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Today's Birthdays


1991: Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world Chess Champion
1986: Bryton McClure, Lakewood California, actor, Richie-Family Matters
1977: Jake Patellis, actor, Paul Bowman-Good Life
1977: Thierry Henry, French Athlete
1973: Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers
1973: Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker for the Frankfurt Galaxy
1973: Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper, Olympics-bronze-92, 96
1973: A J Wood, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, soccer forward, Gold Medal 1996 Olympics
1972: Ernie Conwell, tight end for the St. Louis Rams
1970: Jim Courier, born in Sanford, Florida, tennis champ, 1990, 91 French
1970: Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals
1970: Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback for the Frankfurt Galaxy
1969: Maria Strandlund, born in Akersberga, Sweden, tennis star, 1987 Futures NOR
1969: Donnie Wahlberg, American Actor
1969: Ed Cunningham, NFL center for the Arizona Cardinals
1969: Christian Laettner, NBA forward and center, Atlanta Hawks, Gold Medal 1992 Olympics
1969: Donald E Wahlberg, Jr., Boston, rocker, New Kids-Hangin' Tough
1968: Vince Marrow, WLAF TE for the Frankfurt Galaxy
1968: Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide reciever, Denver Broncos Superbowl 32
1967: James Jenkins, NFL tight end for the Washington Redskins
1967: Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing, Hartford Whalers
1967: Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end for the Houston Oilers
1966: Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker for the Amsterdam Admirals
1966: Zefross Moss, NFL tackle, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots
1965: Glen Goldsmith, rocker, What You See is What You Get
1965: Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, rock drummer, Black Crowes
1965: Dottie Mochrie Pepper, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, golfer, 1992 Dinah Shore
1965: Robert Manry, Cleveland newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic, in craft
1965: Fred Grim, soccer player, Cambuur L, Ajax
1964: Pete McCutcheon, born in Boston, Massachusetts, Canadian Tour golfer, 1993 Quebec Open
1963: Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate, July, 1987
1962: Gilby Clarke, U.S. pop guitarist, Guns n' Roses-Civil War
1961: Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs
1960: Bruce Penhall, Balboa California, actor, Savage Beach
1960: Sean Penn, born in Santa Monica, California, actor, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1959: Jonathan Franzen, American Novelist
1958: Belinda Carlisle, born in Hollywood, California, GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth
1955: Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor, Thing Called Love
1955: Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist, XTC
1955: Janet Quist Austin, Texas, playmate, Dec, 1978
1953: Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut, STS-78
1953: Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist, Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen
1952: Kathryn C Thornton, Montgomery, Alabama, PhD/astronaut, STS-33, 49, 61, 73
1952: Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1977
1952: Thomas J Hennen, Albany Georgia, astronaut, STS-44
1952: Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ, 1981, '83, '87
1951: Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer 1972 Olympics bronze
1951: Robert Joy, born in Montreal, Quebec, actor, Big Shots, Suicide Club
1949: Norm Coleman, American Politician
1949: Sib Hashian, born in Boston, Massachusetts, rock drummer, Boston
1948: Bo Rucker, born in Tampa, Florida, actor, Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up
1947: Gary Talley, born in Memphis, Tennessee, rock guitarist, Box Tops
1946: Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist, Gruppo Sportivo
1944: Larry Ellison, American Businessman
1943: Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper, Gold Medal 1972 Olympics
1943: Koos Postema, editor-in-chief, Vrije Volk, Dutch TV host
1943: Robert De Niro, born in New York City, actor, Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver
1943: Edward Cowie, born in Birmingham, England, composer, orchestral, chamber, choral works, conductor, painter, author
1941: Boog Powell, baseball player, AL MVP 1970
1941: Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria, 1985-
1940: Thomas Williams, U.S., ice hockey play 1960 Olympics gold
1940: David E. Price, American Politician
1940: David Price, born in Erwin, Tennessee, Representative-D-North Carolina 1987 - 1995
1939: Josh McDowell, American Writer
1939: Luther Allison, Mayflower, Arkansas, rock guitarist, Bad News is Coming
1938: Abu Bakar Bashir, Activist
1937: Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
1934: Maureen Connally, champion tennis player, Wimbledon
1932: Vidiadhar S Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, Middle Passage
1932: Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor, Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter
1932: V. S. Naipaul, Indian Novelist
1930: James Gulliver, businessman
1930: Ted Hughes, British poet laureate
1929: Francis Gary Powers, U.S. spy, U.S.S.R. captures him in 1959 U-2 incident
1928: Jean R Adams, entomologist
1928: Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
1928: Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
1927: Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/U.S. financier, Fund of Funds
1927: Robert Moore, born in Detroit, Michigan, actor, Marshall-Diana
1926: Jean Poiret, French actor and writer, Le Dernier Metro
1926: Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting, Gold Medals 1948, 1952 Olympics
1925: John Hawkes, U.S. writer, 2nd Skin
1925: John Howard Purnell, scientist
1924: John A Emmens, art historian/poet, Kunst and Vliegwerk
1924: Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
1924: Evan S Connell, U.S. writer
1924: Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
1923: Larry Rivers, Grossberg, New York City, painter, Washington crossing Delaware-1953
1923: Anton Kersjes, violinist and conductor, Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
1922: Roy Tattersall, cricketer, brilliant England off-spinner early 50's
1922: Ralph Roberts, Salisbury, North Carolina, actor, Tradition, Gone are the Days
1921: Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
1921: Maureen O'Hara, Fitzsimmons, Dublin, actress, Miracle on 34th St
1920: Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Massachusetts, singer, Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire
1918: Mort Marshall, New York City, actor, Cully-Dumplings
1917: Jiang Zemin, Chinese Leader
1917: P Roger Peyrefitte, French writer, Singular Love
1917: Safa Khulusi, writer
1916: Eleanor Steber, opera singer
1916: John de Young, resistance fighter
1914: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., born in Campobello Island, Canada,Representative-D-New York 1949 - 1955, son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1913: W. Mark Felt, born in Idaho, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, Watergate whistleblower "Deep Throat"
