Today In The Past

 

Events

70 – Titus & his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem

754 – Friezen murders bishop Boniface & over 50 companions

1257 – Kraków, Poland receive city rights.

1288 – Battle of Woeringen: Reinald I vs Jan I

1305 – Bordeaux’s archbishop Bertrand the Got elected Pope Clement V

1507 – England & Netherlands sign trade agreement

1625 – Spanish troops under Spinola conquer Breda

1661 – Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

1716 – England & Emperor Karel VI signs military treaty

1798 – The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.

1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois)

1806 – 1st trotter to break 3 minute mile (Yankee)

 

 

 

1808 – –6Battle at WagramFrench army beats Austrians

 

 

 

 

 

 

1827 – Turks capture Acropolis & takes Athens during Greek War of Independ

1829 – The HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1833 – Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage

1846 – Telegraph line opens between Phila & Balt

1855 – Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party’s 1st convention

1861 – Federal marshals seize arms & gunpower at Du Pont works DE

1863 – Battle of Franklin’s Crossing, VA (Deep Run)

1863 – CSS “Alabama” captures “Talisman” in Mid Atlantic

1864 – Battle of Piedmont, VA (Augusta City)

1869 – 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25

1872 – Republican National Convention meets (Phila)

1873 – Sultan Bargash closes slave market of Zanzibar

1879 – 13th Belmont: George Evans aboard Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75

 

 

 

1884 – William T Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected

 

 

 

 

 

 

1886 – 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41

1888 – The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.

1899 – Alfred Dreyfus’ acquitted

1900 – Lord Roberts’ army occupies Pretoria

1907 – Automatic washer & dryer are introduced

1912 – US marines invade Cuba (3nd time)

1915 – 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1917 – 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I

1920 – 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record

1933 – Gold standard abolished

1934 – 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)

1937 – 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

1937 – Henry Ford initiates 32 hour work week

1940 – Battle of France begins in WW II

1940 – Netherlands rations petroleum

1940 – Synthetic rubber tire unveiled

1942 – British offensive in North Africa under general Ritchie

1942 – Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

1942 – USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania

1943 – 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2

1944 – 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure

1944 – 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day

1944 – Allies march into Rome

1946 – Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago Ill)

1947 – Sec of State George C Marshall outlines “Marshall Plan”

1950 – US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation

1952 – 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing

1952 – Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavy weight boxing title

1953 – US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN

1954 – “Your Show Of Shows,” last airs on NBC-TV

1955 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550′ HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

1956 – “Milton Berle Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1959 – Bob Dylan graduates Hibbing HS in Minn

1960 – “George Gobel Show,” last airs on CBS-TV

1963 – State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

1964 – Davie Jones & King Bees debut “I Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

1965 – “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2

1965 – 97th Belmont: John Sellers aboard Hail to All wins in 2:28.6

 

 

 

1967 – 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – Murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair

1969 – Race riot in Hartford Connecticut

1971 – 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6

1975 – British population agrees to European Common Market membership

1975 – Egypt president Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

1976 – 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Bold Forbes wins in 2:29

1976 – Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)

1977 – Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

1981 – Astro’s Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

1982 – 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28

1982 – Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle

1984 – Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” becomes #1

1984 – Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh’s holiest site (Golden Temple)

1988 – Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone

1988 – Longest champagne cork flight is 177’9 in NY

1989 – Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

 

1993 – 125th BelmontJulie Krone aboard Colonial Affair wins in 2:29.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993 – Liberian Charles Taylors rebellion kills 550 fugitives

1993 – Somali warlord Aidids murders 23 Pakistani

1995 – The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.

1998 – A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).

2001 – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2001 – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

 

 

Births

1341 – Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (d. 1402)

1493 – Justus Jonas, German Protestant reformer (d. 1555)

1553 – Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1617)

1640 – Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)

1646 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician (d. 1684)

1660 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (d. 1744)

1664 – Mustafa II, sultan of Turkey (1695-1703)

1718 – Thomas Chippendale, England, furniture maker (baptized)

 

 

 

1723 – Adam SmithKirkcaldy Scoteconomist (Wealth of Nations) (baptized)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1757 – Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (d. 1808)

1760 – Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)

1771 – Willem F, count of Bylandt, Dutch military officer

1819 – John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune)

1827 – Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1831 – Marcus Joseph Wright, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1922

1850 – Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)

1862 – Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911)

1878 – [Francisco] Pancho Villa, Mexico, revolutionary/guerrilla leader

1879 – Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge England, economist/math/journalist

1885 – Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French Foreign minister (-1940)

1887 – Ruth Benedict, New York City, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture)

1895 – William Boyd, Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)

1900 – Dennis Gabor, inventor (holography (3D laser photography)) [or Jan 5]

1901 – Anastasia N Romanova, great ruler of Russia/daughter of last tsar

1906 – Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday)

1911 – Charles Fletcher, physician/CEO (ASH)

1912 – Josef Neckermann, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1968)

1912 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (d. 2003)

1914 – Beatrice de Cardi, archaeoligist

1915 – Lancelot Ware, founder (MENSA)

 

 

 

1920 – Cornelius RyanUS historian/writer (The Longest Day , A Bridge Too Far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1923 – Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (d. 1963)

1928 – Robert Lansing, SD California, actor (12 O’Clock High, Equalizer, Automan)

1931 – Jacques Demy, France, director (Lola, Magic Donkey)

1932 – Christy Brown, Dublin, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days)

1934 – Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers’ Journal)

1934 – Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Coach)

1938 – Karin Balzer, German DR, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1938 – Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)

1941 – Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

1941 – Spalding Gray, RI, actor (Beaches, Clara’s Heart, Heavy Petting)

1945 – Don Reid, Va, country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall)

1946 – Fred Stone, rock guitarist (Sly & Family Stone-Stand)

1946 – Fuzzy Fuscaldo, rocker (Capt Beefheart)

1946 – Gillian Hills, Cairo Egypt, actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange)

1946 – Michael Monarch, rocker (Steppenwolf)

1947 – David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)

1947 – Laurie Anderson, performance artist (O Superman, Excellent Birds)

1947 – Tom Evans, Liverpool, rock bassist/vocalist (Badfinger)

1948 – Frank Estersmith, Australia, rocker (Air Supply)

1949 – Ken Follett, Cardiff, Wales, spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions)

1950 – Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic-silver-1976)

1950 – Ronnie Dyson, US, singer (Hair, All over your face)

1951 – Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.

1953 – Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer

1954 – Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)

1954 – Michael “Nicko” McBain, Eng hard rock drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave)

 

 

 

1956 – Kenny Gsaxophonist (Duotones)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1959 – Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)

1961 – Teri Nunn, California, rock vocalist (Berlin-You Take my Breathe Away)

1962 – Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II

1964 – Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)

1967 – Joe Deloach, US, 200m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)

1970 – Izabella Scorupco, Bialystok Poland, actress (Golden Eye)

1971 – Mark Wahlberg, Boston, Massachusetts, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed)

1972 – Chuck Klosterman, American journalist

1973 – Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)

1973 – Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka

1976 – Ross Noble, British comedian

1977 – Nourhanne, Lebanese singer

1979 – Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy)

1979 – Jason White, American NASCAR driver

1981 – Jade Goody, British television personality

1985 – Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist

1987 – Lara Bingle, Australian model

 

 

Deaths

535 – Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople

754 – Boniface, [Winfrid], English saint/archbishop (Dokkum), dies at 79

754 – Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered

1017 – Emperor Sanjō of Japan (b. 976)

1118 – Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester

1288 – Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in battle

1296 – Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)

1383 – Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)

1443 – Ferdinand, Portuguese saint/slave to Fez, dies

1568 – Lamoraal, earl of Egmont/prince of Gavere, beheaded

1568 – Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded

1688 – Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (b. 1667)

1716 – Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)

1738 – Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (b. 1659)

1825 – Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence

1861 – John Garland, US Union colonel/brig-general, dies in battle

1864 – William Edmonson “Grumble” Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 39

1866 – John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)

 

 

 

1900 – Stephen Craneauthor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908 – Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71

1910 – O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)

 

 

 

1916 – Horatio H KitchenerBritish General (Sudan), drowns at 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist, dies

1939 – Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies

1953 – Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60

1970 – Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

1975 – Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)

 

 

 

1977 – “Sleepy” John Estesbluesman , guitarist , singer , dies at 74

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – Vasily V Kuznetsov, pres of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies

1992 – Laurence Naismith, actor (Scrooge, Gypsy Girl), dies at 83

1992 – Max Lerner, US writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88

1993 – Conway Twitty, country star (Linda on My Mind), dies in surgery at 59

1994 – Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86

1996 – Vito Scotti, actor (Nude Bomb, Get Shorty, Big Bus), dies at 78

1998 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)

1999 – Mel Tormé, American singer (“The Velvet Fog”), composer, and actor (b. 1925)

2002 – Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)

 

 

 

2004 – Ronald ReaganAmerican , radio sports announcer,  actorgovernor of Californiaand 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1978)

 

 

 

2012 – Ray BradburyAmerican Sci-Fi authordies at 91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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