Today In The Past

Events

1035 – Boudouin V van Rijsel becomes earl of Flanders

1087 – German emperor Henry IV crowns his son Koenraad

1100 – Burchard becomes bishop of Utrecht

1381 – English boer uprising begins in Essex

1416 – Jerome of Prague, burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

1431 – Hundred Years’ War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.

1434 – Battle at Lipany

1498 – Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

1527 – U of Marburg (Germany) founded

1539 – Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida

1574 – Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)

1631 – France/Maximilian van Bavarian signs Accord of Fontainebleau

1783 – Benjamin Tower of Phila publishes 1st daily newspaper in US

1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1814 – Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.

1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose

1822 – House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged)

1842 – John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria

1848 – William G Young patents ice cream freezer

1848 – Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million

1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery

1854 – Territories of Kansas & Nebraska created

1858 – Hudson’s Bay Co rights to Vancouver Island revoked

1864 – Cavalry fight at Battle of Bethesda Church/Totopotomoy Creek Virginia during US Civil War

1868 – Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus Mississippi placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves

1879 – 92°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May

1879 – Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden

1879 – An F4 tornado strikes Irving, Kansas, killing 18 and injuring 60.

1883 – Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12

1889 – Brassiere invented

1894 – Bobby Lowe is 1st to hit 4 HRs in 1 baseball game

1896 – 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)

1899 – 24th Preakness: R Clawson aboard Half Time wins in 1:47

1901 – Memorial Day 1st observed in US

1903 – 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8

1906 – 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20

1907 – 41st Belmont: G Mountain aboard Peter Pan wins

1908 – 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved

1908 – 42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win

1908 – Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System

1910 – 44th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Sweep wins in 2:22

1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)

1912 – US Marines sent to Nicaragua

1914 – The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.

1921 – Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds

1922 – Lincoln Memorial dedicated

1922 – Cubs swap Max Flack for Cards Cliff Heathcote during middle of doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day

1925 – British mariners shoot on demonstrators

1925 – Peter DePaolo became 1st man to average over 100 mph at Indy

1925 – Rogers Hornsby replaces Branch Rickey as manager of Cardinals

1927 – Walter Johnson records 113th & last shutout of his career

1930 – Bill Arnold wins Indianapolis 500 car race (161.6 kph)

1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation

1935 – Babe Ruth’s final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies

1937 – Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die

1937 – Police kill 10 strikers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago

1937 – 61,756, 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Dodgers ends Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak at 24

1941 – English Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government

1942 – 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF’s raid of WW II

1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1

1942 – US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor

1943 – US troops reconquer Attu Aleutians

1946 – Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field

1948 – A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.

1951 – Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 – Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington

1959 – Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality

1959 – World’s 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes England

1959 – The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened today in Auckland, New Zealand.

1961 – Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 HRs

1961 – Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic.

1964 – Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” single goes #1

1964 – Giants sweep Mets 5-3 & 8-6 in 23 inn, records include elapsed time of 9:50, 47 strikeouts, 7:22 for 2nd game & NY’s 22 K’s in 2nd games

1965 – Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang, begins

1965 – Vivian Malone, is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama

1966 – 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam

1966 – Graham Hill wins Indianapolis 500 car race (232.2 kph)

1966 – US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon

1967 – Biafra declares independence from Nigeria

1967 – Robert “Evel” Knievel’s motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles

1967 – Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball

1969 – Gibraltar adopts constitution

1969 – People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao

1971 – 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice

1971 – US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

1971 – Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

1972 – 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv’s Lod Intl airport

1972 – The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

1976 – Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)

1979 – Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack’s TRS-80

1980 – Turner’s painting “Juliet & Her Nurse” sells for $6.4 million

1981 – Bangladesh Pres Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers

1981 – LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games)

1982 – Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds

1982 – Spain becomes 16th member of NATO

1984 – Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora headquarters in Nicaragua

1986 – Bobby Rahal is 1st to avg over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500

1987 – Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 – North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

1987 – Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 – West German Mathias Rust lands airplane on Red Square

1989 – Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman’s house

1990 – Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,878.56

1991 – Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable

1992 – NY Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48)

1992 – NY Yankee Scott Sanderson becomes 9th to beat all 26 teams

1992 – UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting

1996 – Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina’s nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension

1997 – Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12 year old grandson

2012 – Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship

Births

1010 – Emperor Renzong of China (d. 1063)

 

 

 

1220 – Alexander NevskyPereslavl-ZalesskyVladimir-SuzdalPrince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimirconsidered the key figure in medieval Russia (1252-63)

 

 

 

 

 

1423 – Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1461)

1524 – Selam II Sari, the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74)

1623 – Wallerand Vaillant, painter/engraver, baptized

1623 – John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (d. 1686)

1718 – Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician (d. 1793)

1800 – Karl W Feuerbach, German mathematician (Position of Feuerbach)

1812 – John Alexander McClernand, Major General (Union volunteers)

1814 – Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (d. 1894)

