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Welcome to It's History! for today, Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0896 Pope Formosa crowned king Arnulf of Karinthie/French emperor
1071 Battle of Cassel-Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf III/I
1281 Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV
1288 Girolamo Masci elected Pope Nicolas IV
1300 Pope Boniface VIII delegates degree
1349 Jews are expelled from Zurich Switzerland
1495 French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
1561 William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais
1630 Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
1656 New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site
1744 Battle at Toulon: English-French & Spanish fleet
1746 French troops conquer Brussels
1746 Jakobijnse troops vacate Aberdeen
1774 English House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright
1775 1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at œ10
1775 Jews expelled from outskirts of Warsaw Poland
1784 1st US ship to trade with China, "Empress of China," sails from NY
1819 Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)
1821 Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
1825 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
1828 Russia & Persia sign Peace of Turkmantsjai
1835 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave Valdivia Chile
1836 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea
1847 Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army
1854 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
1856 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
1858 Dion Boucicault's "Jessie Brown," premieres in NYC
1860 Organized baseball played in SF for 1st time
1860 Shoe-making workers of Lynn Ms, strike successfully for higher wages
1861 On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln's inauguration
1864 -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
1864 2nd/last day of Battle of Okolona, MS
1864 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta) Tennessee
1865 Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals
1865 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
1872 1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio)
1876 Johns Hopkins University opens
1878 Greenback Labor Party forms (Toledo Ohio)
1879 1st 5› & 10› store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY)
1882 With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
1887 Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
1888 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
1889 Dakotas, Montana & Washington admitted to union
1889 Pres Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state
1892 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)
1892 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
1898 Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City SC
1900 Battle at Wynne's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
1900 Hawaii became a US territory
1903 Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
1906 Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in LA Calif
1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
1907 Leonid N Andreyev's "Zhizn Cheloveka," premieres in St Petersburg
1909 Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va
1912 J Vedrines makes 1st airplane flight over 100 mph-161.29 kph
1913 Lowell HS, SF opens (on it's 1st campus)
1915 Germany begins "unrestricted" submarine war
1917 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
1918 Germany claims Baltic states, Finland & Ukraine from Russia
1920 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville Calif)
1922 Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin
1923 1st successful chinchilla farm in US (LA Calif)
1923 Transcontinental airmail service begins
1924 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)
1927 ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
1927 Baruch Spinosa's house of mourning opened as a museum
1928 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)
1932 Purple Heart award reinstituted
1933 Göring forms SA/SS-police, shoots 40-50
1934 "It Happened One Night," opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall
1935 Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
1936 Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins
1939 Netherlands recognizes Franco-regime in Spain
1940 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
1940 German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
1941 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
1941 German assault on El Agheila Libya
1941 IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1941 Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
1941 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony, premieres
1941 Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man," premieres
1944 US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die
1945 Arab League froms (Cairo)
1945 British troops take Ramree Island, Burma
1945 Canadian 3rd Division occupies Moyland
1948 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
1950 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
1955 British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail
1956 1st British soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
1956 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
1957 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
1957 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in Calif in 1958
1958 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
1958 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
1958 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
1958 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes
1959 1st Daytona 500 auto race-Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
1962 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
1963 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
1964 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
1965 USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test)
1966 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
1967 Barbara Garson's "MacBird," premieres in NYC
1967 Sling-shot goal post & 6' wide border around field are standard in NFL
1967 25,000 US & S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
1968 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
1970 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 perfs
1971 Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
1972 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar
1972 President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing
1973 US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Wash DC
1974 Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators
1976 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1978 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn
1979 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
1979 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
1979 St Lucia gains independence from Britain
1980 Afghanistan declares martial law
1980 USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3 en route to a gold medal
1981 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
1982 NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
1983 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
1983 Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India
