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0314 St Silvester I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0876 Charles becomes king of Italy
1504 By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon
1531 Kings Ferdinand of Austria/J nos Z polyai of Hungary accept each other
1560 Spanish king Philip II marries Elisabeth van Valois
1578 Battle of Gembloers
1596 Catholic League disjoins
1609 Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
1627 Spanish government goes bankrupt
1675 Cornelia/Dina Olfaarts found not guilty of witchcraft
1679 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellérophon," premieres in Paris
1696 Revolt of undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
1779 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
1804 British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curaçao
1817 Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau," premieres in Vienna
1842 John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House
1849 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
1851 Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1851 SF Orphan's Asylum, 1st in Calif, founded
1854 Dutch KNMI established (Royal Meteorological Institute)
1855 Western railroads blocked by snow
1861 Friedrich Hebbel's "Siegfrieds Tod," premieres in Weimar
1861 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
1862 Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
1863 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1865 Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
1871 Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkens sky
1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri
1893 "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing
1895 José Martí & others leave NYC for invasion of Spanish Cuba
1901 Boer general John Smuts & De la Rey conqueror Mud river Transvaal
1901 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at Moscow Art Theater
1901 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Montréal Shamrocks in 2 for Stanley Cup
1904 Béla Bartók's symphony "Kossuth," premieres
1905 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach
1905 Carroll Wright appointed 1st US Commissioner of Labor
1906 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
1911 Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site
1915 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
1916 Dutch Girl Guides form
1917 Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
1920 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
1920 Joe Malone, Québec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game
1920 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates
1925 Premier Ahmed Zogu becomes president of Angola
1927 Intl allies military command in Germany disbands
1927 NL Pres John Heydler rules Rogers Hornsby can't hold stock in the Cardinals & play for the Giants
1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1929 Erich Maria Remarques publishes "Im West nieces Neues" in Berlin
1929 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
1930 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, NJ
1931 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joseph Malone scores a record 7 goals
1931 Philip Barry's "Tomorrow & Tomorrow," premieres in NYC
1932 US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction
1933 French govt of Daladier takes power
1933 Hitler promises parliamentary democracy
1934 FDR devalus dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1936 "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
1940 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
1940 C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children," premieres in NYC
1941 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
1941 Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
1941 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1942 62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)
1943 39 U boats sunk this month (203,100 ton)
1943 Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan
1943 Gen Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Russian troops at Stalingrad
1944 Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June
1944 U-592 sunk off Ireland
1944 US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll
1945 US 4th Infantry division occupies Elcherrath
1946 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
1948 J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1949 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
1950 Pres Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb
1952 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1« centuries
1952 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1953 "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
1953 Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
1953 NY, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues
1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
1956 French govt of Mollet forms
1956 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
1957 Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)
1957 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
1958 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
1958 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
1958 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1959 Joe Cronin signs 7 year pact to become head of AL
1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
1961 David Ben-Gurion resigns as premier of Israel
1961 Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
1961 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
1961 Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
1961 NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
1961 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
1962 Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1962 Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"
1963 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"
1964 US report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer
1965 Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1966 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
1966 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon
1968 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 Viet Cong's Tet offensive begins
1969 Beatles perform last live gig (42-min concert on roof of Apple HQs)
1969 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
1971 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart
1971 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
1971 Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
1971 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1971 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
1971 & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
1972 Birenda, becomes leader of Nepal
1972 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
1972 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
1974 MacDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres
1975 Barry Manilow's "Mandy" goes gold
1975 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"
1975 UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship
1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
1976 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
1977 Frenchman François Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
1977 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 perfs
1978 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1
1981 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter
1981 Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
1982 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
1982 12th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 16-13
1982 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at New Jersey
1982 Gustafson skates world record 10 km (14:26.59)
1982 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
1982 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 16-13
1982 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
1984 36th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-6 at NJ
1984 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 "Harrigan 'n Hart" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
1985 S Afr pres PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence
1986 Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1987 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Marlee Matlin win
1987 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
1988 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
1988 Superbowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Superbowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
1990 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
1990 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing
1990 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ
1991 Nugget's Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
1991 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
1992 MTA raised tolls on most NYC bridges from $2.50 to $3.00
1992 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires
1993 "St Joan" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 49 performances
1993 81st Australian Mens Tennis: Jim Courier beats S Edberg (62 61 26 75)
1993 Superbowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB
1994 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down
1994 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36
1998 72nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63)
1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
1999 NFL Pro Bowl

