Today In The Past

 

 

Events

757 – Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I

1220 – German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights

1467 – The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy.

1478 – 1st Easter

1478 – Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici & kill Giuliano de’Medici

1514 – Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1532 – Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna

1564 – William Shakespeare baptized

1607 – 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va

1654 – Jews are expelled from Brazil

1677 – Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck

1721 – Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated

1755 – 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)

1777 – Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia

1819 – Odd Fellows Lodge forms

 

 

 

1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used

 

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro)

1865 – Battle of Ft Tobacco, VA

1865 – Confederate Gen J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tenn, at Durham NC

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity

1904 – Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms

1905 – Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play

1907 – Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens

1912 – 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)

1913 – Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF

1913 – Sun Yet San calls for revolt against pres Yuan Shikai in China

1928 – Madame Tussaud’s waxwork exhibition opens in London

1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

1933 – Jewish students are barred from school in Germany

 

 

 

1937 – German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

1938 – Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks

1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

1941 – Potatoes rationed in Holland

1942 – Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria

1944 – 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down

1945 – Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason

1945 – World War II: Battle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.

1950 – Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run

1950 – U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82

1952 – Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman

 

 

 

1952 – US minesweeper “Hobson” rams aircraft carrier “Wasp,” kills 176

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1956 – First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas

1957 – Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens

1959 – Cuba invades Panama

1961 – French paratroopers’ revolt suppressed in Algeria

1961 – Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 flies

1962 – Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon

1962 – Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0

1962 – US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload

1966 – Arnold “Red” Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic’s coach

1968 – Students seize administration building at Ohio State

1971 – SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy

1977 – NY’s famed disco Studio 54 opens

1980 – Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy

1980 – Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120′

1980 – Phillies’ Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)

1982 – Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island

1982 – Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

1983 – Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time

1984 – Pres Reagan visits China

1989 – Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany

1990 – NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America’s Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

1990 – Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller’s record of pitching 12 1-hitters

1991 – “Dinosaurs” premieres on ABC-TV

1991 – 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes

1992 – “Growing Pains,” final episode on ABC TV

1992 – “Who’s The Boss,” final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

1992 – Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base

1993 – NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman

1994 – Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.

1995 – Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings

1996 – Sothebys ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million

 

 

 

2002 – Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt,Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.

2012 – 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama

 

 

 

Births

121 – Antonius Marcus Aurelius, [Marcus A Verus], Emperor of Rome (161-180)

570 – Muhammed, founder of Islam, according to the Shi’a sect. Other sources suggest April 20.

1319 – Jean II, the Good, king of France (1350-64)

1538 – Giovanni P Lomazzo, Italian writer/poet (Trattato)

1564 – William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon England, baptism and presumed birth date, playwright and poet 

1567 – Nicolas Forme, composer

1662 – Maria Luisa of Orleans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1689)

1710 – Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (d. 1796)

 

 

 

1711 – David HumeEnglish empiricist/philosopher (Treatise of Human Nature)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1718 – Esek Hopkins, US, 1st commander-in-chief (US Navy)

1774 – Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (d. 1853)

1785 – John James Audubon, Haiti, bird watcher/artist

1798 – James Beckwourth, American explorer (d. 1867)

1812 – Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant

1822 – Frederick Law Olmsted, architect/writer (designed Central Park)

1826 – George Hull Ward, American general (d. 1863)

1826 – Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General (d. 1872

1827 – Charles Edward Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1834 – Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist

1839 – Cyrus Hamblin, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

1841 – Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian

1875 – Syngman Rhee, South Korea, pres of South Korea (1948-60) [or Mar 26]

1879 – Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)

 

 

 

1886 – Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], “Mother of the Blues” American singer (d. 1939)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1888 – Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright (d. 1981)

1893 – Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal (d. 1946)

1894 – Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (d. 1987)

1897 – Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)

1898 – Edward PF Eagan, Denver, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32)

1898 – John Grierson, documentary film maker

1903 – Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall

1903 – Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)

 

 

 

1912 – A. E. van VogtCanadasci-fi author (Wizard of Linn) (d. 2000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1914 – Bernard Malamud, US, novelist (Fixer, Natural, Pulitizer 1967)

1914 – Horace Leonard Gold, Sci-Fi writer/editor

1914 – James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls/Columbia, Maryland)

1916 – Morris L West, Australia, novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman)

1916 – Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)

1917 – I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)

1917 – Sal “The Barber” Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)

1918 – Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, hurdler (Olym-gold-1948)

1921 – Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)

1922 – James Holt, medieval historian

1927 – Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)

1930 – Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)

1932 – Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)

1933 – Carol Burnett, San Antonio Tx, comedian/actress (Annie, 4 Seasons)

1937 – Robert Boozer, Omaha Neb, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1960), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1938 – Duane EddyPhoenix, Azcountry singer (Peter GunnCannonball)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1942 – Bobby Rydell, Phila Pa, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie)

1942 – Claudine Auger, Paris France, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball)

1942 – Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russia, cosmonaut

1943 – Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It’s All About)

1943 – Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect

1944 – Martha Rockwell, Providence RI, skier (Mount Washington)

1945 – Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (150 gold discs)

1947 – Donna Elizabeth De Varona, Greenwich Ct, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64)

1948 – Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)

1949 – Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)

1950 – Howard “Leon” Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)

1956 – Koo Stark, [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)

1958 – Giancarlo Esposito, actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY)

1958 – Johnny “Earl of” Dumfries, racing driver

1959 – John Corabi, American Musician

1960 – Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)

1961 – Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)

1961 – Joan Chen, [Chen Chong], Shanghai China, actress (Heaven & Earth)

 

 

 

1963 – Jet LiBeijingChinese actor and martial artist (Romeo Must DieUnleashed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Kevin James, American comedian

1970 – Melania Trump, Slovenian model

1970 – Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, American singer (TLC)

1978 – Avant, American singer

1980 – Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)

1981 – Ms. Dynamite, English musician

1983 – José María López, Argentine racing driver

1983 – Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.

1987 – Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15

 

 

 

Deaths

757 – Stephen II, Pope (752-57), dies

1192 – Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)

1196 – Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies

1444 – Robert Campin, South Neth painter/porter of Doornik, dies at about 65

1476 – Simonetta Vespucci, inspiration of Botticelli (b.1453)

1478 – Giuliano de’ Medici, Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at about 24

1489 – Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (b. 1465)

1558 – Jean Francois Fernel, French physician, dies

1648 – Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer, dies at 79

1731 – Daniel Defoe, English author (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

1789 – Peter I Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at about 67

1865 – John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27

1881 – Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)

1892 – Sir Provo Wallis, British Admiral and naval hero (b. 1791)

1940 – Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65

1941 – Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74

1957 – Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)

1969 – Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)

1970 – Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56

1973 – Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69

1981 – Robert Davi, dies at 54

 

 

 

1984 – William “Count” Basiejazz piano great 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

1986 – [William] Broderick Crawford, actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74

 

 

 

1989 – Lucille Ballcomedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1992 – Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87

1996 – Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78

1997 – Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86

2005 – Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)

2005 – Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements