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Today's Birthdays

1978: Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs, Maryland, fig skater, 1996 Grand Prix champ
1977: Bridget Hall, Dallas Texas, model, Ford
1976: Dan Hawkins, English Musician
1975: Mayim Winkelman Bialik, South Dakota, actress, Blossom, Beaches
1973: Stanley Pritchett, running back for the Miami Dolphins
1973: Reinard Wilson, linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals
1973: Michael DiVenuto, cricketer, exciting Tasmanian batsman
1972: Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA 1996
1972: Greg Randolph, born in Denver, Colorado, road cyclist, Olympics-74th-96
1972: John Walsh, NFL quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
1972: Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker for the Amsterdam Admirals
1972: Jamal Willis, NFL running back for the San Francisco 49ers
1972: Missy Francis, born in Los Angeles, California, actress, Little House on the Prairie
1971: John Sacca, WLAF quarterback for the Amsterdam Admirals
1971: Tito Wooten, NFL safety for the New York Giants
1971: Toni Hodgkinson, Auckland New Zealand, 800m 1996 Olympics
1971: Becky Sunshine, Rebekah Jayne Hunter, Arkansas, Miss Nude California 1993
1970: Jennifer Connelly, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, actress, Labyrinth, Rocketeer
1970: Ivano Newbill, NBA center for the Vancouver Grizzlies
1970: Madchen Amick, Reno NV, actress, Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks
1970: Kirk Cameron, actor, Mike-Growing Pains, Teen Wolf II
1970: Orlando Brown, NFL tackle, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens
1969: Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs, 1994 Skate Canada
1969: Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers
1969: Jane Robinson, Australian rower 1996 Olympics
1969: Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety, Kansas City Chiefs, Scotland Claymores
1969: Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback for the Rhein Fire
1969: Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills, Kansas, playmate, Sep, 1993
1968: Laurie Williams, cricketer, West Indian ODI all-rounder vs. New Zealand 1996
1968: Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings
1968: Ray Ethridge, wide reciever for the Baltimore Ravens
1968: Tatianna, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, spanish singer, Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy
1968: Kurt Schulz, safety for the Buffalo Bills
1967: John Randle, NFL defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings
1967: Masood Anwar, cricketer, one Test Pakistan vs. West Indies 1990
1967: David Szott, NFL guard for the Kansas City Chiefs
1966: Cheryl Dickey, Houston Texas, 100m hurdler
1966: Jim Sandlak, Kitchener, NHL right wing, Vancouver Canucks
1965: Will Carling, English Athlete
1965: Laurie Grover-Tavares, Newark, New Jersey, biathelete 1994 Olympics
1964: Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver for the Houston Oilers
1964: Rockin' Jeff, rocker, The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train
1963: Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress, Gloria Marsh-All My Children
1962: Tracy Austin, born in Rolling Hills, California, tennis pro, U.S. Open 1979, 81
1962: Holly Gagnier, Louisiana, actress, One Life to Live
1962: Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer, bowled in Test for Pak vs. Australia 1990
1962: Ray Brown, NFL guard, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers
1961: Dale Sanderson, CFL guard for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
1961: Sarah Sutton, British Actress
1960: Amal Silva, cricketer, Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88
1960: Jaap van Sweden, Dutch violinist and concert master
1959: Belouis Some, rocker, Neville Keighley-Some People
1959: Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls, Minnesota, astronaut
1959: Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer, big-hitting Indian opener
1958: Leo Kenter, Dutch drummer, Trockener Kecks-More! More! More!
