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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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Welcome to Today In History for Monday, May 5, 2008.

Historical Events on this Day in History …

0553 – 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens
1382 – Battle of Beverhoutsveld – population beats drunken army
1430 – Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1494 – On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1640 – English Short Parliament unites
1646 – King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1665 – Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1726 – Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Op‚ra of Paris
1749 – Pope Benedict XIV proclaims 1750 a Year” [?]
1762 – Russia and Prussia sign peace treaty
1764 – Smolny-institution forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
1780 – 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) forms (Boston)
1789 – French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1797 – Napoleon I’s sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1809 – Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 – Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1814 – British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
1816 – American Bible Society organized (NY)
1834 – Charles Darwin’s expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1835 – King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1842 – City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1854 – English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
1855 – NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1861 – Alexandria, VA – CS troops abandon city
1862 – Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
1862 – French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1863 – Battle of Tupelo, MS
1863 – Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
1864 – Campaign in Northern Georgia – Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
1864 – Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 – Battle between Confederate and Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 – Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1874 – Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1881 – Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1891 – Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 – Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
1900 – “The Billboard” began weekly publication
1904 – Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A’s (3-0)
1905 – Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper “Chicago Defender”
1908 – 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in SF
1912 – 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1915 – German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1916 – US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1917 – St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chic White Sox, 1-0
1920 – German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 – Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 – US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 – Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1921 – 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1922 – Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
1924 – Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1925 – Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1925 – Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)
1925 – John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1926 – Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 – Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for “Arrowsmith”
1927 – Dmitri Sjostakovitch’ 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
1930 – Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours
1930 – 1st woman to fly solo from Engl to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1932 – Japan and China sign a peace treaty
1934 – 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1935 – Jessie Owens of US, sets then long jump record at 26′ 8¬”
1936 – Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
1936 – Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1938 – Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
1939 – Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1940 – Norwegian govt in exile forms in London
1941 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1941 – 2 Fokker’s employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
1942 – British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 – US begins rationing sugar during WW II
1943 – Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
1944 – Gandhi freed from prison
1944 – Russian offensive against Sebastopol Krim
1945 – Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1945 – Uprising against SS-occupying troops in Prague
1945 – Netherlands and Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 – Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1947 – Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage
1947 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King’s Men)
1948 – 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 – Belgian govt of Spaak resigns
1949 – Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1949 – Statue of Council of Europe drawn
1949 – KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 – Council of Europe forms
1950 – Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1951 – 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
1951 – “Out of This World” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 perfs
1952 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
1952 – Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate’s Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
1954 – Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
1955 – West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1955 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1955 – Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
1955 – “Damn Yankees” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
1956 – World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
1956 – Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
1956 – Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
1956 – 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
1957 – Adolf Sch„rf elected president of Austria
1957 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1958 – KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 – Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
1958 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1962 – West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
1962 – LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
1962 – 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
1963 – Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1964 – Separatists riot in Quebec
1965 – 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1966 – Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II
1966 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1966 – Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
1968 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1969 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1969 – 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
1970 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1971 – “Earl of Ruston” opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
1971 – Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
1972 – Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
1973 – 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
1974 – Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
1975 – A’s release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, and scored 33 runs)
1976 – Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24
1976 – Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
1978 – Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
1979 – 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
1979 – Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
1979 – Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1980 – Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building
1981 – 16th and final Mayor’s Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
1983 – Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conf Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 – 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
1985 – Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women’s Golf Invitational
1986 – Hall of Fame and Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
1987 – Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
1987 – Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
1987 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1988 – Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US archbishop
1989 – Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY
1990 – Paul Hogan and Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia
1990 – ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
1990 – 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
1991 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1992 – Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1994 – North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
1994 – Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994 – “Sally Marrand Her Escorts” opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 perfs
1995 – Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
1996 – “Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore” closes at Belasco after 12 perfs
1996 – Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
1996 – Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1997 – “Married With Children” final episode on Fox TV
1997 – Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
2000 – Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon

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Historical Events

Welcome to Today In History for Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

(source from net)

