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Events

1170 - Assassination inside Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

1503 - Battle at Carigliano: Spanish army beats France

1539 - St Jacobs Church burns after being hit by lightning

1558 - Charles V, German Emperor, buried

1778 - English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia

1782 - 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston

1786 - French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convoked

 

 

 

1812 - The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridgecaptures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.

 

 

 

 

 

1813 - British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812

1835 - The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1837 - Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo

1837 - Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine

1845 - Texas admitted as 28th state

1848 - Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk’s administration)

1851 - 1st American Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.

1852 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

 

 

 

1861 - The first British seagoing iron-clad warshipHMS Warrior is launched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Chickasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat Gen Sherman

1862 - Bowling ball invented

1864 - Fire Dept celebrates 1st annual ball

1876 - 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula Ohio, 92 die

1885 - Gottlieb Daimler patents 1st bike (Germany)

 

 

 

1890 - US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded KneeSD

 

 

 

 

 

1891 - Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio)

1895 - Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg

1908 - Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc

1911 - SF Symphony formed

1911 - Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China.

1930 - Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans

1931 - Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey

1939 - First flight of the Consolidated B-24.

1940 - Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)

1957 - Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas

1965 - “Thunderball” premieres in US

1966 - Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)

1967 - Star Trek’s “Trouble With Tribbles” 1st airs

1968 - Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes

1972 - Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101

1972 - Life magazine ceases publication

 

 

 

1975 - 11 killed75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC

 

 

 

 

 

1982 - Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)

1989 - Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia

1989 - Wayne Gretzky & Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP

1989 - Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.

1991 - Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei

1992 - Gov Cuomo grants Jean Harris (Scarsdale Diet Dr killer) clemency

1993 - Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)

1994 - B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed

2001 - Mesa Redonda shopping center fire, Lima, Peru, at least 291 killed.

Births

1563 - Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer

1586 - Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna/marquis of Aytona

1678 - Gotthard Wagner, composer

1721 - Madame De Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th

1743 - Alexander van Bylandt, Dutch military officer

1776 - Charles Macintosh, Scotland, patented waterproof fabric

1792 - Archibald Alison, Scottish historian (History of Europe)

1796 - Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (d. 1877)

1800 - Charles Goodyear, New Haven, Connecticut, inventor (vulcanization process for rubber), (d. 1860)

 

 

 

1808 - Andrew JohnsonRaleigh NC, (Unionist), 17th pres (1865-69)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 - Albert PikeBrigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1891

 

 

 

 

 

1809 - William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal British PM (1868-74, ’80-86, ’92-94), (d. 1898)

1816 - Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)

1831 - Adam Badeau, Bvt Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1856 - Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes integral)

1876 - Pablo Casals, Vendrell Catalonia Spain, violinist/conductor/composer

 

 

 

1879 - Billy Mitchellaviation hero Gen (WW I)

 

 

 

 

 

1881 - Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)

1900 - Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist

1903 - Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter/bandleader

1910 - Ronald Coase, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate

1915 - Charles L[eonard] Harness, US, sci-fi author (Paradox Men, Wolfhead)

1915 - Robert Ruark, US writer (Something of Value)

 

 

 

1920 - Syd DernleyUK , Last hangman

 

 

 

 

 

1920 - Viveca Lindfors, Uppsala Sweden, actress (Way We Were, Welcome to LA)

1921 - Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)

1922 - William Gaddis, American writer (d. 1998)

1925 - Pete Dye, American golf course architect

1932 - Inga Swenson, Omaha Nebraska, actress (Gretchen-Benson)

1933 - Prez “Kidd” Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist

1934 - Tom Jarriel, LaGrange Ga, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)

1935 - Tony Bramall, England, auto dealer/multi-millionaire (Harrogate)

1936 - Ray Nitschke, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers)

1937 - Mary Tyler Moore, Bkln, actress (Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People)

1938 - Jon Voight, Yonkers, NY, actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy)

1938 - Wayne Huizenga, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster, Miami Dolphins)

1941 - Ray Thomas, England, rock vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)

 

 

 

1946 - Laffit Pincay Jrjockey (Ky Derby 1984Belmont 1982-84Swale)

 

 

 

 

 

1946 - Marianne Faithfull, Hampstead England, vocalist (Money)

1947 - Cozy Powell, England, rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP)

1947 - Ted Danson, SD California, actor (Sam Malone-Cheers, 3 Men & a Baby)

1951 - Laurel Masse, Holland Mich, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator)

1951 - Yvonne Elliman, US actress/singer (I Don’t Know How to Love Him)

1952 - Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)

1953 - Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1954 - Glenn Myernick, Trenton NJ, US soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96)

1959 - Paula Poundstone, comedienne (Emmy Awards)

1961 - Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)

1965 - Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring)

1967 - Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist

1967 - Andy Wachowski, American director

1969 - Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver

1970 - Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver

1972 - Jude Law, British actor

1972 - Evan Seinfeld, American musician (Biohazard) and actor

1975 - Kalin Olson, Hot Springs Ark, playmate (Aug 1997)

1978 - Alexis Amore, Peruvian pornographic actress

1979 - Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter

1979 - Ariel Schrag, American Cartoonist

1985 - Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley

 

 

 

Deaths

721 - Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)

1141 - Yue Fei, Chinese general, executed

 

 

 

1170 - Thomas BecketEnglish Archbishop of Canterburyassassinated by 4 knights of King Henry II at 52

 

 

 

 

 

1558 - Hermann Finck, composer, dies at 31

1563 - Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)

1689 - Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam historian/geographer, buried

1689 - Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)

1731 - J Brook Taylor, English mathematician, dies at 46

1737 - Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)

1821 - Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau de Bergendael, S Neth general, dies at 61

1890 - Big Foot, Sioux Indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee

1891 - Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician, dies at 68

1897 - William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)

 

 

 

1916 - Grigori RasputinRussian faith healer/intriguermurdered at 45

 

 

 

 

 

1924 - Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)

 

 

 

1929 - Wilhelm MaybachGerman automobile designer (b. 1846)

 

 

 

 

 

1942 - Frank D Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83

1943 - William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum), dies at 75

1947 - Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/general, dies at 78

1960 - Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)

1975 - Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).

1976 - Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Oly-silver-76), dies at 22

1986 - [Maurice] Harold MacMillan, PM of Great-Britain (1957-63), dies at 92

1988 - Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)

 

 

 

1995 - Madeleine Barotresistance heroinedies at 86

 

 

 

 

 

1996 - Daniel Raphaeautl Mayer, journalist/resistance leader, dies at 86

1998 - Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)

1999 - Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)

2004 - Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)

2008 - Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

Events

418 - St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

801 - Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona

1065 - Westminister Abbey consecrated in London

1308 - The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

1614 - Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk

1732 - 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette)

1828 - 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

1832 - John Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with Pres Jackson)

1846 - Iowa becomes 29th state

1849 - M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

1850 - Rangoon Burma, destroyed by fire

1864 - Battle of Egypt Station, MS

1867 - United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.

1869 - William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum

1879 - North British Railway’s train falls as Firth bridge collapses (Scot)

1887 - Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted

1895 - Film makers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

1904 - 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)

1912 - The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.

 

 

 

1928 - Last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues,” made (see UE Deaths 12/22)

 

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1928 - Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of “West End blues”

1931 - Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as president of Nanjing-China

1939 - First flight of the Consolidated XB-24 Liberator bomber prototype.

1942 - Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus

1942 - Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times

1943 - All inhabitants of Kalmukkie deported, about 70,000 killed

1944 - Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

1945 - Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1948 - IDF crosses Egyptian border

1948 - US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite

1948 - The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.

1950 - Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea

1958 - Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1

1963 - Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with “Sing a Sad Song”

1966 - 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass

1967 - Muriel Siebert is 1st women to own a seat on NY Stock Exchange

1968 - 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival

1968 - Beatles’ “Beatles-White Album,” goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

1968 - Israeli assault on Beirut Airport

1972 - Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea

1972 - Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)

1973 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes “Gulag Archipelag”

 

 

 

1973 - Comet Kohoutek at perihelion

 

 

 

 

 

1975 - “Hail Mary Pass”-Cowboys beat Vikings 17-14 on last second pass

1976 - Genie Francis joind “General Hospital” as Laura Vining

1980 - Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US

1981 - Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98

1981 - The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1984 - Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old

1987 - In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark

1991 - 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC

1993 - Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49

2000 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

2005 - A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.

2008 - The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

2009 - 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

 

 

 

Births

1164 - Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)

1484 - Joachim Vadianus, [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen

1522 - Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)

1631 - Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist

1635 - Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)

1655 - Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)

1665 - George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)

1731 - Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master

 

 

 

1763 - John Molsonfounded Montreal brewery (Molsons)

 

 

 

 

 

1801 - James Barnes, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1869

1822 - William Booth Taliaferro, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1898

1823 - Thomas Alexander Scott, Asst Secy War (Union), died in 1881

1827 - Robert Latimer McCook, volunteers Brigadier General (Union), died in 1862

1833 - Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1907

1835 - Archibald Geikie, British geologist

 

 

 

1856 - [ThomasWoodrow WilsonStaunton Va, (28 pres-D-1912-21Nobel 1919)

 

 

 

 

 

1859 - John W Fortescue, military historian

1882 - Arthur Eddington, England, astrophysicist/cosmologist/mathematician

1883 - A Wolfenstein, writer

1884 - Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter

1894 - Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)

1898 - Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)

1898 - Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)

1902 - Mortimer J Adler, NYC, author (Encyclopedia Brittanica)

1903 - John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)

1904 - Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer

1905 - Earl “Fatha” Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)

1908 - Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)

1911 - Sam Levenson, NYC, humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party)

1913 - Lou Jacobi, Toronto Ontario, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba)

1915 - Roebuck “Pops” Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)

1922 - Stan Lee, comics artist/creator (Spiderman, Incredible Hulk)

1923 - Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)

1924 - Johnny Otis, [Veliotes], composer (Every Beat of My Heart)

 

 

 

1924 - Rod SerlingSyracuse NYwriter/host (Twilight ZoneNight Gallery)

 

 

 

 

 

1924 - Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)

1927 - Martin Milner, Detroit Mich, actor (Route 66, Adam 12, Life of Riley)

1929 - Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)

1932 - Dorsey Burnette, Memphis, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One)

1932 - Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)

1934 - Maggie Smith, Ilford England, actress (Death on Nile, Clash of Titans)

1936 - Lawrence Schiller, American journalist

1938 - Charles Neville, US rock vocalist/saxophonist (Neville Brothers)

1938 - Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician

1939 - Philip Anschutz, American businessman

1940 - Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)

1942 - Paul Horowitz, NYC, physicist, META project (Sloan Award 1971-3)

1944 - Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel laureate

1945 - Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)

 

 

 

1945 - Max HastingsBritish editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)

 

 

 

 

 

1946 - Edgar Winter, Beaumont Tx, rocker (They Only Come Out at Night)

1948 - Jorge Velasquez, jockey (Kentucky Derby-1981, Preakness-1981)

1950 - Alex Chilton, Memphis Tenn, rock guitarist/vocalist (Box Tops)

1952 - S Epatha Merkerson, Saginaw MI, actress (Lt Van Buren-Law and Order)

1953 - Richard Clayderman, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)

1954 - Denzel Washington, Mount Vernon NY, actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere)

1954 - Rosie Vela, British singer (Zazu, Fools Paradise)

1956 - Michael Gibbons, rocker (Bo Donaldson & Heywoods-Billy Don’t be a Hero)

1958 - Carl Marsden, bodyguard

1958 - Joe Diffie, Tulsa Ok, country singer/guitarist (Home)

1958 - Mike McGuire, Haleyville Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)

1960 - Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1962 - Keith Lee, basketball player (Memphis State)

1963 - Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)

1963 - Willow Bay, TV host (Good Morning America)

1967 - Paul Lynch, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)

1967 - Chris Ware, American cartoonist

 

 

 

1969 - Linus TorvaldsFinnish computer programmer

 

 

 

 

 

1971 - Frank Sepe, American bodybuilder

1972 - Adam Clawson, Salt Lake City UT, slalom single canoe (Olympic-19th-96)

1973 - Garth John Da Silva, Auckland NZ, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96)

1973 - Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress

1978 - John Legend, American musician

1981 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby

1982 - François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete

1984 - Beverly Mullins, American Wrestler/Model

1984 - Alex Lloyd, British racing driver

1990 - David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

 

 

 

Deaths

300 - Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria

1367 - Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)

1446 - Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies

1503 - Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)

1542 - Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52

1663 - Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)

1673 - Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77

1694 - Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]

1703 - Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)

1708 - Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)

 

 

 

1734 - Robert Roy MacGregorScottish  folk hero (b. 1671)

 

 

 

 

 

1793 - Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75

1795 - Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
torian, dies

1900 - Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)

1917 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)

1919 - Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)

1923 - Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], engineer (Eiffel Tower), dies at 91

1937 - Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62

1945 - Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74

1947 - Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy (1900-46)/Ethiopia, dies at 78

1949 - Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39

1952 - Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)

1963 - Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies

1967 - Béla Schick, Hung/US children’s physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90

 

 

 

1976 - Freddie KingBluesmanGuitaristSingerdies at 42

 

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1978 - Harry Winston, US jeweler for the “rich & famous”, dies at 82

1983 - Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39

1983 - William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91

 

 

 

1984 - Sam Peckinpahdirectordies of cardiac arrest at 59

 

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1989 - Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)

1990 - Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46

1991 - Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39

 

 

 

1993 - William L Shirerwriter (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - James Lees-Milne, architecural historian, dies at 89

1999 - Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)

2003 - Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

418 - [Etalius] begins his reign as Catholic Pope

537 - The Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian

1437 - Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Bohemia

 

 

 

1503 - Battle at Garigliano , Spanish army under G Cordoba beats France

 

 

 

 

 

1512 - The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.

1521 - “Zwickauer profeten” appear in Wittenberg

1657 - The Flushing Remonstrance is signed.

1679 - Dutch troops capture Madurees prince Trunudjojo in Java

1703 - England & Portugal sign Methuen-Asiento-trade agreement

1741 - Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

1814 - Destruction of schooner Carolinathe last of Commodore Daniel Patterson’s make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

 

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1825 - 1st public railroad using steam locomotive completed in England

1831 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs England for South America

1845 - Ether 1st used in childbirth in US, Jefferson, Ga

1850 - Hawaiian Fire Dept established

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Chickasaw BluffsMS (Chickasaw Bayou)

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Elizabethtown, KY

1871 - World’s 1st cat show (Crystal Palace, London)

1900 - Carrie Nation’s 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)

1918 - The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.

1926 - Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st US Jewish soldier to die in WW I

1927 - Stalin’s faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)

1934 - 1st youth hostel in US opens (Northfield, Mass)

1934 - Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran

1937 - Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

1939 - 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)

1939 - Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake (Erzincam Turkey)

1939 - Earthquake in Turkey, about 50,000 die

1941 - Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an “open city”

1942 - 1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use

1943 - Montgomery discusses Overlord with Eisenhower & Bedell Smith

1945 - International Monetary Fund established-World Bank founded

1945 - The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.

1947 - 1st “Howdy Doody Show,” (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC

1968 - Apollo 8 returns to Earth

1974 - 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)

1974 - FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party

1975 - Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 (Dhanbad India)

1978 - Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979 - “Knots Landing,” premieres on CBS-TV

1979 - Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown

1980 - Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

1981 - Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

1983 - Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

1983 - Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo

1985 - Terrorists kill 20 & wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome & Vienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

1987 - Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass

1988 - Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades

1991 - “Carol Burnett Show” last airs on CBS-TV

1992 - Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY’s JFK airport

1993 - Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93

1996 - Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.

1997 - Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.

2002 - Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

2004 - Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

2007 - Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.

 

 

 

Births

1390 - Anne de Mortimer, claimant to the English throne (d. 1411)

1555 - Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist

 

 

 

1571 - Johannes KeplerWeil der StadtGermanyastronomer (planetary Motion), (d. 1630)

 

 

 

 

 

1645 - Giovanni Adb Viscardi, Swiss architect, baptized

1654 - Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician

1709 - Pieter de Swart, Dutch architect (Royal Palace, Hague)

1715 - Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)

1773 - George Cayley, England, found science of aerodynamics

1776 - Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1811)

1796 - Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (d. 1869)

1814 - James Henry Carleton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1873

1816 - Eliakim Parker Scammon, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1894

 

 

 

1822 - Louis PasteurDole, Francebacteriologist (pasturization), (d. 1895)

 

 

 

 

 

1829 - James Clay Rice, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1831 - Lucius Fairchild, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1896

1832 - Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art (d. 1897)

1855 - Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist

1879 - Sydney Greenstreet, Sandwich England, actor (Maltese Falcon)

1883 - Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and philanthropist (d. 1979)

1892 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)

1896 - Louis Bromfield, Mansfield Ohio, writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926)

1897 - Iwan S Konew, Russ marshal/supreme commander pact of Warsaw

1899 - Paul Costello, US, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1920, 24, 28)

1900 - Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)

 

 

 

1901 - Marlene Dietrich [Maria Losch], Berlin Germanysinger/actress (Blue Angel), (d. 1992)

 

 

 

 

 

1907 - Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher

1910 - Neville Crump, racehorse trainer

1915 - William Howell Masters, sex author/physician

1917 - Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (P&O)

1918 - John Celardo, American comic strip artist

1920 - Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)

1924 - Wouter Eijkelemboom, Dutch architect (Holy-hospital, Vlaardingen)

1930 - Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)

 

 

 

1931 - Scotty Mooreguitarist (for Elvis)

 

 

Scotty Moore UK TV

Scotty Moore, D. J. Fontana_ Elvis Week 1997

Mark Knopfler On Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore & Carl Perkins Talk

 

 

 

 

1934 - Larissa Latynina, Ukraine, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60, 64)

1939 - John Amos, Newark NJ, actor (Good Times, Coming to America)

1941 - Leslie Maguire, rocker (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Crossed the Mersey)

1941 - Michael Pinder, rocker (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)

1942 - Charmian Carr, American actress

1943 - Cokie Roberts, newscaster (ABC-TV)

1944 - Mick Jones, rock guitarist (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love is)

1947 - Peter Criss, rocker (Kiss-Beth)

1948 - Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)

1948 - Tovah Feldshuh, NYC, actress (Idolmaker, Terror out of the Sky)

1948 - Gérard Depardieu, French actor

1950 - Terry Bozzio, rock drummer (Missing Persons-Hello I Love You)

1951 - William Waldorf 4th viscount Astor/English large landowner

1951 - Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico

1952 - Karla Bonoff, rock singer (New World, Restless Nights)

1953 - Arthur Kent, newscaster [Scud Stud], (NBC-Gulf War coverage)

1955 - Barbara Olson, American political commentator (d. 2001)

1955 - Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver

1956 - Doina Melinte, Romanian running star (world record 1500 m/mile indoor)

1959 - Mary Holland, San Diego California, WPVA volleyballer

1960 - Maryam D’Abo, London, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept)

1963 - Dana Chladek, Decin Czech, US slalom Kayak (Olympics-br/silver-92, 96)

1963 - Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)

1965 - Salman Khan, Indian actor

1969 - Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics-96)

1969 - Suzanne Paxton, Balt Md, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1969 - Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver

1969 - Chyna, American professional wrestler

1973 - Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics-96)

1975 - Heather O’Rourke, San Diego California, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist)

1977 - Kate Nelson, Evanston Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)

1982 - James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)

 

 

Deaths

418 - Zosimus, Greek Pope (417-8), dies

975 - Balderik, bishop of Utrecht (918-75), dies

1065 - Ferdinand I, the Great, king of Castile, dies

1076 - Prince Svyatoslav II of Kiev (b. 1027)

1381 - Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, English politician

1548 - Francesco Spiera, Italian Protestant jurist (b. 1502)

1603 - Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68

1631 - John Pijnas, Dutch painter, buried at about 47

1737 - William Bowyer, English printer (b. 1663)

1771 - Henri Pitot, French engineer (b. 1695)

1834 - Charles Lamb, English essayist (b. 1775)

 

 

 

1836 - Stephen Fuller Austinfounder of state of Texasdies at 43

 

 

 

 

1896 - John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)

1900 - William G Armstrong, of Cragside, Brit const (hydr crane), dies at 90

1914 - Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and inventor (b. 1863)

1924 - William Archer, Scottish critic/playwright (Green Goddess), dies at 68

1936 - Hans von Seeckt, German Gen/advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, dies at 70

1938 - Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)

1952 - Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76

1955 - Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)

1959 - Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70

1972 - Lester B Pearson (L), 14th Canadian PM (Nobel 1957), dies at 75

1974 - Amy Vanderbilt, US author (Complete book of etiquette), dies at 66

1978 - Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash

1979 - Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered

1981 - Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82

1982 - John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51

1985 - Dian Fossey, US naturalist (Gorillas in Mist), found dead in Rwanda

1986 - Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78

1988 - Hal Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59

1991 - W Hudson, US “strongest man to the world” (540 kg), dies

1992 - Cardew “the Cad” [Douglas] Robinson, Engl comedian (Alfie), dies at 75

1993 - Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50

1997 - Brendan Gill, journalist, dies at 83

1997 - Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87

2002 - George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)

2003 - Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)

2004 - Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)

2007 - Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan (assassinated) (b. 1953)

2008 - Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

268 - Pope St Dionysius dies

418 - Pope St Zosimus dies

795 - St Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1198 - French bishop Odo van Sully condemns Zottenfeest

1481 - Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht

1492 - 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus

1568 - Uprising of Morisco’s against suppression in Granada

1620 - Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, MA

1620 - Elizabeth Báthory’s crimes are uncovered.

1773 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

1776 - George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

1793 - Battle of Geisberg: French defeat Austrians.

1799 - George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as “1st in war1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen

1811 - A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

1825 - Erie Canal opens

1848 - 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF

1848 - William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia

1848 - The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

1854 - Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo

1860 - Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt)

1860 - Major Robert Andersonunder cover of darknessconcentrated his small force at Ft Sumter

1860 - The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.

1862 - -Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, VA

1862 - 1st US navy hospital ship enters service

1862 - 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising

1865 - James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator

1870 - The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.

1872 - 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18″)

1878 - 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia

1883 - The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.

1899 - Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed

1902 - Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) & Christy Williams (42)

1908 - Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

1917 - Fed government took over operation of American RR for duration of WW I

1924 - Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut

1933 - FM radio is patented.

1934 - Yomiuri Giants, Japan’s 1st professional baseball team forms

1941 - Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would “stop at nothing”

1943 - British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst

1944 - Battle of Bastogne-US Gen Patton’s 4th Pantzers repulse Germans

1947 - Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8″ of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F

1954 - Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10

1955 - Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14

1955 - RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV

1963 - Beatles release “I Want To Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There”

1966 - Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday

1966 - Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club

1967 - Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands

1968 - Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1

1968 - Led Zeppelin’s concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge

1973 - “Exorcist,” starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres

1973 - 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours

1975 - 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)

1978 - India’s former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail

1979 - Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

1980 - Aeroflot puts the Ilyushin Il-86 into service.

1982 - TIME’s Man of the Year is a computer

1986 - Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed

1990 - Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship

1991 - Jack Ruby’s gun sells for $220,000 in auction

1991 - Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India

1994 - French commando’s terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

1996 - Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.

1997 - The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.

1998 - Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.

1998 - Severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power outages in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

1999 - Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar).

2003 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam.

2004 - A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.

2005 - Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.

2006 - The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.

