This Day In History – January 17th

By dancingintheraine

January 17, 2010

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395 With the death of Emperor Theodosius I (the Great), this became the last day the (Christian) Roman Empire was controlled by a single leader. In his wisdom, Theodosius had divided the empire into western and eastern portions.

1377 The Papal See was moved back from Avignon (France) to Rome by Gregory XI. Located in France for 72 years, it had been moved to Avignon by French pope Clement V in 1305, originally to escape the political turmoil rampant within Italy at the time.

1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna

1536 François Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III

1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes the Huguenots (French Protestants) in France

1584 Bohemia adopts the Gregorian calendar

1595 French king Henri IV declares war on Spain

1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain

1656 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg

1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

1745 Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: ‘Oh, how comfortable and sweet it is, to feel the assistance of divine grace in the performance of the duties which God has enjoined on us!’

1746 Battle of Falkirk, Scotland-Prince Charles Edward Stuart defeated by Scots

1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia

1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66º 33′ S) in his ship “Resolution

1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Poland

1775 R B Sheridan’s “Rivals” premieres in London

1779 Captain Cook’s last notation in ship’s log Discovery

1781 The American Revolutionary Battle of Cowpens (SC)

1795 The Dudingston Curling Society was organized in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1806 James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.

1821 México permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas

1827 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander

1832 Johannes van den Bosch appointed Governor-General of Dutch-Indies

1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal Boers (in South Africa)

1861 Flush toilet (with separate water tank and a pull chain) patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!)

1862 BBT Fort Henry TN by USS Lexington

1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown VA

1863 Harper’s Weekly featured a cartoon about the Civil War.

1864 General Longstreet’s command ends heavy fighting at Dandridge TN

1865 General William T. Sherman’s army is rained in at Savannah, Georgia, as it waits to begin marching to the Carolinas.v

1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S. Hallidie (begins service in 1873)

1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction

1882 Thomas Edison’s exhibit opened the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London.

1882 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office

1885 British beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan

1893 -17ºF (-27ºC), Millsboro DE (state record)

1893 Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate. With Queen Liliuokalani deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic.

1895 French President Casimir-Perier resigns

1895 Félix Faure installed as President of France

1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific

1899 Camille Jenatzy captured the land speed record in an electric car of his own design: 41.425 mph at Acheres France. Ont his same day, previous record holder Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat raised the record again, postin a speed of 43.690 mph in an electric Jeantaud automobile.

1900 The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.

1900 Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.

1900 Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.

1904 Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” opens at the Moscow Art Theater

1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago IL

1911 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly

1911 Percy Mackaye’s “Scarecrow” premieres in New York City NY

1912 English explorer Robert Falcon Scott & his expedition reach the South Pole, only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had gotten there 1 month before. Scott and his party died during the return trip.

1913 Raymond Poincaré elected President of France.

1913 All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

1914 Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Der Bogen des Odysseus” premieres in Berlin

1915 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s Hospital in Amsterdam opens

1915 Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine

1916 1st PGA Championship Jim Barnes at Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville NY; Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms

1916 Winston Churchill, beginning his service as a battalion commander on the Western Front, attends a lecture on the Battle of Loos given by his friend, Colonel Tom Holland, in the Belgian town of Hazebrouck. The speech is on the tragedy of war.

1917 US pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands

1920 Paul Deschanel elected President of France

1923 Origin of Brown lunation numbers

1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied

1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen

1928 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented by A.M. Josepho.

1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theatre”

1933 Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled

1934 Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated

1934 Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people’s car, a “Volkswagen,” to the new German Reich government.

1934 New York Giants reward NL MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract

1938 “Stepmother” debuted on CBS radio.

1938 Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman

1938 Benny Goodman and his orchestra perform the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Guest performers included Count Basie and members of the Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras.

1939 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert

1943 Tin Can Drive Day

1944 Corvette Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean

1944 Operation Panther, the Allied invasion of Cassino, in central Italy, is launched.

1945 Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4 05.3), retires to do gospel work

1945 Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet and Polish troops during WWII (end of Nazi occupation).

1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary, and disappeared while in Soviet custody.

1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

1947 Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die

1948 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire

1948 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City NY

1949 The Goldbergs” debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1949 The German (VW) “Bug” invades America. The VW “People’s Car” was designed by Ferdinand Porsche at the request of Adolf Hitler.

1950 11 men rob Brink’s office in Boston of $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities

1950 “Alive & Kicking” opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City NY for 46 performances

1951 China refuses cease-fire in Korea

1954 Jacques Cousteau’s 1st network telecast airs on “Omnibus” (CBS)

1954 NFL Pro Bowl East beats West 20-9

1954 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)

1955 Submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage

1957 9-county commission recommends creation of BART

1959 “Say, Darling” closes at ANTA Theater New York City NY after 332 performances

1959 Senegal and the French Sudan joined to form the Federal State of Mali.

1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women’s Golf Invitational

1960 NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 38-21

1961 Eisenhower allegedly orders the assassination of Congo’s Lumumba

1961 In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of “the military-industrial complex.”

1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m

1962 Roy Harris’ 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco

1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km

1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 67 points vs Los Angeles

1963 The Baptist World Mission was incorporated in Chicago. This independent organization of Baptist tradition is engaged primarily in evangelism, church planting and education in 17 overseas countries.

1964 The first Porsche Carrera GTS was delivered to a L.A. customer.

1966 Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago

1966 A USAF B-52 carrying 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs collides with a refueling tanker on Spanish coast at Palomares. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.

1968 Soyuz 4 & 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft

1969 Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK

1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US

1970 John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Massachusetts)

1970 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft

1970 AFL Pro Bowl West beats East 26-3

1970 The Doors played the first of several shows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for use on their “Absolutely Live” album.

1970 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

1971 Super Bowl V Baltimore Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Chuck Howley, Dallas, Linebacker

1971 Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at SuperBowl V in Miami, FL.

1971 South Vietnamese forces raid POW camp, led by South Vietnamese Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri, and with U.S. air support and advisers, some 300 paratroopers raid communist prisoner of war camp near the town of Mimot in Cambodia on information that 20 U.S. prisoners were being held there. They found the camp empty, but captured 30 enemy soldiers and sustained no casualties.

1972 President Richard Nixon warns South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu in a private letter that his refusal to sign any negotiated peace agreement would render it impossible for the United States to continue assistance to South Vietnam

1972 Section of Memphis’ Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd

1973 New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life

1973 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi

1974 Styne, Comdem & Green’s musical “Lorelei” premieres in New York City NY

1974 Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, was arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns. He was arraigned and released the next day on $5,000 bail.

1976 Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency

1976 “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1

1977 7th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 24-14

1977 Kansas City releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams

1977 Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.

1977 Zaire President Mobutu visits Belgium

1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran

1979 New York Islanders didn’t get a shot off in 1 period against New York Rangers

1979 USSR performs underground nuclear test

1979 Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton announced that they would record an album together.

1980 NASA launches Fltsatcom-3

1981 Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege

1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians

1983 10th American Music Award Kenny Rogers

1983 Alabama Governor George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time

1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

1985 Azharuddin scores second Test century in second Test (v England)

1985 Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 to regain WBA heavyweight title

1987 President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1988 “Teddy & Alice” closes at Minskoff Theater New York City NY after 77 performances

1988 Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti

1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach

1989 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded

1989 Victoria Murden & Shirley Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)

1989 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami

1990 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A’s contract

1990 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards Bobby Darin

1990 Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters & Kinks inducted into Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1991 Iraq fires 8 SCUD missiles on Israel – 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)

1991 Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.

1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title

1992 Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews)

1992 An IRA bomb, placed next to a remote country road in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, killed seven building workers and injured seven others.

1992 “Michael Jackson…the Legend Continues” aired on CBS-TV.

1993 14th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 32 awards

1993 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45″)

1994 The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.

1994 Liz Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

1994 Donny Osmond fought the Partridge Family’s Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago, IL. Bonaduce won a split decision.

1995 “Carousel” closes at Beaumont Theater New York City NY after 322 performances

1995 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan (5,372 die)

1995 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win the World Series Cup

1995 Los Angeles Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis

1996 Pink Floyd was officially inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely/$25,000 for kicking cameraman

1997 Metallica’s video “King Nothing” premiered on MTV.

1997 A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country’s history.

1997 Israel gave over 80% of Hebron to Palestinian rule, but held the remainder where several hundred Jewish settlers lived among 20,000 Palestinians.

1998 U.S. President Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He was the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit.

1999 Cindy Lauper was a voice on the TV show “The Simpsons.”

2000 British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger that created the world’s largest drugmaker.

2001 Congo’s President Laurent Kabila was shot and killed during a coup attempt. Congolese officials temporarily placed Kabila’s son in charge of the government.

2001 The director of Palestinian TV, Hisham Miki, was killed at a restaurant when three masked gunmen walked up to his table and shot him more than 10 times.

2002 It was announced that Microsoft had signed a joint venture agreement to produce software with two partners in China. The two partners were Beijin Centergate Technologies (Holding) Co. and the Stone Group.


1342 Philip the Bold, duke of Burgundy

1463 Frederick III the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther

1501 Leonhard Fuchs Germany, botanist (History of Plants)

1504 Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)

1517 Antonio Scandello Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)

1545 Antonio Pace composer

1574 Robert Fludd composer

1600 Pedro Caldéron de la Barca Spanish poet/dramatist

1612 Thomas Fairfax Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary General

1657 Pieter van Bloemen [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized

1659 Antonio Veracini composer

1683 Gerard van Loon Dutch historian

1706 Benjamin Franklin Boston, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor

1712 John Stanley composer

1719 Jean-Joseph Vade composer

1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel composer

1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski last king of Poland (1764-95)

1733 Thomas Linley composer

1734 François-Joseph Gossec Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)

1745 Nicolas Roze composer

1759 Paul Cuffe Massachusetts, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist

1761 James Hall Scotland, geologist

1763 John Jacob Astor, made a fortune from the furs of the American West (Waldorf, Germany)

1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman composer

1771 Charles Brockden Brown father of American novel (Wieland)

1806 James Madison Randolph (Jefferson’s grandson) 1st born in White House

1814 Ellen Wood English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)

1818 Sir Antoine Dorion (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)

1820 Anne Bronte English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall)

1828 Lewis Addison Grant Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1918

1834 Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia

1835 Antanas Baranauskas Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist

1835 Johan Filip von Schantz composer

1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte composer

1842 Anton G van Hamel founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)

1845 Lucas Lindeboom Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)

1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev St Petersburg Russia, composer

1853 Alva Vanderbilt Beaumont women’s rights advocate & activist

1857 Eugene Augustin Lauste developer (1st sound-on-film recording)

1857 Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer (Evangelimann)

1858 Tomas Carrasquilla Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)

1862 John E Akkeringa Dutch painter/etcher

1863 David Lloyd George (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)

1863 Henry Charles Tonking composer

1863 Konstantin S Stanislavski Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)

1864 Lucien Herr France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)

1873 François Rasse composer

1876 Olga Fastrova writer

1877 Hans Jelmoli composer

1878 Oscar Apfel Cleveland OH, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn)

1880 Mack Sennett movie creator (Keystone Kops)

1881 Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders)

1884 Noah Beery US actor (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf)

1885 E Ball-Hennings writer

1885 Joseph Arendt Belgian worker’s union leader

1886 Glenn Luther Martin aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)

1886 Ronald Firbank London England, novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot)

1891 Marjorie Gateson Brooklyn NY, actress (One Man’s Family)

1891 Norman “Squab” Read US aviator who lived to be 101

1891 Walter Eucken German economist

1896 Harry Reser Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)

1897 Nils Asther Malmö Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster)

1899 Nevil Shute (Norway) London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)

1899 Robert Maynard Hutchins US, educator/civil libertarian

1899 Al Capone Italy, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)

1899 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)

19– Nina Wilcox New York City NY, actress (Harbourmaster, Jessica Novak)

19– William Lucking Vicksburg MI, actor (A-Team, Jessie, Shannon)

1900 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant patron of the arts

1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky composer

1902 Geoffrey W Lloyd British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)

1903 Warren Hull Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)

1904 Grant Withers Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)

1904 Patsy Ruth Miller actress (Québec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)

1905 Franz Schmid Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)

1907 Henk H Badings Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)

1908 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad producer

1910 Edith S Green (Representative-D-OR)

1910 Michael Economides restaurateur

1911 Hermann Pfrogner Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)

1911 Luis W Alvarez US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968)

1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov composer

1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten founder (Oostpriesterhulp)

1913 Yuvraj of Patiala cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India vs England)

1916 Joel Herron Chicago IL, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)

1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR) Indian film star, politician

