This Day In History – January 15th

By dancingintheraine

January 17, 2010

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1236 English king Henry III marries Eleonora of Provence

1526 Charles V & Francis I sign Treaty of Madrid; Francis I forced to give up claims in Burgundy, Italy & Flanders

1529 Spanish reformer Juan de Valdes, 29, published his “Dialogue on Christian Doctrine,” which paved the way in Spain for Protestant ideas. But his treatise was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition, and Valdes was forced to flee Spain, never to return

1559 England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1601 Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome

1604 The Hampton Court Conference opened in London, during which Puritan representatives met with their monarch, King James I, to discuss reform within the Church of England.

1639 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford

1639 Rodger Ludlow publishes”Fundamental Orders of Connecticut”

1641 United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malakka, 7,000 killed

1659 Battle at Elvas Portuguese beat Spanish

1690 Clarinet is invented, in Nüremberg, Germany

1699 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”

1717 German mob leader “Sjako” sentenced to death in Amsterdam

1724 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne

1739 England & Spain signs 2nd Convention of Pardo

1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army leaves Glasgow

1759 The British Museum opened.

1777 New Connecticut, which later became the state of Vermont, declared its independence from Great Britain.

1783 Congress ratifies peace treaty between US & England

1784 Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris

1785 Mozart completes “Dissonantenkwartet” (opus 10)

1794 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom VA, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation on his wife

1799 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

1799 King of Naples flees before the advancing French armies

1813 Gideon Hawley becomes 1st state school superintendent in US (NY)

1814 King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel

1847 Conspiracy in New Mexico against US

1844 The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

1858 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

1861 Fort Pikens FL falls into state hands

1863 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teched LA

1864 Battle of Cosby Creek TN

1864 General Sherman begins his march to the South

1868 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh

1868 South Carolina constitutional convention, meets with a black majority

1870 A cartoon by Thomas Nast, titled, A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion, appeared on this day in Harper’s Weekly. The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party. The symbol gave everyone such a such a ‘kick’ that it stuck to the Democrats… and it’s still stuck today.

1873 “Celluloid” registered as a trademark

1873 P B S Pinchback elected to Senate

1874 I D Shadd elected Speaker of the lower house of the Mississippi legislature

1878 US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional

1881 Harper’s Weekly featured a cartoon about the Balkans.

1892 YMCA Canada’s Y Triangle magazine published the story of a new game. James Naismith, a teacher at the YMCA International Training School in Massachusetts (later named Springfield College), had invented the game of basketball on December 21, 1891. Naismith attached peach baskets to the lower rail of a balcony, one at either end of the gym. There were eighteen men in Naismith’s class and he promised them that if this game proved to be a failure he would not try any more experiments on them. They went over the rules, divided the group into two teams of nine players each and tossed up the first basketball in history.

1893 Pope Leo XIII appointed Archbishop Francesco Satolli as the Vatican’s first Apostolic Delegate to the United States.

1897 6,960-m (22,834′) Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 1st climbed

1898 Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)

1899 Edwin Markham’s poem, The Man With a Hoe, was published for the first time. The California school teacher’s work was published by the San Francisco Examiner.

1900 Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Tosca” premieres in Rome

1905 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith’s musical “Fontana” premieres in New York City NY

1906 Willie Hoppe, at the tender age of 18, won his first world billiard championship by defeating the renowned French champ, Maurice Vignaux in Paris. Hoppe was one of the greatest billiard players of all time (between 1936 and 1952, he held the Three-Cushion title 11 times).

1908 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut vs England Adelaide (116)

1909 Coöp Far Central Management forms

1912 Raymond Poincaré becomes premier of France

1914 Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords

1916 Dutch South Sea dike cracks

1918 Finland & USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar

1919 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham, & Judge McQuade buy New York Giants

1924 Allies direct Fiume (Rijeka) in Italy

1925 Alban Berg’s atonale opera “Wozzeck” premieres in Berlin

1927 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs New York Rangers

1929 Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign

1932 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah

1932 Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race

1935 Oil pipeline Iraq-Mediterranean goes into use

1936 L M (Mario) Giannini elected president of Bank of America

1936 The first all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, Ohio as the home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.

1938 National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia formed (NY)

1939 All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends

1939 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica

1940 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers

1940 NFL Pro Bowl Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7

1942 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo

1942 Kenny Sargent, “one of the handsomest singers ever to grace a bandstand,” vocalized with the Glen Gray Orchestra on Decca Records’ It’s the Talk of the Town.

1943 Alex Smart (Montréal) is 1st NHLer to score hat trick in his 1st game

1943 FDR & Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WWII

1943 Heinrich Himmler views Warsaw

1943 The world’s largest office building was completed, just outside of Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The massive structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors, plus, a whole lot of secret places that we’ll never know about. Why? Because it’s the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States defense effort., headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense)

1944 Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow

1945 Art Linkletter starred on the CBS radio debut of House Party. The show continued on the air for 22 years, including a long stint on CBS television. Linkletter wrote books about experiences with kids on the show. Remember, Kids Say the Darndest Things? This segment of the show — and Art’s resulting books — were among the most popular of early daytime television.

1946 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed

1947 The mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the “Black Dahlia,” were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.

1949 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

1950 US recalls all consular officials from China

1950 “As the Girls Go” closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City NY after 420 performances

1951 NFL Pro Bowl 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27

1952 “Today Show” premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV

1952 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends

1952 Snow storm in Sierra NV kills 26

1953 Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)

1953 Vaughan William’s “Sinfonia Antartica” premieres in Manchester

1953 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting

1953 Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to say farewell as he left office.

1954 Marilyn Monroe marries baseball star, New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio

1954 Sandy Wilson’s musical “Boyfriend” premieres in London

1955 Heitor Villa-Lobos’ 8th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia

1956 Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”

1956 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad

1960 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

1960 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

1961 Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join the AFL

1962 NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 31-30

1963 George C Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

1964 Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1st public appearance (TV) since assassination

1964 14th NBA All-Star Game East beats West 111-107 at Boston

1964 Bapu Nadkarni 32-27-5-0 vs England, 21 maiden overs in a row

1964 The soundtrack album of the musical, The King and I, starring Yul Brynner, earned a gold record.

1966 David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can’t Help Thinking About Me)

1966 French-born American trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote in a letter: ‘The best way to solve the problem of rendering to Caesar what is Caesar’s is to have nothing that is Caesar’s.’

1967 20,000 attend the Human Be-In, San Francisco

1967 New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

1967 Sonny & Cher release “The Beat Goes On”

1967 Earthquake in Sicily kills 231

1967 The first Super Bowl was played as the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League, 35-10.

1967 Ed Sullivan told The Rolling Stones to change the lyrics AND the title to the song, Let’s Spend the Night Together, or “be off my riiiillly big shew!” So, the Stones gave in… changing the tune to Let’s Spend Some Time Together.

1968 Super Bowl II Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr, Green Bay, Quarterback

1969 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers

1969 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later

1971 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs

1972 “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV

1972 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

1972 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

1972 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

1972 American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: ‘I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.’

1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted for drugs in California

1973 Tap dancer Ray Castle measured at 1440 taps/minutes on BBC TV

1973 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7 in Los Angeles; Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott, Miami, Safety

1973 President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.

1974 World Football League founded

1975 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women’s ski jump distance record-98 meters

1975 USSR breaks trade agreement with US

1976 “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)

1976 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves

1976 Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.

1978 Sex Pistols’ final concert (Winterland, San Francisco)

1978 Serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

1978 Super Bowl XII (at New Orleans): Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10. The first Super Bowl played without a sky. This one opened the Louisiana Superdome. Tom Landry was the Cowboys’ coach, Roger Staubach was their quarterback. Co-MVPs: DT Randy White and DE Harvey Martin (only co-MVPs in Super Bowl history). Tickets: $30.00.

1979 President Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday

1980 “Blues Brothers” movie with Dan Akroyd & John Belushi opens

1980 Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 seconds

1981 FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish

1984 Madonna 1st sings “Holiday” on American Bandstand

1985 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees

1985 British pound (£) sinks to record low-$1.11

1985 Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

1985 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored actress Myrna Loy at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 79-year-old actress never received a nomination by the Academy — though she appeared in 120 films.

1986 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the 2nd freely elected President of Guatemala since the CIA-sponsored coup in 1954

1986 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect

1987 Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1987 Paramount Home Video reported that, for the first time, it would place a commercial at the front of one of its video releases: a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad at the beginning of Top Gun. The idea was that Paramount would be able to reduce the price of the video to consumers by $3. The difference would be made up with Pepsi money and more consumers would buy the Tom Cruise flick rather than more expensive videos without the commercial.

1989 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris

1989 “Romance/Romance” closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City NY after 297 performances

1989 1,000 muslims burn Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in Bradford England

1989 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped

1990 Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in the Gulf

1990 “Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV

1990 11th ACE Cable Awards

1990 ‘Big’ George Foreman, on the comeback-trail at 42 years of age, knocked out Gerry Cooney in the second round at Atlantic City, NJ. (Foreman became the oldest [age 45] ever to win the heavyweight title when he knocked out Michael Moorer on Nov 5, 1994.)

1991 “Barbara DeAngelis Show” premieres on CBS-TV

1991 Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys CA

1991 Jorge Serrano Elías sworn in as President of Guatemala

1991 Valentin Pavlov become new premier of USSR

1992 The Yugoslav federation effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.

1993 “Anna Christie” opens at Criterion Theater New York City NY for 54 performances

1993 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS

1993 Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die

1994 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61 meters)

1994 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas v

1994 Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands

1995 10,000s South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo

1995 16th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 23 awards

1995 The San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 in the NFC championship game and the San Diego Chargers edged the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 in the AFC title game. (The 49ers beat the Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX.)

1996 “Holiday” closes at Circle in Square Theater New York City NY after 49 performances

1996 “Swinging On a Star” closes at Music Box Theater New York City NY after 97 performances

1996 Liselotte Neumann wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champions

1998 100th episode of “Ellen” airs

1998 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

1999 These movies debuted in U.S. theatres: At First Sight (“Science gave him sight. She gave him vision.”), with Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly Mcgillis and Nathan Lane; In Dreams (“You don’t have to sleep to dream.”), starring Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Stephen Rea and Aidan Quinn; Varsity Blues (“In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose.”), with James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight and Paul Walker; and Virus (“Life on earth is in for a shock.”), starring Jamie Lee Curtis William Baldwin Donald Sutherland Joanna Pacula.

2004 The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars.

2005 A military court at Fort Hood, Texas, sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqis at Abbu Ghraib prison.

2005 Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in as Palestinian president.

2009 US Airways Capt Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people abroad survived.

2009 Israeli artillery shells struck the U.N. headquarters in the Gaza Strip, drawing a sharp rebuke from the visiting U.N. chief, Ban Ki-moon.


1451 Franchinus Gaffurius composer

1467 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode German Governor/Viceroy of Frisia

1566 Angelo Notari composer

1592 Sjihab al-Din Sultan Choerram Sjah Djahan leader of India

1615 John Biddle English minister (Unitarian)

1618 Jan Six Dutch mayor of Amsterdam

1655 Angelo Predieri composer

1662 (Jean B. Poquelin) Moliere French playwright, The Affected Young Ladies, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, Don Juan, The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Learned Ladies; died Feb 17, 1673

1664 Simon van Slingelandt Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36)

1684 Jean-Baptiste Vanloo French painter

1700 Picander [Christian F Henrici], German writer (Der Säuffer)

1705 Jean-Baptiste C Bouvet de Lozier/Lozier-Bouvet Governor (Reunion Is)

1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer composer

1730 William Whipple merchant/judge/patriot (Declaration of Independence signer)

1741 Benedict Arnold US General turned traitor (Revolutionary War)

1751 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter composer

1779 Abigail Kelley Foster, American feminist/abortionist

1780 Francois-Joseph Dizi composer

1791 Calvin Phillips became shortest known adult male (67cm; 2’2″)

1798 Isaac da Costa Dutch writer/lawyer

1798 Johan R Thorbecke Premier of Netherlands (Liberal-1849-72)

1800 Ludwig A F Ritter von Köchel Austrian musicologist (Mozart, Fux)

1804 John Park composer

1806 Matthew Fontaine Maury Naval Commander (Confederacy)

1812 Carl Gradener composer

1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta composer

1817 Harmen S Sytstra Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)

1818 Zacharias Topelius Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon’s Stories)

1819 Fabio Campana composer

1819 Frederick Steele Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1868

1822 Nicholas Mori composer

1831 John Bullock Clark Jr Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1903

1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson composer

1836 [Hugh] Judson Kilpatrick Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1839 Emil Bohn composer

