Today In The Past

 

 

Events

418 – St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

801 – Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona

1065 – Westminister Abbey consecrated in London

1308 – The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

1614 – Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk

1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette)

1828 – 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

1832 – John Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with Pres Jackson)

1846 – Iowa becomes 29th state

1849 – M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

1850 – Rangoon Burma, destroyed by fire

1864 – Battle of Egypt Station, MS

1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.

1869 – William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum

1879 – North British Railway’s train falls as Firth bridge collapses (Scot)

1887 – Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted

1895 – Film makers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

1904 – 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)

1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.

 

 

 

1928 – Last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues,” made (see UE Deaths 12/22)

 

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1928 – Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of “West End blues”

1931 – Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as president of Nanjing-China

1939 – First flight of the Consolidated XB-24 Liberator bomber prototype.

1942 – Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus

1942 – Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times

1943 – All inhabitants of Kalmukkie deported, about 70,000 killed

1944 – Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1948 – IDF crosses Egyptian border

1948 – US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite

1948 – The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.

1950 – Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea

1958 – Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1

1963 – Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with “Sing a Sad Song”

1966 – 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass

1967 – Muriel Siebert is 1st women to own a seat on NY Stock Exchange

1968 – 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival

1968 – Beatles’ “Beatles-White Album,” goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

1968 – Israeli assault on Beirut Airport

1972 – Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea

1972 – Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)

1973 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes “Gulag Archipelag”

 

 

 

1973 – Comet Kohoutek at perihelion

 

 

 

 

 

1975 – “Hail Mary Pass”-Cowboys beat Vikings 17-14 on last second pass

1976 – Genie Francis joind “General Hospital” as Laura Vining

1980 – Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US

1981 – Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98

1981 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1984 – Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old

1987 – In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark

1991 – 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC

1993 – Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49

2000 – U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

2005 – A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.

2008 – The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

2009 – 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

 

 

 

Births

1164 – Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)

1484 – Joachim Vadianus, [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen

1522 – Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)

1631 – Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist

1635 – Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)

1655 – Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)

1665 – George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)

1731 – Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master

 

 

 

1763 – John Molsonfounded Montreal brewery (Molsons)

 

 

 

 

 

1801 – James Barnes, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1869

1822 – William Booth Taliaferro, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1898

1823 – Thomas Alexander Scott, Asst Secy War (Union), died in 1881

1827 – Robert Latimer McCook, volunteers Brigadier General (Union), died in 1862

1833 – Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1907

1835 – Archibald Geikie, British geologist

 

 

 

1856 – [ThomasWoodrow WilsonStaunton Va, (28 pres-D1912-21Nobel 1919)

 

 

 

 

 

1859 – John W Fortescue, military historian

1882 – Arthur Eddington, England, astrophysicist/cosmologist/mathematician

1883 – A Wolfenstein, writer

1884 – Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter

1894 – Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)

1898 – Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)

1898 – Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)

1902 – Mortimer J Adler, NYC, author (Encyclopedia Brittanica)

1903 – John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)

1904 – Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer

1905 – Earl “Fatha” Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)

1908 – Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)

1911 – Sam Levenson, NYC, humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party)

1913 – Lou Jacobi, Toronto Ontario, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba)

1915 – Roebuck “Pops” Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)

1922 – Stan Lee, comics artist/creator (Spiderman, Incredible Hulk)

1923 – Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)

1924 – Johnny Otis, [Veliotes], composer (Every Beat of My Heart)

 

 

 

1924 – Rod SerlingSyracuse NYwriter/host (Twilight ZoneNight Gallery)

 

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1924 – Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)

1927 – Martin Milner, Detroit Mich, actor (Route 66, Adam 12, Life of Riley)

1929 – Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)

1932 – Dorsey Burnette, Memphis, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One)

1932 – Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)

1934 – Maggie Smith, Ilford England, actress (Death on Nile, Clash of Titans)

1936 – Lawrence Schiller, American journalist

1938 – Charles Neville, US rock vocalist/saxophonist (Neville Brothers)

1938 – Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician

1939 – Philip Anschutz, American businessman

1940 – Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)

1942 – Paul Horowitz, NYC, physicist, META project (Sloan Award 1971-3)

1944 – Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel laureate

1945 – Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)

 

 

 

1945 – Max HastingsBritish editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)

 

 

 

 

 

1946 – Edgar Winter, Beaumont Tx, rocker (They Only Come Out at Night)

1948 – Jorge Velasquez, jockey (Kentucky Derby-1981, Preakness-1981)

1950 – Alex Chilton, Memphis Tenn, rock guitarist/vocalist (Box Tops)

1952 – S Epatha Merkerson, Saginaw MI, actress (Lt Van Buren-Law and Order)

1953 – Richard Clayderman, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)

1954 – Denzel Washington, Mount Vernon NY, actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere)

1954 – Rosie Vela, British singer (Zazu, Fools Paradise)

1956 – Michael Gibbons, rocker (Bo Donaldson & Heywoods-Billy Don’t be a Hero)

1958 – Carl Marsden, bodyguard

1958 – Joe Diffie, Tulsa Ok, country singer/guitarist (Home)

1958 – Mike McGuire, Haleyville Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)

1960 – Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1962 – Keith Lee, basketball player (Memphis State)

1963 – Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)

1963 – Willow Bay, TV host (Good Morning America)

1967 – Paul Lynch, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)

1967 – Chris Ware, American cartoonist

 

 

 

1969 – Linus TorvaldsFinnish computer programmer

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Frank Sepe, American bodybuilder

1972 – Adam Clawson, Salt Lake City UT, slalom single canoe (Olympic-19th-96)

1973 – Garth John Da Silva, Auckland NZ, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96)

1973 – Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress

1978 – John Legend, American musician

1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby

1982 – François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete

1984 – Beverly Mullins, American Wrestler/Model

1984 – Alex Lloyd, British racing driver

1990 – David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

 

 

 

Deaths

300 – Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria

1367 – Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)

1446 – Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies

1503 – Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)

1542 – Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52

1663 – Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)

1673 – Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77

1694 – Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]

1703 – Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)

1708 – Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)

 

 

 

1734 – Robert Roy MacGregorScottish  folk hero (b. 1671)

 

 

 

 

 

1793 – Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75

1795 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
torian, dies

1900 – Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)

1917 – Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)

1919 – Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)

1923 – Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], engineer (Eiffel Tower), dies at 91

1937 – Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62

1945 – Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74

1947 – Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy (1900-46)/Ethiopia, dies at 78

1949 – Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39

1952 – Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)

1963 – Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies

1967 – Béla Schick, Hung/US children’s physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90

 

 

 

1976 – Freddie KingBluesmanGuitaristSingerdies at 42

 

Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Hideaway

Goin’ Down

The Things That I Used To Do

 

 

 

 

1978 – Harry Winston, US jeweler for the “rich & famous”, dies at 82

1983 – Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39

1983 – William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91

 

 

 

1984 – Sam Peckinpahdirectordies of cardiac arrest at 59

 

The Killer Elite

The Getaway

The Wild Bunch

Straw Dogs

 

 

 

 

1989 – Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)

1990 – Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46

1991 – Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39

 

 

 

1993 – William L Shirerwriter (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89

 

 

 

 

 

1997 – James Lees-Milne, architecural historian, dies at 89

1999 – Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)

2003 – Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)