1777, the American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
In 1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
In 1920, Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. To date, Chapman is the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
1942 – World War II: The two-person crew of the U.S. naval blimp L-8 disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California.
In 1966 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
1987 – A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes on take-off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan (Detroit), killing 155 passengers and crew. The sole survivor is four-year-old Cecelia Cichan.
And by extraordinary coincidence, in 2005 – West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.
Not a good day to take a flight. But it is a good day for:
Ulrika Jonsson, television presenter, is 43 today.
Angela Basset, the Oscar-nominated actress is 52 and she shares her birthday with Madonna.
James “King 0f the World” Cameron is 56.
And our own lovely Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series) is a cool 19.
But today is the day of a mourning for those of us who live in the capital city. On this day, two years ago, Dublin lost an icon. Ronny Drew, the voice of Dublin and The Dubliners, died from cancer at the age of 74.
Last but not least, Manchester United opened their 2010/2011 Premier League Campaign with a 3-0 home win over newly promoted Newcastle United. The goals came from Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs.