Today In The Past

Events

1002 – German king Henry II the Saint crowned

1242 – 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris

1391 – Inhabitants of Seville Spain massacres 5,000 Jews

1513 – Battle at Novara: Habsburgers vs Valois

1520 – France & England sign treaty of Scotland

1536 – Mexico begins it’s inquisition

1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill

1654 – Queen Christina of Sweden resigns & converts to Catholicism

1664 – New Amsterdam renamed NYC

1665 – Battle at Monte Carlo: English & Portuguese army beat Spain

1683 – The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university museum.

1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana

1752 – 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed

1772 – Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago

1795 – Fire destroy 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured

1813 – US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)

1816 – 10″ snowfall in New England, “year without a summer” (Mount Tambora)

1832 – The barricades fall and the Paris student uprisings of 1832 end.

1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London

1850 – Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans

1859 – Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).

1862 – Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered

1862 – Battle of Port Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry)

1862 – Skirmish at Harrisonburg, PA

1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA & Williamsport, MD

1864 – Battle of Lake Chicot, AR (Dutch Bayou)

1875 – Netherlands goes on the gold standard

1882 – Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowns 100,000

1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC

1885 – 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43

1889 – Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks

1890 – United States Polo Association forms, NYC

1896 – 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51

1896 – George Samuelson leaves NY harbor to row across Atlantic

1911 – Nicaragua signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)

1912 – The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

1913 – Rabbit Maranville, is thrown out trying to steal home 3 times

1914 – 1st air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway)

1918 – Battle of Belleau Wood1st US victory of WW I

1920 – Gen Wrangel opens offensive against red Army

1925 – Walter Percy Chrysler founded Chrysler Corp (Iacocca is 8 months old)

1932 – US Federal gas tax enacted

1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.

1933 – 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)

1936 – 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30

1936 – Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ

1939 – NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

1941 – 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched

1941 – Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time

1942 – 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)

1942 – 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2

1942 – Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway

1942 – Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians

1944 – Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion

1944 – D-Day150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in NormandyFrance

1944 – Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad

1944 – Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

1944 – U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje

1946 – Martin Kresses begins publishing “Eric the Viking” comic strip

1955 – Bill Haley & Comets, “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1

1958 – Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger

1960 – Roy Orbison releases “Only the Lonely”

1960 – Steve Allen Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1962 – Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record “Besame Mucho” with Peter Best on drums

1964 – 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6

1966 – Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

1966 – Claus Von Bulow & Martha (Sunny) Crawford wed

1966 – NFL & AFL announce their merger

1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement

1967 – Israeli troops occupy Gaza

1968 – Senator Robert Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

1969 – Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

1970 – 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34

1971 – “Ed Sullivan Show” last broadcasts on CBS-TV

1971 – Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die

1971 – Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

1972 – David Bowie releases “Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust”

1972 – Explosion at world’s largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie Rhodesia)

1972 – Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed

1975 – British voters decide to remain in Common Market

1977 – “Washington Post” reports US has developed neutron bomb

1977 – Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way

1977 – Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws

1979 – 200th running of horse’s Derby in England

1979 – Royal Air force receives 1st F-16

1981 – 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

1981 – Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial

1982 – 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO

1983 – Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

1983 – Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats

1984 – 1,200 die in Sikh “Golden Temple” uprising India

1985 – Body of Nazi criminal, Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed

1987 – 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2

1988 – George Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II

1989 – Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4

1990 – For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game

1991 – Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball

1991 – Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store

1991 – NBC announces Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson on May 25, 1992

1992 – 124th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard AP Indy wins in 2:26

1994 – 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)

1998 – 130th Belmont

1999 – At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.

