Today in History

Historical Events

1798 - Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1827 - William Rowan Hamilton presents his Theory of systems of rays.
1953 - General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
1962 - Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
1969 - Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
1991 - Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home

More Historical Events »

Famous Birthdays

1746 - FĂ©lix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (d. 1794)
1890 - Marcel L'Herbier, French director/screenwriter (El Dorado)
1895 - Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)
1922 - Boy [Segundo JA] Ecury, Aruba, resistance fighter
1969 - Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
1974 - Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)

More Famous Birthdays »

Famous Deaths

1616 - William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52
1670 - Loreto Vittori, composer, dies at 69
1965 - Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Pygmalion), dies at 67
1991 - Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
1998 - James Earl Ray, American assassin (b. 1928)
2007 - David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (b. 1934)

More Famous Deaths »