Today In The Past

 

 

Events

241 BC – First Punic WarBattle of the Aegates Islands – The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.

 

 

 

 

 

418 – Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire

1535 – Bishop Tomés de Berlanga discovers Galapagos Islands

1578 – Queen Elizabeth I gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion

1624 – England declares war on Spain

1629 – King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he called it back 11 years later

1661 – French King Louis XIV ends office of premier

1681 – English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania

1789 – Franklin College founded

1791 – John Stone, Concord, Mass, patents a pile driver

1801 – First census in Great Britain

1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.

1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent; only US president to do so

1862 – US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000)

1864 – Grant is named commander of the Union armies

1864 – Red River campaign LA

1865 – Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, NC

1874 – Purdue University (Indiana) admits it’s 1st student

1876 – 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)

1888 – HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds

1891 – Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.

1893 – New Mexico State University cancels it’s 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before

 

 

 

1900 – Battle at DriefonteinSouth-Africa (Boers vs British army)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1902 – A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera.

1903 – Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine

1905 – Japanese Army captures Mukden (Shenyang)

 

 

 

1906 – Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 at Courrieres France

 

 

 

 

 

1906 – London Underground opens Bakeroo line (Baker Street to Waterloo Line)

 

 

 

1909 – Jack Johnson fights Victor McLaglen to no decision in 6 for box title

 

 

 

 

 

1913 – William Knox, becomes 1st in American Bowling Congress to bowl 300

1915 – British expedition Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle

1926 – Run on Belgian banks

1927 – Albania mobilize by threat of Serbian, Croatian & Slovenes

1927 – Bavaria lifts ban on Hitler’s speeches

1933 – Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics

1944 – U-575 sinks HMS Asphodel

1945 – Patton’s 3rd Army makes contact with Hodge’s 1st Army

1945 – Tokyo in fire after night time B-29 bombing

1945 – US troops lands on Mindanao

1945 – The Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.

1948 – 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca

1952 – Military coup by general Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

1956 – Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)

1957 – Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy

1959 – Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet

1963 – Pete Rose debuts with hits in his 2 1st at bats in spring training

1963 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 70 points vs Syracuse

1964 – US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany

1966 – 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires

 

 

 

1966 – North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at A Shau Valley

 

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1969 – James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King Jr

1972 – Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia

1975 – Dog spectacles patented in England

1977 – Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO

1980 – Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show

1982 – Pres Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

1982 – The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.

1984 – Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page

1988 – Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort “Klosters” nearly kills Prince Charles

1988 – NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

1990 – Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Halifax won by Jill Trenary (USA)

1990 – Mens Figure Skating Championship in Halifax won by Kurt Browning (CAN)

1991 – Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinches his 4th slalom World Cup

1991 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 m indoor (22.24 sec)

1994 – 1 million Greeks attend Melina Mercouri’s funeral

1995 – Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shite mosque, 17+ killed

1995 – Dow-Jones hits record 4035.64

2000 – The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.

2006 – The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.

 

 

Births

1415 – Vasili II of Russia (d. 1462)

1452 – Ferdinand II, the Catholic, King of Aragon/Sicily (expelled Jews)

1503 – Ferdinand I, German emperor (1558-64)

1538 – Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)

1628 – Constantine Huygens Jr, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist

1628 – Marcello Malpighi, Italian physician (d. 1694)

1709 – Georg Steller, German naturalist (d. 1746)

1745 – John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)

1769 – Joseph Williamson, English philanthropist and tunnel builder (d. 1840)

 

 

 

1809 – William David PorterCommander (Union Navy), died in 1864

 

 

 

 

 

1818 – George Wythe Randolph, Secy War (Confederacy), died in 1867

1824 – Thomas James Churchill, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1905

1832 – William Henry Penrose, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1903

 

 

 

1887 – Toshitsugu TakamatsuGrandmaster of Ninjutsu (d. 1972)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1888 – Barry Fitzgerald, Dublin Ireland, actor (Acad Award-Going My Way)

1892 – Gregory La Cava, American director (d. 1952)

1903 – Bix Biederbecke, rocker

1905 – Richard Haydn, English actor (d. 1985)

1917 – Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.

