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Welcome to It's History! for today, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Events for today in history Birthdays  Deaths
0235 Bishop of Rome Pontianus steps down
0351 Battle at Mursa: emperor Constantine II beats emperor Maxentius
0351 Constantine II beats emperor Maxentius
1066 William the Conqueror troops sail to England
1106 Battle at Tinchebrai: English King Henry I beats his brother Robert
1322 Battle of Mhldorf
1362 Guillaum de Grimoard elected as Pope Urban V
1394 Cardinal Pedro de Luna of Aragón chosen (anti)pope Benedictus XIII
1521 Turkish sultan Suleiman I's troops occupy Belgrade
1528 Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die
1538 Battle at Preveza: Turkish fleet under Barbarossa beats Spanish
1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
1621 Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund II beats Turks
1652 English-Dutch sea battle at Kentish Knock
1678 "Pilgrim's Progress" published
1687 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
1701 Divorce legalized in MD
1704 Maryland allows divorce if wife mispleases clergyman/preacher
1708 Battle at Lesnaya: Russian army captures Swedish convoy
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes king of Scotland
1760 Russian & Austrian army occupies Berlin
1767 Gentlemen 17 forbid private slave transport India to Cape of Good Hope
1781 9,000 American forces & 7,000 French forces begin siege of Yorktown
1785 Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)
1787 Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval
1815 Joachim Murats fleet sails from Corsica to Naples
1829 Walker's Appeal, racial antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston
1850 US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment
1858 Donati's comet becomes 1st to be photographed
1864 -30) Battle of Fort Harrison VA (Chaffin's Farm New Market Heights)
1867 Toronto becomes capital of Ontario
1868 Battle of Alcolea, causes Queen Isabella 2 of Spain to flee to France
1868 Opelousas Massacre at St Landry Parish Louisiana (200 blacks killed)
1879 Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
1887 Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million
1889 Carlos I crowned King of Portugal (1889-1908)
1892 1st night football game played (Mansfield Pa)
1894 Simon Marks & Tom Spencer open Penny Bazaar in Manchester
1899 Transvaal mobilizes
1901 Guerrilla's assault unarmed US soldiers in Balangiga Phil, 38 killed
1904 Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC
1906 US troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909
1912 "Kiche Maru" sinks off Japan, killing 1,000
1912 SS Kichemaru disappears in storm off Japanese coast, 1,000 die
1914 German forces move into Antwerp Belgium (WW I)
1915 Battle of Kut-el-Amara: Brits defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
1919 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
1920 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)
1920 Dirk Fock appointed as gov-gen of Neth Indies
1921 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY
1922 Mussolini marches on Rome
1923 Abyssinia (Ethiopia) leaves League of Nations
1923 Radio Times 1st published
1923 Yanks slaughter Red Sox 24-4
1924 2 US Army planes end around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, 57 stops
1924 French govt names Gen Serrail gov-gen of Syria
1924 Gen Plutarco Calles elected president of Mexico
1926 Russia & Latvia treaty of neutrality signed
1928 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
1928 Juan de la Cierva makes 1st helicopter flight over English Channel
1928 NY Yanks clinch pennant #6
1928 Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler
1928 US acknowledge Chinese govt of Chiang Kai-shek
1928 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga," premieres in Moscow
1929 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)
1930 Lou Gehrig's errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games
1931 Peking (200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan)
1932 NY Yankees win World Series The winning pitcher is Babe Ruth beating Red Sox 9-3
1933 Greer Garson wed Edward Snelson
1933 Sally Eilers weds Harry Joe Brown
1936 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
1936 Brooklyn & Boston play a penalty free NFL game
1937 FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon)
1937 Martha Raye divorces Bud Westmore
1938 Clare Boothe's "Boys Goodbye," premieres in NYC
1938 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
1939 Estonia accepts Soviet military bases
1939 Final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio
1939 Soviet-German treaty agree on 4th partition of Poland (WW II) & gives Lithuania to USSR, last Polish troops surrender
1940 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
1940 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
1940 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
1941 Phillies lose club record 111th game
1941 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad
1942 NY Americans NHL team folded
1944 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
1944 Battle of Arnhem, Germans defeat British airborne in Netherlands
1944 Nazi murders in Marzabotto, Italy (SS-major Reder)
1945 "Mildred Price" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand
1945 Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders
1945 Robert T Duncan appears as Tonio in "I Pagliacci"
1946 Greek king George II back in Athens
1948 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
1949 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
1950 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
1951 Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18
1951 Franchot Tone wed Barbara Payton
1951 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL-record 554 yards
1953 "Bob & Ray Show," TV Variety; last air on NBC
1953 "Juvenile Jury," TV Childrens, last airs on NBC, moved to CBS
1953 "Racket Squad," TV Crime Drama, last airs on CBS
1953 Dutch govt proclaims 5% general pay increase on Jan 1, 1954
1953 KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
1955 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 "Johnny Carson Show," TV Variety; last airs on CBS-TV
1956 RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records
1957 "Dollar A Second," last airs on NBC-TV
1957 "Gisele MacKenzie Show," debuts on NBC-TV
1957 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie Rodgers hits #1
1957 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Velser Tunnels
1958 France adopts constitution
1958 Guinea votes for independence from France
1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1958 USAF selects Thor over Jupiter rocket for mass production as ICBM's
1959 "Hennesey," debuts on CBS-TV
1959 Edward Franklin Albee's "zoo story," premieres in Berlin
1959 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
1960 "Millionaire," last airs on CBS-TV
1960 "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," by Connie Francis hits #1
1960 "Queen For A Day," moves to ABC-TV
1960 "Sunrise at Campobello" premiered at Palace theater
1960 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521
1961 "Doctor Kildare," debuts on NBC-TV
1961 "Hazel," starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV
1961 "Purlie Victorious," a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
1961 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
1961 Ted Williams hits a HR on his last at bat
1961 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
1961 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
1962 "Brighter Day," last airs on CBS-TV daytime
1962 "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster," debuts on ABC-TV
1962 "Jan Murray Show," last airs on NBC-TV
1962 "Tonight Show," last airs on NBC-TV
1962 "Verdict Is Yours," last airs on CBS-TV
1962 Alouette (Canada), 1st Canadian satellite, launched
1963 "King Leonardo," cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
1963 "Little Deuce Coupe" by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
1963 "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells peaks at #1
1963 "New Phil Silvers Show," debuts on CBS-TV
1963 "Nick Teen & Al K Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
1963 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts peaks at #2
1963 "Shari Lewis Show," last airs on NBC-TV
1963 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62
1963 "Tennessee Tuxedo," cartoon debuts on CBS-TV
1963 Giuseppe Cantarella roller-skates record 25.78 mph (415 k) for 440 yds
1963 Murray The K, a NY DJ plays "She Loves You" on the radio
1964 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
1964 Suriname governor A Currie resigns
1965 Jack McKay in X-15 reaches 90 km
1965 Lava flows kill at least 350 (Taal Philippines)
1965 Volcano explodes on Luzon Philippines; 500 killed
1967 Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, DC
1968 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
1968 "Hey Jude" by Beatles peaks at #1
1968 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 perfs
1968 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
1968 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
1968 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes
1968 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"
1968 Marisa Danisi of W Germany roller skates record 21,995 miles in 1 hr
1969 Joe Kapp (Minn Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
1969 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
1969 SPD wins West German Parliament elections
1970 "Words & Music," debuts on NBC-TV
1970 Anwar Sadat replaces Egyptian President Nassar
1970 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Aust) in 22nd America's Cup
1970 Ringo Starr released his "Beaccups of Blues" album
1971 Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary took refuge in US Embassy in
1971 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
1971 Budapest in 1956 to escape treason charges, ends exile & flies to Rome
1972 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall
1972 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
1973 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train
1974 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47
1974 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
1974 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52
1974 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31
1974 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
1974 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36
1974 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy
1974 Calif Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0
1974 John Lennon appears as guest dj on WNEW-FM (NYC)
1974 Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
1975 5th NYC Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt in 2:46:14
1975 6th NYC Marathon won by Tom Fleming in 2:19:27
1975 Bill authorizes admission of women to military academies
1975 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hits Calif Angels 5-0
1976 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion
1976 Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act
1976 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
1978 Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
1978 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon
1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shaver in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 perfs
1980 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
1980 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
1980 Jerilyn Britz wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
1981 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
1982 1st reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules
1982 NASA launches Intelsat V
1983 STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
1984 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
1984 Cleve Indians down 0-10 to Minn Twins, win 11-10
1985 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
1985 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
1985 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
1985 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87
1985 NASA launches Intelsat VA
1985 Race riot in London area of Brixton
1986 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
1986 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
1986 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21
1987 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," debuts on syndicated TV
1987 Gladys Knight & Smokey Robinson on "$10,000 Pyramid"
1988 Bronx Museum for Arts opens
1988 Javed Miandad scores his 19th Test Cricket century (v Aus, Faisalabad)
1988 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser sets record for consecutive scoreless inns
1990 Exiled emir of Kuwait visits White House
1990 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame
1991 "Commish," debuts on ABC-TV
1991 "Good Time" by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers peaks at #85
1991 "Love Of A Lifetime" by Firehouse peaks at #5
1991 "Shiny Happy People" by REM peaks to #10
1991 NY Yankees set record of 75 games without a complete pitched game
1991 UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq
1992 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" closes at Paramount Theater NYC
1992 "Dog City," cartoon debuts on Fox-TV
1992 Oakland A's win AL West title
1992 Pakistani Airbus A-300 crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 167 dies
1993 Dennis Martinez is 7th to win 100 games in AL & NL
1993 Gas field in Caracas explodes, 53 killed
1993 Ron Wood releases "Slide On Live"
1994 "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS
1994 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance (joins Chorus Line & Oh! Calcutta!)
1994 "Ed Wood" premieres
1994 909 people died when an Estonian ferry capsized & sank in Baltic sea
1994 Ferry boat Estonia capsize & sinks in East Sea, 909 killed
1995 "Batman Forever" released Czech Republic
1995 Dennis Martinez pitch breaks Kirby Puckett's jaw in Indians 12-4 win
1995 Mary Tyler Moore returns to series TV in "NY News," on CBS
1995 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle
1995 Troy Dixon scores cricket century on 1st-class debut for Qld v W Prov
1995 Yitzhak Rabin & Yasir Arafat, sign accord to transfer West Bank
1996 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
1996 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
1996 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
1996 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
1996 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
1996 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
1997 32nd Ryder Cup: at Sotogrande Spain
1997 Emerald Coast Senior Golf Classic
1997 Newscaster David Brinkley, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting
1997 St Louis Card Mark McGwire hits his 58th HR of 1997 (34 with Oak A's)
1997 Wendy Ward wins LPGA Fieldcrest Cannon Classic
1998 Europe beats US in Ryder Cup, 14«-13«

Birthdays for today in history Events  Deaths
1493Agnolo Firenzuola, [Giovannini], Italian monk (Golden Donkey)
1565Alessandro Tassoni, Modena Italy, political writer (Rape of Bucket)
1573Caravaggio, Italy, painter
1573Michelangelo Buanarroti, Caprese Italy, painter/sculpter
1596Vredius, [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian/poet/mayor
1605Boulliau, mathematician
1612Michel Anguier, French sculptor
1679Mihael Omerza, composer
1681Johann Mattheson, Hamburg Germany, composer
1698Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, France, mathematician/astronomer
1705Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, England, corrupt politician (Chiswick)
1705Johann Peter Kellner, composer
1735August Henry Fitzroy, 3rd duke of Grafton/English premier
1746William Jones, London England, British Orientalist/jurist
1748Johann Michael Demmler, composer
1761Budan de Boislaurent, mathematician
1780Elie Decazes, France, Bourbon Restoration political figure
1785David Walker, Wilmington NC, abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens)
1789Richard Bright, England, physician (Bright's Disease/nephritis)
1793Denis A Affre, archbishop of Paris (1840-48)
1793Denis-Auguste Affre, Franc, archbishop/opponent of King Louis-Philippe
1803Prosper Mérimée, Paris France, playwright (Carmen)
1807Arnold Henry Guyot, Switzerland, US geologist/geographer/meteorologist
1811Friedrich Hecker, Baden, German revolutionary republican politician
1813Anton Wallerstein, composer
1819Jacob G de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist
1820Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher
1824Alfred Gilpin Jones, Weymouth NS, lt-gov of Nova Scotia (1900-06)
1824Francis Turner Palgrave, Eng, poet (Golden Treasury)/prof (Oxford)
1825Rafael N£¤ez, Colombia, 3 times president (188?..94)
1828Friedrich A Lange, Prussia, philosopher/socialist (Neo-Kantianism)
1833James Deering Fessenden, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1839Frances E C Willard, NY, founder (Woman's Christian Temperance Union)
1840Alexander Swift "Sandie" Pendleton, Lt-Col (Confederate Army)
1840Rudolf Baumbach, Thuringia [Germany], writer of student drinking songs
1841Georges Clemenceau, France, PM (1906-09, 17-20, defended Dreyfuss)
1844Michael Hertz, composer
1844Robert Stout, Shetland Islands Scotland, NZ prime minister (1884-87)
1849Dudley Allen Sargent, US, physician/educator (Harvard U gymnasium)
1851Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Judah)
1852John [Denton Pinkstone] French, Earl of Ypres/British field marshall
1852[Ferdinand-Frederic-]Henri Moissan, Paris France, chemist (Nobel 1906)
1854Adam Sedgwick, Norwich England, English zoologist (Peripatus)
1855Thomas F Tout, London, historian (Manchester school of historiography)
1856Edward Herbert Thompson, Mass, archaeologist (Mayan civilization)
