Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

955 – Alberich II, (bastard?) son of Octavianus elected pope

1165 – Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine

1204 – Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.

1527 – Florence becomes a republic

1532 – Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor

1568 – Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England

1571 – Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM

1606 – 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia

1648 – Battle at Zolty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki’s cosacks beat John Casimir

1763 – Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London

 

 

 

1771 – The Battle of Alamancea pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators“, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1792 – Denmark abolishes slave trade

1815 – The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.

1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins

1860 – -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln candidate

1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality

1862 – Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile

 

 

 

1863 – Battle of Champion’s HillMS , bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)

1864 – Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA

1864 – Last battles at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)

1866 – Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer

1866 – Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)

1868 – By one vote, Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson

1869 – Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7

1872 – Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time

1874 – 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg Mass)

1875 – Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000

1881 – World’s 1st elec tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)

1882 – 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00

1884 – 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25

1891 – George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam

1894 – Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings

1903 – 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann)

1903 – George Wyman makes 1st motorcycle trip across the US

1910 – US Bureau of Mines forms

1911 – Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey UK

1911 – Zeppelin “Deutscheland” wrecked at Dusseldorf

1914 – American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City

1916 – 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8

 

 

 

1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congressmaking criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920 – Joan of Arc (Jean D’arc) canonized a saint

1920 – Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull

1921 – 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2

1922 – White Star Line Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage

1925 – 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6

1927 – Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax

1929 – 1st Academy Awards – “Wings,” Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins

1931 – 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8

1933 – Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game

1936 – 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France

1936 – 62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

1938 – 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)

1939 – Food stamps are 1st issued

1941 – Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)

1943 – -17th] RAF bombs Möhne & Eder (Battle of Ruhr)

1943 – Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting

1944 – 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz

1945 – Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa

1948 – CBS news correspondent George Polk’s body is found in Greece

1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.

1954 – Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

1955 – Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1957 – Maj Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight to a record 1,404.18 MPH

1957 – US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn

1958 – Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mex

1958 – Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter

1959 – 85th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

1963 – Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury

1964 – 90th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8

1964 – Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ

 

 

 

1965 – Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam

 

A1C Sebastian Coco, Bien Hoa AB

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.

1966 – National Welfare Rights Organization organizes

1967 – Phila voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium

1969 – US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF

1969 – Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere

1970 – 96th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

1971 – 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)

1972 – Greg Luzinski’s 500′ HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Phila Vet

1975 – Japanese Junko Tabei became 1st woman to reach Mt Everest’s summit

1975 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1977 – 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC

1980 – Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

1980 – Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes

1981 – “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

1981 – 107th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6

1984 – Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer

1984 – Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

1985 – Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

1986 – “Top Gun,” premieres

1987 – 113th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8

1987 – “Bobro 400,” a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from NY, beginning an unsuccesful 8-week search for a dumping site

1991 – Queen Elizabeth becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

1992 – “Smells Like Nirvana,” by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

1992 – 118th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6

1992 – Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock

1994 – Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment

 

 

 

1995 – Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo’s subways two months earlier

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996 – Sammy Sosa is 1st Chic Cub to hit 2 HRS in 1 inning

1997 – St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits

1998 – 124th Preakness

2003 – In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.

2004 – The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.

2005 – Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

 

 

 

Births 

1558 – Andreas of Austria, Bohemia cardinal/gov of Netherlands (1598-1600)

1578 – Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)

1609 – Ferdinand, Austria, cardinal of Spain/governor of Netherlands

1641 – Dudley North, financier/economist

1718 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)

1763 – Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)

1801 – William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State, bought Alaska at 2 ¢/acre (d. 1872)

1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)

1806 – George C Cadwalader, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879

1816 – Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1886

1819 – Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), died in 1898

1821 – Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (d. 1894)

 

 

 

1824 – Edmund Kirby SmithFlaGeneral (Confederate Army), died in 1893

 

 

 

 

 

 

1831 – David Edward Hughes, inventor (microphone, teleprinter)

1832 – Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)

1845 – Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, Russian microbiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1916)

1860 – Herman Webster Mudgett, American Serial Killer (d. 1896)

