Tag Archive: Uncurrent Events


Today in the Past

 

Events 

927 – The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.

1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.

1519 – Panama City founded

1549 – Portuguese missionaries Franciscus Xaverius lands in Kagoshima Japan

1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims

1635 – 1st recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony

1760 – Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

1863 – Submarine “HL Hunley” arrives in Charleston on railroad cars

1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado

1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost)

1914 – A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

1945 – World War II: Korean Liberation Day.

1957 – USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter

1965 – Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

 

1969 – Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)

Ten Years After – I’m Going Home(Woodstock 1969 Concert)

 

1988 – At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts

1989 – US Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle

1991 – 750,000 attend Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park

 

Births

1195 – Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)

1717 – Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)

1769 – Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica, resident of Elba (emperor of France 1804-13, 1814-15), (d. 1821)

1771 – Walter Scott, Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)

1875 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, London, composer (Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast)

1879 – Ethel Barrymore, Phila, actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green)

 

1888 – T E Lawrence Tremadoc , Wales, soldier/writer , [Lawrence of Arabia]

 

1912 – Julia Child, Pasadena California, chef (French Chef)

1924 – Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

1925 – Rose Marie, actress/comedienne (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show)

1946 – Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)

1979 – Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver

1989 – Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)

 

Deaths

69 – Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), murdered

778 – Roland, Frankish commander

1057 – Macbeth, King of Scotland, slain by son of King Duncan

1935 – Wiley Post, aviation pioneer, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 36

 

1935 – Will Rogers, humorist, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 55

The Official Will Rogers Website

 

1959 – Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL . ” Southern Can Is Mine ” (1931)

 

1967 – René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 68

Today in the Past 

 

Events 

1248 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun

1281 – Kublai Khans invading fleet disappears in typhoon near Japan

1457 – Oldest known exactly dated printed book (c 3 years after Gutenberg)

1756 – French capture Fort Oswego, NY

1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)

1813 – British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC

1824 – General Lafayette returns to US

1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president

1873 – “Field & Stream” begins publishing

1893 – France issues 1st driving licenses, included required test

1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion

1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925

1932 – Philips makes 1 millionth radio

1935 – Social Security Act becomes law

1936 – Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa

1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

1947 – India granted independence within British Commonwealth

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m

1966 – 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon

1974 – Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold

1980 – 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland

1980 – Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

1984 – IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0

1994 – Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings

1994 – Terrorist “Carlos” arrested in Khartoum Sudan

1997 – Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh

2003 – Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

 

Births

1297 – Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan (d. 1348)

1586 – William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist (d. 1642)

1688 – Frederik Willem I, king of Prussia (bodyguard of giants)

1737 – Charles Hutton, mathematician

1742 – Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)

1821 – Clement Hoffman “Rock” Stevens, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1851 – Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist (d. 1887)

1867 – John Galsworthy, England, author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932)

1903 – John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)

1916 – Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)

1926 – Buddy Greco, Phila Pa, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House)

1930 – Earl Weaver, St Louis Mo, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86)

1933 – Richard R. Ernst, Swiss chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate

1947 – Daniele Steel, NYC, author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy)

1948 – Terry Adams, American musician (NRBQ)

 

1950 – Gary Larson, Tacoma, Washington, cartoonist (Far Side)

 

1952 – Mark C Lee, Viroqua WI, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82,sk: 98)

1956 – Rusty Wallace, American race car driver

1965 – Emmanuelle Seigner, Paris France, actress (The Smile)

 

1966 – Halle Berry, American actress

 

1987 – Tim Tebow, American football player

 

Deaths 

582 – Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor

1573 – Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)

1691 – Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)

1704 – Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)

 

1870 – David [James] Glasgow Farragut, admiral, die

 

1951 – William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher, dies in Beverly Hills

 

1958 – Big Bill Broonzy, Bluesman, dies of cancer at 65

Click link below for video of Big Bill performing .

The great country blues singer and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy performs “Worried Man Blues,” “Hey, Hey” 

See also our “Happy Birthday” post of June 26th for a tribute to Big Bill .

 

1988 – Roy Buchanan, American Blues guitarist (b. 1939)

 Roy Buchanan – Live from Austin Texas

 

1992 – Tony Williams, US, singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64

1999 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player (b. 1918)

2000 – Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)

2005 – Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)

Today in the Past

 

Events

1415 – King Henry V of England army lands on mouth of Seine River

1521 – Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs

1624 – Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII

1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1898 – US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war

1913 – Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.

1919 – Man o’War’s only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)

1937 – Japanese attack Shanghai

1944 – Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio

1945 – 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia

1959 – Milt satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)

1993 – US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail

1997 – South Park’s first episode is aired.

 

Births

1422 – William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)

1625 – Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)

1818 – Lucy Blackwell-Stone, US abolitionist (US Woman’s Suffrage Association)

1860 – Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill’s Wild West), (d. 1926)

1888 – John Logie Baird, Scotland, inventor (father of TV)

1899 – Alfred Hitchcock, London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), (d.1980)

1902 – Felix Wankel, Germany, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)

1907 – Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, Essen Germany, arms manufacturer

1912 – Ben Hogan, Dublin Tx, PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53)

1918 – Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal

1918 – Frederick Sanger, England, biochemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)

1920 – George Shearing, London, blind pianist/composer (Lullabye of Byrdland)

1926 – Fidel Castro, Mayari, Oriente, Cuba, dictator/prime minister/president (1959-2008)

1930 – Don Ho, Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)

1951 – Dan Fogelberg, Peoria Ill, rocker (Same Auld Lang Syne)

1952 – Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)

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1958 – Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

 

American Valor 

Born: August 13, 1958
Lincoln, Nebraska

War: Somalia 

Rank: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army 
(Sniper Team Member)

Location of action: Mogadishu, Somalia

Date of action: October 3, 1993

Medal received from: President Bill Clinton, May 1994 (posthumously)

 

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Deaths

900 – Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29

1278 – Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65

1863 – Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)

1865 – Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47

1910 – Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90

1946 – H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, sci-fi author (Time Machine), dies at 79

1971 – King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37

1991 – Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65

1992 – Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident

1995 – Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84

1995 – Mickey Mantle, baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

2004 – Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)

2007 – Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)

2007 – Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by means of an asp bite.

1099 – Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth beats Egyptians

1121 – Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.

1480 – Battle of Otranto – Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.

1658 – 1st US police corps forms (New Amsterdam)

1687 – Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders

1833 – Chicago is founded.

