Today In The Past

 

 

Events

310 – St Eusebius begins his reign as Catholic Pope

387 – Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptizes Augustinus

1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.

1518 – Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1521 – Parliament of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Maarten Luther

1663 – Osman declares war on Austria

1676 – Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians

 

 

 

1775 – Paul Revere & William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “British are coming!

 

 

 

 

 

1783 – Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

1809 – 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England

1838 – Wilkes’ expedition to South Pole sails

 

 

 

1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – Battle of Harpers FerryVA

 

 

 

 

 

 

1861 – Col Robert E Lee turns down offer to command Union armies

1862 – Battle of Ft Jackson, Ft St Philip & New Orlean’s, LA

1864 – Battle of Poison Springs, AR (Camden Expedition)

1865 – Confederate Gen Johnson surrendered to Gen Sherman in North Carolina

1876 – Daniel O’Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hrs 32 min

1879 – Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins

1880 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.

1881 – Natural History Museum of South Kensington England opens

1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.

1902 – Denmark is 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals

1906 – 8.25 earthquake shakes SF Calif

1906 – SF earthquake & fire kills nearly 4,000 & destroys 75% of city

1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1915 – French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.

1923 – 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium

1924 – 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Schuster)

1925 – World’s fair opens in Chicago

1927 – Chiang Kai-Shek forms anti-government in China

1935 – Gen Sarazen’s double eagle on 15th, wins him his 2nd Masters

1936 – Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from SF to Honolulu

1938 – Headless Mad Butcher victim found in Cleveland

1942 – “Stars & Stripes” paper for US armed forces starts

 

 

 

1942 – James H Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – 1 armed outfielder, St L Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4

1945 – Epe freed (by corporal G van Aken)

1945 – Clandestine Radio 1212, after broadcasting pro-nazi propoganda for months used their influence to trap 350,000 German army group B troops

1946 – Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

1946 – League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)

1948 – International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands

1950 – 1st transatlantic jet passenger trip

1951 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game

1954 – Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt

1955 – 1st “Walk”/”Don’t Walk” lighted street signals installed

1958 – A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

1963 – Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant

1964 – Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches

1966 – Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

1968 – London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)

1974 – Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi

1977 – Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” awarded Pulitzer Prize

1978 – Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999

1980 – Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK

1982 – Zimbabwe capital Salisbury renamed Harare

1983 – A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon

1984 – Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)

1986 – Robert M Gates, becomes deputy director of CIA

1986 – Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB

1987 – An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air

1987 – Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

1989 – Zimbabwe gains independence

1990 – Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines

1990 – Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one’s home

1991 – Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census

1991 – John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

1994 – 23rd Boston Women’s Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:21:45

1994 – 98th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:07:15

1994 – Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994

1994 – Former President Nixon suffered a stroke & dies 4 days later

1994 – Lebanon drops relations with Iran

1995 – Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

1996 – In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.

2007 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

 

 

 

Births

1480 – Lucretia Borgiamurderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)

 

Lucretia Borgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

1521 – Francois de Coligny, ruler of van Andelot, French general (Jarnac)

1580 – Thomas Middleton, English playwright (Game of Chess)

1590 – Ahmed I, 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Emperor (1603-17); constructed the Blue Mosque

1605 – Giacomo Carissimi, composer

1740 – Francis Baring, banker/merchant

1838 – Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)

1857 – Clarence S Darrow, defense attorney at Scopes monkey trial

1864 – Richard Harding Davis, US, journalist/author (In The Fig)

1881 – Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter

1882 – Leopold Stokowski, London England, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony)

1896 – C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)

1904 – Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)

1905 – George H. Hitchings, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)

1911 – Francis Frederick Johnson, architect

1911 – George Huntington Hartford II, NYC, heir (A&P)

1912 – John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer

1921 – Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)

 

 

 

1924 – Clarence “Gatemouth” BrownVinton Lablues singer (Mary is Fine)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1925 – Bob Hastings, Bkln NY, actor (McHale’s Navy, All in the Family)

1925 – Lionel Edmund “Sonny” Taylor, musician

 

 

 

1927 – Samuel P. HuntingtonAmerican political scientist

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Clive Revill, Wellington NZ, actor (Legend of Hell House)

1938 – Andreas J “Cat” Liebenberg, supreme commander (S Afr army)

1939 – Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

1940 – Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)

1941 – Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)

1942 – Jochen Rindt, German race car driver

1946 – Alexander “Skip” Spence, Canada, guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)

1946 – Hayley Mills, London England, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna)

1946 – Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na)

1947 – Dorothy Lyman, Minneapolis Mn, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama’s Family)

1947 – James Woods, Warwick RI, actor (Salvador, Against All Odds)

1947 – Herbert Mullin, American serial killer

1948 – “Tiny” Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati)

1949 – Geoff Bodine, American race car driver

1950 – Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer

1953 – Rick Moranis, Toronto, (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs)

1954 – Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

1955 – Amschel Rothschild, banker

1956 – Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)

1956 – Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)

1958 – Lee Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)

1961 – Jane Leeves, London, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser)

1961 – Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I’m on to You)

1961 – Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, Brit parliament prostitute

1962 – Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)

1963 – Conan Chris O’Brien, Brookline Mass, TV host (Late Night)

 

 

 

1964 – Niall FergusonScotland , historian , professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)

1965 – Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)

1965 – Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)

1967 – Maria Bello, American actress

1970 – Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)

1973 – Haile Gebresleassie, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 – Melissa Joan Hart, Sayville NY, actress (Clarissa, Sabrina)

1979 – Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver

1979 – Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star

1983 – Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player

1984 – America Ferrera, American actress

1985 – Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver

 

 

 

Deaths

680 – Mu’awijja, kalief of Al-Schaam, dies

1161 – Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury

1558 – Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent

1567 – Wilhelm von Grumbach, German military man, dies at 63

1689 – George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies

1690 – Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lotharingen/Austrian fieldmarshal, dies

1732 – Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)

1796 – Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)

1807 – Erasmus Darwin, physician writer and botanist (Influence), dies (b. 1731)

1845 – Nicholas T the Saussure, Swiss chemist/botany, dies at 77

1853 – William King, US VP, dies a month after his inauguration

1873 – Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist, dies at 69

1874 – David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey

1879 – Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies

1925 – Charles Ebbets, Pres (Dodgers), dies

1935 – Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist/archaeologist, dies at 90

1942 – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)

1943 – I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies

 

 

 

1945 – Ernest T PyleBritish/US newscasterkilled in WW II at 44

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 – John Ambrose Fleming, electrical engineer, dies

1955 – Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)

1958 – Richard B Goldschmidt, German zoologist (butterflies), dies

1964 – Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71

1986 – Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94

1993 – Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76

1993 – Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)

1994 – Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32

1996 – Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80

1996 – Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88

2002 – Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (b. 1914)

2012 – Dick Clark, American radio and television personality, dies from a heart attack at 82

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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