1918 – Heywood Hale Broun, journalist

1918 – Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot

1923 – Ara Parseghian, football coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame)

1923 – Kenneth “Jethro” Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro)

1928 – James Earl Ray, assassin (Martin Luther King Jr)

1939 – Irina Press, USSR, 80m hurdles/Pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)

 

 

 

1940 – Chuck Norris, [Carlos Ray], OKmartial artist actor (Missing in Action)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)

1940 – Dean Torrence, LA Cal, surf music singer (Jan & Dean-Little Old Lady)

1943 – Angelique Pettyjohn, LA California, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek)

1946 – Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver

1947 – Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)

1953 – Paul Haggis, Canadian film director

1955 – Bunny DeBarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge)

1955 – Mark David Chapman, assassin (John Lennon)

1955 – Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver

1957 – Shannon Lee Tweed, St Johns NF, playmate (Nov 1981)/actr (Meatballs 3)

1957 – Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant

1958 – Sharon Stone, Meadville Pennsylvania, American actress (Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino)

1961 – Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut

1961 – Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)

1963 – Jasmine Guy, Boston Mass, actress (Whitley-Different World)

1963 – Jeff Ament, American musician (Pearl Jam)

1964 – Cynthia Brimhall, Ogden Utah, playmate (Oct, 1985)

1964 – Neneh Cherry, Stockholm Sweden, Swedish pop singer (Money Love)

1966 – Edie Brickell, Mrs Paul Simon/rocker (& New Bohemians)

1969 – Ricky Seagall, rocker (Partridge Family)

1969 – Paget Brewster, American actress

1971 – Steve Arnold, British racing driver

1972 – Matt Kenseth, American race car driver

 

 

 

1973 – Eva HerzigovaLitvinov Czechmodel (Guess JeansWonderbra)

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – John LeCompt, American guitarist

1974 – Hugo Ferreira, American rock musician

1977 – Shannon Miller, Rolla MO, gymnast (Olympian 2 gold-2 silver-3 bronze-92, 96)

1977 – Bree Turner, American dancer and actress

1977 – Matt Rubano, American musician (Taking Back Sunday)

1977 – Robin Thicke, American singer

1982 – Timo Glock, German racing car driver

1983 – Carrie Underwood, American country singer

1983 – Che’Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer

1984 – Olivia Wilde, American actress

1992 – Emily Osment, American actress and singer

 

 

 

Deaths

37 – Tiberius Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (14-37), dies at 78

483 – Simplicius, Italian Pope (468-83), dies

1291 – Arghun, Persian ruler

1391 – Tvrtko I first king of Bosnia (b. 1338)

1510 – Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (b. 1445)

1585 – Rembert Dodoens, [Rembertus Dodonaeus], physician/botanist, dies at 67

1597 – Petrus Forestus, Dutch physician (Willem of Orange), dies

1670 – Johann Rudolf Glauber, German chemist (b. 1604)

1776 – Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (b. 1701)

1865 – William Henry “Little Billy” Chase Whiting, Confed gen-maj, dies at 48

1872 – Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66

 

 

 

1913 – Harriet Tubmanabolitionistconductor on Underground RRdies in NY

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – William Henry Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)

1948 – Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)

1953 – Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92

1966 – Frederik “Frits” Zernike, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1953), dies at 77

1973 – Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated

1973 – Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)

1980 – Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris

1986 – Ray Milland, actor (Lost Weekend-Acad Award 1945), dies at 81

1988 – Andy Gibb, singer, dies of heart infection at 30

1988 – Glenn Cunningham, US world record miler, dies at 78

1993 – David Gunn, abortion doctor, killed by Michael Griffin at 47

1994 – Charles Bukowski, German/US writer (Barfly, Hollywood), dies at 73

1996 – Ross Hunter, US producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), dies at 75

 

 

 

1997 – La Vern BakerAmerican singer (b. 1929)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1998 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (b. 1913)

2003 – Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)

2004 – Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)

2005 – Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) (b. 1951)

2007 – Richard Jeni, American comedian (b. 1957)

2008 – Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)

2010 – Corey Haim, Canadian actor (b. 1971)

2012 – Frank Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84