Today In The Past

 

 

Events

607 – Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth

1012 – Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1451 – Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne

1529 – 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism

1539 – Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt

 

 

 

1587 – Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

1619 – Theatrum Anatomicum opens in Amsterdam

1770 – Capt James Cook 1st sees Australia

1775 – Minutemen Capt John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon

 

 

 

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Commonshot “heard round the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

1782 – John Adams secures Dutch Republic’s recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

1861 – Baltimore riots-4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed

1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)

1874 – Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire

1892 – Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass)

1897 – 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)

1906 – SF Earthquake ends killing 452

1909 – Joan of Arc receives beatification

1910 – Halley’s comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)

1919 – Leslie Irvin of US makes 1st parachute jump & free fall

1923 – New Egyptian law allows suffrage for men, except soldiers

1928 – The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1933 – FDR announces US will leave gold standard

1934 – 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8

1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer”

1936 – First day of the Great Uprising in Palestine.

1939 – Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

1940 – “Lake Shore Ltd” derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY

1941 – Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia

1943 – Bicycle Day – Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.

1944 – Allied fleet attack Sabang Sumatra

1945 – US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid

1945 – US offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa

1947 – AAU record for a 25′ rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds

1947 – French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522

1949 – Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

1951 – Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

1955 – The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.

1960 – Baseball uniforms begin displaying player’s names on their backs

1960 – Comiskey Park’s famed “exploding” scoreboard begins operating

1962 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m

1965 – 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating

1965 – At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun’s glare, this causes the grass to die

1971 – Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)

1979 – FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Bkln NY)

1982 – Guinon Bluford announced as 1st black astronaut

1982 – Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

1982 – Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut

1984 – Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature mag)

1986 – Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 – Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver

1987 – Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve

 

 

 

1989 – Gun turret explodes on USS Iowakilling 47 sailors

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas & incoming government agree to truce

1990 – Marla Maples appears on ABC’s Prime-Time

1990 – Pistons & 76’ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

1991 – Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1991 – Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990

1993 – Branch Davidians in Waco Texas dies in fire after 51 day siege (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)

1993 – South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.

1994 – Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)

1994 – Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election

1994 – Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating

1994 – Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender

 

 

 

1995 – Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma Citykills 168 & injures 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

2011 – Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

 

 

 

Births 

1320 – Pedro I, King of Portugal (1357-67)

1603 – Michel le Tellier, French statesman (d. 1685)

1658 – Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (d. 1716)

1665 – Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (d. 1721)

1686 – Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman (d. 1750)

 

 

 

1721 – Roger Shermansigner (Decl of IndConstitution)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1768 – Adrian H Haworth, English entomologist/botanist

1787 – Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)

1801 – Gustav T Fechner, [Dr Mises], German philosopher/physicist

1821 – Mortimer Dormer Leggett, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1896

1832 – Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre, mathematician/dramatist (Nobel 1904)

1832 – Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, 1st lady (1881)

1858 – May Robson, [Mary J Robison], Melbourne Aust, actress (Apple Annie)

1866 – Henri WA Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell)

1868 – Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)

1874 – Ernst Rüdin, Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist (d. 1952)

 

 

 

1877 – Ole Evinrudeinventor (outboard marine engine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1883 – Richard von Mises, Austrian-born mathematician (d. 1953)

1903 – Eliot Ness, untouchable (FBI agent-Chicago)

1905 – John S “Jimmy” Thach, US pilot/admiral (WW II)

1907 – Alan Wheatley, England, actor (Adventure of Robin Hood)

1912 – Glenn T Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951)

1920 – Frank Fontaine, Cambridge Mass, comedian (Crazy Guggenheim)

1922 – Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircrafts)

1928 – Alexis Korner, Paris, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him)

1931 – Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)

1932 – Andrea Mead Lawrence, Rutland Vt, alpine slalom skier (Oly-2 gold-52)

1933 – Jayne Mansfield, [Vera Jane Palmer], Bryn Mawr Pa, American actress (Fat Spy)

1933 – Dick Sargent, Carmel California, actor (Darrin-Bewitched)

1934 – Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer)

1935 – Dudley Moore, London England, actor (10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks)

1937 – Elinor Donahue, Tacoma Wash, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life)

1940 – Algy Cluff, CEO (Spectator, Cluff Resources)

1942 – Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1942 – Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur

1943 – Mike Kelly, rocker (Duprees)

1944 – Mark “Flo” Volman, rocker (Flo & Eddie, Turtles-Eleanor)/DJ (WKRK)

1944 – James Heckman, American economist, Bank of Sweden Prize

1945 – Nuria Ortiz, Mexico, skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)

1946 – Tim Curry, Cheshire England, actor (Rocky Horror Show)

1949 – Paloma Picasso, [Gilot], Paris France, actress (Immoral Tales)

1949 – Larry Walters, American “lawn chair” pilot (d. 1993)

1953 – Sara Simeoni, Italy, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)

1953 – Ruby Wax, British television personality

1961 – Richard Phelps, British pentathelete

 

 

 

1962 – Al Unser JrIndy-car racer (over 10 wins)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 – Valerie Plame Wilson, former C.I.A. agent

1965 – Suge Knight, American record producer

1967 – Steven H Silver, American science fiction editor

1967 – Dar Williams, American musician and songwriter

1969 – Jesse James, American television personality and motorcycle builder

1975 – Temoc Suarez, Greenwood SC, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 – Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)

1978 – James Franco, American actor

1979 – Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)

1979 – Kate Hudson, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Almost Famous, You, Me and Dupree)

1980 – Alexis Thorpe, American actress

1981 – Hayden Christensen, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars)

 

 

 

1987 – Maria SharapovaRussian tennis player

 

 

 

 

 

Deaths 

843 – Judith, French empress/2nd wife of Louis de Vrome, dies

1012 – Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 954)

1044 – Gothelo, duke of Neth-Lotharingen, dies

1390 – Robert II, King of Scots, dies

1529 – John Cuspinianus, [Spiessheimer], German physician, dies at about 55

1567 – Michael Stifel, German theologist/mathematician, dies at about 79

1578 – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1530)

1618 – Thomas Bastard, clergyman and epigrammatist (b. 1565 or 1566)

1684 – Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (b. 1603)

1689 – Christina, Queen of Sweden (1644-54), dies

1739 – Nicholas Saunderson, mathematician, dies

1751 – Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian Field marshal (b. 1678)

 

 

 

1813 – Benjamin Rushphysician/abolitionist (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 67

 

 

 

 

 

 

1824 – George Gorden Noel “Lord” Byron, poet, dies at 36

1831 – Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (b. 1765)

1854 – Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist (b. 1774)

1862 – Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies

1867 – Robert Smirke, British architect, dies

1874 – Owen Jones, architect, dies

1882 – Charles Robert Darwin, naturalist (Origin of Species), dies at 73

1889 – Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies

1893 – John Addington Symonds, critic/poet, dies

1906 – Pierre Curie, French physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903), dies

1916 – Ephraim Shay, American inventor (b. 1839)

1937 – William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81

1943 – Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded

1943 – Kurt Huber, German resistance fighter, beheaded

1943 – Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded

1945 – J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed

1949 – Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)

1956 – Lionel K P “Buster” Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47

1956 – Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52

1957 – Charles Funk, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76

1967 – Konrad Adenauer, West Germany chancellor (1949-63), dies at 91

1986 – Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos ‘n’ Andy), dies at 78

1987 – Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77

 

 

 

1987 – Maxwell D TaylorUS commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)

1989 – Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82

1991 – Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)

1992 – Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash

1992 – Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash

 

 

 

1993 – David Koresh, [Vernon Howell], cult leader (Davidians), suicide

 

David Koresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993 – George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash

1994 – Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81

1994 – Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57

1995 – J Peter Grace Jr, CEO (W R Grace), dies from cancer at 81

1997 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)

1998 – Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)

1999 – David Sanes, US Navy employee

2004 – Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)

2004 – John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)

2005 – Ruth Hussey, American actress (b. 1911)

2006 – Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)

2007 – Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (b. 1932)

2007 – Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)

2008 – Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)

2009 – J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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