1983 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
1984 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Québec
1987 Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec)
1988 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)
1989 Fins ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
1989 NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)
1989 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"
1989 US authors demonstrate against Iranian death treats against Salman Rushdee, author of "Satanic Rituals"
1989 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
1989 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
1990 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
1991 Actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)
1991 Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hrs to begin Kuwait withdrawal
1991 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA
1991 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton
1992 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
1992 Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox
1992 Ed McMahon, 69, weds Pamela Hurn, 37
1992 Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Open Golf Tournament
1992 Rockers Kurt Corbin (Nirvana) & Courtney Love (Hole), wed
1993 Vinod Kambli scores 224 v England at Bombay, 411 balls, 23 fours
1994 "Les Miserables," opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
1995 Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters
1995 Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)
1996 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
1996 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
1996 STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit
1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open
1998 "King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances
1998 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1403Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove out English
1440Ladislaus V Posthumus, King of Hungary/Bohemia
1514Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)
1533Péter Bornemisza, Hungarian vicar/author/publisher (Tragoedia)
1542Santino Garsi, composer
1573Gemignano Capilupi, composer
1599Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp Belgium, painter
1634Petrus "Pieter" van Schooten, fortress architect
1684William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)
1705Peter Arctedius, [Artedi], Swedish biologist
1732George Washington, Virginia, 1st pres (1789-97)
1745Joao de Sousa Carvalho, composer
1749Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
1761Erik Eriksson Tulindberg, composer
1761Jacob Kimball, composer
1764Alexander Campbell, composer
1770Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer
1772Joseph Lipavsky, composer
1772Karl Jacob Wagner, composer
1773Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter
1778Rembrandt Peale, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)
1779Joachim Nicolas Eggert, composer
1788Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist)
1796Adolphe Quetelet, Belgium, mathematician/astronomer/statistician
1797William I, Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)
1798Charles Mynn Thruston, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1873
1810Frédéric F Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer [OS]
1810Holger Simon Paulli, composer
1814Henryk Oskar Kolberg, composer
1817Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
1819Bernardo Calvo Puig, composer
1819James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat/abolitionist
1821Giovanni Bottesini, composer
1822Adolf Kuszmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)
1827James Barnet Fry, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1894
1828Robert Alexander Cameron, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1894
1833Josef Foerster, composer
1834Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
1836Eduard Wachmann, composer
1838Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
1840F August Bebel, German social-democrat
1842Carl Rosa, Hamburg Germany, founder (Rosa opera company)
1842Léon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor (Ukkel)
1843Affonso de Escragnolle Taunay, France/Brazil writer (Inocencia)
1844Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, composer
1850Isaac L Rice, Germany, (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
1852Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
1857Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
1857Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides)
1862Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
1864Jules Renard, France, writer (Poil de Carotte)
1865Otto Modersohn, German painter
1868Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem)
1873Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch East Indies lawyer/poet/philosopher
1877Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
1879Johannes Brínsted, Danish physical chemist (acid-base reactions)
1882Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
1883Alfred Wikenhauser, German RC exegetist (John-Apokalyps)
1883Jaroslav Kocian, composer
1883Marguerite Clark, voice (Snow White)
1884Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
1886Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
1887Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
1889Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
1891"Chico" Marx, NYC, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers, Animal Crackers)
1891Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
1891Lucien Cailliet, composer
1892David Dubinsky, labor leader (Freedom Award, 1969 Medal of Freedom)
1892Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize)
1894Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
1895Víctor Ra£l Haya de la Torre, founder (Peruvian Aprista Party)
1896Edvin Wide, Sweden, 10K runner (Olympic-silver-1924)
1896Enid Markey, Dillon Colo, actress (Aunt Violet-Bringing Up Buddy)
1896Nacio Herb Brown, US composer
1896Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
1898Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
1899Dwight Frye, Salina KS, actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein)
1900Evald Aav, composer
1900Giorgios Seferis, Greece, poet (Nobel 1963)
1900Luis Bru¤el, Calanda Spain, director (Tristana, Phantom of Liberty)
1900Sean O'Faolain, [John Whelan], Ire, writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk)
1901Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
1901Mildred Davis, PA, actress (Grandma's Boy)
1901Stefan Lorant, writer
1902Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
1903Morley Callaghan, Canada, author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
1904Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of José Herrera)
1905Luis Sandi, composer
1906Edmund von Borck, composer
1906Gale Gordon, LA Calif, actor (Conklin-Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy)
1907Robert Young, Chic Ill, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD)
1907Sheldon Leonard, NYC, actor/director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie)
1908John Mills, England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace)
1908Rómulo Betancourt, pres of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
1909Roderick Barclay, diplomat
1910Al Sears, jazz performer
1910Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker
1910Nicholas Monsarrat, Liverpool England, novelist
1915Dan Seymour, Chicago Ill, actor (We the People, Sing It Again)
1915Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
1917Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
1917Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb Engld batsman only played 11 Tests)
1917Jane Bowles, writer
1918Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
1918Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, SNL)
1918Robert Wadlow, Alton Ill, tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1")
1918Sid Abel, NHLer (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
1919Jiri Pauer, composer
1920Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
1920Del Wood, singer
1920Giulietta Masina, Italy, actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik)
1921Jean-Bedel Bokassa, dictator
1922Andre Asriel, composer
1922Felix Werder, composer
1925Edward Gorey, Chicago, author/artist (Curious Sofa)
1925Gerard Hoffnung, Berlin Germany, artist/humorist/musician
1925Guy Mitchell, Detroit MI, actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle)
1925Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect
1926Bud Yorkin, producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy)
1927David Ahlstrom, composer
1927Donald May, Chicago Ill, actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45)
1928Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)
1928Paul Dooley, Parkensburg WV, actor (16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding)
1929Marni Nixon, singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr)
1929Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees)
1930Allison Hayes, Washington, actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman)
1930JPS van Neerven, Dutch economist/editor (Limbourg Daily)
1932Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, (Sen-D-Mass, 1962- ), (Don't let him drive)
1933Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, England, Duchess of Kent
1934George "Sparky" Anderson, SD, baseball manager (Reds, Tigers)
1934Thomas Paul, Chicago Illinois, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70)
1935Ineke [R M] Haas-Berger, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1936Ernie K-Doe, [Ernest Kador Jr], New Orleans La, rocker
1937Dubravko Detoni, composer
1937Joanna Russ, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx)
1937Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
1937Samuel Whitbread, English brewer/multi-millionaire
1937Tommy Aaron, Gainesville GA, PGA golfer (1973 Masters)
1938Bobby Hendricks, US soul vocalist (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
1938Ishmael Reed, US, author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
1939Steve Barber, pitcher (Balt Orioles, NY Yankees)
1940Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
1940Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
1940Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)
1943David E Skaggs, (Rep-D-Colorado)
1943Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)
1943Louise Lopez, singer
1943Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
1944E J Peaker, Tulsa Okla, actress (That's Life)
1944Jonathan Demme, Baldwin NY, actor/director (Caged Heat, Swing Shift)
1944Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
1944Tom Okker, tennis star
1945Oliver, rock vocalist (Good Morning Starshine, Jean)
1947John Bryant, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
1948Dennis Awtrey, NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns)
1949Leslie Charleson, KC Missouri, actress (Monica-General Hospital)
1949Nikki Lauda, Austria, formula 1 auto racer (world champ 1975, 77, 84)
1950Ellen Greene, Bkln NY, vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors)
1950Julie Walters, England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)
1950Julius Erving, ABA/NBA forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Phila 76ers)
1950Miou-Miou, Paris France, actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband)
1950Sylvette Miou-Miou, Paris France, actress (Bottom Line, Menage)
1951Harley O Staggers Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
1952James Philip Bagian, Philadelphia, MDPE/astronaut (STS 29, STS 40)
1952Wayne John Levi, Little Falls NY, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open)
1955Tim Young, athlete
1956Amy Alcott, Kansas City MO, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
1958Kyle MacLachlan, Yakima WA, actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Hidden)
1959Susan Benjamin, actress (Tracy-Accidental Family)
1961Debbie Linden, Glasgow Scotland, actress (Kenny Everett Show)
1961Don Van Spall, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
1961Marla O'Hara, Gardena Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991)
1961Mike Morris, NFL center (Minn Vikings)
1962Lenda Murray, Detroit Mich, body builder (4X Ms Olympia)
1962Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)
1962Michael Wilton, singer
1963Dave Besteman, Madison Wis, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
1963Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
1963Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (1993 Buick Classic)
1964Gigi Fernandez, [Beatriz], San Juan PR, US tennis star (Olymp-gold-96)
1964Jim Wicek, NYC, actor (Ben-Ryan's Hope)
1965Chris Dudley, NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers)
1965Joe Reekie, Victoria, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
1965Pat LaFontaine, St Louis Mo, NHL center (NY Islanders, NY Rangers)
1966Brent Severyn, Vegreville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
1966Resga Riggins, Trussville Alabama, Miss Alabama-America (1991)
1966Suave, singer
1966Thorsten Kaye, soap actor (Patrick-One Life to Live, Silencers)
1967Marianne Ihalainen, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
1967Steve Broussard, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks)
1968Abeyratne Samarasekera, UAE cricket all-rounder (1996 World Cup)
1968Jayson Williams, NBA center (NJ Nets)
1968Jeri Ryan, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager)
1968Johanne Samarasekera, UAE cricket opening bowler (96 World Cup)
1968Reggie Rivers, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
1969Kahryn Tough, Calgary Alberta, volleyball (Olympics-96)
1969Leslie Spalding, Billings MT, golfer (Montana Women's Amat-90, 91)
1969Mark Chmura, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1969Shawn Jefferson, NFL wide receiver (SD Chargers, NE Patriots)
1970Adam Keefe, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
1970Dominic Roussel, Hull, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
1970Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1971Barry Smith, 100m/200m runner
1971Gilbert Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1971Jason Marshall, Cranbrook, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
1971Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)
1971Lisa Fernandez, Lakewood Calif, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
1971Max Lane, NFL tackle (NE Patriots)
1971Mohammed Sylla, soccer player (Willem II, FC Martigues)
1971Rico Mack, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
1972Christin Didier, Miss USA-Montana (1997)
1972Michael Chang, Hoboken NJ, tennis star (1989 French Open)
1973James Christensen, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
1973Kate Sage, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
1973Kimberly Davies, Melbourne Aust, actress (Baywatch)
1973Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
1974Aaron Gavey, Sudbury, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1974Kyoko Nagatsuka, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, tennis star (1996 Hobart)
1975Charles O'Bannon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
1975Drew Barrymore, LA Calif, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy)
1975Gregory Maddalone, Schenectady NY, dance skater (& Demkowski)
1977Melanie Schnell, Radstadt Austria, tennis star (1994 semi Surabaya)
1979David Lopez, Queens NY, actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter)

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0606Sabinian, Italian Pope (604-06), dies
1071Arnulf III, earl of Flanders/Hainault (Arnulf I), dies in battle
1076Godfried III, with the Hump, duke of Lower Lorraine, murdered [or Feb 26]
1078Johannes van Fécamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
1078John of Fécamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
1213Wibert of Gembloers, benediction/writer/abbot of Gembloers, dies
1371David II Bruce, king of Scotland (1331..71), dies at 46
1478Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies
1512Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60
1674John Wilson, composer, dies at 78
1687Jean-Baptiste Lully, Paris, composer
1690Charles Le Brun, classical painter (Academie de Peinture), dies at 70
1727Francesco Gasparini, composer, dies at 58
1731Frederik Ruysch, Dutch anatomist, dies at 92
1750Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer, dies at 71
1770Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution
1788Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer, dies at 63
1816Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian, dies at 92
1822Johann Ignaz Walter, composer, dies at 66
1824John Davy, composer, dies at 60
1829Adam A earl von Neipperg, Austrian general, dies at 53
1832Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet, Weimar, Germany
1836John Clarke-Whitfeld, composer, dies at 65
1838Friedrich Johann Eck, composer, dies at 70
1846Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [OS]
1846Carolus Antonius Fodor, composer, dies at 77
1849Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer, dies at 28
1875Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77
1878Franz Hunten, composer, dies at 84
1896Thomas Hughes, politican/author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, Brighton
1903Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Austrian composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
1903Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies
1912Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree's Handatlas), dies at 76
1913Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure, Swiss linguist, dies at 55
1913Francisco Indalecio Madero, Mex pres, assassinated in milt coup at 39
1913Suarez, Mexican vice pres, assassinated in a miltary coup
1925Thomas C Allbutt, English physiologist, dies at 88
1925Nina David, [Mrs Radcliffe N Salomon], poet/author, dies
1925Georges/Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, dies at 72
1930Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh, dies at 66
1934Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
1936Johan M Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes Digte), dies at 74
1943Sophie Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose), beheaded
1943Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (White Rose), beheaded at 24
1943Christoph Probst, German resistance fighter (That Weisse Rose), dies
1949Russell Porter, actor (Betsy, Hanna's War, British Empire), dies
1956Paul Léautaud, [Maurice Boissard], Fr writer (Petit ami), dies at 84
1957Harry Sothern, actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers), dies at 72
1958Michael Todd, film magnate, killed in an New Mexico air crash
1959Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
1960Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
1961George de las Cuevas Bustillo y Teheran, Chilean marquis, dies at 75
1964Edie Martin, actor (Titfield Thunderbolt), dies at 84
1966Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist/folklorist, dies at 74
1967Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP), dies at 53
1967Joe Forte, actor (Horwitz-Life With Luigi), dies at 70
1968Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
1971Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
1971Matt McHugh, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast), dies at 77
1971Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
1972Walter Sande, actor (Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 65
1973Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
1973Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
1973Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (Cat Jumps), dies in Lond at 73
1976Angela Baddeley, actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
1976Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
1976Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
1977Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
1977Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
1978Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
1978Phyllis McGinley, US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
1980Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
1980Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
1980Richard Kallman, actor (Verboten, Hell Canyon Outlaws), dies at 46
1982Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
1983Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer/wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
1983Romain Maes, Belgian bicyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
1984David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
1985Alexander Scourby, actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71
1985Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95
1987Glenway Wescott, US writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
1987David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
1987Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58
1989Joan Woodbury, actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies
1990Stephen Burns, actor (Casey's Shadow), dies
1992Richard Sheldon, dies at 59
1993Pieter A H Bos, Dutch lawyer/procureur-general (Aruba), dies at 63
1993Jean Lecanuet, French UDF-presidential candidate, dies at 72
1994"Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
1995Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), commits suicide at 60
1995Elfi Althoff-Jacobi, Austrian circus director, dies at 80
1995Lembarek Boumaarafi, Algerian murderer of Pres Boudiaf, dies
1996Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician, dies at 79
1996Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
1997Austin Andrew Wright, sculptor, dies at 85
1997Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
1998Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
1998Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
1998Sandy Hume, correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28

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