Births

1194 - Frederick II, Iesi Italy, German Emperor (1212-1250)/King of Sicily

1532 - Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (d. 1576)

1536 - Yi I, Korean Confucian scholar (d. 1584)

1542 - Tokugawa Ieyasuunifier of Japan and first Tokugawa Shogun (d. 1616)

1618 - Elisabeth, Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess

1633 - Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised

1646 - Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)

1660 - Peter Schenck, German/Neth engraver/publisher, baptised

1666 - Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism (d. 1708)

1723 - Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)

1731 - Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)

1737 - Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)

1738 - Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence

1770 - Pierre earl de Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba)

1780 - Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician (d. 1872)

1792 - Charles Babbage, London, inventor (calculating machine), (d. 1871)

1809 - William Nelson Pendleton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1883

1815 - Israel Bush Richardson, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1820 - Gustavus Adolphus Smith, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1885

1824 - Augustus Louis Chetlain, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1914

1837 - Adm George DeweyAmerican naval hero of Manila

1859 - Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist

1861 - Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)

1872 - Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

1878 - Isaiah Bowman, US, geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)

1883 - Carl Oscar Ahues, Germany, International Chess Master (1950)

1883 - Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist

1887 - Gen Arthur Ernest PercivalBritish Army officer (d. 1966)

1890 - Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)

1891 - Henry Miller, Manhattan, New York, author/artist (Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, Sexus), (d. 1980)

1893 - Mao Tse-Tung [Zedong], Chinese Prime Minister (1949-76), (d. 1976)

1903 - Elisha Cook Jr, San Francisco California, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI)

1908 - Ralph Hill, US, 5K runner (Olympic-1932)

1911 - Steve Kordek, Chicago, Illinois, pinball machine designer, (d. 2012)

1914 - Richard Widmark, Sunrise Mich, actor (Madigan, Judgement at Nuremberg)

1916 - Helmut Eder, composer

1917 - Rosemary Woods, Nixon’s secretary, keep her away from your tapes

1921 - Steve Allen, NYC, comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show)

1921 - John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)

1927 - Alan KingBkln NY, comedian/actor (Anderson TapesMemories of Me)

1935 - Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Detroit MI, rock vocalist (Four Tops)

1935 - Barbara J Jacket, US athletic coach (Olympics 1972)

1936 - Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)

1937 - John Horton Conway, British mathematician

1937 - Jay Heimowitz, American poker player

1939 - [Harvey] Phil Spector, record producer (Wall of Sound)

1940 - Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate

1942 - Earl Cate, Ark, country singers (Cate Bros-Fire on the Tracks)

1942 - Ernie Cate, Ark, country singers (Cate Bros-Fire on the Tracks)

1945 - John Walsh, activist/TV host (America’s Most Wanted)

1947 - Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)

1947 - Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)

1947 - James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

1949 - Ira Newborn, NYC, orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer)

1949 - José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate

1953 - Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut

1953 - Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)

1954 - Susan H Butcherdogsled driver (Idatarod)

1954 - Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic-gold-1976)

1954 - Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic-gold-1976)

1956 - David Sedaris, American essayist

1958 - Adrian Newey, British engineer

1959 - Lesley Tomlinson, Derbyshire England, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1959 - Koji Morimoto, Japanese animated film director

1960 - Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist

1961 - Tahnee Welch, [La Tahn Renee Welch], San Diego CAactress (Cocoon)

1963 - Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill ‘em All)

1965 - Ben Husaby, Eden Prairie Minn, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)

1970 - Lisa Gathright, Moline Ill, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1993)

1970 - Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks)

1970 - James Mercer, American musician (The Shins)

1972 - Jared Leto, Bossier City LA, actor (Jordan-My So Called Life)

1972 - Robert Muchamore, English children’s author

1973 - Ryan Berube, US, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)

1979 - Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper

1979 - Chris Daughtry, American singer

1980 - Serena Phillips, Corvallis Ore, figure skater (1997 Pruetten champ)

Deaths

1350 - Jean de Marigny, French bishop

1458 - Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1393)

1476 - Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered

1530 - Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah, founder Mogols-dynasty, dies at 47

1624 - Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54

1679 - John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53

1771 - Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (b. 1715)

1776 - Johann Gottlieb RallHessian colonel/mercenarydies in battle in American Revolutionary War

1780 - John Fothergill, English physician (b. 1712)

1784 - Seth WarnerAmerican revolutionary leader (b. 1743)

1837 - Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87

1861 - Philip St George Cocke, Confederate brig-gen, commits suicide at 52

1866 - Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union general-major, dies at 49

1869 - Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille, French physiologist (b. 1797)

1890 - Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (Trojan War), dies at 86

1909 - Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)(see UE Births 10/4)

1931 - Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)

1942 - Bosinier de la Chapelle, Fren murderer of adm Darlan, executed at 24

1950 - James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68

1960 - Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54

1963 - “Gorgeous George” Wagner, wrestler, dies

1972 - Harry Truman33rd US Pres (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

1974 - Jack Bennycomedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80

Best of Jack Benny I

Jack Benny vs. Groucho 1955

Phil Harris Roasts Jack Benny

1977 - Howard Hawksdirector (Rio LoboHatari!), dies at 81

Howard Hawks 1972 Interview

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Bringing Up Baby

Rio Bravo

1985 - Dian Fossey, zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered at 53

1986 - Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84

1988 - Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)

1990 - Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33

1992 - John G Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies

1997 - John Whitley, air-Marshal, dies at 92

1997 - Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist (b. 1922)

1999 - Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)

2000 - Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)

2001 - Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)

2002 - Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)

2002 - Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)

2004 - Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)

2004 - Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)

2004 - Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)

2004 - Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)

2004 - Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)

2004 - Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)

2005 - Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)

2005 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)

2006 - Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

2006 - Gerald R Ford38th President of the United Statesdies at 93

2009 - Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)

2010 - Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)

Merry Christmas

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1 - 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus

274 - Roman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.

 

 

 

337 - Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th

 

 

 

 

 

352 - 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th

 

 

 

 

 

390 - Roman emperor Theodosius admits debt on mass murder in Thessalonica

498 - French king Clovis baptises himself

597 - England adopts Julian calendar

604 - Battle at Etampes (Stampae): Burgundy beat Neustriers

800 - Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman emperor

875 - Charles, the Bare, crowned emperor of Rome

967 - John XIII crowned Otto II the Red German compassionate emperor

969 - Johannes I Tzimisces, crowned emperor of Byzantium

1000 - Monarch Istvan crowned king of Hungary

1046 - Pope Clemens VI crowns Henry III RC-German emperor

1066 - William the Conqueror, crowned king of England

1100 - Boudouin I of Boulogne crowned king of Jerusalem

1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)

1492 - Columbus’ ship Santa Maria docks at Dominican Republic

1553 - Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeats the Spanish conquistadors and exetutes the governor of Chile Pedro de Valdivia.

1613 - Johan Sigismund of Brandenburg becomes protestant

1621 - Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas

 

 

 

1651 - Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine (five shillingsfor “observing any such day as Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

1717 - Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, 1000s killed

1741 - Astronomer Anders Celcius introduces Centigrade temperature scale

1758 - Halley’s comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch during return

1760 - Jupiter Hammon, NY slave, publishes poetry in “An Evening Throught”

1776 - Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians

1818 - 1st known Christmas carol (“Silent Night, Holy Night”) sung (Austria)

1818 - Handel’s Messiah, US premieres in Boston

1831 - Louisiana & Arkansas are 1st states to observe Christmas as holiday

1837 - Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians

1843 - 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

1862 - 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC

1868 - Despite bitter opposition, President A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)

1896 - “Stars & Stripes Forever” written by John Philip Sousa

1899 - Farmers send/guide belegerd Ladysmith Kerstpudding/desire in grenade

1901 - Battle at Tweefontein Orange-Free state: Boers surprise attack Brits

 

 

 

1914 - Legendary/unofficial “Christmas Truce” takes place (Brits & Germans)

 

 

 

 

 

1926 - Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan (1926-1989)

1930 - 1st US bobsled run open to public (Lake Placid, NY)

1930 - Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens

1932 - 7.6 magnitude earthquake ravages Qansu, China, kills 275

1937 - Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

1938 - George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O’Hara

 

 

 

1939 - Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer

 

 

 

 

 

1941 - Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong

1941 - Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan

1942 - Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death

1942 - British Col S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter

1942 - Russian artillery/tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad

1946 - Constitution accepted in Taiwan

1950 - Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland

1953 - Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)

1957 - Ed Gein found insane of murder

1958 - Alan Freed’s Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens

1959 - Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market

1963 - Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released

1964 - “Goldfinger” premieres in US

1968 - Frank Borman’s Christmas reading while orbiting Moon

1969 - 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor

1971 - Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul

1973 - Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)

1973 - The ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.

1974 - Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin Australia

1974 - Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.

 

 

 

1979 - USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - NBA’s Bernard King scores 60 points

1987 - Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured

1989 - Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temp ever recorded

1990 - “Godfather III” premieres

1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned as President of USSR

1997 - For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

2003 - The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.

2004 - Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

 

 

Births

1250 - John IV Laskaris, Byzantine Emperor (d. circa 1305)

1461 - Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)

1583 - Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized

1601 - Jose Ximenez, composer

1624 - Angelus Silesius, [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)

 

 

 

1642 - Isaac NewtonWoolsthorpe-by-ColsterworthEnglandphysicistmathematicianastronomer (GravityLaws of Motion), (d.1727)

 

 

 

 

 

1652 - Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)

1674 - Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)

1700 - Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1758)

1716 - Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)

1730 - Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson (d. 1816)

1763 - Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)

1808 - Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1890

1813 - Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) died in 1890

 

 

 

1821 - Clara BartonOxford Massnurse/founder (American Red Cross), (d. 1912)

 

 

 

 

 

1823 - Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1832 - Thomas Alfred Smyth, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1865

1855 - James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884

1856 - Hans von Bartels, German painter (d. 1913)

1863 - Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (d. 1957)

1870 - Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)

1873 - Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)

1876 - Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Karachi, founded Pakistan (1947)/gov (1947-58)

1876 - Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)

1878 - W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup’s Enterprise)

1878 - Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)

1884 - Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (d. 1967)

1886 - Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)

1887 - Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)

 

 

 

1890 - Robert RipleySanta Rosa, Californiacollector of odd facts ( Believe it or Not), (d. 1949)

 

 

 

 

 

1891 - Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkirk, North Africa)

1892 - Rebecca West, [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author

1899 - Humphrey Bogart, NYC, actor, Here’s looking at you, kid (Casablanca)

1900 - Barton Maclane, Columbia SC, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie)

1900 - Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)

1904 - Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)

1906 - Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)

1906 - William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)

1906 - Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)

1907 - Cab[ell] Calloway, Rochester, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball)

1907 - Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)

1908 - Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)

1909 - Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)

1911 - Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist

1912 - Willian Noel Moffet, architect

1913 - Tony Martin, San Francisco, California, [Alvin Morris], SF, singer (It’s a Blue World, To Each), (d. 2012)

1914 - James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)

1916 - Daniel Devoto, composer

1918 - Anwar el-Sadat, Egyptian Pres (1970-81, Nobel 1978)

1919 - Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)

1925 - Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1956)

 

 

 

1925 - Carlos CastanedaPeruvian-born,US writer/mystic (Eagle’s GiftFire From Within)(d. 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

1929 - Billy Horton, rocker (The Silhouettes-Get a Job)

1929 - Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter 

1934 - Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist

1936 - Ismail Merchant, Bombay India, producer (Householder)

1937 - O’Kelly Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)

1939 - Bob James, rocker

1939 - Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire

1943 - Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)

1943 - Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)

1943 - Trevor Lucas, rocker (Fairport Convention)

1943 - Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver

1944 - Henry Vestine, rock guitarist (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)

1945 - Gary Sandy, Dayton Ohio, actor (Andy-WKRP in Cincinnati)

1945 - Ken “The Snake” Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI)

1945 - Noel Redding, rocker (The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze)

1946 - Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)

1946 - Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)

1947 - Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)

1948 - Barbara Mandrell, Houston Tx, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters)

1949 - Sissy Spacek, Quitman Tx (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner’s Daughter)

1949 - Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Singer and icon of the Brazilian music

1949 - Joe Louis Walker, American musician

1950 - Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor

1952 - CCH Pounder, Guyana-born actress

1952 - Desireless, French singer

1953 - Arnella Flynn, Rome Italy, Errol Flynn’s daughter

1954 - Annie Lennox, Aberdeen Scotld, vocalist (Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams, Why)

1954 - Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1957 - Jillie Mack, Mrs Tom Selleck/actress (Magnum PI)

1957 - Shane McGowan, rock vocalist (Pogues-Red Roses For Me)

1959 - Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)

1959 - Missy Cleveland, Jackson Miss, playmate (April, 1979)

1961 - Ingrid Betancourt, Colombian senator

1962 - Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics-2 bronze-92, 96)

1962 - Darren Wharton, British Keyboardist (Thin Lizzy and Dare)

1964 - Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics-96)

1965 - Kathleen Luciano, Munich Ger, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993)

 

 

 

1968 - Helena ChristensenCopenhagen Denmarkmodel/actress (Inferno)

 

 

 

 

 

1969 - Bernhard Jr, Prince of Netherlands

1971 - Dido, Kensington, London, pop singer and rap/dance music vocalist (Eminem’s ‘Stan’, ‘No Angel’)

1972 - Fantasia, [Tonya Manley], Detroit Mich, dancer/actress (Pump it Up)

1975 - Rob Mariano, American reality show contestant

1976 - Scott Vermillion, Independence MO, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)

 

 

 

Deaths

795 - Adrian I, Italian Pope (772-95), dies aged 95

820 - Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine gen/Emperor (813-20), murdered

1156 - Peter Venerabilis, Fr theologist/9th abbot of Cluny, dies at about 61

1249 - Peter Nolascus, Spanish monastery founder/St, dies

1530 - Babur, emperor of Delhi, dies

 

 

 

1635 - Samuel de ChamplainFrench explorer and founder of Quebec City (b. 1567)

 

 

 

 

 

1676 - Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)

1676 - William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English soldier (b. 1592)

1683 - Kara Mustafa Pasha Turkish grand-vizier (1676-83) and Ottoman general, executed. (b. 1634)

1765 - Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (b. 1698)

1868 - Linus Yale, developer of cylinder lock, dies

1878 - Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies

1916 - St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)

1925 - Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)

1926 - Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47

1946 - W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It’s A Gift), dies at 67

1954 - Johnny Ace, Memphis rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25

1954 - Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96

 

 

 

1957 - Frederick Law OlmstedUS architect (Central Park), dies at 87

 

 

 

 

 

1961 - Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies

1961 - Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)

1973 - Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)

 

 

 

1977 - Charlie Chaplinactor (Modern Times), dies in Switzerland at 88

 

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1980 - Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, murdered

1989 - Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61

1989 - Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania’s dictator Nicolea, executed

1989 - Nicolea Ceausescu, dictator of Romania, executed

1992 - Richard H Ichord, US leader of House Un-American Activities Committee, dies at 66

1992 - Garrison H Davidson, US lt-gen commandant (West Point), dies

1993 - Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)

1994 - Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87

 

 

 

1995 - Dean Martinsinger/actor (Return to Me), dies at 78

 

 IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Baby its Cold Outside

Let it Snow

 

 

 

1995 - Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher, dies at 89

1996 - Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6

1997 - Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39

1997 - Denver Pyle, actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77

2000 - Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher (b. 1908)

2004 - Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)

2005 - Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)

2005 - Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)

2006 - James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply the Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

2006 - Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)

2007 - Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)

2008 - Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (b. 1927)

2009 - Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

563 - The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes.

640 - John IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1046 - Pope Clement II, [Suitger] elected

1294 - Cardinal Benedetto Gaetani chosen as Pope Boniface VIII

1476 - 400 Burgundian soldiers freeze to death during siege of Nancy

1515 - Thomas Wolsey appointed English Lord Chancellor

1565 - Compromise of the Nobles closes against inquisition

1568 - Uprising of Morisco’s in Granada

1593 - Storm hits Texel: 40 ships hit, 500 killed

1651 - John van Riebeeck departs to Cape of Good Hope

1715 - Swedish troops occupy Norway

1724 - Benjamin Franklin arrives in London

 

 

 

1777 - Kiritimatialso called Christmas Islandis discovered by James Cook

 

 

 

 

 

1798 - Russia & England sign Second anti-French Coalition

1799 - Jakobijns plot against Napoleon uncovered

1814 - Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain’s War of 1812) signed

1818 - “Silent Night” composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; 1st sung next day

1832 - 1st US Negro hospital founded by whites chartered, Savannah, Georgia

1851 - Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes

1864 - Battle of Gordonsville, VA

1865 - Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn

1889 - Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

1893 - Henry Ford completes his 1st useful gas motor

1914 - German plane drops bombs on Dover England

1920 - Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)

1922 - London Coloseum opens

 

 

 

1924 - School in Babb’s SwitchOklahoma catches fire36 die

 

 

 

 

 

1933 - Paris express train derails & kills 160, injures 300 (France)

1936 - 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered, Berkeley, Ca

1941 - 1st ships of admiral Nagumo’s Pearl Harbor-fleet return to Japan

1942 - 1st powered flight of V-1 buzz bomb, Peenemunde, Germany

1942 - Red army occupies German airports at Tasjinskaja & Morozowsk

1943 - FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces

1946 - 4th French republic established

1948 - 1st US house completely sunheated is occupied (Dover Mass)

1953 - 2 fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 (Czechoslovakia)

1956 - “I Love Lucy” Christmas show airs, never put in syndication

1956 - Ferdinand de Lesseps statue blown up in Port Said Egypt

1961 - Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game

1963 - Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus

1966 - Luna 13 lands on Moon

1966 - USAF C144 military charter crashes near Binh Thai Vietnam kills 129

1967 - Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand

1968 - Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis

1970 - 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane

1970 - Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” is released

1971 - Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke found 10 days later

1973 - Ferryboat capsized off coast of Equador, drowning 200

1979 - 1st Ariane-rocket launched

1980 - Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds

1981 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

1982 - Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

1986 - French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released

1989 - Charles Taylor enters Liberia to unseat President Samuel K Doe

1989 - Panama’s dictator, Manual Noriega seeks asylum at Vatican embassy

1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of Soviet Union

1994 - 4 Moslem fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers

1997 - 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City

2000 - The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.

2003 - The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.

 

 

 

Births

3 - Galba, Roman Emperor (d. 69)

1167 - John “without a land”, King of England (1199-1216)

1389 - John VI, Duke of Brittany (d. 1442)

1475 - Thomas Murner, German writer (d.c. 1537)

1491 - Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order (d. 1556)

1508 - Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist (d. 1567)

1564 - Abraham C Bloemaert, painter/cartoonist/engraver

1609 - Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (d. 1683)

1724 - Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (d. 1811)

 

 

 

1745 - Benjamin RushByberry Paphysician/general/signer (Decl of Indep)

 

 

 

 

 

1761 - Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)

 

 

 

1809 - Christopher “Kit” CarsonKYUnion brig-general/indian fighter/frontiersman (d. 1868)

 

 

 

 

 

1818 - James Prescott Joule, physicist (discovered conservation of energy)

1868 - Emanuel Lasker, Germany, world chess champion (1894-21)

1880 - Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, children’s book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)

1894 - Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot

1898 - Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (d. 1959)

1904 - Herbert D Riley, US vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa)

1904 - Joseph Moses Juran, American industrial engineer and philanthropist.

1905 - Anna “Ans” van Dike (“the Young”), Jewish nazi collaborator

1905 - Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire (Hughes Aircraft)/inventor

1910 - Fritz [Reuter] Leiber Jr, US, sci-fi author (Bazaar of the Bizarre)

1920 - Dave Bartholomew, La, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill)

 

 

 

1922 - Ava GardnerGrabtown NCactress (On the BeachNight of the Iguana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 - George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)

1924 - Lee Dorsey, American singer (d. 1986)

1924 - Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer

1929 - Mary Higgins Clark, Bronx NY, author (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch)

1930 - Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], US, dancer

1940 - Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )

1943 - Tatton Sykes, English baron/large landowner

1944 - Erhard Keller, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)

1944 - Mike Curb, Savannah Ga, singer (Mike Curb Congregation)

1945 - Lemmy, [Ian Kilminster], rocker (Hawkwind, Motorhead-Built for Speed)

1945 - Nicholas Meyer, director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan)

1946 - John Akkerman, Dutch guitarist/composer (Focus-Can’t Stand Noise)

1946 - Sharon Farrell, Sioux City Iowa, (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)

1949 - Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver

1951 - Johnny Contardo, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)

1956 - Stephanie Hodge, comedian/actress (I Madman, Happily Ever After)

1957 - Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist (Human League-Only Human)

1957 - Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan

1960 - Glenn McQueen, American animator (d. 2002)

1962 - Michael Ray, rocker

1963 - Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)

1965 - Erika von Heiland, Angeles City Phil, US badminton player (Oly-92,96)

1965 - Nancy Reno, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics-96)

1966 - Deidrich Bader, Wash DC, actor (Oswald-Drew Carey Show)

1968 - Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist

1968 - Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete

1971 - Ricky Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital)

1971 - Tamir Bloom, NYC, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1973 - Eddie Pope, Greensboro NC, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)

1973 - Stephenie Meyer, Hartford, Connecticut, Author (Twilight)

1974 - Ryan Seacrest, American television host

1975 - Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Oly-br-96)

1985 - David Ragan, American race car driver

 

 

Deaths

427 - Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople

1069 - Godfried II, with the Beard, duke of Neder-Lutherans, dies

1257 - John I, Count of Hainaut (b. 1218)

1380 - John von Neumarkt, German bishop/Chancellor Karel IV, dies

1453 - John Dunstable, English composer, dies

 

 

 

1524 - Vasco da GamaPortuguese explorer/viceroy of Cochindies at about 55

 

 

 

 

 

1660 - Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange (b. 1631)

1707 - Noel Coypel, French painter, dies at 73 

1813 - Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)

1863 - W M Thackeray, writer, dies at 52

1865 - Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, British painter and writer (b. 1793)

1868 - Adolphe d’Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)

1869 - Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55

1872 - William John Macquorn Rankine, British physician and engineer (b. 1820)

 

 

 

1873 - Johns HopkinsBaltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)

 

 

 

 

 

1914 - John Muir, British naturalist (b. 1838)

1938 - Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)

1942 - Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists

1952 - Henry A “Hans” Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58

1971 - Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)

1972 - Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79

 

 

 

1980 - Karl DönitzGerman admiraland last leader of Nazi Germany (b. 1891)

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - Ian Hendry, actor (Assassin, Get Carter, Repulsion), dies at 53

1984 - Peter Lawford, actor (Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61

1991 - Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46

 

 

 

1993 - Norman Vincent Pealerev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95

 

 

 

 

 

1994 - John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47

1994 - Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82

1994 - Rossano Brazzi, It resistance fight/actor (Final Justice), dies at 78

1997 - Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (Shogun), dies at 77

2002 - Laci Peterson, American murder victim (b. 1975)

2008 - Harold Pinter, British playwright (b. 1930)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

619 - Boniface V begins his reign as Catholic Pope

962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist.

1482 - Peace of Atrecht

1620 - French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII

1672 - Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn

1690 - John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it’s undiscovered

1751 - France sets plan to tax clergymen

1776 - Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France

1776 - Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try men’s souls”

 

 

 

1783 - General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

 

 

 

 

 

1788 - Maryland votes to cede a 10 sqaure mile area for Dist of Columbia

1823 - “Visit from St Nicholas” by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel

1834 - Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs

1862 - Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis

1867 - 1st self-made millionairess (Sarah Breedlove-hair straightner)

1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear

1907 - 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa

1912 - 1st “Keystone Kops” film, titled “Hoffmeyer’s Legacy”

1912 - Aswan Dam in Nile begins operation

 

 

 

1913 - President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law

 

 

 

 

 

1914 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.

1916 - World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

1917 - 3 British warships come close to Holland

1919 - 1st hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel launched

1919 - Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace

1920 - Ireland divided into 2 parts, each with its own parliament

1920 - King George V signs Home Rule Act

1930 - Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

1930 - Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC

1933 - Marinus van der Lubbe sentenced to death

1937 - First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.

1938 - Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire in filming of “Wizard of Oz”

 

 

 

1938 - Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

1939 - Finnish counter offensive at Summa

1941 - American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese

1941 - British troops overrun Benghazi Libya

1941 - Japan begins assault on Rangoon Burma

1942 - Allies air attack on Den Helder

1943 - Gen Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day

1946 - Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)

1947 - Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs

1951 - Last Belgian communities get electricity

1954 - The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

1960 - King Saudi of Saudi-Arabia takes power

1961 - Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies

1962 - Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion

1963 - Beach Boys 1st appearance on “Shindig”

1963 - Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die

 

 

 

1968 - 82 members of US intelligence ship `Pueblo‘ released by North Korea

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70dsurvived by cannabalism

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - “Immaculate Reception” Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7

1973 - “Young & Restless” premieres on TV

1973 - 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices

1983 - Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter

1986 - Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands

1986 - Rutan & Yeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling

1987 - Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of Pres Gerald R Ford escapes from Alderson Prison

1990 - Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia

1996 - 4 women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history

1997 - Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing

1997 - US Agriculture Dept estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18

2002 - A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.

2003 - PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.

