[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Today in History

1857
Physician, sociologist, and political leader, José Celso Barbosa born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
1922
US Army bombardier and four-time Emmy Award winning television producer, Norman Lear born in New Haven, Connecticut
1931
Actor and comedian, Jerry Van Dyke born in Danville, Illinois
1940
Oscar winning cartoon character, Bugs Bunny makes his debut in A Wild Hare
1941
Anti-Fascist uprising in Bosnia-Herzegowina
1948
Olympic Gold Medalist skater, Peggy Fleming born in San Jose, California
1952
Tony Award nominated actress, Roxanne Hart born in Trenton, New Jersey
1974
President Nixon is charged with obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives
1996
A pipe bomb explosion kills 1 and injures 11 others at the Atlanta Summer Olympics
432
Death of St. Clestine I, Pope
479
The Awakening of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
852
Deaths of Sts. Aurelius and Natalia
916
Death of St. Clement Slovenski
1054
Seward of Northumbria & Malcolm defeat Macbeth at Dunsinane
1061
Death of Pope Nicholas II
1148
The 2nd Crusade moves camp to the eastern side of Damascus
1245
Fredrick II condemned and deposed by the Coucil of Lyons
1276
Death of James I, "the Conqueror," King of Aragon
1365
Marriage of Enguerrand deCoucy and Isabella of England
1399
The Duke of York allies with Henry Bolingbroke at Berkely Castle
1501
Copernicus formally installed as Canon of Frauenberg Cathedral
1563
French regain Le Havre; returning English soldiers bring plague
1582
A Spanish fleet routs the allied Portugese/English/French fleets
1586
Sir Walter Raleigh brings 1st tobacco to England from Virginia
1588
The Armada anchors at Calais
1590
Castana de Sosa leaves Nueva Leon with 150 settlers for New Mexico
1627
Sir George Calvert arrives in Newfoundland to develop his land grant
1656
The Jewish elders of Amsterdam excommunicate Spinoza.
1681
William Cuthill, William Thomson, James Boig, Donald Cargill and Walter Smith were hanged in Edinburgh. The five Scottish Presbyterians were martyred for thier faith.
1694
The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.
1768
Charlotte Corday assassin of Jean-Paul Marat born
1789
Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the Department of State.
1824
French novelist Alexander Dumas the Younger, author of "Camille" born
1861
Union General George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac.
1861
Cyrus H. Nusbaum, an American Methodist clergyman who penned the hymn,'Would You Live for Jesus, and Be Always Pure and Good?' born
1866
Cyrus W. Field finally succeeded, after two failures, in laying the first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe (1,686 miles long).
1880
Joseph Tinker baseball Hall of Famer, 1/3 of famous double play combo born
1880
Donald Crisp Scotland, actor (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana) born
1887
Ernst von Dohnanyi was born in the city of Pressburg. He rapidly became known as a first-rate interpreter of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. He later became music director of the Budapest Philharmonic, then director of the Hungarian Broadcasting Service. born
1899
Harl McDonald, composer (Santa Fe Trail) born
1906
Leo Durocher, baseball manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants) born
1909
Orville Wright tested the US Army's first airplane, flying himself and a passenger for one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
1916
Actor Keenan Wynn born
1918
The author of "The Complete Opera Book" was killed. Gustav Kobbe was sailing off the coast of Long Island when he was killed by a Navy seaplane. Kobbe was 61. "The Complete Opera Book" is still in print today.
1922
TV producer Norman Lear born
1924
Movie reviewer Vincent Canby born
1927
Singer Bob Morse (The Hi-Lo's) born
1931
Actor Jerry Van Dyke born
1933
Singer Nick Reynolds The Kingston Trio) born
1937
Actor Don Galloway born
1939
Sportscaster Irv Cross born
1940
Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."
1940
Billboard magazine starts publishing best-seller's charts.
1942
Actor John Pleshette born
1944
Singer Bobbie Gentry born
1948
Actress/director Betty Thomas (Lucy Baines-Hill Street Blues) born
1948
Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming born
1949
Singer Maureen McGovern (Got to be a morning after) born
1949
Actor Maury Chaykin born
1951
Actress Janet Eilber born
1952
Actress Roxanne Hart born
1953
After two years and 17 days of truce negotiations, an end was declared to the war in Korea. The TV series M*A*S*H lasted 3x's longer than the war itself!
1963
Rock musician Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) born
1967
Rock singer Juliana Hatfield born
1967
Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell born
1967
In the wake of urban rioting, President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown said in Washington that violence was "as American as cherry pie."
1968
Actor Julian McMahon born
1974
The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-to-eleven to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
1977
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers born
1980
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, deposed shah of Iran, died in an Egyptian military hospital of cancer at age 60.
1987
Retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, accused of being the sadistic Nazi guard known as "Ivan the Terrible," testified at his trial in Jerusalem that he was not "the hangman you're after." (Although found guilty, Demjanjuk had his conviction overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.)
1988
UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar held separate peace talks with the foreign ministers of Iraq and Iran on a cease-fire in the eight-year-old Persian Gulf war.
1989
Workers at the Nissan Motor Corporation assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, voted against representation by the United Auto Workers.
