Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1096 – Crusaders massacre Jews of Worm

 

 

 

1268 – The Principality of Antiocha crusader statefalls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1291 – Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre

1302 – Bruges Matins; the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by local Flemish militia.

1385 – Peace of Doornik: Gent & Louis van Thoughts

1593 – Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1596 – Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya

1619 – Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison

1631 – English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right

1631 – John Winthrop is elected 1st governor of Massachusetts

1642 – Montreal Canada founded

1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1756 – England declares war on France

1765 – Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.

1783 – First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803 – Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France

1811 – Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay lead by Jose Artigas.

1830 – Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower. Saturdays are destroyed forever

1846 – US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros

1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

1860 – Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president

1861 – Battle of Sewall’s Point VA-1st Federal offense against South

 

 

 

1863 – Grant Lays Siege To VicksburgMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)

1869 – Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.

1880 – 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5

1896 – US Supreme court affirms race separation (Plessy v Ferguson)

 

 

 

1896 – Khodynka TragedyA mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1897 – Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)

1897 – American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1904 – American Ion Perdicaris kidnapped in Morocco

1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic

 

 

 

1916 – US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917 – US passes Selective Service act

1918 – TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale Penn kills 200

1920 – 46th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o’ War wins in 1:51.6

1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped

1927 – “Slide Lake” in Gros Ventre Wyoming collapses

1927 – Grauman’s Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif

1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston

1929 – 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8

1929 – Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)

 

 

 

1933 – Tennessee Valley Act (TVAsigned by FDRto build dams

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 – Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)

1934 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act,” makes kidnapping a capital offense

1934 – Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers

1934 – TWA began commercial service

1940 – German troops conquer Brussels

1941 – Italian army under general Aosta surrenders to Britain in Ethiopia

1941 – Jewish veterans honor their dead

1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II

1943 – Allied bombers attack Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea

1944 – Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino Italy

1944 – Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans

1948 – Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus

1948 – Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

1951 – UN moves HQ to NYC

1951 – US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea

1953 – 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)

1953 – Jacqueline Cochran is 1st woman to break the sound barrier

1955 – 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)

1956 – Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

1957 – 83rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2

1960 – Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turn (for > 30 yrs)

1963 – 89th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

1964 – Supreme Court rules unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years

1965 – Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Capt

1967 – Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London

1967 – Tenn Gov Ellington repeals “Monkey Law,” upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial

1968 – 94th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

1968 – AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

1968 – Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games

1969 – Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit

1971 – Pres Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

1971 – Vampire rapist Wayne Bodens last victim found

1972 – John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded

1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hits #1

1974 – 100th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6

1974 – India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb

1977 – Nightclub fire in Cincinnati  kills 164

1978 – Italy legalizes abortion

1980 – China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket

1980 – Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die

1980 – Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.

1982 – Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion

1983 – Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program

1985 – 111th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank’s Prospect wins in 1:53.4

1985 – 1st remote location for “Nightline” (South Africa)

1986 – David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool

1986 – South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia

1986 – Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 “atomic” hand-stand push-ups

1990 – Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

1990 – Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant

1990 – Return To Green Acres TV movie airs

1991 – 117th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54

1992 – Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs

1993 – Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto “Nitto” Santapaola

1994 – Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip

1996 – 122nd Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

1998 – United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

2009 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

 

 

 

 

Births

1048 – Omar KhayyámPersian mathematicianpoet and philosopher (d. 1131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1186 – Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)

1474 – Isabella d’Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)

1610 – Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (d. 1664)

1711 – Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer

1788 – Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer

1797 – Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)

1798 – Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1870

1815 – Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), died in 1891

1817 – James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1892

1850 – Oliver Heaviside, London, physicist (predicted ionosphere)

1868 – Nicholas II Aleksandrovitsj, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)

1872 – Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)

1883 – Walter Gropius, Berlin Germany, architect (Bauhaus school of design)

1889 – Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)

1891 – Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)

 

 

 

1897 – Frank CapraItaldirector (Its a Wonderful LifeArsenic & Old Lace)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1900 – Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)

1901 – Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist

1902 – [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)

1904 – Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY)

1907 – Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist

1907 – Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)

 

 

 

1911 – Joe TurnerKCblues singer (Corrine CorrinaShake Rattle & Roll)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1912 – Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer

1912 – Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)

1912 – Richard Brooks, Phila, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood)

1915 – Leon Shenandoah, native American leader

1917 – James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)

1918 – George Welch, American pilot and war hero (d. 1954)

1919 – Margot Fonteyn, Surrey England, prima ballerina (Giselle)

1920 – John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice, Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)

1922 – Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)

1922 – Kai Winding, Danish-born Jazz musician (d. 1983)

1924 – Jack Whitaker, Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC, CBS)

1928 – G R Hall, nuclear scientist

1928 – P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral

1928 – Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD)

1929 – Kai Winding, Denmark, American Jazz composer, (d. 1983)

1929 – Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)

 

 

 

1930 – Fred SaberhagenUSsci-fi author (Book of Swords)

 

 

 

 

1931 – Robert Morse, Newton Mass, actor (That’s Life, Jack Frost)

1934 – Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)

1937 – Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)

1939 – Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)

1940 – A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist

1941 – M S Longair, astronomer

1942 – Albert Hammond, rocker

1942 – Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)

1943 – James Reiher, American professional wrestler

1946 – Reggie Jackson, “Mr October” baseball rightfielder (Yankees, A’s)

1948 – Joe Bonsall, Phila, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)

1949 – Rick Wakeman, rock keyboardist (Yes-Fish Out of Water)

1949 – William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)

1950 – Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1972)

1950 – Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)

1951 – Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-76)

1951 – Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)

1952 – Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, US, sci-fi author (Door into Fire)

1952 – George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)

1952 – Jeana Yeager, American aviator

1953 – [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)

1955 – Yun Fat Chow, Nam Nga Island Hong Kong, actor (Better Tomorrow)

1957 – Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)

1960 – Yannick Noah, France, tennis player (French 1983)

1962 – Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)

1962 – Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer

1962 – Sandra Cretu, German singer

1966 – Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)

1967 – Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver

1969 – Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)

1970 – Tina Fey, American writer/actress

1971 – Clifton Sunada, Honolulu HI, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1971 – Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter

1971 – Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver

1973 – Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver

1975 – Jack Johnson, American musician

1979 – Kaci Thompson, Miss Nevada Teen USA (1997)

1987 – Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model

1992 – Spencer Breslin, American actor

 

 

 

 

Deaths

526 – John I, Pope (523-26), dies

1160 – Erik IX Helgi, [The Saint], King of Sweden, dies

1401 – Władysław Opolczyk (German: Ladislaus von Oppel, count palatine of Hungary 1367-1372, governor of Halych-Volhynia 1372 –

1410 – Ruprecht, Roman catholics German king, dies

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

1584 – Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1559)

1587 – Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies

1625 – Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies

1675 – Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)

 

 

 

1781 – Túpac Amaru IIPeruvian Indian revolutionarya descendant of the last Inca rulerTúpac Amaru (b. 1742)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1800 – Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)

1808 – Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)

1862 – William H Keim, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 48

1864 – James Byron Gordon, Confederate brig-gen, dies at 41

1900 – Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)

1922 – Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)

1927 – Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (b. 1872)

1965 – Eduard J Dijksterhuis, mathematician (Archimedes), dies at 72

1973 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43), dies at 92

1974 – Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61

1980 – Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)

1980 – Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)

1980 – David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)

1981 – Arthur O’Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73

1981 – William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72

1987 – Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System, dies at 73

1988 – Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71

1990 – Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54

1995 – Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45

1995 – Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91

 

 

 

1995 – Elizabeth Montgomeryactress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

 

 

 

 

1996 – Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44

1999 – Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)

2004 – Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)

2006 – Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley’s “Naked Guy” (b. 1972)

2007 – Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)

2009 – Velupillai Prabhakaran,Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)

2009 – Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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