Today in History

1590 Alexander Farnese’s army forces Henry IV of France to raise the siege of Pari

1596 Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Java

1622 Richelieu appointed Cardinal under French King Louis XIII

1634 -6] Battle at Nordlingen: King Ferdinand III & Spain beat Sweden & German protestants

1644 Prince Frederick Henry conquers Sas of Gent

1661 Nicolas Fouquet, French Superintendent of Finances under Louis XIV arrested; he died in 1680, never having seen freedom again

1666 Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead

1698 Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards

1750 Decree issued in Paderborn Prussia allows for annual search of all Jewish homes for stolen or “doubtful” goods

1774 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1781 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] in American Revolutionary War

1781 Battle of Virginia Capes, French defeat British, trap Cornwallis

1786 Montplaisir Ceramic factory opens in Schaarbeek Belgium

1793 French Revolution: the “Reign of Terror” begins

1795 USA and Algiers sign peace treaty

1796 General Salicetti orders equal rights for Jews of Bologna, Italy

1798 New conscription law goes into effect in France

1800 Malta surrenders to British after they blockade French troops

1814 -15] Battle of Masurische Meren: Germans chase Russians out of East Prussia

1816 Louis XVIII has to dissolve the Chambre introuvable (“Unobtainable Chamber”).

1862 General Lee crosses Potomac & enters Maryland

1877 Southern blacks led by Pap Singleton settle in Kansas

1879 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, and commander on board the Jeannette, becomes trapped with his crew in pack ice during his attempt to reach the North Pole

1882 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC

1885 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind)

1887 Gas lamp at Theatre Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200

1889 German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere

1895 George Washington Murray elected to Congress from SC

1900 France proclaims a protectorate over Chad

1901 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues forms

1905 Lillian Mortimer’s “No Mother to Guide” premieres in Detroit

1910 Jack Coombs begins a record streak of 53 shutout innings

1913 Phillies & Braves tie record of only 1 run in a double header, Phillies win 1st game 1-0, then a scoreless tie into 10th

1914 World War I: Battle of Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)1914 French headquarters move to Chatillon-sur-Seine

1914 Gr Britain/France/Belgium/Russia sign pact of London

1914 Proclamation prohibits Canadian mint from issuing gold coins

1918 Due to WW I, 15th World Series begins a month early

1918 Decree “On Red Terror” is published in Russia

1920 Iron monument unveiled at Stone churches, Flanders

1922 17th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in New York (4-1)

1922 Yankees final game at Polo Grounds (played there 7 years)

1923 Flyweights Gene LaRue & Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously

1925 112 F (44°C), Centerville, Alabama (state record)

1942 Battle at Alam Halfa ends

1942 British & US bomb Le Havre & Bremen

1943 US airland at Nadzab, New-Guinea

1944 “Mad Tuesday” 65,000 Dutch nazi collaborators flee to Germany

1944 5 resistance fighter executed in Terneuzen

1944 Allies liberate Brussels

1944 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign customs Unity treaty

1958 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, NC

1958 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

1959 Wash Senator Jim Lemon is 7th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)

1960 Cassius Clay wins Olympic light heavyweight gold medal

1960 President Kasavubu fires premier Lumumba of Congo

1960 Wilma Rudolph wins her 2nd gold medal

1960 The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.

1961 JFK begins underground nuclear testing

1966 Jerry Lewis’ 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

1970 Estimated 15 cm (6″) of rainfall, Bug Point, Utah (state record)

1971 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win

1971 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet

1972 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics

1972 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

1972 Jerry Lewis’ 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

1973 “Desert Song” opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances

1973 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) – lose by 1 wicket

1973 Conference of less developed countries approves forming “producers’ associations” and calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied Arab lands

1975 First Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Lynette Fromme in Sacramento

1978 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter begin Egypt-Isreal peace conference at Camp David

1986 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

1987 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men’s Long Jump

1989 Chris Evert’s last US Open match, she is defeated by Zina Garrison

1990 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urges Arabs to rise against the West

1991 Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress

1994 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice catches NFL record 127th touchdown pass

1996 “Summer & Smoke” opens at Criterion Theater NYC

1996 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

1997 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics

1997 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game

2000 The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.

2005 Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crashes into a heavily-populated residential of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 104 people on board and at least 39 persons on ground.

2007 Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.

2009 Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.

2012 54 people are killed and 50 injured after a firecracker factory explodes in Nadu

2012 Austerity measure requires Greece to increase its maximum working days to six per week

2012 25 are killed and 4 wounded after an ammunition store exploded in Afyon, Turkey

2014 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

2015 Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers from Mexico responsible for 1 death, hundreds sickened confirm US health officials

Via: OnThisDay


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