1851 – 1st America’s Cup-US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora

1851 – Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

1862 – Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX

1865 – Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery

1876 – Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America’s Cup

1877 – Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device

1896 – Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson

1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

1935 – Babe Ruth’s final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand

1936 – 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)

1953 – Ann Davison arrives in Miami, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic 

1959 – 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island

1960 – Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched

1960 – USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m

1974 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

1977 – Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight

1981 – IBM introduces PC & PC-DOS version 1.0

1992 – Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

2000 – The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise

2005 – An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island

 

Births

1503 – Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)

1696 – Maurice Greene, composer

1753 – Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop’s Fables)

1781 – Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)

1819 – Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1856 – “Diamond Jim” Brady, American financier (d. 1917)

1859 – Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful)

1881 – Cecil B deMille, Mass, directed God (10 Commandments, Cleopatra)

1911 – Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexico, actor (Around World in 80 Days)

1920 – Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)

1929 – Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)

 

1949 – Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)

 

 

1954 – Pat Methany, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)

1972 – Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna

 

Deaths 

1350 – Philip VI, king of France, dies

1424 – Yongle, Emperor of China (b. 1360)

1676 – King Philip, [Metacomet], leader Wampanoag-indians, shot to death

1809 – Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)

1827 – William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69

 

1849 – Abraham AA “Albert” Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88

Gallatin, Albert

 

1861 – Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)

 

1896 – Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg

1914 – John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74

1955 – Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

1964 – Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56

1982 – Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77

1989 – William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

 

1997 – Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57

 

2009 – Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)

 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

480 BC – Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium – the Persians achieve a naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought near Artemisium, a promontory on the north coast of Euboea. The Greek fleet holds its own against the Persians in three days of fighting but withdraws southward when news comes of the defeat at Thermopylae.

1718 – Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish

1772 – Explosive eruption blows 4,000′ off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000

1858 – First ascent of the Eiger.

1866 – World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport RI)

1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain

1909 – Liner “Arapahoe” is 1st ship to use SOS distress call

1919 – Green Bay Packers football club founded

1929 – Babe Ruth becomes 1st to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleve)

1934 – 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay

1948 – Summer Olympics opens in London

1956 – Elvis Presley releases “Don’t Be Cruel”

1965 – 6 day insurrection starts in Watts section of Los Angeles

1993 – Red Sox Roger Clemens pitches 2,000th strike out (Danny Tartabul-NY)

2003 – A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.

 

Births

1467 – Mary of York, English princess (d. 1482)

1667 – Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, last of the Medicis (d. 1743)

1794 – James Barton Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)

1811 – Judah P Benjamin, US lawyer/minister of Confederacy navy [or Aug 6]

1833 – Robert Green Ingersoll, NY, author/politician/agnostic (Att Gen-R-Ill)

1917 – Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible)

1946 – Marilyn Vos Savant, St Louis Mo, writer/world’s highest IQ (228)

1950 – Steve Wozniak, co-founder (Apple Computers)

1983 – Chris Hemsworth, Australian Actor

 

Deaths 

480 BC – Leonidas, King of Sparta (b. circa 540 BC)

1253 – Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194)

1919 – Andrew Carnegie, US steel industrialist/philanthropist, dies at 83

1937 – Edith Wharton [-Jones], US Pulitzer prize-winning author (House of Mirth), dies at 75

1939 – Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)

1956 – Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)

1972 – Max Theiler, S Afr/US microbiologist (vaccin-Nobel 1951), dies at 73

1975 – Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), dies at 77

1994 – Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81

1995 – Phil Harris, Linton In, actor/comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 89

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

612 BC – Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh

843 – Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bare divide France

991 – Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.

1519 – Magellan’s 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate Earth

1627 – Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

1743 – Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated

1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

1821 – Missouri admitted as 24th US state

1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution

1861 – Battle of Wilson’s Creek MO (Springfield, Oak Hills)-Gen Lyon killed

1889 – Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1904 – Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur

1907 – Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally

1936 – 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)

1936 – 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)

1938 – 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)

1944 – US recaptures Guam from Japanese

1948 – Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera” TV debut on ABC

1949 – Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 – At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.

1960 – Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space

1965 – Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km

1966 – 1st lunar orbiter launched by US

1972 – 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

1977 – US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord

1977 – Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being “Son of Sam” 44 caliber killer

1988 – Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)

1990 – US’s Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus

1994 – Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)

2006 – Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.

 

Births

1267 – King James II of Aragon (d. 1327)

1489 – Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (d. 1553)

1744 – Alexandrine-Jeanne d’Étiolles (nicknamed “Fanfan”), daughter of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour (d. 1754)

1782 – Charles Napier, London, soldier

1814 – John Clifford Pemberton, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1881

1814 – Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890)

1874 – Herbert Hoover, West Branch Iowa, (R) 31st Pres (1929-1933), (d. 1964)

1893 – Douglas Stuart Moore, Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)

1909 – Leo Fender, Anaheim California, rocker (Fender guitars)

1914 – Jeff Corey, NYC, actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men)

1920 – William “Red” Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)

1928 – Eddie Fisher, Phila Pa, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)

1928 – Jimmy Dean, Tx, actor/singer (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever)

1942 – Betsy Johnson, fashion designer (1971 Winnie Award)

1943 – Ronnie Spector, [Veronica Bennett], NYC, singer (Be My Little Baby)

1949 – Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1960 – Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit.

1965 – Patricia Spurgin, US sharpshooter (Olympics-gold-1984)

1982 – Devon Aoki, American supermodel and actress

 

Deaths

258 – Saint Lawrence, martyr

955 – Conrad the Red, Duke of Lotharingen, dies in battle

1535 – Ippolito de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)

1806 – Johann Michael Haydn, composer, dies at 68

1861 – Nathaniel Lyon, US Union brig-gen, dies in battle at 43

1896 – Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies

1930 – William H Taft, US president (1909-13), dies

1932 – Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog (b. 1918)

1944 – Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, attempt Hitler assassination, dies

1945 – Robert H Goddard, US, rocket pioneer, dies at 62

1987 – I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87

2002 – Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)

2008 – Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)

 

Today in the Past

 

Events

48 BC – Caesar’s civil war: Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.

378 – Battle of Adrianople, Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army

1173 – Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete.