1917 Oskar Morawetz Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer

1917 Ulyses Simpson Kay composer

1918 Joseph Walker Barr banker/politician

1920 Nora Kaye New York City NY, prima ballerina

1920 Joseph George Handy Hendleman musician

1921 Dehl Berti Pueblo CO, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)

1922 Betty White Oak Park IL, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)

1922 Luis Echeverría Alvarez President of Mexico

1923 Onno Molenkamp Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)

1924 Jewel Plummer Cobb educator/president (California State University at Fullerton)

1925 Rock Hudson Winnetka IL, actor (McMillian & Wife)

1925 A H Kardar cricketer (Pakistana 1st Test captain, previously played for India)

1925 Annie Delorie Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)

1925 Duane Hanson US sculptor

1926 Clyde Walcott cricketer (one of the three W’s, later ICC chairman)

1926 Moira Shearer Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)

1926 Richard Michael Hills comedy script writer

1927 Donald Erb Youngstown OH, composer

1927 Eartha Kitt singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)

1927 Michael Herford Wooller TV/film producer

1928 Vidal Sassoon London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson)

1928 Jean Barraqué French composer

1928 Ken Archer cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)

1929 Jacques “Jake the Snake” Plante Québec Canada, NHL goaltender (#1)

1930 Thomas P Stafford Oklahoma, astronaut (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10)

1930 Bill Benyon English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader

1930 Robert Ceely composer

1931 James Earl Jones Mississippi, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)

1931 L Douglas Wilder (Gov-D-VA)

1931 Frederick Alfred Fox composer

1933 Aga Khan religious leader (Muslims)

1933 Bruno Schroder British baron/banker/multi-millionaire

1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], Louisiana, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Breakout, Madigan)

1933 Yolande Christina Dalida Cairo Egypt, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)

1934 Shari Lewis Bronx NY, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop)

1934 Donald Cammell film director

1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson composer

1935 Jimmy Powell Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic)

1935 Paul O[sborne] Williams US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)

1936 Jerry Fogel Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow)

1938 Paul Revere Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders)

1938 John Bellairs US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)

1939 Toini Gustafson Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1968)

1939 Antao D’Souza cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)

1939 Maury Povich TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung

1940 H Kipchoge “Kip” Keino Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympics-gold-1968, 72)

1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali South African poet (Fireflames)

1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)

1942 Randy Boone Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)

1943 Chris Montez rocker

1943 Daniel Charles Brandenstein Watertown Wi, astronaut (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)

1945 William Hart US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I’m Sorry)

1947 Todd Susman St Louis MO, actor (Goodnight Beantown)

1947 Gail Toushin LPGA golfer

1947 Jane Elliot New York City NY, actress (Baby Boom, General Hospital, Knots Landing)

1947 Ulysses Dove dancer/choreographer

1948 Alexander “Alec” Erwin South African worker’s union leader

1948 Mick Taylor rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1949 Andy Kaufman New York City NY, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi)

1949 Debbie Watson La Mirada CA, actress (Karen, Tammy)

1951 Rolando Thoeni Italy, slalom (Olympics-bronze-1972)

1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto Japan, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orchestra)

1952 Larry Fortensky former husband (7th) of Liz Taylor

1953 Sheila Hutchinson rocker

1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)

1954 Janet Dykman Monterey Park CA, archer (Olympics-1996)

1955 Steve Earle San Antonio TX, country singer (Guitar Town)

1956 Mitch Vogel Alhambra CA, actor (Jamie-Bonanza)

1956 Paul Young rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)

1956 David Caruso actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes)

1957 Donna Stone New Jersey, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1958 Jez Strode rocker (Kajagoogoo)

1960 John Crawford Palo Alto CA, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)

1960 Chili Davis Kingston Jamaica, outfielder (California Angels)

1961 Maia Chiburdanidze Kutaisi USSR, women’s world chess champ

1961 Susanna Hoffs actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)

1962 Jim Carrey Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask, Skip-Duck Factory)

1964 Jeff Tabaka US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)

1966 Karissa Rushing Benton AR, Miss America-Arkansas (1990)

1966 Anna Ivan La Jolla CA, tennis star

1966 Don Myrah Oakland CA, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96)

1966 Rexton Gordon “Shabba Ranks” Jamaican dj/rapper (Extra Naked)

1966 Trish Johnson Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)

1967 Gregory Caccia Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996)

1967 William Michael Heinen Jr Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston)

1970 Candace Murray Vancouver BC, softball shortstop (Olympics-96)

1970 Darnell Walker NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers)

1970 Jeremy Roenick Boston MA, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes)

1971 Derek Plante Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)

1971 Peter Winter Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)

1971 Tyler Houston US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)

1972 Rohn Meyer CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)

1972 Wendall Gaines NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)

1973 Amanda Elizabeth Spivey Spartanburg SC, Miss South Carolina-America (1995)

1974 Derrick Mason wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)

1974 Guillermo Mercedes Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)

1974 Marcus Spriggs offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)

1974 Sharon Marie Ferris New Zealand, yachter (Olympics-96)

1977 Ali el Kattabi soccer player (Sparta)

1978 Irina A Borisova Miss Ukraine-Universe (1996)

1981 Ray J singer


0395 Theodosius I the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49

1103 Frutolf German monk/musicologist/historian, dies

1119 Boudouin VII Hapkin count of Flanders, dies

1229 Albert bishop of Riga/founder (Sword Knights), dies at about 68

1604 Santino Garsi composer, dies at 61

1617 Pieter C Bockenberg Dutch historian, dies at 68

1620 Diego Alvarez de Paz Spanish missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59

1625 Nicolo Rubini composer, dies at 50

1654 Paul Potter Dutch painter, buried

1661 Andres Malong Philippines rebel leader, executed

1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli Italian opera composer, dies at 73

