Today In The Past

 

 

Events

399 – St Anastasius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1095 – Pope Urban II preaches 1st Crusade

1237 – Battle of Cortenuova: Emperor Frederik II vs Lombardische steden

1295 – The first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”.

1382 – Battle of Westrozebeke/Roosebeke. French army defeats the Flemish army. Flemish leader Philip Van Artevelde killed and corpse displayed

1495 – Scottish king James IV receives bedrieger Perkin Warbeck

1582 – William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

1587 – Dutch County Groningen flood by dike break

1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.

1817 – US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War

1826 – John Walker invents friction match in England

1839 – American Statistical Association organizes in Boston

 

 

 

1863 – -29] Battle at Fort Esperanza Texas

 

 

 

 

 

1863 – Battle of Payne’s Farm, VA

1864 – 2nd day of Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia

 

 

 

1868 – Battle at Washita River, OklahomaGeneral Custer attacks group of Native American Indianstheir chief Black Kettle dies in the attack

 

 

 

 

 

1885 – Earliest photograph of a meteor shower made

1889 – 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P Brady)

1890 – 1st signal box for SF Police Department goes into operation

1895 – Alfred Nobel establishes Nobel Prize

1901 – Gerhart Hauptmanns “Der rote Hahn,” premieres in Berlin

 

 

 

1901 – U.SArmy War College is established.

 

 

 

 

 

1910 – NY’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal

1911 – Audience throws vegetables at actors for 1st recorded time in US

1924 – 57,000 watch a High School football game (LA & Polytechnic tie 7-7)

1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.

1926 – 110,000 watch Army & Navy play a 21-all tie

 

 

 

1926 – Restoration of WilliamsburgVirginiabegins

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI.

1940 – 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)

1941 – British 13th Army corp reaches Tobruk

1941 – USSR begins a counter offensive causes Germany to retreat

1942 – French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis don’t take them

 

 

 

1943 – Conference of Teheran (ChurchillRooseveltStalin)

 

 

 

 

 

1944 – 3,500-40,00 ton explosive, explodes in Staffordshire, 68 killed

1944 – US 121st Infantry regiment opens assault on Hurtgen

1945 – Gen George C Marshall named special US envoy to China

1947 – Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote

1948 – Honda 1st opens in America

1951 – 1st rocket to intercept an airplane, White Sands, NM

1951 – Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon Korea

1954 – Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.

1957 – Army withdraws for Little Rock Ark, after Central HS integration

1958 – USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany

1960 – Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points

1960 – Patrice Lumumba flees Leopoldville Congo

1960 – Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38

1961 – Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

1962 – 1st test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place

1966 – In highest-scoring NFL game, Wash Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41

1967 – Beatles release “Magical Mystery Tour”

1967 – Gold pool nations pledge support of $35 per ounce gold price

1970 – Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

1971 – Soviet Mars 2 becomes 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars

1972 – Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government

1973 – Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald R Ford as VP

 

 

 

1975 – The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirterafter a press conference in which McWhirter announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.

 

 

 

 

 

1980 – Soyuz T-3 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched

1987 – Young man survives 7 attempts at suicide in Somerset England

1989 – Colombian jetliner bombed killing 107

1989 – US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) returns from space

1990 – Britain’s conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher

1992 – Part of Vienna Hofburg destroyed by fire

1994 – Fire in disco in Fuxin, North-China, 233 killed

1997 – Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.

1999 – The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand’s history.

2001 – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.

2005 – The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France.

2006 – The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.

 

 

 

Births

1127 – Emperor Xiaozong of China (d. 1194)

 

 

 

 

 

1563 – Robbert Robbertsz, (le Canu), nautical expert

1576 – Shimazu Tadatsune, Ruler of Satsuma (d. 1638)

1627 – Louise Henriette, [Mlle d’Orange], daughter of Frederik Henry

1701 – Anders Celsius, Sweden, scientist/inventor (centigrade temp scale)

1746 – Robert Livingston, delivered oath of office to George Washington

1779 – Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (d. 1865)

1808 – Hugh Weedon Mercer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1877

1813 – Michele Puccini, composer

 

 

 

1843 – Cornelius Vanderbilt IIAmerican businessman (d. 1899)

 

 

 

 

 

1843 – Elizabeth Stride, victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)

1857 – Charles Scott Sherrington, British physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1952)

1871 – Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (d. 1950)

1874 – Charles A Beard, American historian (American Continentalism)

1878 – Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet (d.1948).

1894 – Forrest Shaklee, founder (Shaklee Products)

1894 – Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (d. 1989)

1897 – Vito Genovese, American mafioso (d. 1969)

1898 – Fredric Warburg, publisher and author (d. 1981)

 

 

 

1907 – L[yon] Sprague de Camp, US, sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei)(see UE 11/06 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

1909 – James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family)

1909 – Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician (d. 1967)

1912 – David Merrick, [Margulois], Hong Kong, Broadway producer (Hello Dolly)

1912 – Howard de Walden, English landowner/multi-millionaire

1913 – Frances Swem Anderson, technologist (nuclear medicine)

 

 

 

1917 – “Buffalo” Bob SmithBuffalo NYTV host (Howdy Doody)

 

HOWDY DOODY HOSTESS TWINKIES COMMERCIAL 1950s

Howdy Doody Christmas (1957)

 

 

 

 

1924 – Theresa R van der Pant, sculptor

1925 – Ernie Wise, England, comedian (Morecambe & Wise)

1925 – John Maddox, British science writer and editor

1927 – William Simon, US sect of Treasury

1930 – James M Taylor, Stamps ARK, USAF/astronaut

1932 – Benigno Aquino Jr, Philippine opposition leader; assassinated

1935 – Al Jackson Jr, Memphis Tn, drummer (Booker T & MGs-Chinese Checkers)

1937 – Gail Sheehy, author (Hustling)

 

 

 

1940 – Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], SF Californiakarate star/actor (Green Hornet), (d. 1973)

 

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

Physical Feats as a Real Fighter

Enter the Dragon – First Fight

The Legend – Bruce Lee

 

 

 

 

1942 – Henry Carr, Det Mich, 200m/4x400m runner (Olympic-gold-1964)

 

 

 

1942 – Jimi HendrixSeattle Washrock guitarist (Purple Haze), (d. 1970)

 

Catfish Blues

Jimi Hendrix Documentary

All Along The Watchtower Live

 Hound Dog Acoustic Rare

 

 

 

 

1942 – Manolo Blahnik, Spanish shoe designer

1944 – Eddie Rabbitt, Brooklyn, country singer (I Love a Rainy Night)

 

 

 

1945 – Randy BreckerPhilarocker (Blood Sweat & Tears)

 

 I Can’t Quit Her

I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

Spinning Wheel

God Bless the Child

 

 

 

 

1945 – Alain de Cadenet, SPEED Channel personality

1948 – Dave Winthrop, rock saxophonist (Supertramp)

1949 – Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver

1951 – Jayne Kennedy, Wash DC, sportscaster (CBS)/actress (Body & Soul)

1952 – James D Wetherbee, Flushing NY, Lt Cmdr USN/astr (STS 32, 52, 63, 86)

1952 – Kathryn Bigelow, San Carlos, California, film director (The Hurt Locker)

1952 – Daryl Stuermer, American guitarist (Genesis)

 

 

 

1955 – Bill Nyethe Science GuyTV Host

 

 

 

 

 

1957 – Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, attorney, JFK & Jackie’s daughter

1957 – Terri R Adams, educator (teacher in space)

1957 – Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver

1960 – Ken O’Brien, QB (NY Jets)

1961 – Randy Milligan, baseball player

1961 – Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian

1964 – David Giles, Australian star yachter (Olympics-84, 88, 92, 96)

1964 – Robin Simone Givens, [Mrs Mike Tyson] NYC, (Darlene-Head of the Class)

1965 – Fiachna O’Braonain, Irish pop guitarist (Hothouse Flowers-Don’t Go)

1965 – Kathleen Heddle, Trail BC, rower (Olympics-gold-92/96)

1968 – Michael Vartan, French actor

1971 – Eric Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)

1973 – Samantha Harris, American model and host

1979 – Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer

1979 – Hilary Hahn, American violinist

 

 

 

Deaths

8 – HoraceRoman poetdies at 56

 

 

 

 

 

450 – Galla Placidia, daughter of Byzant emperor Constantius III, dies at 58

511 – Clovis, 1st King of France, dies at about 45

640 – Acharius, bishop of Noyon/saint, dies

835 – Muhammad at-Taqi, Shia Imam (b. 811)

1026 – Adalbert II, bishop of Utrecht (1010-26), dies

1198 – Queen Constance of Sicily, wife of Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1154)

1474 – Guillaume Dufay, French/Flemish composer, dies at about 74

1570 – Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1486)

1592 – Nakagawa Hidemasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1568)

1592 – King John III of Sweden (b. 1537)

1680 – Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit/inventor (lantern), dies

1754 – Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (b. 1667)

1811 – Andrew Meikle, British mechanical engineer (b. 1719)

1852 – Ada Lovelace, British mathematician (b. 1815)

1884 – Franziska “Fanny” Elssler, Austrian ballerina/choreography, dies at 74

1894 – Johanna von Puttkamer, Prussian noblewoman, wife of Otto von Bismarck (b. 1824)

1895 – French writer and playwright Alexandre Dumas (b. 1824), son of the French author of the same name 

1901 – Clement Studebaker, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1831)

1908 – Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist (b. 1827)

1934 – “Baby Face” Nelson, [Lester Gillis], gangster, shot by FBI at 26

1934 – Herman Hollis, FBI agent, killed by Baby Face Nelson

1934 – Sam Cowley, FBI agent, killed by Baby Face Nelson

1944 – Leonid Isaakovich Mandelshtam, Russian physicist (b. 1879)

1953 – Eugene O’Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65

1973 – Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1887)

1974 – Louis B Russell Jr, longest living heart transplant, dies at 49

1975 – Ross McWhirter, Guinness Book of Records keeper, murdered

1980 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

 

 

 

1981 – Lotte Lenyasinger/actress (From Russia With Love), dies in NY at 83

 

Mack the Knife

Pirate Jenny

O Moon Of Alabama

 

 

 

 

1988 – John Carradineactor (Ten Commandments), dies of kidney failure at 82

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – [John] Hein Donner, chess grand master, dies at 61

1990 – David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), dies at 74

1994 – Arthur Frank “Peter” Shore, egyptologist, dies at 70

1994 – Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)

1995 – Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies at 60

1995 – Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker, dies at 75

1997 – Buck Leonard, Hall of Famer in Negro League, dies at 90

1997 – Henry Charnock, oceanographer, dies at 76

1999 – Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)

2006 – Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname ‘Fluff’ (b. 1927)

2007 – Robert Cade, American doctor and inventor of Gatorade (b. 1927)