 

 

Births

245 - Zenobia, Palmyra, Syria, Queen of Palmyra, (d. 274)

1173 - Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)

1513 - Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)

1548 - Pieter C Bockenberg, historian (Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae)

1613 - Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish soldier (d. 1676)

1621 - Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)

1621 - Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)

1732 - Richard Arkwright, inventor (spinning frame)

1750 - Frederik Augustus I, the Righteous, king of Saxony (1806-27)

1790 - Jean-Francois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics

1795 - Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel)

1805 - Joseph Smith Jr, Sharon Vermont, founder (Mormon Church), (d. 1844)

1808 - Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883

1818 - David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1822 - Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)

1827 - Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Austrian admiral (Helgoland/Lissa)

 

 

 

1843 - Richard ConnerAmerican Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)

 

 

 

 

STOCKDALE, JAMES B. Photo

 

 

 

 

1854 - Henry B. Guppy, British botanist (d. 1926)

1862 - Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)

1867 - Madame C J Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul (Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), (d. 1919)

1878 - Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)

1908 - Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)

1909 - Barney Ross, NYC, Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934)

1910 - Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)

1911 - James Gregory, Bronx NYC, actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller)

1918 - Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany (SPD, 1974- )

1918 - Jose Greco, Italy, flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)

1922 - Micheline Ostermeyer, France, shot-put/discus thrower (Oly-gold-1948)

1923 - Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, TV host (Price is Right)

 

 

 

1923 - James Stockdaleadmiral (Vietnam)Medal of Honor Recipient , POW,Ross Perot’s 1992 running mate

 

STOCKDALE, JAMES B. Photo

 

 

 

 

1923 - Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (d. 1954)

1925 - Harry Guardino, NYC, actor (Monty Nash, Perry Mason, Hill St Blues)

1926 - Robert Bly, US, poet/editor/translator (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds)

1929 - Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1988)

1931 - Ronnie Schell, Richmond Cal, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World)

1935 - Esther Phillips, [EM Jones], US singer (When a Woman Loves a Man)

1935 - Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packer (the Golden Boy)

1936 - Frederic Forrest, Waxahachie TX, actor (Music Box, Lonesone Dove)

1937 - Karol Joseph Bobko, NYC, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J)

1938 - Bob Kahn, American Internet pioneer

1939 - Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], London, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates)

1940 - Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)

 

 

 

1940 - Jorma KaukonenWash DCrock guitarist (Jefferson AirplaneHot Tuna)

 

Hesitation Blues

Whinin Boy Blues

True Religion with Papa John Creech

I See The Light

 

 

 

 

1942 - Jerry Koosman, pitcher (NY Mets)

1943 - Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)

1943 - Harry Shearer, LA California, actor (SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck)

1943 - Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician

1943 - Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (d. 1987)

1945 - Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1976)

1945 - Ronald Bushy, rocker (Iron Butterfly-Ina gada davida)

1947 - Bill Rodgers, marathon runner (Boston, NY)

1948 - Susan Lucci, Scarsdale NY, actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess)

1948 - Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers)

1948 - Leslie Moonves, American television executive

1949 - Luther Grosvenor, rocker (Spooky Tooth)

1949 - Adrian Belew, American musician

1951 - Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)

1952 - William Kristol, American political commentator

 

 

 

1956 - Michele Alborettoformula-1 racer (Ferrari)

 

 

 

 

 

1956 - Dave Murray, London, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden)

1958 - Denise McConnell, Weisbaden Germany, playmate (March, 1979)

1958 - Joan Severance, Houston Tx, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil)

1959 - Geoff Willis, British engineer

1962 - Bertrand Gachot, Belgian racing driver

1964 - Andy Gabel, Chicago Ill, short track skater (Olympics-1994)

1965 - Eddie Vedder, heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)

1967 - Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer

1968 - Quincy Jones III, Swedish-American musician

1969 - Greg Biffle, American racecar driver

1971 - Corey Haim, Toronto, actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive)

1971 - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite

1971 - Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist

1975 - Sky Lopez, American actress

1976 - Jamie Noble, American professional wrestler

1977 - Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park Ky, diver (Olympics-4th-1996)

1977 - Alge Crumpler, American football player

1977 - Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer

1978 - Jodie Marsh, British glamour model

 

 

 

1978 - Estella WarrenCanadian model and actress

 

 

 

 

 

1979 - Summer Altice, American model and actress

1979 - Holly Madison, American model

 

 

 

Deaths

558 - Childebert, king of France (511-58), dies at about 6

679 - Dagobert II, king of Austrasia (676-679), murdered

910 - Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian scholar

918 - Conrad I, East Frankish/German king (911-18), dies. Born 890

1116 - Ivo van Chartres, French canonist/bishop of Chartres/saint, dies

1230 - Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard I of England

1569 - St Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow, martyred by Ivan the Terrible

 

 

 

1575 - Akiyama NobutomoJapanese warrior (hanged) (b. 1531)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1588 - Hendrik de Guise, French leader of Catholic League, murdered at 37

 

 

 

1652 - John CottonMass Bay Puritan preacher, dies at 68

 

 

 

 

 

1675 - Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French marshal and diplomat (b. 1602)

1722 - Pierre Varignon, French mathematician (b. 1654)

1761 - Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy

1779 - Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)

1789 - Charles-Michel de l’Épée, French philanthropist (b. 1712)

1795 - Henry Clinton, British general (b. 1730)

1805 - Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist (b. 1723)

 

 

 

1834 - Reverend Thomas MalthusEnglish demographer and economist (b. 1766)

 

 

 

 

 

1846 - Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent, French naturalist (b. 1780

1912 - Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)

1939 - Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49

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

1948 - Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44) & 6 Japs, hanged for war crimes at 64

1953 - Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed

1954 - René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)

1967 - Ruth Fuller Sasaki, head of 1st Zen Institute of America, dies at 75

1970 - Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 84

 

 

 

1972 - Andrej N TupolevRussian aircraft builderdies at 84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79

1975 - Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead

1979 - Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)

1982 - Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62

1985 - James Vance (20) & Raymond Belknap (18), commit suicide, sparking their families to sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages

1995 - Patric Reginald Lawrence Knowles, actor (Chisum, Mutiny), dies at 84

1996 - Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69

1997 - Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39

1997 - Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72

1997 - Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89

2000 - Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)

2000 - Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)

2005 - Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)

2007 - William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)

2007 - Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)

2007 - Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)

 

 

 

2009 - Robert L. Howardhighly decorated officer of the United States Army Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1939)

 

 

 

 

Army Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

2010 - Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

401 - St Innocent I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

795 - Leo III succeeds pope Adrianus I

1135 - Norman nobles recognize Stefanus van Blois as English king

1216 - Pope Honorius III delegates degree “Religiosam vitam eligentibus”

1465 - Peace of St Truiden: Louis van Bourbon becomes bishop of Luik

1596 - Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die

1689 - Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck

1715 - English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead

 

 

 

1775 - Continental navy organized with 7 ships

 

 

 

 

 

1807 - Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain & France

1810 - British frigate Minotaur sinks killing 480

1849 - The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.

1862 - -Jan 2nd) Raid on Morgan’s: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY

1882 - 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

1885 - Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.

1888 - Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

1890 - Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.

1894 - French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated)

1919 - US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman

1937 - Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic

1939 - 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany

1939 - Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo

1939 - 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany

1940 - World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.

1941 - Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines

1941 - Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia

1942 - World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

1943 - Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core

1943 - WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, Natl Inst of Arts & Letters

1944 - Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium

1950 - 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77

1956 - Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.

1958 - “Chipmunk Song” reaches #1

1962 - 1,000,000th NBA point scored

1963 - Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.

1964 - Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet )

1964 - Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.

1965 - Director David Lean’s “Dr Zhivago,” premieres

1969 - Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

1970 - Treblinka SS commander Franz Stangl sentenced to life imprisonment

1972 - 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed

1974 - 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975

1976 - German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen

 

 

 

1977 - 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes

 

 

 

 

1980 - Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds

1980 - Pres-elect Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)

1981 - Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
ubway train

1984 - Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” single goes #1 for 6 weeks

1988 - 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ

1988 - Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast

1989 - After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu

1989 - Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pitts

1989 - -18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota

1990 - Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait

1990 - Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen

1990 - Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland’s 1st popularly elected president

1992 - Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die

1997 - Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA

1997 - Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

 

 

 

1997 - Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.

 

 

 

 

 

1999 - The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999).

2001 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.

2001 - Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

2003 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.

 

 

Births

1095 - Roger II of Sicily, King of Sicily (d. 1154)

1178 - Emperor Antoku of Japan (d. 1185)

1400 - Luca della Robbia, Italy, sculptor (Madonna of Rose Garden)

1459 - Djem Sultan, son of Turks sultan Mehmed II

1546 - Kuroda Yoshitaka, Japanese Daimyo (d. 1604)

1550 - Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher (d. 1631)

 

 

 

1643 - Rene-Robert Cavelier La SalleFranceFrench explorer (Louisiana)

 

 

 

 

 

1666 - Guru Gobind Singh, Sikh guru (d. 1708)

1684 - Johann J Dillenius, [Dillen], German botanist (Historia Muscorum)

1696 - James Oglethorpe, England, General/author/colonizer (Georgia)

1727 - William Ellery, US attorney/signer (Declar of Independence)

 

 

 

1744 - Abigail AdamsWeymouth Mass2nd first lady (1797-1801)

 

 

 

 

 

1753 - Dugald Stewart, Edinburgh Scot, philosopher (Scottish common sense)

1761 - Dorothea Jordan, Ireland, French comedic actress

1764 - Barbara Juliane Krudener, Latvia, mystic visionary renounced nobility

1765 - Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician (d. 1825)

1767 - Andreas Hofer, South Tirol, rebellion leader (fought Napoleon’s France)

1803 - Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1805 - John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (d. 1893)

1819 - Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician (d. 1892)

1826 - James Scott Negley, (Union volunteers Major General, died in 1901)

1831 - Robert Ogden Tyler, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1874

1832 - Edward Hatch, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1859 - Cecil [James] Sharp, London England, folk musician

1862 - Connie Mack, East Brookfield, Massachusetts, HOF baseball executive/manager (Phila A’s 1900-1950), (d. 1956)

1863 - Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Thoissey France, soldier/explorer (Sudan)

1867 - Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, Silesia, German architect (Wiener Sezession)

1867 - [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, Germany. Soldier and politician

1868 - John Nance Garner, Texas, (VP-D-1933-41)

1869 - Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)

1872 - Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)

1887 - Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (d. 1920)

1888 - Joseph Arthur Rank, English film magnate/baron

1890 - Mark Tobey, US abstract painter (Broadway Norm)

1898 - Lionel Charles Robbins, Middlesex England, economist

1898 - Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Russian physicist (d. 1974)

1899 - Hoagy Carmichael, Bloomington Ind, pianist/composer

1901 - Andre Kostelanetz, St Petersburg Russia, conductor (Lincoln Portrari)

1902 - Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, France, WW II hero (liberator of Paris)

1902 - Joe Adonis, Italy, American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ

1903 - H Keffer Hartline, US, biophysicist (Nobel 1967)

1908 - Marius F Duintjer, Dutch architect

1908 - Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician (Ruban Sans Fin)

1911 - Grote Reber, US, astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)

1912 - Claudia A “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson, 1st lady (1963-1969)

1912 - Doris Duke, NYC, heiress (American Tobacco Co)

1917 - Andrew Fielding Huxley, London England, physiologist (Nobel 1963), (d. 2012)

1917 - Gene Rayburn, Christopher Ill, TV game show host (Match Game)

1921 - Hawkshaw Hawkins, Huntington WV, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)

1922 - Barbara Billingsley, LA California, actress (June-Leave it to Beaver)

1924 - Geraldine Page, Kirksville Mo, actress (Interiors, Beguiled)

1930 - Larry Stevenson [Richard], Santa Monica, California, skateboard innovator (kicktail), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1934 - David PearsonAmerican racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 - John L Finley, USAF/astronaut

1935 - Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russia, pairs skater (Oly-gold-1964, 68)

1936 - Hector Elizondo, NYC, actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love)

1936 - James Burke, British writer

1938 - Matty Alou, Dominican baseball player

1944 - Barry Jenkins, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1944 - Steve Carlton, Phillies’ pitcher (Cy Young ’72, ’77, ’80, ’82)

1945 - Diane Sawyer, Glasgow Ky, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time)

1946 - Rick Nielsen, Rockford Il, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick)

1947 - Brian C Daley, US, sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron)

1948 - Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)

1948 - Steve Garvey, 1st baseman (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres)

1949 - Maurice Gibb, Manchester England, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever)

1949 - Robin Gibb, Manchester England, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), (d. 2012)

1951 - Charles de Lint, Neth, sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow)

1951 - Jan Stephenson, Sydney Australia, golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974)

1953 - Bernnadette Stanis, Bkln NY, actress (Thelma-Good Times)

1954 - Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver

1957 - Susan Powter, diet guru/author/talk show host (Susan Powter Show)

1960 - Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haiti/US graffiti artist/painter (Gray, SAMO)

1960 - Tyrell Biggs, Phila, super HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1984)

1960 - Luther Campbell (Luke), American rap artist (2 Live Crew)

1960 - Patrick Fitzgerald, American attorney

1961 - Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian lt-col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-19)

1961 - Andrew Fastow, American businessman

1962 - Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes, Suffolk England, actor (English Patient)

1963 - Luna H. Mitani, Japanese American surrealism painter

1966 - Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast

1966 - Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)

1968 - Dina Meyer, American actress

1972 - Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 - Annie Pelletier, Montreal Quebec, 3m diver (Olympics-bronze-96)

1975 - Crissy Moran, American erotic actress

1977 - Joanna Hughes, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1984 - Basshunter, popular Swedish singer

1989 - Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner

 

 

Deaths

69 - Aulus Vitellius, Roman Emperor for 8 months, executed by the troops of his successor Vespasian in Rome

1100 - Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia

1337 - Daito Kokushi, leader of O-To-Kan Rinzai school in Japan, dies at 54

 

 

 

1440 - Bluebeardpirateexecuted

 

 

 

 

 

1550 - Richard Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) possibly a son of Richard III

1603 - Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1566) Reigned 1595-1603.

1660 - André Tacquet, Flemish mathematician (b. 1612)

1721 - Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery

1738 - Constantia Jones, British prostitute (executed)

1767 - John Newberry, English publisher, dies

1788 - Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)

1806 - William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)

1815 - Jose Maria Morelos, Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards

1828 - Rachel Jackson, wife of 7th US pres Andrew Jackson, dies

1828 - William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist (b. 1766)

1863 - Michael Corcoran, Union brig-general, dies at 36

1867 - Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (kinematics), dies at 79

1902 - Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist, dies at 62

1917 - Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67

 

 

 

1939 - Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues“, US blues singer/composerdies at 53

 

MEMPHIS MINNIE

Booze And Blues

Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues

Black Bottom

 

 

 

 

1940 - Nathanael West, [Weinstein], US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37

1942 - Franz Boas, German anthropologist (b. 1858)

1943 - Beatrix Potter, English writer (b. 1866)

1944 - Harry Langdon, US comic/director (Heart Trouble), dies at 6

1945 - Otto Neurath, Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 61 

1969 - Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 71  

1973 - Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72

1979 - Darryl F Zanuck, film producer (20th Century Fox), dies at 77

1985 - D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)

1989 - Samuel Beckett, Irish/French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

1991 - Ernst Krenek, Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 92

1993 - Don DeFore, actor (George Baxter-Hazel), dies of cardiac arrest at 76

 

 

 

1995 - Butterfly McQueenactress (GoneWith the Wind), dies in a fire at 84

 

 

 

 

 

1995 - James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)

1997 - John Pinkerton, compuer scientist, dies at 78

1997 - Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71

2006 - Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)

2010 - Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1163 - Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods

1561 - Archbishop Granvelle installed

1582 - Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583

 

 

 

1598 - Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaruinflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s “Pacification of Araucania”.

 

 

 

 

 

1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]

1688 - Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham

1784 - John Jay becomes 1st US secretary of state (foreign affairs)

1829 - 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore

1844 - The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.

1849 - 1st US skating club formed (Phila)

 

 

 

1864 - General Sherman conquers SavannahGeorgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1866 - CheyennesArapho’sSiouxFetterman Massacre

 

 

 

 

 

1898 - Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

1909 - U of Coopenhagen rejects Cook’s claim that he was 1st to North Pole

1910 - Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies

1914 - “Tillie’s Punctured Romance,” 1st six-reel feature comedy debuts

1914 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy, “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & Charles Chaplin)

1915 - 10.17″ (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)

1919 - J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

1921 - Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional

1929 - 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)

1932 - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

1933 - Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, Univ of Pennsylvania

1941 - Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point

1941 - German submarine U-567 sinks

1942 - US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal

 

 

 

1946 - Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” premieres

 

 

 

 

 

1948 - State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence

1951 - Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement

1954 - Dr Sam Sheppard’s wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)

1958 - Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France

1959 - 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7″)

1959 - Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

1962 - US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive

1966 - USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum

1968 - Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage

1968 - David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif

1969 - Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)

1969 - Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing

1975 - 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)

1976 - UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child

1978 - Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy Jr for murder

1980 - Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions

1984 - USSR launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley’s Come

1985 - ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA

1987 - Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir

1988 - Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine

 

 

 

1988 - Pan AM Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb killing 243 passengers and 16 crew (also known as the Lockerbie bombing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1991 - 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)

1991 - El Sayid Nosair acquitted of killing Meir Kahane

1991 - Soviet Union formally dissolves 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States

1992 - Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die

1994 - Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC

1995 - Martina Ertl of Germany wins her 3rd giant slalom world cup

1995 - The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

1997 - Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season

1999 - The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.

 

 

Births

1117 - Thomas BecketCheapsideLondonarchbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), (d. 1170)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1401 - Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)

1518 - Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician

1537 - Johan III, king of Sweden (1569-92)

 

 

 

1603 - Roger WilliamsEnglish theologian and colonist (d. 1684)

 

 

 

 

 

1714 - John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)

1795 - Leopold von Ranke, German historian (d. 1886)

1800 - Barnwell Rhett Robert, (Confederacy), died in 1876

1804 - Benjamin Disraeli, (Tory) British PM (1868, 1874-80)

1805 - Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)

1818 - Lewis H Morgan, US, etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)

1823 - Jean Henri Fabre, France, entomologist (insects & spiders)

1832 - John Henry Ketcham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1843 - Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)

1860 - Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)

1872 - Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)

1878 - Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)

1879 - Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)

1886 - Hermann A J Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)

1889 - Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)

1890 - Fred M Vinson, US Supreme Court Justice (1946-53)

1890 - Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)

1892 - Rebecca West, [Cicily I F Andrews], Engl author (Meaning of Treason)

1892 - Walter Hagen, Rochester NY, PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19)

1898 - Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)

1911 - Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, “Negro Babe Ruth” (hit 800+ HRs)

1915 - Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)

1917 - Alicia Alonso, Havana Cuba, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre)

1918 - Kurt Waldheim, Nazi/4th UN Sec-Gen (1972-81)/Austrian pres (1986-92)

1919 - Gert Fredriksson, Sweden, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56)

1920 - Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)

1922 - Paul Winchell, NYC, ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith)

1924 - Joe Paterno, football coach (Penn State, SI Sportsman of 1986)

1924 - Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer

1935 - Phil Donahue, Cleve Ohio, talk show host (Phil Donahue Show)

1935 - Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (d. 1967)

 

 

 

1940 - Frank Zappa, Baltimore, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls)(see UE Deaths 12/04)

 

 

 

 

 

1942 - Carla ThomasUS singer (Let Me Be Good to You)

 

All I Want For Christmas Is You

Gee Whiz

Tramp with Otis Redding

I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU BABY

 

 

 

 

1942 - Hu Jintao, Chinese president

 

 

 

1943 - Albert Leecountry , blues & rockabilly guitarist

 

Tear It Up

One Way Rider with Vince Gill & Danny Gatton

I Got a Woman with Chet Atkins & James Burton

Let It Be Me with Alexandra Lee

 

 

 

 

1945 - Millie Hughes-Fulford, Wells Tx, astronaut (STS 40)

1946 - Carl Dean Wilson, Hawthorne California, rock vocalist (Beach Boys-Barbie)

 

 

 

1947 - Paco de LucíaSpanish guitarist , musician

 

Shreds

Rio Ancho

Mediterranean Sundance with Al DiMeola & John McLaughlin

Tico Tico

 

 

 

 

1948 - Dave Kingman, baseball player (Mets, Yanks, Giants)

1948 - Samuel L Jackson, Washington DC, actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction)

1952 - Dennis Boutsikaris, Newark NJ, actor (Batteries Not Included)

1952 - Steve Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1972)

1953 - Andras Schiff, Budapest Hungary, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974)

 

 

 

1953 - Arie LuyendykNetherlandsIndy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)

 

 

 

 

 

1953 - Betty Wright, US gospel/singer/TV hostess (Little Miss Broadway)

1953 - Tina Brown, journalist (New Yorker)

1954 - Chris Evert Lloyd Mills, Fort Lauderdale, tennis pro ‘Miss pokerface’

1956 - Kevin Burnham, Hollis NY, 470 yachter (Olympics-8th-1992, 96)

1956 - Lee Roy Parnell, Abilene Texas, country singer (Oughta be a Law)

1957 - Joshua Mostel, NYC, actor (Delta House, At Ease)

1957 - Ray Romano, Queens NY, actor (Ray Barone-Everybody Loves Raymond)

1959 - Florence Griffith Joyner, LA California, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1988)

1960 - Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympics-bronze-88)

1960 - Roger McDowell, Cincinnati OH, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles)

1965 - Andy Dick, Charleston SC, actor (Matthew-Newsradio)

1968 - Khrystyne Haje, Santa Clara, Cal, actress (Simone-Head of the Class)

1969 - Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)

1971 - Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Oly-1996)

1971 - Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef

1974 - Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)

1975 - Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer

1976 - Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower

1978 - Amber Corwin, Harbor City Ca, figure skater (1997 National Sr – 5th)

1979 - Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer

1982 - Erica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality

1982 - Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist

1985 - James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer

Deaths

72 - Thomas the Apostle

918 - Conrad I, Duke of Franconia/German King (911-918), dies

1295 - Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)

1308 - Henry I, the Child, 1st landgrave of Hessen (1256-1308), dies at 64

1549 - Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (b. 1492)

1674 - Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66

1736 - Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45

1824 - James Parkinson, English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist (b. 1755)

1873 - Francis Garnier, French explorer (b. 1839)

1889 - Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)

1900 - Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)

1907 - Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58

1933 - Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54

1937 - Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

1940 - F Scott Fitzgerald, author (Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

1942 - Leendert Round, sculptor (Giraffen, Blijdorp), dies at 63

 

 

 

1945 - George S PattonUS General (Sicily/Normandy), dies in car crash at 60

 

 

 

 

 

1948 - Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

1959 - Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)

1967 - Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55

1974 - Richard Long, actor (Nanny & Professor), dies at 47

1974 - James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)

1988 - Bob Steele, [Robert Bradbury], dies after short illness at 60

1988 - Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81

1990 - Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)

 

 

 

1992 - Albert KingUS blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71

 

Blues Power

I’ll Play The BLues For You

DON’T YOU LIE TO ME with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Match Box Blues with Stevie

 

 

 

 

1992 - Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian/US violist (Beethoven, Bach), dies at 87

1993 - Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100

1995 - Trenchard Cox, museum director, dies at 90

 

 

 

1996 - Margaret E Reyauthor of children’s booksdies at 90

 

 

 

 

1997 - Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78

1998 - Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)

2001 - Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)

2003 - Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)

2004 - Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)

2007 - Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

Events

69 - General Vespasian’s troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius

1046 - Synod of Sutri: German King Henry III removes Popes Gregory VI

1046 - Benedictus IX & Silvester III & names Bishop Siutger, Pope Clemens II at the Council of Sutri

1192 - Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna

1448 - Pope Nicolaas V named Utrechts bishop Rudolf of Diepholt, cardinal

1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.

1585 - English fleet & earl Robert Dudley van Leicester reach Vlissingen

1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia

1669 - 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery

1699 - Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed-Sept 1 to Jan 1

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army meets de Esk

 

 

 

1803 - Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M

 

 

 

 

 

1820 - Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50

1860 - SC votes 169-0 for Ordinace of Secession, 1st state to secede

1861 - Battle of Dranesville, VA

1862 - -Dec 20th] Battle of Kelly’s Ford, VA

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of Holly SpringMS

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky

1864 - -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC

1879 - Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park

1880 - Battle at Bronker’s Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten

1883 - Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls

1891 - Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses

1892 - Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Verne

1892 - Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY

1893 - 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia

1900 - Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)

 

 

 

1907 - Explosion at Yolande Alabamacoal mine kills 91

 

 

 

 

 

1917 - Russian secret police in Czech forms under Felix Dzerzjinski

1919 - Canadian Natl Railways established (N America’s longest, 50,000 KM)

1920 - Bob Hope became an American citizen

1922 - 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)

1928 - 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Que

1928 - Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC

1940 - Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

1941 - Japanese troops lands on Mindanao

 

 

 

1941 - World War IIFirst battle of the American Volunteer Groupbetter known as the “Flying Tigers” in Kunming, China.

 

 

 

 

 

1942 - 1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta

 

 

 

1944 - Battle of BastogneNazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!)

 

 

 

 

 

1950 - “Harvey,” starring James Stewart, premieres in NY

1955 - Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.

1956 - Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses

1957 - Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

1959 - Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur

1960 - Auschwitz-commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR

1962 - Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

1963 - Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners

1963 - Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins

1967 - “Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft, premieres

1967 - 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam

1967 - Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

 

 

 

1968 - The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in VallejoCalifornia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 - Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” reaches #1

1972 - Neil Simons “Sunshine Boys,” premieres in NYC

1975 - Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles

1977 - 1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut

1980 - USSR formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin

1981 - “Dreamgirls” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances

1981 - Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)

1983 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

1984 - 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library

1985 - Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

1985 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

1985 - Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)

1986 - White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, NY

1987 - Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die

1988 - Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod’s dept store, London

 

 

 

1989 - US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriegabut don’t catch him

 

 

 

 

 

1990 - Pentagon warns Saddam that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15

1991 - A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.

1992 - Slobodan Milosevic re-elected president of Serbia

1995 - NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.

1999 - Portugal returns Macau to China

2002 - US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.

2006 - A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.

