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Welcome to It's History! for today, Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0527 Justinianus I succeeds Justinus I as emperor of Byzantium
0649 Pope Martinus I chosen successor of Theodorus I [or 8/7]
0860 Peace of Koblenz: Charles the Bare, Louis the German & Lotharius II
0902 Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily
1021 Synod of Pavia: emperor Henry II convicts married priest
1086 English barons become submissive to king Willem the Occupier
1177 Peace Treaty of Venice: Emperor Frederik I & Pope Alexander III
1203 Alexius IV Angelus appointed co-regent of Byzantium
1291 Everlasting League forms, basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence)
1404 Earl Engelbert I of Nassau marries Johanna of Poland
1485 Henry (VII) Tudors army sails to England
1498 Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela)
1588 English admiral Howard van Effingham beats Spanish Armada
1589 Murder attempt by monk Jacques Clement on French King Hendrik III
1619 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
1626 Earl Earnest Casimir conquerors Oldenzaal
1628 Emperor Ferdinand II demands Austria Protestant convert to Catholicism
1664 Battle at St Gotthard: Earl Raimondo Montecucculi beats Ahmed Köprl
1690 Battle at Staffarda: French army beats Victor Amadeus van Savoye
1711 Surrounded Czar Peter the Great flees Azov
1714 Monarch Georg Ludwig becomes king George I of England
1716 Waterman's race on Thames 1st rowed
1716 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)
1732 Foundation laid for Bank of England
1759 Battle at Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France
1774 Priestly discovers oxygen
1780 Sweden declares neutrality
1781 English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
1785 Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
1789 US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
1790 1st US census (population of 3,939,214; 697,624 are slaves)
1793 France becomes 1st country to use the metric system
1794 Whiskey Rebellion begins
1798 Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet
1812 Rare tornado hits Westchester County NY
1814 Belgium King Willem I accept blame in Southern defeat
1831 London Bridge opens to traffic
1834 Slavery abolished through out the British Empire
1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin returns to Bahia Brazil
1838 Emancipation of British slaves on Bahamas
1842 Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
1852 SF Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
1855 Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
1861 Brazil recognizes Confederacy
1863 Battle of Little Rock AK & Start of Chattanooga campaign
1863 Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign
1864 Battle of Petersburg, VA
1867 Blacks vote for 1st time in a state election in South (Tenn)
1869 1st voyage down Colorado River
1873 SF's 1st cable car begins service
1876 Colorado becomes 38th state
1881 US Quarantine Station authorized for Angel Island, SF Bay
1883 A papyrus offered to Brit Museum for œ10,000 (forgery)
1883 Amsterdam's Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights
1883 Inland postal service begins in Great Britain
1886 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
1890 Cecil Rhodes' colonies reach Lundi
1893 Henry Perky & William Ford patent shredded wheat
1896 George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)
1901 Burial within SF City limits prohibited
1902 Building begins on Dutch public housing
1902 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
1903 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed
1906 Bkln Dodger Harry McIntire no-hits Pitts for 10 2/3 loses in 13th
1907 Signal Corps of US army starts aircraft division
1907 Bank of Italy opens 1st branch at 3433 Mission Street, SF
1909 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
1911 Omar N Bradley (18) begins education in West Point
1914 British fleet reaches Scapa Flow
1914 Emperor Wilhelm II declares war on his nephew tsar Nicolas II (WW I)
1914 France & Germany mobilize
1914 Trois Vierges: German 69th infantry regiment enter Luxembourg Germany declares war on Russia in WW I
1916 Hawaii National Park forms
1917 Frank Little, IWW organizer, lynched in Butte, MT
1918 British troops enter Vladivostok
1918 Pitts Pirates beat Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings
1919 Queen Wilhelmina opens 1st Air Fair in Amsterdam
1919 Treffers soccer team forms in Groesbeek
1920 Papendrecht soccer team forms
1920 Peace of Riga-Independence of Latvia
1922 Hendrikus Colijn becomes political editor-in-chief of The Standard
1925 Shortwave-radio link between Kootwijk & Netherland East-Indies
1926 Battles between Druzen & French in Damascus
1926 Failed assassination on Gen Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
