Today In The Past

 

 

Events

533 – Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandalscommanded by King Gelimerat the Battle of Ticameron.

 

 

 

 

 

687 – St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon

1124 – Chancellor Haimeric selects pope (Lamberto becomes Honorius II)

1167 – Sicilian chancellor Stephen du Perche moves the royal court to Messina to prevent a rebellion.

 

 

 

1256 – Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

1467 – Stephen III of Moldavia defeats Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with the latter being injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

1488 – Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope

1569 – Westmoreland flees to Scotland

1582 – Leidse university names Rembert Dodoens prof of botany/medicine

1593 – State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft

1612 – Simon Marius, is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope

1667 – Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War

1680 – Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal

1745 – Battle at Kesseldorf: Prussia beats Saksen & Austria

1791 – 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania

1791 – Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval

1820 – 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston

1836 – Patent Office burns in Wash, DC

1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia

1859 – GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun

1863 – Skirmish at Bean’s Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of NashvilleTN

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, VA

1868 – Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō.

1874 – 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant

1877 – Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1891 – James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)

1899 – Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)

1914 – Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow

1914 – British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea

1914 – Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary

1916 – French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun

1927 – Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads

1929 – Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro

1935 – Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Aljechin

1939 – 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware

1941 – German submarine U-127 sinks

 

 

 

1941 – USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.

1942 – Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs

1944 – Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

1944 – Hizbu’allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms

1944 – US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star

1948 – Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury

1952 – Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation

1954 – Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons

1956 – Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes

1961 – Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel

1962 – Vaughn Meader’s “1st Family,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 wks

1964 – 1st time 4 people in space

1964 – Canada adopts maple leaf flag

1965 – 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh

1965 – Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)

1967 – The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.

1970 – Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)

1973 – Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens

1973 – Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland

1976 – Argo Merchant tanker off Massachusetts’ SE coast, spills 7.6 m gallons of crude when ship ran aground

1976 – Samoa becomes a member of the UN.

1979 – Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama

1980 – NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

1981 – NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503

1982 – Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

1983 – Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew

1984 – USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley’s Comet

1986 – 150 killed during race riot in Karachi

1986 – CIA director William Casey suffers a cerebral seizure

1992 – Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

1993 – John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops

1994 – Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia

1995 – Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland

1997 – SF 49ers retire Joe Montana’s #16

 

 

 

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify itwithout fixing its famous lean.

 

 

 

 

 

2005 – Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.

2005 – The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.

2006 – First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.

2009 – Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

 

 

 

Births

37 – Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus, 5th emperor of Rome (54-68)

1534 – Lucas Osiander, composer

1567 – Christoph Demantius, composer

1657 – Michel-Richard Delalande, composer

1667 – Ludwig Ernst, composer

1720 – J F Beck, writer

1793 – Henry Charles Carey, Phila, economist (Principles of Poli Economy)

1802 – Janos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)

 

 

 

1832 – Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], French engineer (Eiffel tower), (d. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

1848 – Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress

1852 – Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)

1859 – Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)

1860 – Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)

1861 – Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)

1863 – Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)

1863 – Paul [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]

1870 – Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect

1892 – J Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

1896 – Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist

1904 – Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)

1904 – William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician

1907 – Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)

1910 – John H. Hammond, NYC, American rock/jazz musician (I Can Tell, So Many Roads)

1911 – Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)

1912 – Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)

1915 – Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral

1916 – Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)

1922 – Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term “rock-n-roll”

1923 – Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist

 

 

 

1923 – Uziel GalIsraeli firearm designer (d. 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

1928 – Jimmy Nelson, Chic Ill, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel)

1932 – Edna O’Brien, Ireland, writer (Fanatic of Heart, Casualties of Peace)

1933 – Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale’s Navy, Carol Burnett Show)

1937 – John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)

1939 – Cindy Birdsong, Camden NJ, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes)

1940 – Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)

1942 – Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1943 – Mihaly Hesz, Hungary, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1968)

1945 – Thaao Penghlis, actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life)

1946 – Carmine Appice, NYC, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling)

1946 – Harry Ray, Hackensack NJ, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)

1947 – Rodney Bingenheimer, Pioneering American radio personality

1948 – Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)

1949 – Don Johnson, Flatt Creek Mo, actor (Miami Vice, Harrad Experiment)

1949 – Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion

1952 – Julie Taymor, American director

1953 – J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer

1955 – Melanie Chartoff, West Haven Ct, actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis)

1957 – Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)

1958 – Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper

1960 – Doug Phelps, Leachville Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)

1961 – Annie Pujol, Perpignan, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune)

1961 – Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)

1961 – Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist

1963 – Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)

 

 

 

1963 – Helen SlaterNYCactress (SupergirlBillie JeanRuthless People)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 – Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir

1966 – Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor

1967 – Christine Larsen, New Westminster BC, synchro swimmer (Oly-silver-96)

1967 – Mo Vaughn, Norwalk Conn, infielder (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)

1968 – Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician

1969 – Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)

1969 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete

1970 – Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey

1973 – Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 – James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1973 – Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)

1973 – Tammy Melinda Pearman, Bkln Ny, soccer forward/defender (Olympics-96)

1977 – Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)

1977 – Larissa Fontaine, Chicago Ill, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)

1978 – Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)

1978 – Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)

1980 – Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)

1982 – Borja García, Spanish racing driver

1983 – Ronnie Radke, American singer (Escape the Fate)

1986 – Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian supermodel

 

 

 

Deaths

1025 – Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies

1072 – Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)

1230 – Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies

1263 – King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)

1515 – Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies

1576 – Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53

1598 – Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58

1675 – Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

1699 – Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63

1753 – Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)

1826 – William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC

1855 – Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)

1889 – Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73

 

 

 

1890 – Sitting BullHunkpapaSioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Maggis Lena Walker, 1st US (black) woman to head a bank, dies at 69

1943 – Thomas W “Fats” Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

1944 – Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40

1946 – Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89

1951 – Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75

1958 – Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)

1962 – Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

 

 

 

1966 – Walt Disneyanimatordies at 65put in suspended animation

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 – Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

1971 – Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)

1978 – Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75

1990 – Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies

1990 – Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies

1991 – Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90

1991 – Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55

1994 – Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88

1994 – Mollie Doreen Phillips, Brit figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87

1995 – James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88

1996 – Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90

1997 – Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, dies at 98

 

 

2001 – Rufus ThomasAmerican musician (b. 1917)

Walking the Dog

Do the Funky Chicken

Breakdown

I´LL BE A GOOD BOY

 

 

 

 

2005 – Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)

2005 – William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)

2006 – Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)

2009 – Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)

2010 – Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)

2010 – Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)

2010 – Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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