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Today In The Past

 

Events

 

293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica.

410 - King Alarik I’s Visigoten occupies & plunders Rome

1201 - The city of Riga is founded.

1636 - The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed.

1686 - Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus

1769 - Gunpowder in Brescia Italy church explodes, killing 3,000

1817 - Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore

1834 - Mt Vesuvius erupts

1846 - Gen Stephen W Kearney’s US forces captures Santa Fe NM

1862 - General Lee’s adjutant major Stuart captured

1894 - Congress creates Bureau of Immigration

1909 - Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

1920 - 19th Amendment on women’s suffrage ratified

1930 - Eastern Airlines begins passenger service

1932 - Auguste Piccard/Max Cosijns reach 16,201m in a balloon

1936 - 106.5°F-Hottest afternoon ever in Iowa

1940 - 71 German aircrafts shot down above England

1955 -  Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US

1960 - 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1960 - Beatles give their 1st public performance (Kaiserkeller in Hamburg)

1969 - Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming “Ned Kelly”

1982 - NYSE sets trading record of 132,690,000 shares traded

2000 - A Federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.

2008 - President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition.

 

 

 

Births

 

472 - Flavius Ricimer, general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker

1587 - 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)

1774 - Meriwether Lewis, Charlottsville VA, solider and public administrator (Lewis & Clark Expedition), (d. 1809)

1803 - Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)

1830 - Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (d. 1916)

1834 - Marshall Field, Conway Massachusetts, owner (Field Dept Store)

1873 - Otto Harbach, songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)

1883 - Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel)

1904 - Max Factor Jr, CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)

1920 - Shelley Winters, St Louis Missouri, actress (A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), (d. 2006)

1934 - Rafer Lewis Johnson, Hillsboro Tx, decathlete (Olympic-gold-1960)

1934 - Roberto Clemente, US baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1936 - Robert Redford, Santa Monica California, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby)

1939 - Johnny Preston singer (Running Bear, Cradle of Love)

1940 - Frankie Avalon, rocker (Venus, Beach Blanket Bingo)

1952 - Patrick Swayze, Houston Tx, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)

1957 - Dennis Leary, actor/comic (MTV)

1980 - Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End

 

 

 

Deaths 

 

353 - Decentius, Roman usurper

849 - Walafrid Strabo, German monk and theologian

1227 - Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror, dies

1620 - Wanli, Emperor of China (b. 1563)

1707 - William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (b. 1640)

1850 - H de Balzac, writer, dies at 51

1940 - Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)

1949 - Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49

1990 - B F Skinner, psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86

1991 - Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies

1992 - John Stuges, director (Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of emphysema at 82

2009 - Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

 

682 - St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

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

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

1577 - Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots

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

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

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

1835 - Solymon Merrick patents wrench

1863 - Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC

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

1870 - 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington

1891 - Electric self-starter for automobile patented

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

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

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

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

1942 - 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces

1943 - 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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Stoning

 

 

 

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

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

1996 - Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit

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

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

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

1851 - Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

1971 - Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player

1983 - Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

1553 - Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies

1785 - Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

1477 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium

1691 - Yorktown Va founded

1743 - Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)

1745 - Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots

1777 - Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt

1780 - British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC

1863 - Emancipation Proclamation signed

1898 - Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster

1934 - US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028′ (923 m) in Bathysphere

1954 - “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing

1984 - Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)

2008 - Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1355 - Philippa Plantagenet, Countess of Ulster

1650 - Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist (d. 1718)

1831 - Edward Payson Chapin, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

1913 - Menachem Begin, Brest Russian Empire, Israeli PM (1977-83, Nobel 1978), (d. 1992)

1925 - Fess Parker, Fort Worth Texas, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller)

1928 - Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)

1929 - Bill Evans, US jazz pianist

1930 - Robert Culp, Berkley California, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)

1935 - Julie Newmar, Hollywood California, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll)

1940 - Bruce Beresford, Australian director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)

1960 - Timothy Hutton, Malibu California, actor (Turk 182, Ordinary People)

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1358 - Duke Albert II of Austria (b. 1298)

1419 - Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)

1836 - Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)

1888 - John Pemberton, American druggist and inventor of Coca-Cola (b. 1831)

1899 - Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)

 

1938 - Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

 

 

 

Robert Johnson - Crossroads

 

 

1948 - Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

1949 - Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

1956 - Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

1959 - William “Bull” F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies

 

 

 

1977 - Elvis Presley, rocker, dies of heart ailment/drugs at Graceland at 42

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The Wonder Of You 

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2002 - Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)

2003 - Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)

2005 - Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)

2007 - Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)

2010 - Bobby Thomson, American baseball player

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

927 - The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.

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

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

1519 - Panama City founded

1549 - Portuguese missionaries Franciscus Xaverius lands in Kagoshima Japan

1620 - Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims

1635 - 1st recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony

1760 - Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

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

1870 - Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado

1914 - Panama Canal opens (under cost)

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

1945 - World War II: Korean Liberation Day.

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

1965 - Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

1989 - US Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

1979 - Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver

1989 - Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

778 - Roland, Frankish commander

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Official Will Rogers Website

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past 

 

 

 

Events

 

1248 - Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun

1281 - Kublai Khans invading fleet disappears in typhoon near Japan

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

1756 - French capture Fort Oswego, NY

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

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

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

1824 - General Lafayette returns to US

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

1873 - “Field & Stream” begins publishing

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

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

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

1932 - Philips makes 1 millionth radio

1935 - Social Security Act becomes law

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

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

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

1947 - India granted independence within British Commonwealth

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

1966 - 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon

1974 - Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold

1980 - 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland

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

1984 - IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0

1994 - Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings

1994 - Terrorist “Carlos” arrested in Khartoum Sudan

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

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

1737 - Charles Hutton, mathematician

1742 - Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1948 - Terry Adams, American musician (NRBQ)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

1956 - Rusty Wallace, American race car driver

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

1966 - Halle Berry, American actress

1987 - Tim Tebow, American football player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

582 - Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Click link below for video of Big Bill performing .

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 Roy Buchanan - Live from Austin Texas

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

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

1521 - Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs

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

1792 - Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

1889 - William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

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

1913 - Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.

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

1937 - Japanese attack Shanghai

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

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

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

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

1997 - South Park’s first episode is aired.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1918 - Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

American Valor 

Born: August 13, 1958
Lincoln, Nebraska

War: Somalia 

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

Location of action: Mogadishu, Somalia

Date of action: October 3, 1993

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

 

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

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

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

1865 - Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47

1910 - Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90

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

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

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

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

1995 - Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

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

1099 - Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth beats Egyptians

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

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

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

1687 - Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders

1833 - Chicago is founded.

