Today In The Past

 

 

Events

28 – Gaius Carrinas’ triumphant procession through Rome

1381 – Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath.

1418 – An insurrection delivers Paris to the Burgundians.

1534 – Turkish adm Chaireddin “Barbarossa” allows Giulia Gonzaga to kidnap & plunder Naples

1560 – Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto.

1653 – – 13] First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland, English fleet beats the Dutch

1665 – English rename New Amsterdam, NY, after Dutch pull out

1673 – Charles II’s brother duke James of York resigns as Lord High Admiral

1775 – 1st naval battle of Revolution-Unity (US) captures Margaretta (Br)

1787 – Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old

1792 – George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver BC

1812 – Napoleon invades Russia

1830 – Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch.

1838 – Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

1859 – Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered

1864 – Lee sends Early into Shenandoah Valley

1864 – Skirmish at Mcafee’s Cross Road Georgia, about 57 dies in battle

1875 – 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25

1885 – Roof collapse kills 30 at murder trial in France

1889 – 88 are killed in the Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland.

1897 – Possibly most severe quake in history strikes Assam India, shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1500 casualties)

1900 – German Navy Law calls for massive increase in sea power

1908 – Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)

1913 – “Dachshund” by Pathe Freres, early animated cartoon, released

1917 – Secret Service extends protection of president to his family

1918 – 1st airplane bombing raid by an American unit, France

1920 – 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o’ War wins in 2:14.2

1923 – Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC

1925 – William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25′ 10 3/4″

1926 – 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2

1930 – 34th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 287 at Interlachen CC Minn

1930 – Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey on a foul in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

1931 – Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury

1934 – Black-McKeller Bill passes causes Bill Boeing empire to break up into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] & United Air Lines

1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate’s longest speech on record (150,000 words)

1936 – 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh Pa)

1937 – USSR executes 8 army leaders as Stalin’s purge continues

1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY

1939 – Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

1942 – Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)

1944 – 1st V-1 rocket assault on London

1944 – British 12th battalion conquers Bréville

1944 – US troop march into Carentan/Caumont, Normandy

1945 – US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa

1947 – Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win Brit Women’s Amateur Golf Champ

1948 – 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2

1954 – 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8

1954 – Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock,” is originally released

1955 – “Mr Peepers” (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC

1957 – Paul Anderson of US back-lifts a record 2850 kg (6,270 lbs)

1962 – 3 convicts used spoons to dig their way out of Alcatraz

1962 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m

1965 – Morio Shigematsu runs world record marathon (2:12:00)

1965 – Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies

1966 – Dave Clark 5 set record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan

1967 – Israel wins 6 day war

1967 – Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)

1967 – USSR launches Venera 4 for parachute landing on Venus

1970 – Pitts Pirate Doc Ellis no-hits San Diego Padres, 2-0

1978 – David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life

1979 – Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185′

1979 – Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min

1981 – “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” starring Harrison Ford premieres

1981 – Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

1982 – 750,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators, rally in Central Park NYC

1982 – Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands

1983 – Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

1989 – Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids

1990 – Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite Neth 1-1 in World Cup game

1994 – Cab Calloway suffered massive stroke at his home in White Plaines NY

2000 – Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.

2004 – A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

2012 – The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created

2012 – An Australian coroner’s report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980

 

Births

1107 – Emperor Gaozong of China (d. 1187)

1468 – Juan del Encina, composer

1519 – Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and art patron of Florence (d. 1574)

1577 – Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)

1659 – Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Japanese samurai (d. 1719)

1771 – Patrick Gass, Falling Springs PA, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition

1775 – Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (d. 1851)

1795 – John Marston Jr, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1885

1798 – Samuel Cooper, Sect of War/General (Confederate Army), died in 1876

1802 – Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist (d. 1876)

1806 – John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge) (d. 1869)

1812 – Edmond Hébert, French geologist (d. 1890)

1821 – Henry Moses Judah, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1866

1825 – John Cook, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1910

1829 – Johanna Spyri, Switzerland, writer (Heidi)

1851 – Oliver Joseph Lodge, England, early radio pioneer

1877 – Thomas C Hart, US admiral (Asiatic fleet)

1897 – Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon (C), British PM (1955-57)

1912 – Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist

1915 – David Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank)

1916 – Irwin Allen, NYC, director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure)

1916 – Ivan Tors, TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper)

1917 – Priscilla Lane, US, actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)

1919 – Uta Hagen, Germany, actress (Boys From Brazil)/teaches acting

1920 – Dave Berg, American cartoonist (d. 2002)

1924 – George Herbert Walker Bush, MA, 43 VP (1981-89) 41st Pres (R, 1989-93)

1927 – Timir Pinegin, Moscow, Russia, sailor (Olympic gold 1960), (d. 2013)

1928 – Richard Sherman, composer/lyricist (Mary Poppins)

1928 – Vic Damone, [Vito Farinola], Bkln, singer (Street Where You Live)

1929 – Anne Frank, Holland, Nazi victim/diarist (Diary of Anne Frank)

1930 – Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener of 50s)

1930 – Donald Byrne, American chess player (d. 1976)

1932 – Jim Nabors, Sylacauga Al, actor/singer (Gomer Pyle)

1932 – Mamo Wolde, Ethiopia, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1932 – Rona Jaffe, novelist (Mazes & Monsters)

1933 – Eddie Adams, American photographer, won Pulitzer Prize (d. 2004)

1934 – John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (d. 2001)

1937 – Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician

1941 – Chick Corea, Chelsea Mass, jazz pianist (Delhpi I, Toy Dance)

1941 – Reg[inald] Presley, [Ball], rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing), (d. 2013)

1941 – Marv Albert, NYC, “Yes!” sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter

1942 – Bert Sakmann, German physiologist, Nobel laureate

1945 – Terry Anderson, Sydney NSW Aust, US rapid fire pistol (Olympic-80, 96)

1947 – Ronald J Freeman II, Elizabeth NJ, 4x400m runner (Olympic-gold-1968)

1948 – Barry Bailey, Doraville Ga, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section)

1948 – Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver

1951 – Bun E Carlos, [Brad Carlson], rock drummer (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)

1951 – Brad Delp, guitarist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)

1952 – Dale Krantz, singer (Rossington-Collins Band)

1952 – Seigfried Brietzke, German DR, coxless rower (Oly-gold-1972, 76, 80)

1952 – Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders) (d. 1983)

1953 – Grace Jones, Kingston Jamacia (she claims but actually 5/19/48)

1957 – Jim Morris, impressionist/comedian (Ronald Reagan, George Bush)

1959 – Scott Thompson, comedian (Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show)

1959 – Steve Bauer, St Catharines Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-silver-84, 96)

1959 – John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants)

1959 – Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham

1962 – Ally Sheedy, [Alexandria], NYC, actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club)

1964 – Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver

1965 – Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)

1968 – Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)

1969 – Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (Omen, Bikini) (d. 2007)

1971 – Florencia Labat, Buenos Aires Argentina, tennis star (1992 Austrian)

1974 – Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player

1975 – Scott Ferrier, Australia, high jumper/decathlete (Olympics-96)

1977 – Kenny Wayne Shepherd, American blues-rock guitarist

1981 – Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel

1982 – Loïc Duval, French racing driver

1985 – Blake Ross, American software developer

1985 – Chris Young, American musician

 

 

Deaths

816 – Leo III, Italian Pope (795-816), dies

918 – Ethelfleda, Lady of the Mercians

1020 – Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury

1036 – Tedald, Bishop of Arezzo

1231 – Antonius van Padua, [Fernando M de Bulhom], Port minister, dies at 35

1435 – John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (b. 1408)

1490 – Adriaan Vilain II of Rassegem, peace of Tours, murdered at about 39

1560 – Imagawa Yoshimoto, Japanese daimyo (b. 1519)

1560 – Ii Naomori, Japanese warrior (b. 1506)

1567 – Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1490)

1687 – Jurriaen van Streeck, Dutch still life painter, buried

1772 – Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (b. 1724)

1778 – Philip Livingston, American merchant (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62

1858 – Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder/ship owner, dies at 74

1936 – Isidore Weiss, French world checker champion, dies

1957 – James F “Jimmy” Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53

1963 – Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80

1963 – Medgar Evers, NAACP official, shot in Jackson Miss at 37

1972 – Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63

1980 – Milburn Stone, actor (Doc-Gunsmoke), dies at 75

1982 – Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)

1982 – Sgt Ian McKay VC, British soldier (Falklands War) (b. 1953)

1983 – Norma Shearer, actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

1989 – Lou Monte, American singer (b. 1917)

1994 – Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of OJ, murdered at 35 (probably by OJ)

1994 – Otto Roesch, paleontologist, dies at 93

1994 – Ron Goldman, waiter, murdered with wife of OJ Simpson at 27

2002 – Bill Blass, American fashion designer (b. 1922)

2003 – Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916)

2007 – Don Herbert aka “Mr. Wizard”, American television host (b. 1917)

2012 – Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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