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4/7/2021 12:21:00 AM
Today In History - April 7

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Today in History in 1798 the Mississippi Territory was organized; in 1827 English chemist John Walker invented wooden matches; and in  1906 Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples, Italy.

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:

Historical Events

  • 30 - Scholars' estimate of Jesus' crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem
  • 529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
  • 1724 - Johann S Bach's "John Passion" premieres in Leipzig
  • 1798 - Mississippi Territory organized
  • 1805 - Premiere of Beethoven's "Eroica" (conducted by himself)
  • 1818 - General Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks, Fla. from Seminole Indians
  • 1827 - English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches
  • 1863 - Battle of Charleston SC, failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter
  • 1906 - Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • 1954 - US President Eisenhower in news conference first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
  • 1969 - The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
  • 1999 - The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1869 - David Grandison Fairchild, US, botanist/explorer, brought plants to US
  • 1872 - William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1897 - Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 - Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)
  • 1915 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920 - Ravi Shankar, Varanasi, British India, musician (the Pandit), (d. 2012)
  • 1933 - Wayne Rogers, Birmingham Ala, actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls, Chiefs)
  • 1935 - Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 1939 - David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)
  • 1939 - Francis Ford Coppola, director (Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 - John Oates, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 - Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)
  • 1954 - Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
  • 1964 - Russell Crowe, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Famous Weddings

  • 1920 - Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (22) weds Carrie Williamson
  • 1921 - French president Charles de Gaulle (30) weds Yvonne Vendroux (20)
  • 1940 - Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya
  • 1979 - Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)
  • 2003 - Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 - Shannen Doherty files for divorce from Ashley Hamilton

Famous Deaths

  • 1739 - Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)
  • 1823 - Jacques-Alexandre-César Charles, French inventor and balloonist who (with Nicholas Robert) was the first to take flight in a hydrogen balloon, dies at 76
  • 1950 - Walter Huston, dies at 66
  • 1955 - Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • 1972 - "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters
  • 2002 - John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2004 - Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2007 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • 2007 - Barry Nelson, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2009 - Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • 2012 - Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93

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