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Today In The Past

Events

78 – Origin of Saka Era (India)

468 – St Simplicius elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius

493 – Ostrogoten King Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker

1284 – Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England

1409 – Austrian civil war ends

1575 – Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.

1627 – Piet Heyn conquerors 22 ships in Bay of Salvador Brazil

1634 – 1st tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole)

1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness

1791 – 1st internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)

1791 – Congress establishes US Mint

1794 – Richard Allen founded AME Church

1801 – 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia

1803 – 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins

1812 – US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

1813 – Office of surgeon general of the US army forms

1815 – US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute

1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi

1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri

1837 – Congress increases Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9

1837 – US president Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas

1838 – Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario Canada

1842 – 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)

1843 – Congress appropriates $30,000 “to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs” by the US

1845 – 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto

1845 – Florida becomes 27th state

1849 – Gold Coinage Act authorizes $20 Double Eagle gold coin

1849 – US Department of the Interior established by Congress

1853 – Transcontinental railroad survey is authorized by Congress

1855 – Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use

1857 – Second Opium WarFrance and the United Kingdom declare war on China

 

1862 – Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)

1863 – 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

1863 – Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

1863 – Federal ironclad ships bomb Fort McAllister Georgia

1863 – Gold certificates (currency) authorized by Congress

1865 – Opening of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.

1869 – University of South Carolina opens to all races

1873 – US Congress & government raise own salary, retroactively

1873 – Censorship: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.

1877 – Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th president

1879 – 1st female lawyer heard by Supreme Court (Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood)

1882 – NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings

1883 – Congress authorizes the 1st steel vessels in US navy

1885 – 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission

1885 – American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates

1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

1891 – Congress creates US Courts of Appeal

1891 – Congress creates Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Dept)

1899 – Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar

1899 – George Dewey becomes 1st in US with rank of Admiral of the Navy

1900 – US Steel Corporation organizes

1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison’s cylinder.

1905 – US Forest Service forms

1910 – Rockefeller Foundation: J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he could devote full time to being a philanthropist.

1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union & Rebel graves opens, Missouri

1915 – Natl Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA forerunner) created

1915 – NACA, the predecessor of NASA founded.

1926 – International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)

1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem

1931 – Cab Calloway records “Minnie Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller)

1933 – Mount Rushmore dedicated

1934 – John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

1939 – In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India.

1942 – 1st combat flight for Canada’s British-built Avro Lancaster military plane

1943 – Bomb fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die

1943 – US defeats Japan & wins Battle of Bismark Sea

1946 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill

1946 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

1955 – Elvis Presley made his 1st TV appearance

1958 – Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq

1959 – 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched

1960 – 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5″)

1965 – Temptations’ “My Girl” reaches #1

1966 – Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)

1966 – Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die

1969 – Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)

1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson DavisRobert E Lee& Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

1974 – George Foreman KOs Ken Norton

1977 – Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)

1977 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)

1977 – Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)

1980 – The USS Nautilus is stricken.

1982 – Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)

1985 – “Moonlighting” with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis, premieres

1985 – Willie Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

1989 – Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra

1991 – Iraqi generals & Gen Schwarzkopf meet to discuss cease fire

1991 – LA Police severly beat Rodney King, captured on amateur video

1991 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)

1992 – Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 100s die

1992 – Pres Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

1992 – The nation of Bosnia was established.

1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.

2002 – Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.

2004 – Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world’s largest brewer.

2005 – Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.

2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling – a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.

2009 – The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.

2009 – The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.

Births

1455 – King John II of Portugal (d. 1495)

1500 – Reginald Pole, English Cardinal/”heretic”

1520 – Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (d. 1575)

1583 – Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher

1678 – Madeleine de Verchères, French Canadian heroine (d. 1747)

1747 – Kasamir PulaskiUS general (Revolutionary War)(oops March 6th)

1831 – George M Pullman, inventor (railway sleeping car)

1838 – George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon’s orbit)

1839 – Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)

1841 – John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)

1845 – Georg Cantor, German mathematician (discover transfinite numbers)

1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scotland, inventor (telephone)

1872 – Wee Willie Keeler, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles); hit .432 in 1897

1877 – Garrett Morgan, African-American inventor

1880 – Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic

1895 – Matthew B RidgwayUS gen (WW II/China/Nicaragua/Korea/NATO)

1895 – Ragnar Frisch, Oslo, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969)

1897 – Jose Moreno Gans, composer

1899 – Alfred M Gruenther, US, commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)

1900 – Edna Best, Hove England, actress (Key, Calendar, Escape, Intermezzo)

1902 – Ruby Dandridge, Memphis Tenn, actress (Father of the Bride)

1903 – Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer

1911 – Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], KS, 30s’ sex goddess (Dinner at 8)

1914 – Martin Ritt, actor/director (Slugger’s Wife, End of the Game)

1917 – Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)

1918 – Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)

1920 – James Doohan, Vancouver BC, actor (Montgomery Scott-Star Trek)

1920 – Julius Boros, golfer (PGA Champ 1968, US Open 1952, 63)

1921 – Diana Barrymore, NYC, actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife)

1925 – Richard Vernon, England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)

1927 – John McLaughlin, commentator (McLaughlin Report)

1933 – Lee Radziwell Ross, NYC, princess (Jackie O’s sister)

1934 – Gia Scala, Italy, actress (Angry Hills, Don’t Go Near the Water)

1936 – Jim ClarkFormula 1 racer (1963 champ)

1938 – Lew De Witt, singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)

1938 – Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)

1942 – Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4)

1944 – Janice Garfat, rocker (Dr Hook)

1946 – James C Adamson, Warsaw NY, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43)

1947 – Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)

1948 – Byron MacGregor, newscaster

1949 – Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)

1949 – James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)

1950 – Ed Marinaro, actor (Hill Street Blues)

1950 – Re Styles, rock vocalist (Tubes)

1950 – Tim Kazurinsky, Johnstown Pa, comedian (SNL, Police Academy 2, 3, 4)

1951 – Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut

1953 – Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russia, cosmonaut

1953 – Dave Amato, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Can’t Fight this Feeling)

1956 – Jim Barton, Lincoln Neb, soling yachter (Olympics-bronze-1996)

1958 – Miranda Richardson, Southport England, actress (Damage, Crying Game)

1958 – Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)

1961 – Mary Page Keller, actress (Duet, Scared Stiff, Baby Talk)

1961 – Perry McCarthy, English racing driver

1962 – Herschel Walker, WFL/NFL running back (NJ Generals, Dallas Cowboys)

1962 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic-gold-88, 92)

1963 – Elizabeth Chavez, Santa Monica Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91)

1966 – Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics-96)

1966 – Hope Marie CarltonRiverhead NYplaymate (July, 1985)

1966 – Tone-Loc, [Anthony Terrell Smith], LA California, rocker (Let’s Do It)

1968 – Brian Leetch, Corpus Christi TX, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers)

1968 – Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, Warsaw NY, alpine skier (Oly-gold/silver-92)

1969 – Simon Whitlock, Australian Darts Player

1971 – Tyler Florence, chef, Food Network personality, & cookbook author

1973 – Victoria Nika Zdrok, Kiev Ukraine, playmate (Oct, 1994)

1975 – Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Jan 3]

1977 – Ronan Keating, Bayside Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone)

1982 – Jessica Biel, Ely Minnesota, American actress (Mary Camden in 7th Heaven)

1989 – Erica Morningstar, Canadian Swimmer, and record holder.

Deaths

561 – Pelagius I, Italian Pope (547-51, 556-61), dies

1191 – Saladin [Salah ad-Din] Yusuf, sultan of Egypt/Syriadies at 52 (or 4th)

1239 – Vladimir III Rurikovich, Grand Prince of Kiev (b. 1187)

1459 – Ausias March, Catalan poet, dies

1580 – Jacob Hillebrand, Dutch mayor of Groningen, dies

1635 – Philips de l’Espinoy, historian/mayor of Ghent, dies

1703 – Robert Hooke, scientific genius, dies in London

1707 – Aurangzeb, Emperor of India (1658-1707), dies at 88

1765 – William Stukeley, English archaeologist (b. 1687)

1792 – Robert Adam, Scottish architect (Syon House, Middlesex), dies at 63

1864 – Ulric DahlgrenUnion coloneldies in battle at 21

1921 – Petrus Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam museum), dies at 93

1927 – J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)

1941 – Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed

1945 – Koos Speenhoff, Dutch singer, killed in bombing raid at 75

1959 – Lou Costello, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

1966 – William Frawley, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies at 89

1983 – Arthur Koestler, Hung/Brit writer (Dialogue With Death), dies at 77

1985 – Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86

1987 – Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74

1988 – Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98

1991 – Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia

1992 – Sandy Dennis, actress (Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 54

1993 – Albert Sabin, physician (oral polio vaccine), dies at 86

1993 – Carlos Montoyaflamenco guitaristdies at 89

VIDEOS

1994 – Anita Morris, actress (Nine), dies of cancer at 50

1995 – Shiv Verma, soldier, dies at 85

1996 – Lyle Talbot, [Henderson], actor (Plan 9 From Outer Space), dies at 76

1998 – Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)

1999 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

2003 – Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)

2003 – Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)

2003 – Peter Smithson, English architect (b. 1923)

2005 – Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)

2006 – William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)

2012 – Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

871 – Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army

986 – Louis V becomes King of the Franks.

1121 – Dirk VI becomes count of Holland

1127 – Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.

1458 – Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia

1498 – Vasco da Gama’s fleet visits Mozambique Island

1629 - English king Charles I leaces house of commons

 

 

 

1776 – Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston

 

 

 

 

 

1791 – Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.

1799 – Congress standardizes US weights & measures

1807 – Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808

1819 – Territory of Arkansas organized

1819 – US passed its 1st immigration law

1824 – Interstate commerce comes under federal control

1836 – Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico

1842 – The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver.

1853 – Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter

1855 – Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia

1861 – Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington

1861 – US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah ter

1863 – Congress authorizes track width of 4’8½” for Union Pacific RR

1865 – Gen Early’s army is defeated at Waynesborough

1865 – Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.

1866 – 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn

1867 – 1st Reconstruction act passed by US Congress

1867 – US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico

1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead

1867 – US Congress creates the Department of Education

1868 – University of Illinois opens

1877 – Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory

1889 – Kansas passes 1st US antitrust

1893 – 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features

 

 

 

1899 – Pres McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier Natl Park (5th in US)

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – The United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.

1903 – Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC

1910 – 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die

1915 – British vice adm Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts

1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine

1917 – Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted

1923 – Time magazine debuts

1925 – Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted

1927 – Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)

1930 – 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building

1933 – “King Kong,” premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy NYC

1933 – Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan

1934 – Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha

1937 – Mexico nationalizes oil

1938 – Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (LA California)

1940 – Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland

1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

1943 – 1st transport from Westerbork Neth to Sobibor concentration camp

1943 – Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, US & Australia win

1944 – Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocates 521 in Italy

1945 – 8th Air Force bombs Dresden

1946 – Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam

1946 – Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA

1949 – 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)

1949 – Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs

1956 – Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France

1958 – 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

1966 – 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

1968 – Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)

1968 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)

 

 

 

1968 – USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxybiggest plane in the world

 

 

 

 

1968 – Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)

1969 – 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde

1970 – American Airlines’ 1st flight of a Boeing 747

1970 – Rhodesia becomes independent republic

1970 – Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years

1973 – “Black September” terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum

1974 – 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents

1976 – Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest

1977 – Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive Life Achievement Award

 1977 – Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

1981 – Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists

1982 – 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier

1982 – Terror group “The Illuminated Path” frees 260 prisoners in Peru

1983 – Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced

1983 – Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers

1986 – 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita

1986 – Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

1986 – Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US

1989 – 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000

1989 – Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil

1990 – Greyhound Bus goes on strike

1990 – Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)

1991 – Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history

1991 – UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq

 

 

 

1991 – Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings end to the 1991 Gulf War.

 

 

 

 

 

1992 – Anita Hall swims female world record 200m freestyle (2:25.35)

1994 – Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

1994 – Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn’t

1995 – British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC

1995 – Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed

1995 – Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches

1997 – Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple

1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.

2000 – Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).

2004 – Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.

2004 – War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.

2012 – Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky

2012 – The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army

 

 

Births

1316 – Robert II, the Steward, King of Scots (1371-90)

1409 – John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d’arc

1459 – Adrian VI, [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)

1481 – Franz von Sickingen, German knight

1578 – George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)

1769 – DeWitt Clinton, (Gov/Sen-NY)

1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)

 

 

 

1793 – Sam[uel] Houston1st president of Texas (1836-381841-44)

 

 

 

 

 

1810 – Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)

1824 – Henry Beebee Carrington, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912

1828 – Jefferson Columbus Davis, Bvt Mjr General (Union Army), died in 1879

1829 – Carl Schurz, Major General (Union volunteers)journalist

1836 – Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)

1842 – Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)

1849 – Robert Means Thompson, U.S. Naval Officer (d. 1930)

1862 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)

1878 – Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz

1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)

1886 – Willis O’Brien, American animator (d. 1962)

1900 – Kurt J Weill, Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)

1902 – Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)

 

 

 

1902 – Moe BergAmerican baseball player and spy (d. 1972)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1904 – Dr Seuss, [Theodor Geisel], children’s author (Horton Hears a Who!)

1908 – Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist

 

 

 

1908 – Fyodor Matveyevich OkhlopkovYakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)

 

 

 

 

 

1908 – Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)

1909 – Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)

1917 – Desi Arnaz, Santiago Cuba, actor (I Love Lucy)

1919 – Jennifer Jones, [Phyllis Isley], Oklahoma, actress (Farewell to Arms)

1923 – “Doc” Watson, bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1926 – Murray RothbardAmerican economist (d. 1995)

 

VIDEOS

1929 – Donald Gosling, English parkeerplaatsenmagnaat/multi-millionaire

1930 – John Cullum, Knoxville, actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure)

1931 – Duane E Graveline, Newport Vt, astronaut

1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Privolnoye USSR, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91)

1931 – Tom Wolfe, Richmond Va, journalist/author (Right Stuff)

1938 – Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire

1942 – John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)

1942 – Lou Reed, New York City, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground)

1942 – Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.

1943 – Gordon Black, English industrialist

1943 – Peter Straub, American author

 

 

 

1948 – Larry CarltonJazz Guitarist , Composer (Against All OddsWho’s the Boss)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1948 – Rory GallagherDonegalIrish blues guitarist and songwriter (See Here)

 

VIDEOS

1949 – Gates McFadden, actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation)

1950 – Karen Carpenter, New Haven Ct, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun)

1950 – Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier

1951 – Cassie Yates, Macon Ga, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)

1952 – Laraine Newman, LA California, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live)

1955 – Dale Bozzio, Boston, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown)

1955 – Jay Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)

1955 – Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader

1956 – John Cowsill, Newport RI, rock drummer (Cowsills-We Can Fly)

1958 – Peter Arnold, American architect

1959 – Andrew Farriss, Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)

1962 – Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)

1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)

1963 – Suzette Charles, NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)

1963 – Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider

1963 – Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter

1965 – Lembit Öpik, British politician

1968 – Penny “Stamper” Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 yachter (Oly-96)

1968 – Daniel Craig, English actor

1971 – Donna Perry, Glendale CA, playmate (Nov, 1994)

1971 – Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian

1976 – Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist

1977 – Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay)

1979 – Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila

1981 – Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress

1982 – Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player

1984 – Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress

 

 

Deaths

855 – Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)

986 – Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44

1122 – Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies

1127 – Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered

1316 – Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)

1333 – Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies

1383 – Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies

1572 – Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil

1619 – Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44

1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist (b. 1662)

1797 – Horace [Horatio] Walpole, British horror writer, dies at 79

1829 – Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)

1840 – Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81

1862 – Frederick West Lander, US Union brig-general/poet, dies at 40

1880 – Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)

1895 – Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64

1930 – David Herbert Lawrence (DH), poet/writer (Lady Chatterley’s Lover), dies at 44

1939 – Howard Carter, Brit archaeologist/Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65

1943 – Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79

 

 

 

1946 – George E. StewartAmerican Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)

 

 

 

 

STEWART, GEORGE E. Photo

 

 

 

 

1957 – Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70

1960 – Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)

1962 – Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)

1971 – Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54

1973 – Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated

1974 – Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)

1979 – Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated in Holland

 

 

 

1982 – Philip K Dickauthor (Hugo-1963Dr Futurity), dies at 53

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57

1985 – Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson’s

1987 – Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89

1991 – Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies

1991 – James “Cool Papa” Bell, Negro baseball league great, dies at 87

1994 – Donald McKenzie MacKinnon, philosopher, dies at 80

2003 – Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)

2004 – Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)

2009 – Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)

2010 – Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)

 

 

 

2012 – Van BarfootAmerican army colonel and Medal of Honour recipientdies at 92

 

Air Force Medal of Honor

 

 

 

2012 – James Q WilsonAmerican criminologistdies at 80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

752 BC – Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrates the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women.

86 BC – Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army, enters Athens, removing the tyrant Aristion who was supported by troops of Mithridates VI of Pontus.

286 – Roman Emperor Diocletian raises Maximian to the rank of Caesar.

293 – Roman emperor Maximianus introduces tetrarchy

317 – Crispus and Constantine II, sons of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and Licinius Iunior, son of Emperor Licinius, are made Caesares

492 – St Felix III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

705 – John VII begins his reign as Catholic Pope

743 – Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited

918 – Balderik becomes bishop of Utrecht

 

 

 

1260 – Hulagu Khangrandson of Genghisconquerors Damascus

 

 

 

 

 

1382 – French Maillotin uprises against taxes

1420 – Pope Martinus I calls for crusade against the hussieten

1457 – The Unitas Fratrum is established in the village of Kunvald, on the Bohemian-Moravian borderland. It is to date the second oldest Protestant denomination.

1562 – Blood bath at Vassy: Gen de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder

1565 – Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1587 – English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower

1628 – Writs are issued in February by Charles I of England mandating that every county in England (not just seaport towns) pay ship tax by this date.

1633 – Samuel de Champlain reclaims his role as commander of New France on behalf of Cardinal Richelieu.

1634 – Battle at Smolensk: Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians

1642 – Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city

1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem, MA)

1780 – Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)

1781 – Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation

1790 – 1st US census authorized

1803 – Ohio becomes 17th state

1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

1847 – Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)

1854 – German psychologist Friedrich Eduard Beneke disappears; two years later his remains are found in a canal near Charlottenburg.

1864 – Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)

1864 – Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree

1866 – Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on Rio Parana

1867 – Howard University, Washington DC, chartered

1867 – Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)

1872 – Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park

1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.

1875 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883

1896 – Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia

1896 – Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.

1910 – 3 passenger trains buried at Steven’s Pass in Cascade Range. 118 die. Worst snow slide in US history

1912 – Capt Albert Berry performs 1st parachute jump from an airplane

1912 – Isabella Goodwin, 1st US woman detective, appointed, NYC

1913 – 1st state law requiring bonding of officers & state employees, ND

1913 – Federal income tax takes effect (16th amendment)

1916 – Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic

1927 – Bank of Italy becomes a Natl Bank

1932 – Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead May 12

1933 – Bank holidays declared in 6 states, to prevent run on banks

1934 – Primo Carnera beats Tommy Loughran in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

 

 

 

1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed.

 

 

 

 

 

1936 – A strike occurs aboard the S.S. California, leading to the demise of the International Seamen’s Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.

1937 – 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Ct)

1937 – US Steel raises workers’ wages to $5 a day

1939 – Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.

1940 – Richard Wright’s novel “Native Son” is published

1941 – “Captain America” appears in a comic book

1941 – Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp

 

 

 

1942 – 3 day Battle of Java Sea endsUS suffers a major naval defeat

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – Fieldmarshal Kesselring succeeds von Rundstedt as commander

1945 – US infantry regiment captures Mönchengladbach

1946 – British government takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years

1947 – International Monetary Fund begins operation

1949 – Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

1949 – The Browns, owners of Sportsman’s Park, move to evict the Cardinals

1950 – Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Formosa

1950 – Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)

1953 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

1953 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.

1954 – 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US house of reps injuring 5 reps

1954 – Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die

1954 – Ted Williams fractures collarbone in 1st game of spring training after flying 39 combat missions without injury in Korean War

1955 – Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48

1956 – The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.

1957 – Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor

1961 – President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp

1962 – American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95

1962 – K-Mart opens

1963 – 200,000 French mine workers strike

1965 – Australia suspends champ swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct

1965 – Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex (La Salle, Quebec)

1966 – Ba’ath-party takes power in Syria

1966 – Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)

1967 – House of Reps expels Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr (307 to 116)

1968 – NBC’s unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return

1968 – Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting

1968 – Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed

1969 – Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast

1970 – End of US commercial whale hunting

1970 – White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain

1971 – Bomb attack on the Capitol in Wash DC

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

1973 – Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens

1973 – Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race

1975 – Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.

1977 – Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards

1978 – Charlie Chaplin’s coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery

1981 – Bobby Sands, IRA member, begins 65-day hunger strike (he dies)

1981 – Irish Rep Army Bobby Sand begins hunger strike in Maze Prison

1982 – NY Times raises it’s price from 25 cents to 30 cents

1982 – Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data

 

 

 

1983 – Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Tornado tears through LA, injuring 33 people

1984 – Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit

1985 – Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks

1985 – Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter

1989 – Ben Johnson’s coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981

1989 – Comet du Toit at perihelion

1990 – Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

1991 – US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens

1992 – Jenny Thompson swims 100m freestyle world record (1:01.40)

1993 – Authorities in Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians

1993 – George Steinbenner is reinstated as owner of NY Yankees

1994 – Senate rejects a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

1996 – Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory

1996 – New toll-free 888 area code introduced

2000 – Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.

2002 – The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).

2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.

2002 – The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).

2003 – Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

2004 – Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

2006 – English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.

2007 – Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.

2012 – Euro zone unemployment reaches historical high of 10.7%

 

 

 

Births

40 – Martial, Latin poet (d. 102)

772 – Po Tjiu-i, Chinese poet/governor of Hang-tsjow

1432 – Isabel of Coimbra, queen of Portugal (d. 1455)

1445 – Sandro Botticelli, Florentine Renaissance painter (Birth of Venus), probable date of birth

1494 – Il Bacchiacca, [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter

1597 – Jean-Charles de la Faille, Belgian mathematician (d. 1652)

1610 – Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian

1610 – John Pell, English mathematician (d. 1685)

1732 – William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States. (d. 1810)

1760 – François Nicolas Leonard Buzot, French revolutionary (d. 1794)

1807 – Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1898)

1810 – Frederic Chopin, Poland, composer/pianist (Concert in F Minor) [NS]

1811 – Robert Christie Buchanan, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1878

1812 – Augustus Pugin, English-born architect (d. 1852)

1820 – George Davis, Atty Gen (Confederacy), died in 1896

1822 – Albin Francisco Schoepf, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1822 – Charles Champion Gilbert, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1828 – James Fleming Fagan, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1893

1831 – Hiram Bronson Granbury, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1841 – Blanche Kelso Bruce, Virginia, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881)

 

 

 

1848 – Augustus Saint-GaudensUSsculptor/designer (1907 $20 gold piece)

 

 

 

 

 

1860 – Suzanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader

1880 – Lytton Strachey, biographer/critic (Benson Medal 1923)

1885 – Lionel Atwill, English/US actor (Mystery of the Wax Museum)

1893 – Mercedes de Acosta, American socialite (d. 1968)

 

 

 

1903 – Leon Bismarck “Bix” BeiderbeckeIowajazz cornetist (In a Mist)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1904 – Glenn Miller, bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood)

1910 – David Niven, London UK, actor (Casino Royale, The Pink Panther)

1910 – Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)

1914 – Ralph  Ellison, US writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast)

1917 – Dinah Shore, Winchester Tenn, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet)

1917 – Robert Lowell, poet/pacifist (Lord Weary’s Castle, Near the Ocean)

1920 – Howard Nemerov, US, 3rd US poet laureate/novelist (Blue Swallows)

1921 – Terrence “Cardinal” Cooke, (NY)

1922 – William M Gaines, publisher (MAD Magazine)

1922 – Yitzak Rabin, premier (Israel, 1992-95, Nobel 1994)

1924 – Donald “Deke” Kent Slayton, Sparta Wisc, Major USAF/astro (Apollo 18)

1926 – Cesare Danova, Rome Italy, actor (Garrison’s Gorillas)

1926 – Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner (1960-89)

1926 – Robert Clary, Paris France, actor (LeBeau-Hogan’s Heroes)

1927 – Harry Belafonte, Harlem NYC, calypso singer (Buck & the Preacher)

 

 

 

1927 – Robert Heron Borkjudgenominated for supreme court, (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

1928 – Seymour Papert, South African mathematician

1929 – Sonny James, singer (Young Love, Running Bear)

1930 – Raymond St Jacques, actor/director (Cotton Comes to Harlem, Mr Moses)

1933 – Joan Hackett, NY, actress (Will Penny, One Stone Pony)

1935 – Judith Rossner, author (Looking for Mr Goodbar)

1935 – Robert Conrad, [Conrad R Falk], Chicago, actor (Wild Wild West)

1938 – Michael J[oseph] Kurland, US, sci-fi author (Infernal Device)

1940 – David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)

1941 – Michael L Lampton, Williamsport Pa, astronaut

1942 – Jerry Fischer, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1942 – Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)

1942 – Richard Bowman Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1943 – Mauro Checcoli, Italy, 3 day equestrian (Olympic-gold-1964)

1943 – Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic-gold-1972)

1943 – Gil Amelio, American venture capitalist

1943 – Richard H. Price, American physicist

1943 – Rashid Sunyaev, Russian physicist

1944 – Dirk Benedict, Helena Mont, actor (A-Team, Battlestar Galactica)

1944 – Mike D’Abo, rock vocalist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)

1944 – Roger Daltrey, English rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy)

1946 – Lana Wood, [Svetlana Gurdin], Santa Rosa California, (Diamonds are Forever)

1946 – Tony Ashton, Blackburn England, rocker (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)

1947 – Alan Thicke, Ontario, actor/host (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains)

1948 – Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer

1949 – Sido Martens, Dutch guitarist/singer/mandolin player (Fungus)

1953 – Ron Howard, Oklahoma, actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)

1954 – Catherine Bach, Warren Oh, actress (Daisey Duke-Dukes of Hazzard)

1955 – Jimmy Fortune, Newport News Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of ’57)

1956 – Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)

1958 – Bertrand Piccard, Swiss balloonist and psychiatrist

1961 – Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)

1962 – Bill Leen, rocker (Gin Blossoms)

1963 – Robert James Affuso, Newburgh NY, rock drummer (Skid Row-Psycho Love)

1964 – Jennifer McCarters, Sevierville Tn, singer (McCarters-The Gift)

1969 – Javier Bardem, Spanish actor

1969 – Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)

1971 – Allen Johnson, Wash DC, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96)

1971 – Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead Mass, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1977 – Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympics-gold-1996)

 

 

 

1977 – Esther CañadasSpanish actress and supermodel

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 – Ana HickmannBrazilian supermodel

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 – Will Power, Australian racing driver

1984 – Naima Mora, American model

1994 – Justin Bieber, London Ontario, Canadian pop singer (Baby, One Time)

 

 

 

Deaths

589 – Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales (b. 500)

965 – Leo VIII, Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65), dies

986 – King Lothair of France (b. 941)

1131 – Stephen II, King of Hungary (1116-31), dies

1244 – Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Llywelyn the Great (b. 1200)

1383 – Amadeus VI, (Green Earl), earl of Savoy, dies at 49

1510 – Francisco de Almeida, Portuguese soldier, explorer and 1st Viceroy of India dies at Table Bay, Africa at about 59

1546 – George Wishart, Scottish religious reformer (martyred) (b 1513)

1697 – Francesco Redi, Italian physician (b. 1626)

1706 – Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and Governor of Berlin (b. 1632)

1768 – Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer (b. 1694)

1773 – Luigi Vanvitelli, [Louis van Wittel], Italian architect, dies at 72

1792 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1747)

1826 – J J Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect/archaeologist, dies at 59

1862 – Peter Barlow, English mathematician (b. 1776)

1865 – Anna Paulowna Romanova, great monarch of Russia, dies at 70

1884 – Isaac Todhunter, English mathematician (b. 1820)

1892 – Archibald Scott, Scottish chemist, dies at 60

1896 – Albertone, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle

1896 – Arimondi, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle

1896 – Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle

1898 – George Bruce Malleson, English officer in India, author (b. 1825)

1911 – Jacobus H van ‘t Hoff, Dutch chemist/physicist (Nobel 1901), dies at 58

1920 – Joseph Trumpeldor, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack

1932 – Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1906)

1942 – George S. Rentz, Navy Chaplain (b. 1882)

1944 – … Formans, director Milos Formans mother, dies in Auschwitz

1947 – J Boogaard, nazi collaborator, executed

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

1966 – Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)

1974 – Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)

1979 – Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75

 

 

 

1980 – Wilhelminahigh-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1984 – Jackie Coogan, actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), dies at 69

1985 – Eugene List, US concert pianist, dies at 66

1988 – Joe Besser, comedian (3’s Stooges, Abbott & Costello), dies at 80

1991 – Edwin H Land, inventor (Polaroid Camera), dies at 81

1993 – Luis Kutner, US co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84

1995 – Vladislav Listyev, Russian TV-journalist, murdered at 38

2005 – Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)

2006 – Harry Browne, American politician and author (b. 1933)

 

 

 

2012 – Andrew BreitbartAmerican conservative blogger and publisher, dies at 43

 

Andrew Breitbart was my friend

The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart: A Warrior and a Friend

Today Marks The 21st Anniversary Of The Waco Siege

Never Forget – Our Government Did This

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

202 BC – Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China

364 – Valentinian I becomes Roman Emperor.

870 – 8th Ecumenical council ends in Constantinople

1066 – Westminster Abbey opens

1570 – Anti-Portugese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Mass for sleeping in church

1653 – -Mar 3] 3 Day Sea battle English beats Dutch

1692 – Salem witch hunt begins

1704 – Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100

 

 

 

1708 – Slave revoltNewtonLong Island NY11 die

 

 

 

 

 

1710 – In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.

1749 – 1st edition of Henry Fieldings’ “Tom Jones” published

1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church

1794 – US Senate voids Pennsylvania’s election of Abraham Gallatin

1810 – 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia

1826 – M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela’s Comet

1827 – 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered

1838 – Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)

 

 

 

1844 – 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes

 

 

 

 

 

1847 – US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento

1849 – 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in SF from east coast

1850 – The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc

1859 – Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery

1861 – Territories of Nevada & Colorado created

1863 – Confederate raider “Nashville” sinks near Fort McAllister Georgia

1864 – -Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton’s Ford)

1864 – -Mar 4th) Raid at Kilpatrick’s Richmond

1871 – 2nd Enforcement Act gives federal control of congressional elections

1882 – 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard U

1883 – 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)

1891 – Oscar Grundén skates world record 500m (50.8 sec)

1893 – Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names “carborundum”

1900 – General Buller’s troops relieve Ladysmith Natal

1903 – Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000

1908 – Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran

1914 – Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the Exposition (SF)

1917 – AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I

1924 – US begins intervention in Honduras

1935 – Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon polymer

1939 – The erroneous word “Dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.

1940 – 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

1940 – Richard Wright’s “Native Son” published

1940 – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))

1941 – 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month

1941 – British-Italian dogfight above Albania

1942 – 1st weapon drop on Netherlands

1942 – Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies

1942 – Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit

1947 – 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.

1956 – Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory

1957 – Jockey Johnny Longden’s 5,000th career victory

1959 – Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB

1959 – Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of CAN

1959 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by Carol Heiss USA

1960 – US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada

1961 – JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor

1966 – Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes

1969 – Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR

1969 – Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Spr won by Rodnina & Ulanov of URS

1969 – Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colo Spr won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR

1969 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by Tim Wood USA

1970 – Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge

1970 – Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)

1971 – 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA Natl FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

1972 – Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China

1975 – 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop

1975 – A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.

1977 – 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, LA California)

1977 – Harbor strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends

1979 – Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond,” premieres in NYC

1981 – Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws

1982 – AT & T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day

1982 – FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street

 1983 – TV episode of “M*A*S*H” airs (CBS); record 125 million watch

1988 – 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada

1988 – Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)

 

 

 

1993 – 100 agents raid Branch Davidian compound at Waco Texas

 

Waco Siege Films

 

WACO: A New Revelation (Full Version)

 

 

” Film released in 1999 – April 19, 1993 – The massacre of the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX by the U.S. government.  Remember Waco?  This video shows hard evidence that the media wouldn’t and still won’t show the American public.

Waco: A New Revelation is the film that triggered a new Congressional investigation of the Waco tragedy, and caused the Justice Department and the FBI to reverse their long-held positions on Waco. It has generated a firestorm of events unprecedented in the history of documentary filmmaking. After six years of painstaking investigation, the complete story of the tragedy in Texas is finally coming to light. This compelling feature-length documentary presents new revelations about the events that led up to the deaths of 79 men, women and children at Mount Carmel on April 19, 1993. In the spring of 1998, under the Freedom of Information Act, investigators from MGA Studio’s film division became the first private citizens to gain access to the Waco investigation evidence lockers. What they found was shocking. Upon examination, the evidence gathered under the supervision of federal officials appeared to contradict the FBI’s congressional testimony, raising serious and disturbing questions about events surrounding the siege at Mt. Carmel and the deaths of the Davidians. Gene Cullen Since 1993, former members of the FBI, former Special Forces and CIA operatives have come forward with new evidence to suggest that the FBI’s claim is inaccurate.”

Waco Rules of Engagement

 

 

 ” A truly sobering testament to the tyrannical force of the US government. This documentary tells the story of the Waco siege. This documentary, from the ATF’s own footage, bears witness to the murder by the US government of citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights.

Truly a must see! Are we truly free when we fear our government?”

BRANCH DAVIDIAN VICTIMS

Died February 28, 1993 

Winston Blake, 28, black, British 
Peter Gent, 24, white, Australian 
Peter Hipsman, 28, white, American 
Perry Jones, 64, white, American 
Michael Schroeder, 29, white, American 
Jaydean Wendell, 34, Hawaiian, American

Died April 19, 1993

Katherine Andrade, 24, white, American 
Chanel Andrade, 1, white, American 
Jennifer Andrade, 19, white, American 
George Bennett, 35, black, British 
Susan Benta, 31, black, British 
Mary Jean Borst, 49, white, American 
Pablo Cohen, 38, white, Israeli 
Abedowalo Davies, 30, black, British 
Shari Doyle, 18, white, American 
Beverly Elliot, 30, black, British 
Yvette Fagan, 32, black, British 
Doris Fagan, 51, black, British 
Lisa Marie Farris, 24, white, American 
Raymond Friesen, 76, white, Canadian 
Sandra Hardial, 27, black, British 
Zilla Henry, 55, black, British 
Vanessa Henry, 19, black, British 
Phillip Henry, 22, black, British 
Paulina Henry, 24, black, British 
Stephen Henry, 26, black, British 
Diana Henry, 28, black, British 
Novellette Hipsman, 36, black, Canadian 
Floyd Houtman, 61, black, American 
Sherri Jewell, 43, Asian, American 
David M. Jones, 38, white, American 
David Koresh, 33, white, American 
Rachel Koresh, 24, white, American 
Cyrus Koresh, 8, white, American 
Star Koresh, 6, white, American 
Bobbie Lane Koresh, 2, white, American 
Jeffery Little, 32, white, American 
Nicole Gent Little, 24, white, Australian 
  and unborn child 
Dayland Gent, 3, white, American 
Page Gent, 1, white, American 
Livingston Malcolm, 26, black, British 
Diane Martin, 41, black, British 
Wayne Martin, Sr., 42, black, American 
Lisa Martin, 13, black, American 
Sheila Martin, Jr., 15, black, American 
Anita Martin, 18, black, American 
Wayne Martin, Jr., 20, black, American 
Julliete Martinez, 30, Mexican American 
Crystal Martinez, 3, Mexican American 
Isaiah Martinez, 4, Mexican American 
Joseph Martinez, 8, Mexican American 
Abigail Martinez, 11, Mexican American 
Audrey Martinez, 13, Mexican American 
John-Mark McBean, 27, black, British 
Bernadette Monbelly, 31, black, British 
Rosemary Morrison, 29, black, British 
Melissa Morrison, 6, black, British 
Sonia Murray, 29, black, American 
Theresa Nobrega, 48, black, British 
James Riddle, 32, white, American 
Rebecca Saipaia, 24, Asian, Phillipino 
Steve Schneider, 43, white, American 
Judy Schneider, 41, white, American 
Mayanah Schneider, 2, white, American 
Clifford Sellors, 33, white, British 
Scott Kojiro Sonobe, 35, Asian, American 
Floracita Sonobe, 34, Asian, Phillipino 
Gregory Summers, 28, white, American 
Aisha Gyrfas Summers, 17, white, Australian 
   and unborn child 
Startle Summers, 1, white, American 
Lorraine Sylvia, 40, white, American 
Rachel Sylvia, 12, white, American 
Hollywood Sylvia, 1, white, American 
Michelle Jones Thibodeau, 18, white, American 
Serenity Jones, 4, white, American 
Chica Jones, 2, white, American 
Little One Jones, 2, white, American 
Neal Vaega, 38, Somoan, New Zealander 
Margarida Vaega, 47, Asian, New Zealander 
Mark H. Wendell, 40, Asian, American

 

 

 

 

1994 – Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect

1995 – Denver International Airport opens

1997 – FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia

1997 – Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US

 

 

 

1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place.

 

1997 North Hollywood Shootout pt.1

1997 North Hollywood Shootout pt.2

1997 North Hollywood Shootout pt.3

Hollywood Shootout – The last 9 minutes live

 

 

 

 

1998 – First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.

1998 – Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.

2004 – Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

2005 – A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

2007 – Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.

2012 – Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall

 

 

 

Births

1155 – Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)

1261 – Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)

1409 – Elisabeth II of Bohemia (d. 1442)

1533 – Michel de Montaigne, France, essayist/philosopher

1552 – Jost/Jobst Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (d. 1632)

1573 – Elias Hill, German architect/city builder (Augsburg)

1663 – Thomas Newcomen, English co-inventor (steam engine)

1675 – Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)

1683 – René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (d. 1757)

1704 – Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)

1712 – Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)

1764 – Robert Haldane, Scottish theologist/philanthropist

1786 – D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist/politician

1792 – Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian/German embryologist

1817 – James Craig, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1888

1822 – Matthew Duncan Ector, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1824 – Charles Blondin, France, acrobat/aerialist

1824 – John Creed Moore, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1910

1825 – Quincy Adams Gillmore, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1888

1833 – Alfred von Schlieffen, Count/Prussian general-fieldmarshal

1838 – Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)

1840 – Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)

1858 – Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)

1866 – Vyacheslav I Ivanov, Russian philosopher/classical/poet [OS=2/16]

1878 – Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)

1890 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Kiev Ukraine, ballet dancer (3/12 NS)

1899 – Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist

1901 – Linus Pauling, Portland, Oregon, American chemist/peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962)

1906 – Bugsy Siegel, gangster created casinos in Las Vegas

1908 – Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)

1909 – Olan Soule, La Harpe Ill, actor (My 3 Sons, Arnie)

1910 – Vincente Minnelli, Chicago IL, director (American in Paris, Gigi)

1915 – Peter Medawar, England, zoologist, immunologist (Nobel 1953)

1915 – Zero “Samuel” Mostel, Brooklyn, actor (Fiddler on the Roof)

1917 – Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer

1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)

 

 

 

1923 – Charles DurningHighland Falls NYactor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

1925 – Harry H Corbett, Rangoon Burma, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)

1927 – John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)

1929 – Frank O Gehry, architect (Galleria-Oklahoma City)

1930 – Leon Cooper, US physicist (Nobel 1972)

1931 – Gavin MacLeod, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat)

1931 – Gustav Thoni, Italy, skiier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)

1934 – Willie Bobo, NYC, jazz drummer (Cos)

1939 – John Fahey, singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)

1939 – Tommy Tune, Wichita Falls Tx, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend)

1940 – Joe South, Atlanta, Georgia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1940 – Mario AndrettiItalian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 5001978 Formula One World Champion)

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Frank Bonner, Little Rock AR, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can’t Hurry Love)

1942 – Brian Jones, [Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones], English rock guitarist (Rolling Stones)

1943 – Donny Iris, singer

1945 – Charles “Bubba” Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)

1945 – Ronnie Rosman, rocker (Tommy James Shondells-Crystal Blue Persuasion)

1946 – Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)

1948 – Bernadette Peters, [Lazzara], Queens NY, actress (Jerk)

1948 – Mercedes Ruehl, Queens NY, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People)

1948 – Mike Figgis, English director

1951 – Gustavo Thoeni, Italy, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1972)

1953 – Ricky “Dragon” Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)

1953 – Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver

1953 – Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008)

1955 – Gilbert Gottfried, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)

1955 – Randy Jackson, New Orleans, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want)

1957 – Cindy Wilson, Athens Georgia, rock vocalist (B-52’s-Love Shack)

1957 – Ian Stanley, keyboardist

1957 – John Turturro, Bkln, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever)

1957 – Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef

1958 – Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Oly-gold-76)

1960 – Dorothy Stratten, Vancouver BC, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina)

1961 – Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver

1962 – Angela Bailey, England, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)

1962 – Rae Dawn Chong, Edmonton Alberta, actress (Quest for Fire)

1963 – Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist

1964 – Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist

1969 – Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver

1970 – Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympics-gold-96)

1970 – Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket

1972 – Rory Cochrane, American actor

1973 – Eric Lindros, London Ontario, NHL center (Phila Flyers)

1973 – Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver

1976 – Ali Larter, American actress and model

1977 – Jason Aldean, American country singer

1978 – Benjamin Raich, Austrian Olympic skier

1979 – Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver

1979 – Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper

1979 – Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist

 

 

 

1982 – Natalia VodianovaRussian supermodel

 

 

 

 

 

1984 – Karolína KurkováCzech supermodel

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer

1985 – Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player

1991 – Sarah Bolger, Irish actress

 

 

Deaths

642 – Oswald, English missionary/saint, dies in battle

1261 – Hendrik, duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies

1326 – Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)

1485 – Niclas, Graf von Abensberg, German soldier (b. 1441)

1510 – Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer

1525 – Cuauhtémoc, Aztec ruler

1572 – Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)

1621 – Cosimo II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)

1638 – Claude G Bachet de Meziriac, French mathematician/poet, dies at 56

1638 – Henri duc de Rohan, French soldier/Huguenot leader, dies

1742 – Willem J ‘s-Gravesande, Dutch physicist, dies at 53

 

 

 

1781 – Richard StocktonUS attorney (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 50

 

 

 

 

 

1786 – John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)

1788 – Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)

1844 – Abel P Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton

1844 – Thommas W Gilmer, Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton

1857 – André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)

1905 – Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist, dies at 85

1916 – Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72

1932 – Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)

1936 – Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)

1940 – Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81

1953 – Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympics-gold-1912), dies at 64

1962 – Harold Ogden “Chic” Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70

1966 – Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet

1966 – Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash

1967 – Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)

1977 – Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71

1978 – Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73

1978 – Philip Ahn, LA California, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu)

1979 – Mr Ed, talking horse, dies

1985 – David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)

1986 – Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59

1986 – Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)

1992 – Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), dies at 49

1992 – La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53

1993 – Ishiro Honda, Japanese director/producer (Godzilla), dies at 81

1993 – Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82

1994 – Buster Holmes, chef/restaurateur, dies at 88

1995 – Herman “Ace” Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69

2003 – Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)

2003 – Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)

2004 – Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)

2006 – Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)

2007 – Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)

2007 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)

2008 – Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)

 

 

 

2009 – Paul HarveyAmerican radio broadcaster (b. 1918)

 

Paul Harvey Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

837 – 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1526 – Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)

1557 – 1st Russian Embassy arrives in London

1626 – Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci.

1665 – Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English

1670 – Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I

1678 – Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower

1700 – Pacific Island of New Britain discovered

1713 – French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao

1801 – Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction

 

 

 

1803 – Great fire in BombayIndia

 

 

 

 

 

1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted

 

 

 

1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans

 

 

 

 

 

1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.

1861 – Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland in Castle Square, Warsaw

1861 – US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing

1864 – 6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)

1864 – Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp “Camp Sumpter”

1865 – Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri

1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress

1872 – Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Howard University

1877 – US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election

1879 – Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)

1881 – Battle at Amajuba, S Afr: Boers vs Brit army under Gen Colley

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine

1900 – Battle at Pietershoogte

1900 – Boer General Cronjé surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa

1908 – Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma

1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman’s right to vote

1925 – Hitler’s resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

1932 – Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)

 

 

 

1933 – German parliament buildingReichstagdestroyed by fire

 

 

 

 

 

1933 – Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists

1936 – Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)

1939 – English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire

1939 – Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes

1940 – Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14

1942 – 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany

1942 – Battle of Java Sea began 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese

1942 – J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun

 

 

 

1943 – The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montanaexplodeskilling 74 men.

 

 

 

 

 

1943 – The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin

1945 – Battle of US 94 Infantry

1947 – Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized

1949 – Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president

1950 – General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms

1956 – Elvis Presley’s releases “Heartbreak Hotel”

1956 – Female suffrage in Egypt

1959 – Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

1960 – US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

1962 – South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem’s palace bombed, 1st US killed

1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.

1966 – Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB

1966 – Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS

1966 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US

1966 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT

1969 – President Nixon visits West-Berlin

1970 – NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance

 

 

 

1973 – American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

1974 – “People” magazine begins sales

1975 – CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin

1975 – House of Reps pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill

1976 – Final meeting between Mao tse Tung & Richard Nixon

1980 – Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe

1981 – Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747

1982 – Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million

1982 – Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta

1983 – Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78

1984 – Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

1986 – The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.

1987 – Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff

1987 – Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)

1988 – Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

1988 – Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34

1988 – Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating

1990 – Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)

1991 – Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreated & Kuwait is re-taken by the US

1991 – Singer James Brown is released from prison

1992 – Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years

1994 – 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway

1997 – Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop

1998 – Apple discontinues developing Newton computer

1998 – FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati

1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agree’s to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son

2002 – Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya

2003 – Fred Rogers, host of TV’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” dies at age 74

2003 – Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican church.

2004 – A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116.

2012 – Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor

 

 

 

 

Births

272 – Constantine I, Roman emperor (306-337), adopted Christianity (d. 337)

1539 – Franciscus Raphelengius, Dutch book publisher

1622 – Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter

1691 – Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (d. 1754)

1779 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)

1792 – Don Joaquin B F Espartero, Spanish adventurer/fieldmarshal

 

 

 

1807 – Henry Wadsworth LongfellowPortland Mainepoet (Hiawatha)

 

 

 

 

 

1811 – [Catherine] Mildred Lee, daughter of US general Robert E Lee

1823 – Ferdinand Van Derveer, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1823 – William Buel Franklin, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1903

1827 – Richard W Johnson, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1897

1831 – Hiram Bond Everest, American cofounder of The Vacuum Oil Company (d. 1913)

1832 – Alfred Pollard Edward, Civil War journalist, died in 1872

1841 – [Eleanor] Agnes Lee, daughter of US general Robert E Lee

 

 

 

1850 – Henry Edwards HuntingtonUSrailroad exec

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1867 – Irving Fisher, US economist (compensating dollar)

1877 – Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)

1881 – Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician

1886 – Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)

1890 – Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)

1891 – David Sarnoff, US, radio/TV pioneer/CEO (RCA)

1891 – Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)

1892 – William Demarest, St Paul Minn, actor (Uncle Charlie-My 3 Sons)

1893 – Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)

1897 – Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)

1899 – Charles H Best, Maine, physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)

1902 – Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920)

1902 – Gene Sarazen, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)

1902 – John Steinbeck, Salinas California, author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962)

1904 – Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)

1905 – Franchot Tone, Niagara Falls NY, actor (Dr Freeland-Ben Casey)

1910 – Joan Bennett, Palasades NJ, actress (Little Women, Disraeli)

1910 – Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)

 

 

 

1910 – Clarence “Kelly” JohnsonAmerican aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Worksd. 1990)

 

 

 

 

 

1913 – Irwin Shaw, US, novelist (Rich Man Poor Man)

1917 – John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade

1920 – Jose Melis, Havana Cuba, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program)

1926 – David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate

1927 – Guy Mitchell, [Albert George Cernik], Detroit, Michigan, American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle) (d. 1999)

1928 – Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel

1930 – Joanne Woodward, Thomasville Ga, actress (3 Faces of Eve, Rachel)

1930 – Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist

1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, London, English-American actress (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra) (d. 2011)

1933 – Geoffrey Maitland Smith, CEO (Sears)

1933 – Malcolm Wallop, (Sen-R-WY, 1977- )

1934 – Ralph Nader, Winsted Conn, consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed)

1934 – Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (d. 1992)

1937 – Barbara Babcock, Pasadena CA, actr (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues)

1937 – Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise)

1937 – L Jay Silvester, US, discus thrower (Olympic-silver-1972)

 

 

 

1939 – Peter Revsonauto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – Howard Hesseman, Salem Or, actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class)

1942 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Due West SC, news reporter (McNeil-Lehrer)

1942 – Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1943 – Mary Frann, St Louis Mo, actress (Joanna-Newhart, Days of Our Live)

1943 – Klaus Köste, Frankfurt, Germany, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), (d. 2012)

1948 – Eddie Gray, rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)

1950 – Franco Moschino, fashion Designer

1951 – Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91)

1954 – Neal Schon, rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English)

1955 – Garry Christian, rocker

1957 – Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)

1957 – Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator

1958 – Nancy Spungen, American murder victim of Sid Vicious (d. 1978)

 

 

 

1959 – Johnny Van ZantAmerican singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

 

 

 

 

 

1962 – Adam Baldwin, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard)

1962 – Veronica Ribot-Canales, Buenos Aires Argentina, US diver (Olympics-96)

1965 – Noah Emmerich, American actor

1965 – Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist

1971 – Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, American singer (TLC)

1975 – Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete

1975 – Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist (d. 2006)

1980 – Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton (1993-2001)

1980 – Bobby Valentino, American singer

1981 – Josh Groban, American singer

1984 – Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer

1984 – Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer

1985 – Juliana Imai, Brazilian model

1994 – Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player

 

 

 

Deaths

1167 – Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies

1656 – Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies

1659 – Henry Dunster, first President of Harvard College (b. 1609)

1699 – Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton, English politician (b. c. 1625)

1720 – Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)

1735 – John Arbuthnot, physician/mathematician, dies

1844 – Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85

1881 – George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46

1887 – Alexander Porfir’yevich Borodin, Russian composer, dies at 53

1892 – Louis Vuitton, French luggage maker (b. 1821)

1913 – Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), dies at 58

1936 – Ivan P Pavlov, Russian physiologist (reflexes, Nobel 1904), dies at 86

1942 – Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52

1945 – HJ Lochtman, Dutch chaplain/resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen

1958 – Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack

1960 – Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58

1961 – Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies

1968 – Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose

1977 – Allison Hayes, actress (Attack of 50 Foot Woman), dies at 47

1980 – George Tobias, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 78

1985 – Henry Cabot Lodge, (Sen-R)/diplomat, dies at 82

1985 – Pat J O’Malley, actor (My Favorite Martian, Maude), dies at 83

1989 – Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies

1989 – Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66

1989 – Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85

1989 – Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)

1992 – S I Hayakawa, (Sen-California, 1977-83), dies at 85

1993 – Lillian Gish, US actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 96

 

 

 

1994 – Laurence “Bill” Craigiejet pioneerdies at 92

 

 

 

 

 

1995 – Philip Sherrington, opus Dei Priest, dies at 51

2002 – Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (b. 1918)

2003 – Fred Rogers, American children’s television actor (b. 1928)

 

 

 

2006 – Robert Lee Scott, Jr., U.S. GeneralFlying Tigerand author (b. 1908)

 

 

 

 

 

2007 – Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)

2008 – William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)

2008 – Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)

 

 

 

2011 – Frank Buckleslast surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 – Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)

2012 – Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

747 BC – Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.

364 – Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.

1266 – Battle of Benevento fought in Southern Italy between Manfred of Sicily and army of Charles of Anjou

1590 – Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda

1616 – Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo

1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph’s, Philadelphia

1773 – Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Phila) (1st solitary)

1797 – Bank of England issues 1st £1-note

1804 – Vice-admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad

1815 – Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France

1839 – Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain)

1848 – Marx & Engels publish “Communist Manifesto”

1852 – British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die

1862 – Battle of Woodburn, KY

1863 – Lincoln signs National Currency Act

1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states

1870 – 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)

1881 – -27] Natal: British troops under gen-major Colley occupy Majuba Hill

1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich

1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine

1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)

1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7500

1914 – New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated

1914 – HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

1915 – Malancourt, Argonnen (1st (German) flame-thrower

1916 – Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930

1918 – Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604

 

 

 

1919 – Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine

 

 

 

 

 

1919 – Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929 – Pres Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field

1933 – Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell

1935 – Germany begin Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering

1935 – RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)

1935 – The Luftwaffe is re-formed.

 

 

 

1936 – Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche’s “Volkswagen

 

 

 

 

 

1936 – Military coup in Japan

1938 – 1st passenger ship equipped with radar

1938 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer

1938 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

1940 – US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY

1941 – 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO

1941 – Cowboys’ Amateur Association of America organized (California)

1942 – German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb

1942 – WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message “Sighted sub sank same”

1942 – Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project “Wunderwaffen”

1944 – 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed

1945 – Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force

1946 – 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn

1949 – USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight

1952 – PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

1953 – Allen W Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA

1954 – 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass

1955 – “Peter Pan” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances

1955 – 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith

1960 – USA’s David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men’s figure skating

1962 – US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY

1972 – Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, kills 125

1973 – Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m

1974 – Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris

1979 – Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US

1980 – Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time

1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks

1983 – Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission

1984 – Last US marines in multinatl peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut

 

 

 

1984 – Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC, “Hymietown

 

 

 

 

 

1986 – Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)

1987 – NASA launches GEOS-H

1987 – Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair

1990 – The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.

1991 – Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital

1993 – 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die

1995 – London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson

1998 – Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)

2001 – The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

2012 – The film The Artist wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927

 

 

Births

1361 – Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)

1587 – Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)

1671 – Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)

1672 – Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)

1714 – James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)

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

1802 – Victor Hugo, France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)

1808 – Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d.1871)

1814 – Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)

1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)

 

 

 

1846 – William F “Buffalo Bill” CodyDavenport Iowakilled 4000 buffalo

 

 

 

 

 

1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry

1857 – Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion)

 

 

 

1866 – Herbert Henry Dowpioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)

 

 

 

 

 

1867 – Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon/So Afr/America)

1869 – Nadezjda K Krupskaja, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin

1876 – Pauline Musters, smallest man (1’11.2″ (58.9 cm))

1882 – Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)

1882 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)

1887 – Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)

1893 – William Frawley, Iowa, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)

1903 – Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)

1906 – Madeleine Carroll, England, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent)

1907 – Dub Taylor, American actor (d. 1994)

 

 

 

1908 – Tex AveryAmerican cartoonist (d. 1980)

 

VIDEOS

1914 – Robert Alda, NYC, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain, By Popular Demand)

1918 – Theodore [Hamilton] Sturgeon, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar)

1919 – Mason Adams, NYC, actor (Charlie Hume-Lou Grant, Deadliest Season)

1920 – A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1936)

1920 – Tony Randall, [Leonard Rosenberg], Tulsa Ok, actor (Felix-Odd Couple)

1921 – Betty Hutton, Battle Creek Mich, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)

1922 – Margaret Leighton, Birmingham England, actress (Astonished Heart)

1925 – James Moody, US, jazz saxophonist/orchestra leader

1926 – Konstantin P Feoktistov, Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)

1928 – Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)

1928 – Antione “Fats” Domino, NO LA, rhythm & blues pianist (Blueberry Hill)

1931 – Robert D Novak, Joliet Ill, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)

1932 – Johnny Cash, Kingsland Ark, country singer (I Hear the Train Coming)

1933 – Godfrey Cambridge, NYC, actor (Cotton comes to Harlem)

1933 – James Goldsmith, Paris France, corporate raider (Referendum Party)

1936 – Eduard Ivanovich Buinovski, cosmonaut

1943 – Bob “Bear” Hite, California, vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)

1943 – Paul Cotton, LA California, rocker (Poco)

1943 – Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer

1944 – Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)

1945 – Mitch Ryder, rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)

1945 – Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)

1946 – Phyllis Eisenstein, US, sci-fi author (Sorcerer’s Son, Born to Exile)

1946 – Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel laureate

1950 – Jonathan Cain, Chicago, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Babys)

1953 – Michael Bolton, Ct, rock vocalist (That’s What Love Is All About)

1954 – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey

1955 – Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver

1957 – Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Madison Wisc, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984)

1957 – Keena Rothhammer, US, 800 m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)

1958 – Susan J Helms, Charlotte NC, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78)

1964 – Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist

1965 – Alison Armitage, London England, actress (Acapulco HEAT)

1965 – Brittany York, London England, playmate (Oct, 1990)

1966 – Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer

1971 – Erykah Badu, singer

1973 – Jenny Thompson, Danvers Mass, 400m freestyle (Olympics-gold-92, 96)

1974 – Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver

1978 – Marc Hynes, British racing driver

1978 – John Tartaglia, Broadway performer and “Muppeteer”

1979 – Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver

1981 – Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver

1981 – Johnathan Wendel, American professional video gamer

1983 – Kara Monaco, American model

 

 

Deaths

1076 – Godfried III, with the Hump, duke of Neth-Lutherian, murdered

1154 – Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60

1200 – Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint

1266 – Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies at the Battle of Benevento

1360 – Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)

1538 – Worp van Thabor, Frisian abbott of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), dies

1608 – John Still, English bishop

1723 – Thomas d’Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)

1802 – Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)

 

 

 

1813 – Robert R LivingstonUS diplomat (Decl of Independence), dies at 66

 

 

 

 

 

1815 – Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)

1870 – Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in NC, lynched

1871 – Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76

1901 – Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded

1901 – Hsu Cheng-yu, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded

 

 

 

1903 – Richard J GatlingUS inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84

 

 

 

 

 

1921 – Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81

1931 – Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83

1954 – William R Inge, English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93

 

 

 

1959 – Lou Costelloactor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1969 – Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86

 

 

 

1977 – Bukka Whitebluesmanguitarist dies at 43

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1982 – Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz pianist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45

1989 – Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)

1990 – Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53

1991 – Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies

1992 – S I Hayakawa, (Sen-R-California), dies of a stroke at 85

1993 – Fletcher Knebel, author (7 Days in May), commits suicide at 81

1994 – Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87

1996 – Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76

1997 – David Doyle, actor (Charlie’s Angels), dies at 67

1997 – Giuseppe ‘Nuccio’ Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82

 

 

 

2000 – George L. Street III American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)

 

 

 

Army Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

2003 – Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)

2005 – Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)

2008 – Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

138 – The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1095 – Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus

1358 – Dalmatie flees Venice

1497 – Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France

1502 – Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine

 

 

 

1540 – Francisco Vasquez de Coronado searches for Cibola Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

1570 – Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance

1605 – Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen

1623 – Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts

1634 – Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein

1643 – Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-indians

1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)

1791 – 1st Bank of US chartered

1793 – 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)

1797 – Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain

1799 – Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation

1803 – 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states

1804 – Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus

 

 

 

1836 – Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1836 – US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.

1837 – 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport

1839 – Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West

1859 – 1st use of “insanity plea” to prove innocence

1862 – Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving & Printing

1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln

1863 – Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency

1870 – Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)

1875 – Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill

1885 – US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds

1901 – US Steel Corp organized under J P Morgan

1907 – US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic

1908 – 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens

1910 – Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies

1913 – 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax

1916 – German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun

1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty

1919 – Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)

1921 – Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.

1923 – Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 mark

1924 – Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)

1925 – Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska

1925 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran

1925 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles

1926 – Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain

1926 – Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords

1930 – Check photographing device patented

1932 – Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

1933 – 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger

1933 – Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)

1939 – 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden

1940 – 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)

1941 – February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam

1945 – US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo

1948 – Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier

1949 – WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)

1950 – “Your Show of Shows” with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

1951 – 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)

1951 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament

1952 – 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway

1954 – Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier

1957 – Buddy Holly & Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day”

1957 – Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport

1961 – Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10

1964 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1966 – Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad

1969 – Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.

1971 – “Oh! Calcutta!” opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances

1973 – Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders

1977 – New Orleans’ Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

1977 – Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons

1979 – Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched

1980 – Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname

1981 – Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue

1982 – Final episode of “The Lawrence Welk Show” airs

1982 – Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)

1984 – Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500

1986 – Corazon Aquino becomes president of Philippines, Marcos flees

1986 – Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao

1986 – Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel

1987 – US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action

1989 – Dallas Cowboys’ new owner fires 29-year coach Tom Landry

1989 – Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1990 – Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas

1990 – On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long

1992 – Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

1994 – Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron

1995 – Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)

1995 – British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital

1995 – Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 shite mosque goers dead

1998 – Switzerland’s 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

2009 – BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.

2011 – In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921.

2012 – Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama

 

 

 

2012 – Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79

 

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Births

1398 – Xuande, Emperor of China (d. 1435)

1591 – Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)

1635 – Walraad, the Elder, Dutch fieldmarshall/earl of Nassau-Usingen

1643 – Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)

1682 – Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)

1692 – Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)

1714 – Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)

1752 – John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

1778 – Jose Francisco de San Martin, liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru

1807 – George Alfred Trenholm, Secy Treas (Confederacy), died in 1876

1808 – James Bowen, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1809 – George Washington Cullom, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1892

1815 – Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879

1833 – Clement Anselm Evans, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1911

 

 

 

1841 – Pierre Auguste RenoirLimoges FranceImpressionist painter/sculptor

 

 

 

 

 

 

1842 – Karl May, German writer (Old Shatterhand/Winnetou)

1847 – John Watson, Canada, philosopher (Objective Idealism)

1856 – Charles Lang Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1876]

1866 – Benedetto Croce, Italy, humanist/historian/editor/philosopher

1873 – Enrico Caruso, Naples Italy, operatic tenor (Faust)

1888 – John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59)

1898 – William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)

1901 – [Herbert] Zeppo Marx, NYC, comedian/actor (Marx Brothers)

1908 – Frank G Slaughter, author (Sangaree)

1909 – Edgar Pangborn, US, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)

1913 – Gert Froebe, Saxony Germany, actor (Goldfinger)

1913 – Jim Backus, Cleve, actor (Mr Magoo, Thurston Howell III-Gilligan Is)

1916 – Ian Wallace, British CEO

1916 – Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)

1917 – Anthony Burgess, essayist/novelist (Clockwork Orange)

1918 – Henry Norwood Ewell, Harrisburg Pa, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1948)

1918 – Robert Lorimer “Bobby” Riggs, US tennis star (US Open 1939, 41)

1919 – Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist

1925 – Bert Remsen, Glen Cove NY, actor (Mario-It’s a Living)

1928 – Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal

1928 – Larry Gelbart, writer/producer/actor (Oh God!, M*A*S*H)

 

 

 

1929 – Christopher GeorgeRoyal Oak Minnactor (Rat Patrol, Immortal)

 

 

 

 

 

1929 – Tommy Newsom, Va, musician/bandleader/saxophonist (Tonight Show)

1932 – Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)

1932 – Laurence New, Major-General

1932 – Tony Brooks, English race car driver

1936 – Jonnie Nicely, playmate (Aug, 1956)

1937 – Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)

1937 – Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Dr Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)

1938 – Diane Baker, Hollywood California, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie)

1938 – Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)

1938 – Viktor Kosichkin, Rybnoye, Russia, Speed Skater (Olympic Gold 1960), (d. 2012)

1943 – George Harrison, rocker (Beatle/Travelling Willberries-My Sweet Lord)

1943 – Sally Jessy Raphael, Easton, Pennsylvania, American TV talk show host (Sally)

1947 – Lee Edward Evans, Madera California, 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)

1948 – G B Warren, British biochemist

1950 – Neil Jordan, director (Crying Game)

1950 – Rick Flair, [Richard Fliehr], wrestling champ (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)

1950 – Néstor Kirchner, President of Argentina

1950 – Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)

1952 – Jerry Chamberlain, American musician

1952 – Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)

1953 – José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain

1955 – Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson’s Creek)

1961 – Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)

1962 – Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic-gold-1980)

1962 – Cammy Ciarelli, Iowa City, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995)

1965 – Carrot Top, [Scott Thompson], Fla, comedian (Amer Comedy Award-1994)

1965 – Veronica Webb, supermodel/actress (Jungle Fever, Malcolm X)

1965 – Brian Baker, American guitarist

1966 – Tea Leoni, NYC, actress (Flying Blind, Naked Truth)

1967 – Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)

1968 – Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer

1969 – Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)

1971 – Jennifer LaVoie, Nashua NH, playmate (Aug, 1993)

1971 – Sean Astin, LA California, actor (Goonies, Toy Soldiers)

1973 – Anson Mount, American actor

1975 – Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress

1976 – Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)

1976 – Rashida Jones, American actress, writer, model, and musician

1981 – Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant

1981 – Jamie Lynn, American model

1984 – Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)

1992 – Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, Columbia SC, sport pistol (Olympics-96)

 

 

 

Deaths

779 – Walburgis, Anglo-Saxon abbess/saint (Walpurgis Night), dies

1246 – Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd

1495 – Djem Sultan, son of Turkish sultan Mehmed II, dies at 35

1553 – Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)

1601 – Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth

1634 – Van Friedland/Mecklenburg, general-admiral, dies at 50

1713 – Frederik I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55

 

 

 

1723 – Christopher WrenEnglandastronomer/architectdies at 90

 

 

 

 

 

1805 – Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)

1852 – Thomas Moore, writer (Utopia), dies

1899 – Paul Julius von Reuter, founder of the news agency (Reuters), dies

1914 – John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93

1919 – Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)

1947 – Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82

1950 – George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)

1957 – Mark Aldanov, [Mark A Landau], Russian/French chemist, dies at 70

1969 – Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates

1970 – Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66

1971 – Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)

1975 – Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 78

 

 

 

1978 – Daniel “Chappie” James Jrretired Air Force generaldies at 58

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

1987 – James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58

1993 – Toy Caldwell, country musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45

1994 – Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42

1994 – Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

1996 – Haing S Ngor, doctor/actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45

1996 – Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94

1997 – Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51

1999 – Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)

2004 – Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)

2005 – Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)

2007 – William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)

2008 – Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

303 – 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued

1208 – St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy

1296 – Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos

1387 – King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.

1389 – Battle at Falköping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden

1496 – England’s Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders

1525 – Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V’s troops beat the French

1525 – Francois I captured at Battle of Pavia and 8700 killed

1552 – Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar

1607 – Claudio Monteverdi’s opera “Orfeo,” premieres in Mantua

1739 – Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.

1779 – George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British

1803 – Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)

1804 – London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

1807 – 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England

1821 – Mexico gains independence from Spain

1836 – 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia

1863 – Arizona Territory created

1863 – Forrest’s raid on Brentwood, Tennessee

1864 – -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard’s Roost)

1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)

1868 – House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson

1875 – The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.

1881 – De Lesseps’ Co begins work on Panama Canal

1894 – Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of)

1895 – Cuban war for independence begins.

1902 – Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British

1903 – US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba

1905 – Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.

1917 – German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)

1921 – 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida

1923 – Flying Scotsman goes into service

1923 – Mass arrests in US of mafia

1924 – Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 secs)

1924 – Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

1925 – Thermite explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, NY

1932 – Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona

1933 – League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria

1938 – Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles

1941 – 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague

1942 – Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)

1942 – The “Battle of Los Angeles” takes place, lasting until the next day.

1943 – Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II

1944 – Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war

1945 – Egypt & Syria declares war on nazi-Germany

1945 – Manila freed from Japanese

1945 – Nazi occupiers begin state of siege

1945 – Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.

1946 – Juan Peron elected President of Argentina

1948 – Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia

1949 – V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km

1951 – Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB

1951 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA

1960 – US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1

1961 – Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit

1968 – 1st pulsar discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)

1968 – Jocelyn Bell discovers 1st pulsar

1968 – US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam

1969 – Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby

1970 – 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)

1971 – Algeria nationalizes French oil companies

1974 – Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater

1977 – Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

1978 – Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

1979 – Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas

1979 – War between North & South Yemen begins

1981 – Britain’s Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

1981 – Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower

1983 – Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time

1983 – A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

1984 – Iraq resumes air attack on Iran

1986 – Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million

1986 – Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby

1987 – LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

1988 – Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist

1989 – 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found

1989 – Margaret Ray found in David Letterman’s home, claims to be his wife

1989 – US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die

1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie’s death due to his novel, “Satanic Verses”

1991 – US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops

1995 – Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74

1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

1996 – Cuba downs 2 US planes

1997 – South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp

1998 – Elton John knighted

1999 – The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him.

2002 – XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2002 – Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men’s ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal

2006 – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.

2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

2011 – Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

 

 

 

Births

1103 – Emperor Toba of Japan (d. 1156)

1304 – Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)

1463 – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italy, scholar/platonist

1500 – Carlos V, King of Spain (1516-56)/Holy Roman Emperor

1545 – Don John of Austria, Spanish military leader (d. 1578)

1547 – Jan of Austria, Spanish military man/land guardian of the Netherland

1684 – Catherine I, Empress of Russia 1725-27, Dorpat, Estonia

1709 – Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor (d. 1782)

1723 – John Burgoyne, British general (d. 1792)

1786 – Wilhelm Karl Grimm, Hanau Germany, story teller (Grimm’s Fairy Tales)

1811 – Edward Dickinson Baker, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1861

1824 – John Crawford Vaughn, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1875

1827 – Charles Davis Jameson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1836 – Winslow Homer, US, painter (Gulfstream)

1838 – Thomas Benton Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1923

1866 – Pyotr Nikolaevich Lebedev, Russian physicist (d. 1912)

1866 – Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961)

1872 – John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)

1874 – Honus Wagner, HOF shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17)

1885 – Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)

1890 – Marjorie Main, [Tomlinson], Action Ind, actress (Another Thin Man)

1898 – Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer

1905 – E Boyland, biochemist

1909 – Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)

1913 – Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist

1914 – David Langdon, cartoonist/illustrator

1914 – Zachary Scott, Austin Tx, actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce)

1914 – Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (d. 2005)

1917 – William Fairbank, Minneapolis, physicist (superconductivity)

1919 – Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist

1919 – Earl Kitchener of Khartoum

1920 – Frank Rogers, CEO (NPA Telegraph)

1921 – Abe Vigoda, NYC, actor (Barney Miller, Fish)

1928 – Al Lettieri, NYC, actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway)

1929 – Richard B Shull, Evanston Ill, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo)

1932 – Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)

1932 – John Vernon, Canada, actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry)

1932 – Michel Legrand, composer (Summer of ’42, Windmills of Your Mind)

1934 – Bettino Craxi, Italy’s 1st socialist premier (1983-87)

1934 – Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972)

1934 – Linda Cristal, Buenos Aires Arg, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal)

1936 – Renata Scotto, Savona Italy, operatic soprano

1938 – James Farentino, Brooklyn, New York, actor (The Final Countdown), (d. 2012)

1938 – Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer

1940 – Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)

1940 – Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)

1942 – Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)

1942 – Paul Jones, England, rocker (Manfried Mann-Mighty Quinn)

1942 – Colin Bond, Australian racing driver

1943 – Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer

1943 – Terry Semel, American business executive

1944 – Barry Bostwick, San Mateo Ca, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce)

1944 – Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Quicksilver)

1946 – Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician

1947 – Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph)

1947 – Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)

1947 – Rupert Holmes, English musician

1948 – Lorri Menconi, playmate (Feb, 1969)

1950 – George Thorogood, Wilmington, Delaware, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone)

1951 – Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women)

1952 – Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7’4″

1955 – Alain Prost, Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93)

1955 – Steve Jobs, San Francisco, California, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple (d. 2011)

1956 – Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)

1956 – Judith Butler, American philosopher

1957 – Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)

1958 – Sammy Kershaw, Kaplan LA, country vocalist (Cadillac Style)

1958 – Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer

1962 – Michelle Shocked, singer/musician

1964 – Bill Bailey, British comedian

1964 – Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver

1966 – Billy Zane, actor (Orlando, Memphis Belle, Millions, Titanic)

1971 – Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver

1973 – Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)

1976 – Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist

1976 – Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)

1977 – Floyd Mayweather, Grand Rapids Mich, featherweight boxer (Oly-br-96)

1978 – Louise Woodward, ELton England, nanny who killed Matthew Eappen

1979 – Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer

1980 – Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)

1980 – Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler

1984 – Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver

1987 – Daniel Reilly, British entrepreneur

 

 

Deaths

616 – King Ethelbert of Kent

1525 – Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, French soldier

1563 – Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44

1588 – Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist

1685 – Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle, English politician and military leader (b. 1629)

1686 – Ferdinando Tacca, Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66

1721 – John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)

1732 – Colonel Francis Charteris, known as “The Rape-Master General”. (b. 1675)

1779 – Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (b. 1704)

1810 – Henry Cavendish, physicist/chemist, dies

1812 – Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)

1815 – Robert Fulton, steamboat pioneer, dies at 49

1914 – Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg

1926 – Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51

1945 – Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt’s PM, assassinated in parliament

1953 – Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77

1967 – Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60

1975 – Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79

1990 – Malcolm Forbes, CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies of a heart attack at 70

1990 – Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45

1991 – George Gobel, Chicago, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies at 71

1991 – Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64

1994 – Dinah Shore, singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76

1994 – Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83

1994 – Lores Bonney, aviator, dies at 96

1996 – Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82

1998 – Henny Youngman, comedian (Take my wife please), dies at 92

2002 – Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)

2006 – Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)

2006 – Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)

2011 – Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)

2012 – Jan Berenstain, American author dies from a stroke at 88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

303 – Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians

1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)

1574 – France begins 5th holy war against Huguenots

1672 – Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam

1689 – Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England

1778 – Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge

1792 – Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)

1813 – 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass

1821 – College of Apothecaries organized in Phil; 1st US pharmacy college

1822 – Boston is incorporated as a city

1836 – Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

1847 – Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans

1861 – Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office

1870 – Mississippi is readmitted to US

1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law

1883 – American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Phila)

1886 – Aluminum manufacturing process developed

1892 – 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn

1895 – Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)

1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield

1898 – In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

1900 – Battle at Hart’s Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)

1903 – Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA

1904 – US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

1905 – Rotary Club International formed by 4 men in Chicago

1906 – Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

1915 – Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin

1916 – Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin

1916 – French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun

1917 – February revolution begins in Russia

1918 – First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. Since 1923 this date become the Day of Red Army in honour of this victory.

1919 – Fascist Party forms in Italy by Benito Mussolini

1921 – 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from SF

1927 – Pres Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FCC)

1936 – 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY

1938 – Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” released

1941 – Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

1942 – Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, Calif

1943 – German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia

1944 – Forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.

1945 – Operation Grenade: Gen Simpsons 9th Army crosses Ruhr

1945 – US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo & statue

1947 – Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews

1954 – 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1958 – 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels

1960 – Demolition begins on Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)

1966 – Aldo Moro forms Italian government

1967 – 25th amendment (presidential succession) declared ratified

1967 – US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

1971 – Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina

1973 – Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London

1974 – Patty Hearst, daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by SLA

1974 – Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in “Confessions of an Orth”

1979 – Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps

1980 – 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY

1980 – Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics

1980 – Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill

1981 – People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips

1983 – USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)

1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.

1987 – Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604

1988 – Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)

1992 – 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France

1995 – Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)

1997 – Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1

1997 – NBC TV shows “Schindler’s List,” completely uncensored, 65M watch

1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”

1998 – Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

1999 – Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.

2006 – Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

2007 – Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.

2008 – a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.

2010 – Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.

2012 – A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200

 

 

 

Births

1417 – Pope Paul II [Pietro Barbo], Venice, Republic of Venice, Pope (1464-71)

1583 – Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)

1614 – Jacob Colijn(s), Dutch coat of arms painter

1615 – Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, baptised

1633 – Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)

1646 – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (d. 1709)

1685 – George Friedrich Handel, Halle Germany, organist/composer (Messiah)

1723 – Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)

1729 – Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)

1734 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Frankfurt, founder (House of Rothschild)

1787 – Emma Willard, US, opens school for young ladies (Hall of Fame)

1818 – Jeremy F Gilmer, Maj Gen/Chief Engineer Confederate War Dept

1824 – Lewis Cass Hunt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1838 – Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1901

1840 – Carl Menger, Austrian economist

1842 – Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (d. 1906)

1868 – William E B Du Bois, Mass, civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk)

1869 – Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary (Soc-Dem)

1883 – Karl Jaspers, Oldenburg Germany, existentialist philosopher

1889 – Victor Fleming, American director (Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind), (d. 1949)

1889 – Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)

1904 – Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)

1904 – William L Shirer, historian (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich)

1911 – G Mennen Williams, Detroit, Sup Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60)

1913 – Charles Leonard, US, pentathelete (Olympic-1936)

1915 – Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 “Enola Gay” over Hiroshima (d. 2007)

1928 – Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)

1929 – Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st black NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)

1930 – Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1976)

1933 – Lee Calhoun, Laurel Miss, hurdler (Olympics-gold-56, 60)

1933 – Lee Quencey Calhoun, Laurel MS, 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)

1939 – Josef Feistmantl, Austria, lugeist (Olympic-gold-1964)

1940 – Peter Fonda, actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip)

1944 – Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], Leland Miss, guitarist (Silver Train)

1944 – John Sandford, American novelist

1946 – Rusty Young, California, rock steel guitarist (Poco-Heat of the Night)

1947 – Shakira Caine, Guyana, actress (Man Who be King)/Miss Guyana (1967)

1950 – Steve Priest, London, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes)

1951 – Ed “Too Tall” Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)

1951 – Patricia Richardson, Bethesada Md, actress (Double Trouble, Home Imp)

1952 – Brad Whitford, Mass, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Jamie Got a Gun)

1953 – Sallie L Baliunas, astrophysicist

1953 – Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver

1955 – Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)

1962 – Michael Wilton, rock guitarist (Queensrijche-Warning)

1963 – Bobby Bonilla, NYC, outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins)

1963 – Debbie Kruck, Danbury CT, Ms Fitness USA (1994)

1965 – Helena Sukova, Prague Czech Rep, tennis star (1985 US Open’s Double)

1965 – Kristin Davis, actress (Melrose Place)

1965 – Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer

1967 – Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker

1968 – Stephanie Seymour, SD California, actress/model (Sunny Side Up)

1973 – Robert Pipkins, Staten Island NY, luger (Olympics-1994)

1979 – D-Roc, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)

1983 – Aziz Ansari, Indian American Comedian

1983 – Emily Blunt, British actress

1986 – Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN)

1994 – Dakota Fanning, American actress

 

 

 

Deaths

155 – Polycarp, disciple of Apostle John, arrested & burned at stake

943 – Herbert II, Count of Vermandois, (b. 884)

1011 – Willigis, Archbishop of Mainz

1100 – Emperor Zhezong of China (b. 1076)

1447 – Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (b. 1390)

1464 – Zhengtong, Emperor of China (b. 1427)

1468 – John Gutenberg, German inventor (boekdrukkunst), dies

1526 – Diego Colón, Spanish Viceroy of the Indies

1554 – Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey’s father, executed

1603 – Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist (b. 1519)

1781 – George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (bc. 1716)

1821 – John Keats, Romantic poet, dies of tuberculosis at 25 in Rome

1848 – John Quincy Adams, 6th US pres (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80

1855 – Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician, dies

1884 – Tambo Tambo, Australian aboriginal/US circus attaction, dies at 23

1902 – Samuel R Gardiner, British historian (Oliver Cromwell), dies at 72

1922 – Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish physicist (b. 1845)

1930 – Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22

1930 – Mabel Normand, actress/director (Extra Girl), dies at 35

1934 – Augusto Sandino, Nicaraguan patriot, assassinated by National Guard

1935 – Jan Duiker, Dutch architect (Hotel Gooiland), dies at 44

1944 – Leo Hendrick Baekeland, inventor (Bakelite), dies

1945 – Aubrey Cousins, Canadian sergeant (Victoria Cross), dies in battle

1946 – Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (hanged) (b. 1885)

1948 – John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)

1960 – Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)

1965 – Stan Laurel, comedian (Laurel & Hardy), dies of heart attack at 74

1968 – Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78

1970 – Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)

1971 – King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73

1973 – Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)

1990 – James Gavin, commandant US 82nd Airborn Div (Normandy), dies at 82

1990 – Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62

1994 – Stuart Berger, doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40

1995 – Art Kane, photographer, dies at 69

1995 – James Herriot [Alfred Wight], Scottish author (All Creatures Great & Small), dies at 78

1995 – Peter Guy Wykeham Fighter Pilot-Barnes, dies at 79

1996 – George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66

1999 – Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)

2000 – Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)

2003 – Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)

2003 – Howie Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (b. 1955)

2004 – Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)

2008 – Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)

2008 – Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)

2012 – Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer, dies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

896 – Pope Formosa crowned king Arnulf of Karinthie/French emperor

1071 – Battle of Cassel-Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf III/I

1281 – Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV

1288 – Girolamo Masci elected Pope Nicolas IV

1300 – Pope Boniface VIII delegates degree

1349 – Jews are expelled from Zurich Switzerland

1495 – French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown

1561 – William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais

1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving

1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.

1744 – Battle at Toulon: English-French & Spanish fleet

1775 – 1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents

1784 – 1st US ship to trade with China, “Empress of China,” sails from NY

1797 – Last Invasion of Britain: 1797 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.

1819 – Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)

1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million

1825 – Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary

1847 – Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army

1854 – 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)

1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)

1861 – On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration

1864 – -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia

1864 – 2nd/last day of Battle of Okolona, MS

1864 – Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta) Tennessee

1865 – Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals

1865 – Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery

1872 – 1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio)

1876 – Johns Hopkins University opens

1879 – 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY)

1882 – With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC’s 24 hour race & $100 prize

1888 – John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)

1889 – US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union

1898 – Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City SC

1900 – Battle at Wynne’s Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)

1900 – Hawaii became a US territory

1903 – Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water

1904 – The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina, the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.

1907 – 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

1909 – Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va

1912 – J Vedrines makes 1st airplane flight over 100 mph-161.29 kph

1915 – Germany begins “unrestricted” submarine war

1917 – German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships

1920 – 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville California)

1922 – Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin

1923 – Transcontinental airmail service begins

1924 – 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)

1927 – Baruch Spinosa’s house of mourning opened as a museum

1928 – 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)

1932 – Purple Heart award reinstituted

1933 – Goering forms SA/SS-police, shoots 40-50

1934 – “It Happened One Night,” opens at NY’s Radio City Music Hall

1935 – Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House

1940 – Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island

1940 – German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578

1941 – Arthur T “Bomber” Harris becomes British Air Marshal

1941 – IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp

1941 – Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam

1942 – World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

1943 – Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.

1944 – US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die

1955 – British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st hit in Billboard’s top 10: “Heartbreak Hotel”

1958 – Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days

1959 – 1st Daytona 500 auto race-Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)

1967 – Sling-shot goal post & 6′ wide border around field are standard in NFL

1967 – 25,000 US & S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border

1968 – Rock group Genesis release their 1st record “Silent Sun”

1971 – Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria

1972 – President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing

1978 – 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn

1980 – Afghanistan declares martial law

1980 – USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3 en route to a gold medal

1982 – NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)

1983 – Harold Washington wins Chicago’s Democratic mayoral primary

1983 – Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India

1988 – Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)

1989 – NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)

1989 – UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a “deliberate fraud”

1989 – US authors demonstrate against Iranian death treats against Salman Rushdee, author of “Satanic Rituals”

1991 – Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hrs to begin Kuwait withdrawal

1992 – Rockers Kurt Corbin (Nirvana) & Courtney Love (Hole), wed

1995 – Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters

1995 – Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)

1998 – 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan

2002 – Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.

2006 – At least six men stage Britain’s biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

2011 – An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people

 

 

Births

1040 – Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)

1403 – Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove out the English from Northern France. Died 1461.

1440 – Ladislaus V Posthumus, King of Hungary/Bohemia

1500 – Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)

1514 – Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)

1599 – Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp Belgium, painter

1612 – George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)

1634 – Petrus “Pieter” van Schooten, fortress architect

1705 – Peter Arctedius, [Artedi], Swedish biologist

1714 – Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)

1732 – George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97)

1778 – Rembrandt Peale, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)

1788 – Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist)

1796 – Adolphe Quetelet, Belgium, mathematician/astronomer/statistician

1797 – William I, Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)

1798 – Charles Mynn Thruston, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1873

1817 – Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)

1822 – Adolf Kuszmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)

1824 – Pierre Janssen, French astronomer (d. 1907)

1827 – James Barnet Fry, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1894

1828 – Robert Alexander Cameron, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1894

1838 – Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun

1857 – Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves

1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides)

1878 – Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)

1880 – Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)

1891 – “Chico” Marx, NYC, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers, Animal Crackers)

1892 – David Dubinsky, labor leader (Freedom Award, 1969 Medal of Freedom)

1892 – Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize)

1901 – Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)

1906 – Gale Gordon, LA California, actor (Conklin-Our Miss Brooks, Here’s Lucy)

1907 – Robert Young, Chic Ill, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD)

1907 – Sheldon Leonard, NYC, actor/director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie)

1910 – Al Sears, jazz performer

1914 – Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate

1915 – Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)

1918 – Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A’s)

1918 – Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)

1922 – Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)

1925 – Edward Gorey, Chicago, author/artist (Curious Sofa)

1925 – Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect

1926 – Bud Yorkin, producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy)

1928 – Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)

1928 – Paul Dooley, Parkensburg WV, actor (16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding)

1929 – James Hong, American actor

1932 – Edward M “Ted” Kennedy, (Sen-D-Mass, 1962- ), (Don’t let him drive)

1934 – George “Sparky” Anderson, SD, baseball manager (Reds, Tigers)

1936 – Ernie K-Doe, [Ernest Kador Jr], New Orleans La, rocker

1936 – J. Michael Bishop, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate

1937 – Joanna Russ, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx)

1937 – Samuel Whitbread, English brewer/multi-millionaire

1940 – Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)

1940 – Billy Name, American photographer

1942 – Christine Keeler, English model and showgirl

1944 – Jonathan Demme, Baldwin NY, actor/director (Caged Heat, Swing Shift)

1944 – Robert Kardashian, American lawyer (d. 2003)

1945 – Oliver, rock vocalist (Good Morning Starshine, Jean)

1949 – Leslie Charleson, KC Missouri, actress (Monica-General Hospital)

1949 – Nikki Lauda, Austria, formula 1 auto racer (world champ 1975, 77, 84)

1950 – Julie Walters, England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)

1950 – Julius Erving, ABA/NBA forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Phila 76ers)

1950 – Sylvette Miou-Miou, Paris France, actress (Bottom Line, Menage)

1953 – Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire)

1956 – Amy Alcott, Kansas City MO, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore)

1958 – Kyle MacLachlan, Yakima WA, actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Hidden)

1961 – Mike Morris, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)

1961 – Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist

1962 – Lenda Murray, Detroit Mich, body builder (4X Ms Olympia)

1962 – Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)

1962 – Les Wallace, Scottish darts player

1963 – Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (1993 Buick Classic)

1964 – Gigi Fernandez, [Beatriz], San Juan PR, US tennis star (Olymp-gold-96)

1966 – Suave, singer

1968 – Jayson Williams, NBA center (NJ Nets)

1968 – Jeri Ryan, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager)

1969 – Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer

1969 – Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist

1971 – Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)

1971 – Lisa Fernandez, Lakewood California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)

1972 – Michael Chang, Hoboken NJ, tennis star (1989 French Open)

1973 – Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

1974 – James Blunt, English musician

1975 – Drew Barrymore, LA California, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy)

1975 – Gregory Maddalone, Schenectady NY, dance skater (& Demkowski)

1984 – Venetian Princess Internet (You tube) Star (Real Name: Jodie-Amy Rivera)

 

 

Deaths

606 – Sabinian, Italian Pope (604-06), dies

965 – Odo, Duke of Burgundy (b. 944)

1071 – Arnulf III, earl of Flanders/Hainault (Arnulf I), dies in battle

1076 – Godfried III, with the Hump, duke of Lower Lorraine, murdered [or Feb 26]

1078 – Johannes van Fecamp, Italian mystic writer, dies

1111 – Roger Borsa, King of Sicily

1213 – Wibert of Gembloers, benediction/writer/abbot of Gembloers, dies

1371 – David II Bruce, King of Scots (1331..71), dies at 46

1478 – Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies

1512 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60

1627 – Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)

1680 – Catherine Monvoisin, French sorceress (b. c.1640)

1690 – Charles Le Brun, classical painter (Academie de Peinture), dies at 70

1731 – Frederik Ruysch, Dutch anatomist, dies at 92

1770 – Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution

1797 – Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German officer and adventurer (b. 1720)

1799 – Heshen, infamous Qing Dynasty Chinese official at court (b. 1750)

1816 – Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian, dies at 92

1832 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, dies at 82

1875 – Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77

1890 – John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (b. 1822)

1912 – Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree’s Handatlas), dies at 76

1913 – Francisco Indalecio Madero, Mex pres, assassinated in milt coup at 39

1913 – Suarez, Mexican vice pres, assassinated in a miltary coup

1943 – Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (White Rose), beheaded at 24

1943 – Sophie Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose), beheaded

1944 – Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b. 1869)

1958 – Michael Todd, film magnate, killed in an New Mexico air crash

1961 – Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)

1965 – Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)

1968 – Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71

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

1976 – Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32

1984 – David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12

1985 – Alexander Scourby, actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71

1985 – Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95

1987 – Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58

1987 – David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66

1994 – “Papa” John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76

1995 – Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), commits suicide at 60

1998 – Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84

2002 – Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)

2002 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)

2002 – Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)

2002 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)

2007 – Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)

2007 – George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran (b. 1918)

2012 – Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past*

 

 

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Events

362 – Athanasius returns to Alexandria.

1173 – Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Absp of Canterbury

1245 – Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after having confessed to torture and forgery.

1431 – England begins trial against Joan of Arc

1440 – The Prussian Confederation is formed.

1564 – Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte

1574 – Spanish garrison of Middelburg Neth surrenders

1598 – Boris Godunov crowned tsar

1613 – Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar

1673 – Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet

1777 – English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag

1792 – Congress passes Pres Succession Act

1795 – Freedom of worship established in France under constitution

1804 – 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for 1st time, in Wales

1828 – 1st American Indian newspaper in US, “Cherokee Phoenix,” published

1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC

1846 – 1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Mass

1853 – US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces

1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US

1858 – Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass)

1861 – Navaho indians elect Herrero Grande as chief

1862 – Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent

1862 – Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM

1864 – -22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi

1866 – Lucy B Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree

1874 – Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier

1878 – 1st telephone book issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

1882 – NYC’s 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours

1885 – Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC)

1887 – 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)

1887 – Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday

1902 – Dr Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation

1903 – Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC

1904 – National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming Mich

1907 – SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Neth (142 dead)

1914 – White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China

1915 – World’s Fair in SF opens

1916 – Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)

1917 – British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die

1917 – Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire & explodes; 100s die

1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1922 – Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die

1922 – Great Britain grants Egypt independence

1925 – 1st issue of “New Yorker” magazine published

1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced

1932 – Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin

1934 – Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by Natl Guard

1937 – Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.

1937 – The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.

1941 – Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general

1942 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn

1942 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht

1943 – German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia

1945 – British Army captures Goch

1945 – US 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line

1947 – 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in NYC, by E H Land

1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.

1952 – Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition

1953 – F Crick & J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

1953 – Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81

1958 – Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)

1961 – Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km

1968 – 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin

1969 – 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)

1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”

1970 – Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy

1971 – Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117

1971 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.

1972 – Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China

1973 – Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108

1974 – Israeli forces leave western Suez

1974 – Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London

1975 – John Mitchell, HR Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs

1979 – Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)

1979 – 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

1980 – Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44

1980 – Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)

1981 – “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured

1981 – Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)

1981 – NASA launches Comstar D-4

1985 – Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race

1987 – Syrian army marches into Beirut

1988 – Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation

1992 – Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women’s fig skating

1993 – Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)

1995 – RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado

1996 – Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit

1997 – “Empire Strikes Back, special edition,” premieres

2004 – The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.

 

 

Births

1417 – Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)

1484 – Joachim I Nestor, elector (Brandenburg, Constitution)

1674 – Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer

1675 – Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)

1705 – Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)

1728 – Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian tsar (1762)/husband of Catherine

1744 – Eise J Eisinga, Frisia, built planetarium Franeker

1794 – Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, president of Mexico (1833-36)

1800 – John Henry Winder, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1865

1801 – John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)

1802 – George Douglas Ramsey, Bvt Major general (Union Army), died in 1882

1821 – Charles Scribner, US, music publisher (Scribner Catalog)

1829 – Johnson Hagood, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1898

1867 – Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co

1875 – Jeanne Louise Calment, France, world’s oldest woman (died at 122)

1893 – Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (d. 1987)

1895 – Carl Peter Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)

1902 – Arthur D Nock, English/US historian (St Paul)

1910 – Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WW II)

1913 – Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)

1915 – Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress (Dodge City, Another World)

1915 – Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1936)

1922 – Murray “the K” Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle)

1924 – Robert Mugabe, president (Zimbabwe, 1988- )

1925 – Sam Peckinpah, Fresno CA, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs)

1927 – Erma Bombeck, Dayton Ohio, humorist (Grass is Always Greener…)

1927 – Hubert de Givenchy, Beauvais France, fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn)

1933 – Nina Simone, [Eunice Waymon], Tyron NC, vocalist/pianist (Porgy)

1934 – Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)

1940 – Peter Gethin, British racing driver

1941 – Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner

1943 – David Geffin, Brooklyn NY, record producer (Geffin, Asylum)

1943 – Duncan Swift, jazz pianist

1946 – Alan Rickman, actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter)

1946 – Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars – C-3PO)

1949 – Jerry Harrison, Milwaukee, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads)

1953 – Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)

1953 – William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)

1954 – Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)

1958 – Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)

1958 – Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)

1964 – Mark E Kelly, Orange NJ, Lt USN/astronaut

1964 – Scott J Kelly, Orange NJ, Lt USN/astronaut

1966 – Edie Boyer, St Paul Minn, discus thrower

1967 – Leroy Russel Burrell, Phila, long jumper (Olympics-96)

1969 – Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier (Olympic-gold-1992)

1974 – Wish Bone, American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

1975 – Scott Miller, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)

1977 – Kevin Rose, American television host and Internet entrepreneur

1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five)

1982 – Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver

1986 – Charlotte Church, Welsh singer

1987 – Ellen Page, Canadian actress

1987 – Ashley Greene, American model and actress

1989 – Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer

 

 

Deaths

556 – Maximianus van Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), dies

1437 – King James I of Scotland dies at 42

1471 – John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop

1554 – Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies

1595 – Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged

1624 – Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (Sepulture), dies at about 28

1668 – John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)

1677 – [Benedictus] Baruch Spinoza, philosopher, dies at 44

1788 – Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1803 – Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England

1864 – Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle

1894 – Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding designer/painter, dies at 45

1901 – George Francis FitzGerald, Irish mathematician (b. 1851)

1920 – Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)

1926 – Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1913), dies at 72

1938 – George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies

1941 – Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1891)

1944 – Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)

1945 – Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43

1946 – José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)

1965 – Malcolm X, [Little], black Moslem leader, assassinated in NYC at 39

1968 – Howard Florey, pharmacologist/Pathologist, Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 69

1969 – Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies

1976 – Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32

1982 – Murray the K, American impresario and disc jockey (b. 1922)

1986 – Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world’s oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)

1991 – Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71

1992 – Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies

1993 – Ferrucci Lamborghini, car maker (Lamborghini), dies at 76

1995 – Robert Bolt, Brit playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Bounty), dies at 70

1996 – Horace Leonard Gold, sF writer/editor, dies at 81

1996 – Terence Edward Armstrong, polar geographer, dies at 75

1999 – Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)

2002 – Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)

2008 – Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)

2011 – Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)

2012 – Colin Ireland, British ‘Gay Slayer’ serial killer, dies at 57

2012 – Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89

2012 – Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past*

 

 

* Please accept our apologies , those of you who have come to expect a more detailed , link-filled Uncurrent Events , but due to technical difficulties we are not able , at present , to include the usual embellishment of certain interesting events , births and deaths . Rest assured that the detailed version of UE that you have come to love will resume by the end of this coming weekend . Thank you for your patience .

 

 

Events

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1525 – Swiss & German mercenaries desert Francois I’s army

1547 – King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII

1613 – Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch gov-gen of East-Indies

1653 – Defeat of Dutch fleet under Adm Van Tromp by Adm Blake off Portsmouth

1673 – 1st recorded wine auction held (London)

1725 – 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in NH for £100 a scalp bounty

1768 – 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)

1792 – US postal service created, postage 6 cents – 12 cents depending on distance

1809 – Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state

1810 – Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon’s forces, executed.

1831 – Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow

1835 – Concepcion, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die

1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia

1846 – British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore

1856 – John Rutledge, Liverpool-NY steamer, hits iceberg; many die

1861 – Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms

1864 – Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida

1865 – M I T forms 1st US collegiate architectural school

1872 – Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin

1872 – Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags

1872 – Metropolitan Museum of Art opens (NYC)

1872 – Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine

1873 – University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)

1877 – 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

1895 – Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo

1917 – Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die

1919 – French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt

1921 – Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran

1941 – 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland

1942 – Lt E H O’Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers

1943 – New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer’s corn patch (Mexico)

1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

1944 – US takes Eniwetok Island

1944 – World War II: The “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.

1947 – Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA

1947 – Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India

1952 – “African Queen” opens at Capitol Theater in NYC

1952 – 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)

1953 – August A Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million

1958 – Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1960 – Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

1962 – John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)

1965 – Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data

1968 – State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M

1971 – General Idi Amin Dada appointed president of Uganda

1974 – Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono

1976 – The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.

1983 – Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)

1985 – After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada’s check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket

1987 – Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City

1988 – 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

1988 – Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)

1988 – Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating

1988 – Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

1988 – Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)

1989 – An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

1991 – A gigantic statue of Albania’s long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.

1992 – Ross Perot says he’ll run for President on Larry King Show

1994 – 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage

1998 – Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal

1998 – US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

2002 – In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

2012 – Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years

 

 

Births

1494 – Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)

1507 – Gentile Bellini, Italian artist (Sultan Mohammed II)

1523 – Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)

1632 – Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)

1753 – Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)

1757 – John ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)

1809 – Henry Walton Wessells, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1820 – Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1827 – Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912

1838 – James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1844 – Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics)

1844 – Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)

1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)

1866 – Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)

1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, LI NY, founder (Pan Am Airways)

1901 – Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist

1901 – Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]

1901 – René Jules Dubos, France, US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)

1902 – Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award)

1903 – Ella Maillart, explorer

1903 – Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer

1904 – Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)

1908 – Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)

1908 – Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix

1912 – Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)

1916 – Jackie Gleason, Bkln NY, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)

1917 – Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)

1918 – Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire

1920 – Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)

1921 – Amanda Blake, [Beverly], Buffalo NY, actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke)

1921 – Joseph Albert Walker, Wash DC, test pilot (X-15)

1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, don’t my jeans look great (poor little rich girl)

1925 – Robert Altman, Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, M*A*S*H)

1926 – Kenneth H Olsen, US, engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)

1926 – Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-48, 52, 56)

1927 – Roy Cohn, lawyer, “grand inquisitor” (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)

1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor

1930 – Patricia Smith, New Haven Ct, actress (Bob Newhart Show)

1934 – Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)

1936 – Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan’s Heroes)

1936 – Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)

1937 – Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)

1937 – Robert Huber, Munich Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988)

1937 – Roger Penske, auto racer

1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)

1943 – Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)

1944 – Lew Soloff, Bkln NY, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1946 – J[erome] Geils, NYC, rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold)

1946 – Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)

1947 – Jennifer O’Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of ’42)

1948 – A C Fabian, astronomer

1948 – John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company

1949 – Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Cz, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club)

1950 – John Voldstad, Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart)

1950 – Walter Becker, NYC, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg)

1950 – Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor

1951 – Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)

1951 – Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)

1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)

1954 – Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)

1954 – Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)

1954 – Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)

1955 – Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)

1956 – Charlie Adler, American voice actor

1959 – Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer

1959 – Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver

1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

1960 – Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist

1961 – Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1984)

1963 – Charles Barkley, Leads Ab, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96)

1963 – William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)

1964 – French Stewart, NM, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)

1964 – Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]

1966 – Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)

1966 – Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympics-silver-96)

1967 – Andrew Shue, actor (Melrose Place)

1967 – Kurt Cobain, rock vocalist (Nirvana)/husband of Courtney Love

1967 – Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)

1967 – Theresa Luke, Vancouver BC, rower (Olympics-96)

1971 – Shalanda Burt, US murderess

1971 – Shawn McKenzie, American programmer

1977 – Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1977 – T.J. Slaughter, American football player

1977 – Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model

1978 – Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress

1985 – Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)

1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer

 

 

Deaths

702 – K’inich Kan B’alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)

1054 – Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies

1154 – Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett

1171 – Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)

1194 – Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, dies

1258 – Al-Musta’sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad

1408 – Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)

1524 – Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya

1579 – Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)

1618 – Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)

1626 – John Dowland, composer, dies

1707 – Aurangzeb, Mogul emperor of India (1658-1707), dies

1762 – Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1771 – Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)

1806 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)

1810 – Andreas Hofer, milt leader (fought Napoleon’s France), executed at 42

1860 – Henry Drummond, English banker/religious leader, dies at 69

1892 – Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74

1893 – P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)

1895 – Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 77

1905 – Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain

1907 – Henri Moissan [Ferdinand-Frederic-], chemist (Nobel 1906), dies at 54

1920 – Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63

1936 – Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)

1960 – Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, dies

1966 – Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80

1970 – Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)

1972 – Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74

1975 – Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76

1980 – Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96

1983 – James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident

1983 – Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33

1985 – Clarence Nash, voice (Donald Duck), dies at 80 of leukemia, in Calif

1992 – Dick York, actor (Bewitched), dies of emphysema at 63

1993 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Miura), dies

1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)

2003 – Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)

2005 – Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)

2005 – John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)

2005 – Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)

2006 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)

2007 – F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)

2009 – Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)

2010 – Alexander Haig, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)

2012 – Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today In The Past*

 

* Please accept our apologies , those of you who have come to expect a more detailed , link-filled Uncurrent Events , but due to technical difficulties we are not able , at present , to include the usual embellishment of certain interesting events , births and deaths . Rest assured that the detailed version of UE that you have come to love will resume by the end of this coming weekend . Thank you for your patience .

 

 

Events

197 – Lucius Septimius Severus’ army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon

356 – Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples

607 – Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

842 – Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches

1512 – French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia

1539 – Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czech), expelled

1574 – Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp Neth

1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

1634 – Battle at Smolensk: Polish king Wladyslaw IV beats Russians [NS=Mar 1]

1771 – Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)

1803 – Congress accepts Ohio’s constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953

1807 – VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent

1819 – British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.

1831 – 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn

1852 – The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

1856 – Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio

1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used

1864 – Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Wash DC (12 members)

1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)

1884 – Tornadoes in Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people

1900 – British troops occupy Hlangwane Natal

1906 – WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin find Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co

1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box

1913 – Mexican General V Huerta takes power with US support

1915 – British fleet fire on Dardanellen coast

1922 – Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer

1927 – General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai

1928 – 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland

1928 – Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal

1929 – Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY

1942 – About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin

1942 – FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

1943 – German tanks under brig gen Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunesia

1944 – 823 British bombers attack Berlin

1944 – U-264 sinks off Ireland

1945 – 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima

1945 – 900 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days

1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese

1949 – Mass arrests of communists in India

1952 – French offensive at Hanoi

1959 – USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM

1960 – Bil Keane’s “Family Circus” cartoon strip debuts

1968 – 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)

1969 – 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet

1977 – Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner

1980 – Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18

1984 – 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 – 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)

1985 – Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola

1985 – Mickey Mouse welcomed in China

1985 – William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky

1986 – Jordanian King Hussein severs ties with PLO

1986 – US Senate ratifies UN’s anti-genocide convention 37 years later

1986 – USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit

1987 – Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner

1987 – Minn sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G Harrelson

1987 – Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland

1990 – Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal

1992 – Porn producer Jim Mitchell found guilty of killing his brother Artie

1995 – Linford Christie runs world record 200m indoor (20.25 sec)

1995 – Linford Christie runs European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)

1998 – US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan

2001 – An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

2004 – Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a “lifetime of service to humanity.”

2007 – Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.

2008 – Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony’s Blu-Ray Disc

2012 – 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels

 

 

 

Births

3 – Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl)

1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1526 – Charles de L’Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)

1552 – Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)

1630 – Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)

1660 – Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)

1671 – Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer

1683 – Philip V, France, King of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)

1687 – Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer

1717 – David Garrick, actor/producer/writer (Aboan-Oroonoko)

1722 – Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)

1827 – Charles Robert Woods, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1855

1843 – Adelina Patti, Madrid Spain, opera soprano (Lucio)

1859 – Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)

1865 – Sven Hedin, Sweden, scientist/explorer (Tibet)

1893 – Cedric Hardwicke, Stourbridge England, actor (Peter Pan, Richard III)

1895 – Louis Calhern, NYC, actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle)

1911 – Merle Oberon, Calcutta India, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion)

1912 – Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)

1916 – Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns)

1917 – Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)

1920 – C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)

1924 – Lee Marvin, NYC, actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou)

1924 – David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)

1927 – Rene Firino-Martell, cognac manufacturer

1929 – Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)

1930 – John Frankenheimer, NYC, director (Birdman of Alcatraz)

1932 – Joseph P Kerwin, Oak Park Ill, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2)

1934 – David Hugh Jones, Poole Dorset England, director (Betrayal)

1936 – Ione Mylonas Shear, archeologist

1940 – Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)

1943 – “Mama” Cass Elliot, actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday)

1943 – Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)

1943 – Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer

1943 – Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate

1946 – Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy)

1947 – Peter Bird, ocean rower

1948 – Byron K Lichtenburg, Stroudsburg Pa, astronaut (STS 9, STS 45)

1948 – Mark Andes, Philadelphia Pa, rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball)

1948 – Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)

1948 – Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)

1948 – Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)

1949 – Edward Hardin, NYC, rock guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)

1950 – Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)

1952 – Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexico, PHD/astronaut (STS 23)

1952 – Amy Tan, American novelist

1953 – Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)

1954 – Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)

1954 – Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)

1955 – Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)

1956 – Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist

1956 – George David Low, Cleveland Ohio, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43)

1956 – Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)

1956 – Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate

1958 – Helen Fielding, English writer

1960 – Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York

1961 – Andy Wallace, English race car driver

1962 – Hana Mandlikova, Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis player (1985 US Open)

1963 – Seal, English vocalist/songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose)

1966 – Justine Bateman, Rye NY, actress (Mallory-Family Ties, Satisfaction)

1966 – Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)

1967 – Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)

1968 – Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)

1969 – Burton C. Bell, American vocalist

1972 – Francine, American professional wrestler

1975 – Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder

1977 – Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)

1978 – Immortal Technique, American rapper

1979 – Mariska, Finnish rapper

1981 – Gil Reyes, American boxer

1985 – Haylie Duff, American singer/actress

1986 – Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver

1986 – Reon Kadena, Japanese model/actress

1993 – Victoria Justice, American Actress (The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, Lola Martinez in Nickelodeon show Zoey 101)

Deaths

197 – D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle

440 – Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian monk, theologian and linguist (b. 361/362)

1133 – Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)

1260 – Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies

1401 – William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London

1414 – Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies

1545 – Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], calvinist minister, burned to death

1553 – Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician, dies at 41

1602 – Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)

1620 – Roemer P Visscher, poet, buried in Amsterdam

1672 – Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)

1709 – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)

1799 – Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (b. 1733)

1864 – William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brig-general, dies

1873 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1837)

1875 – Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76

1897 – Karl T Weierstrass, German mathematician, dies at 81

1942 – Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)

1962 – Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)

1967 – Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies

1972 – John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)

1972 – Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)

1980 – Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC-Whole Lotta Rosie), dies at 33

1988 – André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)

1991 – Peggy Mondo, actress (Who’s Minding the Store), dies at 50

1995 – Ian Ball, photographer, dies at 80

1997 – Deng Xiaoping, head (Chinese Communist Party), dies at 92

1997 – Leo Rosten, writer/humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88

1998 – Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84

1999 – Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)

2001 – Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)

2003 – Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)

2009 – Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)

2010 – Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)

2012 – John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92

2012 – Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

3102 BC – Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.

1129 – Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II

1268 – The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakovor.

1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.

1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London.

1503 – Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)

1536 – France & Turkey sign milt/trade agreement against King Karel

1563 – Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots gen Francois De Guise

1678 – John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published

1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa

1735 – 1st opera performed in America, “Flora,” in Charleston, SC

1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Inverness Scotland

1804 – 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered

1814 – The Battle of Montereau occurs.

1828 – More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar

1839 – Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)

1841 – 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11

1849 – 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)

1856 – The American Party (Know-Nothings) convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

1857 – Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo

1861 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala

1865 – Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC occupied by Federals

1865 – Evacuation of Charleston, SC

1865 – Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC

1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

1884 – General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum

1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” published

1899 – 80°F in SF

 

 

 

1900 – Battle at Paardeberg1,270 British killed/injured

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.

1909 – Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

1915 – Germany begins a blockade of England

1921 – British troops occupy Dublin

1929 – The first Academy Awards are announced.

1930 – US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

1932 – Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women’s figure skating title

1942 – Japanese troop land on Bali

1943 – Munich resistance group “White Rose” captured by Nazis

1944 – Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested

1947 – 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin Pa

1952 – 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca wins

1953 – “Bwana Devil,” the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York

1960 – 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, Colo

1960 – Walter O’Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000

1965 – 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, BC

1965 – Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting

1967 – Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17’3″

1968 – 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin

1968 – 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France

1969 – PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland

1970 – Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot

1972 – California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty

1977 – Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on it’s maiden flight

1978 – 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii

1979 – -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)

1979 – Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

1979 – Miniseries “Roots: Next Generations” premieres on ABC TV

1979 – Snow falls in Sahara Desert

1980 – Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins Canada’s elections

1988 – Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1994 – Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)

1996 – Daytona 500 race

2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

2003 – Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.

2004 – Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.

2012 – Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint

 

 

 

Births

1374 – Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399)

1404 – Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Della Pittura)

1486 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, bhakti yoga developer

1516 – Mary I Tudor, [Bloody Mary], Greenwich, queen of England (1553-58)

 

 

 

1530 – Uesugi KenshinJapanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578)

 

 

 

 

 

1602 – Per Brahe (the younger), Swedish soldier (d. 1680)

1677 – Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (rings of Saturn)

1745 – Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Gerolamo Umberto Volta, Como, Italy, physicist and inventor (battery)

1795 – George Peabody, South Danvers Mass, merchant/philanthropist

1805 – Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough, Rear Admiral (Union Navy)

1817 – Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1817 – Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1892

1829 – Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1833 – James Deshler, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1838 – Ernst Mach, Chirlitz-Turas Austria, physicist/philosopher/psychologist

1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker (stained glass windows)

 

 

 

1853 – August Belmont Jrbreeder (Man ‘O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1857 – Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor

1871 – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)

1875 – Walter Andrae, German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)

1889 – Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)

1890 – Adolphe Menjou, Pittsburgh, actor (Front Page, Star is Born)

1892 – Wendell Wilkie, American Presidential candidate (R-1940)/author (One World). Died 1944

1895 – George “The Gipper” Gipp, football star (Notre Dame)

1895 – Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II)

1897 – Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)

1898 – Enzo Ferrari, racing car manufacturer, Modena

1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)

1914 – Pee Wee King, Milwaukee Wisc, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song)

1920 – Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)

1920 – Jack Palance, [Walter Palanuik], Lattimer Pa, actor (City Slickers)

1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, Portland Maine, US author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, (d. 2012)

1923 – Allan Melvin, KC Mo, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family)

1925 – George Kennedy, NYC, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight)

1926 – Harry “Little” Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat, Homer & Eddie)

1928 – Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)

 

 

 

1929 – Leonard Cyril DeightonEnglish author (Ipcress FileFighter)

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Theodore C Freeman, Haverford Penn, capt USAF/astronaut

1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist

1931 – Johnny Hart, cartoonist

1931 – Maxwell Thurman, US General

1931 – Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)

1931 – Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)

1932 – Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus)

1935 – Michel Aoun, Lebanese prime minister

1936 – Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher

1936 – Jean Auel, American writer

1938 – Manny Mota, baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers)

1938 – István Szabó, Hungarian film director

1939 – Claude Ake, political scientist

1941 – David Blue, [Cohen], Providence RI, rocker (Cupid’s Arrow)

 

 

 

1941 – Irma Thomas, [Lee], US vocalist (It’s Raining)

 

VIDEOS

1947 – Carlos A Lopes, Portugal, marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1947 – Dennis De Young, Chicago Il, vocalist (Styx-Its Raining Again)

1948 – Sinead Cusack, Ireland, actress (Waterland, Revenge)

1948 – Ketih Knudsen, Ames IA, rocker (Doobie Brothers)

1949 – Gary Ridgway, American serial killer

1950 – Cybill Shepherd, Memphis Tn, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show)

1950 – John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller)

1952 – Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], Virginia, vocalist (Angel of the Morning)

1953 – Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It’s Way)

1953 – Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)

1953 – Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)

1954 – John Travolta, Englewood NJ, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Pulp Fiction)

1957 – Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)

1957 – Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)

1958 – Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-silver-1988)

1960 – Greta Scacchi, Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)

1962 – Julie Strain, Concord California, actress (Witchcraft IV)

1964 – Matt Dillon, New Rochelle NY, actor (Flamingo Kid, Tex, Kansas)

1965 – Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], Compton, California, American rapper and record producer

1967 – Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)

1967 – Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka

1968 – Molly Ringwald, Roseville California, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)

1975 – Scott Tucker, Birmingham Ala, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)

1976 – Leilani Munter, American race car driver

1977 – Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter

1979 – Julia Greville, Perth Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1980 – Alison Rachel Fitch, Hamilton NZ, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer

 

 

Deaths

806 – Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 730)

814 – Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne

901 – Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician (b. 826)

 

 

 

1294 – Kublai KhanMongol Emperor (b. 1215)

 

 

 

 

 

1478 – Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine

1546 – Martin Luther, biblical scholar/religious reformer, dies at 62

1587 – Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44 [OS=Feb 8]

1743 – Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)

1748 – Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)

1788 – John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (b. 1713)

1817 – Giacomo Quarenghi, master builder (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72

1842 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)

1851 – Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician (b. 1804)

1878 – Peter D Regout, industrialist (Sphinx, Maastricht), dies at 76

1899 – M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56

1902 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American founder of Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)

1933 – James Corbett, (Gentleman Jim), heavyweight box champ (1892-97), dies

1955 – Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)

1963 – Monte Blue, silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73

1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)

1967 – Robert J Oppenheimer, creator of atomic bomb, dies at 62

1973 – Frank Costello, US gangster, dies at 82

1977 – Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy’s Gang), dies at 71

 

 

 

1981 – John Knudsen NorthropAmerican aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – Willy Alberti, [Carel Verbruggen], Dutch singer, dies at 58

1994 – Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76

1995 – Denny Cordel, rock music producer-Laverack, dies at 51

1995 – Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist, dies at 82

1995 – Yank Lawson, US jazz trumpeteer (Stormy weather), dies at 84

1995 – Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b.1959)

1999 – Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)

2001 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1951)

 

 

 

2003 – Isser HarelIsraeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)

 

 

 

 

 

2010 – John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1370 – Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania

1500 – Battle of Hemmingstedt.

1568 – Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace

1598 – Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia

1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.

1621 – Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony

1634 – William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing “Histrio-masti

1691 – Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service

1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published

1791 – Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)

1801 – House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr

1814 – Battle of Mormans.

1817 – 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)

1818 – Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents “draisine” (early bicycle)

 

 

 

1864 – Confederate sub “HL Hunley” sinks Union ship “Housatonic

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – -18] Battle of Charleston SC

 

 

 

1865 – Columbia SC burns down during Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

1867 – 1st ship passes through Suez Canal

1870 – Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War

1876 – Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)

1878 – 1st telephone exchange in SF opens with 18 phones

1880 – Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt

1911 – 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)

1913 – 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)

1913 – NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public

1915 – Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded

1924 – Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)

1926 – Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die

1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published

1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition

1934 – 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)

1936 – -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)

1936 – The world’s first superhero, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in comics.

1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)

1940 – British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1943 – NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US army

1944 – Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22

1944 – US begins night bombing of Truk

1947 – Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR

1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel

1949 – Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris

1950 – 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY

1953 – Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea

1955 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US

1956 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA

1956 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA

1957 – Fire in Warreton Mo, kills 72

1957 – Suez Canal reopens

1957 – A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.

1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears

1959 – 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg

1962 – Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit “Surfin”

1962 – Storm in Hamburg, kills 265

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis

1964 – US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights

1964 – US Supreme court rules – 1 man 1 vote (Westberry v Sanders)

1965 – US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures

1966 – French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit

1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” & “Strawberry Fields”

1967 – Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit

1968 – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens

1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister

1970 – Joni Mitchell’s final concert (Royal Albert Hall)

1972 – British Parliament votes to join European Common Market

1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.

1974 – 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt

1974 – Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.

1979 – China invades Vietnam

1979 – Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)

1979 – The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.

1980 – Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)

1981 – Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history

1985 – 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents

1985 – 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)

1985 – Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita

1986 – Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs

1988 – Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins

1989 – 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone “hole”

1989 – Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract

1991 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

1993 – Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die

1993 – Mark Foster swims world record 50m free style (21.60 sec)

1995 – Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the LIRR in NY

1997 – Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif

 

 

 

1998 – Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder

 

 

 

 

 

1998 – Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax

2006 – A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.

2012 – The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal

2012 – Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece

 

 

Births

1444 – Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist

1490 – Charles de Bourbon, officer/governor (Lombardy)

1519 – Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)

1646 – Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (d. 1714)

1699 – Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect (Sanssouci)

1718 – Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)

1723 – Tobias Mayer, “method of lunars” for longitude determination

1740 – Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist

1754 – Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (d. 1803)

1758 – John Pinkerton, Scottish historian

1774 – Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)

1781 – René-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope)

1796 – Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)

1804 – Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1883

1816 – Haller Nutt, Southern Plantation owner (d. 1864)

 

 

 

1824 – William Farrar “Baldy” Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1903

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1902

1844 – A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)

1854 – Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer

1855 – Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)

1864 – Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)

1864 – Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)

1867 – William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer (Cadbury)

1874 – Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)

1877 – Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)

1877 – André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)

1882 – Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor (Story of Esther, Mark of Zorro)

1888 – Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)

1889 – H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire

1904 – Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)

1910 – Ai Qing, poet

1911 – Arthur Hunnicutt, Gravelly AR, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising)

1914 – Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Mass, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place)

1914 – [Bert de] Wayne Morris, LA California, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory)

1916 – Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)

1917 – Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)

1919 – Jock Mahoney, Chicago, actor (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury)

1919 – Kathleen Freeman, Chicago Ill, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)

1922 – Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It’s All in the Game)

1922 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)

1923 – Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (Pres of World Bank)

1924 – Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist

1924 – Gevork Vartanian, Iran, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), (d. 2012)

1925 – Hal Holbrook, Cleveland, actor (All the President’s Men, Mark Twain)

1929 – Chaim Potok, NYC, novelist (Promise)

1930 – Ruth Rendell, English writer

1932 – Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)

1934 – Alan Bates, Allestree Engld, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)

1934 – Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)

1936 – Jim Brown, Ga, NFL full back (Cleveland Browns)/actor (Dirty Dozen)

1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, Biloxi Ms, Miss America-1959/actr (Diff’rent Strokes)

1941 – Gene Pitney, Hartford Ct, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity)

1941 – Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1960)

1942 – Huey Newton, Black Panther leader

1945 – Brenda Fricker, Dublin Ireland, actress (My Left Foot)

1946 – Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1947 – Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hartman!)

1950 – Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)

1952 – Guillermo Vilas, tennis player (1977 US Open)

1953 – Janice Dickinson, Bkln NY, model (Vogue)

1954 – Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)

1958 – Karen Lende O’Connor, Concord Ma, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96)

1959 – Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)

1959 – Richard Karn, Seattle WA, actor (Al-Home Improvement)

1961 – Deb[ra] Richardson, Minneapolis MN, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)

1962 – Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)

1963 – Michael Jordan, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar

1963 – Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian

1965 – Michael Bay, American film director

1966 – Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)

1968 – Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1968 – Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)

 

 

 

1970 – Tommy MoeAnchorage Alaskanordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994)

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Denise Richards, American actress

1972 – Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day)

1972 – Stephen Robinson, Arlington Va, rower (Olympics-1996)

1972 – Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics-96)

1974 – Valeria Mazza, Rosario Argentina, model (Cosmo-July 1995)

1974 – Kaoru, Japanese musician

1974 – Bryan White, American singer

1975 – Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)

1975 – Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress

1976 – Kelly Carlson, American actress

1978 – Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim

1980 – Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)

1980 – Jason Ritter, American actor

1981 – Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)

1981 – Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1981 – Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress

1982 – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor (Tommy Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)

1984 – Kenta Kamakari, Japanese actor and seiyuu

1986 – Sandra Nilsson, Swedish model

1988 – Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim

 

 

Deaths

364 – Jovian (Flavius Jovianus), Christian emperor of Rome (363-64), dies at about 32

440 – St. Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian theologian and linguist

956 – Hugo the Great, earl of Paris/duke of Francia, dies at about 55

1339 – Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)

1371 – Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria

1596 – Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)

1600 – Giordano Bruno, advocate of Copernican theory, burned at stake

1612 – Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartoonist/mathematician, dies at 48

1624 – Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)

1673 – Molière, [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies. (b. 1622)

1688 – Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian

1780 – Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (b. 1706)

1856 – Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris

1874 – [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77

1883 – Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)

1890 – Christopher Sholes, American inventor (b. 1819)

1905 – Serge Alexandrovich, gov-gen Moscow, murdered

 

 

 

1909 – Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chiefdies at 79

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Lawrence Oates, British explorer (Antarctica), dies

1934 – Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)

1959 – Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL’s NY Giants, dies

1980 – Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes), dies at 57

1982 – Lee Strasberg, acting coach/actor (And Justice for All), dies at 81

 

 

 

1982 – Thelonious MonkAmerican jazz pianist and composerdies at 64

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1986 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90

1990 – Keith Haring, US graffiti-artist, dies at 31

1993 – Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed

1995 – Uta Graf, singer/teacher, dies at 80

1997 – Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter

2006 – Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)

2006 – Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)

2007 – Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

374 – 9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

600 – Pope Gregory the Great decreea saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze

1249 – Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols.

1486 – Diet of Frankfort

1512 – Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen

1559 – Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy

 

 

 

1646 – Battle of Great Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

1659 – 1st known check (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)

1677 – Earl of Shaftesbury arrested/confined in London Tower

1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing

1760 – Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC

1771 – Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy

1777 – Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)

 

 

 

1804 – Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate “Philadelphia” after pirates seized it

 

 

 

 

 

1824 – Athenaeum founded

1840 – American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

1846 – Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

 

 

 

1862 – Ft Donelson captured by Gen Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Mobile, AL – operations by Union Army

1868 – Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)

1878 – Silver dollar became US legal tender

1880 – American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)

1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing

1903 – -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)

1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)

1913 – President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico

1914 – 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)

1917 – 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid

1923 – Howard Carter finds Pharaoh Tutankhamen

1923 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

1923 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

1932 – 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree

1934 – Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.

1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers

1938 – US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized

1940 – British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway

1943 – -32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)

1943 – Red army conquers Kharkov

1943 – World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.

 

 

 

1945 – US forces land on Corregidorcomplete conquest on March 3

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct

1948 – Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time

1950 – Longest-running prime-time game show, “What’s My Line” begins on CBS

1951 – NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing

1951 – SF City Hall dome fire

1952 – Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

1956 – Britain abolishes death penalty

1959 – Fidel Castro named himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista

1960 – US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip

1961 – 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va

1961 – China uses it’s 1st nuclear reactor

1961 – US satellite Explorer 9 is launched

1963 – 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)

1963 – Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me”

1965 – Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors

1968 – Country’s 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala

1968 – Elvis Presley receives gold record for “How Great Thou Art”

1970 – Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1972 – 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games

1972 – German mass murderers “Three of Breda” freed

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

1978 – 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy’s CBBS, Chicago)

 

 

 

1980 – Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France

 

 

 

 

 

1980 – Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)

1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia’s worst ever fires.

1984 – Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold

1985 – Livingston Bramble defeats Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini to win WBA champ

1985 – NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds

1985 – The founding of Hezbollah.

1986 – French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad

1987 – John Demjanjuk, accused of being “Ivan the Terrible” trial begins

1988 – 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador

1989 – Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract

1989 – Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract

1991 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

1992 – Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue

1992 – LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform

1994 – 6.5 earthquake strikes SE Sumatra, kills 200

1997 – At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history

1999 – O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

1999 – Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.

2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

Births

1032 – Emperor Yingzong of China (d. 1067)

1075 – Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet

1222 – Nichiren, Japan, Buddhist priest/saint

1497 – Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)

1519 – Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader/French admiral

1543 – Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (d. 1590)

1698 – Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (heliometer)

1727 – Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (d. 1817)

1761 – Charles Pichegru, French general (d. 1804)

1807 – Lysander Cutler, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1866

1813 – Joseph Reid Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) died in 1892

1821 – Heinrich Barth, Hamburg Germany, geographer/explorer (Central Africa)

1822 – James Patton Anderson, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1872

1823 – John Daniel Imboden, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1895

1824 – Peter Kozler, Slovenian cartographer and geographer (d. 1879)

 

 

 

1838 – Henry AdamsBoston Masshistorianwriter (Education of Henry Adams)

 

 

 

 

 

1848 – Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist (How species emerge)

1856 – Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (d. 1944)

1858 – Laurence “Lon” Myers, US, track star (top US miler)

1866 – Johann Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King)

1876 – George Macauley Trevelyan, England, historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi)

1884 – Robert Flaherty, Mich, father of documentary film (Nanook of North)

1891 – Hans F. K. Günther, German eugenicist (d. 1967)

1903 – Edgar Bergen, Chicago, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy)

1904 – George F Kennan, Milwaukee Wisc, US ambassador (to Moscow)

1909 – Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver)

1909 – Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)

1920 – Patty Andrews, Minneapolis MN, vocalist (Andrews Sisters)

 

 

 

1920 – Anna Mae HaysAmerican army general

 

 

 

 

 

1921 – Jean Behra, auto racer

1921 – Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], Norwood, Ohio, American actress/dancer (Wonder Man)

1925 – Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master (d. 2004)

1926 – Jack Levy, mechanical engineer

1926 – John Schlesinger, film director, (Midnight Cowboy)

1935 – Brian Bedford, England, actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue)

1935 – Sonny Bono, Detroit, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98)

1936 – Jill Kinmont, American skier

1937 – Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut

1938 – Barry Primus, NYC, actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha)

1941 – Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic-silver-1972)

1942 – Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]

1946 – Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1972)

1950 – William Katt, LA California, actor (Greatest American Hero, 1st Love)

1953 – Roberta Williams, computer game designer

 

 

 

1954 – Iain BanksUKsci-fi author (Wasp Factory)

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Margaux Hemingway, Portland Or, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce)

1955 – Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)

1956 – James Ingram, vocalist (On the Wings of Love)

1957 – LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)

1958 – Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], Newark, New Jersey, American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six)

 

 

 

1958 – Lisa Loringactress (As the World TurnsWednesday-Addams Family)

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – John McEnroe, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)

1961 – Andy Taylor, Engld, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)

1962 – Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)

1965 – Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)

1966 – Eric Uptagrafft, Spokane Wash, prone rifle (Olympics-1996)

1969 – Claude Lambert, Montreal Quebec, boxer (Olympics-96)

1969 – Fermin Cacho, Barcelona Spain, 1500m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)

1970 – Saskia Linssen, Venlo Holland, playmate (Jun, 1991)

1970 – D.J. Wallis, American fitness competitor

1973 – Cathy Freeman, Mackay Aust, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-silver-92, 96)

1974 – Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)

 

 

 

1975 – Vanina IckxBelgian racing driver

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)

1978 – Caroline Hunt, Chic Ill, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)

1979 – Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer

1981 – Jay Howard, British racing driver

Deaths

309 – Pamphilus van Caesarea, Palestinian scholar/martyr, beheaded

923 – Abu Dja’far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari, islamic historian, dies at 83

1247 – Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia (b. 1204)

1279 – Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), dies

1391 – Johannes V Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantium (1341-91), dies

1531 – Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)

1653 – Johannes Schultz, composer, dies at 70

1754 – Richard Mead, physician, dies

1779 – William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies

1791 – Richard earl d’Alton, Austria general of S Neth, commits suicide at 58

1820 – Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (b. 1758).

 

 

 

1834 – Lionel Lukinlife boat pioneerdies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1844 – Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1792)

1857 – Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37

1892 – Henry Walter Bates, naturalist/explorer (South America), dies

1900 – George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle

1912 – Edgar Evans, British explorer (Antarctica), dies

1919 – Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)

1928 – Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)

1966 – Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81

1967 – Smiley Burnette, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction), dies at 55

 

 

 

1974 – John C GarandCanadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)

 

Commence Firing – John Garand

A Brief History Of The Development Of The M1 Garand

 

 

 

 

1978 – E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)

1979 – Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed

1980 – Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)

1991 – Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra’s, dies

1992 – Abbas Musawi, leader of Hezbollah, assassinated

1995 – John Everett Allen, US businessman, dies at 91

1996 – Edmund G “Pat” Brown, politician, dies at 90

1996 – Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62

 

 

 

1996 – Walter Brown “Brownie” McGheeAmerican blues singer/guitaristdies at 80

 

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1997 – Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)

2000 – Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)

2000 – Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)

2001 – Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)

2001 – William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)

2006 – Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)

2012 – Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43

2012 – Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

399 – Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death

590 – Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia

732 – Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher disputes founder of Northern Ch’an line

1145 – Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III

1539 – Emperor Charles receives Cardinal Pole in Toledo

1689 – German Parliament declares war on France

1768 – 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia

1804 – New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery

1842 – 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC

1851 – Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave

1862 – Grant’s major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee

1869 – Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

1876 – Historic Elm at Boston blown down

1882 – 1st cargo of frozen meat leaves NZ for Britain, on SS Dunedin

1895 – 23 cm (9″) of snow falls on New Orleans

1898 – USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die

1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom

1905 – 1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark)

1910 – The Boy Scouts of America is founded.

1912 – Fram reaches latitude 78° 41′ S, farthest south ever by ship

1918 – 1st WW I US army troop ship torpedoed & sunk by Germany, off Ireland

1919 – American Legion organizes in Paris

1922 – Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

1931 – 1st Dracula movie released

1932 – 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY

1932 – George Burns & Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “Guy Lombardo Show”

1932 – US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)

1933 – Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt

1936 – -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

1936 – Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)

1936 – Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold

 

 

 

1939 – German battleship Bismarck was launched

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – Duke Ellington 1st records “Take the A Train”

1942 – German U-boat shells at Antillian oil refinery

1942 – Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra

1942 – Singapore surrenders to Japanese

1944 – 891 British bombers attack Berlin

1944 – Bombing & shooting at Monte Cassino convent Italy, begins

1946 – Bank of England nationalized

1950 – Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released

1954 – 1st bevatron in operation-Berkeley, California

1955 – 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced

1957 – Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister

1958 – Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA

1961 – Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash

1963 – 1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)

1964 – Beatles’ “Meet the Beatles!,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks

1964 – Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

1965 – Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf

1967 – 1st anti-bootleg recording laws enacted

1967 – Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23)

1971 – After 1,200 years Britain abandons 12-shilling system for decimal

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

1976 – 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria

1978 – Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla

1978 – Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1980 – Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec

1981 – Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, NY

 

 

 

1982 – Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland84 die

 

 

 

 

 

1984 – 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq

1985 – World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23

1986 – Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election

1987 – ABC-TV begins broadcasting “Amerika” mini-series

1989 – Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt

1989 – Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends

1991 – Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die

1992 – Jeffrey Dahmer found sane & guilty of killing 15 boys

1993 – Bomb strike on mafia drug lords in Bogota , Colombia; kills 14

1993 – Katie Elizabeth Hillyard was born, famous English young composer of the year 2007.England

1995 – Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17

1995 – Population of People’s Republic of China hits 1.2 billion

1996 – Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.

1997 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski

1997 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge

2001 – First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature

2002 – At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium’s property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.

2003 – An estimated eleven million people around the world take to the streets to protest against the looming war with Iraq

2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.

2012 – United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%

2012 – Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358

 

 

 

Births

1368 – Sigismund, Nornberg Germany, Holy Roman emperor (1410-37)

1458 – Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (d. 1490)

1471 – Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)

1483 – Babur, founder of Mughal dynasty in India (1526-30

1519 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles, explorer (found St Augustine Florida)

1524 – Charles de Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Pisa Italy, astronomer/physicist

1620 – Francois Charpentier, French scholar/archaeologist

1666 – Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist (eardrums, glottis)

1705 – Charles A Vanloo, French painter

 

 

 

1726 – Abraham Clarkfarmer/lawyersigned Declaration of Independence

 

 

 

 

 

1739 – Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect (d. 1813)

 

 

 

1748 – Jeremy BenthamLondon England philosopher/originator (Utilitarian)

 

 

 

 

 

1795 – Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general (10 day campaign)

1797 – Henry Engelhard Steinway, piano maker (Steinway)

1800 – Frederik W Conrad, Dutch hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer

1803 – John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)

 

 

 

1809 – Cyrus Hall McCormickinventor (Mechanical reaper)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 – André Dumont, Belgian geologist (d. 1857)

1812 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, Killingly Ct, jeweler (Tiffany)

1820 – Susan Brownell Anthony, Adams Mass, woman’s suffragette

1823 – Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli Canton

1826 – George J Stoney, Irish physicist

1834 – William Preece, English electrical engineer/wireless pioneer

1835 – Alexander Stuart Webb, Major General (Union Army), died in 1911

1845 – Elihu Root, (R)/US Sec of State (1905-09)/Nobel Peace Prize (1912)

1858 – William Pickering, Boston, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn)

1861 – Alfred North Whitehead, Engl mathematician/philosopher (Adv of Ideas)

1874 – Ernest H Shackleton, Kilkee Ireland, explorer (Endurance, Antarctica)

1877 – Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)

1882 – John Barrymore, [Blythe], Phila, actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde)

1883 – Sax Rohmer (real name Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward), English author of Dr Fu Manchu novels (d. 1959)

1892 – James Forrestal, US, banker/minister of Navy

1899 – Lillian Disney, Mrs Walt Disney

1901 – Andre Parrot, French archaeologist/theologist (Assur)

1905 – Harold Arlen, [Hyman Arluck], US, composer (Over the Rainbow)

1906 – Stephen Brown, CEO (Stone-Platt Industries)

1907 – Cesar Romero, NYC, actor (Joker-Batman, Ocean’s 11, Thin Man)

1913 – Willy Vandersteen, Belgian cartoonist (Suske & Wiske)

1913 – Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)

1914 – Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher

1916 – Ian Ballantine, publisher (Ballantine Books)

1918 – Alan Arbus, NYC, actor (Dr Sidney Freedman-M*A*S*H)

1923 – Yelena Bonner, Moscow, soviet disident/wife of Andre Sakharov

1927 – Harvey Korman, Chicago, actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles)

 

 

 

1929 – Graham HillLondonauto racer (196268 international racing champ)

 

 

 

 

 

1929 – James Schlesinger, US Secretary of Defense (1973-75)

1931 – [Patricia] Claire Bloom, London, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger)

1932 – Adrian Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)

1933 – Adolfo, Cardones Cuba, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)

1934 – Niklaus Wirth, Switzerland, computer programmer/inventor (PASCAL)

1935 – Roger B Chaffee, Grand Rapids Michigan, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

1935 – Susan Brownmiller, Brooklyn, feminist author (Against Our Wills)

1939 – Jo Clayton, US, sci-fi author (Irsud, Maeve, Star Hunters)

1939 – Tony Bloom, deputy CEO (Sketchley)

1939 – Robert Hansen, American serial killer

1941 – Brian Holland, US pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

1944 – Aleksandr A Serebrov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17)

1944 – Mick Avory, rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)

1945 – John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)

1945 – Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer

1947 – Marisa Berenson, NYC, actress (Barry Lyndon, Death in Vienna, SOB)

1947 – Rusty Hamer, Tenafly NJ, actor (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy)

1948 – Ron “Penguin” Cey, Tacoma Wash, 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers)

1948 – Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist

1949 – Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)

1950 – Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani

1950 – Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut

 

 

 

1951 – Jane Seymour, [Joyce Frankenberg], Englandactress (Dr Quinn)

 

 

 

 

 

1951 – Melissa Manchester, Bronx NY, vocalist (Don’t Cry Out Loud)

1954 – Matt Groening, cartoonist (Life in Hell, Simpsons)

1955 – Bev Francis, Australia, world women’s power-lifting champion

1955 – Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel

1956 – Hilda Beatriz “Hildita” Guevara, Cuba, daughter of “Che” Guevara

1956 – Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)

1957 – Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver

1959 – Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1960 – Mikey Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)

1964 – Chris Farley, actor (SNL, Wayne’s World, Coneheads)

1970 – Gloria Trevi, Mexico, spanish vocalist (A Gatas)

1970 – Nathaniel Mills, Evanston Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)

1971 – Jim Butler, Iowa City Iowa, table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96)

1971 – Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer

1973 – Amy Van Dyken, 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Oly-2 g-96)

 

 

 

1974 – Seattle SlewAmerican racehorse (d. 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

1974 – Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver

1975 – Brendon Small, American comedian and animator

1976 – Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)

1976 – Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)

1977 – Brooks Wackerman, American musician (Bad Religion)

1978 – Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)

1978 – Tuan Le, American poker player

1979 – Gordon Shedden, Scottish Race Car Driver

1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)

1981 – Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)

1981 – Jenna Morasca, American model

 

 

Deaths

1043 – Gisela, wife of RC-German emperor Conrad II the Salier, dies at 52

1145 – Lucius II, [Gherardo Caccianemici], Italian Pope (1144-45), dies

1152 – Konrad III, Roman-German King (1138-1152), dies at about 58

1600 – Jose the Acosta, Spanish missionary (Peru), dies at 59(?)

1637 – Ferdinand II, King of Bohemia/Hun/German Emperor (1619-37), dies at 58

1660 – Klaas Geritsz Compaen, Dutch buccaneer/merchant, dies at 72

1680 – Jan Swammerdam, Dutch anatomist/entomologist (Bible of Nature), dies at 43

1744 – John Hadley, inventor (sextant), dies

 

 

 

1820 – William ElleryUS attorney (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 92

 

 

 

 

 

1831 – Henry Maudslay, inventor (metal lathe), dies

1841 – Sibrand Acker Stratingh, Dutch dr/chemist (electrical car), dies at 53

1847 – Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1794)

1848 – Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)

1849 – Pierre F Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44

1864 – Israel Zangwill, writer/Zionist/philanthropist, dies

1905 – Lewis Wallace, US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77

1928 – Hubert H Asquith, premier Great-Britain (1908-16), dies at 75

1933 – Anton J Cermak, (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami

1959 – Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69

1961 – Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies

 

 

 

1965 – Nat King Colesinger (UnforgettableMona Lisa), dies at 49

 

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1968 – Little WalterBluesman,harp player dies at 37

 

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1973 – Wally Cox, actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies at 48

1975 – Julian Huxley, biologist, dies

1979 – Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Teheran, executed

 

 

 

1981 – Mike Bloomfieldrocker (Electric Flag), dies of drug overdose at 36

 

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1984 – Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76

1984 – Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists

1988 – Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91

1988 – Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83

1988 – Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78

1988 – Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69

1993 – George Wallington, [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies

1995 – Francis Taylor, builder, dies at 90

1995 – Nabila Diahnine, Algerian architect/feminist, murdered at 33

1996 – McLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), dies at 66

1996 – Tommy Rettig, actor (Lassie)/computer programmer (Clipper), dies at 54

 

 

 

1998 – Martha Gelhornfemale war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89

 

 

 

 

 

1999 – Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)

1999 – Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)

2002 – Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

2002 – Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)

2008 – Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)

2008 – Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

842 – Charles II & Louis the German sign treaty

1009 – First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.

1014 – Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II, Roman German emperor

1076 – Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Henry IV

1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II

1540 – Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels

1630 – Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco Brazil

1689 – English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne

1778 – “Stars & Stripes” arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)

1803 – Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.

1804 – Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.

1831 – Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.

1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken ( by Matthew Brady).

1855 – Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.

1859 – Oregon admitted as 33rd state

 

 

 

1862 – USS Galena1st US iron-clad warship for service at sealaunched, Conn

 

 

 

 

 

1876 – A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor

1889 – 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east

1894 – Venus is both a morning star & evening star

1899 – US Congress begins using voting machines

1903 – US Dept of Commerce & Labor forms

1907 – 1st US fox hound association forms in NYC

1912 – 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Ct

1912 – Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state

1919 – United Parcel Service forms

1919 – The Polish-Soviet War begins.

1920 – League of Women Voters forms in Chicago

1924 – IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson

 

 

 

1929 – St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago7 gangsters killed

 

 

 

 

 

1939 – Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind

1940 – British merchant vessel fleet is armed

1941 – 1,000,000th vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel

1941 – German Africa Corps lands in Tripoli, Libya

1942 – Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.

1943 – World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.

1944 – Carl Wick publishes “Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing

 

 

 

1945 – 8th Air Force bombs (Firebombing OfDresden

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – Bank of England nationalized

1949 – 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)

1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

1959 – $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC

1961 – Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif

1962 – 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV

1963 – US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

1967 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect”

1971 – Movie “Ben Hur” 1st shown on television

1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

1978 – 1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments

1979 – In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.

1980 – 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY

1980 – US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares

1981 – Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people

1985 – Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut

1988 – Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay

1988 – Bobby Allison at 50 becomes oldest driver to win Daytona 500

1989 – African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

1989 – Khomeini orders Moslems to murder “Satanic Verses” novelist Rushdie

1989 – Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster

1989 – World’s 1st satellite Skyphone opens

1989- The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.

1990 – Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some

1990 – Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system

1992 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)

1993 – Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79

1994 – Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

1994 – Andrei Chikatilo, a Russian serial killer is executed by shooting.

1998 – Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.

2000 – The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

2004 – In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.

2005 – Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.

2005 – Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines’ Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.

2008 – Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.

2011 – The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.

 

 

 

Births

1468 – Johann Werner, German mathematician (d. 1522)

1483 – Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah, prince/founder Mogols-dynasty

1487 – Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht/Worms/Freising

1546 – Johann Pistorius, German theologist/historian

1602 – Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer

1680 – John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor (d. 1737)

1692 – Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (d. 1754)

1760 – Richard Allen, Phila, 1st black ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church

1763 – Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (d. 1813)

 

 

 

1766 – Thomas MalthusEnglandpopulation expert (Law of Malthus)

 

 

 

 

 

1813 – John McNeil, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1891

1819 – James Green Martin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1878

1819 – Christopher Sholes, Mooresburg Penn, newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter

1824 – Winfield Scott Hancock, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1829 – Alfred Iverson Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1911

1838 – Margaret Knight, inventor, “the female Thomas Edison”

1845 – Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866)

 

 

 

1846 – Julian ScottAmerican artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. (d. 1901)

 

SCOTT, JULIAN A. Photo

 

 

 

 

1847 – Anna Howard Shaw, US, suffragette

1848 – Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)

1859 – George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor (Ferris Wheel)

1884 – Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1952)

1892 – Radola Gajda, Czech military commander (d. 1948)

 

 

 

1894 – Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan Ill, “Oh! Rochester!”( see UE 12/26 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (super nova)

1902 – Thelma Ritter, American actress (d. 1969)

1904 – Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer

1913 – Woody Hayes, [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of the year)

1913 – Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975

1913 – Mel Allen, Birmingham Alabama, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees)

1916 – Edward Platt, Staten Island NY, actor (Chief-Get Smart)

1916 – Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)

1916 – Marcel Bigeard, French general

1917 – Herbert A Hauptman, NYC, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985)

1921 – Hugh Downs, Akron Oh, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration)

 

 

 

1921 – Skeezix, of “Gasoline Alley” discovered on Wallets’ doorstep

 

 

 

 

 

 

1922 – Murray the K, American impresario and disk jockey (d. 1982)

1926 – John Clark, CEO (Plessey Company)

1927 – Lois Maxwell, Kitchener Ontario, actress (Miss Moneypenny)

1929 – Vic Morrow, American actor (d. 1982)

1934 – Florence Henderson, Dale Ind, actress/singer (Carol-Brady Bunch)

1934 – Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Oly-2 bronze-1956)

1936 – Fanne Foxe, [Annabella Battistella], Argentina, (Wilbur Mills affair)

 

 

 

1937 – Magic Sambluesman ,guitarist , singer

 

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1940 – Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)

1942 – Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1962)

1943 – Maceo Parker, US tenor saxophonist (King’s One, Mo’ Roots)

1943 – Aaron Russo, American movie producer (d. 2007)

1944 – Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)

1944 – Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)

1945 – Gregory Hines, NYC, actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps)

1946 – Tim Buckley, Wash DC, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears-When I Die)

1947 – Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )

1948 – … Teller, Phila, magician (Penn & Teller)

1948 – Jackie Martling, “Jackie the Jokeman”, comedian (Howard Stern Show)

1948 – Pat O’Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)

 

 

 

1951 – Michael Doucetsinger/musician (Beausoleil)

 

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1951 – JoJo Starbuck, American ice skate

1956 – Dave Dravecky, pitcher (SF Giants), had arm amputated

1956 – Howard Edward Davis Jr, Glen Cove NY, lw boxer (Olympic-silver-1976)

1956 – Ken Wahl, Chicago IL, actor (Wanderers)

1957 – Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs

1960 – Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)

1960 – Meg Tilly, [Margaret], LA California, actress (Big Chill, Impulse)

1962 – Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist (d. 2002)

1962 – Sakina Jaffrey, Indian actress

1963 – Zach Galligan, NYC, actor (Gremlins)

1966 – Clark Sherwood Dennis, Houston TX, PGA golfer (1990 Hawaiian Open-3rd)

1968 – Jules Asner, American television personality

1970 – Simon Pegg, British comedian and actor

1971 – Lonnie Johnson, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)

1972 – Drew Bledsoe, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)

1972 – Rob Thomas, lead singer of pop band Matchbox Twenty

1972 – Hiroshi, Japanese comedian

1977 – Cadel Evans, Australian cyclist

1977 – Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

1980 – Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress

1985 – Karima Adebibe, Moroccan-English actress and model

1986 – Michael Ammermüller, German racing driver

1988 – Asia Nitollano, American dancer, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner

 

 

 

Deaths

270 – St. Valentine marking Valentines Day (some sources say 269, others 273).

 

 

 

 

 

869 – Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827) Called “apostle of Slavs”

1317 – Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)

1400 – Richard II, king of England (1377-99), murdered at age 33 at Pontefract Castle

 

 

 

1405 – Timur/Tamerlane , [Lame], Mongols monarchdies at about 68

 

 

 

 

 

1528 – Edzard I the Great, count of Austria-E Frisia (1494-1528), dies at 66

1571 – Benvenuto Cellini, Ital sculptor/writer (Perseus), dies at 70

1676 – Abraham Bosse, French engraver and artist

1779 – James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

 

 

 

1780 – William BlackstoneEnglish lawyerdies at 56

 

 

 

 

 

1808 – John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania (b. 1732)

1820 – Charles F, Duke of Berry, murdered at 42

1831 – Vincente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, dies

1870 – St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)

 

 

 

1891 – William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71(see UE 2.8.13 Births)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1894 – Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (b. 1814)

1922 – Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (assassinated) (b. 1880)

1942 – Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)

1943 – David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert Space), dies at 81

1950 – Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80

1950 – Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44

1959 – Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)

1967 – James Schneider, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 85

1969 – Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71

 

 

1975 – Pelham G WodehouseEnglish/US writer (Bertie & Jeeves), dies at 93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1979 – Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered

1983 – Lina Radke, German athlete (b. 1903)

1987 – Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63

1989 – James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)

1991 – John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies

1994 – Gary “BB” Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47

1995 – Patricia Highsmith, writer, dies at 74

1996 – Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90

1999 – John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)

1999 – Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)

2003 – Dolly the sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

2005 – Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)

2007 – Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated film maker. (b. 1943)

2009 – Sir Bernard Ashley, Welsh businessman and entrepreneur. (b. 1926)

2010 – Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (b. 1920)

2011 – Sir George Shearing, Anglo-American jazz pianist (b. 1919)

2012 – Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1130 – Gregorio de’ Papareschi elected as Pope Innocent II

 

 

 

1258 – Baghdad falls to the Mongolsand the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed.

 

 

 

 

 

1349 – Jews are expelled from Burgsordf Switzerland

1503 – Disfida di Barletta – Famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.

1510 – Charles of Gelre conquerors Oldenzaal

1566 – St Augustine, Florida founded

1578 – Tycho Brahe 1st sketches “Tychonic system” of solar system

1601 – John Lancaster leads 1st East India Company voyage from London

1633 – Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun

1689 – British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights

1692 – Massacre of Glencoe : About 78 Macdonalds at Glencoe, Scotland are killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.

1693 – College of William & Mary opens

1706 – Battle at Fraustadt: Swedish army beats Russia/Saksen

1741 – Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)

1777 – de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress

1795 – 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina

1799 – 1st US law regulating insurance passed, by Massachusetts

1809 – French take Saragossa, Spain after a long siege

1816 – -14] Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire

1826 – American Temperance Society, forms in Boston

1832 – 1st appearance of cholera at London

1837 – Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour

1858 – Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa

1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared president

1861 – Col Bernard Irwin attacks & defeats hostile Chiricahua Indians

 

 

 

1862 – -Feb 16thSiege of Ft Donelson TN

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek & Wyatt, Mississippi

1866 – Jesse James holds up his 1st bank, Liberty, Missouri ($15,000)

1880 – Work begins on the covering of the Senne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.

1886 – Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

1895 – Moving picture projector patented

1899 – -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)

1899 – -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La

1899 – -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)

1905 – -29°F (-34°C) Pond, Arkansas (state record)

1905 – -40°F (-40°C) Lebanon, Kansas (state record)

1905 – -40°F (-40°C) Warsaw, Missouri (state record)

1907 – English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested

1914 – American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC

1920 – League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland

1920 – Switzerland rejoin League of Nations

1924 – King Tut’s tomb opened

1925 – US Congress makes Surpreme Court appeal more difficult

1929 – Cruiser Act: OKs construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier

 

 

 

1932 – “Free Eats” introduces George “Spanky” McFarland to “Our Gang

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – The Soviet steamship Cheliuskin sinks in the Arctic Ocean.

1935 – 1st US surgical operation for relief of angina pectoris, Cleveland

1935 – Bruno Hauptmann found guilty of kidnap & murder of Lindbergh’s infant

1937 – “Prince Valiant” comic strip appears; known for historical detail

1937 – Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship

1937 – NFL Boston Redskins move to Wash DC

1937 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson

1937 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

1942 – Hitler’s Operation Sealion (invasion of England) cancelled

1945 – Allied planes bomb Dresden Germany; 135,000 die

1948 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA

1948 – Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England

1952 – Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win

1955 – Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls

1959 – Barbie doll goes on sale

1959 – Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns

1961 – Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

1965 – Peggy Fleming, 16, wins ladies senior figure skating title

1965 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

1968 – US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam

1970 – Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi

1971 – 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

1971 – Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2

1972 – 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan

1974 – Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR

1976 – Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria

1977 – Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

1979 – Washington State’s Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm

1980 – Apple Computer Inc incorporated

1981 – Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words

 

 

 

1981 – A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in LouisvilleKentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Dark Side of the Moon, is on charts for 402nd week

1983 – World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds

1984 – 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant

1985 – Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders

1990 – 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa

1990 – US, England, France & England give Germany OK to reunify

1992 – Jose Canseco repeatedly rams his Porsche into wife Esther’s BMW

1993 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (21.87 sec)

1993 – Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)

1994 – Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96

1994 – Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200

1997 – Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope

2000 – The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M Schulz dies.

2001 – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.

2004 – The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.

2008 – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.

2009 – Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).

2010 – A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

 

 

 

Births

711 BC – Jimmu, Japanese emperor (d. 585 DC)

1440 – Hartmann Schedel, German physician/humanist/historian

1457 – Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1482)

1480 – Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1542)

1599 – Alexander VII, [Fabio Chigi], Siena Italy, pope (1655-67)

1610 – Jean de la Badie, French divine, founder of Lagardists

1672 – Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (d. 1731)

1682 – Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Venice, painter (Fortune Teller)

1728 – John Hunter, Scottish surgeon (d. 1793)

1743 – Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist (d. 1820)

 

 

 

1754 – Charles Maurice de TalleyrandFrench politician (d. 1838)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1768 – Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier, French marshal (d. 1835)

1769 – Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (d. 1844)

1831 – John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1869

1833 – William Whedbee Kirkland, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1915

1849 – Lord Randolph Churchill, England, politician, Winston’s father

1852 – Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)

1879 – Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1949)

1884 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (d. 1961)

1885 – Elizabeth Virginia [Bess] Truman, US 1st lady (1945-52)

 

 

 

1887 – Alvin Yorkfamed US soldier ,Medal of Honor recipient, with 25 kills in WW I

 

YORK, ALVIN C. Photo

 

 

 

1892 – Grant Wood, US, painter (American Gothic)

1902 – Blair Moody, New Haven Ct, (Sen-Mich)

1902 – Karl Menger, Austria/US mathematician (theory of dimension)

1906 – Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)

1910 – William B Shockley, London, US physicist (Nobel 1956), racist

1912 – Jose de Capriles, US, fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)

1915 – Aung San, Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)

1919 – Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach (Grambling)

 

 

 

1919 – Tennessee Ernie FordBristol Tncountry vocalist/actor (pea picker)

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier)

1929 – Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama

1930 – Dotty McGuire, Middletown Oh, vocalist (McGuire Sisters)

1930 – Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist

1931 – Marjorie Jackson, Austria, 100m/200m dash (Oly-gold-1952) [or Sep 13]

1933 – Emanuel Ungaro, France, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)

1933 – Kim Novak, [Marilyn], Chicago Ill, actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage)

1934 – George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)

1935 – Dr. Don Panoz, American entrepreneur and motorsports impresario (ALMS)

1936 – Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1956)

1937 – Sigmund Jaehn, German DR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29)

1938 – Oliver Reed, London England, actor (Big Sleep)

1939 – Valery Illych Rozhdestvensky, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)

1939 – Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter

1941 – Bo Svenson, Goteborg Sweden, actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall)

1942 – Carol Lynley, NYC, actress (Night Stalker, Fantasy Island, Immortal)

1942 – Donald E Williams, Lafayette Ind, Capt USN/astro (STS 51D, STS 34)

1942 – Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees)

1943 – Leo Frankowski, US, sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord)

1944 – Jerry Springer, London England, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show)

1944 – Stockard Channing, NYC, actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace)

1945 – Keith Nichols, jazz pianist

1946 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director/actor (Ehe der Maria Braun)

1947 – Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It’s a Big Country, Wonderland)

1948 – Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi)

1950 – Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)

1951 – David Naughton, Hartford Ct, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations)

1951 – Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer

1952 – David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1952 – Ed Gagliardi, NYC, rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice)

1952 – Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist

1957 – Denise Austin, American fitness expert

1958 – Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist

1960 – Kelly McCormick, Anaheim California, diver (Olympic-silver-1984)

1960 – Matt Salinger, Windsor VT, actor (Capt America, Deadly Deception)

1961 – Henry Rollins, US vocalist/poet (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box)

1961 – Les Warner, rocker (Cult-Fire Woman)

1962 – Jackie Silva, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze)

1963 – Penelope Ann Miller, actress (Awakenings, Chaplin, Freshman) [or 1/13]

1963 – Roberta Vasquez, LA California, playmate (November, 1984)

1964 – Evi Strasser, Bavaria German, equestrian (Olympics-96)

1966 – Freedom Williams, rock vocalist (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now)

1967 – Melanie Denise Bridges, Derry NH, Miss NH-America (1991)

1969 – Ahlam, Bahraini singer

1971 – Sonia, British singer

1974 – Robbie Williams, English singer

1974 – Jeff Duran, American radio personality

1975 – Mark Gerald Keddell, Christchurch NZ, 200m (Olympics-96)

1976 – Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)

1977 – Randy Moss, American football player

1977 – Ben Collins, British racing driver

1978 – Mini Anden, Swedish model and actress

1979 – Mena Suvari, American actress

1980 – Kristy Powell, Fla, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1982 – Lanisha Cole, American model

 

 

 

Deaths

858 – Kenneth I of Scotland

1130 – Honorius II, [Lamberto], Pope (1124-30), dies

1141 – Béla II of Hungary (b. 1110)

1219 – Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1192)

1237 – Jordanus of Saxon, 2nd general of Dominicans, drowns

1332 – Andronicus II Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1282-1328)/monk, dies

1542 – Catharine Howard, queen of England/5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded

1608 – Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)

1624 – Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)

1660 – Charles X Gustaaf, king of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37

1728 – Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (b. 1663)

1813 – Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)

 

 

 

1818 – George Rogers Clark, American military leader (b. 1752)

 

 

 

 

 

1826 – Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (b. 1745)

1841 – Thomas Ainsworth, English/Dutch industrialist, dies at 45

1845 – Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher (b. 1773)

1883 – Wilhelm Richard Wagner, composer, dies at 69

 

 

 

1891 – David Dixon PorterUS rear admiral , (Union), dies at 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer, dies at 59

1927 – Brooks Adams, US philosopher (New Empire), dies at 78

 

 

 

1950 – Rafael SabatiniItalian author (b. 1875)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)

1958 – Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) “Queen of the mob” (b.1880)

1960 – Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79

1965 – William H Kilpatrick, US mathematician/philosopher, dies at 93

1968 – Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72

1976 – Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71

1980 – David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49

1982 – Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, grew to 8’1″ (tallest woman), dies at 17

1984 – Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)

1989 – Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)

1992 – Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)

1995 – Abdelhafid Said, Algerian student leader, murdered

1995 – Wilton “Bogey” Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68

1996 – Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91

1996 – Martin Balsam, actor (Archie’s Place), dies at 76

2000 – James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)

2002 – Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)

2003 – Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)

2003 – Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)

2004 – Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)

2005 – Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)

2005 – Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)

2005 – Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)

2007 – Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)

2008 – Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1049 – Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX

1111 – German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome

1130 – Pope Innocent II elected

1502 – Granada Moslems forced to convert to Catholicism

1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India.

 

 

 

1700 – The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1709 – Alexander Selkirk, Scottish seaman is rescued after 4+ years from Fernandez Island (inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”)

1719 – The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded.

1733 – Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah

1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves

1825 – Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826

1839 – Aroostock War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick

1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300

1855 – Michigan State University was established.

1861 – State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, AK

1865 – Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps

1870 – Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada

1873 – Congress abolishes bimetallism & authorizes $1 & $3 gold coins

1874 – King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit US

1876 – Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop

1877 – 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass

1878 – Frederick Thayer patents catcher’s mask (pat # 200,358)

1879 – 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Sq Garden, NYC)

1879 – News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London

1880 – National Croquet League organizes (Phila)

1885 – Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society

1894 – Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris’s Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.

1899 – -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)

1899 – 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC

1908 – Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female

 

 

 

1908 – NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberiabegins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel

 

 

 

 

 

1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms

1914 – In Washington, DC, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

1915 – Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech

1927 – British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai

 

 

 

1934 – The Austrian Civil War begins.

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean

1942 – 3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany

1946 – World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.

1947 – Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia

1947 – Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands

1948 – 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps

1949 – Panic in Quito Ecuador, after “War of the World” played on radio

1949 – Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem

1950 – Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees

1955 – Pres Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to S Vietnam

1955 – Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan

1957 – Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed

1958 – Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

1958 – Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala

1960 – Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers

1961 – Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

1961 – USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus

1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia

1964 – Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)

1964 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

1964 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen

1967 – Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs

1973 – 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine

1978 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne

1979 – Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched

1981 – Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA

1981 – Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent

1981 – Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m

1984 – Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH

1984 – Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate “Bolero” at Olympics

1989 – 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting “Satanic Verses” novel

1989 – Thursday’s Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h

1989 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman

1991 – Iceland recognizes Lithuania’s independence

1991 – North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition

1994 – 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway

1994 – Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” stolen (in Oslo)

1994 – Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m

1994 – Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose

1995 – Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)

1995 – Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)

1995 – Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)

1997 – Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement

1998 – 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt

1998 – Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740

1998 – US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional

1999 – President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

2002 – US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States’ nuclear waste repository.

2002 – The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.

2004 – The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

2006 – A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington DC up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.

2007 – A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

 

 

Births

1074 – Conrad, King of Germany and Italy (d. 1101)

1211 – Henry VII, Roman catholic German king (1220-35)

1218 – Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun (d. 1256)

1438 – Adolf van Egmond, duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen

 

 

 

1606 – John Winthropthe YoungerGovernor of Connecticut (d. 1676)

 

 

 

 

 

1637 – Jan Swammerdam, Amsterdam, Dutch anatomist/entomologist (Bible of Nature)

1663 – Cotton Mather, witchcraft authority

1728 – Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. 1799)

1753 – François-Paul Brueys D’Aigalliers, French admiral (d. 1798)

1785 – Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist (d. 1838)

1791 – Peter Cooper, industrialist/philanthropist (Cooper Union)

1794 – Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player (d. 1867)

1804 – Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)

 

 

 

1809 – Abraham LincolnKentucky, (R16th US President (1861-65)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 – Charles Darwin, England, discovered evolution (Origin of the Species)

1818 – Otto Ludwig, German writer (Die Heiterethei)

1824 – Arya Samaj Maha Rishi Dayanand Sarsvati, Indian hindu leader

1828 – Robert Ransom Jr, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1892

1831 – John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track

1838 – Charles Carroll Walcott, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1898

1843 – John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)

1876 – Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (d. 1933)

1884 – Johan Laidoner, Estonian military commander (d. 1953)

1893 – Marcel G J Minnaert, Dutch astronomer

1893 – Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)

1903 – Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)

1904 – Ted Mack, Denver Colo, TV host (Original Amateur Hour)

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

1908 – Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)

1911 – Charles Mathiesen, Norway, 1500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1936)

1914 – Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch)

1915 – Andrew J Goodpaster, US, general/supreme commander (NATO-Europe)

1915 – Lorne Greene, Ottawa Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)

1918 – Julian S Schwinger, US physicist

1919 – Forrest Tucker, Plainfield Ind, actor (O’Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail)

1923 – Franco Zeffirelli, Florence Italy, director (Romeo & Juliet)

1926 – Joe Garagiola, St Louis Mo, sportscaster/host (Today Show)

1926 – Paul Hamlyn, English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)

1926 – Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant

1933 – Costa-Gavras, director

1933 – Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut

1933 – Juanita [Ruth] Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)

1934 – Bill Russell, Monroe La, NBAer (Boston Celtics, Oly-gold-56)

1934 – Anne Krueger, American economist

1935 – Gene McDaniels, US vocalist/bandleader/actor (Young Swingers)

1936 – Fang Lizhi, Beijing China, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), (d. 2012)

1936 – Joe Don Baker, Groesback Tx, actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch)

1937 – Charles Everett Dumas, Tulsa Ok, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)

1938 – Judy Blume, author (Wifey)

1939 – Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)

1941 – Naomi Uemura, mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)

1942 – Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire

1942 – Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel

1944 – Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol’ Boys)

1945 – Maud Adams, Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)

 

 

 

1948 – Raymond KurzweilAmerican inventor and author

 

 

 

 

 

1949 – Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)

1950 – Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)

1951 – Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)

1952 – Michael McDonald, St Louis, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers)

1953 – Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], SF California, actress (Maggie-Growing Pains)

1953 – Simon MacCorkindale, Cambridge, actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal) [or 2/2]

1954 – Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer

1955 – Arsenio Hall, comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America)

1955 – Daniele Masala, Italy, pentathelete (Olympics-1976)

1958 – Ingrid Klich, Whittier California, rower (Olympics-96)

1959 – Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)

1959 – Sigrid Thornton, Australia, actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise)

1963 – Ed Lover, American radio personality

1967 – Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist

1968 – Chynna Phillips, LA California, vocalist (Wilson Philips-Hold On)

1968 – Josh Brolin, actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders)

1968 – Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)

1969 – Colin Keely, Buffalo NY, water polo driver (Olympics-96)

1969 – Meja, Swedish singer

1973 – Brendon Mark Cameron, Pirongia NZ, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)

1974 – Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver

1974 – Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist

1976 – Anna Benson, American model

1980 – Christina Ricci, actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Mermaids, Casper)

1984 – Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver

 

 

Deaths

1128 – Toghtekin, slave/atabek of Damascus, dies

1242 – Hendrik VII, Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide

1538 – Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter, dies at about 57

1554 – Jane Grey, queen of England for 9 days, beheaded at 17

1554 – Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey’s husband, beheaded

1571 – Nicholas Throckmorton, English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)

1624 – George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)

1630 – Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)

1700 – Aleksei Shein, Russian general and statesman (b. 1662)

1787 – Ruggiero Boscovich, Ital physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75

 

 

 

1789 – Ethan AllenAmerican patriot (b. 1738)

 

 

 

 

 

1799 – Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)

 

 

 

1804 – Immanuel KantGerman philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79

 

 

 

 

 

 

1896 – Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35

1916 – J W Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, dies

 

 

 

1929 – Lillie LangtryBritish singer and actress (b. 1853)

 

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1931 – Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)

1935 – Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)

1942 – Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49

1945 – Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah), dies

1945 – Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39

1947 – Sidney Toler, actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72

1949 – Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)

1951 – Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)

1960 – Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World’s funniest circus clown), dies at 71

1971 – James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

1976 – Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37

1979 – Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84

1981 – Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies

1982 – Victor Jory, actor (Adv of Tom Sawyer, 1st Lady, Jigsaw), dies at 79

1983 – Eubie Blake, ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 100

1985 – Nicholas Colissanto, actor (Coach-Cheers), dies at 61

1991 – Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)

1992 – Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1928), dies

1992 – Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies at 74

1993 – James Bulger, English child beaten to death at 2, by 10 yr old boys

1994 – Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65

1994 – Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (b. 1950)

1995 – Earring George Mayweather, blues harmonica player, dies at 66

 

 

 

2000 – Screamin’ Jay HawkinsAmerican musician (b. 1929)

 

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2000 – Tom Landry, American football coach (b. 1924)

2000 – Charles M Schulz, American cartoonist, dies at 77

2000 – Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)

2007 – Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)

2011 – Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)

2012 – John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

385 – Oldest Pope elected; Siricius-bishop of Tarragona

824 – St Paschal I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1531 – Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England

 

 

 

1543 – Battle at Wayna DagaEthiopian/Portugese troops beat Moslem army(2-21?)

 

 

 

 

1575 – King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe

1659 – The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.

1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened

1766 – Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia

1768 – Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

1790 – Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery

1794 – 1st session of US Senate open to the public

1808 – Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa

1809 – Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1811 – President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years

1812 – Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill – 1st “gerrymander”

1826 – London University founded

1837 – American Physiological Society organizes in Boston

1852 – 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)

1854 – Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time

1858 – 1st apparition of Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes France

1861 – President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC

1861 – US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state

1878 – 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms

1889 – Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1895 – -17°F (-27.2°C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)

1895 – Georgetown became part of Wash DC

1899 – -15°F (-26°C), Washington, DC (district record)

1899 – -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)

1902 – Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels

 

 

 

1907 – Passenger ship Larchmont sinks off Block Island RI , 322 die

 

 

 

 

 

1916 – Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control

1922 – “April Showers” by Al Jolson hits #1

1922 – US intervention army leaves Honduras

1927 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran

1927 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles

1928 – 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland

1932 – 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February

1935 – -11°F (-24°C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)

1935 – 1st US airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, NY

1936 – Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay

1937 – 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends

1941 – 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)

1942 – “Archie” comic book debuts

1943 – General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe

1943 – Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany

1944 – German troops reconquer Aprilia Italy

1944 – U-424 sunk off Ireland

1945 – 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA

1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin

1949 – Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title

1950 – “Rag Mop” by The Ames Brothers hit #1

1953 – Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple

1958 – Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st Afr-American woman hired as flight attendant

1960 – Jack Paar walks off his TV show

1961 – Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem

1963 – CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)

1964 – Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus

1966 – SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

1968 – Israeli-Jordan border fight

1968 – Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY

1969 – Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah

1970 – 26.37 cm (10.38″) of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)

1970 – Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit

1971 – US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

1974 – Titan-Centaur Test launch fails

1975 – Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership

1976 – Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army

1977 – 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)

1978 – China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

1978 – EOKA organization disbands in Cyprus

1979 – 43 million watch “Elvis!” on ABC

1981 – Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski

1983 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Ricky” & “Buckingham Blues” debut LP

1983 – 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18″(46 cm))

1986 – Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country

1988 – Anthony M Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court

1989 – Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)

1989 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary

1990 – James “Buster” Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

1990 – Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa

1992 – F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo Neth (No deaths)

1992 – Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)

1993 – Janet Reno selected by Clinton as US Attorney General

1995 – Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)

1995 – Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)

1995 – Sandra Volker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)

1998 – KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

2011 – Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.

 

 

Births

1377 – King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)

1380 – Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist

1465 – Elizabeth of York, London, Consort of King Henry VII

1506 – Juliana van Stolberg, engraver of Nassau

1535 – Gregory XIV, [Niccolo Sfondrati], Roman Catholic pope (1590-91)

1657 – Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)

1755 – Albert Christoph Dies, composer

1774 – Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)

1800 – William Henry Fox Talbot, Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer/inventor

 

 

 

1812 – Alexander Hamilton StephensVice Pres (Confederacy), died in 1883

 

 

 

 

 

1812 – Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883

1821 – Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)

1829 – William Anderson Pile, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1833 – Melville Weston Fuller, 8th chief justice

1839 – Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist

1840 – Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), died in 1884

1847 – Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)

1874 – Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children’s book/fairy tales author

1889 – John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)

1894 – Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)

1902 – Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)

1906 – Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal

 

 

 

1908 – Josh WhiteBluesman , vocalist guitarist

 

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1908 – Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)

1909 – Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)

1909 – Max Baer, Omaha Nebraska, heavyweight boxing champ (1934-35)(d. 1959)

1917 – Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

1917 – T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)

1919 – Gretchen Fraser, Tacoma Wash, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948)

1920 – Billy Halop, NYC, actor (Bert Munson-All in the Family)

1920 – Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)

1920 – Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)

1921 – Eva Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (Lisa-Green Acres, Gigi)

1925 – Kim Stanley, [Patricia Reid], Tularosa NM, actress (Right Stuff)

1925 – Peter Berger, British vice-admiral

1925 – Virginia E Johnson, doctor/sexologist (Masters & Johnson)

1926 – Paul Bocuse, France, great chef (Legion of Honor)

1926 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun)

1928 – Conrad Janis, NYC, actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino)

1930 – Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)

1931 – Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)

 

 

 

1934 – John SurteesBritish racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Tina Louise, NYC, actress (Ginger-Gilligan’s Island, Julie-Dallas)

1935 – Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)

1936 – Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)

1938 – Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)

1938 – Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990)

1940 – Bobby “Boris” Pickett, rocker (Monster Mash)

1941 – Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil ’66/’77/’88)

1942 – Leon Haywood, US vocalist/keyboardist (It’s Got to be Mellow)

1942 – Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That’s how it is)

1946 – M C Walker, CEO (Iceland Frozen Foods)

1949 – Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)

1953 – Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)

1953 – Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

1953 – Jeb Bush, American politician

1956 – Kathleen Beller, Queens NY, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched)

1959 – Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)

1960 – Richard A Mastracchio, Waterbury Ct, astronaut

1961 – Carey Lowell, NYC, actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close)

1961 – Mary Docter, US, 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)

1964 – Sheryl Crow, vocalist (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995)

1964 – Ken Shamrock, American martial artist

 

 

 

1964 – Sarah PalinGovernor , American , Patriot

 

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1967 – Barbara Byrne, Princeton NJ, rower (Olympics-96)

1967 – Chris Reohr, Ridley Park Pa, fencer (Olympics-96)

1969 – Jennifer Aniston, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Rachel-Friends)

1969 – Shannon Long, Gladstone Australia, playmate (Oct, 1988)

1972 – Kelly Slater, American surfer

1973 – Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist

 

 

 

1974 – Alex JonesAmerican radio host

 

 

 

 

 

1975 – Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)

1977 – Jessica Carlson, Kalamazoo Mich, archer (alt-Olympics-1996)

1977 – Mike Shinoda, American musician, Linkin Park, Fort Minor

1979 – Brandy [Norwood], singer (Les Miserables, Moisha)

1980 – Natasha Bobo, Watsonville California, actress (Sally-Together We Stand)

1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer

1984 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer

 

 

Deaths

641 – Heraclius, emperor of Byzantium (610-641), dies at about 65

731 – Gregory II, Greek-Syrian Pope, dies

821 – Benedict of Aniane, saint, dies

824 – Paschal I, Italian Pope (817-24), dies

867 – Theodora, the Saint, beauty queen/empress of Byzantine, dies

1160 – Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)

1511 – Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

1543 – Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle at Wayna Daga

1626 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (b. 1552)

1713 – Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)

1755 – Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)

 

 

 

1868 – Leon Foucaultdiscovers 1st physical proof of Earth’s rotationdies

 

 

 

 

 

1870 – Jacob M de Kempenaer, Dutch min of Internal Aff (1848-49), dies at 76

1879 – Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67

1899 – George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies

1911 – Albert von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66

1923 – Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (b. 1847)

1931 – Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76

1931 – Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine, dies

1948 – Sergy Eisenstein, film director, dies at 50

1959 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)

1961 – Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34

1963 – Sylvia Plath, poet/novelist (Ariel), kills herself in London at 30

1975 – Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)

1976 – Lee J Cobb, actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64

1976 – Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)

1982 – Victor Jory, Alaskan actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79

1985 – Henry Hathaway, actor/director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86

1985 – Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)

 

 

 

1986 – Frank Herbertsci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65

 

 

 

 

 

1991 – Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90

1993 – George A Stephen, inventor (Weber Kettle Grill), dies at 71

1993 – Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident

1994 – Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23

1994 – Sorrell Brooke, actor (Mayor Hogg-Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 64

1994 – William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73

1996 – Bob Shaw, science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64

2000 – Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)

 

 

 

2005 – Jack L. ChalkerAmerican sci-fi  author (b. 1944)

 

 

 

 

 

2006 – Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

2010 – Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer (b. 1969)

2012 – Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events

60 – St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta

1098 – Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch

1355 – The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.

1535 – 12 nude anabaptists run through Amsterdam streets

 

 

 

1676 – Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass

 

 

 

 

 

1720 – Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England

1763 – Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England

1774 – Andrew Becker demonstrates diving suit

 

 

 

1814 – Napoleonic WarsBattle of Champaubert

 

 

 

 

 

1824 – Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru

 

 

 

1846 – British defeat Sikhs in battle of SobraonIndia

 

 

 

 

 

 

1855 – US citizenship laws amended all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship

1859 – Gen Horsford defeats Begum of Oude & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny

1863 – 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia

1868 – Conservatives & military, seize Convention Hall in Florida

1870 – City of Anaheim incorporates (1st time)

1879 – 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)

1879 – Henry Morton Stanley departs to the Congo

1883 – Fire at un-insured New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee Wisc, kills 71

1897 – NY Times begins using slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print”

1904 – Japan & Russia declares war after Japan’s surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships

1906 – Britain’s 1st modern & largest battleship “HMS Dreadnought” launched

1923 – Ink paste manufactured for 1st time by Standard Ink Company

1933 – -54°F (-48°C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)

1933 – Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)

1934 – 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine

1934 – Byrd souvenir sheet issued, NYC; 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp

1935 – 1st US streamlined electric RR engine begins service

1935 – Pennsylvania RR begins passenger service on new electric locomotive

1938 – King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga

1940 – “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller hits #1

 

 

 

1940 – Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM

 

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1941 – Anti-nazi “Het Parool” begins publishing in Netherlands

1942 – Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold disc for selling 1 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”

1943 – 8th Army sweeps through North Africa to Tunisia

1943 – Van der Veen Resistance starts fire in Amsterdam employment bureau

1944 – Belgium resistance fighter/author Kamiel van Baelen arrested

1944 – U-666/U-545/U-283 sink off Ireland

1948 – Greek Gen Markos’ guerrilla army bombs Saloniki

1954 – Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam

1956 – “My Friend Flicka” premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV

1959 – Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265

1962 – USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel

1963 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon

1963 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz

1964 – Australian destroyer “Voyager” sinks in collision, killing 82

1964 – Destroyer Voyager sinks off Australia after colliding with aircraft carrier Melbourne

1967 – 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability & Succession) in effect

1968 – “Spooky” by Classics IV hits #3

1968 – Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France

1969 – LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

1970 – 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington NH (state record)

1970 – Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths (Val d’Isere, France)

1971 – American Mensa, Ltd incorporates in NY

1971 – Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa

1973 – 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die

1974 – Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out

1974 – Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London

1977 – Yehonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx named in honor of Bronx-born

1977 – Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebee Raid (1976)

1978 – Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA

1981 – 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton

1982 – 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec

1987 – Philippine troops murder 17 civilians-Lupao Massacre

1988 – 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army’s ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)

1989 – Miami Vice’s 100th episode seen on TV

1989 – Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major US party (Democrats)

1989 – Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham’s 1st black sheriff

1990 – Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water

1990 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary

1992 – Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA

1992 – Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

1995 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek

1996 – IBM’s Deep Blue defeats chess champ Gary Kasparov

1997 – Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)

1997 – Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR

1997 – Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991

1998 – AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95

1998 – Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery

1998 – Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.

2008 – The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

 

 

Births

1499 – Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)

1524 – Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)

1670 – Norbert van Flowers, [Cephalus], Flemish painter

1686 – Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany

1728 – Peter III Feodorovich, German/Russian czar of Russia (1761-62)

1807 – Abner Clark Harding, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

1818 – Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1897

1821 – William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, died in 1864)

1824 – Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol England, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships)

1846 – Mildred Childe “Life” Lee, daughter of confederate General Robert E Lee

1846 – Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)

1846 – Ira Remsen, American chemist (d. 1927)

1880 – Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine

1890 – Boris Pasternak, Moscow, Russian novelist/poet (Dr Zhivago, Nobel 1958)

1890 – Fanny Kaplan, failed assassin of Vladimir Lenin. (d. 1918)

1892 – Alan Hale, [Rufus A Mackahan], Wash DC, actor (Little John-Robin Hood)

1893 – Jimmy Durante, NYC, long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash)

1897 – John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)

1898 – Bertolt Brecht, Germany, playwright (Mother Courage)/composer

1902 – Stella Adler, NY, actress (My Girl Tisa)

1902 – Walter H Brattain, Amoy China, US physicist (Nobel 1956-transistor)

1906 – Lon Chaney Jr, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats)

1910 – Dominique Pire, Belgium, educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)

1913 – Philippa Bevans, actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient)

1920 – Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)

1927 – Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Miss, opera soprano (Porgy & Bess)

1927 – Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal

1928 – Hans Nielsen, Denmark, lightweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)

1929 – Hallgeir Brenden, Norway, 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)

1929 – Jerry Goldsmith, pianist/composer (Twilight Zone)

 

 

 

1929 – Jim Whittakermountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Robert Wagner, Detroit Mich, actor (It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart)

1932 – Rockin Dopsie Sr, [Alton Jay Rubin], Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco)

1937 – Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don’t Run, Batman Theme)

1937 – Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Oly-2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)

1939 – Boris Pickett, vocalist (Monster Mash)

1939 – Roberta Flack, NC, vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)

1940 – Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)

1940 – Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd’s)

1941 – Michael Apted, director/researcher (Granada TV)

1942 – Jimmy Merchant, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools)

1944 – Peter Allen, Australia, vocalist/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)

1944 – Frank Keating, American politician

1947 – Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer

1949 – Harold Sylvester, American actor

1950 – Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)

 

 

 

1950 – Mark SpitzModesto Californiaswimmer (Oly-9 gold/silver/bronze-68, 72)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1951 – Roxanne Pulitzer, Glendale California, author (Prize Pulitzer)

1951 – Robert Iger, American entertainment executive

1953 – John Shirley, US, sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona)

1955 – Greg Norman, Queensland, Australia, PGA golfer (1984 Kemper)

1955 – Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)

1955 – Jim Cramer, American television personality

1961 – George Stephanopoulos, presidential adviser (Clinton)

1962 – Cliff Burton, rocker (Metallica)

1962 – Jean-Marie Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)

1962 – Bobby Czyz, American boxer

1963 – Lenny Dykstra, centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies)

1964 – Mir Aimal Kansi, Quetta Pakistan, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)

1964 – Sam Graddy, Gaffney SC, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1964 – Glenn Beck, American radio and television host

1964 – Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat

1967 – Laura Dern, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Jurassic Park, Mask, Smooth Talk)

1967 – Armand Serrano, Filipino animator

1967 – Jacky Durand, French cyclist

 

 

 

1969 – Laurie DhueAmerican television personality

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – Brendan Eppert, St Louis Mo, speed skater (Olympics-1994)

1970 – Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver

1970 – Myrea Pettit, British illustrator

1971 – Louie Spicolli, American wrestler (d. 1998)

1972 – Sara Simmons, Belmont Mass, rower (Olympics-96)

1974 – Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer

1975 – Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case

1977 – Stephanie Ann Foisy, Concord NH, Miss America-NH (1996)

1978 – Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer

1979 – Ross Powers, American snowboarder

1981 – Holly Willoughby, British TV presenter

1981 – Tholomew Plague, drummer (Avenged Sevenfold)

1985 – Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper

1991 – Emma Roberts, American actress

 

 

Deaths

1126 – William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, poet (b. 1071)

1162 – King Baldwin III of Jerusalem, son of King Fulco of Anjou/husband of Theodora, dies. (b. 1130)

1242 – Emperor Shijō of Japan (b. 1231)

1278 – Margaret II of Flanders (b. 1202)

1482 – Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor (majolica reliefs), dies at 81

1495 – William Stanley, Engl lord chamberlain, executed for conspiracy

1567 – Lord Darnley Stuart, husband of English queen Mary, murdered

1678 – Philip Vingboons, Amsterdam’s master builder, buried

1686 – William Dugdale, Garter King of Arms (1677-86), dies

 

 

 

1722 – Bartholomew RobertsWelsh pirate (b. 1682)

 

 

 

 

 

1755 – MontesquieuFrench writer (b. 1689)

 

 

 

 

 

1758 – Thomas Ripley, English architect

1772 – Jozef Wenceslas, monarch of Liechtenstein/general, dies at 75

1857 – David Thompson, Canadian explorer (b. 1770)

1865 – Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (b. 1804)

1887 – Pieter JBCR van der Aa, Dutch geographer, dies at 54

1891 – Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1850)

1906 – Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician (b. 1827)

1912 – Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic), dies

1923 – Wilhelm Konrad von Rontgen, physicist (Nobel 1901), dies at 77

1943 – Wa’er, shot dead by Defiance

1944 – Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)

1948 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50

1952 – Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)

1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, US author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90

1964 – Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)

1992 – Alex Haley, US writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70

1995 – Louis Sen A Kaw, Suriname’s great dam builder, dies at 75

2000 – Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)

2001 – Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)

2001 – George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)

2002 – Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary (b. 1920)

 

 

 

2002 – Dave Van RonkAmerican folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)

 

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2003 – Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)

2005 – Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89

2008 – Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)

2008 – Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)

2009 – Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)

2012 – Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

474 – Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1267 – Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps

1499 – France & Venice sign treaty against Milan

1537 – Pope Paul III routes Cardinal Pole to England

1540 – The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)

1554 – Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated

1555 – Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.

1574 – Louis of Nassau ends siege of Maastricht

1674 – English reconquer NY from Netherlands

1775 – English Parliament declares Mass colony is in rebellion

1788 – Austria declares war on Russia

 

 

 

1799 – USS Constellation captures French frigate Insurgente off Nevis, WI

 

 

 

 

 

1822 – American Indian Society organizes

1825 – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president

1861 – Jefferson Davis & Alexander Stephens elected president & VP of CSA

1861 – Tennessee votes against secession

1861 – Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states

1863 – Fire extinguisher patented by Alanson Crane

1870 – US Army establishes US National Weather Service

1886 – Pres Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency.

1893 – Canal builder De Lesseps & others sentenced to prison for fraud

1895 – Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts

1900 – Dwight Davis established a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup

1904 – Japan declares war on Russia

1906 – Natal proclaims state of siege in Zulu uprising

1909 – 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)

1909 – 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio

1913 – -18] 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico-City; 3,000 die

1916 – Britain’s military service act enforced (conscription)

1918 – Army chaplain school organizes at Ft Monroe Va

1922 – Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii

1923 – Soviet Aeroflot airlines forms

1926 – Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools

1932 – America enter Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time

1932 – US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, NY)

1933 – -63°F (-53°C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)

1934 – -14.3°F (-25.7°C), coldest day in New York City

1934 – -51°F (-46°C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)

1935 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson

1935 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

1940 – Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1941 – British troops conquer El Agheila

1941 – Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang “No Entry for Jews” signs in front of cafe)

1942 – Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US

1942 – Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes

1943 – FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry

1943 – German riots at “plutocratenzoontjes,” 1,200 in Vught Camp

1943 – Japanese evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic battle

1944 – U-734/U-238 sunk off Ireland

1945 – -Feb 10] Germany destroys Ruhrdammen

1945 – WAAF-corporal flies along the tail of a Spitfire

1945 – The Battle of the Atlantic the HMS Venturer sinking U-Boat 864 off the coast of Norway.

1947 – Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Phila

1950 – Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

1951 – St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

1953 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series premieres in syndication

1953 – General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen W Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA

1955 – US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO

1956 – -5°F (15°C) in Sicily

1959 – Coasters’s “Charlie Brown” peaks at #2

1963 – 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet

1963 – 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7″)

1964 – 1st appearance of Beatles on “Ed Sullivan Show” (73.7 million viewers)

1964 – 9th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria

1964 – GI Joe character created

1966 – Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points

1969 – Boeing 747 made its 1st commercial flight

1969 – World’s largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight

1971 – Apollo 14 returns to Earth

1971 – Probably 1st gay theme TV episode – All in the Family

1971 – Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF

1972 – Brit government declares state of emergency after month-long miners’ strike

 

 

 

1974 – “The Americans (A Canadian’s Opinion)” by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24

 

The True Story of how
“The Americans” came to be and the
magnificent events that followed its
original broadcast

 

” On June 5, 1973, Gordon Sinclair sat up in bed in Toronto and turned on his TV set. The United States had just pulled out of the Vietnamese War which had ended in a stalemate – a war fought daily on TV, over the radio and in the press. The aftermath of that war resulted in a world-wide sell-off of American investments, prices tumbled, the United States economy was in trouble. The war had also divided the American people, and at home and abroad it seemed everyone was lambasting the United States.

  He turned on his radio, twisted the dial and turned it off. He picked up the morning paper. In print, he saw in headlines what he had found on TV and radio – the Americans were taking a verbal beating from nations around the world. Disgusted with what he saw and heard, he was outraged!

  At 10:30, on his arrival at CFRB to prepare his two pre-noon broadcasts, he strode into his office and “dashed-off” two pages in 20 minutes for LET’S BE PERSONAL at 11:45 am, and then turned to writing his 11:50 newscast that was to follow. At 12:01 pm, the script for LET’S BE PERSONAL was dropped on the desk of his secretary who scanned the pages for a suitable heading and then wrote “Americans”” across the top and filed it away. The phones were already ringing.

  Gordon Sinclair could not have written a book that could have had a greater impact in the world than his two-page script for THE AMERICANS. A book should have been written on the events that followed. But, no one at CFRB, including Sinclair himself, could have envisioned the reaction of the people of the United States – from presidents – state governors – Congress – the Senate – all media including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines – and from the “ordinary” American on the street. Nor, could have the Canadian government – stunned by the response to what has come to be regarded as one of Canada’s greatest public relations feats in the history of our relations with the United States of America.” 

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1974 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill

1974 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr

1980 – Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8, 3-pt goals in a game

1983 – Belgium buys 44 F-16s

1986 – Halley’s Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)

1986 – Tomb of Tutanchamon’s treasurer Maya found in Egypt

1986 – West German team swims world record 4×200 m freestyle (7:05.17)

1987 – Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide

1987 – NY Stock Exch installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club

1990 – Galileo flies by Venus

1991 – Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him

1991 – US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case

1992 – Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 sec by Thomas School of Germ

1992 – Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)

1992 – Jani Sievinen swims world record 400m medley (4:07.10)

1993 – Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma

1994 – Israeli minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO’s Arafat

1995 – Irina Privalova runs female world record 50m (5.96 sec)

1996 – The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London’s Canary Wharf.

1997 – Fox cartoon series “Simpsons” airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history

1998 – Failed assassination attempt on Georgian Pres Eduard Shevardnadze

2001 – The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.

 

 

 

Births

1404 – Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor

1441 – Ali Sjir Neva’i [Fani], Turkish poet/author (Mahbub al-kulub)

1533 – Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai (d. 1611)

1579 – John Meursius, [van Meurs], Dutch historian

1602 – Franciscus van de Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker/tutor of Spinoza

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

1748 – Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)

 

 

 

1773 – William Henry HarrisonVa, (Whigs9th Pres (March 4-April 4, 1841)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1775 – Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungary, mathematician (parallel axiom)

1781 – Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)

1789 – Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)

1814 – Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist for NY Public Library

1822 – Charles T Stork, Dutch industrialist

1826 – John Alexander Logan, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1830 – Abd-ul-Aziz, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1876)

1846 – Wilhelm Maybach, German engineer, designer of 1st Mercedes

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

1871 – Howard T Ricketts, US pathologist (studied typhus fever)

1876 – Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)

1879 – Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist

1880 – Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)

1891 – Ronald Colman, England, 1947 Acad Award actor (Tale of 2 Cities)

1897 – Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator

1901 – Brian Donlevy, Ireland, actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island)

1908 – Jackie Fields, US, featherweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)

1909 – Carmen Miranda, Brazil, vocalist/actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy)

1909 – Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)

1910 – Jacques Monod, French biochemist

1911 – William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)

1912 – Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist

1913 – Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)

1914 – Bill “Rhymes with Wreck” Veeck, baseball club owner

1914 – Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I’m Walking the Floor over You)

1914 – Gypsy Rose Lee, Seattle Wash, stripper (or 0109 or 0208)

1914 – Max Manus, resistance fighter

1921 – B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)

1923 – Brendan Behan, Dublin Ireland, author/poet (Hostage)

1923 – Kathryn Grayson, NC, vocalist/actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate)

1923 – Norman E Shumway, Mich, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon

1925 – Burkhard Heim, German physicist (d. 2001)

1927 – Donald Miller, CEO (Scottish Power)

1928 – Roger Mudd, Wash DC, news ancher (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News)

 

 

 

1928 – Frank FrazettaAmerican illustrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)

1936 – Clive Swift, Liverpool, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India)

1937 – Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)

1937 – Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)

1942 – Carole King, [Klein], Brooklyn NY, pianist/singer (Tapestry)

1942 – Peder Lunde Jr, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1960)

1943 – Joe Pesci, Newark NJ, actor (Half Nelson, Goodfellas)

1943 – Jonny Nilsson, Sweden, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)

1943 – Joseph E. Stiglitz, American economist, Nobel laureate

1944 – Alice Walker, US, novelist (Color Purple, Meridian)

1946 – Jim Webb, United States Senator from Virginia

1947 – Joe Ely, Amarillo Tx, country vocalist (Honky Tonk Masquerade)

1947 – Major Harris, US R&B-singer (Love won’t Let me wait)

1949 – Judith Light, Trenton NJ, (Angela-Who’s the Boss, 1 Life to Live)

1951 – Penny Peyser, Irvington NY, actress (Rich Man Poor Man, Knots Landing)

1952 – Mookie Wilson, American baseball player

1954 – Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur

1954 – Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist

1955 – Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)

1960 – Peggy A Whitson, Mt Ayr Iowa, PhD/astronaut

1960 – Holly Johnson, Liverpool England, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)

1963 – Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga, country vocalist (Country Club)

1963 – Brian Greene, American physicist

1965 – Igor Malkov, Russian speedskater

1966 – James “Rachel” Bolan, Pt Pleasant NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love)

1968 – Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican singer

1969 – Peta Edebone, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)

 

 

 

1973 – Amber VallettaPhoenix AZmodel (Face, House of Style, Bazaar)

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast

1978 – Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver

1981 – Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver

1981 – John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter

1986 – Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan

1987 – Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete

1989 – Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player

 

 

Deaths

1011 – Bernard I, Duke of Saxony

 

 

 

1199 – Minamoto no YoritomoJapanese shogun (b. 1147)

 

 

 

 

 

1450 – Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)

1555 – John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy

1555 – Rowland Taylor, English pastor (executed) (b. 1510)

1567 – Henry Stuart, earl of Darnley/Consort of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered

1583 – Jeseph Sanalbo, Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake

1588 – Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral, dies

1640 – Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad at 27

1709 – François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)

1752 – Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)

 

 

 

1777 – Seth PomeroyAmerican gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1811 – Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies

1846 – Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies

1881 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59

1932 – Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered

1938 – Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies

1943 – … Reydons, wife of General Reydons, shot to death by resistance

1945 – George J L Maduro, resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau

1945 – Jan Bakker, resistance fighter, executed at 26

1951 – Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)

1957 – Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88

1966 – Sophie Tucker, Russ/US singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79

1969 – [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83

1973 – Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53

1976 – Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)

1977 – Gaus, an orangautan who lived to be 59

1977 – Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82

1978 – Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12

1978 – Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)

1979 – Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)

1981 – Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55

1984 – Yuri Andropov, Gen Sec of Soviet Communist Party (1982-84), dies at 69

1989 – Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)

1991 – James Cleveland, American gospel singer (b. 1931)

1993 – Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies

1994 – Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)

1995 – David Wayne, [Wayne Mcmeekan], US actor (Dallas), dies at 81

1996 – Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83

1996 – Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80

1998 – Laxness, Iceland’s Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95

2001 – Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)

2002 – Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)

2006 – Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)

2010 – Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)

2010 – Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

421 – Flavius Constantine becomes Co-Emperor as Emperor Constantius III of the Western Roman Empire with Honorius

1526 – Heavy storm strikes Dutch coast, many die

1575 – University Leiden founded, and given the motto “Praesidium Libertatis”

1600 – Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death

1601 – Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London

1622 – King James I disbands the English parliament

1672 – Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

1690 – French & Indian troops set Schenectady settlement NY on fire

 

 

 

1693 – William & Mary college is 2nd college chartered in US

 

 

 

 

 

1743 – Comet C/1743 C1 approaches within 0.0390 AUs of Earth

1807 – Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau

1855 – The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.

1861 – Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Ala

1862 – Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound

1865 – 1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany

1879 – Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.

1883 – Louis Waterman begins experiments to invents fountain pen

1887 – Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club

1887 – Under the Dawes Act indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship

1887 – The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.

1894 – Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks

1896 – Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf

1898 – John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass)

1904 – Russo-Japanese War begins

1905 – Cyclone hit Tahiti & adjacent islands, killing some 10,000 people

 

 

 

1910 – The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.

 

 

 

 

 

1911 – US helps overthrow Pres Miguel Devila of Honduras

1915 – “Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in LA

1916 – French cruiser “Admiral Charner” torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374

1918 – “Stars & Stripes,” weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published

1920 – Swiss men vote against women’s suffrage

1923 – Coal mine explosion at Dawson, New Mexico kills 120

1925 – Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta

1926 – Walt Disney Studios forms

1928 – 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY

1928 – Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrates color-TV

1930 – “Happy Days Are Here Again” by Benny Mereoff hits #1

1931 – Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000

1933 – -23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record)

1933 – 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247

 

 

 

1934 – Export-Import Bank organizes in WashingtonDC

 

 

 

 

 

1936 – 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn

1936 – Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party

1940 – Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland

1941 – Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore

1942 – Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort

1943 – Red Army recaptures Kursk

1944 – 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin

1944 – U-762 sunk off Ireland

1945 – Allied air attack on Goch/Kleef/Kalkar/Reichswald

1946 – Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties

1947 – Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)

1948 – 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland

1955 – Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him

1955 – The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.

1958 – French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die

1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.

1965 – Supremes release “Stop In the Name of Love”

1967 – Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)

1967 – Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) discontinue their singing partnership

1968 – Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)

1969 – Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico

1971 – South Vietnamese troops invade Laos

1973 – Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal

1974 – “Good Times,” debuts on CBS TV

1974 – Ringo releases “You’re 16″

1974 – Skylab 4’s astronauts land

1974 – Soap opera “Secret Storm” ends a 20 year run

1975 – 1800 Unification church couples’ wed in Korea

1978 – Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.

1981 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak

1981 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

1982 – Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A’s breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)

1983 – Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

1983 – Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance

1984 – 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 – 1st time 8 people in space

1984 – Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7

1985 – Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)

1986 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

 

 

 

1986 – 1984 Summer Olympics head of the LAPD bomb squadArleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit were killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs when they responded to a callMcCree was recognized as one of the top explosive experts in the world.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – NASA launches DOD-2

1991 – Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

1992 – 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France

1992 – Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter

1993 – GM sues NBC, alleging that “Dateline NBC” program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires

1994 – Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

1994 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.

2005 – Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire.

2008 – Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.

 

 

Births

412 – St Proclus, patriarch of Constantinople

1191 – Yaroslav II of Russia (d. 1246)

1291 – Afonso IV, King of Portugal (1325-57)

1487 – Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1550)

1552 – Agrippa d’Aubigné, French poet and soldier (d. 1630)

1577 – Robert Burton, writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)

1612 – Samuel Butler, England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)

1649 – Gabriel Daniel, French Jesuit historian (d. 1728)

1685 – Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)

1720 – Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)

1795 – Friedlieb F Runge, German chemist (Chinoline)

1804 – Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer (d. 1834)

1807 – Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)

1811 – Edwin Denison Morgan, Sect of War (Confederacy), died in 1883

1817 – Richard Stoddert Ewell, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1872

1819 – John Ruskin, writer/critic/artist/Gothic Revivalist (Prerafaelite)

 

 

 

1820 – William Tecumseh ShermanMajor General (Union Army), died in 1891

 

 

 

 

 

1824 – Barnard Elliot Bee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1861

 

 

 

1828 – Jules VerneFrancepioneered sci-fi (From the Earth to the Moon)

 

 

 

 

 

1882 – George Siegmann, actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist)

1882 – Thomas Selfridge, First person to die in an airplane crash (d. 1908).

1883 – Joseph A Schumpeter, Austria/US economist/minister of finance

1886 – Charlie Ruggles, LA California, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show)

1895 – King Vidor, director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas)

1906 – Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopy)

1911 – Anne Aitken, [nee Hopkins], Chicago, co-found (Diamond Sangha)

1911 – Elizabeth Bishop, US poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)

1911 – Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer

1913 – John Grandy, Brits RAF-marshal

1918 – John Intoxication, resistance fighter

1919 – Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)

1920 – Lana Turner, Wallace Idaho, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)

1922 – Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster

1924 – Audrey Meadows, Wu Chang China, actress (Alice-Honeymooners)

 

 

 

1925 – Jack LemmonBoston Massactor (Days of Wine & RosesMissing)

 

 

 

 

 

1925 – Raimondo d’Inzeo, It, equestrian (Oly-gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)

1926 – Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)

1927 – Stanley Baker, Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)

1930 – Alejandro Rey, Buenos Aires, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun)

1930 – Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)

1930 – James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)

1931 – James Dean, Marion IN, stage/film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause)

1933 – Jack Larson, LA California, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman)

1934 – Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathelete (1957, 58)

1934 – Nick Nolte, Omaha Nebr, actor (Teachers, 48 Hrs, Rich Man Poor Man)

1935 – Vincent Weir 3rd baron Inverforth, Scottish shipping magnate

1936 – Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)

1938 – Ray Sharpe, singer

1940 – Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)

1941 – Tom Rush, NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Circle Game, Urge For Going)

1943 – Creed Bratton, California, rock guitarist (Grass Roots-Sooner or Later)

1946 – “Fito” Adolpho De La Parra, LA California, rocker (Canned Heat-Hot Money)

1946 – Paul Wheatbread, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)

1948 – Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)

1949 – Brooke Adams, NYC, actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers)

1949 – Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)

1950 – Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut

1950 – Ted Turner, rocker (Wishbone Ash)

1950 – Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress

1952 – Nancy Lord, Libertarian VP candidate (1992)

1953 – Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)

1955 – John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

1959 – Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1980)

1959 – Pamela Jean Bryant, Indianapolis In, playmate (April, 1978)

1960 – Alex Scott, British horse trainer

1960 – Linda Fratianne, LA California, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)

1961 – Sammy Llanas, rocker (Bodeans)

1961 – Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)

1961 – Bruce Timm,TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)

1963 – Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter

1966 – Gary Coleman, Zion Ill, American actor (Arnold-Diff’rent Strokes)

1968 – Joy Fawcett, Inglewood California, soccer defender (Olympics-96)

1970 – Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)

1971 – Heidi Mark, Columbus OH, playmate (Jul, 1995)

1973 – Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)

1973 – Tom King, Australian 470 class yachter (Olympics-96)

1974 – Kimbo Slice, American mixed martial artist

1976 – Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-96)

1976 – Jim Parque, Norwalk California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1977 – Dave Farrell, American musician (Linkin Park)

1977 – Bridgette Kerkove, American actress

1978 – Christa Williams, Houston TX, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)

1980 – Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)

1987 – Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater

 

 

Deaths

1124 – Stefanus of Thiers/Muret, founder of order of Grammond/saint, dies

1245 – Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle, French theologist, dies

 

 

 

1250 – Robert I of ArtoisFrench crusader (b. 1216)

 

 

 

 

 

1265 – Hulagu KhanMongol ruler (b. 1217)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1296 – King Przemysł II of Poland (b. 1257)

1303 – Nanshu, Zen teacher (Rinzai line)/founder (Zounan temple), dies

1513 – Alonso de Ojeda, Spanish explorer (Curacao & Bonaire), dies

1623 – Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (b. 1546)

1650 – John Adriaensz, hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74

1676 – Aleksei M Romanov, 1st Romanov-czar of Russia, dies at 46

1686 – Francois Tak, Dutch diplomat on Java, murdered

1691 – Carlo di Girolamo Rainaldi, Italian architect/composer, dies at 79

 

 

 

1725 – Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], tsar of Russia (1682-1725dies of uremia at 52

 

 

 

 

 

 

1768 – George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)

1771 – Augusta von Saxen-Gotha, German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies

1856 – Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist (b. 1773)

1878 – Elias M Fries, Swedish botanist (mycologicum), dies at 83

1884 – Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss/US geologist/meteorologist, dies at 76

1907 – Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom, chemist (fasenleer), dies at 52

1924 – Gee John, US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies

 

 

 

1932 – Vincent “Mad Dog” Collmobsterkilled by Dutch Schultz gang

 

 

 

 

 

1956 – Connie Mack, baseball manager (Phila A’s, 1901-50), dies at 93

1957 – John Von Neumann, astronomer, dies at 53

 

 

 

1959 – William J “Wild Bill” DonovanOffice Strategic ServicesMedal of Honor Recipient , dies at 76

 

DONOVAN, WILLIAM JOSEPH Photo

 

 

 

 

1960 – Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)

1960 – John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)

1963 – Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48

1974 – Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova), dies at 75

1975 – Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)

1982 – John Hay Whitney, US newspaper magnate, dies at 76

1985 – William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

1987 – Harriet MacGibbon, actress (Mrs Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies

1990 – Del Shannon, rock vocalist (Runaway), shoots self at 50

1993 – Paul Brickhill, Dutch/US WW II pilot/physician, dies

1995 – B G Hooghoudt, radiotelescope build (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70

1995 – William Fulbright, US politician, dies

1996 – Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76

1998 – William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78

1998 – Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)

1998 – Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member (b.1912)

1999 – Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)

2001 – Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)

2002 – Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)

2004 – Julius Schwartz, American comic book and science fiction editor (b. 1915)

2005 – Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)

2007 – Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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