1958: Sheree J Wilson, Rochester, Minnesota, actress, Our Family Honor, Dallas
1957: Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist, Fixx-Sign of Fire
1957: Sheila Escovedo, born in San Francisco, California, disco drummer, Krushgrove, Holly Rock
1956: Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexico City, actress, Melissa-Falcon Crest
1956: Sondra Theodore, San Bernadino Cal, playmate, July, 1977
1955: Lenore Rittenhouse, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, LPGA golfer, 1983 United Virginia Bank
1953: Bruce Kulick, guitarist/singer, KISS
1952: Cathy Rigby, American Athlete
1952: Sarah Douglas, England, actress, Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest
1952: Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnast, Olympic-4th-1968
1952: Ajit De Silva, cricketer, Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982
1951: Caren Kaye, New York City, actress, My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties
1951: Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa, Kansas, PhD/ast, STS-41-D, 61-C, 31, 82
1950: Billy Smith, Ontario, NHL goaltender for the New York Islanders
1949: Ricardo Luis Carreras, New York City, bantamweight boxer 1972 Olympics bronze
1949: Bill Nighy, English Actor
1946: George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
1946: Marlous Fluitsma, actress, De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest
1946: Clive Bunker, rock drummer, Jethro Tull
1946: Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer, over 10 wins
1945: Karl Edward Wagner, U.S., sci-fi author, Bloodstone, Night Winds
1945: Leslie Holbert, LPGA golfer
1945: Tony Williams, jazz musician
1945: Tracy Kidder, American Author
1943: Grover Washington, Jr., jazz artist, Mr Magic
1943: Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach, Florida, guitarist, Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man
1943: Dave Munden, rock drummer, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
1942: Mike Pinder, Birmingham England, rocker, Moody Blues
1941: Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist, Theodorakis
1941: Robert Covington, drummer/singer
1941: Terry Kirkman, Salina, Kansas, rock vocalist/keyboardist, Association
1941: Tim Hauser, jazz singer, Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction
1940: Dionne Warwick, born in East Orange, New Jersey, singer, Solid Gold, Way to San Jose
1940: Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
1938: Connie Francis, born in Newark, New Jersey, singer and actress, Where the Boys Are
1937: Michael Jeffery, Australian Politician
1936: Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper 1960 Olympics gold
1936: Bengt Emil Johnson, composer
1934: Habib Hassan Touma, composer
1932: Robert Pettit, NBA star, St. Louis Bombers/1959 MVP
1932: Bob Pettit, American Athlete
1931: Lionel Blair, Montreal, choreographer, Spotlight
1929: John Osborne, England, playwright, Look Back in Anger, Luther-TONY 1964
1929: Doug Ford, cricket wicket-keeper, successful NSW of 50's
1928: Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
1928: Helen Frankenthaler, New York, abstract expressionist artist, Arden
1925: Cora Lee Johnson, social activist for rural poor
1925: D G "Dattu" Phadkar, cricketer, pace bowling all-rounder for India
1925: Ghulam Guard, cricketer, lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959
1924: Nevit Kodali, composer
1924: Ed Koch, American Politician
1924: Edward Koch, Politician
1924: Francis Miroglio, composer
1924: Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
1924: Edward I Koch, New York City, Mayor-D-NYC, 1977 - 1989, judge, People's Court
1923: Og Mandino, born in Italy, author, professional salesman, inspirational, best-selling author, wrote, 'The Greatest Salesman in the World', books have sold over 50 million copies in 25 different languages, president of Success Unlimited magazine
1923: Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, game show emcee "Price is Right"
1922: Arthur R Hawkins, U.S. pilot/captain, WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes
1918: Joe Williams, Cordele, Georgia, jazz singer, Everyday I have the Blues
1918: Nilda Pinto, NM Geerdink-Jesurun P, Curacao writer, Nanzi
1917: Heinrich Boll, Germ, writer, Group Portrait with Lady, Nobel '72,
1917: Edward Firth Henderson, arabist
1915: Frank Sinatra, born in Hoboken, vocalist/actor, old blue eyes
1914: Denis Begbie, cricketer, South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50
1913: Stanley Bate, composer
1913: Eve Lister, actress and singer, No Limit, Hyde Park
1913: Hal Dickinson, singer, Modernaires
1912: Yusef Bedri, educationist
1909: Karen Morley, American Actress
1909: Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
1907: Fred Elizalde, composer
1907: Roy Douglas, born in Tunbridge Wells, England, Richard Roy Douglas, composer, pianist, member London Symphony Orchestra, pianist, organist, celesta player, fourth percussionist, created orchestration for 'Les Sylphides'
1907: F van Heek, Dutch sociologist
1906: William C Pahlmann, interior decorator, 4 Season restaurant, New York City
1904: Jim Christy, righty cricket batter, Transvaal, Queensland and South Africa
1903: Enid Balint-Edmonds, psychoanalyst
1902: Howard Koch, screenwriter
1896: Eslanda Goode, U.S. anthropology/author under Paul Robeson
1893: Edward G Robinson, Goldenberg, Romania, actor, 10 Commandments
1889: Vaclav Stepan, composer
1887: Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer
1886: Owen Moore, County Meath Ireland, actor, She Done Him Wrong
1882: Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player, openings theory
1879: Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland
1879: Laura Hope Crews, U.S., actress, Camille, 'Gone with the Wind'
1879: Percy Fletcher, composer
1875: Gerd von Rundstedt, German Soldier
1875: Karl R G von Rundstedt, German General-Field Marshal, Normandy
1875: Desiderius A. Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian
1874: Volter A. Kilpi, Finnish writer, Alastalon salissa
1866: Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist, Nobel 1913
1864: Paul Elmer More, American Critic
1863: Edvard Munch, Norway, painter/print maker, The Scream
1862: Daniel Halevy, French historian and writer, La fin des notables
