Herbert aka “Mr. Wizard”, American television host (b. 1917)

2012 – Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.

1231 – Harderwijk becomes a city

1345 – The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.

1429 – Hundred Years’ War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.

1488 – Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland

1578 – England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize US

1666 – -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)

1676 – Battle at Öland: Danish & Dutch fleet under CM Tromp beats Sweden

1685 – James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

1770 – Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia

1776 – Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence

1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.

1793 – 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1825 – The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.

1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.

1859 – Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada

1864 – -12] Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)

1864 – 300′ (90 m) of Meigg’s Wharf washed away in storm

1864 – Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught

1864 – Battle of Laurel Hill, WV

1864 – Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg

1870 – 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam

1876 – Republicans pick Rutherford B Hayes as presidental candidate

1892 – The Limelight Department, one of the world’s first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.

1895 – 1st auto race

1895 – Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile

1896 – US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized

1898 – 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo Cuba during Spanish-American War

1898 – 23rd Preakness: Willie Simms aboard Sly Fox wins in 1:49.75

1900 – -12] Battle at Diamond Hill: British troops chase General Botha

1905 – Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)

1919 – 51st Belmont: J Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown

1921 – 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8

1927 – 59th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6

1927 – Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross

1928 – Alfred Hitchcock’s 1st film, “Case Of Jonathan Drew,” is released

1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.

1936 – Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia

1937 – Marx Brothers’ “A Day At The Races” released

1939 – King & Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FDR’s party

1940 – Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta

1941 – Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews

1942 – German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa

1942 – US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II

1943 – Heinrich Himmler orders liquidation of Polish ghettos

1944 – 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas

1949 – 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2

1949 – Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)

1950 – Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament

1953 – “Amos ‘n Andy,” TV Comedy, also radio from ’29; last aired on CBS

1955 – 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29

1955 – Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)

1958 – UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon

1959 – Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence’s book, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)

1960 – 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2

1960 – House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)

1964 – Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference

1966 – “I Am A Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3

1966 – “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1

1966 – “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys hit #1 in UK

1966 – French & German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry

1967 – A J Foyt & Dan Gurney drove a Ford to victory in Le Mans

1969 – David Bowie releases “Space Oddity”

1971 – US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan

1971 – US ends ban on China trade

1974 – Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Wash

1974 – Mel Stottlemyre’s AL record 272nd consecutive start, without relief

1975 – 1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield

1976 – Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain

1977 – 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6

1977 – Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland

1977 – Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

1978 – “Grease” starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens

1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months

1981 – Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student

1982 – Larry Holmes TKOs Gerry Cooney in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1982 – Movie “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” released (highest grossing film)

1983 – 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8

1984 – Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally

1988 – 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6

1990 – Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

1991 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

1993 – “Jurassic Park” opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million

1994 – 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

1994 – Drunken officer shoots 7 people dead in Falun Sweden

1994 – Cbox is 39’115 long, 20’85 wide, & 8′ high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn

1998 – Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.

2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

2002 – Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.

2004 – Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.

2004 – Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

2009 – A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.

2012 – The Nobel Prize is reduced by 20% to prevent any future undermining of capital

Births

1403 – John IV, Duke of Brabant (d. 1427)

1456 – Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)

1540 – Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)

1572 – Ben Jonson, England, playwright/poet (Volpone, Alchemist)

1696 – Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)

1723 – J G Palitzsch, 1st saw Halley’s comet on return, Prolitz

1741 – Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)

1807 – James Findlay Schenck, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882

1808 – Charles Henry Poor, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882

1815 – Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer (d. 1879)

1816 – Robert Huston Milroy, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

1822 – Samuel Davis Sturgis, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1889

1823 – James Lawson Kemper, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1895

1842 – Carl von Linde, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1934)

1846 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)

1847 – Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader (English women’s movement)

1864 – Richard Georg Strauss, Munich Germany, composer (Don Quixote)

1879 – Max Schreck, German actor (d. 1936)

1880 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to US Congress (Rep-Montana)

1883 – Frank O King, Cashton Wisc, cartoonist (Gasoline Alley)

1886 – David Steinman, NYC, bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough)

1888 – Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1927)

1889 – Wesley Ruggles, actor/producer/director (Keystone Kops)

1895 – Nikolai A Bulganin, Gorki Russia, premier of USSR (1955-58)

1904 – Clarence “Pinetop” Smith, jazz pianist/singer (Boogie Woogie Piano)

1904 – Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer

1907 – Paul Mellon, US, oil magnate/pres (Washington National Gallery of Art)

1910 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, France, oceanic explorer (Calypso)

1913 – Vince Lombardi, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers)

1914 – Jack Mann, pilot/hostage

1915 – Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)

1920 – Irving Howe, US, writer/critic (World of Our Fathers)

1925 – William Styron, Va, novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice)

1926 – Brother Dave Gardner, Novelty singer/comedian

1927 – John Aspinall, owner (casino, zoos)

1931 – Lucianna Paluzzi, Rome Italy, actress (Five Fingers, Thunderball)

1932 – Athol Fugard, Middleburg South Africa, anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot)

1933 – Jud Strunk, Jamestown NY, singer/comedian (Laugh-In)

1935 – Gene Wilder, [Jerome Silbermann], Milwaukee, actor (Silver Streak)

1937 – Johnny Brown, St Petersburg Fla, comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams)

1937 – Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

1939 – Christina Crawford, author, Joan’s daughter (Mommie Dearest)

1939 – Jackie Stewart, Scotland, driver/sports announcer (27 Grand Prix)

1940 – Joey Dee, Passaic NJ, singer (Hey Let’s Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris)

1943 – Henry Hill Jr., Brooklyn, New York, mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), (d. 2012)

1945 – Adrienne Barbeau, Sacramento California, actress (Maude, Swamp Thing)

1946 – Jenny Pittman, horse trainer

1946 – John Lawton, British rock singer (Uriah Heep)

1947 – Glenn Leonard, R&B singer (Temptations)

1948 – Anthony Nelson, British Sec of Treasury

1948 – Skip Alan, [Alan Skipper], drummer (Them, Pretty Things)

1949 – Frank Beard, rocker (ZZ Top-She Got Legs, Fandango)

1949 – George Willig, stuntman (climbed World Trade Center in 1977)

1949 – Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)

1950 – Graham Russell, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply)

1950 – Debbie “Pokey” Watson, US, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1968)

1950 – Lindsey de Paul, singer

1952 – Donnie Van Zant, rock vocalist (.38 Special)

1952 – Russell Hitchcock, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply)

1955 – Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower

1956 – Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)

1959 – Hugh Laurie [James Hugh Calum Laurie], Oxford, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House)

1963 – Bruce Kimball, American diver

1964 – Kim Gallagher, Phila, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1984)

1964 – Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver

1966 – Tiffany Cohen, Culver City California, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1984)

1969 – Peter Dinklage, American actor

1970 – Chris Rice, singer/songwriter

1978 – Ujjwala Raut, Indian supermodel

1982 – Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier

1985 – Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel

1986 – Shia LaBeouf, Los Angeles, California, American actor (Disturbia, Transformers)

Deaths

323 BC – Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32, (or the 10th June)

1183 – Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)

1216 – Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire

1249 – Adelheid van Schaarbeek, Flemish mystic/saint, dies

1479 – Johannes a San Facundo, Spanish Augustine saint, dies

1488 – James III, King of Scots, dies in battle

1557 – King John III of Portugal (b. 1502)

1560 – Marie Guise, French wife of King James V of Scotland and mother and regent of Mary Queen of Scots, dies at 44

1666 – Cornelis Evertsen the Old, Swiss vice-admiral, dies in battle at 55

1695 – André Félibien, French architect (b. 1619)

1727 – King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)

1796 – Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and politician (b. 1720)

1825 – Daniel D Tompkins, 6th US Vice President (1817-25), dies at 54

1847 – John Franklin, English sea captain and explorer (b. 1786)

1903 – Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)

1913 – Machmud Shevket Pasha, Turks grand vizier, murdered

1937 – R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)

1941 – Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)

1955 – Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered

1966 – Wallace Ford, actor (Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68

1970 – Aleksandr F Kerenski, Russian premier (1917), dies at 89

1979 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72

1985 – Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31

1986 – Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80

1986 – Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)

1990 – Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86

1992 – Marjorie Newell Robb, oldest living survivor of Titantic, dies at 103

1992 – Scotty Sachs, actor (Hanoi Hilton), dies of gunshot wounds at 39

1994 – Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90

1994 – Kitty Rosalind Muggeridge, author, dies at 90

1999 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)

2001 – Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (by execution; b. 1968)

2003 – David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)

2004 – Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)

2006 – Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)

2007 – Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)

2008 – Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)

2012 – Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

68 – Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

641 – Arabic/Islamic army contrasts with the Hippo over Alexandria

721 – Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.

