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What Happened Years Ago Today

Today's Historical Events

  • 90 years ago Enterprise (US) beats Shamrock V (UK) in 15th America's Cup
  • 90 years ago NY Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing hits 2 HRs to beat St Louis Browns, 7-6
  • 90 years ago Philadelphia A's win AL championship for 2nd year in a row
  • 80 years ago 19 German aircraft shot down above England
  • 80 years ago Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda" premieres in NYC
  • 80 years ago Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
  • 70 years ago Nakagawa Soen, Japanese Zen teacher, receives dharma transmission
  • 45 years ago Heiress-turned-bank robber Patricia Campbell Hearst captured by FBI in San Francisco
  • 40 years ago 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • 40 years ago Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base
  • 40 years ago Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • 35 years ago "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances
  • 35 years ago BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • 35 years ago "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • 30 years ago 500 lb 6' Hershey Kiss is displayed at 1 Times Square, NYC
  • 30 years ago Atlanta is chosen to host 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics

  • 30 years ago Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 30 years ago Crude prices outpace increases in product prices and there is talk of cutting refinery runs
  • 25 years ago Art Modell 1st meets (he claims) with Balt to move Browns
  • 25 years ago Space shuttle STS-69 (Endeavour 9), lands
  • 15 years ago 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win

Sport awardFederation Cup

15 years ago Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Paris, France: Russian pair Elena Dementieva & Dinara Safina win deciding doubles rubber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo & Mary Pierce of France; clinches Russia's 2nd consecutive title, 3-2

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 5 years ago Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs
  • 4 years ago Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

4 years ago In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 4 years ago Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Chun In-gee of South Korea wins her 2nd major title by 4 strokes from Ryu So-yeon & Park Sung-hyun; 21-under-par score a record for all women's majors

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

3 years ago 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

3 years ago England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 3 years ago Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2 years ago 70th Emmy Awards: "Games of Thrones". "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy, Bill Hader win

  • 2 years ago China announces new $60 billion tariffs on US imports, a day after the US imposes $200 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods
  • 2 years ago Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018
  • 2 years ago South Africa's Constitutional court legalizes cannabis use by adults in private places

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Last year Photo of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing brownface in 2001 emerges during Canadian election campiagn

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Last year US White House bars California and other states from setting their own emission standards
  • Last year Indian government proposes a ban on e-cigarettes
  • Last year Boarding school fire kills at least 27 in Monrovia, Liberia

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Last year Second Israel General Election in five months results in another deadlock between Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party and Likud Party under Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Last year Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says Iran was to blame for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
Today's Historical Events

Who Died Today in History?

  • 60 years ago John Evans, English cricket batsman (1 Test) and author ('The Escaping Club'), dies at 71

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

50 years ago Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 45 years ago Pamela Brown, British actress (Cleopatra, I Know Where I'm Going!, Beckett), dies from pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 45 years ago Fairfield Porter, American painter, dies at 68
  • 40 years ago Katherine Anne Porter, American writer (Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • 25 years ago Donald Davie, English poet and critic, dies at 73
  • 25 years ago Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London), dies at 64
  • 25 years ago Oleg Tverdokhleb, Ukrainian athlete (b. 1969)
  • 15 years ago Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • 15 years ago Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), dies at 87
  • 2 years ago Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78
  • Last year Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43
Today's Famous Deaths