1483 – Opening of the Sistine Chapel

1790 – Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world

1831 – 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes “Walden”

1862 – Prelude to 2nd Manassas, Jackson is victorious at Battle of Cedar Mt, however Gen Charles S Winder is killed

1905 – Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb’s mother kills him

1910 – Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine

1930 – 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)

1930 – Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes

1936 – Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics

1945 – US drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki

1974 – Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres

 

Births

1593 – Izaak Walton, England, biographer/fisherman/writer (Compleat Angler)

1631 – John Dryden, English poet/playwright (Heroic Stanzas) 

1757 – Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (d. 1834)

1809 – William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo

1888 – Hans Oster, German major general/spy/July 20th plotter

1911 – William A Fowler, US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)

1913 – Harry Mills, singer (Mills Brothers-Paper Moon)

1918 – Robert Aldrich, US director/producer (Dirty Dozen)

1927 – Robert Shaw, England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)

1938 – Rod Laver, Australia, tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam)

1944 – Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin

1944 – Sam Elliott, Sacramento California, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty)

1963 – Whitney Houston, Newark NJ, singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), (d. 2012)

 

Deaths

117 – Trajan, Roman Emperor, dies from edema at 63

378 – Flavius Valens, emperor of Byzantium (364-78), dies in battle at 50

1107 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)

1173 – Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin

1516 – Jeroen Bosch, painter (Garden of the Lusten), dies at 66

1961 – Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75

1962 – Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

1969 – Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered

1969 – Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), killed by Manson’s gang at 26

1969 – Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)

1969 – Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)

1969 – Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

1975 – Dimitri D Shostakovitch, composer (Sun Over Motherland), dies at 68

1994 – Clarence Ford, sax player, dies at 64

1995 – Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53

2005 – Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)

2006 – James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)

2006 – Philip E. High, science fiction author (b. 1914)

2008 – Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

Events

70 – Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans

1509 – The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire

1588 – Sea battle at Grevelingen: English fleet battles Spanish armada

1609 – Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope

1673 – Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC

1709 – 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)

1786 – Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena

1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1870 – Magic (US) defeats Cambria (Engld) in 2nd running of America’s Cup

1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1911 – The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1937 – Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power

1940 – Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

1942 – “Monty” appointed commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein

1942 – 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Wash DC

1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1963 – Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)

1963 – Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie,” radio stations label it obscene

1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres

1984 – Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics

1988 – Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2007 – An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889

Births

1079 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)

1673 – John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)

1763 – Charles Bulfinch, Boston Mass, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House)

1835 – James William Forsyth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1879 – Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader

1879 – Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)

1881 – Albert Kesselring, German field marshal (d. 1960)

1896 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Wash DC, writer (Yearling

1902 – Paul Dirac, Bristol, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), (d. 1984)

1907 – Benny Carter, NYC, musician/composer (Easy Money, King Carter)

1919 – Dino De Laurentiis, Torre Annunziata Italy, producer (King Kong)

1920 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (d. 1997)

1923 – Esther Williams, Inglewood Cal, actress/swimmer (Dangerous when Wet)

1933 – Joe Tex, singer/songwriter (Hold What You’ve Got)

1942 – Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)

1954 – Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)

1981 – Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (16 grand slams)

Deaths

869 – Lotharius II, King of Middle-France (Lotharingen) (855-869), dies

1555 – Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)

1788 – Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92

1969 – Sharon Tate, murdered by the Manson family at 26

1975 – Julian “Cannonball” Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46

1976 – John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered

1988 – Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85

1996 – Frank A Whittle, inventor of the Jet engine, dies at 89

2004 – Fay Wray, American actress (b. 1907)

2008 – Richard B Herrlin , Father , Husband , Businessman , Community Leader , The Best 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

322 BC – Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.

626 – Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated

1461 – the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.

1573 – Francis Drakes fleet returns to Plymouth

1588 – -8] English assault on Spanish Armada

1606 – The first documented performance of Macbeth performed at the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

1782 – George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart

1789 – Congress creates Dept of War & Lighthouse Service

1882 – Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die

1909 – US issues 1st Lincoln penny

1912 – Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for pres

1915 – Assault up Russell’s Top at Gallipoli, 232 Australians die

1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

1951 – Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph

1951 – US viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)

1953 – Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet

1959 – Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space

1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution

1970 – 4, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California (Police charge Angela Davis provided weapons)

1971 – Apollo 15 returns to Earth

1974 – Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers

1976 – US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth

1990 – Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

 

Births 

317 – Flavius Julius Constantius II, Emperor Egypt/Byzantine/Rome (337-61)

1560 – Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer (d. 1614)

1726 – James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)

 

1742 – Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General

 

                                                         

 

1779 – Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography

1829 – Thomas Ewing Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1896

1903 – Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)

1913 – George Van Eps, American guitarist (d. 1998)

 

1933 – Jerry [Eugene] Pournelle, US, sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon)

 

                                                                   

 

1942 – B J Thomas, Houston TX, singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)

1945 – Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)

1949 – Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader

1975 – Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)

 

Deaths

461 – Majorian, Roman Emperor (assassinated) (b. 420)

1485 – Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince

1657 – Robert Blake, English admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57

1817 – Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (b. 1739)

1917 – Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)

1931 – Leon Bismarck “Bix” Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29

1957 – Oliver Hardy, comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65

2004 – Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past 

 

Events

768 – [Constantine] ends his reign as Catholic Pope

939 – Battle at Simancas-Spain beats Moors

1181 – Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers

1661 – Holland sells Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders

1774 – Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY

1787 – Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate

1815 – US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli

1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.

1824 – Battle at Junan – Simon Bolívars army beats Spanish

1854 – Congress passes Confiscation Act

1890 – Cy Young pitches & wins 1st game

1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

1909 – Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.

1914 – Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.

1918 – In WW I 2nd battle of the Marne ends

1926 – NY’s Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel

1930 – Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC

1934 – US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915

1946 – US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court

1964 – Prometheus, the world’s oldest tree, is cut down.

1965 – Indian troops invade Pakistan

1981 – Argentina ex-president Isabel Peron freed

1984 – 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

1997 – Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc

2011 – A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.

 

Births 

1609 – Richard Bennett, British Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)

1656 – Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (d. 1733)

1697 – Charles VII, Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)

1809 – Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of England

1858 – Albert Fuchs, composer

1881 – Alexander Fleming, London, bacteriologist (penicillin; Nobel 1954), (d. 1955)

1891 – William Slim, British general (d. 1970)

1892 – Hoot Gibson, Tekamah NE, western actor (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw)

1911 – Lucille Ball, Jamestown NY, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy)

1917 – Robert Mitchum, Bridgeport Ct, actor (Winds of War, North & South)

1928 – Andy Warhol, McKeesport PA, pop artist & film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), (d. 1987)

1972 – Geri Estelle Halliwell, “Ginger Spice” singer (Spice Girls)

 

Deaths

1195 – Henry de Leeuw, duke of Saxon/Bayern, dies

1623 – Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, dies

1718 – Jacob F Muller, [Sjako/Jaco], Germ/Neth crowd leader, beheaded at 28

1931 – Bix Beiderbecke, American musician (b. 1903)

1959 – Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60

1978 – Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76

1991 – Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68

1993 – Milton “Milt” Thompson, US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer, dies at 67

2009 – John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events 

135 – Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome

910 – The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.

1071 – Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe

1100 – Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1305 – William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

1583 – Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)

1689 – 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France.

1763 – Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run – British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.

1846 – Oregon country divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel

1861 – US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)

1864 – Battle of Mobile Bay Al-Farragut is given rank of vice-admiral

1882 – Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.

1891 – 1st travelers checks issued (American Express)

1914 – 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave & E 105th St, Cleveland)

1921 – 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)

1936 – At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

1937 – Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America’s Cup

1945 – Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)

1953 – Operation “Big Switch” Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom

1957 – “American Bandstand,” begins network TV (ABC)

1961 – 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)

1963 – Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH

1969 – Mariner 7 flies past Mars

1972 – Moody Blues release “Nights in White Satin”

1973 – Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55

1979 – Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

1981 – Pres Regan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers who struck 2 days ago

1995 – The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.

2003 – A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

 

Births

1301 – Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)

1624 – William, Jamestown Va, 1st black child born in English America

1749 – Thomas Lynch, signer (Declaration of Independence)

1802 – Niels H Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel’s Comparisons)

1828 – Giovanni Rossi, composer

1850 – Guy de Maupassant, France, author (Boule de Suif) 

1862 – Joseph Merrick, the “Elephant Man” (d. 1890)

1876 – Mary R Beard, Indianapolis, historian (Woman as a Force in History)

1906 – John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)

1907 – Ernestine “Tiny” Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter

1930 – Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)

1937 – Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (d. 2003)

1946 – Loni Anderson, St Paul Minn, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati)

1947 – Rick Derringer, rocker (I am the Real American (Hulk Hogan’s theme)

1950 – Holly Palance, LA California, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley’s Believe It)

1956 – Maureen McCormick, Encino California, actress (Marcia-Brady Bunch)

1961 – Tawny Kitaen, SD California, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)

1962 – Patrick Ewing, Kingston Jamaica, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92)

 

Deaths

882 – King Louis III of France (b. 863)

1063 – Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd

1799 – Richard Howe, British admiral (b. 1726)

1862 – Thomas Williams, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 47

1864 – Griffin A Stedman, Union-brig-gen (Fort Stedman), dies in battle at 26

1940 – Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75

1955 – Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42

1962 – Marilyn Monroe, found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug OD at 36

1984 – Richard Burton, actor (Cleopatra), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 58

1985 – Theodore Sturgeon, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67

2000 – Sir Alec Guinness, British actor (b. 1914)

 

 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

1181 – Supernova seen in Cassiopia

1558 – 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)

1578 – Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed

1666 – Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique & St Christopher; thousands die

1693 – Dom Perignon invents champagne

1735 – Jury acquits John Zenger (NY Weekly Journal) charged with seditious libel by royal governor of NY (victory for Freedom of press)

1760 – Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

1777 – Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus

1790 – US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service

1821 – 1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969)

1855 – John Bartlett publishes “Familiar Quotations”

1862 – US government collects its 1st income tax

1870 – British Red Cross Society forms

1917 – Pravda calls for killing all capitalists, priests & officers

1944 – Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified

1956 – 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)

1960 – Rocket propelled USAAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH

1964 – Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

1968 – 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif

1977 – Pres Carter establishes Dept of Energy

1984 – Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics

1987 – FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters

2010 – California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state’s voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

 

Births

1222 – Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)

1521 – Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)

1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, England, romantic poet (Adonais)

 

1901 – Louis Armstrong, New Orleans Louisiana, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), (d. 1971)

 

 

1912 – Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)

1934 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolian leader of Unita

1971 – Jeff Gordon, American race car driver

 

Deaths

1060 – Henry I, King of France (1027..60), dies at 52

1265 – Simon de Montfort, English earl of Leicester, dies in battle

1338 – Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)

1821 – William Floyd, US soldier/signer (Declar of Independence), dies at 86

1875 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish fairy tale writer, dies at 70

1931 – Daniel H Williams, doctor (pioneer in surgery), dies

1973 – Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon’s Floor Show), dies at 68

1995 – J Howard Smith Oil Tycoon, dies

1999 – Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)

2007 – Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)

 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

Events

8 – Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus.

881 – Battle at Saucourt: French King Louis III beats the Vikings

1492 – Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for “Indies”

1527 – First known letter was sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1676 – Nathaniel Bacon publishes “Declaration of People of Virginia”

1678 – Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon

1852 – 1st intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths

1860 – American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY

1864 – Battle of Mobile AL

1882 – Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration

1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

1914 – 1st seaworthy ship through Panama Canal

1923 – VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th president

1925 – Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912

1943 – Gen Patton slaps a US GI in the hospital accusing him of cowardice

1949 – Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association

1954 – 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown

1955 – Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing

1977 – Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered

1981 – 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike

1996 – General William F. Garrison accepted responsibility for the outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and he retired from military service.

2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Births

1509 – Étienne Dolet, French scholar (d. 1546)

1801 – Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace)

1811 – Elisha Graves Otis, inventor (safe elevator)

1900 – Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II

1900 – John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution

1904 – Clifford D[onald] Simak, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station)

1924 – Leon Uris, Baltimore, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry)

1941 – Martha Stewart, New Jersey, cookbook author/actress (Those Two)

1950 – John Landis, Chicago IL, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video)

1977 – Tom Brady, American football player

1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer

Deaths

1460 – King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)

1604 – Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander

1907 – August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59

1924 – Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

1957 – “Black Jack” Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer

1966 – Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39

1983 – Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer

2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

2007 – John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)

2008 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (b. 1918

2011 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)

Today in the Past

Events

338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.

216 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.

1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella

1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

1704 – Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1798 – British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US

1864 – 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

1873 – 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones

1875 – 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

1922 – China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

1975 – 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1975 – 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

1987 – Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)

1989 – NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water

 

Births

1674 – Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)

1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)

1835 – Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

1872 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

1892 – Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)

1905 – Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)

1922 – Carroll O’Connor, NYC, actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

1924 – James Baldwin, New York, author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), (d. 1987)

1926 – Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

1932 – Peter O’Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)

1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)

1953 – Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)

Deaths

257 – Stefanus I, bishop of Rome (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies

1100 – William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

1611 – Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)

1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61

1811 – William Williams, US merchant/signer (Decl of Indep), dies at 80

1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)

1876 – Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8’s

1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish/US physicist (telephone), dies

1923 – Warren Harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

1956 – Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

1976 – Fritz Lang, director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85

1988 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1997 – William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83

2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

607 – Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).

902 – Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily

1498 – Christopher Columbus lands on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela)

1716 – 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)

1774 – Priestly discovers oxygen

1781 – English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia

1794 – Whiskey Rebellion begins

1798 – Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet

1831 – London Bridge opens to traffic

1876 – Colorado becomes 38th state

1896 – George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)

1903 – 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed

1914 – British fleet reaches Scapa Flow

1941 – The first Jeep is produced.