922 – French republic chooses Robert I, King of France

1075 – Battle at Homburg/Unstrut: German king Henry IV beats Saksen

1310 – Duccio’s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

1456 – 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1525 – Tax revolt in Hertogenbosch

1534 – Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River

1549 – Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

1628 – 1st deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Mass

1650 – The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe

1742 – Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia

1752 – French army surrenders to the English in Trichinopoly India

1772 – 1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion

1772 – 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI

1789 – Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver I

1802 – US Academy at West Point founded

1822 – Charles Graham patents false teeth

1856 – 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

1860 – 1st US “dime novel” published: “Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter,” by Mrs Ann Stevens

1862 – Battle of Port Republic, last of 5 battles in Jacksons Valley camp

1863 – Battle of Brandy Station, VA (Fleetwood, Beverly Ford)

1864 – Battle of Big Shanty, GA

1864 – Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, GA (Pine Mt, Pine Knob, Golgotha)

1865 – Battle of Grand Gulf, MS

1869 – Charles Elmer Hires sells his 1st root beer (Phila)

1870 – Washington: Pres Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud

1873 – Alexandra Palace burnt down, after being open for only 16 days.

1877 – 11th Belmont: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:46

1883 – 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5

1887 – 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5

1888 – 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25

1891 – Painter Gauguin arrives in Papeete, Tahiti

1892 – 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12

1898 – China leases Hong Kong’s new territories to Britain for 99 years

1899 – James J Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1901 – NY Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cin Reds 25-13

1902 – 1st Automat restaurant opens (818 Chestnut St, Phila)

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California.

1910 – Passenger on SS Arawatta throws bottle with note overboard (found June 6, 1983 in Queensland)

1914 – Honus Wagner, is 2nd to get 3,000 hits

1915 – William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State

1922 – First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.

1923 – 55th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:19

1923 – Brinks unveils 1st armored security vans

1924 – “Jelly-Roll Blues,” is recorded by blues great, Jelly Roll Morton

1928 – 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

1930 – Paavo Nurmi runs world record 6 mile (29:36.4)

1930 – Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1931 – 1st rocket-powered aircraft design patented (R Goddard)

1934 – 1st Donald Duck cartoon, Wise Little Hen, released

1934 – 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2

1940 – Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II

1941 – Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500

1942 – Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice Czechoslovakia

1945 – 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr wins in 2:07

1946 – 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque Iowa)

1946 – Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1953 – “Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater,” last airs on NBC-TV

1953 – Worcester County tornado (94 killed, 1310 injured, 10,000 homeless)

1954 – Joseph Welch asks Sen Joseph McCarthy “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” during Senate-Army hearings

1955 – 100°F – Hottest day in Seattle Washington

1957 – Anthony Eden resigns as British PM

1957 – First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).

1958 – “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley hits #1

1959 – 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)

1960 – Typhoon Mary in China killed at least 1,600

1962 – “Bill of Hare,” premieres in USA

1962 – 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8

1963 – Equal Pay Act enacted

1965 – Frenchman, Machal Jazy, runs record mile in 3:53.6

1967 – Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

1967 – Monkees appear at Hollywood Bowl

1969 – Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice

1970 – Harry A Blackmun, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1972 – 14″ of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

1973 – 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24

1973 – Secretariat becomes 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning horse racing’s Belmont Stakes

1974 – Supergroup Blind Faith’s (Clapton, Windwood, Baker) 1st concert

1975 – 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2

1975 – Fire in prison hospital kills 10 prisoners & 1 guard (Sanford Fla)

1977 – Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth celebrated with fireworks

1978 – Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London

1978 – Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1978 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

1979 – 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6

1980 – Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine

1982 – Israel wipes out Syrian SAM missiles in Bekaa Valley

1983 – Margaret  Thatchers Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

1984 – 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2

1984 – Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts

1984 – NASA suffers a launch vehicle failure launching Intelsat 509

1985 – American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon

1986 – Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points

1989 – Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1

1990 – 122nd Belmont: Michael Kinane aboard Go & Go wins in 2:27.2

1991 – Jack La Lanne, 76, arrested for suspicion of DWI

1994 – Angolan plane bombs school in Waku Kungo (89 killed)

2012 – It is announced that up to $125 million dollars in loans will be given to aid Spain’s struggling banks

 

 

Births

1595 – King Wladislaus IV of Poland (d. 1648)

1597 – Pieter J Saenredam, architecture painter

1640 – Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1658-1705)

1661 – Tsar Feodor III of Russia (d. 1682)

1672 – Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], tsar of Russia (1682-1725)

1768 – Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)

1781 – George Stephenson, Newcastle England, inventor (RR locomotive)

1791 – John Howard Payne, US, author/actor/diplomat (Home Sweet Home)

1792 – Frederic L G, Earl of Merode, Belgian revolutionary

1812 – Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling’s reagens)

1812 – Johann G Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune)

1833 – John Rogers Cooke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1891

1854 – Gerardus J P J Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society)

1861 – Floris H Verster, [van Wulverhorst], painter/cartoonist/etcher

1875 – Henry Dale, London, physiologist (Nobel-1936)

1882 – Bobby Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)

1896 – Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)

1898 – Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)

1900 – Fred Waring, Tyrone Penn, musician/conductor/inventor (Waring Blender)

1901 – George Price, cartoonist

1910 – Geoffrey Musson, British General

1913 – Patrick Steptoe, scientist (developed in vitro fertilization)

1915 – Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Waukesha Wisconsin, American musician , guitarist/inventor (Les Paul guitar)

1916 – Robert S McNamara, US Sec of Defense (1961-68)/head (World Bank)

1918 – Rob de Vries, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/dir/actor (Ciske de Rat)

1921 – Agnes Keleti, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)

1922 – John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)

1922 – Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist – Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)

1924 – Christine Goitschel, France, slalom (Olympic-gold-1964)

1925 – [John] Keith Laumer, [Anthony LeBaron], US, sf author (Retief’s War)

1929 – Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], Memphis, Tennessee, rhythm and blues singer (My Song)

1929 – Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1960)

1930 – Lin[wood] [Vrooman] Carter, US, sci-fi author (Thongor of Lemuria)

1930 – Marvin Kalb, NYC, educator/newscaster (CBS/NBC, Meet the Press)

1931 – Jackie Mason, Wisc, comedian (World According to Me, Chicken Soup)

1933 – Patrick Symons, British vice-admiral

1934 – Donald Duck, famous fowl

1934 – Helga Haase, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1960)

1934 – Jackie Wilson, Detroit, singer (Lonely Teardrops, Night)

1934 – Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist

1937 – Harald Rosenthal, German biologist

1939 – David Hobbs (auto racer)

1940 – Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC “Oh Baby!”)

1941 – Billy Hatton, rocker

1941 – Jon Lord, England, keyboardist (Deep Purple-Hush, White Snake), (d. 2012)

1941 – Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)

1943 – Charles Saatchi, English magnate (Saatchi & Saatchi)

1943 – Joe [William] Haldeman, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Worlds Apart)

1944 – 23 puppies, (record litter) born to Lena, a foxhound, Ambler Penn

1948 – Nathaniel Rosen, Altadena Ca, cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978)

1952 – Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (d. 2004)

1954 – Pete Byrne Bath – English rocker (Naked Eyes)

1954 – George Pérez, American comic book artist

1954 – Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer

1956 – Patricia Cornwell, American author

1961 – Michael J. Fox, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)

1961 – Aaron Sorkin, American writer

1963 – Johnny Depp, Queensboro Ky, actor (21 Jump Street, Ed Wood)

1963- Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author

1965 – Gloria Reuben, actress (Jeanie Boulet-ER)

1969 – Mitch McLee, [Douglas Lee Mitchell], Miles Mi, drummer (Southgang)

1971 – Rick Renstrom, American guitarist

1973 – Laura Ponte, Spanish model and royal

1974 – Samoth, Norwegian guitarist (Emperor, Zyklon)

1975 – Carolyne Lepage, Montreal Quebec, 48 kg judoka (Olympics-96)

1981 – Natalie Portman [Natalie Hershlag], Jerusalem, Israeli/American actress (Professional, Everyone Says I Love You)

1981 – Anoushka Shankar, Famous sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar

 

 

Deaths

62 – Claudia Octavia, wife of Nero (b. 40)

68 – Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (54-68), commits suicide at 31

373 – Ephrem the Syrian, Christian hymnodist

597 – St. Columba, Christian missionary (b. 521)

630 – King Shahrbaraz of Persia

1171 – Jacob Ben Meir, [Rabbenu Tam], French Tosofist, dies

1361 – Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet, dies at 69

1382 – Philip of Lead, lawyer of Utrecht, dies

1563 – William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)

1572 – Jeanne d’Albret, queen of Navarra, dies at 44

1681 – William Lilly, English astrologer, dies

1716 – Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander (executed)

1863 – Benjamin Franklin “Grimes” Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30

1870 – Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield), dies at 58

1897 – Alvin Graham Clark, dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40″ lens

1901 – Walter Besant, novelist/philanthropist, dies

1911 – Carry Amelia Moore Nation, American temperance leader, dies

1944 – 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS

1946 – Rama VIII, king of Siam (1935-46), dies at 21

1958 – Robert Donat, actor (Citadel, Goodbye Mr Chips, 39 Steps), dies at 53

1971 – Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein’s Daughter), dies at 40

1973 – Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)

1981 – Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), dies at 63

1992 – Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack

1994 – Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp, dies at 63

1996 – Edward Morris Bernstein, economist, dies at 91

1996 – Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist, dies at 48

1997 – Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71

2009 – Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

65 – Jews revolt against Rome, capturing fortress of Antonia in Jerusalem

68 – Rome Senate accepts emperor Galba

452 – Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

536 – St Silverius begins his reign as Catholic Pope

793 – Vikings plunder St Cuthbert convent Lindisfarne

979 – Louis V de Luie, crowned King of France

1191 – Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.

