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Today's Birthdays

1980: Aubrie Rippner, born in Los Angeles, California, tennis star, 1995 USTA National Girls 18
1979: Kelly Gaudet, Miss Florida Teen USA 1996
1976: Lynn Thomas, Newport News, Virginia, playmate, May 1997
1976: Emma Bunton, born in Barnet, England, singer, songwriter, member of Spice Girls girl band, which sold over 35 million albums, nicknamed, 'Baby Spice'
1976: Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas, 1997, top 6
1975: Faghma Absalom, Miss Universe-Namibia 1996
1975: Anette Oldenborg, Miss Universe-Denmark 1996
1975: Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player, Vitesse
1974: Jerald Sowell, fullback for the New York Jets
1974: Jerry Wunsch, tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1974: Orpheus Roye, defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers
1973: Grady Jackson, defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders
1973: Bubba Miller, corner for the Philadelphia Eagles
1973: Jamal Cox, WLAF linebacker for the Rhein Fire
1972: Howard Nathan, NBA guard for the Atlanta Hawks
1972: Alan Benes, Evansville, Indiana, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
1972: Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward, USA, 1998 Olympics
1971: Doug Edwards, NBA forward for the Vancouver Grizzlies
1971: Tommy Puett, born in Gary, Indiana, actor, Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10
1971: Doug Weight, Warren, Michigan, NHL center, Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98
1970: Ian Salisbury, cricketer, Sussex and England leg-spinner 1992-96
1970: Brennan Little, St. Thomas Ont, golfer, 1994 Western States mini-tour
1969: Matt Willig, NFL tackle and guard, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets
1969: Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
1969: Rusty Greer, Ft. Rucker AL, outfielder for the Texas Rangers
1969: Ted Long, CFL slot back for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
1968: Tom Urbani, Santa Cruz California, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers
1968: Charlotte Ross, Chicago, actress, Eve-Days of Our Lives
1967: Ulf Stenlund, born in Falun, Sweden, professional tennis player, won one doubles title in Bari, 1987 and one singles title in Palermo, 1986, highest ATP-ranking was 23rd in the World, April, 1987
1966: Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark, 1984
1966: Chris Hammond, U.S. baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins
1965: Cordell Crockett, rocker, Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad
1965: Brian Bradley, Kitchener, NHL center, Tampa Bay Lightning
1965: Jam Master Jay, American Musician
1965: Tania Abitbol, born in Madrid, Spain, LPGA golfer, 1994 U.S. Women's Open-4th
1965: Eric Moore, NFL tackle for the Cleveland Browns
1963: Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, Nigeria, NBA center, Rockets, Gold Medal 1996 Olympics
1963: Detlef Schrempf, Germany, NBA forward, Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics
1963: Cindy Schreyer, Forest Park Georgia, LPGA golfer, 1993 Sun-Times Challenge
1963: Jessie Hester, NFL player for the St. Louis Rams
1962: Marie Trintignant, French Actress
1961: Gabrielle Carteris, born in Phoenix, Arizona, actress, Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210
1961: Sherry Ramsay, Stauton, Virginia, actress, Trish Mason-As the World Turns
1958: Miguel Alejandro, New York City, actor, Popi
1957: Jacob Green, NFL defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks
1957: Shaukat Dukanwala, cricketer, Baroda off-spinner, UAE World Cup 1996
1956: Bob Brill, New York City, drummer, Berlin-You Take My Breath Away
1956: Geena Davis, born in Wareham, Massachusetts, actress, film producer, appeared in 'The Accidental Tourist', 'Thelma and Louise', 'A League of Their Own'
1955: Peter Fleming, New Jersey, tennis player, U.S. Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83
1955: Jeff Koons, born in York, Pennsylvania, artist, known for large reproductions of ordinary objects, including brightly colored balloon animals made of stainless steel
1955: Robby Benson, born in Dallas, Texas, actor, One on One, Running Brave, Chosen
1953: Fausto Bara, Mexico, actor, Gaucho-Renegades
1953: Paul Allen, born in Seattle, Washington, co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, worth $10 billion, 'Time' magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World
1950: Billy Ocean, Leslie S Charles, Trinidad, singer, Caribbean Queen
1950: Gary Locke, American Politician
1950: Joseph R Tanner, Danville, Illinois, astronaut, STS-66, 82, sk: 97
1947: Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1947: Jill Eikenberry, New Haven, Connecticut, Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project
1946: Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer, L'eau-de-mort guildive
1946: Johnny Oates, American Athlete
1945: Chris Britton, rocker, Troggs-Rock and Roll Goldmine
1945: Andrew Stein, President of New York City council, D
1944: Neely Bruce, born in America, composer, conductor, pianist, scholar of American music, Professor of Music and American Studies at Wesleyan University, chorus director for Connecticut Opera
1944: John Kenneth Tavener, composer
1944: Jack Henry Abbott, American Author
1942: Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, singer and actor, Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40
1942: Edwin Starr, U.S. singer, War
1941: Placido Domingo, born in Madrid, Spain, opera tenor, Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly
1941: Richie Havens, Brooklyn, folk singer, Here Comes the Sun
1940: Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer, Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76
1940: Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
1939: Mary Ellen McAnally, Illinois, poet, Dance of the Zygotes
1939: Wolfman Jack, Bob Smith, born in Brooklyn, New York, DJ, Midnight Special
1935: Ann Wedgeworth, Abilene, Texas, actress, Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie
1933: William Wrigley III, chewing gum mogul, Wrigleys
1933: Itzhak Fuks, Israeli El Al captain, crashed in Amsterdam
1932: Boris Shakhlin, Russia, gymnast, Gold Medals 1956, 1960, 1964 Olympics
1930: Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russia, cosmonaut
1926: Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
1926: Raf Reymen, Flemish actor
1926: Steve Reeves, Glasgow Montana, actor, Hercules, Hercules Unchained
1925: Lola Flores, Cadiz Spain, singer and actress, Kuma Ching, Faraona
1925: Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
1924: Telly Savalas, Garden City, New Jersey, actor, Acapulco, Kojak
1924: Benny Hill, born in Southampton, England, comedian, Benny Hill Show
1923: Judith Merril, Josephine Juliet Grossman, sci-fi writer
1922: Paul Scofield, born in England, stage and screen actor, considered one of the best British actors of the 20th century
1922: Jean P Vroom, Dutch sculptor
1921: John Doucette, Brockton Massachusetts, actor, Lock Up, Big Town
1921: Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
1920: Errol Walton Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados, DLP, 1966 - 1976, 1986 - 1987
1920: Donald Cuthbert Coleman, economic historian
1920: Torsten Nilsson, composer
