Today in History in 1498 Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad on his third voyage; in 1876 the U.S. Coast Guard Officer’s Training School was established in New Bedford, Mass.; and in 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts take a 6-1/2 hour electric car ride in the Moon.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
30 BC - Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
1498 - Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
1703 - Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers
1876 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)
1928 - 1st woman to win a track and field Olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland
1930 - Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13
1938 - Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
1971 - Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
2006 - Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.
1919 - Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
1929 - Don Murray, California, actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love)
1932 - Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1944 - Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
1946 - Gary Lewis, Jerry's son, singer, (& The Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
1951 - Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
1957 - Dirk Blocker, actor (Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ryan's Four), born in Los Angeles, California
1940 - Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood
1951 - Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
1954 - "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)
1964 - George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell
1985 - Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy
1999 - Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink
1999 - NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh
2004 - "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts
2010 - R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica
2010 - Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton (30) weds investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York
1980 - Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage
54 BC - Aurelia Cotta, mother of Julius Caesar, dies at 66
1784 - Denis Diderot, French writer/philosopher, dies at 70
1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th president, dies in Tennessee at 66
1886 - Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74
1964 - Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
1980 - Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
2012 - Gore Vidal, American author, dies from pneumonia at 86