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Today's Birthdays

1978: Dionne Bainbridge, born in Brisbane, Australia, New Zealand 200m swimmer 1996 Olympics
1975: Kimmo Timonen, hockey defenseman, Team Finland, Bronze Medal 1998 Olympics
1975: Claude N'Goran, born in Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
1974: Torrian Gray, safety for the Minnesota Vikings
1974: Petra Kamstra, born in Rotterdam, Holland, tennis star, 1995 Surabaya doubles
1974: Tina Krizan, Maribor Slovenia, tennis star, 1995 Surabaya doubles
1973: Rob Johnson, NFL quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
1973: Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback for the Buffalo Bills
1971: Mariaan de Swardt, born in Johannesburg, South Africa tennis star, 1996 3rd round Australia
1970: Michael Rapaport, actor, Zak-Zebrahead
1970: Queen Latifah, rap singer and actress, Khadijah James-Living Single
1970: Sarah Thorsett, Winona, Minnesota, 1.5k runner
1969: Shaun Udal, cricketer, Hants off-spinner, England to Australia 1994-95
1969: Michael Dumas, NFL free safety, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars
1969: Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer, 1996 Olympics gold
1968: Joseph Ouellet, hockey forward, Team France 1998
1968: Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety for the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers
1967: Andre Rison, NFL wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs
1967: Derrick Graham, NFL tackle for the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Seat Seahawks
1966: Jerry Cantrell, U.S. rock guitarist, Alice in Chains-Dirt
1965: Geronimo Berroa, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, outfielder for the Oakland A's
1965: Jeff Labarr, rocker, Cinderella-Heartbreak Station
1964: Christina Ferguson, born in Phoenix, Arizona, playmate, Apr, 1983
1964: Bonnie Blair, born in Champaign Illionis, speed skater, 5 Gold Medals 1988, 1992, 1994 Olympics, Bronze Medal 1988 Olympics
1963: Vanessa L. Williams, born in Millwood, New York, 1st black Miss America 1983 and singer
1962: Trevor Franklin, cricketer, opened for New Zealand mid-80's
1961: Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
1961: Kevan James, cricketer, all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls and ton vs. India 1996
1961: Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-captain, Biosphere 2
1960: Claudia Udy, Albuquerque, New Mexico, actress, Out of Control, Nightforce
1960: Richard Biggs, born in Columbus Ohio, actor, Marcus-Days of Our Lives
1960: Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center for the Dallas Stars
1960: Patricia Farinelli, born in Los Angeles, California, playmate, December, 1981
1959: Irene Cara, born in Bronx New York City, actress/singer, Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury
1959: Luc Besson, French Director
1958: Andreas Wenzel, born in Liechtenstein, skier, 1980 Olympics silver
1957: Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist, Midnight Star-No Parking
1957: Christer Fuglesang, born in Stockholm Sweden, physicist/astronaut, Mir backup
1956: Ingamar Stenmark, Sweden, slalom, Olympic-2 gold-1980
1956: "The Model" Rick Martel, Richard Vignault, wrestler, WWF/AWA
1955: Graham Porter, cricketer, 1 day International for Australia 1979
1954: James F Reilly II, born in Mount Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut, STS-89, sk:100
1953: Helmer C Koetje, Dutch 2nd chamber member, CDA
1953: Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer, son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974
1953: Margaret L. Augustine, born in Buffalo, New York, project manager, Biosphere 2
1951: Bill Frisell, born in Baltimore, Maryland, guitarist, composer, song 'Over the Rainbow' featured in move, 'Finding Forrester', Grammy-award winning album 'Unspeakable'
1950: John Hartman, born in Falls Church, Virginia, rock drummer, Doobie Brothers
1950: James Conlon, born in New York City, conductor, Cincinnati May Festival-1979
1950: Brad Dourif, West Virginia, actor, Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty
1949: Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player, 2X world-champ
1949: Starr Danias, born in New York City, ballerina, Turning Point
1948: Eknath Solkar, cricketer, India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder
1947: Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer, Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale
1947: David Lloyd, cricketer, England opener, 214 vs. India 1974
1947: Steven Schiff, born in Chicago, Illinois, Representative-R-New Mexico 1989 - 1998
1947: Karen McCarthy, American Politician
1946: Michael Reagan, talk show host, Ronald's son
1945: Aleksey Vakhonin, U.S.S.R., bantam weight, Gold Medal 1964 Olympics
1943: Kevin Dobson, born in Jackson Heights, New York, actor, Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon
1941: Wilson Pickett, born in Prattville, Alabama, R&B singer, Funky Broadway
1941: Wolfgang Bauer, born in Graz, Styria, writer, playwright, works translated into 24 languages, include, 'Magic Afternoon', 'Change'
1939: Ron Atkinson, British Athlete
1939: Travis Pritchett, rocker, Travis and Bob
1938: Shashi Kapoor, born in Calcutta, India, actor, Shalimar, Heat and Dust
1938: Carl Gottlieb, comedian, Ken Berry Wow Show
1938: Charley Pride, born in Sledge, Mississippi, country singer, Sweet Country
1937: Mark Donohue, auto racer, 1972 Indianapolis 500
