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Today in History

1889
Oscar winning actor James Cagney born in New York City
1912
Author and Grammy Award winning television personality, Art Linkletter born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
1917
Golden Globe nominated actress and comedienne, Phyllis Diller born in Lima, Ohio
1935
Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor, Donald Sutherland born in St John, New Brunswick
1935
Tony Award winning actress Diahann Carroll born in Bronx, New York
1948
Constitution Day in South Korea
1955
Disneyland opens
1968
Yellow Submarine premieres in London
1996
TWA Flight 800 explodes just after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport
2005
Pakistan warned British intelligence about terrorist plans to bomb London
2005
Saddam Hussein formally charged with the killing of Shia Muslims
2005
Gulf Air launches direct flights to the Middle East from Dublin
2005
Peer-to-peer file-sharing user numbers still growing
2005
Rep. Waxman: Karl Rove violated non-disclosure agreement
2005
Israeli PM assassin Yigal Amir on open-ended hunger strike
2005
Manchester City agree big money for Shaun Wright-Phillips to move to Chelsea FC
2005
London bombers may have been 'duped' into committing suicide
2005
Disneyland celebrates fiftieth anniversary
2005
Tiger Woods wins British Open
2005
Grand Theft Auto under fire
2005
Sir Edward Heath, former British PM, dies at 89
2005
Death toll in Musayyib, Iraq fuel tanker blast rises to 98
2005
Plane crash in Equatorial Guinea kills 55
2006
New Zealand government withdraws asset forfeiture bill
2006
Hooters Chairman dead at 69
2006
Teacher found murdered in New Zealand classroom
2006
Severe tropical storm Bilis leaves 178 dead in south-east China
2006
G8 Summit debates Middle-east crisis, WTO trade talks
2006
Gunmen with rocket-launchers massacre 60 at market in Mahmoudiya, Iraq
2006
Sixth day of Middle East turmoil
2006
Indian Government blocks Blogger, Typepad and Geocities
2006
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin visits Beirut
2007
Georgia Bureau of Investigation says drugs found in Benoit, wife, and son
2007
Australian government under fire over Haneef visa decision
2007
Man becomes first to swim at North Pole
2007
Nuclear leaks after Japan quake are worse than first reported
2007
Ukranian railway accident generates huge phosphor cloud
2007
New Zealand dollar hits new high versus the United States dollar
2007
Tour de France: Mauricio Soler wins stage 9
2007
Gunman killed outside Colorado governor's office
2007
US intercity passenger train collides with truck, derails
2007
Anthrocon draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend
2007
Police officer killed, at least 18 injured in south Thailand blasts
2008
US FAA to make airliner fuel tank inertion mandatory over 1996 air disaster
2008
Thousands flee Nigerian town to escape from militants
2008
North America's oldest retailer sold to U.S. owners of Lord & Taylor
2008
Broward County Sheriff’s police dog killed in shootout in Florida
2009
Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani leads Friday prayers
2009
Explosions kill eight in Jakarta
2009
Chicago's Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower
2009
Delayed Endeavour carries Japanese lab to International Space Station
2009
French workers use threats in compensation demand
2009
Four Indonesian airlines allowed back into Europe; Zambia, Kazakhstan banned
2010
Car bomb in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico kills several, many injured
2010
Apple to give free cases, refunds to iPhone 4 owners
2010
Fire strikes Slovak Academy of Sciences
2010
Lady Gaga warns fans of 'hateful' protests during concerts
2010
Sudanese Army claims to have killed 300 Darfur rebels in clashes
2010
Australian election debate debacle
2010
Toyota, Tesla to develop electric SUV
2010
27 reported dead in Iranian suicide bombings

In the early days of Unix, a date-tagged list of historical events was used by system administrators to add some interest to the system's Message of the Day. Whenever users logged in they would be presented with the latest system notices, perhaps some mildly amusing quotes and one or two lines of historical events, based on the current date.

Today in History (UNIX calendar) uses some of the entries from the original library but is updated with current events as well. Instead of plain text, each entry is now formatted in HTML and each day may include one or more icons of historical figures or celebrities.

Other things unique to the UNIX calendar are references to dates found in fictional literature such as Lord of the Rings, perhaps undue emphasis on people and events that were part of popular culture in the 70's and technical minutiae about computers and operating systems that might not be found in other places.

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