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Today In The Past

Events

68 – Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

641 – Arabic/Islamic army contrasts with the Hippo over Alexandria

721 – Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.

922 – French republic chooses Robert I, King of France

1075 – Battle at Homburg/Unstrut: German king Henry IV beats Saksen

1310 – Duccio’s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

1456 – 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1525 – Tax revolt in Hertogenbosch

1534 – Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River

1549 – Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

1628 – 1st deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Mass

1650 – The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe

1742 – Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia

1752 – French army surrenders to the English in Trichinopoly India

1772 – 1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion

1772 – 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI

1789 – Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver I

1802 – US Academy at West Point founded

1822 – Charles Graham patents false teeth

1856 – 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

1860 – 1st US “dime novel” published: “Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter,” by Mrs Ann Stevens

1862 – Battle of Port Republic, last of 5 battles in Jacksons Valley camp

1863 – Battle of Brandy Station, VA (Fleetwood, Beverly Ford)

1864 – Battle of Big Shanty, GA

1864 – Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, GA (Pine Mt, Pine Knob, Golgotha)

1865 – Battle of Grand Gulf, MS

1869 – Charles Elmer Hires sells his 1st root beer (Phila)

1870 – Washington: Pres Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud

1873 – Alexandra Palace burnt down, after being open for only 16 days.

1877 – 11th Belmont: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:46

1883 – 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5

1887 – 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5

1888 – 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25

1891 – Painter Gauguin arrives in Papeete, Tahiti

1892 – 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12

1898 – China leases Hong Kong’s new territories to Britain for 99 years

1899 – James J Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1901 – NY Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cin Reds 25-13

1902 – 1st Automat restaurant opens (818 Chestnut St, Phila)

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California.

1910 – Passenger on SS Arawatta throws bottle with note overboard (found June 6, 1983 in Queensland)

1914 – Honus Wagner, is 2nd to get 3,000 hits

1915 – William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State

1922 – First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.

1923 – 55th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:19

1923 – Brinks unveils 1st armored security vans

1924 – “Jelly-Roll Blues,” is recorded by blues great, Jelly Roll Morton

1928 – 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

1930 – Paavo Nurmi runs world record 6 mile (29:36.4)

1930 – Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1931 – 1st rocket-powered aircraft design patented (R Goddard)

1934 – 1st Donald Duck cartoon, Wise Little Hen, released

1934 – 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2

1940 – Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II

1941 – Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500

1942 – Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice Czechoslovakia

1945 – 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr wins in 2:07

1946 – 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque Iowa)

1946 – Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1953 – “Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater,” last airs on NBC-TV

1953 – Worcester County tornado (94 killed, 1310 injured, 10,000 homeless)

1954 – Joseph Welch asks Sen Joseph McCarthy “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” during Senate-Army hearings

1955 – 100°F – Hottest day in Seattle Washington

1957 – Anthony Eden resigns as British PM

1957 – First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).

1958 – “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley hits #1

1959 – 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)

1960 – Typhoon Mary in China killed at least 1,600

1962 – “Bill of Hare,” premieres in USA

1962 – 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8

1963 – Equal Pay Act enacted

1965 – Frenchman, Machal Jazy, runs record mile in 3:53.6

1967 – Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

1967 – Monkees appear at Hollywood Bowl

1969 – Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice

1970 – Harry A Blackmun, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1972 – 14″ of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

1973 – 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24

1973 – Secretariat becomes 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning horse racing’s Belmont Stakes

1974 – Supergroup Blind Faith’s (Clapton, Windwood, Baker) 1st concert

1975 – 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2

1975 – Fire in prison hospital kills 10 prisoners & 1 guard (Sanford Fla)

1977 – Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth celebrated with fireworks

1978 – Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London

1978 – Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1978 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

1979 – 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6

1980 – Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine

1982 – Israel wipes out Syrian SAM missiles in Bekaa Valley

1983 – Margaret  Thatchers Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

1984 – 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2

1984 – Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts

1984 – NASA suffers a launch vehicle failure launching Intelsat 509

1985 – American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon

1986 – Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points

1989 – Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1

1990 – 122nd Belmont: Michael Kinane aboard Go & Go wins in 2:27.2

1991 – Jack La Lanne, 76, arrested for suspicion of DWI

1994 – Angolan plane bombs school in Waku Kungo (89 killed)

2012 – It is announced that up to $125 million dollars in loans will be given to aid Spain’s struggling banks

 

 

 

Births

1595 – King Wladislaus IV of Poland (d. 1648)

1597 – Pieter J Saenredam, architecture painter

1640 – Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1658-1705)

1661 – Tsar Feodor III of Russia (d. 1682)

1672 – Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], tsar of Russia (1682-1725)

1768 – Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)

1781 – George Stephenson, Newcastle England, inventor (RR locomotive)

1791 – John Howard Payne, US, author/actor/diplomat (Home Sweet Home)

1792 – Frederic L G, Earl of Merode, Belgian revolutionary

1812 – Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling’s reagens)

1812 – Johann G Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune)

1833 – John Rogers Cooke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1891

1854 – Gerardus J P J Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society)

1861 – Floris H Verster, [van Wulverhorst], painter/cartoonist/etcher

1875 – Henry Dale, London, physiologist (Nobel-1936)

1882 – Bobby Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)

1896 – Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)

1898 – Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)

1900 – Fred Waring, Tyrone Penn, musician/conductor/inventor (Waring Blender)

1901 – George Price, cartoonist

1910 – Geoffrey Musson, British General

1913 – Patrick Steptoe, scientist (developed in vitro fertilization)

1915 – Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Waukesha Wisconsin, American musician , guitarist/inventor (Les Paul guitar)

1916 – Robert S McNamara, US Sec of Defense (1961-68)/head (World Bank)

1918 – Rob de Vries, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/dir/actor (Ciske de Rat)

1921 – Agnes Keleti, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)

1922 – John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)

1922 – Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist – Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)

1924 – Christine Goitschel, France, slalom (Olympic-gold-1964)

1925 – [John] Keith Laumer, [Anthony LeBaron], US, sf author (Retief’s War)

1929 – Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], Memphis, Tennessee, rhythm and blues singer (My Song)

1929 – Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1960)

1930 – Lin[wood] [Vrooman] Carter, US, sci-fi author (Thongor of Lemuria)

1930 – Marvin Kalb, NYC, educator/newscaster (CBS/NBC, Meet the Press)

1931 – Jackie Mason, Wisc, comedian (World According to Me, Chicken Soup)

1933 – Patrick Symons, British vice-admiral

1934 – Donald Duck, famous fowl

1934 – Helga Haase, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1960)

1934 – Jackie Wilson, Detroit, singer (Lonely Teardrops, Night)

1934 – Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist

1937 – Harald Rosenthal, German biologist

1939 – David Hobbs (auto racer)

1940 – Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC “Oh Baby!”)

1941 – Billy Hatton, rocker

1941 – Jon Lord, England, keyboardist (Deep Purple-Hush, White Snake), (d. 2012)

1941 – Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)

1943 – Charles Saatchi, English magnate (Saatchi & Saatchi)

1943 – Joe [William] Haldeman, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Worlds Apart)

1944 – 23 puppies, (record litter) born to Lena, a foxhound, Ambler Penn

1948 – Nathaniel Rosen, Altadena Ca, cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978)

1952 – Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (d. 2004)

1954 – Pete Byrne Bath – English rocker (Naked Eyes)

1954 – George Pérez, American comic book artist

1954 – Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer

1956 – Patricia Cornwell, American author

1961 – Michael J. Fox, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)

1961 – Aaron Sorkin, American writer

1963 – Johnny Depp, Queensboro Ky, actor (21 Jump Street, Ed Wood)

1963- Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author

1965 – Gloria Reuben, actress (Jeanie Boulet-ER)

1969 – Mitch McLee, [Douglas Lee Mitchell], Miles Mi, drummer (Southgang)

1971 – Rick Renstrom, American guitarist

1973 – Laura Ponte, Spanish model and royal

1974 – Samoth, Norwegian guitarist (Emperor, Zyklon)

1975 – Carolyne Lepage, Montreal Quebec, 48 kg judoka (Olympics-96)

1981 – Natalie Portman [Natalie Hershlag], Jerusalem, Israeli/American actress (Professional, Everyone Says I Love You)

1981 – Anoushka Shankar, Famous sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar

 

 

Deaths

62 – Claudia Octavia, wife of Nero (b. 40)

68 – Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (54-68), commits suicide at 31

373 – Ephrem the Syrian, Christian hymnodist

597 – St. Columba, Christian missionary (b. 521)

630 – King Shahrbaraz of Persia

1171 – Jacob Ben Meir, [Rabbenu Tam], French Tosofist, dies

1361 – Philippe de Vitry, French composer/poet, dies at 69

1382 – Philip of Lead, lawyer of Utrecht, dies

1563 – William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)

1572 – Jeanne d’Albret, queen of Navarra, dies at 44

1681 – William Lilly, English astrologer, dies

1716 – Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander (executed)

1863 – Benjamin Franklin “Grimes” Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30

1870 – Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield), dies at 58

1897 – Alvin Graham Clark, dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40″ lens

1901 – Walter Besant, novelist/philanthropist, dies

1911 – Carry Amelia Moore Nation, American temperance leader, dies

1944 – 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS

1946 – Rama VIII, king of Siam (1935-46), dies at 21

1958 – Robert Donat, actor (Citadel, Goodbye Mr Chips, 39 Steps), dies at 53

1971 – Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein’s Daughter), dies at 40

1973 – Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)

1981 – Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), dies at 63

1992 – Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack

1994 – Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp, dies at 63

1996 – Edward Morris Bernstein, economist, dies at 91

1996 – Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist, dies at 48

1997 – Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71

2009 – Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

65 – Jews revolt against Rome, capturing fortress of Antonia in Jerusalem

68 – Rome Senate accepts emperor Galba

452 – Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

536 – St Silverius begins his reign as Catholic Pope

793 – Vikings plunder St Cuthbert convent Lindisfarne

979 – Louis V de Luie, crowned King of France

1191 – Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.

1405 – Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on Henry IV’s orders.

1551 – Pope Julius III excommunicates Duke Ottario Farnese of Parma

1632 – Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Sittard

1663 – Battle at Amegical: English & Portugese fleet beats Spanish

1694 – English troop landing at Brest attack (300 killed)

1786 – Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall, NYC)

1789 – James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1824 – Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec

1829 – 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London, opens in Liverpool

1846 – Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu

1861 – American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.

1862 – Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia

1869 – Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner

1878 – 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5

1882 – 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43

1886 – 1st Civil Rights Act passes

1892 – Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy v Ferguson)

1896 – 1st car is stolen

1914 – 34.7°F (1.5°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

1915 – 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

1917 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

1918 – Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler’s nova of 1604, discovered

1920 – Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but ump ejects Roush for delay of game

1921 – Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM

1927 – Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs Yanks beat White Sox 12-11

1928 – 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)

1929 – 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8

1933 – A’s Jimmie Foxx homers his 1st 3 at bats for 4 consecutive HRs

1935 – 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6

1936 – 1st parking meters are invented

1937 – World’s largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, 12′ calla lily

1940 – 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6

1940 – Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced

1940 – Last British troops leave Narvik Norway

1944 – 1st SS-Pantser corps counter attacks at Normandy

1944 – Allies occupy Port-and-Bessin Normandy

1944 – Dutch Resistance fighter Frans Duwaer arrested

1944 – Gen Montgomery lands in Normandy, forms HQ in Chateau de Creully

1948 – “Milton Berle Show” premieres on NBC TV

1948 – John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines

1949 – Siam changes name to Thailand

1950 – Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.

1953 – Cluster of 6 tornadoes touch down in Flint Michigan killing 113

1953 – Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court

1955 – Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

1959 – X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m

1961 – Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

1963 – 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2

1965 – US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam

1966 – NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC & AFC in 1970

1966 – Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5″ on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

1967 – Israel attacks USS Liberty in Mediterranean, killing 34 US crewmen

1968 – Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

1968 – Gary Puckett & Union Gap release “Lady Will Power”

1968 – James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, captured

1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

1969 – “Smothers Brothers comedy Hour,” last airs on CBS-TV

1969 – Brian Jones leaves The Rolling Stones

1969 – Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired (I was there-BTG)

1969 – Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August

1969 – Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

1971 – North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam

1974 – 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2

1974 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group “Yes”

1974 – US & Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract

1977 – Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game

1978 – Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes “Mormon Will” is a forgery

1979 – “The Source,” 1st computer public information service, goes on-line

1982 – Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament

1983 – “Trading Places,” “Ghostbusters,” & “Gremlins,” premieres

1985 – 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27

1986 – Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected pres of Austria

1987 – Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall tesifies at Iran-Contra hearing

1988 – Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%

1990 – “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” last airs on Fox-TV

1991 – 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28

1991 – Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds

1991 – Victory parade held in Wash DC (Persian Gulf War)

1991 – Warren Schutte, is 1st non American to win NCAA Div 1 golf title

1992 – NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is banned from baseball for 7th time

1995 – Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.

1996 – 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor’s Note wins in 2:28.96

1996 – Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

2004 – Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs

 

 

Births

1318 – Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Eduard II/wife of Reinald II

1625 – Giovanni D Cassini, Perinaldo, France, discoverer (4 moons of Saturn)

1652 – William Dampier, English explorer/pirate

1722 – Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, composer

1724 – John Smeaton, Leeds, civil engineer

1743 – Alessandro Cagliostro, Palermo Italy, adventurer

1745 – Caspar Wessel, Danish mathematician (d. 1818)

1759 – Thomas Dunham Whitaker, Rainham Norfolk UK, topographer

1772 – Robert Stevenson, Glasgow, civil engineer

1806 – Gideon Johnson Pillow, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1878

1813 – David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1891

1821 – John Dunlap Stevenson, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1897

1821 – Samuel White Baker, London England, explorer (Ceylon/Egypt)

1824 – William Montgomery Gardner, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1901

1831 – Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (d. 1917)

1851 – Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval, French physicist (d. 1940)

1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, Richland Center Wisc, master builder (Guggenheim)

1901 – Lena Baker, American murderer (d. 1945)

1903 – Ronald Shiner, actor (Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara)

1909 – William Odling, major-general

1910 – John W Campbell, US, sci-fi writer (Moon is Hell)

1914 – Joseph de Pietro, US, 56kg weightlifter (Olympic-gold-1948)

1916 – Francis Crick, British co-discovered DNA’s structure (Nobel 1962)

1918 – Robert Preston, Newton MA, actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter)

1918 – John D. Roberts, American chemist

1921 – LeRoy Neiman, American painter, (d. 2012)

1924 – George Kirby, Chicago, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show)

1924 – Lyn Nofziger, American political operative (d. 2006)

1925 – Barbara Pierce Bush, Flushing, New York, US 1st lady (1989-93)

1925 – Eddie Gaedel, 3’7″ St Louis Browns pinch-hitter (he walked)

1927 – Jerry Stiller, Bkln NY, comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld)

1928 – Kat[i]e [Gertrude] Wilhelm, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Hamlet Trap)

1930 – Dana Wynter, London, actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

1930 – Robert Aumann, German-born Israeli mathematician; Nobel laureate

1933 – Joan Rivers, [Molinsky], Bkln, comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq)

1936 – James Darren, Phila, actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs)

1936 – Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate

1937 – Bruce McCandless II, Boston, Cap USN/astronaut (STS 41B, STS-31)

1939 – Bernie Casey, Wyco WV, actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop)

1939 – Herb Adderley, Phila, NFL hall of famer (Packers, Cowboys)

1940 – Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin’)

1940 – Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)

1941 – Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, US pop singer (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)

1942 – Chuck Negron, singer (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)

1942 – Gael Ramsey, Brigadier commander (HQ Aldershot Garrison)

1942 – Willie D Davenport, Troy Alabama, 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1943 – Colin Baker, actor (Dr Who, Swallows & Amazons)

1943 – Willie Davenport, Troy Ala, bobsledder/hurdler (Olympics-gold-68)

1943 – William Calley, American war criminal

1944 – Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], Dallas Tx, rocker (Steve Miller Band)

1944 – Don Grady, [Agrati], actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), (d. 2012)

1946 – Elizabeth A Lynn, US, sci-fi author (Watchtower, Red Hawk)

1947 – Mick Box, rock guitarist (Uriah Heep)

1947 – Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1949 – Hildegard Falck, German FR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)

1951 – Bonnie Tyler, [Gaynor Hopkins], rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart)

1951 – Tony Rice, American acoustic guitarist

1952 – Martin Taylor, CEO (Barclays Bank)

1955 – Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who’s That Girl)

1955 – Tim Berners-Lee, English internet developer

1955 – Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)

1957 – Scott Raymond Adams, Catskill NY, cartoonist (Dilbert)

1958 – Keenan Ivory Wayans, NYC, comedian (In Living Color)

1960 – Mick Hucknall, rocker (Simply Red-Every Time We Say Goodbye)

1961 – Ursula Buchfellner, Munich Ger, playmate (Oct, 1979)/actr (Bloodline)

1962 – Nick Rhodes, [Bates], keyboardist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)

1965 – Robert Platus, NYC, lip syncher (Milli Vanilli-Girl You Know This)

1966 – Julianna Margulies, Spring Valley NY, actress (Carol Hathaway-ER)

1967 – Neil Mitchell, rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)

1970 – Gabrielle Giffords, American politician

1976 – Lindsay Davenport, Palos Verdes CA, tennis star (Olympics-gold-96)

1977 – Kanye West, Atlanta, Georgia, American rapper and record producer

1979 – Derek Trucks, American guitarist

1981 – Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver

1981 – Sara Watkins, American fiddle player

1983 – Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player

1984 – Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco

 

 

Deaths

218 – Opellius Macrinus, emperor of Rome (217-8), dies in battle at 54

632 – Mohammed, prophet of Islam (Koran), dies (according to tradition)

1042 – Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth

1115 – Peter van Amiens, French minister of crusades, dies at about 64

1376 – “Black Prince” of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46

1383 – Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)

1384 – Kanami, Japanese actor (b. 1333)

1476 – George Neville, English archbishop and statesman

1505 – Hongzhi, Emperor of China (b. 1470)

1628 – Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)

1695 – Christian Huygens, inventor/astronomer (ring of Saturn), dies at 66

1711 – Katharina Lescaille, [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61

1742 – Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 62

1768 – Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist, dies at 50

1806 – George Wythe, US attorney (signed Decl of Indep), dies at about 79

1809 – Thomas Paine, writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

1835 – Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

1845 – Andrew Jackson, (D) 7th pres (1828-37), dies at 78

1857 – Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

1865 – Joseph Paxton, designer (Crystal Palace), dies

1871 – Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death

1874 – Cochise, Apache leader

1876 – George Sand, French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71

1913 – Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette, trampled to death by a horse

1924 – Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

1924 – George Leigh Mallory, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1886)

1951 – Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)

1967 – Laverne Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies

1969 – Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57

1972 – Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68

1982 – [Leroy] Satchel Paige, US baseball pitcher, dies at 75

1987 – Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

1991 – Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43

1992 – Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51

1992 – William France, founder (Daytona 500), dies at 82

1993 – Root Boy Slim, American entertainer (b. 1945)

1998 – Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)

2000 – Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (b. 1948)

2003 – Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)

2007 – Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)

2012 – Frank Cady, American actor, dies at 96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

555 – Vigilius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1099 – 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem

1340 – Rotterdam Netherlands founded

1413 – King Ladislaw of Naples occupies Rome

1420 – Troops of the Republic of Venice capture Udine, ending the independenceo f the Patriarchate of Aquileia.

1494 – Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain & Portugal divide America

1546 – England signs Peace of Andres with Scotland/Ireland

1654 – Louis XIV crowned King of France

1672 – Battle by Solebay: Dutch adm M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

1692 – Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000

1694 – English invasion army under Thomas Talmash reaches Brest

1769 – Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky

1776 – Richard Lee (VA) moves Decl of Independence in Continental Congress

1788 – Masses stone French government army at Grenoble

1800 – David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba.

1832 – Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.

1862 – Skirmish at Union Church, VA (Peninsular)

1862 – Gen B Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed & destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint

1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA-Jefferson Davis’ home burnt

1863 – Mexico City captured by French troops

1864 – Abe Lincoln renominated for Pres by Republican Party

1866 – Irish Fenians raid Pigeon Hill, Quebec

1866 – 1,800 Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after they loot and plunder around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec.

1873 – 7th Belmont: James Roe aboard Springbok wins in 3:01.75

1881 – 15th Belmont: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47

1893 – Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience.

1896 – G Harpo & F Samuelson leave NY to row the Atlantic (takes 54 days)

1900 – Boer general Christian de Law occupiers British train depot Roodewal

1906 – Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches

1909 – Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.

1912 – US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane

1916 – Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun

1924 – 56th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Mad Play wins in 2:18.8

1924 – George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775′ from Everest’s summit

1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state

1930 – 62nd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:31.6

1930 – NY Times agrees to capitalize the n in “Negro”

1938 – Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)

1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.

1939 – 1st king & queen of England to visit US, George VI & Elizabeth

1940 – British/French troops evacuate Narvik

1941 – 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown)

1942 – Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

1942 – Germany Armys march into Sebastopol

1942 – Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands

1944 – Claus von Stauffenberg meets Hitler

1946 – US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel

1948 – Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; Pres Bernes resigns

1952 – 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2

1953 – 1st color network telecast in compatible color, (Boston Mass)

1954 – 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

1955 – “$64,000 Question” premieres on CBS TV

1955 – 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

1958 – 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m

1963 – 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, “Come on”

1965 – Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995

1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1967 – 2 Moby Grape members arrested for contributing to deliquency of minors

1967 – Israel captures Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem, Jericho & Bethlehem

1968 – Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Bobby Kennedy assassination

1968 – The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.

1969 – “Johnny Cash Show,” debuts on ABC-TV

1969 – 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8

1969 – Tommy James & Shondells release “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

1970 – Jockey Willie Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 win

1970 – The Who’s “Tommy” is performed at NY’s Lincoln Center

1971 – Soviet Soyuz 11 crew completes 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut

1975 – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” by John Denver hits #1

1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public.

1976 – NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

1979 – Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched

1980 – 112th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Temperence Hill wins in 2:29.8

1980 – Tommy John wins his 200th, 3-0 on a 2-hitter

1981 – Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility

1982 – LA Dodger Steve Garvey is 5th to play in 1,000 consecutive games

1983 – Steve Carlton temporarily passes Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out

1986 – 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8

1989 – 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

1989 – For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89

1989 – Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years

1989 – 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2

1991 – Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time

1993 – Cleveland breaks ground for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1993 – Prince celebrated his birthday by changing his name to a symbol

1994 – A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,100th career base

1995 – The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines.

1997 – 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8

1998 – James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.

2001 – Tony Blair’s Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election.

2006 – British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

2012 – 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London

2012 – Credit rating agency Fitch downgrades Spain’s credit rating to BBB in the wake of international bailout speculation

Births

1529 – Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters (d. 1615)

1619 – Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist/historian

1761 – John Rennie, Scottish engineer (d. 1821)

1778 – George Bryan “Beau” Brummel, London England, English dandy

1811 – James Young Simpson, Scotland, obsterician (used chloroform)

1812 – Theophilus Toulmin Garrard, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1902

1825 – Richard D Blackmore, England, author (Norie, Lorna Doone)

1831 – Amelia Edwards, English author and Egyptologist (d. 1892)

1843 – Susan Elizabeth Blow, US, pioneered kindergarten education

1848 – Paul Gaugin, [Eugene Henri], French post-impressionist painter

1862 – Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

1868 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (d. 1928)

1877 – Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1944)

1879 – Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule)

1879 – Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (d. 1963)

1883 – Sylvanus Morley, U.S. archaeologist and spy (d. 1948)

1886 – Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer (d. 1972)

1891 – Koos [Jacobus J] Vorrink, Dutch politician (SDAP/AJC/PvdA)

1896 – Robert Mulliken, US, chemist/physicist (Nobel 1966)

1896 – Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)

1909 – Jessica Tandy, London, actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included)

1910 – Bradford Washburn, American explorer, (d. 2007)

1911 – Brooks Stevens, automotive designer (d. 1995)

1913 – Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist

1917 – Gwendolyn Brooks, US poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950)

1917 – Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)

1921 – Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (d. 1998)

1925 – Camille Flammarion, French astronomer/writer (Thunder & Lightning)

1927 – Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (d. 1953)

1928 – James Ivory, producer/director (Howard’s End, Remains of the Day)

1935 – Thomas Kailath, American engineer

1937 – Bert Sugar, Washington D.C., sports writer (Sting like a Bee), (d. 2012)

1938-Susan Herrlin , mother , wife , pianist , figure skater ,business woman

1940 – Tom Jones [Sir Thomas John Woodward], Pontypridd, Welsh singer (What’s New Pussycat)

1943 – Ken Osmond, actor (Eddie Haskel-Leave it To Beaver)

1944 – Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!)

