Today In The Past

 

 

Events 

491 – Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.

672 – Deusdedit III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1079 – Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow is executed by order of Bolesław II of Poland.

1471 – King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI

 

 

 

1512 – Battle at RavennaFrance under Gaston de Foix beat Spanish Army

 

 

 

 

 

1551 – English premier John Dudley appointed duke of Northumberland

1564 – England & France sign Peace of Troyes

1564 – Liege prince-bishop Robert van Bergen resigns

1677 – Battle at Montcassel, French troops beat Prince William III

1689 – William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain

1713 – Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain – English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty

1775 – The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place.

 

 

 

1856 – Battle of RivasCosta Rica beats Wm Walker’s invading Nicaraguans

 

 

 

 

 

1862 – Rebels surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender

1863 – Battle of Suffolk, VA (Norfleet House)

1865 – Battle of Mobile, AL – evacuated by Confederates

1868 – The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.

1876 – Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks organizes

1876 – Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan

1881 – Spelman College founded

1898 – President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration

1899 – Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US

1900 – US Navy’s 1st submarine made its debut

1906 – Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity

1907 – NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards

1921 – Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax

1921 – First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.

1921 – The Emirate of Transjordan is created.

1941 – Germany blitzes Conventry, England

1942 – Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized

1943 – Frank Piasecki, Vertol founder, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft

1945 – SS burns & shoots 1,100 at Gardelegen

1945 – US captures Tsugen Shima

1947 – Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball

1950 – Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco

1950 – US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia

1951 – Pres Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur

1952 – The Battle of Nanri island takes place.

1955 – The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.

1956 – Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites

1957 – Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

 

 

 

1957 – Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel

1962 – New York Mets make a losing debut

1963 – Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)

1965 – 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000

1966 – 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

1967 – Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress & reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr

1970 – Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days

1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be,” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

1972 – Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC

1976 – The Apple I is created.

1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala

1981 – Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1981 – Race riot in London area of Brixton

1981 – Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him

1983 – NASA launches RCA-F

1986 – Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days

1986 – Halley’s Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km

1990 – Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

1992 – Euro-Disney opens near Paris

1992 – Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

1993 – 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs. It was Easter Sunday.

2001 – The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People’s Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.

2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

2007 – 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.

2011 – Minsk Metro bombing

2012 – 8.6 magnitude earth quack and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia

2012 – 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer

 

 

 

Births

146 – Septimius Severus (d. 211)

1370 – Frederick I the Warlike, elector of Saxony

1374 – Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March (d. 1398)

1492 – Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (d. 1549)

1586 – Pietro Della Valle, composer

1661 – Antoine Coypel, French painter/poet

1755 – James Parkinson, English physician (d. 1824)

1770 – George Canning, (C) British PM (1827)

1798 – Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (d. 1854)

1810 – Henry Rawlinson, English scholar (d. 1895)

1837 – Ephraim Elmer Ellsworth, Col (Union Army), died in 1861

1852 – Cap Anson, American baseball player (d. 1922)

1854 – Hugh Massie, cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880’s)

1862 – Charles Evans Hughs, 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41)

1862 – William W Campbell, US astronomer/director Lick Observatory

1869 – Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mohandas Gandhi (d. 1944)

1873 – Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1955)

1893 – Dean G Acheson, statesman/US Secretary of State (1949-53)

1901 – Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer (typewriter)

1906 – Dale Messick, American cartoonist (d. 2005)

1908 – Leo Rosten, writer/humourist

1908 – Masura Ibuka, industrialist

1910 – Anna Magnani, Ital’s actress (Awakening, Roma)

1913 – Oleg Cassini, Paris France, fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy)

1916 – Howard Koch, producer/director (Frankenstein, Airplane II)

1917 – Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)

1919 – Hugh Carey, (Gov-D-NY)

1925 – Ethel Kennedy, wife of Bobby

1930 – Joseph Burnett-Stuart, CEO (Robert Fleming Holdings)

1930 – Nicholas F Brady, US Secretary of Treasury (1988-93)

1932 – F Gregory Neubeck, USAF pilot

1932 – Joel Grey, [Joe Katz], actor (Cabaret, Remo Williams, 7% Solution)

1935 – Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hitman (d. 2006)

1939 – Louise Lasser, NYC, actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!)

1941 – Frederick “Rick” Hauck, Long Beach Ca, astr (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26)

1941 – Ellen Goodman, American political columnist

 

 

 

1944 – John Miliuswriterdirector (Red Dawn1941Big Wednesday)

 

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1947 – Peter Riegert, NYC, actor (Animal House, Crossing Delancey)

1947 – Meshach Taylor, American actor

1947 – Lev Bulat, Russian physicist

1951 – Robbie House, rocker (Snuff)

1951 – Doris McGowen Beck Angleton, American socialite (d. 1997)

1951 – Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007)

1952 – Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter

1955 – Piers J Sellers, Sussex England, PhD/astronaut

1958 – Sally Clark, Feilding NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-silver-96)

1958 – William Stuart Adamson, Manchester, rock guitarist (Big Country)

1958 – Brynn Hartman, American murderer (d. 1998)

1961 – Lucky Vanous, Lincoln Nebraska, model (GQ, Diet Coke)

1962 – Vincent Gallo, American actor

1964 – Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter

1964 – Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player

1966 – Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)

1966 – Mason Reese, American actor

1967 – Wendel Suckow, Marquette Mich, luger (Olympics-1994)

1969 – J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser yachter (Olymp-21st-1996)

1970 – Johnny Messner, American actor

1971 – Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein)

1972 – Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler

1973 – Jennifer Esposito, American television actor

1974 – Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actor

1980 – Mark Teixeira, American baseball player

 

 

 

1981 – Alessandra AmbrosioBrazilian model

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver

1987 – Joss Stone, English singer

1994 – Dakota Blue Richards, English actress

 

 

 

Deaths

678 – Donus, Italian Pope (676-78), dies

1034 – Romanus III Argyrus, Byzantine emperor (1028-34), assasinated by wife

1240 – Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies

1500 – Michael T Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns

1512 – Gaston de Foix, French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle

 

 

 

1554 – Thomas Wyatt the youngerEnglish rebel (b. 1521)

 

 

 

 

 

1626 – Marin Getaldić, Croatian mathematician (b. 1568)

1712 – Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (b. 1638)

1723 – John Robinson, English diplomat (b. 1650)

1839 – John Galt, Scottish writer (Last of the Lairds), dies at 59

1842 – John England, bishop of Charleston Carolina, dies

1856 – Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)

1873 – Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)

1906 – James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58

1926 – Luther Burbank, American botanist (b. 1849)

1945 – Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish resistance fighter (in Dachau), dies at 29

1947 – Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)

1983 – Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78

1985 – Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76

1985 – Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)

1987 – Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83

1987 – Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67

1994 – Johan Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64

1996 – Jessica Dubroff, hoped to be youngest to fly across US, crashed at 7

2003 – Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)

 

 

 

2006 – June PointerAmerican singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2006 – Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)

2007 – Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (b. 1925)

2007 – Kurt Vonnegut, American author (b. 1922)

2007 – Ronald Speirs, American Army officer(CO of Easy Company) (b. 1920)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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