Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

406 - 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

535 - Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.

765 - Coffin of Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China

870 - Skirmish at Englefield: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army

1229 - James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca.

1492 - 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily

1502 - Cesare Borgia (son of pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino

1564 - Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion

1600 - British East India Company chartered

1621 - Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Mikulov

1660 - James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.

1687 - 1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope

1695 - A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.

1708 - Great Alliance captures Bridge

1711 - Duke of Marlborough fired as English army commander

1744 - James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble)

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army meets with de Esk

1758 - British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal

1775 - Battle of Quebec; Americans unable to take British stronghold

1776 - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1781 - Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens

1831 - Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
1841 - Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

 

 

 

1862 - Jan 2nd) Battle of Stone’s River/Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesse in American Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union

1862 - Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee

1879 - Cornerstone laid for Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US)

1879 - Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp

1890 - Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot

1896 - 25th auto built in US

1902 - Boers & British army sign peace treaty

1904 - The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.

1907 - For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year

1910 - US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

1911 - Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

1914 - Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000

1930 - US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930

1934 - Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport

1935 - Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1938 - Dr R N Harger’s “drunkometer,” 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana

1939 - 25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton)

1940 - 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)

1942 - 60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)

1942 - Battle in Barents Sea

1944 - 48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah

1944 - Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab

1944 - World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.

1946 - Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

1950 - Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year

1953 - Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year

1955 - The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

1958 - Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X

1961 - 1st performance of Beach Boys

1961 - Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name

1961 - Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game

1961 - Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

1963 - Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time

1966 - Monkee’s “I’m a Believer” hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

1968 - 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)

1968 - 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144

1970 - President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines

1971 - Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA

1972 - Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987

1974 - Free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter signs $3M 5 year NY Yank contract

1974 - Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama’s Gold 100 balboa coin

1974 - Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac

1974 - Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

1976 - The Cars played their 1st gig

1977 - Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

1978 - CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy

1978 - Taiwan’s final day of diplomatic relations with US

1979 - Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts

1980 - A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18

1981 - CNN Headline News debuts

1981 - Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

1983 - Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

1984 - Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash

1984 - NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH

1984 - Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India’s 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira

1984 - US leaves UNESCO

1986 - Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97

1986 - Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound

1989 - Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year

1990 - Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

1991 - CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance

1991 - Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.8

1991 - USSR, last day of existence

1994 - 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland

1994 - This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.

1995 - Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip

1997 - Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268

1997 - Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service

1997 - More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809

1997 - S Afr & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

1998 - US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year

1999 - Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

1999 - Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

2004 - The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).

2007 - The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.

 

 

 

Births

 

695 - Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)

1378 - Callistus III, (Alfonso the Borja), Pope (1455-58)

1491 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)

1514 - Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica)

1572 - Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)

1668 - Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist

1720 - [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne

 

 

 

1738 - Charles Lord Cornwallis, soldier/statesmanfire when ready Gridley

 

 

 

 

 

 

1763 - Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral (d. 1806)

 

 

 

1815 - George Gordon Meade, Major General (Union Army), died in 1872

 

 

 

 

 

 

1825 - Francis Trowbridge Sherman, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1905

1859 - Max Fiedler, composer

1860 - Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (d. 1937)

1864 - Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (Binary Stars)

1869 - Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)

1878 - Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)

 

 

 

1880 - George Marshall, Uniontown Pa, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), (d. 1959)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1882 - Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)

1882 - Martin O’Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)

1892 - Jason Robards Sr, Hillsdale Mich, actor (Acapulco)

1905 - Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)

1908 - Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

1912 - Maj-Gen John Frost, British para commander (d. 1993)

1921 - Lynn Compton, Los Angeles, California, jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), (d. 2012)

1924 - Victoria Draves, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1948)

1928 - Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1930 - Odetta, [Holmes], Birmingham Ala, folk singer (Sanctuary)(see UE 12/02 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1931 - Bob Shaw, UK, sci-fi author (Orbitsville, Ragged Astronauts, Vertigo)

1932 - George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)

1937 - Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

1937 - Avram Hershko, Israeli biologist, Nobel laureate

1938 - Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater (world champ)

1938 - Rosalind Cash, Atlantic City NJ, actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right)

1939 - Willye White, US long jumper (Oly-silver-56, appeared in 5 Olympics)

1941 - Sarah Miles, Essex England, actress (Ryan’s Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)

1942 - Andy Summers, Blackpool England, rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne)

1943 - Ben Kingsley, Scarborough England, actor (Gandhi, Betrayal, Maurice)

1943 - John Denver, NM, singer (Rocky Mt High), thank God he’s a country boy

1945 - Taylor Hackford, director (Idolmaker, Officer & a Gentleman)

1946 - Barbara Carrera, Managua Nicaragua, actress (Angelica-Dallas)

1946 - Patti Smith, Chicago Il, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia)

 

 

 

1947 - Burton Cummings, keyboardist ,singer (Guess Who-These Eyes)

 

 

These Eyes

No Sugar Tonight

Share The Land

She’s Come Undone

American Woman

 

 

 

 

1947 - Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)

1948 - Donna Summer, Boston, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), (d. 2012)

1948 - Joe Dallesandro, Pensicola Fla, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein)

1948 - Tony Hamilton, rocker (Aerosmith)

1950 - Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1976)

1951 - Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)

1951 - Michael Allen Bantom, Phila, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)

1951 - Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)

1953 - James Remar, Boston, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club)

1956 - Steve Rude, American comics artist

1959 - Bebe Neuwirth, Princeton NJ, actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees)

1959 - Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)

1959 - Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow)

1963 - Scott Ian, US heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I’m the Man)

1964 - Klari MacAskill, Budapest Hungary, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96)

1965 - Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist

1965 - Gong Li, Chinese actress

1965 - Nicholas Sparks, American author

1970 - Dan Howe, Kingston Ontario, canoeist (Olympics-96)

1971 - Erin Warren, Winchester Mass, luger (Olympics-1994)

1973 - Curtis Myden, Calgary Alberta, 200m/400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96)

1974 - Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist

1974 - Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

1977 - Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump

 

 

 

Deaths

 

192 - Lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31

335 - St. Silvester I, Catholic Pope, dies in office

 

 

 

406 - Godagisel, King of the Vandals, dies in battle

 

 

 

 

 

 

439 - Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56

1194 - Duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)

1297 - Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)

1302 - Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)

1382 - Daigaku, Zen teacher/46th head of Engakuji, dies in Kamakura Japan

1424 - Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter, English military leader

1568 - Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1493)

1610 - Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (b. 1540)

1616 - Jacques Le Maire, pirate/explorer (Lemaire Strait), dies at 31

1647 - Giovanni Maria Trabaci, composer, dies

1650 - Dorgon, Chinese emperor (b. 1612)

1679 - Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)

1691 - Dudley North, English economist (b. 1641)

1719 - John Flamsteed, 1st Astronomer Royal, dies at 73

 

 

 

1775 - Richard Montgomery, General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec

 

 

 

 

 

 

1802 - Francis Lewis, Welsh/US merchant/signer (Decl of Ind), dies at 89

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - James Edward Rains, lawyer/Confederate brig-gen, dies in Battle of Stone’s River at 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Joshua Woodrow Sill, US Union brig-general, dies in Battle of Stone’s River at 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

1890 - Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)

1893 - Jacob G de Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist, dies at 74

1894 - Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38

1910 - John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)

1910 - Arch Hoxsey, American aviator (b. 1884)

1936 - William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72

1948 - Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63

1951 - Philipp A Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher/physicist, dies at 76

1953 - Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64

1966 - Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75

1971 - Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)

1971 - Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)

1972 - Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

1980 - Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

1980 - Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88

1985 - Rick Nelson, singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 45

1985 - Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84

1986 - Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54

1990 - Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62

1993 - Brandon Teena, Transsexual, murdered (b. 1972)

1994 - BAM “Bob” Schreiner, airline owner (S Aviation Group), dies at 79

1994 - Thomas J Watson Jr, CEO (IBM), dies of a stroke at 79

1994 - Woodrow “Woody” Strode, US rugby player/black cowboy actor (Oil), dies

1997 - Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89

1997 - Michael Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39

2000 - José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)

2002 - Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)

2003 - Arthur R. von Hippel German-born physicist (b. 1898)

2005 - Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)

2007 - Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)

2008 - Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)

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