Historical Events on this Day in History
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161 - Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire.
321 - Roman Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.
1138 - Conrad II von Hohenstaufen re-elected German king
1277 - Condemnation of 219 philosophical and theological theses by Stephen Tempier, Bishop of Paris.
1530 - King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope. Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church
1560 - Christian fleet under Gian Andrea lands at Djerba, N Africa
1573 - Turkey & Venice sign peace treaty
1621 - John Pieterszoon Coen's troops land on Lontor, East Indies
1633 - Prince Frederik Henry appoints himself viceroy of Limburg
1644 - Massachusetts establishes 1st two-chamber legislature in colonies
1696 - English King William III departs Netherlands
1774 - British close port of Boston to all commerce
1778 - Capt James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay
1798 - The French army enters Rome: the birth of the Roman Republic.
1799 - The Royal Institution of Great Britain founded; dedicated to scientific research and education.
1801 - Massachusetts enacts 1st state voter registration law
1808 - Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro
1814 - Napoleon I of France wins the Battle of Craonne.
1824 - Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" premieres in Venice
Captain/Explorer James Cook 1827 - Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
1835 - HMS Beagle returns from Concepcion to Valparaiso
1843 - 1st Catholic governor in US, Edward Kavanagh of Maine, takes office
1847 - US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz Mexico
1848 - In Hawaii, Great Mahele (division of lands) signed
1850 - Daniel Webster endorses Compromise of 1850
1851 - Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends
1852 - Dutch telegraph traffic regulated by law
1854 - Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
1857 - Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
1862 - Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, Day 2, Gens McCulloch & McIntosh killed
1865 - -10] Battles round Kinston NC
1870 - Cin Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
1872 - -8°F (-22°C ) in Boston, MA
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone
Inventor Alexander Graham Bell 1876 - Battle at Gura: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1887 - North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.
1896 - Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
1900 - Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, Pres Kruger flees
1900 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2 games
1902 - Boers beat British troop in Tweebosch Transvaal
1906 - Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor
1908 - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
1911 - US sent 20,000 troops to Mexican border
1911 - Willis Farnsworth, Petaluma, CA, patents coin-operated locker
1912 - Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
1914 - Prince Wilhelm von Wied becomes King of Albania
1917 - 1st jazz record "Dixie Jazz Band One Step," recorded by Nick LaRocca Original Dixieland Jazz Band, released by RCA Victor in Camden NJ
1918 - H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC
1918 - Pres Wilson authorizes US Army's Distinguished Service Medal
1918 - World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany.
Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky 1921 - Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt
1922 - US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1922 - US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1925 - American Negro Congress organizes
1926 - 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-NY)
1927 - Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan
1930 - Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
1932 - Riots at Ford-factory Dearborn Michigan, kills 4
1933 - Game of "Monopoly" invented
1935 - Saar incorporated into Germany
1936 - Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles, sends troops to Rhineland
1937 - Bucharin, Jagoda & Rykov pushed out of CPSU in USSR
1939 - Glamour magazine begins publishing
1939 - Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
1940 - Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1940 - Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
1941 - 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
1941 - 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
1941 - British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1942 - 15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta
1942 - 1st cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee
1943 - Major General George Patton arrives in Djebel Kouif Tunisia
1944 - Japans begins offensive in Burma
1945 - Cologne taken by allied armies
1945 - US 9th Armoured Division attacks Remagen Germany, crosses Rhine
1945 - Yugoslavia government of Tito forms
1946 - "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 perfs
1946 - Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz" premieres in Zurich
1946 - 18th Academy Awards - "The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland & Joan Crawford win
1947 - The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
US General George S. Patton 1948 - The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
1950 - Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
1950 - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
1950 - Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
1951 - Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title
1951 - Lillian Hellman's "Autumn Garden" premieres in NYC
1953 - Jackie McGlew scores 255* v NZ at Wellington
1954 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1954 - Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
1955 - 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young
1955 - Baseball Commish Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
1955 - Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised
1958 - Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
1959 - "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 perfs
1959 - 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 M km) in a jet (MC Garlow)
Actress Mary Martin 1959 - West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34
1960 - Dutch Builders strike for CLA
1962 - Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
1962 - Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
1965 - Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma
1965 - Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
1965 - Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile
1966 - "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
1966 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 - Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man" premieres in NYC
1967 - Teamster pres Jimmy Hoffa begins 8-year jail sentence for defrauding the union & jury tampering (commuted Dec 23, 1971)
1968 - The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
1969 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1970 - Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
1970 - Ice Pairs Championship at Ljubljana won by Rodnina & Ulanov (URS)
1970 - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Ljubljana won by Gabriele Seyfert (GDR)
1970 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ljubljana won by Tim Wood (USA)
1970 - WXOW TV channel 19 in La Crosse, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
1971 - Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
1973 - Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory
1973 - Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh
1974 - "Monitor" (US Civil War Ship) restored at Cape Hatteras NC
1974 - 1st general strike in Ethiopia
1975 - US Senate revises filibuster rule, allows 60 senators to limit debate
1975 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 - Morocco & Mauretania break diplomatic relations with Algeria
1977 - Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections
1977 - Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets Pres Carter
1978 - Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
1978 - Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
1978 - Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb
1979 - Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
1979 - Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
Singer Olivia Newton-John 1979 - 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)
1981 - "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
1981 - 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
1982 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA American Express Sun City Golf Classic
1982 - Jarmilla Kratochvilova run world record 400 m indoor (49.59 sec)
1982 - NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
1983 - TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
1984 - The United States attacks San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
1985 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
1986 - South-Africa emergency crisis in Brabant & Limburg ends
1986 - Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist
1987 - Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs
1987 - Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1988 - Howard Stern's 1st pay-per-view "Underpants & Negligee Party"
1988 - Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award
Radio shock jock Howard Stern 1988 - Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1989 - Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
1989 - Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
1990 - 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Phila)
1990 - H Wayne Huizenga buys ½ of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15% of Dolphins for $30m
1991 - Iraq continues to explode oil fields in Kuwait
1992 - Nicole Stevenson swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.78)
1993 - 23rd Easter Seal Telethon raises
1993 - Diff'rent Stroke actor Todd Bridges arrested for stabbing a tenant
1994 - 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top wins
1994 - Charles Taylor resigns as pres of Liberia
1994 - David Platt appointed captain of English football team
1994 - US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship
1994 - ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa
1994 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela 1995 - Dollar worth 1.5330 Dutch guilder (record)
1995 - NY becomes 38th state to have the death penalty
1996 - 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
1996 - British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
1996 - Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists
1996 - The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament is formed.
1997 - Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
1997 - 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
2004 - New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
2005 - Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
2007 - British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
2010 - 82nd Academy Awards - "The Hurt Locker", Jeff Bridges & Sandra Bullock win
2013 - Hilary Mantel is awarded the 2013 David Cohen Prize for literature
2013 - UN Security Council approves further North Korean sanctions for its nuclear testing
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