1141 King Stephen of England was captured by forces loyal to his cousin, Empress Matilda (Maud), daughter of Henry I who named her his heir and made his barons swear fealty to her.
1848 1st shipload of Chinese arrive in San Francisco to work in gold mines. Here’s a timeline
1876 George Armstrong Custer fought his last battle at Little Big Horn
1876 and the National Baseball League is formed with 8 teams.
1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
1950 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
1957 Elizabeth Taylor married Mike Todd
1959 Buddy Holly's last performance
1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers
1962 eight of the nine planets are aligned for the first time in 400 years. Interested in finding new planetary systems?
1967 the American Basketball Association is formed to rival the NBA.
1969 Boris Karloff dies at the age of 81.
1970 Bertrand Russell philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
1972 Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special debuts Friday nights on NBC. It was the precursor to MTV and ran till 1981
1977 Radio Shack officially begins creating the TRS-80computer and Radio shack itself began in 1921
1979 Sid Vicious punk rocker with the Sex Pistols dies of a heroin overdose in a NYC jail before he can be brought to trial for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1985 O.J. Simpson marries Nicole Brown. Need I say more.
1993 Hillary Clinton bans smoking in the White House.
1995 the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off. Here’s a program history
1996 hoofer Gene Kelley Dies.
1650 Nell Gwyn (actress, mistress of Charles II)
1811 Delia Salter Bacon born. Did not believe Shakespeare wrote own work. Thought it was Sir Francis Bacon.
- 1848 Sarah Ann Hackett Stevenson born
- 1881?: Anne Bauchens film editor
1882-1941 Novelist James Joyce
1905-1982 Ayn Rand writer (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead) She still has a following
1909: Simone Weil Christian, philosopher, activist
1920 Dr. An Wang, founder of Wang Laboratories.
1928 Actress Elaine Stritch.
1947 Actress Farrah Fawcett from the bad fads web site
Quote for Today
If there's one thing I have learned by personal experience and by observing people around me, it's that a person's life actually starts from about 35 on.
— Ayn Rand