Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1326 – Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi

1609 – Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.

1659 – Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.

1710 – Battle at Brihuega: English Gen Stanhope captured

1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ

1777 – Capt Cook leaves Society Islands

1792 – 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens

 

 

 

1863 – 2,500 reported killed as result of fire at Jesuit Church of La Compana Santiago Chile

 

 

 

 

 

1863 – Abraham Lincoln’s Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of South

1869 – Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.

1874 – Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas

1880 – 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South-Africa

1881 – Vienna’s Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850

1886 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

1899 – Natal: British fall/burst out belegerd Ladysmith

1902 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court

1907 – King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.

1914 – British & German fleets battle at Falkland Island

 

 

 

1926 – Disappearance of Agatha Christie

 

 

 

 

 

1931 – Coaxial cable patented

1936 – Anastasio Somoza elected pres of Nicaragua

1941 – Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo

1941 – US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

 

 

 

1946 – Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

 

 

 

 

 

1948 – 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)

1952 – 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)

1953 – 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)

1953 – Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the Atoms for Peace speech.

1956 – 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0

1961 – Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA – 78

1962 – 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC

1962 – Failed coup in Brunei

1963 – 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton, Maryland-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die

1966 – US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space

1973 – 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)

1982 – Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

1983 – 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-lands at Edwards AFB

1985 – 60th Australian Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)

1987 –  Palestinians start “intifadeh” (uprising) against Israel

1987 – President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

1990 – Galileo Earth-1 Flyby

1992 – Galileo’s nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)

1993 – 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria

1993 – Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53

1994 – Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

1994 – Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed

1998 – Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

2005 – Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.

2009 – Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

 

 

 

Births

65 BC – Horace, Venusia, Lucania, Roman Republian poet (Odes), (d. 8 BC)

1508 – Gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer

1542 – Mary Stuart, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Queen of Scotland (1560-1587), (d. 1587)

1626 – Christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic

1704 – Anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi)

 

 

 

1765 – Eli Whitneyinventor (Cotton Gin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1795 – Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)

1816 – August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)

1822 – Luther Prentice Bradley, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1910

1826 – Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist

1828 – Clinton Bowen Fisk, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

1828 – Robert Bullock, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1905

1865 – Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Taylor series)

1874 – Ernst Moro, Austrian physician (d. 1951)

1894 – James (Grover) Thurber, Columbus Ohio, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs)

1894 – E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)

1899 – James “Pigmeat” Jarrett, pianist

1900 – Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)

1902 – Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)

1911 – Lee J Cobb, NYC, actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront)

1920 – Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)

1921 – Johnny Otis, California, R&B talent scout (Cold Shot, Cuttin’ Up)

1922 – John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15)

1925 – James E “Jimmy” Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)

 

 

 

1925 – Sammy Davis JrNYCsinger/dancer/actor (Ocean’s 11Candy Man)

 

I Gotta Be Me

Mr. Bojangles

Impersonations

The Rat Pack,Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr & Frank Sinatra, Live And Swinging On Stage

 

 

 

 

1927 – Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)

1927 – Ferdie Pacheco, the “Fight Doctor”

1930 – John Morressy, US, sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)

1930 – Maximilian Schell, Austria, actor/director (Odessa File, Julia)

1933 – Flip Wilson, [Clerow], Jersey City NJ, comedian (Flip Wilson Show)

1936 – David Carradine, Hollywood CA, actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2)

1937 – James MacArthur, LA California, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0)

1937 – Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)

1939 – James Galway, Belfast Ireland, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil)

1939 – Lynn Wilson, contractor/multi-millionaire

1941 – Randall “Duke” Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman

1943 – Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)

1943 – Jim Morrison, American poet, singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)

1947 – Gregg Allman, Nashville, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band)

1951 – Bill Bryson, American author

1952 – Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

1952 – Sam Kinison, screaming comedian/actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover)

1953 – Roy Firestone, sportscaster (Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments)

1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress

1956 – Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)

1958 – Wayne Dickert, Chattanooga TN, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96)

 

 

 

1961 – Ann CoulterAmerican authorpolitical commentatorand attorney

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics-1996)

1964 – Teri Hatcher, Sunnyvale CA, actress (Lois Lane-Lois & Clark)

1965 – Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)

1965 – Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)

1967 – Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)

1973 – Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

1974 – Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)

1975 – Kevin Harvick, American NASCAR driver

1977 – Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel

1977 – Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver

1978 – Kate Robinson, Peoria Ill, dance skater (& Kate Robinson)

1978 – Vernon Wells, American baseball player

1982 – Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer

1982 – Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete

1983 – Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver

1986 – Amir Khan, English boxer

1993 – AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer

 

 

 

Deaths

644 – Omar I, 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered

899 – Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies

1292 – John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62

1596 – Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico

1632 – Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)

1643 – John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)

1756 – William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat

1779 – Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)

1811 – Eliza Poe, English-born American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Poe(b. 1787)

1831 – James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies

1864 – George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra (b. 1815)

1885 – William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)

1894 – Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)

1903 – Herbert Spencer, British engineer/philosopher, dies at 83

1914 – Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)

1952 – Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)

1967 – Robert H Lawrence, USAF/astronaut, dies at 32

1967 – John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)

1978 – Golda Meir, Israel’s PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80

1980 – John Lennon, assassinated in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

 

 

 

1981 – Walter “Shakey” Horton , bluesmanharp player dies at 72

 

Shakey’s Blues

Slow Down with Buddy Guy

Easy

All Star Boogie

 

 

 

 

1982 – Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
1982 – Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
1982 – Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker’s union leader, murdered
1982 – Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 – Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
1982 – John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
1982 – Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
1982 – Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
1982 – Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
1982 – Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Marty Robbins, country singer, dies at 57

1983 – Slim Pickins, actor (Blazing Saddles), dies after brain surgery at 64

1989 – Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies

1991 – Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies

1993 – Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86

1995 – Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36

1995 – Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79

1997 – Bob Bell, clown (WGN’s 1st Bozo), dies at 75

2003 – Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)

 

 

 

2004 – Dimebag Darrellheavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale

 

Solos

RIFFER MADNESS