1912: Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
1911: Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist, God's Murderer
1911: Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
1910: R Peyrefitte, writer
1910: Eric Aaltonen, composer
1910: J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
1908: Kurt Hessenberg, composer
1907: Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
1906: Marcello J das Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, 1968-74
1906: Hazel Bishop, chemist/cosmetics manufacturer
1905: John Hay Whitney, publisher, New York Herald Trib 1961-67
1903: Abram Chasins, composer
1901: Henri Tomasi, Marseilles France, composer, Don Juan de Manara
1900: Quincy Howe, born in Boston, Massachusetts, newscaster, CBS Weekend News
1898: Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
1896: Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter and poet, Laws of the Americas
1894: Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, Jorden
1894: Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
1892: Mae West, Brooklyn, actress, Go Up and See Her Sometime, Klondike Annie
1890: Harry Hopkins, American Diplomat
1890: Harry L Hopkins, U.S. politician, Loan and Lease law
1888: Monty Wooley, New York City, actor, Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner
1887: Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1916-18
1887: Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among U.S. blacks
1885: Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist, Wife and society
1885: Kurt Hiller, born in Berlin, Jewish, pacifist, socialist, writer, Oranienburg concentration camp survivor, led the German homosexual rights movement
1882: Samuel Goldwyn, movie producer, MGM
1880: Leo Ascher, composer
1880: Percy Sherwell, cricketer, great South African batsman-keeper-captain
1878: Reg Duff, cricketer, Australian bat, century on debut 1902
1876: Theodor Daubler, German writer, Northern Lights
1876: Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940
1876: Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations, 1919 - 1933
1870: Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1856: Violet Paget, Vernon Lee, British author, Satan the master
1851: Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
1844: Menelik II, King of Ethiopia, 1896-1913
1841: Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
1840: Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer, Irish Land League
1839: Thijs Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
1839: Hubert Platt Main, composer
1834: Peter Benoit, Flemish composer and conductor, Leie/Rubens Cantata
1828: George William Warren, composer
1819: James Henry Van Alen, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1817: Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister, 1870-71
1811: Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist, Free Will
1786: Davy Crockett, U.S., frontiersman/adventurer/politician, Alamo
1779: Franz de Paula Roser, composer
1775: Philippe Libon, composer
1761: William Carey, English Clergyman
1720: Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter, Contes de La Fontaine
1686: Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1586: Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer, Christenburg

 

Today in History


2010: Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul
2008: Michael Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals in 2008 Olympics
2000: The Democratic party nominates Al Gore to run for president
1999: Earthquake kills 17,000 in northwest Turkey
1998: President Bill Clinton testifies before a grand jury investigating his conduct (first president to do so), and admits an 'inappropriate relationship' with Monica Lewinsky
1997: Weetabix Women's British LPGA Open
1997: 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
1997: First of America Senior Golf Classic
1997: Macy's Tap-o-mania
1996: Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
1995: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1994: New York Central park reservior officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
1994: Lesotho king Letsie II fires premier Ntsu Mokhehle
1992: Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
1991: Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league home run since 1983
1990: Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th home run
1990: Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
1989: 32nd Walker Cup: Britain - Ireland, 12 -11
1989: Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
1988: Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
1988: Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for president
1988: LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
1988: New York City 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
1988: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987: Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
1987: Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
1987: Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
1986: Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
1986: Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1986: Bronze pig statue unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market
1986: Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones and pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen and outfielder Dave Henderson
1986: Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured
1985: Dave Kingman hits his 400th home run
1985: 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel and Co plant
1985: Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
1985: Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
1984: Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)
1983: Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1982: South Bend, Indiana jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin
1982: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)
1980: Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1980: George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401
1980: "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 104 performances
1979: 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
1979: Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres
1978: 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
1977: Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
1977: Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
1977: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1976: An earthquake and tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
1976: Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
1975: Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1973: Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
1973: Willie Mays hits 660th and last home run (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
1972: Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
1970: Venera 7 launched, makes 1st softlanding on Venus
1969: Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
1969: New York Jets beat New York Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
1969: 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR Golf Club Dayton, Ohio
1968: Dick Beyers (Dr. X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
1966: Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
1966: Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time home run list
1964: Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 vs. Australia at the Oval
1963: Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
1963: Jim Hickman becomes 1st New York Met to hit for cycle
1962: Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr
1962: E German border guards shot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
1961: Building of Berlin Wall begins
1961: Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
1960: Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
1960: Gabon gains independence from France, National Day
1960: Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
1959: U.S.S.R. and Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
1959: 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
1958: World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
1958: Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
1957: Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher
1956: Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
1955: Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage
1952: Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1951: Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
1951: 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
1950: Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park home runs
1950: Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
1948: Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
1948: Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
1948: Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
1946: Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
1945: Indonesia (Dutch E Indies) declares independence from Netherlands
1945: Koreas divided on 38th parallel with U.S. occupying the southern area
1944: German Field Marshal Model replaces von Kluge in Normandy
1944: Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise Normandy
1944: U.S. 12 Army corp occupies Orleans
1944: 4th Canadian Armour division occupiers Trun Normandy
1944: Yankees Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game
1944: U.S. 320th regiment infantry occupies Chateaudun
1944: Russian troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
1943: U.S. 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17O at attack on Regensburg/Schweinfurt
1943: General Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies
1943: 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde
1942: Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on Hornet
1942: Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942: 1st European bombing run undertaken by U.S. forces
1942: 1st US/8th Air Force bombs Europe
1942: U.S. bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France
1941: German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William M. King agree to joint defense commission
1940: Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
1939: "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
1938: 1st aircraft owned by Forest Service in service (Oakland)
1938: Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
1933: Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game
1933: Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09")
1933: Lou Gehrig breaks record by playing in his 1,308th straight game
1926: Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
1924: French-German trade agreement signed
1920: In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yankees cancel game with Indians
1918: British troops attack Baku Azerbaijan
1918: Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000
1918: Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus
1917: Italy declares war on Germany and Turkey
1916: Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
1915: Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Georgia after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
1915: Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas (275 killed)
1915: German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
1914: French troops under General de Castelnau occupy Chateau Salins
1914: Lithuiana surrenders to Germans
1908: B Tarkington and HL Wilson's "Man from Home," premieres in New York City
1908: Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay and Montgomery
1907: Bishop forbids Christian membership in Dutch Textile Union
1905: Dutch government of De Master begins
1904: Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
1903: Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
1897: W B Purvis patents electric railway switch
1896: George Washington Carmack discoveres gold in Klondike region of Yukon
1894: Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
1892: Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance
1891: 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in New York City (People's Bath)
1891: Electric self-starter for automobile patented
1879: Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
1877: Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
1877: Phobos (Martian satellite) discovered (A Hall)
1876: Opera "Gotterdammerung" premieres in Bayreuth
1870: 1st ascent of Mount Rainier, Washington
1869: 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)
1866: Bathe and Prussia signs peace treaty
1863: Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1863: Federal batteries and ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
1862: Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
1859: 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette Ind
1858: 1st bank in Hawaii opens
1846: U.S. fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California
1836: British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death
1836: HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time
1835: Solymon Merrick patents wrench
1834: Charles Darwin reaches top of Campana, Chile
1827: Dutch King Willem I/Pope Leo XII sign concord
1808: Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
1807: Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1796: English beat Bataafs Navy in Saldanha Bay
1788: Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
1787: Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
1743: Sweden and Russia sign peace treaty
1717: France, Russia and Prussia sign agreement
1648: Battle at Preston, Lancashire: Henry Ireton beats Scottish
1585: Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by duke of Parma
1579: Francois van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I
1577: Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
1563: King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult
1544: Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
1498: Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows and office to marry a French princess
1180: Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against emperor Kiyomori Taira
682: St. Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope