Archive for July, 2008

Welcome to Today In History for Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Historical Events on this Day in History …

0390 – Brennus and Gauls defeat Romans at Allia
0463 – Start of Lunar Cycle of Hilarius
0622 – Moslem Era begins-Mahomet begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hejira)
0622 – Origin of Islamic Era (Muharram 1, 1 AH)
1054 – Michael Caerularius excommunicated of Constantinople
1099 – Crusaders herd Jews of Jerusalem into a synagogue and set it afire
1212 – Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa; end of Moslem power in Spain
1251 – The Virgin Mary gives Simon Stork a haircut (legend)
1338 – German monarch signs Treaty of Rense
1429 – Joan of Arc leads French army in Battle of Orleans
1429 – Army entered Reims
1439 – Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading)
1519 – Public debate between Martin Luther and theologist John Eck
1548 – La Paz, Bolivia is founded
1573 – Alva demands submission of Zealand/Holland
1618 – Capt John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain
1659 – Princess Henriette C of Orange-Nassau weds monarch Johan George II
1661 – 1st banknotes in Europe were issued by Bank of Stockholm
1683 – Turkish troops under Kara Mustafa attain Vienna
1769 – Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in Calif
1775 – John Adams graduates Harvard
1782 – Mozart’s opera “Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail,” premieres in Vienna
1790 – Congress establishes District of Columbia
1798 – US Public Health Service forms and US Marine Hospital authorized
1801 – Pope Pius VII and 1st consul Napoleon sign concord
1845 – NY Yacht Club holds its 1st regatta
1856 – Statue of Laurens Jansz Coster unveiled in Haarlem
1857 – Sir Henry Havelock arrives at Battle of Cawnpore
1861 – Manassas Campaign [->JUL 22]
1861 – Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
1862 – David G Farragut is 1st rear admiral in US Navy
1863 – Utrecht-Swells railway opens
1867 – Amstel Hotel, “the dignified old lady” opens in Amsterdam
1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint
1867 – Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete
1894 – Many negro miners in Alabama killed by striking white miners
1894 – Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley signed between Japan and England
1895 – Archie MacLaren completes cricket 424 for Lancs v Somerset at Taunton
1902 – John McGraw named manager of NY Giants
1902 – Test Cricket debut of K S Ranjitsinhji v Australia, at Old Trafford
1904 – Islands of Manu’a group (Samoa) ceded to US by their chiefs
1909 – Det and Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane patents by B A Fiske
1914 – Socialist conference in Brussel (Kautsky, Trotski and Rosa Luxemburg)
1920 – Ruth sets season home run record with 30 en route to 54
1920 – Gen Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief
1920 – China joins the League of Nations
1920 – 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
1924 – Conference over German recovery payments begins in London
1924 – NY Giants George Kelly is 1st to hit HRs in 6 cons games
1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
1926 – Jaspar govt asks authority to save Belgian franc
1927 – Augusto Sandino begins 5«-year war against US occupation of Nicaragua
1934 – Bradman scores 140 Aust v Yorkshire, 120 mins, 22 fours 2 sixes
1935 – 1st automatic parking meter in US installed (Oklahoma City, Ok)
1936 – NY Giants are 10« games back in NL, and go on to win pennant
1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY
1938 – 21st PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Shawnee CC Shawnee-on-Del Pa
1940 – NSB’er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee
1941 – 100øF (38øC) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle Wash
1941 – Joe Dimaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
1942 – French police arrest 13,152 Jews in Paris
1942 – Jews transported from Holland to extermination camp
1944 – Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against Braves to win 8-5 and break their 16-game losing streak, they will lose another 5 in a row
1945 – Cruiser Indianapolis leaves SF with atom bomb
1945 – Australian Services win 3rd Victory Test Cricket by 4 wickets
1945 – 1st atomic bomb detonated, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1946 – Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in SF history)
1946 – US court martials 46 SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau
1947 – Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, 1st as a Yankee and Yanks 18th straight In nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19
1948 – Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Phila, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott and Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager
1950 – Single day 16 team HR record set at 37 (NL-25, AL-12)
1950 – Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 for soccer’s 4th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by JD Salinger published
1951 – Len Hutton scores his 100th 100, Yorks v Surrey at The Oval
1951 – King Leopold III, of Belgium, abdicates
1951 – 1st Dutchman to win Tour de France (Wim Van Est)
1953 – KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
1955 – “Golden Horseshoe Revue” 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
1956 – Last Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
1956 – King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
1956 – Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
1956 – Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
1957 – Marine Maj John Glenn sets transcontinental speed record (03:28:08)
1960 – George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on
1960 – 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
1961 – Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
1961 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ 2″
1962 – NASA civilian Test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m
1963 – Amazon carries 190,000 m3/sec (record)
1964 – Republicans convention selects Barry Goldwater as pres candidate
1965 – Mount Blanc Road tunnel between France and Italy opens
1966 – “Half a Sixpence” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 perfs
1967 – Prison brawl ignites barracks, killing 37 (Jay, Florida)
1967 – Mickey Wright wins Lady Carling Golf Open
1969 – Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
1970 – Iraq’s constitution goes into effect
1970 – Reds spoil Pirates debut in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, 3-2
1971 – Franco points prince Juan Carlos as deputy in Spain
1972 – Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
1972 – Smokey Robinson and Miracles final live performance
1973 – During Watergate hearings, Butterfield reveals existence of tapes
1975 – Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term
1976 – Rock duo Loggins and Messina break-up after 6 years
1977 – Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad and Tobago, crowned 26th Miss Universe
1978 – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
1979 – Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein
1980 – Polish railway workers block railway to Russia
1980 – Ronald Reagan nominated for Pres by Republicans in Detroit
1981 – India performs nuclear Test
1981 – Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously
1982 – Sun Myung Moon sentenced to 18 months for tax fraud
1982 – NASA launches Landsat 4 to thematic map the Earth
1982 – George P Shultz sworn in as minister of Foreign affairs
1983 – 20 killed in Britain’s worst helicopter accident
1985 – 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn
1985 – All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (SD Padres)
1985 – Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
1985 – F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1152 kph (716 mph)
1987 – Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season and ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)
1987 – Said Aouita runs world record 2000m (4:50.81)
1987 – Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1988 – Wayne Gretzky (NHL) and Janet Jones (Police Acad 5) wed in Edmonton
1988 – San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
1988 – Michael J Fox marries Tracy Pollan
1988 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women’s heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
1988 – Florence Joyner runs 100 m in women’s world record 10.49 seconds
1988 – Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec
1989 – 44th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Betsy King
1990 – Ukraine declares independence
1990 – Rick Dee’s “Into the Night,” premieres on ABC-TV
1990 – NYC’s Empire State Building catches fire-No fatalities
1990 – Civil trial by parents of Suicide victims against Judas Priest begins
1990 – Bridgette LeAnn Wilson, 17, of Oregon, 8th crowned Miss Teen USA
1990 – 400 die in a (7.7) earthquake in Philippines
1993 – SF outfielder Darren Lewis sets record of 267 consec errorless games
1993 – S van Ruysdael’s “Winter Landscape” sold for œ705,500 in London
1993 – President Lissouba calls emergency rule in Congo-Brazzaville
1994 – Sweden shuts out Bulgaria 4-0, to finish 3rd in the World Cup
1994 – Spanish fishing boats sink a French fishing boat over fishing rights
1994 – Shreveport Pirates 1st CFL home game (vs Toronto Argonauts)
1994 – Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter
1994 – Baseball Night in America premieres (no Saturday day games)
1994 – Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds « billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
1994 – 3 tenors-Placid Domingo, Luciano Parvoti, Jose Carreras, perform in LA
1994 – 1st parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hits Jupiter (until July 22nd)
1994 – “Sisters Rosensweig” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 perfs
1995 – “Buttons on Broadway” closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 40 perfs
1995 – “Chronicles of a Death Foretold” closes at Plymouth NYC after 55 perfs
1995 – 13th Seniors Players Golf Championship: J C Snead
1995 – 50th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Annika Sorenstam
1997 – Jerold Mackenzie awarded $266M for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harrassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker


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Hey friends I got this Mail today  and i really liked it………………

It was funny but some what i think its believable, so just read and enjoy…………………..

There was a contest in a company to write a fictional story for 500 words max which would start with the line “On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Bangalore station ”

This is what a guy wrote for the contest……. and surprisingly, it was adjudged the best short story 🙂)

On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Bangalore station. At once I was held back to see someone in that position during midnight with no one around. With curiosity taking the front seat, I went near the body and tried to investigate it. There was blood all over the body which was lying face down. It seemed that a ruthless blow by the last train could have caused the end of this body which seemed to be that of a guy of around my age. Amidst the gory blood flow, I could see a folded white envelope which was fluttering in the midnight wind. Carefully I took the blood stained envelope and was surprised to see the phrase “appraisal letter” on it. With curiosity rising every moment, I wasted no time in opening the envelope to see if I can find some details about the dead guy. The tag around the body’s neck and the jazzy appraisal cover gave me the hint that he might be a software engineer. I opened the envelope to find a shining paper on which the appraisal details where typed in flying colors. Thunders broke into my ears and lightening struck my heart when I saw the appraisal amount of the dead guy!!!!! My God, it was not even, as much as the cost of the letter on which the appraisal details were printed…. My heart poured out for the guy and huge calls were heard inside my mind saying “no wonder, this guy died such a miserable death”… As a fellow worker in the same industry, I thought I should mourn for him for the sake of respect and stood there with a heavy heart thinking of the shock that he would have experienced when his manager had placed the appraisal letter in his hand. I am sure his heart would have stopped and eyes would have gone blank for few seconds looking at the near to nothing increment in his salary.

While I mourned for him, for a second my hands froze to see the employee’s name in the appraisal letter… hey, what a strange co-incidence, this guy’s name is same as mine, including the initials. This was interesting. With some mental strength, I turned the body upside down and found myself fainted for a second. The guy not only had my name, but also looked exactly like me. Same looks, same built, same name…. it was me who was dead there!!!!!!!! While I was lost in that shock, I felt someone patting on my shoulders. My heart stopped completely, I could not breathe and sprung in fear to see who was behind……… splash!!! Went the glass of water on my laptop screen as I came out of my wild dream to see my manager standing behind my chair patting on my shoulder saying, “wake up man? Come to meeting room number two. I have your appraisal letter ready”.

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