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Today's Birthdays


1981: Lauri Illy, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, rhythmic gymnast 1996 Olympics
1980: Corey Carrier, actor, Young Indiana Jones
1978: Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing, Finland, 1998 Olympics
1974: Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia 1997
1972: Derrick Alston, NBA forward for the Philadelphia 76ers
1971: Brett Bech, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
1971: Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys
1971: Bernard Whittington, defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts
1971: David Walliams, born in Surrey, England, actor, appeared on 'Little Britain', 'Neighbours', 'Capturing Mary', television shows
1971: Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor, Sam-Together We Stand
1971: Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end, Detroit Lions
1970: Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star, 1996 quarterfinalist Essen
1970: John Carmack, born in Roeland Park, Kansas, game programmer, co-founder of id Software, lead programmer for computer games, 'Quake', 'Doom', 'Commander Keen' series
1970: Jay McNeil, CFL guard for the Calgary Stampeders
1970: Fred Durst, American Musician
1969: Bart Spark, soccer player, Veendam, South Carolina Heerenveen
1968: Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard 1996 Olympics bronze
1967: Andy Benes, born in Evansville, Indiana, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
1967: Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, rower 1996 Olympics
1966: Greg Jackson, NFL strong safety, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers
1966: Steven Finn, Laval, NHL defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings
1966: Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA, 1988, actress, Baywatch
1964: Giuseppe Giannini, Rome, Italy, soccer player, Rome A Team
1963: Bruce Hick, Australian rower 1996 Olympics
1962: James Marsters, American Actor
1962: Loretta Alderete, born in Los Angeles, California, LPGA golfer, 1992 Oldsmobile-14th
1962: Robert Meyer, Sacramento Cal, Canadian Tour golfer, 1994 Morningstar
1962: Duffy James Joseph Waldorf, Jr., born in Los Angeles, California, PGA golfer, 1995 LaCantera Tx
1961: Greg Egan, born in Perth, Western Australia, author, science fiction, books include, 'Permutation City', 'Diaspora', 'Incandescence'
1961: Linda Mantz, New York City, actress, Frankie-Dorothy
1960: Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress, Beth-Four Seasons
1960: Mark Langston, born in San Diego, California, pitcher for the California Angels
1959: Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer, 1994 PING-Cellular One
1958: Lenny Henry, British comedian, 3 of a Kind
1957: Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host
1957: Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach California beach volleyballer, 1996 Olympics silver
1957: Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
1957: Cindy Nicholas, Canada, swimmer, swam English Channel 19 times
1956: Rick Olsen, rock guitarist, Berlin-Take My Breath Away
1956: Alvin Greenidge, cricketer, WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff
1956: Joan Allen, Illinois, actress, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country
1955: Jay Acovone, Mahopac, New York, actor, Det Rado-Hollywood Beat
1955: Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist 1996 Olympics
1955: Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist, Bob Color
1954: William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix, Illinois, basketballer 1976 Olympics gold
1954: Theresa Saldana, born in Brooklyn, New York, actress, Rachel Scali-Commish
1954: Al Roker, Queens, New York, weatherman, NBC, Today
1953: Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor, Gary-30 Something
1952: Rudy Gatlin, Olney, Texas, country singer, Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady
1952: John Hiatt, U.S. singer and songwriter, Have a Little Faith in Me
1952: John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner, 1978-95, captain 1988
1951: Phil Lynott, Dublin Ireland, rock bassist, Thin Lizzy
1951: Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
1951: Greg Bear, American Writer
1951: Greg[ory Dale] Bear, U.S., sci-fi author, 2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity
1948: Robert Plant, English rock vocalist, Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love
1947: James Pankow, born in St. Louis, Missouri, rocker, Chicago
1946: Connie Chung, TV news anchor, NBC, CBS
1944: Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians
1944: Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, 1984-89
