Today in the Past

Events

625 – Boniface V ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1131 – Crowning of Louis VII the Young, King of France

1147 – Seljuk Turks defeat German crusaders under Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum.

1315 – Adam Banastre, Henry de Lea and William Bradshaw, led an attack on Liverpool Castle.

 

 

1415 – Battle of Agincourt, Welsh longbow defeat armored knights

 

 

 

1492 – Christopher Columbus’ ship Santa Maria lands at Dominican Republic

1555 – Emperor Karel puts son Philip II in charge of Netherlands/Naples/Milan

1621 – Gov Bradford of US colony Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day

1671 – Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn

1747 – British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1760 – George III ascends British throne

1764 – John Adams marries Abigail Smith (marriage lasts 54 years)

 

 

1812 – US frigate United States captures British vessel Macedonian

 

 

 

1825 – Erie Canal opens, linking Great Lakes & Atlantic Ocean

 

 

1854 – Charge of Light Brigade (Battle of Balaklava, Crimean War), 409 die

 

 

 

1854 – Prince Menshikov of Krim occupies British base at Balaclava

1859 – Merchant vessel Royal Charter runs aground at Liverpool, 459 die

1861 – Battle of Wilson’s Creek, MI (Springfield)

1861 – The Toronto Stock Exchange was created.

1864 – Battle of Marais Des Cygnes River, Kansas (Mine Creek)

1864 – Skirmish at Mine Creek, KS & Turkeytown, AL

1870 – Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore

 
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1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & The Clantons engage in “Shootout at OK Corral

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp

 

 

 

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

1893 – Battle of Shangani, Matabeleland: Dr Jameson beats Ndebeles

1900 – England annexes Transvaal

1902 – Santa Maria Guatemala hit by Earthquake; about 6,000 die

1906 – US inventor Lee de Forest patents “Audion,” a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting

1918 – Canadian steamship “Princess Sophia” hit a reef off Alaska, 398 die

1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal

1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip 1st published

1932 – Benito Mussolini promises to remain dictator for 30 years

1935 – Hurricane-produced floods kill 2,000 in Jeremie & Jacmel Haiti

1942 – 3rd day of battle at El Alamein: British offensive(see UE 10/23)

 

 

1942 – Battle of Henderson Field Guadalcanal begins

 

 

 

1942 – Fieldmarshal Rommel back in North-Africa

1944 – Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink

1944 – Battle at Samar-island

 

 

1944 – Battle in Straits of Surigao: Japanese fleet destroyed

 

 

 

1945 – Japanese surrender Taiwan to Gen Chiang Kai-shek

1946 – 1st trial against nazi war criminals (Neurenberg)

1947 – Sam Breadon sells Cards to Robert Hannegan & Fred Saigh for $4M

1950 – Sukarno appointed president of Republic Indonesia

1951 – Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom

1953 – Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die

1955 – Austria resumed its sovereignty after departure of last Allied occupation forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938

1955 – Tappan sells 1st microwave oven

1960 – 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC

1960 – Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses

1962 – American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize in literature

1962 – Stevenson demands USSR amb Zorin answer regarding Cuban missle bases saying “I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over”

1964 – Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety

1965 – Rolling Stones release “Get Off of My Cloud”

1971 – General Meeting of UN agrees to admit China PR

1971 – Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World

1971 – UN votes to expel Chinese Nationalist-ruled Taiwan & admit Red China

1972 – Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr

1972 – Nobel prize for economics awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks

1973 – Chris Wills wins 1st National hang-gliding championship

1974 – Air Force fires 1st ICBM

1976 – Gov Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape

1978 – Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

1980 – Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1981 – George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

 

 

1983 – US invades Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury

 

 

 

1984 – Hepatitis virus is discovered

1986 – International Red Cross ousted from South Africa

1986 – Michael Sergio Parachutes into Shea Stadium during game 6 of WS

1990 – Evander Holyfield KOs Buster Douglas in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1990 – NY Daily News goes on strike (lasts through March, 1991)

1993 – Airbus A310 of Air Nigeria hijacked, 1 dead

1994 – Susan Smith claims her 2 kids were carjack (she actually killed them)

1996 – Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant

.2001 – Windows XP first became available.

2004 – Fidel Castro, Cuba’s President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.

2009 – The 25 October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.

Births

1102 – William Clito, Count of Flanders (d. 1128)

1330 – Louis II of Flanders (d. 1384)

1360 – Louis, founder of house of Anjou

1510 – René/Renata de France, duchess of Ferara/daughter of Louis XII

1528 – Seerp Galama, Dutch nobleman/soldier/politician

1683 – Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (d. 1757)

1692 – Elisabeth Farnese, princess of Parma/queen of Spain

1709 – John Wagenaar, Amsterdam merchant/historian, baptised

1800 – Thomas Babington Macaulay, England, poet/historian (Ivry, Naaseby)

1802 – Joseph Montferrand, Canadian logger and strong man (d. 1864)

1811 – Évariste Galois, French mathematician (d. 1832)

1819 – Zachariah Cantey Deas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1882

1825 – Johann Baptist Strauss, (the younger), Austria, composer (Waltz King)

1838 – Georges Alexandre-Cesar-Leopold Bizet, France, composer (Carmen)

1843 – Gleb Uspensky, Russia, author (Power of the Soil)

1856 – Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (d. 1936)

1864 – John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (d. 1920)

 

 

1869 – John Heisman, pioneering football coach/trophy namesake

 

 

 

1877 – Henry Norris Russell, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)

 

 

1881 – Pablo Picasso, Malaga Spain, artist (3 Dancers, Guernica), (d. 1973)

 

 

 

1888 – Richard E Byrd, Virginia, admiral/polar explorer (1926)

1892 – Leo G. Carroll, English actor (d. 1972)

 

 

1902 – Henry Steele Commager, Pitts Pa, historian (Atlas of Civil War)

 

 

 

1902 – Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist (d. 1933)

PICKIN’ MY WAY with Carl Kress

Perfect

Guitar Blues with Lonnie Johnson

Eddie’s Twister

 

 

 

1910 – William Higinbotham, American physicist (d. 1994)

1912 – Jack Kent Cooke, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins)

1912 – Minnie Pearl, [Sarah Ophelia Colley], Tenn, (Grand Old Opry, Hee-Haw)

1913 – Klaus Barbie, gestapo chief (Lyon)

1915 – Ivan M. Niven, Canadian mathematician (d. 1999)

1923 – Bobby Thomson, HR hitter (Giants win the pennant)

1924 – Billy Barty, Millsboro Pa, 3’9″ actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play)

1927 – Franklin “Bud” Held, javelin world champ (1949, 51, 53-55)

1928 – Anthony Franciosa, [Papaleo], NYC, actor (Jeff-Name of the Game)

1928 – Marion Ross, Albert Lea Mn, actress (Marion-Happy Days, Bkln Bridge)

1929 – Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist

1932 – Lev Nikolayevich Smirenny, cosmonaut

1935 – Russell Luis Schweickart, Neptune NJ, astronaut (Apollo 9)

1936 – Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian

1940 – Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic-gold-1984)

1941 – Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist)

1941 – Helen Reddy, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (I Am Woman)

1943 – Roy Lynes, England, rock organist (Status Quo)

 

 

1944 – Jon Anderson, English rock singer for Yes

Roundabout

Close to the Edge

Yours Is No Disgrace

And You And I

 

 

 

1944 – James Carville, American political stategist and commentator

1947 – Glenn Tipton, rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin’ the Law)

1947 – John Hall, rocker

 

 

1948 – Dan Gable, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-72)

 

 

 

1948 – Dave Cowens, NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks)

1948 – Daniel Mark Epstein, American poet and biographer

1950 – John Matuszak, Milwaukee Wisc, NFLer (Raiders)/actor (Hollywood Beat)

1953 – Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Piqua OH, LPGA golfer (1985 MasterCard Pro-Am)

1954 – Mike Eruzione, Winthrop Mass, jockey player (Olympics-gold-1980)

1957 – Robbie Macintosh, rock guitarist/vocalist (Pretenders)

1963 – Tracy Nelson, California, American actress (Glitter, Square Pegs, Father Dowling)

1980 – Ilana Goldfogel, Denver Colo, pairs skater (& Erik Schulz)

1984 – Katy Perry [Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson], pop singer (I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas)

Deaths

304 – Marcellinus, bishop of Rome, dies

625 – Boniface V, Italian Pope (619-25), dies

1047 – Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway/Denmark (1035-47), dies

1154 – Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies

 

 

1400 – Geoffrey Chaucer, author (Canterbury Tales), dies in London

 

 

 

1415 – Anton van Bourgondie, French son of Philip the Stout/duke, dies at 31, Agincourt
1415 – Eduard, duke of York, dies at 45, Agincourt
1415 – Philip of Nevers, French earl, dies in battle, Agincourt
1415 – Robert of Bar, French knight, dies in battle, Agincourt

 

1604 – Claude de la Tremoille, French duke of Thouars/huguenot, dies

1676 – Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German linguistic/poet, dies at 64

1845 – Carel H Verhuell, Dutch/French vice-admiral, dies at 81

1855 – Willem F earl van Bylandt, military, dies at 84

1892 – Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1892), dies at 60

1902 – Frank Norris, writer, dies at 32

1943 – H van Zanten, guerrilla leader on North Sumatra, executed

1944 – Fake Krist, nazi collaborator, killed

1957 – Umberto “Albert” Anastasia, US gangster (Murder Inc), dies at 55

1961 – Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), dies at 75

1968 – Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies

1981 – Ariel Durant, US author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83

1985 – Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83

1986 – Forrest Tucker, actor (O’Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail), dies at 67

1991 – Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60

1991 – Khigh Dhiegh, actor (Forbidden Nights), dies of heat failure at 75

 

 

1992 – Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road), dies at 56

Do Wacka Do

Dang Me

King Of The Road with Johnny Cash

England Swings

 

 

 

1993 – Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA’s Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58

1993 – Philip P Cohen, Doctor (Nobel), dies at 85

 

 

1993 – Vincent Price, actor (Raven, Fly), dies of lung cancer at 82

THE RAVEN

Monster Mash

Vincent Price Roasts Bette Davis

SNL Halloween at Vincent Price’s pad

 

 

 

1993 – Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54

1994 – Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist, dies at 81

1995 – Bobby Riggs, tennis star, dies of prostate cancer at 77

1995 – Viveca Lindfors, actress (Stargate, Luba, Misplaced), dies at 74

2010 – Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican musician (b. 1951)