Today In The Past

 

 Events

168 BC – Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England

1611 – Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery & never seen again

1633 – Galileo Galilei forced to recant Earth orbits Sun by Pope (on Oct 31, 1992, Vatican admits it was wrong)

1675 – Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II

1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)

1807 – British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812

1812 – Napoleon’s Grand Army invades Russia

1847 – Doughnut created

1873 – Prince Edward Island joins Canada

1910 – 1st airship with passengers sets afloat-Zeppelin Deutscheland

1933 – German social-democratic party (SPD) forbidden

1940 – France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms

1947 – 12″ rain in 42 mins (Holt, MO)

1949 – Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title

1969 – Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

1970 – Pres Nixon signs 26th amendment (voting age lowered to 18)

1978 – Pluto’s satelite Charon, is discovered

1982 – Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place

1990 – Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

1990 – Florida passes a law prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit

1992 – Supreme Court rules “hate crime” laws violated free-speech rights

Births

1757 – George Vancouver, surveyed Pacific coast from SF to Vancouver I

1856 – Henry Rider Haggard, author (King Solomon’s Mine, She, Dawn)

1896 – Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)

1903 – Carl Hubbell, pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA

1922 – Bill Blass, Ft Wayne Ind, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)

1941 – Ed Bradley, Phila, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)

1945 – Howard Kaylan, rocker (Flo & Eddie/Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)

1949 – Meryl Streep, New Jersey, American actress (French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice)

1964 – Dan Brown, Exeter, New Hampshire, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code)

1978 – Dan Wheldon, British race car driver

Deaths

1535 – John Fisher, English bishop (1504-35)/cardinal, beheaded at about 65

1874 – Howard Staunton, world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies

1903 – George White, black resident of Delaware, lynched

1965 – David O Selznick, producer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 63

1969 – Judy Garland, actress (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

1979 – Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)

1987 – Fred Astaire, actor/dancer (Royal Wedding, Let’s Dance), dies at 88

1993 – Pat Nixon, 1st lady (1969-75), dies of lung cancer at 81

2002 – Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)

2008 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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