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Today's Birthdays


1986: Amedeo, Belgium, son of princess Astrid/arch duke Lorenz
1986: Charlotte Church, born in Cardiff, Wales, singer, songwriter, actress, classical crossover singer, host of 'The Charlotte Church Show', worth $20 million pounds
1976: Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing for the Edmonton Oilers
1976: Robin Confer, soccer forward 1996 Olympics
1975: Scott Miller, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer, 1996 Olympics silver
1975: Troy Slaten, actor, Jerry-Parker Lewis Can't Lose
1974: Rohsaan Griffin, Texas City Texas, 200m runner
1974: Alexei Lojkin, NHL forward, Belarus, 1998 Olympics
1973: Les Gutches, Medford Oregon, 180 lbs freestyle wrestler, 1996 Olympics
1973: Brian Rolston, Flint, NHL left wing, Olympics-1994, New Jersey Devils
1973: Justin Sane, American Musician
1972: Karl DeWolf, hockey defenseman, Team France 1998
1971: Terry Mickens, NFL wide reciever, Green Bay Packers Superbowl 31
1971: Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player, SVDB, Vitesse
1971: Jeff Schmidt, U.S. baseball pitcher for the California Angels
1971: Jey Phillips, WLAF safety for the Amsterdam Admirals
1970: Michael Slater, cricketer, devastating Australia opening bat since 1993
1970: Javier De La Hoya, Mexican/U.S. baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins
1970: Will Moore, NFL wide receiver, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars
1970: Patrick Pilloni, hockey forward, Team Austria 1998
1970: Marc Woodard, NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles
1969: Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier 1992 Olympics gold
1969: Dean Noel, CFL full back for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
1968: Terry Allen, NFL running back, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins
1968: Pellom McDaniels, NFL defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs
1967: Leroy Russel Burrell, Philadelphia, long jumper 1996 Olympics
1967: Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player, PSV, FC Groningen
1966: Wendy James, born in London, England, vocalist, Transvision Vamp-Velveteen
1966: Bronwen Booth, London, actress, Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil
1966: Chris Donnels, U.S. baseball infielder for the Houston Astros
1966: Edie Boyer, St. Paul, Minnesota, discus thrower
1965: Keith Arthurton, cricketer, Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty bat
1965: Jayson Meyer, Regina Saskatchewan, hockey defenseman, Team Germany
1964: Mark E Kelly, Orange, New Jersey, Lt USN/astronaut
1964: Alana Soares, born in Redondo Beach, California, playmate, Mar, 1983
1964: Willie Pless, CFL linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos
1964: Scott J Kelly, Orange, New Jersey, Lt USN/astronaut
1963: Michael Gostigian, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, pentathelete, 1992, 1996 Olympics
1963: Billy Baldwin, American Designer
1963: Greg Turner, Dunedin New Zealand, Australasia golfer
1962: David Foster Wallace, born in New York, author, novelist, short story and literary fiction writer
1961: Chuck Palahniuk, American Novelist
1961: Ranking Roger, rock vocalist, English Beat-Drowning
1961: Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner, world record
1961: Christopher Atkins, Rye, New York, actor, Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon
1958: Jack Coleman, Easton, Pennsylvania, actor, Steven Carrington-Dynasty
1958: Alan Trammell, Garden Grove California, infielder for the Detroit Tigers
1958: Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert, Body by Jake
1958: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton, New Jersey, country vocalist, This Shirt
1956: Woody Brown, Dayton Ohio, actor, Cliff-Facts of Life
1954: Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash 1976 Olympics silver
1953: William L Petersen, actor, Return to Lonesome Dove
1953: Christine Ebersole, Park Forest, Illinois, actress, SNL, Valerie, Tootsie
1953: William Petersen, American Actor
1952: Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist, Stranglers-Dreamtime
1951: Michael Cotten, rock synthesizer, Tubes
1951: John Parker, cricketer, New Zealand batsman of 70s
1951: Vince Welnick, rock keyboardist, Tubes
1949: Jerry Harrison, Milwaukee, rock keyboardist, Talking Heads
1948: Larry Ragland, Richmond, Virginia, comedian, Keep on Truckin'
1947: Olympia Snowe, American Politician
1947: Olympia J. Snowe, born in Augusta, Maine, Representative-R-Maine 1979 - 1995, Senator-R-Maine 1995 -
1946: Desmond Lewis, WI cricket batsman/keeper, avg 86.33 in 3 Tests
1946: Tricia Nixon Cox, Richard Milhaus' daughter, or 0202
1946: Tyne Daly, born in Madison, Wisconsin, actress, Cagney and Lacey, Angel Unchained
1946: Alan Rickman, actor, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
1946: Anthony Daniels, English Actor
1945: Sudhir Naik, cricketer, Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974
1945: Paul Newton, rock bassist
1944: Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet, Impossible Work
1944: Kitty Winn, Washington D.C., actress, Beacon Hill
1943: Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
1943: David Geffen, American Businessman
1943: David Geffin, born in Brooklyn, New York, record producer, Geffin, Asylum
1943: Roberto Faenza, director, Cop Killers, Corrupt
1942: Margarethe Von Trotta, Berlin Germany, actress/director, Marianne
1941: Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner
1940: John Lewis, born in Troy, Alabama, Representative-D-Georgia 1987 -