1841 Berthe M P Morisot French painter/aquarellist

1842 Josef Bruer, Austrian physician/physiologist

1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers composer

1845 Henry C K Petty-Fitzmaurice 5th marquess of Landsdowne/Governor-General Canada

1850 Jean de Reszke [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor

1850 Pierre Loti [Julien Viaud], French sea officer/writer (Pêcheur)

1851 Théophile de Bock Dutch painter/etcher/drawer

1861 Mehmed VI last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)

1861 Wilhelm von Polenz German writer (Der Pfarrer von Breitendorf)

1863 Pieter Oosterlee Dutch educator

1868 Catharina A M de Savornin Lohman Dutch author (Belief)

1870 Pierre Samuel du Pont, American businessman, industrialist: Chairman of the Board of the DuPont Company, board member of General Motors Corp. [at the same time]; humanitarian; died in 1954

1871 Pauline Beersmans [van Cuyck], Flemish actress (Hofslachter)

1874 Thornton Waldo Burgess author (Peter Rabbit)

1875 Albert Schweitzer doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1952)

1878 Victor A D Ségalen [Max Anély], French writer

1882 Hendrik W van Loon Netherlands, commentator/writer (Story of America)

1886 Hugh Lofting English/American writer & illustrator (Dr Dolittle)

1889 Vincenzo Davico composer

1892 Hal Roach early film director/producer (1 Million BC)

1892 Martin Niemöller clergyman (German Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler

1892 Rex Ingram (Hitchcock) Writer, director: The Four Hoursemen of the Apocalypse; died July 21, 1950.

1895 George Richard Samways children’s writer

1895 Arturi Virtanen, Finnish biochemist

1896 John dos Passos novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)

1898 Helen Flint Chicago, actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast)

1899 Fritz Bayerlein German Lieutenant-General (WWI, Poland, Libya, St Louis)

1899 Goodman Ace, American writer/producer

19– Jonathan Daly Chicago, actor (Orrin-Petticoat Junction)

1901 Carlos P Romulo Philippine General/Diplomat/Jurist

1901 Bebe Daniels Scotland, actress (42nd Street, Lonesome Luke)

1902 Alfred Tarski Warsaw, mathematician/logician

1902 F C Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch writer (De Turkenoorlog)

1903 Veronica Turleigh County Donegal Ireland, actress (Promoter)

1904 Sir Cecil Beaton England, royal family photographer

1906 William Bendix New York City NY, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley)

1906 Walter Knape composer

1907 Derek Richter British neuro chemist (Aspects of learning & memory)

1907 Sophie Redmond Suriname’s 1st female physician

1908 Carl Esmond Vienna Austria, actor (Address Unknown, Hitler)

1908 Edward Teller, nuclear physicist (Budapest) “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb”, died Sept 9, 2003

1908 Ruggiero de Rudolpho Columbo US singer/actor (Miracle of Women)

1909 Joseph Walton Losey Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)

1909 Gene Krupa, American jazz drummer, Sing Sing Sing; bandleader: Let Me Off Uptown, Knock Me a Kiss, Chickery Chick, Boogie Blues; films: Some Like it Hot, Ball of Fire, The Gene Krupa Story; died Oct 6, 1973

1910 Renier van der Velden composer

1911 George Amadee Tremblay composer

1911 Helmut Degen composer

1912 Rudolf Hagelstange German author/poet (Spielball der Götter)

1913 Tillie Olsen American writer (Tell Me a Riddle)

1913 Lloyd Bridges, actor, Sea Hunt, Roots, High Noon, Airplane!, Airplane 2, The Grace Kelly Story, The Rainmaker, The Great Wallendas, Joe Versus the Volcano; Jeff & Beau’s dad; died Mar 10, 1998

1914 Harold Russell actor (Best Years of Our Life)

1915 Andre Frossard Catholic columnist

1916 John Oliver Killens novelist

1918 Gamal Nasser, Egyptian prime minister

1919 Andy Rooney Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)

1919 Giulio Andreotti 7 x premier (Italy)

1920 George Herman newsman (CBS-TV)

1920 Bertus de Harder Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)

1920 Donald Beard cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler in the 1950’s)

1920 Steve (Stephen Joseph) Gromek, baseball pitcher, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1945/World Series: 1948], Detroit Tigers; died Jan 15, 2002

1921 Mark Lawrence Washington DC, pianist (Alice Pearce)

1921 Charles Gaupp German/Dutch painter

1924 Guy Williams New York City NY, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)

1925 Yukio Mishima Japan, novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion)

1926 Frank Aletter Long Island NY, actor (Mac-It’s About Time, Tom-Nancy)

1926 Thomas Tryon Hartford CT, actor/novelist (I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Cardinal, All That Glitters)

