Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

 

1066 – King Harald of England crowned

1099 – Henry V crowned German king

1205 – Philip of Swabia becomes King of the Romans.

1227 – Ferrand of Portugal freed from the Louvre

1352 – French king Jean II introduces Order of the Star

1449 – Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI is crowned at Mistra.

1494 – The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1496 – Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christians

1579 – Artois/Hainault/Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras

1639 – Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed

1649 – The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other “high crimes”

1661 – The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.

1663 – Great earthquake in New England

1681 – 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle’s butler vs his butcher)

1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlies army draws to Glasgow

1773 – Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom

1781 – Battle of Jersey (Island in UK)

1832 – New England Anti-Slavery Society organizes (Boston)

1839 – 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as “Big Wind”

 

1842 – 16,000 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India

 

 

 

 

 

 

1857 – Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Penn

1861 – Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola

1861 – NYC mayor proposes NY become a free city, trading with N & S

1873 – US Congress begins investigating Crédit Mobilier scandal

1880 – Record snow cover in Seattle – 120 cm

1887 – `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II.

1893 – Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast

1893 – The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

1896 – 1st US women’s 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden

1896 – Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony

1898 – 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake

 

 

 

1900 – Boers attack Ladysmith, about 1,000 killed or injured

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome)

1912 – New Mexico becomes 47th state

1914 – Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded

1925 – Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

1927 – US marines sent to Nicaragua

1929 – Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest and diseased people.

1930 – 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed

1931 – Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.

1938 – Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx

1939 – Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts

1940 – Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau. 

 

1942 – Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia

 

 

 

1942 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.(“Pacific Clipper“)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum

1951 – Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes

1956 – Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group

1957 – Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

1958 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to ee cummings

1958 – Gibson patents Flying V Guitar

1963 – “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

1964 – Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)

1967 – “Milton Berle Show” last airs on ABC-TV

1967 – 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140

 

 

 

1967 – United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launchOperation Deckhouse Fivein the Mekong River delta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 – Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks

1968 – Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation

1968 – Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon

1971 – Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones

1971 – Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

1972 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn

1972 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley

1972 – Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR

1974 – In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.

1975 – “Wheel Of Fortune,” debuts on NBC-tv

1975 – 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group’s February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage

1976 – Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

1978 – 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)

1979 – The Village People’s Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it’s peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

1980 – Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party wins elections in India

1986 – British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns

1986 – Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg

1986 – STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31sec because of liquid oxygen valve problem

1987 – Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

1990 – NY Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44)

1991 – Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 sec)

1993 – Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones

1994 – Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88

1994 – Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard

1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

1996 – Record $65.2 million British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)

1998 – Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

2002 – Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This

2005 – Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.

 

 

 

Births

 

1367 – Richard II, Bordeaux, France, King of England (1377-99) (d. 1400)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1412 – Joan of Arc, Domrémy, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date) (d. 1431)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1561 – Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician (d. 1656)

1580 – (baptised) John Smith of Jamestown (d. 1631)

1655 – Jakob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1705)

1714 – Percivall Pott, English physician (d. 1788)

1745 – Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, France, aeronaut (1st pioneer balloonist)

1745 – Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor (d. 1799)

1776 – Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel

1795 – Anselme Payen, French chemist (d. 1871)

1799 – Jedediah Strong Smith, US fur trader/explorer

1807 – Joseph Holt, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1894

1807 – Jozef Maximilián Petzval, Slovak inventor (d. 1891)

1808 – Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (d. 1864)

1811 – Charles Sumner, leading Reconstruction senator, died in 1874

1812 – Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (d. 1919)

1822 – Heinrich Schliemann, German polyglot/archeologist (Troje)

1827 – John Calvin Brown, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1889

1827 – John Wesley Frazer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), die in 1906

1842 – Clarence King, mining engineer (geologist)

1864 – Ban Johnson, Norwalk Ct, baseball founder (American League)

1872 – Alexander N Scriabin, Moscow, hallucinogenic composer (Prometheus)

1878 – Carl Sandburg, US, poet/biographer of Lincoln (The People, Yes)

1880 – Tom Mix, Mix Run PA, silent screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin), died 1940

1882 – Samuel Rayburn, Tenn, (Rep-D-Tx), speaker of the House (1940-57)

1883 – Khalil Gibran, Lebanon, mystic poet (The Prophet, Broken Wings)

1896 – Abram N Pritzker, US businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall’s magazine)

1905 – Eric Frank Russell, UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space, Dark Tides)

1907 – David Fleay, Australian naturalist (d. 1993)

1911 – Joey Adams, Bkln NY, comedian/actor/columnist (ABC’s Back That Fact)

1913 – Loretta Young, Salt Lake City Ut, actr (Farmer’s Daughter, Stranger)

1914 – Danny Thomas, Deerfield Mich, comedian (Danny Thomas Show)

1919 – Sylvia Syms, US singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes)

1920 – Sun Myung Moon, evangelist (Unification Church-Moonies), (d. 2012)

1921 – Lou Harris, pollster (Lou Harris Poll)

1923 – Leah Chase, master chef, in the creole tradition

1923 – Jacobo Timerman, Argentine writer (d. 1999)

 

 

 

1924 – Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician ( Flat &-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)

 

 

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

The Ballad Of Jed Clampett with Lester Flatt

Earl’s Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

1925 – John Z DeLorean, former automaker (DeLorean)

1926 – Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (2002)

1926 – Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (d. 2003)

1926 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-born actor and bodybuilder (d. 2006)

1926 – Ralph Branca, American baseball player

1926 – Kim Dae-jung, President of South Korea and Nobel laureate

1929 – Wilbert Harrison, R & B singer (Kansas City)

1929 – Babrak Karmal, Afghani politician (d. 1996)

1930 – Vic Tayback, Bkln NY, actor (Mel-Alice, Khan, Portrait of a Stripper)

 

 

 

1931 – Capucine, [Germaine Lefebvre], Toulon France, actress (Pink Panther, What’s New Pussycat?) (d. 1990)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1931 – E. L. Doctorow, American author

1932 – Sacha Distel, French singer

1932 – Stuart A. Rice, American chemist

1933 – Emil Steinberger, Swiss comedian

1934 – Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur

1935 – Paul Wilson, US R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)

1937 – Lou Holtz, US, football coach (NJ Jets)

1938 – Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria

1939 – Murray Rose, Nairn Scotland, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), (d. 2012)

1940 – Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)

1941 – Sandy Denny, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go)

1943 – Paul James Nunn, mountaineer

1943 – Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager

1944 – Bonnie Franklin, Santa Monica Cal, TV actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time)

1944 – Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Swiss immunologist, Nobel laureate

1945 – Pepe Le Pew, cartoon skunk (Au Dorable Kitty)

1947 – Ian Millar, Halifax NS, dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Oly-96)

1948 – Guy Spencer Gardner, Alta Vista Va, Lt Col USAF/astro (STS 27, STS 35)

1949 – Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1950 – Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

 

 

1951 – Kim Wilson, bluesman (Fabulous Thunderbirds)

 

 

Lookin’ For Trouble

Lowdown

Got My Mojo Working with Jimmy Rogers

 

 

 

 

1952 – Grant Goodeve, New Haven Conn, actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty)

1952 – Moondog Spot, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)

1953 – Malcolm Young, Glasgow Scotland, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)

1954 – Norbert Hahn, German DR, 2 man luge (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1954 – Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect

1954 – Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer

1954 – Trudie Styler, English actress

1955 – Rowan Atkinson, England, comedian/actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder)

1957 – C Michael Foale, Louth England, astronaut (STS 45, 56, 63, 84/86)

1959 – Kapil Dev, cricketer (India’s finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982)

1959 – Kathy Sledge, Phila, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family)

1960 – Paul William Azinger, Holyoke MA, PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open)

