Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1325 – Sheik Ibn Battuta begins 1st world trip, Tangiers to Mecca

1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world’s oldest) signed in London

1392 – Assassination attempt on Pierre de Craon Van Clisson of France, fails

1547 – King Ferdinand of Austria subjects himself on Turkish sultan Suleiman

1665 – Sea battle at Lowestoft: English fleet beats Dutch

1774 – Rhode Island becomes 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves

1777 – Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette lands in US

1789 – Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington

1828 – Simon Bolívar proclaimed dictator

1863 – Battle of Winchester VA

1863 – Skirmish at Berryville Virginia

1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims reconstruction confederate states

1866 – House passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights for blacks)

1868 – Oscar J Dunn (a black) is elected Lt Governor of Louisiana

1871 – Hurricane kills 300 in Labrador

1874 – 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5

1881 – The USS Jeannette is crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.

1886 – Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC

1888 – Congress creates Department of Labor

1889 – 2′ of snow accumulates in Rawlins Wyoming

1889 – 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25

1895 – Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)

1898 – Yukon Territory of Canada organized, Dawson chosen as capital

1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners & Christians

1907 – Lowest temp ever in 48 US states for June, 2°F in Tamarack Calif

1908 – Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1910 – Pilot Charles Hamilton makes 1st 1-day round-trip from NY to Phila

1913 – 45th Belmont: Roscoe Troxler aboard Prince Eugene wins in 2:18

1917 – Germany bombs London

1917 – World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.

1920 – Post Office says children could not be sent by parcel post

1922 – Longest attack of hiccups begins Charlie Osborne, 98 hiccupped over 435 million times before it stops, He dies 11 months after it stops

1925 – 57th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard American Flag wins in 2:16.8

1927 – Ticker-tape parade welcomed Charles A Lindbergh to NYC

1930 – 1st Nudist Colony opens

1930 – 22 people killed by hailstones in Siatista Greece

1931 – 63rd Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Twenty Grand wins in 2:29.6

1933 – 1st sodium vapor lamps installed (Schenectady NY)

1933 – German Secret State Police (Gestapo) established

1935 – James J Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1937 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns

1937 – Stalin executes Rus officers Tuchachevski, Jakir, Putna & Uberevitch

1940 – Paris evacuates before German advance

1942 – 1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km

1942 – Germany puts 4 saboteurs on Long Island

1942 – OSS, Office of Strategic Services, form

1944 – German counter attack on Villers-Bocage Normandy

1944 – Nazi Germany begins V-1 (Fieseler Fi-103) buzz-bomb attacks

1945 – Orokoe peninsula Okinawa captured, with 6,000 dead

1946 – 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland

1947 – 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)

1951 – UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea

1952 – Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8

1953 – 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1954 – Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx

1955 – Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans France

1956 – After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control

1957 – Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth Mass

1958 – Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster Ca

1959 – “Sammy Kaye Show,” last airs on ABC-TV

1959 – 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6

1960 – “Alley-Oop” by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59

1962 – “Bob Newhart Show,” last airs on NBC-TV

1966 – Supreme Court’s Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights

1967 – “You Only Live Twice” premieres in US

1967 – Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice

1969 – Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band & joins Rolling Stones

1970 – “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry hit #1 in UK

1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

1971 – NY Times began publishing “Pentagon Papers”

1973 – Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)

1977 – Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray recaptured

1978 – Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.

1979 – Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD

1980 – Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” hits #1

1981 – Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

1983 – Pioneer 10 is 1st man-made object to leave Solar System

1987 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina

1988 – 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRS, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow

1988 – Fed jury finds Liggett liable in death of NJ woman of lung cancer

1990 – Boeing 767 sets nonstop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya

1991 – A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament

1993 – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani re-elected president of Iran

1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

1996 – The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.

1997 – Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death

1997 – American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.

2000 – Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

2002 – The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

2005 – A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

2012 – A series of bombings across Iraq kill 93 and wound 300 people 

2012 – San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise’s history against the Houston Astros

Births

40 – Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England

823 – Charles II, the Bald, King of France (843-77)/emperor (875-77)

1539 – Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist/illustrator

1592 – Tobias Michael, composer

1649 – Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic (d. 1706)

1786 – Winfield Scott, army general (Union)/presidential candidate

1809 – George Philip St Cooke, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1895

1820 – WF Hendrik, the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands/admiral

1821 – Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox, Asst Secy (Union), died in 1883

1822 – Carl Schmidt, German chemist (d. 1884)

1823 – Gustave Paul Cluseret, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1900

1825 – Benjamin Jefferson Hill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1880

1827 – Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (d. 1882)

1831 – James Clerk Maxwell, Scotish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light)

1854 – Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine)

1865 – William Butler Yeats, Ireland, poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923)

1884 – Etienne Gilson, French philosopher (d. 1978)

1892 – Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Sherlock Holmes)

1894 – Isaak E Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [or Jul 13]

1894 – Jacques-Henri Lartigue, France, photographer

1897 – Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finland, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28)

1903 – Harold “Red” Grange, “Galloping Ghost” of football (Illinois Bears)

1905 – Doc Cheatham, jazz musician

1906 – Bruno de Finetti, Italian mathematician (d. 1985)

1913 – Ralph Edwards, Merino Colo, TV host (This is Your Life)

1915 – J Donald Budge, US tennis player (1st to hold world’s 4 major titles)

1918 – Ben Johnson, Foraker Oklahoma, actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), (d. 1996)

1918 – Helmut Lent, German night fighter pilot (d. 1944)

1920 – Knut Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)

1925 – Hans Fellner, bookseller

1926 – Paul Lynde, Mt Vernon Ohio, comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched)

1928 – John Forbes Nash, American mathematician, Nobel laureate

1929 – Ralph McQuarrie, Gary, Indiana, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), (d. 2012)

1930 – Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel (d. 2004)

1931 – Lachlan Macleay, USAF/pilot

1938 – Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer (UEI, Paintbox)

1939 – Don “Sugarcane” Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)

1943 – Edward Skorek, Poland, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1976)

1943 – Malcolm McDowell, Leeds England, actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula)

1944 – Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)

1945 – Whitley Strieber, American author

1949 – Dennis Locorriere, Union City NJ, rock guitarist (Dr Hook)

1951 – Richard Thomas, New York City, American actor (John Boy-Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda)

1951 – Stellan Skarsgard, Swedish actor (Breaking the Waves)

1952 – Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka

1953 – Tim Allen, Denver Colo, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle)

1954 – Bo [Robert] Donaldson, rock vocalist (Billy Don’t Be a Hero)

1954 – Jorge Santana, rocker (Malo)

1954 – Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer

1962 – Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

1962 – Davey Hamilton, American racing driver

1963 – Catarina Lindqvist, Sweden, tennis player (Swedish Open 1986)

1963 – Paul De Lisle, American musician (Smash Mouth)

1966 – Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician

1966 – Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver

1968 – Deniece Peterson, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)

1972 – Natalie MacMaster, Canadian musician

1974 – Steve-O, American television personality

1974 – Brande Roderick, American actress

1978 – Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model

1979 – Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player

1980 – Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver

1981 – David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time

1983 – Matt Allison, British racing driver

1985 – Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver

1986 – Ashley Fuller Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Mary Kate Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

1986 – Kat Dennings, American actress

1992 – Tyler Davison, was world’s smallest baby at 6 inches, 11 ounces

Deaths

1036 – Ali az-Zahir, caliph (b. 1005)

1142 – Godfried II, duke of Brabant/Neth-Lotharingen, dies

1231 – Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (b. 1195)

1256 – Tankei, Japanese sculptor (b. 1173)

1371 – Jan V of Virneburg, bishop of Utrecht (Pledge Vollenhove), dies

1550 – Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64

1645 – Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman

1665 – Auke Stellingwerf, lt-admiral of Friesland, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Egbert Meussen Kortenaer, vice-admiral, dies in battle at about 29

1665 – Jacob van Wassenaer, [Foggy Obdam], lt-admiral, dies in battle at 55

1784 – Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)

1865 – Cleaveland J Campbell, Union brig-general, dies at about 29

1905 – Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered

1930 – Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)

1931 – Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)

1961 – Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79

1965 – Martin Buber, German/Israel philosopher/zionist/theologist, dies at 87

1972 – Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39

1977 – Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)

1979 – Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47

1986 – Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

1987 – Geraldine Page, actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62

1989 – Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81

1993 – Donald “Deke” K Slayton, US major/astronaut (Apollo 18), dies at 69

1995 – David Parry, guitarist, dies 53

2004 – Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)

2008 – Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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