Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1024 – Conrad II the Sailor chosen German king

1571 – Catholic coup in Scotland

1618 – “Rodi” avalanche destroys Plurs Switzerland, 1,500 killed

1682 – English astronomer Edmund Halley sees his namesake comet

1807 – Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat

1882 – 1st district lit by electricity (NY’s Pearl Street Station)

1885 – 1st cafeteria opens (NYC)

1886 – Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

1888 – George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers “Kodak”

1918 – US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay 10 months

1923 – Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.

1933 – 1st airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 kph), JR Wendell, Glenview, Il

1950 – 1st helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines

1950 – D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna

1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.

1964 – NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)

1972 – US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals

1976 – Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus

1980 – Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)

1983 – Greg LeMond becomes only American to win cycling’s Road Championship

 

 

 

Births

1241 – Alexander III of Scotland (d. 1286)

1563 – Wanli, Emperor of China (d. 1620)

1622 – Jacob Hintze, composer

1795 – Friedrich [August] von Alberti, German geologist (Triasic Age)

1810 – Donald McKay, US naval architect, built fastest clipper ships

1826 – Martin Wiberg, Swedish computer pioneer (d. 1905)

1846 – Daniel Burnham, US, architect/built skyscrapers

1908 – Edward Dmytryk, director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny)

1913 – Stanford Moore, US biochemist (Nobel 1977)

1917 – Henry Ford II, automaker (Ford Motor Co)

 

 

 

1918 – Paul Harvey, Tulsa Oklahoma, news commentator (Rest of the story)

 

 

If I Were the Devil

Letter from God

What is a policeman

The Man and The Birds

 

 

 

1920 – Craig Claiborne, food columnist (NY Times Cookbook)

1928 – Dick York, Fort Wayne Ind, actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind)

 

 

 

1945 – Daniel Wood Gattonguitarist

 

Sleepwalk solo

boogie woogie

Remington Ride

 

 

 

 

1960 – Damon Wayans, actor/comedian (In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman)

1968 – Mike Piazza, Norristown PA, catcher (LA Dodgers)

1976 – Clinton R. Nixon, American game designer

1977 – Mark Ronson, English DJ/Producer and co-founder of Allido Records

1981 – Beyoncé Knowles, Houston Texas, singer (Destiny’s Child)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1063 – Toghrül, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad

1784 – Cesar F Cassini “the Thury”, French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies

1804 – Richard Somers, American naval officer

1864 – John Hunt Morgan, American Confederate military leader (b. 1825)

1965 – Albert Schweitzer, German/French missionary (Nobel 1954), dies at 90

1974 – Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59

1986 – Hank Greenberg, American baseball player (b. 1911)

1991 – Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car

1994 – Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64

2006 – Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality (b. 1962)