Today In The Past

Events

306 – Mark Aurelius Valerius Maxentius proclaimed emperor of Rome

312 – Emperor Constantine the Great beats rivaal Maxentius

969 – Byzantines troops occupy Antioch Syria

1061 – Emperor disposes of bishop Cadalus & Pope Honorius II

1422 – Charles V’s son succeeds him as king Charles VII of France

1467 – Battle at Brustem: Charles the Stoute beats the Luikenaars

1516 – Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza.

1531 – Battle of Amba Sel: Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia. The southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad’s control.

1538 – The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.

1628 – Hugenot bulwark La Rochelle surrenders to Cardinal Richelieu

1636 – Harvard University (Cambridge Mass) founded

1664 – The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, is established.

1740 – Ivan VI becomes czar of Russia [OS=Oct 17]

 

 

 

1776 – Battle of White PlainsWashington retreats to NJ

 

 

 

 

1790 – NY gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000

1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

1834 – The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.

1846 – Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die

 

 

 

1863 – Battle at Wauhatchie Georgia865 killed or injured

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Second Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri

1864 – Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends after 1554 casualties

1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC

1914 – German battle cruiser Goeben enters Black Sea

1919 – Volstead Act passed by Congress, start prohibition over Wilson’s veto

1922 – 1st coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game

1922 – Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy’s government

1927 – Josip Broz (Tito) begins 7 months jail sentence in Croatia

1929 – Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64

1936 – FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary

1939 – Spitfire shoots German Heinkel-111 down above Scotland

1940 – Greece successfully resists Italy’s attack

1940 – Meeting between Hitler & Benito Mussolini in Florence

1942 – 6th day battle at El Alamein: British offensive under Montgomery( see UE 10/23)

1943 – U-220 sinks

1944 – Russia & Bulgaria sign weapon pact

1946 – German rocket engineers begin work in USSR

1948 – Flag of Israel is adopted

1952 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Women’s Texas Golf Open

1954 – Ernest Hemingway wins Nobel prize for literature

1959 – Buffalo Bills enter AFL

1961 – Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets

1962 – Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending crisis

1962 – NY Giant YA Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)

1965 – Gateway Arch (630′ (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri

1971 – England becomes 6th nation to have a satellite (Prospero) in orbit

1974 – Luna 23 launched (landing on Moon)

1982 – NASA launches RCA-E

 

 

 

1986 – The centennial of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication is re-celebrated in New York Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen gives $10 million to U Wash library

1992 – Lee Jang Rim predicts that today would be the end of the world!

1994 – Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth for 3rd time

1995 – Horse Racing Breeders’ Cup Champs: Cigar, Desert Stormer, Inside Information, My Flag, Northern Spur, Ridgewood Pearl, Unbridled’s Song

1998 – An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.

 

 

 

2005 – Plame affair: Lewis LibbyVice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staffis indicted in the Valerie Plame caseLibby resigns later that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006 – Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kiev, Ukrainewith reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s – early 1940s

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.

2009 – NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.

 

 

Births

1017 – Henry III, Roman Catholic German emperor (1046-56)

1466 – Desiderius Erasmus, Holland, humanist and theologian (The Praise of Folly), (d. 1536)

1510 – Francisco Borgia, great grandson of pope Alexander VI/theologist/saint

1585 – Cornelius Otto Jansen, France, Roman Catholic reform leader

 

 

 

1691 – Peder TordenskjoldNorwegian naval hero (d. 1720)

 

 

 

 

 

1697 – Canaletto, Italian artist (d. 1768)

1703 – Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (d. 1768)

 

 

 

1793 – Eliphalet RemingtonUS gun maker (UE 08/12)

 

 

 

 

 

1804 – Pierre F Verhulst, Belgium, mathematician (logistic curve)

1810 – Adley Hogan Gladden, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862

1834 – Dudley McIver DuBose, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1883

 

 

 

1837 – Tokugawa YoshinobuJapan’s last shogun (d. 1913)

 

 

 

 

 

1845 – Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (d. 1888)

1846 – Auguste Escoffier, king of chefs & chef of kings

1855 – Ivan V Mitshurin, Russian botanist (new types of fruit)

1864 – Adolfo Camarillo, prominent land owner, horse breeder, and rancher (d. 1958

1875 – Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, American geographer and editor (d. 1966)

1891 – Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (d. 1920)

1892 – Eduard J Dijksterhuis, Dutch mathematician/historian (Fall & Throw)

1897 – Hans Speidel, nazi chief-staff/NATO-supreme commander

1902 – Elsa Lanchester, Lewisham London, actress (Bride of Frankenstien)

1903 – Evelyn A Waugh, London, author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop)

1907 – Edith Head, fashion designer (MGM)

1909 – Francis Bacon, Ireland, painter (Study for a Pope)

 

 

 

1914 – Jonas SalkNYCmedical researcher (polio vaccine)

 

 

 

 

 