1942: Isaac Hayes, born in Memphis, Tennessee, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, Academy-Award winner
1942: Hans-Joachim Klein, born in West Germany, 100m swimmer 1964 Olympics bronze
1941: Slobodan Milocevic, premier Serbia
1941: William H. Gray, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Representative-D-Pennsylvania 1979 - 1991
1940: Sam Melville, Utah, actor, Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks
1940: Bill McCartney, American Celebrity
1940: Rex Sellers, Australia cricketer leg-spinner, bowled 5 overs in Tests
1940: Ruben Hinojosa, American Politician
1939: Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino Actor
1938: Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut, T-6, TM-7, STS-86
1937: Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP, CDA
1937: George Thoma, born in West Germany, cross country ski jumper 1960 Olympics gold
1936: Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
1935: Charles Shere, born in Berkeley, California, composer, music critic, Music Director for radio KPFA, Berkeley, wrote book, 'How I Saw Duchamp'
1935: Justin Tubb, born in San Antonio, Texas, country singer, Grand Ole Opry
1935: Ron Paul, American Politician
1935: J. J. Malone, U.S. soul singer, It's a shame
1933: George J. Mitchell, American Politician
1933: Don Fuqua, born in Jacksonville, Florida, Representative-D-Florida 1967 - 1987
1933: George J. Mitchell, born in Waterville, Maine, Senator-D-Maine 1980 - 1995 and Senate Whip 1989 - 1995
1931: Bernhard Becher, photographer, industrialist builder 19th/20th
1929: Norma Connolly, born in Boston, Massachusetts, actress, Ruby Anderson-General Hospital
1924: Jim Reeves, U.S. country singer and actor, Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim
1921: Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1956
1921: Jacqueline Susann, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, author, Valley of the Dolls
1920: Istvan Szivos, Hungary, water polo player 1976 Olympics gold
1914: Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach 1936 Olympics gold
1913: Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
1912: Philip Kapleau, founder, Rochester Zen Center in New Haven
1911: Ronald Udell, England, production designer, Pinewood Studios
1910: Eero Saarinen, Finnish/U.S. architect, IBM Building, MIT Chapel
1909: Albert Roberts, cricketer, New Zealand pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37
1909: Andre Morell, born in London, England, actor, Hound of the Baskervilles
1908: John Reginald Bevins, politician
1908: Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined, population explosion
1908: Jeanne Stern, writer
1908: Alfonso Lopez, baseball player, AL Manager of the year 1959
1908: Al Lopez, American Coach
1907: Stanley Devon, photographer
1907: Shirley Booth, Thelma Booth Ford, New York City, actress, Hazel
1907: Alan Reed, New York City, actor, Mr Adams and Eve, voice, Fred Flintstone
1907: Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
1905: Duncan Macrae, born in Glasgow, Scotland, actor, Casino Royale, Kidnapped
1905: Jack [Weldon J] Teagarden, U.S. trombonist/actor, Meet Band Leaders
1904: Jaap Burger, chairman, PvdA
1902: Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
1901: Salvatore Quasimodo, Italy, poet, critic and translator Nobel 1959
1900: Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
1899: Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist, Church und Welt
1898: G Kraus, director Santpoort, Insanity in Netherlands
1898: Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist, Whom the God's Love
1897: Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author, Det Store Spelet
1892: George Aiken, born in Dummerston, Vermont, Governor of Vermont 1937 - 1941, Senator-R-Vermont, 1941 - 1975
1890: H. P. Lovecraft, American Novelist
1889: Witold Friemann, composer
1888: George Sklavos, composer
1886: Paul Tillich, German/U.S. theologist, Die sozial Entscheidung
1885: Dino Campana, Italian poet, Canti orfici
1881: Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, composer
1881: Edgar Albert Guest, born in Detroit, Michigan, poet/newspaperman
1873: Eliel Saarinen, Finland, architect, GM Tech Institute, Michigan
1873: William Henry Bell, composer
1860: Raymond Poincare, France, president/PM, 1912
1856: Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter, Laodania
1842: Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
1833: Benjamin Harrison, born in North Bend, Ohio, R, 23rd President, 1889-1893
1832: Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor
1824: Absalom Baird, Major General Union Army
1820: Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
1811: Gilman Marston, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1802: Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander Union Navy
1799: Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
1788: Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
1785: Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S. Naval hero, "We have met the enemy"
1779: Freiherr Jons J Berzelius, Swedish chemist, atomic weight
1778: Bernardo O'Higgins, won independence for Chile
1764: Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
1756: Bernardo Bittoni, composer
1720: Bernard de Bury, composer
1710: Thomas Simpson, English mathematician, rules of Simpson
1702: Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-Field Marshal
1666: Alphonse d' Eve, composer
1665: Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar, Gekrookte Reed
1637: Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
1625: Thomas Corneille, French playwright
1561: Jacopo Peri, composer
1526: Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist, Historia Martyrum
1517: Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples, 1571-75

 

Today in History


2010: Game-maker NCsoft is sued by a man claiming he would not have played Lineage II if he knew it was addictive and render him unable to function
2010: Thousands of Kyrgyzstani's rally in response to rumors that Osh's mayor was fired by Kyrgyzstan's interim government
1997: Shelly Moore, 18, of Tennessee, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
1996: India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
1995: "Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 75 performances
1995: Kerrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
1995: Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 37th consecutive save
1994: Ferry boat sinks at Chandpur Bangladesh, 300-350 killed
1994: 109.8 degrees F (43.2 degrees C) in Cordoba, Spain
1994: Archbishop Quarracino wants all homosexuals to leave Argentina
1993: Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria
1993: Colin Jackson runs world record 110m hurdles (12.91)
1993: Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago, Illinois
1992: England get 7-363 in 55 overs vs Pakistan, then world ODI record
1992: Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler
1991: Estonia declares it's independence from U.S.S.R. itself independent
1991: Dolphin Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a 5-year extension for $25 million
1991: Norbert Rosza swims world record 100m breast stroke (1:01.29)
1990: Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields)
1990: George Steinbrenner steps down as New York Yankee owner
1990: New York Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 15 home runs (approx 132 at bat)
1990: Gene Michael names New York Yankee Vice President/General Manager replacing Harding Peterson
1989: Howard Johnson joins B Bonds and W Mays to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases
1989: Aak crashes into pleasure boat The Margin on the Thames, 51 killed
1989: Janet Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)
1989: Said Aouita runs world record 3000 m (7:29.45)
1988: 6.5 earthquake strikes India/Nepal, 1,000s killed
1988: Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria sets 100m hurdle woman's record (12.21)
1986: Phils Don Carmen perfect game bid is broken in 9th
1986: Mail carrier Patrick Sherrill, Edmond Ok, shot 14 fellow workers dead
1985: Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
1985: 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)
1985: Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
1985: Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
1985: Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
1982: U.S. Marines land in Beirut, Lebanon
1982: Don Lever becomes 1st captain of New Jersey Devils
1980: New York Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
1980: Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mount Everest
1980: U.N. Security Council condemns (14-0, U.S. abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jersualem is it's capital
1980: Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
1980: Mount Everest climbed by Italian Reinhold Messner, alone
1980: Cleveland Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
1979: India premier Charan Singh resigns
1979: Singer Vikki Carr and Michael Nilsson wed
1978: Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
1978: Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
1978: Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
1978: Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
1977: NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
1975: Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars, soft landing
1975: Il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126
1974: Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
1974: Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
1974: Nelson Rockefeller becomes V.P.