1940: Peter McEnery, England, actor, Game is Over, Moonspinners
1939: Richard Beymer, Avoca, Iowa, actor, West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank
1939: Ron Nagle, rock producer, Riding with the King
1938: Beryl Anthony, Jr., born in El Dorado, Arkansas, Representative-D-California 1979 - 1993
1937: Jilly Cooper, British Author
1937: Gary Lockwood, born in Van Nuys, California, actor, 2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant
1937: Ron Clarke, Australia, runner, held 19 world records
1936: Barbara Jordan, born in Houston, Texas, Representative-D-Texas, 1972 - 1978
1935: Mark McManus, actor, Taggart, Nightstick, 2000 Weeks, 12th Night
1934: Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress, Maude, Golden Girls
1933: Nina Simone, born in Tyron, North Carolina, vocalist/pianist, Porgy
1932: Harald V, King of Norway, 1991-
1931: Larry Hagman, TV actor, I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas
1927: Hubert de Givenchy, Beauvais France, fashion designer, Audrey Hepburn
1927: Erma Bombeck, born in Dayton, Ohio, humorist, Grass is Always Greener...
1927: Pierre Mercure, composer
1926: Hans Andreus, Johan W van der Zant, Dutch poet, Animal Language
1925: Jack Ramsay, NBA coach
1925: Sam Peckinpah, born in Fresno, California, film director, Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs
1925: Al Fann, Cleveland, actor, Alvin-He's the Mayor
1924: Robert G Mugabe, premier/president of Zimbabwe
1923: Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress, Ruthless, Ziegfeld Follies
1923: Lola Flores, entertainer
1922: Murray "the K" Kaufman, New York City DJ, 5th Beatle
1921: John Rawls, American Educator
1917: Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier, 1963-65
1915: Godfrey Brown, England, 4 x 400m runner 1936 Olympics gold
1915: Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress, Dodge City, Another World
1914: Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist, Parool/VARA
1914: Arnold S Denker, New York, U.S. chess champion, 1944-46
1913: Glenn M. Anderson, born in Hawthorne, California, Representative-D-California 1969 - 1993
1912: Arline Judge, actress, Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent
1912: Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, Arkadia 598-Schubert
1912: Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
1910: Douglas R S Bader, British pilot, WW II
1909: Helen O Dickens, Henderson, U.S. physician/gynaecologist
1909: George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
1909: Hans Erni, born in Switzerland, painter and sculptor
1907: W. H. Auden, U.S., poet, Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948
1904: Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
1903: Fairfax Cone, American Businessman
1903: Madeleine Renaud, Paris, France, actress, Helene, Longest Day
1903: Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner for the Boston Red Sox
1903: Raymond Queneau, M Presle, French author, Un Enfant a Dit
1903: Anais Nin, born in Paris, novelist, Winter of Artifice, House of Incense
1902: Arthur D Nock, English/U.S. historian, St. Paul
1900: Sydney Arnold, English comic/actor, Miss Jones and Son
1900: Madeleine Renaud, French actress/theater director, Plaisir
1898: Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer, Gayaneh
1897: Celia Lovsky, Vienna Aus, actress, Airport, Harlow, T'Pau-Star Trek
1896: Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer, Blue Jackets
1893: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist, Mother, Deserter
1893: Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist
1892: Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet/writer/feminist
1892: Harry Stack Sullivan, American Psychologist
1889: Felix Aylmer, actor, Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St. Joan
1888: Florence Bates, Texas, actress, Moon and Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio
1888: Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist, Religious Build Up
1887: Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
1885: Sacha Guitry, France, actor and playwright, Story of a Cheat
1883: J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer, dual South African cricket/soccer rep
1881: Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
1880: Frank Orth, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, actor, Boston Blackie, Brothers
1878: Fritz Cortolezis, composer
1877: Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
1876: Constantin Brancusi, Romanian/French sculptor, Princesse X
1875: Jeanne Louise Calment, France, world's oldest woman, died at 122
1867: Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
1861: Pierre Breville, composer
1857: Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium, 1907
1856: Hendrik P Berlage, architect, Stock exchange Amsterdam
1855: Alice Freeman Palmer, educator, Hall of Fame
1852: [James] Burner Matthews, U.S. playwright/critic, New York Times
1844: Charles-Marie Widor, Lyons France, composer and professor, Paris Conservatory
1837: Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer, Canteres Gallegos, Follas Novas
1836: Leo Delibes, Saint-Germain-du-Val France, ballet composer, Coppelia
1836: Emil Hartmann, composer
1836: Clement-Philibert-Leo Delibes, composer
1831: Eduard Rappoldi, composer
1829: Johnson Hagood, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1821: Charles Scribner, U.S., music publisher, Scribner Catalog
1817: Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist, El rey Loco
1815: Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
1814: Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
