Today In The Past

 

 

Events

630 – Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem.

 

 

 

717 – Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid.

 

 

 

 

 

1188 – Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku.

1349 – 3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany

1413 – Henry V becomes King of England.

1421 – Battle of Beauge-French beat British

1610 – King James I addresses English House of Commons

1681 – 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London

 

 

 

1788 – Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

1790 – Thomas Jefferson reports to Pres Washington in NY as Sec of State

1791 – Capt Hopley Yeaton of NH becomes 1st commissioned officer in USN

1804 – French civil Code of Napoleon adopted

1824 – Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses

1851 – Yosemite Valley discovered in California

1857 – Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die

1859 – Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh

1859 – Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated

1863 – Naval Engagement at Havana Cuba-USS Henrick Hudson vs BR Wild Pigeon

1864 – Battle at Henderson’s Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana

1865 – Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman

1868 – 1st US professional women’s club, Sorosis, forms in NYC

1871 – Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa

1871 – Otto von Bismarck elevated to rank of Fürst (Prince)

1907 – US invades Honduras

1909 – Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe’s 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)

1913 – -26] Flood in Ohio, kills 400

1917 – 1st female US Navy Petty Officer is Loretta Walsh

 

 

 

1918 –  During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive

 

 

 

 

 

1924 – Mass Investors Trust becomes 1st mutual fund set up in US

1927 – Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee

1935 – Persia officially renamed Iran

1937 – Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1942 – Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk

1943 – Assassination attempt on Hitler fails

1943 – British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia

1943 – Massacre of the town of Kalavryta, Greece by German Nazi troops.

1944 – Gen Eisenhower postpones S France invasion until after Normandy

1945 – 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa

1945 – During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany

1945 – Dutch Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft arrested by Nazi police

1947 – Pres Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

1951 – 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea

1951 – Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

1952 – -22] Tornadoes in Ark, Tenn, Mo, Miss, Ala & Ky cause 343 deaths

1952 – 31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central US

1952 – Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever

1953 – NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)

1960 – Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

1961 – Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)

1961 – Beatles’ 1st appearance at the Cavern Club

1962 – A bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds

1963 – Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

1964 – UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0)

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

1965 – US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact

1966 – Supreme Court reverses Mass ruling that “Fanny Hill” is obscene

1968 – Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases

1970 – The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto.

1970 – Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the “agony of defeat guy” in the opening credits of ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

1971 – Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2″

1972 – US Supreme Court rules states can’t require 1-yr residency to vote

1974 – Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London’s Pall Mall

1975 – Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years

1979 – Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel

1980 – President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics

1980 – On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot

1983 – Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled

1984 – Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan

1985 – Arthur Ashe is named to Intl Tennis Hall of Fame

1985 – Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed

1986 – 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

1989 – 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral

1990 – Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president

1991 – 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide

1991 – UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq

1993 – Pope John Paul II declares Duns Scotus, a saint

1994 – Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

2002 – In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

2002 – British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

2012 – Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982

 

 

 

Births

1466 – French van Brederode, leader Hoeksen

1474 – Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint

1521 – Maurice, Duke and later Elector of Saxony (1547-53). Died 1553

1527 – Hermann Finck, composer

1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, Eisenach Germany, composer (Mattheus-Passion)

 

 

 

1713 – Francis Lewisbusinessmandelegatesigner Decl of Ind

 

 

 

 

 

1768 – Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician/Egyptologist

1806 – Benito Pablo Juarez, Oaxaca Mexico, president of Mexico (1858-72)

1813 – James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI (1850-56)

1839 – Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]

1863 – George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp(d.1934)

1866 – Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer

1869 – Albert Kahn, architect, originated modern factory design

1869 – Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)

1884 – George D Birkhoff, US mathematician (Aesthetic measure)

 

 

 

1902 – Eddie James “Son” Housefolk blues musician (Delta Blues)

 

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1906 – John D Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)

1906 – Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman

1913 – George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)

1929 – James Coco, Bronx NY, actor (Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death)

1929 – Jules Verne Berman, space & science reporter (ABC-TV)

1933 – John Hall, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire

1938 – Wilf Corrigan, English/US electronic manufacturer (LSI Logic)

1939 – Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1960)

 

 

 

1940 – Solomon BurkeAmerican , bluesman , singer

 

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1941 – Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)

1943 – Antal Dunai, Hungary, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1968)

1944 – Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold-1968)

1945 – Rosemary Stone, vocalist/pianist (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)

1946 – Timothy Dalton, North Wales, actor (James Bond-Living Daylights)

1949 – Eddie Money, [Mahoney], Bkln, singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight)

1950 – Peter Banks, rocker (Yes), (d. 2013)

1950 – Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It’s Raining Again)

1953 – Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band-Give it Up)

1956 – Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)

1957 – Sabrina Le Beauf, New Orleans La, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show)

1958 – Gary Oldman, actor (Sid & Nancy, Criminal Law, State of Grace)

1958 – Marlies Gohr, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1960 – Ayrton Senna, Brazilian formula-1 racer (1988 champ)

1961 – Slim MacDonnell, Jim Phantom rock percussionist (Stray Cats)

1961 – Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)

1962 – Matthew Broderick, NYC, actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues)

1963 – Sharon June Howe Pederson, Glencoe Mn, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)

1967 – Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)

1967 – Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)

1969 – Jennifer Lyn Jackson, Cleveland Ohio, playmate (April, 1989)

1973 – Ananda Lewis, American model and television personality

1978 – Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)

1980 – Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier

1980 – Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)

1982 – Colin Turkington, British racing driver

 

 

 

Deaths

1063 – Blessed Richeza of Lotharingia, venerated in Roman Catholicism, wife of King Mieszko II of Poland

1076 – Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)

1181 – Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (b. 1118)

1306 – Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1248)

1487 – Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (b. 1417)

1556 – Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, burned at stake at 66

1617 – Pocahontas, Native American, daughter of Powhatan (b. c. 1595)

1729 – John Law, Scottish financier, dies at about 57

1762 – Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)

1768 – Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-gen of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75

1772 – Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)

1795 – Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)

1804 – Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d’Enghien (executed) (b. 1772)

1843 – Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)

1850 – Miguel Pedrorena, American settler

1857 – Abraham J van der Aa, lexicographer (Biograph dictionary), dies at 64

1863 – Edwin Vose Sumner, US Union-general-major (Fair Oaks), dies at 66

1881 – Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (b. 1793)

1915 – Frederick Winslow Taylor, American inventor (b. 1856)

1921 – “Big Jim” Colisimo, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone

1958 – Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34

1974 – Candy Darling, [James Slattery], female impersonator, dies

1980 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)

1982 – Harry H Corbett, Brits actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57

1984 – Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)

1985 – Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77

1987 – Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35

1987 – Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68

1991 – Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitar), dies

1992 – John Ireland, actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78

1999 – Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)

2005 – Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)

2007 – Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)

 

 

 

2011 – Pinetop PerkinsMember of the BlueHall of Fame (b. 1913)

 

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