1936: Tony Nash, born in England, bobsled, 1964 Olympics gold
1936: Robert Lee Smith, U.S. singer, Tams, You Lied to Your Daddy
1936: Hans Peter Bleuel, writer
1933: Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi
1932: F. W. de Klerk, president South Africa, 1989-94
1932: John Updike, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, writer, novelist, art critic, literary critic, Pulitzer Prize winner
1931: Howard Coble, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Representative-R-North Carolina 1985 -
1930: Maurice Peress, born in New York City, conductor, KC Philharmonic 1974-80
1929: Ctirad Kohoutek, composer
1929: Christa Wolf, German novelist, Divided Heaven
1928: William R. Boggs, born in Georgia, Brigadier General and chief of engineers under Bragg
1928: Fidel V Ramos, President, Phillipines
1927: John Harold Kander, composer, Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer
1927: George Plimpton, New York City, sports writer, Paper Lion
1925: Peter Graves, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, actor, James Phelps-Mission Impossible
1924: Madhussudan Rege, cricketer, 15 runs in only Test India vs. WI 1948-49
1922: Egon Bahr, German journalist/politician
1920: John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, Poland, Pope, 1978-
1920: Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator
1919: Laila Schou Nilsen, born in Norway, downhill skier, 1936 Olympics gold
1919: Len Johnson, cricketer, Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948
1916: Louis Toebosch, composer
1915: Richard Thomas Condon, author
1914: Cesar Guerra Peixe, composer
1914: James Pack, naval officer museum curator
1913: Rene Clement, born in Bordeaux, France, director and writer, Is Paris Burning
1913: William Hutchinson Murray, mountaineer/author
1913: Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/Rhine
1913: W. H. Murray, Scottish Athlete
1911: Smiley Burnette, Summum, Illinois, cowboy, Charlie-Petticoat Junction
1910: Chiang Ching-huo, son of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek/President, 1978-88
1908: Louis Gaste, songwriter
1907: Eleanor L "Betty" Compton, U.S. actress, Here Comes Trouble
1906: Roy L Johnson, U.S. Admiral, WW II-Pacific Ocean
1905: John Kirkpatrick, New York City, pianist, Concord Sonata
1905: Robert Donat, born in England, actor, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Citadel
1905: Mollie Parnis, born in New York City, fashion designer, Mollie Roberts Collection
1903: Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Politician
1901: Manly Hall, Canadian Philosopher
1901: Piotr Perkowski, composer
1899: Lavrenti Beria, chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin
1898: Otto Jochum, composer
1897: Betty Compson, actress, Big City, Docks Of New York
1893: Wilfred Owen, born in England, anti-war poet, Anthem for Doomed Youth
1892: Robert P Tristram Coffin, poet/reporter, WW II
1890: Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
1889: F Rijkens, oldest living person in Netherlands
1888: Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
1886: Kurt Koffka, Germany, Gestalt psychologist
1886: Edward Everett Horton, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor/narrator, Bulwinkle Show
1886: Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, Dutch author, Between Heaven and Earth
1882: Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
1881: Paul Le Flem, composer
1881: Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player, elected 1963
1880: Christopher K H de Neree tot Babberich, cartoonist
1877: Clem Hill, cricketer, all-time great Australian batsman
1877: Edgar Cayce, American
1874: Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian Philosopher
1872: Frank Hoyt Losey, composer
1869: Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister, C, 1937-40
1867: Michael G de Boer, historian, Harbor of Amsterdam
1866: John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs, 1913-18
1866: Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
1864: Karl M Lybeck, Finnish/Swedish language poet, Samlade Arbeten
1858: Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, Diesel motor
1848: Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
1844: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, born in Tikhvin, Russia, composer, Scheherazade
1843: Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium, 1899
1839: Francis Fessenden, Major General Union volunteers
1838: Jan B Stobbaerts, Flemish painter
1838: Randal Cremer, born in Britain, trade unionist, pacifist, Nobel 1903
1837: Grover Cleveland, born in New Jersey, 22nd/24th President, 1885-89, 93-97
1830: Numa D Fustel de Coulanges, French historian and sociologist
1829: William Robertson Boggs, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1813: Friedrich Hebbel, writer
1809: Gabriel de la Concepcion Valdes, Placido, Cuban poet
1782: John Caldwell Calhoun, South Carolina, Andrew Jackson's Vice President, 1825 - 1832
1782: John C. Calhoun, American Statesman
1781: Gustave Vogt, composer
1765: David H Chasse, Dutch baron/general, fought Napoleon at Waterloo
1756: Johann Christoph Vogel, composer
1734: Joseph Schmitt, composer
1690: Christian Goldbach, German mathematician, Goldbach position
1657: Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
1644: Gottfried Wegner, composer
1609: Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway, 1648-70, ; absolutist
1578: Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, baptized
1556: Francois-Hercule de Valois, French duke of Anjou/Brabant