1405 – Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on Henry IV’s orders.

1551 – Pope Julius III excommunicates Duke Ottario Farnese of Parma

1632 – Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Sittard

1663 – Battle at Amegical: English & Portugese fleet beats Spanish

1694 – English troop landing at Brest attack (300 killed)

1786 – Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall, NYC)

1789 – James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1824 – Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec

1829 – 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London, opens in Liverpool

1846 – Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu

1861 – American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.

1862 – Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia

1869 – Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner

1878 – 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5

1882 – 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43

1886 – 1st Civil Rights Act passes

1892 – Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy v Ferguson)

1896 – 1st car is stolen

1914 – 34.7°F (1.5°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

1915 – 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

1917 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

1918 – Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler’s nova of 1604, discovered

1920 – Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but ump ejects Roush for delay of game

1921 – Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM

1927 – Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs Yanks beat White Sox 12-11

1928 – 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)

1929 – 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8

1933 – A’s Jimmie Foxx homers his 1st 3 at bats for 4 consecutive HRs

1935 – 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6

1936 – 1st parking meters are invented

1937 – World’s largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, 12′ calla lily

1940 – 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6

1940 – Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced

1940 – Last British troops leave Narvik Norway

1944 – 1st SS-Pantser corps counter attacks at Normandy

1944 – Allies occupy Port-and-Bessin Normandy

1944 – Dutch Resistance fighter Frans Duwaer arrested

1944 – Gen Montgomery lands in Normandy, forms HQ in Chateau de Creully

1948 – “Milton Berle Show” premieres on NBC TV

1948 – John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines

1949 – Siam changes name to Thailand

1950 – Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.

1953 – Cluster of 6 tornadoes touch down in Flint Michigan killing 113

1953 – Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court

1955 – Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

1959 – X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m

1961 – Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

1963 – 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2

1965 – US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam

1966 – NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC & AFC in 1970

1966 – Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5” on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

1967 – Israel attacks USS Liberty in Mediterranean, killing 34 US crewmen

1968 – Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

1968 – Gary Puckett & Union Gap release “Lady Will Power”

1968 – James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, captured

1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

1969 – “Smothers Brothers comedy Hour,” last airs on CBS-TV

1969 – Brian Jones leaves The Rolling Stones

1969 – Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired (I was there-BTG)

1969 – Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August

1969 – Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

1971 – North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam

1974 – 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2

1974 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group “Yes”

1974 – US & Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract

1977 – Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game

1978 – Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes “Mormon Will” is a forgery

1979 – “The Source,” 1st computer public information service, goes on-line

1982 – Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament

1983 – “Trading Places,” “Ghostbusters,” & “Gremlins,” premieres

1985 – 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27

1986 – Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected pres of Austria

1987 – Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall tesifies at Iran-Contra hearing

1988 – Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%

1990 – “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” last airs on Fox-TV

1991 – 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28

1991 – Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds

1991 – Victory parade held in Wash DC (Persian Gulf War)

1991 – Warren Schutte, is 1st non American to win NCAA Div 1 golf title

1992 – NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is banned from baseball for 7th time

1995 – Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.

1996 – 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor’s Note wins in 2:28.96

1996 – Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

2004 – Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs

Births

1318 – Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Eduard II/wife of Reinald II

1625 – Giovanni D Cassini, Perinaldo, France, discoverer (4 moons of Saturn)

1652 – William Dampier, English explorer/pirate

1722 – Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, composer

1724 – John Smeaton, Leeds, civil engineer

1743 – Alessandro Cagliostro, Palermo Italy, adventurer

1745 – Caspar Wessel, Danish mathematician (d. 1818)

1759 – Thomas Dunham Whitaker, Rainham Norfolk UK, topographer

1772 – Robert Stevenson, Glasgow, civil engineer

1806 – Gideon Johnson Pillow, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1878

1813 – David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1891

1821 – John Dunlap Stevenson, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1897

1821 – Samuel White Baker, London England, explorer (Ceylon/Egypt)

1824 – William Montgomery Gardner, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1901

1831 – Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (d. 1917)

1851 – Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval, French physicist (d. 1940)

1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, Richland Center Wisc, master builder (Guggenheim)

1901 – Lena Baker, American murderer (d. 1945)

1903 – Ronald Shiner, actor (Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara)

1909 – William Odling, major-general

1910 – John W Campbell, US, sci-fi writer (Moon is Hell)

1914 – Joseph de Pietro, US, 56kg weightlifter (Olympic-gold-1948)

1916 – Francis Crick, British co-discovered DNA’s structure (Nobel 1962)

1918 – Robert Preston, Newton MA, actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter)

1918 – John D. Roberts, American chemist

1921 – LeRoy Neiman, American painter, (d. 2012)

1924 – George Kirby, Chicago, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show)

1924 – Lyn Nofziger, American political operative (d. 2006)

1925 – Barbara Pierce Bush, Flushing, New York, US 1st lady (1989-93)

1925 – Eddie Gaedel, 3’7″ St Louis Browns pinch-hitter (he walked)

1927 – Jerry Stiller, Bkln NY, comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld)

1928 – Kat[i]e [Gertrude] Wilhelm, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Hamlet Trap)

1930 – Dana Wynter, London, actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

1930 – Robert Aumann, German-born Israeli mathematician; Nobel laureate

1933 – Joan Rivers, [Molinsky], Bkln, comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq)

1936 – James Darren, Phila, actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs)

1936 – Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate

1937 – Bruce McCandless II, Boston, Cap USN/astronaut (STS 41B, STS-31)

1939 – Bernie Casey, Wyco WV, actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop)

1939 – Herb Adderley, Phila, NFL hall of famer (Packers, Cowboys)

1940 – Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin’)

1940 – Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)

1941 – Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, US pop singer (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)

1942 – Chuck Negron, singer (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)

1942 – Gael Ramsey, Brigadier commander (HQ Aldershot Garrison)

1942 – Willie D Davenport, Troy Alabama, 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1943 – Colin Baker, actor (Dr Who, Swallows & Amazons)

1943 – William Calley, American war criminal

1944 – Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], Dallas Tx, rocker (Steve Miller Band)

1944 – Don Grady, [Agrati], actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), (d. 2012)

1946 – Elizabeth A Lynn, US, sci-fi author (Watchtower, Red Hawk)

1947 – Mick Box, rock guitarist (Uriah Heep)

1947 – Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1949 – Hildegard Falck, German FR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)

1951 – Bonnie Tyler, [Gaynor Hopkins], rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart)

1951 – Tony Rice, American acoustic guitarist

1952 – Martin Taylor, CEO (Barclays Bank)

1955 – Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who’s That Girl)

1955 – Tim Berners-Lee, English internet developer

1955 – Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)

1957 – Scott Raymond Adams, Catskill NY, cartoonist (Dilbert)

1958 – Keenan Ivory Wayans, NYC, comedian (In Living Color)

1960 – Mick Hucknall, rocker (Simply Red-Every Time We Say Goodbye)

1961 – Ursula Buchfellner, Munich Ger, playmate (Oct, 1979)/actr (Bloodline)

1962 – Nick Rhodes, [Bates], keyboardist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)

1965 – Robert Platus, NYC, lip syncher (Milli Vanilli-Girl You Know This)

1966 – Julianna Margulies, Spring Valley NY, actress (Carol Hathaway-ER)

1967 – Neil Mitchell, rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)

1970 – Gabrielle Giffords, American politician

1976 – Lindsay Davenport, Palos Verdes CA, tennis star (Olympics-gold-96)

1977 – Kanye West, Atlanta, Georgia, American rapper and record producer

1979 – Derek Trucks, American guitarist

1981 – Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver

1981 – Sara Watkins, American fiddle player

1983 – Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player

1984 – Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco

Deaths

218 – Opellius Macrinus, emperor of Rome (217-8), dies in battle at 54

632 – Mohammed, prophet of Islam (Koran), dies (according to tradition)

1042 – Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth

1115 – Peter van Amiens, French minister of crusades, dies at about 64

1376 – “Black Prince” of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46

1383 – Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)

