Friday, June 10, 2005
1829: Oxford and Cambridge hold the first Boat Race. Cambridge leads the all-time series 78-72-1.
1846: Settlers at Sonoma, Alta California, declare independence from Mexico as the California Republic. The Republic lasts only 25 days before residents throw in their lot with the United States. (Photo: Wikipedia.)
1874: George Dickinson signs a memorandum offering to sell his property at Croft to John Dodds for £800, and promising to keep the offer open until Friday.
1923: Jan Ludvik Hoch is born at Slatinske Dòly in what is now the Czech Republic. As "Robert Maxwell" he will become a publishing titan (the Mirror Group) and Labour M.P., before disappearing mysteriously from his boat.
1935: Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, a boozing surgeon from Akron, Ohio, takes his last drink. This date is celebrated as the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
1937:Nova Scotia lawyer Sir Robert Laird Borden, Canada’s 8th prime minister, dies at Ottawa.
1944: With permission from his high-school principal, 15-year-old lefthander Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest player to appear in a major-league baseball game when he pitches 2/3 of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds.
1948: Svenska Aeroplan AB (better known as "Saab") builds its first automobile.
1955: Mr. and Mrs. Green sign an offer sheet to have their roof replaced by the Ever-Tite Roofing Corp.
1966: California schoolteacher Donald Odorizzi is arrested for homosexual activities; the case will subsequently be dropped for lack of evidence, but not before he resigns.
1976: Adolph Zukor, the Hungarian immigrant whose first job in show business was sweeping floors, but who went on to found what would become Paramount Studios, dies at age 103 at Los Angeles.