1914 – Richard Lawrence Millington Synge, British bio-chemist (Nobel 1952)

 

 

 

1917 – Jack SooAmerican actor (d. 1979)

 

The Jack Soo Retrospective Part 1

Jack Soo,  Retrospective  Part 2

Jack Soo, A Retrospective – Part 3

 

 

 

 

1922 – Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)

1924 – Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (d. 1996)

1925 – Leonard Starr, comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie)

1926 – Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)

1928 – Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian general

1929 – 1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida

1929 – Joan Plowright, Brigg England, actress (Brimstone & Treacle)

 

 

 

1930 – Bernie EcclestoneEnglish motorsports impresario (F1)

 

 

 

 

 

1936 – Charlie DanielsWilmington NCsinger (Devil Went Down to Georgia)

 

Long Haired Country Boy

Orange Blossom Special with Eugene Fodor

The South’s Gonna Do it Again

Still in Saigon

 

 

 

 

1936 – Ted Hawkins, singer/guitarist

1937 – Lenny Wilkins, NBA player/coach (Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta)

1938 – Anne Perry, English-born novelist

1940 – Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov, cosmo (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21)

1940 – Susan Harris, American television writer and producer

1942 – Kees Verkerk, skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympics-gold-68)

1943 – Charo López, Spanish actress

1944 – Dennis Franz, Maywood Ill, actor (Buntz-Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue)

1944 – Anton Schlecker, German billionaire

1948 – Ricki Lee Reynolds, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)

1948 – Valeri Viktorovich Baberdin, Russian colonel/cosmonaut

1949 – Bruce Jenner, Mt Kisco NY, decathalete (Olympic-gold-1976)

1950 – Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist

1952 – Annie Potts, Nashville TN, actress (Mary Jo-Designing Women)

1953 – Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive

 

 

 

1955 – Bill Gates [William Henry], Seattle Washbillionaire founder/CEO (Microsoft)

 

 

 

 

 

1956 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran

1962 – Daphne Zuniga, SF CA, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs)

1964 – Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)

1965 – Jami Gertz, Chicago, actress (Less the Zero, Crossroads, Solarbabies)

1966 – Andy Richter, Yorkville IL, writer/sidekick (Conan O’Brien)

1966 – Kaylynn Hick, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1967 – Julia Roberts, Smyrna Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman)

1967 – Kevin Macdonald, Scottish film director

 

 

 

1972 – Brad PaisleyAmerican Country musician

 

Letter To Me

I’m Gonna Miss Her

I’m Still A Guy

He Didn’t Have To Be

 

 

 

 

1974 – Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, PR, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)

 

 

Deaths

312 – Maxentius, Roman emperor (b. c. 278)

 

 

 

899 – Alfred the GreatEnglish monarchdies

 

 

 

 

 

1138 – Boleslaw III Kryzwousty, [scheefmond], duke of Poland, dies

1225 – Jien, Japanese poet and historian (b. 1155)

1312 – Elisabeth of Tirol, German queen

1520 – Pier Gerlofs Donia, Frisian pirate and freedom fighter

1568 – Ashikaga Yoshihide, Japanese shogun (b. 1539)

1627 – Djehangir/Jahangir, great mogol of India, dies

1646 – William Dobson, English painter (b. 1610)

1703 – John Wallis, English mathematician/cryptographer (wig of W), dies

 

 

 

1704 – John LockeEnglish philosopher (2 treatises of government), dies at 72

 

 

 

 

 

1740 – Anna Ivanova Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47

1792 – Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist (b. 1710)

1792 – John Smeaton, British civil engineer (b. 1724)

1800 – Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (b. 1727)

1818 – Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies at 73

1841 – Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (b. 1792)

1852 – Gerhard M Roentgen, founder Fijenoord dockyard, dies at 57

1877 – Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)

1899 – Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-born inventor (tuberculosis) (b. 1854)

1916 – Oswald Boelcke, German pilot (b. 1891)

1959 – Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)

1965 – Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris

 

 

 

1965 – Earl BosticAmerican saxophonist (b. 1913)

 

Up There in Orbit

Hello Dolly & Days of Wine and Roses

Misty

Moonglow

 

 

 

 

1975 – Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)

 

 

 

1987 – Woody HermanUS jazz clarinetist/composerdies at 74

 

 

 Fanfare For The Common Man

Blues in the Night

Sonny Boy

Caldonia

 

 

 

 

1991 – Dudley McConnell, headed NASA’s Earth Science Division, dies

1991 – Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78

1993 – Doris Duke, heiress (American Tobacco Co), dies at 80

 

 

 

1996 – Morey Amsterdamcomedian (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87

 

Hollywood Palace with Rose Marie

My Psychiatrist Says

Stump the Stars

 

 

 

 

1998 – Ted Hughes, British poet (b. 1930)

2002 – Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)

2004 – Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)

2005 – Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)

2006 – Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1917)

2006 – Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)

2007 – Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

2010 – James MacArthur, American actor (b. 1937)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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