1928 Babe Ruth hits HR # 42 & is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
1933 NRA (National Recovery Administration) forms
1933 Dutch colonial regime in Batavia arrest ir Sukarno
1933 Death penality for anti fascists in Germany
1933 Carl Hubbell sets record of consecutive scoreless innings (45 1/3)
1936 Adolph Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin
1936 Benjamin E Mays named president of Morehouse College
1941 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
1941 NY Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yanks 9, St L 0)
1942 Race riots in Harlem, New York
1942 German occupier demands listing of all Dutch telephone subscribers
1942 Deurne soccer team forms
1943 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
1943 Race riot in Harlem NYC
1943 Sunderland seaplanes sink U-454 & U-383
1944 Uprising in Warsaw ghetto
1944 US troops enter Tessy-sur-Vir
1944 US 90th division occupies St Hilaire-du-Harcourt
1944 General Montgomery takes command of 12th & 21st army
1944 Anne Frank's last diary entry; 3 days later she is arrested
1944 Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st black congressman from East
1945 SVBO soccer team forms in Barger-Oosterveld
1945 Mel Ott is 1st in NL to hit 500th HR (joins Babe Ruth & Jimmy Foxx)
1945 Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
1946 Pres Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
1947 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 perfs
1947 Valleivogels soccer team forms in Scherpenzeel
1950 Territory of Guam created
1950 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King
1950 Guam adopts constitution (Organic Act)
1950 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
1950 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
1951 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election
1953 Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
1953 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland
1953 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
1953 Calif introduces sales tax (for education)
1954 Louison Bobet wins his 2nd Tour de France
1954 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 1st microgravity research begins
1955 Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca govt
1955 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 1st coml building heated by Sun (Albuquerque NM)
1957 Gil Hodges hits his NL record 13th career grand slam (Last by Bkln)
1957 Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 m (445'10")
1957 US & Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1958 1st class postage up to 4› (had been 3› for 26 years)
1958 US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole
1959 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1959 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
1959 New Continental baseball league formed
1960 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
1960 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
1961 Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
1961 New SF Hall of Justice opens
1961 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
1961 Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
1962 Boston Red Sox Bill Monboquette no-hits Chic White Sox, 1-0
1962 Failed assassination on president Nkrumah of Ghana
1963 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
1963 Germany FR annexes Elten village
1963 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
1964 ALM (Antillian Airlines) begins operation
1965 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1966 Charles Whitman climbs U of Texas tower & shoots 12 dead
1966 Former marine Charles Whitman kills 13 & wounds 31 at U of Texas
1967 Izaäk Samkalden becomes mayor of Amsterdam
1967 WBRA TV channel 15 in Roanoke, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
1968 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo
1968 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
1969 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
1969 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
1969 Mariner 6 sends close-up photo's of Mars
1970 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
1970 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 Willie Stargell (Pirates) ties record of 5 extra base hits in a game
1971 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1971 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC
1971 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII
1971 Bangladesh refugee concert with George Harrison
1972 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
1972 Nate Colbert of SD Padres hits record tying 5 HRs in a double header
1973 Munson & Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park
1973 H J Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
1974 Virginia Squires trade Julius "Dr J" Erving to NY Nets
1975 38 government leaders signs Helsinki accord
1975 41st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
1975 Billy Martin replaces Bill Virdon as manager of NY Yankees
1975 Helsinki Pact guaranteeing boundaries, rights signed by 35 nations
1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20)
1976 Liz Taylor's 6th divorce (re-divorces Richard Burton)
1976 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colo on Route 34, kills 139
1976 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
1977 SF Giant Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th grand slammer
1978 Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
1978 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
1978 Pete Rose goes hitless, ends his 44 game hitting streak (ties NL)
1979 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms govt in Portugal
1980 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03
1980 Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record
1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
1981 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
1982 Petra Schneider swims world record 400m medley (4:36.10)
1982 Heavy Israeli air bombardment on Beirut
1982 H Aaron, F Robinson, T Jackson, & H Chandler inducted in Hall of Fame
1982 Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives
1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
1983 New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England
1985 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
1985 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time
1985 Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning, for NL rookie record 74
1986 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal
1986 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia release from hospital after 3 week coma
1986 Cleveland sets AL attendance record for twi-night doubleheader, 65,934
1986 Bert Blyleven becomes 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000
1987 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart
1987 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada
1987 Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
1988 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon
1989 Australia take 3-0 series lead over England to regain Cricket Ashes
1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 149 perfs
1990 Indians' Alex Cole sets club record with 5 stolen bases in one game
1990 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
1990 Soyuz TM-10 launches
1990 Stanton Cook becomes CEO of Chicago Cubs
1991 Italian/Argentine Soccer star Diego Maradona retires
1991 Actress Hedy Lamarr, 77, arrested for shoplifting in Florida
1992 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
1992 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
1992 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
1993 Walter Koenig, Checkov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
1993 Reggie Jackson enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
1993 Missie Berteott wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1993 "She Loves Me" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
1993 "In the Summer House" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 25 perfs
1994 99.9°F (37.7°C) in Berlin-Dahlem: record
1994 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour
1994 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed
1995 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
1996 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
1998 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
0126Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman emperor (193 AD)
0848Frantisek Kmoch, composer
1322Peter van Herenthals, South Netherlands theologist/church historian
1495Jan Scorel, Dutch painter/architect
1520Sigismund II Augustus, King of Poland (1548-72)
1642Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95) [or Feb 25, 1643]
1659Antoine Mouque, composer
1685Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer
1686Benedetto Marcello, Italian author/composer (Lettera Famigliare)
1714Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter
1744Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine Monnet de Lamarck, French zoologist
1753Charles, 3rd earl Stanhope, England, radical politician/scientist
1755Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi, composer
1766Ignaz Anton Franz Xavier Ladurner, pianist/composer
1766Jeffrey Wyatville, architect
1770William Clark, Charlottsville VA, 2nd lt of Lewis & Clark Expedition
1779Francis Scott Key, composer (Star-Spangled Banner)
1786Louis C Luzac, judge/Dutch Internal minister
1814Maxcy Gregg, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1862
1815Richard Henry Dana, novelist/lawyer spent 2 years before mast
1818Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer on Nantucket Island
