Today In History


0394 Battle of Frigidus North-Italy

1492 Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, Canary island

1522 Magellen with Vittoria returns to Spain, after 1st round world trip
1543 French & Turkish fleet occupies Nice
1620 1st stones layed in Western Tower
1622 Spanish silver fleet disappears off Florida Keys; 1,000s die
1628 Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony, witches soon to settle
1634 Battle at Nördlingen ends in Swedish/protestant German defeat
1672 Willem III’s troops reconquer Naarden on France
1675 Swedish admiral Stenbock sails out with fleet of 66 ships
1683 Le Plecta appointed French minister of Finance
1688 Austrian armies occupy Belgrade
1690 King Willem III escapes back to England
1751 Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
1716 1st US lighthouse built (Boston)
1732 VOC fires Neth-Dutch east indies governor-general Diederik Dare
1776 Hurricane hits Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sinks; 600 die
1776 1st (failed) submarine attack (David Bushnell’s “Turtle” attacks British sailboat

“Eagle” in Bay of NY)
1791 Mozarts opera “La Clemenza di Tito,” premieres in Prague
1819 Thomas Blanchard patents lathe
1837 Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men)
1839 Cherokee Nation forms
1839 Great fire in NY
1848 National Black Convention meets (Cleveland)
1853 Women’s Right’s Convention met (NYC)
1861 General Grant occupies Paducah Kentucky
1862 Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland
1863 -7] Confederate troops vacate Fort Wagner SC (1700 casualties)
1863 After 59 day siege, confederates evacuate Ft Wagner, SC
1866 Frederick Douglass is 1st US black delegate to a national convention
1869 1st westbound train arrives in SF
1869 Mine fire kills 179 at Avondale Pennsylvania
1870 Ship sinks in Gulf of Biskaje; 483 die
1873 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street
1876 Race riot in Charleston SC
1876 Southern Pacific line from LA to SF completed
1880 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval
1880 W G Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval
1883 Cub’s Burns (extra bases), Williamson & Pfeiffer get 3 hits in 1 inn
1886 Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO) award
1889 King Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda resigns
1898 Lord Kitchener destroys Mahdi’s tomb in Omdurman
1899 Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk
1899 US min of Foreign affairs John Hay publishes his “Open Through Note”
1900 British General Buller occupies Lydenburg South Africa
1901 Pres William McKinley, shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at Pan American Exposition

in Buffalo NY, he dies 8th days later
1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Creeping Man” (BG)
1904 Soccer team Rheden forms
1905 Atlanta Life Insurance Company forms
1905 Chic White Sox Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
1905 General Trade journal publishes 1st Dutch photo (train accident)
1909 Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
1910 Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughrider football club formed
1912 NY Giant Jeff Tesreau no-hits Phila, 3-0
1913 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers
1913 1st aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe Pégoud-France)
1913 Hamilton Alerts apply for ORFU reinstatement, taking the name Hamilton Rowing Club
1914 Battle of Marne; Germans prevented from occupying Paris
1917 French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft
1920 40th US Mens Tennis: Wm Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (61 16 75 57 63)
1920 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
1922 42nd US Mens Tennis: Wm T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston 46 36 62 63 64)
1923 Queen Wilhelmina celebrates 25 year jubilee
1924 Assassination attempt on Mussolini fails
1924 Charles Paddock captures 100 & 200 yd AAU national senior outdoor track & field championships
1927 B G DeSylva/Lew Brown’s musical “Good News,” premieres in NYC
1927 Red Sox beat NY Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings at Fenway Park
1928 USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
1930 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
1938 Wilhelmina celebrates 40th anniversary jubilee as Dutch queen
1939 1st German air attack on Great-Britain in WW II
1939 South Africa declares war on nazi-Germany
1940 Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
1940 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
1941 55th US Womens Tennis: Sarah H Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (75 62)
1941 61st US Mens Tennis: Robert L Riggs beats F Kovacs (2d 57 61 63 63)
1941 All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star
1941 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to their ghetto
1942 56th US Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats A Louise Brough (46 61 64)
1942 Czech marathon runner Oskar Hˆks transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau
1943 “Congressional Limited” train derails near Frankfort Pa, kills 79
1943 63rd US Mens Tennis: J R Hunt Seaman beats Jack Kramer (63 68 108 60)
1943 Carl Scheib becomes youngest pitcher in AL (16y 8 ms) of the A’s
1944 Gen Von Zangens 15th army escape from Zealand
1945 A’s catcher George George punches ump Joe Rue gets suspended
1946 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
1946 Terence Rattigan’s “Winslow Boy,” premieres in London
1948 “Mr Strauss Goes to Boston” opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 perfs
1948 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
1948 Juliana becomes queen of Netherlands
1949 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
1952 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
1953 Adenauers CDU wins elections in German FR
1953 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38
1954 68th US Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats A Louise Brough (68 61 86)
1954 74th US Mens Tennis: E V Seixas Jr beats Rex Hartwig (36 62 64 64)
1954 US plane shot down above Siberia
1954 WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
1954 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters
1955 “Catch a Star” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
1955 J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname
1957 Elvis records “White Xmas,” “Silent Night” & “Here Comes Santa Claus”
1958 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
1958 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
1959 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls
1963 Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators game is 100,000th in history
1963 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records
1963 Major league baseballs 100,000th game
1965 India invades West Pakistan
1965 KLNE TV channel 3 in Lexington, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 “Star Trek” premieres on NBC TV
1966 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia
1968 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1969 “Cabaret” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances
1970 NY Met Tommy Agee hits for the cycle
1970 Palestinians seize 3 jetliners
1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 Jerry Lewis’ 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises
1972 John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
1972 Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
1973 NY Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
1975 6.8 quake along Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice Turkey
1975 89th US Womens Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats E G Cawley (57 64 62)
1975 Heavy earthquake at Lice Turkey; 3,000 killed
1975 Tawny Elaine Godin (NY), 18, crowned 48th Miss America 1976
1975 Tennis Star Martina Navratilova requests US political asylum
1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Jerry Lewis’ 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears
1976 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
1977 Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash 9 days later Yankees buy

Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
1978 Begin & Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
1978 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 “Peter Pan” opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
1980 94th US Womens Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats H Mandlikova (57 61 61)
1980 Chantal Langlace sets women’s record for fastest 100K run (7h27m22s)
1980 College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for
1980 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1980 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
1980 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
1981 “They’re Playing Our Song” closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 perfs
1981 Bob Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
1982 Dutch Internal minister Mr M Red assigns BVD to spy on communists
1982 Jerry Lewis’ 17th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $28,400,000
1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
1982 Paul McCartney releases “Tug of War”
1982 Pitts Pirates retire Willie Stargell’s #
1982 Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
1983 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova requests political asylum in NY
1983 USSR admits to shooting down KAL 007 on 9/2
1984 Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead,” premieres in NYC
1984 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
1986 300 invitees pay $5,000 to hear Barbra Striesand’s benefit concert
1986 Attack on synagogue in Istanbul, 23 killed
1986 Jozef Pribilinec speed walking world record time (15,447k)
1986 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1986 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
1987 Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at John Hopkins Hospital
1987 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
1987 Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
1988 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
1988 Thomas Gregory (11) swims English Canal
1988 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1989 6th MTV Awards: Living Colour wins
1989 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
1989 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution
1990 7th MTV Awards: Sinead O’Connor wins
1991 33rd Walker Cup: US, 14-10
1991 Ronald Venetiaan chosen president of Suriname
1991 Soviet Union recognizes Estonian independence
1991 USSR recognizes independence of the 3 Baltic republics
1992 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m (3:28.86)
1993 Helen Dobson wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
1993 Jerry Lewis’ 28th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $46,014,922
1994 11th MTV Awards: Aerosmith, Lisa Marie & Michael Jackson win
1994 Actor Jackson Pinckney awarded $487,000 for being partially blinded by Jean-Claude Van Damme during filming of “Cyborg”
1994 Franziska van Almsick swims female record 200m freestyle (1:56.78)
1994 Tom Dolan swims world record 400m medley (4:12.30)
1995 Cal Ripken Jr breaks Gehrig’s record, plays in 2,131 straight games
1995 Senate Ethics committee votes 6-0 to ask for expulsion of Bob Packwood
1996 Balt Orioles’ Eddie Murray’s 500th career HR
1997 Princess Diana’s funeral
1997 Women’s championship at US Tennis Open
1998 Men’s championship at US Tennis Open
1998 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship

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