Today In The Past

 

 

Events

254 – Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope

919 – Duke Henry of Saxon becomes king Henry I of Oostfrankische rich

1082 – Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austr

1215 – English barons serve ultimatum on king John without Country

1328 – Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.

1459 – Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur

1525 – Battle at Biblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wurttembergse farmers

1534 – Wurttemberg becomes Lutherian

1551 – San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens

1640 – Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV

1689 – England & Netherlands form League of Augsburg

1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)

 

 

 

1780 – British troops occupy CharlestonSouth Carolina (Revolutionary War)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1789 – Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiersIt later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses

 

 

 

 

 

 

1821 – The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.

1862 – Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana

1863 – Battle of Raymond, Miss

1864 – Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)

1864 – Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia

1864 – Battle of Todd’s Tavern, VA (Sheridan’s Raid)

1864 – Butler attacks Drewry’s Bluff on James River

1864 – US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier-general

1865 – Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas

1870 – Manitoba becomes a province of Canada

1875 – 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0

1890 – Louisiana legalized prize fighting

1897 – Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece

1900 – Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed

1909 – 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8

1910 – 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)

1917 – 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4

1917 – 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6

1923 – 49th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6

1924 – 50th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2

1925 – Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics

1926 – Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole

1926 – Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole

1932 – Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell NJ

1933 – Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers

1934 – “Cocktails For Two,” by Duke Ellington hits #1

1934 – 60th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2

1938 – Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

1940 – Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River

1941 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

1942 – 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz

1942 – David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

1942 – Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River

1943 – Axis forces in North Africa surrender

1943 – British premier Winston Churchill arrives in US

1944 – 900+ 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen & Brux

1949 – 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (S V L Pandit India)

1951 – 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll

1960 – Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

1963 – Bob Dylan walks out of the “Ed Sullivan Show”

1963 – Race riot in Birmingham Alabama

1967 – H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of SDS

1969 – Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH

1970 – Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

1970 – Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court

1970 – Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)

1973 – Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92

 

 

 

1975 – US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)

1978 – Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female

1979 – Chris Evert’s 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

1980 – 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)

1984 – Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D

1986 – Bicycle is pedaled 65 mph

1989 – Retired Brit pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists

1990 – 3rd time Saturday Night Live uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)

1992 – 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest

1993 – Final episode of 6 year run of ABC’s “Wonder Years” in Netherlands

1993 – Last broadcast of “Knots landing” on CBS

1993 – Last broadcast of “Cheers” on NBC-TV

1995 – Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59)

1997 – Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict

1997 – Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida

2003 – The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.

2003 – Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.

2008 – 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people

2012 – The discovery of a missing Mayan calender piece disproves 2012 Armageddon

 

 

 

Births

1401 – Emperor Shōkō (d. 1428)

1496 – Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)

1590 – Cosimo II de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1621)

1622 – Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor General of New France (d. 1698)

1670 – Frederick Augustus I/ August II, the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reputed to have sired 355 children) (d. 1733)

1700 – Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect

1725 – Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (d. 1785)

1767 – Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)

1806 – Amos Beebe Eaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1877

1812 – Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)

1812 – Louis Ludwig Blenker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

 

 

 

1820 – Florence NightingaleFlorence Italynurse (Crimean War)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850 – Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)

1880 – Lincoln Ellsworth, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights

1889 – Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank

1903 – Wilfrid Hyde-White, England, actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place)

1906 – William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist

 

 

 

1907 – Katharine HepburnHartford CTactress (Adam’s RibOn Golden Pond)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1907 – Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)

1910 – Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)

1912 – Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet

1912 – Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)

1914 – Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)

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

1918 – Julius Rosenberg, Soviet spy (d. 1953)

1922 – Barend Busnac, office clerk/resistance fighter

1923 – Lord Laing, English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire

1925 – Lawrence “Yogi” Berra, catcher/coach/manager (NY Yankees, Mets)

1928 – Burt Bacharach, KC Mo, composer (I’ll Never Fall in Love Again)

1930 – Pat McCormick-Keller, Lakewood California, diver (Oly-4 gold-1952, 56)

1936 – Tom Snyder, Milwaukee Wisc, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News)

1937 – George Carlin, Bronx, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash)

1939 – Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)

1941 – Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)

1942 – Barry B[rookes] Longyear, US, sci-fi author (City of Baraboo)

1942 – Ian Dury, Upminster Essex, rocker (Blockheads)/actor (Judge Dredd)

1942 – Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)

1945 – Willie Parnell, US singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)

1946 – Ian McLagan, rocker (Faces)

 

 

 

1946 – L. Neil SmithAmerican science fiction author

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 – Steve WinwoodEnglandrock bassist (A Higher Love)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1950 – Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don’t Say No)

1950 – Gabriel Byrne, Dublin Ireland, actor (Hello Again, Cool World)

1950 – Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)

1950 – Renate Stecher-Meissner, German DR, sprinter (Oly-gold-72)

1950 – Shozo Fujii, judoka

1951 – Gunnar Larrson, Sweden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)

 

 

 

1955 – Kix Brooks , Shreveport Lasinger (Brooks & DunnBrand New Man)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1956 – Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show “The Simpsons”

1958 – Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend

1958 – Kim Greist, Stamford CT, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter)

1959 – Ving Rhames, American actor

1962 – Amy Benz, Rochester NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile Classic-3rd)

1962 – Emilio Estevez, NYC, actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks)

1963 – Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver

1966 – Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)

1968 – Tony Hawk, American skateboarder

1969 – Kim Fields Freeman, LA California, actress (Tootie-Facts of Life)

1969 – Kevin Nalty, famed YouTuber

1970 – James Michael Furyk, West Chester PA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)

1970 – Samantha Mathis, American actress

1973 – MacKenzie Astin, LA California, actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids)

1973 – Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

1977 – Monique de Bruin, Porland Oregon, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1978 – Jason Biggs, American actor

1981 – James Graham – Founder HistoryOrb.com

 

 

 

Deaths

912 – Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45

1003 – Gerbert, French scholar, dies in Rome

1003 – Pope Sylvester/Silvester II, [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003), dies

1012 – Sergius IV, [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12), dies

1382 – Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence, dies

1465 – Thomas Palaeologus, Despot of the Despotate of Morea

1641 – Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48

1649 – Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered

1684 – Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest

1748 – Thomas Lowndes, English astronomer (b. 1692)

1784 – Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (b. 1710)

 

 

 

1814 – Robert Treat PaineUS judge (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

1852 – John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies

1856 – Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (b. 1786)

1860 – Charles Barry, English architect (b. 1795)

1864 – Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 37

1871 – John F W Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies

1876 – Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary, brutally killed by the Turks (b. 1843)

1897 – Willem Roelofs, painter/lithographer, dies

1925 – Amy Lowell, American poet (b. 1874)

1932 – Lindbergh baby, found dead

1957 – Erich von Stroheim, Austrian/US actor (Grand Illusion), dies at 71

1957 – Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)

1962 – Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67

1973 – Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)

1980 – Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies

1989 – Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81

1990 – Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)

1992 – Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59

1995 – Giorgio Belladonna, bridge champion, dies at 71

1996 – Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84

1996 – Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman, dies at 35

1999 – Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)

2000 – Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)

2001 – Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)

2001 – Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)

2007 – Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)

2008 – Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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