1946 – Pres Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

1953 – California introduces sales tax (for education)

1958 – US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole

1960 – Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

1960 – Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”

1966 – Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

1982 – Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives

1988 – Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show

2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.

2004 – A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.

 

Births

10 BC – Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)

1377 – Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan (d. 1433)

1744 – Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine Monnet de Lamarck, Paris, naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), (d. 1829)

1770 – William Clark, Charlottsville VA, 2nd lt of Lewis & Clark Expedition

1779 – Francis Scott Key, composer (Star-Spangled Banner)

1815 – Richard Henry Dana, novelist/lawyer spent 2 years before mast

1819 – Herman Melville, New York, author (Moby Dick, Billy Budd), (d. 1891)

1889 – John F Mahoney, developed pencillin treatment of syphillis

1922 – Yvonne DeCarlo, actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters)

1931 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, rocker

1933 – Dom DeLuise, Bkln NY, comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso)

1942 – Giancarlo Giannini, La Spezia Italy, actor (Seduction of Mimi)

1942 – Jerry Garcia, SF, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe’s Band)

1953 – Robert Cray, Columbus Ga, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy)

 

Deaths

1137 – Louis VI, King of France, dies (1108-37)

1589 – Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)

1796 – Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)

1977 – Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47

1980 – Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

1981 – Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58

1994 – George Dixon, trumpet/sax, dies at 85

2009 – Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines (b. 1933)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

30 BC – Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian’s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.

781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).

1498 – Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad

1588 – English fleet beats Spanish Armada

1620 – Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America

1703 – Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

1751 – Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army

1790 – 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process

1792 – Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Phila

1813 – British invade Plattsburgh NY

1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon

1861 – 9,300 mm rainfall in July in Cherrapunji, Assam: world record

1864 – Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers

1876 – US Coast Guard officers’ training school established (New Bedford MA)

1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat

1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship)

1917 – 3rd battle of Ypres begins

1919 – Germany accepts Weimar Constitution

1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minn)

1937 – Politburo enables Operative Order 00447: execute 193,000 Russians

1948 – Pres Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), NY

1949 – Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman

1953 – Dept of Health, Education & Welfare created

1961 – Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon

1978 – Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris

1990 – Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games

1999 – Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.

2007 – Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

 

Births

1550 – Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster

1718 – John Canton, English physicist (d. 1772)

1803 – John Ericsson, US, inventor (screw propeller)/shipbuilder-USS Monitor

1816 – George Henry Thomas, Major General (Union Army), died in 1870

1837 – William Clarke Quantrill, Col (Confederate Army), died in 1865

 

1912 – Milton Friedman, Brooklyn New York, economist (Nobel 1976), (d. 2006)

Economist Milton Friedman

 

1918 – Paul D. Boyer, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate

1919 – Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)

 

1929 – Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist

 

1932 – Ted Cassidy, Pittsburgh PA, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family)

1959 – Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist

1965 – J.K. Rowling, Gloucestershire England, writer (Harry Potter)

 

Deaths

1358 – Etienne Marcel, French textile merchant/reformer/Boer leader, dies

1653 – Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1576)

1784 – Denis Diderot, French writer/philosopher, dies at 70

1875 – Andrew Johnson, 17th pres, dies in Tennessee at 66

1886 – Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74

1986 – Theodore “Teddy” Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73

2001 – Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today in the Past 

 

Events 

1178 – Frederick I (Barbarossa), Holy Roman Emperor, crowned King of Burgundy

1619 – House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective US governing body

1629 – An earthquake in Naples, Italy kills 10,000 people.

1715 – Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida

1729 – City of Baltimore founded

1733 – Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston

1811 – Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, is executed by the Spanish in Chihuahua, Mexico.

1839 – Slave rebels, take over slaver Amistad

1844 – 1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club

1863 – Pres Lincoln issues “eye-for-eye” order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot

1866 – New Orleans’s Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.

1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

1908 – Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris

1916 – German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ

1928 – George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)

1935 – 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution

1945 – Philippines Sea: US cruiser Indianapolis torpedoed/sinks, 880 die

1956 – US motto “In God We Trust” authorized

1963 – British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow

1969 – Mariner 6 passes Venus on 3410 km (74 photos)

1975 – Teamsters Pres Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit

1990 – 5 Bank of Credit & Commerce members found guilty of money

2002 – The accounting law referred to as “The Sarbanes Oxley Act” is signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

 

Births 

1549 – Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1609)

1815 – Thomas Jackson Rodman, Bvt Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1818 – Emily Jane Bronte, Thornton England, novelist (Wuthering Heights), (d. 1848)

1855 – James Edward Kelly, US, sculptor “Sculptor of American History”

1863 – Henry Ford, Dearborn Township Michigan, industrialist and auto maker (Ford- model T), (d. 1947)

1881 – Smedley Butler, American Marine general (d. 1940)

1890 – Casey Stengel, baseball manager (Yankees (1949-60)/NY Met’s 1st)

1930 – Thomas Sowell, author/activist

1936 – George “Buddy” Guy, US blues guitarist (Stone Crazy)

1945 – David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show)

1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria, body builder/actor/politician (Terminator, 38th Governor of California)

1961 – Laurence Fishburne, Augusta GA, actor (Red Heat, School Daze)

1974 – Hilary Swank, Bellingham WA, actress (Karate Kid 4)

 

Deaths

1540 – Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)

1718 – William Penn, English Quaker/colonizer (No cross, no crown), dies

1865 – George Wright, US Union brig-general, dies at 61

1875 – George Pickett, American Confederate general (b. 1825)

1898 – Otto von Bismarck, German “Iron” chancellor, dies at 83

1912 – Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60

1967 – Alfried Krupp, German industrialist, dies at 59

1983 – Lynn Fontanne, Broadway’s premier actress (Emmy 1965), dies at 95

1985 – Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)

1998 – Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)

2003 – Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923

2007 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (b. 1918)

 

 

Today in the Past

 

Events

626 – Avaren/Slaves under khagan Bajan begin siege of Constantinople

1014 – Battle of Strumitsa-valley: Byzantine destroys Bulgarian armies

1565 – Mary Queen of Scots marries her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

1588 – Attacking Spanish Armada defeated & scattered by English defenders

1676 – Nathaniel Bacon declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers from Indians

1715 – 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane

1751 – 1st international world title prize fight-Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M Petit of France in 29 mins in England

1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mtns completed, Schoenbrunn, OH

1783 – Skaptar Volcano on Iceland erupts killing about 9,000

1844 – NY Yacht Club forms

1848 – Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – in Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police.

1864 – American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC.