Famous birthdays for this day Events  Deaths

1517Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
1573Ambrosius Metzger, composer
1573Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, composer
1601Pieter de Bloot, Dutch landscape painter
1607James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
1612Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
1614Nicolas Saboly, composer
1620Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
1623François-Xavier de Laval
1633Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
1734Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
1734Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1741Theodor Gotlieb von Hippel, East Prussian author/mayor of Köningsberg
1750Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
1759François Devienne, composer
1778Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
1784Carl Wilhelm Henning, composer
1787Louis Angely, German, comedy writer (Sieben Mädchen in Uniform)
1797Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Aust, composer (Unfinished Symphony)
1798Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
1802Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
1804József Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
1810Daniel Ruggles, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
1812John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883
1813Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
1817Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
1818William Raine Peck, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
1830James G Blaine, the "Plumed Knight"
1836Henryk Szulc, composer
1863F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
1866Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
1866Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
1868Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
1869Henry graaf Carton de Wiart, Belgian literary/premier (1920-21)
1872Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
1877Max Ettlinger, German philosopher
1878Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
1881Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
1881Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
1882Anna Pavlova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina/choreographer
1882Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
1884Nicholas Joy, Paris France, actor (Boss Lady)
1886Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
1889F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
1890Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
1891Max Drischner, composer
1892Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
1893Freya Stark, English explorist/author
1894Percy Helton, NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
1901Blaz Arnic, composer
1901Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
1902Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
1902Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet designer
1902Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
1903Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
1903Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
1904E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
1904Léon N H Jungschläger, head of military intelligence (Neth-Indies)
1905Anna Blaman, [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
1905Charles de Trooz, Belgian literary (Le Magister et Ses MaŒtres)
1905John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
1906Benjamin Frankel, composer
1906R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
1908René Simone Mathieu, France, doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
1909Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
1909Miron Grindea, literary editor
1910Herbert Ashworth, CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
1911A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
1911Christina Foyle, book seller
1913Don Hutson, NFL end (Packers)
1913Hector Iglesias Villoud, composer
1913Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
1914Carey Lofton, Blountsville Fla, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)
1914Jersey Joe Walcott, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)
1914Louis Osman, architect/artist/goldsmith
1915Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orch leader (Air Time '57)
1915Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
1915John Profumo, president (Toynbee Hall)
1915Thomas Merton, France, Trappist monk/poet/essayist (7 Storey Mt)
1915William Crosbie, artist
1916Ciro D Crown, premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
1916Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)
1916Violet Cane, statistician
1917Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
1917Jose Maceda, composer
1919Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
1919Lord Lowry
1920Patrick Heron, painter
1920Robert Hersant, press baron
1920Stewart L Udall, St Johns Ariz, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
1921Carol Channing, Wash, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly)
1921John Agar, Chicago, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
1921Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
1922Michael Wilford, diplomat
1922William Sylvester, Oakland Calif, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man)
1923Eddie Ryder, NYC, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital)
1923Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
1923Norman Mailer, NJ, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead)
1924Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
1924Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
1925Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
1925Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
1925Fred Catherwood, MP
1926Jean Simmons, London England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
1926Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)
1928Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)
1928Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
1928Richard Buckley, royal equerry
1928Robert Clatworthy, sculptor
1929Rudolf Mössbauer, Germany, physicist (Nobel 1961)
1930Lynn Carlin, LA Calif, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15)
1931Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
1931Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
1931Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (1st baseman)
1931Jean Burroughs, educationalist
1931Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat
1932Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
1932Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
1933Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
1933Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
1934Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
1934James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
1934Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
1935Bojidar Dimov, composer
1935Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter)
1936Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
1937Philip Glass, Baltimore Md, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach)
1937Steve Karmen, Bronx NY, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You)
1937Suzanne Pleshette, NYC, actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show)
1938Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
1938Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
1938James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
1940Jessica Walter, Bkln NY, actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)
1940Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
1941George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
1941Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
1941Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
1942Derek Jarman, actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
1942Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
1944Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
1944Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
1944Eugene Terre Blanche, S Afr leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
1944John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
1945Noah Creshevsky, composer
1946Glynn Turman, NYC, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)
1946Jonathan Banks, Wash DC, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel)
1946Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
1946Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
1947Jim Nollman, composer
1947Nolan Ryan, pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1949Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
1951Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
1951Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
1951Presiley Baxendale, British QC
1952Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
1953Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
1954Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
1954Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)
1955Virginia Ruzici, Romania, tennis star
1956Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
1956Lloyd Cole, rocker
1956Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
1957Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Alberta Canada, WWF champion
1957Shirley F Babashoff, Calif, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
1958Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
1958Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1959Anthony LaPaglia, actor (Murder One)
1959Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
1960Elaine Roque, Santa Monica Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1961Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
1963John Dye, Amory Mass, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)
1963Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Bayside NY, rocker (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
1964Oto Hascak, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
1964Remi Bouchard, Lasalle Que, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 India Open)
1964Sharon Cain, San Antonio TX, team handball center back (Olympics-1996)
1965Adam Johnson, Portland Ore, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1965Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian, Fairfield Conn, Miss Conn-America (1991)
1965Bobby Dollas, Montreal, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
1965Kim Clarke, Tulsa Okla, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
1965René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
1966Al Jaworsky, [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
1966Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Phila Eagles)
1966Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
1968Doug Pederson, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1968Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
1968Steve Phoenix, US baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
1969Mathew Pallister, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
1970Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
1970Rachel Jean Marteen, Atlanta GA, playmate (Aug, 1995)
1970Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
1971Corey Holliday, NFL wide receiver (Pitts Steelers)
1971Minnie Driver, actress (Good Will Hunting)
1972Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
1972Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
1972Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
1972Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
1972Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
1973Latario Rachal, WLAF/NFL receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, SD Chargers)
1974Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
1974Lorenzo Styles, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
1974Othella Harrington, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
1974Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
1974Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1975Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
1977Naomi Darrell, Miss Bermuda Universe (1997)
1985Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy (Mayor-R-NYC, 1994-2002)

