Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

1085 – King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren

1241 – 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany

1420 – Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.

1521 – Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers

1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector

1720 – “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent

1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.

1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding

1861 – John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ

 

 

 

1862 – First Battle of  Winchester VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of New Hope Church, GA

1876 – 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75

1887 – Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

1895 – 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1899 – 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23

1900 – Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics

1904 – 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6

1915 – 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties

1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump

1927 – Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney

1935 – Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates

1935 – Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour

1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.

1940 – Golden Gate Intl Expo reopens

1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941

1943 – Riot at Mobile Ala shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1945 – Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit

1947 – Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co’s Mine #5 killing 111

1950 – Bkln-Battery Tunnel opens in NYC

1951 – NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

1953 – 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada

1955 – Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla

1961 – JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

1961 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m

1962 – Isley Brothers release “Twist & Shout”

1965 – Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage

1965 – Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1967 – John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce

1968 – Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated

1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumping Jack Flash”

1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” released with an X rating

1972 – Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

1973 – US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz

1977 – Original “Star Wars” movie released

1979 – American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground

1980 – Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7’8″)

1981 – Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

1981 – Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

1982 – Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters

1983 – “Return of the Jedi” (Star Wars 3) released

1986 – 30,000,000 watch “Live Aid,” a massive benefit concert

1986 – 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida

1986 – Hands Across America – 6 million people hold hands from California to NY

1989 – Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots

1989 – Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2

1989 – Weird Al Yankovic records “She Drives Like Crazy”

1992 – Jay Leno becomes permanent host of “Tonight Show”

1997 – Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games

2001 – 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2009 – North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2012 – Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

2012 – A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

 

 

 

Births

1048 – Emperor Shenzong of China (d. 1085)

1334 – Emperor Sukō (d. 1398)

1458 – Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)

1494 – Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)

1550 – Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint

1606 – Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)

1661 – Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)

1729 – Jean de Neufville, Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war)

1783 – Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, US, essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn)

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, actor (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel)

 

 

 

1889 – Igor SikorskyRussian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

1898 – Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What’s My Line)

1898 – Gene Tunney, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30)

1907 – Rachel Carson, conservationist/writer (silent springs)

1908 – David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia)

1912 – Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)

1913 – Joseph Peter Grace, businessman

1919 – Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)

1921 – Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head), (d. 2012)

1923 – John Weitz, spy/author/fashion designer (Friends in High Places)

1926 – Claude Akins, Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin’ On, Lobo)

 

 

 

1927 – Robert LudlumNYCspy novelist (Bourne Identity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929 – Beverly Sills, [Belle “Bubbles” Miriam Silverman], Bkln NY, soprano

1931 – Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter

1932 – Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)

1932 – John Gregory Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)

1932 – K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)

1933 – Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)

1936 – Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)

1938 – Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)

1938 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)

1939 – Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

1939 – Ian McKellen, England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)

1943 – Leslie Uggams, NYC, singer/actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots)

1944 – Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)

1944 – Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate

1944 – Robert MacPherson, American mathematician

1946 – Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)

1946 – Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)

1947 – Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], Phoenix, country singer (I’m Not Lisa)

1947 – Karen Valentine, Santa Rosa CA, actress (Love American Style, Room 222)

1947 – Mitch Margo, Bkln, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)

1948 – Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler

1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright

1953 – Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)

1958 – Klaus Meine, rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You)

1958 – Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)

1963 – Mike Myers, Canada, comedian (SNL, Wayne’s World) [or Jun 25]

1965 – Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin’ on Coals)

1965 – Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)

1967 – Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)

1969 – Anne Heche, Ohio, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano)

1969 – Stacy London, American fashion consultant

1970 – Lindsay Greenbush, LA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)

1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress

1975 – Adam Saathoff, Tuscon Ariz, running target (Olympics-1996)

1975 – Lauryn Hill, South Orange, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

1976 – Cillian Murphy, Irish actor

1982 – Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder

 

 

Deaths

615 – Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies

709 – Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)

967 – Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)

992 – Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)

1085 – Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies

1125 – Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies

1261 – Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies

1452 – John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury

1555 – Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46

1555 – Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)

1632 – Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)

1789 – Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)

1797 – John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)

1805 – William Paley, English philosopher (b. 1743)

1849 – Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52

1849 – Benjamin d’Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)

1919 – Madame C J Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

1927 – Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)

1935 – Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)

1949 – Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47

 

 

 

1954 – Robert CapaHungarianborn photojournalist (b. 1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues harp playerdies at 65

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1971 – Jo Etha Collier, young black woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss

1974 – Pam Morrison, wife of Door’s vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose

1981 – Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55

1981 – Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)

1985 – Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer

1986 – Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85

1990 – Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60

1992 – Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66

1992 – Nancy Walker, actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 71

1992 – Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72

1994 – Eric Gale, guitarist, dies at 55

1995 – Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63

1996 – Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13

1996 – David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77

2005 – Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)

2006 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)

2007 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)

2008 – J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)

2010 – Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)

2012 – Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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