1819Herman Melville, US, author (Moby Dick, Billy Budd)
1824Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer
1840Aldine Sillman Kieffer, composer
1843Robert Todd Lincoln, Capt (Union volunteers), died in 1926
1847Guido Papini, violinist/composer
1858Hans Rott, composer
1858Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist
1861Sam Jones, cricketer (Australian batsman of 1880's)
1862Montague Rhodes James, scholar/author/editor
1863Gaston Doumergue, premier/pres of France (1913..34)
1867William Orlamond, Denmark, actor (Flesh & Devil, Wind)
1871Oskar Fried, composer
1877Charlotte Hughes, 1990 (oldest person in Great Britain)
1877Jan van den Tempel, Dutch MP (SDAP)
1881Emilie Rose Macaulay, English writer
1881Rose Macaulay, writer
1882Vaclav Klicka, composer
1886Isaac Keesing, Dutch publisher/founder (System Keesing)
1888Vito Frazzi, composer
1889John F Mahoney, developed pencillin treatment of syphillis
1890George II, king of Greece
1892Constantly Burniaux, Belg, art historian (Temps Inquiets)
1895Benjamin E Mays, SC, black educator (Morehouse, Howard University)
1898Morris Stoloff, Phila, violinist (Picnic, Pal Joey)
1899William Steinberg, Cologne, conductor (Boston Symph-1969-71)
1900Otto Nothling, cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26)
1901Gerard Blitz, Belgian swimmer/founder (Club Méditerranée)
1902Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor
1902Hendrik J Kruls, Neth, general/chief military authority (1944-46)
1903Paul George Vincent O'Shaughnessy Horgan, novelist
1906William Hayter, diplomat
1908Miloslav Kabelac, composer
1909Nigel Henderson, admiral
1910William Hayter, diplomat
1910Mahomed Nissar, cricketer (pioneer Indian opening bowler in Tests)
1911Kenneth Norman Joseph Loveless, priest folk musician
1911Ronald MacDonald, British major-general
1912Brian Keith-Lucas, political scientist
1912Henry Jones, Phila Pa, actor (Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy)
1912Masaya Hanai, businessamn
1913Nigel Henderson, admiral
1913Jerome Moross, Brooklyn NY, composer (Frankie & Johnny)
1914Jack Delano, composer
1915Ronald MacDonald, British major-general
1916Viscount Hanworth, barrister
1917Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert
1918Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist
1919Stanley Middleton, novelist
1920Jeffrey Segal, actor (Traitors)/playwright
1920Maria Cole, Boston MA
1920Sammy Lee, Fresno Calif, platform diver (Oly-2 gold/bronze-1948, 52)
1920Viscount Hanworth, barrister
1921Vic Marshall, chemist
1921Jack Kramer, Las Vegas, tennis star (Wimbeldon 1947, US Open-1946)
1921Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert
1922Arthur Hill, Saskatchewan Canada, actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter)
1922Frank Hauser, British theatrical director
1922Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist
1923Yoshinao Nakada, composer
1923Stanley Middleton, novelist
1923Paul Lambert, El Paso Tx, actor (Tom-Executive Suite)
1923Gwyn Ward Thomas, British TV director
1924Frank Worrell, cricketer (one of the three W's, inspiring WI captain)
1924Jeffrey Segal, actor/playwright (Vanity Fair, Rest in Pieces)
1924Yvonne DeCarlo, actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters)
1925Jack Kramer, actor (Kings of the Court)
1925Ernst Jandl, writer
1926Burton Stein, historian
1926Frank Hauser, British theatrical director
1926Karl Kohn, composer
1927André Cools, Belgium, minister of Budget/vice-premier
1927Gwyn Ward Thomas, Beritsh TV director
1930Lionel Bart, [Begleiter], English composer (Oliver!)
1930Karoly Grosz, politician
1930Julie Bovasso, Brooklyn NY, actress (Willie & Phil, Just Me & You)
1930Geoffrey Holder, Trinidad, dancer/actor (Annie, The Wiz)
1931Trevor Goddard, cricketer (S African opening batsman & opening bowler)
1931Sean O Riada, composer
1931Ramblin' Jack Elliott, rocker
1931Monty Losowsky, prof of medicine (St James University England)
1931Lucien E Blackwell, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
1933Dom DeLuise, Bkln NY, comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso)
1933Erwin Nypels, Dutch economist/minister of Housing (D66)
1933Richard Lloyd Jones, secretary Welsh Office
1934Lionel Bart, composer
1934J E F "John" Beck, cricketer (lefty bat in 8 Tests for NZ 1953-56)
1935Geoff Pullar, cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's)
1936Larie Taylor, sociologist/broadcaster
1936Yves Saint-Laurent, Oran Algeria, fashion designer (Opium, Obsession)
1937Richard Lloyd Jones, secretary (Welsh Office)
1937Alfonse M D'Amato, Brooklyn NY, (Sen-R-NY 1981- )
1939Stephen Sykes, Bishop of Ely
1940Joan Joyce, Waterbury Ct, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983)
1940Larie Taylor, sociologist/broadcaster
1940Mervyn Kitchen, cricket umpire
1941Ronald Harmon Brown, chairman (Democratic Party)
