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Today's Birthdays

1993: John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy
1983: Utada Hikaru, Japanese Musician
1982: Jodie Sweetin, actress, Stephanie Tanner-Full House
1977: Taliesin Jaffe, Venice California, actor, Willy-Hail to the Chief
1977: Anne Miller, Midland, Michigan, tennis star, 1995 Darmstadt Germany
1976: Sky Christopherson, Tucson Ariz, cyclist 1996 Olympics
1976: Claire Grech, Miss Malta Universe 1997
1975: Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner 1996 Olympics
1974: Walter Jones, tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
1974: Tarik Oulida, soccer player, Ajax/Seville
1974: Amaury Telemaco, Higuey, Dominican Republic, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
1974: Gregory Playfair, Suriname/Dutch soccer player, PSV
1973: Chris Stynes, Queens, New York, infielder for the Kansas City Royals
1972: Tyrone Wheatley, NFL running back for the New York Giants
1972: Drea De Matteo, born in Queens, New York, actress, appeared on 'The Sopranos', 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Joey' television shows
1971: Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player, MVV
1971: Shawn Wayans, actor, In Living Color
1971: Jeff Juden, Salem, Massachusetts, baseball pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants
1971: Reggie Brooks, NFL running back for the Washington Redskins
1971: John Wozniak, American Musician
1970: Ghetty Chasun, Erie Penn, actress, Red Lips
1970: Rick Krivda, Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
1970: T J Mathews, Belleville, Illinois, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
1969: Luc Longley, NBA center, Chicago Bulls
1969: Orlando Palmeiro, Hoboken, New Jersey, outfielder for the California Angels
1969: Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers
1969: Andrew Murray Stone, Auckland New Zealand, Open 470 yachter 1996 Olympics
1968: Marty Conlon, NBA forward for the Milwaukee Bucks
1968: Whitfield Crane, rocker, Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad
1967: Christine Tucci, actress, Amanda Cory-Another World
1966: Anthony Young, U.S. baseball pitcher, New York Met, Chicago Cubs
1966: Ronnie Williams, NFL tight end for the Miami Dolphins
1966: Antoine Fuqua, American Director
1966: Sylvain Cote, Duberger, NHL defenseman for the Washington Capitals
1966: Stefan Edberg, Sweden, tennis player, Wimbledon 1988, U.S. Open 1991
1965: Ricky Reynolds, NFL cornerback for the New England Patriots
1963: Martin Bashir, British Journalist
1963: Michael Adams, NBA guard, Charlotte Hornets
1963: Caron Wheeler, English singer, Soul II Soul-Keep on Movin'
1962: Anthony Edwards, Santa Barbara, actor, Mike Monroe-Northern Exposure
1962: Chris Sabo, born in Detroit, Michigan, pitcher, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles
1961: Paul McCrane, actor, Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back
1961: William Ragsdale, AK, actor, Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk
1960: Alfrederick Joyner, born in East St. Louis, Illinois, triple jumper, Gold Medal 1984 Olympics
1958: Thomas Kinkade, American Artist
1957: Mickael Virtue, rock keyboardist, UB40-Red Red Wine
1957: Ottis "O J" Anderson, NFL running back for the New York Giants
1955: Paul Rodriguez, born in Culiacan, Mexico, comedian, actor, films include, 'A Cinderella Story', 'Lonely Street', 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua'
1955: Simon Rattle, born in England, orchestra conductor, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
1954: Steve DeBerg, NFL quarterback, Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers
1954: Cindy Sherman, American Photographer
1954: Katey Sagal, born in Los Angeles, California, actress, Peg Bundy-Married with Children
1953: Desi Arnaz, Jr., born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride
1952: Dewey Bunell, born in Yorkshire, England, rock guitarist, America-Daisy Jane
1951: Linda Hayden, Middlesex England, actress, Blood on Satan's Claw
1949: Robert Palmer, born in Batley, England, singer, Power Station
1947: Alessandro Haber, actor, China is Near
1947: Ann Compton, news reporter, ABC TV
1946: Dolly Parton, American Musician
1946: Dolly Rebecca Parton, Sevierville, Tennessee, country singer, Dolly, 9 to 5
1946: Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut
1946: Julian Barnes, England, writer, Before She Met Me
1945: Rod Evans, rocker, Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band
1945: Charles Amirkhanian, composer
1945: Vadim Abdrashitov, director, Fox Hunt, Parade of Planets
1944: Richard [Erskine Frere] Leakey, Nairobi Kenya, anthropologist
1944: Peter Lynch, American Businessman
1944: Dan Reeves, NFL Coach, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons
1944: Pehr Henrik Nordgren, composer
1944: Shelley Fabares, born in Santa Monica, California, actress, singer, television debut 'Letter to Loretta', played role of Mary Stone in sitcom 'The Donna Reed Show', Primetime Emmy Award nominee for ABC sitcom 'Coach'
1943: Margriet Francisca, Dutch Princess
1943: Janis Joplin, Port Arthur, Texas, bluesy rock singer, Down on Me
1942: Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star, Phantom of the Opera
1942: Thom Mayne, born in Waterbury, Connecticut, architect, awarded Pritzker Prize, 2005, principal, Morphosis, famous architecture firm in Santa Monica, California, founder, Southern California Institute of Architecture
1942: Shelly Fabares, born in Santa Monica, California, actress, Donna Reed Show, Coach
1940: Mary Mills, born in Laurel, Mississippi, professional golfer, member, LPGA Tour, won 9 LPGA Tour victories
1940: Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance, 1984-
1938: Denny Smith, born in Ontario, Oregon, Representative-R-Oregon 1981 - 1983
1938: Phil Everly, Brownie, Kentucky, singer, Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie
1936: Ursula Andress, born in Switzerland, actress, She
1936: Ziaur Rahman, Bangladeshi Politician
1936: Elliott Schwartz, composer
1935: Tippi Hedren, born in Minnesota, actress, The Birds, Marnie, Bold and Beautiful
1933: Marc F A Andries, Flemish actor, Central Station
1932: Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, Detroit Lions
1932: Richard Lester, movie director, Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia
1931: Ron Packard, born in Meridian, Idaho, Representative-R-California 1983 - 2001
1931: Robert MacNeil, Montreal, news anchor, NBC Weekend News, 1965-67
1931: Tippi Hedren, American Actress
1930: John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper, great South African
1929: Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor, Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love
1928: Dainin Katagiri, Osaka Japan, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki
1928: Edward Gerard Schurmann, composer
1926: Libera Carlier, Flemish author, Action Station Go!
1926: Fritz Weaver, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor, Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin
1925: Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author, Afternoon of a Good Woman
1924: 7th earl of Carnarvon, English large landowner
1924: Nicholas Colasanto, born in Providence, Rhode Island, actor, Coach Ernie-Cheers
1924: Jean Francois Revel, French journalist/author, Ni Marx ni Jesus
1923: Markus Wolf, German Public Servant
1923: Jean Stapleton, New York City, actress, Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family
1922: Ken Hughes, Liverpool England, director, Casino Royale
1922: Guy Madison, Robert Moseley, California, actor, Wild Bill Hickok
1922: Arthur Morris, cricketer, great Australian lefty opening batsman
1921: Patricia Highsmith, Plangman, US/Swiss writer, Strangers on a Train
1920: Javier Perez de Cuellar, Lima Peru, 5th Secretary-General of United Nations, 1982-91
1919: Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player 1964 Olympic gold
1919: Anthony Dexter, Walter Fleischmann, NB Canada, actor, Valentino
1918: John H. Johnson, American Businessman
1917: Rudolf Maros, composer
1917: John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's father/singer/actor, Pajama Game
1915: Alvy West, born in Brooklyn, New York, orchestra leader, Andy Williams Show
1914: Lester Flatt, country musician, Flatt and Scruggs
1913: Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author
1912: Francis David Charteris, earl of Wemyss and March/Scottish landowner
1912: Leonid V Kantorovich, St. Petersburg Russia, economist, Nobel
1912: Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch soc dem chairman, 1965-69
1910: Willi Schmidt, Germany, director
1907: Lillian Harvey, born in London, England, actress, Invitation to the Waltz
1906: Lanny Ross, Seattle, radio singer, Show Boat, The Swift Show
1906: Ish Kabbible, Merwyn Bogue, Penns, comedian, Kay Kyser's Kollege
1905: Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer
1905: Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO, Houston Post
1904: James Winston Watts, developer, Frontal Lobotomy
1903: Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
1903: Erwin Nyiregyhazi, Budapest Hungary, pianist
1902: Heinrich Schmist-Barrien, German author, Moorkeerl
1899: Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
1897: Natacha Rambova, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, costume designer
1897: Rene Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight, Rechtskundig Weekblad
1892: Olafur Thors, Icelandic PM, 6 times, 1942-63
1889: Sophie Taeuber/Tauber-Arp, Swiss sculptor/wife of Hans Arp, Dada
1887: Alexander Woollcott, New Jersey, short story writer, Man Who Came to Dinner
1884: Albert Wolff, Dutch Musician
1884: Albert Louis Wolff, composer
1883: Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
1879: Marie Koenen, author/wife of Felix Rutten, Wassend Cereal
1877: Charles Coburn, Savannah, Georgia, actor, Devil and Miss Jones
1873: Hans E Blaich, writer
1869: Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor, Rotterdam 1906 - 1922, Dir, League of Nations
1868: Gustav Meyrink, writer
1866: Harry Davenport, New York City, actor and director, Her Unborn Child, My Sin
1863: Werner Sombart, German fascist, Juden und das Wirtschaftsleben
1859: Alice Eastwood, Toronto, botanist, Handbook of Trees of California
1858: Eugene Brieux, French playwright, Blanchette, Lesson Avaries
1852: Robert Adamson, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, philosopher, professor, served as chair of logic at University of Glasgow 1893 - 1902, important lectures published in 'The Development of Modern Philosophy and Other Essays'
1851: David Starr Jordan, New York, biologist/university President, Leland Stanford
1851: Johannes C. Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer
1850: Augustine Birrell, English Author
1839: Paul Cezanne, France, impressionist painter, Bathers
1839: Bohumil Pazdirek, composer
1837: William Williams Keen, surgeon, brain
1832: Ferdinand Laub, composer
1832: Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer
1830: George Blake Cosby, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1827: Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor, Rafagas
1820: John Haskell King, Major General Union Army
1816: Henry Gray, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1813: Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor, Bessemer engine
1809: Edgar Allan Poe, Boston, author, Pit and the Pendulum
1808: Lysander Spooner, American Philosopher
1807: Robert E. Lee, American Soldier
1807: Robert Edward Lee, Stratford, Virginia, General-in-Chief, Confederacy
1806: Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer
1802: [Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgian Minister of Foreign affairs, 1831
1798: Auguste Comte, philosopher/founder, sociology and positivism
1790: Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish historian/poet, Blommorna
1760: Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer
1749: Isaiah Thomas, U.S., printer/editor/publisher/historian
1737: Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer, Paul et Virgin
1736: James Watt, Scotland, inventor, steam engine
1736: Laurens P van de Spiegel, Dutch regent and secretary of State 1787 - 1795
1686: Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist
1679: Girolamo Chiti, composer
1676: John Weldon, composer
1639: Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
1613: Jacques Huyn, composer
1544: Francis II de Valois-Angoulame, king of France, 1559 - 1560
1200: Dogen Kigen, Japan, Zen teacher, 1st patriarch of the Japanese Soto
1200: Dogen Zenji, Japanese Philosopher
570: Mohammed, Islamic prophet, Koran


Today in History

2011: A Mongolian bulk carrier sailing off the coast of Oman is seized by Somali pirates
2011: All remaining political prisoners in Tunisia are freed
2010: United States Navy troops land near the Haitian presidential palace, bringing food, water, and equipment to aid victims of the earthquake
1997: 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn and Geoffrey Rush
1997: Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural
1997: Cerebral Palsy telethon
1996: NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix
1995: Jean-Claude Juncker (28) sworn in as premier of Luxembourg
1994: -36 degrees F (-38 degrees C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)
1994: -20 degrees F (-29 degrees C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
1993: Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
1993: Oakland A's unveil new elephant logo
1993: Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
1993: STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
1992: Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble
1992: Cerebral Palsy telethon raises 23,500,000
1992: Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
1992: IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992
1992: "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 878 performances
1991: Sergeant Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
1991: 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves
1991: Eastern Airlines shuts down operation
1991: 42nd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 11-5 at Chicago
1991: Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
1990: Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, vs. Australia at Adelaide
1989: President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon
1988: "48 Hours" premiers on CBS-TV
1987: Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
1986: Israeli premier Simon Peres visits Netherlands
1986: Spain recognizes Israel
1986: Cerebral Palsy telethon
1985: "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9
1985: 4 die in a car and train crash in Buda Ill
1984: California Supreme Court rejects quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia, who wants to starve herself to death in a public hospital
1984: Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
1983: Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia
1982: Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Okla, kills 6 kids and teacher
1982: Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
1981: U.S. and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
1981: Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide
1979: John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison
1978: Eddie Mathews elected to Hall of Fame
1978: Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI
1977: World's largest crowd-12.7 million-for Indian religious festival
1977: President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
1977: Ernie Banks elected to Hall of Fame
1975: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Colgate Golf Triple Crown
1975: 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq
1974: Belgium government of Leburton falls
1974: Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
1972: Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
1971: 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston
1971: "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 861 performances
1971: Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial
1971: NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
1970: Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to Supreme Court (fails)
1970: UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
1970: Dutch bishops says he is in favor of married priest
1969: AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
1969: NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
1969: Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1968: WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
1967: Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife)
1966: Indira Gandhi elected India's 3rd prime minister
1966: Neil Simons, Coleman and Fields' musical "Sweet Charity," premieres
1966: Tippetts cantate "Vision of St. Augustine," premieres in London
1964: KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, ND (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964: AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 27-24
1961: 1st episode for "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
1960: Eisenhower and Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
1958: Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
1957: U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956: Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field
1955: 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
1955: "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
1955: "Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
1953: Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary
1952: NFL takes control of New York Yankees
1952: PGA approves allowing black participants
1950: Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
1947: SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
1943: Joint Chiefs of Staff decide on invasion in Sicily
1942: Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
1942: Japanese forces invade Burma
1941: British offensive in Eritrea
1941: British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
1939: Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
1938: GM began mass production of diesel engines
1937: Cy Young, Tris Speaker and Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1937: Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s)
1935: KLM begins flight path between Curaeao and Aruba
1934: Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement
1932: Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
1929: Acadia National Park, Maine established
1929: Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
1927: British government decides to send troops to China
1925: -48 degrees F (-44 degrees C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
1923: WMC-AM in Memphis Tennessee begins radio transmissions
1922: Geological survey says U.S. oil supply would be depleted in 20 years
1921: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador sign Pact of Union
1920: Alexandre Millerand forms French government
1919: "Tidal wave" of molasses 15 m high x 25 m wide kills dozens, Boston
1918: Soviets disallows a Constitution Assembly
1917: Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory explodes; 300 die
1915: 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
1915: Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
1913: Raymond Poincare installed as president of France
1910: National Institute of Arts and Letters incorporated by Congress
1910: Germany and Bolivia ends commerce/friendship treaty
1909: Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way," premieres in New York City
1906: Gerhart Hauptmann's "Und Pippa Tanzt!," premieres in Berlin
1903: 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between U.S. and England
1903: New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
1899: Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
1898: Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game
1886: Aurora Ski Club, 1st in U.S., founded in Minnesota
1885: Battle at Abu Klea Sudan, 800-1000 killed
1884: Jules Massenet's opera "Manon," premieres in Paris
1865: Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC
1865: NV Suriname Bank established
1863: General Mieroslawski appointed dictator of Poland
1862: Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
1861: MS troops take Ft. Massachusetts an Ship Island
1861: Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
1853: Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo
1853: Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," premieres in Rome
1840: Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (U.S. claim)
1839: Aden conquered by British East India Company
1833: Charles Darwin reaches Straits Ponsonby, Fireland
1829: Johann von Goethe's "Faust, Part 1," premieres
1825: Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
1810: Overnight temp at Portsmouth, New Hampshire drops 50 degrees F (10 degrees C)
1808: Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
1806: Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope
1795: Democratic revolution in Amsterdam ends oligarchy
1793: French King Louis XVI sentenced to death
1770: Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)
1746: Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Stirling
1714: Richard Steele publishes "Crisis," defending Hanoverian success
1668: King Louis XIV and Emperor Leopold I sign treaty dividing Spain
1493: France cedes Roussillon and Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
1419: French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
973: Pope Benedictus VI elected
379: Theodosius installed as co-emperor of East Roman Empire