Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1457 BC – Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.

1012 BC – Solar Eclipse seen at Ugarit, 6:09-6:39 PM.

328 – Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.

1092 – Lincoln Cathedral consecrated

1336 – Italian poet Francesco Petrarca climbs Mont Ventoux

1386 – Treaty of Windsor between Portugal-England

1450 – ‘Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.

1460 – Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings

1502 – Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World

1519 – Austrian adel/burgerij in uprising against central government

1671 – Col Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels

1726 – Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap’s molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.

1754 – 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake “Join or Die”

1766 – John Byron back in England after trip around the world

1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

1837 – “Sherrod” burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies

1846 – Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande

1862 – Battle of Farmington, MS

1862 – Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS

1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI

1864 – -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia

1864 – Battle of Cloyd’s Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery’s Bluff, Ft Darling)

1864 – Battle of Dalton, GA

1868 – The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.

1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.

1882 – Telegraph Hill RR Co organized

1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.

1889 – 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50

1896 – 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)

1899 – Lawn mower patented

1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.

1913 – 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote

1914 – 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4

1914 – Pres Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day

1915 – German & French fight Battle of Artois

1916 – British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey

1926 – Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole

1927 – 53rd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6

1930 – 56th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6

1931 – 57th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59

1932 – 58th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8

1932 – Piccadilly Circus, 1st lit by electricity

1936 – Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)

1939 – Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha

1941 – English Army breaks German spy codes

1942 – 68th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57

1943 – 5th German Pantser army surrenders in Tunisia

1944 – 1st eye bank opens in New York

1944 – Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol

1945 – Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day)

1945 – New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier

1945 – Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested

1945 – Victory celebration at Red Square

1945 – World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.

1945 – World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army.

1951 – Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River

1956 – First ascent of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain.

1960 – US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally

1960 – US send U-2 over USSR

1962 – Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

1962 – Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time

1967 – 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship

1970 – 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War

1973 – For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

1974 – House Judiciary Committee begin formal hearings on Nixon impeachment

1975 – Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)

1977 – Patty Hearst let out of jail

1978 – Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

1982 – “9” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances

1984 – Alexander Calder’s “Big Crinkly” sells for $852,000

1984 – Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (started 5/8)

1984 – White Sox & Brewers play 8:06, game, longest timed baseball game

1989 – NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop

1989 – NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher

1990 – NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur

1990 – Sampdoria wins 30th Europe Cup II

1992 – America Cup finals begin in San Diego

1992 – Final episode of “Golden Girls” airs on NBC-TV

1992 – Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.

1994 – Mass murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY

1995 – Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus

1997 – 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam

2001 – In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

2002 – The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.

2002 – In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.

2004 – Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.

2005 – Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

2012 – Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

 

 

 

Births

1147 – Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1199)

1265 – Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia)

1596 – Abraham van Diepenbeeck, painter

1738 – John Pindar, [Peter], physician/poet

1740 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville)

1783 – Alexander Ross, Canada, pioneer/fur trader

1785 – James Pollard Espy, Penns, meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)

1800 – John Brown, Torrington, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)

1810 – Louis Gallait, historical painter

1824 – William Edmonson “Grumble” Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1837 – Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)

1843 – Belle Boyd, spy (Confederate)/actress/lecturer

1860 – James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie, Scotland, novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan). Dies 1937.

1873 – Howard Carter, London, British archaeologist and egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen’s tomb)

1882 – Henry J Kaiser, builder (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)

1886 – Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1910 – Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert

1912 – Pedro Armendariz, Mexico, actor (From Russia With Love)

1913 – John Hayes, Admiral

1913 – Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)

1914 – Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)

1914 – Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)

1915 – Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral

1918 – Mike Wallace, Brookline Mass, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), (d. 2012)

1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American peace activist

1923 – Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)

1927 – John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)

1927 – Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)

1928 – Barbara Ann Scott, Ottawa Ontario, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), (d. 2012)

1928 – Richard A “Pancho” Gonzalez, LA California, tennis star (US 1948-49)

1935 – Nokie Edwards, American guitarist (The Ventures)

1936 – Albert Finney, Salford UK, actor (Dresser, Under the Volcano)

1936 – Glenda Jackson, Cheshire England, actress (Women in Love)

1937 – Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)

1937 – Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)

1938 – Nokie Edwards, rocker (Ventures)

1939 – Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Oly-gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68)

1940 – James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)

1941 – Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)

1942 – Tommy Roe, Atlanta, rocker (Hooray for Hazel)

1944 – Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)

1945 – Steve Katz, NYC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1946 – Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actr (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)

1948 – Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician

1949 – Billy Joel, Bronx, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge)

1950 – Tom Petersson, Rockford Il, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)

1951 – Alley Mills, Chicago Ill, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years)

1957 – Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph

1958 – Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1980)

1961 – Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1962 – Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)

1962 – John Corbett, actor/singer (Chris-Northern Exposure)

1962 – Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)

1964 – Miloslav Mecir, Czechoslovakia, tennis player (Olympic-gold-1988)

1965 – Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver

1965 – Janu Tornell, American model and Survivor contestant

1968 – Marie-Jose Perec, Guadeloupe, French 200m/400m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)

1976 – Faye Johnstone, Auckland NZ, archer (Olympics-96)

1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress

1979 – Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)

1980 – Tony Schmidt, German racing driver

1988 – John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver

 

 

Deaths

1079 – Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Cracow, murdered

1280 – Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42

1315 – Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)

1443 – Niccolo d’Albergati, Italian cardinal, dies

1446 – Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)

1460 – Jean Lavite, Atrechts painter, dies

1474 – Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight/land guardian, beheaded

1590 – Karel “Cardinal” van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66

1657 – William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies

1747 – John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)

1790 – William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress

1791 – Francis Hopkinson, US writer/music/lawyer, dies at 53

1850 – Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies

1864 – “Uncle” John Sedgwick, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 50

1864 – Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident

1889 – William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)

1914 – C.W. Post, American food manufacturer (b. 1854)

1931 – A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78

1937 – Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43

1938 – Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)

1965 – Leopold Figl, premier Austria, dies at 62

1968 – Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)

1970 – Walter P Reuther, US worker’s union leader/president (CIO), dies

1977 – James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55

1978 – Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

1981 – Nelson Algren, US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72

1985 – Edmond O’Brien, actor (Moon Pilot, Wild Bunch), dies at 69

1986 – Herschel Bernardi, actor (Lt Jacoby-Peter Gunn, Arnie), dies at 62

1986 – Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71

1989 – Keith Whitley, country singer (Don’t Close Your Eyes), dies at 33

1992 – Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident

1994 – Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)

1998 – Alice Faye, American actress (b. 1915)

2004 – Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)

2007 – Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)

2010 – Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)

2012 – Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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