1942Jerry Garcia, SF, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band)
1942Giancarlo Giannini, La Spezia Italy, actor (Seduction of Mimi)
1943Andy Roxburgh, manager soccer team (Scotland)
1943Dennis Paxton, rocker (Dave Clark Five-Glad All Over)
1943Stephen Sykes, Bishop (Ely)
1944Yuri Viktorovich Romanenko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 26, 38, TM-2)
1944Mervyn Kitchen, cricket umpire
1944Elske Terveld, Dutch undersecretary Social Affairs (PvdA)
1946Frederick C Boucher, (Rep-D-Virginia, 1983- )
1946J Guillermo, ex-husband of princess Christina of Netherlands
1946Richard O Covey, Fayetteville Ar, USAF/astro (STS 51I, 26, 38, 61)
1946Tom Loeffler, (Rep-R-TX, 1979- )
1947Ricky Coonce, LA Calif, rock drummer (Grass Roots)
1947Rick Anderson, rock bassist (Tubes)
1947Andy Roxburgh, soccer manager (Scotland)
1948Robert Spink, British MP
1949Nigel Lucius Graeme Finch, TV director/film-maker
1949Primous, III Fountain, composer
1950Doug Tract, Bronx NY, radio DJ (Greaseman)
1951David Jasper, British principal (St Chad's College Durham England)
1951Robin Heifetz, composer
1952Yajurvindra Singh, cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's)
1952Robert Spink, British MP
1952Nancy Lopez, professional golfer
1952C L Whittington, WLAF defensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1952Brian Patrick Clarke, Gettysburg Pa, actor (Merle-Eight is Enough)
1953Robert Cray, Columbus Ga, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy)
1955Arun Lal, cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's)
1955David Jasper, British principal (St Chad's College Durham England)
1957Laura Johnson, Burbank Calif, actress (Falcon Crest)
1957Glen Gorbous, Canada, longest throw of a regulation baseball (445'10")
1958Taylor Negron, LA Calif, actor (Silvio-Detective School)
1959Joe Elliot, heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
1960Chuck D, [Chuck Ridenhour], US rapper (Public Enemy)
1960Marta Ch varri Figueroa, Madrid Spain, The Marquesa de Cubas
1961Mike Watkinson, cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995)
1961Mark "Red" Mitchell, actor (JFK, 8 Sceonds, I Want to Live)
1961Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax)
1961Bradford John Faxon Jr, Oceanport NJ, PGA golfer (1986 Provident)
1961Bart Conner, US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
1961Andrew Nicholson, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
1962Traci Phillips, Honolulu Hawaii, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
1962Joetta Clark, East Orange NJ, 800m runner (Olympic-1992)
1962Gertjan Verbeek, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
1963Coolio, rapper (Gangsta Paradise)
1963Koichi Wakata, Omiya Saitama Japan, astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92)
1964Rob Camilletti, Cher's boyfriend
1964Nick Christian Sayer, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
1964Andrew Wilson, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-16-92, 96)
1966Darryl Hall, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
1966Ganesh Mylvaganam, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup)
1966Horacia de la Pena, Argentina, tennis star
1966Pat Carter, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
1967Lori Endicott, KC MO, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1967Gregg Jefferies, Burlingame CA, infielder (NY Mets, Royals, Phillies)
1968Rob Carpenter, NFL wide receiver (Phila Eagles)
1968Stacey Augmon, Pasadena, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers, Hawks)
1969Graham Thorpe, cricketer (England LHB Century on Test debut 1993)
1969Kevin Jarvis, Lexington KY, pitcher (Cin Reds)
1970Quentin Coryatt, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
1971Fred Lester (Atlanta Falcons)
1971Julia Chilicki, Somers CT, rower (Olympics-96)
1971Lisa Flood, Scarborough Ontario, 100m Breaststroker (Olympics-96)
1971Shae Sloan, Huntsville TX, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
1972Matt Dyson, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
1972Martin Damm, Czech Republic, tennis star
1972Karen Dalton, Mt View Calif, diver (Olympics-96)
1973Ben Johnson, cricketer (promising South Australian opening batsman)
1973Gregg Berhalter, Englewood NJ, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)
1973Mario Bennett, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns)
1973Tempestt Bledsoe, Chicago, actress (Vanessa Huxtable-Cosby Show)
1974Kerwin Waldroup, DL (Detroit Lions)
1975Mandy Leigh, Greensburg Penn, actress (Bloodscent)
1976David Nemirovsky, Toronto, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
1976Eryn Bulmer, Edmonton Alberta, diver (Olympics-96)
1976Nwankwo Kanu, soccer player (Ajax)
1978Dhani Harrison, George Harrison's 1st child
1990Landry Allbright, actress (Bridget Forrester-Bold & Beautiful)

