Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

1652 – New Amsterdam (now NYC) passes 1st speed limit law in US

1693 – 1st woman’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” published (London)

1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: on the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally leads troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field.

1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

1778 – Liberty Bell came home to Phila after the British had left

1847 – NY & Boston linked by telegraph wires

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange

1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”

1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)

1940 – Soviet Army attacks Romania

1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island

1950 – US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

1950 – North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1954 – 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)

1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala

1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas

1963 – USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m

1973 – “Live & Let Die” premieres in US

1976 – Israeli raid on Entebbe, Uganda

1977 – Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)

1985 – Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified

1993 – Don Henley booed in Milwaukee when he dedicates the song “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to President Clinton

1994 – Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet

2008 – Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Births

1040 – King Ladislaus I of Hungary (d. 1095)

1838 – Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)

1869 – Emma Goldman, anarchist/publisher (Mother Earth)

1880 – Helen Keller, Ala, blind-deaf author/lecturer had more sense than many

1899 – Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur (d. 1981)

1923 – Paul F Conrad, Cedar Rapids Iowa, cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84)

1925 – Jerome “Doc” Pomus, rocker

1930 – H Ross Perot, Texas, billionaire/presidental candidate (1992)

1944 – Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows)

1955 – Isabelle Adjani, Paris, actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar)

1985 – Nico Rosberg, German race car driver

Deaths

444 – Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies

1638 – Lukaris Cyrillus, patriarch of Alexandria/Constantinople, dies

1844 – Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill

1844 – Joseph Smith Jr, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob at 38

1889 – Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies

1952 – Max Dehn, German mathematician (b. 1878)

1971 – Kenneth Washington, actor (Sgt Baker-Hogan’s Heroes), dies at 53

1995 – Prez “Kidd” Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 61

2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

2002 – John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57

2004 – George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)

2005 – Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)

2005 – Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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