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Today's Birthdays

1981: Julia Stiles, born in New York City, New York, actress, films include, '10 Things I Hate About You', 'Mona Lisa Smile', 'The Bourne Supremacy', 'The Bourne Ultimatum'
1980: Cara Lewis, Miss Mississippi Teen USA, 1997
1979: Juli Keech, Miss South Dakota Teen USA, 1997
1978: Nafisa Joseph, Miss India Universe, 1997
1977: Angelo Garcia, born in Brooklyn, New York, singer, Menudo-Cannonball
1975: Atta-ur-Rehman, cricketer, Pakistani quickie, debut vs. England, age 17
1974: K C Jones, NFL center, Denver Broncos Superbowl 32
1973: Andrew Whittall, cricketer, cousin of Guy Zimbabwe off-spinner 1996
1972: Keith Tkachuk, born in Melrose, Massachusetts, NHL left wing, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix, USA
1972: Mike Morton, linebacker for the Oakland Raiders
1972: Derek West, offensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts
1972: Shannon Mitchell, NFL tight end for the San Diego Chargers
1972: Michael Smith, NBA forward for the Sacramento Kings
1972: Jonathan Edwards, born in Boston, Massachusetts, doubles luger 1994 Olympics
1971: Wesley Person, NBA guard, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers
1970: Shawn Price, NFL defensive end, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Buf Bills
1970: Vince Vaughn, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, actor, films include, 'Swingers', 'The Lost world: Jurassic Park', 'Couples Retreat', 'The Break-Up'
1970: Jason B. Gailes, born in Taunton Massachusetts, rower 1996 Olympics silver
1970: James Johnson, NFL/WLAF running back, Tampa Bucs, Frankfurt Galaxy
1969: Scottie Graham, NFL running back, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals
1969: Salt, rocker, Salt 'n' Pepa-Shake Ya Thang
1969: Earnest Stewart, soccer player, Willem II
1969: Elliot Perry, NBA guard, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks
1969: Craig Paquette, born in Long Beach, California, infielder for the Kansas City Royals
1968: Nasser Hussain, cricketer, Essex and England batsman
1968: Chad Biafore, hockey defenseman, Team Italy 1998
1968: Dennis Postlewait, born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nike golfer, 1994 Wichita Open
1968: Max Perlich, actor, JH Brodie-Homicide
1968: Iris Chang, Chinese Historian
1968: Teee Williams, born in Los Angeles, California, volleyball outside hitter, Olympics bronze 1992, 1996
1967: Shawn Boskie, born in Hawthorne, Nevada, pitcher for the California Angels
1967: David Lang, NFL running back for the Dallas Cowboys
1967: Ed[ward] Grose, born in Juneau, Alaska, rower 1996 Olympics
1966: Serge Djelloul, hockey defenseman, Team France 1998
1966: Jason Garrett, NFL quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys
1966: Nathalie Herreman, France, tennis star
1965: Jeff Beukeboom, Ajax, NHL defenseman for the New York Rangers
1963: Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1963: Therese Washtock, Vancouver BC, 3 day equestrian 1996 Olympics
1961: Byron Scott, NBA guard for the Vancouver Grizzlies
1959: Todd Curtis, actor, Capitol, Skip-Young and Restless
1959: Petra Delhees, born in Jauch, Switzertand, tennis star
1958: Bart Wayne Conner, born in Morton Grove, Illinois, gymnast 1984 Olympics 2 gold
1957: Harvey Glance, 4x100m runner, 1976 Olympics gold
1956: Asoka De Silva, cricket leg-spinner, Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91
1956: Evelin Jahl, born in East Germany, discus thrower, Olympic-2 gold-1976
1956: T. A. Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler, 2 Tests 1982-83 little impact
1956: Steve Ballmer, American Businessman
1955: Reba McEntire, born in McAlester, Oklahoma, country singer, Can't Even Get the Blues
1953: Nydia M. Velazquez, born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Representative-D-New York 1993 -
1951: Karen Kain, Canadian Dancer
1949: Milan Williams, U.S. keyboardist, Commodores-Three Times a Lady
1949: Ronnie Ray Smith, 4 x 100m relay runner, Gold Medal 1968 Olympics
1949: Shafiq Ahmed, cricketer, Pakistani batsman during the 70's
1948: John Evans, Aka Evan, rock drummer, Jethro Tull
1948: Dianne Wiest, born in Kansas City, Missouri, actress, Hannah and Her Sisters, Footloose
1948: Wubbo J. Ockels, born in Almelo, Netherlands, astronaut, STS-22
1947: Bruce Gilbert, producer, China Syndrome, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond
1945: Hans Brunhart, leader of Liechtenstein, 1978-93
1945: Chuck Portz, born in Santa Monica, California, bassist, Turtles-Happy Together
1944: Ken Howard, born in El Centro, California, actor, Ken-White Shadow, Dynasty, 1776
1944: Rick Barry, ABA/NBA forward, New York Nets, Golden State Warriors
1943: Mike Newell, director, Bad Blood, Awakening, Amazing Grace and Chuck
1943: Conchata Ferrell, born in Charleston, West Virginia, actress, Deadly Hero, Susan-LA Law
1943: Richard Eyre, British director, National Theatre
1942: Daniel Dennett, born in Boston, Massachusetts, philosopher, atheist, focus of study includes philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, relative to cognitive science and evolutionary biology
1942: Samuel Ramey, born in Colby, Kansas, bass, La Scala
