Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1081 – Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne

1460 – University of Basle in Swizerland forms

1541 – Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits

1581 – Francis Drake awarded a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

1588 – Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark

1655 – Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbarian pirates

1660 – English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

1686 – English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence

1687 – King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in church

1721 – Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I.

1818 – Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

1828 – Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)

1850 – City of Los Angeles incorporated

1859 – Bryant’s Minstrels debut “Dixie” in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.

1862 – Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins

 

 

 

1862 – US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Skirmish at Elkin’s Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas

 

 

 

1865 – Lee’s army arrives at Amelia Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

1896 – Announcement of Gold in Yukon

1900 – Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war

1900 – British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet

1902 – Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million

1905 – Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000

1911 – Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP

1912 – Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia

1913 – The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.

1916 – US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I

1918 – Battle of Somme, ends

1920 – Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem

1929 – 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held

1932 – Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh

 

 

 

1933 – US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ73 die

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – 4th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

1938 – 5th Golf Masters Championship: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285

1941 – German troops conquer Banghazi

1944 – British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia

1944 – Allied Bucharest bombings targeting railroads kills 5,000

1945 – Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)

1945 – US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany

1945 – US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld

1947 – Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect

1947 – Largest group of sunspots on record

1948 – 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

1949 – Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement

1958 – 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston England)

1958 – The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.

1960 – 32nd Academy Awards – “Ben-Hur,” Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1964 – Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

1965 – The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

1967 – Amsterdam Marines chase out “nozems” of Central Station

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee (see Deaths below)

1969 – Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart

1972 – 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating

1974 – Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th

1975 – 130, killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes

1975 – Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend’s clothes

1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

1979 – President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

1985 – Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

1986 – Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

1987 – Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts

1988 – Eddie Hill becomes the world’s first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds

1988 – Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s last NBA game in Seattle

1989 – NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

1990 – Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody

1991 – Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

1994 – Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications

1994 – Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

2002 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.

2007 – 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.

2008 – The raid on the FLDS owned ranch called the YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children were taken into custody. 133 woman were taken into state custody also, the total number of woman and children is 534.

2012 – Somalia’s National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation

 

 

 

Births

188 – Caracalla, [Marcus Aureiius Antoniius], Roman emperor (211-17)

1492 – Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)

1527 – Abraham Ortelius, [Ortels/Hortels], South Neth geographer

1572 – William Strachey, English writer (d. 1621)

1646 – Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (d. 1715)

1688 – Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)

1786 – John Franklin, British explorer (Arctic)

1792 – Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R)

1809 – Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer

1814 – John Blair Smith Todd, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1872

1817 – John Wilson Sprague, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1893

1820 – Charles Devens Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1891

 

 

 

1821 – Linus YaleUS, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1823 – Karl Wilhelm Siemens, inventor (laid undersea cables)

1823 – Robert Byington Mitchell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1831 – Edward Cary Walthall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1898

1842 – Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (d. 1891)

1866 – George P Baker, US playwright (47 Workshop)

1884 – Isoroku Yamamoto, admiral/supreme commander of Japanese fleet

1896 – Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot’s Delight)

1906 – Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction)

1906 – John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]

 

 

 

1913 – Muddy Waters, [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man)

 

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1916 – David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)

1916 – Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist

1917 – Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)

1922 – Elmer Bernstein, NYC, movie music composer (Robot Monster)

1924 – Gil Hodges, baseball player/manager (Bkln Dodgers, NY Mets)

1926 – Cloris Leachman, Des Moines Iowa, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety)

1928 – Maya Angelou, [Marguerite Johnson], St Louis, poet/actress (Nyo-Roots)

1931 – Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director

1932 – Anthony Perkins, NYC, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)

1932 – Clive Davis, American record producer

1933 – Fritz Bolkestein, Dutch CEO (Shell)/Minister of Defense (VVD)

1933 – Robin Phillips, English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)

1933 – Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer (d. 2007)

1938 – A Bartlett Giamatti, Boston, pres of Yale/baseball commish (1989)

1938 – Michael Parks, Corona California, actor (Then Came Bronson)

1939 – Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)

1939 – Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)

1940 – Richard Attwood, British racing driver

1942 – Kitty Kelley, author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra)

1943 – Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)

1944 – Lawrence A Hough, US, rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver)

1944 – Craig T. Nelson, Spokane, Wash, actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach)

1945 – Caroline McWilliams, Seattle Wash, actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson)

1946 – Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist

1948 – Berry Oakley, Chicago Ill, rocker (Allman Brothers-Ramblin’ Man)

1948 – Pick Withers, rocker (Dire Straits)

1949 – Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician

1950 – Christine Lahti, Detroit, actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift)

1951 – Steve Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)

1952 – Dave Hill, England, rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You)

 

 

 

1952 – Gary MooreIrish rock guitarist (Skid RowOh Pretty Woman)

 

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VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1952 – Peter Haycockrock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower)

 

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1952 – Rosemarie Ackermann, German DR, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

1952 – Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and car racer (d. 1995)

1956 – Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)

1956 – Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)

1956 – David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer

1957 – Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)

1957 – Kelso, American racehorse (d. 1983)

1958 – John Wesley Jones, Lawton Ok, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1976)

1962 – Ava Fabian, Brewster NY, playmate (Aug, 1986)/actress (Cafe Nostra)

1965 – Black Francis, [Charles Thompson], US singer/songwriter (Pixies)

1965 – Robert Downey Jr, NYC, comedian (SNL, Less than Zero, Back to School)

1965 – Zwart Francis, [Charles Thompson], US singer/songwriter (Pixies)

1966 – Mike Starr [Michael], Honolulu Hawaii, musician (Alice in Chains bassist), (d. 2011)

1966 – Nancy McKeon, Westbury NY, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life)

1967 – Juliana “Juli” Furtado, NYC, cyclist (Olympics-10th-96)

1968 – Andre Bowden, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)

1970 – Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys

1973 – Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer

 

 

 

1973 – David BlaineAmerican illusionist

 

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1973 – Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete

1978 – Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer

1979 – Charles Butler, Salt Lake City Utah, dance skater (& Joseph-1997 Natl)

1979 – Heath Ledger, Australian/American Actor. (d.2008)

1979 – Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender

1980 – Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver

1994 – Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer

 

 

 

Deaths

397 – Ambrosius, gov of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies

636 – Saint Isidore of Seville, Church Father and the proposed patron of Internet (b. cira 560)

896 – Formosus, Pope (891-96), dies

1229 – Hugo van Pierrepont, bishop of Liege, dies

1284 – Alfonso X, “El Sabio” King of Castile/Leon (1252-84), dies at 62

1292 – Nicholas IV, [Girolamo Masci], Pope (1288-92), dies

1305 – Jeanne of Navarre, wife of Philip IV of France (b. circa 1217)

1393 – Floris van Wevelinkhoven, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1406 – Robert III, King of Scots (1390-1406), dies

1417 – John van Touraine, 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies

1588 – Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53

1604 – Thomas Churchyard, poet/pamphleteer, dies

1661 – Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. circa 1580)

1774 – Oliver Goldsmith, Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17

1841 – William Henry Harrison, becomes 1st pres to die in office, at 68

1861 – John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)

1864 – Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)

1870 – Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)

1874 – Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)

 

 

 

1878 – Richard BrewerAmerican gunslinger/cowboy (b. 1850)

 

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1879 – Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)

1883 – Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)

1890 – Edmond Hébert, French geologist (b. 1812)

1893 – Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86

1900 – Edward VII, King, assassinated

1919 – William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86

1923 – L Martov, [Joulij O Tsederbaum], Russ revolutionary, dies at 49

1923 – John Venn, British mathematician (b. 1834)

1929 – Karl Friedrich Benz, automobile engineer (Mercedes), dies at 84

1932 – Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies

1941 – Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

1958 – Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)

1962 – James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)

1963 – Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18

1963 – Jason Robards Sr, actor (Acapulco), dies at 70

1967 – Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)

 

 

 

1968 – Martin Luther King Jrassassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 – Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63

1976 – Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)

1979 – Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77

1979 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51

1980 – Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)

1983 – Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

1991 – John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52

1991 – Forrest Towns, American hurdler (b. 1914)

1993 – Alfred Mosher Butts, US architect/game maker (Scrabble), dies at 93

1996 – Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist, dies at 97

 

 

 

2001 – Ed “Big Daddy” RothAmerican custom car designer (b. 1932)

 

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2004 – Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)

2004 – Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)

2008 – Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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