1805: David Tod, U.S. diplomat, Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63
1802: George Douglas Ramsey, Major general Union Army
1801: John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author, Dream of Gerontius
1801: Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer
1800: John Henry Winder, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1795: Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer
1794: Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, president of Mexico, 1833-36
1785: Karl A. Varnhagen von Ense, German officer/author, Die Sterner
1779: Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
1776: Vincenzo Lavigna, composer
1755: Anne Grant, Scottish Poet
1744: Eise J Eisinga, Frisia, built planetarium Franeker
1730: Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter
1728: Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian tsar, 1762, husband of Catherine
1710: Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet, Human Life
1690: Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer
1684: Justus van Effen, writer/founder, Holland Spectator
1674: Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
1556: Sethus Calvisius, composer
1484: Joachim I Nestor, elector, Brandenburg, Constitution
1417: Louis IX, Duke of Bayern, University of Ingolstadt

 

Today in History


2011: A professor from New York University has an experimental life-blogging camera removed from his head after his immune system rejected the implant
2011: A state of emergency due to snow is declared in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
2010: The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced foreign direct investment into China has risen for the sixth consecutive month, up $8.3 billion year-on-year
2001: 43rd Grammy Awards, U2, Steely Dan, Macy Gray and Sting win major awards
1998: Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1997: "Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres
1997: STS-82 (Discovery 22) lands
1996: Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
1995: CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
1995: RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
1993: 43rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-132 (OT) at Salt Lake City
1993: Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
1992: Kristi Yamaguchi of U.S. wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
1991: U.S.S.R. announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War U.S. calls the plan unacceptable
1991: "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 780 performances
1991: Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," premieres in New York City
1990: 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
1989: Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling
1989: U.S. bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1 Billion street value)
1988: Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
1988: Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
1988: Actor Dudley Moore marries actress Brogan Lane
1987: Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1987: Syrian army marches into Beirut
1986: Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 and suspended for 10 weeks
1986: AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
1985: Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race
1985: Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator
1985: Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)
1983: NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
1983: Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 minutes 7.1 seconds
1982: "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 1604 performances
1982: "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 36 performances
1982: Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
1981: NASA launches Comstar D-4
1981: "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
1981: Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
1980: Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
1980: Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
1979: Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite and Corsa-B (550/580 km)
1979: 2 Iowa girls High School basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
1977: 74 Unification Church couples wed in New York City
1976: "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 7 performances
1976: Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht
1975: John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
1975: John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman sentenced to 2-8 yrs
1974: Silver hits record $5.96 an ounce in London
1974: Israeli forces leave western Suez
1974: Yugoslavia adopts constitution
1973: Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
1973: Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
1972: Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in New York City
1972: Richard Nixon becomes 1st U.S. president to visit China
1971: Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
1971: Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 117
1970: Jackson 5 make TV debut on American Bandstand
1970: Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang and Muong Suy
1969: Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators
1969: 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)
1968: 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin
1968: Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
1966: Indonesia's president Sukarno fires General Nasution
1964: U.K. flies 24,000 rolls of Beatle wallpaper to U.S.