1856Kate Douglas Wiggins, author (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm)
1861Pedro De Cordoba, NYC, actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur)
1863Charles, Lisbon Portugal, king (1889-1908)
1864Barry E Odell Pain, English writer (Punch)
1870Florent Schmitt, Blƒmont France, composer (Frédégonde, Salomé)
1871Pietro Badoglio, Italy, gen/Libya gov (1928-33)/PM of Italy (1943-44)
1872Lena Ashwell, England, actress/theatrical manager (Kingsway)
1872Tom Terriss, London England, director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru)
1873Julian Lowell Coolidge, Mass, mathematician (Study-Segre school)
1873Waclaw Rawicz, [Berent], Warsaw Poland, biologist/writer
1877Stanner E V Taylor, St Louis MO, director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona)
1879Benjamin Christensen, Viborg Denmark, actor (Barnet, Mockery)
1880Ralph Edward Flanders, Barnet VT, (Sen-VT)
1881Henry Geehl, composer
1881Pedro De Cordoba, NYC, actor (Mexican Hayride, Before I Hang)
1882Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Barcelona Spain, essayist/philosopher
1882Jack Fournier, 2nd baseman (1917-18 NY Yankees)
1885Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
1887Avery Brundage, Detroit Mich, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72)
1888Herman McNeile, Cornwall England, soldier/novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond)
1889Carlos I FLMVMRGGXF of Assisi JS, king of Portugal
1889D P "Dad" Carter, baritone (Chuck Wagon Gang)
1889Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, Dutch violinist/actor (Hippie)
1892Edmond Thieffry, Belgian WW I pilot/air pioneer
1892Elmer Rice, NYC, playwright/director/novelist (Pulitzer-Street Scene)
1892Ruth Stonehouse
1893Marie V Felix, prince of Luxemburg/Bourbon-Parma
1895Charles Petrie, Liverpool, historian
1895Dave Franklin, NYC, composer (Hop-a-long Cassidy)
1895Lawton Whitey Witt, outfielder (NY Yankees, 1922-25)
1895Wallace K Harrison, Worcester Mass, US architect (UN, Lincoln Center)
1897Muchtar Auesow, writer
1901Friedrichs, mathematician
1901Lily Bouwmeester, Dutch actress/comedienne (Pygmalion)
1901William Samuel Paley, Chicago Ill, pres/CEO of CBS (1928-90)
1902Ed Sullivan, TV variety show host/gossip columnist (Ed Sullivan Show)
1904Hendrik J Hofstra, Dutch minister of Finance (PvdA)
1905Max Schmeling, Germany, world heavyweight boxing champ (1930-32)
1905William Northam, Austria, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1964)
1907Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)
1907Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1948)
1907Ida Turay, Budapest, actress (Deryne, Ida Regenye)
1907John Prickett, teacher/ecumenist
1908Marin Goleminov, composer
1909Al Capp, [Alfred Gerald Caplin], New Haven Ct, cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
1909Stephen Spender, poet [or Feb 28]
1909Wiesje Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Doodzonde)
1910Diosdado Macapagal, Philippines president (1961-65)
1910Fran Lee, NYC, actress (Ms Wong-Major Dell Conway)
1911Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr, tennis (US Open 1931, 32)/golfer
1913Alice Marble, Beckworth Calif, tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40)
1913Edith Mary Ellis Peters Pargeter, author
1913Vivian Fine, Chicago Ill, composer (Women in the Garden)
1914Harold Taylor, Canada, educator (Art & the Future)
1914Jim Boyd, country/western performer
1914Lord Abinger
1915Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage
1916Lord Cockfield
1916Peter Finch, London, actor (Network, Windom's Way, Raid on Entebbe)
1917Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
1917Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
1919Lenn Hjortzberg, Karlskrona Sweden, director (Persona, Devil's Eye)
1919Tom Harmon, Rensselaer Indiana, sportscaster/NFL tailback (Heisman)
1921Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
1922Frederik JW "Fried" Löwensteyn, [Stephan Styrmarck], lawyer
1922Joe Silver, Chicago Ill, actor (Mr I Magination, Fay)
1922Phyllis Friend, chief nursing officer (DHSS)
1923Duke of Buccleuch, British large landowner/art collector
1923Fred Robbins, Balt Md, DJ (Coke Time with Eddie Fisher, Robbins Nest)
1923William Windom, NYC, actor (Farmer's Daughter, Murder She Wrote)
1924Antonio Jacinto, Portuguese West Africa, Angolan poet
1924Marcello Mastroianni, Rome Italy, actor (8«, La Dolce Vita)
1925Arnold Stang, Mass, comedian/actor (Broadside, Milton Berle, Top Cat)
