Today In The Past

 

 

Events

927 – Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.

1120 – Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.

1281 – Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge

1328 – French king Philip VI Valois crowned

1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake

1679 – Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in UK

1703 – St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great

1796 – James S McLean patents his piano

1798 – The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.

1813 – Americans capture Ft George, Canada

1849 – The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.

1862 – Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake’s Station)

1863 – CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die

1863 – Siege of Port Hudson LA

1864 – Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw’s Shop), Virginia

1878 – 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75

1881 – 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5

1882 – 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

1895 – British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector

1896 – Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless

1902 – 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8

1903 – 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

1905 – 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8

 

 

 

1905 – Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 – Bubonic Plague breaks out in SF

1917 – Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed

1918 – Battle of Aisne

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days

1921 – Afghanistan gains sovereignty

1921 – After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty

1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape

1930 – The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.

1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va

1931 – Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon

1933 – Federal Securities Act signed

1933 – Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11

1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released

1935 – Supreme Court declares FDR’s Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional

1936 – RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage

1937 – Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated

1940 – British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)

 

 

 

1940 – WWIIIn the Le Paradis massacre97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 – German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 – Dorie Miller, awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

1942 – Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague

1949 – Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin

1951 – Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

1955 – Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1957 – Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format.

1958 – The F-4 Phantom II first flight.

1961 – 1st black light is sold

1961 – Pres Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon

1961 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ ½”

1964 – “From Russia With Love” premieres in US

1966 – 6 French fighters crash above Spain

1969 – Walt Disney World construction begins

1970 – British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I

1971 – UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship

1972 – “Jimmy Castor Bunch’s Troglodyte” (Cave Man) hits #6

1975 – Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble’s Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38

1980 – South Korean police ends people’s uprising; 2,000 killed

1980 – The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.

1983 – Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress

1985 – Inaugural bands parade for Pres Reagan

1986 – Pres Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled

1987 – Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on “Nightline” after PTL scandal

1987 – Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)

1990 – 74th Indianapolis 500 runs

1994 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile

1994 – Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show

1995 – In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.

1997 – 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole

1997 – Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500

1998 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

 

 

 

Births

1332 – Ibn Khaldun, Tunis, Arab historian/sociologist (Muqaddimah)

1519 – Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)

1576 – Caspar Schoppe, German scholar (d. 1649)

1595 – Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer

1623 – William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (d. 1687)

1651 – Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (d. 1729)

1774 – Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)

1794 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, millionaire (B & O railroad)

1818 – Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons

1819 – Julia Ward Howe, US, author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

1823 – John Gray Foster, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

1836 – Edwin Gray Lee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1870

1836 – Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier

 

 

 

1837 – “Wild Bill” Hickok, [James Butler], cowboy/scout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1837 – Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1912

1850 – Thomas Neill Cream, Glasgow, Scotland, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), (d. 1892)

1894 – Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)

1897 – John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)

1908 – Alex Brown, snooker player

1911 – Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Pres candidate

1911 – Vincent Price, St Louis MO, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura)

1912 – John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)

1912 – Sam Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73)

1914 – Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)

1915 – Herman Wouk, NYC, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War)

1918 – Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)

1919 – Kam Fong, Honolulu Hawaii, actor (Hawaii Five-0)

1921 – Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)

1922 – Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)

1923 – Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State (1973-77)/Nobel Peace Prize (1973)

1923 – Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff

1923 – Sumner Redstone, American entrepreneur

1925 – Tony Hillerman, American writer

1927 – Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)

1927 – Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People’s Newspaper)

 

 

 

1931 – James Q WilsonBostonMassachusettscriminologist (‘Zero Tolerance’ policing), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 – [HermanJunior ParkerArkansasblues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)

 

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1934 – Harlan EllisonUSsci-fi author (7 HugosDoomsmanBabylon 5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 – Lee Meriwether, LA California, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones)

1935 – Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)

1936 – Louis Gossett Jr, Bkln NY, actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep)

1939 – Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)

1939 – Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)

1942 – Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)

1942 – Lee Baca, American law enforcement official

1943 – Bruce Weitz, Norwalk Ct, actor (Hill St Blues, Death of a Centerfold)

1945 – Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa Canada, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker)

1947 – Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer

1948 – Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)

1951 – Norma Jean Almodovar, Binghampton, auto-biographer (Cop to Call Girl)

1954 – Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1972)

1955 – Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter

1956 – Lisa Niemi, Houston Tx, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies)

1956 – Steve Pagano, horse trainer

1956 – Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor

1957 – Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1976)

1957 – Siouxsie Sioux, [Susan Ballion], Kent England (Siouxsie & Banshees)

1958 – Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)

1958 – Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)

1960 – Ray Armsetad, Kirksville Mo, 4X400 runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1961 – Cathy Silvers, NYC, actress (Jenny-Happy Days, Foley Square)

1961 – Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976, 84, 88)

1961 – Peri Gilpin, Waco Tx, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier)

 

 

 

1964 – Adam CarollaAmerican comedian and television personality

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1965 – Todd Bridges, SF CA, actor (Diff’rent Strokes, Fish)

1966 – Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)

1967 – Chin Yang, jockey

1969 – Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)

1970 – Michael Blackburn, Australian laser yachter (Olympics-96)

1970 – Joseph Fiennes, Salisbury, Wiltshire, English actor (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love)

1971 – Paul Bettany, English actor

1971 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)

1972 – Antonio Freeman, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)

1975 – André 3000, American musician (OutKast)

1975 – Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)

1975 – Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality

1981 – Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor

 

 

Deaths 

366 – Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)

866 – Ordono I, King of Asturia (850-66), dies

927 – Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)

1039 – Dirk III Hierosolymita, Count of Holland, dies

1178 – Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1444 – John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)

1525 – Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader

1541 – Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII

1569 – Francois de Coligny, French general (Jarnac), dies

1576 – Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44

1610 – François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)

1661 – Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53

1675 – Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)

1781 – Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)

1790 – Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89

1831 – Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)

1840 – Niccolo Paganini, composer/violinist, dies at 57

1863 – Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31

1887 – Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86

1896 – Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)

1910 – Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), dies

1914 – Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies

1918 – Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80

 

 

 

1949 – Robert L Ripleycartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1953 – Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)

1960 – James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)

1964 – Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India’s 1st PM, dies at 74

1969 – Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43

1975 – Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies at 53

1987 – John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)

1988 – Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79

1991 – Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88

1992 – Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies at 86

1992 – Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)

1994 – Red Rodney, [Albino Red/The Red Arrow], bebop-trumpeter, dies at 66

2000 – Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)

2006 – Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)

2006 – Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)

2006 – Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)

2011 – Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)

 

 

 

2011 – Gil Scott-HeronAmerican poetmusician and author (b. 1949)

 

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