1859: Maurice Donnay, French playwright, Lovers
1859: Edward Bradley, horse owner, 1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners
1848: William Vanderbilt, yachtsman, donated Vanderbilt Cup
1838: Sherburne W. Burnham, U.S., astronomer, binary stars
1835: Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer
1833: Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer, harmonica
1832: Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP, liberal
1830: Joseph Orville Shelby, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1821: Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist, Madame Bovary
1818: Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1806: Stand Watie, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1805: Henry Wells, founder, American Express Co and Wells Fargo and Co
1805: William Lloyd Garrison, American Journalist
1803: Gerald Griffin, American Author
1792: Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter
1791: Marie Louise, French Royalty
1745: John Jay, diplomat/governor, NY
1715: Gennaro Manna, composer
1712: Charles Alexander, Duke of Lotharingen
1685: Lodovico Giustini, composer
1673: Ahmed III, 23rd sultan, Turkey, 1703-30
1666: Mary Astell, born in Newcastle, England, English writer and feminist, wrote 'Some Reflections upon Marriage'
1660: Peter Rabus, poet/translator, Liberated Britanje
1630: Olof Rudbeck, composer
1579: Heinrich Steuccius, composer
1574: Anne van Denemarken, daughter of Danish King Frederik II
1560: Maximilien de Bethune, duke of Sully/baron of Rosny/Prime Minister of France


Today in History

2010: Rallies protesting constitutional abuses by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are held in Moscow, Russia
2010: The outcome of Egypt's recent parliamentary elections spark protests in Cairo
2009: Cuban and Venezuelan leaders sign over $3.2 billion worth of trade and cooperation agreements
1997: Japanese Maglev train builders claim world speed record at 332 MPH
1997: Carlos the Jackal, "professional revolutionary" goes on trial in Paris
1997: Federal judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him
1997: Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin
1997: TWA 800 hearings end
1997: SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Fla, freeing 2 young hostages
1997: Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
1996: Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou
1996: Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain)
1995: NBA referees return to work after striking
1995: CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31
1995: Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)
1995: Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres address both house of U.S. congress
1993: "Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 32 performances
1993: WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in New York City
1993: "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 34 performances
1992: Julia Kurotchkina, 18, of Russia, crowned 42nd Miss World
1992: 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)
1992: Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada
1992: New York Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
1992: 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami, Florida (quarterback)
1991: Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test
1991: New Jersey Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81
1991: Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection
1991: Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community
1991: Actor Richard Gere marries supermodel Cindy Crawford
1990: U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell leaves Kuwait
1990: U.S. accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks
1988: New York City Subway system adds new stations (Z line)
1988: PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist
1988: 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
1988: Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
1987: Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
1987: Rollermania at MSG, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers
1987: Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary
1986: South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested
1986: Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
1986: David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 vs. England at Adelaide
1986: James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in MSG
1985: NASA launches space vehicle S-207
1985: DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
1985: 248 U.S. soldiers and 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
1983: A truck bomb explodes at U.S. Embassy in Kuwait
1982: $9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in New York City
1982: 57th Australian Womens Tennis: C Evert beats M Navratilova (63 26 63)
1982: "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador New York City after 6 perf
1982: Joanne Carner/John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1981: Wayne Gretzky scores quickest 50th goal (game 39)
1981: "1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 37 performances
1981: Gambia and Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
1980: US's copyright law amended to include computer programs
1979: Rhodesia becomes independent nation of Zimbabwe
1979: Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
1977: Yankees purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
1976: Quarterback Joe Namath last game as a New York Jet
1975: Gas stove explodes and starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia)
1975: Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to trying to kill President Gerald Ford
1973: Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 and $10 silver coins)
1973: San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
1970: Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays
1970: Polish government proclaims price rise
1970: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1969: Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points)
1969: "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Striesand premieres
1969: Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
