Today In The Past*

 

 

* Please accept our apologies , those of you who have come to expect a more detailed , link-filled Uncurrent Events , but due to technical difficulties we are not able , at present , to include the usual embellishment of certain interesting events , births and deaths . Rest assured that the detailed version of UE that you have come to love will resume by the end of this coming weekend . Thank you for your patience .

 

 

Events

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1525 – Swiss & German mercenaries desert Francois I’s army

1547 – King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII

1613 – Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch gov-gen of East-Indies

1653 – Defeat of Dutch fleet under Adm Van Tromp by Adm Blake off Portsmouth

1673 – 1st recorded wine auction held (London)

1725 – 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in NH for £100 a scalp bounty

1768 – 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)

1792 – US postal service created, postage 6 cents – 12 cents depending on distance

1809 – Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state

1810 – Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon’s forces, executed.

1831 – Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow

1835 – Concepcion, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die

1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia

1846 – British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore

1856 – John Rutledge, Liverpool-NY steamer, hits iceberg; many die

1861 – Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms

1864 – Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida

1865 – M I T forms 1st US collegiate architectural school

1872 – Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin

1872 – Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags

1872 – Metropolitan Museum of Art opens (NYC)

1872 – Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine

1873 – University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)

1877 – 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

1895 – Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo

1917 – Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die

1919 – French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt

1921 – Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran

1941 – 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland

1942 – Lt E H O’Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers

1943 – New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer’s corn patch (Mexico)

1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

1944 – US takes Eniwetok Island

1944 – World War II: The “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.

1947 – Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA

1947 – Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India

1952 – “African Queen” opens at Capitol Theater in NYC

1952 – 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)

1953 – August A Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million

1958 – Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1960 – Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

1962 – John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)

1965 – Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data

1968 – State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M

1971 – General Idi Amin Dada appointed president of Uganda

1974 – Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono

1976 – The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.

1983 – Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)

1985 – After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada’s check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket

1987 – Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City

1988 – 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

1988 – Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)

1988 – Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating

1988 – Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

1988 – Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)

1989 – An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

1991 – A gigantic statue of Albania’s long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.

1992 – Ross Perot says he’ll run for President on Larry King Show

1994 – 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage

1998 – Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal

1998 – US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

2002 – In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

2012 – Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years

 

 

Births

1494 – Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)

1507 – Gentile Bellini, Italian artist (Sultan Mohammed II)

1523 – Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)

1632 – Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)

1753 – Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)

1757 – John ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)

1809 – Henry Walton Wessells, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1820 – Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1827 – Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912

1838 – James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1844 – Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics)

1844 – Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)

1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)

1866 – Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)

1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, LI NY, founder (Pan Am Airways)

1901 – Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist

1901 – Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]

1901 – René Jules Dubos, France, US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)

1902 – Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award)

1903 – Ella Maillart, explorer

1903 – Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer

1904 – Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)

1908 – Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)

1908 – Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix

1912 – Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)

1916 – Jackie Gleason, Bkln NY, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)

1917 – Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)

1918 – Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire

1920 – Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)

1921 – Amanda Blake, [Beverly], Buffalo NY, actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke)

1921 – Joseph Albert Walker, Wash DC, test pilot (X-15)

1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, don’t my jeans look great (poor little rich girl)

1925 – Robert Altman, Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, M*A*S*H)

1926 – Kenneth H Olsen, US, engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)

1926 – Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-48, 52, 56)

1927 – Roy Cohn, lawyer, “grand inquisitor” (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)

1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor

1930 – Patricia Smith, New Haven Ct, actress (Bob Newhart Show)

1934 – Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)

1936 – Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan’s Heroes)

1936 – Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)

1937 – Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)

1937 – Robert Huber, Munich Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988)

1937 – Roger Penske, auto racer

1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)

1943 – Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)

1944 – Lew Soloff, Bkln NY, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1946 – J[erome] Geils, NYC, rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold)

1946 – Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)

1947 – Jennifer O’Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of ’42)

1948 – A C Fabian, astronomer

1948 – John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company

1949 – Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Cz, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club)

1950 – John Voldstad, Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart)

1950 – Walter Becker, NYC, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg)

1950 – Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor

1951 – Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)

1951 – Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)

1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)

1954 – Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)

1954 – Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)

1954 – Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)

1955 – Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)

1956 – Charlie Adler, American voice actor

1959 – Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer

1959 – Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver

1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

1960 – Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist

1961 – Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1984)

1963 – Charles Barkley, Leads Ab, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96)

1963 – William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)

1964 – French Stewart, NM, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)

1964 – Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]

1966 – Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)

1966 – Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympics-silver-96)

1967 – Andrew Shue, actor (Melrose Place)

1967 – Kurt Cobain, rock vocalist (Nirvana)/husband of Courtney Love

1967 – Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)

1967 – Theresa Luke, Vancouver BC, rower (Olympics-96)

1971 – Shalanda Burt, US murderess

1971 – Shawn McKenzie, American programmer

1977 – Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1977 – T.J. Slaughter, American football player

1977 – Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model

1978 – Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress

1985 – Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)

1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer

 

 

Deaths

702 – K’inich Kan B’alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)

1054 – Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies

1154 – Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett

1171 – Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)

1194 – Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, dies

1258 – Al-Musta’sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad

1408 – Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)

1524 – Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya

1579 – Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)

1618 – Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)

1626 – John Dowland, composer, dies

1707 – Aurangzeb, Mogul emperor of India (1658-1707), dies

1762 – Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1771 – Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)

1806 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)

1810 – Andreas Hofer, milt leader (fought Napoleon’s France), executed at 42

1860 – Henry Drummond, English banker/religious leader, dies at 69

1892 – Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74

1893 – P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)

1895 – Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 77

1905 – Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain

1907 – Henri Moissan [Ferdinand-Frederic-], chemist (Nobel 1906), dies at 54

1920 – Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63

1936 – Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)

1960 – Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, dies

1966 – Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80

1970 – Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)

1972 – Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74

1975 – Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76

1980 – Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96

1983 – James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident

1983 – Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33

1985 – Clarence Nash, voice (Donald Duck), dies at 80 of leukemia, in Calif

1992 – Dick York, actor (Bewitched), dies of emphysema at 63

1993 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Miura), dies

1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)

2003 – Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)

2005 – Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)

2005 – John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)

2005 – Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)

2006 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)

2007 – F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)

2009 – Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)

2010 – Alexander Haig, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)

2012 – Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97