Today in History

180 6 inhabitants of Carthage, North Africa executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in this part of the world.

1203 Siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth Crusade, Crusaders aboad a Venetian fleet attack the city

1505 Martin Luther enters into an Augustinian monastery at Erfurt

1762 Catherine the Great becomes tsarina of Russia following the murder of Peter III

1867 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established

1898 Spanish American War: Spaniards surrender to US forces at Santiago de Cuba

1917 Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

1918 The Romanov royal family and several of their retainers are executed by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of Ipatiev House, in Yekaterinburg, Siberia

1936 Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War

1938 Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan leaves NY flying for LA, winds up in Ireland supposedly by mistake

1945 Potsdam Conference: Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill hold 1st post-World War II meeting

1954 Construction of Disneyland commences

1955 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.

1964 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

1975 Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space

1980 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

1995 Forbes Magazine announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world with a net worth of $12.9 billion dollars

2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board

2018 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of “strongman politics” in Johannesburg, South Africa

Movies & TV

1959 “North by Northwest” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

1961 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of “Today Show”

1998 “The Mask of Zorro” directed by Martin Campbell, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins is released

Music

1717 George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” premieres on the river Thames in London

1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act

Sports

1922 Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year

1934 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

1954 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)

1966 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)

1976 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa

1978 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

1979 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

1990 NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

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