Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.

1231 – Harderwijk becomes a city

1345 – The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.

1429 – Hundred Years’ War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.

1488 – Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland

1578 – England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize US

1666 – -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)

1676 – Battle at Öland: Danish & Dutch fleet under CM Tromp beats Sweden

1685 – James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove

1770 – Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia

1776 – Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence

1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.

1793 – 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1825 – The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.

1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.

1859 – Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada

1864 – -12] Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)

1864 – 300′ (90 m) of Meigg’s Wharf washed away in storm

1864 – Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught

1864 – Battle of Laurel Hill, WV

1864 – Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg

1870 – 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam

1876 – Republicans pick Rutherford B Hayes as presidental candidate

1892 – The Limelight Department, one of the world’s first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.

1895 – 1st auto race

1895 – Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile

1896 – US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized

1898 – 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo Cuba during Spanish-American War

1898 – 23rd Preakness: Willie Simms aboard Sly Fox wins in 1:49.75

1900 – -12] Battle at Diamond Hill: British troops chase General Botha

1905 – Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)

1919 – 51st Belmont: J Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown

1921 – 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8

1927 – 59th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6

1927 – Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross

1928 – Alfred Hitchcock’s 1st film, “Case Of Jonathan Drew,” is released

1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.

1936 – Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia

1937 – Marx Brothers’ “A Day At The Races” released

1939 – King & Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FDR’s party

1940 – Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta

1941 – Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews

1942 – German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa

1942 – US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II

1943 – Heinrich Himmler orders liquidation of Polish ghettos

1944 – 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas

1949 – 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2

1949 – Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)

1950 – Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament

1953 – “Amos ‘n Andy,” TV Comedy, also radio from ’29; last aired on CBS

1955 – 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29

1955 – Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)

1958 – UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon

1959 – Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence’s book, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)

1960 – 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2

1960 – House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)

1964 – Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference

1966 – “I Am A Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3

1966 – “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1

1966 – “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys hit #1 in UK

1966 – French & German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry

1967 – A J Foyt & Dan Gurney drove a Ford to victory in Le Mans

1969 – David Bowie releases “Space Oddity”

1971 – US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan

1971 – US ends ban on China trade

1974 – Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Wash

1974 – Mel Stottlemyre’s AL record 272nd consecutive start, without relief

1975 – 1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield

1976 – Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain

1977 – 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6

1977 – Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland

1977 – Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

1978 – “Grease” starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens

1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months

1981 – Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student

1982 – Larry Holmes TKOs Gerry Cooney in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1982 – Movie “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” released (highest grossing film)

1983 – 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8

1984 – Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally

1988 – 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6

1990 – Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

1991 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

1993 – “Jurassic Park” opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million

1994 – 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

1994 – Drunken officer shoots 7 people dead in Falun Sweden

1994 – Cbox is 39’115 long, 20’85 wide, & 8′ high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn

1998 – Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.

2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

2002 – Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.

2004 – Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.

2004 – Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

2009 – A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.

2012 – The Nobel Prize is reduced by 20% to prevent any future undermining of capital

Births

1403 – John IV, Duke of Brabant (d. 1427)

1456 – Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)

1540 – Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)

1572 – Ben Jonson, England, playwright/poet (Volpone, Alchemist)

1696 – Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)

1723 – J G Palitzsch, 1st saw Halley’s comet on return, Prolitz

1741 – Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)

1807 – James Findlay Schenck, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882

1808 – Charles Henry Poor, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882

1815 – Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer (d. 1879)

1816 – Robert Huston Milroy, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890

1822 – Samuel Davis Sturgis, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1889

1823 – James Lawson Kemper, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1895

1842 – Carl von Linde, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1934)

1846 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)

1847 – Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader (English women’s movement)

1864 – Richard Georg Strauss, Munich Germany, composer (Don Quixote)

1879 – Max Schreck, German actor (d. 1936)

1880 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to US Congress (Rep-Montana)

1883 – Frank O King, Cashton Wisc, cartoonist (Gasoline Alley)

1886 – David Steinman, NYC, bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough)

1888 – Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1927)

1889 – Wesley Ruggles, actor/producer/director (Keystone Kops)

1895 – Nikolai A Bulganin, Gorki Russia, premier of USSR (1955-58)

1904 – Clarence “Pinetop” Smith, jazz pianist/singer (Boogie Woogie Piano)

1904 – Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer

1907 – Paul Mellon, US, oil magnate/pres (Washington National Gallery of Art)

1910 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, France, oceanic explorer (Calypso)

1913 – Vince Lombardi, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers)

1914 – Jack Mann, pilot/hostage

1915 – Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)

1920 – Irving Howe, US, writer/critic (World of Our Fathers)

1925 – William Styron, Va, novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice)

1926 – Brother Dave Gardner, Novelty singer/comedian

1927 – John Aspinall, owner (casino, zoos)

1931 – Lucianna Paluzzi, Rome Italy, actress (Five Fingers, Thunderball)

1932 – Athol Fugard, Middleburg South Africa, anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot)

1933 – Jud Strunk, Jamestown NY, singer/comedian (Laugh-In)

1935 – Gene Wilder, [Jerome Silbermann], Milwaukee, actor (Silver Streak)

1937 – Johnny Brown, St Petersburg Fla, comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams)

1937 – Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

1939 – Christina Crawford, author, Joan’s daughter (Mommie Dearest)

1939 – Jackie Stewart, Scotland, driver/sports announcer (27 Grand Prix)

1940 – Joey Dee, Passaic NJ, singer (Hey Let’s Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris)

1943 – Henry Hill Jr., Brooklyn, New York, mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), (d. 2012)

1945 – Adrienne Barbeau, Sacramento California, actress (Maude, Swamp Thing)

1946 – Jenny Pittman, horse trainer

1946 – John Lawton, British rock singer (Uriah Heep)

1947 – Glenn Leonard, R&B singer (Temptations)

1948 – Anthony Nelson, British Sec of Treasury

1948 – Skip Alan, [Alan Skipper], drummer (Them, Pretty Things)

1949 – Frank Beard, rocker (ZZ Top-She Got Legs, Fandango)

1949 – George Willig, stuntman (climbed World Trade Center in 1977)

1949 – Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)

1950 – Graham Russell, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply)

1950 – Debbie “Pokey” Watson, US, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1968)

1950 – Lindsey de Paul, singer

1952 – Donnie Van Zant, rock vocalist (.38 Special)

1952 – Russell Hitchcock, Melbourne Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply)

1955 – Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower

1956 – Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)

1959 – Hugh Laurie [James Hugh Calum Laurie], Oxford, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House)

1963 – Bruce Kimball, American diver

1964 – Kim Gallagher, Phila, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1984)

1964 – Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver

1966 – Tiffany Cohen, Culver City California, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1984)

1969 – Peter Dinklage, American actor

1970 – Chris Rice, singer/songwriter

1978 – Ujjwala Raut, Indian supermodel

1982 – Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier

1985 – Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel

1986 – Shia LaBeouf, Los Angeles, California, American actor (Disturbia, Transformers)

Deaths

323 BC – Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32, (or the 10th June)

1183 – Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)

1216 – Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire

1249 – Adelheid van Schaarbeek, Flemish mystic/saint, dies

1479 – Johannes a San Facundo, Spanish Augustine saint, dies

1488 – James III, King of Scots, dies in battle

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

1560 – Marie Guise, French wife of King James V of Scotland and mother and regent of Mary Queen of Scots, dies at 44

1666 – Cornelis Evertsen the Old, Swiss vice-admiral, dies in battle at 55

1695 – André Félibien, French architect (b. 1619)

1727 – King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)

1796 – Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and politician (b. 1720)

1825 – Daniel D Tompkins, 6th US Vice President (1817-25), dies at 54

1847 – John Franklin, English sea captain and explorer (b. 1786)

1903 – Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)

1913 – Machmud Shevket Pasha, Turks grand vizier, murdered

1937 – R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)

1941 – Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)

1955 – Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered

1966 – Wallace Ford, actor (Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68

1970 – Aleksandr F Kerenski, Russian premier (1917), dies at 89

1979 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72

1985 – Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31

1986 – Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80

1986 – Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)

1990 – Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86

1992 – Marjorie Newell Robb, oldest living survivor of Titantic, dies at 103

1992 – Scotty Sachs, actor (Hanoi Hilton), dies of gunshot wounds at 39

1994 – Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90

1994 – Kitty Rosalind Muggeridge, author, dies at 90

1999 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)

2001 – Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (by execution; b. 1968)

2003 – David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)

2004 – Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)

2006 – Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)

2007 – Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)

2008 – Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)

2012 – Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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