Today In The Past

 

 

Events

311 – Emperor Galerius legal recognizes Christians in the Roman Empire

313 – Roman emperor Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule.

711 – Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

1064 – German King Henry IV gives away Utrecht county of West Friesland

1315 – Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon.

1349 – Jewish community at Radolszell Germany, exterminated

1396 – Crusaders & earl of Nevers depart from Dijon

1483 – Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune’s orbit until July 23, 1503.

1492 – Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet

1492 – Spain announces it will expels all Jews

1562 – 1st French colonists in US: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida

1598 – 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)

1671 – Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.

1722 – Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant

1772 – John Clais patents 1st scale

1789 – George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of US

1794 – The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.

1798 – Dept of Navy forms

1803 – US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)

1808 – 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

1812 – (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state

1838 – Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation

1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical All the Year Round, continues in weekly installments until Nov 26

1860 – Navaho indians attack Fort Defiance (Canby)

1861 – President Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory

1862 – Swift Run Gap, WV skirmishes

 

 

 

1863 – Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.

 

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1864 – Battle of Jenkin’s Ferry, Arkansas; Gen W R Scurry is killed

1864 – New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee

1865 – -5/1] Gen Shermans “Haines’s Bluff” at Snyder’s Mill, Virginia

1871 – The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die

1885 – Boston Pops Orchestra forms

1888 – Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi

1889 – 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington’s inauguration

1889 – George Washington Bridge linking NYC & NJ opens

1900 – 165 lb Robert Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb Ed Dunkhost in a boxing match

1900 – USA annexes Hawaii

1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut

1911 – Portugal approves woman suffrage

1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity.

1937 – The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1939 – NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair

1942 – 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wi

1943 – Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp for Jews forms

1945 – “Arthur Godfrey Time” begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

1945 – Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed

1945 – Lord Haw-Haw calls for crusade against the bolsheviks

1945 – Red Army occupies Demmin

1945 – Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin

1945 – Russian Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp

1947 – Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover

1952 – Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

1953 – Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League

1955 – Element 101, Mendelevium, announced

1955 – Imperial Bank of India nationalized

1958 – Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

1961 – Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

1961 – SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

1962 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m

1962 – Willie Mays hits 4 HRs

1967 – Highest tower to the world finished, 537m (USSR)

1970 – US troops invade Cambodia

1973 – Nixon announces resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, et al

1974 – Pres Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings

1975 – Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders

1976 – Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1980 – Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London

1980 – Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates

1982 – Iranian offensive in Khusistan

1984 – 1700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are Sweden

1987 – NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

1988 – Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Penns

1989 – Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show

1990 – US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space

1990 – US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians

1991 – In Bangladesh a cyclone killed over 131,000 & left 9 million homeless

1992 – 208th & final episode of Cosby Show on NBC-TV

1997 – Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes

1997 – Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April

2004 – U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

2008 – Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

2009 – Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2009 – The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.

2012 – The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York

2012 – Spain’s economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate

2012 – Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River,India, killing 103 people

 

 

 

 

Births

1245 – King Philip III of France (d. 1285)

1309 – Kazimierz III de Great, King of Poland (1333-70)

1553 – Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, queen of France (d. 1601)

1602 – William Lilly, England, astrologer/author/almanac compiler

1651 – Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest/theorist/saint

1723 – Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)

1770 – David Thompson, English/Canadian explorer (Columbia River)

1777 – Carl Friedrich Gauss, world’s great mathematician

1805 – William Kerley Strong, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

1830 – Davis Tillson, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1895

1876 – Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (d. 1937)

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)

1893 – Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946)

 

 

 

1896 – Rev Gary DavisLaurens SCblues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith)

 

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1896 – Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)

1901 – Simon Kuznets, Ukrainian-born economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1985)

1910 – Al Lewis, actor (Leo-Car 54, Grandpa-Munsters)

1912 – Eve Arden, Mill Valley California, actress (Connie-Our Miss Brooks)

1912 – Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, soldier/politician

1924 – Sheldon Harnick, Chicago, lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof)

1925 – Johnny Horton, American musician (d. 1960)

1926 – Cloris Leachman, Des Moines Iowa, actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis)

1926 – Edmund Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool’s Day)

1927 – Lars Hall, Sweden, Pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1952)

1933 – Willie Nelson, Abbott Texas, country singer (On the Road Again)

 

 

 

1938 – Larry NivenUSsci-fi author (5 HugoNeutron Star)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – Burt Young, NYC, actor (Convoy, Rocky)

1941 – Johnny Farina, rocker (Santo & Johnny)

1944 – Jill Clayburgh, NYC, actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough)

1945 – Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood)

1945 – Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr (51L-Challenger disaster)

1946 – Donald Schollander, Charlotte NC, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64)

1946 – Bill Plympton, American animator

1952 – Tom Pesek, PC programmer (creator of HAL 9000 program)

1954 – Jane Campion, New Zealand film director

1956 – Lars von Trier, Danish film director

1957 – Duane G Carey, St Paul Minn, major USAF/astronaut

1959 – Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

1960 – David Miscavige, American cult leader

1969 – Joey Restivo, Brooklyn, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies)

1970 – Brad Layton, Seymour Ind, rower (Olympics-1996)

1975 – Beverley Peele, model [or Apr 7]

1975 – Elliott Sadler, American race car driver

1982 – Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, American actress (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man)

1983 – Tatjana Hüfner, German luger

1985 – Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl

1988 – Molloko, SD Zoo, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity

 

 

 

Deaths

65 – LucanRoman poet (b. 39)

 

 

 

 

 

 

313 – Gaius G V Maximus, [Daia], Emperor of Rome, dies

535 – Amalaswintha, queen of Ostrogoten, murdered

1030 – Mohammud van Ghazna, Turkish mayor (G’widen)/Islamic ruler, dies

1063 – Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)

1131 – Adjutor, Roman Catholic Saint

1196 – Boudouin II, bishop of Utrecht (1178-96), dies

1214 – Huguccio/Hugo van Pisa, Italian bishop, dies

1328 – Eckhard, German theologist/mystic, dies

1341 – John III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1285)

1439 – Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, English military leader (b. 1382)

1524 – Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, French soldier (b. 1473)

1544 – Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England

1632 – Jean de Tilly, fieldmarshal, dies

1696 – Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)

1736 – Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)

1784 – Franz K earl von Velbruck, German free mason, dies

1792 – John Montague 4th Earl of Sandwich, English Naval minister, dies at 73

 

 

 

1828 – Shakathe great Zulu Kingkilled

 

 

 

 

 

 

1829 – George Washington Adams, son of John Q Adams, dies on City Is NYC

1841 – Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (b. 1758)

1865 – Robert Fitzroy, English admiral and meteorologist (b. 1805)

1875 – Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)

1883 – Édouard Manet, French impressionist painter dies at 61

1900 – John Luther (Casey) Jones, dies in Cannonball Express train wreck

1903 – Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)

1943 – Beatrice Potter Webb, British writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85

1945 – Adolph Hitler, German dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56

1945 – Eva Braun, mistress/wife of Hitler, commits suicide at 33

1966 – Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident

1970 – Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer’s Daughter), commits suicide at 35

1972 – Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38

1982 – Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)

1983 – George Balanchine, Russian/US ballet composer/choreographer, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

 

 

 

1983 – Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

 

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1984 – Arthur T “Bomber” Harris, bombed nazi-Germany, dies

1989 – Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60

1991 – George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91

1992 – Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies

1994 – Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31

2003 – Peter ‘Possum’ Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)

2006 – Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject

2007 – Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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