Today in the Past

 

 

Events

 

498 – St Symmachus begins his reign as Pope replacing Anastasius II

845 – 845 : the first King of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon.

1221 – Frederik II Hohenstaufen crowned Roman-German Emperor

1346 – Street fights in Utrecht, Hollandsgezinde Gunterlingen statements

 

 

 

1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

1574 – Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.

1675 – English king Charles II adjourns parliament

1714 – King Karel XII leaves Turkish captivity to return to Sweden

 

 

 

1718 – Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (“Blackbeard”) is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard

 

 

 

 

 

 

1794 – Strasbourg Alsace-Lorraine, prohibits circumcision & wearing of beards

1809 – Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen

1842 – Mount St Helens in Washington, erupts

1861 – Battle of Ft McRee, FL

 

 

 

1864 – American Civil War Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ends after 650 casualties

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Union General O Howard orders plunderers, shot to death

1872 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Die Judin von Toledo,” premieres in Prague

1884 – T Thomas Fortune starts NY Freeman (NY Age) newspaper

1886 – Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia

1898 – Opera “Iris” premieres (Rome)

1899 – -23] Battle at Willow Grange, Natal (British vs Boer army)

1910 – Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs

1914 – Ypres Belgium burned by German bombing

1919 – Labor conference committee in US urges 8-hour work day & 48-hour week

1925 – Red Grange signs with Chicago Bears directly out of college

1926 – Imperial Conference ends-giving autonomy inside Brit Commonwealth

1927 – 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner Wisc)

1928 – “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, 1st performed publicly (Paris)

1930 – Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit

1932 – Pump patented that computes quantity & price delivered

1934 – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” 1st heard on Eddie Cantor’s show

 

 

 

1935 – China Clipper (flying boat) took off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis

1941 – British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Atlantis

1941 – NZ troops conquer Ft Capuzzo Libya

1942 – Gen-major Rodins 26th Pantser corp recaptures Ostrov

1942 – Hitler orders Rommels African corps to fight to last man

1943 – FDR, Churchill & Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan

1943 – RAF begins air bombing of Berlin

1943 – US troops land on Abemada, Gilbert Island

1944 – Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry occupies Hoven at Geilenkirchen

1950 – 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18

1950 – 79 die in a train crash in Richmond Hills NY

1954 – Humane Society forms

1955 – RCA Victor’s best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss

1957 – Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY

1957 – Simon & Garfunkel appear on “American Bandstand” as “Tom & Jerry”

1961 – Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

1961 – St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

1961 – Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

 

 

 

1963 – American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Floyd Patterson in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1967 – BBC unofficially bans “I Am the Walrus” by Beatles

1967 – Silver hits record $2.17 an ounce in New York

1968 – 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek-Kirk & Uhura)

1968 – Beatles release “Beatles,” (White Album) their only double album

1972 – US ends 22 year travel ban to China

1976 – Comic strip “Cathy,” by Cathy Guisewhite, de1

1977 – Regular Concorde passenger service between NY & Europe begins

 

1977 – First three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what would eventually become the Internet.

1981 – SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)

1985 – Largest swearing-in ceremony, 38,648 immigrants become US citizens

1986 – Mike Tyson KOs Trevor Berbick in 2 for heavyweight WBC boxing title

1986 – Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, became 13th NHLer to score 500 goals

1987 – Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

1989 – Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn & Moon

1989 – Kirby Pucket signs record $3,000,000 per year Minnesota Twins contract

1989 – US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) launches into orbit

1989 – Eastern Airlines pilots & flight attendants end their strike, but most are not rehired

 

 

 

1990 – Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992 – Sandra Volker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.57 sec)

1995 – Rosemary West, found guilty in England, of killing 10 women

1995 – Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

2002 – In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.

2004 – The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.

2005 – Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.

2008 – YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live.