1942: Neil Kinnock, Wales, leader, Labour Party
1942: Brian Jones, Lewis B Hopkin, English pop guitarist, Rolling Stones
1941: Charlie McCoy, born in Oak Hill, West Virginia, harmonica player, Hee Haw
1941: Alf Clausen, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, orchestra leader, Mary, Simpsons
1940: J Michael Plumb, born in Islip, New York, equestrian, 1976, 1984 Olympics
1940: Kevin Loughery, NBA star/coach
1940: Russell Banks, American Author
1936: Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru, writer, Aunt Julia, and President candidate
1935: Michael Parkinson, British Journalist
1934: Siegfried Thiele, composer
1933: Frank H. Murkowski, American Politician
1933: Frank Murkowski, American Politician
1932: Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer, Myten om Wu Tao-tzu
1931: Jane Rule, Canadian Author
1930: Amelia Rosselli, born in Paris, France, poet, of Italian origin, daughter of political activist Carlo Rosselli, worked in Italy as a poet and literary translator, wrote prose in English, French and Italian, major work, 'Spazi metrici'
1930: Robert Ashley, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, composer, audio synthesis pioneer, works incorporate extended techniques, electronics
1930: Jerome Isaac Friedman, American Physicist
1929: Aubrey J Watson Sr, bishop
1928: Jose Luis de Delas, composer
1928: Zbigniew Brzezinski, born in Warsaw, national security advisor, Carter
1926: Polly Umrigar, cricketer, Indian batsman and captain
1926: Francis Burt, composer
1925: Innokenti Smoktunovsky, actor, Bely Prazdnik, Zakoldovannye
1924: Freddie Bartholomew, born in England, actor, Anna Karenina, David Copperfield
1924: Peter Baer, artist and printmaker
1924: Gerhart Fritsch, writer
1920: William Butterfield, born in England, born William John Hughes Butterfield, Lord Butterfield, life peer as Baron Butterfield of Stechford, Order of the British Empire, medical researcher, clinician, administrator
1920: Dirk Bogarde, born in London, England, actor, Death in Venice, Servant
1920: Eugene A. Chappie, born in Sacramento, California, Representative-R-California 1981 -1986
1919: Tom Brooks, cricketer, NSW fast bowler of the 30's, later Test umpire
1919: Jacob Avshalomov, born in Tsingtao, China, composer, Sinfonietta, The Oregon
1918: Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer
1915: Raymond Emery, cricketer, New Zealand Test batsman vs West Indies 1952
1915: Jay Livingston, composer, Buttons and Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy
1914: Edmund S. Muskie, American Politician
1914: Edmund Muskie, born in Rumford, Maine, Governor of Maine 1955 - 1959, Senator-D-Maine 1959 - 1980, U.S. Secretary of State 1980 - 1981
1914: Frank Lovejoy, born in Bronx, New York, actor, Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw
1914: Bohumil Hrabal, born in Brno-Zidenice, Moravia, Czechoslovakian writer, storyteller, wrote hyper-realist texts, studied at Charles Univerisity in Prague, known for novels titled Closely Watched Trains and I Served the King of England
1912: A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, UK, sci-fi author, Empress of Outer Space
1911: J. L. Austin, English Philosopher
1911: Myfanwy Piper, librettist
1910: Ingrid, Queen Mother of Denmark
1909: Nelson Algren, U.S., novelist, Man with the Golden Arm
1907: Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist and saxophonist
1906: Robert, Bob, Allen, actor for the Texas Rangers
1906: Joseph Wright, born in Canada, oarsman, 1928 Olympics gold
1905: Marlin Perkins, born in Carthage, Missouri, TV host, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
1905: Pandro S. Berman, film producer
1904: Fosco Giachetti, born in Livorno, Italy, actor, Wastrel, We the Living
1903: Rudolf Serkin, born in Eger, Bohemia, pianist, Marlboro Sch of Music
1902: Flora Robson, born in South Shields, England, actress, Dominique is Dead
1902: Paul Godwin, Polish/Dutch violinist
1900: Robert Harris, actor, Big Caper, Laughing Anne
1900: Achille Longo, composer
1895: Spencer W. Kimball, 12th prophet of Mormon church
1891: Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag
1891: Karel MJF Cruysberghs, Flemish author
1890: Paul Whiteman, born in Denver, Colorado, orchestra leader, Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club
1887: Rudolf F. W. Boskaljon, Curacao, musician/composer
1886: Jaroslav Novotny, composer
1885: Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
1883: William H Harris, composer
1880: Rosina Lhevinne, born in Kiev, Ukraine, pianist and professor, Juiliard Graduate School
1872: Jose Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general, Morocco
1871: Willem Mengelberg, born in Utrecht, Netherlands, conductor, New York Philharmonic 1922-30
1868: Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter
1868: Wojciech Gawronski, composer
1862: Aristide Briand, born in France, 11x premier, 1909-22, Nobel 1926
1859: Josephin Peladan, French writer/founder, French Rosicrucians
1853: Rudolf Kittel, German theologist, Psalms
1840: Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer/governor, Equatoria
1821: William Howard Russell, Irish Journalist
1818: Wade Hampton, born in South Carolina, Lieutenant General Confederate Army
1817: Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, composer
1806: Ludolf AJW Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of Netherlands Indies, 1861-66
1799: Karl Adolph von Basedow, German artist, Ziekte van Basedow
1779: Angelo Maria Benincori, composer
1770: Sophie Mereau, writer
1766: Joseph Weigl, Austria composer and conductor, Emmeline
1750: Francisco A G de Miranda, Venezuelan freedom fighter
1741: Johann Andre, composer
1737: Francesco Zannetti, composer
1731: Ramon de la Cruz, Spanish playwright/interpreter
1729: Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art seller, Atlas of Fouquet
1727: Maximilian III Jozef, Elector of Bayern, 1745-77
1660: Georg Ludwig, German monarch of Hannover/King George I of Gt Britain
1660: Arnold Houbraken, Dutch schilder/writer
1643: Jose Solana, composer
1621: Heinrich Schwemmer, composer
1615: Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent/diplomat
1592: Jan Amos Komensky, Comenius, Moravian educational reB03281603 Stephan Otto, composer
1592: John Comenius, Czechoslovakian Educator
1515: Saint Teresa, Spanish Saint
1515: Saint Teresa of Avila, Spanish Saint
1515: Theresa of Avila, Spanish mystic writer/saint
1483: Raphael, born in Urbino, Italy, painter, School of Athens
1472: Fra Bartolomeo, monk, Florentine Renaissance painter
1468: Charles I, Duke of Savoy


Today in History

2011: New South Wales swears in its new Premier, Barry O'Farrell, following its state election
2011: The International Atomic Energy Agency calls for a summit to discuss concerns about nuclear safety following radiation leaks at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
2010: The BBC finds evidence of a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army last December, in which 321 people, including children, were killed
2005: Sumatran earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7, the second largest earthquake since 1965
1999: 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at San Jose
1997: "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
1996: "Seven Guitars," opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
1996: Katie Beam, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 35th Miss Teenage America
1996: "7 Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
1995: World's largest bank-Japan's Mitsubishi Bank and Bank of Tokyo merge
1995: Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovette split-up
1995: Queensland beat S Australia to win 1st ever cricket Sheffield Shield
1994: Italy's right-wing alliance under Silvio Berlusconi wins election
1994: Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed
1993: 22nd Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Helen Alfredsson
1993: Conservatives win French parliamentary election
1993: Type II supernova detected in M81 (NGC 3031)
1993: 13th Golden Raspberry Awards: Shining Through wins
1992: Ann Transon runs female world record 50k (3:35:31)
1992: 6th American Comedy Award: Cathy Ladman, Judy Watkins, Billy Crystal
1992: PBA National Championship Won by Eric Forkel
1991: Mike Tyson admits paternity to Kimberly Scarborough's son
1990: Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient
1990: Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 points in a game
1990: President Bush awards Jesse Owen the Congressional Gold Medal
1989: New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars and Stripes, in a New York court
1987: Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway
1986: John N. McMahon, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1986: Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana India
1985: International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley
1985: STS-51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
1985: Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," premieres in New York City
1982: 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: LA Tech beats Cheney 76-62
1982: 12th Easter Seal Telethon raises $19,500,000
1982: Amy Alcott wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1982: JN Duartes christian-democrats win elections in El Salvador
1981: Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua
1981: Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec
1981: Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70)
1981: France performs nuclear test
1981: Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 seconds)
1979: Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pennsylvania (no deaths)
1979: Lazarus and Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood and night in Ukraine," premieres
1979: British government of Callaghan falls
1977: 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats North Carolina 67-59
1977: 49th Academy Awards - "Rocky," Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway win
1977: Morarji Desai forms government in India
1975: Washington Caps win 1st game on road after 37 straight road loses also
1974: Rock group Raspberries breakup
1972: Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
