Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1228 – Wu MeKuan, a collection of 48 Zen koans, compiled in China

1414 – Council of Constance (16th ecumenical council) opens

1492 – Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba

1556 – Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu

 

 

 

1605 – Gunpowder PlotCatholics try to blow up English ParliamentPlot uncovered & leader Guy Fawkes hanged

 

 

 

 

 

1639 – 1st post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts

1743 – Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle.

 

 

 

1757 – Battle at Rossbach (7 year war/French & Indian War)

 

 

 

 

 

1780 – French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.

1811 – El Salvador’s 1st battle against Spain for independence

1854 – Crimean War: British & French defeat Russian force of 50,000

1862 – Ambrose Burnside replaces McClellen as head of Army of Potomac

1862 – Battle at Barbee’s Crossroads, Virginia: 51 casualties

1872 – American women’s right to vote advocate Susan B Anthony votes for Ulysses S. Grant

1872 – Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US president

1876 – Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition leaves Nyangwe

1883 – Battle at El Obeid Sudan: Mahdi’s army destroys Egyptian army

1895 – 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car

1895 – US state Utah accepts female suffrage

1911 – Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) ( Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept 17)

1912 – Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage

1912 – Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Theodore Roosevelt (Prog) & Pres Taft (R)

 

 

 

1916 – The Everett Massacre takes place in EverettWashington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.

 

 

 

 

 

1917 – Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time

1917 – Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville Ky ordiance requiring blacks & whites to live in separate areas

1930 – Nobel for literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis for “Babbitt”

1933 – Spanish Basques vote for autonomy

1935 – Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly

1938 – Rugers beats Princeton 1st time in 60 yrs as Rutgers Stad dedicated

1940 – Pres FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)

1941 – Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima leave Pearl Harbor

1942 – Nazi raid on Greek Jews in Paris

1942 – Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez’s final transmission

1943 – -6] Vatican bombed

1946 – John F Kennedy (D-Mass) elected to House of Representatives

1953 – Nobel prize for physics awarded/appended on Frederik Zernicke

1953 – Paul Searls saws a 32″ log in 86.4 seconds

1956 – Britain & France land forces in Egypt

1956 – Israel liberates Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba

1957 – Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket

1959 – AFL announced with 8 teams

1964 – US launches Mariner 3 toward Mars; no data returned

1967 – ATS-3 launched by US to take 1st pictures of full Earth disk

 

 

 

1967 – US troops conquer Loc Ninh South Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

1968 – 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)

1968 – Nixon (R) beats VP Humphrey (D) & George C Wallace for presidency

1971 – Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping

1974 – Walter E Washington, becomes 1st elected mayor of Wash DC

1975 – British government sends troops to Belize

 

 

 

1976 – Balt Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – NCAA passing record set at 571 yards (Marc Wilson, Brigham Young)

1978 – Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

1978 – Oakland Raider’s John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declares US “The Great Satan”

1981 – Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficing, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine

1983 – Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moves overland to Dryden

1987 – Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic

1988 – Gulch wins Breeder’s Cup

1988 – Horse Racing Breeders’ Cup Champs: Alysheba, Gt Communicator, Gulch, Is It True, Miesque, Open Mind, Personal Ensign at Churchill Downs

1989 – Browns’ Bernie Kosar sets club record of 16 cons pass completions

1992 – Bobby Fisher beats Boris Spassky to with Chess title in Belgrade

1994 – Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun

1994 – Tony Rominger bicycles world record time (55,291 km)

1994 – Horse Racing Breeders’ Cup Champs: Barathea, Cherokee Run, Concern, Flanders, One Dreamer, Tikkanen, Timber Country

1995 – André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Jean Chrétien; he is thwarted when the Prime Minister’s wife locks the door.

2006 – Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi’as in 1982.

2007 – China’s first lunar satellite, Chang’e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.

 

 

 

2009 – US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.

 

 

Births

1271 – Mahmud GhazanMongol ruler (d. 1304)

 

 

 

 

 

1494 – Hans Sachs, German composer, playwright and shoemaker

1534 – Joachim Camerarius, German botanist/physician (horticulture catalog)

1592 – Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (d. 1672)

1615 – Ibrahim I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1648)

1722 – William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English duelist (d. 1798)

1764 – Pieter Nieuwland, Dutch scientist (Newton)

1779 – Washington Allston, US painter/author

1818 – Benjamin Franklin Butler, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1893

1825 – Julius H [Szamvald] Stahel, Major General (Union volunteers)

1832 – William Woods Averell, Major General (Union Army), died in 1900

1846 – Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1869)

1854 – Paul Sabatier, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1855 – Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere)

 

 

 

1885 – Will DurantUSauthor/historian (Story of Civilization)

 

 

 

 

 

1887 – Oscar Bossaert, Belgium, chocolate manufacturer/min of Middenstand

1890 – Jan Zrzavý, Czech painter (d. 1977)

1892 – J. B. S. Haldane, Scottish geneticist (d. 1964)

1893 – Raymond Loewy, US industrial designer

1902 – Strom Thurmond, (Sen-R-SC, 1955- )

1905 – Joel McCrea, South Pasadena California, actor (Marshal-Wichita Town)

1906 – George Lowthian Trevelyan, designer/visionary

1906 – Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (d. 2004)

1911 – Roy Rogers, Cincinnati Ohio, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show)

1912 – Natalie Schaeffer, Rumson NJ, actress (Lovey Howell-Gilligan’s Island)

