Today In The Past

 

 

Events

143 – Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed

685 – Battle at Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts beat Northumbrians

878 – Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

879 – Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.

996 – Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor

1040 – King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.

1471 – King Edward IV enters London

1502 – Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

1602 – Martha’s Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
1674 – General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland

1725 – The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

1758 – Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.

1804 – Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

1809 – Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon

1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)

1840 – NZ became a British colony

1846 – 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

1856 – Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces

1861 – NC is 10th state to secede from Union

1861 – Richmond, Va is designated Confederate Capital

1863 – Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins

1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.

1878 – 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25

1879 – War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.

1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

1886 – 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45

1891 – Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds

1894 – 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine.

1897 – Yerkes Observatory 40″ (1m) refractor used for 1st time

1904 – Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris

1906 – Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

1907 – 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4

 

 

 

1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hydepremieres in Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

1914 – 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8

1914 – Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota

1917 – Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I

1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.

1918 – House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

1921 – Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co

1922 – Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000

1924 – Leopold & Loeb kidnap Bobby Franks for fun

1925 – Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole

1927 – Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic

1929 – Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC

1930 – NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers

1932 – 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland

1934 – Oskaloosa Iowa, becomes 1st US city to fingerprint its citizens

 

 

 

1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her handHer story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals.

 

 

 

 

 

1940 – AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees

1941 – 1st US ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)

1941 – Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

1945 – German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured

1945 – Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart wed

1948 – NY Yank Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

1950 – Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia

1955 – 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset

1956 – US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll

1958 – Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island

1960 – 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6

1961 – Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery

1964 – 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)

1964 – US begin intelligence flights above Laos

1966 – “Downtown” by Mrs Miller hits #82

1966 – 92nd Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4

1966 – Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97

1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

 

 

 

1968 – Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpionwith 99 menreported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Robert Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death

1969 – After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

1970 – National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State U

1971 – National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga Tenn

1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

1975 – Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart

1977 – 103rd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4

1977 – Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19

1978 – Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect

1979 – Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone

1979 – Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in USSR

1980 – “Empire Strikes Back” premieres

1982 – British troops lands on Falkland Islands

1983 – “Bang The Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren hits #63

1983 – 109th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4

1987 – Military coup in Fiji Islands under lt col Sitivani Rabuka

1988 – “Fat” by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

1988 – 114th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68

 

 

 

1990 – Last episode of Newhart” airs on CBS-TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

1994 – Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning

1994 – South Yemen secedes from Yemen

1996 – Blackout in many areas of Queens NY

1996 – Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

1996 – Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win

1996 – The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.

1997 – Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 17th time

1998 – In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

1998 – Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns.

1999 – All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history

2001 – French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.

2004 – Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu’s record from the previous year.

2004 – Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.

2006 – The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.

 

 

 

2007 – The Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in LondonEnglandShe is the last surviving clipper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 – 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana’a, Yemen

2012 – 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania

 

 

Births

1471 – Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker

1527 – Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98) & Portugal (1580-98)

1633 – Joseph de La Barre, composer

1653 – Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)

1688 – Alexander Pope, London, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d.1744)

1755 – Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)

1821 – John F Loudon, Dutch entrepreneur/colonial director

1822 – Dabney Herndon Maury, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1900

1822 – Mosby Monroe Parsons, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) died in 1865

1825 – George Lafayette Beal, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1835 – Newton Martin Curtis, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1835 – František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)

1850 – Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)

1860 – Willam Einthoven, Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)

1865 – C J Thomsen, Denmark, archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages

1872 – Henry Warren, Boston Mass, inventor (Telechon electric clock)

1873 – Hans Berger, German neuroscientist (d. 1941)

 

 

 

1878 – Glenn Hammond CurtissUSaviator , inventor (hydroplane)

 

 

 

 

 

1882 – Georgine M “May” Basting, actress (Hostage Rights of Aemstel)

1898 – Armand Hammer, NYC, millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum)

1903 – Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil’s Planet)

 

 

1904 – Fats Waller, [Thomas Wright], jazz singer/composer (Ain’t Misbehavin’)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

1916 – Harold Robbins, NYC, author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy)

1917 – Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)

1917 – Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)

1918 – Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist

1921 – Andrei Sakharov, Moscow, physicist, human rights worker (Nobel ’75)

1923 – Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (d. 2003)

1924 – Peggy Cass, Boston MA, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame)

1926 – Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer

1927 – Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)

1929 – Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)

1930 – Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)

1932 – John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)

1934 – Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate

1935 – Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)

1938 – David Groh, Bkln NY, actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day)

1941 – Ronald Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)

1942 – Robert C Springer, St Louis, Col USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38)

1943 – Hilton Valentine, rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1944 – Janet Dailey, US, author

1944 – Mary Robinson, pres of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )

1944 – Mike Degett, horse trainer

1945 – Ernst Willi Messerschmid, Reutlingen Germany, astronaut (STS 22)

1947 – Bill Champlin, Oakland Ca, rocker

1952 – Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], Chicago, American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T)

1954 – Bill Abbott, Sarnia Ontario, yachter (Olympics-96)

1955 – John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet

1957 – Judge Reinhold, Wilmington DE, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

1957 – Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)

1957 – Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress

1958 – Sabine Bischoff, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, fencer (Oly Gld 1984), (d. 2013)

1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director

1961 – Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)

1964 – Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)

1968 – Matthias Ungemach, German rower

1972 – Liliko Ogasawara, Englewood NJ, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], New York City, New York, rapper (Life After Death), (d. 1997)

1974 – Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Gas Food Lodging)

1979 – Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter

1981 – Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)

1984 – Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen

1985 – Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7

1986 – Myra, Mexican-American singer

1991 – Sarah Ramos, American actress

1994 – Tom Daley, English diver

 

 

 

Deaths

987 – Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies

1254 – Conrad IV of Germany (b. 1228)

1481 – Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies

 

 

1542 – Hernando de Soto , dies while searching for goldnear Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

1650 – James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, Scottish general, hanged

1664 – Elizabeth Poole, Puritan businesswoman

1670 – Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)

1690 – John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85

1703 – Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle

1719 – Pierre Poiret, French mystic (b. 1646)

1786 – Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43

1810 – Charles GLAAT chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont, French spy, dies at 81

1862 – John Drew, Irish-born American actor (b. 1827)

1894 – August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54

1894 – Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)

1911 – Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)

1915 – Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)

1919 – Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship’s doctor/writer, dies

1919 – Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)

1924 – Bobby Franks, killed by Leopold & Loeb, at 14

1926 – Ronald Arthur A Firbank, British writer (Prancing Nigger), dies at 40

1952 – John Garfield, actor (Juarez, Air Force), dies at 39

1964 – James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)

1965 – Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)

1966 – Pat O’Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75

1970 – Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63

1970 – E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)

1981 – Patsy O’Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)

1981 – Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)

1987 – Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57

1990 – Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies

1991 – Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-91), assassinated at 46

1992 – Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24

1993 – John Frost, English lt-col (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80

1994 – Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60

1994 – John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81

1995 – Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56

1996 – Al “Lash” La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78

1996 – Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67

1996 – Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83

2000 – Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)

2000 – Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904)

2000 – Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)

2003 – Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (b. 1928)

2005 – Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)

2006 – Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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