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Events

1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death

1534 – European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick.

1550 – Chocolate introduced

1668 – Isaac Newton receives MA from Trinity College, Cambridge

1754 – Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)

1777 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton

1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp,” is published

1846 – US annexs California

1863 – 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100)

1898 – US annexes Hawaii

1905 – 127°F (53°C), Parker Ariz (state record)

1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”. 

1943 – 3rd day of battle at Kursk: Germans occupy Dubrova

1947 – Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.

1962 – Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 horse races

1967 – Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1

1973 – 1st all-US women’s Wimbledon, Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert

1976 – Viking 2 goes into orbit around Mars

1980 – Az Judge Sandra Day O’Connor 1st female nominated to Supreme Court

1986 – IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released

1997 – Tower Minn temps dip to 24°F

2005 – Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700

 

 

 

 

Births

1053 – Emperor Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1129)

1656 – Guru Har Krishan, 8th Guru of Sikhism (d. 1664)

1899 – George Cukor, producer/director (Adam’s Rib, Philadelphia Story)

1901 – Vittorio de Sica, Italian actor/director (Fietsendieven)

1906 – [Leroy] Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher, never look back

1907 – Robert A[nson] Heinlein, US, sci-fi author (4 Hugos, Red Planet)

1922 – Pierre Cardin, Paris France, fashion designer (Unisex)

1927 – Doc Severinson, [Carl], Arlington Oregon, bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show

1931 – David Eddings, US, sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)

1933 – David McCullough, actor (Huey Long)

1940 – Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )

1944 – Tony Jacklin, Scunthorpe England, PGA golfer (1970 US Open)

1948 – Larry Reinhardt, rocker (Iron Butterfly)

1959 – Jessica Hahn, evangelist rape victim/model (playboy)/actress

1980 – Michele Kwan, Torrance California, figure skater (Oly-94, Oly-silver-98)

 

 

 

 

 Deaths

1307 – Edward I, King of England (1272-1307), dies at 68

1647 – Thomas Hooker, clergyman, father of American democracy, dies

1694 – Dokusho, Zen teacher, Obaku line, dies

1701 – William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (b. 1631)

1865 – Mary Surratt, & 3 other Lincoln conspirators, hanged

1893 – Guy de Maupassant, writer, dies at 42

1901 – Johanna Spyri, Swiss author (b. 1827)

1930 – Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 71

1967 – Vivian Leigh, actress (Scarlet-Gone with the Wind), dies at 53

1983 – George Cukor, director (My Fair Lady), dies on 84th birthday

1984 – Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (b. 1941)

2006 – Syd Barrett, original guitarist and vocalist of the band Pink Floyd (b. 1946)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

1189 – Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England.

1415 – Jan Hus is burned at the stake.

1590 – English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag

1699 – Pirate Capt William Kidd is captured in Boston

1775 – Congress issues “Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms,” listing grievances but denying intent to be independent

1777 – British Gen Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans

1848 – Mexican-American War ended with the Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine

1892 – Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pa fire on scabs, killing 7

1894 – Cleveland sends 2,000 troops to Chicago to suppress Pullman strike

1908 – Robert Peary’s expedition sails from NYC for north pole

1917 – T E Lawrence captures Port of Agaba from Turkey

1919 – British R-34 lands in NY, 1st airship to cross Atlantic (108 hr)

1928 – 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)

1933 – 1st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago

1936 – 114°F (46°C), Moorhead, Minnesota (state record)

1936 – 121°F (49°C), Steele, North Dakota (state record)

1943 – 2nd day of battle at Kursk: 25,000 German killed

1944 – 170 die in a fire at Ringling Bros Circus in Hartford Conn

1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.

1970 – California passes 1st “no fault” divorce law

1986 – Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a game

2003 – The 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message Cosmic Call 2 to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris that will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044, 2044 and 2049 respectively.

 

 

 

 

Births

1747 – John Paul Jones, naval hero (“I have not yet begun to fight”)

1796 – Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55)

1907 – M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera

1918 – Sebastian Cabot, London, actor (Mr French-Family Affair, Time Machine)

1921 – Nancy Davis Reagan, [Anne Francis Robbins], NYC, 1st Lady (1981-89)

1923 – Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general/pres (1989-90)

1927 – Janet Leigh, [Jeanetta Morrison], Merced CA, actress (Psycho), (d. 2004)

1927 – Pat Paulsen, Wash, comedian/pres candidate (Smothers Bros Show)

1935 – 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader

1946 – George W. Bush Jr, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX)

1946 – Sylvester Stallone, NYC, actor/director (Rocky, Rambo, Cobra)

1948 – Tom Curley, American media executive

1950 – Phyllis Hyman, jazz Singer

1975 – 50 Cent, American rapper

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1189 – Henry II, King of England (1154-89), dies at 56

1415 – Jan Hus, burned for heresy by the Church at Constance, Germany

1535 – Thomas More, philosopher (Utopia), executed for treason at 57

1762 – Peter III Feodorovich, tsar of Russia (1761-62), murdered at 34

1802 – Daniel Morgan, American Revolutionary general and politician (b. ~1735)

1835 – John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1755)

1962 – William Faulkner, US author (Nobel 1949), dies at 64

1971 – Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, jazz musician (Hello Dolly), dies at 71

1975 – Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies

1998 – Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1054 – Brightest supernova (Crab Nebula) 1st reported

1596 – English fleet under the earl of Essex plunder Cadiz

1643 – 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts)

1687 – Isaac Newton’s PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England

1813 – War of 1812: Three weeks of British raids on Fort Schlosser, Black Rock and Plattsburgh, New York begin.

1865 – US Secret Service began operating under the Treasury Department

1891 – Hail kills 6 horses in Rapid City, SD

1919 – Red Sox Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a game for his 1st of 72 times

1935 – FDR signs National Labor Relations Act

1936 – 120°F (49°C), Gannvalley, South Dakota (state record)

1937 – 117°F (47°C), Medicine Lake, Montana (state record)

1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

1943 – Battle of Kursk, USSR begins (6,000 tanks)

1945 – World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.

1946 – Louis Reard’s bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show

1948 – Britain’s National Health Service Act begins

1954 – B-52A bomber made its maiden flight

1967 – Congo uprising under Belgian mercenary Jean Schramme

1969 – Rolling Stones play a free concert in London’s Hyde Park

1971 – 26th amendment certified (reduces voting age to 18)

1984 – Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old “exclusionary rule”-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials

 

 

 

 

Births

1675 – Mary Walcott, American accuser at the Salem witch trials

1794 – Sylvester Graham, developed graham cracker

1801 – David Glasgow Farragut, Tenn, Vice Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1870

1841 – William C. Whitney, American financier (d. 1904)

1853 – Cecil John Rhodes, South Africa, politician/diamond merchant

1928 – Warren Oates, Depoy Ky, actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke)

1944 – Robbie Robertson, [Jamie], Toronto Canada, rock guitarist (Band)

1958 – Meredith Ann Pierce, US, sci-fi author (Darkangel)

1958 – Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician

1996 – Dolly the sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell born in Scotland

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1472 – Charles of Artois, Count of Eu, French military leader (b. 1394)

1929 – Henry Lincoln Johnson, Member of 369th regiment (aka Harlem Hell Fighters), first American to receive the Croix de guerre (b. 1897)

1948 – Carole Landis, US actress (1 Million BC, Topper Returns), dies at 29

1950 – Kenneth Shadrick, Pvt from WV becomes 1st US fatality in Korean War

1993 – Harrison E Salisbury, US journalist (NY Times), dies at 84

2002 – Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

2005 – James Stockdale, U.S. Navy vice admiral (b. 1923)

2007 – George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

1187 – Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1636 – City of Providence, Rhode Island form

1776 – Declaration of Independence-US gains independence from Britain

1789 – 1st US tariff act

1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held

1802 – US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.

1861 – Skirmish at Harper’s Ferry, WV

1863 – General Lee’s army withdraws from Gettysburg

1863 – Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces

1866 – Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying half of Portland, Maine, US

1884 – Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris

1911 – 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)

1911 – 106°F (41°C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)

1914 – 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)

1942 – 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)

1944 – 1,100 US guns fire 4th of July salute at German lines in Normandy

1956 – US most intense rain fall (1.23″ in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland

1969 – 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

1969 – The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.

1976 – Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers

1980 – Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

1984 – NY Yankee Phil Niekro is 9th to strikeout 3,000

1996 – Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins

1997 – US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars

2005 – The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.

 

 

 

 

Births

1330 – Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (d. 1367)

1753 – Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard, 1st balloon flights in England, US

1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mass, author (House of 7 Gables, Scarlet Letter)

1810 – Phineas T Barnum, circus magnate

1872 – Calvin Coolidge, [Silent Cal], Plymouth Vt, (R) 30th pres (1923-29), (d. 1933)

1910 – William T “Champion Jack” Dupree, US boxer/slaughterhouse pianist

1915 – Jimmie Rogers, Detroit Mich, singer (Sugar Hill Time)

1927 – Gina Lollobrigida, Subiaco Italy, actress (Trapeze, Falcon Crest)

1927 – Neil Simon, Bronx, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues)

1948 – René Arnoux, France, formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

965 – Pope Benedict V, Italian Roman Catholic Pope (b. unknown)

1546 – Hayreddin Barbarossa, Admiral of the Ottoman Navy (b. 1478)

1826 – John Adams, 2nd president (1797-1801), dies at 90

1826 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president (1801-09), dies at 83

1831 – James Monroe, 5th president (1817-25), dies at 73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

324 – Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.

1187 – Crusaders enter Tiberias

1608 – Samuel de Champlain founded city of Quebec

1754 – George Washington surrenders to French, Ft Necessity (7 Years’ War)

1767 – Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret.

 

 

 

1775 – Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass

 

 

 

 

 

 

1778 – British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa

 

 

 

 

 

 

1819 – 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors

1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry reaches Japan

1861 – Pony Express arrives in SF with overland letters from NY

1884 – Dow Jones published it’s 1st stock avg

1886 – In Germany, Karl Benz drives 1st automobile

1890 – Idaho admitted as 43rd US state

 

 

 

1898 – Joshua Slocum completes 1st solo circumnavigation of the globe

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – US Navy defeats Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor, Cuba

1915 – US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934

1916 – 1st of 3 fatal shark attacks occurred near NJ shore (4 die)

1932 – 1st Sunday game at Fenway Park, Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

1950 – 1st time US & North Korean forces clash in Korean War

1966 – Brave pitcher Tony Cloninger, is 1st NL to hit 2 grand slams in a game

1969 – 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

1970 – 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival

1973 – Brothers Jim & Gaylord Perry face each other for only time, Tigers beat Indians 5-4, as Gaylord loses

 

 

 

1976 – Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978 – Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin’s “Filthy Words”

 

 

 

1988 – US Vincennes shoots down Iran Airbus A300, in Strait of Hormuz killing 290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions

 

 

 

 

Births

1442 – Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1500)

1731 – Samuel Huntington, (Gov-Ct), Continental Congress pres

1878 – George M Cohan, actor/singer (Phantom Pres, Give My Regards to Bdwy)

1883 – Franz Kafka, Czech, author (Metamorphosis, Trial, Amerika)

1886 – Raymond A Spruance, US admiral/fleet commander/ambassador

 

 

 

1893 – Mississippi John Hurtbluesman , guitarist , vocalist

 

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1930 – Pete Fountain, New Orleans, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59)

 

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1935 – Harrison H “Jack” Schmitt, Santa Rita NM, astronaut (Apollo 17)

1947 – Dave Barry, American humorist and author

1962 – Tom Cruise, Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman)

1971 – Julian Assange, Queensland, Australia, Wikileaks founder

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1642 – Maria de’ Medici, French queen-mother, dies at about 69

1778 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French writer/composer (Pygmalion), dies

1863 – Alonzo Hersford Cushing, US Union lt, dies in battle at about 22

1863 – Lewis Addison Armistead, Confederate brigadier general Gettysburg/dies in battle at 46

1863 – Richard Brooke Garnett, US Confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at 45

1863 – Samuel Kosciuzko Zook, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 40

1863 – George Hull Ward, American general (b. 1826)

1965 – Trigger, horse (Roy Rogers), dies at 25

1969 – Brian Jones, guitarist (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 25

1971 – Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27

 

 

 

1972 – Mississippi Fred McDowell, bluesman , guitarist dies at 68

 

 

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1981 – Ross Martin, actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61

1989 – Jim Backus, actor (Magoo, Gilligan’s Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia

1993 – “Curly” Joe DeRita, last of Three Stooges, dies of pneumonia at 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

311 – St Militiades begins his reign as Catholic Pope
626 – In fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. On September 4, Shimin’s father abdicates in his favour and Shimin becomes Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China.
706 – In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang has the remains of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, his wife and recently-deceased ruling empress Wu Zetian, her son Li Xian, her grandson Li Chongrun, and granddaughter Li Xianhui all interred in a new tomb complex outside Chang’an known as the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang.
963 – The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.
1140 – Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht
1214 – Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England attempt to reclaim Normandy from France
1298 – Battle on Hasenbuhl (Gollheim) between German kings Adolf & Albrecht I
1555 – Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.
1561 – Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
1576 – Muitende Spanish soldiers conquer Zierik Sea
1578 – Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island.
1582 – Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide.
1600 – Battle at Newport: Earl Mauritius van Nassau beats Spanish Army
1613 – The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall.
1644 – Battle of Marston Moor: Parliamentary forces defeat royalists
1679 – Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
1681 – Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high-treason
1687 – King James II disbands English parliament
1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine
1776 – NJ gave all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds right to vote
1776 – Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States”
1777 – Vermont becomes 1st American colony to abolish slavery
1787 – De Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered
1794 – 2nd Battle of Seneffe: France-Austria
1808 – Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam
1823 – Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
1843 – An alligator falls from sky during a Charleston SC thunderstorm
1847 – Envelope bearing 1st US 10 cent stamps, still exists today
1849 – Garibaldi in Rome begins hunger strike
1850 – Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus
1858 – Partial emancipation of Russian serfs
1861 – Battle of Hoke’s Run, WV – small Union victory
1862 – Lincoln signs act granting land for state agricultural colleges
1863 – Battle of Gettysburg (2nd day)
1863 – R Morgan’s: Burksville, KY to Salineville, OH [->JUL 26]
1864 – Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Wash DC
1864 – Statuary Hall in US Capitol forms
1865 – William Booth founds Salvation Army (Army of the Salvation)
1867 – 1st US elevated railroad begins service, NYC
1870 – Jules Joseph d’Anethan is elected the tenth Prime Minister of Belgium.
1881 – Pres Garfield shot by Charles J Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker
1885 – Canada’s North-west Insurrection ends with surrender of Big Bear
1890 – Congress passes Sherman Antitrust Act
1894 – Government obtains injunction against striking Pullman Workers
1900 – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin 1st airship LZ-1, flies
1900 – Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” premieres in Helsinki
1900 – First zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1901 – Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner Montana
1902 – John J McGraw becomes manager of NY Giants (stays for 30 years)
1903 – AL/NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later
1903 – Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs
1906 – Yanks win by forfeit, for their 1st time
1916 – Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism
1916 – Russian offensive in Armenia
1917 – Riots in East St Louis Mo
1921 – 41st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: B Tilden beats B Norton (46 26 61 60 75)
1921 – Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)
1926 – US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized
1927 – 40th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez (62 64)
1927 – Earthquake hits Palestine
1928 – British parliament accept female sufferage
1932 – 52nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ellsworth Vines beats H Austin (64 62 60)
1932 – FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech
1933 – Carl Hubbell shuts-out Cards 1-0 in 18 innings without a walk
1934 – General Lazaro Cardenas elected president of Mexico
1935 – Great Britain boxers beat US team in 1st intl Golden Gloves
1937 – 57th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Don Budge beats G von Cramm (63 64 62)
1937 – Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean
1938 – 51st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (64 60)
1940 – Dutch PM Colijn publishes “Borders of 2 Worlds” (German victory)
1940 – Hitler orders invasion of England (Operation Sealion)
1940 – Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
1940 – PM Churchill meets gen-mjr B Montgomery
1940 – Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
1941 – DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler’s 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56)
1941 – Earthquake hits Palestine
1941 – Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead)
1941 – Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” premieres in London
1943 – Gulf of Biskaje: Liberator bombers sinks U-126
1943 – Indians score 12 runs in 4th inning & beat Yankees 12-0
1943 – Lt Charles Hall, becomes 1st black pilot to shoot down Nazi plane
1944 – Marshal von Kluge replaces General von Rundstedt
1946 – Dutch Beel government forms
1946 – Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam & Amsterdam
1947 – Military coup discovered in France
1948 – 62nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (75 06 62 36 75)
1949 – “High Button Shoes” closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 perfs
1949 – “Red Barber’s Clubhouse” sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
1949 – 56th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 16 10-8)
1950 – Indian Bob Feller, wins his 200th game, 5-3 over Detroit
1950 – Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down.
1950 – Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic.
1951 – Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt
1951 – Bob & Ray show premieres on NBC radio
1951 – Hugo Yarnold stumps 6 at Dundee, Worcester v Scotland
1951 – Island advisor of Curacao installed
1951 – Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
1952 – Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
1954 – 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall (13-11 46 62 97)
1954 – Denis Compton scores 278 in 290 minutes v Pakistan
1955 – “7th Heaven” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
1955 – “Almost Crazy” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances
1955 – “Lawrence Welk Show” premieres on ABC
1955 – 10th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Fay Crocker
1955 – 62nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats B Fleitz (75 86)
1956 – Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” & “Don’t Be Cruel”
1956 – US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1957 – 1st submarine designed to fire guided missiles launched, Grayback
1957 – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Le pelerinage De Lourdes
1958 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1959 – “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” one of the worse films ever, premieres
1960 – “Once Upon a Mattress” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 perfs
1961 – Maris hits 29th & 30th en route to 61 homers
1962 – Cubans minister of Foreign affairs RaulCastro arrives in Moscow
1962 – Fidel Castro visits Moscow
1963 – Giant Willie Mays’ HR in 16th inning gives them a 1-0 win over Braves
1963 – Juan Marichal (Giants) beats Warren Spahn (Braves), 1-0 in 16 innings
1964 – Cilla Black records Beatle’s “Its For You,” McCartney plays piano
1964 – Grand jury indicts Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers
1964 – Pres Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law
1965 – 79th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (62 64 64)
1966 – 1st France nuclear explosion on Mururoa atoll
1966 – 73rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie J King beats Frasier (63 36 61)
1966 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1967 – 22nd US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Catherine Lacoste
1967 – Catherine Lacoste becomes youngest (22), 1st foreigner (France) & 1st amateur to US Women’s open golf tournament
1969 – Ireland bowl out WI for 25 at Londonderry, win by 9 wkts
1969 – Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
1970 – 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
1970 – NY Yankees Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hitter in the 9th for 3rd time in 28 days
1971 – 78th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats M Smith (64 61)
1971 – USSR performs underground nuclear test
1972 – “Fiddler on the Roof” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 perfs
1972 – 27th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
1972 – Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
1972 – India & Pakistan sign peace accord
1973 – James R Schlesinger, ends term as 9th director of CIA
1973 – Nation Black Network begins operation on radio
1974 – Fernando Mameda of Portugal sets record for 10,000 m (27:13.81)
1976 – 83rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86)
1976 – Formal reunification of North & South Vietnam
1976 – Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
1977 – 91st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Connors (36 62 61 57 64)
1978 – Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
1979 – Susan B Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman
1980 – Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
1980 – Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America’s Young Woman of Yr
1982 – Larry Walters using lawn chair & 42 helium balloons, rose to 16,000′
1982 – Soyuz T-6 returns to Earth
1983 – 90th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats A Jaeger (60 63)
1985 – Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
1985 – European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley’s Comet Flyby)
1986 – After 14 wins, Roger Clemens suffer his 1st loss of year
1986 – General strike against Pinochet regime in Chile
1986 – Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in 2 rulings
1987 – Jim Eisenreich, comeback after nervous disorder in 1984
1987 – Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
1988 – 95th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (57 62 61)
1989 – 10th US Seniors Golf Open: Orville Moody
1989 – 17th du Maurier Golf Classic: Tammie Green
1990 – Imelda Marcos & Adnan Khashoggi found not guilty of racketeering
1990 – Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
1991 – Riot at Guns N’ Roses concert in St Louis
1991 – Donald Trump proposes to Marla Maples and gives her a 7½ karat diamond ring
1992 – Braniff Airlines goes out of business
1993 – Boat sinks at Bocaue Philippines, 325 die
1993 – F-28 crashes at Sorong Irian Barat, 41 die
1993 – Kansas Royals rename stadium Ewing Kaufman Stadium after founder
1993 – Moslem fundamentalists in Sivas Turkey, set hotel on fire, kill 36
1993 – NY Met Anthony Young loses a record 25th straight game (goes to 27)
1993 – Pope John Paul II hospitalized for Cat Scan test
1994 – 101st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: C Martinez beats Navratilova (64 36 63)
1994 – 37 dies in US Air DC-9 crash in NC
1994 – John Wayne Bobbitt & Kristina Elliot arrested for domestic battery
1994 – Richard Johnson takes 10-45 for Middlesex against Derbyshire
1994 – US Air DC-9 crash in NC, 37 killed
1995 – “Rose Tattoo” closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 perfs
1995 – 16th US Seniors Golf Open: Tom Weiskopf
1995 – Michelle McGann wins Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic
1995 – Thailand: Banharn Silpa-Archa’s party wins election
2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
2001 – AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
2003 – Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a “kapo” during a session of the European Parliament.
2004 – ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.¨
2008 – Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
2010 – Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people
2012 – GlaxoSmithKline settle the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion
2012 – Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless

Births

419 – Valentinian III, Roman emperor (425-55)
1029 – Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo (d. 1094)
1262 – Arthur II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1312)
1363 – Mary, Queen of Sicily (d. 1401)
1489 – Thomas Cranmer, England, archbishop/reformer/martyr
1492 – Elizabeth Tudor, English princess (d. 1495)
1581 – Johann Staden, composer
1589 – Guillaume van Messaus, composer
1636 – Daniel Speer, composer
1644 – Abraham a Santa Clara, [Johann Megerle], German court vicar
1647 – Daniel Finch 2nd earl of Nottingham, English min of foreign affairs
1652 – Guillielmus “Willem” Kerricx, Flemish sculptor (Rozenkrans)
1665 – Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (d. 1726)
1667 – Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (d. 1740)
1698 – Francesco III d’Este, Duke of Modena (d. 1780)
1714 – Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, Austria composer (Il there pastore)
1724 – Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet
1737 – Francois Leonard Rouwyzer, composer
1746 – Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer
1756 – Christian G Korner, German lawyer/father of Karl
1763 – Peter Ritter, composer
1793 – Antoine Prumier, composer
1810 – Robert Augustus Toombs, Secy State (Confederacy), died in 1885
1814 – Atale Therese Annette Wartel, composer
1819 – Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer (d. 1900)
1820 – George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (d. 1878)
1821 – Charles Tupper, (C) 6th Canadian PM (1896)
1822 – Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails/trains)
1830 – John Bordenave Villepigue, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1834 – Hendry P G Quack, lawyer/economist/secr Dutch Bank
1836 – Henry Eugene Davies, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1894
1847 – Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer (tectonic geology)
1849 – Maria Theresia of Austria-Este, queen of Bavaria (d. 1919)
1857 – Francesco Spetrino, composer
1862 – William Henry Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1942)
1865 – Lili Braun, Prussia, feminist/socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen)
1867 – Herbert Prior, England, actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire)
1876 – Wilhelm Cuno, German ship owner/republic chancellor (1922-23)
1877 – Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), (d.1962)
1880 – Albert Szirmai, composer
1881 – Royal H. Weller, American politician (d. 1929)
1882 – Edgar Mayne, cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria)
1884 – Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (d. 1931)
1887 – Marcel Tabuteau, Compiègne France, oboist (Phila Orch 1915-54)
1888 – Selman Waksman, Russ/US microbiologist (Nobel 1951)
1889 – Cor Hermus, Dutch actor/director/writer (A Mother)
1890 – Earl Roy Curry, religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer (d. 1980)
1892 – Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader/impresario (Crazy Passage Show)
1893 – August Maes, Flemish actor/director (Shylock-Hamlet)
1893 – Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center) (d. 1950)
1894 – Walter Brennan, Swampscott Mass, actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
1896 – Lydia Mei, Estonian artist (d. 1965)
1900 – Tyrone Guthrie, English actor (d. 1971)
1901 – Arthur Rex Alston, sports commentator
1903 – Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, (C) British PM (1963-64)
1903 – Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
1904 – Carl Weinrich, composer
1904 – Gerarda “Meik” Rueter, Dutch (sculptress, if that word exists)
1905 – Jean-Rene Lacoste, France, US Open (1926)/alligator shirt designer
1906 – Alan Webb, actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie)
1906 – Hans Bethe, physicist (Nobel 1967), peace worker
1906 – Robert Levine Sanders, composer
1907 – Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist/painter
1907 – Leo O’Brien, cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36)
1908 – Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner
1908 – Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore Maryland, 1st black Supreme Court justice (1967-91), (d. 1993)
1909 – Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times)
1910 – Earl Hawley Robinson, composer
1910 – Hans Gunther Adler, German writer
1910 – William Douglas Denny, composer
1911 – Diego Fabbri, Italian, playwright/leader (Vatican movie bureau)
1913 – Edith Heerdegen, Dresden Germany, actress (Serpent’s Egg, Monpti)
1914 – Frederick Fennell, Cleveland Ohio, conductor (Time & Winds)
1914 – Mário Schenberg, Brazilian physicist (d. 1990)
1915 – 8th duke of Wellington, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
1915 – Bert Decorte, Flemish poet
1916 – Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
1916 – Ken Curtis, [Curtis Gates], Lamar CO, actor (Ripcord, Festus-Gunsmoke)
1916 – Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII (d. 1982)
1917 – Pierre Dubois, Dutch literary
1918 – Imam Elissa, singer
1918 – Sheikh Iman, player/singer
1918 – Wibo, Dutch cartoonist (d. 2005)
1919 – Johnny Bradford, Long Branch NJ, actor (Ransom Sherman Show)
1919 – Jean Craighead George, American writer
1920 – Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
1922 – Dan Rowan, Beggs Oklahoma, comedian (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in)
1922 – Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, composer
1923 – Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Poland, poet referred to as the ‘Mozart of Poetry’ (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
1924 – Rick Besoyan, composer
1925 – Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1925 – Patrice E Lumumba, Zaire, revolutionary/1st premier of Congo
1925 – Yasushi Akutagawa, composer
1926 – Billy Usselton, saxophonist
1926 – Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin’ With Mr Lee)
1926 – Octavian Paler, Romanian writer, journalist, (d. 2007)
1927 – Brock Peters, NYC, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird)
1927 – Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
1927 – Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director
1928 – Estelita Rodriguez, Cuba, actress (Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose)
1928 – Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
1929 – Imelda Marcos, politician/shoe collector/former 1st lady of Philippines
1929 – John A. Cade, American politician
1930 – Carlos Saul Menem, president of Argentina (1989- )
1931 – Robert Ito, Vancouver BC, actor (Sam-Quincy ME)
1932 – Dave Thomas, founder (Wendy’s Restaurants)
1932 – Ken McMillan, Bkln NY, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat)
1932 – Sammy Turner, Paterson NJ, vocalist (Lavender Blue)
1933 – David Benjamin Lewin, composer
1933 – Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner
1934 – Ivan Madray, WI cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
1935 – Dick Dolman, economist/Dutch politician 2nd Chamber
1935 – Ed Bullins, Phila, playwright
1935 – Gilbert Kalish, Brooklyn NY, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook)
1936 – Omar Suleiman, Qena, Egypt, army general and intelligence officer, (d. 2012)
1937 – Dick Berardino, baseball player
1937 – Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
1937 – Richard Petty, auto race driver (Daytona 500-1979,81)
1939 – John H Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91)
1939 – M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, US, sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
1939 – Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
1939 – Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations-My Girl)
1939 – Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russia, cosmonaut
1939 – Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
1941 – Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
1942 – Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
1942 – Vicente Fox, Former Mexican president
1943 – Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
1945 – James Orville Fulkerson, composer
1946 – Richard Axel, American scientist, Nobel laureate
1946 – Ron Silver, American actor
1947 – Ervin Hall, Phila, 100m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1968)
1947 – Larry David, Brooklyn NY, actor/comedian/writer (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
1947 – Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of Pres LBJ
1948 – Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
1948 – Gene McFadden, American songwriter (d. 2006)
1949 – Roy Bittan, rocker (E Street Band)
1949 – Hanno Pöschl, Austrian actor
1950 – Johnny Colla, California, rock sax (Huey Lewis & The News-Need a New Drug)
1951 – Joey Puerta, rocker (Ambrosia)
1951 – Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
1952 – Johnny Coila, rocker
1952 – Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)
1952 – Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
1953 – Tony Armas, baseball player
1954 – Wendy Schaal, Chicago Ill, actress (It’s a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is)
1955 – Andrew Divoff, Venezuelan actor
1955 – Kevin Michael Grace, Canadian journalist
1956 – Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
1956 – Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
1956 – Leslie Reid, Vancouver BC, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96)
1957 – Mike Anger, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
1958 – Thomas Bickerton, American Methodist bishop
1959 – Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
1959 – Hoogie Drexler, jockey
1959 – Wendy B Lawrence, Jacksonville Fla, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91)
1960 – Julia Montgomery, Kansas City, Missouri, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds)
1960 – Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
1961 – Alba Parietti, Torino Italy, actress (Galagoal, Abbronzatissima)
1961 – James McNichol, LA California, actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever)
1961 – Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
1961 – Michael Lindsay, Voice actor
1962 – Brandel Eugene Chamblee, St Louis MO, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-3rd)
1963 – Mark Kermode, British film critic
1964 – Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That’s Life)
1964 – DeAnne Hemmens, SF California, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
1964 – Joe Magrane, baseball player
1964 – Jose Canseco, Havana Cuba, outfielder (Oak A’s, Red Sox, 1988 AL MVP)
1964 – Shannon Ritter, jockey
1964 – Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
1964 – Charles Robinson, American wrestling referee
1966 – Blaise Rhodes, Berwyn Heights MD, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
1966 – Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)
1967 – Debee Ashby, Coventry England, topless model (There’s Girl in My Soup)
1968 – Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
1968 – Mike Lee, Neptune NJ, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour)
1969 – Matthew Cox, American convicted felon
1969 – Jenni Rivera, Long Beach, California, singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), (d. 2012)
1970 – Derrick Ralph Adkins, Brooklyn NY, 400m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96)
1970 – Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
1970 – Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
1970 – Monie Love, English rapper
1970 – Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
1971 – Jared Palmer, NYC, tennis star
1971 – Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
1971 – Evelyn Lau, Canadian author
1972 – Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
1972 – Darren Shan, Irish children’s author
1973 – Peter Kay, British comedian
1974 – Natali Sacco, Miss Universe-Peru (1996)
1974 – Sean Casey, American baseball player
1974 – Moon So-ri, South Korean actress
1974 – Rocky Gray, American musician
1975 – Catalina Cristea, Bucharest Rom, tennis star (1995 quarter Jakarta)
1975 – Daniel Kowalski, Singapore, Aust swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96)
1975 – Eric Daze, Montreal Quebec, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
1975 – Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
1976 – Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
1976 – Ivan Tomić,Croatian buissnesman
1976 – Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player

1977 – Shannan McCray, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1996)
1978 – Jüri Ratas, Estonian politician
1979 – Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
1979 – Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
1979 – Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player
1980 – Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
1981 – Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
1981 – Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist
1981 – Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
1982 – Olivia Munn, American television hostess
1983 – Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
1983 – Sammy J, Australian comedian
1984 – Vanessa Lee Chester, American actress
1984 – Thomas Kortegaard, Danish footballer
1984 – Maarten Martens, Belgian footballer
1984 – Johnny Weir, American figure skater
1985 – Rhett Bomar, American football player
1985 – Chad Henne, American football player
1985 – Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
1986 – Lindsay Lohan, actress (Alli Fowler-Another World)
1987 – Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)

Deaths

783 – Bert(h)a/Berthrada, mother of Charles the Great, dies
862 – St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester(b. 789)
936 – Henry I the Vogelaar, German king (919-36)/duke of Saxon 912-36, dies
1298 – Adolf van Nassau, RC-German king (1292-98), dies in battle at about 43
1504 – Stephen III (Stefan the Great), ruler of Moldavia (1457-1504), dies
1566 – Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist, dies at 62
1582 – Akechi Mitsuhide, Japanese samurai (b. 1528)
1591 – Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
1619 – Olivier de Serres, French farming pioneer (silkworms), dies
1621 – Thomas Harriot, English astronomer
1644 – William Gascoigne, introduced telescopic sights, is killed at 24
1656 – François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander (b. 1611)
1663 – Thomas Selle, composer, dies at 64
1674 – Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1614)
1684 – John Rogers, president of Harvard University (b. 1630)
1700 – Lambert Doomer, painter/cartoonist, dies at about 77
1708 – Willem of Nassau, mister of Zuylenstein/lt-gen/baron Enfield, dies
1743 – Spencer Compton earl of Wilmington, English minister of Finance, dies
1746 – Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (b. 1656)
1778 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, composer, dies at 66
1778 – Bathsheba Spooner, American murderer
1794 – Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
1798 – John Fitch, American inventor, clockmaker, etc, dies
1822 – Denmark Vesey, & 5 aides hanged at Blake’s Landing, Charleston, SC
1833 – Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician (b. 1757)
1843 – Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, dies at 88
1850 – Robert “Bobbie” Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62
1857 – Carlo Pisacane, Italian patriot (b. 1818)
1861 – Peter A de Genestet, vicar/poet, dies at 31
1863 – Stephen Hinsdale Weed, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 28
1878 – Francois-Emmanuel-Joseph Bazin, composer, dies at 61
1895 – William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
1903 – Ed Delahanty, American Hall of Fame baseball player (b. 1867)
1911 – Felix Mottl, composer, dies at 54
1912 – Tom Richardson, English cricketer (88 wickets in 14 Tests for England), dies (b. 1870)
1914 – Joseph Chamberlain, British minister to Germany, dies at 78
1915 – Gen Porfirio [Jose de la Cruz] Diaz, president Mexico, dies
1917 – Herbert Beerbohm Tree, English actor/director (Hamlet), dies
1918 – Mohammed V Resjad, sultan of Turkey (1909-18), dies
1920 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
1921 – Edwin Evans, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia), dies
1926 – Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
1929 – Gladys Brockwell, actress (Oliver Twist), dies at 34
1930 – Anders Randolf, actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves), dies at 59
1932 – Manuel II, last King of Portugal (1908-10), dies at 43
1935 – Alfred Dreyfus, french colonel, dies
1936 – Harry Northrup, actor (Who’s Knocking at My Door), dies at 60
1937 – Amelia Earhart Putnam, Dutch pilot/1st female to fly Atl, dies at 40
1937 – Fred L Noonan, US navigator, disappeared over Pacific Ocean
1939 – Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
1940 – Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
1940 – Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
1941 – Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
1946 – Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
1949 – Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
1951 – Earnest F Sauerbruch, German nazi/surgeon, dies at 75
1952 – Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
1955 – Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
1961 – Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate, dies from suicide at 61
1964 – Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, dies in crash
1965 – Theodora E “Betsy” Ranucci-Beckmann, actress (Klatergoud), dies at 88
1966 – Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)
1968 – Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
1969 – Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
1970 – Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
1971 – Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84
1972 – Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
1973 – Betty Grable, US actress (How to Marry a Millionaire), dies at 56
1973 – George Macready, US, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
1973 – Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
1973 – Chick Hafey, baseball player (b. 1903)
1973 – George McBride, baseball player (b. 1880)
1973 – Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (b. 1892)
1975 – James Robertson Justice, actor (DR at Large, Dr om Love), dies at 70
1976 – Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
1977 – Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
1978 – Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
1981 – Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
1982 – Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59
1984 – Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
1984 – Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
1985 – David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
1986 – Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player (b. 1917)
1987 – Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
1987 – Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
1989 – Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
1990 – Muntu Myeza, S Afr anti-apartheid activist, dies in auto at 39
1990 – Snooky Lanson, singer, dies at 76
1991 – Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
1992 – Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
1992 – Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
1992 – Franco Cristaldi, Italian producer/Claudia Cardinale’s husband, dies
1992 – Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies
1993 – Fred Gwynne, actor (Herman-Munsters), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
1993 – Sir Edward Dunlop, Australian war hero (b. 1907)
1994 – Andres Escobar, Colombia world cup soccer star, shot for losing to US
1994 – Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
1994 – Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
1994 – Ralph C Rinzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys), dies at 59
1995 – Gail Gordon, actor (Our Miss Brooks, Lucy Show), dies of cancer at 89
1995 – George Seldes, journalist, dies at 104
1995 – Gervase F Ashworth Jackson-Stops, architectural adviser, dies at 48
1995 – Krissy Taylor, model (17 Mag), dies of respitory problems at 17
1996 – Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
1997 – Jimmy Stewart, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life), dies at 89
1999 – Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78
2000 – Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
2002 – Ray Brown, American jazz bassist (b. 1926)
2004 – Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919)
2004 – John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)
2005 – Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
2006 – Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
2007 – Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
2008 – Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
2008 – Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
2010 – Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)
2011 – Itamar Franco, Brazilian politician (b. 1930)
2012 – Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

69 – Bataafs nobleman Gaius Julius Civilis proclaimed emperor of Syria
70 – Titus sets up batterig rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem
251 – The Battle of Abrittus is won by the Goths against the Romans. Roman Emperors Decius and Herennius Etruscus are killed.
649 – Pope Martinus I elected to succeed Theodore I
1097 – 1st Crusaders defeat Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea
1200 – In China, sunglasses are invented
1233 – Earl Otto II van Gelre grants Arnhem state justice
1252 – King Alfonso X “el Sabio” of Castile/Leon crowned
1253 – Battle at Westkapelle-Floris the Guardian beats Gwijde van Dampierre
1347 – Engagement of Count Louis of Male to Margaretha to daughter of Jan III
1390 – French & Genuese armada sails out against barbarian pirates
1517 – 1st burning of Protestants at stake in Netherlands
1517 – Inquisitor Adrian Boeyens (pope Adrianus VI) becomes cardinal
1535 – Sir Thomas More goes on trial in England charged with treason
1543 – England & Scotland sign Peace treaty of Greenwich
1569 – Latvia Parliament accept Union of Lublin, incorporate into Poland
1600 – Prince Maurits’ army occupies Newport Flanders Neth
1656 – 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
1674 – Spain, France & Netherlands form Triple Alliance
1689 – Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan
1690 – Battle of Colors: French beats Spanish/Dutch army
1690 – Army of England’s Protestant King William III defeats Roman Catholic King James II in Battle of Boyne in Ireland
1745 – Warship Elisabeth joins Bonnie Prince Charlies frigate Doutelle [OS]
1747 – Battle at Lafeld: France beat English/Dutch army
1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence
1782 – American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
1795 – John Rutledge becomes 2nd chief justice of Supreme Court
1798 – Napoleon’s fleet reaches Alexandria Egypt
1810 – Louis Napoleon resigns as king of the Netherlands
1816 – Fr frigate Medusa wrecked; basis of Géricault’s “Raft of the Medusa”
1820 – 1st edition of newspaper “Courrier de la Meuse” published”
1823 – 9th Postmaster General: John McLean of Ohio takes office
1823 – United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico
1831 – Admiral James C Ross reaches magnetic North Pole
1839 – Abdul-Medjid succeeds Mahmud II as Sultan of Turkey
1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC
1850 – At least 626 ships lie at anchor around SF Bay
1858 – 1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent)
1858 – The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
1859 – 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32
1859 – Balloon covers a record 809 miles over St Louis
1861 – 1st public schoolhouse opens at Washington & Mason St, SF
1861 – War Dept decrees the KA & TN are to be canvassed for volunteers
1862 – Battle at Booneville Mississippi: Confed superior power driven out
1862 – Congress outlaws polygamy (1st time); bad news for Utah
1862 – US Civil War: Day 7 of 7 Days-Battle of Malvern Hill (Poindexter’s Farm) Union forces repel Confederate attack
1862 – Emperor Alexander II grants Jews right to publish books
1862 – Battle of Holly Spring, MS
1862 – Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco & on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)
1862 – The Russian State Library is founded.
1863 – -2] Battle at Baltimore: Crump’s Crossroads Virginia
1863 – Battle of Gettysburg, Pa; Lee’s northward advance halted
1863 – Free city delivery of mail begins in 49 US cities; postage 3 cents per oz
1863 – Slavery abolished in Suriname & Netherlands Antilles
1864 – Battle of Petersburg, VA [->JUL 31] -front US3695 CS—
1867 – Dominion of Canada forms (New Bruns, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec)
1869 – Dutch newspaper stamp tax repealed
1869 – US mint at Carson City, Nevada opens
1870 – James W Smith of SC is one of 1st African Americans to enter West Point
1871 – The decimal currency system is made uniform in Canada
1873 – Henry Ossian Flipper of Georgia one of the first African Americans enters West Point Military Academy
1873 – Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province
1874 – 1st Chamber accept law against child labor
1874 – 1st US kidnapping for ransom, 4-year-old Charles Ross, $20,000
1874 – 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)
1875 – Universal Postal Union established
1877 – 1st edition of “Amsterdammer” published
1878 – Treaty of Berlin divide Africa up for colonization
1878 – Canada joins the Universal Postal Union.
1879 – Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha sails from Alexandria to Naples
1879 – Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.
1881 – 1st international telephone conversation, Calais, ME-St Stephen, NB
1881 – US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri opens
1881 – General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell-Childers reforms of the British Army’s organisation, comes into effect.
1883 – ANWB forms in Utrecht
1885 – The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada.
1889 – Frederick Douglass named Minister to Haiti
1889 – US mint at Carson City, Nevada reopens
1890 – Great-Britain & Germany sign Zanzibar-Helgoland Treaty
1890 – Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.
1893 – SF Bay City Club opens 1st US bicycle race track, made of wood
1896 – Harbor of Ymuiden opens
1896 – Wilfrid Laurel sworn in as 1st French speaking premier
1897 – Bronx acquires Hutton Square
1898 – Teddy Roosevelt & his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill
1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels
1899 – SF City Hall turned over to city, after 29 years of building
1902 – Ranji (230) & Newham (153) add 344 for 7th wkt, Sussex v Essex
1902 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (BG)
1903 – 1st Tour de France bicycle race begins
1904 – 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
1907 – World’s 1st air force established (US Army)
1910 – Chicago’s Comiskey Park opens – St Louis Browns beat White Sox 2-0
1910 – Union of South Africa becomes a dominion
1910 – White Sox Park (Comiskey Park) opens with 2-0 loss to Browns
1911 – German boat Panther nears for Agadir Morocco
1911 – Proclamation removes “Dei Gratia” from Canada’s coins
1913 – Serbia & Greece declare war on Bulgaria
1915 – Australia begins Commonwealth Lighthouse Service
1915 – Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces
1916 – Battle on the Somme: British 4th Army walks to German lines
1916 – British court martial (Easter uprising)
1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
1916 – Honus Wagner, 42, is oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR
1917 – 257cm-mirror for Mount Wilson Observatory mounted
1917 – Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)
1917 – Reds Fred Toney pitches completes doubleheader victories over Pirates
1917 – Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
1919 – 1st class postage drops from 3 cents to 2 cents
1919 – Scheveningen soccer team forms in Scheveningen
1920 – Wash Senator Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox, 1-0
1921 – The Communist Party of China is founded.
1923 – 1st permanent radio network-AT&T (WEAF NY & WMAF Mass)
1924 – Light Brigade forms
1924 – Through regular transcontinental airmail service forms, NYC-SF
1925 – NY Giant Hack Wilson hits 2 HRs in 3rd inning beating Phillies, 16-7
1925 – SDAP wins 4 chairs in Second-Parliamentary election
1925 – Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs created in UK
1926 – Canada restores gold standard
1929 – US Immigration law of 1924 in effect
1929 – US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates “Popeye”
1930 – Great-Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq
1931 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium is completed
1931 – Ice vending machines introduced in LA 25 lbs, 15 cents
1931 – Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs Chicago Cubs
1931 – Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)
1932 – 45th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (63 61)
1932 – NY Gov FDR nominated for president at Dem Convention in Chicago
1932 – NY newspaper Evening Standard goes bankrupt
1933 – German nazi regime declares that married women shouldn’t work
1933 – Strauss & von Hofmannsthal’s opera “Arabella,” premieres in Dresden
1933 – The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.
1934 – 1st x-ray photo of entire body, Rochester, NY
1935 – General Neth Persbureau (ANP) forms in Amsterdam
1936 – AVRO radio broadcast studios in Hilversum opens
1936 – Watchfulness Committee forms in Amsterdam
1937 – Britain begins using an emergency phone number (999)
1937 – Rev Martin Niemöller (Bekennende Kirche) arrested in Germany
1937 – Spanish bishops support Franco & fascists
1938 – 58th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Don Budge beats Henry Austin (61 60 63)
1940 – Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
1941 – 1st coml TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
1941 – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
1941 – Joe Dimaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler’s 44 game hit streak
1941 – WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
1941 – WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
1942 – German troops conquer Sebastopol
1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” – 1st withholding tax from paychecks
1944 – 2500+ killed in London/SE England by German flying bombs
1944 – Bretton Woods Conference starts, establishing IMF & World Bank
1944 – Earl Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to colonel
1944 – General Eisenhower visits front in Normandy
1944 – US headquarter moves to Colombières Normandy
1944 – Von Rundstedt against Keitel: “Signs peace, idiots!”
1945 – 1st of the superstars returns from the WW II, Hank Greenberg homers
1945 – 55th Postmaster General: Robert E Hannegan of Mo takes office
1945 – Allies troop land on Balikpapan
1946 – Rajah cedes Sarawak to British crown
1946 – US drops atom bomb on Bikini atoll (4th atomic explosion)
1947 – 192m long passenger ship Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro) launched
1947 – Brit Dominion Affairs office becomes Commonwealth Relations office
1948 – Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours
1948 – Brooklyn’s Roy Campanella debuts as catcher
1948 – NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
1949 – 63rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (36 60 63 46 64)
1949 – Bao Dai’s Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France
1949 – WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 – WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 – “Lost in the Stars” closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 perfs
1950 – 1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea
1950 – NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
1950 – WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1951 – Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
1951 – Cleve Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Det Tigers, 2-1
1953 – KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 – KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins
1954 – Cards’ Joe Cunningham hits 2 HRs for record 3 HRs in his 1st 2 days
1954 – Test Cricket debut of Khalid Hassan, 16 yrs 352, then world record
1954 – WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 – 69th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen (63 75 61)
1955 – KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 – Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
1956 – Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
1956 – Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
1957 – International Geophysical Year begins (until Dec 31, 1958)
1957 – WRLP TV channel 32 in Greenfield/Keene/Brat, MA (IND) 1st broadcast
1958 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
1959 – Heinrich Lubke elected pres of West-Germany
1959 – Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West-Germany
1959 – WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
1959 – World Refugee Year begins
1959 – The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
1960 – Benjamin Britten’s cantate “Carmen Baseliense,” premieres in Basel
1960 – British Somaliland becomes Somalia
1960 – Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba
1960 – Ghana becomes a republic
1960 – Italian Somaliland gains independence, unites with Somali Republic
1960 – No passports needed inside Benelux
1960 – USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
1961 – 16th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

1961 – Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii

1961 – KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
1962 – Algeria votes for independence
1962 – Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days)
1963 – Beatles record “She Loves You” & “I’ll Get You”
1963 – Pres Kennedy arrives in Rome
1963 – US postal service institutes (Zone Improvement Plan) zip code
1963 – ZIP Codes are introduced for United States mail.
1965 – FC Twente ’65 Enschede soccer team forms in Enschede
1965 – KUID TV channel 12 in Moscow, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 – Kinderstraf trial starts
1966 – 80th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: M Santana beats D Ralston (64 11-9 64)
1966 – Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
1966 – Explorer 33 launched
1966 – Medicare goes into effect
1966 – VVV soccer team forms in Venlo
1966 – The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
1967 – “Funny Girl” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1348 perfs
1967 – 1st British color TV broadcast, on BBC 2
1967 – BBC starts their World Radio Club
1967 – Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” goes #1 for 15 weeks
1967 – Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867.
1968 – Bob Gibson’s streak of 47 2/3 inn scoreless streak ends on wild pitch
1968 – Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard
1968 – John Lennon’s 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)
1968 – US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
1968 – USSR performs underground nuclear test
1968 – The CIA’s Phoenix Program is officially established.
1968 – Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
1969 – Charles Philip Arthur George invested as Prince of Wales
1969 – John & Yoko are hospitalized after a car crash
1969 – Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips
1970 – Denny McLain returns, (leaves trailiing) Tigers beat Yankees in 11
1970 – FC Utrecht soccer team forms in Utrecht
1970 – Jimi Hendrix 1st recording session (NYC)
1971 – British & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
1971 – Debt raised to build San Franisco’s Golden Gate Bridge paid off
1971 – State of Washington becomes 1st state to ban sex discrimination
1972 – “Follies” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
1972 – “Hair” closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
1972 – Ms. magazine begins publishing
1972 – The first Gay Pride march in England takes place.
1973 – “Jesus Christ Superstar” closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 perfs
1973 – 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
1973 – Mary Mills wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1974 – 1st Laura Ashley-store in US opens (SF)
1974 – General Pinochet becomes president of Chile
1974 – Isabel Peron succeeds husband Juan as pres of Argentina
1974 – Monmouthshire renamed Gwent & becomes part of Wales
1975 – Muhammad Ali beats Joe Bugner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 – WEDway People Mover inaugurated
1976 – Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of US Conference of Mayors
1976 – Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.
1977 – 84th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Virginia Wade beats B Stove (46 63 61)
1977 – FC Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam Neth
1977 – Marlies Gohr runs Europen record 100m (10.88 sec)
1978 – “Act” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances
1978 – Former Pres Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974
1978 – Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
1979 – Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6″ of snow
1979 – Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Lady Stroh’s Golf Open
1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.
1980 – Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
1980 – O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
1981 – Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
1981 – NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen
1981 – Nell Dunn’s “Steaming,” premieres in London
1981 – Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam
1981 – Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3
1982 – 2,100 Unification church couples wed in NYC
1982 – ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
1982 – Challenger moves overland to Dryden
1982 – General Reynaldo Bignone sworn in as president of Argentina
1982 – Kosmos 1383, 1st search & rescue satellite, launched
1982 – PEC Swells ’82 soccer team forms in Swells
1983 – Arbitrator Raymond Goetz rules 43 players who are on Disabled List during 1981 players’ strike not entitled to salaries for that period
1984 – “Baby” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
1984 – Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1984 – Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff, retires
1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.
1987 – Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate
1987 – NYC radio station WFAN-AM becomes 1st 24 hour all sports radio
1987 – WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN’s country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
1989 – NFL owners vote unanimously to form WLAF
1989 – Yanks beat Milwaukee Brewers 4-1, score is changed to 5-1 after game is over. Umpire rules Roberto Kelly scored before a double-play
1990 – 11th US Seniors Golf Open: Lee Trevino
1990 – 18th du Maurier Golf Classic: Cathy Johnston
1990 – 1st Zen winter session in Sydney Zen Center’s Gorrick’s Run Zendo
1990 – Despite Andy Hawkins no-hitting White Sox, Yankees lose 4-0
1990 – Dordrecht ’90 soccer team forms in Dordrecht
1990 – FC Swells soccer team forms in Swells
1990 – German Democratic Republic accepts Deutsche Mark as its currency
1990 – In Victoria, Australia, helmetless bike riding becomes illegal
1990 – NY Yankee Andy Hawkins throws no-hitter in Comiskey Park, losing 4-0
1992 – 6.6 earthquake in Big Bear Valley of Los Angeles
1992 – Ali Kafi becomes president of Algeria
1992 – Fox broadcasting adds Wednesday night TV programming
1993 – 1 second is added to the clock
1993 – Russian manned space craft TM-17, launches into orbit
1993 – STS-57 (Endeavour) lands
1994 – Fokker’s-28 crashes at Tidjikja, Mauritania (94 killed)
1994 – Roman Herzog sworn in as German president
1994 – Soyuz TM-19 launches
1994 – Yassar Arafat returns to Gaza strip
1995 – “Kiss of the Spider Woman” closes at Broadhurst NYC after 906 perfs
1995 – Kiersten Rickenbach, of NJ, crowned America’s Junior Miss
1996 – Kevan James scores 103 & takes 4 wkts in 4 balls, Hants v Ind
1996 – NHL Winnipeg Jets officially become the Phoenix Coyotes
1996 – Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera
1996 – WBSI TV replaces WNYC on channel 31 in NYC
1997 – Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield
1997 – STS 94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit
1997 – UK returns Hong Kong to China
1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
2000 – The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
2000 – Vermont’s civil unions law goes into effect.
2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
2002 – A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
2004 – Saturn Orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
2006 – The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People’s Republic of China.
2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces. With the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.
2012 – 17 people are killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya
2012 – Spain’s football team crush Italy 4-0 to win the 2012 UEFA Euro Cup

 

 

 

Births

1381 – Laurentius Justitianus, [Lorenzo Giustiniani], saint
1481 – Christian II of Denmark, Sweden and Norway (d. 1559)
1506 – Louis II, king of Hungary/Bohemia (1516-26)
1511 – Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen de Jonghe], medical/historian/humanist
1534 – Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88)
1560 – Charles van Croij, prince of Chimay/duke of Aarschot
1574 – Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (d. 1656)
1586 – Claudio Saracini, composer
1633 – Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian (d. 1698)
1646 – G W Leibniz, German mathematician/philosopher; postulated monads
1663 – Franz Xaver Murschhauser, composer
1688 – Johann Ludwig Steiner, composer
1723 – Pedro R de Campomanes, Spanish economist/historian/literary
1725 – Comte de Rochambeau, French soldier (d. 1807)
1735 – James Lyon, composer
1742 – Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer (types of Lichtenberg)
1764 – Georg Christoph Grosheim, composer
1780 – Karl von Clausewitz, Prussian strategist
1788 – Jean-Victor Poncelet, mathematician, founded projective geometry
1802 – Gideon Welles, Secy Navy (Union), died in 1878
1804 – George Sand, France, (female) novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro)
1807 – Thomas Green Clemson, mining engineer, endowed Clemson University
1810 – Walter White, secretary (NAACP)
1812 – Willem J d’Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dutch genealogist/heraldicus
1818 – Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist
1833 – Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, Bvt Major General (Union Army)
1834 – Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet (d. 1908)
1840 – Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer
1844 – Verney L Cameroon, English explorer (Tanganyika)
1857 – Roger Connor, 1st baseman (NY Giants)
1861 – Samuel D Riddle, horse owner (Man ‘o War)
1863 – William Grant Stairs, Canadian explorer (d. 1892)
1869 – William Strunk Jr., American grammarian (d. 1946)
1872 – Louis Bleriot, 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel
1873 – Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (d. 1968)
1874 – Michel H Campen, author/critic (Bikoerim)
1879 – Leon Jouhaux, France, socialist/co-founder UN’s ILO (Nobel 1951)
1881 – Piet[er] L Kramer, architect (Amsterdam School)
1883 – Arthur Borton, English soldier (d. 1933)
1887 – Charles D Brown, Iowa, actor (Barefoot Boy, Disbarred, Night Editor)
1892 – James M Cain, Minneapolis Mn, novelist (Postman Always Rings Twice)
1893 – Walter Francis White, Atlanta Georgia
1896 – Pavel G Antokolski, Russian poet/director (Syn) [NS]
1898 – Andre-Marie Charue, bishop of Namen Belgium
1899 – Cavan O’Connor, singer
1899 – Charles Laughton, England, actor (Mutiny on Bounty, Spartacus)
1899 – Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr, fictional character “Indiana Jones”
1899 – Konstantinos Tsatsos Greek politician and president (1975-1980)
1901 – Irna Phillips, Chicago, created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light)
1901 – Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist
1902 – Billy Wyler, director (Ben Hur, Mrs Miniver)
1902 – Jose Luis Sert, Spanish/US architect
1903 – Amy Johnson, British pilot
1903 – Beatrix Lehmann, England, actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase)
1904 – Mary Calderone, physician/founder (planned parenthood)
1906 – Edward Lansing Gordon Jr, Jackson Miss, long jumper (Olympic-gold-32)
1906 – Frank Parker, NYC, actor (Shawn-Days of our Life)
1906 – Estée Lauder, New York, NY, CEO (Estée Lauder cosmetics) (d. 2004)
1907 – Bill Stern, Rochester NY, sportscaster (Saturday Night Fights)
1908 – Paul Hardy, Belgian writer (Best of Painted Furniture)
1908 – Peter Anders, German opera singer
1908 – Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress (d. 1932)
1909 – Juan Carlos Onetti, novelist
1909 – Madge Evans, Manhattan NYC, TV panelist (Masquerade Party)
1909 – Bill Stern, American sportscaster (d. 1971)
1911 – Alvino Rey, Cleve Ohio, orchestra leader (King Family)
1911 – Sergei Sokolov, Soviet marshal
1912 – Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier
1912 – David Brower, environmentalist/president (Sierra Club)
1912 – Roy McKelvie, soldier/sports writer
1912 – Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (d. 1989)
1913 – Jo Sinclair, writer
1914 – Cristyl Cranz, Germany, slalom (Olympic-gold-1936)
1914 – Earle Warren, alto sax player
1914 – Magda Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (People vs Zsa Zsa Gabor)
1915 – Jean Stafford, US writer (Boston Adventure, Lion & Carpenter)
1915 – Viscount Leverhulm, English large landowner (Unilever)
1915 – Willie Dixon, Vicksburg Missisipi, blues artist (Walkin’ the Blues, Mellow Down Easy)
1915 – Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon (d. 2001)
1916 – Olivia de Havilland, Tokyo Japan, actress (Adventures of Robin Hood)
1919 – Hans Bender, German poet
1920 – Harold Sakata, American actor (d. 1982)
1921 – Seretse Khama, 1st premier/president of Botswana (Bechuanaland)
1923 – Constance Ford, actress (Ada Hobson-Another World)
1925 – Farley Granger, San Jose CA, actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask)
1926 – Franclaois-Regis Bastide, writer/broadcaster
1926 – Robert Fogel, Nobel laureate
1926 – Carl Hahn, German automotive executive
1927 – Hans Eklund, composer
1927 – Ruben Gomez, baseball player
1928 – Constance Ford, US actress (Cabinet of Calgary, Ada-Another World)
1928 – Volker Wangenheim, composer
1929 – Gerald M Edelman, US biochemist (Nobel 1972)
1930 – Andreas JAI Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Schipluiden/Leiderdorp)
1930 – Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American filmmaker (d. 2005)
1931 – Leslie Caron, Boulogne-Biliancourt France, actr (Lili, Father Goose)
1931 – Tab Hunter, actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust)
1932 – Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], Fort Worth Tx, rock vocalist (Rockin’ Robin)
1932 – Ze’ev Schiff, Israeli journalist (d. 2007)
1933 – Frank Baumann, baseball player
1933 – Peter Walwyn, British race horse trainer
1934 – Jamie Farr, Toledo Oh, actor (Klinger-M*A*S*H, AfterMASH)
1934 – Jean Marsh, London England, actress (Dark Places, Eagle has Landed)
1934 – Sydney Pollack, Lafayette, director (Tootsie, Presumed Innocent)
1934 – Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter
1935 – James Cotton, blues vocalist
1935 – Seiji Ozawa, [Fentian Shenyan], Manchuria, orchestra conductor
1937 – Ebrahim I Ebrahim, South African ANCer/Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader
1938 – Chester Watson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (early 60s)
1938 – Don Pavletich, baseball player
1938 – Craig Anderson, baseball player
1939 – Charles Hatcher, (Rep-D-GA, 1981- )
1939 – Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
1939 – Karen Black, American actress
1940 – Jack Acker, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
1940 – Kenneth Clarke, British minister
1941 – John Gould, British composer/musical comic
1941 – Rod Gilbert, Canada, NHL wing (NY Rangers)
1941 – Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
1941 – Twyla Tharp, Portland Ind, choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe)
1941 – Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, Nobel laureate
1941 – Myron Scholes, American economist, Nobel laureate
1942 – Genevieve Bujold, Montreal, actress (King of Hearts, Choose Me, Coma)
1942 – Karen Black, [Ziegler], Park Ridge Ill, (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx)
1942 – William Carney, (Rep-R-NY, 1979-86)
1942 – Andraé Crouch, American singer
1943 – Jeff Wayne, musician
1945 – Deborah Harry, Miami Fla, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass)
1945 – Mike Burstyn, Israeli-American actor
1946 – June Montiero, US, vocalist (Toys-A Lover’s Concerto)
1946 – Ron Silver, NYC, actor (Gary-Rhoda, Entity, Silkwood, Best Friends)
1947 – Marc Benno, rocker
1947 – Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese racing driver
1949 – John Farnham, Australian singer
1950 – David Duke, American politician, K.K.K. member
1951 – Daryl Anderson, Seattle, actor (Animal-Lou Grant)
1951 – Fred Schneider, Newark Ga, vocalist/guitarist (B-52’s-Rock Lobster)
1951 – Trevor Eve, Wales, actor (Shadow Chasers)
1951 – Anne Feeney, American protest singer
1951 – Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer
1952 – Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
1952 – Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
1953 – Henry Percy, 11th duke of Northumberland, godchild of Elizabeth II
1954 – Michael Daniel Reid, Bainbridge MD, PGA golfer (1987 Seiko Tucson)
1955 – Keith Whitley, Sandy Hook Ky, country singer (Don’t Close Your Eyes)
1956 – Adrian Wright, rocker (Human League-Only Human)
1956 – Bill Caudill, baseball player
1956 – Lorna Patterson, Whittier California, actress (Airplane, Pvt Benjamin)
1956 – Alan Ruck, American actor
1957 – Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish ice hockey player
1958 – Nancy Lieberman Cline, Bkln, WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury) (Oly-S-76)
1959 – Anne Smith, Dallas TX, tennis star
1960 – Alan Ruck, Cleve Oh, actor (Stuart-Spin City)
1960 – Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bronx NY, disco singer (Shame, I’m in Love)
1960 – Lynn Jennings, Princeton NJ, 5k runner
1960 – Mike Fitzgerald, baseball player
1961 – Diana Spencer, Sandringham England, Princess of Wales, (d. 1997)
1961 – Kalpana Chawla, Karnal India, astronaut (STS 87)
1961 – Carl Lewis [Frederick], Birmingham Alabama, sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96)
1961 – Malcolm Elliott, British cyclist
1962 – Andre Braugher, Chicago Ill, actor (Frank Pembleton-Homicide)
1963 – Edward Tsang Lu, Springfield Mass, astronaut (STS 84)
1963 – Roddy Bottum, LA California, rock keyboardist (Faith No More-Real Thing)
1964 – Mike Twardoski, baseball player
1964 – Poi Burton, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
1964 – Theresa Lynn, Louisville KY, actress (Orgasm Girl-Private Parts)
1965 – Luc Rochefort, Trois-Rivieres Que, golfer (1991 Low Amateur Quebec)
1966 – Eric Ball, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
1966 – Larisa Savchenko, Neiland Latvia, tennis star
1966 – Patrick McEnroe, Manhasset NY, tennis star
1966 – Shawn Burr, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1966 – Simon Arkell, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics-17th-92, 96)
1966 – Enrico Annoni, Italian footballer
1967 – Dave Richardson, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1967 – Mike Eastwood, Ottawa, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
1967 – Pamela Anderson Lee, Ladysmith BC, playmate (Feb 90/Home Improvement)
1967 – Tony Bennett, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
1968 – Charles Wilson, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
1968 – Roshumba Williams, Chicago Ill, model (Bride)
1968 – Tim Abell, American actor
1969 – Gary Brown, NFL running back (Houston Oilers)
1969 – Graham Lloyd, cricketer (son of David, Lancashire batsman, Eng ODI 96)
1970 – Kevin O’Brien, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
1970 – Nicky Goetze, Milwaukee Wisc, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA Acad)
1970 – Van Malone, NFL safety (Detroit Lions)
1971 – Darick Holmes, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
1971 – Oleg Antonenko, hockey forward (Team Belarus, Olympics-1998)
1971 – Wanda Gonzalez, Miss Connecticut USA (1996)
1971 – Melissa Peterman [Melissa Margaret], Minneapolis, Minnesota, American actress (Reba, Fargo)
1971 – Julianne Nicholson, American actress
1971 – Steven W. Bailey, American actor
1971 – Jamie Walker, American baseball player
1972 – Corey Hirsch, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Vancouver Canucks)
1972 – Darrick Bledose, WLAF cornerback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1972 – Claire Forlani, English actress
1972 – Alex Machacek, Austrian musician
1973 – Malina Milson, Australian softball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96)
1974 – Michele Krasnoo, Culver City California, actress (Kickboxer IV)
1975 – Sufjan Stevens, American musician
1976 – Patrick Stephan Kluivert, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax)

1976 – Hannu Tihinen, Finnish footballer

1976 – Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch footballer
1977 – Liv Tyler, New York City, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty)
1977 – Misty Marriah Esplin, Preston Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1997)
1977 – Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist
1977 – Birgit Schuurman, Dutch musician
1978 – Eisa Istok, Miss Illinois Teen USA (1996)
1978 – Jacqie Turner, west Covina California, figure skater, 1997 SW Pacific-2nd
1978 – Vicki Renee Hughes, Miss New Mexico Teen USA (1997)
1979 – Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist
1980 – Patrick Aufiero, American hockey player
1981 – Tadhg Kennelly, Irish-born Australian Rules footballer
1981 – Demetria McKinney, American Actress
1982 – Carmella DeCesare, American model
1982 – Romola Garai, English actress
1982 – Justin Huber, Australian baseball player
1982 – Joachim Johansson, Swedish tennis player
1982 – Adrian Ward, American football player
1982 – Hilarie Burton, American actress
1983 – Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)
1983 – Leeteuk, Korean singer
1988 – Evan Ellingson, American actor
1989 – Mitch Hewer, English actor
1989 – Hannah Murray, English actress
1992 – Bryant Jones, Camarillo Ca, actor (Nate Hastings-Young & Restless)

 

 

 

Deaths

251 – Decius, Roman Emperor (b. 207)
251 – Herennius Etruscus, joint Roman Emperor with father Decius (b. ca. 227)
868 – Ali al-Hadi, Shia Imam (b. 828)
1109 – King Alfonso VI of Castile (b. 1040)
1277 – Baibars, Mameluk sultan of Egypt (b. 1223)
1378 – Jan I V van Arkel, bishop of Utrecht/Luik, dies
1523 – Hendrik Voes, Flemish priest/church reformer, burned at stake
1523 – John of Esschen, Flemish priest/church reformer, burned at stake
1589 – Christophe Plantin, French/Belgian book publisher, dies
1592 – Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
1614 – Isaac Casaubon, French-born classical scholar (b. 1559)
1622 – William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, British politician (b. 1575)
1627 – Nathaniel Bacon, English painter, dies at 41
1662 – Simon Ives, composer, dies at 61
1681 – Oliver Plunkett, Irish saint (b. 1629)
1691 – Marc’Antonio Pasqualini, composer, dies at 77
1708 – Emperor Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia (b. 1706)
1723 – Willem van de Pose, gov of Cape Colony (1699-1797), dies at about 59
1742 – Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Czech monk/composer, dies at 58
1774 – Henry Fox Holland, English corrupt politician, dies at 68
1776 – Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
1782 – Charles Watson-Wentworth 2nd marquis of Rockingham, dies at 52
1784 – Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, composer, son of J.S. Bach, dies at 73
1805 – Georg Ritschel, composer, dies at 60
1819 – Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (b. 1752)
1839 – Mahmud II, sultan of Turkey (1808-39), dies at 53
1847 – George F Kersting, German painter, dies at 61
1860 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor, dies at 59
1863 – John Fulton Reynolds, Union general-major, dies in battle at 42
1883 – Manuel Gregorio Tavarez, composer, dies at 39
1885 – Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling’s reagens), dies at 73
1894 – Julius PJA van Nyevelt, Dutch min of Foreign affairs, dies at 77
1894 – Allan Pinkerton, American private detective (b. 1819)
1896 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, US author (Uncle Tom’s Cabin), dies at 85
1910 – Marius Petipa, Fren ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies
1916 – William Booth, cricketer (WW I 2 Tests for England 1913-14), dies
1922 – Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (I mala voglia), dies at 81
1925 – Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer (Dreamy Fish), dies at 59
1925 – Jan P Veth, Dutch painter/lithographer/art historian, dies at 61
1939 – Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
1943 – Auguste Reitsma, Dutch resistance fighter (census director), executed
1943 – C Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – C L Barentsen, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Coos Hartogh, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Cor Roos, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Henri Halberstadt, Dutch resistance fighter (census dir), executed
1943 – Johan Brouwer, hispanist/writer/Dutch resistance fighter, executed
1943 – Koen Limperg, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Sam Bloemgarten, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Willem Arondeus, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1943 – Willem Brouwer, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
1944 – Carl Mayer, actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), dies at 49
1947 – Clarence Lucas, composer, dies at 80
1949 – Louis Davids, [Simon David], cabaret artist, dies at 65
1950 – Edward Faber Schneider, composer, dies at 77
1950 – Eliel Saarinen, Fins/US architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
1950 – Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
1953 – Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
1953 – Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
1958 – Apie [Adrian P] Prince, Dutch writer (I Go Me Own Way), dies
1958 – Harry Nicholls Holmes, Dr (crystallized vitamin A), dies at 78
1958 – Rudolf von Laban, Czech/Ger choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
1961 – Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (b. 1894)
1963 – Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
1964 – Pierre Monteux, French/US conductor (Concert Bldg Orch), dies at 89
1965 – Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
1965 – Wally Hammond, South African cricketer (7,249 runs for England), dies
1968 – Dick Young, cricketer (England wicketkeeper v Aust 1907-08), dies
1968 – Virginia Weidler, actress (All This & Heaven Too), dies at 42
1971 – Lord Learie Constantine, WI cricketer (all-rounder & fielder), dies
1973 – Mario La Broca, composer, dies at 76
1974 – Juan D Peron, president of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), dies at 78
1976 – Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
1978 – Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
1979 – Richard Ward, actor (Beacon Hill), dies at 64
1980 – Charles Percy Snow, British writer (Friends & Associates), dies at 75
1981 – George Voskovec, actor (Fred-Nero Wolfe, Peter-Skag), dies at 76
1981 – Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
1981 – Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)
1982 – John Everett Watts, composer, dies at 51
1982 – Vera [A Veronica] Bondam, actress, dies at 86
1983 – R Buckminster Fuller, inventor/philosopher, dies in LA at 87
1984 – Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born educator (b. 1904)
1986 – Roy Poole, actor (Winds of War), dies at 62
1987 – Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
1988 – Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
1988 – Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
1989 – William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
1990 – Anna Palk, actress (Play it Cool, Frozen Dead), dies of cancer at 48
1990 – Jurriaan Schrofer, graphic designer, dies
1991 – Joost Baljeu, painter/founder-editor Structure, dies
1991 – Michael Landon, actor (Bonanza, Hwy to Heaven), dies of cancer at 54
1992 – Franco Cristaldi, Italian producer (Amarcord), dies
1992 – Francisco Mendes, Guinea-Bissauan politician (b. 1933)
1994 – Johanna Ader-Appels, resistance fighter/author, dies
1995 – Bruce Mitchell, South African cricketer (leading Test scorer with 3471), dies
1995 – Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest, dies at 49
1995 – Wolfman Jack, disc jockey (Midnight Special), dies at 57
1996 – Alfred Marks, actor (Fanny Hill, Desert Mice), dies at 75
1996 – Margaux Hemmingway, actress (Lipstick), dies at 41
1996 – Richard Michael Fraser, political administrator, dies at 80
1996 – Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright, dies at 53
1997 – Joshua Hassan, head of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies
1997 – Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War), dies at 79
1999 – Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born film director (b. 1908)
1999 – Guy Mitchell, American popular singer dies at 72
1999 – Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
1999 – Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)
2000 – Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
2000 – Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)
2001 – Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
2003 – Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
2003 – Wesley Mouzon, American boxer (b. 1927)
2003 – N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)
2004 – Marlon Brando, actor (“The Godfather”, “A Street Cart Named Desire” and “On the Water Front”) dies at 80
2004 – Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
2004 – Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
2005 – Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
2005 – Obie Benson, American musician (b. 1936)
2006 – Fred Trueman, English cricketer (b. 1931)
2008 – Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
2009 – Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)
2009 – Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
2009 – Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)
2009 – Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan professional boxer (b. 1952)
2009 – Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
2010 – Ilene Woods, American actress (b. 1929)
2011 – Leslie Brooks, American actress (b. 1922)
2012 – Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.

1397 – Denmark, Norway & Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha

1520 – The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan.

1596 – English/Dutch fleet reach Cadiz

1643 – Battle at Atherton Moor: Royalists beat parliamentary armies

1815 – US naval hero Stephen Decatur ends attacks by Algerian pirates

1834 – Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

1859 – Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope

1865 – 8 alleged conspirators in assassination of Lincoln are found guilty

1893 – Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered

1896 – W S Hadaway patents electric stove

1908 – Boston’s Cy Young’s 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0

1908 – Giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia (Tunguska Event)

1914 – Mahatma Gandhi’s 1st arrest, campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1930 – 1st round-the-world radio broadcast Schenectady NY

1936 – “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, published

1936 – 40 hour work week law approved (federal)

1938 – Superman 1st appears in DC Comics’ Action Comics Series issue #1

1953 – 1st Corvette manufactured

1955 – “Johnny Carson Show,” debuts on CBS-TV

1971 – Ohio becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, thus ratifying 26th amendment

1988 – Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason

1992 – 1st pay bathrooms in US open: 25 cents (NYC)

1994 – US Ice Skating Federation bars Tonya Harding for life

 

 

 

 

Births

1470 – Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), invaded Italy

1748 – Jacques D “comte” Cassini, French astronomer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

512 – A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland.

1149 – Raymond of Antioch is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din.

1534 – Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada

1613 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theater burns down

1767 – British passes Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America

1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor

1858 – Great fire in London harbor

1863 – Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

1888 – First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel’s Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.

1897 – Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)

1916 – Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time

1927 – 1st flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii

1928 – The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.

1939 – Dixie Clipper completes 1st commercial plane flight to Europe

1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register

1950 – US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994)

1952 – 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn-Oriskany

1956 – Charles Dumas, makes 1st high jump over 7′ (2.13 m)-LA, Calif

1956 – Federal interstate highway system act signed

1964 – Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in Senate

1972 – Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel & unusual

1981 – Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Teheran, 72 killed

1983 – Angel Cordero wins his 5,000th horse race

1984 – Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski

2002 – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

 

 

 

 

Births

1397 – John II of Aragon (d. 1479)

1482 – Maria of Aragon, queen of Portugal (d. 1517)

1596 – Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (d. 1680)

1858 – George Washington Goethals, engineer (built Panama Canal)

1868 – George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (d. 1938)

1901 – Nelson Eddy, Providence RI, baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald)

1912 – John Toland, US, political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971)

1919 – Slim Pickens, Kingsburg California, actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles)

1920 – Ray Harryhausen, movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans)

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

1948 – Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer(White Snake, Deep Purple)

1980 – Martin Truex Jr, American race car driver

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1306 – Musho [Hokai], Zen teacher/found subtemple at Jochiji, dies

1784 – Caesar Rodney, US judge/singer (Declar of Independence), dies at 55

1852 – Henry Clay, the great compromiser, dies at 75

1861 – Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, writer, dies at 55

1933 – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, US actor (Keystone comedies), dies at 46

1967 – Jayne Mansfield, actress (Female Jungle), dies in a car crash at 34

1978 – Bob Crane, actor (Hogan’s Heroes), murdered at 59

1979 – Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34

1995 – Lana Turner, actress (Madame X), dies of cancer at 75

2002 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)

2003 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907)

2009 – Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1098 – Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul.

1389 – Ottomans defeat Serbian army in the bloody Battle of Kosovo, opening the way for the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe (see Vidovdan).

1635 – French colony of Guadeloupe established in Caribbean

1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)

1776 – Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack

1778 – Battle of Monmouth, NJ (Gen Washington beats Clinton)

1778 – Mary Ludwig Hayes “Molly Pitcher” aids American patriots

1820 – Tomato is proven non-poisonous

1838 – Britain’s Queen Victoria crowned in Westminster Abbey

1859 – 1st dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)

1865 – The Army of the Potomac is disbanded

1880 – Ned Kelly the Australian bushranger captured at Glenrowan.

1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million

1909 – 1st French air show, Concours d’Avation opens

1914 – Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip , the casus belli of World War I.

1919 – Carl Mazes pitches a complete doubleheader against NY Yankees

1919 – Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed in France

1934 – Hitler flies to Essen (Night of Long Knifes)

1935 – FDR ordersa federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox Kentucky

1942 – Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY)

1948 – US/British airlift to West-Berlin begins

1950 – North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War

1957 – Reds’ fans stuff ballot box, electing 8 Reds as All Star starters

1965 – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by Pres Johnson

1968 – Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers

1971 – Fillmore East closes

1975 – Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open (Ill)

1978 – Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected

2000 – Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.

2004 – Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.

 

 

 

 

Birthdays

1367 – Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia

1491 – Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47)

1577 – Peter Paul Rubens, Siegen, Flemish Baroque painter (Circumcision)

1712 – Jean Jacques Rousseau, France, composer/social contractor (Confession)

1824 – Paul Broca, France, brain surgeon/anthro (located speech center)

1902 – John Dillinger, US bank robber (public enemy #1)

1902 – Richard Rodgers, Hammels Station NY, composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

1909 – Eric Ambler, London, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy)

1914 – Lester Raymond Flatt, TN, bluegrass (Earl-Ballad of Jed Clampett)

1926 – Mel Brooks, New York City, American actor and director (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs)

1931 – Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver

1938 – John Byner, American comedian

1946 – Gilda Radner, Detroit Mich, actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon)

1960 – John Elway, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

548 – Theodora, dancer/empress of Byzantine (Nika-oproer), dies

1194 – Emperor Xiaozong of Song China (b. 1127)

1776 – Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged

1836 – James Madison, 4th US pres (1809-17), dies in Montpelier Va at 85

1889 – Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70

1937 – Max Adler, Austrian socialist theorist, dies at 64

1975 – Rod Serling, writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), dies at 50

2001 – Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)

2006 – Jim Baen, American science fiction publisher and editor (b. 1943)

2010 – Robert Byrd, American politician (b. 1917)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

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

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

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

1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

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

1847 – NY & Boston linked by telegraph wires

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange

1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”

1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)

1940 – Soviet Army attacks Romania

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

1950 – US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

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

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

1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala

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

1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas

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

1973 – “Live & Let Die” premieres in US

1976 – Israeli raid on Entebbe, Uganda

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

1925 – Jerome “Doc” Pomus, rocker

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

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

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

1985 – Nico Rosberg, German race car driver

 

 

 

 

Deaths

444 – Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies

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

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

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

1889 – Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

684 – St Benedict II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

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

1498 – Toothbrush invented

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

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

1843 – Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US

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

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

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

1936 – 1st flight of Fw61 helicopter

1941 – Finland enters WW II against Russia

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

1945 – UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF

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

1959 – Queen Elizabeth & Pres Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway

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

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

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

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

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

1990 – 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

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

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

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

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

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

1995 – Gunmen ambush Egyptian pres Hosni Mubarak, escapes unharmed

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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

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

1887 – Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist

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

 

 

 

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

 

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1898 – Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

1973 – Gretchen Wilson, American singer

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

1979 – Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

253 – St Lucius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1183 – Peace of Konstanz

1500 – Pope Alexander VI accept Treaty of Granada

1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop

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

1788 – Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

1935 – Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium

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

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

1947 – Tennis shoe introduced

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

1950 – Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Births

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

1726 – Thomas Pennant, British naturalist

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

1929 – Eric Carle, American author

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

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

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

1956 – Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author

 

 

 

Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

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

843 – Vikings destroy Nantes

1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England

1441 – Eton College founded by Henry VI

1509 – Henry VIII crowned King of England

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

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

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

1817 – 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years

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

1917 – Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol

1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC

1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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

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

1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade

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

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

1970 – “Catch 22″ opens in movie theaters

1970 – Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1911 – Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1398 – Hongwu Emperor of China (b. 1328)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

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

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

1775 – 1st regatta held on Thames, England

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

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

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

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

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes patents “Type-writer”

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

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

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

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

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

1949 – 1st 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School

1950 – Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women

1952 – US airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu Korea

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

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

1964 – Gen Maxwell Taylor appointed US ambassador in South Vietnam

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

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

1974 – 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1997 – Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts

 

 

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1977 – Jason Mraz, American singer and songwriter

 

 

 

 

Deaths

79 – Vespasian, Roman Emperor (b. 9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Events

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

1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England

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

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

1675 – Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II

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

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

1812 – Napoleon’s Grand Army invades Russia

1847 – Doughnut created

1873 – Prince Edward Island joins Canada

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

1933 – German social-democratic party (SPD) forbidden

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

1947 – 12″ rain in 42 mins (Holt, MO)

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

1969 – Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

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

1978 – Pluto’s satelite Charon, is discovered

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

1990 – Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

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

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

 

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1978 – Dan Wheldon, British race car driver

 

 

 

Deaths

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

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

1903 – George White, black resident of Delaware, lynched

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

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

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

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

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine

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

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

1932 – Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)

1945 – US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II

1950 – Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

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

1968 – Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns

1975 – “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg opens

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

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

1214 – The University of Oxford receives its charter.

1633 – Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore

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

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

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

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

1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1863 – West Virginia admitted as 35th US state

1867 – Pres Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska

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

1919 – Treaty of Versailles: Germany ends incorporation of Austria

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

1944 – Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Births

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Deaths

451 – Theodorid, King of the Visigoths

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today in the Past 

 

Events

987 – Louis IV, crowned king of France

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

1586 – English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island NC

 

 

 

1588 – Spanish Armada heavily destroyed in storm at Coruna

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1778 – Washington’s troops finally leave Valley Forge

1829 – Sir Robert Peel found London Metropolitan Police

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

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

1862 – Slavery outlawed in US territories

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – Siege of Richmond, VA

1893 – Lizzie Bordon acquitted

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

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

1936 – German boxer Max Schmeling World Champion KOs Joe Louis

1941 – Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal

 

 

 

1944 – Two day Battle of Philippines Sea begins

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – Bob Dylan completes UK tour

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

 

 

 

Births

1941 – Václav Klaus, Czech politician and President

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1964 – Boris Johnson, British politician

1969 – Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur

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

 

 

 

Deaths

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

1994 – Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot, dies at 92

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

860 – Swedish Vikings attack Constantinople

1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1959 – 1st telecast transmitted from England to US

1960 – Real Madrid wins 5th Europe Cup 1

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

1973 – NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

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

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

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

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

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

1985 – Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs

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

 

 

 

 

Births

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

1976 – Blake Shelton, American Country Singer

 

Videos

 

 

 

1989 – Renee Olstead, American singer and actress

Videos

 

Deaths

1234 – Emperor Chukyo of Japan (b. 1218)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

1984 – Alan Berg, American radio talk show host

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

632 – Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era

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

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

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

1624 – Judge directs US colony Virginia to English crown

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

1745 – English fleet occupies Cap Breton on St Lawrence River

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

1755 – British capture Fort Beauséjour, expel Acadians

1775 – Liberty Bell rang for the 2nd Continental Congress

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

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

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

1784 – Holland forbids orange clothes

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

1815 – Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French

1822 – Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina

1832 – Battle of Kellogg’s Grove, Ill

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

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

1864 – Battle of Lynchburg VA

1864 – Skirmish at Golgotha Georgia

1864 – Union General Grant begin siege of Petersburg, Va

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

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

1880 – Salvation Army forms in London

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

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

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

1893 – RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack

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

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

1903 – Ford Motors incorporates

1903 – Pepsi Cola company forms

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

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

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

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

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

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

1923 – Sun Yat Sen founds military academy

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

1933 – US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created

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

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

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

1943 – Race riot in Beaumont Texas (2 die)

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

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

1952 – Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down

1954 – Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam

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

1957 – French offensive in Algeria

1960 – “Psycho,” opens in NY

1962 – 2 US army officers killed in Saigon

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

1967 – 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival

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

1970 – Race riots in Miami Florida

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

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

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

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

1977 – Leonid Brezhnev named president of USSR

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

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

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

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

1979 – Moslem Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria

1980 – “Blues Brothers,” premieres in Chicago

1982 – Britain requests Argentina arrange for return of prisoners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1991 – Boris Yeltsin elected president of Russian SSR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Births

1139 – Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

1896 – Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)

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

1899 – Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)

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

1902 – Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist

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

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

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

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

1910 – Richard Maling Barrer, chemist

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

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

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

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

1917 – Irving Penn, American photographer

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

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

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

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

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

1932 – Ralph Robins, CEO (Rolls-Royce)

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

1934 – William Forsyth Sharpe, American economist, Nobel laureate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1951 – Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer

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

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

1954 – Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats)

1958 – Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)

1959 – Warrior, American professional wrestler

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

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

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

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

1972 – Ann Shoket, American magazine editor

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

1978 – Jasmine Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer

1980 – Nehir Erdoğan, Turkish actress

1982 – May Andersen, Danish supermodel

 

 

Deaths

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

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

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

1492 – Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

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

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

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

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

1215 – King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England

1219 – King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark

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

1246 – Battle at Leitha: Hungary-Austrian

1389 – Battle of Kossovo; Turks defeat Serbs

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

1643 – Able Tasmania returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania

1664 – NJ established

1741 – Capt Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America

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

1762 – Austria uses 1st paper currency

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

1779 – General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx

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

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

1836 – Arkansas becomes 25th state

1844 – Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber

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

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

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

1861 – Johnston evacuates Harpers Ferry

 

 

 

1862 – Gen JEB Stuart completes hisride around McClellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1864 – -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1898 – US marines attack Spanish off Guantánamo Cuba

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

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

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

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

1916 – Boys Scouts of America forms

1918 – 1″ of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania

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

1920 – Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.

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

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

1924 – J Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI

1924 – Native Americans are proclaimed US citizens

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

1934 – Great Smokey Mountains National Park dedicated

1940 – France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris

1943 – Congress of racial Equality (CORE) forms

1944 – US forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific

1951 – 1st coml electronic computer dedicated Phila

1951 – Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

1954 – Great Britain’s 2 biggest steel factory nationalized

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

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

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

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

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

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

1964 – Last French troops leave Algeria

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

1968 – Yummy Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express hits #4

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

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

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

1973 – “American Graffiti” opens in NYC

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

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

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

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

1984 – Thomas Hearns KOs Roberto Duran

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

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

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

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

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

1992 – 1st Berlin Air Show in 60 years

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

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

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

1994 – NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Births

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

1927 – Hugo Pratt, graphic artist

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

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

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

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

1939 – Ward Connerly, American political figure

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

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

1943 – Johnny Halliday, rocker

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

1944 – Robert Keppel, American criminologist

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

1945 – Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer

1946 – Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)

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

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

1949 – Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

1957 – Brett Butler, MLB center fielder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1970 – Leah Remini, American actress

1971 – Jake Busey, American actor

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

1975 – Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer

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

1979 – Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver

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

 

 

Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

1389 – Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle

1389 – Murad I, Osmaans sultan, dies in battle

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

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

1557 – Sebastiaan Van Noyen, military master builder, dies

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

1702 – Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies

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

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

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

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

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

1907 – William Le Baron Jenney, US architect, dies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

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

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

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

1565 – Catharina de Medici & Duke of Alva discuss Calvinism

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

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

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

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

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

1755 – 1st edition of Dr Johnsons “Dictionary”

1775 – US Army founded

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

1789 – Capt William Blighs reaches Timor

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

1839 – 1st Henley Regatta held

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

1847 – Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner

1850 – Fire destroys part of SF

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

 

 

 

1863 – Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – US Union warship USS Kearsarge appears at Cherbourg

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

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

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

1901 – 1st golf championship is played

1907 – Norway adopts female suffrage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1935 – Chaco War between Bolivia & Paraguay ends

1938 – Chlorophyll patented by Benjamin Grushkin

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

1940 – German forces occupied Paris during WW II

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

1942 – 1st bazooka rocket gun produced Bridgeport Ct

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

1944 – 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan

1948 – Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1958 – British parachutists lands on Cyprus

1961 – 106°F, hottest temperature in SF

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

1963 – NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR

1967 – Mariner 5 Launch (Venus Flyby)

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

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

1979 – Rock group “Little Feat” disbands

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

1989 – Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

1990 – Supreme Court rules police check for drunk drivers constitutional

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

1993 – Tansu Ciller appointed 1st female premier of Turkey

1998 – “Comic Relief” benefit comedy show

 

 

 

Births

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

1529 – Ferdinand, archduke (Austria)/mayor (Bohemia)

1657 – Cornelis Cruys, [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian/Dutch admiral

1736 – Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, physicist (formulated Coulomb’s Law)

1796 – Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician (d. 1866)

1805 – Robert Anderson, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1871

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, author (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

1820 – John Bartlett, US, editor (compiled Familiar Quotations)

1836 – Thomas Wilberforce Egan, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1844 – Edouard Naville, Swiss egyptologist

1855 – Robert Marion La Follette, Wisconsin, pres candidate (Progressive)

1856 – Andrey Markov, Russia, mathematician (Markov Chain)

1864 – Alois Alzheimer, Germany, psychiatrist/pathologist (Alzheimer Disease)

1871 – Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (d. 1946)

1889 – Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist/palaeontologist

1893 – Siggie Nordstrom, Swedish singer (The Nordstrom Sisters) (d. 1980)

1903 – Arthur William Raynes McDonald, radar Pioneer/pilot

 

 

 

1906 – Margaret Bourke-White, photographer/innovator/correspondent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1909 – Burl Ives, Hunt Ill, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

1912 – E Cuyler Hammond, scientist (1st to link smoking with lung cancer)

1917 – Al “Lash” LaRue, Gretna La, actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp)

1919 – Sam Wanamaker, Chic Ill, actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal)

1919 – Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], New York City, New York, American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson)

1922 – Kevin Roche, Irish architect

1925 – Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John Kennedy)

1929 – Cy Coleman, [Seymour Kaufman], songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity)

1931 – Marla Gibbs, Chicago Ill, actress (Florence-Jeffersons, Mary-227)

1932 – Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

1933 – Jerzy Kosinski, novelist (Painted Bird, Being There)

1936 – Renaldo “Obie” Benson, singer (The Four Tops) (d. 2005)

1943 – Muff [Mervyn] Winwood, singer (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)

1943 – John Miles, British racing driver

1945 – Rod Argent, rocker (She’s Not There-Zombies, Hold Your Head Up-Argent)

1946 – Donald Trump, billionaire/master builder (Trump Towers/Plaza/Castle)

1947 – Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish)

1949 – Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled)

 

 

 

1949 – Harry Turtledove, American author

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Eddie Mekka, Worcester Mass, actor (Carmine-Laverne & Shirley)

1952 – Jimmy Lea, England, rock bassist (Slade)

1956 – King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond)

1958 – Brian David Willis, rock drummer (Quarterflash)

1958 – Eric Heiden, Madison, Wisconsin, US speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980)

1960 – Tonie Campbell, LA California, 100m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1988)

1961 – “Boy George” O’Dowd, androgynous vocalist & druggie (Culture Club)

1961 – Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)

1963 – Chris DeGarmo, guitarist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)

1967 – Wendy Lian Williams, St Louis Mo, US diver (Olympic-bronze-88, 92)

1968 – Yasmine Bleeth, NYC, actress (Ryan’s Hope, 1 Life to Live, Baywatch)

1969 – Steffi Graf, Bruhl West Germany, tennis player (Grand Slam 1988)

1969 – Michael Gerber, American parody author

1970 – Willie Beamon, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)

1972 – Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)

1975 – Ryuji Miki, Japanese racing driver

1975 – Chris Onstad, American cartoonist

1976 – Alan Carr, British Stand-up comedian, Television presenter

1978 – Diablo Cody, American screenwriter

1978 – Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast

1981 – Lonneke Engel, Dutch model

1982 – Jamie Green, British racing driver

 

 

Deaths

1144 – Aboe ‘l-Kasim Mahmoed ibn Omar al-Zapowersjari, theologist, dies at 69

1161 – Emperor Qinzong of China (b. 1100)

1349 – Gunther Van Schwarzburg, German anti-king 1349, dies at about 44

1381 – Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury

1497 – Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)

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

1662 – Henry Vane the Younger, British Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)

1703 – Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer (b. 1625)

1727 – Cornelis Cruys, Norwegian/Dutch admiral, dies at 70

1752 – Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, dies at 57

1752 – Daniel Marot, French/Neth, architect/engraver, dies at about 88

1800 – Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French military leader (b. 1768)

1800 – Jean-Baptiste Kleber, French general (b. 1753)

1801 – Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War general, dies in London

1825 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, French architect, dies at 70

1864 – Leonidas Polk, general, killed in action in Battle of Pine Mt

1920 – Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian, dies

1932 – Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer

 

 

 

1936 – G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer/poet (Father Brown), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

1938 – William W Campbell, US astronomer (Stellar Motions), dies at 76

1944 – Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist/slavist, dies at 78

1944 – Robert H Iseley, US pilot/lt-comdr (Saipan), dies in battle

1946 – John Logie Baird, Scottish television pioneer (b. 1888)

1967 – Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (b. 1897)

1975 – Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)

1977 – Alan Reed, actor (Fred Allen)/voice (Fred Flintstone), dies at 69

1986 – Alan Jay Lerner, Broadway librettist, dies in NY at 67

1986 – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

1986 – Marlin Perkins, TV host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom), dies at 81

1991 – Peggy Ashcroft, British actress (A passage to India), dies at 83

1993 – Vincent T Hamlin, cartoonist (Alley Oop), dies at 93

1994 – Harry “Little” Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66

1994 – Henry Mancini, composer (Pink Panther, Moon River), dies at 70

1994 – Lionel Grigson, professor of Jazz, dies at 52

1995 – Roger Joseph Zelazny, sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 60

 

 

 

1995 – Rory Gallagher, Irish rock/blues guitarist (See Here), dies at 47

 

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1997 – Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71

1997 – Richard Jaeckel, actor (Starman, The Dark), dies of cancer at 70

2003 – Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)

2005 – Mimi Parent, Canadian painter (b. 1924)

2007 – Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)

2007 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian politician and statesman (b. 1918)

2008 – Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)

2009 – Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

1325 – Sheik Ibn Battuta begins 1st world trip, Tangiers to Mecca

1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world’s oldest) signed in London

1392 – Assassination attempt on Pierre de Craon Van Clisson of France, fails

1547 – King Ferdinand of Austria subjects himself on Turkish sultan Suleiman

1665 – Sea battle at Lowestoft: English fleet beats Dutch

1774 – Rhode Island becomes 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves

1777 – Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette lands in US

1789 – Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington

1828 – Simon Bolívar proclaimed dictator

1863 – Battle of Winchester VA

1863 – Skirmish at Berryville Virginia

1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims reconstruction confederate states

1866 – House passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights for blacks)

1868 – Oscar J Dunn (a black) is elected Lt Governor of Louisiana

1871 – Hurricane kills 300 in Labrador

1874 – 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5

1881 – The USS Jeannette is crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.

1886 – Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC

1888 – Congress creates Department of Labor

1889 – 2′ of snow accumulates in Rawlins Wyoming

1889 – 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25

1895 – Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)

1898 – Yukon Territory of Canada organized, Dawson chosen as capital

1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners & Christians

1907 – Lowest temp ever in 48 US states for June, 2°F in Tamarack Calif

1908 – Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1910 – Pilot Charles Hamilton makes 1st 1-day round-trip from NY to Phila

1913 – 45th Belmont: Roscoe Troxler aboard Prince Eugene wins in 2:18

1917 – Germany bombs London

1917 – World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.

1920 – Post Office says children could not be sent by parcel post

1922 – Longest attack of hiccups begins Charlie Osborne, 98 hiccupped over 435 million times before it stops, He dies 11 months after it stops

1925 – 57th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard American Flag wins in 2:16.8

1927 – Ticker-tape parade welcomed Charles A Lindbergh to NYC

1930 – 1st Nudist Colony opens

1930 – 22 people killed by hailstones in Siatista Greece

1931 – 63rd Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Twenty Grand wins in 2:29.6

1933 – 1st sodium vapor lamps installed (Schenectady NY)

1933 – German Secret State Police (Gestapo) established

1935 – James J Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1937 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns

1937 – Stalin executes Rus officers Tuchachevski, Jakir, Putna & Uberevitch

1940 – Paris evacuates before German advance

1942 – 1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km

1942 – Germany puts 4 saboteurs on Long Island

1942 – OSS, Office of Strategic Services, form

1944 – German counter attack on Villers-Bocage Normandy

1944 – Nazi Germany begins V-1 (Fieseler Fi-103) buzz-bomb attacks

1945 – Orokoe peninsula Okinawa captured, with 6,000 dead

1946 – 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland

1947 – 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)

1951 – UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea

1952 – Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8

1953 – 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1954 – Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx

1955 – Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans France

1956 – After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control

1957 – Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth Mass

1958 – Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster Ca

1959 – “Sammy Kaye Show,” last airs on ABC-TV

1959 – 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1960 – “Alley-Oop” by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59

1962 – “Bob Newhart Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1966 – Supreme Court’s Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights

1967 – “You Only Live Twice” premieres in US

1967 – Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice

1969 – Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band & joins Rolling Stones

1970 – “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry hit #1 in UK

1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

1971 – NY Times began publishing “Pentagon Papers”

1973 – Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)

1977 – Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray recaptured

1978 – Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.

1979 – Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD

1980 – Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” hits #1

1981 – Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

1983 – Pioneer 10 is 1st man-made object to leave Solar System

1987 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina

1988 – 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRS, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow

1988 – Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

1990 – Boeing 767 sets nonstop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya

1991 – A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament

1993 – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani re-elected president of Iran

1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

1996 – The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.

1997 – Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death

1997 – American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.

2000 – Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

2002 – The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

2005 – A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

2012 – A series of bombings across Iraq kill 93 and wound 300 people 

2012 – San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise’s history against the Houston Astros

 

 

 

Births

40 – Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England

823 – Charles II, the Bald, King of France (843-77)/emperor (875-77)

1539 – Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist/illustrator

1592 – Tobias Michael, composer

1649 – Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic (d. 1706)

1786 – Winfield Scott, army general (Union)/presidential candidate

1809 – George Philip St Cooke, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1895

1820 – WF Hendrik, the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands/admiral

1821 – Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox, Asst Secy (Union), died in 1883

1822 – Carl Schmidt, German chemist (d. 1884)

1823 – Gustave Paul Cluseret, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1900

1825 – Benjamin Jefferson Hill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1827 – Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (d. 1882)

1831 – James Clerk Maxwell, Scotish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light)

1854 – Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine)

1865 – William Butler Yeats, Ireland, poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923)

1884 – Etienne Gilson, French philosopher (d. 1978)

1892 – Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Sherlock Holmes)

1894 – Isaak E Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [or Jul 13]

1894 – Jacques-Henri Lartigue, France, photographer

1897 – Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finland, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28)

1903 – Harold “Red” Grange, “Galloping Ghost” of football (Illinois Bears)

1905 – Doc Cheatham, jazz musician

1906 – Bruno de Finetti, Italian mathematician (d. 1985)

1913 – Ralph Edwards, Merino Colo, TV host (This is Your Life)

1915 – J Donald Budge, US tennis player (1st to hold world’s 4 major titles)

1918 – Ben Johnson, Foraker Oklahoma, actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), (d. 1996)

1918 – Helmut Lent, German night fighter pilot (d. 1944)

1920 – Knut Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)

1925 – Hans Fellner, bookseller

1926 – Paul Lynde, Mt Vernon Ohio, comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched)

1928 – John Forbes Nash, American mathematician, Nobel laureate

1929 – Ralph McQuarrie, Gary, Indiana, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), (d. 2012)

1930 – Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel (d. 2004)

1931 – Lachlan Macleay, USAF/pilot

1938 – Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer (UEI, Paintbox)

1939 – Don “Sugarcane” Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)

1943 – Edward Skorek, Poland, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1976)

1943 – Malcolm McDowell, Leeds England, actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula)

1944 – Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)

1945 – Whitley Strieber, American author

1949 – Dennis Locorriere, Union City NJ, rock guitarist (Dr Hook)

1951 – Richard Thomas, New York City, American actor (John Boy-Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda)

1951 – Stellan Skarsgard, Swedish actor (Breaking the Waves)

1952 – Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka

1953 – Tim Allen, Denver Colo, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle)

1954 – Bo [Robert] Donaldson, rock vocalist (Billy Don’t Be a Hero)

1954 – Jorge Santana, rocker (Malo)

1954 – Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer

1962 – Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

1962 – Davey Hamilton, American racing driver

1963 – Catarina Lindqvist, Sweden, tennis player (Swedish Open 1986)

1963 – Paul De Lisle, American musician (Smash Mouth)

1966 – Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician

1966 – Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver

1968 – Deniece Peterson, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)

1972 – Natalie MacMaster, Canadian musician

1974 – Steve-O, American television personality

1974 – Brande Roderick, American actress

1978 – Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model

1979 – Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player

1980 – Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver

1981 – David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time

1983 – Matt Allison, British racing driver

1985 – Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver

1986 – Ashley Fuller Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Mary Kate Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Kat Dennings, American actress

1992 – Tyler Davison, was world’s smallest baby at 6 inches, 11 ounces

 

 

 

Deaths

1036 – Ali az-Zahir, caliph (b. 1005)

1142 – Godfried II, duke of Brabant/Neth-Lotharingen, dies

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

1256 – Tankei, Japanese sculptor (b. 1173)

1371 – Jan V of Virneburg, bishop of Utrecht (Pledge Vollenhove), dies

1550 – Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64

1645 – Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman

1665 – Auke Stellingwerf, lt-admiral of Friesland, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Egbert Meussen Kortenaer, vice-admiral, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Jacob van Wassenaer, [Foggy Obdam], lt-admiral, dies in battle at 55

1784 – Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)

1865 – Cleaveland J Campbell, Union brig-general, dies at about 29

1905 – Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered

1930 – Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)

1931 – Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)

1961 – Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79

1965 – Martin Buber, German/Israel philosopher/zionist/theologist, dies at 87

1972 – Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39

1977 – Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)

1979 – Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47

1986 – Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

1987 – Geraldine Page, actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62

1989 – Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81

1993 – Donald “Deke” K Slayton, US major/astronaut (Apollo 18), dies at 69

1995 – David Parry, guitarist, dies 53

2004 – Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)

2008 – Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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