1899 – 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY

1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England

1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between NYC & SF

1920 – 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF

1920 – Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders

1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1928 – Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” is released

1930 – 115°F (46°C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)

1936 – RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)

1938 – Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” 1st appears

1945 – After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed & sunk by a Japanese submarine

1957 – International Atomic Energy Agency forms by UN

1958 – Pres Eisenhower signs NASA & Space Act of 1958

1965 – Beatles movie “Help” premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends

1967 – Fire aboard carrier USS Forrestal in Gulf of Tonkin kills 134

1969 – Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars

1973 – $180,000 in Led Zeppelin receipts are robbed from NY Hilton

1974 – 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee

1976 – In New York City, the “Son of Sam” kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.

1978 – 600,000 attend “Summer Jam” rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY

1984 – 23rd Summer Olympics opens in LA

1987 – Ben & Jerry’s & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia

2005 – Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

 

Births 

1166 – Henry II of Champagne (d. 1197)

1755 – Franz Gotz, composer

1805 – Alexis de Tocqueville, France, statesman/writer (Democracy in America)

1869 – Booth Tarkington, US, novelist (17, Magnificent Ambersons)

1876 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Tula Russia, actress (Waterloo Bridge)

1883 – Benito Mussolini, [Il Duce], Forli Kingdom of Italy, Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), (d. 1945)

1885 – Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955)

1892 – William Powell, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey)

1905 – Clara Bow, Brooklyn New York, silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), (d. 1965)

1905 – Dag Hammarskjoeld, Sweden, 2nd UN Sect-General (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)

1916 – Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)

1936 – Elizabeth Hanford Dole, US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87)

1946 – Bill Forsyth, director (Local Hero, Breaking In, Housekeeping)

1953 – Geddy Lee, Toronto Canada, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer)

1966 – Martina McBride, country singer

 

Deaths

1030 – Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad

1108 – King Philip I, King of the Franks 1059, 1060-1108), dies at 56

1164 – Olaf, King of Norway, dies

1833 – William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (b. 1759)

1890 – Vincent Van Gogh, painter, dies in Auvers, France

1960 – Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies

1973 – Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)

1974 – Cass Elliot, singer (Mamas & Papas), dies from heart attack in London at 32

1981 – Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)

1983 – David Niven, actor (Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

1983 – Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Kildare), dies of pneumonia at 86

1998 – Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past 

 

Events

388 – Battle at Aquileja: Emperor Theodosius beats emperor Magnus Maximis

1148 – Crusaders attack Damascus

1540 – English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife

1586 – Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe

1717 – Prussian king Frederik Willem I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

1821 – Peru declares independence from Spain (National Day)

1858 – 1st use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by

1864 – Battle of Atlanta: GA (Ezra Church) – second sortie US700 CS4642

1900 – Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut

1914 – Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden (NYC, by Harry Fox)

1914 – World War I began when Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

1915 – US forces invade Haiti, stays until 1924

1930 – 114°F (46°C), Greensburg, Kentucky (state record)

1932 – Battle between unemployed war veterans & federal troops, 4 die

1934 – 118°F (48°C), Orofino, Idaho (state record)

1938 – 34,000-ton Cunard-White Star liner Mauretania launched at Birkenhead

1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.

1951 – Walt Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” released

1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

1965 – LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)

1976 – 242,000 die in Tientsin-Tangshan (China) 8.2 earthquake

1977 – 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska

1978 – Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time

1986 – NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, “Uh-oh!” as spacecraft disintegrated

1990 – Alberto Fujimoro installed as president of Peru

1996 – Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.

2002 – Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

2005 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.

 

Births

1165 – Ibn al-‘Arabi, Muslim mystic/philosopher

1746 – Thomas Heyward, soldier, signed Decl of Ind

1778 – Charles Stewart, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1869

1804 – Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)

1866 – Beatrix Potter, England, children’s author (Tale of Peter Rabbit)

1887 – Marcel Duchamp, French painter (Nude Descending a Staircase)

1901 – Rudy Vallee, Vt, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)

1902 – Karl Raimund Popper, Austrian/British philosopher (Logic of Forschung)

1922 – Jacques Piccard, Switzerland, undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste)

1929 – Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, NY, 1st lady (1961-63)

1930 – Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (d. 1998)

1940 – Phil Proctor, comedian (Firesign Theater)

1943 – Mike Bloomfield, Chicago Ill, blues guitarist/singer (Analine)

1947 – Sally Struthers, Portland Oregon, actress (Gloria-All in the Family)

1954 – Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela

 

Deaths

450 – Theodosius II de Jongere, emperor Austrian Empire, dies

1330 – Michael III, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies in battle

1540 – Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, executed

1655 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris

1655 – Suzuki Shosan, Samurai/monk/propagator of Zen Buddhism, dies at 76

1741 – Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Italian composer, dies at 63

1750 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Art of the Fugue), dies at 65

1794 – Maximilien Robespierre, Fr revolutionary/avocat (1781), guillotined

1863 – James Deshler, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 30

1872 – Friedrich Kaiser, astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies

1939 – William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78

1971 – Diane Arbus, [Nemerov], photographer (Vogue), commits suicide at 48

1996 – Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist/artist, dies at 87

2002 – Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

2007 – Jim LeRoy, Airshow pilot (b. 1961)

Today in the Past

Events

432 – St Celestine I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1360 – Danish King Waldemar IV destroys Visby Gotland

1501 – Copernicus formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

1720 – The second important victory of the Russian Navy – the Battle of Grengam.

1794 – Coup of thermidor/fall of Robespierre in Paris

1816 – US troops destroy Ft Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves

1837 – US Mint opens in Charlotte, NC

1844 – Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, NC

1861 – Union General George McClellan takes command from McDowell of Potamic Army

1866 – Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)

1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile

1909 – Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

1917 – The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.

1920 – Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation

1940 – Bugs Bunny debuts in “Wild Hare”

1941 – 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July

1949 – 1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies

1960 – VP Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

1962 – Mariner 2 launched to Venus; flyby mission

1965 – Pres Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking

1969 – Pioneer 10 launched

1972 – The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.

1976 – 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese

1983 – Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan & Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts this season, he also wins his 1st game as a Royal

1987 – First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreckage begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

1996 – Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured

1997 – Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.

2002 – Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.

2007 – Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.