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

1851 - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

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

1865 - Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery

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

1877 - Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device

1896 - Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson

1898 - Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1977 - Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight

1981 - IBM introduces PC & PC-DOS version 1.0

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

1696 - Maurice Greene, composer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1972 - Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna

 

 

 

 

Deaths 

 

1350 - Philip VI, king of France, dies

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

Gallatin, Albert

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

3114 BC - The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
2492 BC - Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.
480 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium – Persian naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought near promontory on the north coast of Euboea. Greek fleet holds its own against the Persians in three days of fighting but withdraws upon news of the defeat at Thermopylae.
355 - Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.
1304 - Sea battle of Zierikzee
1492 - Rodrigo de Borja becomes Pope Alexander VI
1522 - Uprising of adel/burgerij in Austria fails
1597 - Germany throws out English sales people
1611 - Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
1674 - 1st Battle of at Seneffe (Louis II Condé vs Willem III)
1695 - English & Dutch fleet capture Dunkerk
1718 - Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish
1772 - Explosive eruption blows 4,000′ off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000
1780 - Barbados hurricane begins
1786 - Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
1804 - Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria
1835 - George B Airy begins 46-year reign as England’s Astronomer Royal
1858 - First ascent of the Eiger.
1860 - US’s 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nev)
1863 - Cambodia becomes French protectorate
1866 - World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport RI)
1874 - Harry S Parmelee patents sprinkler head
1877 - Asaph Hall discovers Mars’s moon Deimos
1884 - 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
1885 - $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
1888 - California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)
1896 - Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain
1904 - German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
1907 - St Louis Card Ed Karger pitches perfect game vs Braves, 4-0 in 7 inn
1909 - SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
1909 - Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test
1914 - France declares war on Austria-Hungary
1914 - Jews are expelled from Mitchenick Poland
1914 - John Wray patents animation
1914 - Mitchenick Poland, expels Jews
1918 - Battle of Amiens ends in WW I, Allieds beat Germans
1919 - Green Bay Packers football club founded
1919 - Weimar Republic begins in Germany
1920 - 1st peace of Riga-Soviet Union recognizes Independence of Latvia
1923 - Dutch Premier de Geer resigns
1924 - 1st newsreel pictures of presidential candidates were taken
1924 - US presidential candidates make 1st film for bio-scoop news
1926 - Cleve Indian Tris Speaker hits his 700th double
1928 - Carl Hubbell’s 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
1928 - Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
1929 - Babe Ruth becomes 1st to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleve)
1929 - Persia & Iraq sign friendship treaty
1929 - Russian-Chinese border fights
1933 - Temp reaches 136°F (57.8°C) at San Luis Potosi, Mex (world record)
1934 - 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay
1935 - Nazi mass demonstration against German Jews
1936 - Chaing Kai-shek’s troops conquers Kanton
1939 - Sergei Rachmaninovs last appearance in Europe
1940 - 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
1940 - German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
1942 - - Sept 30] SS begins exterminating 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland
1942 - 999 Jews are taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium
1942 - British aircraft carrier Eagle torpedoed & sinks
1942 - Lt-gen Montgomery makes landing on Gibraltar
1943 - Red Army recaptures Tchukujev, at Kharkov
1943 - Richard Strauss’ 2nd Horn Concert, premieres
1943 - US amphibians land at Brolo on north coast of Sicily
1944 - British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Italy
1944 - French 5th Armour division recaptures Sées
1944 - Klaus Barbie, Gestapo head of Lyon France leaves for Auschwitz
1944 - US air raid on Palembang
1945 - Allies refuse Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
1948 - Summer Olympics opens in London
1949 - 1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi)
1949 - Gaston Eyskens forms Belgiangovernment
1950 - 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
1950 - Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0
1950 - Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time
1950 - King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium
1951 - 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi R in Ks, Oklahoma, Mo & Ill
1951 - 1st color baseball game (Braves vs Dodgers) telecast (WCBS-NYC)
1951 - NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
1951 - NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win pennant
1952 - Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
1954 - BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
1954 - Formal peace takes place, ending 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Vietminh
1955 - Indonesia government of Harahap forms
1956 - 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
1956 - Elvis Presley releases “Don’t Be Cruel”
1957 - Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
1957 - Paul Hindemith’ opera “Harmonie der Welt,” premieres in Munich
1960 - Chad declares Independence from France
1960 - French colony of Chad became independent
1961 - Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
1962 - Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3
1962 - Beach Boys release “Surfin’ Safari”
1962 - Bolotnikov runs world record 10km (28:18.2)1962 - Dodgers protest wetting down of Candlestick to slow Maury Wills down
1963 - Kingston Trio are mystery guest on “What’s My Line?”
1963 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Women’s Golf Open Invitational
1964 - Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” opens in NYC
1964 - Race riot in Paterson NJ
1965 - 6 day insurrection starts in Watts section of Los Angeles
1965 - Beatles movie “Help” opens in NYC
1965 - Watts riots begin in Southeast LA, lasts 6 days
1966 - Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
1967 - Al Downing becomes 12th to strike-out side on 9 pitches
1968 - Beatles launch “Apple Records” label
1968 - Satchel Paige, 62, & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
1968 - The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time – this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
1969 - Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
1969 - Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
1970 - Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
1970 - Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
1971 - Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
1971 - Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
1972 - “Cheech & Chong Day” in San Antonio Texas
1974 - 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood NC
1974 - Coup in East-Timor under UDT
1974 - Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)
1975 - Expos’ Jose Mangual struck out 5 times in a game
1975 - US vetoes proposed admission of North & South Vietnam to UN
1976 - Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
1977 - Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, v Aust at Headingley
1978 - Funeral of Pope Paul VI
1978 - Legionnaire’s disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
1979 - 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
1979 - Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
1980 - Angola revises its constitution
1980 - Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran
1980 - Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago’s Britt Burns
1982 - Twins Terry Felton loses & runs career to 0-14 (en route to 0-16)
1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
1984 - Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat, wins 4 Olym track golds
1984 - Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench’s #5 uniform
1984 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”
1984 - Men’s choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
1984 - USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
1985 - “Tap Dance Kid” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 perfs
1985 - 67th PGA Championship: Hubert Green shoots 278 at Cherry Hills Denver
1985 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
1985 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1985 - Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7’10″12)
1986 - 68th PGA Championship: Bob Tway shoots a 276 at Inverness Club Toledo
1987 - France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
1988 - 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
1988 - Charlotte Colisieum in Charlotte NC opens
1988 - Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament
1988 - Al-Qaeda formed
1989 - “Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child” premieres
1989 - Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
1989 - Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
1990 - Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
1990 - NY Yankee Kevin Maas is fastest to get 13 HRs (110 at bats)
1991 - 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
1991 - 73rd PGA Championship: John Daly shoots a 276 at Crooked Stick Ind
1991 - Melissa Mcnamara wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
1991 - Shite Moslems release US hostage Edward Tracy
1991 - Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands
1991 - Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start
1992 - Oakland A’s rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game
1993 - Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth
1993 - NY Islander Brian Mullen, 31, suffers a mild stroke
1993 - Pope John Paul II visits Mexico
1993 - Red Sox Roger Clemens pitches 2,000th strike out (Danny Tartabul-NY)
1994 - Joao B “Nino” Vieira elected pres of Guinee-Bissau
1996 - “Thousand Clowns,” closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performs
1996 - 78th PGA Championship: Mark Brooks shoots a 277 at Vallhalla GC KY
1996 - Emilee Klein wins LPGA Ping Welch’s Golf Championship
1997 - Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
1999 - Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
1999 - The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
2003 - Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
2003 - A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
2003 - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
2012 - 153 people are killed and 1300 injured in Tabriz and Ahar, Iran after two earthquakes of up to 6.4 magnitude
2012 - 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1467 - Mary of York, English princess (d. 1482)
1600 - Paul Hallman, composer
1613 - Cristoph Kaldenbach, composer
1635 - Thomas Betterton, London, actor/dramatist (Coriolanus)
1667 - Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, last of the Medicis (d. 1743)