  Historical Events on this Day in History …

0999 – Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope
1416 – Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Arag¢n
1513 – Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Le¢n
1550 – Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1559 – England/France signs 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambr‚sis
1559 – Genoa Italy, expels Jews
1590 – States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
1595 – Cornelis de Houtman’s ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
1645 – Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
1745 – Austria and Bavaria sign peace
1792 – Congress establishes Philadelphia mint
1792 – US authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle and 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins and silver dollar, « dollar, quarter, dime and half-dime
1800 – 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s 1st Symphony in C
1819 – 1st successful agricultural journal (“American Farmer”) begins
1827 – Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1845 – H L Fizeau and J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
1860 – 1st Italian Parliament met at Turin
1863 – Bread revolt in Richmond Virginia
1864 – Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
1864 – Skirmish at Crump’s Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
1865 – Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland’s Station)
1865 – CSA Pres Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA
1865 – Battle of Ft Blakely AL and Selma AL
1866 – Pres Johnson ends war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn and Va
1870 – Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for US pres
1872 – George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1876 – Philadelphia A’s and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
1877 – 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1878 – 1st issue of Rotterdam’s Newspaper
1883 – Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
1884 – London prison for debtors closed
1900 – 1st edition of The Volk published (Amsterdam)
1902 – 1st motion picture theater opens (LA)
1902 – Country singer Wynonna Judd’s 1st appearance as a single act
1902 – Soccer team MVV ’02 forms in Maastricht
1905 – Cairo-Capetown railway opens
1906 – South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
1908 – Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1912 – Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang-Party in China
1912 – Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
1916 – German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
1917 – Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of US House of Reps
1917 – Pres Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1921 – Prof Albert Einstein lectures in NYC on his new theory of relativity
1926 – Riots between Moslems and Hindus in Calcutta
1930 – 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
1931 – Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1932 – Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1935 – Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
1935 – Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1939 – 6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
1941 – German occupier disallows Dutch scouting assn
1941 – USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from SF
1944 – CPI-leader Palmiro Togliatti returns to Italy
1944 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ 8th Symphony, premieres in NY
1944 – Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
1945 – 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
1947 – Carlo Terron’s “Il diamente del profeta,” premieres in Rome
1950 – WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 – Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
1954 – Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
1955 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1955 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1955 – Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
1956 – Soap operas “As the World Turns” and “Edge of Night” premieres on TV
1956 – Peter Ustinovs’ “Romanoff and Juliet,” premieres in Manchester
1958 – Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
1958 – National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
1958 – Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
1960 – Cuba buys oil from USSR
1960 – KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
1963 – Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
1963 – USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
1964 – USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
1964 – Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, Pres Goulart ousted
1964 – Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
1965 – Hochhuths play “Stellvertreter” banned in Italy
1966 – Soviet Union’s Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1966 – WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 – Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark
1967 – Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
1968 – Beatles form Python Music Ltd
1968 – Chad creates Union of Central African States
1968 – Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
1969 – Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
1970 – Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India’s Assam state
1970 – Qatar gains independence from Britain
1970 – 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
1971 – Sci-fi soap opera “Dark Shadows” concludes an almost 5 year run
1972 – 44th Academy Awards – “French Connection,” G Hackman and Jane Fonda win
1972 – Prime Minister Begin visits Cairo
1972 – Tennessee Williams’ “Small Craft Warnings,” premieres in NYC
1973 – ITT pleads guilty to asking CIA to affect Chilean pres election
1973 – Ed Kemper stuffs mother’s throat in disposal
1973 – CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
1974 – 46th Academy Awards – “Stng,” Glenda Jackson and Jack Lemmon win
1974 – Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War
1974 – Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)
1976 – A’s trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell
1976 – Portuguese constitution assumed
1976 – Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds prince Sihanouk as premier
1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors,” album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
1977 – Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
1978 – Velcro was 1st put on the market
1978 – TV show “Dallas” premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
1978 – Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
1978 – 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1979 – Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat
1980 – Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
1981 – Belgium’s 4th govt of Martens resigns
1981 – Heavy battle between Christian militia and Syrian army in East Lebanon
1982 – Several thousand Argentine troops seized disputed Falkland Islands
1982 – In exhibition game A’s pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15″ toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
1982 – Argentina seizes Malvinas (Falklands) Islands
1984 – 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
1985 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 – NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
1986 – George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
1986 – 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
1987 – “Mikado” opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
1987 – Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
1987 – IBM introduces PS/2 and OS/2
1988 – Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
1988 – Simply Majestic sets horse racing’s 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
1989 – 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1989 – 8th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
1989 – Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats “Macho Man” Savage
1989 – Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor’s trophy series in 2 games
1990 – 52nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
1991 – Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
1992 – Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
1992 – John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos
1992 – Edith Cresson, France’s 1st female premier, resigns
1992 – “Hamlet” opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
1993 – 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
1993 – Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
1994 – 1st exhibition game played at Jacobs Field, Pirates beat Indians, 6-4
1995 – Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow
1995 – Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50
1995 – Owners accept baseball players proposal, agree to start season 4/26
1995 – North and Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
1995 – NY Police Dept and NY Transit Police merge into one organization
1995 – Baseball season opener delayed until April 26
1995 – 7th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
1995 – 14th NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion: U of Ct Huskies beats TN 70-64
1996 – Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
1996 – Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
1997 – “Doll’s House,” opens at Belasco Theater NYC
1998 – World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minn
2000 – 19th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: at Corel State Spectrum
2001 – 63rd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: at Metrodome Minneapolis

