Today In The Past

 

Events

1607– 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown

1633 – Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, & detest” his Copernican heliocentric views

1788 – US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine

1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.

1893 – 1st Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago’s Columbian Exposition)

1932 – Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)

1945 – US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II

1950 – Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

1962 – USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m

1968 – Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns

1975 – “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg opens

1982 – John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity

2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.

2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.

Births

1002 – Leo IX, [Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54)

1732 – Martha Washington, 1st, 1st lady (1789-97)

1921 – Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)

1922 – Judy Holliday, NYC, comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam’s Rib)

1944 – Ray Davies, London, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing)

1953 – Benazir Bhutto, 1st female leader of a Moslem nation (Pakistan)

1982 – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, London, England, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana

Deaths

1527 – Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine statesman/author, dies at 57

1582 – Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1534)

1893 – Leland Stanford, American business tycoon and founder of Stanford University

1965 – Bernard M Baruch, pres advisor (termed “Cold War”), dies at 94

1969 – Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

 

 

 

2001 – John Lee Hooker, American bluesman , guitaristmusician (b. 1916)

 

 

Videos

 

 

 

 

2001 – Carroll O’Connor, American actor (b. 1924)

2008 – Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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