Today in the Past 

 

Events

987 – Louis IV, crowned king of France

1306 – The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.

1586 – English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island NC

 

 

 

1588 – Spanish Armada heavily destroyed in storm at Coruna

 

 

 

 

 

1754 – Albany Congress held by 7 British colonies & Iroquois indians

1778 – Washington’s troops finally leave Valley Forge

1829 – Sir Robert Peel found London Metropolitan Police

1846 – 1st baseball game (Cartwright Rules)-NY Nines 23, Knickerbockers 1

1848 – Elizabeth Stanton & Lucretia Mott open 1st women’s rights convention

1862 – Slavery outlawed in US territories

 

 

 

1864 – CSS “Alabama” sunk by USS “Kearsarge” off Cherbourg, France

 

 

 

 

 

1865 – Siege of Richmond, VA

1893 – Lizzie Bordon acquitted

1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Wash)

1926 – DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry

1936 – German boxer Max Schmeling World Champion KOs Joe Louis

1941 – Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal

 

 

 

1944 – Two day Battle of Philippines Sea begins

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – Bob Dylan completes UK tour

1972 – -29] Hurricane Agnes, kills 118 in NY & Florida

Births

1941 – Václav Klaus, Czech politician and President

 

 

 

1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician (Nobel)

 

 

 

 

 

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Pak, novelist (Midnight’s Children, Satanic Verses)

1964 – Boris Johnson, British politician

1969 – Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur

1978 – Garfield the Cat, animated character “Big fat hairy deal”

Deaths

 

1786 – Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (b. 1742)

 

 

 

 

 

1794 – Richard Henry Lee, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 62

 

 

 

 

 

1937 – James M Barrie, Scottish writer (Dear Brutus/Peter Pan), dies

1953 – Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

1953 – Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

1984 – Lee Krasner Pollock, US painter, dies at 75

1993 – William Golding, author (Lord of the Flies, Nobel 1983), dies at 81

1994 – Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot, dies at 92

1997 – Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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