 

 

 

Births

1458 – Jacob Obrecht, Dutch composer (d. 1505)

1511 – Erasmus Reinhold, Germany, mathematician (calculated planetary table)

1635 – Francis Willughby, English biologist (d. 1672)

1643 – René R Cavelier sieur de La Salle, French explorer

1767 – Andreas Hofer, Tirol nationalist

1805 – Benjamin Hugur, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1877

1808 – Thomas Cook, founder (Cook travel bureau)

1818 – Samuel Gibbs French, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1910

1819 – George Eliot, [Mary A Evans], England, author (Silas Marner)

1823 – Nathan Kimball, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1898

1832 – George Henry Chapman, Bvt Maj Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1882

1835 – Frank Crawford Armstrong, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1849 – Friedrich von Bernhardi, German historian (Germany & the Next War)

1868 – John Nance Garner, (D) 32nd VP (1933-41)

1877 – Joan Gamper, Swiss-born businessman and founder of FC Barcelona (d. 1930)

1884 – Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani biographer of Muhammad (d. 1953)

1888 – Tarzan, of the Apes, according to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel

1890 – Charles de Gaulle, Lille, France, President of France (1958-69), (d. 1970)

1893 – Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (d. 1969)

1897 – Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (d. 1989)

1898 – Wiley Post, Grand Plain Tx, aviator/parachutist (crashed in Alaska)

1899 – Hoagy Carmichael, Bloomington Ind, actor/songwriter (Stardust)

1903 – Herbert Sally Frankel, economist

1904 – Roland Winters, Boston Mass, actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers)

1905 – James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism)

1909 – Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop of Haarlem Netherlands (1966-83)

1909 – Mikhail Mil, Russian aviation designer (d. 1970)

1912 – Doris Duke, NYC, multi-millionaire (American Tobacco heiress)

1912 – Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist

 

1913 – Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (d. 2006)

1914 – Peter Woolridge Townsend, war hero courtier writer

1919 – Wilfred Norman Aldridge, biochemist/toxicologist

 

 

 

1921 – Rodney Dangerfield, [John Cohen], Babylon NY, comedian (Caddyshack)(see UE 10/05 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Arthur Hiller, director (Love Story)

1924 – Geraldine Page, Kirksville Mo (Interiors, Trip to Bountiful)

1928 – Juno Stover-Irwin, US, diver (Olympic-silver-1956)

1928 – Pat Smythe, England, equestrian jumper (Olympic-bronze-1956)

 

1930 – Owen Kay Garriott, Enid Oklahoma, astronaut (Skylab 3, STS 9)

1932 – Robert Vaughn, NYC, actor (Napolean Solo-Man from UNCLE, I Spy)

1935 – Ludmila Belousova Protopopov, USSR, pairs skater (Oly-gold-1964, 68)

1937 – Zenon Jankowski, Poland cosmonaut (Soyuz 30 backup)

1938 – Henry C. Lee, Chinese-born American criminologist

1939 – Allen Garfield, Newark NJ, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II)

1939 – Tom West, American astrophysicist

 

 

 

1940 – Terry Gilliam, Minneapolis, comedy author-animator (Monty Python)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – Ron McClure, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1941 – Jesse Colin Young, American musician

1942 – Guion Steward Bluford Jr, Phila, Col USAF/astr (STS 8, 61A, 39, 53)

1943 – Billie Jean King, Long Beach California, American tennis pro (Wimbledon 1968, 72, 73, 75)

1943 – Peter Adair, American filmmaker

1946 – Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)

1947 – Rod Price, rocker (Foghat)

1949 – Richard Carmona, Surgeon General of the United States

1949 – David Pietrusza, American baseball historian

1950 – [Ma]Tina Weymouth, Coronado CA, rock bassist (Talking Heads-& She Was)

1951 – Kent Nagano, American conductor

1953 – Billy M. Sprague, American rocket scientist

1955 – Sue Novara-Reber, Flint Mich, cyclist (1975 World sprint champ)

1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis, LA California, actress (Anything But Love, Halloween)

1959 – Fabio Parra, Colombian cyclist

 

 

 

1961 – Mariel Hemingway, Ketchum Id, actress (Personal Best, Civil Wars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer

1963 – Corinne Russell, Birmingham England, comedienne (Benny Hill Show)

1963 – Helen Reale, NYC, WPVA volleyballer (Manhattan Beach-7th-1994)

1965 – R Duncan Douglas, NYC, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

1967 – Boris Becker, West Germany, tennis player (Wimbledon 1985, 86, 89)

1967 – Mark Ruffalo, American actor

1968 – Irina Privalova, Russia, 100m/200m/400m runner

1968 – Jonathan Moss, Tenafly NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)

1968 – Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer

1969 – Katrin Krabbe, Neubrandenburg German DR, 100m/200m (World Champ 1991)

1970 – Alison Korn, Ottawa Ontario, rower (Olympics-96)

1973 – Brandon Paulsen, Coon Rapids Minn, greco-roman wrestler (Oly-silv-96)

1973 – Michael Murphy, Brisbane QLD Queensland Australia, diver (Olympics-96)

1978 – Magdalena Grzybowska, Poznan Pol, tennis star (1995 Futures Slovakia)

1980 – Shawn Fanning, American Internet entrepreneur (Napster)

1983 – Corey Beaulieu, American guitarist (Trivium)

1984 – Scarlett Johansson, New York City, New York, American actress (The Prestige)

1984 – Kate Ground, Canadian adult internet model

1986 – Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete

1988 – Suresh Guptara and Jyoti Guptara, British-Indian novelists

 

 

 

Deaths

 

365 – Felix II, Italian anti-pope, dies after failing to regain position as Pope from Liberius

950 – Lotharius, King of Italy (947-50), dies

1247 – Robin Hood, dies (from “A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hood”)

1286 – Eric V of Denmark, Danish King (b. 1249)

1318 – Mikhail Yaroslavich, Russian prince (b. 1271)

 

 

 

1594 – Martin Frobisher, English vice-admiral/explorer, dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1694 – John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1630)

1697 – Libéral Bruant, French architect (b. 1635)

 

 

 

1773 – Robert Clive, English occupier (India), dies at about 48

 

 

 

 

 

 

1781 – John Ekels, the Old, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist, dies at 57

1782 – John Barueth, vicar/pamphleter, dies

1782 – John de Mol, porcelein manufacturer, dies

1783 – John Hanson, American Continental Congressman (b. 1715)

1794 – John Alsop, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)

1799 – Baroness van Dorth, orangist, executed

1875 – Henry Wilson, Vice President of the United States (b. 1812)

1896 – George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor (Ferris wheel), dies

1902 – Friedrich A Krupp, cannon manufacturer, commits suicide

1916 – Jack London, author, dies at 40

1917 – Teoberto Maler, German-born explorer (b. 1842)

1919 – Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (b. 1852)

1926 – Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)

 

 

 

1941 – Werner Mölders, German ace fighter pilot (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943 – Lorenz Hart, lyricist, dies in NY

1943 – Pietro Alessandro Yon, composer, dies at 57

1944 – Arthur Stanley Eddington, dies

1955 – Shemp Howard, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 60

1963 – Aldous L Huxley, English author (Devils of Loudon), dies at 69

1963 – Bikram Singh, Indies Lt-General (Kashmir), dies

1963 – C S Lewis [Clive Staples], Irish author (Silver Chair), dies at 64

1963 – John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1961-63), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

1963 – NKD Nanavati, Indies general-major (WW II), dies

1963 – J. D. Tippit, Dallas Police Officer (b. 1924)

1980 – Leonard Barr, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Szysznyk), dies at 77

 

 

 

1980 – Mae West, actress (She Done Him Wrong), dies in Hollywood at 87

 

Come Up And See Me Some Time

 

 

 

1980 – Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)

1983 – Michael Conrad, actor (Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 58

 

 

 

1986 – Scatman Crothers, actor (Shining, Zapped), dies at 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (b. 1908)

1988 – Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family (b. 1914)

1989 – Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon

1989 – C. C. Beck, American cartoonist (b. 1910)

1992 – Sterling Holloway, US actor (Golddiggers of 1933, Batman), dies at 87

1993 – Bill Bixby, actor (My Favorite Martian), dies from cancer at 59

1995 – Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76

1996 – Maria Casares, actress (Orpheus, Rebel Nun), dies at 73

1996 – Terence Daniel Donovan, photographer, dies at 60

1997 – Michael Hutchence, Australian rocker (INXS), commits suicide at 37

1998 – Stu Unger, American poker player (b. 1953)

 

 

2000 – Emil Zátopek, Czech athlete (b. 1922)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001 – Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (b. 1915)

2001 – Norman Granz, American jazz impresario and producer (b. 1918)

2005 – Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (b. 1920)

2008 – MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)

2010 – Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (b. 1914)

2011 – Lynn Margulis, American biologist (b. 1938)

2011 – Lana Peters [Svetlana Stalina], Stalin’s daughter, dies at 85

2011 – Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80