1548: Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter and poet
1380: Liduina van Schiedam, Dutch "Christ's bride"/saint


Today in History

2011: After no-fly zone was imposed on Libya, its government announced a ceasefire, which it immediately violated, killing 25 civilians in Misrata
2011: Newspapers report that Japan will issue over 10 trillion yen in emergency government bonds to help pay for their earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts
2010: After five years of research by the Dresden Historians' Commission, a report stated a reduced figure of 25,000 people died in the 1945 Dresden bombing
1997: Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
1996: 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
1995: Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement
1995: STS-67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16 days
1995: Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada
1994: Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands
1994: Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy
1994: South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
1993: Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in New York City
1993: Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
1993: "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 556 performances
1992: Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
1992: Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in World Cup at Albury
1992: "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 38 perf
1992: Leona Helmsley sentence to 4 years for tax evasion
1991: Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey
1991: Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
1991: Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
1991: Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round
1990: A Tampa little leaguer, dies, after being struck by a pitch
1990: Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen
1990: Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
1990: 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
1990: 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
1989: California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
1989: Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capitals record of 7 pts in a game
1989: 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
1987: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987: Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica and Matthew)
1986: Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
1986: Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Qld
1985: Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle
1985: Capital Cities Communications Inc. acquires ABC
1984: Chris Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
1982: Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
1981: Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
1980: Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
1979: "On the 20th Century" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 460 performances
1979: Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1979: Battles between Kurds and Iranians break in Sananday Iran
1978: Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
1978: 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario California
1977: Vietnam hands over MIA to U.S.
1977: Clash releases their 1st recording "White Riot"
1977: U.S. restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea and Cambodia
1975: Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
1974: Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
1973: Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1973: "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 296 performances
1972: AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
1972: Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
1972: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1972: Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
1971: 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
1970: Mail service paralyzed by 1st major postal strike
1970: KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
1970: NFL selects Wilson as official football and scoreboard as official time
1970: Cambodia military coup under General Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
1969: "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 7 performances
1968: Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
1968: WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968: WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967: Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock and spills oil
1967: Beatles' "Penny Lane," single goes #1
1966: General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
1966: Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
1966: "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 3 performances
1965: "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 220 performances
1965: U.S.S.R. launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 minutes)
1965: Rolling Stones fined 5 pounds each for public urination
1963: Supreme Court's Miranda Decision; defendants must have lawyers
1963: "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 264 performances
1963: WGSF TV channel 28 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963: France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1962: Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of U.S.S.R.
1962: Algerian War ends after 7 years (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
1961: Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
1959: Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
1958: Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
1957: WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
1955: I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
1953: Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
1953: KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953: Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
1953: 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
1953: NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
1952: 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
1952: Communist offensive in Korea
1951: Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1950: "Touch and Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 176 performances
1950: CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
1949: WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949: NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, treaty ratified
1948: Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
1948: France and Great Britain and Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
1945: Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals
1945: U.S. Task Force 58 attacks targets on Kiushu
1945: 1,250 U.S. bombers attacks Berlin
1944: Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
1944: 2,500 women trample guards and floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago, Illinois department store
1943: Red Army evacuates Belgorod
1943: James Oglethorpe (U.S.) and Terkolei (Netherlands), torpedoed and sinks
1942: 2 black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out
1942: Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters
1940: Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France and Britain
1938: Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
1938: President Cardena of Mexico nationalizes U.S. and British oil companies
1938: New York 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
1937: Gas explosion in school in New London Texas: 294 die
1933: Radio Clube de Mocambique's, 1st radio transmission
1933: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1933: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1931: Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
1931: 1st electric shavers go on sale in U.S. from Schick
1930: Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
1929: Dmitri Shostakovich' "The new Babylon," premieres in Leningrad
1922: British magistrates in India sentence Mohandas K. Gandhi to 6 years in prison for disobedience
1922: WBT-AM in Charlotte North Carolina begins radio transmissions
1922: 1st intercollegiate indoor polo championship (Princeton vs Yale)
1921: Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
1921: 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
1920: Greece adopts the Gregorian calendar
1919: Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
1918: Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
1918: Socialist Youth AJC organizes in Amsterdam
1915: French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed
1915: Failed British attack in Dardanelles
1914: White Wolf gang beats government army in Jingdezhen China
1911: North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law
1910: 1st opera by an U.S. composer (Converse) performed at the Met, New York City
1909: Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
1904: 1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
1902: Schonberg's "Verklarte Nacht," premieres in Vienna
1902: Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
1900: Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms
1899: Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering
1895: 200 blacks leave Savannah, Georgia for Liberia
1892: Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
1891: Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
1890: 1st U.S. state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
1881: Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opens (MSG)
1877: President Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Washington D.C.
1871: Communards revolt in Paris
1870: 1st U.S. National Wildlife Preserve, Lake Meritt in Oakland California
1865: Battle of Wilson's raid to Selma, Alabama
1865: Congress of Confederate States of American adjourns for last time
1864: Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240
1859: Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
1858: Dutch Van der Brugghen government resigns
1850: Henry Wells and William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
1847: 1st Dutch public telegram
1835: Charles Darwin departs Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass
1834: 1st railroad tunnel in U.S. completed, in Pennsylvania (275 m long)
1818: Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
1813: David Melville, Newport, Rhode Island, patents apparatus for making coal gas
1810: "Converse," 1st U.S. opera, premieres in New York
1793: 2nd Battle at Neerwinden: Austria army beats France
1773: Oliver Goldsmith' "She Stoops to Conquer," premieres in London
1766: Britain repeals the Stamp Act
1754: Duke of Newcastle becomes English premier
1673: Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
1583: Dutch States General and Anjou sign treaty
1582: Prince Willem of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
1541: Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi R)
1532: English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1509: Emperor Maximilian I names Margaretha land guardians of Netherlands
1438: Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Germany
1229: German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem
1190: Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St. Edmonds England
1167: Battle of El-Babein, Egypt: Franks under Amalrik vs Syrians
1123: 1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
731: St. Gregory III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
417: St. Zosimus begins his reign as Catholic Pope