Today In The Past

 

 

Events

753 BC – Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional date).

43 BC – Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after.

953 – Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights

1420 – Treaty of Saint Maartens Dike

1453 – Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople

1509 – Henry the VIII becomes King of England

1521 – Battle at Villalar: Emperor Charles I beats Communards

1526 – Battle at Panipat: Mogol Emperor Babur beats sultan Ibrahim Lodi

1572 – France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship

1689 – William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed king & queen of England

1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)

1792 – Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading movement for Brazil’s independence, is hanged, drawn and quartered.

1794 – NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British

1828 – Noah Webster publishes 1st American dictionary

 

 

 

1836 – Battle of San Jacintoin which Texas wins independence from Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

1855 – 1st train crosses Miss River’s 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia

1857 – Alexander Douglas patents the bustle

1862 – Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Co

1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington

1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn

1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole

1878 – Ship Azor leaves Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia

1898 – Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain as of this date.

1904 – Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

1913 – Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper

 

 

 

1914 – US marines occupy Vera CruzMexicostay 6 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France.

1922 – The first Aggie Muster is held as a remembrance for fellow Aggies who had died in the previous year.

1930 – Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322

1934 – Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game

1945 – Allied troops occupy German nuclear laboratory

1945 – He Shima Okinawa conquered in 5 days, 5,000 die

1945 – Russia army arrives at outskirts of Berlin

1945 – US 7th Army occupies Neurenberg

 

 

1948 – 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)

1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.

1954 – Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR

1954 – USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam

1955 – Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel,” becomes #1

1959 – 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod

1959 – Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ white shark

1961 – French army revolts in Algeria

1961 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m

1963 – Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time

1965 – New York World’s Fair reopens for 2nd & final season

1967 – Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)

1967 – Josef Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, defects to US

1967 – Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier

1970 – Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records

1972 – John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)

1972 – Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched

1981 – US furnish $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia

1983 – 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom

1984 – “Nightline” reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour

1984 – Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS

1984 – Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph

1986 – Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)

 

 

 

1986 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV & finds nothing

 

 

 

 

 

1987 – Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed

1989 – George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers

1989 – Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom

1990 – “Cartoon All Stars to Rescue” shown on all 4 TV networks

1992 – Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill

1995 – FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh & charge him with Oklahoma City bombing

1996 – Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)

1997 – Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit

 

 

 

2008 – The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.

 

 

 

Births

1488 – Ulrich von Hutten, German poet/humanist/patriot

1546 – Arcangelo Crivelli, composer

1555 – Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter (d. 1619)

1619 – John A van Riebeeck, colonial director/founder (Cape Colony)

1652 – Michel Rolle, French mathematician (d. 1719)

1671 – John Law, Scottish economist (d. 1729)

1774 – Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer (balloonist)

1775 – Alexander Anderson, US, engraver/illustrator (Shakespeare)

1803 – Levin Minn Powell, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885

1809 – Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secy State (Confederacy)

1816 – Charlotte Bronte, Tornton England, novelist (Jane Eyre)

1834 – William Rufus Terrill, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1838 – John Muir, US, naturalist/discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras)

1849 – Oskar Hertwig, Germany, embryologist, discovered fertilization

1851 – Charles Barrois, French geologist (d. 1939)

1864 – Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)

1870 – Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer (d. 1941)

1872 – GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA

1882 – Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)

1889 – Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)

1896 – Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)

1905 – Edmund G “Pat” Brown, (Gov-D-California)

1911 – Leonard Warren, NYC, baritone, Met 1939-60) died on stage

1911 – Ivan Combe, American inventor (d. 2000)

1912 – Eve Arnold, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012)

1913 – Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor, isolated growth hormones)

1913 – Norman Parkinson, England, fashion photographer, Harper’s Bazaar)

 

 

 

1915 – Anthony QuinnMexicoactorZorba the GreekLawrence of Arabia)

Actor, Anthony Quinn

 

 

 

 

1919 – Don Cornell, American singer (d. 2004)

1924 – Daniel Melnick, NYC, producer, Get Smart)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1927 – Gerald Flood, British actor (d. 1989)

1930 – Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods)

1930 – Silvana Mangano, Rome Italy, actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas)

1932 – Elaine May, Phila Pa, comedienne/writer/actress, New Leaf)

1936 – Bob Cleary, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)

1936 – James Dobson, American evangelist

1937 – Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)

1942 – Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing)

1947 – Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)

1947 – Iggy Pop, [James Osterberg], Mich, rocker (Zombie Birdhouse)

1949 – Patti LuPone, Northport NY, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On)

1951 – Tony Danza, Brooklyn, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who’s the Boss)

1958 – Andie MacDowell, [Rosali Anderson], SC, actress (Green Card) [or 2/12]

1959 – Jerry Only, American musician (The Misfits)

1959 – Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)

1960 – Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1984)

1962 – Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russia, major/cosmonaut

1971 – Samantha Druce, youngest woman to swim English Channel

1971 – Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player

1971 – Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer

1975 – Danyon Joseph Loader, Dunedin NZ, 200m/400m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-96)

1978 – Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)

1980 – Tony Romo, American football player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1073 – Alexander II, [Anselmo da Baggio], Pope (1061-73), dies

1109 – Anselmus, philosopher/archbishop of Canterbury, dies

1142 – Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)

1329 – Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1282)

1509 – Henry VII, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), dies at 52

1551 – Oda Nobuhide, Japanese warlord (b. 1510)

1552 – Peter Apianus, [Bennewitz/Bienewitz], German astronomer, dies at 50

1557 – Petrus Apianus, German mathematician (b. 1495)

1574 – Cosimo de Medici, Italian duke of Toscane, dies at about 54

1699 – Jean Racine, French dramatist (b. 1639)

1701 – Asano Naganori, Japanese warlord (b. 1667)

1722 – Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)

1730 – Jan Palfijn, Flemish physician/inventor (forceps), dies at 79

1792 – Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary (b. 1746)

1825 – Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathemattician (b. 1765)

1852 – Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)

 

 

 

1910 – Mark Twain, [Samuel Clemens], author (Huckleberry Finn), dies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 – “Red Baron”, [Manfred von Richtofen], shot down in WW I at 25

1938 – Muhammad Iqbal, Brt E Indies lawyer/Pakistan national hero, dies at 65

1946 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist (b. 1883)

1962 – Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies

1965 – Edward V Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72

1967 – Andre L Danjon, French astronomer, dies at 77

1968 – Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt

1971 – Francois “Doc” Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64

1977 – Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84

1980 – Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)

1985 – Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62

1990 – Erté, French artist (b. 1892)

1992 – Robert Harris, murderer, executed in Calif’s gas chamber at 39

1996 – Dzhokhar Dudayev, separatist leader and President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1991), dies at 52

1996 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76

 

 

 

2003 – Nina SimoneAmerican singer and pianist (b. 1933)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2004 – Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)

2005 – Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)

2008 – Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)

2012 – Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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