1819 – William McMurdo, British army officer (d. 1894)

1830 – Edward Winslow Hinks, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1832 – George Doherty Johnston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1835 – Alfred Austin, Leeds England, poet laureate of England (Garden)

1846 – Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler (d. 1920)

1867 – Arthur Vining Davis, Sharon Mass, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57)

1881 – Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (d. 1968)

1891 – Iman J van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter

 

 

 

1896 – Howard HawksGoshen Inddirector/producer (Rio BravoScarface)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1902 – Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, archaeologist

1902 – Stepin Fetchit, [Lincoln Perry], Fla, actor (Miracle in Harlem)

1907 – Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (d. 2008)

 

 

 

1908 – Mel[vin J] Blancvoice (Bugs BunnyElmer Fudd & Porky Pig)

 

VIDEOS

1909 – Benny Goodman, Chicago, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing)

1910 – Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (d. 1978)

1912 – Alexander Langsdorf, physicist

1912 – Hugh Griffith, Wales, actor (Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!)

1912 – Joseph Stein, dramatist/playwright (Fiddler on the Roof)

1916 – Joseph W Kennedy, scientist (1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium)

1918 – Bob Evans, American restaurateur (d. 2007)

1922 – Harry Clement Stubbs, US, sci-fi author (Needle, Iceworld)

1924 – Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1952)

1926 – Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual

1927 – Clint Walker, Hartford Ill, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)

1928 – John Keith Wright, English economist/asst sect of state (1971-84)

1930 – Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)

1936 – Keir Dullea, Cleveland OH, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa)

1936 – Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)

1939 – Michael J Pollard, Passaic NJ, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne)

1939 – Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver

1942 – Lenny Davidson, London, rock guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1943 – Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)

1944 – Larry Davidson, rocker (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

1945 – Meredith MacRae, Houston Tx, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons)

1946 – Candy Lightner, political activist/founder (MADD)

1949 – P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

1951 – Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)

1953 – Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)

1955 – Jake “The Snake” Roberts, American wrestler

1958 – Ted McGinley, Newport Beach California, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty)

1960 – Stephen “Tea Tower” Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)

1961 – Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)

1964 – Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)

1964 – Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

1964 – Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine)

1964 – Andrea Montermini, Italian racing driver

1965 – Tammy Parks, Rockville Centre NY, actress (Attack of 60′ Centerfold)

1968 – Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks

1970 – Ness Wadia, Indian industrialist

1972 – Allen Aldridge, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)

1972 – Renita Farrell, Townsville Qld Aust, field hockey midfielder (Oly-96)

1973 – Jennifer Darst, Dallas Texas, pairs skater (& Arthur Reid)

1974 – Cee-Lo, American musician

1978 – Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

1981 – Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver

1986 – Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney

Deaths

727 – Hubertus, bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht/saint, dies at about 72

1035 – Boudouin IV, count of Flanders (988-1035), dies

1159 – Wladislaus II the Exile of Poland (b. 1105)

1252 – Ferdinand III the holy, King of Castile/Leon, dies

1416 – Jerome of Prague, Czech radical Christian teacher burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

1431 – Joan of Arc, French heroine and saint (b. 1412)

1434 – Prokop the Great, Hussite general

1576 – Harada Naomasa, Japanese retainer and samurai

1593 – Christopher Marlowe, Brit dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), murdered

1640 – Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish painter, dies at 62

1696 – Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)

1744 – Alexander Pope, English poet (Eloisa to Abelard), dies at 56

 

 

 

1778 – Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer (Candide), dies at 42

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – James Barbour Terrill, US attorney/Confederate brig-gen, dies at 26

 

 

 

1865 – William Clarke Quantrillcriminal/Confederate bushwhackerdies at 27

 

 

 

 

 

1901 – Victor D’Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)

1912 – Wilbur Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies

 

 

 

1916 – John Singleton MosbyAmerican Confederate officerdies at 82

 

 

 

 

 

1918 – Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist, dies

1919 – Lord John WS Raleigh, British physicist (Nobel 1904), dies

1926 – Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)

1934 – Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)

1938 – Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49

1939 – Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)

1946 – Louis Slotin, Canadian Scientist at Los Alamos (b. 1910)

1947 – Georg Ritter von Trapp, World War I Austrian submarine commander (b. 1880)

1953 – Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)

1960 – Boris Pasternak, Russian poet (Dr Zhivago), dies at 70

1961 – Rafael L Trujillo Molina, dictator Dom Rep (1930-61), murdered at 69

1964 – Leo Szilard, Hungarians/US nuclear physicst, dies at 66

1964 – Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)

1967 – Claude Rains, actor (Invisible Man), dies at 77

1969 – John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45

1975 – Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)

1977 – Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52

1980 – Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment

1983 – Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84

1986 – Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55

1987 – Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71

 

 

 

1993 – Herman S BlountSun RaUS jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – Baron Marcel Bich, inventor (Bic Pen), dies at 79

1994 – Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79

1995 – Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (b.1911)

2000 – Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)

2006 – David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)

2012 – Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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