1673 - Richard Mead, London, physician
1718 - Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)
1720 - Martin Gerbert, composer
1722 - Richard Brocklesby, English physician (d. 1797)
1737 - Joseph Nollekins, London, sculptor
1744 - Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, composer
1748 - Joseph Schuster, composer
1772 - Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount/general
1778 - Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, founder of turnverein (gymnastics) movement
1794 - James Barton Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)
1799 - Joachim de Barrande, French paleontologist/geologist
1805 - Pieter J Elout van Soeterwoude, Dutch judge/member of parliament
1807 - David R Atchison, pres of USA on March 3rd 1849
1811 - Judah P Benjamin, US lawyer/minister of Confederacy navy [or Aug 6]
1823 - Charlotte Mary Yonge, England, writer (Heir of Redclyffe)
1828 - Edward Saloman, Gov (Union), died in 1909
1832 - Thomas Ogden Osbord, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1833 - Robert Green Ingersoll, NY, author/politician/agnostic (Att Gen-R-Ill)
1833 - Kido Takayoshi, Japanese politician (d. 1877)
1836 - Cato M Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician
1836 - Warren Brown, American politician (d. 1919)
1837 - Marie Francois Carnot, engineer/French pres (1887-94); assassinated
1855 - John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)
1858 - Christiaan Eijkman, Nijkerk Netherlands, bacteriologist (avitaminos, Nobel 1929), (d. 1930)
1860 - Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson etats de Normandie)
1862 - Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisc, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
1863 - Arpad Szendy, composer
1867 - Hobart Bosworth, Marietta OH, actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade)
1867 - Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
1870 - Tom Richardson, legendary England cricket fast bowler (1893-98)
1870 - Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
1872 - Shidehara Kijuro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)
1873 - John Rosamond Johnson, Fla, co-composer (Lift Every Voice & Sing)
1877 - Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d.1954)
1880 - Frederick Jerome Work, composer
1882 - Rodolfo Graziani, Italian marschal/viceroy of Ethiopia
1883 - Ernst Stadler, writer
1888 - Owen Nares, actor-manager (Maiden Erleigh)
1890 - Erich Wichman, Dutch fascist painter/sculptor
1892 - Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve), Scotland, poet (Scots Unbound)
1892 - Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general
1892 - Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (d. 1962)
1892 - Archie Wiles, West Indian cricketer (d. 1957)
1894 - Wilhelm Grosz, composer
1897 - Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
1897 - Enid Blyton, children’s writer and fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure)
1898 - Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, politician/trade unionist
1900 - Alexander Mosolov, Kiev Russia, composer (Zavod) [NS]
1900 - Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
1900 - Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (d. 1994)
1902 - Christian Castries, French general (Dien Bien Phu)
1902 - Lloyd Nolan, SF California, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place)
1902 - Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
1903 - Michael Whalley Wickham, artist
1904 - Jess Stacy, pianist
1905 - Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (d. 2002)
1907 - Ted a’Beckett, cricketer (Australian Test player)
1909 - Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
1909 - Hugo Buchthal, art historian
1909 - Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
1910 - Denis Moloney, NZ cricket all-rounder (1937 England tour)
1911 - Alphonse de Waelhens, Flemish philosopher (Psychosis)
1911 - Benny Lee, entertainer
1911 - Henry Kulky, Hastings-on-Hudson NY, actor (Otto-Life of Riley)
1911 - Prem Bhatia, journalist
1911 - Ronald Batty, bookseller
1911 - Thanom Kittikachorn, general/premier Thailand (1958..73)
1912 - Jean Parker, Butte Mont, actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women)
1912 - Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)
1913 - Angus Wilson, England, writer (Mulberry Bush-1955)
1913 - Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (d. 1976)
1913 - Bob Scheffing, American professional baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
1914 - José Silva, American parapsychologist (d. 1999)
1915 - Kunio Toda, composer
1916 - Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
1917 - Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible)
1919 - Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
1920 - Derry Jeffares, Honorary Prof of English Studies (Stirling U)
1920 - William Masselos, Niagara Falls NY, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976)
1921 - Alex Haley, Ithaca New York, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), (d. 1992)
1923 - Stan Chambers, American television reporter
1924 - Arlene Dahl, Minneapolis Minnesota, actress/TV panelist (Ambush)
1925 - Carl Rowan, gun-toting newspaper columnist (Wash Post)
1925 - Mike Douglas, Chicago Ill, talk show host (Mike Douglas Show)
1925 - Robert Linn, composer
1925 - Floyd Curry, National Hockey League player (d. 2006)
1926 - Aaron Klug, OM/PRS/biochemist
1926 - Bernard Ashley, English fashion designer/pres (Laura Ashley)
1926 - Claus Von Bulow, accused of murdering his wife
1926 - J R S Fincham, geneticist
1926 - Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
1927 - James Eaton, Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Londonderry
1927 - Kenneth Eastham, MP
1927 - Len Rempt-Halmmans de Jongh, Dutch MP (VVD)
1927 - Raymond Leppard, London England, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch)
1928 - Richard Barratt, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary
1928 - Arlene Dahl, American actress
1929 - Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
1929 - Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen)
1930 - Heinz Werner Zimmermann, composer
1930 - Michael Quinlan, civil servant
1930 - William A O’Neal, (Gov-D-Ct)
1932 - Angela Rumbold, MP
1932 - Fernando Arrabal, Spanish song/romance writer (Baal Babilonia)
1932 - Geoffrey Cass, CEO (Cambridge U Press)
1932 - Lord Varley
1932 - Sam McCluskie, trade unionist
1932 - Wilson “Papa” Godett, Curacaos worker’s union leader/boxer
1932 - Israel Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (d. 2003)
1932 - John Gorrie, English director
1933 - Jerry Falwell, US, TV evangelist (Moral Majority)
1933 - Julian Oswald, British Admiral of the Fleet
1933 - Justin Connolly, composer
1933 - Tamas Vasary, pianist/conductor
1934 - Bob Hepple, master (Clare College Cambridge)
1936 - D V Day, Principal (St John’s College, Durham U)
1936 - J L Thompson, Bishop (Bath & Wells)
1937 - Allegra Kent, US actress (Addams Family)
1937 - Anna Massey, actress (De Sade, Doll’s House)
1937 - Taki Theodoracopoulos, Greek/British journalist/multi-millionaire
1938 - Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher
1938 - Allegra Kent, Santa Monica, California, ballerina
1938 - Rainer Boesch, composer
1938 - Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist
1939 - Attila Bozay, composer
1939 - Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly performer (d. 2003)
1940 - Kip King, Chicago Ill, actor (Charlie & Company)
1941 - Elizabeth Holtzman, Bkln DA (D-Rep-NY, Watergate Committee)
1941 - Patricio Guzman, director/actor (Cruz del Sur, Moon over Parador)
1942 - Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
1943 - Denis Payton, London, English rocker (Dave Clarke Five – Glad All Over)
1943 - James Kale, rocker (Guess Who)
1943 - Kenny Gamble, US songwriter (Me & Mrs Jones)
1943 - Krzysztof Meyer, composer
1943 - Abigail Folger, American heiress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
1944 - David Pearl, British judge
1944 - Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
1946 - John Conlee, Versailles Ky, country singer (Common Man)
1946 - Marilyn Vos Savant, St Louis Mo, writer/world’s highest IQ (228)
1947 - Catherine Collard, French pianist (Schumann/Brahms)
1947 - Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic-bronze-1968)
1947 - Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
1948 - Don Boyd, director (Goldeneye, 21, East of Elephant Rock)
1948 - Jan Palach, Czechoslovakian student protester (d. 1969)
1949 - Eric Carmen, Cleveland Ohio, rocker (All by Myself)
1949 - Ian Charleson, Edinburgh Scotland, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire)
1949 - Tim Hutchinson, (Rep-R-Arkansas)
1950 - Erik Brann, Boston Mass, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)
1950 - Steve Wozniak, co-founder (Apple Computers)
1950 - Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor
1951 - Donald DeCicco, Brockton Mass, fictional ID of Beldar in Coneheads
1951 - Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian
1952 - Ann Michelle, England, actress (Virigin Witch, Mistress Pamela)
1952 - Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (DEVO)
1953 - Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], Augusta Ga, WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89)
1953 - Sanford Jensen, South Haven Mich, actor (Foley Square)
1954 - Joe Jackson, English singer/pianist/composer (The Harder they Come)
1954 - Lina Polito, Naples Italy, actress (Love & Anarchy)
1954 - M V Narasimha Rao, cricketer (Indian leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79)
1954 - Yashpal Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80′)
1954 - Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
1955 - Norio Honaga, wrestler (NJPW)
1955 - Sylvia Hermon, British politician
1955 - Marc Bureau, French Canadian politician
1956 - Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
1957 - Richie Ramone, [Richie Beau], rock drummer (Ramones-Pet Semtary)
1958 - Cordelia Gonzalez, San Juan PR, actor (La Gran Fiesta)
1958 - Lori Garbacz, South Bend IN, LPGA golfer (1989 Circle K Tucson Open)
1959 - Linda Rhys Vaughn, Grossmont Ca, playmate (Apr, 1982)
1959 - Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
1959 - Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
1960 - Leora “Sam” Jones, Mt Olive NC, US team handball player (Olympic-92)
1961 - Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
1961 - Frederick W Sturckow, La Mesa California, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88)
1962 - Jonathan Hayes, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1962 - Uvais Karnain, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI bowler in mid 1980′s)
1963 - Mike Huff, Honolulu HI, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
1964 - Grant Osten Waite, Palmerston NZ, PGA golfer (1993 Kemper Open)
1964 - Hamish, rocker (The Pasedenas-Riding on the Train)
1964 - Jim Lee, Korean-born comic book artist
1964 - Miguel A. Núñez Jr., American actor
1965 - Marc Bergevin, Canadian professional ice hockey player
1965 - Shinji Mikami, Japanese video game designer (Resident Evil)
1965 - Viola Davis, American actress
1965 - Embeth Davidtz, Lafayette, Indiana, American actress (Bicentennial Man, Schindler’s List)
1966 - Antonio Goss, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
1966 - Nigel Martyn, English footballer
1967 - Brad Dalgarno, Vancouver, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
1967 - Mike Lodish, NFL nose tackle (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1967 - Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer
1967 - Eric Maleson, Brazilian Bobsleigh 2002 Olympian
1967 - Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
1967 - Joe Rogan, American television host
1968 - Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
1968 - Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer

1968 - Veda Hille, Canadian singer

1968 - Anna Gunn, American actress
1969 - Dave Pashko, Toronto, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 CPGA Winter Tour)
1969 - Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
1969 - Wilfried Elzinga, soccer player (FC Twente)
1969 - Jonah Matranga, American singer
1970 - Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
1971 - Aaron Miller, Buffalo, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
1971 - Julie Anne Clark, Tucson Az, playmate (Mar, 1991)
1971 - Tommy Mooney, English football player
1971 - Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
1972 - Curtis Ceaser, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
1972 - Jonathon Prandi, American model
1973 - Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)
1973 - Thomas Haskins, CFL running back (Montreal Alouettes)
1973 - Nigel Harman, British actor
1974 - Audrey Mestre, French diver
1974 - Will Friedle, American actor
1974 - Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
1974 - Anju Jain, Indian cricketer(women’s team)
1975 - Chris Kelly, [Mack Daddy], Teaneck NJ, rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
1975 - Natasha Bell, Miss Michigan USA (1996)
1975 - Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
1975 - Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
1976 - Lubomir Visnovsky, Topolcany CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
1976 - Will Friedle, Hartford Ct, actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love)
1976 - Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
1976 - Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
1976 - Erick Lindgren, American poker player
1977 - Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer
1978 - Jermain Taylor, American boxer
1978 - Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
1980 - Lee Suggs, American football player
1981 - Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
1981 - Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
1982 - Alan Halsall, British actor
1983 - Chris Hemsworth, Australian Actor
1984 - Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
1984 - Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
1984 - Lucas Di Grassi, Brazilian racing driver
1985 - Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant
1986 - Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
1987 - Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
1988 - Patrick Mills, Australian basketball player
1992 - Allison Lozano, Mexican actress
1993 - Alyson Stoner, American actress

 

 

 

Deaths

 

480 BC - Leonidas, King of Sparta (b. circa 540 BC)
353 - Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)
449 - Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople
897 - Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona
1171 - Louis I, Earl of Wage/Rieneck, dies
1180 - Guillaume de/Willem van Sens, Fren master builder (Canterbury), dies
1183 - Christian I, archbishop of Mainz, dies
1204 - King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
1253 - Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194) and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares)
1394 - Jan III, mister of Polanen, dies
1456 - Janos Hunyadi, Hungarian general strategist, dies at about 49
1464 - Nicholas van Cusa, philosopher/bishop of Brixen, dies
1490 - French van Brederode, leader of Hoeksen, dies at about 25
1494 - Hans Memling, [John Memlinc], Flemish painter (Passietaferelen), dies
1519 - Johann Tetzel, Dominican monk, dies at about 79
1522 - Martin Siebenborger, mayor of Vienna, beheaded
1563 - Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
1578 - Pedro Nunes, [Nonius], Port mathematician/astronomer (nonius), dies
1589 - Maarten Schenck van Nideggen, lt col (80 year war), dies at about 49
1596 - Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)
1614 - Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (b. 1552)
1656 - Prince Octavio Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, Austrian field marshal (b. 1599)
1729 - Nicola Francesco Haym, composer, dies at 51
1757 - Jose Pradas Gallen, composer, dies at 67
1774 - Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (b. 1722)
1794 - Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, composer, dies at 72
1813 - Henry James Pye, English poet (b. 1745)
1820 - Janos Lavotta, composer, dies at 56
1844 - Jernej Kopitar, filmologist/censor (Slavic Grammatica), dies at 63
1851 - Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (b. 1779)
1852 - Nicolaas Plomp, Dutch architect (Strugle), dies at 70
1854 - Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (b. 1798)
1860 - James Wilson, politician
1868 - Halfdan Kierulf, composer, dies at 52
1868 - Thaddeus Stevens, architect of Radical Reconstruction, dies at 76
1872 - Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
1886 - Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
1890 - John Henry Newman, English cardinal, dies at 89
1892 - Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
1901 - Francesco Crispi, Italian minister of War/premier, dies at about 82
1903 - Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)
1908 - Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)
1919 - Andrew Carnegie, US steel industrialist/philanthropist, dies at 83
1935 - William Watson, British poet (Purple East), dies
1936 - Blas Infante, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1885)
1937 - Bakr Sidqi, general/dictator of Iraq, dies
1937 - Edith Wharton [-Jones], US Pulitzer prize-winning author (House of Mirth), dies at 75
1939 - Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
1942 - Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
1949 - Karl Weigl, composer, dies at 68
1951 - Ebbe Hamerik, composer, dies at 52
1952 - Riccardo Martin, composer, dies at 77
1953 - Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
1954 - Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
1956 - Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)
1961 - Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
1965 - Bill Woodfull, cricketer (35 Tests for Australia), dies
1968 - Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
1972 - Max Theiler, S Afr/US microbiologist (vaccin-Nobel 1951), dies at 73
1973 - Peggy Castle, actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
1974 - Jack Hill, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1953-55, 8 wickets), dies
1974 - Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer, dies at 86
1975 - Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), dies at 77
1975 - Howard Wendell, actor (Black Dakotas), dies at 81
1980 - Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
1982 - Tom Drake, actor (Green Years, Warkill), dies of lung cancer at 63
1984 - Alfred A Knopf, US publisher, dies at 91
1984 - Percy Mayfield, US singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
1984 - Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1916)
1987 - Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy’s), dies at 86
1988 - Anne Ramsey, actress (Throw Mama From Train), dies of cancer at 59
1988 - Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
1988 - Pauline Lafont, daughter of Bernadette, dies in hiking accident at 25
1989 - John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies
1991 - Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
1991 - J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
1994 - Dorothy Lousie Grenfell Williams, broadcaster, dies at 60
1994 - Gordon Cullen, architect, dies at 80
1994 - Mark “Red” Mitchell, actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, Want to Live), dies at 33
1994 - Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81
1995 - Douglas John Gorman, businessman, dies at 58
1995 - Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
1995 - Kenneth Lo, cookery writer/restaurateur, dies at 81
1995 - Phil Harris, American actor/singer, dies of heart failure at 91
1995 - Wilbur Stark, tV/film producer, dies at 83
1996 - Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
1996 - Rafael Jeronym Kubelik, conductor, dies at 82
1996 - Sigmund Koch, psychologist/philosopher, dies at 79
2000 - Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
2001 - Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
2002 - Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
2003 - Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
2003 - Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (b. 1937)
2005 - James Booth, English actor (b. 1927)
2006 - Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
2009 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
2010 - Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
2011 - Jani Lane, American singer (Warrant) (b. 1964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