1384 – Kanami, Japanese actor (b. 1333)

1476 – George Neville, English archbishop and statesman

1505 – Hongzhi, Emperor of China (b. 1470)

1628 – Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)

1695 – Christian Huygens, inventor/astronomer (ring of Saturn), dies at 66

1711 – Katharina Lescaille, [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61

1742 – Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 62

1768 – Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist, dies at 50

1806 – George Wythe, US attorney (signed Decl of Indep), dies at about 79

1809 – Thomas Paine, writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

1835 – Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

1845 – Andrew Jackson, (D) 7th pres (1828-37), dies at 78

1857 – Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

1865 – Joseph Paxton, designer (Crystal Palace), dies

1871 – Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death

1874 – Cochise, Apache leader

1876 – George Sand, French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71

1913 – Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette, trampled to death by a horse

1924 – Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

1924 – George Leigh Mallory, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1886)

1951 – Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)

1967 – Laverne Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies

1969 – Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57

1972 – Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68

1982 – [Leroy] Satchel Paige, US baseball pitcher, dies at 75

1987 – Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

1991 – Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43

1992 – Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51

1992 – William France, founder (Daytona 500), dies at 82

1993 – Root Boy Slim, American entertainer (b. 1945)

1998 – Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)

2000 – Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (b. 1948)

2003 – Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)

2007 – Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)

2012 – Frank Cady, American actor, dies at 96

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Today In The Past

Events

555 – Vigilius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1099 – 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem

1340 – Rotterdam Netherlands founded

1413 – King Ladislaw of Naples occupies Rome

1420 – Troops of the Republic of Venice capture Udine, ending the independenceo f the Patriarchate of Aquileia.

1494 – Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain & Portugal divide America

1546 – England signs Peace of Andres with Scotland/Ireland

1654 – Louis XIV crowned King of France

1672 – Battle by Solebay: Dutch adm M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

1692 – Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000

1694 – English invasion army under Thomas Talmash reaches Brest

1769 – Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky

1776 – Richard Lee (VA) moves Decl of Independence in Continental Congress

1788 – Masses stone French government army at Grenoble

1800 – David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba.

1832 – Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.

1862 – Skirmish at Union Church, VA (Peninsular)

1862 – Gen B Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed & destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint

1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA-Jefferson Davis’ home burnt

1863 – Mexico City captured by French troops

1864 – Abe Lincoln renominated for Pres by Republican Party

1866 – Irish Fenians raid Pigeon Hill, Quebec

1866 – 1,800 Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after they loot and plunder around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec.

1873 – 7th Belmont: James Roe aboard Springbok wins in 3:01.75

1881 – 15th Belmont: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47

1893 – Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience.

1896 – G Harpo & F Samuelson leave NY to row the Atlantic (takes 54 days)

1900 – Boer general Christian de Law occupiers British train depot Roodewal

1906 – Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches

1909 – Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.

1912 – US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane

1916 – Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun

1924 – 56th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Mad Play wins in 2:18.8

1924 – George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775′ from Everest’s summit

1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state

1930 – 62nd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:31.6

1930 – NY Times agrees to capitalize the n in “Negro”

1938 – Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)

1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.

1939 – 1st king & queen of England to visit US, George VI & Elizabeth

1940 – British/French troops evacuate Narvik

1941 – 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown)

1942 – Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

1942 – Germany Armys march into Sebastopol

1942 – Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands

1944 – Claus von Stauffenberg meets Hitler

1946 – US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel

1948 – Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; Pres Bernes resigns

1952 – 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2

1953 – 1st color network telecast in compatible color, (Boston Mass)

1954 – 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

1955 – “$64,000 Question” premieres on CBS TV

1955 – 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

1958 – 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m

1963 – 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, “Come on”

1965 – Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995

1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1967 – 2 Moby Grape members arrested for contributing to deliquency of minors

1967 – Israel captures Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem, Jericho & Bethlehem

1968 – Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Bobby Kennedy assassination

1968 – The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.

1969 – “Johnny Cash Show,” debuts on ABC-TV

1969 – 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8

1969 – Tommy James & Shondells release “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

1970 – Jockey Willie Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 win

1970 – The Who’s “Tommy” is performed at NY’s Lincoln Center

1971 – Soviet Soyuz 11 crew completes 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut

1975 – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” by John Denver hits #1

1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public.

1976 – NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

1979 – Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched

1980 – 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8

1980 – Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter

1981 – Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility

1982 – LA Dodger Steve Garvey is 5th to play in 1,000 consecutive games

1983 – Steve Carlton temporarily passes Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out

1986 – 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8

1989 – 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

1989 – For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89

1989 – Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years

1989 – 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2

1991 – Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time

1993 – Cleveland breaks ground for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1993 – Prince celebrated his birthday by changing his name to a symbol

1994 – A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,100th career base

1995 – The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines.

1997 – 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8

1998 – James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.

2001 – Tony Blair’s Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election.

2006 – British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

2012 – 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London

2012 – Credit rating agency Fitch downgrades Spain’s credit rating to BBB in the wake of international bailout speculation

Births

1529 – Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters (d. 1615)

1619 – Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist/historian

1761 – John Rennie, Scottish engineer (d. 1821)

1778 – George Bryan “Beau” Brummel, London England, English dandy

1811 – James Young Simpson, Scotland, obsterician (used chloroform)

1812 – Theophilus Toulmin Garrard, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1902

1825 – Richard D Blackmore, England, author (Norie, Lorna Doone)

1831 – Amelia Edwards, English author and Egyptologist (d. 1892)

1843 – Susan Elizabeth Blow, US, pioneered kindergarten education

1848 – Paul Gaugin, [Eugene Henri], French post-impressionist painter

1862 – Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

1868 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (d. 1928)

1877 – Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1944)

1879 – Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule)

1879 – Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (d. 1963)

1883 – Sylvanus Morley, U.S. archaeologist and spy (d. 1948)

1886 – Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer (d. 1972)

1891 – Koos [Jacobus J] Vorrink, Dutch politician (SDAP/AJC/PvdA)

1896 – Robert Mulliken, US, chemist/physicist (Nobel 1966)

1896 – Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)

1909 – Jessica Tandy, London, actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included)

1910 – Bradford Washburn, American explorer, (d. 2007)

1911 – Brooks Stevens, automotive designer (d. 1995)

1913 – Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist

1917 – Gwendolyn Brooks, US poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950)

1917 – Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)

1921 – Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (d. 1998)

1925 – Camille Flammarion, French astronomer/writer (Thunder & Lightning)

1927 – Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (d. 1953)

1928 – James Ivory, producer/director (Howard’s End, Remains of the Day)

1935 – Thomas Kailath, American engineer

1937 – Bert Sugar, Washington D.C., sports writer (Sting like a Bee), (d. 2012)

1938-Susan Herrlin , mother , wife , pianist , figure skater ,business woman

1940 – Tom Jones [Sir Thomas John Woodward], Pontypridd, Welsh singer (What’s New Pussycat)

1943 – Ken Osmond, actor (Eddie Haskel-Leave it To Beaver)

1944 – Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!)

1946 – Jenny Jones, [Janina Stronski], Canada, comedienne (Jenny Jones Show)

1947 – Thurman Munson, baseball catcher/captain (NY Yankees)

1949 – Jack Ryland, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)

1952 – Liam Neeson, N Ireland, actor (Schindler’s List, Les Miserables)

1953 – Johnny Clegg, rocker

1955 – William Koch, US skier (World Cup 1982)

1956 – Robert Dover, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)

1958 – O+> (Prince), [Rogers Nelson], Minn, rocker/actor (1999, Purple Rain)

1962 – Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleve Rockers, Olym-gold-1984)

1962 – Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver

1965 – Damien Hirst, English artist

1969 – Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Oly-silver-92, 96)

1974 – Jason Caswell, Winnipeg Manitoba, Skeet shooter (Olympics-96)

1974 – Bear Grylls, British survivor

1981 – Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player

1981 – Larisa Oleynik, American actress

Deaths

555 – Vigilius, Italian Pope (537-55), dies

1329 – Robert Bruce, King of Scots (1306-29), dies at 53

1358 – Ashikaga Takauji, Japanese shogun (b. 1305)

1394 – Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II of England (plague) (b. 1367)

1492 – Kazimierz IV, King of Poland (1447-92), dies at 64

1549 – Eelke Fouckens, Frisian anabaptist, beheaded

1555 – Maarten van Rossum, Dutch army leader, dies at about 76

1572 – August I [Sigismund II August], king of Poland (1548-72), dies at 42

1618 – Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, English Governor of Virginia (b. 1577)

1667 – Thomas de Keyser, Amsterdam master builder/painter, buried

1672 – Willem J van Gendt, admiral/governor of Breda, dies at about 37

1754 – Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish, architect (Amalienborg Square), dies at 52

1862 – William B Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42

1866 – Chief Seattle, Native American leader

1876 – George Sand, writer, dies at 71

1877 – Winand C H Staring, geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68