1926 Harold Wolpe sociologist lawyer/South African activist

1926 Maria Schell (Margarete Schell) actress, Samson and Delilah, Voyage of the Damned, The Odessa File, The Hanging Tree, The Brothers Karamazov; died Apr 26, 2005

1927 Ivan Kalita USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympics-silver-1968)

1928 Gerald Arpino Staten Island NY, choreographer

1929 Billy Walker Ralls TX, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)

1929 Aleksander Petrovic film director

1929 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , the black Baptist minister who led the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and ’60’s with his doctrine of nonviolent resistance , was born. (Atlanta, GA)

1930 Edgar Sergeyi Hovhanesyan composer

1930 Ernest Just Black biologist, served as Vice President of American Zoologists

1931 Juraj Pospisil composer

1932 Catarina Valente Paris France, singer (The Entertainers)

1932 Harriet Andersson Stockholm Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers)

1936 Ludmila Pinayeva USSR, 500m kayak (Olympics-gold-1964, 1968, 1972)

1936 Reiner Klimke Germany, equestrian dressage (Olympics-gold-1984)

1936 Clarence Carter US singer (Thread the Needle)

1936 John Paul Cain Sweetwater TX, PGA golfer (1989 Greater Grand Rapids)

1937 Billie Jo Spears country singer

1937 Ken Higgs cricketer (effective England pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1965-68)

1937 Margaret O’Brien (Angela Maxine O’Brien) actress, Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women [1949], The Secret Garden [1949], Amy

1938 Jack Jones Los Angeles CA, singer (Love Boat Theme)

1938 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], pianist/songwriter (Ride Your Pony, Wild Sign of New Orleans)

1940 Julian Bond Nashville TN, (D-GA) civil rights leader

1941 Marjoe Gortner Long Beach CA, actor (Speak Up America, Falcon Crest)

1941 Captain Beefcake (Don Van Vliet), Singer, group: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Diddy Wah Diddy, Hair Pie, Old Fart at Play; artist

1941 C L “Gibby” Gilbert Jr Chattanooga TN, PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas)

1941 [Dorothy] Faye Dunaway Bascom FL, actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde)

1942 Carol Bellamy Planfield NJ, (City Council President-D-NYC, 1978-85)

1942 Amichand Rajbansi South African politician

1943 Holland Taylor Philadelphia PA, actress (The Practice, Bossom Buddies, Camilla-Naked Truth)

1943 Ronald Hunter Boston MA, actor (Lazarus Syndrome)

1943 Shannon W Lucid Shanghai China, astronaut (STS 51G, STS 34, STS 43, STS 58, STS 76/79)

1943 José Luis Rodriguez Caracas Venezuela, singer (Dueno De Nada)

1943 Mike (Michael Grant) Marshall, baseball pitcher, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974/all-star: 1974, 1975/NL Cy Young Award: 1974/record: most games pitched in one season (106, 1974)], Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, NY Mets

1944 Graham Vivian Marsh Kalgoorlie Australia, PGA golfer (1977 Heritage)

1947 Bill Weberniuk Canadian snooker player

1947 Andrea Martin, Actress, Emmy Award-winning writer: The Energy Ball/Sweeps Week, SCTV Network [1983], actress: Guitarman, Rude Awakening, Soup for One

1948 Carl Weathers New Orleans LA, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)

1948 T-Bone Burnett musician/producer

1948 Tim Harris rocker (Foundations)

1948 Ronnie Van Zandt, singer, songwriter: group: Lynyrd Skynyrd; killed in plane crash at Gillsburg MS Oct 20, 1977

1949 Christine Belford Amityville NY, actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210)

1949 Lawrence Kasdan Miami FL, director/writer (Accidental Tourist)

1950 Nate Hawthorne, basketball: Phoenix Suns

1951 Gil Pak Jong Korea, judo (Olympics-1976)

1951 William Risrook rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)

1951 Martha Davis, singer, group: The Motels: Total Control, Only the Lonely, LP: Shock

1951 Ernie DiGregorio, basketball, Buffalo Braves, L.A. Clippers

1952 Sydney Biddle Barrow madam/author (Mayflower Madam)

1957 Mario Van Peebles, Actor and director, Sonny Spoon, Jaws: The Revenge, Hot Shot, Exterminator 2; director, writer, actor: Posse, Panther, New Jack City