1974: President Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon's resignation
1972: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1972: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
1971: FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr
1970: Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
1969: 69 cm rainfall in Nelson Co., Virginia (state record)
1968: 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
1968: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1967: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
1967: Alvin Dark (52-69) is fired, rehired, and fired again as manager of A's
1966: Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
1965: Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 U.S. hit)
1965: Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron (1954 - 1965) pass Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig hitting 772 home runs while playing together on the same team
1964: Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 vs. India in only Test Cricket innings
1964: Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders
1964: President Johnson signs Economic Opportunity Act
1964: Lyndon Baines Johnson signs anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion
1962: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961: East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
1961: Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
1960: U.S.S.R. recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
1960: Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
1959: Belgium shortens conscription to 12 months
1958: Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
1958: Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years
1957: USAAF ballon breaks an altitude record at 102,000' (310,896 m)
1957: Chicago White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Washington Senators, 6-0
1957: "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater New York City for 62 performances
1957: White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Senators 6-0
1956: Republicans convene at Cow Palace
1955: 1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA Hanes, Palmdale, California
1955: Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria
1953: General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests premier Mossadeq of Persia
1953: Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
1952: Stalin meets Chou Enlai
1949: Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution
1949: 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
1948: U.S. expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
1948: 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
1947: Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
1947: Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
1945: Russian troops occupy Harbin and Mukden
1945: Dodgers Tommy Brown, 17, is youngest player to hit a home run
1945: Robert Hamilton wins PGA golf tournament
1945: Tommy Brown, Brooklyn Dodger becomes youngest home run hitter (17)
1944: "Anna Lucasta," opens on Broadway
1944: General de Gaulle returns to France
1944: 26th PGA Championship: Bob Hamilton at Manito G and CC Spokane Wash
1944: Russian offensive at Jassy and Kisjinev
1944: U.S. and British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap
1942: Dim-out regulations implemented in San Francisco
1941: Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males
1940: 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
1940: British Prime Minister Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
1940: Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies Aug 21
1939: Russian offensive under General Zjoekov against Japanese invasion in Mongolia
1939: 1st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)
1938: Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd and last grand slam
1935: Military coup by General Pons and president Ibarra in Ecuador
1934: Ponsford out for 266 in his final Test Cricket match
1931: 45th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen Whitingstall (64 61)
1930: Bradman scores 232 in 5th Test Cricket at The Oval
1930: Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (New York City)
1929: 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
1926: Uprising against Reza Shah Pahlawi in Persia
1925: WJR-AM in Detroit Michigan begins radio transmissions
1923: London harbor strike ends
1922: 1st world championship athletics for women, held in Paris
1921: 35th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats M Browne (46 64 62)
1920: Israel publishes it's 1st medical journal "Ha-Refuah"
1920: Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football League
1920: Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
1920: Allen Woodring wins Oympic 200 m dash wearing borrowed shoes
1920: 1st U.S. coml radio, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit began daily broadcasting
1919: Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
1918: Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
1915: Italy declares war on Turkey
1915: White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleveland in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, and $31,500
1914: Bavarian troops kill 50 inhabitants of Nomeny France
1914: German army captured Brussels as the Belgian army retreated to Antwerp
1914: Battle of Bounderies: Lorraine, Ardennen, Sambre and Meuse, Mons
1914: Battle at Gumbinnen, East-Prussia: Russian beat Germans
1914: Battle at Morhange: German troops chase French, killing 1000s
1913: 1st pilot to parachute from an aircraft (Adolphe Pegoud-France)
1913: Piotr Nesterow 1st flight (Kiev Ukraine)
1912: Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect
1912: Washington Senator Carl Cushion no-hits Cleveland Indians, 2-0 in 6 innings
1910: U.S. supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
1908: Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
1901: Fawcett committee visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony
1900: Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
1896: Dial telephone patented
1895: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Norwood Builder"
1893: Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
1888: Longest U.S. men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
1882: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow
1879: Government Kappeijne of Coppello resigns
1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
1865: President Johnson proclaims an end to "insurrection" in Tx
1864: 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia (about 3900 casualties)
1856: Wilberforce University forms in Ohio
1852: Steamer "Atlantic" collided with fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
1795: Joseph Haydn returns to Vienna from England
1794: General Mad Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers Ohio
1791: Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovers Alaska
1781: George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle Scotland
1741: Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering
1648: Battle of Lens: French duke d'Enghien defeats Spaniards
1641: Britain and Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
1619: 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
1604: Spanish garrison of Sluis surrenders to count Maurice
1597: 1st Dutch East India Company ships returned from Far East
1585: English queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: aid to Netherland
1566: Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp Belgium
1534: Turkish Admiral Chaireddin"Barbarossa" occupies Tunis
1191: Crusader King Richard I kills 3,000 muslim prisoners in Akko
917: Battle at Anchialus: Bulgaria army counter attacks Byzantines
573: Gregory of Tours selected bishop of Tours
2: Venus-Jupiter in conjunction-Star of Bethlehem