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Historical Events

Welcome to Today In History for Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

  Historical Events on this Day in History …

0417 – St Zosimus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0731 – St Gregory III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1123 – 1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1167 – Battle of El-Babein, Egypt: Franks under Amalrik vs Syrians
1190 – Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England
1229 – German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem
1438 – Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Germany
1509 – Emperor Maximilian I names Margaretha land guardians of Netherlands
1532 – English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1541 – Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi R)
1582 – Prince Willem of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
1583 – Dutch States General and Anjou sign treaty
1673 – Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
1754 – Duke of Newcastle becomes English premier
1766 – Britain repeals the Stamp Act
1773 – Oliver Goldsmith’ “She Stoops to Conquer,” premieres in London
1793 – 2nd Battle at Neerwinden: Austria army beats France
1810 – “Converse,” 1st US opera, premieres in NY
1813 – David Melville, Newport, RI, patents apparatus for making coal gas
1818 – Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
1834 – 1st railroad tunnel in US completed, in Penn (275 m long)
1835 – Charles Darwin departs Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass
1847 – 1st Dutch public telegram
1850 – Henry Wells and William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
1858 – Dutch Van der Brugghen govt resigns
1859 – Vera Cruz besieged by Miram¢n (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
1864 – Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240
1865 – Congress of Confederate States of American adjourns for last time
1865 – Battle of Wilson’s raid to Selma, AL
1870 – 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland Calif)
1871 – Communards revolt in Paris
1877 – President Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Wash DC
1881 – Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens (MSG)
1890 – 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
1891 – Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
1892 – Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
1895 – 200 blacks leave Savannah, Ga for Liberia
1899 – Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering
1900 – Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms
1902 – Sch”nberg’s “Verkl„rte Nacht,” premieres in Vienna
1902 – Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
1904 – 1st performance of Edward Elgar’s “In the South (Alassio)”
1909 – Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
1910 – 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC
1911 – North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law
1914 – White Wolf gang beats govt army in Jingdezhen China
1915 – Failed British attack in Dardanelles
1915 – French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed
1918 – Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
1918 – Socialist Youth AJC organizes in Amsterdam
1919 – Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
1920 – Greece adopts the Gregorian calendar
1921 – 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
1921 – Steamer “Hong Koh” runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
1922 – WBT-AM in Charlotte NC begins radio transmissions
1922 – Mohandas K Gandhi sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment
1922 – Brit magistrates in India sentence Gandhi to 6 years for disobedience
1922 – 1st intercollegiate indoor polo championship (Princeton vs Yale)
1925 – (8) 60-MPH tornadoes speed Mo, In, Il, Ky, and Tn kills 689
1929 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ “The new Babylon,” premieres in Leningrad
1930 – Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
1931 – Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
1931 – 1st electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick)
1933 – Radio Clube de Mocambique’s, 1st radio transmission
1933 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1933 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1937 – Gas explosion in school in New London Texas: 294 die
1938 – Pres Cardena of Mexico nationalizes US and British oil companies
1938 – NY 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
1938 – Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
1940 – Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany’s war against France and Britain
1942 – Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters
1942 – 2 black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out
1943 – James Oglethorpe (US) and Terkolei (Neth), torpedoed and sinks
1943 – Red Army evacuates Belgorod
1944 – 2,500 women trample guards and floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago Illinois dept store
1944 – Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
1945 – 1,250 US bombers attacks Berlin
1945 – Maurice “Rocket” Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals
1945 – US Task Force 58 attacks targets on Kiushu
1948 – Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
1948 – France and Great Britain and Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
1949 – NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
1949 – WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1950 – “Touch and Go” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
1950 – CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
1951 – Pat O’Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1952 – 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Phila)
1952 – Communist offensive in Korea
1953 – NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
