December 14 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

644 Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad, appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam

1287 During St. Lucia’s Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Zuiderzee seawall collapses with loss of over 50,000 lives. Fifth largest recorded flood in history

1542 Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

1774 First incident of American Revolution – 400 New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack Fort William and Mary

1911 Norwegian Roald Amundsen‘s expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole

1995 The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in the former Yugoslavia including Slobodan Milošević, Alija Izetbegović, Franjo Tuđman and Bill Clinton

Today’s Historical Events

557 Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, is significantly damaged by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake

644 Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad, appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam

835 Chinese Emperor Wenzong conspires with chancellor Li Xun and general Zheng Zhu to kill all the eunuchs, but the plot is foiled. Also known as the Sweet Dew Incident

867 Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

872 John VIII elected as Catholic Pope

1124 Theobald Buccapecus elected Pope Coelestinus II (he refuses)

1287 During St. Lucia’s Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Zuiderzee seawall collapses with loss of over 50,000 lives. Fifth largest recorded flood in history

1542 Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1952 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

1954 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting

1969 Jackson Five make their 1st appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

1971 U.S. premiere of “Nicholas and Alexandra”, film adaptation of Robert K. Massie’s best selling novel

1974 Disaster film “The Towering Inferno” is released, starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

1988 CBS’ $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights

1993 “Philadelphia” one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

1996 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins

Today’s Historical Music Events

1849 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston

1918 Giacomo Puccini‘s opera “Il Trittico” premieres in NYC

1924 Respighi’s symphony “Pini di Roma” premieres in Paris

1925 Alban Berg’s first opera, “Wozzeck” premieres at the Berlin State Opera.

1933 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

1946 “Three to Make Ready” closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances

1950 Musical “Bless You All” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances

1957 “Most Happy Fella” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1894 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)

1894 Test cricket debut of future Australian captain Joe Darling, great all-rounder Ernie Jones and outstanding England batsman Archie MacLaren; England wins 1st Test in Sydney by 10 runs

1901 1st table tennis tournament is held at the London Royal Aquarium

1920 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

1930 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game

1930 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) repeat with best record in first past the post title

1935 Test Cricket debut of “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban

1938 Major League Baseball agrees on use of a standard ball; disagrees on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players, although Commissioner Judge Landis eventually decides on 25