Today in History
1086 – King Canute IV of Denmark is killed by rebellious peasants.
1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.
1553 – Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England.
1850 – President Millard Fillmore is sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor’s death.
1913 – The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.
1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins of John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1938 – Howard Hughes begins a 91-hour airplane flight around the world that will set a new record.
1942 – World War II: An American pilot spots a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the “Akutan Zero”) that the US Navy uses to learn the aircraft’s flight characteristics.
1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1985 – The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrioris bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.
1991 – Boris Yeltsin takes office as the first elected President of Russia.
1992 – In Miami, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1997 – In London, scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
1998 – Catholic Church sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Rudolph Kos, a former priest.
1682 – Roger Cotes, English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1716)
Camille Pissarro, Danish-French painter (d. 1903)
Born on the island of St Thomas, Camille Pissarro, of French and Danish ancestry was both an Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter
1834 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-English painter and illustrator (d. 1903)
1839 – Adolphus Busch, German brewer, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (d. 1913)
1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (d. 1943)
1871 – Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1922)
1902 – Kurt Alder, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
1920 – David Brinkley, American journalist (d. 2003)
1922 – Jake LaMotta, American boxer and actor (d. 2017)
1927 – David Dinkins, American soldier and politician, 106th Mayor of New York City
1943 – Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and journalist (d. 1993)
1947 – Arlo Guthrie, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
138 – Hadrian, Roman emperor (b. 76)
1559 – Henry II, king of France (b. 1519)
1851 – Louis Daguerre, French photographer and physicist, invented the daguerreotype (b. 1787)
1978 – John D. Rockefeller III, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Asia Society (b. 1906)
1979 – Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (b. 1894)
1989 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (b. 1908)
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