1989
82 people were killed when a Korean Air DC-10 crashed while attempting to land in heavy fog at Tripoli airport in Libya, four of them on the ground.
1990
A mistrial was declared in Raymond Buckey's retrial on charges of molesting children at the McMartin Pre-School in California.
1990
Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer vetoed a tough abortion bill passed by his state's legislature.
1991
Fighting escalated is the breakaway republic of Croatia, as a Yugoslav air force jet fired on Croatian forces and ground fighting erupted into clashes with federal tanks and troops.
1992
President Bush's aides attacked Democratic nominee Bill Clinton's foreign policy credentials and judgment.
1992
At the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the US men's volleyball team was stripped of its victory over Japan the day before in an opening-round game.
1993
IBM reported a record $8.04 billion quarterly loss.
1993
Bombs exploded in Rome and Milan, killing at least five people.
1993
Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice; he was 27.
1993
Richard Goode gave an all-Beethoven piano recital at Tanglewood.
1994
Bosnian Serbs re-imposed their blockade of Sarajevo and fired on a U.N. convoy, killing one British soldier and wounding another.
1995
The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
1995
U.S. officials detained Mousa Mohamed Abu Marzook, one of the senior leaders of the militant group Hamas, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
1996
American Gail Devers the won women's 100-meter dash in the Atlanta Olympics.
1996
Terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park, killing one person and injuring more than 100.
1997
United Auto Workers approved a deal to end a six-day strike at a General Motors parts plant that forced four assembly plant shutdowns and threatened GM's entire North American production.
1998
President Clinton held a town meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the future of Social Security, during which he expressed skepticism about proposals to privatize part of the Social Security trust fund.
1998
Monica Lewinsky spent five hours being interviewed by prosecutors in New York in a possile prelude to an immunity deal.
1999
In an overwhelming defeat for major league umpires, their threatened walkout collapsed when all the umpires withdrew their resignations; however, about one-third of them ended up losing their jobs anyway.
1999
A flash flood in Switzerland claimed the lives of 21 people, 18 of them tourists.
1999
With Air Force Col. Eileen Collins at the controls, space shuttle Columbia returned to Earth, ending a five-day mission.
1999
The House approved President Clinton's one-year extension of normal trade with China.
2000
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic called presidential, parliamentary and local elections for the following September. (The election would result in Milosevic's fall from power.)
2005
Sinn Féin leaders believed to have left IRA Army Council
2005
U.S. Senator Santorum: ‘not to run’ in 2008 Presidential race
2005
Google adds Hybrid Satellite/Map View
2005
Four arrested in Birmingham UK in connection with July 21 attempted bombings
2005
British computer firm Tiny axes more than 1,500 Jobs
2005
Record rains disrupt life in Mumbai, India
2005
Crew of Discovery inspect Shuttle for launch damage
2005
Tentative deal averts Ontario liquor stores strike
2005
CAFTA faces tough vote in U.S. House
2005
Verdicts announced in France's largest child abuse case
2005
Brief bomb alerts in central London
2005
Football CL: All first leg games of second qualifications round are over
2006
Landis tests positive for high levels of testosterone; could lose Tour title
2006
Miner dies after being struck with hose in Central Western NSW
2006
Saddam Hussein to learn his fate in October
2006
DHS funds research targeting anonymity and blogs
2006
Hamas denies that release of Israeli soldier is "imminent"
2006
Man shot in New Zealand gun shop
2006
Tube train evacuated after a landslide in west London
2006
Ayman al-Zawahiri warns: Israel will "pay the price" for attacking muslims
2006
Obrador declares himself President, plans protests
2006
Current Israel Hezbollah conflict being compared with "Operation Grapes of Wrath"
2007
Two missing after severe thunderstorm in St. Paul, Minnesota
2007
Blast kills three at Mojave Spaceport, California
2007
Tour de France: Sandy Casar wins stage 18
2007
Two news helicopters crash in Phoenix, Arizona
2007
Claire Danes appears on MuchMusic to promote film "Stardust"
2007
UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur
2008
Qantas ordered to check oxygen cylinders
2008
Two dead, seven others wounded in church by gunfire in Tennessee, United States
2008
EU maintains ban on Indonesian airlines amid accusations of political motivation
2008
Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director dies at 82
2009
Heavy rainfall creates huge traffic jams across Delhi, India
2010
Seychelles sentences Somali pirates to ten years in prison
2010
Google Android smartphone sales triple in the UK this year
2010
Wikileaks release Afghan "war logs" in co-operation with mainstream media
2010
One dead after motorcycle and car collision in Guernsey, Channel Islands
2010
Two tornadoes touch down near Wellington, Utah
2010
Poisoned liquor kills 17 in Kenyan slum
2010
New Jersey governor calls television show "Jersey Shore" negative
2010
Investigation into Washington, D.C. Metro crash finds need for new safety rules
2010
Chip Ganassi makes American motor sports history
2010
Twin car bomb kills 20 in Iraq
2012
London Olympics organizers apologize after North Korea flag gaffe

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.

In association with Amazon, this symbol is a link to related products at amazon.com. Any proceeds resulting from the sales of these products are used to defray the cost of maintaining the Today in History site and editorial efforts.

Select a section