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Welcome to It's History! for today, Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0385 Oldest Pope elected; Siricius-bishop of Tarragona
0824 St Paschal I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1531 Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
1543 Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portugese troops beat Moslem army
1543 Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant
1573 1st European, Francis Drake sees the Pacific (from Panama)
1575 King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe
1638 Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries earl John of Brederode
1720 Sweden & Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
1752 Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened
1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
1768 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
1790 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
1793 Prussian troops occupy Venlo Neth
1794 1st session of US Senate open to the public
1808 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat
1810 Napoleon marries Marie-Louise of Austria
1811 Pres Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
1812 Mass Gov Gerry signs a redistricting bill-1st "gerrymander"
1814 Norway's independence proclaimed
1826 London University founded
1837 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
1840 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment," premieres in Paris
1843 Opera "I Lombardi," premieres in Milan
1851 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)
1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1858 1st apparition of Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes France
1861 President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC
1861 US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
1873 Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
1878 1st weekly Weather report published in UK
1889 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
1895 -17°F (-27.2°C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)
1895 Georgetown became part of Wash DC
1896 Oscar Wildes "Salomé," premieres in Paris
1897 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
1898 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named minister to Liberia
1899 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
1899 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, DC (district record)
1902 Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symfonie premieres in Vienna
1905 Pope Pius X publishes encyclical Vehementer nos
1905 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299«-last pin breaks but stands
1907 De Master's Dutch govt resigns
1907 Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, 322 die
1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
1908 Heemskerk's govt begins in Holland
1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
1916 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
1919 Friedrich Ebert (SPD), elected president of Germany
1921 Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St NYC
1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
1922 US intervention army leaves Honduras
1926 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
1927 US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1927 US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
1929 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo," premieres in NYC
1929 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
1932 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
1935 -11°F (-24°C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)
1935 1st US airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, NY
1936 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
1937 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champ
1941 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)
1941 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
1941 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
1942 "Archie" comic book debuts
1943 Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1943 General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe
1944 German troops reconquer Aprilia Italy
1944 U-424 sunk off Ireland
1945 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
1945 Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin
1948 Test Cricket debut of Frank Worrell, v England Port-of-Spain
1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
1950 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1
1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
1953 Russia breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
1953 Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
1953 J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg," premieres in NYC
1953 "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden wins
1957 NHL Players Assn forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president
1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
1958 1st flight with black stewardess, RC Taylor, Ithaca NY
1958 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Min of Foreign affairs
1958 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st Afr-American woman hired as flight attendant
1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
1961 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem
1962 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
1963 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
1964 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington DC Coliseum
1964 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
1964 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
1965 Braves propose to pay 5› from each ticket to bring a new team to Milw
1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
1966 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
1968 Israeli-Jordan border fight
1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
1968 Madison Square Garden III closes MSG IV opens (NYC)
1969 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
1970 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)
1970 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit
1970 John Lennon pays œ1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
1971 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
1973 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
1973 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic
1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
1974 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
1974 Titan-Centaur Test launch fails
1974 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership
1976 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army
1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
1978 EOKA organization disbands in Cyprus
1978 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens
1978 25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin
1978 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC
1979 Musical "They're Playing Our Song," premieres in NYC
1979 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
1979 Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
1979 "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 perfs
1981 Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
1981 Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
1982 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
1983 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
1984 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
1985 Jordan king Hussein & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
1985 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year, $6 million contract with Minn Twins
1985 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
1986 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
1986 Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1986 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
1987 British Airways begins trading stocks
1987 England beat Australia 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1987 Philippines constitution goes into effect
1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 Anthony M Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
1989 Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
1989 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
1990 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1990 Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa
1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson to win heavyweight boxing crown
1990 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami
1991 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in Hague Neth
1992 F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo Neth (No deaths)
1992 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
