Today In The Past

 Today Is The 72nd Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor 

Events

43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.

185 – Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)

1354 – Margaretha van Bavarian’s son earl Willem V signs peace treaty

1696 – Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.

1724 – Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.

1783 – William Pitt Jr (24) becomes British Premier

1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution

1808 – James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

1836 – Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

1862 – Battle of Hartsville, TN

1862 – Battle of Prairie Grove, AR

1864 – Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia

1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

1872 – HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise

1877 – Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone

1891 – 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session

1895 – Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies

1900 – Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission.

1911 – Natl Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver & Victoria

1917 – US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

1926 – Gas refrigerator patented

1932 – 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY

1934 – Wiley Post discovers jet stream

1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

1939 – Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1940 – North Africa: British counter offensive under general O’Connor

1940 – The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew

1941 – Futshida’s air fleet passes coastline of Oahu

1941 – German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends

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1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)

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1941 – Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps

1941 – 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward)

1944 – Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago

1944 – General Radescu forms Romanian government

1945 – Microwave oven patented

1946 – Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119

1949 – 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)

1949 – Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

1953 – Israel’s PM Ben-Gurion retires

1955 – Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England’s Labour Party

1963 – Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.

1966 – A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.

1967 – Otis Redding records “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

1968 – M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923

1968 – Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit

1972 – Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing missionlaunched

1972 – Philippine’s 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

1973 – Wings release “Band on the Run”

1975 – Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus

1975 – Indonesian army occupies East Timor

1978 – Islander’s Mike Bossy’s 1st career hat trick

1981 – Spain becomes a member of the NATO

1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.

1985 – 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)

1986 – Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti

1987 – 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

1987 – Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting

1987 – Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank

1988 – 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (>25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)

1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

1988 – Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

1991 – A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup

1992 – Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)

1993 – The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1994 – Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

1995 – US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter

1999 – The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.

2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

2007 – The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.

Births

521 – Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland (d. 597)

903 – Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi, Persian astronomer (d. 986)

967 – Abu Sa’id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic

1302 – Azzone Visconti lord of Milan (d. 1339)

1545 – Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, consort of Mary I of Scotland (d. 1567)

1598 – Giovanni Bernini, Naples, Kingdom of Naples, baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), (d. 1680)

1754 – Jack JouettAmerican patriot

1761 – Madame [Marie Grosholtz] Tussaud, Strasbourg, France, created wax museum, (d. 1850)

1764 – Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno, French marshal (d. 1841)

1801 – Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, Austrian actor (Judith und Holofernes)

1810 – Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (d. 1894)

1823 – Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker)

1847 – James Deacon White, Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)

1847 – Solomon Schechter, US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader

1873 – Willa Cather, US, author (My Antonia)

1888 – Hamilton Fish, US congress leader/isolationist

1888 – Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st pres of American Newspaper Guild

1889 – Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer

1901 – A F [Tony] Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))

1903 – Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (d. 1987)

1905 – Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune)

1906 – George Richard James, saxophonist

1910 – Louis PrimaNew Orleans LouisianaAmerican musician (That Old Black Magic)

Just a Gigolo & I Ain’t Go Nobody

Banana Split for My Baby

That Old Black Magic with Keely Smith

I Wan’na Be Like You


1915 – Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)

1915 – Eli Wallach, Bkln NY, actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door)

1920 – Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)

1920 – Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)

1921 – Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader

1923 – Ted Knight, Terryville, Connecticut, American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)

1924 – John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)

1925 – Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver

1926 – Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)

1928 – Noam Chomsky, linguist (founded transformational grammar)

1932 – Ellen Burstyn, Detroit, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here)

1942 – Harry ChapinNYCAmerican rock vocalist (TaxiCat’s in the Cradle)

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Taxi

Cat’s in the Cradle

All My Life’s a Circle

1947 – Johnny Bench, baseball catcher (Reds)

1949 – Tom WaitsCaliforniarocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)

Heart Attack and Vine

Eggs And Sausage

Ol ’55

Big Joe and Phantom 309

1954 – Mark Hofmann, American forger and bomber

1955 – Priscilla Barnes, Ft Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, 3s Company)

1956 – Larry Bird, West Baden, Indiana, NBA star (Boston Celtics, 12-time NBA All Star)

1957 – Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)

1957 – Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator

1958 – Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)

1962 – Grecia Colmenares, Italian entertainer

1964 – Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)

1964 – Roberta Close, Brazilian model

1964 – Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver

1966 – C Thomas Howell, LA California, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man)

1966 – Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer

1967 – Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)

1968 – Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics-1994)

1968 – Melissa Iverson, Anoka Minn, rower (Olympics-96)

1971 – Ben Atkins, NYC, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1971 – Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player

1972 – Hermann Maier, Austrian skier

1974 – Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)

1974 – Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer

1974 – Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist

1976 – Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model

1977 – Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics-96)

1984 – Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver

1987 – Aaron Carter, American singer and actor

Deaths

983 – Otto II the Red, German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28

1672 – Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)

1775 – Charles Saunders, British admiral

1793 – Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)

1815 – Michel NeyFrench marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46

1817 – William BlighBritish naval officer of “Bounty” famedies at 63

1842 – Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)

1862 – Sylvester Churchill, US Union brig-general, dies

1894 – Ferdinand de LessepsFrench engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89(see UE 11/17 Events , Suez Canal)

1902 – Thomas Nastpolitical cartoonistdies

 

1906 – Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)

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Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

A Day That Will Live In Infamy 

1941 – Mervyn S. BennionUnited States Navy CaptainMedal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Herbert C. JonesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Thomas J. ReevesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Franklin Van ValkenburghUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)


Army Medal of Honor

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1947 – Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866

1960 – Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)

1969 – Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66

1970 – Rube GoldbergUS cartoonist (Mike & IkePulitzer 1948), dies at 87

1975 – Thornton N Wilder, US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78

1978 – Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)

1982 – Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas

1983 – Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA

1984 – Lee Roy YarbroughAmerican racecar (Nascardriver (b. 1938)

1985 – Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70

1985 – Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90

1988 – Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire

1989 – William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)

1990 – Delecta “Dee” Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52

1992 – Vincent Gardenia, actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71

1996 – Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43

1997 – Billy Bremner, Scottish former footballer (b. 1942)

2001 – Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)

2004 – Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)

2005 – Lucy d’Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)

2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)

2006 – Jeanne KirkpatrickAmerican ambassador (b. 1926)

2010 – Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)

2011 – Harry Morgan, American actor (Colonel Potter-M*A*S*H) dies at 96