1946 – Jenny Jones, [Janina Stronski], Canada, comedienne (Jenny Jones Show)

1947 – Thurman Munson, baseball catcher/captain (NY Yankees)

1949 – Jack Ryland, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)

1952 – Liam Neeson, N Ireland, actor (Schindler’s List, Les Miserables)

1953 – Johnny Clegg, rocker

1955 – William Koch, US skier (World Cup 1982)

1956 – Robert Dover, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)

1958 – O+> (Prince), [Rogers Nelson], Minn, rocker/actor (1999, Purple Rain)

1962 – Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleve Rockers, Olym-gold-1984)

1962 – Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver

1965 – Damien Hirst, English artist

1969 – Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Oly-silver-92, 96)

1974 – Jason Caswell, Winnipeg Manitoba, Skeet shooter (Olympics-96)

1974 – Bear Grylls, British survivor

1981 – Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player

1981 – Larisa Oleynik, American actress

 

 

Deaths

555 – Vigilius, Italian Pope (537-55), dies

1329 – Robert Bruce, King of Scots (1306-29), dies at 53

1358 – Ashikaga Takauji, Japanese shogun (b. 1305)

1394 – Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II of England (plague) (b. 1367)

1492 – Kazimierz IV, King of Poland (1447-92), dies at 64

1549 – Eelke Fouckens, Frisian anabaptist, beheaded

1555 – Maarten van Rossum, Dutch army leader, dies at about 76

1572 – August I [Sigismund II August], king of Poland (1548-72), dies at 42

1618 – Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, English Governor of Virginia (b. 1577)

1667 – Thomas de Keyser, Amsterdam master builder/painter, buried

1672 – Willem J van Gendt, admiral/governor of Breda, dies at about 37

1754 – Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish, architect (Amalienborg Square), dies at 52

1862 – William B Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42

1866 – Chief Seattle, Native American leader

1876 – George Sand, writer, dies at 71

1877 – Winand C H Staring, geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68

1926 – Henry Charles Tonking, composer, dies at 63

1927 – Voikov, Soviet ambassador to Warsaw, murdered

1928 – Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered

1935 – Ivan V Mitsjoerin, Russian botanist, dies

1936 – Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (b. 1875)

1942 – Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer (b. 1903)

1951 – Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged

1954 – Alan M Turing, British mathematician (Turing), commits suicide at 41

1963 – Zasu Pitts, actress (Wedding March, Life With Father), dies at 65

1965 – Judy Holliday, comedienne (Born Yesterday, Adam’s Rib), dies at 42

1967 – Dorothy Parker, US writer (Enough Rope), dies at 73

1967 – Pauline Brooks, actress (Make a Million), dies of cancer at 54

1969 – Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53

1970 – Edward M Forster, Brit writer (Maurice, passage to India), dies at 91

1970 – E. M. Forster, English author (b. 1879)

1978 – Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)

1980 – Henry [Valentine] Miller, US writer (Tropic of Capricorn), dies at 88

1989 – Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)

1992 – William France, founder (Daytona 500), dies at 82

1993 – Drazen Petrovic, NBA player (NJ Nets), dies in auto-accident at 28

1994 – Joseph Ruzindana, Rwandian bishop of Bjumba, murdered

1994 – Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist, dies at 42

1995 – Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master in the United States (b. 1918)

1996 – Noel Walton Bott, engineer, dies at 88

1996 – [Francis] Max Factor Jr, makeup inventor, dies at 91

2008 – Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)

2009 – Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)

2012 – Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86

2012 – Bob Welch, American musician, commits suicide by gunshot at 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1002 – German king Henry II the Saint crowned

1242 – 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris

1391 – Inhabitants of Seville Spain massacres 5,000 Jews

1513 – Battle at Novara: Habsburgers vs Valois

1520 – France & England sign treaty of Scotland

1536 – Mexico begins it’s inquisition

1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill

1654 – Queen Christina of Sweden resigns & converts to Catholicism

1664 – New Amsterdam renamed NYC

1665 – Battle at Monte Carlo: English & Portuguese army beat Spain

1683 – The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university museum.

1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana

1752 – 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed

1772 – Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago

1795 – Fire destroy 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured

1813 – US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)

1816 – 10″ snowfall in New England, “year without a summer” (Mount Tambora)

1832 – The barricades fall and the Paris student uprisings of 1832 end.

1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London

1850 – Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans

1859 – Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).

1862 – Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered

1862 – Battle of Port Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry)

1862 – Skirmish at Harrisonburg, PA

1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA & Williamsport, MD

1864 – Battle of Lake Chicot, AR (Dutch Bayou)

1875 – Netherlands goes on the gold standard

1882 – Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowns 100,000

1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC

1885 – 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43

1889 – Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks

1890 – United States Polo Association forms, NYC

1896 – 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51

1896 – George Samuelson leaves NY harbor to row across Atlantic

1911 – Nicaragua signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)

1912 – The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

1913 – Rabbit Maranville, is thrown out trying to steal home 3 times

1914 – 1st air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway)

 

 

 

1918 – Battle of Belleau Wood1st US victory of WW I

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920 – Gen Wrangel opens offensive against red Army

1925 – Walter Percy Chrysler founded Chrysler Corp (Iacocca is 8 months old)

1932 – US Federal gas tax enacted

1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.

1933 – 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)

1936 – 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30

1936 – Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ

1939 – NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

1941 – 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched

1941 – Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time

1942 – 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)

1942 – 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2

1942 – Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway

1942 – Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians

1944 – Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion

 

 

 

1944 – D-Day150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in NormandyFrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad

1944 – Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

1944 – U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje

1946 – Martin Kresses begins publishing “Eric the Viking” comic strip

1955 – Bill Haley & Comets, “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1

1958 – Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger

1960 – Roy Orbison releases “Only the Lonely”

1960 – Steve Allen Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1962 – Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record “Besame Mucho” with Peter Best on drums

1964 – 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6

1966 – Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

1966 – Claus Von Bulow & Martha (Sunny) Crawford wed

1966 – NFL & AFL announce their merger

1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement

1967 – Israeli troops occupy Gaza

1968 – Senator Robert Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

1969 – Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

1970 – 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34

1971 – “Ed Sullivan Show” last broadcasts on CBS-TV

1971 – Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die

1971 – Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

1972 – David Bowie releases “Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust”

1972 – Explosion at world’s largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie Rhodesia)

1972 – Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed

1975 – British voters decide to remain in Common Market

1977 – “Washington Post” reports US has developed neutron bomb

1977 – Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way

1977 – Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws

1979 – 200th running of horse’s Derby in England

1979 – Royal Air force receives 1st F-16

1981 – 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

1981 – Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial

 

 

 

1982 – 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

1983 – Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats

1984 – 1,200 die in Sikh “Golden Temple” uprising India

1985 – Body of Nazi criminal, Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed

1987 – 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2

1988 – George Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II

1989 – Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4

1990 – For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game

1991 – Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball

1991 – Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store

1991 – NBC announces Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson on May 25, 1992

1992 – 124th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard AP Indy wins in 2:26

1994 – 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)

1998 – 130th Belmont

1999 – At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.

2002 – Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

2005 – The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

2012 – The Solar Impulse completes the world’s first intercontinental flight powered by the sun

 

 

Births

1236 – Wen Tianxiang, Chinese prime minister (d. 1283)

1436 – Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), prepares astronomical tables

1502 – King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)

1580 – Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)

1599 – Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (d. 1660)

1606 – Pierre Corneille, France, dramatist (El Cid, Horace)

1622 – Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (d.1857)

1695 – Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen Neth-Indies (1737-41)/killed 8,000 Chinese

 

 

 

1755 – Nathan Halehanged patriothad but one life to give for his country

 

 

 

 

 

 

1756 – John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)

1799 – Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)

1829 – John Baillie McIntosh, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1829 – Shusaku Honinbo, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)

1840 – William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1850 – Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)

1862 – Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet

1867 – David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (d. 1931)

1868 – Robert Falcon Scott, Plymouth, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition

1875 – Thomas Mann, Germany, novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929)

1879 – L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect

1890 – Ted Lewis, American bandleader (d. 1971)

1892 – Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (d. 1971)

1902 – Harold Roxbee Cox Kings Norton, aeronautical engineer

1902 – Jimmie Lunceford, American bandleader (d. 1947)

1903 – Aram Il’yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)

1906 – Max Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn)

1907 – Bill Dickey, NY Yankee hall-of-fame catcher (1928-43)/manager (1946)

1917 – Kirk Kerkorian, CEO (MGM, UA)

1918 – Maria Montez, Dominican Rep, actress (Arabian Nights)

1923 – V. C. Andrews, American author (d. 1986)

1926 – Tom Ryan, comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds)

1932 – Billie Whitelaw, Coventry England, actress (Omen, Adding Machine)

1933 – Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)

1936 – Levi Stubbs, rocker (4 Tops-Same Old Song)

1939 – Gary “US” Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)

1940 – Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)

1940 – Sandra Morgan, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)

1941 – Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, (d. 2012)

1942 – Larry “The Mole” Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat)

1944 – Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1946 – Lasse Hallstrom, director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA)

1947 – Marion Coakes, England, equestrian show jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)

1947 – Robert Englund, Glendale, California, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street)

1949 – Holly Near, American folksinger

1951 – Dwight Twilley, Tulsa Oklahoma, country singer (Twilley Don’t Mind)

1951 – Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver

1954 – Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4)

1955 – Sandra Bernhard, Flint Mich, actress (King of Comedy, Nancy-Roseanne)

1956 – Bjorn Borg, Sodertlage Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1976-79)

1959 – Amanda Pays, London England, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits)

1959 – Colin Quinn, American comedian

 

 

 

1960 – Steve VaiCarle Place, New YorkAmerican guitarist (Frank ZappaDavid Lee Roth BandWhitesnake)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1964 – Dee C Lee, [Diane Sealey], rocker (Style Council-You’re Best Thing)

1967 – Paul Giamatti, American actor

1969 – Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)

1975 – Staci Keanan, [Anastasia Love Sagorsky], actress (Nicole-My 2 Dads)

1976 – Lukas Hass, actor (Mars Attacks, Lady in White, Witness, Music Box)

1976 – Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder

1977 – Bryn Williams, Welsh chef

 

 

Deaths

840 – Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies

1134 – Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51

1393 – Emperor Go-En’yu of Japan (b. 1359)

1480 – Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect

1548 – Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)

1563 – Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)

1583 – Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)

1671 – Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)

1740 – Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony

 

1799 – Patrick HenryAmerican revolutionary (b. 1736)

 

 

 

 

1832 – Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (b. 1748)

1862 – Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33

1877 – Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies

1878 – Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (b. 1790)

1922 – Lillian Russell, entertainer, dies at 60

1937 – Jean Harlow, actr (Bombshell), dies from gallbladder infection at 26

1939 – Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65

1941 – Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)

1943 – Karl Landsteiner, Austrian/US pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74

1944 – Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day

1948 – Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)

1961 – Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist, dies at 85

1968 – Robert Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

1976 – J Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83

1979 – Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

1988 – Ella Raines, actress (Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 66

 

 

 

1991 – Stan Getzjazz saxophonist (Girl from Ipanema), dies at 64

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1994 – Barry Sullivan, actor (Great Gatsby), dies at 81

1994 – Peter Graves, English actor (Derby Day/Admirable Crichton), dies at 82

1994 – Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93

1996 – George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92

2003 – Dave Rowberry, British musician (The Animals) (b. 1940)

2005 – Anne Bancroft, American actress, dies from uterine cancer at 73

2006 – Billy Preston, American musician (b. 1946)

2006 – Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

70 – Titus & his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem

754 – Friezen murders bishop Boniface & over 50 companions

1257 – Kraków, Poland receive city rights.

1288 – Battle of Woeringen: Reinald I vs Jan I

1305 – Bordeaux’s archbishop Bertrand the Got elected Pope Clement V

1507 – England & Netherlands sign trade agreement

1625 – Spanish troops under Spinola conquer Breda

1661 – Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

1716 – England & Emperor Karel VI signs military treaty

1798 – The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.

1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois)

1806 – 1st trotter to break 3 minute mile (Yankee)

 

 

 

1808 – -6Battle at WagramFrench army beats Austrians

 

 

 

 

 

 

1827 – Turks capture Acropolis & takes Athens during Greek War of Independ

1829 – The HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1833 – Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage

1846 – Telegraph line opens between Phila & Balt

1855 – Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party’s 1st convention

1861 – Federal marshals seize arms & gunpower at Du Pont works DE

1863 – Battle of Franklin’s Crossing, VA (Deep Run)

1863 – CSS “Alabama” captures “Talisman” in Mid Atlantic

1864 – Battle of Piedmont, VA (Augusta City)

1869 – 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25

1872 – Republican National Convention meets (Phila)

1873 – Sultan Bargash closes slave market of Zanzibar

1879 – 13th Belmont: George Evans aboard Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75

 

 

 

1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected

 

 

 

 

 

 

1886 – 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41

1888 – The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.

1899 – Alfred Dreyfus’ acquitted

1900 – Lord Roberts’ army occupies Pretoria

1907 – Automatic washer & dryer are introduced

1912 – US marines invade Cuba (3nd time)

1915 – 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1917 – 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I

1920 – 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record

1933 – Gold standard abolished

1934 – 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)

1937 – 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

1937 – Henry Ford initiates 32 hour work week

1940 – Battle of France begins in WW II

1940 – Netherlands rations petroleum

1940 – Synthetic rubber tire unveiled

1942 – British offensive in North Africa under general Ritchie

1942 – Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

1942 – USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania

1943 – 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2

1944 – 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure

1944 – 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day

1944 – Allies march into Rome

1946 – Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago Ill)

1947 – Sec of State George C Marshall outlines “Marshall Plan”

1950 – US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation

1952 – 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing

1952 – Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavy weight boxing title

1953 – US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN

1954 – “Your Show Of Shows,” last airs on NBC-TV

1955 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550′ HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

1956 – “Milton Berle Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1959 – Bob Dylan graduates Hibbing HS in Minn

1960 – “George Gobel Show,” last airs on CBS-TV

1963 – State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

1964 – Davie Jones & King Bees debut “I Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

1965 – “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2

1965 – 97th Belmont: John Sellers aboard Hail to All wins in 2:28.6

 

 

 

1967 – 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair

1969 – Race riot in Hartford Connecticut

1971 – 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6

1975 – British population agrees to European Common Market membership

1975 – Egypt president Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

1976 – 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Bold Forbes wins in 2:29

1976 – Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)

1977 – Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

1981 – Astro’s Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

1982 – 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28

1982 – Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle

1984 – Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” becomes #1

1984 – Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh’s holiest site (Golden Temple)

1988 – Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone

1988 – Longest champagne cork flight is 177’9 in NY

1989 – Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1993 – 125th BelmontJulie Krone aboard Colonial Affair wins in 2:29.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993 – Liberian Charles Taylors rebellion kills 550 fugitives

1993 – Somali warlord Aidids murders 23 Pakistani

1995 – The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.

1998 – A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).

2001 – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2001 – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

 

 

Births

1341 – Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (d. 1402)

1493 – Justus Jonas, German Protestant reformer (d. 1555)

1553 – Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1617)

1640 – Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)

1646 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician (d. 1684)

1660 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (d. 1744)

1664 – Mustafa II, sultan of Turkey (1695-1703)

1718 – Thomas Chippendale, England, furniture maker (baptized)

 

 

 

1723 – Adam SmithKirkcaldy Scoteconomist (Wealth of Nations) (baptized)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1757 – Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (d. 1808)

1760 – Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)

1771 – Willem F, count of Bylandt, Dutch military officer

1819 – John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune)

1827 – Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1831 – Marcus Joseph Wright, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1922

1850 – Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)

1862 – Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911)

1878 – [Francisco] Pancho Villa, Mexico, revolutionary/guerrilla leader

1879 – Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge England, economist/math/journalist

1885 – Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French Foreign minister (-1940)

1887 – Ruth Benedict, New York City, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture)

1895 – William Boyd, Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)

1900 – Dennis Gabor, inventor (holography (3D laser photography)) [or Jan 5]

1901 – Anastasia N Romanova, great ruler of Russia/daughter of last tsar

1906 – Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday)

1911 – Charles Fletcher, physician/CEO (ASH)

1912 – Josef Neckermann, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1968)

1912 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (d. 2003)

1914 – Beatrice de Cardi, archaeoligist

1915 – Lancelot Ware, founder (MENSA)

 

 

 

1920 – Cornelius RyanUS historian/writer (The Longest Day , A Bridge Too Far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (d. 1963)

1928 – Robert Lansing, SD California, actor (12 O’Clock High, Equalizer, Automan)

1931 – Jacques Demy, France, director (Lola, Magic Donkey)

1932 – Christy Brown, Dublin, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days)

1934 – Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers’ Journal)

1934 – Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Coach)

1938 – Karin Balzer, German DR, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1938 – Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)

1941 – Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

1941 – Spalding Gray, RI, actor (Beaches, Clara’s Heart, Heavy Petting)

1945 – Don Reid, Va, country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall)

1946 – Fred Stone, rock guitarist (Sly & Family Stone-Stand)

1946 – Fuzzy Fuscaldo, rocker (Capt Beefheart)

1946 – Gillian Hills, Cairo Egypt, actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange)

1946 – Michael Monarch, rocker (Steppenwolf)

1947 – David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)

1947 – Laurie Anderson, performance artist (O Superman, Excellent Birds)

1947 – Tom Evans, Liverpool, rock bassist/vocalist (Badfinger)

1948 – Frank Estersmith, Australia, rocker (Air Supply)

1949 – Ken Follett, Cardiff, Wales, spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions)

1950 – Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic-silver-1976)

1950 – Ronnie Dyson, US, singer (Hair, All over your face)

1951 – Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.

1953 – Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer

1954 – Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)

1954 – Michael “Nicko” McBain, Eng hard rock drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave)

 

 

 

1956 – Kenny Gsaxophonist (Duotones)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1959 – Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)

1961 – Teri Nunn, California, rock vocalist (Berlin-You Take my Breathe Away)

1962 – Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II

1964 – Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)

1967 – Joe Deloach, US, 200m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)

1970 – Izabella Scorupco, Bialystok Poland, actress (Golden Eye)

1971 – Mark Wahlberg, Boston, Massachusetts, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed)

1972 – Chuck Klosterman, American journalist

1973 – Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)

1973 – Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka

1976 – Ross Noble, British comedian

1977 – Nourhanne, Lebanese singer

1979 – Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy)

1979 – Jason White, American NASCAR driver

1981 – Jade Goody, British television personality

1985 – Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist

1987 – Lara Bingle, Australian model

 

 

Deaths

535 – Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople

754 – Boniface, [Winfrid], English saint/archbishop (Dokkum), dies at 79

754 – Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered

1017 – Emperor Sanjō of Japan (b. 976)

1118 – Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester

1288 – Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in battle

1296 – Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)

1383 – Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)

1443 – Ferdinand, Portuguese saint/slave to Fez, dies

1568 – Lamoraal, earl of Egmont/prince of Gavere, beheaded

1568 – Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded

1688 – Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (b. 1667)

1716 – Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)

1738 – Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (b. 1659)

1825 – Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence

1861 – John Garland, US Union colonel/brig-general, dies in battle

1864 – William Edmonson “Grumble” Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 39

1866 – John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)

 

 

 

1900 – Stephen Craneauthor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908 – Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71

1910 – O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)

 

 

 

1916 – Horatio H KitchenerBritish General (Sudan), drowns at 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist, dies

1939 – Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies

1953 – Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60

1970 – Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

1975 – Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)

 

 

 

1977 – “Sleepy” John Estesbluesman , guitarist , singer , dies at 74

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – Vasily V Kuznetsov, pres of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies

1992 – Laurence Naismith, actor (Scrooge, Gypsy Girl), dies at 83

1992 – Max Lerner, US writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88

1993 – Conway Twitty, country star (Linda on My Mind), dies in surgery at 59

1994 – Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86

1996 – Vito Scotti, actor (Nude Bomb, Get Shorty, Big Bus), dies at 78

1998 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)

1999 – Mel Tormé, American singer (“The Velvet Fog”), composer, and actor (b. 1925)

2002 – Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)

 

 

 

2004 – Ronald ReaganAmerican , radio sports announcer,  actorgovernor of Californiaand 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1978)

 

 

 

2012 – Ray BradburyAmerican Sci-Fi authordies at 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

781 BC – The first historic solar eclipse is recorded in China.

1039 – Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

1070 – Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France

1133 – Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor

1391 – Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surounds & sets fire to Jewish quarter of Seville Spain, surviving Jews sold into slavery

1487 – Lord Lovell & John de la Poles army land at Furness Lancashire

 

 

 

1615 – Siege of OsakaForces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1632 – Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Venlo

1647 – British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner

1666 – Battle at Duinkerk: English vs Dutch fleet

1745 – Battle at Hohenfriedberg Silezie: Frederick the Great (Prussia) defeats Austrians & Saxons

1756 – Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania

1760 – Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.

1769 – A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history.

1783 – Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned)

1784 – Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist.

1789 – US constitution goes into effect

1792 – Capt George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain

1794 – Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers

 

 

 

1805 – Tripoli forced to conclude peace with US after war over tribute

 

 

 

 

 

 

1812 – Louisiana Territory officially renamed “Missouri Territory”

1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC

1845 – Mexican-US war starts

1850 – Empire Engine Company No 1 organized

1862 – Confederates evacuate Ft Pillow, Tenn

1870 – 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5

1873 – 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname

1875 – Pacific Stock Exchange opens

1884 – 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42

1892 – Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die

1892 – Sierra Club forms in SF

1896 – Henry takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

1907 – Automatic washer & dryer introduced

1912 – Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses

1912 – Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

1916 – Russian General Brusilov fails on his Eastern Front attack

1917 – American men begin registering for the draft

1917 – Order of British Empire inaugurated

1919 – Senate passes Women’s Suffrage bill

1919 – US marines invade Costa Rica

1927 – 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller set swim records in 100-yard & 200-yard free-style

1928 – President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.

1929 – George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)

1932 – 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8

1938 – 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6

 

 

 

1940 – British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – The synthetic rubber tire unveiled

1940 – Winston Churchill says “We shall fight on the seas & oceans”

 

 

 

1942 – Battle of Midway beginsJapan’s 1st major defeat in WW II

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Capitol Record Co opens for business

1942 – USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island

1943 – Argentina taken over by Gen Rawson & Col Juan Peron

1943 – Race riots in LA

1944 – 1st British gliders touches down on French soil for D-Day

1944 – 1st submarine captured & boarded on high seas-U 505

1944 – 5th Army enters & liberates Rome from Mussolini’s Fascist armies

1945 – 6th Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa

1945 – US, Russia, England & France agree to split occupied Germany

1946 – Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed

1947 – House of Reps approves Taft-Hartley act

1954 – Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m

1954 – France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

1962 – Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US

1965 – Rolling Stones release “Satisfaction”

1966 – “Batman & His Grandmother” by Dickie Goodman hits #70

1966 – 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6

1967 – Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series

1967 – Curt Flood’s record 568 straight chances without an error ends (227 straight games)

1968 – Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings

1969 – 22-year-old  sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana & survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft

1972 – Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)

1973 – A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.

1974 – Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field & cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th

1975 – Oldest animal fossils in US discovered in NC

1977 – Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale

1982 – “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” released in USA

1982 – Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon

1984 – Arnold Palmer fails to make US Open golf tournament 1st time in 32 yrs

1984 – DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal

1985 – Supreme Court strikes down Alabama “moment of silence” law

1986 – Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court

1987 – Danny Harris beats Edwin Moses, ends streak of 122 cons hurdle wins

1988 – Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

1989 – Beijing cop shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping

1989 – Eastern Europe’s 1st somewhat free election in 40 years held in Poland

1989 – Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s

1989 – Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary

1990 – Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy

1990 – Dr Jack Kevorkian assisted an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die

1992 – San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium

1992 – USPO announces young Elvis beats old Elvis stamp

1998 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

2012 – US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi

2012 – Japan’s stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983

 

 

 

Births

1394 – Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)

1489 – Antoine, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1544)

1604 – Claudia de’ Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1648)

1665 – Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier (d. 1733)

1694 – Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV

1704 – Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (d. 1776)

 

 

 

1738 – George IIIEnglish King during American Revolution (1760-1820)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1744 – Patrick FergusonScots army officer and rifle designer (d. 1780)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1754 – Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)

1787 – Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)

1801 – James Pennethorne, architect

1803 – Gabriel James Rains, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1881

1815 – Paul Jones Semmes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1816 – Phillipe Regis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union)

1828 – Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1864 – Nassau William Senior, British economist

1887 – Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)

1894 – Blanch Knopf, publishing CEO (Knopf)

1899 – Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)

1908 – Rosalind Russell, Waterbury CT, actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling)

1910 – Christopher Cockerell, inventor (Hovercraft)

1916 – Cecil Blacker, CEO (British Equestrian Federation)

1917 – Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)

1917 – Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)

1917 – Robert Merrill, Bkln NY, baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1918 – LeRoy Walker, Atlanta Ga, CEO (US Olympic Committee)

1924 – Dennis Weaver, Joplin Mo, actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered)

1927 – Priscilla Morrill, Medford Mass, actress (Edie Grant-Mary Tyler Moore)

1930 – Morgana King, jazz singer/actress (Godfather)

1932 – John Barrymore Jr, Beverly Hills California, actor (Pantomine Quiz)

1932 – Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (d. 1975)

1934 – Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)

 

 

 

1936 – Bruce DernWinnetka Illactor (Coming HomeSilent RunningTattoo)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1937 – Freddie Fender, Mexico, country singer (Feelings)

1937 – Mortimer B Zuckerman, CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News)

1937 – Robert Fulghum, American author

1937 – Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)

1938 – Art Mahaffey, baseball player

1943 – Sandra Haynie, Fort Worth TX, LPGA golfer (1974 US Women’s Open)

1944 – Charlie Whitney, rock guitarist (Family)

1944 – Michelle Phillips, Long Beach CA, singer/actress (Mamas & Papas)

1944 – Roger Ball, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)

1945 – Gordon Waller, Scotland, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)

1945 – Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ (1983, 84, 90)

1946 – Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)

1952 – Carlene Watkins, Hartford CT, actress (Tough Enough)

1952 – Parker Stevenson, Phila Pa, actor (Falcon Crest, Stroker Ace)

1953 – Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)

1956 – John Treacy, marathonr (Olympics-silver-1984)

1956 – Martin Adams, English darts player

1956 – John Hockenberry, American journalist

1959 – Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)

1961 – El Debarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge-All this Love)

1963 – Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer (hot)

1964 – Chris Kavanagh, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1965 – Andrea Jaeger, Chicago, tennis player (retired as a teenager)

1965 – Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer

1968 – Al B. Sure, American R&B singer

1969 – Tine Moberg-Parker, Oslo Norway, Canada Europe class yachter (Oly-96)

1971 – Noah Wyle, Hollywood California, actor (Dr John Carter-ER)

1971 – Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician

1975 – Russell Brand, British comedian and television personality

1975 – Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)

1981 – T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian

 

 

 

1985 – Bar RefaeliIsraeli model

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)

1992 – Earvin Johnson III, son of NBA foward Magic Johnson

 

 

Deaths

1039 – Conrad II the Salian, King/Emperor of Germany (1024/27-39), dies at 49

1135 – Emperor Huizong of China (b. 1082)

1267 – Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies

1316 – Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26

1394 – Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)

1463 – Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65

1558 – Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43

1663 – William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies

 

 

 

1792 – Gen John Burgoynesoldier/playwrightdies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1798 – Giacomo CasanovaItalian adventurer/writer/librarian and womanizerdies at 73

 

 

 

 

 

 

1801 – Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)

1830 – Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)

1880 – Eugen Adam, painter, dies

1916 – Mildred J Hill, composer/musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56

1921 – Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56

1922 – William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies

1959 – Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58

1962 – William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84

1989 – Ayatalloh Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian leader (-1989), dies at 89

1989 – Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71

1990 – Jack Gilford, comedic actor (Cocoon II), dies at 82 of stomach cancer

1994 – Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman’s Hermits), dies at 48

1995 – William J Law, sailor, dies at 84

1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51

 

 

 

2001 – John HartfordAmerican musician (b. 1937)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2004 – Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)

2007 – Bill France Jr., NASCAR pioneer (b. 1933)

2010 – John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Rome at the head of a group of gladiators.

1083 – Henry IV of Germany storms Rome, capturing St Peter’s Cathedral

1098 – After 5-month siege in 1st Crusade, the Crusaders seize Antioch Turkey

1140 – French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy.

1326 – Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.

1357 – Peace of Aat

1539 – Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain

1540 – Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so

1620 – Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1621 – Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (included, The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)

1781 – Jack Jouett rides to warn Jefferson of British attack
1789 – Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)

1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers

1856 – Cullen Whipple patents screw machine

1860 – Comanche, Iowa completely destroyed by 1 of a series of tornadoes

1861 – 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, WV

1864 – Gen Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor

1871 – Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon Iowa), of $15,000

1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes 1st voice transmission

1876 – Lacrosse introduced in Britain & Canada

1888 – “Casey at the Bat” published (SF Examiner)

1889 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast.

1916 – National Defense Act establishes ROTC

1918 – Supreme Court rules child labor laws unconstitutional

1919 – Liberty Life Insurance Co (Chicago) organized by blacks

1921 – A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado

1924 – Gila Wilderness Area established by Forest Service

1925 – Eddie Collins, is 6th to get 3,000 hits

1925 – Goodyear airship “Pilgrim” makes 1st flight (1st with enclosed cabin)

1932 – Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A’s 20-13

1934 – Dr Frederick Banting co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted

1935 – French Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of 1,077 hours

1935 – One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.

1939 – 71st Belmont: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:29.6

1939 – Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

1940 – Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk

1943 – A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.

1944 – 76th Belmont: G L Smith aboard Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2

1946 – Intl Milt Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals

1946 – US Supreme court rules race separation on buses, unconstitutional

1948 – 200″ (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory

1948 – Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore

1949 – 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)

1949 – Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)

1959 – 1st US Air Force Academy graduation

1959 – 1st class graduates from Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo

1961 – 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

1962 – Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal Neth

1964 – Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)

1967 – 99th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 2:28.8

1967 – Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” reaches #1

1968 – Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins

1968 – Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times.

1970 – Ray Davies of Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in “Lola,” (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC coml reference ban

1972 – “Hot Rod Lincoln,” by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9

1972 – 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25

1973 – At Paris air show, Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashes

1976 – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes gold

1976 – US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta

1977 – Balt Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)

1978 – Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year

1979 – Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya

1979 – Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled

1980 – Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination

1980 – NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

1986 – Battles in Beirut; 53 killed

1989 – Chinese troops kill hundred of pro-democracy students in Beijing

1989 – Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

1991 – Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history

1992 – Joan Lunden ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000 a month support

1992 – World’s largest environmental summit opens (Rio De Janeiro Brazil)

1998 – Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, causing 101 deaths.

2007 – USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia. 

2012 – Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’s record

 

 

Births

1540 – Charles I of Austria (d. 1590)

1659 – David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)

1660 – Johannes Schenck, composer

1685 – Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat

1723 – Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)

1726 – James Hutton, Edinburgh Scotland, geologist

1761 – Henry Scrapnel, English inventor (shrapnel shell)

1782 – Charles Waterton, eccentric naturalist/pioneer

1808 – Jefferson F Davis, Ky, Pres of Confederate States of America (1861-5)

1815 – Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1824 – Charles Kinnaird Graham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1831 – Otho French Strahl, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1844 – Garret Augustus Hobart, (R) 24th US VP (1897-99)

1853 – William Matthew Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (d. 1942)

1864 – Ransom Eli Olds, auto (Oldsmobile) & truck (REO) manufacturer

1870 – Jules JBV Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919)

1873 – Otto Loewi, Frankfurt am Main Germany, physician (Nobel-1936)

1879 – Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)

1904 – Charles R Drew, pioneer of blood plasma research

1905 – Martin Gottfried Weiss, German, commandant of Dachau concentration camp (d. 1946, by execution)

1906 – Josephine Baker, dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere)

1908 – Adele Dixon, actress (Calling the Tune)

1908 – Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate)

1911 – Olaf Okern, Norway, Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)

1911 – Paulette Goddard, [Marion Levy], Switz, actress (Great Dictator)

1917 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (d. 1969)

1918 – Lili St. Cyr, American ecdysiast (d. 1999)

 

 

 

1924 – Jimmy RogersRuleville, MississippiBlues musician (Muddy Waters’ Band), (d. 1997)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1925 – Tony Curtis, [Bernard Schwartz], Bronx, NY, actor (Some Like It Hot)

1926 – Allen Ginsberg, Newark, New Jersey, American beat poet (Howl)

1926 – Colleen Dewhurst, Montreal Canada, actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey)

1926 – Hamilton Fish Jr, (Rep-R-NY, 1969- )

1926 – Roscoe G Bartlett, (Rep-R-Maryland)

1927 – Boots Randolph, Paducah KY, saxophonist (Yakety Sax)

1929 – Chuck Barris, Phila, TV game show producer/host (Gong Show) [or 6/2]

1929 – Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)

1929 – Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate

1930 – Marion [Eleanor] Zimmer Bradley [Breen], sci-fi author (Storm Queen)

1932 – Dakota Staton, [Rabia Aliyah], US jazz singer (In the Night)(d. 2007)

1935 – Ted Curson [Theodore], Philadelphia, Jazz Trumpeter, (d. 2012)

1936 – Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986)

1936 – Philip J Attenborough, CEO/publisher (Hodder & Stoughton)

1942 – Curtis Mayfield, Chicago, rock vocalist (Freddie’s Dead, Superfly)

1944 – Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)

1944 – Michael Clarke, NYC, rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!)

1946 – Ian Hunter, England, rocker (Mott the Hoople-All the Young Dudes)

1947 – Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)

1947 – Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)

1950 – Marlene Elejarde, Havana Cuba, 4x100m runner (Olympic-silver-1968)

1950 – Suzi Quatro[cchio], Detroit, singer (Stumblin’)/actress (Happy Days)

1950 – Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter

1951 – Deniece Williams, [Chandler], IN, singer (Love Wouldn’t Let Me Wait)

1952 – Billy Powell, keyboards (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird)

1952 – David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur

1956 – Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)

1956 – Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)

1958 – Ibrahim Hussein, marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92)

1959 – Tom Arnold, former husband of Rosanne Barr/actor (True Lies, Stupids)

1961 – Peter Glen Vidmar, LA California, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984)

1961 – Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author

1962 – Connie Price-Smith, St Charles MO, discus thrower (Oly-5th-96)

1962 – Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru

1964 – Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)

1965 – Suzan Kaminga, Austin TX, bodybuilder

1965 – Mike Gordon, American musician

1967 – Tamas Darnyi, Hungary, backstroke swimmer (Oly-gold-88, 92)

1967 – William “Bill” Carlucci, Minneapolis Minn, rower (Olympics-bronze-96)

1967 – Anderson Cooper, American reporter

1970 – Lanee Butler, Manhasset NY, mistral sailboat yachter (Olymp-11th-1996)

1971 – Mark Parrish, Columbia MD, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1976 – Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver

1982 – Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter

1986 – Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer

1986 – Rafael Nadal, Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spanish tennis player

1986 – Tomas Verner, Czech Republic ice skater

1986 – Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver

1989 – Katie Hoff, American swimmer

 

 

 

Deaths

545 – Chlotilde, wife of French king Clovis/saint, dies at about 70

1107 – Kilidj Arslan I, Seldjoeken-sultan, dies in battle

1395 – Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria

1397 – William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (b. 1328)

1411 – Duke Leopold IV of Austria (b. 1371)

1548 – Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)

1594 – Michel Renichon, priest, executed

1615 – Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)

1657 – William Harvey, English physician (b. 1578)

1659 – Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)

1732 – Pieter Vuyst, Dutch gov-gen of Ceylon, executed

1780 – Thomas Hutchinson, American colonial governor of Massachusetts (b. 1711)

1861 – Stephen A Douglas, “Little Giant”, senator (Lincoln Debates), dies

1864 – James P McMahon, US Union colonel (164th NY), dies in battle

1864 – Peter A Porter, US Union colonel (8th NY), dies in battle

1865 – Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)

1875 – Georges Bizet, French composer, dies at 36

1877 – Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo

1881 – Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian

1899 – Johann Baptist Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King), dies at 73

1924 – Franz Kafka, Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40

1967 – Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WW II), dies at 76

1975 – Ozzie Nelson, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 69

1977 – Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)

1977 – Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)

1987 – Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54

1989 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian ayatollah, dies at 89

1991 – Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)

1992 – Robert Morley, actor (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 84

1992 – William E Gaines, publisher (Mad Magazine), dies at 70

1994 – Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist, dies at 89

1997 – Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)

2001 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born actor (b. 1915)

2009 – David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)

 

 

 

2009 – Koko TaylorAmerican blues musicianpopularly known as the “Queen of the Blues.” (b. 1928)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2009 – Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)

2010 – John Hedgecoe, English photographer (b. 1932)

2010 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (b. 1934)

2011 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, right-to-die activist (b. 1928)

2011 – James Arness, American actor (d. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 Events

 

455 – A D Gaiseric & the Vandals sacked Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

575 – Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

657 – St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1615 – First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.

1625 – Prince Frederik Henry sworn in as viceroy of Holland/Zealand

1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.

1774 – Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allowed governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided.

1780 – The Derby horse race is held for the first time.

1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US

1851 – 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)

1855 – The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.

1857 – James Gibbs, Va, patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1858 – Donati Comet 1st seen named after it’s discoverer

1862 – Gen Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of E VA & NC

1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Cold HarborDay 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept

1866 – Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces

1886 – Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)

1896 – 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

1899 – Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings

1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)

1904 – Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis

1908 – 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4

1909 – 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan aboard Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6

1910 – 1st roundtrip flight over English Channel (C S Rolls, England)

1910 – Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea

1914 – Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome

1916 – German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux

1922 – Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances

1924 – Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

1925 – NY Yankee Lou Gehrig begins his 2,130 consecutive game streak

1928 – Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft

1933 – FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

1942 – Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator

1943 – 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission (over Italy)

1943 – German assault on Sebastopol Krim, begins

1953 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey

1958 – Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio

1964 – Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass

1965 – 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)

1966 – US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing

1967 – Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston

1968 – Canadians must get government permission to export silver

1975 – 1st time snow fell in London in June

1975 – James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)

1975 – VP Rockefeller finds no pattern of illegal activities at CIA

1977 – NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City

1983 – 1980 movie “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” released in Germany

1983 – Toilet catches fire on Air Canada’s DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati

1986 – NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token

1986 – Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins

1987 – Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr #1

1988 – Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

1989 – Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle

1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1990 – “Turtle Power” by Partners In Kryme hits #13

1990 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson, no-hits Tigers, 2-0

1991 – Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318′ 1″

1991 – Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin

1992 – Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery

1994 – Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland (29 killed)

1994 – Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”

1997 – Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168

1998 – The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.

2004 – Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy

 

 

Births

926 – Murakami, Emperor of Japan (d. 967)

1504 – George/Joris van Egmont, bishop of Utrecht

1535 – Leo XI, [Alessandro O de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1605)

1624 – Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96)

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

1740 – Marquis de Sade, 1st known sadist/writer (Justine)

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

 

 

 

1815 – Philip KearnyMajor General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

 

 

 

 

 

 

1831 – Benjamin Hardin Helm, Brigadier General (Conf)/Lincoln’s brother-in-law

1840 – Thomas Hardy, England, poet/novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd)

1901 – Michael Todd, producer (Around the World in 80 Days)

1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, actor (Tarzan)/100m swimmer (Oly-5 gold-1924, 28)

1913 – Barbara Pym, romantic author (Very Private Eye), (d. 1980)

1915 – Lester del Rey, US, sci-fi author (Moon Trilogy, Marooned on Mars)

1915 – Walter Tetley, NYC, animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show)

1918 – Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)

1920 – Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)

1921 – Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman)

1923 – Del Simmons, rocker (Capt Beefheart)

1926 – Milo O’Shea, Dublin Ireland, actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet)

1930 – Charles Pete Conrad Jr, Phila, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2)

1936 – Sally Kellerman, Long Beach Cal, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School)

1936 – Vladimir Golubnichy, USSR, 20K walker (Olympic-gold-1960, 68)

1941 – Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1941 – Stacy Keach, Savannah Ga, actor (Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer)

1943 – Charles Haid, SF Ca, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States)

1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, NYC, composer/pianist (Sting, Chorus Line), (d. 2012)

1944 – Poul Jensen, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1948 – Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)

1950 – [Antone] Chubby Tavares, rocker (Tavares)

1954 – Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)

1955 – Gary Grimes, SF, actor (Summer of ’42, Class of ’44)

1955 – Dana Carvey, Missoula MT, comedian (SNL, Garth-Wayne’s World)

1959 – Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)

1960 – Kyle Petty, American race car driver

1968 – Beetlejuice, member of Howard Stern’s Wack

1970 – B-Real, American rapper (Cypress Hill)

1972 – Wayne Brady, Columbus, Georgia, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?)

1974 – Matt Serra, American mixed martial artist

1976 – Adrian Carlos Olivares, Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)

1976 – Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist

1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Stro

1981 – Tucker Rountree, American guitarist and composer.

1985 – Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer,composer, and actress

 

 

Deaths

657 – Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies

910 – Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia

1418 – Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile

1567 – Shane O’Neill, Irish chieftain

1572 – Thomas Howard 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl, executed at 36

1575 – Pieter Aertsen, [Long Worm], painter, dies at about 65

1693 – John Wildman, English soldier and politician

1754 – Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)

1761 – Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)

1785 – Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)

1833 – Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter (b. 1806)

1864 – George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brig-general, dies at 34

 

 

 

1882 – Guiseppi GaribaldiItalian rebel leaderdies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1896 – Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer (Abbsynia/Ethiopia), dies

1927 – Lizzie Borden, American accused murderer, dies at 68

1940 – Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies

1941 – Lou Gehrig, 1st baseman (NY Yankee), dies of ALS in Riverdale NY at 37

1948 – Viktor Brack, Nazi physician (b. 1904)

1948 – Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)

1948 – Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)

1948 – Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)

1948 – Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician (b. 1905)

1956 – Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69

1961 – George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72

1962 – Vita Sackville-West, writer, dies at 70

 

 

 

1970 – Bruce McLarenNew Zealand car racer, designerand founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974 – Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)

1976 – Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor

1977 – Stephen Boyd, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur, Lisa), dies at 48

1979 – Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45

1983 – Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire

1987 – Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94

1987 – Sammy Kaye, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77

1990 – Frederick Mellinger, founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76

1990 – Jack Gilford, actor (Cracker Jacks), dies at 82

1990 – Rex Harrison, actor (My Fair Lady), dies of cancer at 82

1990 – Robert Noyce, co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founder (Intel), dies

1996 – Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49

1997 – Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91

1999 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)

2001 – Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)

2005 – Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)

2005 – Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)

 

 

 

2008 – Bo DiddleyAmerican , bluesman , musician (b. 1928)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2008 – Mel Ferrer, American actor, film director and film producer (b. 1917)

2009 – David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)

2012 – Richard Dawson, English-American actor, dies from esophageal cancer at 79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

4000 BC – Approximate domestication of the horse in the Eurasian steppes near Dereivka, central Ukraine (hypothesis only)

193 – Roman Emperor Didius Julianus is assassinated.

794 – Charles the Great opens general synod in Frankfurt

1204 – King Philip Augustus of France conquers Rouen.

1215 – Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing.

1283 – Albrecht I van Habsburg becomes ruler of Austrian/Bull market

1495 – 1st written record of Scotch Whiskey appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Friar John Cor is the distiller

1533 – Anne Boleyn crowned queen of England

1568 – Duke of Alva oversees beheading of 18 nobles in Brussels as part of Council of Troubles/Council of Blood

1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Mass

1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1774 – Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed

1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)

1792 – Kentucky admitted as 15th US state

1794 – Glorious First of June; first naval battle between Britain (under Admiral Lord Howe) and France (Vice-Admiral Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse) during French Revolutionary Wars. Britain gains tactical win.

1796 – Last of Britain’s troops withdraws from US

1796 – Tennessee admitted as 16th US state

1813 – Capt John Lawrence utters Navy motto “Don’t give up the ship”

1815 – Napoleon swears fidelity to the Constitution of France.

1843 – Sojourner Truth leaves NY to begin her career as antislavery activist

1845 – Homing pigeon completes 11,000 km trip (Namibia-London) in 55 days

1855 – US adventurer Wm Walker conquers Nicaragua, reestablishes slavery

1861 – 1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va

1861 – British territorial waters & ports off-limits during Civil War

1861 – Skirmish at Arlington Mills, VA

1862 – 2nd/last day of battle at Fair Oaks/7 Pines Va (11,165 casualties)

1862 – Gen Lee assumes command after Joe Johnston is injured at 7 Pines

1862 – Slavery abolished in all US possessions

1864 – -Nov] Shenandoah Valley campaign

1864 – Battle of Cold Harbor, VA (Gaines’ Mill, Gaines’ Farm)

1864 – Confederate cruiser The Georgia sold to The English

1869 – Voting machine patented (Thomas A Edison)

1872 – 6th Belmont: James Roe aboard Joe Daniels wins in 2:58.25

1877 – US troops authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico

1879 – Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War.

1880 – 1st pay telephone installed

1880 – US census at 50,155,783

1890 – US census at 62,622,250

1907 – -27°F (-33°C), Sarmiento, Argentina (South American record)

1908 – John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of US, which took 357 days

1909 – Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle

1915 – 1st Zeppelin air raid over England

1916 – German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun

1921 – Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)

1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada opens

1935 – Driving test & license plates introduced in England

1935 – Yanks set solo HR record with 6 beat Boston 7-2

1936 – Queen Mary completes its maiden voyage, arriving in NY

1938 – Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters

1939 – 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer

1939 – British sub “Thetis” sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard

1939 – Retired German Col-gen Gerd von Runstedt returns to service

1940 – Coffee & tea rationed in Holland

1941 – British troops occupy Bagdad Iraq

1941 – NY Giant Mel Ott hits his 400th HR & his 1,500th RBI

1943 – Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, all die

1946 – 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8

1947 – OPA, which issued WW II rationing coupons, disbands

1947 – Photosensitive glass developed

1948 – Israel & Arabs agree to a cease fire

1949 – 1st magazine on microfilm offered to subscribers (Newsweek)

1949 – Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz wed for the second time

1951 – 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)

1954 – Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2)/10,000m (28:54.2)

1957 – 1st US runner breaks 4 minute mile (Don Bowden) [see May 5, 1956]

1958 – Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France

1962 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 40,420 m

1963 – “El Watusi” by Ray Barreto hits #17

1965 – coal mine explosion in Fukuoka Japan kills 236

1966 – 2,400 persons attend White House Conference on Civil Rights

1968 – 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2

1968 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1

1969 – Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV

1970 – “Everything Is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1

1970 – Com Bowie Kuhn reprimands Astro Jim Bouton for writing “Ball Four”

1971 – Ed Sullivan’s final TV show on CBS

1972 – West German police arrest RAF-leader Andreas Baader

1973 – Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live & Let Die”

1974 – “My Girl Bill” by Jim Stafford hits #12

1974 – Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Wash

1974 – Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincs kills 28 in UK

1974 – The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine.

1975 – California Angel Nolan Ryan 4th no-hitter beats Balt Orioles, 1-0

1975 – Ron Woods replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

1976 – Great-Britain & Iceland terminate codfish war

1977 – Russia charges Jewish rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason

1980 – 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network

1980 – ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

1980 – Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Dodger home run

1982 – Rickey Henderson is fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a year

1984 – Netherlands’ Lubbers government gives 48 sites for cruise missiles

1984 – Weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev of USSR snatches a record 211 kg

1985 – “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth hits #12

1987 – Phil Niekro 314th combines with Joe to have most wins by bros (530)

1990 – Cowboy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

1990 – Dow Jones Avg hits a record high of 2,900.97

1992 – E Lamps (20 year lightbulb) introduced

1993 – Connie Chung joins Dan Rather as anchors of CBS Evening News

1994 – Guns n Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai

1997 – 1st NY Women Film Festival opens

2001 – Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.

2001 – Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.

2003 – The People’s Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.

2007 – Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.

2007 – Smoking is banned from United Kingdom’s public places.

2009 – General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.

2012 – New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana pitches a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

Births

1076 – Mstislav I of Kiev (d. 1132)

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

1480 – Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (d. 1550)

1503 – Wilhelm von Grumbach, German lt col

1549 – Allesandre Spontone, composer

1563 – Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, English prime minister (1598-1612)

1633 – Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (d. 1687)

1675 – Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (d. 1755)

1765 – Christiane Vulpius, wife of Johann W von Goethe

1780 – Karl von Clausewitz, Prussian strategist

1790 – Salomon J Rappoport, Czech rabbi/learned (Ereg miliem)

1801 – Brigham Young, painter/religious leader (Mormon church)/polygamist

1806 – John Buchanan Floyd, Ex-Sect of War (Union), died in 1863

1825 – John Hunt Morgan, Brigadier General (Confederate cavalry commander)

1831 – John Bell Hood, Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1833 – John Marshall Harlan, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1911)
1843 – Henry Faulds, Scottish fingerprinting pioneer (d. 1930)

1844 – Galusha Pennypacker, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1916

1844 – John J. Toffey, American Civil War hero (d. 1911)

1887 – Clive Brook, London England, actor/director (List of Adrian Messenger)

1890 – Frank Morgan, [Francis P Wupperman], NYC, actor (Wizard of Oz), (d. 1949)

1898 – Curtis Stevens, US, 2 man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1932)

1898 – Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild, NYC, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show)

1898 – Molly Picon, NYC, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey)

1901 – John W Van Duren, playwright (I Remember Mama)

1907 – Frank A Whittle, England inventor (jet engine)

1917 – William S. Knowles, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2012)

1921 – Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)

1922 – Abdul Rashid, Pakistan, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)

1924 – William Sloane Coffin, American clergyman (d. 2006)

1926 – Andy Griffith, Mount Airy NC, actor (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), (d. 2012)

1926 – Marilyn Monroe, [Norma Jean Mortenson], LA, actress (Some Like It Hot)

1930 – Edward Woodward, Croydon England, actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman)

1930 – Ty Hardin, Ill, actor (Berserk, PT 109) [or Jan 1]

1930 – John Lemmon, English logician (d. 1966)

1933 – Charles Wilson, (Rep-D-TX, 1973- )

1934 – Pat Boone, Florida, singer/actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade)

1934 – Sylvia Syms, London, actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine)

1935 – James George, US, weightlifter (Olympic-silver-1960/bronze-1956)

1935 – Reverend Ike, SC, evangelist minister (Joy of Living)

1937 – Colleen McCullough, Wellington, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession)

1937 – Morgan Freeman, Memphis Tn, actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory)

1939 – Cleavon Little, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers)

1940 – Rene Auberjonois, actor (Clayton-Benson, Star Trek Deep Space 9)

1942 – Tom Mankiewicz, LA California, screenwriter (Diamonds are Forever)

1944 – Robert Powell, England, actor (Jigsaw Man, Shaka Zulu, Secrets)

1947 – Jonathan Pryce, Welsh actor (Evita, Brazil, Praying Mantis)

1947 – Ron Wood, rock guitarist (Faces, Jeff Beck Group, Rolling Stones)

1947 – Ron Dennis, CBE, F1 team principal (McLaren)

1948 – Tom Sneva, US auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1983)

1953 – Diana Canova, West Palm Beach Fla, actress (Corrine-Soap)

1953 – David Berkowitz, American serial killer (Son of Sam)

1955 – Chiyonofuji, sumo wrestler

1956 – Lisa Hartman Black, Houston, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing)

1956 – Robin Mattson, LA California, actress (Janet Green-All My Children)

1959 – Alan “Wild”er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)

1959 – Martin Brundle, British race car driver and F1 television commentator

1960 – Simon Gallup, English bassist (The Cure)

1962 – Sherri Howard, Sherman Tx, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1984)

1963 – Mike Joyce, rock drummer (Smiths-Ask, Panic, London)

1964 – Mark Curry, American comedian and actor

1968 – Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)

1970 – Karen Mulder, Dutch supermodel

1972 – Cheryl Abplanalp, Bryn Mawr Penn, team handball wing (Olympics-1996)

1973 – Heidi Klum, Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, German supermodel

1974 – Alanis Nadine Morisette, vocalist (Jagged Little Pill)

1977 – Richard Williams, British racing driver

1984 – Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, first Mongolian athlete win gold medal from Olympics

 

 

 

Deaths

195 BC – Gaozu of Han of China

193 – Didius Julianus, ship owner/emperor of Rome (193), murdered at 61

1191 – Philips van de Elzas, count of Vlanderen, dies

1340 – Jan III van Diest, bishop of Utrecht (1322-40), dies

1434 – Władysław II Jagiełło , King of Lithuania and later also Poland, dies (b.1351)

1568 – Duke of Alva and authority of Council of Troubles behead 18 nobles in Brussels for treason and heresy

1568 – Gijsbert van Bronkhorst-Batenburg, calvinist leader, beheaded

1616 – Tokugawa Ieyasu (b. 1543)

1676 – Creutz, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle

1676 – Uggla, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle

1710 – David Mitchell, British admiral (b. 1642)

1769 – Edward Holyoke, President of Harvard University (b. 1689)

1795 – Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist (b. 1744)

1815 – Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (b. 1853)

1823 – Louis Nicholas Davout, French fieldmarshal, dies at 53

1861 – John Q Marr, US Confederate captain, dies in battle at Fairfax Courthouse, the first Confederate death of the war

1864 – Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of blacks, assassinated in his home by white terrorists in SC

1868 – James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857-61), dies at 77

1941 – Hugh S Walpole, British writer (Killer & the Slain), dies

1942 – Vladislav Vancura, Czech physician/resistance fighter, executed at 50

1943 – Leslie Howard, actor (Romeo & Juliet), Nazis shot down his plane at 50

1948 – Sonny Boy Williamson, [John Lee], blues player, dies at 34

1952 – John Dewey, US philosopher (Common Faith), dies at 92

1968 – Helen Keller, blind & deaf/author (Let us Have Faith), dies at 87

1971 – Reinhold Niebuhr, US theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

1973 – Harvey S Firestone Jr, US tire manufacturer, dies at 75

1975 – Steve Prefontaine, 5K (Olympics-4-1972), dies at 25

1980 – Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)

1986 – Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1958)

1991 – David Ruffin, rock vocalist (Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50

1996 – Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48

1999 – Christopher Sydney Cockerell, British engineer and inventor (b. 1910)

2001 – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)

2004 – William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)

2008 – Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)

2010 – Lt. Gen. William H. Ginn, Jr., U.S. Air Force officer (b.1928)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

1279 BC – Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

70 – Rome captures 1st wall of the city of Jerusalem

1223 – Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River – Mongol armies of Genghis Khan lead by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans.

1417 – Jacoba van Bavarian becomes countess of Holland/Zealand/Henegouwen

1495 – Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella & Venice sign anti-French Saint League

1564 – Battle on Gotland: Lubeck & Denmark beat Sweden

1578 – Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.

1621 – Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night

1634 – US colony Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony

1669 – Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.

1790 – US copyright law enacted

1790 – Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria

1853 – Elisha Kane’s Arctic expedition leaves NY aboard Advance

1859 – Phila A’s organize to play “town ball” became baseball 20 years later

1861 – Gen Beauregard is given command of Confederate Alexandria Line

1862 – Battle of Seven Pines VA (Fair Oaks)

1864 – Raid at Morgan’s Kentucky

1868 – 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio

1868 – Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris

1870 – Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)

1878 – German battleship Grosser Kurfurst sinks, 284 killed

1879 – Madison Square Garden opens

1880 – League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport RI

1884 – Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal”

1889 – Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn

1891 – Work on trans-Siberian railway begins

1893 – Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)

1900 – US troops arrive in Beijing, help put down Boxer Rebellion

1902 – Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal

1907 – Taxis 1st began running in NYC

1908 – Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)

1909 – 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, NYC)

1910 – Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to NYC

1911 – R.M.S. Titanic launched.

1912 – US marines land on Cuba

1913 – 17th amendment (direct election of senators) declared ratified

1915 – An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London

1916 – Battle of Skagerrak: Brit-German sea battle at Jutland (10,000 dead)

1916 – British battle cruiser Invincible explodes, killing all but 6

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

1919 – NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic

1926 – Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia

1927 – Ford Motor Company produces last “Tin Lizzie” (begins Model A)

1927 – Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play

1928 – 1st aerial cross of Pacific takes off from Oakland

1930 – Comet 73P/1930 (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) approaches 0.0617 AUs of Earth

1931 – 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.

1935 – Quake kills 50,000 in Quetta Pakistan

1937 – German battleships bomb Almeria Spain

1940 – Gen-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Duinkerken

1941 – 1st issue of “Parade” goes on sale

1941 – 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)

1941 – A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland claims 38 lives.

1943 – “Archie” comic strip 1st broadcast on radio

1947 – 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6

1949 – Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60′ pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don’t, & stays 117 days)

1950 – Due to rain, Indy 500 shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins

1955 – Supreme Court orders school integration “with all deliberate speed”

1958 – Dick Dale invents “surf music” with “Let’s Go Trippin”

1961 – Chuck Berry’s amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens

1962 – “Tell It To Groucho” last airs on CBS-TV

1965 – Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indy

1969 – “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

1969 – Stevie Wonder releases “My Cherie Amore”

1974 – Israel & Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights

1977 – Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed

1980 – Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich

1985 – 41 tornadoes hit Northeast US, killing 88

1985 – Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) became a Schedule I drug in the United States.

1989 – “Rambling with Gambling” 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)

1989 – 1st presentation of rock n roll Elvis awards

1990 – NYC’s Zodiac killer shoots 3rd victim, Joseph Ponce

1990 – Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles

1991 – Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war

1997 – Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race

1997 – The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick.

2008 – Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.

 

 

Births

1443 – Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England (d. 1509)

1469 – Manuel I, King of Portugal (1495-1521) during era of exploration

1557 – Feodor I (Fyodor/Theodore Ivanovich), Czar of Russia (1584-98)

1640 – Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)

1664 – Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal

1701 – Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible

1744 – Richard Edgeworth, writer, Bath

1819 – Walt Whitman, West Hills, NY, poet (Leaves of Grass)

1835 – Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader (d. 1869)

1837 – Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Mjr General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1837 – William Henry Fitzhugh “Rooney” Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)

1852 – Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (d. 1919)

1872 – Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)

1872 – William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)

1892 – Gregor Strasser, German pharmacist/NSDAP-Reich organization leader

1894 – Fred Allen, Cambridge Mass, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show)

1898 – Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)

1907 – Valston Hancock, British air marshal

1908 – Don Ameche, Kenosha WI, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places)

1909 – Thor Thorvaldsen, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)

1912 – Henry M “Scoop” Jackson, (Sen-D-Wash)

1912 – Martin Schwarzschild, US astronomer (evolution)

1913 – Peter Gibson, British Rear-Admiral

1921 – Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)

1922 – Denholm Elliott, London, actor (Alfie, Cuba, Doll’s House, King Rat)

1923 – Clint Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949- )

1927 – Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)

1927 – Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)

1929 – Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

1930 – Clint Eastwood, SF California, actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California)

1931 – John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)

1931 – Shirley Verrett, New Orleans, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens)

1932 – Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)

1934 – Bent Peter Rasch, Denmark, canoe (Olympic-gold-1952)

1934 – Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)

1938 – Peter Yarrow, NYC, (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon)

1939 – Terry Waite, Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage

1941 – Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)

1941 – Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate

1942 – Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)

1943 – Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)

1943 – Sharon Gless, LA California, actress (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey)

1944 – Mick Ralphs, guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)

1945 – Bernard Goldberg‎, American journalist

1946 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director (Marriage of Maria Braum)

1948 – John Bonham, Redditch England, drummer (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)

1949 – Steven Kampmann, Phila, actor (Kirk-Newhart)

1949 – Tom Berenger, Chicago IL, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me)

1950 – Edward Barker, cartoonist

1950 – Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan’s Run)

1952 – Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)

1954 – Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)

1955 – Laura Baugh, Gainesville FL, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th)

1955 – Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP

1960 – Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show)

1961 – Harry Enfield, comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live)

1961 – Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)

1962 – Corey Hart, Montreal Canada, vocalist (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night)

1963 – Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)

1964 – Scotti Hill, Manhasset NY, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love)

1964 – Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)

1965 – Brooke Shields, NYC, model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan)

1967 – Sandrine Bonnaire, Clermont France, actress (Vagabond, Police)

1971 – Sarah O’Hare, model (Cosmopolitan-Jan 1994)

1974 – Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics-96)

1976 – Colin Farrell, Dublin, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report)

1977 – Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)

1984 – Nate Robinson, American basketball player

 

 

Deaths

455 – Petronius Maximus, senator/Emperor of Rome, lynched

1091 – Hendrik van Verdun, bishop of Luik (1075-91), dies

1198 – Moses ben Solomon Ha-Cohen, rabbi of Mainz, dies

1246 – Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England

1349 – Thomas Wake, English politician (b. 1297)

1408 – Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1358)

1504 – Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz, dies

1551 – Aristotele “Basiano” da Sangallo, Italian set designer, dies

1594 – Tintoretto, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 75

1665 – Pieter J Saenredam, Dutch architectural painter, dies at 67

1799 – Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)

1809 – Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel, dies in battle at 33

1831 – Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757)

1832 – Évariste Galois, French mathematician (b. 1811)

1837 – Joseph Grimaldi, greatest clown (king of pantomime), dies at 57

1862 – Robert Hatton, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at about 34

1900 – John Power, Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle

1906 – King Alfonso XIII, assassinated in Madrid

1910 – Elizabeth Blackwell, 1st woman physician, dies at 89

1916 – Horace Hood, British spy (Battle of Jutland), dies in battle

1942 – Reinhard Heydrich, German protector of Bohemia & Moravia, assassinated

1952 – Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies

1955 – “Wild Bill” Vukovich, killed in Indy 500

1962 – Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56

1963 – Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63

1967 – Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915)

1971 – Reinhold Niebuhr, US theologist, dies at 78

1972 – Walter Freeman, American physician (b. 1895)

1976 – Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57

1982 – Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

1986 – James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)

1989 – Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer

1993 – Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog

1995 – Tim Mara, owner (NY Giants), dies at 59

1996 – Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer, dies at 68

1996 – Timothy Francis Leary, Harvard prof/LSD guru, dues of cancer at 75

1997 – Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76

1997 – James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)

1998 – Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)

2000 – Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)

2000 – Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)

2001 – Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 1907)

2004 – Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941)

2006 – Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)

2006 – Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)

2009 – Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)

2010 – Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933)

2010 – William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

1035 – Boudouin V van Rijsel becomes earl of Flanders

1087 – German emperor Henry IV crowns his son Koenraad

1100 – Burchard becomes bishop of Utrecht

1381 – English boer uprising begins in Essex

1416 – Jerome of Prague, burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

1431 – Hundred Years’ War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.

1434 – Battle at Lipany

1498 – Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

1527 – U of Marburg (Germany) founded

1539 – Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida

1574 – Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)

1631 – France/Maximilian van Bavarian signs Accord of Fontainebleau

1783 – Benjamin Tower of Phila publishes 1st daily newspaper in US

1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1814 – Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.

1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose

1822 – House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged)

1842 – John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

1848 – William G Young patents ice cream freezer

1848 – Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million

1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery

1854 – Territories of Kansas & Nebraska created

1858 – Hudson’s Bay Co rights to Vancouver Island revoked

1864 – Cavalry fight at Battle of Bethesda Church/Totopotomoy Creek Virginia during US Civil War

1868 – Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus Mississippi placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves

1879 – 92°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May

1879 – Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden

1879 – An F4 tornado strikes Irving, Kansas, killing 18 and injuring 60.

1883 – Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12

1889 – Brassiere invented

1894 – Bobby Lowe is 1st to hit 4 HRs in 1 baseball game

1896 – 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)

1899 – 24th Preakness: R Clawson aboard Half Time wins in 1:47

1901 – Memorial Day 1st observed in US

1903 – 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8

1906 – 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20

1907 – 41st Belmont: G Mountain aboard Peter Pan wins

1908 – 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved

1908 – 42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win

1908 – Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System

1910 – 44th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Sweep wins in 2:22

1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)

1912 – US Marines sent to Nicaragua

1914 – The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.

1921 – Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds

1922 – Lincoln Memorial dedicated

1922 – Cubs swap Max Flack for Cards Cliff Heathcote during middle of doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day

1925 – British mariners shoot on demonstrators

1925 – Peter DePaolo became 1st man to average over 100 mph at Indy

1925 – Rogers Hornsby replaces Branch Rickey as manager of Cardinals

1927 – Walter Johnson records 113th & last shutout of his career

1930 – Bill Arnold wins Indianapolis 500 car race (161.6 kph)

1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation

1935 – Babe Ruth’s final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies

1937 – Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die

1937 – Police kill 10 strikers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago

1937 – 61,756, 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Dodgers ends Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak at 24

1941 – English Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government

1942 – 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF’s raid of WW II

1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1

1942 – US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor

1943 – US troops reconquer Attu Aleutians

1946 – Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field

1948 – A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.

1951 – Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 – Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington

1959 – Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality

1959 – World’s 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes England

1959 – The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened today in Auckland, New Zealand.

1961 – Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 HRs

1961 – Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic.

1964 – Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” single goes #1

1964 – Giants sweep Mets 5-3 & 8-6 in 23 inn, records include elapsed time of 9:50, 47 strikeouts, 7:22 for 2nd game & NY’s 22 K’s in 2nd games

1965 – Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang, begins

1965 – Vivian Malone, is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama

1966 – 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam

1966 – Graham Hill wins Indianapolis 500 car race (232.2 kph)

1966 – US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon

1967 – Biafra declares independence from Nigeria

1967 – Robert “Evel” Knievel’s motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles

1967 – Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball

1969 – Gibraltar adopts constitution

1969 – People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao

1971 – 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice

1971 – US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

1971 – Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

1972 – 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv’s Lod Intl airport

1972 – The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

1976 – Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)

1979 – Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack’s TRS-80

1980 – Turner’s painting “Juliet & Her Nurse” sells for $6.4 million

1981 – Bangladesh Pres Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers

1981 – LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games)

1982 – Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds

1982 – Spain becomes 16th member of NATO

1984 – Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora headquarters in Nicaragua

1986 – Bobby Rahal is 1st to avg over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500

1987 – Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 – North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

1987 – Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 – West German Mathias Rust lands airplane on Red Square

1989 – Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman’s house

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,878.56

1991 – Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable

1992 – NY Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48)

1992 – NY Yankee Scott Sanderson becomes 9th to beat all 26 teams

1992 – UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting

1996 – Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina’s nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension

1997 – Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12 year old grandson

2012 – Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship

Births

1010 – Emperor Renzong of China (d. 1063)

 

 

 

1220 – Alexander NevskyPereslavl-ZalesskyVladimir-SuzdalPrince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimirconsidered the key figure in medieval Russia (1252-63)

 

 

 

 

 

1423 – Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1461)

1524 – Selam II Sari, the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74)

1623 – Wallerand Vaillant, painter/engraver, baptized

1623 – John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (d. 1686)

1718 – Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician (d. 1793)

1800 – Karl W Feuerbach, German mathematician (Position of Feuerbach)

1812 – John Alexander McClernand, Major General (Union volunteers)

1814 – Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (d. 1894)

1819 – William McMurdo, British army officer (d. 1894)

1830 – Edward Winslow Hinks, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1832 – George Doherty Johnston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1835 – Alfred Austin, Leeds England, poet laureate of England (Garden)

1846 – Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler (d. 1920)

1867 – Arthur Vining Davis, Sharon Mass, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57)

1881 – Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (d. 1968)

1891 – Iman J van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter

 

 

 

1896 – Howard HawksGoshen Inddirector/producer (Rio BravoScarface)

 

 

 

 

 

1902 – Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, archaeologist

1902 – Stepin Fetchit, [Lincoln Perry], Fla, actor (Miracle in Harlem)

1907 – Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (d. 2008)

 

 

 

1908 – Mel[vin J] Blancvoice (Bugs BunnyElmer Fudd & Porky Pig)

 

VIDEOS

1909 – Benny Goodman, Chicago, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing)

1910 – Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (d. 1978)

1912 – Alexander Langsdorf, physicist

1912 – Hugh Griffith, Wales, actor (Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!)

1912 – Joseph Stein, dramatist/playwright (Fiddler on the Roof)

1916 – Joseph W Kennedy, scientist (1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium)

1918 – Bob Evans, American restaurateur (d. 2007)

1922 – Harry Clement Stubbs, US, sci-fi author (Needle, Iceworld)

1924 – Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1952)

1926 – Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual

1927 – Clint Walker, Hartford Ill, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)

1928 – John Keith Wright, English economist/asst sect of state (1971-84)

1930 – Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)

1936 – Keir Dullea, Cleveland OH, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa)

1936 – Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)

1939 – Michael J Pollard, Passaic NJ, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne)

1939 – Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver

1942 – Lenny Davidson, London, rock guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1943 – Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)

1944 – Larry Davidson, rocker (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1945 – Meredith MacRae, Houston Tx, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons)

1946 – Candy Lightner, political activist/founder (MADD)

1949 – P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

1951 – Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)

1953 – Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)

1955 – Jake “The Snake” Roberts, American wrestler

1958 – Ted McGinley, Newport Beach California, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty)

1960 – Stephen “Tea Tower” Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)

1961 – Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)

1964 – Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1964 – Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

1964 – Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine)

1964 – Andrea Montermini, Italian racing driver

1965 – Tammy Parks, Rockville Centre NY, actress (Attack of 60′ Centerfold)

1968 – Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks

1970 – Ness Wadia, Indian industrialist

1972 – Allen Aldridge, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)

1972 – Renita Farrell, Townsville Qld Aust, field hockey midfielder (Oly-96)

1973 – Jennifer Darst, Dallas Texas, pairs skater (& Arthur Reid)

1974 – Cee-Lo, American musician

1978 – Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

1981 – Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver

1986 – Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney

Deaths

727 – Hubertus, bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht/saint, dies at about 72

1035 – Boudouin IV, count of Flanders (988-1035), dies

1159 – Wladislaus II the Exile of Poland (b. 1105)

1252 – Ferdinand III the holy, King of Castile/Leon, dies

1416 – Jerome of Prague, Czech radical Christian teacher burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

1431 – Joan of Arc, French heroine and saint (b. 1412)

1434 – Prokop the Great, Hussite general

1576 – Harada Naomasa, Japanese retainer and samurai

1593 – Christopher Marlowe, Brit dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), murdered

1640 – Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish painter, dies at 62

1696 – Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)

1744 – Alexander Pope, English poet (Eloisa to Abelard), dies at 56

 

 

 

1778 – Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer (Candide), dies at 42

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – James Barbour Terrill, US attorney/Confederate brig-gen, dies at 26

 

 

 

1865 – William Clarke Quantrillcriminal/Confederate bushwhackerdies at 27

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – Victor D’Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)

1912 – Wilbur Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies

 

 

 

1916 – John Singleton MosbyAmerican Confederate officerdies at 82

 

 

 

 

 

1918 – Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist, dies

1919 – Lord John WS Raleigh, British physicist (Nobel 1904), dies

1926 – Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)

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

1938 – Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49

1939 – Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)

1946 – Louis Slotin, Canadian Scientist at Los Alamos (b. 1910)

1947 – Georg Ritter von Trapp, World War I Austrian submarine commander (b. 1880)

1953 – Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)

1960 – Boris Pasternak, Russian poet (Dr Zhivago), dies at 70

1961 – Rafael L Trujillo Molina, dictator Dom Rep (1930-61), murdered at 69

1964 – Leo Szilard, Hungarians/US nuclear physicst, dies at 66

1964 – Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)

1967 – Claude Rains, actor (Invisible Man), dies at 77

1969 – John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45

1975 – Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)

1977 – Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52

1980 – Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment

1983 – Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84

1986 – Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55

1987 – Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71

 

 

 

1993 – Herman S BlountSun RaUS jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – Baron Marcel Bich, inventor (Bic Pen), dies at 79

1994 – Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79

1995 – Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (b.1911)

2000 – Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)

2006 – David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)

2012 – Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

363 – Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city.

757 – St Paul I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1138 – Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) overthrows self for Innocentius II

1167 – Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel

 

 

 

1176 – Battle at LegnanoLombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire

 

 

 

 

 

 

1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire

1453 – French banker Jacques Coeurs possessions confiscated

1592 – At the Battle of Sacheon, the Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin, repels a Japanese army that outnumbers it nearly 3 to 1.

1630 – Gov John Winthrop begins “History of New England”

1652 – English Admiral Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under lt-adm Tromp

1677 – Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Indians.

1727 – Peter II (11) becomes Tsar of Russia

1733 – The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City.

1765 – Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

 

 

 

1780 – Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacres Colonel Abraham Buford’s continentals allegedly after the continentals surrender113 Americans are killed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790 – Rhode Is becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying Constitution

1848 – Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte

1848 – Wisconsin becomes 30th state

1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

1851 – Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention (Akron)

1861 – Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for Union Army

1864 – Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrives at Vera Cruz

1874 – Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

1897 – 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25

1900 – 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4

1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co

1912 – 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break

1914 – Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence R; 1024 die

1916 – US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924

1919 – Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster

1919 – Einstein’s light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington

1922 – US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport & not a business & thus not subject to antitrust laws

1928 – Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car

 

 

 

1932 – World War I Veterans begin to assemble in WashingtonDC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)

1940 – In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France

1942 – Bing Crosby records “White Christmas,” greatest selling record to date

1943 – Meat & cheese rationed in US

1945 – US 1st Marine division conquerors Shuri-castle Okinawa

1949 – Candid Camera, TV comedy Variety, moves to NBC

1951 – 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair

 

 

 

1953 – Edmund Hillary & Tensing Norkay are 1st to reach summit of Everest

 

 

 

 

 

 

1957 – Algerian rebels kill 336 collaborators

1959 – Charles de Gaulle forms French government

1960 – Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” hits #1

1965 – Phillies Dick Allen hits 529′ HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

1967 – Australian Paul McManus water skis barefoot for 1:30:19

1968 – Truth in Lending Act signed into law

1973 – Thomas Bradley elected 1st black mayor of Los Angeles Calif

1973 – Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records

1974 – Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster

1976 – Only HR of Joe Niekro’s 22-year career, comes off brother Phil

 

 

 

1977 – A J Foyt wins Indianapolis 500 for a record 4th time

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500

1978 – 1st class postage now 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)

1980 – Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League pres

1980 – J Turners “Juliet & Her Nurse” sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

1980 – Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

1984 – Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

1985 – Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.

1987 – “Twilight Zone” director John Landis found innocent in death of actor

1987 – Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man’s remains

1987 – Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games

1988 – President Zia ul-Haq fires government/disbands parliament in Pakistan

1990 – Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,870.49

1990 – Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb’s record

1994 – Al Unser Jr wins 78th Indianapolis 500 in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

1994 – Great comet-iceball seen above North sea

1997 – 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym

1997 – Jesse Timmedequas, found guilty of rape/murder of Megan Kanka, 7

1997 – Spanish scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

2001 – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.

2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

2004 – The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.

2012 – Facebook’s problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches

2012 – Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million

 

 

 

 

Births

1594 – Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian general (d. 1632)

1627 – Anne ML of Orleans, duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle)

1630 – Charles II, King of England (1660-85)

1675 – Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (d. 1715)

1716 – Louis J M Daubenton, French zoologist

1722 – James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician (d. 1773)

 

 

 

1736 – Patrick HenryUSpatriot “Give me liberty or give me death

 

 

 

 

 

 

1794 – Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (d. 1874)

1810 – Erasmus Darwin Keyes, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1810 – Solomon Meredith, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1875

1824 – Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, Major General (Confederate Army)

1825 – David Bell Birney, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1826 – Ebenezer Butterick, inventor (tissue paper dress pattern)

1827 – Reuben Lindsay Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1890

1841 – Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, (d. 1971)

1864 – A H Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer

1880 – Oswald Spengler, Germany, philosopher (Decline of West)

1885 – Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)

1894 – Beatrice Lillie, Toronto, comedian/actress (Around World in 80 Days)

1896 – George L Funke, botanist (Flower Physiology)

1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Brno Austria, movie composer (Violanta)

 

 

 

1903 – Bob Hope, [Leslie Townes], Kent Englandentertainer (famous profile)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1904 – Robert Knox, bacteriologist

1906 – Terence Hanbury White, Bombay India, novelist (England Have My Bones)

1907 – Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman and senator (d. 2002)

1909 – Neil R[onald] Jones, US, sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)

1911 – James Marjoribanks, British ambassador

1912 – Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], Paris, history teacher and French resistance member, (d. 2007)

1914 – Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (d. 2003)

1921 – Clifton James, NYC, actor (Buster & Billie, David & Lisa)

1926 – Iannis Xenakis, composer/architect/engineer

1927 – Carl Toms, stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two)

1928 – Felix Rohatyn, Vienna Austria, investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds)

1932 – Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth

1935 – Martin Garrod, Commandant General (Royal Marines)

1937 – Alwin Schockemohle, horse show jumper

1937 – Charles W. Pickering, American judge

1938 – Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent, baseball commissioner

1939 – Al Unser, auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1970, 71)

1944 – Helmut Berger, actor (Ash Wednesday, Damned, Picture of Dorian Gray)

1945 – Martin Pipe, horse trainer

1945 – Gary Brooker, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum)

1948 – Anthony Geary, Coalville Utah, actor (Luke/Bill-General Hospital)

1949 – Francis Rossi, London, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man)

1952 – Louise Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne)

1953 – Danny Elfman, LA California, composer (Simpson Show Theme)

1955 – John Hinckley Jr, shot & wounded Pres Reagan (1981)

1955 – Mike Porcaro, rock bassist (Toto-Roseanna, Africa)

1956 – LaToya Jackson, singer (If You Feel the Funk)

1958 – Annette Bening, Topeka KS, actress (Grifters, Bugsy, Valmont) [or 5/5]

1959 – Mel Gaynor, Glasgow Scotland, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front)

1959 – Rupert Everett, actor (Princess Daisy, Another Country)

1961 – Melissa Etheridge, US singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)

1963 – Lisa Whelchel, Fort Worth Texas, actress (Blair-Facts of Life)

1963 – Tracey E Bregman, Munich Germany, actress (Lauren-Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Life)

1963 – Blaze Bayley, British singer (ex-Iron Maiden)

1963 – Ukyo Katayama, Japanese racing driver

1965 – Jammo Myllys, Savonlinna FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland, Oly-Br-98)

1967 – Noel Gallagher, Manchester, English pop musician (Oasis)

1969 – Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)

1973 – Emma Johnson, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1973 – Mark Lee, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)

1974 – Marc Gené, Spanish Formula One driver

1975 – Melanie Janine Brown, “Scary Spice”, Leeds, vocalist (Spice Girls)

1976 – David Buckner, American musician (Papa Roach)

1979 – Casey Sheehan, American soldier; son of Cindy Sheehan (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1982 – Ana Beatriz BarrosBrazilian model

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer

1983 – Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist

1984 – Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player

1986 – Jaslene Gonzalez, Puerto Rican/American fashion model

1990 – Dave Morton, American guitarist

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1259 – King Christopher I of Denmark (b. 1219)

1379 – King Henry II of Castile (b. 1334)

1425 – Hongxi Emperor of China (b. 1378)

1453 – Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49

 

 

 

1500 – Bartholomeu Diaz , Portuguese sea explorerdrowns

 

 

 

 

 

 

1546 – Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered

1593 – John Penry, English congressionalist, executed

1660 – Frans van Schooten, Dutch mathematician (b. 1615)

 

 

 

1790 – Israel PutnamAmerican Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1814 – Josephine, empress of France (1804-14), dies

1816 – Madame L’Ouverture, widow of Haiti’s leader Toussaint L’O, dies

1829 – Humphry Davy, scientist/inventor (Miner’s safety lamp), dies at 84

 

 

 

1866 – Winfield ScottAmerican general , presidential candidate (b. 1786)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1896 – Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (b. 1814)

1903 – Bruce Price, American architect (b. 1845)

1942 – John Barrymore, US actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies at 60

1951 – Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59

1953 – Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)

1972 – Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)

1972 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)

1979 – Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies at 86

1982 – Romy Schneider, actress (Cardinal), dies of cardiac arrest at 43

1989 – John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b. 1943)

1992 – Peter John “Ollie” Halsall, guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43

1993 – Billy Conn, boxer (fought Joe Louis 1951), dies of pneumonia at 75

1994 – Erich Honecker, president of German DR (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81

1994 – Ezra Taft Benson, min of Agr/leader of mormon (1985-94), dies at 94

1994 – Oliver “Bops Junior” Jackson, drummer, dies at 61

1995 – Margaret Chase Smith, 1st woman Rep & Sen (R-Me), dies at 97

1996 – James George “Jimmy” Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77

1997 – George Fenneman, announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77

1997 – Jeff Buckley, musician, drowns at 30

1998 – Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)

2003 – David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)

2004 – Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)

2006 – Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)

2007 – Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)

 

 

 

2008 – Harvey KormanAmericancomedian , actor (b. 1927)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2009 – Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)

2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)

2012 – Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events 

585 BC – A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

640 – Severinus begins his reign as Catholic Pope (elected in 638)

1037 – German emperor Koenraad II removes “Constitutio the Feudis”

1156 – Battle at Brindisi: King Willem of Sicily beats Byzantine fleet

1349 – 60 Jews murdered in Breslau Silesia

1358 – Daint-Leu at Oise begins French boer uprising

1539 – Hernando de Soto lands in Florida

 

 

 

1588 – Spanish Armada under Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England

 

 

 

 

 

 

1644 – Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.

1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston)

1731 – All Hebrew books in Papal State are confiscated

1742 – 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman’s Fields, London)

 

 

 

1754 – George Washington defeats French & indians at Ft Duquesne (Jumonville Glen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1774 – 1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia)

1818 – 1st steam-vessel to sail Great Lakes launched

1830 – Congress authorizes native Indian removal from all states to western prairie

1845 – Fire in Quebec Canada, 1,500 houses destroyed

1863 – 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War

1875 – 3rd Preakness: L Hughes aboard Tom Ochiltree wins in 2:43.5

1880 – 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5

1892 – Sierra Club forms by John Muir in SF, for conservation of nature

1900 – Solar eclipse occurs

1901 – 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2

1901 – Laws against phosphor matches enacted (inhibition white phosphorous)

1904 – 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2

1915 – John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll

1918 – Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic

1919 – Armenia declares it’s Independence

1923 – Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere

1926 – US Customs Court created by congress

1928 – Dodge Brothers Inc & Chrysler Corp merged

1929 – 1st all color talking picture “On With the Show” exhibited (NYC)

1930 – The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opens.

1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in SF opens to vehicular traffic 

1938 – Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid

1940 – British-French troops capture Narvik Norway

1941 – British army begins evacuation of Kreta

1942 – 1,800 Czechs murdered by Nazis during attack on Heydrich

1951 – After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run

1951 – Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV

1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

1953 – Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-“Melody”

1955 – 81st Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 1:54.6

1955 – Bob Sweikert wins Indianapolis 500

1956 – Dale Long becomes 1st to hit HRs in 8 straight games

1956 – Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus

1957 – NL approves Bkln Dodgers’ & NY Giants’ move to west coast

1959 – Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts

1959 – Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 mi (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

1961 – Amnesty Intl founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)

1961 – Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on Orient Express (after 78 years)

1961 – Record 27 HRs hit in 7 AL games

1962 – US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day

1962 – Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio

1963 – Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed

1963 – Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal (India)

1963 – Jomo Kenyatta becomes 1st PM of Kenya

1964 – Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Dehli

1964 – Palestine National Congress forms the PLO in Jerusalem

1965 – Fire & explosion at Dhori mine in Dhanbad India kills 400

1967 – Francis Chichester arrives home at Plymouth from Round-the-world trip

1968 – Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon

1970 – The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

1972 – White House “plumbers” break into Democratic Natl HQ at Watergate

1974 – Italians fascist bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed

1977 – 165 killed in a fire at Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky

1978 – Al Unser became 5th to win Indianapolis 500, 3 times

1980 – Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12’5″

1980 – Nottingham Forrest wins 25th Europe Cup 1 in Madrid

1982 – Leonard Maltin’s 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

1987 – 60th Natl Spelling Bee: Stephanie Petit wins spelling staphylococci

1987 – Mathias Rust, 19, W German pilot, makes unauthorized landing in USSR

 

 

 

1987 – USS MonitorCivil War ironcladis discovered by a deep sea robot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987 – Paul Pearman jumps 21 barrels on a skateboard in Augusta

1989 – Emerson Fittipaldi wins Indianapolis 500

1990 – Dave Thomas Comedy Show, debuts on CBS-TV

1990 – Longest wheelie (David Robilliard with 5h12m33s (Channel Islands)

1991 – Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa

1992 – 65th National Spelling Bee: Amanda Goad wins spelling lyceum

1994 – Twin’s Dave Winfield passes Rod Carew into 15th hit list (3,054)

1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

1997 – Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight

1997 – Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28

1997 – Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time

1998 – Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.

1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is put back on display.

1999 – Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase.

2002 – NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.

2004 – The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become prime minister of Iraq’s interim government.

 

 

 

Births

1140 – Xin Qiji, Chinese poet (d. 1207)

1371 – John, the Fearless, Burgundy France, Duke of Burgundy/warrior

1524 – Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1574)

1588 – Pierre Seguier, Chancellor of France (d. 1672)

1660 – George I, King of England (1714-27)

1676 – Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (d. 1754)

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

1738 – Joseph Ignace Guillotin, France, physician/inventor (guillotine)

1759 – William Pitt, the Younger (C), English PM (1783-1801, 1804-06)

1779 – Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)

 

 

 

1818 – Pierre Gustave Toutant BeauregardUS Confederate gen , Hero of Sumter,(d.1893)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1819 – William Birney, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1907

1828 – Alpheus Baker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1891

1828 – Bartel Wilton, machinefabrikant/ship builder

1830 – George Lucas Hartsuff, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

1831 – Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railway conductor

1838 – Basil Wilson Duke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1916

1858 – Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (d. 1939)

1862 – Henry W Slocum Jr, tennis champ (US Open-1888)

1872 – Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)

 

 

 

1874 – G K Chesterton , UK , writer , critic (d.1936)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1879 – Milutin Milankovic, Yugoslavian astronomer/meteorologist

1886 – Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)

1888 – James Francis Thorpe, Shawnee OK, decathelete (Olympic-gold-1912)(d. 1953)

1898 – Andy Kirk, jazz musician

1906 – Phil Regan, singer (My Wild Irish Rose)

1907 – Henry Ritz, comedian/dancer (Ritz Brothers)

1908 – Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

1910 – Stuart Piggott, archaeologist

 

 

 

1910 – T-Bone WalkerLinden Txblues guitarist (Funky TownWell Done)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1914 – W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot

1915 – Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)

1916 – Walker Percy, Birmingham Ala, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic)

1917 – “Papa” John Creach, violinist rocker (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)

1919 – Duke of Rutland, British land owner/multimillionaire

1922 – Lou Duva, American boxing trainer

1922 – Barney Rosset, Chicago, Illinois, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer), (d. 2012)

1925 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Zehlendorf Germany, baritone (Doktor Faust), (d. 2012)

1931 – Carroll Baker, Penn, actress (Andy Warhol’s Bad, Babydoll, Harlow)

1938 – Jerry West, W Virginia, NBA superstar (LA Lakers, Olympic-gold-1960)

1938 – Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician/producer (Madness)

1940 – Betty Shabazz, educator/talk show hostess/widow (Malcolm X)

1940 – Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey,Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)

1941 – Beth Howland, Boston Mass, actress (Vera-Alice, Company)

1942 – Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1943 – Liz Edgar, horse show jumper

1944 – Billy Vera, musician (& Beaters-At This Moment, Into the Night)

 

 

 

1944 – Gladys KnightAtlanta Gasingerleader of Pips (Midnight Train To Georgia)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1944 – Rudy Giuliani, (Mayor-R/L-NYC, 1994- )

1945 – John Fogerty, Berkeley Cal, rock vocals (Creedence Clearwater Revival

1945 – Hunter “Patch” Adams, American doctor

1946 – Satchidanandan, Indian poet

1947 – Sondra Locke, Shelbyville Tenn, actress (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)

1947 – Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist

1947 – Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist

1949 – Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)

1954 – George E Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson CA (1974-78)

1956 – Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC’s Zodiac killer (survives)

1956 – Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)

1957 – Kirk Gibson, Mich, outfield (Tigers, Dodgers, 1988 NL MVP)

1959 – Leon “The Bop” Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)

1959 – John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)

1961 – Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)

1962 – Brandon Cruz, actor (Eddie-Courtship of Eddie’s Father)

 

 

 

1964 – Phil VassarAmerican country music singer

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1965 – Christa Miller, NYC, actress (Kate-Drew Carey Show)

1967 – Kari Wuhrer, Brookfield Ct, MTV/actress (Beverly Hills 90210)

1968 – Kylie Minogue, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (Locomotion)

1968 – Sandra Bacher, Long Island NY, half-heavyweight judoka (Oly-92, 96)

1970 – Ian Cashmore, English actor and paranormal investigator

1971 – Nick Bravin, NYC, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1972 – Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist

1975 – Mike Fisher, Naperville Ill, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)

1977 – Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)

1986 – Michael Oher, American football player at Ole Miss

 

 

Deaths

1089 – Lanfrance, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies

1259 – Christoffel I, King of Denmark, dies

1317 – Guy van Avesnes/Henegouwen, bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 63

1357 – Afonso IV, King of Portugal (1325-57), dies at 66

1556 – Saitō Dōsan, Japanese daimyo (b. 1494?)

1685 – Pieter de la Court, economist/historian, dies at about 67

1750 – Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1720)

1787 – Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67

1816 – Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord

1828 – Daikokuya Kōdayū, Japanese castaway (b. 1751)

1843 – Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster’s Dictionary), dies at 84

1863 – Edmund Kirby Jr, Union-brig-gen, dies of injuries at 23

1864 – Henry H Giesy, US Union-brig-general, dies in battle

1898 – Edward Bellamy, US author (Looking Backward), dies

1921 – Geo Mestdagh, Belgian aviation pioneer, dies

1937 – Alfred Adler, Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), dies at 67

1940 – Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53

 

 

 

1968 – Fyodor Matveyevich OkhlopkovYakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Audie Murphyfamous soldier , war hero , Medal of Honor recipient , actor dies at 46

 

 

 

 

Air Force Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

1972 – Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies at 77

1980 – Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)

 

 

 

1982 – Lt Col ‘H’. Jones VCBritish soldier (Falklands War) (b. 1940)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – Julius Boros, pro golfer (US Open 1952), dies of heart attack at 74

1995 – Jean Elizabeth Leuckert Muir, designer dressmaker, dies at 66

1998 – Phil Hartman, Canadian actor, comedian (b. 1948)

2003 – Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)

2004 – Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)

2010 – Gary Coleman, American actor (b. 1968)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

927 – Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.

1120 – Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.

1281 – Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge

1328 – French king Philip VI Valois crowned

1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake

1679 – Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in UK

1703 – St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great

1796 – James S McLean patents his piano

1798 – The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.

1813 – Americans capture Ft George, Canada

1849 – The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.

1862 – Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake’s Station)

1863 – CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die

1863 – Siege of Port Hudson LA

1864 – Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw’s Shop), Virginia

1878 – 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75

1881 – 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5

1882 – 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

1895 – British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector

1896 – Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless

1902 – 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8

1903 – 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

1905 – 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8

 

 

 

1905 – Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Bubonic Plague breaks out in SF

1917 – Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed

1918 – Battle of Aisne

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days

1921 – Afghanistan gains sovereignty

1921 – After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty

1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape

1930 – The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.

1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va

1931 – Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon

1933 – Federal Securities Act signed

1933 – Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11

1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released

1935 – Supreme Court declares FDR’s Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional

1936 – RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage

1937 – Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated

1940 – British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)

 

 

 

1940 – WWIIIn the Le Paradis massacre97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Dorie Miller, awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

1942 – Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague

1949 – Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin

1951 – Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

1955 – Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1957 – Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format.

1958 – The F-4 Phantom II first flight.

1961 – 1st black light is sold

1961 – Pres Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon

1961 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ ½”

1964 – “From Russia With Love” premieres in US

1966 – 6 French fighters crash above Spain

1969 – Walt Disney World construction begins

1970 – British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I

1971 – UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship

1972 – “Jimmy Castor Bunch’s Troglodyte” (Cave Man) hits #6

1975 – Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble’s Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38

1980 – South Korean police ends people’s uprising; 2,000 killed

1980 – The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.

1983 – Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress

1985 – Inaugural bands parade for Pres Reagan

1986 – Pres Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled

1987 – Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on “Nightline” after PTL scandal

1987 – Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)

1990 – 74th Indianapolis 500 runs

1994 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile

1994 – Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show

1995 – In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.

1997 – 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole

1997 – Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500

1998 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

 

 

 

Births

1332 – Ibn Khaldun, Tunis, Arab historian/sociologist (Muqaddimah)

1519 – Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)

1576 – Caspar Schoppe, German scholar (d. 1649)

1595 – Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer

1623 – William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (d. 1687)

1651 – Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (d. 1729)

1774 – Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)

1794 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, millionaire (B & O railroad)

1818 – Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons

1819 – Julia Ward Howe, US, author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

1823 – John Gray Foster, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

1836 – Edwin Gray Lee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1870

1836 – Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier

 

 

 

1837 – “Wild Bill” Hickok, [James Butler], cowboy/scout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1912

1850 – Thomas Neill Cream, Glasgow, Scotland, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), (d. 1892)

1894 – Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)

1897 – John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)

1908 – Alex Brown, snooker player

1911 – Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Pres candidate

1911 – Vincent Price, St Louis MO, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura)

1912 – John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)

1912 – Sam Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73)

1914 – Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)

1915 – Herman Wouk, NYC, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War)

1918 – Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)

1919 – Kam Fong, Honolulu Hawaii, actor (Hawaii Five-0)

1921 – Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)

1922 – Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)

1923 – Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State (1973-77)/Nobel Peace Prize (1973)

1923 – Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff

1923 – Sumner Redstone, American entrepreneur

1925 – Tony Hillerman, American writer

1927 – Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)

1927 – Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People’s Newspaper)

 

 

 

1931 – James Q WilsonBostonMassachusettscriminologist (‘Zero Tolerance’ policing), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 – [HermanJunior ParkerArkansasblues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1934 – Harlan EllisonUSsci-fi author (7 HugosDoomsmanBabylon 5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Lee Meriwether, LA California, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones)

1935 – Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)

1936 – Louis Gossett Jr, Bkln NY, actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep)

1939 – Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)

1939 – Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)

1942 – Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)

1942 – Lee Baca, American law enforcement official

1943 – Bruce Weitz, Norwalk Ct, actor (Hill St Blues, Death of a Centerfold)

1945 – Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa Canada, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker)

1947 – Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer

1948 – Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)

1951 – Norma Jean Almodovar, Binghampton, auto-biographer (Cop to Call Girl)

1954 – Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1972)

1955 – Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter

1956 – Lisa Niemi, Houston Tx, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies)

1956 – Steve Pagano, horse trainer

1956 – Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor

1957 – Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1976)

1957 – Siouxsie Sioux, [Susan Ballion], Kent England (Siouxsie & Banshees)

1958 – Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)

1958 – Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)

1960 – Ray Armsetad, Kirksville Mo, 4X400 runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1961 – Cathy Silvers, NYC, actress (Jenny-Happy Days, Foley Square)

1961 – Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976, 84, 88)

1961 – Peri Gilpin, Waco Tx, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier)

 

 

 

1964 – Adam CarollaAmerican comedian and television personality

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1965 – Todd Bridges, SF CA, actor (Diff’rent Strokes, Fish)

1966 – Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)

1967 – Chin Yang, jockey

1969 – Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)

1970 – Michael Blackburn, Australian laser yachter (Olympics-96)

1970 – Joseph Fiennes, Salisbury, Wiltshire, English actor (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love)

1971 – Paul Bettany, English actor

1971 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)

1972 – Antonio Freeman, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)

1975 – André 3000, American musician (OutKast)

1975 – Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)

1975 – Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality

1981 – Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor

 

 

Deaths 

366 – Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)

866 – Ordono I, King of Asturia (850-66), dies

927 – Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)

1039 – Dirk III Hierosolymita, Count of Holland, dies

1178 – Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1444 – John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)

1525 – Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader

1541 – Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII

1569 – Francois de Coligny, French general (Jarnac), dies

1576 – Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44

1610 – François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)

1661 – Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53

1675 – Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)

1781 – Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)

1790 – Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89

1831 – Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)

1840 – Niccolo Paganini, composer/violinist, dies at 57

1863 – Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31

1887 – Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86

1896 – Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)

1910 – Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), dies

1914 – Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies

1918 – Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80

 

 

 

1949 – Robert L Ripleycartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1953 – Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)

1960 – James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)

1964 – Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India’s 1st PM, dies at 74

1969 – Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43

1975 – Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies at 53

1987 – John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)

1988 – Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79

1991 – Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88

1992 – Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies at 86

1992 – Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)

1994 – Red Rodney, [Albino Red/The Red Arrow], bebop-trumpeter, dies at 66

2000 – Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)

2006 – Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)

2006 – Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)

2006 – Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)

2011 – Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)

 

 

 

2011 – Gil Scott-HeronAmerican poetmusician and author (b. 1949)

 

VIDEOS

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

451 – The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity.

961 – German King Otto II crowned

1328 – William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII

1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

 

 

 

1637 – 1st battle of Pequot at Mystic Ct kills 500 indians

 

 

 

 

 

 

1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1736 – Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French

1770 – The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.

1781 – Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia

1798 – British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara

1805 – Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains

1828 – Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.

1860 – Garibaldi occupies Palermo Italy

1861 – Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South

1861 – Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL

1864 – -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia

1864 – Territory of Montana formed

1865 – Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith

1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote

1869 – Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1874 – 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5

1876 – HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration

1883 – 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5

1887 – Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state

1894 – Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player

1896 – 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY

1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

1896 – James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.

1898 – 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32

1900 – British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa

1906 – Archaeological Institute of America forms

1908 – At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 auto race is run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d’Endurance is run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1924 – Pres Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law: restricting immigration

1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)

1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution

1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens

1938 – House on un-American Activities forms

1940 – 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

1940 – Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk

1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Phila

1941 – Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck

1942 – Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star

1942 – Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs British army

1944 – 82nd Airborne div D-day-landing at La Haye du Puits to Ste Mere Eglise

1945 – US drop fire bombs on Tokyo

1946 – 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball

1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb

 

 

 

1956 – Aircraft carrier “Bennington” burns off RIkilling 103

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours

1966 – Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in Hué South-Vietnam

1969 – Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

1972 – Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1973 – Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31

1974 – During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled

1977 – George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center

1978 – 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City

1979 – Dancin’ Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45

1980 – Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7’8″

1980 – Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters

1981 – Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14

1982 – British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war

1983 – NASA launches Exosat

1984 – Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia

1984 – Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13″ of rain, 14 die

1985 – Danny Sullivan wins Indy 500 by 24 seconds following a spin

1985 – Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die

1987 – Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail

1987 – William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA

1989 – At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio

1993 – Olympique Marseille wins 38th Europe Cup I at Munich

1993 – Long fly ball by Indians’ Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco’s head & goes over fence for a home run

1997 – Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

1998 – Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs Pres Clinton

1998 – The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

2003 – Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.

2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.

2012 – A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvink

 

 

 

 

Births

1264 – Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun (d. 1326)

1478 – Clement VII, [Giulio de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34)

1566 – Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (1595-1603)

1667 – Abraham De Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre’s theorem)

1669 – Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (d. 1722)

1689 – Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric

1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley

1764 – Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman (d. 1836)

1799 – Alexander S Pushkin, Russia, writer (Eugene Onegin)

1806 – Henry Knox Thatcher, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1880

1835 – Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1859 – Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)

1863 – Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion (d. 1917)

1865 – Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Fins painter/graphic artist/illustrator

1876 – Jack Root, boxing’s 1st light heavyweight champion

1877 – Isadora Duncan, SF, free form/interpretative dancer

1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)

1886 – Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)

1895 – Dorothea Lange, US documentary photographer

1895 – Paul Lukas, Budapest Hungary, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx)

1903 – Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)

 

 

 

1907 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], Winterset IA, actor (Green Berets, True Grit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)

1908 – Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)

1910 – Laurance S Rockefeller, NYC, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank)

1913 – Peter Cushing, England, actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who)

1916 – Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)

1919 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger)

 

 

 

1920 – Peggy LeeAmerican singer (d. 2002)

 

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1923 – James Arness, Minneapolis MN, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing)

 

 

 

1926 – Miles DavisAlton, IllinoisAmerican jazz musiciantrumpeter and composer (d. 1991)

 

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1927 – Jacques Bergerac, France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)

1939 – Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)

1939 – Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire

1940 – Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)

1944 – Verden “Phally” Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)

1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author

1945 – Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)

1946 – Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.

1946 – Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)

1948 – Stevie Nicks, American rocker and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna)

1949 – Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]

1949 – Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

1949 – Hank Williams Jr, Shreveport La, country singer (Honky Tonk)

1949 – Pam Grier, Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough)

1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor

1951 – Sally Kristen Ride, LA California, 1st US woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G), (d. 2012)

1955 – Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef

1957 – Margaret Colin, actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby)

1959 – Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall’s-25th)

1959 – Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)

1962 – Bob[cat] Goldthwait, Syracuse NY, comedian (Police Academy)

1962 – Genie Francis, Englewood NJ, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence)

1963 – Eddie Martin Jr, jockey

1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American musician

1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, London, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End)

1968 – Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)

1970 – Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist

1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist

1979 – Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler

 

 

Deaths

604 – Augustinus van Canterbury, bishop/apostle of England, dies (or 605)

735 – Bede (Beda Venerabilis), English historian and monk, (b. circa 672 or 673)

818 – Ali ar-Rida, Shia Imam (b. 766)

1055 – Margrave Adalbert of Austria

1421 – Mehmed I, Ottoman Sultan (1413-21). B. 1389.

1512 – Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan (1481-1512) dies at 62

1595 – Philippus Nerius, [Filippo Neri], Italian merchant/saint, dies at 79

1609 – Cornelis Claesz, mapmaker, buried

1685 – Charles II, Elector Palatine (b. 1651)

1703 – Samuel Pepys, English marine expert (Diary)/composer, dies at 70

1814 – Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, officially named the Guillotine (b. 1789)

1831 – Georg Hermes, German philosopher/theologist (Hermenianen), dies

1831 – Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)

1840 – Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)

1868 – Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, last British public execution

1883 – Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)

1902 – Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)

1904 – Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (b. 1857)

1905 – Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies

1907 – Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)

1926 – S V Petlura, Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard

1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35

1939 – Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74

1939 – Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies

1943 – Edsel Ford, owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49

1951 – Lincoln Ellsworth, artic explorer, dies at 71

 

 

 

1968 – William E “Little Willie” JohnUS R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1969 – Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)

1969 – Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)

1973 – Jacques Lipchitz, US cubist sculptor, dies at 81

1974 – Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)

1976 – Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86

1994 – Warren Harding “Sonny” Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53

 

 

 

1995 – Isadore “Friz” Frelingcartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

1995 – Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61

1995 – Severn Darden, comedian (Second City), dies at 65

1996 – Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76

1997 – Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90

1999 – Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)

2001 – Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)

2004 – Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)

 

 

 

2005 – Eddie AlbertAmerican actorwar hero (b. 1906)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2006 – Édouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin (b. 1963)

2007 – J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)

2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

1085 – King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren

1241 – 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany

1420 – Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.

1521 – Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers

1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector

1720 – “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent

1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.

1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding

1861 – John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ

 

 

 

1862 – First Battle of  Winchester VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of New Hope Church, GA

1876 – 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75

1887 – Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

1895 – 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1899 – 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23

1900 – Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics

1904 – 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6

1915 – 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties

1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump

1927 – Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney

1935 – Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates

1935 – Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour

1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.

1940 – Golden Gate Intl Expo reopens

1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941

1943 – Riot at Mobile Ala shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1945 – Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit

1947 – Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co’s Mine #5 killing 111

1950 – Bkln-Battery Tunnel opens in NYC

1951 – NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

1953 – 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada

1955 – Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla

1961 – JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

1961 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m

1962 – Isley Brothers release “Twist & Shout”

1965 – Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage

1965 – Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1967 – John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce

1968 – Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated

1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumping Jack Flash”

1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” released with an X rating

1972 – Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

1973 – US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz

1977 – Original “Star Wars” movie released

1979 – American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground

1980 – Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7’8″)

1981 – Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

1981 – Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

1982 – Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters

1983 – “Return of the Jedi” (Star Wars 3) released

1986 – 30,000,000 watch “Live Aid,” a massive benefit concert

1986 – 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida

1986 – Hands Across America – 6 million people hold hands from California to NY

1989 – Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots

1989 – Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2

1989 – Weird Al Yankovic records “She Drives Like Crazy”

1992 – Jay Leno becomes permanent host of “Tonight Show”

1997 – Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games

2001 – 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2009 – North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2012 – Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

2012 – A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

 

 

 

Births

1048 – Emperor Shenzong of China (d. 1085)

1334 – Emperor Sukō (d. 1398)

1458 – Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)

1494 – Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)

1550 – Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint

1606 – Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)

1661 – Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)

1729 – Jean de Neufville, Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war)

1783 – Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, US, essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn)

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, actor (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel)

 

 

 

1889 – Igor SikorskyRussian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What’s My Line)

1898 – Gene Tunney, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30)

1907 – Rachel Carson, conservationist/writer (silent springs)

1908 – David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia)

1912 – Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)

1913 – Joseph Peter Grace, businessman

1919 – Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)

1921 – Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head), (d. 2012)

1923 – John Weitz, spy/author/fashion designer (Friends in High Places)

1926 – Claude Akins, Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin’ On, Lobo)

 

 

 

1927 – Robert LudlumNYCspy novelist (Bourne Identity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929 – Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], Bkln NY, soprano

1931 – Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter

1932 – Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)

1932 – John Gregory Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)

1932 – K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)

1933 – Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)

1936 – Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)

1938 – Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)

1938 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)

1939 – Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

1939 – Ian McKellen, England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)

1943 – Leslie Uggams, NYC, singer/actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots)

1944 – Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)

1944 – Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate

1944 – Robert MacPherson, American mathematician

1946 – Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)

1946 – Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)

1947 – Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], Phoenix, country singer (I’m Not Lisa)

1947 – Karen Valentine, Santa Rosa CA, actress (Love American Style, Room 222)

1947 – Mitch Margo, Bkln, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)

1948 – Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler

1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright

1953 – Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)

1958 – Klaus Meine, rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You)

1958 – Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)

1963 – Mike Myers, Canada, comedian (SNL, Wayne’s World) [or Jun 25]

1965 – Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin’ on Coals)

1965 – Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)

1967 – Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)

1969 – Anne Heche, Ohio, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano)

1969 – Stacy London, American fashion consultant

1970 – Lindsay Greenbush, LA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)

1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress

1975 – Adam Saathoff, Tuscon Ariz, running target (Olympics-1996)

1975 – Lauryn Hill, South Orange, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

1976 – Cillian Murphy, Irish actor

1982 – Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder

 

 

Deaths

615 – Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies

709 – Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)

967 – Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)

992 – Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)

1085 – Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies

1125 – Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies

1261 – Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies

1452 – John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury

1555 – Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46

1555 – Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)

1632 – Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)

1789 – Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)

1797 – John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)

1805 – William Paley, English philosopher (b. 1743)

1849 – Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52

1849 – Benjamin d’Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)

1919 – Madame C J Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

1927 – Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)

1935 – Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)

1949 – Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47

 

 

 

1954 – Robert CapaHungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues harp playerdies at 65

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1971 – Jo Etha Collier, young black woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss

1974 – Pam Morrison, wife of Door’s vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose

1981 – Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55

1981 – Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)

1985 – Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer

1986 – Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85

1990 – Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60

1992 – Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66

1992 – Nancy Walker, actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 71

1992 – Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72

1994 – Eric Gale, guitarist, dies at 55

1995 – Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63

1996 – Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13

1996 – David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77

2005 – Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)

2006 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)

2007 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)

2008 – J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)

2010 – Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)

2012 – Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

1086 – Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III

1153 – Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots

1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

1276 – Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.

1300 – King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured

1370 – Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV

1487 – Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin

1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

1621 – The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.

1658 – Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought

1689 – English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants

1738 – John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

1798 – Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.

1809 – Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war

1818 – Gen Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

1822 – Battle of Pichincha, Bolívar secures independence of Quito from Spain

1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” is published

1830 – 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)

1844 – Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” (1st telegraph message)

1854 – Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in US founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson

 

 

 

1856 – Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops

1861 – Maj Gen Benjamin Butler declares slaves “contraband of war”

1862 – Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time

1862 – Westminster Bridge across Thames opens

1877 – 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5

1878 – CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston

1879 – 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5

1881 – Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die

1883 – Brooklyn Bridge opened by Pres Arthur & Gov Cleveland

1884 – Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People’s Party in US

1890 – Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma

1899 – 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)

1900 – 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼

1901 – Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.

1902 – Cleve’s Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a HR run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918

1905 – 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08

1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1916 – Conscription begins in Britain

1916 – French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured

1916 – US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker

1926 – Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

1928 – Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A’s 9-7

1930 – 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)

1930 – Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week

1931 – 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad

1935 – 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)

1936 – Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record  reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yanks beat A’s 25-2

 

1941 – Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood1,416 die 3 survive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943 – Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean

1943 – U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje

1951 – Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal

1954 – 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM

1954 – Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit

1954 – German airline Lufthansa forms

1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour

1956 – Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna.

1958 – Pres Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro’s rebellion

1958 – UP & International News Service merge into United Press International

1959 – 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills Pa)

1960 – 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed

1961 – 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi

1962 – M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit

1963 – 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely

1964 – Longest HR (471′) in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)

1964 – Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300

1966 – “Mame” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances

1967 – AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals

1968 – FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.

1969 – Beatles’ “Get Back,” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

1970 – Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult

1970 – The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.

1971 – A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard

1974 – Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1976 – 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Wash DC)

1976 – In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines.

1980 – “Rock Lobster” by B-52’s hits #56

1980 – Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages

1981 – Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500

1981 – Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain

1982 – Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.

1985 – “View to a Kill” premieres in US

1985 – -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die

1986 – Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

1987 – Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500

1988 – John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute

1989 – “Indiana Jones & Last Crusade” premieres

1989 – French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice

1989 – Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.

1990 – Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

1990 – A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.

1992 – Al Unser Jr wins Indy 500

1993 – Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war

1993 – Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement

1993 – Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey

1994 – Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash

1996 – “Spy Hard,” starring Leslie Nielsen is released

2001 – Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

2001 – The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel’s worst-ever civil disaster.

2001 – The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.

2004 – Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.

 

 

 

Births

15 BC – Julius Caesar Germanicus, Roman commander (d. 19)

1522 – John Jewel, English bishop (d. 1571)

1544 – William Gilbert, Essex England, physicist (researcher into magnetism)

1605 – Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Russian-orthodox church

1650 – John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist

1671 – Gian Gastone de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1737)

1738 – George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820)

 

 

 

1743 – Jean-Paul MaratFrance , physician ,  revolutionary

 

 

 

 

 

 

1753 – Oliver CromwellBurlington NJdecorated black soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence

 

 

 

 

1794 – William Whewell, British philosopher (History of Inductive Science)

1811 – Charles Clark, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1877

 

 

 

1816 – Emanuel LeutzeUSpainter (Washington Crossing the Delaware)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1816 – Robert Seaman Granger, (Union Army Bvt Major general, died in 1894)

1819 – Victoria Alexandrine, Queen of Great Britain (1837-1901)

1854 – Louis Mountbatten, admiral (WW I)

1854 – John Riley Banister, American law officer and cowboy (d. 1918)

1868 – Charles E. Taylor, First aircraft maintenance professional (d. 1956)

1870 – Benjamin Cardozo, American jurist (d. 1938)

1870 – Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations (d. 1950)

1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, engineer (CIOS Gold Medal-1954)

1879 – H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese’s and founder (d. 1956)

1882 – Creighton Hale, Cork Ireland, actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East)

1887 – Edward “Mick” Mannock, Irish WWI flying ace (d. 1918)

1891 – Benedictus H Danser, Dutch botanist

1891 – William F Albright, US old testament scholar/archaeologist

1893 – W H Walter Baade, German/US astronomer (Andromeda)

1895 – Samuel I Newhouse, US millionaire publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour)

1903 – Aram Katchaturian, Armenian composer, (Earth)

1904 – Kenneth Buckley, British rear-admiral

1904 – Patrick Johnson, physicist

1905 – Mikhail Sholokhov, USSR, writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965)

1909 – Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe

1911 – Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)

1913 – Audrey Brown, England, 4 X 100m runner (Olympic-silver-1936)

1914 – Lilli Palmer, [Peiser], Germany, actress (Gentle Sex, Lotte in Weimar)

1918 – Coleman A Young, civil rights leader (Mayor-D-Detroit)

1919 – Sid Couchey, Cleveland, Ohio, comic book artist (Richie Rich), (d. 2012)

1925 – Mai Zetterling, Vaeras Sweden, actress (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm)

1927 – John Kelly Jr, US, sculls (Oly-bronze-1956)/brother of Grace Kelly

1927 – Timothy Beven, CEO (Barclays Bank)

1928 – William Trevor, Brit writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune)

1938 – Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)

1938 – Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)

1940 – Gary Burghoff, Bristol CT, actor (Radar-M*A*S*H)

1941 – Bob Dylan, [Zimmerman], Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin’ in Wind)

1942 – Derek Quinn, guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I’m Telling You Now)

1942 – Sarah Dash, Trenton NJ, rocker (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)

1944 – Patti LaBelle, [Holt], Phila Pa, singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)

1945 – Priscilla Presley, Bkln NY, actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun)

1946 – Irina Kirszenstein Szewinska, Lenningrad, long jumper (Oly-bron-1972)

1946 – Steve Upton, rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There’s the Rub, Locked In)

1949 – John Illsley, rocker (Dire Straits)

1949 – Jim Broadbent, English actor

1951 – Rob Baker, rock drummer (Red Rider)

1955 – Rosanne Cash, Memphis Tn, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder)

1962 – Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-96)

1963 – Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver

1963 – Michael Chabon, American author

1965 – Shinichiro Watanabe, Japanese anime director

1966 – Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver

1967 – Heavy D, rapper

1967 – Margaret Crowley, Australian 800m/1500m runner (Olympics-96)

1970 – Thomas Alden Page, Glenridge NJ, rocker (New Kids-Hangin’ Tough)

1973 – Ruslana, Ukrainian singer

1974 – Will Sasso, Canadian actor and comedian

1977 – Kym Valentine. Australian actress

1981 – Marketa Janska, Czech model and Playboy Playmate

1983 – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, Anglo-Australian videogame creator and critic

1985 – Tim Bridgman, British racing driver

1990 – Joey Logano, American racecar driver

1996 – Matthew Eappen, Boston Mass, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward

 

 

Deaths

1144 – Petronella, wife of earl Floris II the Vette of Holland/regent, dies

1153 – David I, King of Scots (1124-53), dies at about 68

1351 – Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali, Sultan of Morocco (b. circa 1297)

1408 – Taejo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1335)

1425 – Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, Scottish politician (b. 1362)

1456 – Ambroise de Loré, French military commander (b. 1396)

 

 

 

1543 – Nicolas Copernicusastronomerdies in Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

1612 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury/PM (1598-1612), dies at 48

1734 – Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)

1806 – John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)

1843 – Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)

1861 – Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23

1861 – James T Jackson, US landlord (doodde EE Ellsworth), shot dead)

1876 – Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1843)

1879 – William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73

1908 – Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)

1941 – Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral ((WW II/Hood), dies in battle

1949 – Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)

1950 – Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)

1959 – John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

 

 

 

1963 – Elmore Jamesblues guitaristdies at 45 of a heart attack

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1974 – Duke EllingtonJazz musician ,band leaderdies of cancer at 75

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1984 – Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)

1986 – Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33

1986 – Yakima Canutt, actor/director (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 91

1987 – Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89

1991 – Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49

1993 – Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), dies at 66

1994 – Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96

1995 – Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54

1996 – Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83

1996 – Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81

1997 – Edward Mulhare, actor (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of lung cancer at 74

2004 – Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)

 

 

 

2008 – Dick Martin , American comedian (b. 1922)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2009 – Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)

2010 – Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)

2011 – Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1059 – Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France

1275 – King Edward I of Engld orders cessation of persecution of French Jews

1420 – Jews of Syria & Austria expelled

1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the British

1536 – Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition

1568 – Battle at Heiligerlee: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, 100s killed

1568 – The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.

1576 – Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory

1609 – Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.

1618 – 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Four Catholic Lords Regents thrown out of window

1660 – King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England

1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.

 

 

 

1706 – Battle of Ramillies-Marlborough defeats French17,000 killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

1774 – Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1788 – SC becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution

1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”)

1861 – Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession

1862 – Battle at Front Royal, Virginia

1862 – Valley Campaign-Stonewall Jackson takes Ft Royal, Virginia

1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1864 – Battle of Dallas, GA

1864 – Battle of North Anna, Va, 1st of 3 days of fighting

1865 – -24] Victory parade in Washington, DC (Grand Review)

1867 – Jesse James-gang rob bank in Richmond Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)

1873 – 1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43

1873 – Canada’s North West Mounted Police Force forms

1876 – 1st NL no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston)

1882 – 6″ of snow falls in eastern Iowa

1883 – 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43

1884 – 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5

1887 – 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC

1894 – William Love hosts ground breaking ceremonies for Love Canal

1898 – 1st Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from SF

1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY

1901 – 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21

1901 – US captures leader of Philippine rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

1903 – 1st automobile trip across US from SF to NY, ended April 1

1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin

1908 – Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die

1915 – Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary & Germany during WW I

1916 – Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun

1921 – “Shuffle Along” 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC

1922 – Harry Greb gave Gene Tunney his only professional boxing defeat

1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1923 – 1st flight of Sabena: Brussel-Lympne, Great Britain

1923 – Launch of Belgium’s SABENA airline.

1928 – Bomb attack on Italians embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die

 

 

 

1934 – The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – 1st scheduled night game, postponed due to rain (Cincinnati)

1939 – British decoration, George Cross, 1st presented

1939 – British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

 

 

 

1939 – USS Squalis sank off Portsmouth NH26 die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – 1st great dogfight between Spitfires

1941 – Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1943 – -24] 826 Allied bombers attack Dortmund

1944 – British/Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo Italy

1944 – Chinese counter offensive at Hunan front

1944 – Polo Grounds host 1st NYC night game since 1941

1945 – British milt police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz

1945 – German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British

1945 – Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader & Gestapo leader, commits suicide in prison at 44

1945 – Lord Haw-Haw arrested at Danish boundary

1948 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs

1949 – Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)

1953 – 79th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8

1958 – Schools 1st use Cliff’s Notes

1958 – Mao Tse tung start “Great leap forward” movement in China

1958 – Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

1959 – Presbyterian church accepts women preachers

1960 – Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

1962 – Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

1962 – OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life

1962 – Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7

1963 – NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000

1964 – Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)

1965 – Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River Malawi, kills 150

1969 – BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus

1969 – Who release rock opera “Tommy”

1970 – Grateful Dead’s 1st performance outside of US (England)

1970 – A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage.

1971 – Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands

1974 – Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed

1977 – Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H R Halderman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell

 

 

 

1977 – Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostages on a hijacked train in Nethchildren released May 27siege ends June 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

1979 – “Kids Are All Right” premieres

1979 – Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy

1982 – BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

1988 – Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990

1990 – Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26

1991 – Last Cubans troops leave Angola

1991 – US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion

1992 – Pres Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees

1994 – 270 pilgrims dies in bustle round Mina Saudi-Arabia

1994 – Star Trek The Next Generation, finale airs this week in syndication

1995 – 47th time opposing pitchers hit HRS, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)

1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

2002 – The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.

2003 – The euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.

2004 – Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.

 

 

Births

1052 – King Philip I of France (d. 1108)

1100 – Emperor Qinzong of China (d. 1161)

1598 – Claude Mellan, French engraver/cartoonist/painter, baptized

1606 – Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer (d. 1682)

1617 – Elias Ashmole, antiquary

1620 – Pieter Neefs, the Younger, Flemish painter, baptized

1707 – Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and the Father of Taxonomy (d. 1778)

1710 – Francois-Gaspard Adam, French sculptor (garden sculptures)

1734 – Friedrich Anton Mesmer, Austria, physician/hypnotist (Mesmerism)

1790 – Jules Dumont d’Urville, French explorer (d. 1842)

1795 – Charles Barry, architect

1813 – Mason Brayman, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1820 – James Buchanan Eads, US, engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)

1820 – Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)

 

 

 

1824 – Ambrose Everett BurnsideMajor General (Union volunteers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1828 – Edward Hitchcock, America’s 1st prof of physical ed (Amherst College)

1834 – Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (d. 1890)

1837 – James Sanks Brisbin, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1844 – `Abdu’l-Bahá, Successor to Prophet of the Bahá’í Faith (d. 1921)

1848 – Helmuth J L von Moltke, German general/chief of staff (WW I)

1848 – Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator

1862 – William “Dummy” Hoy, professional baseball player who lived to 99

1875 – Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)

1883 – Douglas Fairbanks, Denver CO, actor (Zorro/3 Musketeers/Robin Hood)

1887 – Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)

1893 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)

1900 – Hans Frank, German Nazi war criminal (d. 1946)

1903 – Walter Reisch, US, screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)

1907 – Kenneth Allen, engineer

1908 – John Bardeen, US, physicist (transistor, Nobel 1956, 1972)

1908 – Max Abramovitz, US architect (Lincoln Center, UN Building)

1910 – Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], NYC, bandleader (Come’on my House)

1910 – Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter

1910 – Scatman Crothers, [Benjamin], Terre Haute IN, actor (Zapped, Shining)

1911 – Melvin M Payne, president (National Geographic Society)

1912 – John Payne, Roanoke Va, actor (Restless Gun)

1914 – Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)

1915 – Clyde Wiegand, physicist

1917 – Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)

1918 – Bumps Blackwell, rocker

1920 – Sid Melton, Bkln NY, actor (Alf-Green Acres, Charlie-Danny Thomas)

1921 – Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It’s Great to Be Young)

1921 – James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)

1928 – Nigel Davenport, Cambridge England, actor (Without a Clue, Masada)

1928 – Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)

 

 

 

1928 – Rosemary ClooneyKentucky,  singer , actress

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1931 – Barbara Barrie, Chicago, actress (Breaking Away, Barney Miller)

1933 – Bruce A Peterson, US test pilot (M2, HL-10)

1933 – Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

1934 – Robert A Moog, inventor (Moog Synthesizer)

1936 – Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer

1937 – John Mazza, horse trainer

1939 – Ron Stevens, horse trainer

1942 – Zalman King, Trenton, New Jersey, actor and director (Wild Orchid), (d. 2012)

1944 – Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)

1945 – Elliott Bernerd, English broker/multi-millionaire

1945 – Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)

1945 – Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)

1946 – H. Paul Shuch, American SETI scientist

1947 – Jonathan Pryce, North Wales, stage actor (Miss Saigon)

1950 – Linda Thompson, Memphis Tn, actress (Hee Haw)

1951 – Anatoli Karpov, USSR, world chess champion (1975-85)

1952 – “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)

1958 – Thomas Reiter, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)

1958 – Mitch Albom, American writer

 

 

 

1958 – Drew CareyCleve Ohactor/comedian (Drew-Drew Carey Show)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1962 – Karen Duffy, [Duff], NYC, MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks)

1962 – Imran Anwar, Pakistani Internet pioneer and American TV personality

1967 – Craig John Monk, Auckland NZ, finn class yachter (Olympics-96)

1970 – Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin

1970 – Bryan Herta, American race car driver

1971 – Laurel Holloman, American actress

1972 – Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver

1974 – Jewel Kilcher, Payson, Utah, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You)

1974 – Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

1983 – Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)

 

 

Deaths

1125 – Hendrik V, Roman catholics German king/emperor (1098/1111-25), dies

1304 – Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer

1423 – Benedict XIII, [Pedro the Luna], Spanish Pope (1394-1423), dies

1498 – Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45

 

 

 

1523 – Ashikaga YoshitaneJapanese shogun (b. 1466)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1524 – Ismail I, Shah of Persia (b. 1487)

1568 – Adolf van Nassau, German son of Willem the Rich, dies in battle at 27

1670 – Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1610)

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

 

 

 

1701 – William KiddScottish piratehanged at London’s Execution Dock

 

 

 

 

 

 

1754 – John Wood, architect/town planner, dies

1783 – James Otis, American lawyer, dies

1841 – Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist, dies at 76

1842 – Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary/poet, dies at 34

1851 – Lucas Pieter Roodbaard, architect, dies at 69

1855 – Charles Robert Malden, English explorer (b. 1797)

1857 – Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician (b. 1789)

 

 

 

1868 – Kit CarsonAmerican trapperscoutand Indian agent (b. 1809)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1886 – Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)

1895 – Franz E Neumann, German mineralogist/physicist, dies at 96

1906 – Henrik Johan Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House), dies at 78

 

 

 

1934 – Bonnie ParkerAmerican outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush at 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Clyde Barrowoutlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – John Davison Rockfeller, industrialist, dies at 97 in Ormond Beach Fla

1940 – Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies

1941 – Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies

1960 – Georges Claude, engineer/inventor, dies

1961 – Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53

1975 – Jackie “Moms” Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81

1979 – Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79

1981 – George Jessel, US comic/toastmaster (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83

1983 – Albert Claude, Belgian biologist (Nobel 1974), dies at 84

1986 – Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70

1991 – Peter T Thwaites, British brig-gen/playwright (Love or money), dies

1991 – William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30

 

 

 

1994 – Joe PassUS jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

1996 – Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61

1996 – Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber (b. 1941)

1996 – Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber (b. 1955)

2002 – Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

2012 – Joseph Lesniewski, soldier (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), dies at 91

2012 – Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events 

334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus

 

 

 

 

 

760 – 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

 

 

 

1176 – Murder attempt by “Assassins” on Saladin near Aleppo

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200 – Peace of Goulet

1370 – Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels Belgium

1455 – Open battle in England’s 30-year War of the Roses (St Albans)

1455 – Richard of York takes St Albans, kidnapping King Henry VI

1570 – 1st atlas, with 70 maps, published

1629 – Emperor Ferdinand II & Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of Lubeck

1761 – 1st life insurance policy in US, issued in Phila

1803 – 1st public library opens (Connecticut)

1807 – Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Va (acquitted)

1807 – Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Phila)

1819 – 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)

1840 – The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.

1842 – Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.

1843 – 1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon

1849 – Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device

 

 

 

1856 – Violence in SenateSC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner

 

 

 

 

 

1863 – War Dept establishes Bureau of Colored Troops

1864 – Battle of N Anna River, VA (Totopotamy River, Haw’s Shop, Hanovertown)

1868 – Great Train Robbery-7 men (Reno Brother) make off with $98,000 in cash

1872 – Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners (except for 500)

1877 – 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38

1883 – Cub’s Billy Sunday’s 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out

1885 – 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49

1888 – Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

1900 – Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative

1902 – 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6

1903 – Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.

1906 – 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45

1906 – Wright Brothers patents an aeroplane

1909 – 1st SF fireboat, David Scannell, launched

1915 – Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland)

1915 – Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain, other than Mount St. Helens, to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.

1926 – “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1

1927 – 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed

1928 – US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act

1930 – Ruth hits 3 consecutive HR (8th-10th of 60 in 1930)

1930 – Yankee “Bronx Bombers” hit 14 HRs in a game

1931 – Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida

 

 

 

1933 – Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay

 

 

 

 

 

 

1933 – World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated

1936 – Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.

1938 – Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field

1939 – Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel”

1940 – Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city

1941 – British troops attack Baghdad

1942 – Mexico declares war on nazi-Germany & Japan

1943 – 1st jet fighter is tested

1945 – 6th Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa

1947 – “Truman Doctrine” goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece

1947 – 1st US ballistic missile fired

1953 – President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

1954 – 80th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4

1955 – Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th

1956 – “Bob Hope Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1959 – Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black gen-major in USAF

1960 – Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM

1961 – “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K-Doe hits #1

1961 – 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle), opens

1962 – Robert A Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600m

1962 – Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game

1962 – Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.

1964 – LBJ presents “Great Society”

1965 – “Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious” hits #66

1965 – Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride,” single goes #1

1965 – Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” debuts on NET (now PBS)

1967 – Fire at L’Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)

1968 – Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single

1969 – Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface

1970 – Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus

1970 – Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0

1972 – Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion

1972 – US president Nixon begins visit Moscow

1973 – President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up

 

 

 

1974 – Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly & dies 14 months later

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)

1983 – Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament

1983 – Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR

1985 – Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader

1985 – US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR

1986 – Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

1987 – 30 killed in a Texas tornado

1990 – Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23

1990 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.0

1990 – North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen

1992 – India launches its Agni rocket

1992 – Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of Tonight Show

1993 – Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1995 – Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunionn special, televised

1997 – Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

2002 – In Washington, DC, the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.

2002 – American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

 

 

 

2004 – The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraskais wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wideIt also kills one local resident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 – An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of JoplinMissouri killing at least 158 peoplethe single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 – 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India 

 

 

Births 

1622 – Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor of New France (d. 1698)

1671 – Abraham Patras, governor-general of East-Indies (1735-37)

1715 – François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)

1724 – Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)

1804 – John William (Turk) Livingston, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885

1821 – Alfred Sully, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879

1844 – Mary Cassatt, US, Impressionist painter (Woman Bathing)

1849 – Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)

1859 – Arthur Conan Doyle, UK, author brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice

1885 – Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)

1891 – J R Becher, writer

1891 – Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)

1891 – Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)

1903 – Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)

1906 – Harry Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)

1907 – Laurence Olivier, England, actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer)

1908 – Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)

1908 – Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)

1914 – Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)

1920 – Thomas Gold, astronomer (proposed steady-state theory of universe)Austrian astrophysicist (d. 2004)

1922 – Judith Crist, NY, movie critic (TV Guide)

1924 – Charles Aznavour, Armenia, French singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)

1927 – Michael Constantine, Penn, actor (Room 222, Don’t Drink the Water)

1928 – T Boone Pickens, CEO (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co)

1930 – Kenny Ball, rocker, (d. 2013)

1930 – Harvey Milk, Woodmere, NY, politicians and gay activist, (d. 1978)

1934 – Peter Nero, NYC, conductor/pianist (A Sunday in NY)

1936 – M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (d. 2005)

1938 – Richard Benjamin, NYC, director/actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She)

1938 – Susan Strasberg, NYC, actress (In Praise of Older Women, Manitou)

1940 – Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)

1940 – Michael Sarrazin, actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don’t They)

1941 – Paul Winfield, LA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack)

1942 – Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)

1942 – Theodore Kaczynski, American terrorist

1943 – Tommy John, pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)

1946 – George Best, footballer/soccer player (Manchester United, Northern Ireland)

1950 – Bernie Taupin, lyricist (writes with Elton John)

1952 – Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat

1953 – John Edward Stevens, NYC, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List)

1955 – Iva Davies, rock guitarist/vocalist (Icehouse)

1955 – Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)

1959 – Morrissey, rocker (Depeche Mode-Somebody)

1961 – Dana Williams, Dayton Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1966 – Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)

1967 – John Vanderslice, American musician

1970 – Naomi Campbell, London England, model/actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped)

1972 – Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)

1974 – A. J. Langer, American actress

1978 – Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress

1978 – Katie Price, British model

1979 – Nadia Khan, TV Presenter

1979 – Maggie Q, American actress

1982 – Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater

1983 – John Hopkins, Anglo-American motorcycling racer

1984 – Joe Lauzon, American martial artist

1985 – Caridee English, American Model

 

 

Deaths

337 – Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome (306-37) dies at 47

748 – Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)

987 – Louis V le Faineant, the Lazy, king of France (986-87), poisoned at 20

1068 – Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)

1455 – Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)

1455 – Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)

1457 – Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint (b. 1381)

1538 – John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (martyred) (b. 1471)

1666 – Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)

1745 – François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)

1819 – John H van Kinsbergen, lt-admiral/founder (Corps Marines), dies at 84

1868 – Julius Plucker, German mathematician/physicist (formula of P), dies

 

 

 

1885 – Victor HugoFrench writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1925 – John [Denton Pinkstone] French, Brit field marshall (WWI), dies at 72

1932 – Lady Augusta, [Isabella Gregory], playwright (Gold Apple), dies at 80

1961 – Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53

1965 – Bobby Watson, comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), dies at 77

1965 – Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies

1965 – Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)

1967 – James Langston Hughes, American poet laureate, dies at 65

1972 – Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP’s), dies at 80

1975 – Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)

1984 – John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery

1988 – Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71

1989 – Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)

1990 – Max Wall, actor (Jabberwocky), dies

 

 

 

1990 – Rocky Grazianoboxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure

 

 

 

 

 

1993 – Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100

1994 – Frederick Hemming McClintock, criminologist, dies at 68

1994 – Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies

1997 – Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)

2005 – Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)

2012 – Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

143 – Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed

685 – Battle at Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts beat Northumbrians

878 – Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

879 – Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.

996 – Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor

1040 – King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.

1471 – King Edward IV enters London

1502 – Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

1602 – Martha’s Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
1674 – General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland

1725 – The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

1758 – Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.

1804 – Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

1809 – Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon

1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)

1840 – NZ became a British colony

1846 – 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

1856 – Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces

1861 – NC is 10th state to secede from Union

1861 – Richmond, Va is designated Confederate Capital

1863 – Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins

1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.

1878 – 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25

1879 – War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.

1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

1886 – 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45

1891 – Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds

1894 – 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine.

1897 – Yerkes Observatory 40″ (1m) refractor used for 1st time

1904 – Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris

1906 – Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

1907 – 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4

 

 

 

1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hydepremieres in Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

1914 – 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8

1914 – Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota

1917 – Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I

1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.

1918 – House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

1921 – Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co

1922 – Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000

1924 – Leopold & Loeb kidnap Bobby Franks for fun

1925 – Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole

1927 – Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic

1929 – Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC

1930 – NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers

1932 – 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland

1934 – Oskaloosa Iowa, becomes 1st US city to fingerprint its citizens

 

 

 

1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her handHer story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals.

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees

1941 – 1st US ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)

1941 – Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

1945 – German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured

1945 – Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart wed

1948 – NY Yank Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

1950 – Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia

1955 – 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset

1956 – US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll

1958 – Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island

1960 – 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6

1961 – Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery

1964 – 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)

1964 – US begin intelligence flights above Laos

1966 – “Downtown” by Mrs Miller hits #82

1966 – 92nd Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4

1966 – Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97

1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

 

 

 

1968 – Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpionwith 99 menreported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Robert Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death

1969 – After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

1970 – National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State U

1971 – National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga Tenn

1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

1975 – Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart

1977 – 103rd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4

1977 – Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19

1978 – Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect

1979 – Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone

1979 – Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in USSR

1980 – “Empire Strikes Back” premieres

1982 – British troops lands on Falkland Islands

1983 – “Bang The Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren hits #63

1983 – 109th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4

1987 – Military coup in Fiji Islands under lt col Sitivani Rabuka

1988 – “Fat” by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

1988 – 114th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68

 

 

 

1990 – Last episode of Newhart” airs on CBS-TV

 

 

 

Spoiler Alert : This video includes only the LAST ten minutes or so of the finale .

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

1994 – Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning

1994 – South Yemen secedes from Yemen

1996 – Blackout in many areas of Queens NY

1996 – Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

1996 – Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win

1996 – The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.

1997 – Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 17th time

1998 – In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

1998 – Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns.

1999 – All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history

2001 – French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.

2004 – Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu’s record from the previous year.

2004 – Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.

2006 – The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.

 

 

 

2007 – The Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in LondonEnglandShe is the last surviving clipper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 – 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana’a, Yemen

2012 – 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania

 

 

Births

1471 – Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker

1527 – Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98) & Portugal (1580-98)

1633 – Joseph de La Barre, composer

1653 – Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)

1688 – Alexander Pope, London, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d.1744)

1755 – Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)

1821 – John F Loudon, Dutch entrepreneur/colonial director

1822 – Dabney Herndon Maury, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1900

1822 – Mosby Monroe Parsons, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) died in 1865

1825 – George Lafayette Beal, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1835 – Newton Martin Curtis, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1835 – František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)

1850 – Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)

1860 – Willam Einthoven, Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)

1865 – C J Thomsen, Denmark, archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages

1872 – Henry Warren, Boston Mass, inventor (Telechon electric clock)

1873 – Hans Berger, German neuroscientist (d. 1941)

 

 

 

1878 – Glenn Hammond CurtissUSaviator , inventor (hydroplane)

 

 

 

 

 

1882 – Georgine M “May” Basting, actress (Hostage Rights of Aemstel)

1898 – Armand Hammer, NYC, millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum)

1903 – Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil’s Planet)

 

 

1904 – Fats Waller, [Thomas Wright], jazz singer/composer (Ain’t Misbehavin’)

 

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1916 – Harold Robbins, NYC, author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy)

1917 – Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)

1917 – Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)

1918 – Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist

1921 – Andrei Sakharov, Moscow, physicist, human rights worker (Nobel ’75)

1923 – Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (d. 2003)

1924 – Peggy Cass, Boston MA, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame)

1926 – Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer

1927 – Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)

1929 – Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)

1930 – Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)

1932 – John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)

1934 – Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate

1935 – Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)

1938 – David Groh, Bkln NY, actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day)

1941 – Ronald Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)

1942 – Robert C Springer, St Louis, Col USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38)

1943 – Hilton Valentine, rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1944 – Janet Dailey, US, author

1944 – Mary Robinson, pres of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )

1944 – Mike Degett, horse trainer

1945 – Ernst Willi Messerschmid, Reutlingen Germany, astronaut (STS 22)

1947 – Bill Champlin, Oakland Ca, rocker

1952 – Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], Chicago, American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T)

1954 – Bill Abbott, Sarnia Ontario, yachter (Olympics-96)

1955 – John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet

1957 – Judge Reinhold, Wilmington DE, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

1957 – Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)

1957 – Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress

1958 – Sabine Bischoff, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, fencer (Oly Gld 1984), (d. 2013)

1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director

1961 – Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)

1964 – Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)

1968 – Matthias Ungemach, German rower

1972 – Liliko Ogasawara, Englewood NJ, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], New York City, New York, rapper (Life After Death), (d. 1997)

1974 – Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Gas Food Lodging)

1979 – Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter

1981 – Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)

1984 – Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen

1985 – Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7

1986 – Myra, Mexican-American singer

1991 – Sarah Ramos, American actress

1994 – Tom Daley, English diver

 

 

 

Deaths

987 – Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies

1254 – Conrad IV of Germany (b. 1228)

1481 – Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies

 

 

1542 – Hernando de Soto , dies while searching for goldnear Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

1650 – James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, Scottish general, hanged

1664 – Elizabeth Poole, Puritan businesswoman

1670 – Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)

1690 – John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85

1703 – Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle

1719 – Pierre Poiret, French mystic (b. 1646)

1786 – Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43

1810 – Charles GLAAT chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont, French spy, dies at 81

1862 – John Drew, Irish-born American actor (b. 1827)

1894 – August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54

1894 – Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)

1911 – Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)

1915 – Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)

1919 – Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship’s doctor/writer, dies

1919 – Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)

1924 – Bobby Franks, killed by Leopold & Loeb, at 14

1926 – Ronald Arthur A Firbank, British writer (Prancing Nigger), dies at 40

1952 – John Garfield, actor (Juarez, Air Force), dies at 39

1964 – James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)

1965 – Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)

1966 – Pat O’Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75

1970 – Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63

1970 – E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)

1981 – Patsy O’Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)

1981 – Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)

1987 – Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57

1990 – Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies

1991 – Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-91), assassinated at 46

1992 – Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24

1993 – John Frost, English lt-col (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80

1994 – Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60

1994 – John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81

1995 – Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56

1996 – Al “Lash” La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78

1996 – Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67

1996 – Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83

2000 – Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)

2000 – Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904)

2000 – Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)

2003 – Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (b. 1928)

2005 – Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)

2006 – Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

325 – 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nicaea, Asia Minor

1217 – The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

1293 – Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed

1293 – King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.

1303 – Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to British in Hundred Years War

1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet

1347 – Rienzo calls Rome for people’s tribunal

1495 – French King Charles VIII leaves Naples

1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calcutta India

1501 – Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands

1521 – Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball

1631 – Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.

1639 – Dorchester Mass, forms 1st school funded by local taxes

1690 – England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II

1734 – 1st Jockey Club forms in SC

1774 – Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio

1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence of Britain

1830 – 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)

1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen

1845 – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.

1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War

1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union

1861 – US marshals appropriate previous year’s telegraph dispatches, to reveal prosecessionist evidence

1862 – Homestead Act provides cheap land for settlement of West

1864 – Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured

1864 – Spotsylvania-campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured 

1867 – Royal Albert Hall foundation laid by Queen Victoria

1868 – Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant

1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets

1879 – 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37

1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer

1896 – The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.

1900 – 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)

1902 – US military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends

1913 – 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4

1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting

1918 – 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)

1919 – Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550

1922 – “Egypt” sinks off Ushant after colliding with “Seine,” killing 90

1926 – Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes

1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

1927 – At 7:40 AM, Lindbergh takes off from NY to cross Atlantic for Paris

1927 – Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)

1930 – 1st airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot

1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic

1939 – 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)

1940 – Gen Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)

1942 – US Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve

1948 – 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army

1950 – 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2

1959 – Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon”

1959 – Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship

1961 – 87th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6

1961 – White mob attacks “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama

1964 – Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for US Olympic team

1967 – 93rd Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 1:55.2

1969 – US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam

1970 – 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam

1972 – 98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6

1978 – 104th Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4

1978 – 3 PFLP members kill a cop near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris

1979 – 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

1980 – Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss

1980 – Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157

1980 – In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism

1983 – Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1983 – Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for hw boxing title

1983 – Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs

1984 – Boston’s Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

1985 – Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time

1985 – FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR

1985 – Israel exchanges 1,100+ Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers

1985 – Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1985 – US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti

1986 – Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv

1989 – 115th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8

1989 – China declares martial law in Beijing

1989 – Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on Saturday Night Live

1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space

1992 – Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

1993 – 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)

1993 – 274th & final “Cheers” on NBC

1994 – Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show

1995 – 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4

1995 – CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung

1997 – Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed

1997 – Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

 

 

 

 

Births

1315 – Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)

1364 – Henry Percy, [Harry Hotspur], British soldier/politican

1470 – Pietro Bembo, cardinal/theologian

1537 – Hieronymus Fabricius Ab, Aquapend Italy, physician (De Formato Foetu)

1593 – Jacob Jordaens, Flemish barok artist

1663 – William Bradford, British-born printer (d. 1752)

1706 – Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)

1750 – Stephen Girard, bailed out US bonds during War of 1812

1759 – William Thornton, architect (Capitol building, Wash DC)

1768 – Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison, 1st lady (1809-17)

1772 – William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)

1799 – Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (d. 1850)

 

 

 

1806 – John Stuart MillUKphilosopher/political economist/Utilitarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

1818 – William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)

1825 – Antoinette Brown Blackwell, clergy (1st ordained US female minister)

1828 – James William Reilly, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1905

1851 – Emile Berliner, Germany, inventor (flat phonograph record)

1860 – Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)

1883 – Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher

1899 – Estelle Taylor, Delaware, actress (8 Commandments)

1899 – John M Harlan, Chicago, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71)

1901 – Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)

1908 – Jimmy Stewart [James], PA, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Wash, Wonderful Life), (d. 1997)

1911 – Gardner F[rancis] Fox, US, sci-fi author (Kothar-Barbarian Swordsman)

1912 – Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC’s Zodiac killer (survives)

1913 – Henry Cadbury Brown, architect

1913 – William Hewlett, cofounder (Hewlett-Packard Co)

1915 – Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense

1918 – Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)

1919 – George Gobel, Chicago Ill, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife)

1923 – Edith Fellows, Boston, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets)

1926 – Vic Ames, rocker (Ames Brothers)

1926 – Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)

1927 – [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)

1928 – David Hedison, actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)

1928 – Jack Kevorkian, controversial American medical doctor

1930 – Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)

1931 – Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)

1933 – Constance Towers, actress (Capitol, Shock Corrider, Naked Kiss)

1936 – Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)

1938 – Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)

1940 – Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR

 

 

 

1942 – Carlos HathcockAmerican Marine sniper (d. 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – Joe Cocker, Sheffield England, rock vocalist (Little Help From My Friends)

1945 – Harold E Ford, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )

1946 – Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Oly-silver-1972) disqualified

1946 – Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], El Centro, California, American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask)

1948 – Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)

1951 – Thomas D Akers, St Louis, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79)

1951 – William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)

1954 – James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)

1954 – Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain

1954 – Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka

1958 – Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer/guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)

1958 – Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, Pres son/TV host (Ron Reagon Show)

1959 – Bronson Pinchot, NYC, actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop)

1960 – John Cowsill, rock vocalist (Cowsills-Hair)

1960 – Susan Cowsill, Newport RI, rock vocalist (Cowsills-We Can Fly)

1961 – Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)

1962 – Lydia Cheng, NYC, Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2)

1962 – Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress

1963 – David Wells, Torrance CA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees)

1964 – Joseph Sinnott Edwards, Chicago, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1966 – Mindy Cohn, LA, actress (Facts of Life)

1967 – Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist

1971 – Tony Stewart, American race car driver

1975 – Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player

1977 – Chad Muska, American Skateboarder for Element Skateboards

1981 – Mark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver

1993 – Caroline Zhang, American figure skater

 

 

 

 

Deaths

685 – King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)

1277 – John XXI, [Petrus Juliani/Hispanus], Portuguese Pope (1276-77), dies. (b. 1215)

1285 – John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)

1444 – Bernardinus van Siena, Italian saint, dies at 63

1471 – Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 70-71)/France (1431-71), dies

1503 – Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)

1506 – Christopher Columbus, explorer, dies in poverty, in Spain at 55

1550 – Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (b. 1510)

1597 – Matthijs Heldt, dies in battle

1622 – Osman II, sultan of Turkey (1618-22), dies

1669 – Joris van der Hagen, landscape painter, dies

1722 – Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669)

1732 – Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)

1782 – William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)

1793 – Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (b. 1720)

1795 – Ignác Martinovics, Hungarian physicist/revolutionary, beheaded

 

 

 

1834 – Marquis de LafayetteFrench generaldies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1909 – Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)

1923 – Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, dies

1946 – Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)

1947 – Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)

1949 – Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)

1956 – Max Beerbohm, caricturist/writer (Yet Again), dies

1959 – Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60

1961 – Josef “Pips” Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)

1972 – Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75

1973 – Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)

1989 – Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70

1989 – Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42

1989 – John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies

1993 – Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77

1996 – Julius Marmur, biochemist/geneticist, dies at 70

1996 – Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer, dies at 101

2000 – Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)

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

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

2008 – Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)

2011 – Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)

2012 – Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60

2012 – Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

715 – St Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1506 – Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir

1515 – George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles

1568 – English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary

1571 – Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manila in the Phillipines

1585 – Spain confiscates English ships

1608 – Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague

1635 – France declares war on Spain

1643 – Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army

1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England

1649 – An Act declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.

1780 – About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day it’s cause is still unexplained

1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North

1848 – 1st department store opens

1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war

1862 – Homestead Act becomes law provides cheap land for settlement of West

1863 – Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete

1864 – Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA (Bermuda Hundred)

1864 – Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania

1864 – Skirmish at Cassville Georgia

1865 – President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia

1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres

1892 – Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer

1892 – National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded

1893 – Heavy rain wash “quick clay” into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)

1896 – 1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands

1897 – Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

1898 – Post Office authorizes use of postcards

1900 – World’s longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens

1909 – Jack Johnson fights Jack O’Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title

1916 – Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun

1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system

1923 – 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:05.4

1926 – French air force bombs Damascus Syria

1929 – Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium crushes 2 people to death

1931 – Ironclad cruiser Germany launched in Kiel

1937 – John Murray/Allen Boretz’ “Room Service,” premieres in NYC

1941 – New nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland

1943 – Churchill pledges England’s full support to US against Japan

1951 – 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

1951 – UN begins counter offensive in Korea

1956 – 82nd Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4

1958 – Premiere of Harold Pinter’s “Birthday Party,” in London

1960 – Juan Marichal debuts as SF Giant pitcher, beats Phillies on 1 hitter

1960 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m

1962 – 88th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2

1962 – Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea

1964 – US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy

1965 – Patricia R Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)

1967 – US bombs Hanoi

1971 – USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars

1973 – 99th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4

1975 – Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India

1975 – Junko Tabei is 1st woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest

1976 – Gold ownership legalized in Australia

1977 – “Smokey & the Bandit,” premieres

1979 – “In The Navy” by Village People hits #3

1979 – 105th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2

1983 – NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

1983 – Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Wash DC

1984 – 110th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6

1984 – STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad

1989 – Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1

1990 – 116th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6

1991 – “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” closes at Shubert NYC after 225 perfs

1991 – Willy T Ribbs becomes 1st black driver to make Indianapolis 500

1992 – 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary

1992 – Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in Massapequa LI

1992 – Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches

1992 – VP Dan Quayle attacks Murphy Brown for being a single mother and as a poor example of family values

1993 – Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)

1994 – Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack

1994 – Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center

1995 – World’s youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai

 

 

 

 

Births

1469 – Giovanni della Robbia, Italian sculptor

1611 – Innocent XI, [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italy, 240th Pope (1676-89)

1616 – Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer

1700 – José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)

1724 – Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)

1744 – Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1818)

1762 – Johann G Fichte German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre)

1773 – Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)

1795 – Johns Hopkins, philanthropist, founded Johns Hopkins University

1808 – Samuel Jameson Gholson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1883

1812 – Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862

1815 – John Gross Barnard, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1882

1828 – Adin Ballou Underwood, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1862 – Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (d. 1942)

1864 – Carl Ethan Akeley, US, naturalist, devoleped animal mount process

1870 – Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)

1881 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (d. 1938)

1890 – Ho Chi Minh, trail blazer/leader of Vietnam (1946, 1969)

1891 – Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)

1892 – Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]

1897 – Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)

1898 – Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (d. 1974)

1904 – Sven Thofelt, Sweden, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1928)

1906 – Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (d. 2007)

1913 – Albert Hardy, photographer

1914 – Max Perutz, Austrian-born molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (d. 2002)

1914 – Go Seigen, Japanese Go player

1918 – Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)

1925 – Malcolm X, [Little], [Detroit Red], Omaha NB, founder (Black Muslims)

1928 – Anthony C B Chapman, England, sports car builder/autoracer (Formula 1)

1928 – Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)

1928 – Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars (d. 1982)

1929 – Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)

1931 – Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)

1934 – James Charles Lehrer, Wichita Ks, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report)

1935 – David Hartman, Pawtucket RI, TV personality (Good Morning America)

1936 – Elisabeth Schwartz, Austria, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1956)

1937 – Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer

1939 – Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)

1939 – James Fox, London England, actor (Greystoke)

1939 – Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong)

1940 – Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)

1941 – Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader

1941 – Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)

1945 – Peter Townshend, England, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (The Who-Tommy)

1946 – Phillip Rudd, Melbourne, rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock ‘n Roll Damnation)

1946 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)

1947 – Jerry Hyman, Bkln, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears)

1948 – Grace Jones, [Mendoza], Spanishtown Jamacia, singer/actress (Vamp)

1948 – Tom Scott, LA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show)

1949 – Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)

1951 – Joey Ramone, [Jeffrey Hyman], lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (Baby I Love You)

1951 – Dick Slater, American professional wrestler

1952 – Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)

1953 – Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary

1953 – Dawud M. Mu’Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)

1955 – Pierre J Thuot, Groton Conn, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62)

1959 – Nicole Brown Simpson, Frankford Germany, Mrs OJ Simpson (murdered)

1960 – Yazz, [Yasmin Evans], London, England, singer (Fine Time)

1962 – Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)

1967 – Massimo Taccon, Italian painter and sculptor

1969 – David Wharton, Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic-silver-88)

1971 – Lori Ann Mundt, Yorkton Saskatchawan, volleyball player (Olympics-96)

1971 – Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler

1972 – Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)

1976 – Kevin Garnett, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)

1981 – Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

1988 – Lily Cole, English model/actress

 

 

 

Deaths

804 – Alcuin of York, English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69

988 – Dunstan[us], English archbishop of Canterbury, dies

1102 – Stephen, Count of Blois (b. c. 1045)

1125 – Vladimir Monomakh, Russian prince (b. 1053)

1296 – Celestine V, [Pietro del Murrone], Pope (1294), dies

1526 – Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (b. 1464)

1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England/wife of Henry VIII, beheaded

1536 – Lord Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded

1647 – Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies

1715 – Charles Montagu, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1661)

1795 – Josiah Bartlett, US physician/judge (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 65

1795 – James Boswell, Scottish biographer (b. 1740)

1798 – William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English dueler (b. 1722)

1800 – French Bosbeeck, veterinarian/robber, hanged

1864 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, US, writer (Scarlet Letter), dies

1885 – Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)

1898 – William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1809)

1907 – Benjamin Baker, English engineer (b. 1840)

1915 – John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)

1918 – Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)

1928 – Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53

1935 – Thomas E Lawrence (of Arabia), dies in a motorcycle crash

1946 – Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)

1958 – Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)

1966 – Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga’s King by Capt Cook (1773), dies

1969 – Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies

1971 – Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68

1987 – Alice B[radley] Sheldon, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71

1987 – James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)

1989 – Robert Webber, actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS at 64

1994 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

1997 – Millie, dog of President Bush (Millie’s Book), dies at 12

2001 – Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)

2004 – Tony Randall, actor (Felix Unger in The Odd Couple) dies aged 84

2006 – Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)

2009 – Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)

2009 – Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1096 – Crusaders massacre Jews of Worm

 

 

 

1268 – The Principality of Antiocha crusader statefalls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1291 – Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre

1302 – Bruges Matins; the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by local Flemish militia.

1385 – Peace of Doornik: Gent & Louis van Thoughts

1593 – Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1596 – Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya

1619 – Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison

1631 – English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right

1631 – John Winthrop is elected 1st governor of Massachusetts

1642 – Montreal Canada founded

1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1756 – England declares war on France

1765 – Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.

1783 – First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803 – Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France

1811 – Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay lead by Jose Artigas.

1830 – Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower. Saturdays are destroyed forever

1846 – US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros

1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

1860 – Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president

1861 – Battle of Sewall’s Point VA-1st Federal offense against South

 

 

 

1863 – Grant Lays Siege To VicksburgMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)

1869 – Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.

1880 – 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5

1896 – US Supreme court affirms race separation (Plessy v Ferguson)

 

 

 

1896 – Khodynka TragedyA mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1897 – Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)

1897 – American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1904 – American Ion Perdicaris kidnapped in Morocco

1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic

 

 

 

1916 – US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917 – US passes Selective Service act

1918 – TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale Penn kills 200

1920 – 46th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o’ War wins in 1:51.6

1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped

1927 – “Slide Lake” in Gros Ventre Wyoming collapses

1927 – Grauman’s Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif

1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston

1929 – 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8

1929 – Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)

 

 

 

1933 – Tennessee Valley Act (TVAsigned by FDRto build dams

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)

1934 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act,” makes kidnapping a capital offense

1934 – Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers

1934 – TWA began commercial service

1940 – German troops conquer Brussels

1941 – Italian army under general Aosta surrenders to Britain in Ethiopia

1941 – Jewish veterans honor their dead

1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II

1943 – Allied bombers attack Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea

1944 – Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino Italy

1944 – Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans

1948 – Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus

1948 – Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

1951 – UN moves HQ to NYC

1951 – US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea

1953 – 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)

1953 – Jacqueline Cochran is 1st woman to break the sound barrier

1955 – 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)

1956 – Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

1957 – 83rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2

1960 – Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turn (for > 30 yrs)

1963 – 89th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

1964 – Supreme Court rules unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years

1965 – Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Capt

1967 – Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London

1967 – Tenn Gov Ellington repeals “Monkey Law,” upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial

1968 – 94th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

1968 – AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

1968 – Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games

1969 – Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit

1971 – Pres Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

1971 – Vampire rapist Wayne Bodens last victim found

1972 – John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded

1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hits #1

1974 – 100th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6

1974 – India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb

1977 – Nightclub fire in Cincinnati  kills 164

1978 – Italy legalizes abortion

1980 – China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket

1980 – Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die

1980 – Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.

1982 – Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion

1983 – Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program

1985 – 111th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank’s Prospect wins in 1:53.4

1985 – 1st remote location for “Nightline” (South Africa)

1986 – David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool

1986 – South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia

1986 – Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 “atomic” hand-stand push-ups

1990 – Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

1990 – Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant

1990 – Return To Green Acres TV movie airs

1991 – 117th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54

1992 – Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs

1993 – Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto “Nitto” Santapaola

1994 – Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip

1996 – 122nd Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

1998 – United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

2009 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

 

 

 

 

Births

1048 – Omar KhayyámPersian mathematicianpoet and philosopher (d. 1131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1186 – Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)

1474 – Isabella d’Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)

1610 – Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (d. 1664)

1711 – Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer

1788 – Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer

1797 – Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)

1798 – Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1870

1815 – Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), died in 1891

1817 – James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1850 – Oliver Heaviside, London, physicist (predicted ionosphere)

1868 – Nicholas II Aleksandrovitsj, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)

1872 – Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)

1883 – Walter Gropius, Berlin Germany, architect (Bauhaus school of design)

1889 – Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)

1891 – Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)

 

 

 

1897 – Frank CapraItaldirector (Its a Wonderful LifeArsenic & Old Lace)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1900 – Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)

1901 – Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist

1902 – [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)

1904 – Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY)

1907 – Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist

1907 – Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1911 – Joe TurnerKCblues singer (Corrine CorrinaShake Rattle & Roll)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1912 – Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer

1912 – Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)

1912 – Richard Brooks, Phila, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood)

1915 – Leon Shenandoah, native American leader

1917 – James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)

1918 – George Welch, American pilot and war hero (d. 1954)

1919 – Margot Fonteyn, Surrey England, prima ballerina (Giselle)

1920 – John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice, Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)

1922 – Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)

1922 – Kai Winding, Danish-born Jazz musician (d. 1983)

1924 – Jack Whitaker, Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC, CBS)

1928 – G R Hall, nuclear scientist

1928 – P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral

1928 – Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD)

1929 – Kai Winding, Denmark, American Jazz composer, (d. 1983)

1929 – Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)

 

 

 

1930 – Fred SaberhagenUSsci-fi author (Book of Swords)

 

 

 

 

1931 – Robert Morse, Newton Mass, actor (That’s Life, Jack Frost)

1934 – Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)

1937 – Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)

1939 – Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)

1940 – A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist

1941 – M S Longair, astronomer

1942 – Albert Hammond, rocker

1942 – Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)

1943 – James Reiher, American professional wrestler

1946 – Reggie Jackson, “Mr October” baseball rightfielder (Yankees, A’s)

1948 – Joe Bonsall, Phila, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)

1949 – Rick Wakeman, rock keyboardist (Yes-Fish Out of Water)

1949 – William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)

1950 – Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1972)

1950 – Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)

1951 – Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-76)

1951 – Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)

1952 – Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, US, sci-fi author (Door into Fire)

1952 – George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)

1952 – Jeana Yeager, American aviator

1953 – [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)

1955 – Yun Fat Chow, Nam Nga Island Hong Kong, actor (Better Tomorrow)

1957 – Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)

1960 – Yannick Noah, France, tennis player (French 1983)

1962 – Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)

1962 – Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer

1962 – Sandra Cretu, German singer

1966 – Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)

1967 – Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver

1969 – Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)

1970 – Tina Fey, American writer/actress

1971 – Clifton Sunada, Honolulu HI, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1971 – Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter

1971 – Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver

1973 – Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver

1975 – Jack Johnson, American musician

1979 – Kaci Thompson, Miss Nevada Teen USA (1997)

1987 – Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model

1992 – Spencer Breslin, American actor

 

 

 

 

Deaths

526 – John I, Pope (523-26), dies

1160 – Erik IX Helgi, [The Saint], King of Sweden, dies

1401 – Władysław Opolczyk (German: Ladislaus von Oppel, count palatine of Hungary 1367-1372, governor of Halych-Volhynia 1372 -

1410 – Ruprecht, Roman catholics German king, dies

1450 – Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1397)

1584 – Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1559)

1587 – Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies

1625 – Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies

1675 – Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)

 

 

 

1781 – Túpac Amaru IIPeruvian Indian revolutionarya descendant of the last Inca rulerTúpac Amaru (b. 1742)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1800 – Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)

1808 – Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)

1862 – William H Keim, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 48

1864 – James Byron Gordon, Confederate brig-gen, dies at 41

1900 – Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)

1922 – Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)

1927 – Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (b. 1872)

1965 – Eduard J Dijksterhuis, mathematician (Archimedes), dies at 72

1973 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43), dies at 92

1974 – Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61

1980 – Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)

1980 – Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)

1980 – David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)

1981 – Arthur O’Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73

1981 – William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72

1987 – Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System, dies at 73

1988 – Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71

1990 – Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54

1995 – Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45

1995 – Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91

 

 

 

1995 – Elizabeth Montgomeryactress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

 

 

 

 

1996 – Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44

1999 – Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)

2004 – Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)

2006 – Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley’s “Naked Guy” (b. 1972)

2007 – Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)

2009 – Velupillai Prabhakaran,Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)

2009 – Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

218 – 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

352 – Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I

884 – St Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1521 – Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.

1525 – Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels

1527 – Pánfilo de Narváez departs to explore Florida

1536 – Anne Boleyns 4 “lovers” executed

1590 – Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.

1620 – 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)

1630 – Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface

1631 – Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg

1672 – Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)

1673 – Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

1733 – England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions

1742 – Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians

1744 – French army takes Austrian Netherlands

1756 – Britain declares war on France (7 Years’ or French & Indian War)

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.

1792 – 24 merchants form NY Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

1794 – Hard frost in southern New England

1803 – John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

1804 – Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase

1837 – Royal Decides installs the Weapon of Belgium firm(ly)

1845 – Rubber band patents

1849 – Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis Missouri

1862 – Battle of Princeton WV, ends, about 128 casualities

1863 – Battle of Big Black River Bridge, MS

1864 – Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat

1871 – Indians fighter Gen Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches

1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75

1876 – 7th US Cavalry under Custer leaves Ft Lincoln

1881 – 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40

1883 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha

1884 – Alaska becomes a US territory

1890 – Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London

1894 – 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25

 

 

 

1900 – British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1902 – Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.

1904 – Maurice Ravel’s “Shéhérazade,” premieres in Paris

1911 – 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51

1915 – 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58

1919 – War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.

1920 – 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol

1920 – 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)

1924 – 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2

1926 – Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton

1927 – Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings

1927 – U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania

1930 – 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6

1932 – Congress changes name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico”

1938 – Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy

1940 – Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France

1943 – The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.

 

 

 

1943 – World War IIthe Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.(16th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma

1944 – Operation Straightline: Allies land in Neth New-Guinea

1945 – 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu

1946 – Pres Harry Truman seizes control of nation’s railroads to delay a strike

1948 – Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi

1948 – Soviet Union recognized Israel

1949 – British government recognizes Republic of Ireland

1952 – 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4

1954 – Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 “separate but equal” Plessy Vs Ferguson decision

1957 – Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)

1958 – 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2

1961 – Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers

1963 – Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ

1964 – Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s

1968 – Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game

1969 – 95th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6

1969 – Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL

1969 – Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus

1970 – Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

1970 – Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on reed raft Ra

1973 – Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run

1973 – Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

1973 – Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”

1975 – 101st Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4

1975 – 10cc releases “I’m Not in Love”

1975 – NBC paid $5M for rights to show “Gone with the Wind” one time

1976 – Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000’s killed

1978 – Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run

1979 – -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)

1980 – 106th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2

1980 – Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours

1980 – Major race riot in Miami Florida – 16 killed, 300 injured

1985 – Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska

1986 – 112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8

 

 

 

1987 – USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles37 sailors die

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!

1990 – Cheers’ star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71

1992 – Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk)

1993 – Intel’s new Pentium processor is unveiled

1997 – 123rd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

1997 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.

2006 – The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef

2007 – Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

 

 

 

 

Births

1155 – Jien, Japanese poet and historian (d. 1225)

1443 – Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England

1451 – Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg

1490 – Albrecht von Hohenzollern, 1st duke of Prussia

1551 – Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1608)

1576 – Ferdinand van Apshoven, the Older, Flemish painter, baptized

 

 

 

1682 – Bartholomew RobertsWelsh pirate (d. 1722)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1741 – John Penn, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [OS=May 6]

 

 

 

1743 – Seth WarnerAmerican revolutionary leader (d. 1784)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1749 – Edward Jenner, England, physician, discovered vaccination

1758 – John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (d. 1839)

1768 – Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (d. 1854)

1812 – Joseph Warren Revere, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1880

1821 – Sebastian Kneipp, German naturopathist (d. 1897)

1836 – Joseph Norman Lockyer, discoverer (Helium)/founder (Nature magazine)

1836 – Wilhelm Steinitz, Austria, world chess champion (1866-94)

1846 – Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle

1867 – Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician/philosopher

1868 – Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer (d. 1920)

1879 – Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter (d. 1926)

1896 – Hannah Tillich, writer

1897 – Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1898 – Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)

1900 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s ayatollah (1979-89)

1903 – Douglas Packard, British Lt General

1903 – James “Cool Papa” Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)

1906 – Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)

1907 – Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power

1907 – Ilona Schacherer Elek, Budapest Hung, fencer (Olympic-gold-1936, 48)

1909 – Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant

1911 – Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative

1911 – Maureen O’Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)

1912 – Archibald Cox, special prosecutor (Watergate)

1913 – Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)

1915 – Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer

1919 – Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)

1923 – Michael Beetham, Marshal (RAF)

1924 – Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)

1924 – Thomas Baird, vice-admiral

1927 – Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)

1928 – Donald Cameron Watt, historian

1928 – Vivian Moses, biotechnologist

1929 – Raymond Hide, geophysicist

1931 – Dewey Redman, jazz musician

1936 – Dennis Hopper, KS, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)

1939 – Gary Paulsen, American author

1940 – Alan Kay, American computer scientist

1941 – Malcom Hale, rocker

 

 

 

1942 – Taj MahalNYCbluesmansinger/songwriter (Real Thing)

 

 

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1943 – Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)

1944 – Jesse Winchester, Shreveport La, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it)

1945 – D A S Pennefather, Maj-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)

1946 – Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)

1947 – John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)

1949 – Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)

1950 – Christian Lacroix, French couturier (Chic Frills)

1950 – Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)

1953 – Kathleen Sullivan, Pasadena Ca, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show)

1955 – Bill Paxton, actor (Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies)

1956 – Bob Saget, Phila, comedian (Full House, America’s Funniest Home Video)

1956 – Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)

1956 – Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist

1959 – Paul Di’anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist

1959 – Jim Nantz, American broadcaster

1960 – Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter

1961 – Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Gweedore, County Donegal, Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain)

1962 – Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scottish actor, writer and comedian

1965 – Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)

1965 – Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer

1967 – Cameron Bancroft, actor (Beverly Hills 90210)

1969 – Paige Turco, Boston MA, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light)

1970 – Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin’ Tough)

1970 – Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter

1975 – Cheick Kongo, French martial artist

1975 – Jonti Picking, British cartoonist

1977 – Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1050 – Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies

1189 – Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159)

1336 – Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)

1365 – Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)

1395 – Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm

1464 – Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427)

1510 – Sandro Botticelli, Florentine Renaissance painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65

1591 – Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51

1606 – Forges Dimitri #1, czar of Russia (1605-06), murdered

1727 – Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies

1765 – Alexis Claude Clairault, French mathematician (b. 1713)

1801 – William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)

1807 – John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

 

 

 

1829 – John Jayfirst Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1838 – Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat (b. 1754)

1838 – René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799)

1840 – Niccolo Paganini, composer, dies at 57

1868 – Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834)

1875 – John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)

1879 – Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)

1883 – Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies

1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

1889 – William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies

1916 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)

1917 – Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke, ruler of Sarawak (b. 1829)

1926 – Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies

1927 – Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)

1930 – Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61

1945 – Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies

1945 – Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies

1963 – John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)

1974 – Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)

1978 – John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies

1981 – Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies

1987 – Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88

1992 – George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87

1992 – Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89

1994 – Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82

1996 – Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37

1996 – Willis Conover, broadcaster, dies at 75

 

 

 

1996 – Johnny “Guitar” WatsonBlues guitarist , dies at 61

 

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1999 – Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)

2001 – Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)

2002 – Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)

2005 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)

2006 – Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)

2011 – Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (b. 1936)

2012 – Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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