Today in History in 1787 Arthur Phillip set sail with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia; in 1940 Winston Churchill said “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” and in 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1787 - Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
1830 - Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
1934 - Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
1940 - Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
1981 - Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City
1989 - Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
1883 - Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (d. 1962)
1914 - Joe Louis, Lafayette Alabama, world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49)
1922 - Bea Arthur, comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), born in New York, NY.
1950 - Stevie Wonder, Saginaw, Michigan, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love)
1961 - Dennis Rodman, Trenton, New Jersey, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)
1986 - Robert Pattinson, English actor (Cedric Diggory-Harry Potter, Edward Cullen-Twilight), born in London, England
1922 - "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico
1932 - Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
2003 - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer on a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California
2006 - Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut
2006 - British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
1832 - Georges Cuvier, French naturalist (b. 1769)
1884 - Cyrus Hall McCormick, American inventor (mechanical reaper), dies at 75
1930 - Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer/diplomat (Nobel 1922), dies at 68
2013 - Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
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