2007 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

2007 - The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

 

 

 

Births

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

1537 - King John III of Sweden (d. 1592)

1539 - Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer

1626 - Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (d. 1692)

1717 - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)

 

 

 

1720 - Charles Edward Stuart, [Bonnie Prince Charlie/Young Pretender]

 

 

 

 

 

1807 - Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1901

1808 - Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1887

1825 - Romeyn Beck Ayres, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1833 - Samuel A Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth

1841 - Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)

1865 - Maude Gonne, Irish nationalist (Irish Joan of Arc)

1865 - Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (d. 1950)

 

 

 

1868 - Harvey FirestoneColumbia, OhioIndustrialistwhere the rubber meets the road, (d. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

1869 - Charley Grapewin, Xenia OH, actor (Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady)

1873 - Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(d. 1948)

1876 - Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)

1881 - Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)

1884 - Marius HLW “Max” Blokzijl, Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor

1886 - Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, California, tennis player (US Open 1909-11)

1901 - Louis I Kahn, US architect [or Feb 20]

1901 - Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)

1902 - Max Lerner, US, columnist (NY Post)

1902 - Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom)

1906 - Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)

 

 

 

1917 - David BohmAmerican-born physicistphilosopherand neuropsychologist (d. 1992)

 

 

 

 

 

1922 - George Roy Hill, dir (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance)

1923 - Nadine Gordimer, Springs South Africa, novelist

1925 - Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect

1933 - Gordon Getty

1933 - Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)

1939 - Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer

1940 - Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1942 - Robert L Hayes, Jacksonville Fla, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964)

1944 - Robert Colomby, NYC, rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die)

1945 - Peter Criss, American drummer and singer (Kiss)

1946 - Patti Smith, singer/songwriter

1946 - Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

1951 - Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter

1952 - Jenny Agutter, Taunton England, actress (Logan’s Run, Equus, Amy)

1956 - Blanche Baker, NYC, actress/Carroll Baker’s Daughter (French Postcard)

1957 - Anita Baker, [Ward], Detroit Mi, vocalist (Rapture)

1958 - Billy Bragg, British rocker (It Says Here, Ideology)

1961 - Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor

1966 - Chris Robinson, singer (Black Crowes)

1966 - Matt Neal , British Race Driver

1966 - Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer

1967 - Duncan Kennedy, Burlington California, luger (Olympics-1994)

1967 - Wendy Hamilton, Detroit Mich, playmate (Dec, 1991)

1968 - Joe Cornish, British comedian

1972 - Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)

1972 - Jonathan Wyatt, Lower Hutt NZ, 5000m (Olympics-96)

1976 - Adam Powell, Neopets creator

1979 - Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist

1982 - David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.

1983 - Jonah Hill, American actor

1983 - Lucy Pinder, British model

1983 - Lara Stone, Dutch model

 

 

 

Deaths

217 - Pope Zephyrinus

860 - King Ethelbald of Wessex

910 - Alfonso III the Great, King of Leon, Galicia and Asturias, dies

1022 - Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)

1073 - Domingo, Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies

1355 - Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies

1494 - Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet

1524 - Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician

1590 - Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510)

1676 - John Galle, Flemish engraver/printer, dies at 76

1722 - Kangxi Emperor of China (b. 1654)

1723 - Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (b. 1652)

1740 - Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)

 

 

 

1812 - SacagaweaShoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clarkdies

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist

1875 - Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75

1876 - Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US

1917 - Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)

1921 - Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850)

1935 - Martin O’Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)

1936 - Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid

1937 - Erich Ludendorff, German general (WW I), dies at 72

1939 - Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide

1954 - James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54

1956 - Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906)

1961 - Moss Hart, US dramatist (You can’t take it with you), dies at 57

1968 - John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel 1940, 62), dies at 66

1971 - Roy O Disney, Brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78

 

 

 

1973 - Bobby Darinsinger (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37

 

Mack the Knife

Beyond the Sea

Artificial Flowers

Clementine

 

 

 

 

1976 - Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74

1991 - Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies

1991 - Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies

1991 - Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)

1993 - W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93

1994 - Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85

 

 

 

1996 - Carl Saganscientist (Contact), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - Dawn Steel, film maker (When Harry Met Sally), dies at 51

1997 - Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81

1998 - Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)

1999 - Hank Snow, Canadian singer (b. 1914)

 

 

 

2001 - Foster BrooksAmerican actor and comedian (b. 1912)

 

Drunk pilot on Dean Martin Show

12 Drunken Days of Christmas

Roasts Jackie Gleason

 

 

 

 

2009 - Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)

2009 - Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)

2010 - Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

324 - Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor.

401 - St Anastasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1055 - Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad

1154 - King Henry II of England crowned

1551 - Dutch west coast hit by hurricane

1562 - Battle at Dreux: Anne de Montmorency & huguenots under Condé captured

1686 - Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)

 

 

 

1732 - Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1776 - Thomas Paine published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1777 - Washington settles his troops at Valley ForgePa for winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1783 - English government of Pitt Jr forms

1795 - 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky

1823 - Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law

1828 - South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws

1843 - Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol,” in England

1854 - Allen Wilson of Conn patents sewing machine to sew curving seams

1861 - Battle of Black Water

1862 - Skirmish at Jackson/Salem Church, Tenn (80 casualties)

 

 

 

1867 - Victims of “Angola Horror” burned to death (Angola NY)(12/18)

 

 

 

 

 

1871 - Albert L Jones (NYC), patents corrugated paper

1891 - 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore

 

 

 

1907 - 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs CreekPennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

1913 - Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for hw boxing title

1918 - Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column (NY Globe)

1922 - Mrs Theres Vaughn, 24, confessed in court to being married 62 times

1924 - The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.

1928 - 1st autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US

1932 - British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas

1939 - Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa

1941 - German submarine U-574 sinks

1941 - Hitler takes complete command of German Army

1941 - US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II

1946 - War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

1948 - 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3″)

1949 - Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland

1950 - Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander

1950 - Tibet’s Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

1958 - 1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice “To all mankind, America’s wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere”)

1959 - 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0

1960 - Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Bkln (50 die)

1960 - Frank Sinatra’s 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

1960 - Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight

1965 - French president De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)

1967 - Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.

1971 - NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp

1971 - Stanley Kubrick’s X-rated “A Clockwork Orange” premieres

 

 

 

1972 - Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing seriesreturns to Earth

 

 

 

 

 

1974 - “Man With Golden Gun” premieres in US

1974 - Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st VP

1975 - John Paul Stevens becomes a Supreme Court Justice

1975 - Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones

1976 - Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt

1980 - Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages

1981 - Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.

1984 - China PR Premier Zhao Ziyang & Margaret Thatcher sign Hong Kong Treaty

 

 

 

1984 - Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

1984 - Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

1985 - Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart

1985 - STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem

1986 - USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile

1986 - Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500

1987 - Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ

1988 - NASA unviels plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars

1989 - American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline’s Latin American route

1989 - Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

1991 - 6,000th episode of One Life To Live

1994 - Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW.

1997 - MTV drops video “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy

1998 - Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

2001 - A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.

 

 

Births

1036 - Su Tung-p’o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher

1498 - Andreas Osiander, Germany, Protestant Reformation theologist

1554 - Philip William, Prince of Orange (d. 1618)

1676 - Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, Paris France, composer/organist

1699 - William Bowyer, English printer (d. 1777)

1714 - John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)

1753 - John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)

1790 - William Parry, England, Arctic explorer

1809 - Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)

1813 - Thomas Andrews, Belfast Ireland, chemist/physicist (ozone)

1814 - Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)

1817 - James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) died in 1864

1819 - James Clifford Veatch, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1831 - Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian philanthropist (d. 1884)

1832 - John Kirk Barry, Scot, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone

1837 - John Carpenter Carter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

 

 

 

1849 - Henry Clay FrickPennbuilt world’s largest coke & steel operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

1852 - A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)

1894 - Yoshida Isoya, Tokyo Japan, architect (modern sukiya style)

1901 - Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, NYC, anthropologist/novelist

1903 - Cyril Dean Darlington, England, biologist (hereditary mechanisms)

1903 - George Davis Snell, Bradford Mass, geneticist (H-2 gene)

1906 - Leonid I Brezhnev, Ukraine, 1st Secretary of USSR (1964-82)

1910 - Jean Genet, Paris France, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks)

1913 - William C De Vries, surgeon/inventor (artificial heart)

1915 - Edith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], Paris, chanteuse (Little Sparrow), (d. 1963)

1920 - David Susskind, NYC, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show)

1920 - Ragnild Hveger, Denmark, 400m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936) [NS]

1924 - Peter Prowtiny, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire

1924 - Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (d. 1994)

1925 - Robert Sherman, New York City, New York, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), (d. 2012)

1926 - Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN

1933 - Cicely Tyson, Harlem NYC, actress (Roots, Miss Jane Pittman)

1934 - Al Kaline, Baltimore MD, Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers)

1935 - Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)

1940 - Phil Ochs, El Paso Tx, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over)

1943 - William De Vries, Bkln, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart)

1943 - Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)

 

 

 

1944 - Alvin LeeNottingham Englandrock vocals/guitarist (10 Years After)

 

Help Me Baby

Choo Choo Mama

Woodchopper’s Ball

Keep On Rockin

 

 

 

 

1944 - Richard Leakey, anthropologist

1944 - Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank’s Place)

1944 - Zal Yanovsky, rock guitarist (Lovin’ Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic)

1944 - Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist

1945 - John McEuen, rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

1946 - Marianne Faithfull, Hampstead England, singer (Money, As Tears Go By)

1946 - Robert Urich, Toronto Ohio, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$)

1949 - Claudia A Kolb, US, 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-silver-1964)

1951 - Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)

1957 - Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)

1957 - Liz Glazowski, Chicago Ill, playmate (April, 1980)

1958 - Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)

1959 - Kathryn “Furu” Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1960 - Mike Lookinland, Mt Pleasant Utah, actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch)

1961 - Reggie White, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)

1963 - Jennifer Beals, Chicago Ill, actress (Flashdance, Bride)

1963 - Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1964 - Beatrice Dalle, Breast France, actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath)

 

 

 

1966 - Alberto “La Bomba” TombaItalian skier (Olympic-gold-1988, 92)

 

 

 

 

 

1966 - Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)

1967 - Criss Angel, Illusionist,Actor, Musician, etc.

1968 - Jennifer Devine, Portland OR, rower (Olympics-96)

1969 - Chris Robinson, Atlanta, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)

1969 - Kristy Swanson, actress (Knots Landing, Buffy Vampire Slayer)

1970 - Jon Cleveland, Fresno CA, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Oly-br-92, 96)

1970 - Zac Foley, rock bassist (EMF-Unbelievable)

1970 - Tyson Beckford, American model

1971 - Amy Locane, Trenton NJ, actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place)

1971 - Jen[nifer] Dore, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4TH-96)

1971 - Tiffany Towers, Canadian adult film actress

 

 

 

1972 - Alyssa Jane MilanoBrooklyn NYactress (Samantha-Who’s the Boss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - Warren Sapp, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)

1973 - Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist

1975 - Casual, [Jon Owens], rapper

1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal, Los Angeles, California, actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead)

1982 - Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower

1996 - Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister

 

 

 

Deaths

401 - Anastasius I, Bishop of Rome (399-401), dies

1075 - Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England

1327 - Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy

1370 - Urban V, [Guillaume de Grimoard], 1st Avignon Pope (1362-70), dies

1614 - Melchior Bischoff, composer, dies at 67

 

 

 

1741 - Vitus J BeringDutch navigator/explorerdies

 

 

 

 

 

1813 - James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1744)

1814 - Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump

 

 

 

1819 - Sir Thomas FremantleBritish naval officer and politician (b. 1765)

 

 

 

 

 

1848 - Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist, dies at 30

1915 - Alvis Alzheimer, German neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51

1933 - George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)

1941 - L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle

1944 - Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)

1946 - Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)

1953 - Robert A Millikan, US physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

1959 - Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117

1986 - V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)

1991 - Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81

1993 - Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49

1994 - Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39

1995 - Janet Wilder, stuntwoman, dies at 29

1996 - Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72

1996 - Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82

1997 - David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52

1997 - Masaru Ibuka, co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89

 

 

 

1998 - Mel FisherAmerican treasure hunter (b. 1922)

 

 

 

 

 

1999 - Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)

2000 - Rob Buck, American guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (b. 1958)

2000 - Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)

2000 - Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)

2003 - Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933)

2004 - Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)

2005 - Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)

2005 - Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)

2008 - Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)

2008 - Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)

2009 - Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)

2009 - Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)

2010 - Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

218 BC - Second Punic WarBattle of the Trebia - Hannibal’s Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1118 - Alfonso van Aragon occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden

1271 - Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China.

1352 - Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI

1406 - Anton van Bourgondies becomes duke of Brabant

1603 - Admiral Steven van der Haghens fleet departs to East-Indies

1719 - Thomas Fleet publishes “Mother Goose’s Melodies For Children”

1777 - 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne’s surrender

1783 - English king George III fires government of Portland

1787 - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

1793 - Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.

1796 - 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)

1799 - George Washington’s body interred at Mount Vernon

1813 - British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812

1839 - 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC

1849 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope

1862 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest’s Second Raid)

1878 - French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanellen, 210 killed

 

 

 

1878 - John Kehoethe last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

1888 - Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde.

1898 - Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

1900 - The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.

1912 - The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson.

1920 - 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US

1936 - 1st giant panda imported into US

1936 - Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in SF

1939 - Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi

1941 - German submarine U-434 sinks

1941 - Japanse troops land on Hong Kong

 

 

 

1944 - Destroyers “Hull,” “Spence” & “Monaghan” sink in typhoon (Philippines)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 - Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants

1958 - 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower

1961 - Britain’s EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

1961 - For 2nd cons year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

1963 - Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)

1964 - “The Pink Panther” cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)

1964 - During services held for Sam Cooke fans caused damage to Funeral Home

1965 - Borman & Lovell Splash down in Atlantic ends 2 week Gemini VII mission

 

 

 

1966 - Dr Seuss‘ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS

 

 

 

 

 

1966 - Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.

1969 - Britain abolishes death penalty

1970 - Polish uprising fails

1971 - People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic

1971 - US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245)

1972 - US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam

1976 - Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovski exchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan

1979 - Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

1980 - IRA’s Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike

1985 - UN Security Council unanimously condemns “acts of hostage-taking”

1986 - Mr Gates, serves as acting director of CIA

1987 - Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading

 

 

 

1989 - “I Love Lucy” Christmas episodeshown for 1st time in over 30 years

 

 

 

 

 

1991 - General Motors announces closing of 21 plants

1993 - Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)

1996 - The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring “Ebonics” a language or dialect.

1997 - HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.

1999 - NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.

2002 - 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.

 

 

 

Births

1507 - Ōuchi YoshitakaJapanese warlord (d. 1551)

 

 

 

 

 

1562 - Philipp Dulichius, composer

1610 - Charles Du Fresne Du Cange, French scholar/philologist

1620 - Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)

1633 - Willem van de Velde the Young, Dutch seascape painter, baptised

1635 - Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian

1661 - Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751)

1707 - Charles Wesley, co-founder (Methodist movement)

1779 - Joseph Grimaldi, England, pantomimist (“greatest clown in history”)

1811 - Alexander Sandor Asboth, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1868

1816 - Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1871

1819 - Yakov Petrovich Polonsky, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija)

1825 - Charles Griffin, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

1826 - Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), died in 1906

1835 - George Dashiell Bayard, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1835 - Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922)

1844 - Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist

1851 - Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist (d. 1896)

1856 - Joseph John Thomson, England, physicist discovered electron (Nobel 1906)

1863 - Franz Ferdinand, archduke of Austria (Sarajevo/WW I)

1878 - Joseph Stalin [Josef], Gori, Russian Empire, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-1953), (d. 1953)

1879 - Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)

1886 - Ty Cobb, American baseball player, Colo, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Det Tigers) (d. 1961)

 

 

 

1888 - Robert Mosespower broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)

 

 

 

 

 

1890 - Edwin Howard Armstrong, NYC, radio pioneer inventor (FM)

1897 - Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker

1907 - Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)

1912 - Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)

 

 

 

1913 - Alfred BesterUSscience fiction author (DecieversStarlight)

 

 

 

 

 

1913 - Willy Brandt, [Herbert Frahm], German chancellor (1969-74, Nobel 1971)

1914 - Jerry Zipkin, socialite

1915 - Dario Mangiarotti, Italy, fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)

1916 - Betty Grable, St Louis, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee)

1917 - Ossie Davis, Cogdell GA, actor/playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam)

1927 - Ramsey Clark, US attorney General (1967-69)

1931 - Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)

1933 - Arthur Leigh Allen, Suspected Zodiac serial killer (d. 1992)

1934 - Boris Valentinovich Volynov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 21)

1935 - Jacques Pépin, French chef

1936 - Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)

1939 - Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)

1939 - Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel laureate

1941 - Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)

1941 - Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer

1943 - Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1945 - Carolyn Wood, US, 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)

1946 - Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist

1946 - Steven Spielberg, Cincinnati, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)

1947 - Eddie Antar, founder/CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store)

1948 - Bryan “Chas” Changler, Newcastle, rock bassist (Animals)

1948 - Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)

1950 - Leonard Maltin, NYC, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight)

1950 - Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)

1951 - Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)

1953 - Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], Brooklyn NY, rock guitarist (Cars)

1954 - Ray Liotta, Newark NJ, actor (Sacha-Casablanca, Goodfellas)

1956 - Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)

1956 - Ron White, American comedian

1960 - Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist

1961 - Brian Orser, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)

1963 - Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)

1963 - Brad Pitt, Shawnee, Oklahoma, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club)

1965 - Brian Walton, Ottawa Ontario, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96)

1965 - Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)

1966 - Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)

1966 - Kiefer Sutherland, actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys)

1966 - Tracy Byrd, country singer

1968 - Casper Van Dien, actor (Starship Troopers)

1971 - Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist

1975 - Michael Barry, Toronto, Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1975 - Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler

1978 - Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)

1978 - Katie Holmes, American actress

1980 - Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants)

1985 - Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel

1987 - Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater

1987 - Ayaka, Japanese singer

 

 

Deaths

468 - Huna Mari bar Mar Zutra, rabbi, executed in Pumpedita

821 - Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans

1133 - Hildebert, French writer

1290 - King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)

1442 - Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)

1495 - King Alphonso II of Naples (b. 1448)

1505 - John IX van Horne, prince-bishop of Lieges, executed

1565 - Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist/historian (L’Ercolano), dies at 62

1633 - Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, buried at 62

1638 - Le Pere Joseph, French mystic, dies

 

 

 

1737 - Antonio Stradivarirenowned violin-makerdies in Cremona Italy at 93

 

 

 

 

 

1751 - Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, builder (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62

1799 - Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician (b. 1725)

1829 - Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, French naturalist, dies at 85

1843 - Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)

1848 - Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)

1862 - Johnson Kelly Duncan, architect/Confederate brig-generaal, dies at 35 of malarial fever

1892 - Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosaurus), dies at 88

 

 

 

1919 - John Alcockpilot (1st non-stop over Atlantic), dies in crash at 27

 

 

 

 

 

1931 - John T “Legs” DiamondUS gangstermurdered at 35

 

 

 

 

 

1948 - Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers

1971 - Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

1977 - Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What’s My Line), dies at 92

1980 - Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76

1990 - Anne Revere, actress (National Velvet), dies of pneumonia at 87

1992 - Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87

1993 - Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies of prostate cancer at 74

1994 - Lilia Skala, Austrian/US actress (Ship of Fools, Caprice), dies at 98

1994 - Peter Hebblethwaite, English editor-in-chief (The Month), dies at 64

1994 - Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)

1995 - Ross Thomas, author, dies at 69

1997 - Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies at 33

1998 - Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)

1999 - Robert Bresson, French film director (b. 1907)

2000 - Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)

2000 - Randolph Apperson Hearst, son of W. Randolph Hearst and father of Patty (b. 1915)

2000 - Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)

2004 - Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)

2005 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)

2006 - Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)

2006 - Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)

2007 - Jack Linkletter, American television host, son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)

2008 - Majel Barrett, American actress and producer of Star Trek, also the widow of Gene Roddenberry (b. 1932)

2008 - Mark Felt, the infamous Deep Throat, American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal (b. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

283 - St Gaius begins his reign as Catholic Pope

 

 

 

546 - Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.

 

 

 

 

 

920 - Romanos I is crowned as co-emperor of the underage Emperor Constantine VII.

942 - Assassination of William I Longsword, 2nd Duke of Normandy.

1398 - Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.

1526 - Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero – forms Inquisition

1531 - Pope Clement VII establishes a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.

1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII

1572 - Spanish army begins fires in Haarlem Netherlands

1586 - Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.

1637 - Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.

1718 - France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain.

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles army retreats to Scotland

1777 - France recognizes independence of English colonies in America

1777 - George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge Pa

1788 - Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ocharov

1790 - Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City

1791 - NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street

1798 - 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins

1821 - Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons

1875 - Violent bread riots in Montreal

1895 - George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)

1900 - 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy

 

 

 

1903 - At 10:35 AM1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

 

 

 

 

 

1914 - Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate

1914 - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities

1925 - Col William “Billy” Mitchell court-martial for insubordination

1927 - US sub ‘S-4′ sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard

1935 - First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.

1936 - Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV

1938 - Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire

1939 - German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay

1941 - German submarine U-31 sunk

1941 - German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

1941 - World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.

1942 - Allies in London sentence German war criminals

1943 - Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany

1944 - Green Bay Packers win NFL championship

1944 - Japanese-Americans released from detention camps

1944 - US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed

1946 - US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM

1947 - NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27″ of snow

1953 - FCC approves RCA’s black & white-compatible color TV specifications

1954 - 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)

1957 - US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

1959 - “On The Beach,” is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain

1959 - 1st movie opening simultaneously in major cities (On The Beach)

1961 - Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil

1961 - India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies

1961 - Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die

1962 - Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)

1965 - Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

1965 - Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)

1969 - USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings

1970 - Gdansk, Poland shipworkers strike

1970 - Polish 1970 protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.

1971 - “Diamonds are Forever” premieres in US

1973 - Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait

1975 - John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court

1975 - Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on Pres Ford’s life

1977 - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)

1978 - OPEC raises oil prices 18%

1979 - Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)

1981 - Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig Gen James L Dozier

1983 - Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die

 

 

 

1983 - The IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in Londonkilling six people.94 injured

 

 

 

 

 

1986 - US Congress forms “Irangate” committee

1986 - Mrs Davina Thompson makse medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)

1988 - USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned

1989 - The longest-running American sitcom The Simpsons had its debut.

1991 - Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts

1991 - NBA’s most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80

 

 

 

1992 - Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus

 

 

 

 

1993 - Bangladesh moslem call for murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin

1993 - Kevin Scott skates world record 1000 m (1:12.54)

1993 - Northern Exposure star Barry Corbin falls off his horse

1999 - The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

2003 - SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.

2005 - Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

2007 - Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States

 

 

 

Births

1239 - Kujo YoritsuguJapanese Shogun (d. 1256)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1267 - Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)

1554 - Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Liege/archbishop of Cologne

1619 - Prince Rupert of the Rhine, soldier/chemist/engraver/mathematician, commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, (d. 1682)

1632 - Anthony Wood, English antiqurian (d. 1695)

1706 - Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire)

 

 

 

1734 - William FloydUS soldier/signer (Declaration of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

1778 - Hunphry Davy, English chemist (discovered some elements)

1797 - Joseph Henry, US, scientist/inventor/pioneer of electromagnetism

1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier, US, poet (Snow-bound)

1819 - Samuel Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1887

1820 - Frederick Tracy Dent, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1821 - Frederick West Lander, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1824 - Manning Ferguson Force, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1899

1824 - John Kerr, System physicist (electro-visually Kerr-effect)

1833 - James Thadeus Holtzclaw, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1893

1835 - Alexander E Agassiz, US, businessman/biologist/geology

1842 - Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continous groups)

1853 - Émile Roux, French physician (d. 1933)

1873 - Ford Madox Ford, England, novelist/editor (Inheritors)

1881 - Johannes CB “Jan” Sluyters, Dutch painter

1887 - Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)

1894 - Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)

1900 - Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)

1903 - Erskine P Caldwell, author (Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre)

1903 - Ray Noble, English bandleader and actor (d. 1978)

1904 - Paul Cadmus, NYC, etcher/painter (Sailors & Floozies)

1905 - Joseph Heifitz, film director

 

 

 

1905 - Simo Häyhä, “The White Death” FinnishWorld’s greatest sniper (d. 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908 - Willard Frank Libby, inventor (carbon-14 “atomic clock” (Nobel 1960))

1910 - Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)

1922 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)

1923 - Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)

1926 - Jeremy Brooks, writer

1927 - Richard Long, Chic Ill, actor (Prof-Nanny & the Professor)

1928 - Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist

1929 - William Safire, political columnist (NY Times)/speech writer (Nixon), (d. 2009)

1930 - Bob Mathias, American decathlete and congressman (d. 2006)

1935 - Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager (Balt Orioles)

1935 - George Lindsey, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show), (d. 2012)

1937 - Art Neville, New Orleans LA, vocalist (Neville Brothers)

1937 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)

1937 - John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)

1937 - Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)

1939 - Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, rocker (Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)

1939 - James Booker, New Orleans, R & B musician (Gonzo)

1939 - Charles V Bush, Washington, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1942 - Paul ButterfieldChicagoblues musician (Better Days)

 

Driftin’ Blues (Monterey 1967)

The Thrill Is Gone

Slowdown with Levon Helm , David Sanborn & Dr John

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Woodstock

 

 

 

 

1944 - Ference Bene, Hungary, record 12 soccer goals (Olympic-gold-1964)

 

 

 

1944 - Jack L[aurence] ChalkerUSsci-fi author (Saga of Well World)

 

 

 

 

 

1945 - Christopher Cazenove, England, actor (Ben-Dynasty)

1945 - Ernie Hudson, Benton Harbor MI, actor (Ghostbusters, Weeds)

1945 - Chris Matthews, American journalist

1946 - Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)

1947 - Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca

1947 - Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)

1948 - Jim Alexander, rocker

1948 - Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)

1949 - Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)

1950 - Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)

1951 - Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)

1952 - Mickey Jones, Wash DC, rock bassist

1953 - Barry Livingston, LA California, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons)

1958 - Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)

1959 - Albert King, actor (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive)

1960 - Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist

1961 - Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)

1964 - Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)

1966 - Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast

1967 - Alan Nolet, Toronto Ontario, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1967 - Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics-96)

1968 - Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-1992, 96)

1969 - Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)

1969 - Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist

1970 - Benedictine, [St Bernard]; becomes heaviest known dog (137 kg)

1972 - Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)

1974 - Giovonni Ribisi, actor (Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver)

1974 - Duff Goldman, American chef

 

 

 

1975 - Milla JovovichKiev Ukraineactress (Return to Blue LagoonChaplin)

 

 

 

 

 

1975 - Nick Farrell, East York Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)

1979 - Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) 

1980 - Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver

 

 

Deaths 

535 - Emperor Ankan of Japan (b. 466)

695 - Begga, ancestress of the Carolingians/saint, dies [or 693]

1195 - Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (b. 1150)

1213 - Jean de Matha, French saint, dies at 53

 

 

 

1273 - Rumi , Persian poet , mystic (b.1207)

 

 

 

 

 

1471 - Isabella of Portugal, duchess of Burgundy, dies

1562 - Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82

1663 - Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)

1679 - Don Juan, ruler of Spain, dies

1751 - Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Czech master builder, dies at 62

 

 

 

1830 - Simón BolívarSouth American revolutionary and president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Santa MartaColombia

 

 

 

 

 

1881 - Lewis H Morgan, US ethnologist (Iroquois-indians), dies at 62

1891 - Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition

1891 - Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo

1899 - Frederick “Freddy” Roberts, son of Brit field marshal, dies in battle

 

 

 

1907 - Kelvin of Largs, [William Thomson], Br physicist (Kelvin), dies at 83

 

 

 

 

 

1917 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician (b. 1836)

1917 - Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler (b. 1878)

1933 - Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (b. 1876)

1940 - Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)

1944 - Pieter A Roodenburgh, student/resistance fighter, dies at 26

1961 - Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53

1964 - Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)

1967 - [Francis] Barry Byrne, Chicago Ill, architect, dies at 83

1973 - Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101

1975 - Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86

1978 - Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)

1986 - Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer

1992 - Dana Andrews, US actor (Laura), dies of pneumonia at 83

1993 - Janet Margolin, US actress (Annie Hall), dies at 50 of ovarian cancer

1997 - Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86

1999 - Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943)

2005 - Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)

2008 - Sammy Baugh, American football player (b. 1914)

2009 - Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)

2010 - Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)

2011 - Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.

882 - Marinus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding John VIII

1392 - Nanboku-chō – Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.

1431 - King Henry VI of England crowned king of France

1538 - King Francois I orders renewed pursuit of Protestants

1575 - The 1575 Valdivia earthquake takes place.

1577 - Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king Istvan Bathory

1598 - Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.

1617 - Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces Rio de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)

 

 

 

1631 - Mount VesuviousItaly eruptsdestroys 6 villages & kills 4,000

 

 

 

 

 

1653 - Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector

1689 - English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution

1707 - Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1761 - Seven Years’ War: After four-month siege, Russian army under Pyotr Rumyantsev takes Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg (German: Kolberg).

 

 

 

1773 - Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)

 

 

 

 

 

1811 - Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri, causing widespread damage 

1817 - Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon

1826 - Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.

1835 - Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC

1838 - Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa

1850 - Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand

1864 - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities

1897 - 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated

1900 - Boer army under gen Kritzinger take Cape colony

1901 - Boer general Kritzinger captured

1903 - Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers

1905 - “Variety,” covering all phases of show business, 1st published

1907 - Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)

 

 

 

1907 - Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on it’s World Cruise

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908 - 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)

1909 - US pressure forces Nicaraguan Pres Jose Santos Zelaya from office

1913 - Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

1914 - French offensive in Artois (Pétain)

1914 - World War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.

1915 - Albert Einstein publishes his “General Theory of Relativity”

1918 - Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

1920 - 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000

1925 - Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity is founded at Lafayette College.

1930 - Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

 

 

 

1937 - Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bayneither is ever seen again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 - British air raid on Mannheim

1940 - Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

1941 - Sarawak occupied by Japanese

1942 - Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan

1943 - “Tamiami Champion” trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200

 

 

 

1944 - Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 - German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill)

1944 - US 2nd Inf division occupies “Heartbreak Crossroads” Wahlerscheid

1949 - Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden.

1950 - Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against “Communist imperialism”

1953 - 1st White House Press Conference (Pres Eisenhower & 161 reporters)

 

 

 

1953 - Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A

 

 

 

 

 

1958 - Bogota warehouse fire kills 82

 

 

 

1962 - David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” premieres

 

 

 

 

 

1965 - Gemini 6 returns to Earth

1965 - Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit

1966 - Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, “Hey Joe,” in the UK

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago

1969 - Brit House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty

1970 - 1st successful landing on Venus (USSR)

1971 - Don McLean’s 8+ minute version of “American Pie” released

1972 - Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)

1973 - O J Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season

1973 - US kidnap victem Paul Getty III freed

1975 - Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn

1976 - Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN

1976 - Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis

1976 - Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea

1978 - Ronald Reagan denounces Pres Jimmy Carter’s recognition of China PR

1978 - Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.

1979 - QB Roger Staubach’s last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys

1980 - Alexander Haig named Reagan’s Secretary of State

1983 - Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding

1983 - Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

1983 - Riverside, Cal judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital

1988 - Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud

1990 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected pres of Haiti

1991 - Fla Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez

1991 - UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote

1991 - Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.

1994 - Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

1998 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox – The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.

 

 

 

Births

1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Madrid, Spanish princess/1st wife of Henry VIII, (d. 1536)

1584 - John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (d. 1654)

1614 - Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674)

1622 - Kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship builder

1652 - Giovanni Maria Casini, composer

1714 - George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader (d. 1770)

 

 

 

1742 - Gebhard Fürst Blücher von WahlstattGerman Field Marshal (d. 1819)

 

 

 

 

 

1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn, Germany, composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), (d. 1827)

1775 - Jane Austen, Winchester, Hampshire, novelist (Pride and Prejudice), (d. 1817)

1776 - Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)

1804 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1889)

1812 - William Grose, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1900

1819 - Robert Selden Garnett, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1861

1825 - Henry Heth, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1827 - John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer

1828 - John Beatty, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1914

1830 - John Frederick Hartranft, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1834 - Leon Walras, French economist (border use theory)

1857 - Edward Emerson Barnard, Tenn, astronomer (Jupiter’s 5th satellite)

 

 

 

1863 - George SantayanaSpainphilosopher/poet/humanist (Last Puritan)

 

 

 

 

 

1863 - Ralph Adams Cram, US, gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC)

1865 - Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor

1869 - Albert F Pollard, British historian (Dict of natural biography)

1869 - Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)

1872 - Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)

1882 - Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner effect)

1899 - Noel Coward, England, playwright (In Which We Serve-1942 Acad Award)

1900 - Victor S Pritchett, literary critic/author (Myth Makers)

1901 - Margaret Mead, Phila, anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa)

1904 - Edward Morris Bernstein, economist

1905 - Piet Hein, poet/inventor

1915 - Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)

 

 

 

1917 - Arthur C Clarkesci-fi author (20012010Childhood’s End)

 

 

 

 

 

1922 - Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist

1927 - G Randall P D Garrett, US, sci-fi writer (Takeoff (too)!)

1927 - Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)

 

 

 

1928 - Philip K[indred] DickUSsci-fi author (Hugo-1963Blade Runner)

 

 

 

 

 

1939 - Liv Ullman, Tokyo Japan, actress (Cries & Whispers, 40 Carats)

1943 - Anthony Hicks, rock guitarist (Hollies)

1943 - Steven Bochco, prod (Hill St Blues, LA Law, St Elsewhere, NYPD Blue)

1943 - Tony Hicks, rocker (Hollies-The Air That I Breathe)

1945 - Bobby George, English professional darts player

1945 - Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator

1946 - Benny Andersson, Stockholm Sweden, singer (ABBA-Money! Money! Money!)

1947 - Vincent Matthews, US, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)

1949 - Billy Gibbons, Houston Texas, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top)

1950 - Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)

 

 

 

1951 - Robben FordAmerican blues , jazz guitarist

 

Worried Life Blues

Live Rockpalast 2007

Reconsider Baby with Larry Carlton

Cold, Cold with Larry Carlton

 

 

 

 

1952 - Elayne Boosler, comedienne (Night Court)

1954 - Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1980)

1959 - Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)

1962 - Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)

1962 - William “The Refrigerator” Perry, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)

1963 - Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)

1964 - Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)

1965 - Romallis Ellis, Wash DC, lightweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1988)

1967 - Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)

1967 - Miranda Otto, Australian actress

1971 - Catherine “Cathy” Symon, Wash DC, rower (Olympics-96)

1971 - Kristen Kane, Jacksonville Fl, diver (Olympics-96)

1971 - Michael S McCary, [Boss], Phila Pa, rapper (Boyz II Men)

1973 - Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)

1981 - Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)

1981 - Flo Rida, American rapper

 

 

Deaths

705 - Empress Wu of Zhou (b. 625)

714 - Pepin/Pippin II, of Herstal/Héristal, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia and Duke and Prince of the Franks, dies

867 - Eberhard of Friuli

875 - Ado of Vienne, French archbishop of Vienne, dies at about 75

882 - John VIII, Italian Pope (872-82), dies

999 - Saint Adelaide, Holy Roman Empress, wife of Emperor Otto I and regent to Otto II, dies at about 68

1325 - Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (b. 1270)

1379 - John Fitzalan, Marshal of England

1470 - John II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1425)

 

 

 

1598 - Yi Sun-sinKorean Naval Commandershot at the naval Battle of Noryang. (b. 1545)

 

 

 

 

 

A naval battle. Close combat was very rare dur...

A naval battle. Close combat was very rare during Admiral Yi’s operations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

1687 - William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (b. 1623)

1751 - Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (b. 1700)

1765 - Peter Frederick Haldimand, Swiss military officer and surveyor

1783 - Sir William James, British naval commander (b. 1720)

1809 - Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (b. 1755)

1852 - Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59

1858 - Richard Bright, British Dr (Bright’s disease/nephritis), dies at 69

1859 - Wilhelm Grimm, writer, dies at 73

1920 - Ma, the Benovelent, Chinese muslim rebel (holy war), dies

1922 - Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st pres of Poland (Dec 7-16, 1922), assassinated

1935 - Thelma Todd, actress (Horse Feathers, Bohemian Girl), dies of 30

1940 - M Eugene F T Dubois, geologist/paleontologist (Wadjakmens), dies

1944 - Glenn Miller, US jazz composer/orchestra leader (Danny boy), dies at 40

1965 - William Somerset Maugham, English author (Razor’s Edge), dies at 91

1976 - George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies

1980 - Harland Sanders, founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90

1980 - Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)

1982 - Anthony C B Chapman, England, formula 1 racer, dies at 54

1982 - Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars (b. 1928)

1985 - Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant

1985 - Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)

1989 - Lee Van Cleef, US actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64

1989 - Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice), dies at 59

1989 - Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)

1990 - Douglas Campbell, American pilot (b. 1896)

1993 - Moses Gunn, actor (Roots), dies of asthma at 64

1995 - Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1907)

1996 - Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader, dies at 85

 

 

 

1997 - Nicolette Larsonsinger (Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45

 

Rhumba Girl

Lotta Love

Back In My Arms Again

Just in the Nick of Time

 

 

 

 

1998 - William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)

2007 - Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)

2009 - Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)

 

 

 

2010 - Melvin E. BiddleAmerican soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)

 

Army Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

533 - Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandalscommanded by King Gelimerat the Battle of Ticameron.

 

 

 

 

 

687 - St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon

1124 - Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)

1167 - Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.

 

 

 

1256 - Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

1467 - Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

1488 - Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope

1569 - Westmoreland flees to Scotland

1582 - Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine

1593 - State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft

1612 - Simon Marius, is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope

1667 - Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War

1680 - Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal

1745 - Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria

1791 - 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania

1791 - Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval

1820 - 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston

1836 - Patent Office burns in Wash, DC

1854 - 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia

1859 - GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun

1863 - Skirmish at Bean’s Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)

 

 

 

1864 - Battle of NashvilleTN

 

 

 

 

 

1864 - Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, VA

1868 - Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.

1874 - 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant

1877 - Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1891 - James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

1899 - Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)

1914 - Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow

1914 - British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea

1914 - Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary

1916 - French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun

1927 - Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads

1929 - Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro

1935 - Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Aljechin

1939 - 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware

1941 - German submarine U-127 sinks

 

 

 

1941 - USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship

 

 

 

 

 

1941 - The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.

1942 - Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs

1944 - Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

1944 - Hizbu’allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms

1944 - US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star

1948 - Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury

1952 - Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation

1954 - Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons

1956 - Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes

1961 - Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel

1962 - Vaughn Meader’s “1st Family,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 wks

1964 - 1st time 4 people in space

1964 - Canada adopts maple leaf flag

1965 - 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh

1965 - Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)

1967 - The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.

1970 - Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)

1973 - Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens

1973 - Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland

1976 - Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts’ SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground

1976 - Samoa becomes a member of the UN.

1979 - Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama

1980 - NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

1981 - NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503

1982 - Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

1983 - Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew

1984 - USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley’s Comet

1986 - 150 killed during race riot in Karachi

1986 - CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

1992 - Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

1993 - John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops

1994 - Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia

1995 - Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland

1997 - SF 49ers retire Joe Montana’s #16

 

 

 

2001 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify itwithout fixing its famous lean.

 

 

 

 

 

2005 - Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.

2005 - The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.

2006 - First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.

2009 - Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

 

 

 

Births

37 - Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)

1534 - Lucas Osiander, composer

1567 - Christoph Demantius, composer

1657 - Michel-Richard Delalande, composer

1667 - Ludwig Ernst, composer

1720 - J F Beck, writer

1793 - Henry Charles Carey, Phila, economist (Principles of Poli Economy)

1802 - Janos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)

 

 

 

1832 - Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], French engineer (Eiffel tower), (d. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

1848 - Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress

1852 - Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)

1859 - Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)

1860 - Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)

1861 - Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)

1863 - Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)

1863 - Paul [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]

1870 - Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect

1892 - J Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

1896 - Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist

1904 - Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)

1904 - William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician

1907 - Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)

1910 - John H. Hammond, NYC, American rock/jazz musician (I Can Tell, So Many Roads)

1911 - Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)

1912 - Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)

1915 - Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral

1916 - Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)

1922 - Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term “rock-n-roll”

1923 - Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist

 

 

 

1923 - Uziel GalIsraeli firearm designer (d. 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

1928 - Jimmy Nelson, Chic Ill, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel)

1932 - Edna O’Brien, Ireland, writer (Fanatic of Heart, Casualties of Peace)

1933 - Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale’s Navy, Carol Burnett Show)

1937 - John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)

1939 - Cindy Birdsong, Camden NJ, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes)

1940 - Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)

1942 - Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1943 - Mihaly Hesz, Hungary, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1968)

1945 - Thaao Penghlis, actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life)

1946 - Carmine Appice, NYC, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling)

1946 - Harry Ray, Hackensack NJ, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)

1947 - Rodney Bingenheimer, Pioneering American radio personality

1948 - Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)

1949 - Don Johnson, Flatt Creek Mo, actor (Miami Vice, Harrad Experiment)

1949 - Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion

1952 - Julie Taymor, American director

1953 - J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer

1955 - Melanie Chartoff, West Haven Ct, actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis)

1957 - Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)

1958 - Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper

1960 - Doug Phelps, Leachville Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)

1961 - Annie Pujol, Perpignan, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune)

1961 - Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)

1961 - Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist

1963 - Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)

 

 

 

1963 - Helen SlaterNYCactress (SupergirlBillie JeanRuthless People)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 - Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir

1966 - Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor

1967 - Christine Larsen, New Westminster BC, synchro swimmer (Oly-silver-96)

1967 - Mo Vaughn, Norwalk Conn, infielder (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)

1968 - Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician

1969 - Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)

1969 - Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete

1970 - Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey

1973 - Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 - James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 - Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)

1973 - Tammy Melinda Pearman, Bkln Ny, soccer forward/defender (Olympics-96)

1977 - Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)

1977 - Larissa Fontaine, Chicago Ill, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)

1978 - Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)

1978 - Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)

1980 - Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)

1982 - Borja García, Spanish racing driver

1983 - Ronnie Radke, American singer (Escape the Fate)

1986 - Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian supermodel

 

 

 

Deaths

1025 - Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies

1072 - Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)

1230 - Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies

1263 - King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)

1515 - Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies

1576 - Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53

1598 - Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58

1675 - Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

1699 - Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63

1753 - Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)

1826 - William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC

1855 - Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)

1889 - Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73

 

 

 

1890 - Sitting BullHunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US

 

 

 

 

 

1934 - Maggis Lena Walker, 1st US (black) woman to head a bank, dies at 69

1943 - Thomas W “Fats” Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

1944 - Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40

1946 - Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89

1951 - Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75

1958 - Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)

1962 - Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

 

 

 

1966 - Walt Disneyanimatordies at 65put in suspended animation

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 - Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

1971 - Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)

1978 - Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75

1990 - Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies

1990 - Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies

1991 - Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90

1991 - Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55

1994 - Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88

1994 - Mollie Doreen Phillips, Brit figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87

1995 - James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88

1996 - Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90

1997 - Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, dies at 98

 

2001 - Rufus ThomasAmerican musician (b. 1917)

 

Walking the Dog

Do the Funky Chicken

Breakdown

I´LL BE A GOOD BOY

 

 

 

 

2005 - Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)

2005 - William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)

2006 - Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)

2009 - Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)

2010 - Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)

2010 - Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)

2010 - Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

644 - Osman ibn Affan appointed 3rd kalief of islam

867 - Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

872 - John VIII elected as Catholic Pope

1124 - Theobald Buccapecus elected Pope Coelestinus II (he refuses)

1287 - Zuider Zee seawall collapses with loss of 50,000 lives

1542 - Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

1600 - Olivier van Noort sinks Sp galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die

1656 - Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales

 

 

 

1702 - The Forty-seven Roninunder the command of Ōishi Kuranosukeavenge the death of their master.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1774 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William & Mary(see UE 12/13 Events)

 

 

 

 

 

1782 - Charleston, SC evacuated by British

1793 - 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati

1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine

1819 - Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state

1825 - Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins

1836 - The Toledo War unofficially ends.

1863 - Battle of Bean’s Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tenn

1882 - Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo

1896 - The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.

1900 - Quantum Mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.

1901 - 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)

1907 - The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather’s Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.

 

 

 

1911 - South Pole 1st reachedby Norwegian Roald Amundsen

 

 

 

 

 

1915 - Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

1920 - Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

1924 - Chiang Kai-shek occupies Hankou

1927 - Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1933 - Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

1934 - 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY)

1937 - Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing

1941 - Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

1941 - U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea

1944 - Congress establishes rank of General of Army (5-star General)

1944 - German occupiers forbid use of electricity in parts of Holland

1946 - UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC

 

 

 

1947 - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCARis planned in Daytona BeachFloridaIncorporated on February 21, 1948.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 - UN Gen Assembly establishes High Comm for Refugees (Nobel 1954)

1952 - Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die

1953 - Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax

1955 - Tappan Zee Bridge in NY opens to traffic

1959 - J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m

 

 

 

1961 - Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” is 1st country song to get a gold record

 

 

 

 

 

1962 - Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)

1963 - Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1969 - Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show”

1971 - Golden Gate Bridge lights out all night due to power failure

1972 - Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon

1975 - 6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days

1977 - “Saturday Night Fever,”starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC

1977 - Egypt & Israel reps gather in Cairo for 1st formal peace conference

1977 - War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years

1980 - At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

1980 - Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24

1981 - Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)

1984 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football

 

 

 

1986 - Voyagerpiloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeagertook off from Edwards AFBCalifornia on 1st non-stopnon-refueled flight around world

 

 

 

 

 

1988 - NBA’s Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses

1988 - Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures

1990 - Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later

1992 - Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him

1993 - Moslem fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria

1995 - AIDS patient Jeff Getty recieves baboon bone marrow transplant

1995 - Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments.

1997 - Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

2003 - President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.

2003 - President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.

2004 - The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.

2008 - President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.

 

 

 

Births

1009 - Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (d. 1045)

1363 - John Van [Jean C] Gerson, French theologist

 

 

 

1503 - Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], Saint-Rémy-de-Provence,Franceastrologist/prophet (Les Propheties), (d. 1566)

 

 

 

 

 

1546 - Tycho BraheKnudstrup Denmarkastronomer (Golden nose), (d. 1601)

 

 

 

 

 

1553 - Henri IV the Bourbon, King of Navarra (Henri III)/France

1631 - Anne Conway, Viscountess Conway, English philosopher (d. 1679)

1640 - (baptism date) – Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist (d. 1689)

1678 - Daniel Neal, English historian (d. 1743)

1775 - Philander Chase, American founder of Kenyon College (d. 1852)

1775 - Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (d. 1860)

1777 - Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)

1791 - Charles Wolfe, Irish poet (d. 1823)

1794 - Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (d. 1872)

1830 - Allen Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1907

1832 - Daniel Harris Reynolds, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1902

 

 

 

1837 - William WellsBvt Major General , Medal of Honor recipient , (Union volunteers), died in 1892

 

 

 

 

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1853 - Salvador Diaz Miron, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas)

1883 - Morihei Ueshiba “the founder” of the Japanese martial art of aikido

 

 

 

1896 - James H DoolittleUSAF General (Raid on Tokyo 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

1897 - Margaret Chase Smith, (Rep/Sen-R-Maine)

1902 - Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bea-Andy Griffith Show)

1908 - Laurence Naismith, Surrey England, actor (Judge Fulton-Persuaders)

1909 - Edward L Tatum, US, molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958)

1911 - Spike Jones, Long Beach California, composer (In a Secluded Rendesvous)

1911 - Hans von Ohain, German/American aerospace engineer (d. 1998)

1912 - Morey Amsterdam, Chicago Ill, comedian (Buddy-Dick Van Dyke Show)

1914 - Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (d. 1943)

1915 - Clay Warnick, Tacoma Wash, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show)

1917 - June Taylor, American choreographer (d. 2004)

1920 - Albertus Meintser, office clerk/resistance fighter

1920 - Clark Terry, American trumpeter

1922 - Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)

1922 - Don Hewitt, NYC, CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes)

1924 - Siiri Rantanen, Finland, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1956)

1932 - Abbe Lane, Bkln, aka Mrs Xavier Cugat/singer (Xavier Cugat Show)

1932 - Charlie “Silver Fox” Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)

1933 - Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I left my heart in SF)

1934 - Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist

1935 - Lee Remick, Quincy MA, actress (Days of Wine & Rose, Long Hot Summer)

1936 - Robert Alan Ridley Parker, NYC, PhD/astronaut (STS 9, STS 35)

1938 - Hal Williams, Columbus Ohio, actor (Pvt Benjamin, 227, Sanford & Son)

1938 - Janette Scott, actress (Day of the Triffids)

1939 - Ernest Davis, 1st black to win Heisman Trophy (1961)

1943 - Frank Allen, rock vocalist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)

1946 - Jane Birkin, London England, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust)

1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson, Detroit Mich, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn)

1946 - Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)

1946 - Patty Duke, [Anna Marie], Elmhurst NY, actress (Miracle Worker)

1946 - Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)

1946 - Stanley R Smith, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1972, US Open-1971)

1948 - Dee Wallace Stone, [Deanna Bowers], Kansas City Kansas, actress (Critters, 10, ET)

1949 - Bill Buckner, California, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series

1949 - Cliff Williams, Sydney Australia, rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)

1953 - Joe Toplyn, Boston, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman)

 

 

 

1954 - Alan KulwickiGreenfield WiscNASCAR racer (Winston Cup)

 

 

 

 

 

1954 - Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)

1954 - Steven Glenwood MacLean, Ottawa Ontario, astronaut (STS 52)

1956 - Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein, Slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)

1958 - Spider Tracy, English rock vocalist (The Pogues)

1959 - Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer

1959 - Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer

1960 - Catherine G Coleman, Charleston SC, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73)

1964 - Chelsea Noble, actress (Kate-Growing Pains)

1965 - Lawrence Clay-Bey, Hartford Ct, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96)

1966 - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver

1967 - Ali Wood, Long Beach Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)

1970 - Nadine Garner, Australian actress

1971 - Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)

1971 - Natascha McElhone, English actress

1973 - Eelco Wassenaar, Neth, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)

1973 - Tia Texada, American actress and singer

1974 - Billy Koch, Garden City NY, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1975 - Inga Drozdova, Latvia, playmate (Nov, 1997)

1975 - Tamecka Dixon, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)

1976 - Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter

1976 - André Couto, Portuguese racing driver

1977 - Tisha Dabber, Shelbyville Indiana, actress (New Mickey Mouse Club)

1978 - Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone)

1979 - Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model

1980 - Frankie J, American singer

1980 - Tata Young, Thai-American singer

1981 - Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress

1985 - Paul Rabil, professional lacrosse player

1988 - Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress

 

 

 

Deaths

872 - Adrian II, Italian Pope (867-72) the last married pope, dies at about 80

1077 - Agnes of Poitou, German empress/wife of emperor Henry III, dies

 

 

 

1136 - Harald IV, “Gylle Krist“, king of Norwaymurdered

 

 

 

 

 

1417 - John Oldcastle, Lord Cobham, English nobleman, hanged & burned

 

 

 

1476 - Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)

 

 

 

 

 

1510 - Friedrich of Saxony (b. 1473)

1542 - James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), dies at 30

1624 - Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman (b. 1536)

1713 - Thomas Rymer, English historian (b. 1641)

1715 - Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1636)

1741 - Charles Rollin, French historian (b. 1661)

1754 - Mahmud I, sultan of Turkey, dies at 58

 

 

 

1799 - George Washington1st president USA (1789-97), dies at 66

 

 

 

 

 

1823 - Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naple revolution 1799), dies at 53

1838 - Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (b. 1806)

1861 - Albert, Prince consort of England and husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42

1862 - George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27

1865 - Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist (b. 1794)

1873 - J Louis R Agassiz, Swiss geologist/paleo-biologist), dies

1903 - William Ennis, 1st cop to die in electric chair

1906 - John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer, dies at 78

1912 - Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant (b. 1887)

1918 - Sidonio Pais, prince of Portugal, murdered

1926 - Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64

1927 - Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (b. 1842)

1935 - Stanley G Weinbaum, US, sci-fi writer (Martian Odyssey), dies

1945 - Josef Kramer, known as “beast of Belsen,” & 10 others, hanged

 

 

 

1963 - Dinah Washingtonsingerdies of sleeping pill overdose at 39

 

 

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1964 - William Bendix, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 58

1974 - Walter Lippmann, US journalist (One of Dynasty), dies at 85

1980 - Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59

1984 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)

1985 - Roger Maris, HR hitter (61 in 61, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 51

1985 - Stanley G[rauman] Weinbaum, US, sci-fi author (Red Peri), dies at 85

 

 

 

1989 - Andrei SakharovRussian physicist/dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

 

 

 

 

 

1989 - Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Cow Town, Range Rider), dies at 70

1993 - Myrna Loy, [Williams], US actress (Jazz Singer), dies at 88

1994 - Petrus HJ van Doorne, bus manufacturer/owner (BOVA), dies at 58

1994 - Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)

1995 - Eric Brown, architect, dies at 84

1995 - Rob Harris, sky surfer, dies while skydiving at 28

1996 - Alan Hargreaves, climber, dies at 92

1997 - Robert Sutton, electronics engineer, dies at 82

1997 - Stubby Kaye, actor (Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity), dies at 79

1997 - Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who) (b. 1946)

1998 - Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)

1998 - Norman Fell, American actor (b. 1924)

2006 - Ahmet Ertegün, co-founder of Atlantic Records (b. 1923)

2011 - Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

863 - Boudouin with the Iron Arm weds Charles de Kales’ daughter Judith

1294 - Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.

1545 - Council of Trent (19th ecumenical council) opened by Pope Paul III

1570 - Sweden/Denmark signs Peace of Stettin

1572 - Spanish army beats Geuzen fleet under admiral Lumey

1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world

1621 - Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree

 

 

 

1636 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot IndiansThis organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.

 

 

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1643 - English Civil WarThe Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

1759 - 1st music store in America opens (Phila)

1769 - Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter

 

 

 

1774 - 1st incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and MaryNew Hampshire (12/14 ? )

 

 

 

 

 

1816 - Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston

1843 - “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold

1861 - Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV

 

 

 

1862 - Battle of FredericksburgVA (Marye’s Heights)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 - Battle of Ft McAllister, GA

1879 - 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)

1889 - Belgium rules on women/child labor law

1900 - Battle at Nooitgedacht: generals The la Rey/Smuts beat Britten

1903 - Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone (NJ)

1903 - Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk

1913 - Mona Lisa stolen in Aug 1911 returned to Louvre

1916 - Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian & Italian troops in 24 hrs in Tyrol

1918 - US army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany

1920 - League of nations establishes Intl Court of Justice in The Hague

1928 - Clip-on tie designed

1936 - Green Bay Packers win NFL championship

1938 - Los Angeles freezes at 28°F

 

 

 

1939 - Battle at La Plata - 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 - German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherland Union

1941 - Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die

1943 - 150 US Marauders bomb Schiphol

1944 - Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138

1947 - Maine Turnpike opens to traffic

1949 - Knesset votes to transfer Israel’s capital to Jerusalem

1950 - James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

1951 - Future British PM Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher

1961 - Jimmy Dean’s Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller

1963 - Capital records signs right of 1st refusal agreement with Beatles

1964 - In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

1966 - 1st US bombing of Hanoi

1966 - 1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam

1967 - San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.

1969 - Arlo Guthrie releases “Alice’s Restaurant”

1971 - John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed

1977 - 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash

1978 - Susan B Anthony dollar, 1st US coin to honor a woman, issued

1981 - 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)

1981 - Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists

1982 - Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die

1983 - 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)

1983 - Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky’s 1st female governor

1984 - Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke

1988 - 3 men end 29-hr all-466-station subway ride in NYC

1990 - Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die

1991 - NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud

1991 - Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games

1993 - Dow Jones hits record 3764.43

1993 - Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed

1997 - 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

2000 - The “Texas 7″ escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and go on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot and killed.

2000 - American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.

2001 - the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.

2003 - Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).

2006 - The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.

Births

1521 - Sixtus V, [Felice Peretti/"Montalto"], bishop of Fermo/Pope (1585-90)

1533 - Erik XIV Wasa, king of Sweden (1560-69)

1553 - Henry IV, 1st Bourbon-king of Navarre/France (1572/89-1610)

1585 - William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (d. 1649)

1640 - Robert Plot, English naturalist (d. 1696)

1662 - Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist (d. 1729)

1678 - Yongzheng Emperor of China (d. 1735)

1724 - Aepinus, [Franz UT Hoch], German physician/physicist

 

 

 

1810 - Clark MillsUSsculptor (FreedomArmed Liberty)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1816 - Clement Claiborne Clay, MC (Confederacy), died in 1882

1816 - E Werner von Siemens, German artillery officer/inventor

1818 - Mary Todd Lincoln, 1st lady (1861-65)

1856 - Svetozar Boroević, Austro-Hungarian field marshal (d. 1920)

1867 - Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (d. 1917)

1871 - Russell W Porter, Vermont, explorer (Alaska)

1874 - Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst)

1887 - George Polya, Hungarian-born mathematician (d. 1985)

1893 - Curt Jurgens, Munich Germany, actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day)

1897 - Drew Pearson, Evanston Ill, newscaster (Drew Pearson)

1901 - Georg M Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/theory [OS]

 

 

 

1903 - Carlos MontoyaMadrid Spainguitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966)


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1903 - John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WW I)/official war painter

1906 - Laurens jan van der Post, soldier/explorer/conservationist

1910 - Lillian Roth, [Rutstein], singer/actress (Animal Crackers)

1910 - Van Heflin, Walters Oklahoma, actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary)

1913 - Archie Moore, Benoit, Mississippi, light-heavyweight boxing champ (1952-60), (d. 1998)

1913 - Jimmy Carroll, NYC, pianist (Most Important People)

1913 - John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian

1914 - Alan L Bullock, British historian

1914 - George “Tiger” Haynes, guitarist/actor (Land Without Music, Guv’nor)

1915 - Ross MacDonald, detective novelist (Goodbye Look)

1915 - Curt Jürgens, German-born Austrian actor (d. 1982)

1919 - Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)

1920 - George P Schultz, US Secretary of State (1982-89)

 

 

 

1925 - Dick Van DykeWest Plains Moactor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show)

 

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1925 - Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar)

1928 - Jack Tramiel, Lodz Poland, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), (d. 2012)

1929 - Albert Paulsen, Guayaquil Ecuador, actor (Doctors’ Hospital)

1934 - Richard Darryl Zanuck, film producer/executive, (d. 2012)

1936 - Karim Aga Khan, leader of the Nizari Ismailis, prince and billionaire

1938 - Tony Gomez, rocker (Foundations)

1940 - Steve Harmon, Bkln NY, actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts)

1941 - John Davidson, Pitts, TV host (Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible)

1943 - Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (d. 2002)

1944 - Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor

1945 - Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver (d. 1977)

1948 - Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, guitarist (Steely Dan-Deacon Blues)

1948 - Kathy Garver, Long Beach California, actress (Cissy-Family Affair)

1948 - Lillian Board, England, 400m (Olympic-silver-1968)

 

 

 

1948 - Ted NugentDetroitguitarist (Cat Scratch FeverDamn Yankees)

 

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1949 - Nana Alexandria, USSR, International Woman’s Chess Grandmaster (1976)

1949 - R[oberta] A[nn] MacAvoy, US, sci-fi author (Damiano’s Lute, Raphael)

1949 - Randy Owen, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)

1950 - Davey O’List, rocker (Roxy Music)

1950 - Wendie Malick, actress (Just Shoot Me)

1952 - Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler (d. 1998)

1953 - Tom Sanders, Jackson Wyoming, aerial cameraman (Living Daylights)

1953 - Zoltan Magyar, Hungary, side horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1953 - Ben Bernanke, American economist and current United States Chairman of the Federal Reserve

1954 - Steve Forbert, rocker

1956 - Phillip Gregory Hubbard, Canton Oh, basketball (Olympic-gold-1976)

1956 - Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer

1957 - Steve Buscemi, actor (Fargo)

1958 - Dana Strum, Wash DC, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)

 

 

 

1959 - Marianne GravatteHollywood CAplaymate of year (Oct, 1982)

 

 

 

 

 

1960 - Randy Stoklos, Pacific Palisades Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)

1967 - Chris O’Loughlin, LA California, fencer (Olympics-96)

1968 - Shaun Stafford, Ocala Florida, tennis star (1992 Taipei)

1970 - George Van Os Jr, Houston TX, team handball left back (Oly-1996)

1970 - Tonja Yevette Buford-Bailey, Dayton OH, 400m hurdler (Oly-bronze-96)

1971 - Miguel Angel Martinez Soto, mariachi

1974 - Nicholas McCarthy, English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)

1975 - Matt LeCroy, Anderson SC, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1975 - Tom DeLonge, American guitarist,(blink-182, Angels & Airwaves)

1977 - Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer

1978 - Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)

1978 - BJ Penn, American mixed martial artist

1981 - Chelsea Hertford, actress (Major Dad)

1981 - Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)

1982 - Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver

1983 - Matt Deis, American bassist

1989 - Taylor Swift, Reading, Pennsylvania, American singer/songwriter (Our Song)

 

 

Deaths

838 - Pippijn I, King of Aquitania, dies

1048 - Al-Biruni, Arabic royal astrologer, dies at 74

1124 - Callistus/Callixtus II, [Guido di Borgogna], Italian Pope (1119-24), dies

1126 - Henry IX, the Black, Duke of Bavaria (1120-26), dies

 

 

 

1204 - Maimonides, Jewish philosopher/talmudic scholar, dies in Cairo at 69(see UE 12/12 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

1250 - Frederick II, German Emperor (1212-1250), dies at 55

1466 - Donatello, Florentine artist and sculptor (b. 1386)

1516 - Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer (b. 1462)

1557 - Niccolo Tartaglia, Italian mathematician, dies

1565 - Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (b. 1516)

1574 - Selam II Sari, the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74), dies at 50

1603 - François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)

1693 - Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies

1693 - Willem Van de Velde, Dutch the Old, seascape painter, dies at about 82

 

 

 

1721 - Alexander SelkirkScottish sailor and castaway (b. 1676)

 

 

 

 

 

1729 - Anthony Collins, Engl philosopher (On Liberty & Necessity), dies at 53

1783 - Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)

1814 - Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79

1835 - John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)

1837 - Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox hermit (b. 1756)

 

 

 

1862 - Conrad Feger JacksonUS Union Brig-Generaldies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 49

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Maxcy GreggUS Confederate Brig-Generaldies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 48

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Thomas Reade Rootes CobbConfederate Brig-Generaldies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

1868 - Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (b. 1794)

1872 - Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands

1872 - W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands

1894 - Sarah Parker Remond, US/Italian abolitionist, dies at 68

1895 - Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)

1919 - Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)

1924 - Samuel Gompers, organizer (American Federation of Labor), dies at 74

1930 - Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)

1931 - Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)

1934 - Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (b. 1854)

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

1944 - Lupe Velez, actress (Joe Palooka), overdoses on seconal at 34

1945 - Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide

1945 - Elisabeth Volkenrath, supervisor at concentration camps (b. 1919)

1947 - Nicholas Roerich, Russian-born painter (b. 1874)

1950 - Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1902)

1955 - Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)

1958 - Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed

1958 - Brand Dirck Ochse, film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66

1958 - Tim Moore, actor (Kingfish-Amos ‘n’ Andy), dies at 70

1961 - Grandma Moses [Anna M] , US painter, dies at 101

 

 

 

1969 - Raymond A SpruanceUS admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83

 

 

 

 

 

1971 - Max Mell, Austria artillery officer/literary, dies at 88

1975 - Hendrik Kruls, Dutch gen/chief milt authority (1944-46), dies at 73

1979 - Jon Hall, actor (Ramor of the Jungle), dies at 66

1981 - Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75

1983 - Leora Dana, actress (Amityville II, Change of Habit), dies at 60

1983 - Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)

1992 - K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (b. 1899)

1992 - Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (b. 1899)

1995 - Nancy LaMott, singer, dies at 43

1996 - Charles Edwin Molnar, computer pioneer, dies at 61

1997 - Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94

2002 - Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin’ Spoonful) (b. 1945)

2004 - David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)

2010 - Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)

2011 - Russell Hoban, American author (creator of the ‘Frances’ series), dies at 86

2011 - Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

627 - Battle at NinevehByzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen

 

 

 

 

 

1098 - 1st Crusaders capture & plunder Mara Syria

1408 - Order of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia.

1479 - Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III

1524 - Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome

1653 - Barebone-parliament ends

1677 - Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin

1791 - Bank of US opens

1792 - In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

1800 - Washington DC established as capital of US

1812 - French invasion of Russia comes to an end.

1822 - Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US

1862 - Battle of Dumfries, VA

 

 

 

1862 - Naval Engagement at Yazoo RiverMS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)

 

 

 

 

 

1870 - Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps

1878 - Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing “St Louis Dispatch”

1897 - Rudolph Dirks’ 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal

1897 - Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded.

1901 - Marconi receives 1st transatlantic radio signal, England to US

1911 - Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.

1913 - “Mona Lisa,” stolen from Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered

1913 - Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools

1914 - The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.

1915 - 1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau Germany

 

 

 

1917 - French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543

 

 

 

 

 

1917 - Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb

1925 - Cossack officer/ex-premier Reza Chan becomes shah of Persia

1925 - Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rexa Shah Pahlavi takes over

1932 - USSR & China resume diplomatic relations

1936 - Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

1937 - NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY

1937 - Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)

1939 - Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die

1940 - British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani

1941 - German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews

1941 - Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk

1942 - German offensive in South Western Stalingrad

1942 - A fire in a hostel in St. John’s, Newfoundland kills 100 people.

1946 - UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr

1947 - United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL

 

 

 

1948 - Malayan EmergencyBatang Kali Massacre 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.

 

 

 

 

 

1951 - Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement

1953 - Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane

1955 - 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by Brit eng Christoper Cockerell

1956 - Commencement of the Irish Republican Army’s Border Campaign.

 

 

 

1957 - Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo

 

 

 

 

 

1957 - US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)

1959 - UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established

1961 - Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

1961 - Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga

1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped

1963 - Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK

1964 - Shooting starts for “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage” (Menagerie)

1965 - Beatles last Great Britain concert (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff Wales)

1965 - Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

1966 - US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

1967 - US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit

1968 - Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

1969 - Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing – The offices of Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.

1970 - Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays

1975 - Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia)

1975 - Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill Pres Gerald Ford

1976 - QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

1979 - Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce

1979 - Rhodesia becomes independent nation of Zimbabwe

1980 - US’s copyright law amended to include computer programs

1982 - $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC

1983 - A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait

 

 

 

1985 - 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash , Gander , Newfoundland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 - NASA launches space vehicle S-207

1986 - James “Bone Crusher” Smith TKO’s WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden

1988 - 3 trains collide in London, 40 die

1988 - PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel’s right to exist

1991 - Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection

1991 - Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test

1992 - 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami-Fla (QB)

1992 - 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)

1995 - Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)

1996 - Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi’s heir to Saddam Hussein)

 

 

 

1997 -  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos The Jackal”  “professional revolutionary” goes on trial in Paris

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH

1997 - SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages

1997 - TWA 800 hearings end

1997 - Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby’s daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

2000 - The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore

2006 - Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.

 

 

 

Births

1298 - Albert II of Austria (d. 1358)

1418 - Albert VI of Austria (d. 1463)

1574 - Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England (d. 1619)

1579 - Heinrich Steuccius, composer

1610 - Saint Vasilije (d. 1671)

1659 - Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1739)

1673 - Ahmed III, 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)

1724 - Samuel Hood, Butleigh, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral, (d. 1816)

1786 - William L. Marcy, American statesman (d. 1857)

1792 - Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter

 

 

 

1805 - Henry Wellsfounder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co)

 

 

 

 

 

1806 - Stand Watie, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871

1818 - Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1821 - Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist (Madame Bovary)

1830 - Joseph Orville Shelby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897

1833 - Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica)

1838 - Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)

1845 - Bruce Price, American architect (d. 1903)

1848 - William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)

1859 - Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)

1863 - Edvard Munch, Løten, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream), (d. 1944)

1866 - Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)

1870 - Walter Benona Sharp, American oil baron (d. 1912)

 

 

 

1875 - Karl R G von RundstedtGerman gen-fieldmarshal (Normandy)

 

 

 

 

 

1876 - Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)

1882 - Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)

1892 - Herman Potočnik aka Hermann Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (d. 1929)

1893 - Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], Romania, actor (10 Commandments)

1900 - Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (d. 1988)

1902 - Howard Koch, screenwriter

1906 - William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)

 

 

 

1915 - Frank SinatraHobokenvocalist/actor (old blue eyes), (d. 1998)

 

 

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Same Old Saturday Night

 

 

 

 

1918 - Joe WilliamsCordele Gajazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)

 

 

Every Day I Have The Blues

Well Alright ,Okay,You Win with Count Basie

Roll’Em Pete/One O’Clock Jump with George Benson, Tony Bennett & Sarah Vaughan

GOING TO CHICAGO

 

 

 

 

1919 - Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (d. 2001)

1920 - Fred Kida, American comics artist

 

 

 

1922 - Arthur R HawkinsUS pilot/capt (WW IIdowned 14 jap planes)

 

 

 

 

 

1923 - Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, game show emcee (Price is Right)

1923 - Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver

1924 - Edward I Koch, NYC, (Mayor-D-NYC, 1977-89)/judge (People’s Court)

1924 - Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer

1927 - Robert Noyce, American inventor (d. 1990)

1928 - Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist

1930 - Bill Beutel, American journalist (d. 2006)

1936 - Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)

 

 

 

1937 - Buford PusserAmerican sheriff (d. 1974)

 

 

 

 

 

1938 - Connie Francis, Newark NJ, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are)

1940 - Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose)

1941 - Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)

1941 - Tim Hauser, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction)

1942 - Mike Pinder, Birmingham England, rocker (Moody Blues)

1943 - Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)

1943 - Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach Fl, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin’ Man)

1943 - Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)

1945 - Karl Edward Wagner, US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds)

1945 - Tony Williams, jazz musician

1946 - Clive Bunker, rock drummer (Jethro Tull)

1946 - Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)

1949 - Ricardo Luis Carreras, NYC, bantamweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1951 - Caren Kaye, NYC, actress (My Tutor, Blansky’s Beauties)

1951 - Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)

1952 - Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968)

1953 - Bruce Kulick, guitarist/singer (KISS)

1955 - Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman

1955 - Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist

1956 - Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist

1957 - Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)

1957 - Sheila E[scovedo], SF CA, disco drummer (Krushgrove, Holly Rock)

1959 - Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut

1962 - Holly Gagnier, LA, actress (One Life to Live)

1962 - Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)

1963 - Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children)

1965 - Laurie Grover-Tavares, Newark NJ, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

1966 - Cheryl Dickey, Houston Texas, 100m hurdler

1966 - Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist

1969 - Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1969 - Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)

1970 - Jennifer Connelly, Bkln Heights NY, actress (Labyrinth, Rocketeer)

1970 - Kirk Cameron, actor (Mike-Growing Pains, Teen Wolf II)

1970 - Madchen Amick, Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks)

1971 - Toni Hodgkinson, Auckland NZ, 800m (Olympics-96)

1972 - Greg Randolph, Denver Colo, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96)

1973 - William Hutton, American engineer

 

 

 

1977 - Bridget HallDallas Texasmodel (Ford)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 - Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models

1978 - Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs Md, fig skater (1996 Grand Prix champ)

1978 - Jennifer Rovero Playboy Playmate

1979 - Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist

1981 - Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier

 

 

 

Deaths

884 - Carloman, co-king of France (879, 882-884), dies

1112 - Tancred, monarch of Galilea/Edessa/Antioch, dies

 

 

 

1204 - Maimonides, [Moses Ben Maimon], Span/Egyptian rabbi, dies at 69(12/13?)

 

 

 

 

 

1263 - Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies

1574 - Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1524)

1677 - Jacob Binckes/Benckes, Dutch admiral (Chatham), dies in battle

1685 - John Pell, English mathematician (b. 1610)

1751 - Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher (b. 1678)

1754 - Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (b. 1701)

1777 - Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69

1790 - Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (b. 1733)

1880 - Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83

1889 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)

1914 - Watkins Lewis, black man, lynched in Shrevport La

1934 - Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)

1939 - Douglas Fairbanks, actor (Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56

1951 - Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)

1965 - Johnny Lee, actor (Calhoun-Amos ‘n’ Andy), dies at 67

1968 - Tallulah Bankhead, actress (All Star Revue), dies of pneumonia at 65

1971 - David Sarnoff, US TV pioneer (RCA), dies at 80

1971 - Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), suicide at 43

1971 - Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated

1976 - Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49

 

 

 

1978 - Clifton ChenierUS accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53

 

Louisiana Blues

I’m A Hog For You

Bon Ton Roulet

Tighten Up Zydeco

 

 

 

 

1985 - Anne Baxter, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62

1985 - Ian Stewart, keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47

1988 - Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)

1994 - Stuart Allen Roosa, astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46

1995 - James Altgens, JFK assassination photographer, dies at 76

1995 - Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian, dies

1996 - Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner, dies at 70

1996 - Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81

1996 - Jean-Pierre Guerlain, cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91

1996 - Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77

1996 - Vance Oakley Packard, writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82

1997 - Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)

1999 - Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)

1999 - Joseph Heller, American author (b. 1923)

2003 - Keiko , Killer Whale (b. 1976)

 

 

 

2006 - Peter BoyleAmerican actor (b. 1935)(see UE 10/18 Births)

 

 

 

 

2006 - Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)

2006 - Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)

2007 - Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)

2008 - Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)

2010 - Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

359 - Honoratus, first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office.

384 - St Damasus I dies and ends his reign as Catholic Pope. Began reign 366

1282 - Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last (b. c.1228), the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259

1477 - Duchess Maria van Bourgondie ends Great Privilegie

1572 - Spanish troops begin siege of Haarlem

1602 - A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. Commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l’Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend.

1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)

1710 - Battle of Villa Viciosa (France beat Habsburgers)

1719 - 1st recorded display of Aurora Borealis in US (New England)

1816 - Indiana becomes 19th state

1844 - 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Ct

1866 - 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean

1872 - 1st black US gov took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)

1882 - Boston’s Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe”

1882 - Victorien Sardous “Fedora,” with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris

1893 - 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed

1901 - Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland

1906 - US president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo

1917 - 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot

1919 - Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Ala

1928 - Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on Pres-elect Herbert Hoover

1930 - Bank of the United States closes in New York City

1931 - Japan leaves the Golden Standard

1932 - SF’s coldest day (27°F) – it snows

1936 - King Edward VIII marries Mrs Wallis Simpson; abdicates throne, Duke of York becomes King George VI

1938 - NY Giants win NFL championship

1940 - Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault

1941 - Germany & Italy declare war on US

1941 - Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)

1941 - Japanese occupy Guam

1944 - Surprise attack on House of Keeping Axe, 29 prisoners freed

1946 - Spain suspended from UN

1946 - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)

 

 

 

1954 - USS Forrestal christened in Newport NewsVa

 

 

 

 

 

1960 - Black Sunday – Riot in Algiers, 114 die

1960 - Cleveland’s Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run

1961 - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel

1961 - Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii,” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

1961 - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

1964 - Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

1966 - Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards

1967 - People’s front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established

1967 - SST prototype “Concorde” 1st shown (France)

 

 

 

1971 - The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th on Moon

1975 - 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents

 

 

 

1978 - 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NY Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

1979 - Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

1981 - Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

1981 - Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center

1981 - El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country’s civil war.(see UE 12/10 Events)

1985 - Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb

1985 - Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)

1985 - General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

1990 - 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog

1990 - US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space

1991 - William Kennedy Smith found not guilty of rape

1992 - Nor’easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage

1994 - Russian troops pull inside Tsjetsjenie

1997 - Fed judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows

1997 - The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opens for signature.

2001 - The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

2005 - Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed up by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.

2007 - Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.

2008 - Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

2009 - Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

2010 - Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.

 

 

 

Births

1465 - Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (d. 1489)

1475 - Pope Leo X, [Giovanni de' Medici], Florence, Italy (1513-21), (d. 1521)

1566 - Manuel Cardoso, composer

1676 - Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer

 

 

 

1725 - George MasonAmerican statesman (d. 1792)

 

 

 

 

 

1761 - Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)

1781 - David Brewster, Scotland, physicist/inventor (kaleidoscope)

1797 - Hiram Paulding, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1878

1803 - Hector Berlioz, French composer (d. 1869)

1836 - Jan Boissevain, Dutch politician/ship owner

1838 - Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG)

1840 - Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872)

 

 

 

1843 - Robert KochGerman bacteriologist (TBcholeraNobel 1905)

 

 

 

 

 

1863 - Annie Jump Cannon, US, stellar spectroscopist (Harvard-classification)

1873 - Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)

1882 - Fiorello La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45)

1882 - Max Born, Germany, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954)

1882 - Subramanya Bharathy, Indian poet (d. 1921)

1889 - Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)

1904 - Marge, American cartoonist (d 1993)

1909 - John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d.1989)

1913 - Carlo Ponti, Milan Italy, married to Sophia Loren/director (2 Women)

1913 - Jean Marais, Cherbourgh France, actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus)

1918 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Kislovodsk, Russia, writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel 1970), (d. 2008)

1919 - Marie Windsor, [Emily Marie Bertelson], Utah, American actress (Double Deal)

1922 - Grace Paley, writer (1970 Arts & Letters Award)

1925 - Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist, Nobel laureate

 

 

 

1926 - Big Mama Thorntonblues singer (Ball & ChainStronger than Dirt)

 

Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton & Dr Ross

They Call Me Big Mama

 

1927 - Stein Eriksen, Norway, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952)

1927 - John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)

1930 - Jean-Louis Trintignant, France, actor/director (Man & a Woman, Z)

1931 - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, leader B-sect/guru of rich

1931 - Rita Moreno, [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Humacao, Puerto Rico, singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story)

1935 - Femke Boersma, Dutch actress (Verjaring, Pastorale 1943)

1935 - Ron Carey, American actor (d. 2007)

 

 

 

1938 - McCoy TynerAmerican jazz pianist

 

McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke & Roland Kirk

Monk’s Dream

The McCoy Tyner Trio on Later With Jools Holland

 

 

 

 

1939 - David Gates, Tulsa Ok, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I’m A Want You)

1940 - Donna Mills, Chicago, Illinois, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident)

 

 

 

1944 - Brenda Lee, [Brenda Mae Tarpley], Lithonia Gasinger (I’m Sorry)

 

 

All Alone Am I

Sweet Nothin’s

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Dynamite

 

 

 

 

1944 - Lynda Day George, San Marcos Tx, actress (Casey-Mission Impossible)

1946 - Teri Garr, Lakewood Ohio, actress (Mr Mom, Young Frankenstein)

1950 - Christine Onassis, [Andreadis], NYC, Aristotle’s daughter(d. 1988)

1951 - Robert Cochran, Claremont Vt, skier (Olympics-1972)

1952 - Susan Seidelman, director (Desperately Seeking Susan)

1953 - Bess Armstrong, Balt Md, actress (Julia-On Our Own, 4 Seasons, Jaws)

1953 - Ken Wahl, actor (Wanderers, Wise Guys)

1954 - Jermaine Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer (Jackson 5-ABC)

1954 - Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer

1958 - Nikki Sixx, American musician (Mötley Crüe)

1959 - Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star

1962 - Kim Linehan, swimmer (1979 1500m World record)

1964 - Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist/bassist (Del Amitri)

1964 - John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case

1965 - Laurie Carr, Dallas Tx, playmate (Dec, 1986)

1966 - Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)

1967 - Davidson Matyczuk, Thunder Bay Ont, golfer (Thunder Bay-1986, 87)

1967 - Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Oly-gold-96)

1967 - DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A)

1969 - Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster

1970 - Victoria Fuller, Santa Barbara California, playmate (Jan, 1996)

1971 - Cedric Ihalauw, soccer player (Roda JC)

1973 - Luke Casserly, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics-96)

1975 - Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist

1981 - Nikki Benz, Ukraine-born Canadian  actress

1982 - Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver

1987 - Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer

1988 - Murugan Thiruchelvam, English chess prodigy

1993 - Gina Miele, American singer and actress

 

 

 

Deaths

711 - Justitianus II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at about 42

1121 - Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)

1282 - Michael VIII, Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1259-82), dies

1524 - Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake

1595 - Philip III van Croij, prince of Chimay/general, dies at 69

1610 - Forges Dimitri 2, czar of Russia, murdered

1694 - Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)

1718 - Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten

1748 - Ewald G von Kleist, German lawyer/inventor of condensator, dies at 55

1756 - Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer/king, dies

1797 - Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)

1872 - Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)

 

 

 

1880 - Oliver Fisher WinchesterAmerican businessman and politician (b. 1810)(see UE 11/30 Births)

 

 

 

 

 

1899 - Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.

1902 - Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68

1930 - Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81

1941 - John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)

1941 - Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)

1945 - Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)

1950 - Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)

1964 - Percy Kilbride, actor (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76

 

 

 

1964 - Sam Cookerock vocalistshot to death at 29

 

You Send Me

Another Saturday Night

 

 

 

1975 - Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)

1978 - Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)

1983 - Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)

1989 - Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)

1990 - Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92

1991 - Headman Tshabala, musician (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), slain at 44

1992 - Vilma Banky, silent film actress (Eagle, Rebel), dies at about 90

1994 - Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WW II), dies at 102

1994 - Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)

1996 - Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93

1996 - Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95

 

 

 

1996 - W G G Duncan-Smithfighter pilotdies at 82

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73

1998 - André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)

1998 - Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)

2006 - Elizabeth Bolden, American, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death (b. 1890)

2007 - Grace Paley, American writer (b. 1922)

2007 - Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)

2008 - Bettie Page, American model (b. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

741 - Zacharias becomes Pope

1041 - Michael IV, Paphlagonicus, Byzantium Emperor dies of results of dropsy. His wife Empress Zoe elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.

1294 - Pope Coelestinus V becomes Pope (until Dec 13th)

1508 - League of the kingdom signed (covenant against Venice)

1520 - Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant

1582 - France begins use of Gregorian calendar

 

 

 

1652 - Sea battle at Dungenesslt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet

 

 

 

 

 

1684 - Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.

1688 - King James II flees London

1690 - Mass Bay becomes 1st American colonial goverment to borrow money

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army draws into Manchester

1799 - Metric system established in France

1810 - Tom Cribb (GB) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds)

1817 - Mississippi admitted as 20th state

1831 - “Spirit of the Times” begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet)

1836 - Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia.

 

 

 

1864 - General Sherman’s armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins

 

 

 

 

 

1868 - The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

1869 - Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)

1869 - The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.

1896 - 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)

1898 - The first western pilgrims were welcomed at The House of `Abdu’lláh Páshá

1899 - Battle at Storm Berge South Africa – Boers vs British army

1899 - The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is founded at the City College of New York.

1901 - 1st Nobel Peace Prizes (to Jean Henri Dunant, Frederic Passy)

1902 - Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.

1903 - Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre/Marie Curie

1904 - Founding of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

1906 - Pres Theodore Roosevelt (1st American) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1907 - Rudyard Kipling receives Nobel prize for literature

 

 

 

 

 

1907 - The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.

1910 - Johannes van der Waals wins Nobel Prize for physics

1911 - Calbraith Rogers completes 1st crossing of US by airplane (84 days)

1911 - Tobias Asser given Nobel prize for peace

1913 - Kamerlingh Onnes receives Nobel prize for physics

1915 - 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled

1919 - NL votes to ban the spitball’s use by all new pitchers

1919 - Nobel peace prize awarded to US president Wilson

1922 - Nobel prizes awarded to Fridtjof Nansen, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein

1924 - Willem Einthoven awarded Nobel for medicine

1925 - George Bernard Shaw awarded Nobel

1926 - 2nd part of Hitler’s Mein Kampf published

1927 - Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN

1931 - Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

1934 - Fascist dictator of Latvia Ulmanis begins building concentration camp

1936 - King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson

1936 - Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

1939 - Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0

 

 

 

1941 - British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 - Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines

1941 - Japanese troops overrun Guam

1942 - North Africa: 5th German pantser army forms under col-gen von Arnim

1943 - British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy

1944 - 9 Dutch citizens hanged by nazis

1944 - German counter attack at Dillingen-bridgehead at Saar

1945 - Preston Tucker reveals plan to produce the Torpedo, a new 150 MPH car

1950 - Ralph J Bunche (1st black American) presented Nobel Peace Prize

1954 - Linus Pauling wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1954 - Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize

1958 - 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111

1961 - Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans

1963 - 6 year old Donny Osmond singing debut on Andy Williams Show

1964 - Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr

1966 - Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature

1966 - Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S Mulliken

1968 - Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1968 - Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery”, occurs in Tokyo.

1971 - West German union chancellor W Burns receives Nobel prize of peace

1971 - William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice

1974 - European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament

1975 - Andrei Sakharov’s wife Yelena Bonner, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

1975 - Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ

1977 - Soyuz 26 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station

1978 - In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1981 - -13] El Salvador army kills 900(El Mozote Massacre)

 

 

 

 

 

1982 - Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off

1983 - Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Walesa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

1983 - Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7

1983 - Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina’s 1st civilian president

1984 - 1st “planet” outside our solar system discovered

1984 - South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received his Nobel Peace Prize

1985 - Bill to balance the federal budget passed by Congress

1985 - Junta leaders Videla & Massera sentenced in Buenos Aires

1986 - Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls

1986 - Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

1990 - Hindu-Muslim rebellion in Hyderabad-Aligargh India, 140 die

1991 - IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1992 - Orlanda Magic scores 14 3-pointers (2 shy of record)

1993 - Dow Jones hits record 3740.67

1994 - European Campaign against Racism “All different, All equal” begins

1994 - Nobel prize awarded to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres & Yasser Arafat

1995 - Worst snowstorm in Buffalo history, 37.9″ in 24 hours (Starting Dec 9 at 7 PM, breaks previous record of 25.3″ in 1982

 

 

 

1996 - Rwandan GenocideMilitary advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Maurice Baril recommends that the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down.

 

 

 

 

 

2006 - One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

 

Births

1394 - King James I of Scotland, Dunfermline Palace, Fife, (1406-1437), (d. 1437)

1452 - Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1531)

1588 - Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (d. 1637)

1679 - Willem Maurits, Dutch count of Nassau/gov of Zeeuws-Flanders

1691 - Cornelis Pronk, Dutch portrait painter/cartoonist

1751 - George Shaw, English botanist and zoologist (d. 1813)

1787 - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Phila, pioneer of educating the deaf

1794 - James Wolfe Ripley, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1870

1804 - Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician (d. 1851)

 

 

 

1805 - William Lloyd Garrisonabolitionist publisher (The Liberator)

 

 

 

 

 

1805 - Josef Skoda, Bohemian physician (d. 1881)

 

 

 

1813 - Zachariah ChandlerUSmerchant/politician (found Republican Party)

 

 

 

 

 

1820 - David Allen Russell, Army Bvt Major General (Union), died in 1864

1822 - Thomas Casimer Devin, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1878

1824 - George MacDonald, Scotland, sci-fi author (Princess & Curdie)

1830 - Emily Dickinson, Amherst Mass, poet (Collected Poems), (d. 1886)

1831 - Alexander Conze, German archaeologist

1851 - Melvil[le Louis K] Dewey, created Dewey Decimal System for libraries

1870 - Mary Bonaparte, pretender to the French imperial throne (d. 1947)

1872 - Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves)

1878 - Rajaji, India’s freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India (d.1972)

1886 - Victor McLaglen, Tunbridge Wells, England, actor (Informer – Academy Award 1935)

1898 - Anton Mauve, Dutch painter

1903 - Una Merkel, Covington Ky, actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln)

1914 - Dorothy Lamour, [Mary Kaumeyer], New Orleans, actress (Road to Bali)

 

 

 

1918 - Professor Longhairking of New Orleans music

 

Tipitina

Every Day I Have The Blues

Her Mind Has Gone

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

 

 

 

1920 - Ragnhild Hveger, Denmark, 200m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936)

1923 - Harold Gould, Schenectady NY, actor (He & She, Martin-Rhoda, Big Bus)

1925 - Carolyn Ashley Kizer, US writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985)

 

 

 

1926 - Eddie Jones, “Guitar Slim” bluesman,guitarist (The Things That I Used To Do)

 

The Things That I Used To Do

Standin’ At The Station

Quicksand

Letter To My Girlfriend

 

 

 

 

1928 - Dan Blocker, De Kalb Texas, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza)

1933 - Mako, Japanese-born American actor (d. 2006)

1934 - Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)

1940 - William Fred Dempster, Berkeley California, crew member (Biosphere 2)

1941 - Fionnula Flanagan, Dublin Ireland, actress (Rich Man Poor Man)

1941 - Tim Considine, Louisville Ky, actor (Mike-My 3 Sons)

1941 - Tommy Kirk, actor (Old Yeller)

1947 - Sinaida Woronin, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold/silver/2 bronze-1968)

1947 - Douglas Kenney, American humorist (d. 1980)

1948 - Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (d. 2004)

1951 - Frank Beard, US country rock drummer (ZZ Topp)

1952 - Susan Hallock Dey, Ill, actress (1st Love, Partridge Family, LA Law)

1957 - Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor, (d. 2012)

1957 - Prem Rawat, known also as Guru Maharaj Ji and Maharaji, American Indian spiritual leader and speaker

1959 - Mark Aguirre, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)

1960 - Kenneth Branagh, Belfast, actor/director (High Season, Dead Again)

1961 - Nia Peeples, [Vernia], Hollywood, dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine)

1963 - Michael Lofton, Montgomery Ala, fencer-sabre (Olympics-96)

1963 - Robin White, San Diego Cal, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988)

1964 - Luis Polonia, Santiago City Dom Rep, outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles)

 

 

 

1964 - Bobby FlayAmerican celebrity chef and restaurateur

 

 

 

 

 

1971 - Amanda Hardy, Altona Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)

1971 - Brian Nichols, American spree killer

1972 - Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver

1974 - Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes)

1978 - Brandon Novak, American skateboarder

1978 - Summer Phoenix, American actress

1978 - Donna Williams, co-founder of Neopets

1979 - Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler

 

 

 

Deaths

949 - Herman I, Duke of Swabia

969 - Nicephorus II Phocas, Byzantine co-Emperor (963-69), murdered

1198 - Averroes, Arab physician and philosopher (b. 1126)

1490 - Antoine Haneron, Bourgundy diplomat, dies at about 90

1524 - Henry van Zutphen, Dutch Augustine/Luthern minister, burned to death

1572 - Cornelis Musius, Dutch humanist/poet, murdered at 72

1603 - William Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth’s physician, dies at 59

1626 - Edmund Gunter, English mathematician (b. 1581)

1831 - Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (b. 1770)

1850 - François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (b. 1787)

1877 - Jared Kirtland, US physician/naturalist, dies

 

 

 

1896 - Alfred NobelSwedish Nobel Prize ceremony on this datedies at 63(see UE Births 10/21)

 

 

 

 

 

1909 - Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies

1911 - Joseph D Hooker, British botanist, dies at 94

1920 - Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)

1928 - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (b. 1868)

 

 

 

1941 - Captain Colin KellyAmerican  B-17 pilot (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 - Damon Runyon, US journalist/writer, dies at 66

1958 - Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician, dies at 72

1958 - Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)

 

 

 

1967 - Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
1967 - Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
1967 - Otis Redding, singer (Dock of Bay), dies in plane crash at 26
1967 - Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
1967 - Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash

 

Try A Little Tenderness

Soul Finger

Boogie Body Land

Bar Kays — Tragedy Strikes

 

 

1968 - Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82

1968 - Thomas Merton, French/US priest/writer (7 Story Mountain), dies at 53

1978 - Edward D Wood Jr, director (Plan 9), dies of heart failure at 54

1982 - Freeman “Amos” Gosden, US radio actor (Amos ‘n’ Andy), dies at 83

1987 - Jascha Heifetz, Russia, violinist, dies at 86

1990 - Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92

1991 - Berenice Abbott, US photographer, dies at 93

1991 - Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)

1992 - Carlomagno Andrade, Equadorian general, dies

1996 - Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34

 

 

 

1999 - Rick DankoCanadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)

 

Sip The Wine

It Makes No Difference

Stage Fright with The Band

Up On Cripple Creek/The Last Waltz

 

 

 

 

2005 - Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1916)

2005 - Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (b. 1940)

2006 - Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean dictator (b. 1915)

2007 - Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)

2010 - John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)

2010 - MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

536 - Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire.

656 - Battle of Kameel: Kalief Al ibn Abu Talib beats rebellion

1212 - Frederik II crowns himself Roman Catholic king

1315 - Swiss Woudsteden renews Eternal Covenant (Oath Society)

1425 - Pope Martinus V forms University of Leuven

1570 - Geuzen under Herman de Ruyter occupies Loevestein

1625 - Netherlands & England sign military treaty

1640 - Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin

1688 - King James II’s wife & son flee England for France

1783 - 1st execution at English Newgate-jail

1793 - Noah Webster establishes NY’s 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva

1805 - Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth

 

 

 

1824 - Battle of Ayacucho (Candorcangui), Peru defeats Spain

 

 

 

 

 

1854 - Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Charge of the Light Brigade,” published

1856 - The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.

1861 - Battle of Bird Creek, Indian Terr (High Shoal, Chusto-Talasah)

1861 - American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.

1868 - 1st British government of Gladstone forms

 

 

 

1875 - Massachusetts Rifle Association “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club” is founded.(Nov,4)

 

 

 

 

 

1878 - Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500

1884 - Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate

1897 - Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.

1903 - Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage

1905 - French Assembly National votes for separation of church & state

1907 - 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)

1909 - 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)

1913 - Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris

1917 - British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem

1926 - USGA leagalizes steel shaft golf clubs

1931 - Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol

1935 - Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.

1940 - British assault on Banghazi Libya

1940 - British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II

1941 - 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines

1941 - 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)

1941 - China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy

1941 - Hitler orders US ships torpedoed

1953 - General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired

1958 - Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society

1961 - SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY

1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped

 

 

 

1965 - “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” premieres

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Meaning of Christmas)

Christmas Time is Here Song

Christmas Dance

Lucy And Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

1967 - Jim Morrison, arrested on stage for disturbing the peace

1967 - Nicolea Ceausescu becomes president (dictator) of Romania

1968 - NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.

1971 - Lewis F Powell Jr appointed to Supreme Court

1973 - Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in NY, to become WWF champ

1974 - Dow Jones index hits 570.01

1974 - Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ

1974 - Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail

1975 - Jelena Bonner receives Andrei Sacharov’s Nobel Prize

1975 - Pres Gerald Ford signs $2.3 B loan-authorization for NYC

1978 - Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus

1978 - 1st game of Women’s Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does

1980 - 61°F in Boston at 1 AM

1984 - Iranian commandos end capture of Kuwaiti plane

1985 - Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

1985 - Phoenix Arizona, gets 3″ of snow

1987 - Larry Bird, ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

1987 - Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank

1990 - Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)

1990 - Lech Walesa wins presidental election in Poland

1990 - NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard

1992 - Cin Red owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks

 

 

 

1992 - Operation Restore Hope - US Marines land in Somalia

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 - 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth

2003 - A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

2006 - Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.

2008 - The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency..

 

 

 

Births

1392 - Peter, Prince/Regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa benfeitoria)

1447 - Chenghua, Emperor of China (d. 1487)

1561 - Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony

1571 - Adrian A Metius, Dutch mathematician/fort architect

1579 - Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice) (d. 1639)

 

 

 

1594 - Gustavus II Adolphusking who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)

 

 

 

 

 

1608 - John Milton, London, poet/puritan (Paradise Lost), (d. 1674)

1652 - Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician (d. 1723)

1667 - William Whiston, English mathematician (d. 1752)

1717 - Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)

1742 - Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist (lemon acid)

1748 - Claude Louis Berthollet, French chemist (d. 1822)

1787 - John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)

1806 - Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (d. 1838)

1842 - Pjotr A Kopotkin, Russian ruler/anarchist

1848 - Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)

1868 - Fritz Haber, German phycist-chemist (Nobel 1919)

1873 - Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect

1883 - Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander

1883 - Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (d. 1950)

1886 - Clarence Birdseye, frozen vegatable king (Birdseye)

1889 - John P “Hannes” Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)

1897 - Hermione Gingold, London England, actress (Gigi, Music Man)

 

 

 

1898 - Emmett KellySedan KScircus clown (Weary Willie)

 

 

 

 

 

1899 - Jean de Brunhoff, France, children’s book author (Babar the Elephant)

1901 - Jean Mermoz, French pilot (d. 1936)

1902 - Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland Ohio, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz)

1904 - Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist

1904 - Robert Livingston, American actor (d. 1988)

1905 - Dalton Trumbo, US, writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)

1906 - Grace Murray Hopper, computer innovator

1907 - Noel Walton Bott, engineer

1909 - Douglas Fairbanks Jr, NYC, actor (Ghost Story)

1910 - Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)

1911 - Broderick Crawford, Phila, actor (All the King’s Men, Highway Patrol)

1912 - Thomas P “Tip” O’Neill, (Rep-D-Mass 1977-86)/Speaker of the House

1916 - Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)

1916 - Kirk Douglas, [Issur Danielovitch], Amsterdam, New York, American actor (Gunfight at OK Corral)

 

 

 

1917 - James Angletonhead of counterintelligence for the CIA (d. 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

1917 - James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)

1919 - William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate

1922 - Redd Foxx, St Louis Mo, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show)

1925 - Dina Merrill, NYC, actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8)

1926 - Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)

1928 - Dick Van Patten, Queens NY, actor (Tom Bradford-8 is Enough)

1928 - André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver

1929 - John Cassavetes, NYC, actor (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary’s Baby)

1930 - Buck Henry, NYC, screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart)

1932 - Jessie “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Hill, jazz musician

1933 - Milt Campbell, Plainfield NJ, hurdler/decathlete (Olympics-gold-56), (d. 2012)

1934 - Al Kaline, Baltimore Md, baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers)

1934 - Judi Dench, York England, actress (Henry V, Wetherby)

 

 

 

1934 - [AmosJunior WellsMemphis Tnblues singer , Harp Player (In My Younger Days)

 

 

Hoodooman Blues

Messin’ With The Kid

Cryin’ Shame

Hoochie Coochie Man & Mannish Boy with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy

 

 

 

 

1938 - [David] Deacon Jones, NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington)

1940 - Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)

1941 - Beau Bridges, LA California, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer)

1941 - Dan Hicks, American rocker

1942 - Dick Butkus, Chicago, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears)/sportscaster

1942 - Joe McGinniss, Rye NY, author (Selling of President 1968)

1943 - Rick Danko, Canada, rocker (The Band-Islands, Stage Fright)

1949 - Nando Parrado, Uruguayan plane crash survivor

1950 - Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)

 

 

 

1953 - John MalkovichChristopher Illactor/director (Killing Fields)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956 - Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)

1957 - Donny Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)

1958 - Nancy J Currie, Wilmington DE, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88)

1960 - Terry Moran, American TV reporter

1961 - Christiane Jolissaint, Switzerland, tennis star

1961 - Ian Andrew Wright, Hamilton NZ, rower (Olympics-96)

1962 - Felicity Huffman, American actress

1964 - Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)

1967 - Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater

1968 - Kurt Angle, Pittsburgh Pa, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-96)

1969 - Greg[ory] Klingsporn, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)

1970 - Marlin Cannon, Dallas Texas, 200m/400m runner

1970 - Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer

1972 - Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)

1972 - Tre Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day)

1974 - Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach

1975 - Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1977 - Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter

1978 - Mandy James, Jacksonville Fla, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)

1978 - Jesse Metcalfe, American actor

1982 - Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete

 

 

 

Deaths

1165 - Malcom IV, king of Scotland (1153-65), dies at 24

1292 - Sa’di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies

1437 - Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 70

1565 - Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66

1603 - William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)

1636 - Giovanni B Aleotti, Ital writer/theater architect, dies at about 90

1669 - Clement IX, [Giulio Rospigliosi], Ital Pope (1667-69), dies

1674 - Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65

1718 - Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopaedist (b. 1650)

1767 - Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), dies

1798 - Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)

1819 - Ann C Coleman, fiancee of pres Buchanan, commits suicide

1830 - Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (b. 1757)

1887 - Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader

1916 - P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73

1916 - Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)

 

 

 

1935 - Walter LiggettAmerican crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)

 

 

 

 

 

1937 - Nils Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)

1940 - Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle

1955 - Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)

1965 - Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)

1970 - Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65

1971 - Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

1972 - Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)

1975 - William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79

 

 

 

1981 - Daniel FaulknerPhiladelphia police officer (b. 1955)

 

 

 

 

 

1982 - Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77

1982 - Marty Robbins, country singer, dies

1984 - Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)

1990 - Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80

1992 - Vincent Gardenia, actor (All in the Family, LA Law), dies at 71

1994 - Garnet Silk, Jamaican raggae-singer, dies at 28

1994 - Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82

1995 - Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84

 

 

 

1995 - Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan (aviator), dies

 

 

 

 

 

1995 - Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic, dies at 75

1995 - Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56

1996 - Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64

1996 - Mary Douglas Nichol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83

1996 - Raphael Samuel, historian, dies at 32

1997 - Tamara Geva, dancer, dies at 91

1998 - Archie Moore, American boxer, dies at 81

2001 - Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)

2002 - Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)

2005 - György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)

2007 - Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)

2008 - Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)

2010 - James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)

2010 - John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1326 - Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi

1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.

1659 - Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.

1710 - Battle at Brihuega: English Gen Stanhope captured

1776 - George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ

1777 - Capt Cook leaves Society Islands

1792 - 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens

 

 

 

1863 - 2,500 reported killed as result of fire at Jesuit Church of La Compana Santiago Chile

 

 

 

 

 

1863 - Abraham Lincoln’s Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of South

1869 - Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.

1874 - Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas

1880 - 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South-Africa

1881 - Vienna’s Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850

1886 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

1899 - Natal: British fall/burst out belegerd Ladysmith

1902 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court

1907 - King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.

1914 - British & German fleets battle at Falkland Island

 

 

 

1926 - Disappearance of Agatha Christie

 

 

 

 

 

1931 - Coaxial cable patented

1936 - Anastasio Somoza elected pres of Nicaragua

1941 - Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo

1941 - US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

 

 

 

1946 - Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

 

 

 

 

 

1948 - 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)

1952 - 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)

1953 - 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)

1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the Atoms for Peace speech.

1956 - 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA – 78

1962 - 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC

1962 - Failed coup in Brunei

1963 - 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton, Maryland-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die

1966 - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space

1973 - 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)

1982 - Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

1983 - 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-lands at Edwards AFB

1985 - 60th Australian Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)

1987 -  Palestinians start “intifadeh” (uprising) against Israel

1987 - President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

1990 - Galileo Earth-1 Flyby

1992 - Galileo’s nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)

1993 - 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria

1993 - Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53

1994 - Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

1994 - Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed

1998 - Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

2005 - Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.

2009 - Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

2010 - With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

 

 

 

Births

65 BC - Horace, Venusia, Lucania, Roman Republian poet (Odes), (d. 8 BC)

1508 - Gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer

1542 - Mary Stuart, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Queen of Scotland (1560-1587), (d. 1587)

1626 - Christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic

1704 - Anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi)

 

 

 

1765 - Eli Whitneyinventor (Cotton Gin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1795 - Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)

1816 - August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)

1822 - Luther Prentice Bradley, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1910

1826 - Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist

1828 - Clinton Bowen Fisk, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

1828 - Robert Bullock, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1905

1865 - Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Taylor series)

1874 - Ernst Moro, Austrian physician (d. 1951)

1894 - James (Grover) Thurber, Columbus Ohio, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs)

1894 - E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)

1899 - James “Pigmeat” Jarrett, pianist

1900 - Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)

1902 - Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)

1911 - Lee J Cobb, NYC, actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront)

1920 - Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)

1921 - Johnny Otis, California, R&B talent scout (Cold Shot, Cuttin’ Up)

1922 - John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15)

1925 - James E “Jimmy” Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)

 

 

 

1925 - Sammy Davis JrNYCsinger/dancer/actor (Ocean’s 11Candy Man)

 

I Gotta Be Me

Mr. Bojangles

Impersonations

The Rat Pack,Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr & Frank Sinatra, Live And Swinging On Stage

 

 

 

 

1927 - Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)

1927 - Ferdie Pacheco, the “Fight Doctor”

1930 - John Morressy, US, sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)

1930 - Maximilian Schell, Austria, actor/director (Odessa File, Julia)

1933 - Flip Wilson, [Clerow], Jersey City NJ, comedian (Flip Wilson Show)

1936 - David Carradine, Hollywood CA, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2)

1937 - James MacArthur, LA California, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0)

1937 - Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)

1939 - James Galway, Belfast Ireland, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil)

1939 - Lynn Wilson, contractor/multi-millionaire

1941 - Randall “Duke” Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman

1943 - Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)

1943 - Jim Morrison, American poet, singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)

1947 - Gregg Allman, Nashville, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band)

1951 - Bill Bryson, American author

1952 - Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

1952 - Sam Kinison, screaming comedian/actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover)

1953 - Roy Firestone, sportscaster (Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments)

1953 - Kim Basinger, American actress

1956 - Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)

1958 - Wayne Dickert, Chattanooga TN, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96)

 

 

 

1961 - Ann CoulterAmerican authorpolitical commentatorand attorney

 

 

 

 

 

1964 - James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics-1996)

1964 - Teri Hatcher, Sunnyvale CA, actress (Lois Lane-Lois & Clark)

1965 - Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)

1965 - Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)

1967 - Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)

1973 - Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

1974 - Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)

1975 - Kevin Harvick, American NASCAR driver

1977 - Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel

1977 - Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver

1978 - Kate Robinson, Peoria Ill, dance skater (& Kate Robinson)

1978 - Vernon Wells, American baseball player

1982 - Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer

1982 - Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete

1983 - Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver

1986 - Amir Khan, English boxer

1993 - AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer

 

 

 

Deaths

644 - Omar I, 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered

899 - Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies

1292 - John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62

1596 - Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico

1632 - Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)

1643 - John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)

1756 - William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat

1779 - Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)

1811 - Eliza Poe, English-born American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Poe(b. 1787)

1831 - James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies

1864 - George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra (b. 1815)

1885 - William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)

1894 - Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)

1903 - Herbert Spencer, British engineer/philosopher, dies at 83

1914 - Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)

1952 - Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)

1967 - Robert H Lawrence, USAF/astronaut, dies at 32

1967 - John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)

1978 - Golda Meir, Israel’s PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80

1980 - John Lennon, assassinated in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

 

 

 

1981 - Walter “Shakey” Horton , bluesmanharp player dies at 72

 

Shakey’s Blues

Slow Down with Buddy Guy

Easy

All Star Boogie

 

 

 

 

1982 - Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
1982 - Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
1982 - Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker’s union leader, murdered
1982 - Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 - Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
1982 - John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
1982 - Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 - Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
1982 - Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
1982 - Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered

 

 

 

 

 

1982 - Marty Robbins, country singer, dies at 57

1983 - Slim Pickins, actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64

1989 - Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies

1991 - Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies

1993 - Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86

1995 - Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36

1995 - Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79

1997 - Bob Bell, clown (WGN’s 1st Bozo), dies at 75

2003 - Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)

 

 

 

2004 - Dimebag Darrellheavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale

 

Solos

RIFFER MADNESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 Today Is The 72nd Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor 

Events

43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.

185 - Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)

1354 - Margaretha van Bavarian’s son earl Willem V signs peace treaty

1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.

1724 - Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1732 - The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.

1783 - William Pitt Jr (24) becomes British Premier

1787 - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution

1808 - James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

1836 - Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

1862 - Battle of Hartsville, TN

1862 - Battle of Prairie Grove, AR

1864 - Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia

1868 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

1872 - HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise

1877 - Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone

1891 - 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session

1895 - Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies

1900 - Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission.

1911 - Natl Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver & Victoria

1917 - US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

1926 - Gas refrigerator patented

1932 - 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY

1934 - Wiley Post discovers jet stream

1937 - Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

1939 - Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1940 - North Africa: British counter offensive under general O’Connor

1940 - The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew

1941 - Futshida’s air fleet passes coastline of Oahu

1941 - German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends

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1941 - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)

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1941 - Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps

1941 - 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward)

1944 - Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago

1944 - General Radescu forms Romanian government

1945 - Microwave oven patented

1946 - Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119

1949 - 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)

1949 - Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

1953 - Israel’s PM Ben-Gurion retires

1955 - Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England’s Labour Party

1963 - Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.

1966 - A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.

1967 - Otis Redding records “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

1968 - M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923

1968 - Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit

1972 - Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing missionlaunched

1972 - Philippine’s 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

1973 - Wings release “Band on the Run”

1975 - Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus

1975 - Indonesian army occupies East Timor

1978 - Islander’s Mike Bossy’s 1st career hat trick

1981 - Spain becomes a member of the NATO

1982 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.

1985 - 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)

1986 - Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti

1987 - 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

1987 - Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting

1987 - Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank

1988 - 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (>25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)

1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

1988 - Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

1991 - A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup

1992 - Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)

1993 - The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1994 - Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

1995 - US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter

1999 - The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.

2005 - Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

2007 - The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.

Births

521 - Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland (d. 597)

903 - Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi, Persian astronomer (d. 986)

967 - Abu Sa’id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic

1302 - Azzone Visconti lord of Milan (d. 1339)

1545 - Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, consort of Mary I of Scotland (d. 1567)

1598 - Giovanni Bernini, Naples, Kingdom of Naples, baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), (d. 1680)

1754 - Jack JouettAmerican patriot

1761 - Madame [Marie Grosholtz] Tussaud, Strasbourg, France, created wax museum, (d. 1850)

1764 - Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno, French marshal (d. 1841)

1801 - Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, Austrian actor (Judith und Holofernes)

1810 - Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (d. 1894)

1823 - Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker)

1847 - James Deacon White, Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)

1847 - Solomon Schechter, US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader

1873 - Willa Cather, US, author (My Antonia)

1888 - Hamilton Fish, US congress leader/isolationist

1888 - Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st pres of American Newspaper Guild

1889 - Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer

1901 - A F [Tony] Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))

1903 - Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (d. 1987)

1905 - Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune)

1906 - George Richard James, saxophonist

1910 - Louis PrimaNew Orleans LouisianaAmerican musician (That Old Black Magic)

Just a Gigolo & I Ain’t Go Nobody

Banana Split for My Baby

That Old Black Magic with Keely Smith

I Wan’na Be Like You


1915 - Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)

1915 - Eli Wallach, Bkln NY, actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door)

1920 - Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)

1920 - Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)

1921 - Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader

1923 - Ted Knight, Terryville, Connecticut, American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)

1924 - John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)

1925 - Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver

1926 - Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)

1928 - Noam Chomsky, linguist (founded transformational grammar)

1932 - Ellen Burstyn, Detroit, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here)

1942 - Harry ChapinNYCAmerican rock vocalist (TaxiCat’s in the Cradle)

30,000 POUNDS OF BANANAS

Taxi

Cat’s in the Cradle

All My Life’s a Circle

1947 - Johnny Bench, baseball catcher (Reds)

1949 - Tom WaitsCaliforniarocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)

Heart Attack and Vine

Eggs And Sausage

Ol ’55

Big Joe and Phantom 309

1954 - Mark Hofmann, American forger and bomber

1955 - Priscilla Barnes, Ft Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, 3s Company)

1956 - Larry Bird, West Baden, Indiana, NBA star (Boston Celtics, 12-time NBA All Star)

1957 - Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)

1957 - Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator

1958 - Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)

1962 - Grecia Colmenares, Italian entertainer

1964 - Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)

1964 - Roberta Close, Brazilian model

1964 - Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver

1966 - C Thomas Howell, LA California, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man)

1966 - Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer

1967 - Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)

1968 - Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics-1994)

1968 - Melissa Iverson, Anoka Minn, rower (Olympics-96)

1971 - Ben Atkins, NYC, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1971 - Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player

1972 - Hermann Maier, Austrian skier

1974 - Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)

1974 - Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer

1974 - Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist

1976 - Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model

1977 - Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics-96)

1984 - Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver

1987 - Aaron Carter, American singer and actor

Deaths

983 - Otto II the Red, German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28

1672 - Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)

1775 - Charles Saunders, British admiral

1793 - Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)

1815 - Michel NeyFrench marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46

1817 - William BlighBritish naval officer of “Bounty” famedies at 63

1842 - Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)

1862 - Sylvester Churchill, US Union brig-general, dies

1894 - Ferdinand de LessepsFrench engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89(see UE 11/17 Events , Suez Canal)

1902 - Thomas Nastpolitical cartoonistdies

 

1906 - Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)

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Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

A Day That Will Live In Infamy 

1941 - Mervyn S. BennionUnited States Navy CaptainMedal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 - Herbert C. JonesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 - Thomas J. ReevesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 - Franklin Van ValkenburghUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)


Army Medal of Honor

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1947 - Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866

1960 - Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)

1969 - Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66

1970 - Rube GoldbergUS cartoonist (Mike & IkePulitzer 1948), dies at 87

1975 - Thornton N Wilder, US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78

1978 - Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)

1982 - Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas

1983 - Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA

1984 - Lee Roy YarbroughAmerican racecar (Nascardriver (b. 1938)

1985 - Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70

1985 - Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90

1988 - Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire

1989 - William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)

1990 - Delecta “Dee” Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52

1992 - Vincent Gardenia, actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71

1996 - Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43

1997 - Billy Bremner, Scottish former footballer (b. 1942)

2001 - Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)

2004 - Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)

2005 - Lucy d’Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)

2005 - Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)

2006 - Jeanne KirkpatrickAmerican ambassador (b. 1926)

2010 - Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)

2011 - Harry Morgan, American actor (Colonel Potter-M*A*S*H) dies at 96

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

963 - Leo VIII elected Pope

1060 - Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary

1160 - Jean Bodels “Jeu de St Nicholas,” premieres in Arras

1196 - Northern Dutch coast flooded, “Saint-Nicolaas Flood”

 

 

 

1240 - Mongols under Batu Khan occupy & destroy Kiev

 

 

 

 

 

1492 - Haiti discovered by Columbus, at Mole Saint Nicolas

1534 - Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish

1631 - 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed

1648 - Pride’s Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament

1732 - 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players, NYC

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland

1756 - British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta India

1768 - 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Brittanica” published (Scotland)

1820 - US president James Monroe re-elected

1822 - Veterinary school in Utrecht opens

1825 - Pres John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory
 at Yale College.

 

 

 

1849 - Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Pres Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians

 

 

 

 

 

1865 - 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

1866 - Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed

1870 - Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Reps (SC)

1873 - 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1

1876 - 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Penn

1877 - 1st sound recording made (Thomas Edison)

1877 - Washington Post publishes 1st edition

1884 - Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC

1903 - Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders

1904 - Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)

1907 - Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, kills 361

1912 - China votes for universal human rights

1914 - German troops over run Lodz

1916 - German army under Gen Mackensen occupies Bucharest

1916 - World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.

 

 

 

1917 - French munition ship “Mont Blanc” explodes in Halifaxkills 1,700

 

 

 

 

 

1922 - 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY

1923 - 1st presidential address broadcast on radio (Pres Calvin Coolidge)

1925 - Record 73,000 pay to watch Chic Bears beat NY Giants 19-7

1933 - Ban on James Joyce’ “Ulysses” in US, lifted

1938 - 117 Spanish knights under capt Piet Laros return to Netherlands

1940 - Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst

1940 - Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia

1941 - Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore

1941 - NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens

1942 - RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)

1944 - US 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall

 

 

 

1947 - The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.

 

 

 

 

 

1954 - Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt

 

1955 - NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won “$64,000 Question” on boxing

1957 - 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up

1957 - AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)

1957 - Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions

1958 - US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back

1961 - 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB)

1962 - US abandons Skybolt balastic missile program

1964 - “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” 1st airs on TV

1965 - 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125

1965 - Pakistan’s Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.

 

 

 

1969 - 300,000 attend Altamont Californiarock concert feature Rolling Stones

 

Rolling Stones-Gimme Shelter

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

CSN&Y – LONG TIME GONE

1971 - Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice

1973 - Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew

1975 - 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)

1975 - Sen Robert Dole & Elizabeth Hanford marry

1975 - Balcombe Street Siege: An IRA Active Service Unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London.

1976 - War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich

1977 - South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence

1978 - Spain adopts constitution

1980 - NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 502

1981 - Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18

 

 

1982 - 11 soldiers & 6 civilians die by bomb planted by Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in BallykellyNorthern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

1983 - A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis

1984 - Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage

1986 - 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)

1987 - 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for “fun”

1987 - Christa Rothenburger skates female world record 500m (39.39 sec)

1988 - Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden

1988 - Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown

1989 - Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52

1989 - Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal

1990 - Shoeless Joe Jackson’s signature is sold for $23,100

1992 - Dottie Mochrie/Dan Forsmann wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1992 - SF 49er Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown

1994 - Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590

1994 - Orange County California files for bankruptcy

1998 - Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela.

2001 - The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.

2005 - Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.

2006 - NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

 

 

 

Births

846 - Hasan al-Askari, Shia Imam (d. 874)

1285 - King Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)

1421 - Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 1470-71)

1478 - Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author (d. 1529)

1586 - Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer (d. 1670)

1608 - George Monck/Monk, English general/gov of Scotland

1637 - Sir Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (d. 1714)

1640 - Claude Fleury, French historian (d. 1723)

1721 - James Elphinston, British philologist (d. 1809)

1752 - Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1844)

1778 - Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)

1805 - Adolf Reubke, German organ builder (d. 1875)

 

 

 

1805 - Jean Eugène Robert-HoudinFrench magician (d. 1861)

 

 

 

 

 

1809 - Stephen Thomas, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1903

1812 - Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)

1816 - Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1895

1822 - John Eberhard, built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US

 

 

 

1833 - John Singleton MosbyPowhatan CountyVirginialawyer/Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)

 

 

 

 

 

1841 - Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)

1849 - August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)

1853 - Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)

1863 - Charles Martin Hall, American chemist (d. 1914)

1864 - William S. Hart, American actor, silent Westerns (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds)

 

 

 

1876 - Fred DuesenbergGerman-born automobile pioneer (d. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

1886 - Joyce Kilmer, New Brunswick, New Jersey, poet (Trees), (d. 1918)

1890 - Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (d. 1951)

1893 - Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960)

1896 - Ira Gershwin, lyricist (‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)

 

 

 

1898 - Alfred Eisenstaedtphoto journalist

 

 

 

 

 

1898 - Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, sociologist/economist (Nobel 1974)

1899 - Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith

1905 - James J. Braddock, American boxer (d. 1974)

1906 - Agnes Moorehead, Clinton, Massachusetts, American actress (Endora-Bewitched), (d. 1974)

1913 - Eleanor Holm, NYC, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)

1917 - Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)

1917 - Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (d. 2008)

1918 - Harold Horace Hopkins, inventor (Endoscope)

1918 - Peter A Juten, office clerk/resistance fighter

1918 - Willem Oosterheers, resistance fighter

1919 - Jimmy Bivins [James], Cleveland, Ohio, Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, (d. 2012)

1920 - Dave Brubeck, Concord CA, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice)

1921 - Otto Graham, AAFC/NFL QB (Cleveland Browns)

1922 - John Henry Cound Brunt, English soldier, Victoria Cross holder (d. 1944)

 

 

 

1924 - Wally CoxDetroitactor (Mr PeepersHollywood Squares)

 

 

Mister Peepers

There Is A Tavern In The Town

 

 

 

 

1925 - Andy Robustelli, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)

1928 - Bert Geoffrey Achong, inventor (electron microscopist)

1929 - Frank Springer, American comics artist

1929 - Alain Tanner, Swiss filmmaker

1930 - Bobby Van, [Robert King], NYC, singer (Hollywood Palace)

1935 - Jean Lapointe, Quebec comedian, singer and senator

1938 - David Ossman, comedian (Firesign Theater)

1941 - Helen Cornelius, Hannibal Mo, country singer (Nashville on the Road)

1943 - Mike Smith, London Engld, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1944 - Jonathan King, rocker

1945 - Dan Harrington, American poker player

1948 - Don Nickles, (Sen-R-Okla)

1948 - JoBeth Williams, Houston TX, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist)

1948 - Jonathan King, London, singer (Everyone’s Gone to the Moon)

1949 - Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (d. 2007)

1952 - Terence Knox, Richland Wash, actor (Peter-St Elsewhere) [or 2/16/50]

1952 - Craig Newmark, American founder of craigslist

1953 - Gina Hecht, Houston Tx, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy)

1953 - Kin Shriner, Indiana, actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals)

1953 - Thomas Hulce, Plymouth Mi, actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park)

1953 - Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)

 

 

 

1955 - Steven Wrightdroll comedian (Steven Wright Live)

 

Stand Up

Hysteria

A Steven Wright Special

 

 

 

 

1956 - Peter Buck, US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)

1956 - Randy Rhoads, rocker

1957 - Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1980)

 

 

 

1962 - Janine TurnerLincoln Nebactress (Maggie-Northern Exposure)

 

 

 

 

 

1965 - Teri Hatcher, Sunnyvale California, actress (Lois & Clark)

1967 - Spanky Marcus, Hollywood California, actor (Jimmy Joe-Mary Hartman)

1969 - Wayne Smith – Motorcycle racer

1970 - Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer

1970 - Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)

1971 - Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96)

1971 - David Defiagbon, Sapele Nigeria, Canadian boxer (Olympics-silver-96)

1971 - Richard Krajicek, Neth, tennis star (Wimbledon-1996)

1971 - Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese seiyuu

1975 - Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1976 - Lindsay Price, Arcadia CA, actress (Bold & Beautiful, All My Children)

 

 

 

Deaths

343 - Saint Nicholas

1185 - Afonso I, the Conqueror, king of Portugal (1143-85), dies at 76

1352 - Clement VI, [Pierre Roger], Pope (1342-52), dies

1531 - John Volkertsz Trimaker, Dutch anabaptist leader, beheaded

1562 - Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter/architect, dies

1618 - Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)

1640 - Matthijs Elsevier, Flemish/Dutch book publisher/merchant, dies at 75

1746 - Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)

1771 - Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)

1779 - Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)

1788 - Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)

1793 - Marie Jeanne Becu comtesse du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, beheaded

1799 - Joseph Black, Scottish medical/chemist/physicist, dies at 71

1855 - William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)

1867 - Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)

1868 - August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)

1879 - Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)

1882 - A Trollope, writer, dies

1882 - Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)

 

 

 

1889 - Jefferson DavisPres of Confederate States (1861-5), dies at 81

 

 

 

 

 

1892 - E Werner von Siemens, German industrialist (Siemens AG), dies at 75

1934 - Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)

 

 

 

1949 - Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singerdies at 64

 

 

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Rock Island Line

Black Betty

House Of The Rising Sun

 

 

 

 

1951 - Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)

1956 - Dr. Bhimji Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Minister of Law and architect of The Constitution of India (b. 1891)

1964 - Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)

 

 

 

1970 - Thomas S PowerUSAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65

 

 

 

 

 

1972 - Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38

1973 - Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94

1985 - Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68

1986 - Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22

1987 - James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies

1988 - Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63

1988 - Roy Orbison, singer (Pretty Woman), dies of massive heart attack at 52

1989 - Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87

1991 - Headman Tshabalala, South Afr singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), dies

1992 - Percy Herbert, actor (Capt Apache), dies of heart attack at 72

1993 - Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon), dies of prostate cancer at 85

1993 - Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80

1993 - Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered

1994 - Gian Maria Volonte, actresss (Fistful of Dollars), dies at 61

1995 - Dmitri Antonovitch Volkogonov, soldier/historian, dies at 67

1995 - John Trevor Key, photographer, dies at 48

1996 - [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, commissioner (NFL), dies at 70

1997 - Edmund Charles Wolf Myers, soldier/engineer, dies at 91

 

 

 

2000 - Werner KlempererGerman-born actor (b. 1920)

 

Klink’s Masterpiece

At The Emmy Awards – 1968

Colonel Klink’s Secret Weapon

 

 

 

 

2001 - Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America’s Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53

 

 

 

 

 

2001 - Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)

2002 - Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)

2005 - Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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