This Day in History


This Day in History

  • 2010 The maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket wast made from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.
  • 2007 Died: Freddie Scott, American singer-songwriter, best known for hist Hey, Girl and Are You Lonely For Me.
  • 2002 Died: Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician, twice President of Peru. He was recognized by the Peruvians for his commitment to the democratic process and for personal integrity.
  • 1996 Roughly after 37 seconds of the first flight a European rocket Ariane 5 exploded. The rocket was on a Cluster II space mission to study the Earth’s magnetosphere over the course of an entire solar cycle.
  • 1989 Nearly 575 were killed due to a natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia. Two trains passing each other threw sparks near a leaky pipeline, which caused the explosion.
  • 1988 Three cars on a train with hexogen exploded in Arzamas, Gorky Oblast, USSR. 91 were killed, about 1,500 injured.
  • 1975 Born: Angelina Jolie, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, winner of an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
  • 1974 Born: Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni, Indian celebrity chef, known for authentic South Indian cuisines. He created Guinness World Record for the longest individual cooking marathon and performed television cooking stunts.
  • 1973 Died: Maurice René Fréchet, French mathematician and academic, who made major contributions to the topology of point sets and introduced the entire concept of metric spaces.
  • 1964 Died: Samuil Marshak, Russian poet, best known for the poetry for children. He was proclaimed as the founder of Russia’s children literature.
  • 1964 Born: Sean Pertwee, English actor and voice actor, best known for role as Captain Fitzpatrick in the play Tom Jones, Doctor Talbot in the film Doomsday and TV series Gotham as Alfred Pennyworth.
  • 1961 The Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev sparked the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin. The crisis culminated with the city’s partition by erection of the Berlin Wall.
  • 1941 Died: Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia. He ruled the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 1888 to 1918.
  • 1940 The Dunkirk evacuation ended. British forces completed evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk, France. Winston Churchill delivered his famous speech “We shall fight on the beaches” to rally the morale of the country.
  • 1939 Died: Tommy Ladnier, outstanding American trumpet jazz player. He was called the second best trumpet player only to Louis Armstrong.
  • 1926 Born: Robert Earl Hughes, American heaviest human being ever recorded in the history of world. At the time of his death he weighed 1,041 pounds (472 kg).
  • 1922 Died: William Halse Rivers Rivers, English anthropologist, neurologist, ethnologist, and psychiatrist, best remembered for his work treating officers during World War I who were suffering from shell shock.
  • 1920 The Treaty of Trianon, a peace agreement to formally end World War I between the Allies and the Kingdom of Hungary, was signed. Hungary lost 71% of its territory and 63% of its population.
  • 1917 King George V established the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This is the most junior and most populous order of chivalry in the British and Commonwealth honors system.
  • 1916 Born: Robert F. Furchgott, American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine laureate for work on nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.
  • 1896 Henry Ford completed the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and successfully tested it.
  • 1877 Born: Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate for his research into the bile acids.
  • 1867 Born: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finnish general and politician, the 6th President of Finland. After his death he was voted for the Greatest Finn of all time.
  • 1859 The Battle of Magenta was fought between the French and the Austrians in Italy. The battle was won by the French-Sardinian army under Napoleon III.
  • 1798 Died: Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and author, regarded as one of the most authentic source of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century. He is best known for complicated and elaborate love affairs, and his name became synonymous with “womanizer”.
  • 1738 Born: George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 till 1801 and King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland till his death.
  • 1694 Born: François Quesnay, French economist and physician, known for publishing the Tableau économique (Economic Table) that provided foundation of the ideas of the Physiocrats. His work is regarded as the first important contribution to the economic thought.
  • 1585 Died: Muretus, French humanist. He is often considered as one of the best Latin prose stylist of the Renaissance.
  • 1463 Died: Flavio Biondo, Italian historian, one of the first historians to use a three-period division of history (Ancient, Medieval and Modern) and known as one of the first archaeologists.
  • 907 Born: Rosalind Russell, American actress and singer, winner of five Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award. She is known for playing character roles, exceptionally wealthy, dignified, ladylike women and professional women, like judges, reporters and physicians.
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