1958 Colin Ferguson murderer (6 people on the Long Island Railroad on Dec 7, 1993)

1959 Carl Chas Smash Smyth rock bassist (Madness-Our House)

1959 Geoff Tate vocalist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)

1959 Paul Terry cricketer (in Germany Two Tests England vs West Indies 1984)

1959 Susan Smith Beloit WI, playmate (Sept, 1981)

1961 Robert Edwin Hall mountaineer/businessman

1962 Patrica Morrison rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)

1964 Sergei Nemchinov Moscow Russia, NHL center (New York Islanders, Olympics-Silver-98)

1964 Steven Soderbergh writer (Mimi, Schizoplis)

1965 Vanity [Dee Dee Williams], singer/actress (Action Jackson)

1965 Dave Lowry Sudbury, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)

1965 Désirée Nosbusch Luxembourg, actress (The Fan)

1965 Jemma Redgrave London England, actress (Buddha of Suburbia)

1966 Daniel J Schneider Memphis TN, actor (Dennis-Head of the Class)

1966 Matt Brock NFL defensive end/tackle (New York Jets)

1967 Emily Watson actress (Breaking the Waves, Boxer)

1967 Terry Wooden NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs)

1967 Tom Rhodes actor (Tom Rhodes-Mr Rhodes)

1967 Lisa Lisa, Singer (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam)

1968 Fred[ric] Honebein San Francisco CA, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)

1968 L L Cool J [James Todd Smith], St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)

1968 Chad Lowe, Actor, Life Goes On, Siringo, An Inconvenient Woman, True Blood, Silence of the Heart; brother of actor, Rob Lowe

1969 Jason Kent Bateman Rye NY, actor (David-Valerie, Hogan Family)

1969 Dave Grohl drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

1969 David Webb WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)

1969 Martin Bicknell cricketer (England pace bowler 1993)

1969 Rico Smith NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)

1970 Eric Charron Verdun, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

1970 Steve Cooke Kanai HI, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1970 Tyrone Hughes NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)

1971 Regina King, actress, Boyz N the Hood, Jerry Maguire, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Enemy of the State, Mighty Joe Young, Love and Action in Chicago, Leap of Faith

1972 Kyle Brady NFL tight end (New York Jets)

1972 Michael Davis NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)

1973 Ed Howard NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

1973 Lethon Flowers NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1973 Rod Myers Conroe TX, outfielder (Kansas City Royals)

1974 Hugues Legault Montréal Québec Canada, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96)

1974 Kevin Jefferson NFL linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)

1974 Michael Dritlein WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)

1974 Nancy Napolski Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics-1996)

1975 Marcel Koning soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)

1975 Mary Pierce, tennis player

1977 Terry Ryan St Johns, NHL left wing (Montréal Canadiens)

1980 Matt Holliday, baseball player

1981 Pitbull, rapper reggaeton artist

1988 Jamie Altman son of Lynda Carter & Robert Altman

1988 Jordy French singer

1989 Sextuplets Paris France, (to a 29-year-old woman)


0973 Ekkehard I monk of St Gallen (Vita Waltharii manu fortis), dies

1163 Ladislaus I Arpad king of Hungary (1162-63), dies

1236 Sava [Rastko] son of Serbia’s king/saint, dies at 64

1237 St Sava son of Serbia’s king, dies

1301 Andreas III Arpad king of Hungary (1290-1301), dies at 50

1595 Ferdinand archduke of Austria/mayor of Bohemenia, dies

1623 Paolo Sarpi Italian church historian/politician, dies at 70

1648 Casparus Barleaus Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring), dies at 63

1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli Italian (opera)composer, dies at 73

