Today in History in 1938 Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run; in 1956 Boston Red Sox fined Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans; in 2007 Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s home run record; and in 2010 Jerry Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.
1606 - Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.
1782 - George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
1882 - Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
1912 - Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president
1934 - US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"
1938 - Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run
1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
1956 - Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
1959 - The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
1963 - Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland
2007 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
2010 - Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
1742 - Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General
1876 - Mata Hari, [Margaretha G Zelle], dancer/courtesan/spy (WW I)
1884 - Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], Washington, DC, American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live)
1903 - Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)
1904 - Ralph Bunche, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)
1942 - B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
1942 - Garrison Keillor, Minn, PBS radio personality (Prairie Home Companion)
1975 - Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)
1869 - Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg
1936 - Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)