1953 – KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 – Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
1953 – Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
1953 – 15th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
1955 – I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
1957 – WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
1958 – Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
1959 – President Dwight D Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
1959 – Boston Celtic’s Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
1961 – Poppin’ Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
1962 – Algerian War ends after 7« yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
1962 – Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
1963 – WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963 – Supreme Court’s Miranda Decision; defendants must have lawyers
1963 – France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1963 – “Tovarich” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
1965 – “Do I Hear a Waltz?” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
1965 – Rolling Stones fined œ5 each for public urination
1965 – USSR launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 mins)
1966 – Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
1966 – General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
1966 – “Pousse Cafe” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
1967 – Beatles’ “Penny Lane,” single goes #1
1967 – Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock and spills oil
1968 – WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 – WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 – Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
1969 – “Come Summer” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
1970 – NFL selects Wilson as official football and scoreboard as official time
1970 – Mail service paralyzed by 1st major postal strike
1970 – KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, TX (ABC) suspends broadcasting
1970 – Cambodia military coup under Gen Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
1970 – -25) US Postal begins strike
1971 – 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
1972 – Memphis’ Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
1972 – Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
1972 – China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1972 – AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
1973 – “Seesaw” opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
1973 – Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1974 – Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
1975 – Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
1977 – Clash releases their 1st recording “White Riot”
1977 – US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, N Korea and Cambodia
1977 – Vietnam hands over MIA to US
1978 – Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
1978 – 250,000 attend rock concert Calif Jam II in Ontario Calif
1979 – “On the 20th Century” closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 perfs
1979 – Battles between Kurds and Iranians break in Sananday Iran
1979 – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1980 – Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
1981 – Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
1982 – Singer Teddy Pendergrass’ spinal cord severed in a car accident
1984 – Chris Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
1985 – Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC
1985 – Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle
1986 – Treasury Dept announces plans to alter paper money
1986 – Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Qld
1987 – Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica and Matthew)
1987 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 – 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
1989 – California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
1989 – Dino Ciccarelli sets Wash Cap record of 7 pts in a game
1989 – Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen
1990 – Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
1990 – Biggest US art robbery, $100’s millions at Gardner Museum, Boston
1990 – A Tampa little leaguer, dies, after being struck by a pitch
1990 – 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
1990 – 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
1991 – Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
1991 – Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round
1991 – Phila ’76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain’s #13 jersey
1991 – Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
1992 – Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in World Cup at Albury
1992 – Leona Helmsley sentence to 4 years for tax evasion
1992 – Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
1992 – “4 Baboons Adoring the Sun” opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 perf
1993 – Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
1993 – Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC
1993 – Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
1993 – “Sisters Rosensweig” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 556 perfs
1994 – South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
1994 – Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands
1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy
1995 – Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada
1995 – STS 67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16« days
1995 – Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement
1996 – 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT’s Swimathon ’96
1997 – Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die

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Historical Events

Welcome to Today In History for Thursday, March 6, 2008.

 

1079 – Omar ibn Ibrahim al-Chajjam completes Jalali-calendar
1205 – Aken, [Philips van Zwaben], crowned Roman-Catholic German King
1323 – Treaty of Paris
1447 – Tommaso Parentucelli succeeds Pope Eugene IV as Nicolas V
1460 – Treaty of Alcacovas-Portugal gives Castile Canary Is for W Africa
1521 – Magellan discovers Guam
1579 – Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
1590 – Earl Mauritius conquerors Breda “turfschip of Breda”
1628 – Emperor Ferdinand II delegates Restitutie-edict
1646 – Joseph Jenkes, MA, receives 1st colonial machine patent
1664 – King Louis XIV and Emperor of Brandenburg signs covenant
1665 – Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society starts publishing
1714 – Peace of Rastatt – French emperor Charles VI of Habsburg
1728 – Spain and England sign (1st) Convention of Pardo
1775 – 1st Negro Mason in US initiated, Boston
1799 – Napolean captures Jaffa Palestine
1808 – 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
1810 – Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US
1816 – Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck Germany
1831 – Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “La Sonnambula,” premieres in Milan
1831 – Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point milt academy
1831 – Bellini’s opera “La Sonnambula,” premieres in Milan
1834 – Toronto incorporated with William Lyon Mackenzie as its 1st mayor
1836 – 3,000 Mexicans beat 182 Texans at the Alamo, after 13 day fight
1836 – HMS Beagle/Darwin reaches King George’s Sound, Australia
1838 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Weh dem, der Lugt,” premieres in Vienna
1851 – Dion Boucicault’s “Love in a Maze,” premieres in London
1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s Opera “La Traviata,” premieres in Venice
1855 – Gustave Flaubert writes goodbye to Louise Colet
1857 – Dred Scott Decision: Supreme Court rules slaves cannot be citizens
1861 – Provisionary Confederate Congress establishes Confederate Army
1862 – Battle of Pea Ridge, AR (Elkhorn Tavern)
1865 – Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida
1865 – President Lincolns 2nd Inaugural Ball
1882 – Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
1886 – 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
1886 – 1st US nurses’ magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC
1895 – England beat Australia to win one of the best cricket series ever, 3-2
1895 – J T Brown hits the fastest 50 in Test Crickets (28 mins) Eng v Aust
1896 – 1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his “Horseless Carriage”
1899 – “Asprin” patented by Felix Hoffmann
1902 – Census Bureau forms
1906 – Cubs sign 3rd baseman Harry Steinfeldt to complete Tinker-Evers-Chance
1906 – Heavy storm bursts dike flooding Vlissingen, Netherlands
1906 – Nora Blatch is 1st woman elected to American Soc of Civil Engineers
1909 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Griselda,” premieres in Vienna
1915 – Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
1918 – US naval boat “Cyclops” disappears in Bermuda Triangle
1919 – NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie
1921 – Police in Sunbury Penn issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
1922 – Babe Ruth signs 3 years at $52,000 a year NY Yankee contract
1922 – GB Shaw’s “Back to Methusaleh III/IV,” premieres in NYC
1923 – Cards announce their players will wear numbers on their uniforms
1924 – British Labour govt cuts military budget
1925 – Belgium annexes Eupen, Malm‚dy and Sankt Vith
1926 – China asks for a seat in the Security council
1929 – Turkey and Bulgaria sign friendship treaty
1930 – Bkln’s Clarence Birdseye develops a method for quick freezing food
1933 – Poland occupies free city Danzig (Gdansk)
1933 – Maxwell Anderson’s “Both your Houses,” premieres in NYC
1933 – FDR declares a nationwide bank holiday
1934 – Sidney Howard and Paul de Kruif’s “Yellowjacket,” premieres in NYC
1935 – Frank Bartell (Czech), cycles record 80.584 mph in LA
1936 – Belgium ends Locarno-pact
1940 – 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
1943 – Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers
1943 – Battle at Medenine, North-Africa: Rommels assault attack
1944 – USAF begins daylight bombing of Berlin
1945 – Federico Garc¡a Lorca’s “La Casa,” premieres in Buenos Aires
1945 – Erich Honnecker and Erich Hanke flee nazis
1945 – Chinese 38th division occupies Lashio
1945 – Assassination attempt on Hihere, SS Police fuhrer Rauter
1945 – 117 SD-prisoners executed at Savage Farm
1946 – France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
1947 – XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
1950 – Silly Putty invented
1951 – Belgium extends conscription to 24 months
1953 – Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR
1955 – Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
1955 – Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts’ “Waiting for Godot”
1957 – Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK
1959 – 11st Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr
1959 – Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
1960 – President Sukarno disbands Indonesia’s parliament
1961 – 1st London minicabs introduced
1961 – Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12« year govt jubilee
1961 – Dutch guilder revalued 4.74%
1962 – US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
1962 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 – St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
1964 – Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
1964 – Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali
1964 – Liz Taylor’s 4th divorce (Eddie Fisher)
1964 – Tom O’Hara runs world record mile (3:56.4)
1965 – Bruce Taylor hits 105 for NZ v India in 1st Test Cricket innings
1965 – 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
1965 – “How to Succeed in Business” closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 perfs
1966 – Barry Sadlers’ “Ballad of the Green Berets” becomes #1 (13 weeks)
1967 – WACS TV channel 25 in Dawson, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 – Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Allilujeva asks for political asylum in US
1967 – Muhammad Ali is order by selective service to be inducted
1967 – Jimmy Hoffa enters Lewisburg Federal Prison
1967 – 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards
1970 – Beatles release “Let it Be” in UK
1971 – Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
1972 – Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf’s all-time money winner
1972 – Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
1973 – In an exhibition game with the Pirates, Twins Larry Hisle becomes the 1st designated hitter (he hits 2 HRs and knocks in 7 RBIs)
1974 – Ian and Greg Chappell score cricket
1974 – An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
1974 – “Over Here” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 341 performances
1976 – Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova and Gorshkov (URS)
1976 – Ice Pairs Championship at Gothenburg won by Rodnina and Zaitsev (URS)
1976 – Men’s Fig Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB)
1976 – Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Gothenburg won by Dorothy Hamill
1978 – Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot and crippled by a sniper in Ga
1980 – French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
1980 – Princess Theater (Latin Quarter, Cotton Club) opens at 200 W 48th NYC
1980 – Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
1981 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1981 – Soyuz 39 returns to Earth
1981 – Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of “CBS Evening News”
1981 – Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
1982 – NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
1982 – Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
1983 – US Football League begins its 1st season
1983 – New Bedford, Mass woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
1983 – Helmut Kohl’s CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections
1983 – Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
1983 – “On Your Toes” opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
1985 – Enos Slaughter and Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1985 – Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight
1985 – M‚xican authorities find body of US drug agent Enrique C Salaazar
1985 – Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of “King and I”
1986 – USSR’s Vega 1 flies by Halley’s Comet at 8,889 km
1986 – Ken Ludwig’s “Lend me a Tenor,” premieres in London
1987 – 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
1987 – Belgium ferry boat “Herald of Free Enterprise” capsizes/sinks; 192 die
1988 – Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament
1988 – Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
1988 – Betsy King wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
1988 – 3 IRA suspects were shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
1988 – 18th Easter Seal Telethon raises $35,200,000
1989 – Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
1990 – SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
1991 – Following Iraq’s capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, Pres Bush told Congress that “aggression is defeated. The war is over”
1992 – Yankee pitcher Pascual Perez suspended for 1 year due to cocaine
1994 – Colin Jackson runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.30 sec)
1994 – United Arab Emirates beat Kenya by 2 wickets to win ICC Trophy
1995 – US 4.5› equals 156.30 Dutch guilder (record)
1995 – Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Phoenix AZ on KEDJ 106.3/100.3 FM
1995 – American Express Travel begins charging for domestic air tickets
1995 – 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield
1996 – 10th American Comedy Award
1996 – 2nd Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
1996 – Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
1998 – 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace
1998 – Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Conn state lottery

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Historical Events

Welcome to Today In History for Wednesday, March 5, 2008.

1179 – 3rd Lateran Council (11th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1461 – Henry VI was deposed by Duke of York during War of the Roses
1496 – English king Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore
1528 – Utrecht governor Maarten van Rossum plunders The Hague
1558 – Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
1579 – Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
1616 – Copernicus’ “de Revolutionibus” placed on Catholic Forbidden index
1623 – 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
1651 – South Sea dike in Amsterdam breaks after storm
1684 – Emperor Leopold I, Poland and Venice sign Heilig Covenant of Linz
1743 – 1st US religious journal, The Christian History, published, Boston
1746 – Jakobijnse troops leave Aberdeen
1750 – 1st American Shakespearean production-“altered” Richard III, NYC
1760 – Princess Carolina marries Gen Charles Christian van Nassau-Weilburg
1766 – Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Terr from French
1770 – Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as a US Senator (Mississippi)
1770 – Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd. Crispus Attackus becomes 1st black to die for American freedom
1783 – King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski grants rights to Jews of Kovno
1795 – Treaty of Basel-Prussia ends war with France
1795 – Amsterdam celebrates Revolution on the Dam; Square of Revolution
1807 – 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B
1820 – Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays
1821 – Monroe is 1st pres inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was Sun
1836 – Mexico attacks Alamo
1836 – Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber “Texas” model
1845 – Congress appropriates $30,000 to ship camels to western US
1849 – Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th president
1856 – Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
1856 – Covent Garden Opera House destroyed in a fire
1862 – Union troops under brig-gen Wright occupy Fernandina Florida
1864 – 1st track meet between Oxford and Cambridge
1868 – US Senate organizes to decide charges against Pres Andrew Johnson
1868 – Stapler patented in England by C H Gould
1868 – Arrigo Boito’s opera “Mefistofele,” premieres in Milan
1872 – George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains
1877 – Rutherford B Hayes inaugurated as 19th US president
1894 – Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US
1896 – Italians governor of Eritrea, Gen Baldissera, reaches Massawa
1896 – Italian premier Crispi resigns
1897 – American Negro Academy forms
1899 – 1st performance of Edward MacDowell’s 2nd Concerto in D
1900 – American Hall of Fame found
1903 – Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn
1907 – 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
1908 – 1st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica
1910 – Ramon Inclan’s “La Farsa Infantil de la Cabeza del Dragon,” premieres
1910 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Senators, 3-1
1912 – Spanish steamer “Principe de Asturias” sinks NE of Spain, 500 die
1917 – 1st jazz recording for Victor Records released
1919 – Louis Hirsch and Harold Atteridge’s musical premieres in NYC
1922 – “Nosferatu” premieres in Berlin
1923 – 1st old age pension plans in US established by Montana and Nevada
1923 – Montana and Nevada become 1st states to enact old age pension laws
1924 – Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp becomes IBM
1924 – Frank Carauna, becomes 1st to bowl 2 successive perfect 300 games
1924 – King Hussein of Hedzjaz appoints himself kalief
1927 – 1,000 US marines land in China to protect American property
1928 – Karl Zuckmayer’s “Der Hauptmann von K”penick,” premieres in Berlin
1931 – Gandhi and British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact
1933 – FDR proclaims 10-day bank holiday
1933 – Germany’s Nazi Party wins majority in parliament (43.9%-17.2M votes)
1934 – Mother-in-law’s day 1st celebrated (Amarillo, Tx)
1935 – 1st premature baby health law in US (Chicago)
1936 – Spitfire makes it’s 1st flight (Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton)
1942 – Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
1942 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ 7th Symphony, premieres in Siberia
1942 – Japanese troop march into Batavia
1943 – RAF bombs Essen Germany
1943 – Anti fascist strikes in Italy
1944 – 1st performance of Walter Piston’s 2nd Symphony
1945 – Allies bombs The Hague, Netherlands
1945 – Generals Eisenhower, Patton and Patch meet in Luneville
1945 – US 7th Army Corps captures Cologne
1945 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
1946 – Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech (Fulton Missouri)
1948 – Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson
1948 – US rocket flies record 4800 KPH to 126k height
1949 – Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30
1952 – Terence Rattigan’s “Deep Blue Sea,” premieres in London
1954 – “Girl in Pink Tights” opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 perfs
1955 – Elvis Presley’s 1st TV appearance on “Louisiana Hayride” show
1955 – WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 – “King Kong,” 1st televised
1956 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
1957 – Eamon de Valera’s Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland
1957 – Sgt Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvis Pelvin)
1958 – KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
1958 – Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
1959 – Iran and US sign economic and military treaty
1960 – Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champions in Vanc won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
1960 – Men’s Fig Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
1960 – Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner and Paul (CAN)
1960 – Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny and Jones (GRB)
1960 – Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
1962 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 – Beatles record “From Me to You” and “Thank You Girl”
1964 – Emergency crisis proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest
1964 – Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr, announces a baseball team is moving there
1965 – 1st performance of Walter Piston’s 8th Symphony
1965 – Ernie Terrel beats Eddie Machen in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1966 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 – Player reps elect Marvin Miller, as exec dir of Players’ Assn
1966 – Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
1966 – 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
1967 – WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 – US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
1969 – Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw,” premieres in London
1969 – Gustav Heinemann elected president of West-Germany
1969 – Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
1970 – Edison Theater opens at 240 W 47th St NYC
1970 – Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
1970 – SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in NYC
1972 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
1973 – Yankee pitchers Peterson and Kekich announce they swapped wives
1974 – “Candide” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
1974 – Ralph Stewart failed in 2nd Islander penalty shot
1976 – British œ falls below $2 for 1st time
1978 – “Hello, Dolly!” opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 perfs
1978 – Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif
1979 – Voyager I’s closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
1980 – Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
1981 – US govt grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
1981 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
1981 – Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva and I Lisovski (URS)
1981 – Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill and C Dean (GRB)
1981 – “Bring Back Birdie” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 perfs
1982 – Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
1982 – Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
1983 – Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats Australian PM Malcolm Fraser (Cons)
1983 – NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
1984 – Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene
1984 – US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
1985 – NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons
1986 – “Today” tabloid launched (Britain’s 1st national color newspaper)
1989 – Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
1989 – Blains McCallister wins Honda Golf Classic shooting 266
1989 – 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
1991 – Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait
1991 – Reggie Miller (Indiana) begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games
1992 – Ethic committee votes to reveal congressmen who bounced checks
1993 – Marlins beat Astros 12-8 in their 1st spring training game
1993 – Former Wash DC Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi
1993 – Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
1993 – Boston Celtic Larry Bird undergoes backfusion surgery
1994 – Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
1994 – PBA National Championship won by David Traber
1994 – Largest milkshake (1,955 gallons of chocolate-Nelspruit S Africa)
1994 – Dottie Mochrie wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Championship
1995 – 21st People’s Choice Awards: Tim Allen wins
1995 – Estonia Centrumlinkse Coalition party wins parliamentary election
1995 – Graves of czar Nicholas and family found in St Petersburg
1995 – Marc Velzeboer skates world record 3 km short track (5:00.26)
1996 – Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning, elected to Hall of Fame
1997 – Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells for Hall of Fame
1998 – Mariah Carey divorces Tommy Lee Jone

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