1919: Jinx Falkenburg, Barcelona Spain, actress, Masquerade Party
1918: Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist
1917: Rohan Butler, historian
1916: Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
1915: Alan Hewitt, New York City, actor, Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian
1912: Konrad Bloch, Germany, biochemist, studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964
1911: Stanley William Reed, cineaste
1910: Lord Cayzer, British financier/swcheeps magnate/multi-millionaire
1909: Todor Skalovski, composer
1908: Bengt Stromgren, Goteborg Sweden, astrophysicist, studied gas cloud
1906: Fred Fehl, Austrian/US Broadway photographer
1905: Christian Dior, Normandy France, fashion designer, long-skirted look
1904: Joseph Ford McGuinn, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, Dick Tracy's G-Men
1904: Richard P Blackmur, Massachusetts, critic/poet, Good European
1898: John George, Syria, actor, Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu
1898: Avery Claflin, composer
1897: J Carrol Naish, New York City, actor, Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan
1891: Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
1891: Timothy Mather Spelman, composer
1891: Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
1889: Pitirim A. Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, Social mobility
1889: Bert Collins, cricketer, Aussie batsman in the post WW I years
1887: Alfred Henry Ackley, composer
1887: Wolfgang Kohler, German/U.S. Gestalt psychologist, Mentality of Apes
1886: Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Finance/Economy
1885: Huddie Ledbetter, Musician
1885: Umberto Nobile, Italian general
1884: Roger Nash Baldwin, founder, American Civil Liberties Union
1884: Katie Sandwina, Germany, legendary woman weight-lifter
1883: Olav Aukrust, Norway, poet
1878: Egon Friedell, Austria, journalist/actor/writer, Der Partylowe
1875: John Lindworsky, German jesuit/psychologist, Der Wille
1875: Paul E Kahle, Germany, professor of oriental studies
1872: Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
1872: Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
1867: Maxime Weygard, French general/Governor-General, Algeria
1867: James Marcus, actor, Eagle, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Lone Avenger
1867: Willem C Royaards, Dutch theater director, Summer Games
1865: Heinrich E Albers-Schonberg, German rontgenologist
1859: Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer
1855: John M Browning, U.S., weapons manufacturer
1848: Henri Duparc, French composer
1840: Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, pioneer English woman physician
1833: Norman Willis, union leader, Britain's Trades Union Congress
1829: Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden, 1872 - 1907, Norway, -1905, poet
1824: Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Lieutenant General 2nd Corps, ANV, Confederate
1824: Thomas J. Jackson, American Soldier
1823: Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer
1821: John Cabell Breckinridge, D, 14th U.S. Vice President, 1857 - 1861, major-general, Confederate
1815: Horace Wells, dentist, pioneered use of medical anethesia
1814: Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer
1813: John Charles Fremont, American Soldier
1813: John C Fremont, Pathfinder, map maker/explorer, western U.S., Gov, AZ
1801: Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer
1796: John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian notary/author
1792: Tsjalling Hiddes Halbertsma, Fries story teller, Rhymes and Tales
1775: Manuel Garcia, composer
1771: Arnold A. Buyskes, Dutch Vice-Admiral/colonial director
1762: Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, composer
1759: Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot
1751: Josephus Andreas Fodor, composer
1746: Johann H Pestalozzi, born in Zurich, Switzerland, educator, Leonard and Gertrude,
1743: John Fitch, inventor, had a working steamboat years before Fulton
1735: Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer
1659: Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect
1571: John I Pontanus, physicist/historian, Amsterdam
1337: Charles V, the Wise, king of France, 1364-80


Today in History

2011: Tunisians take part in a demonstration urging the interim government to step down
2011: In a referendum based on official figures, nearly 99% of South Sudanese voted for independence from the north
2010: Toyota announces recalls for approximately 5.2 million vehicles for a pedal entrapment and floor mat problem
1998: News of the Lewinsky/Clinton affair is published, President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations
1998: Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
1996: Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
1996: 53th Golden Globes: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta
1996: U.S. male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
1995: 52th Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange
1994: Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
1994: Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane of chopping off spouse's penis
1993: Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77
1993: Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
1991: CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf
1990: Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director
1990: John McEnroe becomes 1st ever expelled from Australian Open
1990: Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1990: 41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
1989: Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer
1988: U.S. accept immigration of 30,000 U.S. - Vietnamese children
1987: BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi
1986: 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38 degrees F (3 degrees C), Indiana
1986: Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
1986: Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
1985: Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
1985: Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
1985: -19 degrees F (-28 degrees C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
1985: -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Mount Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
1984: U.S. male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
1983: Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for U.S. military aid
1983: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
1982: "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 36 performances
1982: New York Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
1981: Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a New York subway train
1981: "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
1980: Gold hits record $850 an ounce
1980: Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
1979: Superbowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, quarterback
1979: Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
1979: Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
1978: Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
1977: President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
1977: Italy legalizes abortion
1976: Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain and France
1975: 28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal
1974: Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
1973: Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"
1973: 3rd NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28
1972: Belgium government of Eyskens-Cools forms
1972: Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
1972: Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of Indian union
1972: Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
1971: "Alias Smith and Jones" premieres on ABC TV
1970: Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
1970: World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight
1969: 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
1968: U.S. B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland
1968: AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
1968: NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
1967: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1967: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
1967: AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-23
1966: Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
1965: Persians premier Ali Mansoer injured
1964: Carl T. Rowan named director of U.S. Information Agency
1962: Snow falls in San Francisco
1962: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
1962: John F. Kennedy arrives in Uruguay
1961: KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
1961: "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 8 performances
1961: Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
1960: Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook South Africa, 417 die of methane poisoning
1960: Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
1958: KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
1958: Phillies agree to televise 78 games into New York City (doesn't happen)
1957: KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956: William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
1956: "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden New York City after 849 performances
1954: 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (New York City)
1953: John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
1952: Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
1951: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
1950: NY jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
1950: "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater New York City after 460 performances
1950: T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in New York City
1949: 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
1948: W Indies vs. England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker
1947: Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
1947: "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 288 performances
1946: "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 16 performances
1945: British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma
1944: 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg
1944: 447 German bombers attack London
1943: Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
1943: Vice-Admiral Cunningham appointed British adm of fleet
1943: Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk
1942: Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"
1942: Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain
1942: Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
1942: Tito's partisans occupy Foca
1941: 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
1941: 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
1941: Australia and Britain attack Tobruk Libya
1941: British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
1940: Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship
1939: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1939: George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in New York City
1939: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1938: Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance
1935: 12.0" (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Washington (state record)
1935: WFI-AM in Philadelphia Penn merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
1935: Wilderness Society forms
1932: U.S.S.R. and Finland stop non-attack treaty
1929: Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End," premieres in London
1927: 1st national opera broadcast from a U.S. opera house (Faust, Chicago)
1926: Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
1925: Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president
1922: 1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland
1919: Sinn Fein proclaims parliament of Free Ireland
1915: Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
1913: Aristide Briand forms French government
1910: British-Russian military intervention in Persia
1908: August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten," premieres in Stockholm
1908: New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
1907: Kenora Thistles sweep Mont Wanderers in 2 for Stanley Cup
1904: Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno
1903: Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam
1903: "Wizard of Oz," premieres in New York City
1903: International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle New York City
1901: Clyde Fitch's "Climbers," premieres in New York City
1894: Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec
1890: 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
1887: Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
1880: 1st U.S. sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis
1879: Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem," premieres in Copenhagen
1874: Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa," premieres in Vienna
1863: City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years
1861: Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign
1853: Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass
1846: 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"
1830: Portsmouth (Ohio) blacks forcibly deported
1827: Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing
1824: Ashantees defeat British at Accra, West Africa
1821: Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die
1818: Keats writes his poem "On a Lock of Milton's Hair"
1813: Pineapple introduced to Hawaii
1799: Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination is introduced
1793: Prussia and Russia sign partition treaty (Poland divided)
1789: 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy," is published
1732: Russia and Persia sign Treaty of Riascha
1677: 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston
1664: Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeats False Dmitri, who claims to be the true tsar
1542: Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
1522: Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope
1324: Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai and Shingon
1276: Pierre de Tarantaise elected Pope Innocence V
1189: Philip II, Henry II and Richard Lion hearted initiate 3rd Crusade
1077: German King Heinrich IV petitions Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness