Today in History in 1918 Howard Cosell, sportscaster, was born in Winston-Salem, N.C.; in 1942 singer Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee; and in 1947 Reginald Kenneth Dwight was born in England – you know him better as Elton John.
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:
31 - 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus
1609 - Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co
1807 - British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; a penalty of £120 per slave is introduced for slave ship captains.
1895 - Italian troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1960 - 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
1541 - Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1587)
1911 - Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald, born in Chicago, Illinois
1918 - Howard Cosell, Winston-Salem NC, sportscaster (Monday Night Football)
1922 - Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 2014)
1934 - Gloria Steinem, Toledo Ohio, US feminist/publisher (Ms Magazine)
1942 - Aretha Franklin, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect), born in Memphis, Tennessee