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0527Justinus I, Byzantine emperor (518-27), dies
1137Louis VI, King of France, dies (1108-37)
1190Floris III, Count of Holland, dies
1457Laurentius Valla, Italian philosopher (Voluptate), dies at about 50
1589Jacques Clément, French monk (Henri III), dies
1628Francesco Gonzaga, composer, dies at 37
1667Paul Foot, lawyer/historian, dies at 48
1714Anne Stuart, queen of England (1702-14), dies at about 49
1743Richard Savage, English poet/playwright, dies at about 46
1787Alfonsus M de' Liguori, Italian theologist/bishop/saint, dies at 90
1805Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, composer, dies at 51
1813Carl Stenborg, composer, dies at 60
1821Elizabeth Inchbald (Simpson), actress/author (Lady Abbess), dies at 68
1834Robert Morrison, missionary in China/translated bible, dies
1837Walter Geikie, painter, dies
1846Peter Ritter, composer, dies at 83
1857Charles Turner, engraver, dies
1882Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet, dies of tuberculosis at 43
1883Karl Wilhelm Dindorf, classic scholar, dies
1884Heinrich Laube, writer, dies
1902Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies
1911Konrad Duden, German linguist (Das grosse Duden Lexicon), dies
1916Claude Newberry, S Afr cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies
1920Bal Gangadhar Tilak, British-Indian hindu leader, dies
1922Vaclav Juda Novotny, composer, dies at 72
1925John Pieter Veth, painter/lithographer/etcher/writer, dies at 61
1926Israel Zangwill, British zionists writer (Ghetto tragedies), dies
1929Syd Gregory, cricketer (Australian captain pre-WWI), dies
1932Arnold Fothergill, cricketer (8 wickets in 2 Tests for Eng 1889), dies
1934Piotr Maszynski, composer, dies at 79
1943Ismar Elbogen, German/US learned/rabbi (Jewish Lexicon), dies at 68
1944Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina, pres of Philippines (1935-42), dies at 65
1946Andrei Vlasov, Russian general (Red Army, Wehrmacht) executed at 45
1954Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
1957Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
1962Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62
1963Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
1964Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
1965Kiyoshi Nobutoki, composer, dies at 77
1966Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 13 at U of Texas, shot by cops
1966Bud Powell, US jazz pianist/composer, dies
1970Frances Farmer, actress (Toast of NY, Come & Get It), dies at 55
1973Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
1973Walter Ulbricht, pres German DR, dies at 80
1975Howard Joslin, actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68
1977Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
1979Joseph Kotälla, German war criminal (4 of Breda), dies at 71
1980Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61
1981Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
1981Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
1983Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
1985Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
1986Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
1987Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
1987Benson Fong, actress (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
1988Florence Eldridge, Broadway actress (The Swan), dies at 86
1988John Cardinal Dearden, US cardinal, dies at 80
1988Trindad Silva, actor (Hill St Blues), dies at 38 in an auto accident
1989John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
1990Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
1991Stuart Wilson, actor (Lethal Weapon 3), dies at 87
1992Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orch), dies of cancer at 72
1992Kenny Sacha, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), dies of AIDS at 39
1992Stanley Dudek, US platform diver (watershows), dies
1993Viktor Polyanitshko, governor of Kaukasus, murdered
1993Lea Verschuuren-Smulders, Dut author (Kleutertje Luister), dies at 72
1993Ewing Kaufman, founder/owner (KC Royals), dies of lung cancer at 76
1993Anatoli Koretski, Russian major general, murdered
1993Alfred Manessier, Fr painter (glass-in-lead), dies in car crash at 81
1994Gerard van de Groenekan, furniture maker/designer, dies at 90
1994George Dixon, trumpet/sax, dies at 85
1995Loudi Nijhoff, Dutch actress (Alicia, Van Geluk Gesproken), dies
1995Robert L "Bob" Talley, pianist, dies at 75
1996John Lanigan, tenor, dies at 75
1996Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Pres (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
1996Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran, dies at 58
1996Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
1997Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
1997Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82

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