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

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

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

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

1627 - Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

1743 - Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated

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

1821 - Missouri admitted as 24th US state

1833 - Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

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

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

1889 - Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1904 - Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur

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

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

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

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

1944 - US recaptures Guam from Japanese

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

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

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

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

1965 - Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km

1966 - 1st lunar orbiter launched by US

1972 - 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

1977 - US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord

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

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

1990 - US’s Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

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

1782 - Charles Napier, London, soldier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1982 - Devon Aoki, American supermodel and actress

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

258 - Saint Lawrence, martyr

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

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

1806 - Johann Michael Haydn, composer, dies at 68

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

1896 - Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

48 BC - Caesar’s civil war: Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.

378 - Battle of Adrianople, Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army

1173 - Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete.

1483 - Opening of the Sistine Chapel

1790 - Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world

1831 - 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

1854 - Henry David Thoreau publishes “Walden”

1862 - Prelude to 2nd Manassas, Jackson is victorious at Battle of Cedar Mt, however Gen Charles S Winder is killed

1905 - Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb’s mother kills him

1910 - Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine

1930 - 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)

1930 - Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes

1936 - Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics

1945 - US drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki

1974 - Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1593 - Izaak Walton, England, biographer/fisherman/writer (Compleat Angler)

1631 - John Dryden, English poet/playwright (Heroic Stanzas) 

1757 - Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (d. 1834)

1809 - William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo

1888 - Hans Oster, German major general/spy/July 20th plotter

1911 - William A Fowler, US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)

1913 - Harry Mills, singer (Mills Brothers-Paper Moon)

1918 - Robert Aldrich, US director/producer (Dirty Dozen)

1927 - Robert Shaw, England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)

1938 - Rod Laver, Australia, tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam)

1944 - Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin

1944 - Sam Elliott, Sacramento California, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty)

1963 - Whitney Houston, Newark NJ, singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

117 - Trajan, Roman Emperor, dies from edema at 63

378 - Flavius Valens, emperor of Byzantium (364-78), dies in battle at 50

1107 - Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)

1173 - Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin

1516 - Jeroen Bosch, painter (Garden of the Lusten), dies at 66

1961 - Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75

1962 - Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

1969 - Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered

1969 - Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), killed by Manson’s gang at 26

1969 - Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)

1969 - Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)

1969 - Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

1975 - Dimitri D Shostakovitch, composer (Sun Over Motherland), dies at 68

1994 - Clarence Ford, sax player, dies at 64

1995 - Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53

2005 - Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)

2006 - James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)

2006 - Philip E. High, science fiction author (b. 1914)

2008 - Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

70 - Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans

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

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

1609 - Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope

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

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

1786 - Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money

1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena

1854 - Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

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

1876 - Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

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

1937 - Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power

1940 - Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

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

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

1945 - Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

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

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

1968 - Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1079 - Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)

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

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

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

1879 - Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.

626 - Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated

1461 - the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.

1573 - Francis Drakes fleet returns to Plymouth

1588 - -8] English assault on Spanish Armada

1606 - The first documented performance of Macbeth performed at the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

1782 - George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart

1789 - Congress creates Dept of War & Lighthouse Service

1882 - Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die

1909 - US issues 1st Lincoln penny

1912 - Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for pres

1915 - Assault up Russell’s Top at Gallipoli, 232 Australians die

1944 - IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

1951 - Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph

1951 - US viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)

1953 - Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet

1959 - Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space

1964 - US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution

1970 - 4, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California (Police charge Angela Davis provided weapons)

1971 - Apollo 15 returns to Earth

1974 - Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers

1976 - US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth

1990 - Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

 

Births

 

317 - Flavius Julius Constantius II, Emperor Egypt/Byzantine/Rome (337-61)

1560 - Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer (d. 1614)

1726 - James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)

1742 - Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General                                                       

1779 - Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography

1829 - Thomas Ewing Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1896

1903 - Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)

1913 - George Van Eps, American guitarist (d. 1998)

1933 - Jerry [Eugene] Pournelle, US, sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon)                                                                

1942 - B J Thomas, Houston TX, singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)

1945 - Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)

1949 - Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader

1975 - Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

461 - Majorian, Roman Emperor (assassinated) (b. 420)

1485 - Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince

1657 - Robert Blake, English admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57

1817 - Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (b. 1739)

1917 - Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)

1931 - Leon Bismarck “Bix” Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29

1957 - Oliver Hardy, comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65

2004 - Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

768 - [Constantine] ends his reign as Catholic Pope

939 - Battle at Simancas-Spain beats Moors

1181 - Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers

1661 - Holland sells Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders

1774 - Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY

1787 - Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate

1815 - US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli

1819 - Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.

1824 - Battle at Junan – Simon Bolívars army beats Spanish

1854 - Congress passes Confiscation Act

1890 - Cy Young pitches & wins 1st game

1890 - At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

1909 - Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.

1914 - Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.

1918 - In WW I 2nd battle of the Marne ends

1926 - NY’s Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel

1930 - Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC

1934 - US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915

1946 - US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court

1964 - Prometheus, the world’s oldest tree, is cut down.

1965 - Indian troops invade Pakistan

1981 - Argentina ex-president Isabel Peron freed

1984 - 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

1991 - Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

1997 - Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc

2011 - A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.

 

 

 

 

Births 

 

1609 - Richard Bennett, British Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)

1656 - Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (d. 1733)

1697 - Charles VII, Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)

1809 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of England

1858 - Albert Fuchs, composer

1881 - Alexander Fleming, London, bacteriologist (penicillin; Nobel 1954), (d. 1955)

1891 - William Slim, British general (d. 1970)

1892 - Hoot Gibson, Tekamah NE, western actor (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw)

1911 - Lucille Ball, Jamestown NY, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy)

1917 - Robert Mitchum, Bridgeport Ct, actor (Winds of War, North & South)

1928 - Andy Warhol, McKeesport PA, pop artist & film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), (d. 1987)

1972 - Geri Estelle Halliwell, “Ginger Spice” singer (Spice Girls)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1195 - Henry de Leeuw, duke of Saxon/Bayern, dies

1623 - Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, dies

1718 - Jacob F Muller, [Sjako/Jaco], Germ/Neth crowd leader, beheaded at 28

1931 - Bix Beiderbecke, American musician (b. 1903)

1959 - Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60

1978 - Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76

1991 - Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68

1993 - Milton “Milt” Thompson, US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer, dies at 67

2009 - John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950)

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

135 - Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome

910 - The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.

1071 - Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe

1100 - Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1305 - William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

1583 - Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)

1689 - 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France.

1763 - Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run – British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.

1846 - Oregon country divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel

1861 - US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)

1864 - Battle of Mobile Bay Al-Farragut is given rank of vice-admiral

1882 - Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.

1891 - 1st travelers checks issued (American Express)

1914 - 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave & E 105th St, Cleveland)

1921 - 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)

1936 - At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

1937 - Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America’s Cup

1945 - Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)

1953 - Operation “Big Switch” Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom

1957 - “American Bandstand,” begins network TV (ABC)

1961 - 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)

1963 - Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH

1969 - Mariner 7 flies past Mars

1972 - Moody Blues release “Nights in White Satin”

1973 - Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55

1979 - Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

1981 - Pres Regan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers who struck 2 days ago

1995 - The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.

2003 - A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1301 - Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)

1624 - William, Jamestown Va, 1st black child born in English America

1749 - Thomas Lynch, signer (Declaration of Independence)

1802 - Niels H Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel’s Comparisons)

1828 - Giovanni Rossi, composer

1850 - Guy de Maupassant, France, author (Boule de Suif) 

1862 - Joseph Merrick, the “Elephant Man” (d. 1890)

1876 - Mary R Beard, Indianapolis, historian (Woman as a Force in History)

1906 - John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)

1907 - Ernestine “Tiny” Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter

1930 - Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)

1937 - Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)

1946 - Loni Anderson, St Paul Minn, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati)

1947 - Rick Derringer, rocker (I am the Real American (Hulk Hogan’s theme)

1950 - Holly Palance, LA California, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley’s Believe It)

1956 - Maureen McCormick, Encino California, actress (Marcia-Brady Bunch)

1961 - Tawny Kitaen, SD California, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)

1962 - Patrick Ewing, Kingston Jamaica, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

882 - King Louis III of France (b. 863)

1063 - Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd

1799 - Richard Howe, British admiral (b. 1726)

1862 - Thomas Williams, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 47

1864 - Griffin A Stedman, Union-brig-gen (Fort Stedman), dies in battle at 26

1940 - Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75

1955 - Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42

1962 - Marilyn Monroe, found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug OD at 36

1984 - Richard Burton, actor (Cleopatra), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 58

1985 - Theodore Sturgeon, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67

2000 - Sir Alec Guinness, British actor (b. 1914)

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

1181 - Supernova seen in Cassiopia

1558 - 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)

1578 - Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed

1666 - Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique & St Christopher; thousands die

1693 - Dom Perignon invents champagne

1735 - Jury acquits John Zenger (NY Weekly Journal) charged with seditious libel by royal governor of NY (victory for Freedom of press)

1760 - Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

1777 – Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus

1790 - US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service

1821 - 1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969)

1855 - John Bartlett publishes “Familiar Quotations”

1862 - US government collects its 1st income tax

1870 - British Red Cross Society forms

1917 - Pravda calls for killing all capitalists, priests & officers

1944 - Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified

1956 - 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)

1960 - Rocket propelled USAAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH

1964 - Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

1968 - 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif

1977 - Pres Carter establishes Dept of Energy

1984 - Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics

1987 - FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters

2010 - California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state’s voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1222 - Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)

1521 - Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)

1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley, England, romantic poet (Adonais)

 

 

 

1901 - Louis Armstrong, New Orleans Louisiana, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), (d. 1971)

 

 

 

 

 

1912 - Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)

1934 - Jonas Savimbi, Angolian leader of Unita

1971 - Jeff Gordon, American race car driver

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1060 - Henry I, King of France (1027..60), dies at 52

1265 - Simon de Montfort, English earl of Leicester, dies in battle

1338 - Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)

1821 - William Floyd, US soldier/signer (Declar of Independence), dies at 86

1875 - Hans Christian Andersen, Danish fairy tale writer, dies at 70

1931 - Daniel H Williams, doctor (pioneer in surgery), dies

1973 - Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon’s Floor Show), dies at 68

1995 - J Howard Smith Oil Tycoon, dies

1999 - Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)

2007 - Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1860 - American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY

1864 - Battle of Mobile AL

1882 - Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration

1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

1914 - 1st seaworthy ship through Panama Canal

1923 - VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th president

1925 - Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912

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

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

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

1955 - Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

1811 - Elisha Graves Otis, inventor (safe elevator)

1900 - Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II

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

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

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

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

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

1977 - Tom Brady, American football player

1984 - Ryan Lochte, American swimmer

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

1604 - Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2008 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (b. 1918

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

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

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

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

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

1704 - Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 - Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

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

1819 - 1st parachute jump in US

1864 - 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

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

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

1875 - 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 - Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

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

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

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

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

1939 - Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

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

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

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

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

1972 - Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

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

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

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

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

1994 - Congressional hearings begin on White Water

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

1835 - Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

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

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

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

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

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

1926 - Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

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

1511 - Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

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

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

902 - Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily

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

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

1774 - Priestly discovers oxygen

1781 - English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia

1794 - Whiskey Rebellion begins

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

1831 - London Bridge opens to traffic

1876 - Colorado becomes 38th state

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

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

1914 - British fleet reaches Scapa Flow

1941 - The first Jeep is produced.

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

1953 - California introduces sales tax (for education)

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

1960 - Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

1960 - Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”

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

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

1988 - Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1889 - John F Mahoney, developed pencillin treatment of syphillis

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

1931 - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, rocker

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events 

 

1178 - Frederick I (Barbarossa), Holy Roman Emperor, crowned King of Burgundy

1619 - House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective US governing body

1629 - An earthquake in Naples, Italy kills 10,000 people.

1715 - Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida

1729 - City of Baltimore founded

1733 - Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston

1811 - Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, is executed by the Spanish in Chihuahua, Mexico.

1839 - Slave rebels, take over slaver Amistad

1844 - 1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club

1863 - Pres Lincoln issues “eye-for-eye” order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot

1866 - New Orleans’s Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.

1898 - Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

1908 - Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris

1916 - German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ

1928 - George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)

1935 - 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution

1945 - Philippines Sea: US cruiser Indianapolis torpedoed/sinks, 880 die

1956 - US motto “In God We Trust” authorized

1963 - British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow

1969 - Mariner 6 passes Venus on 3410 km (74 photos)

1975 - Teamsters Pres Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit

1990 - 5 Bank of Credit & Commerce members found guilty of money

2002 - The accounting law referred to as “The Sarbanes Oxley Act” is signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2003 - In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

 

 

 

 

Births 

 

1549 - Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1609)

1815 - Thomas Jackson Rodman, Bvt Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1818 - Emily Jane Bronte, Thornton England, novelist (Wuthering Heights), (d. 1848)

1855 - James Edward Kelly, US, sculptor “Sculptor of American History”

1863 - Henry Ford, Dearborn Township Michigan, industrialist and auto maker (Ford- model T), (d. 1947)

1881 - Smedley Butler, American Marine general (d. 1940)

1890 - Casey Stengel, baseball manager (Yankees (1949-60)/NY Met’s 1st)

1930 - Thomas Sowell, author/activist

1936 - George “Buddy” Guy, US blues guitarist (Stone Crazy)

1945 - David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show)

1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria, body builder/actor/politician (Terminator, 38th Governor of California)

1961 - Laurence Fishburne, Augusta GA, actor (Red Heat, School Daze)

1974 - Hilary Swank, Bellingham WA, actress (Karate Kid 4)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1540 - Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)

1718 - William Penn, English Quaker/colonizer (No cross, no crown), dies

1865 - George Wright, US Union brig-general, dies at 61

1875 - George Pickett, American Confederate general (b. 1825)

1898 - Otto von Bismarck, German “Iron” chancellor, dies at 83

1912 - Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60

1967 - Alfried Krupp, German industrialist, dies at 59

1983 - Lynn Fontanne, Broadway’s premier actress (Emmy 1965), dies at 95

1985 - Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)

1998 - Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)

2003 - Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923

2007 - Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (b. 1918)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

626 - Avaren/Slaves under khagan Bajan begin siege of Constantinople

1014 - Battle of Strumitsa-valley: Byzantine destroys Bulgarian armies

1565 - Mary Queen of Scots marries her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

1588 - Attacking Spanish Armada defeated & scattered by English defenders

1676 - Nathaniel Bacon declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers from Indians

1715 - 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane

1751 - 1st international world title prize fight-Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M Petit of France in 29 mins in England

1773 - 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mtns completed, Schoenbrunn, OH

1783 - Skaptar Volcano on Iceland erupts killing about 9,000

1844 - NY Yacht Club forms

1848 - Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – in Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police.