2002 – Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

2005 – The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

2012 – The Solar Impulse completes the world’s first intercontinental flight powered by the sun

Births

1236 – Wen Tianxiang, Chinese prime minister (d. 1283)

1436 – Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), prepares astronomical tables

1502 – King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)

1580 – Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)

1599 – Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (d. 1660)

1606 – Pierre Corneille, France, dramatist (El Cid, Horace)

1622 – Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (d.1857)

1695 – Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen Neth-Indies (1737-41)/killed 8,000 Chinese

1755 – Nathan Halehanged patriothad but one life to give for his country

1756 – John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)

1799 – Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)

1829 – John Baillie McIntosh, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1888

1829 – Shusaku Honinbo, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)

1840 – William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1850 – Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)

1862 – Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet

1867 – David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (d. 1931)

1868 – Robert Falcon Scott, Plymouth, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition

1875 – Thomas Mann, Germany, novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929)

1879 – L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect

1890 – Ted Lewis, American bandleader (d. 1971)

1892 – Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (d. 1971)

1902 – Harold Roxbee Cox Kings Norton, aeronautical engineer

1902 – Jimmie Lunceford, American bandleader (d. 1947)

1903 – Aram Il’yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)

1906 – Max Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn)

1907 – Bill Dickey, NY Yankee hall-of-fame catcher (1928-43)/manager (1946)

1917 – Kirk Kerkorian, CEO (MGM, UA)

1918 – Maria Montez, Dominican Rep, actress (Arabian Nights)

1923 – V. C. Andrews, American author (d. 1986)

1926 – Tom Ryan, comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds)

1932 – Billie Whitelaw, Coventry England, actress (Omen, Adding Machine)

1933 – Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)

1936 – Levi Stubbs, rocker (4 Tops-Same Old Song)

1939 – Gary “US” Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)

1940 – Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)

1940 – Sandra Morgan, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)

1941 – Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, (d. 2012)

1942 – Larry “The Mole” Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat)

1944 – Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1946 – Lasse Hallstrom, director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA)

1947 – Marion Coakes, England, equestrian show jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)

1947 – Robert Englund, Glendale, California, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street)

1949 – Holly Near, American folksinger

1951 – Dwight Twilley, Tulsa Oklahoma, country singer (Twilley Don’t Mind)

1951 – Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver

1954 – Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4)

1955 – Sandra Bernhard, Flint Mich, actress (King of Comedy, Nancy-Roseanne)

1956 – Bjorn Borg, Sodertlage Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1976-79)

1959 – Amanda Pays, London England, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits)

1959 – Colin Quinn, American comedian

1960 – Steve VaiCarle Place, New YorkAmerican guitarist (Frank ZappaDavid Lee Roth BandWhitesnake)

VIDEOS

1964 – Dee C Lee, [Diane Sealey], rocker (Style Council-You’re Best Thing)

1967 – Paul Giamatti, American actor

1969 – Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)

1975 – Staci Keanan, [Anastasia Love Sagorsky], actress (Nicole-My 2 Dads)

1976 – Lukas Hass, actor (Mars Attacks, Lady in White, Witness, Music Box)

1976 – Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder

1977 – Bryn Williams, Welsh chef

Deaths

840 – Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies

1134 – Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51

1393 – Emperor Go-En’yu of Japan (b. 1359)

1480 – Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect

1548 – Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)

1563 – Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)

1583 – Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)

1671 – Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)

1740 – Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony

1799 – Patrick HenryAmerican revolutionary (b. 1736)

1832 – Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (b. 1748)

1862 – Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33

1877 – Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies

1878 – Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (b. 1790)

1922 – Lillian Russell, entertainer, dies at 60

1937 – Jean Harlow, actr (Bombshell), dies from gallbladder infection at 26

1939 – Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65

1941 – Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)

1943 – Karl Landsteiner, Austrian/US pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74

1944 – Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day

1948 – Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)

1961 – Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist, dies at 85

1968 – Robert Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

1976 – J Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83

1979 – Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

1988 – Ella Raines, actress (Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 66

1991 – Stan Getzjazz saxophonist (Girl from Ipanema), dies at 64

VIDEOS

1994 – Barry Sullivan, actor (Great Gatsby), dies at 81

1994 – Peter Graves, English actor (Derby Day/Admirable Crichton), dies at 82

1994 – Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93

1996 – George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92

2003 – Dave Rowberry, British musician (The Animals) (b. 1940)

2005 – Anne Bancroft, American actress, dies from uterine cancer at 73

2006 – Billy Preston, American musician (b. 1946)

2006 – Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)

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