Today In The Past

Events

330 – Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire

1189 – Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg

1310 – Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.

1421 – Jews are expelled from Styria Austria

1502 – Columbus begins 4th & last trip to “Indies”

1548 – Start of great fire in Brielle

1625 – Boers besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper-Austria

1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam.

1689 – Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle

1745 – Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war

1751 – 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America

1752 – 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)

1772 – Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed

1792 – Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray

1812 – Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral. 

1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.

1813 – In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.

 

 

 

1814 – Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

1816 – American Bible Society forms (NY)

1820 – Launch of HMS Beagle the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

1833 – “Lady-of-the-Lake” strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215

1841 – Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.

1850 – Work starts on 1st brick building in SF

1858 – Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state

1862 – Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Yellow TavernVA , Gen J E B Stuart is mortally wounded (Sheridan’s RaidSouth Anna Bridge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – Jeff Thompson surrenders

1887 – 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25

1888 – 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49

1891 – The Otsu Scandal takes place.

1892 – 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½

1893 – Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)

1894 – American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co

1900 – James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

1907 – A derailment outside Lompoc, California kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.

1910 – Montana’s Glacier National Park forms

1912 – 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4

1916 – Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity presented

1918 – 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8

1921 – Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality

1924 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.

1926 – Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic O

1927 – Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

1928 – 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4

1928 – 54th Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

1928 – General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)

1929 – 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)

1931 – Credit-Anstalt, Austria’s largest bank, fails beginning financial collapse of Central Europe

1935 – 61st Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4

1940 – 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6

1940 – NY World’s Fair reopens

1941 – 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England

1943 – US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)

1945 – US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa

1946 – 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4

1947 – BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)

1949 – 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC)

1949 – By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN

1949 – Siam renames itself Thailand

1951 – Jay Forrester patents computer core memory

1956 – Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1959 – Elvis Presley’s 1st entry on UK charts with “Heartbreak Hotel”

1959 – Yankee catcher Yogi Berra’s errorless streak of 148 games ends

1960 – Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

1960 – The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market.

1963 – “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

1963 – Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

1967 – 100,000,000th US phone connected

1968 – Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured

1969 – Monty Python comedy troupe forms

1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.

1974 – “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Frank Sinatra hits #83

1974 – “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield hits #7

1974 – Steely Dan releases “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”

1978 – Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps

1980 – Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

1985 – 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground, England

1985 – Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India

1985 – Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cin Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno

1987 – 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)

1987 – Corazon Aquino is elected president in the Philippines

1988 – Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

1989 – 217th & final episode of “Dynasty” is aired

1989 – Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

1989 – President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

1997 – Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess

2009 – An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.

2012 – Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation

Births

1568 – Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)

1571 – Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637)

1654 – Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian

1720 – Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)

1722 – Peter Camper, Leyden Holland, anatomist/professor (Amsterdam)

1752 – Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)

1799 – John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)

1821 – [Carlos] Charles John Stolbrand, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1830 – John Converse Starkweather, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1841 – Ernst von Possart, German actor/stage manager/reciter

1854 – Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)

1875 – Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)

1888 – Irving Berlin, [Isadore Balin], Temum Siberia, composer (White Xmas)

1888 – Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)

1891 – Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)

1894 – Florimond Cornellie, Belgium, yachting (Olympic-gold-1920)

1894 – Martha Graham, Allegheny Penn, choreographer (Appalachian Spring)

1904 – Salvador Dali, Figueras Spain, surrealist artist (Crucifixion)

1911 – Doodles Weaver, LA California, comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers)

1912 – Foster Brooks, Louisville Ky, comedian/actor (Miles-Mork & Mindy)

1912 – Phil Silvers, Bkln NY, comedian (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show)

1918 – Richard P Feynman, physicist (Feynman-diagrams/Nobel prize 1965)

1920 – Denver Pyle, Bethune Colo, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, Doris Day)

1921 – Ian Percival, QC/MP

1923 – Joan Moriarty, Brigadier matron-in-chief/dir (Army Nursing Services)

1923 – Lord Gordon “Gordy” White, English industrialist/multi-millionaire

1924 – Antony Hewish, radio astronomer

1926 – Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)

1927 – Mort Sahl, Montreal, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party)

1927 – Zilpha Keatly Snyder, US, sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)

1927 – Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)

1930 – Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)

1930 – Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)

1930 – William Carey, Baltimore, Maryland, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) (d. 2012)

1932 – Valentino [Garavani], Milan Italy, fashion designer

1933 – Louis Farrakhan, minister (black islam nation, million man march)

1939 – Milt Pappas, baseball pitcher

1941 – Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1941 – Graham Miles, English snooker player

1943 – Les Chadwick, bassist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Crossed the Mersy)

1943 – Nancy Greene, Canada, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1968)

 

 

 

1947 – Claude “Butch” Trucksdrummer (Allman Brothers)

 

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1948 – Alfred Matt, Austria, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1968)

1952 – Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress

1952 – Frances Fisher, English-born actress

1952 – Warren Littlefield, American television executive

1955 – Mark Herndon, Springfield Mass, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down)

1959 – Martha Quinn, Albany NY, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys)

1963 – Mark Breland, Bkln NY, welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1984)

1963 – Natasha Richardson, London England, actress (Gothic, Handmaid’s Tale)

1964 – Drew Story, San Clemente California, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)

1964 – John Parrott, snooker player

1964 – Katie Wagner, daughter of Robert Wagner/model/guest VJ (MTV)

1965 – Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor

1967 – Kenneth Gould, Chic Ill, Welterweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1988)

1973 – Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)

1973 – Patrick Sapp, NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers)

1974 – Billy Kidman, American professional wrestler

1977 – Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper

 

 

 

1978 – Laetitia CastaFrench supermodel and actress

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete

1983 – Holly Valance, Melbourne, Victoria, Australian actress (Felicity “Flick” Scully-Neighbours) and singer

Deaths

1304 – Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler (b. 1271)

1610 – Matteo Ricci, Italian missionary (China), dies

1672 – Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, English royalist (b. 1615)

1708 – Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (b. 1646)

1742 – Francesco Stradivari, Ital violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70

1772 – Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged

1778 – William Pitt Sr, English premier (1756-61, 66-68), dies at 69

1779 – John Heart, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at about 68

1812 – Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

1871 – John Herschel, cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79

1887 – Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)

1891 – A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1820)

1916 – Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (s-effect), dies

1927 – Henry Martyn Robert, (Robert’s Rules of Order), dies at 90

1927 – Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40

1929 – Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)

1934 – Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)

1935 – Edward H Thompson, US archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78

1939 – Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)

1944 – Henk Hos, resistance fighter, executed at 37

1955 – G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies

1956 – Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79

1960 – John D Rockefeller Jr, philanthropist, dies at 86

1963 – Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)

1970 – Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906)

1973 – Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)

1979 – Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64

 

 

 

1981 – Bob Marleyreggae singerdies of brain & lung cancer at 36

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1985 – Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84

1986 – Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)

1988 – H A R (Kim) Philby, British double agent, dies

1992 – Carlos Herrera, drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90

1992 – Elizabeth McDonald, inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98

1994 – Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 68

2001 – Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)

2002 – Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)

2003 – Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)

2008 – John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)

2008 – Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)

2009- Susan Herrlin , business woman , mother , DAR

2010 – Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist (b. 1928)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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