Light Events in History



2014 Event - A shipwreck off of Haiti may be that of the Santa Maria, one of the three ships led by Christopher Columbus; the wreck was discovered about 10 years ago, but has only now been tentatively identified in light of Columbus' writings and other evidence

2014 Event - HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare registration website is taking precautions in light of the Heartbleed security bug; all user passwords have been reset

2014 Event - Scientists from Australian National University observe the oldest star in the universe for the first time. The star, located 6,000 light years from Earth, serves as a fingerprint of the first stars in the universe; it is believed to be 13.7 billion years old

2012 Event - Scientists discover the closest known rogue planet to Earth, known as CFBDSIR 2149-0403, the planet is about 100+ light years away

2012 Event - Light from the first stars in the universe is detected by astronomers studying high-energy radiation data; the data suggests these stars existed as early as 500 million years after the 'big bang'

2012 Event - Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa

2011 Event - In a Schrodinger's cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another

2009 Death - Kelly Groucutt, bass player, Electronic Light Orchestra, ELO, musician, pop, rock, rock and roll genres, dies in Worcester, England, at age 63

1998 Death - Michael Zaslow, actor, The Guiding Light, dies at 56

1997 Event - Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Michelob Light Classic

1997 Event - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen

1997 Death - Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39

1996 Event - Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Micelob Light Heartland Golf Classic

1996 Event - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel

1995 Death - William Roerick, actor (Guiding Light), dies in car crash at 83

1995 Event - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby

1995 Event - Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)

1992 Event - Wilson Phillips release their 2nd album "Shadows and Light"

1991 Death - Steve Kemp, British light enterpeneur, dies

1990 Death - Herbert Nelson, actor (Guilding Light), dies of a stroke at 76

1986 Event - "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater New York City after 6 performances

1986 Event - "Into the Light" opens at Neil Simon Theater New York City for 6 performances

1986 Event - Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title

1984 Birthday - Ashley Peldon, born in Staten Island, New York, actress, Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived

1983 Event - Light flashes seen on Jupiter moon Io

1980 Birthday - Bryan Buffinton, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, actor, Bill Lewis Jr-Guiding Light

1978 Death - Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70

1978 Event - Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic

1977 Event - Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life," goes #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks

1976 Birthday - David Diaz, born in Chicago, Illinois, light welterweight boxer 1996 Olympics

1975 Event - University of California reports galaxy 3C123 at 8 billion light years distance

1974 Event - 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away

1973 Birthday - David Reid, Philadelphia, light middleweight boxer, 1996 Olympics gold

1973 Birthday - Oscar de la Hoya, born in Los Angeles, California, boxer, light middleweight, Mexican-American, nicknamed 'The Golden Boy', defeated 17 world championships, won 10 world titles in six different weight classes

