Today In The Past

 

 

Events

816 – Frankish emperor Louis grants archbishop Salzburg immunity

1428 – King Alfonso V, orders Sicily’s Jews to attend conversion sermons

1488 – Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium

1512 – French troops under Gaston de Foix rescues Bologna

1576 – Henry of Navarre abjures Catholicism at Tours

1631 – Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

1644 – 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut

1777 – Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture

1778 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina

1783 – Sweden recognizes US independence

1817 – 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)

1831 – Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30

1846 – “Oregon Spectator” is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast

1850 – Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY

1861 – 1st moving picture peep show machine is patented by Samuel Goodale

1861 – Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Phila

1861 – Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress

1864 – Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi

1865 – Battle of Hatcher’s Run, VA (Armstrong’s Mill, Dabney’s Mill)

1870 – 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia

1879 – Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow

1881 – Phoenix, Az incorporates

1885 – News of fall of Khartoum reaches London

1897 – Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel

1900 – British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal

1900 – The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal

1901 – Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot

1901 – Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp

1904 – American occupation of Cuba ends

1916 – Enrico Caruso recorded “O Solo Mio” for the Victor Talking Machine Co

1917 – Congress overrides Wilson’s veto, curtailing Asian immigration

 

 

 

1918 – 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplaneStephen W Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

1921 – Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium

1922 – Reader’s Digest magazine 1st published

1924 – The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.

1927 – Buster Keaton’s movie “The General” released & bombed

1929 – Jimmy Hatlo’s “They’ll Do It Every Time” cartoon debuts in SF

1931 – Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license

1936 – National Wildlife Federation forms

1937 – 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, “Modern Times,” released

1937 – FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed

1938 – Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)

1940 – Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record “Tuxedo Junction”

1942 – “Woman of the Year,” starring Hepburn & Tracy opens at Radio City

1943 – Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt

1943 – Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission

1944 – 358 RAF-bombers attack Stettin

1945 – Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)

1945 – US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manila

1948 – Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion

1948 – Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion

1949 – Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

1953 – “Peter Pan” by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

1956 – NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build

1958 – Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic

1962 – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees

1963 – Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars

1967 – “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)

1967 – Anastasio Somoza elected president of Nicaragua

1969 – US population reaches 200 million

1969 – Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins

1971 – Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs

1972 – Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

1973 – Comic strip “Hagar The Horrible” debuted

1973 – Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War

1973 – Juan Corona sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for 25 murders

1974 – Maximum speed on Autobahn reduced to 100 kph

1974 – Patty Hearst kidnapped

1974 – US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus’ cloud structure

1974 – John Murtha becomes the first Vietnam War veteran elected to the Congress of the United States.

1977 – “Dis-Gorilla (part 1)” by Rick Dees peaks at #56

1977 – “In The Mood” by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40

1977 – “Up Your Nose” by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91

1977 – Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight

1977 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne

1978 – Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded

1979 – Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time

1981 – Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane

1981 – Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy

1982 – DEA announces seizure of 3,192 tons of marijuana, 495 people

1982 – British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)

1983 – Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial

1986 – Corazon Aquino & Ferdinand Marcos appear on “Nightline”

1987 – Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time

1988 – 1st prime-time wrestling match in 30 yrs-Andre beats Hulk Hogan

1988 – Panamanian Gen Manuel Noriega indicted by US grand jury for drugs

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points

1990 – Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

1991 – A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

1991 – Joni Mitchel inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame

1991 – LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

1992 – Jury selection begins in the LA cops beating Rodney King case

1993 – Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 & injuring 160

1993 – R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA

1994 – Medgar Evers’ murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime

1995 – Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke: 27.77

1997 – 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund

1998 – Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record

2004 – Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.

2008 – A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.

2009 – The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.

2012 – Quarterback Eli Manning wins his second Superbowl Most Valuable Player Award after leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLVI

 

 

 

Births

976 – Sanjō, Emperor of Japan (d. 1017)

1505 – Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)

1519 – René of Châlon, (d. 1544)

1608 – Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)

 

 

 

1723 – John Witherspoonclergyman/signed Declaration of Independence

 

 

 

 

 

1725 – James OtisAmerican lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1744 – John Jeffries, colonial physician/meteorologist

1770 – Alexandre Brongniart, Paris, mineralogist/geologist (Tertiary)

1784 – Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1818)

1788 – Robert “Bobbie” Peel, British PM (1834-5; 41-46)/founder (British Conservative Party)/founder (Bobbies)

1795 – Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)

1799 – John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)

1840 – Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)

1840 – John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)

1878 – André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)

1891 – Elizabeth Ryan, Anaheim California, doubles tennis champ (6 time Wimbled)

1900 – Adlai E Stevenson, (Gov-D-Ill), pres candidate (D) (1952, 1956)

1903 – Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)

1903 – Nathaniel Owings, Indianapolis, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears)

 

 

 

1906 – John CarradineGreenwich Village NYactor (Grapes of WrathHowling)