1963: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962: Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen Netherlands
1961: Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
1961: Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich
1961: Gabon adopts constitution
1960: Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1958: Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser president with 99.9 percent of the vote
1958: "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 3 performances
1957: Dodgers (Ft. Worth) and Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
1953: Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
1953: Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
1953: "Maggie" closes at National Theater New York City after 5 performances
1952: Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
1952: Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
1952: Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage to Michael Wilding
1951: South Carolina House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
1950: WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1947: 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in New York City, by E H Land
1947: 1st broadcast of 1st U.S. TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
1947: Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ
1946: Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
1945: Archbishop De Jong calls for help with war casualties
1945: U.S. 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line
1945: British Army captures Goch
1944: "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (New York City only)
1943: German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia
1943: Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
1942: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht
1942: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
1941: U.S. Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brigadier-General
1939: Belgian government of Pierlot forms
1934: Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by National Guard
1932: Andre Tardieu becomes premier of France
1932: Camera exposure meter patented, W. N. Goodwin
1931: Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play 1st exhibition night game
1931: Alka Seltzer introduced
1930: Marc Connelly's "Green Pastures," premieres in New York City
1927: Franz Lehr's opera "Zarewitsch," premieres
1925: Mass meeting of SPD's Reichsbanner Black-Red-Gold in Magdeburg
1925: 1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published
1923: Andre Charlot's musical "Rats," premieres in London
1922: Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die
1922: WHK-AM in Cleveland OH begins radio transmissions
1922: Great Britain grants Egypt independence
1920: Darius Milhaud and Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris
1919: German National Meeting accepts Anschluss: incorporation of Austria
1919: Revolutionary strike in Barcelona
1918: Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
1917: Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire and explodes; 100s die
1917: British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
1916: Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
1915: World's Fair in San Francisco opens
1915: 20th Russian Army corps surrenders
1914: White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China
1911: Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse elegique)
1910: John Galsworthy's "Justice," premieres in London
1909: John Galsworthy's "Strife," premieres in London
1907: SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Netherlands (142 dead)
1904: National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
1903: Cornerstone laid for U.S. Army war college, Washington, D.C.
1902: Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st U.S. brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
1895: North Carolina Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
1887: 1st U.S. bacteriology laboratory opens in Brooklyn
1887: Oregon becomes 1st U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday
1885: Washington Monument dedicated in Washington D.C.
1883: 2nd French government of Ferry begins
1882: New York City's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
1878: 1st telephone book issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
1874: Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
1874: Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
1866: Lucy B Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st U.S. woman to earn a DDS degree
1864: Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
1864: 1st U.S. Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
1862: Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico
1862: Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
1861: Navaho indians elect Herrero Grande as chief
1858: Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
1857: Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in U.S.
1857: U.S. issues flying eagle cents
1853: U.S. authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces
1846: 1st U.S. woman telegrapher, Sarah G. Bagley, Lowell, Mass
1842: 1st known sewing machine patented in U.S., John Greenough, Washington D.C.
1828: 1st American Indian newspaper in U.S., "Cherokee Phoenix," published
1804: 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
1797: Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to British
1795: Freedom of worship established in France under constitution
1792: Congress passes President Succession Act
1782: U.S. congress resolves establishment of a U.S. mint
1777: English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting U.S. flag
1764: John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
1675: Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland
1673: Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet
1613: Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar
1598: Boris Godunov crowned tsar
1583: Groningen Netherlands begins using Gregorian calendar
1574: Spanish garrison of Middelburg Netherlands surrenders
1564: Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte
1431: England begins trial against Joan of Arc
1173: Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Absp of Canterbury