Today in History in 1788 Charles Wesley, the great hymn writer died; in 1795 Beethoven debuted as a pianist in Vienna; and in 1932 Jack Benny debuted on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program.
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:
1461 - Battle near Towton Field, 33,000 die (War of the Roses)
1549 - The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1795 - Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna
1848 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
1901 - Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first election of its parliament
1912 - Captain Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
1932 - Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program
1945 - Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying
1959 - "Some Like It Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released
1961 - After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1993 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for work for AIDs causes at 65th Academy Awards
1994 - Serbs & Croats signed a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia
2004 - The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
1790 - John Tyler, Charles City County Virginia, (D/W) 10th U.S. President (1841-1845)
1867 - Cy Young [Denton True Young], Gilmore Ohio, American baseball pitcher (most wins in MLB history)