1971 Event - "Light, Lively and Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 87 performances

1970 Birthday - Nia Long, born in Brooklyn, New York, actress, Guiding Light, Made in America, Soul Food

1970 Event - "Light, Lively and Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 87 performances

1969 Birthday - Paige Turco, born in Boston, Massachusetts, actress, Melanie-Guiding Light

1968 Birthday - Antonio Tarver, Orlando, Florida, light heavyweight boxer, Olympics-br-96

1968 Death - Conrad Richter, U.S. writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78

1968 Event - Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame

1968 Birthday - Suzy Cote, born in Santa Barbara, California, actress, Samantha-Guiding Light

1968 Birthday - Beth Ehlers, born in Queens, New York, actress, Harley Cooper-Guiding Light, Hunger

1968 Birthday - Jeff Phillips, born in Westwood, New Jersey, actor, Hart Jessup-Guiding Light

1967 Event - Doors' "Light My Fire" hits #1

1967 Death - Henry C Rumke, psychiatrist (Light of Man), dies at 74

1967 Birthday - Melina Kanakaredes, born in Akron, Ohio, actress, Eleni Andros-Guiding Light

1966 Birthday - Jeff Healey, Canada, blind pop guitarist, See the Light

1965 Birthday - Allison Daughtry, actress, Guilding Light

1964 Birthday - Morgan Englund, actor, Dylan Lewis-Guiding Light

1964 Birthday - Leonard Stabb, actor, Hunter Guthrie-One Life to Live, Guiding Light

1963 Birthday - Beth Chamberlin, Danville Vt, actress, Beth Spaulding-Guiding Light

1961 Event - 1st black light is sold

1960 Birthday - Mark Derwin, Park Forest, Illinois, actor, AC Mallet-Guiding Light

1960 Event - Cassius Clay captures Olympic light heavyweight gold medal

1960 Birthday - Fiona Hutchison, born in Miami, Florida, actress, One Life to Live, Guiding Light

1959 Birthday - Vincent Irizarry, Queens, New York, actor, Guiding Light, Santa Barbara

1959 Death - John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89

1959 Birthday - Grant Aleksander, born in Baltimore, Maryland, actor, Guiding Light, All My Children

1959 Death - Billy Mayerl, composer, pianist, master of light music, composed works for piano and orchestra, developed syncopated novelty piano solos, 300 piano pieces, most named after flowers and trees, dies at 56

1958 Birthday - Mark King, bass/vocalist, Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games

1958 Birthday - Robert Newman, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Joshua Lewis-Guiding Light

1958 Birthday - Tony Sibson, born in Leicester, England, professional boxer, Middleweight, Light heavyweight, during the 1970's and 1980's

1958 Birthday - Alexandra Neil, born in Boston, actress, Rose-Guiding Light

1958 Event - Last Municipal arc light, Mission and 25th removed (installed in 1913)

1958 Event - After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion

1957 Birthday - Vince Williams, actor, Hamp-Guiding Light

1957 Birthday - Frank Dicopoulos, born in Akron, Ohio, actor, Frank Cooper-Guiding Light

1956 Birthday - Debby Boone, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, singer, You Light Up My Life

1955 Birthday - Ellen Dolan, Monticello IO, actress, Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT

1954 Birthday - Lisa Brown, KC, Missouri, actress, Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns

1953 Birthday - Michael Zaslow, Inglewood California, actor, One Life to Live, Guiding Light

1953 Birthday - Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi, Texas, actor, Guiding Light

1952 Event - "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV

1952 Birthday - Melvyn Gale, born in London, England, musician, classical musician, cellist, member, Electronic Light Orchestra, ELO, runs CD factory

1951 Birthday - Kim Zimmer, Michigan, actress, Guiding Light, Doctors, One Life to Live

1949 Birthday - Bonnie Raitt, born in Burbank, California, country singer, Green Light, The Glow

1949 Birthday - John Baldwin, Detroit, light middleweight boxer 1968 Olympics bronze

1949 Event - 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)

1949 Birthday - Judith Light, Trenton, New Jersey, Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live

1948 Event - "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)

1948 Birthday - Vincent Schiavelli, actor, Playroom, Waiting for the Light

1948 Birthday - Michael Tylo, Detroit, actor, Guiding Light, Blade-Young and Restless

1948 Birthday - Diane Ackerman, born in Waukegan, Illinois, American poet, author and naturalist, wrote 'Wife of Light' and 'A Natural History of Love'

1948 Birthday - Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame, Mexico-1968

1948 Event - A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon

1947 Birthday - Rolando Garbey, Oriente Cuba, light MW boxer, Silver Medal 1968 Olympics

1947 Birthday - Cindy Pickett, born in Norman, Oklahoma, actress, Guiding Light, St. Elsewhere

1946 Birthday - Robbie Kreiger, born in Los Angeles, California, guitarist, Doors-Come on Baby Light My Fire

1945 Birthday - John Densmore, Louisiana, drummer, Doors-C'mon Light My Fire

1945 Birthday - Kelly Groucutt, born in Coseley, England, bass player, Electronic Light Orchestra, ELO, musician, pop, rock, rock and roll genres

1944 Birthday - Bev Bevan, born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England, born Beverley Bevan, rocker musician, played drums, percussion, original member of ELO, founded Electric Light Orchestra Part II, toured as a drummer for band Black Sabbath

1944 Event - Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry occupies Hoven at Geilenkirchen

1944 Birthday - Charles Jay Hammer, actor, Fletcher Reade-Guiding Light

1944 Birthday - Rick Price, born in Birmingham, England, bassist, rock music, bass player, played with Electronic Light Orchestra, ELO, The Move

