Today In History
Here is what happened
on Sunday - July 15th...
History, n. One darn thing after another.
Famous People Born On This Day In History...
|1606||Rembrandt, Dutch painter.
Today, this person is/would be 412 years old.
|1946||Linda Ronstadt, singer.
Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
|1960||Kim Alexis, super model.
Today, this person is/would be 58 years old.
|1961||Lolita Davidovich, actress.
Today, this person is/would be 57 years old.
|1961||Forrest Whitaker, actor.
Today, this person is/would be 57 years old.
|1973||Brian-Austin Green, actor.
Today, this person is/would be 45 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
| 971||Sainte Swithin, the Bishop of Winchester, is reburied inside his cathedral. The day is celebrated in England as Saint Swithin’s Day.|
|1099||First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after a difficult siege.|
|1162||Ladislaus II of Hungary is declared King of Hungary.|
|1207||John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.|
|1240||A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.|
|1381||John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.|
|1410||Battle of Grunwald, allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.|
|1685||James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill, England after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemore on 6 July 1685.|
|1789||Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, by acclamation, named colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.|
|1799||Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta, by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard. It provides the key for the first translation of Egyptian hyroglyphs into modern languages.|
|1806||Pike expedition: Near St. Louis, Missouri, United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine to explore the west. Eventually Pike’s Peak is named after him.|
|1815||Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders from aboard HMS Bellerophon.|
|1862||American Civil War: Confederates break naval blockade of Vicksburg, Mississippi.|
|1867||San Francisco’s Merchant’s Exchange opens. |
|1869||Margarine is patented in Paris, for use in the French Navy. |
|1870||Post-American-Civil-War Reconstruction: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.|
|1870||Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories are established from these vast tracts of northern wilderness.|
|1895||Archie MacLaren scores County Championship record cricket innings of 424 for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton.|
|1916||In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).|
|1926||BEST buses make its début in Mumbai.|
|1927||Massacre of July 15, 1927: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.|
|1929||First weekly radio broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio show, Music and the Spoken Word.|
|1931||Kid Chocolate becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion.|
|1954||First flight of the Boeing 707, the first American jet passenger airliner.|
|1955||Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.|
|1957||Ford Motor Company begins full-scale production of the Edsel automobile. The car flops and becomes synonymous with bad design and bad marketing in the car business, a problem which plagues the industry still.|
|1958||In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to provide military support to the pro-Western government there.|
|1965||A US law is passed requiring health warnings on cigarette packages, but people continue to light up. |
|1974||In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d’état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.|
|1975||Apollo Soyuz Test Project: Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space.|
|1995||First item sold on Amazon.com.|
|1996||A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.|
|1997||In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his home.|
|2003||AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day and takes over the Netscape browswer.|
|2003||The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention removes its SARS-related travel advisory for Taiwan, the last area to have such a travel alert.|
|2004||Monorail service begins in Las Vegas.|
|2004||The BBC airs the documentary The Secret Agent, exposing racism by members of the British National Party.|
|2005||Jack Nicklaus plays his last hole of competitive golf during The Open Championship at Hole 18 at St Andrews, finishing with a birdie.|
|2006||Mogadishu Int’l Airport in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, re-opens after an eleven-year closure, mainly due to the Somali civil war.|
|2016||A failed military coup de etat in Turkey leaves 161 dead and more than 1,400 injured. Thousands of alleged plotters are subsequently arrested.|
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