December 30 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI

1703 Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die

1906 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan

1922 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR

1924 Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society

1950 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union

Today’s Historical Events

987 French King Hugo Capet crowns his son Robert the compassionate king

1317 Pontifical decree “Sancta Romania” against spiritualists

1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI

1610 Hungarian aristocrat Elizabeth Báthory arrested at Csejte Castle on suspicion of killing and torturing hundreds of young girls and women

1621 English King James I cracks Protestation of Parliament

1665 “Messiah” Sjabtai Tswi departs to Constantinople

1666 Abraham Crijnssen departs to Suriname

1672 Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden Neth

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1936 Beginning of the “feud” between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen’s “Town Hall Tonight” show

1939 “Of Mice and Men”, starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

1953 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.

1963 “Let’s Make A Deal,” debuts on NBC-TV

1968 Frank Sinatra first records “My Way” with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song “Comme d’habitude”

1980 “Wonderful World of Disney” last performance on NBC-TV

Today’s Historical Music Events

1689 Henry Purcell & Tates opera “Dido & Aeneas” premieres in Chesea

1731 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston)

1844 Opera “Stradella” after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

1877 Johannes Brahms‘ 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

1884 Anton Bruckner‘s 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig

1929 Cole Porter‘s musical “Wake Up And Dream” opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

1944 Sergei Prokofjev’s 8th Piano sonata, premieres in Moscow

1948 “Kiss Me, Kate” opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1896 Stanley Cup, Granite Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ernie McLea scores a hat-trick as Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5; first SC Challenge game played outside of Montreal

1907 Abraham Mills’ commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball

1908 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers outscore Edmonton HC, 14-9 in 2 game challenge series

1911 English cricketer Sydney Barnes takes 5-6 in 1st 11 overs v Australia at MCG

1926 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)

1934 New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battle out a 0-0 tie; first of a 37-game overtime undefeated streak for the Bruins, the longest in NHL history; streak spans over 4 years and includes 27 ties

1939 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

1943 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash

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