1972: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971: 25th Tony Awards: Sleuth and Company win
1970: 1,086 die when 7.4 quake destroys 254 villages (Gediz Turkey)
1969: Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal
1967: "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 65 performances
1967: U.N. Secretary General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam
1965: Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA All State Ladies' Golf Invitational
1964: 9.2 earthquake shakes Prince William Sound, Alaska
1963: AFL's New York Titan's become the New York Jets
1962: Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
1962: Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
1960: Scotch factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow Scotland)
1960: Pope John raises the 1st Japanese, 1st African and 1st Filipino cardinal
1959: 11 days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet's government and installs Panchen Lama
1957: 1st National Curling Championship held
1955: New Zealand cricket all out for 26 vs. England at Eden Park
1954: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
1954: 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon and Kismet win
1954: WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (TM) begins broadcasting
1953: KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953: 7th Tony Awards: Crucible and Wonderful Town win
1953: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1953: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1953: "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 365 performances
1952: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1952: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
1950: 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 New York City college becomes 1st to win NCAA and National Inv Basketball in same year
1948: 2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win
1945: Last German V-2 (buzz bomb) attack on London
1944: 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth 42-40
1944: NBA rookie of the year in 1966, Rick Barry
1944: Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle and begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1942: British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire
1942: 4th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38
1942: 234 RAF bombers attack Lubeck
1942: Raid on lock/dock St. Nazaire
1941: Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
1939: Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
1939: Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down
1939: Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story," premieres in New York City
1939: Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
1935: Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket
1933: German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
1930: 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
1930: Constantinople and Angora changes names to Istanbul and Ankara
1929: Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador
1927: Majestic Theater opens at 245 W 44th St. New York City
1924: WGN-AM in Chicago, Illinois begins radio transmissions
1922: 1st microfilm device introduced
1922: Stanley Cup: Toronto St. Pats (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
1920: Actor Douglas Fairbanks marries actress Mary Pickford
1920: Thomas Masaryk elected president of Czechoslovakia
1917: Puccini's "La Rondine," premieres in Monte Carlo
1917: Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Turkish authorities
1910: 1st seaplane, takes off from water at Martinques France (Henri Fabre)
1905: Paramaribo-Dam railway opens in Suriname, never used
1902: 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)
1896: The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)
1891: 1st world weightlifting championship held
1885: U.S. Salvation Army officially organized
1881: Greatest Show On Earth was formed by PT Barnum and James A Bailey
1871: San Francisco Art Association holds open reception at 430 Pine
1866: 1st ambulance goes into service
1862: Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia
1859: 1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
1854: During the Crimean War, Britain and France declare war on Russia
1849: Dutch princess Marianne and Prince Albert of Prussia separate
1845: Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US
1844: Jose Zorilla's "Don Juan Tenorio," premieres in Madrid
1837: Felix Mendelssohn marries Cecile Jeanrenaud
1834: Senate censure President Jackson for taking federal deposits from Bank of U.S.
1804: Ohio passed law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804
1799: New York State abolished slavery
1797: Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine
1796: Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church
1794: Louvre opens to the public (although officially opened since August)
1774: Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts
1738: English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
1556: Origin of Fasli Era (India)
1556: Karel V's son Philip II crowned king of Spain
1535: Bloemkamp Abbey (Oldeklooster) attacked and destroyed