Today in History in 1927 Charles Lindbergh was awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross; in 1979 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), died at age 72; and in 1993 "Jurassic Park" (starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum) opened setting box office weekend records.
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:
1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk to persuade release of Chinese prisoners captured during transition from Sui to Tang from northern frontier; succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women.
1644 - Florentine scientist Evangelista Torricelli describes his invention of the mercury barometer in 1643 in a letter to Michelangelo Ricci
1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove
1770 - Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
1776 - Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
1876 - Republicans pick Rutherford B. Hayes as US presidental candidate
1927 - Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross
1928 - Alfred Hitchcock's 1st film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," is released
1959 - Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open
1963 - US President JFK says segregation is morally wrong & that it is "time to act"
1964 - Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend
1977 - Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
1978 - "Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens
1982 - "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, is released
1987 - Margaret Thatcher is 1st British PM in 160 years to win 3rd consecutive term
1993 - "Jurassic Park" (starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum) opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million
2004 - Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
1572 - Ben Jonson, England, playwright/poet (Volpone, Alchemist)
1880 - Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to US Congress (Rep-Montana)
1910 - Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso)
1913 - Vince Lombardi, Brooklyn New York, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers)
1931 - Tab Hunter, actor (Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York
1935 - Gene Wilder, [Jerome Silbermann], Milwaukee, actor (Silver Streak)
1937 - Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], South Bend, Indiana, American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II)
1943 - Henry Hill Jr., Brooklyn, New York, mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), (d. 2012)
1953 - Peter Bergman, actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band)
1956 - Joe Montana, New Eagle Pennsylvania, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers)
1959 - Hugh Laurie [James Hugh Calum Laurie], Oxford, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House)
1986 - Shia LaBeouf, American actor (Disturbia, Transformers), born in Los Angeles, California
1509 - King Henry VIII marries wife #1 Catherine of Aragon
1949 - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds artist Jane Coupe
2002 - Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland
2005 - "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California
2005 - NBA player Steve Nash (31) weds Alejandra Amarilla
1952 - Actress Agnes Moorehead (51) divorces actor Jack G. Lee (50) after 22 years of marriage
1727 - King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)
1979 - John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72
1994 - Herbert Anderson, actor (Henry-Dennis The Menace), dies at 77
1994 - Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90
1999 - DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
2011 - Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, dies at 80
2012 - Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress, dies from heart disease at 94
2014 - Ruby Dee, American actress, dies at 91
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