Historical Events On This Day
- In 1377, Pope Gregory XI reached Rome and successfully moved the papacy back to Rome from Avignon after 67 years.
- In 1773, British explorer and naval captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.
- In 1811, an outnumbered Spanish force (6,000) defeated the nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries in the Battle of Calderon Bridge during the Mexican War of Independence.
- In 1871, American inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie received the first patent for the cable car.
- In 1920, the prohibition took effect in the US after the adoption of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the Volstead act.
- In 1946, in London, the United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
- In 1991, the United States and the coalition commenced Operation Desert Storm in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.
- In 1995, a massive earthquake (6.9 magnitude) struck the Hanshin region in japan, claiming the lives of over 6000 people and destroying the city.
- In 2017, the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was called off over the Indian Ocean after 3 years.
Sports Events Today
- In 1997, the NBA indefinitely suspended Dennis Rodman for kicking a cameraman.
- In 2012, Miami Heat’s LeBron James (28 years, 17 days) passed Kobe Bryant (29 Years, 122 days) to become the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points in a game against Golden State.
- In 2013, celebrated cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong confessed to doping to Oprah Winfrey and was later stripped of all his titles.
Art and Culture Events Today
- In 1904, famed Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre.
- In 1929, the popular cartoon character Popeye, a sailor known for his love of spinach, first appeared on the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theater.
- In 1976, American rock band Blondie, headlined by Debbie Harry, released its debut single, “X Offender.”
- In 1984, the US Supreme Court ruled that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing did not violate federal copyright laws.
Notable Deaths On This Day
|Sr No||Death Year||Personality|
|1||395||Theodosius 1, Roman emperor (379-95) who promoted Christianity during his rule and resolved conflicts with the Goths|
|2||2008||Bobby Fischer, American chess prodigy and grandmaster who won his first US Championship at the age of 14 and registered the only perfect (11-0) score in the same in 1964|
|3||2014||Suchitra Sen, Indian actress who worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema in popular films like Aandhi, Devdas and Saptapadi|
|4||2022||Birju Maharaj, Indian dancer, composer, and singer who is considered one of the greatest Kathak dancers of India|
Famous Birthdays On This Day
|Sr No||Birth Year||Personality|
|1||1706||Benjamin Franklin, American polymath who was a renowned writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, publisher, philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of America|
|2||1888||Babu Gulabrai, Indian writer and a leading figure in Hindi literature|
|3||1899||Al Capone, American mobster who gained notoriety during the prohibition era and remained a dreaded crime figure in Chicago till his conviction by the FBI in 1931|
|4||1922||Betty White, beloved American actress and comedian known for her work in the acclaimed sitcom, The Golden Girls|
|5||1931||James Earl Jones, American actor and voice actor, best known for voicing iconic villain Darth Vader in Star Wars saga and Mufasa in The Lion King|
|6||1942||Muhammad Ali, American boxer who is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time|
|7||1962||Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and comedian known for his energetic slapstick performances in ‘90s films like Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura and The Mask|
|8||1964||Michelle Obama, American attorney and author who was the first lady of USA from 2009 to 2017 with her husband, Barack Obama as President|