Famous deaths for this day Events  Birthdays

1561 Menno Simonsz, Dutch priest/vicar (Foundation Book), dies
1580 Hendrik, Portuguese cardinal/epilepticus/regent (1578-80), dies
1606 Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35
1788 Charles E Stuart, English pretender to the throne, dies at 67
1788 Francesco Zannetti, composer, dies at 50
1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles E Stuart, English pretender, dies at 67
1828 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35
1861 Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman, dies at 53
1864 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
1891 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
1919 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
1922 Heinrich Reinhardt, composer, dies at 56
1933 John Galsworthy, England, writer (Forsythe, Nobel 1932), dies at 65
1939 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for S Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
1940 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
1949 Henri de Vries, [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84
1954 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
1954 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
1955 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
1960 Lowell Gilmore, actor (Calcutta, Roadblock), dies at 53
1966 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
1967 Chief Thundercloud, actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100
1967 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
1969 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
1970 Slim Harpo, [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28
1972 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
1972 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
1972 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
1973 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
1974 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
1974 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
1974 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
1974 Roger Pryor, actor (Lady by Choice), dies at 72
1974 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91
1980 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
1987 Yves Allégret, French director (Such a lovely tiny beach), dies at 79
1989 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
1989 Yasushi Akutagawa, composer, dies at 63
1992 Mel Hein, NFLer (NY Giants), dies at 82
1992 Wim van Heumen, field hockey coach (Netherlands), dies at 63
1994 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
1995 George Abbott, playwright/actor/producer (Damn Yankees), dies at 105
1995 James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950..83), dies at 86
1996 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
1997 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84

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