1943 Birthday - Tina Sloan, New York, actress, Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow

1942 Birthday - Michael Zaslow, Inglewood California, actor, Roger Thorpe-Guiding Light

1942 Birthday - Marie Cheatham, Oklahoma, actress, Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light

1940 Birthday - Jerzy Kulej, Poland, light welterweight boxer, Gold Medals 1964, 1968 Olympics

1940 Birthday - Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress, Iris-Another World, Guiding Light

1940 Birthday - Christopher Bernau, born in Santa Barbara, California, actor, Guiding Light

1939 Birthday - Carmelo Bossi, Italy, light middleweight boxer 1960 Olympics silver

1939 Birthday - Jason Miller, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, actor and writer, Exorcist, Light of Day

1937 Event - 1st broadcast of Soap Opera "Guiding Light" on NBC radio

1935 Birthday - Don Stewart, actor, Guiding Light

1933 Birthday - Reynolds Price, U.S. writer, Strengthened by a Pale Green Light

1932 Birthday - Paul Anderson, U.S., light super heavyweight lifter 1956 Olympics gold

1932 Birthday - Charles Adkins, U.S., light welterweight boxer 1952 Olympics gold

1932 Event - William Faulkner completes his novel "Light in August"

1930 Birthday - James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, light HW boxer 1956 Olympics gold

1929 Event - SF Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system

1929 Event - 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center, electric light

1928 Birthday - Rudolph Plukfelder, U.S.S.R., light heavyweight 1964 Olympic gold

1928 Death - Henrich Federer, Switzerland, writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61

1927 Birthday - George Hunter, born in South Africa, light heavyweight boxer, Gold Medal 1948 Olympics

1926 Birthday - Edmund Cooper, UK, sci-fi author, Seed of Light, All Fool's Day

1924 Event - Light Brigade forms

1922 Birthday - Charita Bauer, Newark, New Jersey, actress, Guiding Light, Aldrich Family

1915 Birthday - Larry Gates, St. Paul, Minnesota, actor, Guiding Light, Body Snatchers

1915 Birthday - Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ, 1947 fight of year

1914 Event - 1st traffic light installed, Euclid Ave and E 105th St, Cleveland

1912 Birthday - Henry Armstrong, held feather/light/welterweight boxing titles, 1938

1911 Birthday - William Roerick, actor, Guiding Light

1908 Event - Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light

1908 Birthday - Louis Hostin, born in France, Light Heavyweight, Gold Medals 1932, 1936 Olympics

1907 Birthday - Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orchestra leader, Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith

1904 Birthday - Maxie Rosenbloom, born in New York City, light heavyweight boxing champ, 1930-34

1904 Birthday - Willem De Kooning, born in Rotterdam Netherland, artist, North Atlantic Light

1902 Birthday - Billy Mayerl, born in London, England, composer, pianist, master of light music, composed works for piano and orchestra, developed syncopated novelty piano solos, 300 piano pieces, most named after flowers and trees

1901 Birthday - Irna Phillips, born in Chicago, created 6 soap operas, Guiding Light

1896 Event - Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain

1895 Event - Anaheim completes it's new electric light system

1892 Event - U.S. Patent Office says J. W. Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp

1890 Birthday - Conrad Richter, writer, Light in the Forest

1882 Birthday - Anton H Blaauw, Dutch botanist, Perception of Light

1879 Event - Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park

1879 Death - James Clerk Maxwell, Scotish physicist (speed of light), dies at 48

1879 Event - Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1879 Event - Thomas Edison demonstrates electric light

1879 Event - 1st electric arc light used in the California Theater

1879 Event - Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow

1878 Event - Edison Electric Light Company incorporated

1877 Event - Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop

1876 Event - 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco

1876 Birthday - Jack Root, boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion

1870 Birthday - Georges Claude, inventor, neon light

1868 Birthday - Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity

1854 Event - Lord Tennyson's poem, "Charge of the Light Brigade," published

1854 Event - Charge of Light Brigade (Battle of Balaklava, Crimean War), 409 die

1832 Birthday - Edwin Arnold, English writer, Light of India

1827 Birthday - William Holdman Hunt, English painter, Light of the World

1819 Birthday - Franz von Suppe, Spalato Dalmatia, composer, Light Cavalry Over

1816 Event - Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded

1773 Birthday - Thomas Young, British philologist/physician, light interference

1756 Birthday - Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Rep/Gov-Va, general

1644 Birthday - Olaus Romer, Denmark, 1st to accurately measured speed of light

1618 Birthday - Francesco M. Grimaldi, mathematician and physicist, light defraction

1596 Event - David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)













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