1968: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968: Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
1968: Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
1967: U.S. launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit
1966: U.S. Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
1965: Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St. and Amsterdam Ave New York City
1965: Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155
1965: Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record
1965: Beatles last Great Britain concert (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff Wales)
1964: Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
1964: Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)
1963: Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
1963: Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Peron
1963: Frank Sinatra, Jr. returned after being kidnapped
1962: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961: Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstraters arrested in Albany, Georgia
1961: Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
1959: U.N. Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established
1958: Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies vs. West Indies at Kanpur
1958: Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham
1957: U.S. announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
1957: Major Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
1955: 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell
1953: Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
1950: 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
1950: Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus and high school rule
1949: AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball
1947: United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL
1946: Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building and burying 38
1946: U.N. accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr
1946: Tide detergent introduced
1945: Special Court of justice convicts NSB-leader Mussert to death
1942: German offensive in South Western Stalingrad
1941: German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews
1941: European reservists on Java mobilizes
1941: Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk
1940: British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
1939: Russian Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
1937: Japanese aircraft shell and sink U.S. gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized and eventually paid U.S. $2.2M in reparations)
1937: Washington Redskins win NFL championship
1937: NBC and RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY
1936: Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan
1932: S N Behrmans "Biography," premieres in New York City
1932: U.S.S.R. and China resume diplomatic relations
1931: Japanese Government of Imukai forms
1930: Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book
1930: Start of the 1st Australia vs. West Indies Test (at Adelaide)
1930: Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a home run, now a double
1928: Nichols/Brownes "Wings over Europe," premieres in New York City
1926: Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' 1st Pianoconcert
1925: Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rexa Shah Pahlavi takes over
1925: Cossack officer/ex-premier Reza Chan becomes shah of Persia
1925: Arthur Heinman coins term "motel," opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo
1920: Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse," premieres in Paris
1917: French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543
1917: Reverend Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb
1916: Worst train disaster ever (Modane France-543 killed)
1915: 1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau Germany
1915: Aristide Briand forms French war government
1915: Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia
1913: "Mona Lisa," stolen from Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered
1913: Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools
1912: R Friml/O Harbachs musical "Firefly," premieres in New York City
1906: Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish government member, appointed Secretary of Commerce
1904: CMS McClellans "Leah Kleschna," premieres in New York City
1903: Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo
1901: Marconi receives 1st transatlantic radio signal, England to US
1899: 1st case of plague on Oahu, Hawaii
1899: George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
1898: 1st 1st-class game between NSW and Tasmania
1897: Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest Romania
1897: Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in New York Journal
1884: 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval
1878: Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St. Louis Dispatch"
1871: Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum
1870: Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps
1862: Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)
1862: Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia (Marye's Heights)
1862: Battle of Dumfries, VA
1858: 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent and 20 cent)
1822: Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US
1800: Washington D.C. established as capital of US
1792: In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn
1791: Bank of U.S. opens
1787: Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify U.S. constitution
1769: Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee
1715: Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
1700: Utrecht/Overijssel/Buren/Leerdam/Ijsselstein adopt Gregorian calendar
1677: Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin
1653: Barebone-parliament ends
1527: Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice
1524: Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome
1479: Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III
1474: Isabella crowns herself queen of Castilie and Aragon
1098: 1st Crusaders capture and plunder Mara Syria
627: Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen