Today in the Past

 

Events

1097 – 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch( Alt. 10/21)

 

 

 

1528 – Treaty of Gorinchem (Emperor & church)

1536 – Danish/Norw king Christian III leads reform in Catholic possessions

1576 – Spanish troops occupies & plunder Maastricht

1587 – Battle at Coultras: Henri van Navarra beats Catholic League

1603 – Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed

1751 – Royal ship Duc de Bourgogne launched at Rochefort

1786 – Harvard University organizes 1st astronomical expedition in US

1803 – US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase

1818 – 49th parallel forms as border between US & Canada

1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million

1822 – 1st edition of London Sunday Times

 

 

1827 – Battle at NavarinoEngl/Russ/French fleet beat Turk/Egyptian fleet

 

1835 – HMS Beagle leaves Galapagos Archipelago/sails to Tahiti

1864 – Lincoln formaly establishes Thanksgiving as a natl holiday

1873 – P T Barnum Hippodrome featuring “Greatest Show on Earth,” opens (NYC)

1891 – 1st International 6 day bike race (NY Madison Square Garden) begins

 

1899 – Battle at Talana Hill NatalBritish army vs Boers

 

 

 

1899 – Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America’s Cup

1903 – US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada

1906 – Dr Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)

1910 – The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.

 

 

1911 – Roald Amundsen sets out on race to South Pole

 

 

1926 – Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600

1929 – Bayshore Highway opens (SF)

1934 – All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan

1935 – Mao Tse Tung & his Communist forces ended their “Long March” at Yan’an, in Shaanxi China

1940 – Cheese rationed in Netherlands

1944 – Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio explode, 135 die, 3,600 homeless

1944 – Revolution by workers & students in Guatemala

1944 – US 1st army wins battle of Aachen

1944 – US 6th army lands on Leyte, Philippines

1947 – HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood

1949 – Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)

1952 – Emergency crisis proclaimed in Kenya

1955 – Publication of The Return of the King, being the last part of The Lord of the Rings.

1956 – 58°F (15°C), Esperanza Station, Antarctica (Antarctic record high)

1956 – Hannes Lindemann begins journey across Atlantic in a 17′ craft

1957 – Walter Cronkite begins hosting weekly documentary

1960 – 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI

1962 – Chinese army lands in India

1963 – Alec Douglas-Home forms British government

1963 – Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 8,390 yds

1964 – Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1964 – Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)

1967 – All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi

 

1967 – A purported bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.

 

 

1968 – Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios

 

1970 – American Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1970 – Zond 8 Launch (Moon Orbit & Return)

1971 – West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1971 – The Nepal stock exchange collapses.

1973 – Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in “Have You Met Miss Dietz”

 

 

1973 – OPEC oil embargo begins

 

 

1973 – US president Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox

1973 – Solicitor Gen Bork, AG Richardson & Deputy AG Ruckelshaus resigned

1975 – Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning

1976 – 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince

 

 

1977 – Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve GainesCassie Gaines and Dean Kilpatrick

Call Me The Breeze

Gimme Three Steps

The Ballad of Curtis Loew

Sweet Home Alabama

 

1978 – Police’s 1st US concert (NY’s CBGBs)

1981 – 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery

1981 – Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured

1982 – Nobel prize for economy awarded to George Stigler

1983 – IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released

1987 – 10 die as Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis

1987 – Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)

 

 

1987 – Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail

 

 

1988 – Man armed with explosives blows self up in 125 St subway station (NYC)

1988 – Reggie Rogers, Det Lion’s # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated

1989 – US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings

1990 – Antiwar protest marches begin in 20 US cities (US-Iraq)

1991 – 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die

1991 – Formal opening ceremony of Intl One Mind Zen center in Crestone, Colo

1995 – STS 73 (Columbia 18), launches into orbit

 1997 – US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

2004 – Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to defeat the New York Yankees 4-3 to win baseball’s American League

2011 – The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

2012 – 30 people are killed and dozens injured after a gas station bombing by the Syrian Army in Ain Issa

 

Births

1435 – Andrea Della Robbia, Florence, sculptor, nephew of Luca

1496 – Claude de Lutherans, duke of Guise

1616 – Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)

 

1632 – Christopher WrenEast KnoyleWiltshire, Englandastronomer/great architect (St. Paul’s Cathedral), (d. 1723)

 

 

1719 – Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistician/economist

1785 – George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (d. 1873)

1792 – Colin Campbell/Lord Clyde, British officer (Sepoy-uprising)

1812 – Austin Flint, 19th century heart research pioneer

 

 

1819 – Daniel Edgar SicklesMajor General (Union volunteers), died in 1914

 

 

1820 – Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)

1820 – George Jerrison Stannard, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1822 – Mansfield Lovell, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1884

1843 – Victor de Stuers, Dutch art connoisseur

1854 – Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)

1854 – Arthur Rimbaud, France, poet/adventurer (Illuminations)

 1882– Bela Lugosi, Lugos, Austria-Hungary, actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space), (d. 1956)

 

1885 – Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” MortonNew Orleansjazz pianist/composer

1889 – Margaret Dumont, actress-Marx Brothers’ foil (Day at the Races)

1891 – James Chadwick, English physicist (discovered neutron)

1891 – Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya opposition leader/1st premier (1963-78)

1900 – Heinrich Himmler, head of Gestapo [see oct 7]

1907 – Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 2001)

1909 – Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (d. 1993)

1911 – Will Rogers Jr, NY, actor (Down to Earth)

1913 – Bao Dai, emperor of Annam/Indochina/head of South Vietnam (1949-55)

1921 – Pierre Laporte, Canada, journalist/statesman (Revolution Script)

1923 – Herschel Bernardi, actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front)

1924 – Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist

1925 – Art Buchwald, Mt Vernon NY, columnist/author (Have I Ever Lied to You)

1927 – Joyce Brothers, NYC, pop psychologist ($64,000 Question, Naked Gun)

1931 – Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire

1931 – Mickey Mantle, NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown)

1932 – Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)

1932 – William Christopher, Evanstown Ill, actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H)

 

1934 – Eddie Harrissaxophonist/composer

Compared To What with Les McCann

Listen Here

I’M TIRED OF DRIVING

Cold Duck Time

 

 

1934 – Martin Landau, actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood)

1935 – Jerry Ohrbach, Bronx NY, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing)

1937 – Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher (SF Giants)

1938 – Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (d. 2006)

1939 – Jay Siegel, Bkln, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)

1940 – Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States

1942 – Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)

 

1945 – Ric Leerock drummer (Ten Years AfterCannockStaffs)

The Ric Lee Blues Project

I’m Going Home

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

 

 

1945 – Thomas Pasatieri, composer

1946 – Connie Chung, Washington DC, news ancher (NBC, CBS)

1948 – Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)

1949 – Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)

1949 – Wayne Collett, US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)

1950 – Tom Petty, Gainesville Florida, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

1951 – Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)

1952 – Mikhail Georgiyevich Potapov, Russian cosmonaut

1953 – Keith Hernandez, SF California, 1st baseman (St Louis Cards, NY Mets)

1955 – David Profumo, English novelist

1955 – Aaron Pryor, American boxer

1958 – Valerie Faris, American film director

1958 – Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author

1961 – Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress

1966 – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader (d. 2006)

1969 – Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)

 

1970 – Michelle MalkinAmerican political commentator and author

 

 

 

 1971 – Snoop Doggy Dogg[Calvin Broadus], Long Beach, California ,rap singer (What’s My Name, Gin & Juice)

1972 – Oleg Fediukov, Moscow Russia, dance skater (& Debbie Koegel)

1973 – Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Oly-br-96)

1974 – Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women’s foil fencer (Oly-1996)

1976 – Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)

1977 – Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist

1985 – James Sutton, British racing driver

 

 

Deaths

460 – Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poetess, dies

1139 – Henry X the Trotse, duke of Bayern (1126-38), dies

1268 – Konradijn Hohenstaufen, son of Koenraad IV, beheaded in Naples

1570 – João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)

1631 – Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)

1640 – John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)

1713 – Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (b. 1652)

1740 – Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)

1765 – William August duke of Cumberland, Engl supreme commander, dies at 44

 

1864 – Stephen Dodson RamseurConfederate major-general , dies at 27

 

 

 

1865 – Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerrilla (b. 1821)

 

 

1890 – Sir Richard BurtonBritish explorer and writer (b. 1821)

 

 

 

1899 – Robert H “Bobby” Gunning, Brit colonel (60th Rifles), dies in battle

1907 – Said Pasha Kurd, Kurdish statesman (b.1834)

1936 – Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)

1940 – Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)

1950 – Henry Lewsis Stimson, US minister of War/gov-gen, dies

1953 – Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)

1954 – Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51

1964 – Herbert Hoover, 31st president of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

1972 – Harlow Shapley, astronomer (Sun’s position in galaxy), dies at 86

 

1977 – Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28 ( See Events Above )

1977 – Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29

1977 – Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28

1984 – Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)

1984 – Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 82

1986 – Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53

1987 – Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)

1988 – Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)

1989 – Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76

1990 – Joel McCrea, actor (Ramrod), dies of pulmonary complications at 84

1993 – Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)

 

 

1994 – Burt Lancasteractor (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80

 

The Kentuckian                                                                  From Here To Eternity-The Kiss

Burt Lancaster winning Best Actor for Elmer Gantry           From Here To Eternity-Barfight scene

Making The Professionals                                                   Elmer Gantry-Welcome to the House of God

 

Movie Legends                                                                   Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

                                 

 

1995 – Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65

1996 – Alfred William Bill Bedford, test Pilot, dies at 75

2001 – Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)

 

2003 – Jack ElamAmerican actor (b. 1918)

A Jail Without Bars

Jack Elam Gunned Down by Susan Hayward

Canada Dry commercial 1977

Hot Lead and Cold Feet with Don Knotts

 

2005 – Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)

2006 – Jane Wyatt, American actress, dies at 96

2007 – Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)

2010 – Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine) (b. 1930)

2011 – Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

2011 – Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)