Today In The Past

 

Events

707 – John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.

 

 

 

1016 – Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1081 – Battle at Durazzo/Durres: Normans under Robert Guiscard beat Byzantine

1267 – Battle at Marienholz: Henry III, Otto II van Gelre beat Keuls archbishop Engelbert III

1356 – Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.

1386 – Opening of the University of Heidelberg

 

 

 

1561 – Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima — Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.

 

 

 

 

 

1564 – John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America

1648 – 1st US labor organization forms (Boston Shoemakers)

1685 – Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism

1748 – Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession

1767 – Boundary between MD & PA, Mason Dixon line, agreed upon

1776 – In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders “cock tail”

1776 – Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx

1862 – Morgan’s raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY

1863 – Battle of Charlestown, WV

1867 – US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)

1873 – Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football

1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household usage

1890 – John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds

1891 – 1st international 6-day bicycle race in US (Madison Square Garden, NYC) begins

1892 – 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)

1909 – Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m

1912 – Beginning of 1st Balkan War

1915 – 3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo

1924 – Harold “Red” Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)

1934 – Chinese Red leader under Mao Tse Tung begins Long March

1941 – Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo

1944 – Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II

1945 – Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg

1948 – Operation 10 Plagues – Israeli offensive against Egyptian army

1950 – Connie Mack retires as manager of A’s after 50 years

1954 – Hurricane Hazel (3rd of 1954) becomes most severe to hit US

1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.

1955 – Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete

1955 – University of California discovers anti-proton

1961 – Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack

 

 

 

1962 – Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Nobel prize for physics awarded to Hans A Bethe

 

 

 

1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” is released

 

 

Bare Necessities

King Louie

Louis Prima – Jungle Book

 

 

 

 

1968 – Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City

1968 – Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas

1968 – US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving “black power” salute as a protest during victory ceremony

1969 – Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners

1973 – Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin

1973 – Nobel prize for economy awarded to Wassily Leontief

1974 – Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

1976 – Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr

1977 – W German commandos liberate Boeing 737, 86 hostages at Mogadishu

1977 – Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth’s series record

1981 – Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader

1989 – US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit

1992 – 6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities

2007 – After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.

2011 – Gilad Shalit is released.

 

 

 

Births

1127 – Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1192)

1239 – Stefanus V, prince of Transylvania/king of Hungary (1270-72)

1595 – Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony founder (d. 1655)

1679 – Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)

1701 – Charles le Beau, French historian (d. 1778)

1741 – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French general and author (d. 1803)

1806 – John Breckinridge Grayson, Brig Genl (Confederate Army), died in 1861

1811 – Hugh Thompson Reid, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

 1818 – Edward Otho Cresap Ord, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883

 1829 – Charles Sidney Winder, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862

1829 – Lucius Marshall Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1831 – Frederik III NK of Hohenzollern, German Kaiser/king of Prussia

1854 – Solomon A Andree, Swedish engineer/balloonist/Artic explorer

1889 – Fannie Hurst, novelist (Anatomy of Me)

1893 – Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics (d. 1966)

1900 – Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (d. 1981)

1902 – Pascual Jordan, German physicist (d. 1980)

1903 – Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist

1904 – A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)

1906 – James Brooks, US mural painter (Acquisition of Long Island)

1919 – Pierre Elliott Trudeau, (L) 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84)

1919 – Anita O’Day (born Anita Belle Colton), Chicago, jazz singer 

1920 – Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and political activist (d. 1994)

1921 – Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )

1924 – Allyn Ferguson, San Jose California, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show)

 

 

 

1926 – Chuck BerrySt Louisrocker (Roll over Beethoven)

 

Johnny B. Goode

Roll Over Beethoven

No Particular Place To Go

No Money Down

 

 

 

 

1926 – George C Scott, Wise Va, actor (Patton, Bible, Taps, Hardcore)

1926 – Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Poland, actor (Little Drummer Girl)

1928 – Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)

1930 – Frank Carlucci, National Security Adviser/Sec of Defense (1987-89)

1934 – Inger Stevens, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Katy-Farmer’s Daughter)

1934 – Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (d. 2007)

1935 – John B Coleman, Boston, hotel magnate (Ritz Carlton)

 

 

 

1935 – Peter BoylePhila, actor (Joe, CandidateEverybody Loves Raymond)

 

Tribute

Where The Buffalo Roam with Bill Murray

Joe

Young Frankenstein with Gene Hackman

 

 

 

 

1938 – Ronnie Bright, rocker (Coasters)

1938 – Dawn Wells, American actress

1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, New Orleans, Louisiana, assassin (JFK), (d. 1963)

1939 – Mike Ditka, coach/tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961)

1942 – Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist

1943 – Russ Giguere, Portsmouth NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association)

1944 – Katherine Kurtz, UK, sci-fi author (Deryni Rising, Saint Camber)

1947 – Joe Morton, NYC, actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World)

1947 – Laura Nyro, Bronx, singer/songwriter (Eli’s Coming, Stoney End)

1948 – Ntozake Shange, American author

1949 – Gary Richrath, Peoria IL, rock guitarist (REO Speedwagon)

1949 – Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)

1950 – Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)

1951 – Pam Dawber, Detroit, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam)

1951 – Terry McMillan, American author

1956 – Martina Navratilova, Revnice Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)

1956 – Craig Bartlett, American animator

 

 

 

1959 – Kirby ChamblissAerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer

 

Kirby Chambliss Epic Flight

 

 

 

 

1960 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brussels Belgian, actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat) 

1961 – Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star yachter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)

1961 – Erin Moran, Burbank California, actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi)

 

 

 

1961 – Wynton MarsalisNew Orleans Lajazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983)

 

 

Carnival Of Venice

Layla with Eric Clapton

Portrait of Louis Armstrong

Sweet Georgia Brown

 

 

 

 

 

1962 – Vincent Spano, Brooklyn NY, actor (Alphabet City, Maria’s Lovers)

1965 – Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist

1967 – Gary John Anderson, Wanganui NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1972 – Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver

1974 – Peter Svensson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)

1977 – David Vuillemin, Pro Motocross Rider

1984 – Lindsey Vonn, American alpine skier

1987 – Zac Efron, TV actor, born in San Luis Obispo, California, USA (CSI: Miami, ER)

1991 – Tyler Posey, American actor

 

 

 

Deaths

707 – John VII, Greek Pope (705-07), dies

1035 – Sancho III of Navarre

1141 – Margrave Leopold IV of Austria

 

 

 

 

1216 – Johnking of England (1199-1216Magna Carta), dies

 

 

 

 

 

1417 – Gregorius XII, [Angelo Correr], Pope (1406-15), dies

1541 – Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)

1564 – Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)

1589 – Adolf van Nieuwenaar & Meurs, viceroy of Utrecht, dies in battle

 

 

 

1676 – Nathaniel Baconrallied against Virginian governmentkilled at 29

 

Bacon, Nathaniel images

 

 

 

 

1708 – Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67

1770 – John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)

1864 – David Bell Birney, US lawyer/Union general-major, dies at 39

1886 – Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)

1889 – Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (b. 1808)

1893 – Lucy [Blackwell-]Stone, US abolitionist/feminist, dies

 

 

 

1931 – Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84(see UE 10/6)

 

 

 

 

 

1948 – [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies

1955 – Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, dies at 72

1966 – Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)

1973 – Walt Kelly, US comic strip artist (Pogo), dies at 60

1973 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)

1975 – Al Lettieri, actor (Beautiful but Deadly, Don is Dead), dies at 47

1978 – Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64

1982 – Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

1984 – Jon-Erik Hexum, actor (Bear), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26

1993 – Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63

1994 – Richard A Garland, artist photographer, dies at 60

1995 – John Gardener, boatbuilder/writer, dies at 90

1995 – Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56

1996 – Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71

1997 – Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70

1997 – Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65

2000 – Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)

2000 – Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)

2002 – Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)

2004 – Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)

 

 

 

2007 – William J. CroweAmerican admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 – Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)

2008 – Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)

2010 – Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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