Today In The Past

 

 

Events

627 – Battle at NinevehByzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen

 

 

 

 

 

1098 – 1st Crusaders capture & plunder Mara Syria

1408 – Order of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia.

1479 – Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III

1524 – Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome

1653 – Barebone-parliament ends

1677 – Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin

1791 – Bank of US opens

1792 – In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

1800 – Washington DC established as capital of US

1812 – French invasion of Russia comes to an end.

1822 – Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US

1862 – Battle of Dumfries, VA

 

 

 

1862 – Naval Engagement at Yazoo RiverMS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)

 

 

 

 

 

1870 – Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps

1878 – Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing “St Louis Dispatch”

1897 – Rudolph Dirks’ 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal

1897 – Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded.

1901 – Marconi receives 1st transatlantic radio signal, England to US

1911 – Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.

1913 – “Mona Lisa,” stolen from Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered

1913 – Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools

1914 – The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.

1915 – 1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau Germany

 

 

 

1917 – French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543

 

 

 

 

 

1917 – Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb

1925 – Cossack officer/ex-premier Reza Chan becomes shah of Persia

1925 – Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rexa Shah Pahlavi takes over

1932 – USSR & China resume diplomatic relations

1936 – Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

1937 – NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY

1937 – Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)

1939 – Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die

1940 – British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani

1941 – German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews

1941 – Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk

1942 – German offensive in South Western Stalingrad

1942 – A fire in a hostel in St. John’s, Newfoundland kills 100 people.

1946 – UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr

1947 – United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL

 

 

 

1948 – Malayan EmergencyBatang Kali Massacre – 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.

 

 

 

 

 

1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement

1953 – Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane

1955 – 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by Brit eng Christoper Cockerell

1956 – Commencement of the Irish Republican Army’s Border Campaign.

 

 

 

1957 – Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo

 

 

 

 

 

1957 – US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)

1959 – UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established

1961 – Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

1961 – Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany Ga

1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped

1963 – Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK

1964 – Shooting starts for “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage” (Menagerie)

1965 – Beatles last Great Britain concert (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff Wales)

1965 – Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

1966 – US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

1967 – US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit

1968 – Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

1969 – Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing – The offices of Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.

1970 – Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays

1975 – Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia)

1975 – Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill Pres Gerald Ford

1976 – QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

1979 – Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce

1979 – Rhodesia becomes independent nation of Zimbabwe

1980 – US’s copyright law amended to include computer programs

1982 – $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NYC

1983 – A truck bomb explodes at US Embassy in Kuwait

 

 

 

1985 – 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash , Gander , Newfoundland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – NASA launches space vehicle S-207

1986 – James “Bone Crusher” Smith TKO’s WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden

1988 – 3 trains collide in London, 40 die

1988 – PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel’s right to exist

1991 – Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection

1991 – Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test

1992 – 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami-Fla (QB)

1992 – 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)

1995 – Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)

1996 – Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi’s heir to Saddam Hussein)

 

 

 

1997 –  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos The Jackal”  “professional revolutionary” goes on trial in Paris

 

 

 

 

 

1997 – Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH

1997 – SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages

1997 – TWA 800 hearings end

1997 – Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby’s daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore

2006 – Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.

 

 

 

Births

1298 – Albert II of Austria (d. 1358)

1418 – Albert VI of Austria (d. 1463)

1574 – Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England (d. 1619)

1579 – Heinrich Steuccius, composer

1610 – Saint Vasilije (d. 1671)

1659 – Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1739)

1673 – Ahmed III, 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)

1724 – Samuel Hood, Butleigh, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral, (d. 1816)

1786 – William L. Marcy, American statesman (d. 1857)

1792 – Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter

 

 

 

1805 – Henry Wellsfounder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co)

 

 

 

 

 

1806 – Stand Watie, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871

1818 – Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1821 – Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist (Madame Bovary)

1830 – Joseph Orville Shelby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897

1833 – Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica)

1838 – Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)

1845 – Bruce Price, American architect (d. 1903)

1848 – William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)

1859 – Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)

1863 – Edvard Munch, Løten, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream), (d. 1944)

1866 – Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)

1870 – Walter Benona Sharp, American oil baron (d. 1912)

 

 

 

1875 – Karl R G von RundstedtGerman gen-fieldmarshal (Normandy)

 

 

 

 

 

1876 – Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)

1882 – Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)

1892 – Herman Potočnik aka Hermann Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (d. 1929)

1893 – Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], Romania, actor (10 Commandments)

1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (d. 1988)

1902 – Howard Koch, screenwriter

1906 – William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)

 

 

 

1915 – Frank SinatraHobokenvocalist/actor (old blue eyes), (d. 1998)

 

 

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Same Old Saturday Night

 

 

 

 

1918 – Joe WilliamsCordele Gajazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)

 

 

Every Day I Have The Blues

Well Alright ,Okay,You Win with Count Basie

Roll’Em Pete/One O’Clock Jump with George Benson, Tony Bennett & Sarah Vaughan

GOING TO CHICAGO

 

 

 

 

1919 – Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (d. 2001)

1920 – Fred Kida, American comics artist

 

 

 

1922 – Arthur R HawkinsUS pilot/capt (WW IIdowned 14 jap planes)

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, game show emcee (Price is Right)

1923 – Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver

1924 – Edward I Koch, NYC, (Mayor-D-NYC, 1977-89)/judge (People’s Court)

1924 – Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer

1927 – Robert Noyce, American inventor (d. 1990)

1928 – Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist

1930 – Bill Beutel, American journalist (d. 2006)

1936 – Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)

 

 

 

1937 – Buford PusserAmerican sheriff (d. 1974)

 

 

 

 

 

1938 – Connie Francis, Newark NJ, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are)

1940 – Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose)

1941 – Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)

1941 – Tim Hauser, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction)

1942 – Mike Pinder, Birmingham England, rocker (Moody Blues)

1943 – Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)

1943 – Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach Fl, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin’ Man)

1943 – Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)

1945 – Karl Edward Wagner, US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds)

1945 – Tony Williams, jazz musician

1946 – Clive Bunker, rock drummer (Jethro Tull)

1946 – Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)

1949 – Ricardo Luis Carreras, NYC, bantamweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)

1951 – Caren Kaye, NYC, actress (My Tutor, Blansky’s Beauties)

1951 – Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)

1952 – Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968)

1953 – Bruce Kulick, guitarist/singer (KISS)

1955 – Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman

1955 – Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist

1956 – Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist

1957 – Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)

1957 – Sheila E[scovedo], SF CA, disco drummer (Krushgrove, Holly Rock)

1959 – Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut

1962 – Holly Gagnier, LA, actress (One Life to Live)

1962 – Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)

1963 – Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children)

1965 – Laurie Grover-Tavares, Newark NJ, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

1966 – Cheryl Dickey, Houston Texas, 100m hurdler

1966 – Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist

1969 – Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1969 – Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)

1970 – Jennifer Connelly, Bkln Heights NY, actress (Labyrinth, Rocketeer)

1970 – Kirk Cameron, actor (Mike-Growing Pains, Teen Wolf II)

1970 – Madchen Amick, Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks)

1971 – Toni Hodgkinson, Auckland NZ, 800m (Olympics-96)

1972 – Greg Randolph, Denver Colo, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96)

1973 – William Hutton, American engineer

 

 

 

1977 – Bridget HallDallas Texasmodel (Ford)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models

1978 – Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs Md, fig skater (1996 Grand Prix champ)

1978 – Jennifer Rovero Playboy Playmate

1979 – Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist

1981 – Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier

 

 

 

Deaths

884 – Carloman, co-king of France (879, 882-884), dies

1112 – Tancred, monarch of Galilea/Edessa/Antioch, dies

 

 

 

1204 – Maimonides, [Moses Ben Maimon], Span/Egyptian rabbi, dies at 69(12/13?)

 

 

 

 

 

1263 – Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies

1574 – Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1524)

1677 – Jacob Binckes/Benckes, Dutch admiral (Chatham), dies in battle

1685 – John Pell, English mathematician (b. 1610)

1751 – Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher (b. 1678)

1754 – Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (b. 1701)

1777 – Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69

1790 – Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (b. 1733)

1880 – Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83

1889 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)

1914 – Watkins Lewis, black man, lynched in Shrevport La

1934 – Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)

1939 – Douglas Fairbanks, actor (Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56

1951 – Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)

1965 – Johnny Lee, actor (Calhoun-Amos ‘n’ Andy), dies at 67

1968 – Tallulah Bankhead, actress (All Star Revue), dies of pneumonia at 65

1971 – David Sarnoff, US TV pioneer (RCA), dies at 80

1971 – Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), suicide at 43

1971 – Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated

1976 – Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49

 

 

 

1978 – Clifton ChenierUS accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53

 

Louisiana Blues

I’m A Hog For You

Bon Ton Roulet

Tighten Up Zydeco

 

 

 

 

1985 – Anne Baxter, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62

1985 – Ian Stewart, keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47

1988 – Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)

1994 – Stuart Allen Roosa, astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46

1995 – James Altgens, JFK assassination photographer, dies at 76

1995 – Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian, dies

1996 – Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner, dies at 70

1996 – Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81

1996 – Jean-Pierre Guerlain, cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91

1996 – Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77

1996 – Vance Oakley Packard, writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82

1997 – Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)

1999 – Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)

1999 – Joseph Heller, American author (b. 1923)

2003 – Keiko , Killer Whale (b. 1976)

 

 

 

2006 – Peter BoyleAmerican actor (b. 1935)(see UE 10/18 Births)

 

 

 

 

2006 – Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)

2006 – Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)

2007 – Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)

2008 – Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)

2010 – Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)