1864 - American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC.

1899 - 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY

1907 - Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England

1914 - 1st transcontinental phone link made between NYC & SF

1920 - 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF

1920 - Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders

1921 - Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1928 - Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” is released

1930 - 115°F (46°C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)

1936 - RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)

1938 - Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” 1st appears

1945 - After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed & sunk by a Japanese submarine

1957 - International Atomic Energy Agency forms by UN

1958 - Pres Eisenhower signs NASA & Space Act of 1958

1965 - Beatles movie “Help” premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends

1967 - Fire aboard carrier USS Forrestal in Gulf of Tonkin kills 134

1969 - Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars

1973 - $180,000 in Led Zeppelin receipts are robbed from NY Hilton

1974 - 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee

1976 - In New York City, the “Son of Sam” kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.

1978 - 600,000 attend “Summer Jam” rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY

1984 - 23rd Summer Olympics opens in LA

1987 - Ben & Jerry’s & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia

2005 - Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1166 - Henry II of Champagne (d. 1197)

1755 - Franz Gotz, composer

1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville, France, statesman/writer (Democracy in America)

1869 - Booth Tarkington, US, novelist (17, Magnificent Ambersons)

1876 - Maria Ouspenskaya, Tula Russia, actress (Waterloo Bridge)

1883 - Benito Mussolini, [Il Duce], Forli Kingdom of Italy, Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), (d. 1945)

1885 - Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955)

1892 - William Powell, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey)

1905 - Clara Bow, Brooklyn New York, silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), (d. 1965)

1905 - Dag Hammarskjoeld, Sweden, 2nd UN Sect-General (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)

1916 - Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)

1936 - Elizabeth Hanford Dole, US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87)

1946 - Bill Forsyth, director (Local Hero, Breaking In, Housekeeping)

1953 - Geddy Lee, Toronto Canada, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer)

1966 - Martina McBride, country singer

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1030 - Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad

1108 - King Philip I, King of the Franks 1059, 1060-1108), dies at 56

1164 - Olaf, King of Norway, dies

1833 - William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (b. 1759)

1890 - Vincent Van Gogh, painter, dies in Auvers, France

1960 - Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies

1973 - Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)

1974 - Cass Elliot, singer (Mamas & Papas), dies from heart attack in London at 32

1981 - Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)

1983 - David Niven, actor (Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

1983 - Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Kildare), dies of pneumonia at 86

1998 - Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

388 - Battle at Aquileja: Emperor Theodosius beats emperor Magnus Maximis

1148 - Crusaders attack Damascus

1540 - English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife

1586 - Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe

1717 - Prussian king Frederik Willem I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

1821 - Peru declares independence from Spain (National Day)

1858 - 1st use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by

1864 - Battle of Atlanta: GA (Ezra Church) – second sortie US700 CS4642

1900 - Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut

1914 - Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden (NYC, by Harry Fox)

1914 - World War I began when Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

1915 - US forces invade Haiti, stays until 1924

1930 - 114°F (46°C), Greensburg, Kentucky (state record)

1932 - Battle between unemployed war veterans & federal troops, 4 die

1934 - 118°F (48°C), Orofino, Idaho (state record)

1938 - 34,000-ton Cunard-White Star liner Mauretania launched at Birkenhead

1943 - World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.

1951 - Walt Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” released

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

1965 - LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)

1976 - 242,000 die in Tientsin-Tangshan (China) 8.2 earthquake

1977 - 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska

1978 - Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time

1986 - NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, “Uh-oh!” as spacecraft disintegrated

1990 - Alberto Fujimoro installed as president of Peru

1996 - Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.

2002 - Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

2005 - The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1165 - Ibn al-’Arabi, Muslim mystic/philosopher

1746 - Thomas Heyward, soldier, signed Decl of Ind

1778 - Charles Stewart, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1869

1804 - Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)

1866 - Beatrix Potter, England, children’s author (Tale of Peter Rabbit)

1887 - Marcel Duchamp, French painter (Nude Descending a Staircase)

1901 - Rudy Vallee, Vt, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)

1902 - Karl Raimund Popper, Austrian/British philosopher (Logic of Forschung)

1922 - Jacques Piccard, Switzerland, undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste)

1929 - Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, NY, 1st lady (1961-63)

1930 - Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (d. 1998)

1940 - Phil Proctor, comedian (Firesign Theater)

1943 - Mike Bloomfield, Chicago Ill, blues guitarist/singer (Analine)

1947 - Sally Struthers, Portland Oregon, actress (Gloria-All in the Family)

1954 - Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

450 - Theodosius II de Jongere, emperor Austrian Empire, dies

1330 - Michael III, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies in battle

1540 - Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, executed

1655 - Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris

1655 - Suzuki Shosan, Samurai/monk/propagator of Zen Buddhism, dies at 76

1741 - Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Italian composer, dies at 63

1750 - Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Art of the Fugue), dies at 65

1794 - Maximilien Robespierre, Fr revolutionary/avocat (1781), guillotined

1863 - James Deshler, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 30

1872 - Friedrich Kaiser, astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies

1939 - William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78

1971 - Diane Arbus, [Nemerov], photographer (Vogue), commits suicide at 48

1996 - Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist/artist, dies at 87

2002 - Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

2007 - Jim LeRoy, Airshow pilot (b. 1961)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

432 - St Celestine I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1360 - Danish King Waldemar IV destroys Visby Gotland

1501 - Copernicus formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral

1586 - Sir Walter Raleigh brings 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

1720 - The second important victory of the Russian Navy – the Battle of Grengam.

1794 - Coup of thermidor/fall of Robespierre in Paris

1816 - US troops destroy Ft Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves

1837 - US Mint opens in Charlotte, NC

1844 - Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, NC

1861 - Union General George McClellan takes command from McDowell of Potamic Army

1866 - Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)

1888 - Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile

1909 - Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

1917 - The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.

1920 - Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation

1940 - Bugs Bunny debuts in “Wild Hare”

1941 - 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July

1949 - 1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies

1960 - VP Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

1962 - Mariner 2 launched to Venus; flyby mission

1965 - Pres Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking

1969 - Pioneer 10 launched

1972 - The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.

1976 - 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese

1983 - Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan & Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts this season, he also wins his 1st game as a Royal

1987 - First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreckage begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

1996 - Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured

1997 - Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.

2002 - Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.

2007 - Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1452 - Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Lombardy, Italian duke of Milan (1494-1508), (commissioned The Last Supper), (d. 1508)

1625 - Edward Montagu, England

1667 - Jean Bernoulli, mathematician

1824 - Alexandre Dumas fils, France, playwright/novelist (Camille)

1870 - Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, England, author (Path to Rome)

1882 - Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (d. 1965)

1906 - Leo Durocher, Mass, baseball manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants)

1916 - Kennan Wynn, NYC, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor)

1925 - Doc Pomus, rocker

1929 - Jack Higgins, [Harry Patterson], novelist

1944 - Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)

1975 - Alex Rodriguez, NYC, shortstop (Seattle Mariners)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

82 - St Joseph of Arimathea, dies

1128 - Willem van Normandia, earl of Flanders, dies in battle

1276 - King James I of Aragon (b. 1208)

1958 - Claire Chennault, American military leader (b. 1893)

1974 - Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61

1976 - Ray Brennan, becomes 1st to, die of “Legionnaire’s Disease”

1980 - Pahlawi Mohammed Reza, shah of Persia (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

1981 - Billy [William] Wyler, US director (Ben Hur, Funny Girl), dies

1984 - James Mason, British actor (Lolita), dies of a heart attack at 75

1993 - Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27

2003 - Bob Hope, English-born entertainer (b. 1903)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

811 - Battle at Pliska: Bulgarian under monarch Krum beat Byzantine

1267 - Inquistion forms in Rome under pope Clement IV

1579 - Francis Drake leaves SF to cross Pacific Ocean

1588 - John Hawkins becomes a knight

1758 - British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg

1775 - United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin

1788 - NY becomes 11th state to ratify constitution

1847 - Liberia declares independence from American Colonization Society

1848 - 1st Woman’s Rights Convention (Seneca Falls NY)

1878 - In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box will be found later with a taunting poem inside

1908 - Predecessor of the FBI is created by the Department of Justice

1917 - J Edgar Hoover gets job on ministry of Justice

1926 - National Bar Association incorporates

1943 - 120°F (49°C), Tishmoningo, Oklahoma (state record)

1944 - The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain.

1945 - Declaration of Potsdam: US/Brit/China demands Japanese surrender

1945 - Japanese government disregards US ultimatum

1945 - US cruiser Indianapolis reaches Tinian with atom bomb

1945 - Winston Churchill resigns as Britain’s PM

1946 - President Harry Truman orders desegregation of all US forces

1947 - Department of Defense forms

1947 - National Security Act establishes CIA

1953 - Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the “26th of July Movement,” against Fulgenico Batista’s regime

1956 - Egypt seizes Suez Canal

1957 - USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile

1963 - US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched

1964 - Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud & conspiracy

1971 - Apollo 15 launched (Scott & Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon

1991 - Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater

1992 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1678 - Joseph I Habsburg, German king/Roman catholic emperor (1705-11)

1799 - Isaac Babbitt, invented babbitt’s metal for bearings

1846 - Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy (d. 1880)

1856 - George Bernard Shaw, Dublin Ireland, dramatist (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925), (d. 1950)

1875 - Carl Gustav Jung, Switzerland, doctor (founded analytic psychology), (d. 1961)

1894 - Aldous L Huxley, Surrey England, author (Brave New World)

1902 - Gracie Allen, SF California, Mrs George Burns/comedian (Burns & Allen)

1909 - Vivian Vance, Cherryvale Kansas, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy) (d. 1979)

1919 - James Lovelock, scientist

1921 - Jean Shepherd, American writer (d. 1999)

1922 - Blake Edwards, OK, writer/director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

1922 - Jason Robards Jr, Chicago, actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday)

1928 - Stanley Kubrick, Bronx NY, director (2001, Dr Strangelove, Lolita)

1946 - Helen Mirren, [Eleni Mironova], England, actress (Cook Thief Wife, Madness of King George)

1949 - William M Shepherd, Oak Ridge Tn, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 27, 41, 52)

1956 - Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)

1964 - Sandra Bullock, Wash DC, actress (Speed, Net, Love & War)

1973 - Kate Beckinsale, British actress

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1342 - Charles I Robert van Anjou, King of Hungary (1307-42), dies

1471 - Pope Paul II (b. 1417)

1533 - Atahualpo, Inca ruler, dies

1863 - Samuel Houston, 1st Pres of Rep of Texas (1836-38, 41-44), dies at 70

1918 - Eduard “Mick” Mannock, British WW I flyer (Victoria Cross), dies

1925 - William Jennings Bryan, lawyer (Scopes-monkey trial), dies at 65

1952 - Eva Peron-Duarte, Argentina’s 1st lady, dies at 33

1984 - Ed “Psycho” Gein, mass murderer (Psycho based on him), dies at 78

1992 - Mary Wells, US soul singer (My Guy), dies at 49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

864 - The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings.

1261 - Byzantium Emperor Michael VIII recaptures Constantinople

1519 - San Cristobal de la Habana forms in Cuba

1521 - About 300 heretics burned in Vrijdagmarkt Gent

1536 - Sebastián de Belalcázar on his search of El Dorado founds the City of Santiago de Cali.

1567 - Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

1603 - James VI of Scotland is crowned the first king of Great Britain.

1689 - France declares war on England

1758 - Seven Years’ War: the island battery at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia is silenced and all French warships are destroyed or taken.

1775 - Maryland issues currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta

1797 - Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).

1814 - George Stephenson introduced the 1st steam locomotive

1832 - 1st railroad accident in US, Granite Railway, Quincy, Mass-1 dies

1860 - 1st US intercollegiate billiard match (Harvard vs Yales)

1866 - David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral of US Navy

1866 - US Grant named 1st general of Army

1909 - France’s Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across Engl Channel

1917 - Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a “temporary” measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).

1943 - Benito Mussolini captured, dismissed as premier of Italy during WW II

1944 - 1st jet fighter used in combat (Messerschmitt 262)

1944 - Allied jailbreak at St-Lo (behind German lines)

1944 - USAF kills 136, wounds 621 GI’s at St-Lo

1944 - World War II: Operation Spring – one of the bloodiest days for Canadians during the war: 18,444 casualties, including 5,021 killed.

1946 - 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show

1946 - At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.

1947 - US Air Force, Navy & War Dept form US Dept of Defense

1947 - US Department of Army created

1956 - Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm

1962 - House passes bill requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of sex

1965 - Folk-rock begins, Dylan uses electricity at Newport Folk Festival

1966 - Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for Harrison’s “While My Guitar…”

1969 - Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne

1981 - Voyager 2 encounters Saturn

1992 - 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain

1997 - Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas

1997 - K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India’s 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called “untouchable”— to hold this office.

2000 - Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

Births

 

1016 - Casimir I, Duke of Poland (d. c. 1058)

1562 - Kiyomasa Kato, Japanese warlord (d. 1611)

1750 - Henry Knox, American general (d. 1806)

1840 - Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution

1844 - Thomas Eakins, American artist (d. 1916)

1870 - Maxfield Parrish, American illustrator (d. 1966)

1907 - Jack Gilford, NYC, actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2)

1907 - Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist (d. 1970)

1914 - Woody Strode, actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream)

1943 - Roy Acuff Jr, rocker

1955 - Iman, [Abdulmajid], Mogadishu Somalia, model/actress (Star Trek 6)

1978 - Louise Brown, Oldham, England, first test tube baby, (d. 2012)

1985 - Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian race car driver

 

 

 

 

Deaths

 

1409 - King Martin I of Sicily

1681 - Urian Oakes, English-born President of Harvard University (b. 1631)

1804 - William Forsyth, English gardening expert (Forsythia), dies

1834 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet, dies at 61

1934 - François Coty, French perfume manufacturer (b. 1874)

1944 - Lesley J McNair, US lt-general, killed by US bomb at St-Lo

1966 - Montgomery Clift, movie actor (From Here to Eternity), dies

1974 - Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), dies at 79

1984 - Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926)

1995 - Charlie Rich, country singer (Lonely Weekends), dies at 62

1997 - Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, Brit Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

2008 - Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his “Last Lecture” (b. 1960)

2009 - Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the Trenches in World War I, dies aged 111. (b. 1898)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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