Today In The Past

 

 

 Events

 

455 – A D Gaiseric & the Vandals sacked Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

575 – Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

657 – St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1615 – First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.

1625 – Prince Frederik Henry sworn in as viceroy of Holland/Zealand

1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.

1774 – Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allowed governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided.

1780 – The Derby horse race is held for the first time.

1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US

1851 – 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)

1855 – The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.

1857 – James Gibbs, Va, patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1858 – Donati Comet 1st seen named after it’s discoverer

1862 – Gen Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of E VA & NC

1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Cold HarborDay 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept

1866 – Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces

1886 – Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)

1896 – 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

1899 – Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings

1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)

1904 – Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis

1908 – 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4

1909 – 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan aboard Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6

1910 – 1st roundtrip flight over English Channel (C S Rolls, England)

1910 – Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea

1914 – Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome

1916 – German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux

1922 – Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances

1924 – Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

1925 – NY Yankee Lou Gehrig begins his 2,130 consecutive game streak

1928 – Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft

1933 – FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

1942 – Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator

1943 – 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission (over Italy)

1943 – German assault on Sebastopol Krim, begins

1953 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey

1958 – Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio

1964 – Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass

1965 – 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)

1966 – US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing

1967 – Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston

1968 – Canadians must get government permission to export silver

1975 – 1st time snow fell in London in June

1975 – James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)

1975 – VP Rockefeller finds no pattern of illegal activities at CIA

1977 – NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City

1983 – 1980 movie “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” released in Germany

1983 – Toilet catches fire on Air Canada’s DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati

1986 – NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token

1986 – Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins

1987 – Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr #1

1988 – Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

1989 – Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle

1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1990 – “Turtle Power” by Partners In Kryme hits #13

1990 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson, no-hits Tigers, 2-0

1991 – Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318′ 1″

1991 – Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin

1992 – Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery

1994 – Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland (29 killed)

1994 – Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”

1997 – Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168

1998 – The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.

2004 – Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy

 

 

Births

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

1504 – George/Joris van Egmont, bishop of Utrecht

1535 – Leo XI, [Alessandro O de’ Medici], Italy, Pope (1605)

1624 – Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96)

1732 – Martha Washington, 1st, 1st lady (1789-97)

1740 – Marquis de Sade, 1st known sadist/writer (Justine)

1774 – William Lawson, explorer of New South Wales, Australia (d. 1850)

 

 

 

1815 – Philip KearnyMajor General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

 

 

 

 

 

 

1831 – Benjamin Hardin Helm, Brigadier General (Conf)/Lincoln’s brother-in-law

1840 – Thomas Hardy, England, poet/novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd)

1901 – Michael Todd, producer (Around the World in 80 Days)

1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, actor (Tarzan)/100m swimmer (Oly-5 gold-1924, 28)

1913 – Barbara Pym, romantic author (Very Private Eye), (d. 1980)

1915 – Lester del Rey, US, sci-fi author (Moon Trilogy, Marooned on Mars)

1915 – Walter Tetley, NYC, animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show)

1918 – Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)

1920 – Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)

1921 – Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman)

1923 – Del Simmons, rocker (Capt Beefheart)

1926 – Milo O’Shea, Dublin Ireland, actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet)

1930 – Charles Pete Conrad Jr, Phila, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2)

1936 – Sally Kellerman, Long Beach Cal, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School)

1936 – Vladimir Golubnichy, USSR, 20K walker (Olympic-gold-1960, 68)

1941 – Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1941 – Stacy Keach, Savannah Ga, actor (Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer)

1943 – Charles Haid, SF Ca, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States)

1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, NYC, composer/pianist (Sting, Chorus Line), (d. 2012)

1944 – Poul Jensen, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1948 – Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)

1950 – [Antone] Chubby Tavares, rocker (Tavares)

1954 – Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)

1955 – Gary Grimes, SF, actor (Summer of ’42, Class of ’44)

1955 – Dana Carvey, Missoula MT, comedian (SNL, Garth-Wayne’s World)

1959 – Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)

1960 – Kyle Petty, American race car driver

1968 – Beetlejuice, member of Howard Stern’s Wack

1970 – B-Real, American rapper (Cypress Hill)

1972 – Wayne Brady, Columbus, Georgia, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?)

1974 – Matt Serra, American mixed martial artist

1976 – Adrian Carlos Olivares, Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)

1976 – Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist

1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Stro

1981 – Tucker Rountree, American guitarist and composer.

1985 – Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer,composer, and actress

 

 

Deaths

657 – Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies

910 – Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia

1418 – Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile

1567 – Shane O’Neill, Irish chieftain

1572 – Thomas Howard 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl, executed at 36

1575 – Pieter Aertsen, [Long Worm], painter, dies at about 65

1693 – John Wildman, English soldier and politician

1754 – Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)

1761 – Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)

1785 – Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)

1833 – Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter (b. 1806)

1864 – George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brig-general, dies at 34

 

 

 

1882 – Guiseppi GaribaldiItalian rebel leaderdies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1896 – Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer (Abbsynia/Ethiopia), dies

1927 – Lizzie Borden, American accused murderer, dies at 68

1940 – Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies

1941 – Lou Gehrig, 1st baseman (NY Yankee), dies of ALS in Riverdale NY at 37

1948 – Viktor Brack, Nazi physician (b. 1904)

1948 – Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)

1948 – Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)

1948 – Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)

1948 – Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician (b. 1905)

1956 – Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69

1961 – George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72

1962 – Vita Sackville-West, writer, dies at 70

 

 

 

1970 – Bruce McLarenNew Zealand car racer, designerand founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974 – Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)

1976 – Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor

1977 – Stephen Boyd, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur, Lisa), dies at 48

1979 – Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45

1983 – Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire

1987 – Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94

1987 – Sammy Kaye, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77

1990 – Frederick Mellinger, founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76

1990 – Jack Gilford, actor (Cracker Jacks), dies at 82

1990 – Rex Harrison, actor (My Fair Lady), dies of cancer at 82

1990 – Robert Noyce, co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founder (Intel), dies

1996 – Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49

1997 – Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91

1999 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)

2001 – Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)

2005 – Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)

2005 – Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)

 

 

 

2008 – Bo DiddleyAmerican , bluesman , musician (b. 1928)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2008 – Mel Ferrer, American actor, film director and film producer (b. 1917)

2009 – David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)

2012 – Richard Dawson, English-American actor, dies from esophageal cancer at 79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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