Births

1452 – Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Lombardy, Italian duke of Milan (1494-1508), (commissioned The Last Supper), (d. 1508)

1625 – Edward Montagu, England

1667 – Jean Bernoulli, mathematician

1824 – Alexandre Dumas fils, France, playwright/novelist (Camille)

1870 – Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, England, author (Path to Rome)

1882 – Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (d. 1965)

1906 – Leo Durocher, Mass, baseball manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants)

1916 – Kennan Wynn, NYC, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor)

1925 – Doc Pomus, rocker

1929 – Jack Higgins, [Harry Patterson], novelist

1944 – Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)

1975 – Alex Rodriguez, NYC, shortstop (Seattle Mariners)

Deaths

82 – St Joseph of Arimathea, dies

1128 – Willem van Normandia, earl of Flanders, dies in battle

1276 – King James I of Aragon (b. 1208)

1958 – Claire Chennault, American military leader (b. 1893)

1974 – Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61

1976 – Ray Brennan, becomes 1st to, die of “Legionnaire’s Disease”

1980 – Pahlawi Mohammed Reza, shah of Persia (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

1981 – Billy [William] Wyler, US director (Ben Hur, Funny Girl), dies

1984 – James Mason, British actor (Lolita), dies of a heart attack at 75

1993 – Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27

2003 – Bob Hope, English-born entertainer (b. 1903)

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past 

 

Events

811 – Battle at Pliska: Bulgarian under monarch Krum beat Byzantine

1267 – Inquistion forms in Rome under pope Clement IV

1579 – Francis Drake leaves SF to cross Pacific Ocean

1588 – John Hawkins becomes a knight

1758 – British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg

1775 – United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin

1788 – NY becomes 11th state to ratify constitution

1847 – Liberia declares independence from American Colonization Society

1848 – 1st Woman’s Rights Convention (Seneca Falls NY)

1878 – In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box will be found later with a taunting poem inside

1908 – Predecessor of the FBI is created by the Department of Justice

1917 – J Edgar Hoover gets job on ministry of Justice

1926 – National Bar Association incorporates

1943 – 120°F (49°C), Tishmoningo, Oklahoma (state record)

1944 – The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain.

1945 – Declaration of Potsdam: US/Brit/China demands Japanese surrender

1945 – Japanese government disregards US ultimatum

1945 – US cruiser Indianapolis reaches Tinian with atom bomb

1945 – Winston Churchill resigns as Britain’s PM

1946 – President Harry Truman orders desegregation of all US forces

1947 – Department of Defense forms

1947 – National Security Act establishes CIA

1953 – Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the “26th of July Movement,” against Fulgenico Batista’s regime

1956 – Egypt seizes Suez Canal

1957 – USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile

1963 – US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched

1964 – Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud & conspiracy

1971 – Apollo 15 launched (Scott & Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon

1991 – Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in Florida, for exposing himself at an adult movie theater

1992 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

 

Births

1678 – Joseph I Habsburg, German king/Roman catholic emperor (1705-11)

1799 – Isaac Babbitt, invented babbitt’s metal for bearings

1846 – Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy (d. 1880)

1856 – George Bernard Shaw, Dublin Ireland, dramatist (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925), (d. 1950)

1875 – Carl Gustav Jung, Switzerland, doctor (founded analytic psychology), (d. 1961)

1894 – Aldous L Huxley, Surrey England, author (Brave New World)

1902 – Gracie Allen, SF California, Mrs George Burns/comedian (Burns & Allen)

1909 – Vivian Vance, Cherryvale Kansas, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy) (d. 1979)

1919 – James Lovelock, scientist

1921 – Jean Shepherd, American writer (d. 1999)

1922 – Blake Edwards, OK, writer/director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

1922 – Jason Robards Jr, Chicago, actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday)

1928 – Stanley Kubrick, Bronx NY, director (2001, Dr Strangelove, Lolita)

1946 – Helen Mirren, [Eleni Mironova], England, actress (Cook Thief Wife, Madness of King George)

1949 – William M Shepherd, Oak Ridge Tn, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 27, 41, 52)

1956 – Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)

1964 – Sandra Bullock, Wash DC, actress (Speed, Net, Love & War)

1973 – Kate Beckinsale, British actress

 

Deaths

1342 – Charles I Robert van Anjou, King of Hungary (1307-42), dies

1471 – Pope Paul II (b. 1417)

1533 – Atahualpo, Inca ruler, dies

1863 – Samuel Houston, 1st Pres of Rep of Texas (1836-38, 41-44), dies at 70

1918 – Eduard “Mick” Mannock, British WW I flyer (Victoria Cross), dies

1925 – William Jennings Bryan, lawyer (Scopes-monkey trial), dies at 65

1952 – Eva Peron-Duarte, Argentina’s 1st lady, dies at 33

1984 – Ed “Psycho” Gein, mass murderer (Psycho based on him), dies at 78

1992 – Mary Wells, US soul singer (My Guy), dies at 49

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past 

 

Events 

864 – The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings.

1261 – Byzantium Emperor Michael VIII recaptures Constantinople

1519 – San Cristobal de la Habana forms in Cuba

1521 – About 300 heretics burned in Vrijdagmarkt Gent

1536 – Sebastián de Belalcázar on his search of El Dorado founds the City of Santiago de Cali.

1567 – Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned the first king of Great Britain.

1689 – France declares war on England

1758 – Seven Years’ War: the island battery at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia is silenced and all French warships are destroyed or taken.

1775 – Maryland issues currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta

1797 – Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).

1814 – George Stephenson introduced the 1st steam locomotive

1832 – 1st railroad accident in US, Granite Railway, Quincy, Mass-1 dies

1860 – 1st US intercollegiate billiard match (Harvard vs Yales)

1866 – David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral of US Navy

1866 – US Grant named 1st general of Army

1909 – France’s Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across Engl Channel

1917 – Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a “temporary” measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).

1943 – Benito Mussolini captured, dismissed as premier of Italy during WW II

1944 – 1st jet fighter used in combat (Messerschmitt 262)

1944 – Allied jailbreak at St-Lo (behind German lines)

1944 – USAF kills 136, wounds 621 GI’s at St-Lo

1944 – World War II: Operation Spring – one of the bloodiest days for Canadians during the war: 18,444 casualties, including 5,021 killed.

1946 – 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show

1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.

1947 – US Air Force, Navy & War Dept form US Dept of Defense

1947 – US Department of Army created

1956 – Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm

1962 – House passes bill requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of sex

1965 – Folk-rock begins, Dylan uses electricity at Newport Folk Festival

1966 – Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for Harrison’s “While My Guitar…”

1969 – Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne

1981 – Voyager 2 encounters Saturn

1992 – 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain

1997 – Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas

1997 – K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India’s 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called “untouchable”— to hold this office.

2000 – Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.