1960 – Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer

1961 – Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)

1962 – Philip Brown, Birmingham Engl, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1984)

1962 – Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)

1963 – Philippe Perrin, Meknes Morocco, Lt Col FAF/astronaut

1964 – Mark O’Toole, bassist/drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)

1964 – Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler

1965 – Lindsay H Burns, Big Timber Mont, rower (Olympics-silver-96)

 

 

 

1965 – Bjorn Lomborg, Danish,writer , environmental studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – David Belcher, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1967 – Larry Donald, Cincinnati Ohio, US boxer (Olympic-92)

1967 – Peter Loran, Teaneck NJ, rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)

 

 

 

1970 – Gabrielle Reece, California, volleyball star/model (Extremists)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – Kerrin Petty, Townshend Vt, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)

1970 – Julie Chen, American television presenter

1972 – Denis Montana, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts)

1972 – Shae Marks, New Orleans LA, playmate (May, 1994)

1972 – Nek, Italian singer

1975 – Laura Berg, Whittier CA, softball outfielder (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 – Jeremy Linn, US, 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96)

1977 – Stacey Gartrell, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1978 – Steve Hartsell, Ann Arbor Mich, pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell)

1980 – Hiromi Oshima, Japanese adult model

1981 – Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress

1982 – Tiffany Pollard, American reality television personality

 

 

Deaths

 

664 – Amr ibn al-A’as, Arab general (bc. 583)

1088 – Berengarius of Tours, French theologist, dies

1275 – Raymundus of Penafort, Spanish church law scholar, dies

1374 – Andreas Corsini, Italian saint/bishop of Fiesole, dies

 

 

 

1481 – Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Golden Horde

 

 

 

 

 

 

1536 – Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect/painter, dies

1646 – Elias Hill, German architect of Augsburg, dies at 72

1689 – Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)

1693 – Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51

1694 – Francesco Morosini, Italian army general, dies

1718 – Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)

1725 – Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japan, playwright (Yotsugi Soga), dies at about 71

1731 – Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (b. 1672)

1813 – Louis Baraguey d’Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)

1852 – Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind and inventor of braille (b. 1809)

1855 – Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)

1882 – Richard Henry Dana, U.S. novelist (Two Years Before the Mast) (b. 1815)

1913 – Frederick Hitch, English Victoria Cross Winner (b. 1856)

1918 – Georg F L P Cantor, German mathematician: collection, dies at 72

 

 

 

1919 – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th Pres (1901-09), dies in NY at 60

 

 

 

 

 

 

1919 – Max Heindel, Danish astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)

1922 – Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (b. 1842)

1928 – Alvin C Kraenzlein, track star (Olympic-4 gold-1900), dies at 51

1934 – Herbert Chapman , Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)

1945 – Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)

1950 – Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71

1960 – Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68

1963 – Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68

1964 – Edgar Maass, German/US author (Verdun), dies at 67

1972 – Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)

1978 – John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80

1978 – Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)

1981 – A[rchibald] J[oseph] Cronin, physician/author (Citadel), dies at 84

1984 – Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)

1985 – Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85

1989 – Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

 

 

 

1993 – John B “Dizzy” Gillespie, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75

 

 

A Night In Tunisia

No More Blues

Salt Peanuts

 

 

 

 

1993 – Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54

1994 – “Iron” Adriaan van Es, Dutch undersec of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80

1994 – Gerardus J Sizoo, physicist/director of Dutch Free University, dies

1994 – Morty the Moose, (Northern Exposure), dies at 6

1994 – Tip O’Neill, speaker of the house, dies of cancer

1994 – Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of Pres Clinton, dies at 70

1996 – John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68

1999 – French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36

2000 – Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)

2004 – Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)

 

 

 

2006 – Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)

 

 

YOU’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE

At Last with Aretha Franklin

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

 

 

 

 

2006 – Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)

 

 

 

 

 

2007 – Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)

2007 – Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American musician and special-effects artist (b. 1934)

2009 – Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)

2012 – Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73