1926 – Henry Charles Tonking, composer, dies at 63

1927 – Voikov, Soviet ambassador to Warsaw, murdered

1928 – Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered

1935 – Ivan V Mitsjoerin, Russian botanist, dies

1936 – Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (b. 1875)

1942 – Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer (b. 1903)

1951 – Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged

1954 – Alan M Turing, British mathematician (Turing), commits suicide at 41

1963 – Zasu Pitts, actress (Wedding March, Life With Father), dies at 65

1965 – Judy Holliday, comedienne (Born Yesterday, Adam’s Rib), dies at 42

1967 – Dorothy Parker, US writer (Enough Rope), dies at 73

1967 – Pauline Brooks, actress (Make a Million), dies of cancer at 54

1969 – Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53

1970 – Edward M Forster, Brit writer (Maurice, passage to India), dies at 91

1970 – E. M. Forster, English author (b. 1879)

1978 – Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)

1980 – Henry [Valentine] Miller, US writer (Tropic of Capricorn), dies at 88

1989 – Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)

1992 – William France, founder (Daytona 500), dies at 82

1993 – Drazen Petrovic, NBA player (NJ Nets), dies in auto-accident at 28

1994 – Joseph Ruzindana, Rwandian bishop of Bjumba, murdered

1994 – Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist, dies at 42

1995 – Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master in the United States (b. 1918)

1996 – Noel Walton Bott, engineer, dies at 88

1996 – [Francis] Max Factor Jr, makeup inventor, dies at 91

2008 – Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)

2009 – Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)

2012 – Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86

2012 – Bob Welch, American musician, commits suicide by gunshot at 66

Today In The Past

Events

1002 – German king Henry II the Saint crowned

1242 – 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris

1391 – Inhabitants of Seville Spain massacres 5,000 Jews

1513 – Battle at Novara: Habsburgers vs Valois

1520 – France & England sign treaty of Scotland

1536 – Mexico begins it’s inquisition

1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill

1654 – Queen Christina of Sweden resigns & converts to Catholicism

1664 – New Amsterdam renamed NYC

1665 – Battle at Monte Carlo: English & Portuguese army beat Spain

1683 – The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university museum.

1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana

1752 – 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed

1772 – Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago

1795 – Fire destroy 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured

1813 – US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)

1816 – 10″ snowfall in New England, “year without a summer” (Mount Tambora)

1832 – The barricades fall and the Paris student uprisings of 1832 end.

1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London

1850 – Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans

1859 – Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).

1862 – Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered

1862 – Battle of Port Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry)

1862 – Skirmish at Harrisonburg, PA

1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA & Williamsport, MD

1864 – Battle of Lake Chicot, AR (Dutch Bayou)

1875 – Netherlands goes on the gold standard

1882 – Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowns 100,000

1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC

1885 – 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43

1889 – Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks

1890 – United States Polo Association forms, NYC

1896 – 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51

1896 – George Samuelson leaves NY harbor to row across Atlantic

1911 – Nicaragua signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)

1912 – The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

1913 – Rabbit Maranville, is thrown out trying to steal home 3 times

1914 – 1st air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway)

1918 – Battle of Belleau Wood1st US victory of WW I

1920 – Gen Wrangel opens offensive against red Army

1925 – Walter Percy Chrysler founded Chrysler Corp (Iacocca is 8 months old)

1932 – US Federal gas tax enacted

1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.

1933 – 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)

1936 – 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30

1936 – Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ

1939 – NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

1941 – 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched

1941 – Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time

1942 – 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)

1942 – 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2

1942 – Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway

1942 – Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians

1944 – Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion

1944 – D-Day150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in NormandyFrance

1944 – Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad

1944 – Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

1944 – U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje

1946 – Martin Kresses begins publishing “Eric the Viking” comic strip

1955 – Bill Haley & Comets, “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1

1958 – Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger

1960 – Roy Orbison releases “Only the Lonely”

1960 – Steve Allen Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1962 – Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record “Besame Mucho” with Peter Best on drums

1964 – 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6

1966 – Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

1966 – Claus Von Bulow & Martha (Sunny) Crawford wed

1966 – NFL & AFL announce their merger

1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement

1967 – Israeli troops occupy Gaza

1968 – Senator Robert Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

1969 – Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

1970 – 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34

1971 – “Ed Sullivan Show” last broadcasts on CBS-TV

1971 – Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die

1971 – Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

1972 – David Bowie releases “Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust”

1972 – Explosion at world’s largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie Rhodesia)

1972 – Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed

1975 – British voters decide to remain in Common Market

1977 – “Washington Post” reports US has developed neutron bomb

1977 – Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way

1977 – Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws

1979 – 200th running of horse’s Derby in England

1979 – Royal Air force receives 1st F-16

1981 – 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

1981 – Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial

1982 – 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO

1983 – Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

1983 – Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats

1984 – 1,200 die in Sikh “Golden Temple” uprising India

1985 – Body of Nazi criminal, Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed

1987 – 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2

1988 – George Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II

1989 – Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4

1990 – For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game

1991 – Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball

1991 – Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store

1991 – NBC announces Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson on May 25, 1992

1992 – 124th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard AP Indy wins in 2:26

1994 – 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)

1998 – 130th Belmont

1999 – At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.

2002 – Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

2005 – The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

2012 – The Solar Impulse completes the world’s first intercontinental flight powered by the sun

Births

1236 – Wen Tianxiang, Chinese prime minister (d. 1283)

1436 – Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), prepares astronomical tables

1502 – King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)

1580 – Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)

1599 – Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (d. 1660)

1606 – Pierre Corneille, France, dramatist (El Cid, Horace)

1622 – Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (d.1857)

1695 – Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen Neth-Indies (1737-41)/killed 8,000 Chinese

1755 – Nathan Halehanged patriothad but one life to give for his country

1756 – John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)

1799 – Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)

1829 – John Baillie McIntosh, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1829 – Shusaku Honinbo, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)

1840 – William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1850 – Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)

1862 – Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet

1867 – David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (d. 1931)

1868 – Robert Falcon Scott, Plymouth, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition

1875 – Thomas Mann, Germany, novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929)

1879 – L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect

1890 – Ted Lewis, American bandleader (d. 1971)

1892 – Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (d. 1971)

1902 – Harold Roxbee Cox Kings Norton, aeronautical engineer

1902 – Jimmie Lunceford, American bandleader (d. 1947)

1903 – Aram Il’yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)

1906 – Max Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn)

1907 – Bill Dickey, NY Yankee hall-of-fame catcher (1928-43)/manager (1946)

1917 – Kirk Kerkorian, CEO (MGM, UA)

1918 – Maria Montez, Dominican Rep, actress (Arabian Nights)

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

1926 – Tom Ryan, comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds)

1932 – Billie Whitelaw, Coventry England, actress (Omen, Adding Machine)

1933 – Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)

1936 – Levi Stubbs, rocker (4 Tops-Same Old Song)

1939 – Gary “US” Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)

1940 – Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)

1940 – Sandra Morgan, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)

1941 – Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, (d. 2012)

1942 – Larry “The Mole” Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat)

1944 – Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1946 – Lasse Hallstrom, director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA)

1947 – Marion Coakes, England, equestrian show jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)

1947 – Robert Englund, Glendale, California, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street)

1949 – Holly Near, American folksinger

1951 – Dwight Twilley, Tulsa Oklahoma, country singer (Twilley Don’t Mind)

1951 – Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver

1954 – Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4)

1955 – Sandra Bernhard, Flint Mich, actress (King of Comedy, Nancy-Roseanne)

1956 – Bjorn Borg, Sodertlage Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1976-79)

1959 – Amanda Pays, London England, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits)

1959 – Colin Quinn, American comedian

1960 – Steve VaiCarle Place, New YorkAmerican guitarist (Frank ZappaDavid Lee Roth BandWhitesnake)

VIDEOS

1964 – Dee C Lee, [Diane Sealey], rocker (Style Council-You’re Best Thing)

1967 – Paul Giamatti, American actor

1969 – Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)

1975 – Staci Keanan, [Anastasia Love Sagorsky], actress (Nicole-My 2 Dads)

1976 – Lukas Hass, actor (Mars Attacks, Lady in White, Witness, Music Box)

1976 – Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder

1977 – Bryn Williams, Welsh chef

Deaths

840 – Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies

1134 – Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51

1393 – Emperor Go-En’yu of Japan (b. 1359)

1480 – Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect

1548 – Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)

1563 – Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)

1583 – Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)

1671 – Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)

1740 – Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony

1799 – Patrick HenryAmerican revolutionary (b. 1736)

1832 – Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (b. 1748)

1862 – Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33

1877 – Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies

1878 – Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (b. 1790)

1922 – Lillian Russell, entertainer, dies at 60

1937 – Jean Harlow, actr (Bombshell), dies from gallbladder infection at 26

1939 – Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65

1941 – Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)

1943 – Karl Landsteiner, Austrian/US pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74

1944 – Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day

1948 – Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)

1961 – Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist, dies at 85

1968 – Robert Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

1976 – J Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83

1979 – Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

1988 – Ella Raines, actress (Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 66

1991 – Stan Getzjazz saxophonist (Girl from Ipanema), dies at 64

VIDEOS

1994 – Barry Sullivan, actor (Great Gatsby), dies at 81

1994 – Peter Graves, English actor (Derby Day/Admirable Crichton), dies at 82

1994 – Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93

1996 – George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92

2003 – Dave Rowberry, British musician (The Animals) (b. 1940)

2005 – Anne Bancroft, American actress, dies from uterine cancer at 73

2006 – Billy Preston, American musician (b. 1946)

2006 – Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)

Today In The Past

 

Events

70 – Titus & his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem

754 – Friezen murders bishop Boniface & over 50 companions

1257 – Kraków, Poland receive city rights.

1288 – Battle of Woeringen: Reinald I vs Jan I

1305 – Bordeaux’s archbishop Bertrand the Got elected Pope Clement V

1507 – England & Netherlands sign trade agreement

1625 – Spanish troops under Spinola conquer Breda

1661 – Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

1716 – England & Emperor Karel VI signs military treaty

1798 – The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.

1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois)

1806 – 1st trotter to break 3 minute mile (Yankee)

 

 

 

1808 – –6Battle at WagramFrench army beats Austrians

 

 

 

 

 

 

1827 – Turks capture Acropolis & takes Athens during Greek War of Independ

1829 – The HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1833 – Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage

1846 – Telegraph line opens between Phila & Balt

1855 – Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party’s 1st convention

1861 – Federal marshals seize arms & gunpower at Du Pont works DE

1863 – Battle of Franklin’s Crossing, VA (Deep Run)

1863 – CSS “Alabama” captures “Talisman” in Mid Atlantic

1864 – Battle of Piedmont, VA (Augusta City)

1869 – 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25

1872 – Republican National Convention meets (Phila)

1873 – Sultan Bargash closes slave market of Zanzibar

1879 – 13th Belmont: George Evans aboard Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75

 

 

 

1884 – William T Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected

 

 

 

 

 

 

1886 – 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41

1888 – The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.

1899 – Alfred Dreyfus’ acquitted

1900 – Lord Roberts’ army occupies Pretoria

1907 – Automatic washer & dryer are introduced

1912 – US marines invade Cuba (3nd time)

1915 – 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1917 – 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I

1920 – 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record

1933 – Gold standard abolished

1934 – 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)

1937 – 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

1937 – Henry Ford initiates 32 hour work week

1940 – Battle of France begins in WW II

1940 – Netherlands rations petroleum

1940 – Synthetic rubber tire unveiled

1942 – British offensive in North Africa under general Ritchie

1942 – Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

1942 – USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania

1943 – 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2

1944 – 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure

1944 – 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day

1944 – Allies march into Rome

1946 – Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago Ill)

1947 – Sec of State George C Marshall outlines “Marshall Plan”

1950 – US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation

1952 – 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing

1952 – Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavy weight boxing title

1953 – US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN

1954 – “Your Show Of Shows,” last airs on NBC-TV

1955 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550′ HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

1956 – “Milton Berle Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1959 – Bob Dylan graduates Hibbing HS in Minn

1960 – “George Gobel Show,” last airs on CBS-TV

1963 – State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

1964 – Davie Jones & King Bees debut “I Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

1965 – “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2

1965 – 97th Belmont: John Sellers aboard Hail to All wins in 2:28.6

 

 

 

1967 – 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair

1969 – Race riot in Hartford Connecticut

1971 – 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6

1975 – British population agrees to European Common Market membership

1975 – Egypt president Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

1976 – 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Bold Forbes wins in 2:29

1976 – Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)

1977 – Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

1981 – Astro’s Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

1982 – 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28

1982 – Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle

1984 – Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” becomes #1

1984 – Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh’s holiest site (Golden Temple)

1988 – Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone

1988 – Longest champagne cork flight is 177’9 in NY

1989 – Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1993 – 125th BelmontJulie Krone aboard Colonial Affair wins in 2:29.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993 – Liberian Charles Taylors rebellion kills 550 fugitives

1993 – Somali warlord Aidids murders 23 Pakistani

1995 – The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.

1998 – A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).

2001 – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2001 – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

 

 

Births

1341 – Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (d. 1402)

1493 – Justus Jonas, German Protestant reformer (d. 1555)

1553 – Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1617)

1640 – Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)

1646 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician (d. 1684)

1660 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (d. 1744)

1664 – Mustafa II, sultan of Turkey (1695-1703)

1718 – Thomas Chippendale, England, furniture maker (baptized)

 

 

 

1723 – Adam SmithKirkcaldy Scoteconomist (Wealth of Nations) (baptized)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1757 – Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (d. 1808)

1760 – Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)

1771 – Willem F, count of Bylandt, Dutch military officer

1819 – John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune)

1827 – Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1831 – Marcus Joseph Wright, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1922

1850 – Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)

1862 – Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911)

1878 – [Francisco] Pancho Villa, Mexico, revolutionary/guerrilla leader

1879 – Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge England, economist/math/journalist

1885 – Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French Foreign minister (-1940)

1887 – Ruth Benedict, New York City, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture)

1895 – William Boyd, Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)

1900 – Dennis Gabor, inventor (holography (3D laser photography)) [or Jan 5]

1901 – Anastasia N Romanova, great ruler of Russia/daughter of last tsar

1906 – Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday)

1911 – Charles Fletcher, physician/CEO (ASH)

1912 – Josef Neckermann, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1968)

1912 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (d. 2003)

1914 – Beatrice de Cardi, archaeoligist

1915 – Lancelot Ware, founder (MENSA)

 

 

 

1920 – Cornelius RyanUS historian/writer (The Longest Day , A Bridge Too Far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (d. 1963)

1928 – Robert Lansing, SD California, actor (12 O’Clock High, Equalizer, Automan)

1931 – Jacques Demy, France, director (Lola, Magic Donkey)

1932 – Christy Brown, Dublin, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days)

1934 – Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers’ Journal)

1934 – Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Coach)

1938 – Karin Balzer, German DR, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1938 – Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)

1941 – Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

1941 – Spalding Gray, RI, actor (Beaches, Clara’s Heart, Heavy Petting)

1945 – Don Reid, Va, country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall)

1946 – Fred Stone, rock guitarist (Sly & Family Stone-Stand)

1946 – Fuzzy Fuscaldo, rocker (Capt Beefheart)

1946 – Gillian Hills, Cairo Egypt, actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange)

1946 – Michael Monarch, rocker (Steppenwolf)

1947 – David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)

1947 – Laurie Anderson, performance artist (O Superman, Excellent Birds)

1947 – Tom Evans, Liverpool, rock bassist/vocalist (Badfinger)

1948 – Frank Estersmith, Australia, rocker (Air Supply)

1949 – Ken Follett, Cardiff, Wales, spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions)

1950 – Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic-silver-1976)

1950 – Ronnie Dyson, US, singer (Hair, All over your face)

1951 – Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.

1953 – Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer

1954 – Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)

1954 – Michael “Nicko” McBain, Eng hard rock drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave)

 

 

 

1956 – Kenny Gsaxophonist (Duotones)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1959 – Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)

1961 – Teri Nunn, California, rock vocalist (Berlin-You Take my Breathe Away)

1962 – Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II

1964 – Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)

1967 – Joe Deloach, US, 200m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)

1970 – Izabella Scorupco, Bialystok Poland, actress (Golden Eye)

1971 – Mark Wahlberg, Boston, Massachusetts, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed)

1972 – Chuck Klosterman, American journalist

1973 – Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)

1973 – Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka

1976 – Ross Noble, British comedian

1977 – Nourhanne, Lebanese singer

1979 – Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy)

1979 – Jason White, American NASCAR driver

1981 – Jade Goody, British television personality

1985 – Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist

1987 – Lara Bingle, Australian model

 

 

Deaths

535 – Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople

754 – Boniface, [Winfrid], English saint/archbishop (Dokkum), dies at 79

754 – Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered

1017 – Emperor Sanjō of Japan (b. 976)

1118 – Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester

1288 – Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in battle

1296 – Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)

1383 – Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)

1443 – Ferdinand, Portuguese saint/slave to Fez, dies

1568 – Lamoraal, earl of Egmont/prince of Gavere, beheaded

1568 – Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded

1688 – Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (b. 1667)

1716 – Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)

1738 – Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (b. 1659)

1825 – Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence

1861 – John Garland, US Union colonel/brig-general, dies in battle

1864 – William Edmonson “Grumble” Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 39

1866 – John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)

 

 

 

1900 – Stephen Craneauthor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908 – Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71

1910 – O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)

 

 

 

1916 – Horatio H KitchenerBritish General (Sudan), drowns at 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist, dies

1939 – Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies

1953 – Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60

1970 – Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

1975 – Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)

 

 

 

1977 – “Sleepy” John Estesbluesman , guitarist , singer , dies at 74

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – Vasily V Kuznetsov, pres of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies

1992 – Laurence Naismith, actor (Scrooge, Gypsy Girl), dies at 83

1992 – Max Lerner, US writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88

1993 – Conway Twitty, country star (Linda on My Mind), dies in surgery at 59

1994 – Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86

1996 – Vito Scotti, actor (Nude Bomb, Get Shorty, Big Bus), dies at 78

1998 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)

1999 – Mel Tormé, American singer (“The Velvet Fog”), composer, and actor (b. 1925)

2002 – Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)

 

 

 

2004 – Ronald ReaganAmerican , radio sports announcer,  actorgovernor of Californiaand 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1978)

 

 

 

2012 – Ray BradburyAmerican Sci-Fi authordies at 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

781 BC – The first historic solar eclipse is recorded in China.

1039 – Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

1070 – Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France

1133 – Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor

1391 – Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surounds & sets fire to Jewish quarter of Seville Spain, surviving Jews sold into slavery

1487 – Lord Lovell & John de la Poles army land at Furness Lancashire

 

 

 

1615 – Siege of OsakaForces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1632 – Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Venlo

1647 – British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner

1666 – Battle at Duinkerk: English vs Dutch fleet

1745 – Battle at Hohenfriedberg Silezie: Frederick the Great (Prussia) defeats Austrians & Saxons

1756 – Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania

1760 – Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.

1769 – A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history.

1783 – Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned)

1784 – Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist.

1789 – US constitution goes into effect

1792 – Capt George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain

1794 – Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers

 

 

 

1805 – Tripoli forced to conclude peace with US after war over tribute

 

 

 

 

 

 

1812 – Louisiana Territory officially renamed “Missouri Territory”

1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC

1845 – Mexican-US war starts

1850 – Empire Engine Company No 1 organized

1862 – Confederates evacuate Ft Pillow, Tenn

1870 – 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5

1873 – 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname

1875 – Pacific Stock Exchange opens

1884 – 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42

1892 – Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die

1892 – Sierra Club forms in SF

1896 – Henry takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

1907 – Automatic washer & dryer introduced

1912 – Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses

1912 – Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

1916 – Russian General Brusilov fails on his Eastern Front attack

1917 – American men begin registering for the draft

1917 – Order of British Empire inaugurated

1919 – Senate passes Women’s Suffrage bill

1919 – US marines invade Costa Rica

1927 – 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller set swim records in 100-yard & 200-yard free-style

1928 – President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.

1929 – George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)

1932 – 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8

1938 – 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6

 

 

 

1940 – British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – The synthetic rubber tire unveiled

1940 – Winston Churchill says “We shall fight on the seas & oceans”

 

 

 

1942 – Battle of Midway beginsJapan’s 1st major defeat in WW II

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Capitol Record Co opens for business

1942 – USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island

1943 – Argentina taken over by Gen Rawson & Col Juan Peron

1943 – Race riots in LA

1944 – 1st British gliders touches down on French soil for D-Day

1944 – 1st submarine captured & boarded on high seas-U 505

1944 – 5th Army enters & liberates Rome from Mussolini’s Fascist armies

1945 – 6th Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa

1945 – US, Russia, England & France agree to split occupied Germany

1946 – Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed

1947 – House of Reps approves Taft-Hartley act

1954 – Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m

1954 – France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

1962 – Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US

1965 – Rolling Stones release “Satisfaction”

1966 – “Batman & His Grandmother” by Dickie Goodman hits #70

1966 – 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6

1967 – Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series

1967 – Curt Flood’s record 568 straight chances without an error ends (227 straight games)

1968 – Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings

1969 – 22-year-old  sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana & survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft

1972 – Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)

1973 – A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.

1974 – Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field & cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th

1975 – Oldest animal fossils in US discovered in NC

1977 – Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale

1982 – “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” released in USA

1982 – Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon

1984 – Arnold Palmer fails to make US Open golf tournament 1st time in 32 yrs

1984 – DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal

1985 – Supreme Court strikes down Alabama “moment of silence” law

1986 – Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court

1987 – Danny Harris beats Edwin Moses, ends streak of 122 cons hurdle wins

1988 – Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

1989 – Beijing cop shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping

1989 – Eastern Europe’s 1st somewhat free election in 40 years held in Poland

1989 – Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s

1989 – Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary

1990 – Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy

1990 – Dr Jack Kevorkian assisted an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die

1992 – San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium

1992 – USPO announces young Elvis beats old Elvis stamp

1998 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

2012 – US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi

2012 – Japan’s stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983

 

 

 

Births

1394 – Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)

1489 – Antoine, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1544)

1604 – Claudia de’ Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1648)

1665 – Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier (d. 1733)

1694 – Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV

1704 – Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (d. 1776)

 

 

 

1738 – George IIIEnglish King during American Revolution (1760-1820)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1744 – Patrick FergusonScots army officer and rifle designer (d. 1780)

 

 

 

 

 

1754 – Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)

1787 – Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)

1801 – James Pennethorne, architect

1803 – Gabriel James Rains, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1881

1815 – Paul Jones Semmes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1816 – Phillipe Regis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union)

1828 – Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1864 – Nassau William Senior, British economist

1887 – Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)

1894 – Blanch Knopf, publishing CEO (Knopf)

1899 – Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)

1908 – Rosalind Russell, Waterbury CT, actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling)

1910 – Christopher Cockerell, inventor (Hovercraft)

1916 – Cecil Blacker, CEO (British Equestrian Federation)

1917 – Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)

1917 – Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)

1917 – Robert Merrill, Bkln NY, baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1918 – LeRoy Walker, Atlanta Ga, CEO (US Olympic Committee)

1924 – Dennis Weaver, Joplin Mo, actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered)

1927 – Priscilla Morrill, Medford Mass, actress (Edie Grant-Mary Tyler Moore)

1930 – Morgana King, jazz singer/actress (Godfather)

1932 – John Barrymore Jr, Beverly Hills California, actor (Pantomine Quiz)

1932 – Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (d. 1975)

1934 – Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)

 

 

 

1936 – Bruce DernWinnetka Illactor (Coming HomeSilent RunningTattoo)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1937 – Freddie Fender, Mexico, country singer (Feelings)

1937 – Mortimer B Zuckerman, CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News)

1937 – Robert Fulghum, American author

1937 – Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)

1938 – Art Mahaffey, baseball player

1943 – Sandra Haynie, Fort Worth TX, LPGA golfer (1974 US Women’s Open)

1944 – Charlie Whitney, rock guitarist (Family)

1944 – Michelle Phillips, Long Beach CA, singer/actress (Mamas & Papas)

1944 – Roger Ball, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)

1945 – Gordon Waller, Scotland, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)

1945 – Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ (1983, 84, 90)

1946 – Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)

1952 – Carlene Watkins, Hartford CT, actress (Tough Enough)

1952 – Parker Stevenson, Phila Pa, actor (Falcon Crest, Stroker Ace)

1953 – Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)

1956 – John Treacy, marathonr (Olympics-silver-1984)

1956 – Martin Adams, English darts player

1956 – John Hockenberry, American journalist

1959 – Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)

1961 – El Debarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge-All this Love)

1963 – Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer (hot)

1964 – Chris Kavanagh, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1965 – Andrea Jaeger, Chicago, tennis player (retired as a teenager)

1965 – Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer

1968 – Al B. Sure, American R&B singer

1969 – Tine Moberg-Parker, Oslo Norway, Canada Europe class yachter (Oly-96)

1971 – Noah Wyle, Hollywood California, actor (Dr John Carter-ER)

1971 – Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician

1975 – Russell Brand, British comedian and television personality

1975 – Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)

1981 – T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian

 

 

 

1985 – Bar RefaeliIsraeli model

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)

1992 – Earvin Johnson III, son of NBA foward Magic Johnson

 

 

Deaths

1039 – Conrad II the Salian, King/Emperor of Germany (1024/27-39), dies at 49

1135 – Emperor Huizong of China (b. 1082)

1267 – Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies

1316 – Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26

1394 – Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)

1463 – Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65

1558 – Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43

1663 – William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies

 

 

 

1792 – Gen John Burgoynesoldier/playwrightdies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1798 – Giacomo CasanovaItalian adventurer/writer/librarian and womanizerdies at 73

 

 

 

 

 

 

1801 – Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)

1830 – Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)

1880 – Eugen Adam, painter, dies

1916 – Mildred J Hill, composer/musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56

1921 – Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56

1922 – William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies

1959 – Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58

1962 – William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84

1989 – Ayatalloh Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian leader (-1989), dies at 89

1989 – Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71

1990 – Jack Gilford, comedic actor (Cocoon II), dies at 82 of stomach cancer

1994 – Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman’s Hermits), dies at 48

1995 – William J Law, sailor, dies at 84

1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51

 

 

 

2001 – John HartfordAmerican musician (b. 1937)

 

VIDEOS

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators.

1083 – Henry IV of Germany storms Rome, capturing St Peter’s Cathedral

1098 – After 5-month siege in 1st Crusade, the Crusaders seize Antioch Turkey

1140 – French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy.

1326 – Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.

1357 – Peace of Aat

1539 – Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain

1540 – Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so

1620 – Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1621 – Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (included, The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)

1781 – Jack Jouett rides to warn Jefferson of British attack
1789 – Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)

1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers

1856 – Cullen Whipple patents screw machine

1860 – Comanche, Iowa completely destroyed by 1 of a series of tornadoes

1861 – 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, WV

1864 – Gen Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor

1871 – Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon Iowa), of $15,000

1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes 1st voice transmission

1876 – Lacrosse introduced in Britain & Canada

1888 – “Casey at the Bat” published (SF Examiner)

1889 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast.

1916 – National Defense Act establishes ROTC

1918 – Supreme Court rules child labor laws unconstitutional

1919 – Liberty Life Insurance Co (Chicago) organized by blacks

1921 – A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado

1924 – Gila Wilderness Area established by Forest Service

1925 – Eddie Collins, is 6th to get 3,000 hits

1925 – Goodyear airship “Pilgrim” makes 1st flight (1st with enclosed cabin)

1932 – Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A’s 20-13

1934 – Dr Frederick Banting co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted

1935 – French Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of 1,077 hours

1935 – One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.

1939 – 71st Belmont: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:29.6

1939 – Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

1940 – Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk

1943 – A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.

1944 – 76th Belmont: G L Smith aboard Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2

1946 – Intl Milt Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals

1946 – US Supreme court rules race separation on buses, unconstitutional

1948 – 200″ (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory

1948 – Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore

1949 – 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)

1949 – Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)

1959 – 1st US Air Force Academy graduation

1959 – 1st class graduates from Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo

1961 – 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

1962 – Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal Neth

1964 – Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)

1967 – 99th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 2:28.8

1967 – Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” reaches #1

1968 – Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins

1968 – Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times.

1970 – Ray Davies of Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in “Lola,” (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC coml reference ban

1972 – “Hot Rod Lincoln,” by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9

1972 – 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25

1973 – At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashes

1976 – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes gold

1976 – US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta

1977 – Balt Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)

1978 – Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year

1979 – Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya

1979 – Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled

1980 – Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

1980 – NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

1986 – Battles in Beirut; 53 killed

1989 – Chinese troops kill hundred of pro-democracy students in Beijing

1989 – Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

1991 – Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history

1992 – Joan Lunden ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000 a month support

1992 – World’s largest environmental summit opens (Rio De Janeiro Brazil)

1998 – Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.

2007 – USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. 

2012 – Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’s record

 

 

Births

1540 – Charles I of Austria (d. 1590)

1659 – David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)

1660 – Johannes Schenck, composer

1685 – Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat

1723 – Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)

1726 – James Hutton, Edinburgh Scotland, geologist

1761 – Henry Scrapnel, English inventor (shrapnel shell)

1782 – Charles Waterton, eccentric naturalist/pioneer

1808 – Jefferson F Davis, Ky, Pres of Confederate States of America (1861-5)

1815 – Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1824 – Charles Kinnaird Graham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1831 – Otho French Strahl, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1844 – Garret Augustus Hobart, (R) 24th US VP (1897-99)

1853 – William Matthew Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (d. 1942)

1864 – Ransom Eli Olds, auto (Oldsmobile) & truck (REO) manufacturer

1870 – Jules JBV Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919)

1873 – Otto Loewi, Frankfurt am Main Germany, physician (Nobel-1936)

1879 – Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)

1904 – Charles R Drew, pioneer of blood plasma research

1905 – Martin Gottfried Weiss, German, commandant of Dachau concentration camp (d. 1946, by execution)

1906 – Josephine Baker, dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere)

1908 – Adele Dixon, actress (Calling the Tune)

1908 – Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate)

1911 – Olaf Okern, Norway, Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)

1911 – Paulette Goddard, [Marion Levy], Switz, actress (Great Dictator)

1917 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (d. 1969)

1918 – Lili St. Cyr, American ecdysiast (d. 1999)

 

 

 

1924 – Jimmy RogersRuleville, MississippiBlues musician (Muddy Waters’ Band), (d. 1997)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1925 – Tony Curtis, [Bernard Schwartz], Bronx, NY, actor (Some Like It Hot)

1926 – Allen Ginsberg, Newark, New Jersey, American beat poet (Howl)

1926 – Colleen Dewhurst, Montreal Canada, actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey)

1926 – Hamilton Fish Jr, (Rep-R-NY, 1969- )

1926 – Roscoe G Bartlett, (Rep-R-Maryland)

1927 – Boots Randolph, Paducah KY, saxophonist (Yakety Sax)

1929 – Chuck Barris, Phila, TV game show producer/host (Gong Show) [or 6/2]

1929 – Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)

1929 – Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate

1930 – Marion [Eleanor] Zimmer Bradley [Breen], sci-fi author (Storm Queen)

1932 – Dakota Staton, [Rabia Aliyah], US jazz singer (In the Night)(d. 2007)

1935 – Ted Curson [Theodore], Philadelphia, Jazz Trumpeter, (d. 2012)

1936 – Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986)

1936 – Philip J Attenborough, CEO/publisher (Hodder & Stoughton)

1942 – Curtis Mayfield, Chicago, rock vocalist (Freddie’s Dead, Superfly)

1944 – Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)

1944 – Michael Clarke, NYC, rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!)

1946 – Ian Hunter, England, rocker (Mott the Hoople-All the Young Dudes)

1947 – Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)

1947 – Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)

1950 – Marlene Elejarde, Havana Cuba, 4x100m runner (Olympic-silver-1968)

1950 – Suzi Quatro[cchio], Detroit, singer (Stumblin’)/actress (Happy Days)

1950 – Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter

1951 – Deniece Williams, [Chandler], IN, singer (Love Wouldn’t Let Me Wait)

1952 – Billy Powell, keyboards (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird)

1952 – David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur

1956 – Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)

1956 – Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)

1958 – Ibrahim Hussein, marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92)

1959 – Tom Arnold, former husband of Rosanne Barr/actor (True Lies, Stupids)

1961 – Peter Glen Vidmar, LA California, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984)

1961 – Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author

1962 – Connie Price-Smith, St Charles MO, discus thrower (Oly-5th-96)

1962 – Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru

1964 – Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)

1965 – Suzan Kaminga, Austin TX, bodybuilder

1965 – Mike Gordon, American musician

1967 – Tamas Darnyi, Hungary, backstroke swimmer (Oly-gold-88, 92)

1967 – William “Bill” Carlucci, Minneapolis Minn, rower (Olympics-bronze-96)

1967 – Anderson Cooper, American reporter

1970 – Lanee Butler, Manhasset NY, mistral sailboat yachter (Olymp-11th-1996)

1971 – Mark Parrish, Columbia MD, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1976 – Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver

1982 – Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter

1986 – Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer

1986 – Rafael Nadal, Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spanish tennis player

1986 – Tomas Verner, Czech Republic ice skater

1986 – Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver

1989 – Katie Hoff, American swimmer

 

 

 

Deaths

545 – Chlotilde, wife of French king Clovis/saint, dies at about 70

1107 – Kilidj Arslan I, Seldjoeken-sultan, dies in battle

1395 – Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria

1397 – William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (b. 1328)

1411 – Duke Leopold IV of Austria (b. 1371)

1548 – Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)

1594 – Michel Renichon, priest, executed

1615 – Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)

1657 – William Harvey, English physician (b. 1578)

1659 – Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)

1732 – Pieter Vuyst, Dutch gov-gen of Ceylon, executed

1780 – Thomas Hutchinson, American colonial governor of Massachusetts (b. 1711)

1861 – Stephen A Douglas, “Little Giant”, senator (Lincoln Debates), dies

1864 – James P McMahon, US Union colonel (164th NY), dies in battle

1864 – Peter A Porter, US Union colonel (8th NY), dies in battle

1865 – Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)

1875 – Georges Bizet, French composer, dies at 36

1877 – Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo

1881 – Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian

1899 – Johann Baptist Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King), dies at 73

1924 – Franz Kafka, Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40

1967 – Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WW II), dies at 76

1975 – Ozzie Nelson, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 69

1977 – Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)

1977 – Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)

1987 – Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54

1989 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian ayatollah, dies at 89

1991 – Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)

1992 – Robert Morley, actor (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 84

1992 – William E Gaines, publisher (Mad Magazine), dies at 70

1994 – Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist, dies at 89

1997 – Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)

2001 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born actor (b. 1915)

2009 – David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)

 

 

 

2009 – Koko TaylorAmerican blues musicianpopularly known as the “Queen of the Blues.” (b. 1928)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2009 – Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)

2010 – John Hedgecoe, English photographer (b. 1932)

2010 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (b. 1934)

2011 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, right-to-die activist (b. 1928)

2011 – James Arness, American actor (d. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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