1866 – Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)

1904 – Hugh Plaxton, Canada, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1928)

 

 

 

1905 – Henry FondaGrand Is Nebraskaactor (Mr RobertsOn Golden Pond)

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1906 – Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1907 – Robert Tisdall, Ireland, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1932)

1911 – Margaret Sullivan, Norfolk Va, actress (Back Street)

1912 – Studs Terkel, NYC, author/host (Stud’s Place, Working)

1913 – Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)

1914 – Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author

1916 – Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist/president (Israel)

1919 – Liberace, West Allis WI, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman)

1921 – Harry Carey Jr, Saugus California, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), (d. 2012)

1923 – Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)

1929 – Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), (d. 2012)

1931 – Jack Dodson, Pitts Pa, actor (Howard Sprage-Andy Griffith Show)

1931 – Hana Brady, Killed during Holocaust

1934 – Anthony Walker, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)

1937 – Yvonne Craig, Taylorville Ill, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin)

1938 – Anthony Walker, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)

1940 – Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (1900, Last Emperor)

 

 

 

1944 – Billy CobhamPanamajazz drummer (Same Ole Love)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor

1945 – Brewster H Shaw Jr, Mich, Col USAF/astro (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)

1946 – Robert Fripp, guitarist (King Crimson)

1946 – Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1946 – Roger Earl, rocker (Foghat)

1947 – Barbara Lee, US singer (Chiffons, He’s So Fine)

1949 – William Sputnik Spooner, rock guitarist (Grateful Dead, Tubes)

1950 – Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)

1953 – Pierce Brosnan, County Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye)

1955 – Debra Winger, Columbus Oh, actress (Officer & Gentleman)

1955 – Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)

1957 – Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)

1959 – Mare Winningham, Phoenix Az, actress (St Elmo’s Fire, Turner & Hooch)

1960 – Anne Parillaud, Paris France, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood)

1961 – Charles Wright, American professional wrestler known as “The Godfather”

1964 – Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)

1965 – Krist Novoselic, American bassist (Nirvana)

1966 – Janet Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer, Michael’s sister (Control)

1969 – Steven Earl Lewis, LA California, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)

1969 – Tracey Gold, NYC, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday)

1969 – Tucker Carlson, American television commentator

 

 

 

1970 – Gabriela SabatiniArgentinatennis player (Olympic-silver-1988)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972 – Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )

1979 – McKenzie Lee, English pornographic actress

1981 – Jessica Ponzo, Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)

1983 – Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player

1986 – Megan Fox, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, American actress (Transformers) and model

 

 

 

Deaths

583 – Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)

942 – Saadiah Gaon, head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies

1265 – Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)

1434 – Pieter Appelmans, Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60

1569 – Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr

1620 – William Adams, English navigator (b. 1564)

1667 – Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (b. 1607)

1669 – Pietro da Cortona, [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies

 

 

 

1691 – Jacob Leislerbecomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason

 

 

 

 

 

 

1777 – Button GwinnetUS revolutionary leadersigner of Dec of Ind , dies from wounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

1805 – Christian Brunings, hydraulic engineer, dies at 68

1819 – Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75

1829 – William Congreve, English officer, dies at 56

1830 – Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies

1863 – Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 47

1864 – Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered

1892 – John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies

1920 – Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)

1942 – Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies

1944 – Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies

1947 – Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1861)

 

 

 

1953 – Django ReinhardtBelgian musician (b. 1910)

 

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1954 – Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38

1955 – James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY

1956 – H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese’s (b. 1876)

1957 – Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)

1959 – Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69

1975 – Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder

1984 – Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35

1984 – Irwin Shaw, US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71

1985 – Margaret Hamilton, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

 

 

 

1988 – Kay Baxterbest bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered

1990 – Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando’s boyfriend killed by brother Christian

1990 – Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53

 

 

 

1990 – Sammy Davis Jrsinger/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64

 

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1993 – Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54

1996 – Mike Jeremy Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) commits suicide at 57

1996 – Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72

2000 – Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)

2001 – Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)

2002 – Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)

2010 – Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (b. 1942)

2010 – Hank Jones, American jazz pianist (b. 1918)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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