1742 Edmund Halley genius eclipsed by Newton, dies at 86

1766 Frederik V king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42

1802 Marie Allard French ballerina, dies at 59

1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny composer, dies at 87

1822 Franz Innocenz Joseph Kobell German landscape painter, dies at 72

1830 Johann G Repsold German instrument maker, dies at 59

1847 Governor Bent 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico

1850 Anthony van Hoboken Rotterdam merchant/ship owner, dies at 93

1868 Heinrich Schenker Austrian musicologist (Ursatz), dies at 66

1887 Friedrich von Amerling Austrian painter, dies at 83

1887 Peter “Peerke” Donders missionary (Father of Melaatsen), dies at 77

1888 Stephen Heller composer, dies at 74

1890 Francesco D’Arcais composer, dies at 59

1898 Reverend Charles L Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll, dies at 66

1901 Charles Hermite French mathematician (e is transcendent), dies at 78

1901 Mandell Creighton English bishop/historian, dies at 57

1901 Victor Balaguer Catalaans historian/politician/author, dies at 76

1902 Cato M Guldberg Norwegian mathematician, dies at 65

1905 Ernst Abbe German physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company), dies at 64

1907 Karl von Perfall composer, dies at 82

1908 Holger Drachmann writer, dies

1909 Sinovi P Rozhestvensky Russian admiral, dies at 60

1912 Otto Liebmann German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71

1916 Otto Ammon German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73

1924 Arne Garborg Norwegian playwright (Mannfolk), dies at 72

1925 Willem Devout self employed (V & Dreesmann), dies

1929 Cornelis W Lely Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74

1931 William Ernst Johnson British mathematician, dies

1943 Adolf Sandberger composer, dies at 78

1944 Mohammed Emin Yurdakul Turkish poet, dies at about 74

1945 Sandor Vandor composer, dies at 43

1948 Anna “Ans” van Dike Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42

1949 Joaquín Turina Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66

1956 Siegfried F Nadel Australian/British anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52

1957 Humphrey Bogart actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57

1961 Ernest Thesiger actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81

1961 Henry Geehl composer, dies at 79

1963 Gustav Regler writer, dies at 64

1965 Jeanette MacDonald soprano (When I’m Calling You), dies at 63

1966 Sergei Korolev Russian space station constructor, dies

1967 Renato Lunelli composer, dies at 71

1970 John J “Johnny” Murphy US baseball pitcher (New York Yankees), dies at 61

1971 Ethel Glenn Hier composer, dies at 82

1972 Frederik IX [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72

1974 Josef Smrkovsky Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62

1976 Margaret Leighton actress (Best Man, Go-Between), dies at 53

1977 Abdul Razak bin Hussain premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53

1977 Anaïs Nin Cuban/American writer (Delta of Venus), dies at 73

1977 Anthony Eden British premier (1955-57), dies at 79

1977 Peter Finch actor (Network, Nun’s Story, Judith), dies at 60

1978 Blossom Rock actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81

1978 Robert Heger composer, dies at 91

1984 Ray Kroc founder of MacDonalds/owner San Diego Padres, dies at 82

1984 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus Dutch sexuologist (Dutch Society for Sexual Reformation-NVSH), dies at 55

1984 Paul Ben Haim composer, dies at 86

1985 Jetta Goudal French actress (White Gold), dies at 86

1986 Donna Reed actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64

1986 Walter Leblanc Belgian painter, dies at 53

1987 Douglas Sirk director (Zu Neuen Ufern, Boefje), dies at 86

1988 Georgi M Malenkov PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

1990 David Arkin actor (I Love You Alice B Toklas), dies

1991 Sallah Kharaf [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated

1992 Hari Rhodes actor (Earth II, Detroit 9000), dies at 59

1993 Elisabeth A de Vreugd chambermaid for Dutch Queen, dies at 98

1993 Manfred Lachs Polish lawyer (International Court of Justice), dies

1994 Esther Ralston US actress (Tin Pan Alley, San Francisco Docks), dies at 91

1994 Federica Montseny anarchist/Spanish minister of Health (1936), dies at 80

1995 Alexander Gibson British conductor/founder (Scottish Opera), dies at 68

1995 Mark Finch film festival organizer, dies at 33

1995 Stafford William Somerfield newspaper editor, dies at 84

1996 Eric Briault educationalist, dies at 84

1996 Pamelo Mounk’a musician, dies at 50

1997 King Hu film director, dies at 64












Chart Toppers


Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

The Thing – Phil Harris

My Heart Cries for You – Guy Mitchell

The Golden Rocket – Hank Snow


The Chipmunk Song – The Chipmunks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters

My Happiness – Connie Francis

City Lights – Ray Price


I’m a Believer – The Monkees

Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville

Good Thing – Paul Revere & The Raiders

There Goes My Everything – Jack Greene


Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Elton John

You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White

Junior’s Farm/Sally G – Paul McCartney & Wings

Ruby, Baby – Billy “Crash” Craddock


Down Under – Men at Work

The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson /Paul McCartney

Dirty Laundry – Don Henley

I Can’t Even Get the Blues – Reba McEntire


Justify My Love – Madonna

High Enough – Damn Yankees

Love Will Never Do (Without You) – Janet Jackson

Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks


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