 

Births 

1016 – Casimir I, Duke of Poland (d. c. 1058)

1562 – Kiyomasa Kato, Japanese warlord (d. 1611)

1750 – Henry Knox, American general (d. 1806)

1840 – Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution

1844 – Thomas Eakins, American artist (d. 1916)

1870 – Maxfield Parrish, American illustrator (d. 1966)

1907 – Jack Gilford, NYC, actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2)

1907 – Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist (d. 1970)

1914 – Woody Strode, actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream)

1943 – Roy Acuff Jr, rocker

1955 – Iman, [Abdulmajid], Mogadishu Somalia, model/actress (Star Trek 6)

1978 – Louise Brown, Oldham, England, first test tube baby, (d. 2012)

1985 – Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian race car driver

 

Deaths

1409 – King Martin I of Sicily

1681 – Urian Oakes, English-born President of Harvard University (b. 1631)

1804 – William Forsyth, English gardening expert (Forsythia), dies

1834 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet, dies at 61

1934 – François Coty, French perfume manufacturer (b. 1874)

1944 – Lesley J McNair, US lt-general, killed by US bomb at St-Lo

1966 – Montgomery Clift, movie actor (From Here to Eternity), dies

1974 – Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), dies at 79

1984 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926)

1995 – Charlie Rich, country singer (Lonely Weekends), dies at 62

1997 – Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, Brit Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

2008 – Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his “Last Lecture” (b. 1960)

2009 – Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the Trenches in World War I, dies aged 111. (b. 1898)

 

Uncurrent Events

Today in the Past

 

Events

1148 – Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.

1411 – Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.

1567 – Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate & 1-year-old James VI becomes King of Scotland

1651 – Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va

1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes King James VIII

1758 – George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess

1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile.

1847 – Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT

1864 – Battle of Winchester, VA US1200 CS600

1877 – 1st time federal troops are used to combat strikers

1911 – Hiram Bingham discovers Lost City of the Incas

1934 – 1st ptarmigan hatched & reared in captivity, Ithaca, NY

1936 – 118°F (48°C), Minden, Nebraska (state record)

1936 – 121°F (49°C), near Alton, Kansas (state record)

1937 – Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro

1952 – 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)

1969 – Apollo 11 returns to Earth

1974 – Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

1990 – US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait

1998 – Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

2002 – James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

 

Births

1720 – Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden/wife of Adolf Frederik

1783 – Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, political and military leader (freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule), (d. 1830)

1798 – John Adams Dix, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879

1802 – Alexandre Dumas, Aisne France, author (3 Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo), (d. 1870)

1870 – Fred Law Olmsted Jr, architect/landscaper

1897 – Amelia Earhart, US aviator (1st woman to solo Atlantic)

1899 – Chief Dan George, actor (Little Big Man)

1900 – Zelda Fitzgerald, 1st wife of F Scott

1934 – Thomas Ambler, CEO (Texaco)

1936 – Ruth Buzzi, Westerly RI, comedienne (Laugh-In, Margie-That Girl)

1953 – Jon Faddis, jazz trumpeter

1963 – Julie Krone, Benton Harbor Mich, jockey (1st female to win Belmont-93)

1969 – Jennifer Lopez, Bronx New York, actress and pop singer (Selena)

1998 – Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer; daughter of Steve Irwin

 

Deaths 

1240 – Konrad von Thüringen, fifth Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights

1594 – John Boste, Catholic saint and martyr (b. 1544)

1862 – Martin Van Buren, 8th pres (1837-41), dies in Kinderhook NY at 79

1933 – Max von Schillings, composer, dies at 65

1980 – Peter Sellers, actor (Pink Panther, Mouse that Roared), dies at 54

1997 – William J Brennan, supreme court justice (1956-90), dies at 91

 

 

 

Today in the Past 

 

Events

636 – Arabs gain control of most of Palestine from Byzantine Empire

1148 – Crusaders attack Damascus

1431 – Council of Basel opens

1599 – Caravaggio’s 1st public commission for paintings

1664 – 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston

1764 – James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation

1798 – Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt

1829 – William Austin Burt patents “typographer” (typewriter)

1834 – HMS Beagle anchors in Bay of Valparaiso

1852 – 1st interment in US National Cemetery at Presidio

1864 – Battle of Woodstock, VA

1866 – Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms

1880 – 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Mich

1903 – Ford Motor Co sells 1st Model A car

1913 – Arabs attack Jewish community of Rechovot Palestine

1921 – Chinese communist party forms under Henk Sneevliet

1925 – NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers

1935 – Airplane crashes into the Empire State Building

1940 – “Blitz” all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins

1942 – Treblinka Concentration Camp destroyed

1944 – Conference of Bretton Woods signed; IMF operations begin

1956 – Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph

1967 – -27] 43 die in race riot in Detroit (2,000 injured, 442 fires)

1995 – Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.

2005 – Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.

 

Births 

1503 – Anna Jagello, Queen of the Romans (d. 1547)

1775 – Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (d. 1812)

1827 – Pieter Caland, Dutch hydraulic engineer (New Waterway)

1884 – Albert Warner, US producer (Warner Bros)

1888 – Raymond Chandler, Chic, mystery writer (Farewell My Lovely)

1919 – [Harold] Pee Wee Reese, Hall of Fame shortstop (Dodgers)

1936 – Anthony M Kennedy, California, 106th Supreme Court justice (1988- )

1937 – Bruce Surtees, Los Angeles, California, cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), (d. 2012)

1940 – Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC)

1946 – Keith Ferguson, blues guy (Fabulous Thunderbirds)

1950 – Alex Kozinski, Romanian-born American judge

1957 – Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (d. 2004)

1965 – Slash, [Saul Hudson], London England, rock guitarist & songwriter (Guns N’ Roses-Sweet Child o’ Mine)

1968 – Stephanie Seymour, model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988)

1971 – Alison Krauss, Decatur Ill, country singer (2 Highways)

1973 – Monica Lewinsky, San Francisco California, American White House intern (improper relationship with Bill Clinton)

1989 – Daniel Radcliffe, London, actor (Harry Pottter in the Harry Potter series of movies)

 

Deaths

1227 – Qiu Chuji, Chinese Taoist (b. 1148)

1373 – Birgitta van Sweden, Swedish saint, dies

1773 – George Edwards, English naturalist (b. 1693)

1793 – Thomas Mckean, US attorney/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 72

1875 – Isaac Merritt Singer, inventor (sewing machine), dies at 63

1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US pres, dies in Mount McGregor NY, at 63

1973 – Eddie Rickenbacker, WW I fighter pilot, dies at 82

1982 – Vic Morrow, actor (Cimmaron), killed during “Twilight Zone” at 53

1990 – Joe Turner, jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82

2001 – Eudora Welty, American author (b. 1909)

2010 – Daniel Schorr, American journalist (b. 1916)

2011 – Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from a drug overdose at 27