1913 – John McGiver, NYC, actor (Patty Duke Show, Jimmy Stewart Show)

 

 

 

1913 – Vivien Leigh, (Gone With WindFrankly my dearI don’t give a damn

 

 Videos

 

 

 

 

1917 – Jacob Everaers, office clerk/resistance fighter

1917 – Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (d. 2000)

1920 – Douglass North, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate

1926 – Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper)

1930 – Herb Edelman, Bkln NY, actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5)

 

 

 

1931 – Ike TurnerMiss,  guitarist , singer  (A Fool in Love)

 

Ike Turner & his Kings of Rhythm

Have Mercy

Rocket 88 with Jackie Brenston

Proud Mary with Tina

 

 

 

 

1935 – Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ)

1936 – Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (d. 2001)

1940 – Elke Sommer, [Elke Schletz], Berlin Germany, actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar)

1941 – Art Garfunkel, New York, American singer/actor (Sounds of Silence, Carnal Knowledge)

1943 – Sam Shepard, Ill, actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart)

1945 – Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1946 – Gram Paarson, [Cecil Connor], Winter Haven Fl, rocker (Byrds)

1946 – Patricia K Kuhl, speech & hearing scientist

1947 – Peter Noone, rocker (Herman-Herman’s Hermits-Silhouttes)

1948 – Bernard-Henri Lévy, French public intellectual

1949 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1951 – Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist

1952 – Bill Walton, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers, Boston Celtics)

1952 – Vandana Shiva, Indian physicist

1953 – Joyce Maynard, American writer

1955 – Karan Thapar, Foremost Indian Journalist, Political Analyst & Commentator

1955 – Nestor Serrano, American actor

1960 – Tilda Swinton, London England, actress (Orlando)

1961 – Charles O Hobaugh, Bar Harbor ME, Capt USMC/astronaut

1961 – Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (d. 2001)

1962 – Brian Wheat, rock bassist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

1962 – Marcus J. Ranum, American computer/network security innovator

1963 – Andrea McArdle, Phila, actress (Annie)

1963 – Tatum O’Neal, LA Cal, Mrs John McEnroe (Paper Moon, Little Darlings)

 

 

 

1965 – Famke JanssenDutch model and actress

 

 

 

 

 

1968 – Cary Blanchard, NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts)

1970 – Tamzin Outhwaite, English actress

1971 – Todd Collins, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)

1971 – Dana Jacobson, ESPN’s First Take hostess

1971 – Jonny Greenwood, guitarist (Radiohead)

1974 – Angela Gossow, German vocalist (Arch Enemy)

1974 – Ryan Adams, American musician

1980 – Jaime Camara, Brazilian racing driver

1980 – Eva González, Spanish model and beauty queen

1987 – Kevin Jonas, American guitarist, member of the Jonas Brothers

 

 

 

Deaths

1370 – Kazimierz III, the Great, King of Poland (1333-70), dies at 61

1515 – Mariotto di Bigio di Bindo Albertinelli, Italian painter, dies at 41

1559 – Kano Motonobu, Zen co-founder (Kano school of painting), dies at 83

1603 – Irini Fedorovna, Russian daughter of Boris Godunov, dies

1660 – Lucy Hay, Countess of Carlisle, English socialite (b. 1599)

1669 – John Coccejus, German/Neth reformed theologist, dies at about 66

1675 – Kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship designer, dies at 52

1714 – Bernardino Ramazzini, Italian physician (b. 1633)

1854 – Soimonov, Russian general, dies in battle of Inkermann

1879 – James Clerk Maxwell, Scotish physicist (speed of light), dies at 48

 

 

 

1883 – William HicksBritish col/commander (Egyptian army), dies in battle

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1858)

1933 – Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)

1944 – Alexis Carrel, French surgeon and biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)

 

 

 

1960 – Johnny Hortoncountry singerdies at 33

North To Alaska

SINK THE BISMARCK

The Battle Of New Orleans

Battle of Bull Run 

 

 

 

 

1960 – Mack Sennett, director/producer (Keystone Cops), dies

1960 – Ward Bond, actor (Wagon Train), dies of heart attack at 57

1972 – Reginald Owen, actor (Above Suspicion, Love on the Run), dies at 85

1974 – Stafford Repp, actor (Chief O’Hara-Batman), dies at 56

1975 – Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1909)

1975 – Lionel Trilling, American critic and writer (b. 1905)

1977 – Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75

1979 – Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li’l Abner), dies at 70

1989 – Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn

 

 

 

1989 – Vladimir HorovitzUkrainian/US pianistdies at 85

 

 

Moonlight Sonata

Carmen Fantasie

FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE

Home Movie

 

 

 

 

1991 – Fred MacMurray, actor (My Three Sons), dies of pneumonia at 83

1991 – Robert Maxwell, Billionaire publisher (NY Daily News), dies at 68

1992 – Arpad E Elo, Hungarian physicist (chess classification system), dies

 

 

 

1992 – Jan Hendrik OortDutch astronomer (Oort Cloud), dies at 92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996 – Paula Hinton, dancer, dies at 72

1996 – Ronald Ogden, engineer, dies at 81

2000 – Victor Grinich, American businessman (b. 1924)

2002 – Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1936)

2003 – Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers) (b. 1940)

2005 – John Fowles, English writer (b. 1926)

2009 – Félix Luna, Argentine historian (b. 1925)

2011 – Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)