1993 Janet Reno selected by Clinton as US Attorney General
1993 Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 secs)
1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY (WRQI)
1994 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
1994 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
1995 West Indies score 5-660 against NZ
1995 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1995 Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands
1995 Sandra Völker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)
1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
1996 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio
1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets
1997 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
1998 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
1998 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500
2006 Dick Cheney accidentally shoots friend in a hunting accident

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1380Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist
1465Elizabeth of York, London, Consort of King Henry VII
1506Juliana van Stolberg, engraver of Nassau
1535Gregory XIV, [Niccol• Sfondrati], Roman Catholic pope (1590-91)
1557John Wtenbogaert, remonstrants theologist
1568Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (L'Astrée)
1657Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
1732George Washington [NS=Feb 22]
1755Albert Christoph Dies, composer
1764Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (Cajus Graechus)
1776Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen (1827-31)
1780K v Gnderode, writer
1783Jarena Lee, famous African
1790Ignaz Assmayer, composer
1800William Henry Fox Talbot, Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer
1802Lydia Maria Child, US, author/abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany)
1810Loisa Puget, composer
1812Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice Pres (Confederacy), died in 1883
1812Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883
1819Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, composer
1821Auguste douard Mariette, Fren egyptologist, (dug out Sphinx 12/16/42)
1821Hermann Allmers, writer
1829William Anderson Pile, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1889
1830Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, composer
1830Peter Arnold Heise, composer
1833Melville Weston Fuller, 8th chief justice
1839Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
1840Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), died in 1884
1846William Fox Talbot, pioneer photographer/inventor
1847Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)
1860Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
1867August W Messer, German philosopher/educator/psychologist
1869Helene ELJ Kröller-Mller, Dutch founder (Kröller-Mller Museum)
1873Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author/novelist (Pages from My Life)
1874Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
1874Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer
1875Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer
1879Jean Gilbert, composer
1882Gheorghe Cucu, composer
1883Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer/conductor (Sulamith)
1887Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstängl, German/US pianist/politician (NSDAP)
1887John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
1889John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)
1889Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer
1890John P M L de Vries, fairy tale writer
1891J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests)
1893Johan C P Alberts, Dutch literary (Festival)
1894Alfonso Leng, composer
1894Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
1895Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
1896Else Lasker-Schler, writer
1897Yves de La Casiniere, composer
1898Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
1900Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher
1900Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39)
1903Hans Redlich, composer
1903Rex Lease, WV, actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand)
1904Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
1904Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)
1905Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
1906Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal
1907E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
1908Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
1908Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
1908Josh White, rocker
1909Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
1909Max Baer, Omaha Nebraska, heavyweight boxing champ (1934-35)
1911Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
1912Roy Fuller, England, poet/novelist (Lost Season)
1912Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
1913Lucio Diestro San Pedro, composer
1914French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
1914Matt Dennis, Seattle Wash, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show)
1914Menelaos Pallantios, composer
1914Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
1915Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
1915Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
1915Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orch)
1916Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
1917Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer
1917Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)
1919Gretchen Fraser, Tacoma Wash, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948)
1920Paul Peter Piech, artist
1920Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
1920Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
1920Billy Halop, NYC, actor (Bert Munson-All in the Family)
1921Eva Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (Lisa-Green Acres, Gigi)
1921Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
1922Tudor Jarda, composer
1922Leslie Nielsen, Regina Sask, actor (Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun)
1923Baroness Sharples
1923Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
1924Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
1925Virginia E Johnson, doctor/sexologist (Masters & Johnson)
1925Peter Berger, British vice-admiral
1925Kim Stanley, [Patricia Reid], Tularosa NM, actress (Right Stuff)
1926Alexander Gibson, British conductor/founder (Scottish Opera)
1926Paul Bocuse, France, great chef (Legion of Honor)
1928Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
1928Conrad Janis, NYC, actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino)
1928Gerry Alexander, cricket wicketkeeper (WI of 50s & 60s)
1928Raoul Cita, rocker
1929Leonard Gregory Kastle, composer
1930Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)
1930C H Dearnley, organist
1930Earl of Rosebery
1931Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
1932Dennis Skinner, MP
1932Jerome Lowenthal, Phila, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music)
1934Tina Louise, NYC, actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas)
1934Patrick Holmes Sellors, ophthalmologist
1934Mary Quant, Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
1934John Surtees, British race car driver
1934Francesco Pennisi, composer
1935Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
1935Bent Lorentzen, composer
1936Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
1937Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
1937Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
1937Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
1937Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
1938Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
1938Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
1938Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990)
1938Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
1938Bevan Congdon, cricketer (NZ batsman of 60s & 70s)
1939Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, US, sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
1939Gerry Goffin, Queens NY, rock lyricist (married Carole King)
1939Bryan Gould, MP
1940Bobby "Boris" Pickett, rocker (Monster Mash)
1940Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
1941Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
1941Jeremy Mackenzie, general
1941Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
1942Tony Colton, rock producer (On the Boards)
1942Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
1942Leon Haywood, US vocalist/keyboardist (It's Got to be Mellow)
1942James Couchman, MP
1942Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
1943Win Griffiths, MP
1943Iain Cameron, British brigadier
1944Bert Greene, golfer
1944Buddhadev Dasgupta, director (Charachar, Grihajuddha)
1944Michael G Oxley, (Rep-R-OH, 1981- )
1946M C Walker, CEO (Iceland Frozen Foods)
1946Timothy Chambers, pediatrician
1948Sue Bernard, Los Angeles CA, playmate (Dec, 1966)
1949Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
1950Clarence Ellis, NFLer
1950Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
1950Johanna E "Joke" Beerens, actress (Schipper Next to God)
1950Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
1953Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut
1953Philip Anglim, SF Calif, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds)
1953Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
1954Catherine Hickland, Ft Lauderdale, actress (Capitol, Star Trek IV)
1956Kathleen Beller, Queens NY, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched)
1958Michael Jackson, controller (BBC2)
1958Regina Marsikova, Czech, tennis star
1959Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
1960Richard A Mastracchio, Waterbury Ct, astronaut
1961Becky LeBeau, LA Calif, vocalist (Mischief)
1961Carey Lowell, NYC, actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close)
1961Mary Docter, US, 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)
1962Scott Kolden, Torrance Calif, actor (Scott-Me & the Champ)
1963Todd Benzinger, US baseball player (SF Giants)
1964Sheryl Crow, vocalist (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995)
1965Angie Ridgeway, Wabash IN, LPGA golfer (1992 Sara Lee-8th)
1966Alexander Semak, Ufa Russia, NHL center (NY Islanders)
1966Anthony Parker, NFL cornerback (Minn Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs)
1966Patrick Kuhnen, West Germany, tennis star
1966Stephen Gregory, NYC, actor (Chase-Young & Restless)
1967John Patterson, US baseball infielder (SF Giants)
1967Derek King, Hamilton, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
1967Chris Reohr, Ridley Park Pa, fencer (Olympics-96)
1967Barbara Byrne, Princeton NJ, rower (Olympics-96)
1969Shannon Long, Gladstone Australia, playmate (Oct, 1988)
1969Mary Stoker, Miss Wisconsin USA (1996)
1969Mark Atkinson, cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman)
1969Kevin King, US baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
1969Joe Valerio, NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs)
1969Jennifer Aniston, Sherman Oaks Calif, actress (Rachel-Friends)
1969Bryan Eversgerd, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
1970Alistair Brown, cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996)
1970Jason Allyn Scott, Iowa City Iowa, rower (Olympics-1996)
1971Linda Wild, Arlington Heights Ill, tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open)
1971John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
1971Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Burlington Vermont, Miss America-Vt (1996)
1972Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag)
1973Tom Tumulty, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
1974Wally Richardson, quarterback (Baltimore Ravens)
1974Ronnie Ward, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
1974Brian Newman, guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1975Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
1975Jacque Vaughn, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
1975Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)
1976Brice Beckham, Long Beach Calif, actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare)
1976Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
1977Veronica Marie Duka, Campbellsville KY, Miss America (Ky-Top 10-1997)
1977Stephanie Richardson, Toronto Ontario, 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics-96)
1977Jessica Carlson, Kalamazoo Mich, archer (alt-Olympics-1996)
1979Brandy [Norwood], singer (Les Miserables, Moisha)
1980Matthew Lawrence, Montgomery Pa, actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break)
1980Natasha Bobo, Watsonville Calif, actress (Sally-Together We Stand)
1997Michael Jackson Jr, son of Michael Jackson

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0641Heraclius, emperor of Byzantium (610-641), dies at about 65
0731Gregory II, Greek-Syrian Pope, dies
0821Benedict of Aniane, saint, dies
0824Paschal I, Italian Pope (817-24), dies
0867Theodora, the Saint, beauty queen/empress of Byzantine, dies
1141Hugo of St-Victor, philosopher/theologist/mystic, dies
1503Elizabeth of York, Consort of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
1543Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle
1554Lady Jane Grey, deposed Queen of England, beheaded after 9 day rule
1622Alfonso Fontanelli, composer, dies at 64
1650Rene Descartes, philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking
1685David Teniers III, Flemish painter, dies at 46
1762Johann Tobias Krebs, composer, dies at 71
1797Antoine Dauvergne, composer, dies at 83
1806Vicente Martin y Soler, composer, dies at 51
1841J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter, dies at 55
1868Léon Foucault, discovers 1st physical proof of Earth's rotation, dies
1870Jacob M de Kempenaer, Dutch min of Internal Aff (1848-49), dies at 76
1870Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
1879Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
1879Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
1882Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
1892Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, composer, dies at 63
1894Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
1899George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
1901Milan I, king of Serbia, dies at 56
1903Henryk Szulc, composer, dies at 67
1907Peter J Savelberg, Dutch Limbourg monastery founder, dies at 80
1911Albert von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66
1922Gerardus J P Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society), dies at 67
1931Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
1931Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine, dies
1939Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
1940John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
1941Rudolf Hilferding, Germ economist/Min of Finance (SPD), suicide at 63
1944Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
1945Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
1945J S H Lokerman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Neugengamme
1948Sergy Eisenstein, film director, dies at 50
1961Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor/director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
1961Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34
1963Sylvia Plath, poet/novelist (Ariel), kills herself in London at 30
1968Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
1969James Lanphier, actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
1970Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
1971Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
1972Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
1973Hans D Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
1974Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
1976Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
1976Charlie Naughton, actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
1976Lee J Cobb, actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
1977Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
1978James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
1982Eleanor Powell, tap dancer/wife of Glenn Ford, dies at 69 of cancer
1982Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
1982Victor Jory, Alaskan actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
1985Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
1985Henry Hathaway, actor/director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
1985Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
1986Frank [Patrick] Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
1989George O'Hanlon, actor/director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
1991Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90
1992Ray Danton, US actor/director (Psychic Killer), dies at 60
1993George A Stephen, inventor (Weber Kettle Grill), dies at 71
1993Joy Garrett, actress (Days of Our Lives), dies of liver failure
1993Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident
1994William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
1994Sorrell Brooke, actor (Mayor Hogg-Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 64
1994Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
1996Amelia Rosselli, poet, dies at 65
1996Bob Shaw, science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
1996Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
1996Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
1996Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
1997Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84

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