1925Frank Latimore, [Kline], Darien Ct, actor (Patton, Breakin Up)
1925Seymour Cray, inventor (Cray I computer)
1926Jerry Clower, Amite County Miss, country comedian (Nashville on Road)
1927Thomas J J Altizer, Mass, US Radical theologian (God is Dead)
1928Naphtali Kupferberg, singer (Fugs)
1929Marilyn Clark, Spokane WA, actress (House of Party Beach)
1929Nigel Althaus, British government broker
1929Nikolay Ryzhkov, Premier of USSR (1985-1991)
1930Robin Buchanan, CEO (NHS Supplies Auth, Wessex Regional Health Auth)
1930Tommy Collins, [Leonard Sipes], country singer (Don't Growl)
1930Ugo Gregoretti, Rome Italy, actor (Rogopag, Common Sense of Modesty)
1931John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist
1932Michael G[reatrex] Coney, Canada, sci-fi author (Cat Karina)
1933Madeleine M Kunin, Switzerland (Gov-D-Vt), 1st Jewish gov of Vermont
1934Brigitte Bardot, Paris France, sex kitten (And God Created Women)
1935Bruce Crampton, Sydney Australia, PGA golfer (1961 Milwaukee Open)
1935Heather Sears, London England, actress (Room at the Top)
1935Koko Taylor, [Cora Walton], US vocalist (Queen of the Blues)
1936Robert Hogan, NYC, actor (Peyton Place, Operation Petticoat)
1936Robert Wolders, Rotterdam Holland, actor (Erik Hunter-Laredo)
1936Sherwood L Boehlert, (Rep-R-NY, 1983- )
1937Colin Berry, professor (morbid anatomist)
1937Edward Applebaum, composer
1938Ben E[arl] King, [Nelson], NC, singer (Stand by Me)
1938Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters) [or Apr 7, 1937]
1940Alekander Sergeyevich Ivanchenkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 29/31, T-6)
1940Aleksandr Y Kalery, Russian cosmonaut
1940George Greenstein, author (Secret of a Jewish Baker)
1941Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
1941Lady Braye
1942Grant "Mudcat" Jackson, pitcher (1972 NY Yankees, Phillies)
1943Gertrud "Traudl" Hecher, Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1960)
1943J T Walsh, actor (Col Frank Bach-Dark Skies)
1943Joel Higgins, Bloomington Ill, actor (Salvage 1, Silver Spoons)
1943Lou Piniella, outfielder/manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners)
1943Mike Kreidler, (Rep-D-Washington)
1943Nick St Nicholas, Hamburg Germany, rock bassist (Steppenwolf)
1943Susanne Jagd, Denmark, actress (Between the Sheets, Tinderbox)
1944Matthew Cowles, soap actor (Eban Japes-Loving, Billy-All My Children)
1945Conny Van Dyke, Nassawadox Va, actress (Framed, Hell's Angels '69)
1945Marielle Goitschel, Ste Maxime France, alpine skier (Olympic-gold-64)
1946Fiona Lewis, Westcliff England, actress (Stunts, Lisztomania)
1946Helen Shapiro, Bethnal Green London, rock vocalist (Culture Club)
1946Herbert Jefferson Jr, Jersey City NJ, actor (Battlestar Galactica)
1946Larry Breeding, Winchester Ill, actor (Who's Watching the Kids?)
1946Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
1946Peter Egan, actor (Bean, Chariots of Fire)
1947Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer
1947Harold Dow, Hackensack NJ, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours)
1947Jeffrey Jones, Buffalo NY, actor (Beetlejuice, Ferris Bueller)
1947Peter Hope-Evans, British singer/harmonicaist (Family)
1948Marielle Goitschel, France, slalom (Olympic-gold-1968) [or 1945]
1950John Sayles, Schenetady NY, actor (Brother from Another Planet)
1950Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
1951Christian Marlowe, LA Calif, actor (Bram-Highcliffe Manor)
1951Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1951Silvia Dionisio, Rome Italy, actress (Riavanti Marsh!, Amici Miei)
1952Anthony Davis, footballer
1952Sylvia Kristel, Neth, actress (Emmanuelle, Priv School for Girls)
1953Jim Diamond, Scotish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better)
1954George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
1954Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
1957Alannah Currie, Auckland NZ, rock xylophone/vocalist (Thompson Twins)
1957Marc Duret, actor (Dobermann, Hatred, Big Blue)
1958Angella Issajenko, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
1958Lory Del Santo, Verona Italy, Miss Italy (1980)
1958Med Lucart, rock musician (Wall of Voodoo)
1959Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
1959Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
1959Todd Worrell, Arcadia CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
1960Derek James, Durban South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti)
1960Gus Logie, cricketer (WI batsman 1983-91, great fielder)
1960Jennifer Rush, singer/songwriter (Destiny, Ring of Ice)
1960Tom Byrum, Onida SD, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Panama City Beach-4th)
1961Anne White, Charleston WV, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon)
1961Ed Vosberg, Tucson AZ, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
1961Michael-James Wixted, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Smith Family)
1961Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100 m hurdler (world record)
1962Anne-Marie Fox, LA CA, playmate (Feb, 1982)
1962Irving Fryar, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
1962Laurie Rinker-Graham, Stuart FL, LPGA golfer (1986 LPGA Corning)
1962Luis Enrique, spanish singer (Luces del Alma)
1962S C Grant, British Lt-General
1962Thomas Mork, Denmark, actor (Krystalbarnet, Bryggeren)
1963Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr, NBA guard (Spurs, Charlotte Hornets)
1964Janeane Garofalo, NJ, comedienne (SNL, Truth about Cats & Dogs)
1964Susan Walters, Georgia, actress (Lorna-Loving, Mary Beth-Dear John)
1965Brigitte Roan, Toulon France, director/actress (Outremer)
1965Joel Rane, author (Step on Up)
1966Erno Das, lighting tech/gaffer (Spiegels, Lovely Liza)
1966Kevin Baker, Montreal, Canadian Tour golfer (Manitoba Amateur-1988)
1966Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chic Bears)
1967Darion Conner, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
1967Jake Reed, NFL wide receiver (Minn Vikings)
1967Jason Dungjen, Detroit Mich, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994)
1967Moon Unit Zappa, rocker (Valley Girl), Frank's daughter
1967Oswald Drawdy, Hampton SC, Canadian Tour golfer (1987 SC Amateur)
1968Bess Singh, [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)
1968Carré Otis, SF Calif, actress (Wild Orchid)
1968Jerry Evans, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos)
1968Jock Climie, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes)
1968Vanessa Vadim, Paris, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party)
1969Jack O'Keffe, Waterbury CT, Australasia golfer
1969L Janusz Hooker, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1970Kimiko Date, Kyoto Japan, tennis star (1996 Japan Open)
1970Mira Sorvino, Tenafly NJ, actress (Quiz Show, Norma Jean & Marilyn)
1971Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minn Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971David Weightman, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1971Janet Evans, swimmer (Olympics)
1971Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chic Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
1971Matthew Elliott, cricketer (Australian Test opening batsman v WI 1996)
1972Cathy Caverzasio, Switzerland, tennis star
1972Dena Querubin, Waterford NJ, Miss America-NJ (1996)
1972Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
1975Karan Ashley Jackson, Odessa Tx, actress (Aisha-Mighty Power Rangers)
1975Mandy Barnett, country singer (Maybe, Rainy Days)
1978Marzena Godecki, actress (Ocean Girl)
1978Nestaea Sealy, Miss Bahamas Universe (1997)
1979Anndi Lynn McAfee, actress (Ice Cream Man, Conagher)
1981Vincent Kartheiser, actor (Hairy Bird, Alaska, Untamed Heart)
1991Saffron LeBon, London, daughter of Simon & Yasmon
1996Celeste & Johnny Edison, Assyria & Pele's twins, boy & girl

Deaths for today in history Events  Birthdays
0929Wenceslaus I, duke of Bohemia, murdered
1104Pedro I, king of Navarra & Aragon, dies
1197Henry VI von Hohenstaufen, Roman Catholic German King (1169-97), dies
1296Adolf VII, earl of Mountain (1259-96), dies
1509Siwara/Sjoerd Aylva, Fries army leader (siege of Franeker)
1618Gilles van Ledenberg, sec of Utrecht States (1588-1618), suicide at 68
1649Ottavio Vernizzi, composer, dies at 79
1652John Asselijn, landscape painter/etcher, dies at about 42
1657Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daugher of Willem of Orange, dies at 75
1667Jacobus Golius, mathematician/founder (Leidse observ), dies at 71
1694Mouton, mathematician, dies
1702Robert Spencer 2nd earl of Sunderland, Engl PM (1687-88), dies at 61
1757Andrea Zani, composer, dies at 60
1759Cornelis Pronk, portrait painter/cartoonist, dies at 67
1789Thomas Day, author, killed by fall from a horse at Wargrave Berkshire
1815Nicolas Desmarest, French geographer (Volcanos), dies at 90
1819Karl Haack, composer, dies at 68
1833Lemuel Haynes, Revolutionary War veteran, dies at 88
1852Johann Friedrich Schwencke, composer, dies at 60
1859Rinse Posthumus, Fries writer, dies
1868Thomas Carmichael Hindman, attorney/Confederate gen-mjr, shot at 40
1869Libri, mathematician, dies
1873Emile Gaboriau, detective writer (Monsieur Lecoq), dies at 37
1875Aleksei K Tolstoi, [Kozjma Prutkov], Russian poet, dies at 58 [OS]
1879Nathan C Meeker, US, poet/writer, murdered
1884Fred Morley, cricket lefty quick (16 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng), dies
1891Herman Melville, writer (Billy Budd, Moby Dick), dies at 72
1895Louis Pasteur, French bacteriologist (Pasteurization), dies at 72
1899Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (Become his fare), dies
1902Emile Zola, French writer (Nana/Germinal/J'accuse), dies at 62
1903Jesus Monasterio, composer, dies at 67
1907Frederich I W L, Grand Duke of Baden (1856-1907), dies at 81
1911Louis Pincoffs, businessman/Dutch politician 1st-Chamber, dies
1914Porsteinn Erlingsson, Icelandic poet (M lleysingjar), dies at 56
1914Stevan Mokranjac, composer, dies at 58
1920Nestor de Tière, Flemish playwright (Bride of the Sea), dies
1922Andrejs Jurjans, composer, dies at 65
1928Con Conrad, dies
1939Felicjan Szopski, composer, dies at 74
1942Evelyn Thatcher, dies
1943Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in S Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
1943Fritzi Brunette, dies
1946Jean Van de Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter, dies
1947Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58
1947William B Davidson, dies
1948EJ Ratcliffe, dies
1948Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44
1952Paul Hastings Allen, composer, dies at 68
1953Edwin P Hubble, astronomer, designer of telescopes, dies at 63
1954Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), dies at 69
1954Morten Korch, dies
1955Arthur Donaldson, dies
1957Albert Ascoli, Italian developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine, dies
1957Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, composer, dies at 67
1959Gerard Hoffnung, artist/humorist/musician, dies
1961Michael Shepley, actor (Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
1964George Dyson, composer, dies at 81
1964Harpo [Arthur] Marx, comedian (Marx Bros), dies at 75
1964Nacio Herb Brown, dies
1965Eddie Gribbon, actor (Keystone Kops), dies after long illness
1966Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies
1966Eric Fleming, actor (Gil-Rawhide), dies at 41
1966André Breton, Fr Surrealist poet (Manifest of Surréalism), dies at 70
1968Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
1970Gamal' Abd al-Nassar, Egypt Pres (1953-70), dies of heart attack at 52
1970John Roderigo Dos Passos, US writer (Manhattan Transfer), dies at 74
1972Maurice Thiriet, composer, dies at 66
1973Wystan H Auden, British/US writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
1973Norma Crane, actress (Rayola-Mr Peepers), dies of cancer at 44
1973Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
1974Raymond Largay, actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88
1975Agnes Windeck, dies
1975Sidney Fields, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 77
1978Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani), 263rd Catholic Pope, died
1978John Paul I, [Albino Luciano], Pope (1978), dies after 33 days as pope
1979Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
1982Larry Breeding, actor (Who's Watching the Kids), dies on 36th birthday
1982Mabel Albertson, actress (Gazebo, Bewitched), dies of Alzheimer at 81
1986Robert Helpmann, actor (Second Time Lucky, Patrick), dies at 77
1986Carmen DeRue, entertainer, dies
1987Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason
1988Ethel Grandin, silent screen actress (Deserter), dies at 94
1988Marjorie Bonner Lowry, actress (Reno, Poor Girls), dies at 83
1989Ferdinand E Marcos, president of Philippines (1965-86), dies at 72
1991Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65
1992Leech, mathematician, dies
1993Alfonso Balcazar, dies
1993Gustavo Brillembourg, Venez/US advocate, dies in an accident at 35
1993Peter De Vries, cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 83
1994Warwick Hutton, artist, dies at 55
1994Juliette Lady Huxley Baillot, author, dies at 96
1994Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican PRI-politician, murdered at 48
1994Harry Saltzman, producer (Dr No, Nijinski), dies at 78
1995Eddy Grove, dies
1995Lynette Roberts, poet, dies at 86
1995Olive Gibbs, peace campaigner, dies at 77
1996Bob Gibson, folk singer, dies at 64

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