 

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1907 – Norton Simon, business executive (Simon & Schuster)

1908 – Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)

1914 – Alan Hodgkin, British physicist (Nobel 1963)

1914 – William S Burroughs, St Louis, novelist (Naked Lunch)

1915 – Robert Hofstadter, US atomic physicist

1918 – Charles J “Tim” Holt, US actor (Treasure of Sierra Madre)

1919 – Red Buttons, [Aaron Chwatt], Bronx NYC, comedian/actor (Sayonara)

1922 – Bernard Kalb, spokesman (State Dept)/actor (Dave)

1922 – Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)

1926 – Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, NYC, publisher (NY Times)

1933 – Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)

1934 – Hank Aaron, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP)

1934 – Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator

1937 – Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)

 

 

 

1940 – H R Gigerartistspecial effects designer, (Alien)

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – Stephen J Cannell, producer (Rockford Files)

1941 – Jane Bryant Quinn, American journalist

1942 – Cory Wells, Buffalo NY, rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)

1942 – Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)

1943 – Charles Winfield, Penn, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears-Spinning Wheel)

1943 – Larry Tamblyn, rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water)

1943 – Nolan Bushnell, founder (Atari)/creator (Pong)

1943 – Sven Johnson, rocker (Tangerine Dream

 

 

 

1944 – Al Kooperrock keyboards/vocalist (Blood Sweat & TearsAnd When I Die)

 

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1944 – Cory Wells, rocker

1944 – J R Cobb, Birmingham Ala, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV)

1946 – Charlotte Rampling, England, actress (Zardoz, Night Porter, Verdict)

1947 – David Ladd, LA California, actor (Raymie, Catlow, Misty, Deathline)

1947 – Mary Louise Cleave, Southampton NY, PhD/astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30)

1947 – Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver

1948 – Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], Atlanta, (Stuntman, Shy People)

1948 – Christopher Guest, NYC, actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap)

1948 – David Denny, rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)

1948 – Nigel Tufnel, rocker (Spinal Tap)

1949 – Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup)

1949 – Nigel Olsson, rock guitarist/drummer (Elton John Band)

1954 – Roseanne Katan, Jamacia, playmate (Sep, 1978)

 

 

 

1955 – Debra Jo FondrenLos Angeles Calplaymate of year (September, 1977)

 

 

 

 

 

1956 – Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver

1956 – Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11

1958 – Jennifer Jason Leigh, [Morrow], LA Cal, actress (Single White Female)

1959 – Glenn Dubis, Lincoln Neb, US 3×40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 88, 96)

1959 – Jennifer Granholm American Politician

1960 – Jane Geddes, Huntington NY, LPGA golfer (1987 Women’s Kemper Open)

1961 – Tim Meadows, American actor and comedian

1962 – Duff McKagan, [Michael], Seattle Wash, bassist (Guns & Roses)

1962 – Tommy Skeoch, rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

1965 – Ben Lee, Rangoon Burma, US badminton player (Olympic-92)

1966 – Jose Maria Olazabal, golfer

1968 – Chris Barron, rocker (Spin Doctors)

1969 – Bobby Brown, Roxbury Ma, vocalist (Ghostbusters, Don’t Be Cruel)

1971 – Peter “Chip” Cipollone, Ardmore Pa, rower (Olympics-1996)

1971 – Sara Evans, American singer

1977 – Ben Ainslie, British sailor

1980 – Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer

1986 – Reed Sorenson, American racecar driver

 

 

Deaths

995 – William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)

1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)

1578 – Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies

1591 – Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher, dies

1658 – Maria Margaretha van Angels, Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52

1679 – Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91

1721 – James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47

1754 – Nicolaas S Cruquius, hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75

1766 – Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)

 

 

 

1790 – William CullenScottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)

 

 

 

 

 

1807 – Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80

1822 – Ali Pasha of Janina, (Napoleon, Lord Byron), dies at about 77

1881 – Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

1897 – Hoss Radbourn, pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42

1922 – Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)

1927 – Inayat Khan, Indian sufi

1941 – Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of “Walzing Matilda” (b. 1864)

1946 – George Arliss, actor/writer (Dr Syn, Voltaire), dies at 77

1948 – Johann Blaskowitz, German gen (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64

1961 – Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73

 

 

 

1967 – Leon Leonwood BeanAmerican department store founder (b. 1872)

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – L C William Noldelast US soldiekilled in Vietnam, funeral

 

 

 

 

 

1976 – Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)

1977 – Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67

1977 – Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)

1981 – Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I’d Like to See), dies at 75

1981 – Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)

1991 – Dean Jagger, US actor (Mr Novak, Rawhide, Oscar), dies at about 87

1993 – Joseph L Mankiewicz, US writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83

1993 – Tip Tipping, [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34

1994 – Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63

1994 – Kenneth “Buddy” Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59

1995 – Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59

1997 – John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51

1997 – Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76

1999 – Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)

2003 – Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer

2004 – John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)

2008 – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)