Today In The Past

 

Events

1312 – Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna

1527 – Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance

1529 – Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals

1536 – King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church

1542 – Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.

1626 – Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets

1648 – Battle at Zolty Wody-Bohdan Chmielricki’s Cossaks beat John II Casimir

1682 – Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.

1733 – 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni

1757 – Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats emperor army

1787 – 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston

1794 – Haiti, under Toussaint L’Ouverture, revolts against France

1833 – John Deere makes 1st steel plow

1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

1851 – Dr John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine”

1851 – Linus Yale patents Yale-lock

1853 – 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
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1861 – Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US

1861 – Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy

1864 – Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA

1864 – Battle of Wilderness-Gen Longstreet seriously injured

1864 – General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

1882 – Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

1882 – Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.

1889 – Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed

1890 – Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]

1895 – 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50

1896 – 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75

1902 – British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die

1902 – Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa

1903 – Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers

1904 – American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting

1907 – 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6

1910 – George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

1914 – British House of Lords rejects women suffrage

1915 – Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont

1915 – Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

1925 – Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

1929 – NY to SF footrace begins

1933 – 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8

1935 – British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee

 

 

 

1937 – Dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at LakehurstNJ (36 die)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1939 – 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4

1940 – Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

1941 – Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia

1941 – At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

1942 – Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies

1944 – 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2

1945 – World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).

1950 – 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6

1954 – Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)

1955 – West Germany joins NATO

1957 – Last broadcast of “I Love Lucy” on CBS-TV

1959 – Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships

1960 – Pres Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

1960 – Trotsky’s murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader), freed in Mexico

1961 – 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04

1962 – 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)

1962 – Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos

1963 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)

1966 – Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.

1967 – 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College

1967 – 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6

1968 – Battle between students & troops in Paris, 1000 injured

1968 – Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)

1970 – Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest

1972 – 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8

1974 – Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore

1974 – Smallest attendance at Phila’s Veterans Stadium (4,149)

1974 – Stolen “Guitar Player” painting by Jan Vermeer found in London

1975 – Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho

1975 – Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only

1978 – 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2

1979 – Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m

1982 – Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games

1984 – Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election

1987 – Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice

1987 – Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

1989 – 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05

1994 – Chunnel linking England & France officially opens

1994 – Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show

1994 – House passes the assault weapons ban

1994 – Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1995 – 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2

1996 – The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

1997 – The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history.

1998 – Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

2002 – Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.

2010 – The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.

2012 – Francois Hollande elected President of France

2012 – Greece parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures

 

 

 

 

Births

973 – Henry II, Roman Catholic German king/emperor (1002/14-24)

1397 – Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1450)

1501 – Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italy, humanist/Pope (1555, 22 days)

1581 – Frans Francken, the Younger, painter

1606 – Lorenzo Lippi, [Perlone Zipoli], poet/painter

1638 – Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1696)

 

 

 

1758 – Maximilien RobespierreArras France , French revolutionary/avocat (1781)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1785 – Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller

1800 – Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)

1801 – George Sears Greene, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1899

1806 – Chapin Aaron Harris, US, found America Society of Dental Surgeons

1812 – Marin R Delany, Charlestown Va, 1st black major in US Medical Corp

1813 – Joseph Tarr Copeland, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1893

1825 – Joseph Bailey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

1829 – Phoebe Ann Coffin, 1st female ordained minister in New England

1843 – Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah

1856 – Robert Edwin Peary, US, arctic explorer (North Pole-Apr 6 1909)

1856 – Sigmund Freud, Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, (d. 1939)

1861 – Radindranath Tagore, Hindu poet/mystic/composer (Nobel 1913)

1861 – Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)

1870 – Amedos Peter Giannine, San Jose California, founded Bank of America

1870 – John McCutcheon, cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)

1871 – Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)

1875 – William Daniel Leahy, Iowa, 5 star admiral/chief of staff (1949)

1895 – Rudolph Valentino, Castellaneta Italy, sheik/actor (Eagle)

1898 – Daniel Gerber, Freemont Mi, beloved by babies at mealtime

1899 – Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)

1902 – Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall

1902 – Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)

1903 – Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)

1906 – Andre Weil, [Bourbaki], French/US mathematician

1907 – Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)

1912 – Bill Quinn, NYC, actor (Rifleman, Van Ranseleer-All in the Family)

1912 – Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral

1913 – Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist

1913 – Kenneth Horne, English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire

1913 – Stewart Granger, [James Stewart], London, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)

1915 – Orson Welles [George], Kenosha Wisc, actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), (d. 1985)

1915 – Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)

1921 – Freddy Randall, jazz trumpeteer

1923 – Guiseppe Martelli, physicist

1924 – Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)

1926 – John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen

1929 – John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)

1931 – Willie Mays, Westfield Alabama, baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), “Say Hey Kid” (660 HRs, MVP 1954)

1932 – Viscount Coke, English large landowner/art collector

1936 – Sylvia Robinson, rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange)

1937 – Rubin Carter, American boxer

1939 – Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance

1939 – Herbie Cox, rocker (Cleftones)

1942 – Rin Kaiho, professional Go player

1943 – Andreas Baader, leader of the German organization Red Army Faction (d. 1977)

1944 – Masanori Murakami, First Japanese baseball player in major leagues

 

 

 

1945 – Bob SegerDearborn Michrocker  (Silver Bullet BandShake Down)

 

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1947 – Dennis Cowan, London, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band)

1947 – Richard “Dick” Fosbury, Portland Ore, high jumper (Oly-gold-68)

1950 – Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)

1951 – Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)

1952 – Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)

1953 – Lynn Whitfield, Baton Rouge, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice)

1955 – Tom Bergeron, American game show host

1960 – Julianne Phillips, Lake Oswego Oregon, actress (Frankie Reed-Sisters)

1961 – George Clooney, Lexington Kentucky, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman)

1961 – Roma Downey, Derry Ireland, actress (1 Life to Live, Touched by an Angel)

1962 – Adam Yellin, American record producer

1968 – Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)

1971 – Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters

1976 – Lindsay Page, Madison Wis, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd)

1977 – Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist

1978 – Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder

1980 – Brooke Bennett, 800m freestyle (Olympics-gold-96)

1980 – Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)

1981 – Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake

1981 – Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake

 

 

 

Deaths

523 – Thrasamunde, king of Vandalen

680 – Muawiyah I, caliph (b. 602)

988 – Dirk II, West Frisian count of Holland

1085 – King Alfonso VI, of Leon conquered Toledo, dies

1124 – Balak, Emir of Aleppo, murdered

1475 – Dieric Bouts, Dutch painter, dies at about 64

1502 – James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)

1527 – Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37

1631 – Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician

1757 – Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)

1757 – Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)

1856 – William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies

1859 – Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies

1862 – Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44

1864 – Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brig-general, dies in battle

1864 – Micah Jenkins, Confederate brig-general (friendly fire), dies at 28

1882 – Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin

1882 – Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin

1919 – Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62

1949 – Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

1952 – Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

1963 – Monty Wooley, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74

1963 – Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

1983 – Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)

1987 – William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

1989 – Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)

1991 – Wilfrid Hyde-White, Brits actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), dies at 87

1992 – Jilly Rizzo, restauranteur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in car at 75

1992 – Marlene Dietrich, [Maria Losch], actress (Angel), dies in Paris at 90

1994 – Haskell “Cool Papa” Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59

1996 – Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist, dies at 78

1996 – Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87

1996 – Michael Gerzon, mathematician, dies at 50

2002 – Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)

2004 – Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)

2006 – Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)

2006 – Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)

2009 – Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)

2012 – George Lindsey, American actor, dies at 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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