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)