1702 Thomas Franklin English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies

1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu composer, dies

1750 Tomaso Albinoni Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78

1781 Marie de Negre Dables marquess, dies

1788 Alessio Prati composer, dies at 37

1805 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron French interpreter, dies at 73

1820 Daniel W Wyttenbach Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73

1823 Zacharius Werner German playwright, dies at 36

1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga y Balzola Spanish composer, dies at 19

1830 W Waiblinger writer, dies

1833 James Ball Antyne Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60

1833 William Rush Indian sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies

1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley composer, dies at 41

1863 E J Horace Vernet French painter, dies at 73

1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky composer, dies at 55

1874 Chang & Eng Bunker Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62

1886 Amilcare Ponchielli Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51

1889 Juan Montalvo Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56

1890 Salomon Sulzer composer, dies at 85

1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst composer, dies at 74

1892 Alexandre Levy composer, dies at 27

1893 Rutherford B Hayes 19th US President (1877-81), dies in Fremont OH at 70

1901 Jacob G Agarah Swedish algologist, dies at 87

1902 Gideon Scheepers South African Boer leader, executed

1908 Ferdinand IV ruler of Toscane, dies at 72

1910 Thomas Crapper inventor (flush toilet), dies

1910 Wilhelm F Kohlrausch Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69

1911 Francis Galton English scholar, dies at 88

1913 Carl Baermann composer, dies at 73

1917 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius Dutch politician, dies at 70

1933 John Hodges cricketer (6 wickets in Australia’s 1st two Tests), dies

1938 William H Pickering astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79

1941 José Leite de Vasconcelos Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82

1942 Frederick Jerome Work composer, dies at 61

1942 Carole Lombard dies in a plane crash. Acress who starred in screwball comedies like “My Man Godfrey” and “To Be Or Not To Be”. She was married to Clark Gable since 1939. Age 34.

1946 Gottfried Rudinger composer, dies at 59

1952 Walter O “Spike” Briggs owner (Detroit Tigers), dies at 74

1955 Joannes A Veraart Dutch judge/MP, (Jews in Netherlands), dies at 68

1959 Abdul Aziz cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi

1961 Patrice Lumumba African revolutionary, murdered at 36

1962 Gerrit Achterberg Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56

1964 Terence Hanbury White novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57

1966 Vincent J Donehue director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin’s at 50

1967 Evelyn Nesbit actress (Redemption), dies at 82

1968 Julis Deutsch Austria politician/General Spanish republican army, dies at 83

1969 Grazyna Bacewicz composer, dies at 59

1970 Billy Stewart (I Do Love You) and three of his band members were killed when their car went out of control and off a bridge over the River Neuse in North Carolina. Age 32.

1972 Rochelle Hudson actress (That’s My Boy, Curly Top), dies from pneumonia at 55

1973 Fred Essler actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77

1976 Ad Verhoeven soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in auto-accident

1977 Gary Gilmore executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967

1980 Barbara Britton actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59

1983 Doodles Weaver actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71

1989 Sterling A Brown US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87

1990 Charles Hernu French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies

1991 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V King of Norway (1957), dies

1992 Bill Walker actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95

1992 Charlie Ventura jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75

1992 Dorothy Alison actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies

1993 Ger ter Horst Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies

1994 Allan G Odell Ad executive (Burma Shave), dies at 90

1994 Chung Il Kwon PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies

1994 Grady “Fats” Jackson tenor sax Player, dies at 66

1994 Han Jansen Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61

1994 Klaas Peereboom Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77

1994 Noel Chiboust trumpeter/sax, dies at 84

1995 Isador Caplan lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82

1995 Urias Nooteboom Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54

1996 Barbara Charline Jordan politician, dies at 59

1996 Charles Henry Madge poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83

1996 Giles William Playfair writer, dies at 85

1996 John Adrian Hope politician/businessman, dies at 83

1996 Robert Covington drummer/singer, dies at 54

1997 Andrea Fisher artist, dies at 21

1997 Asfa Wossen [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies

1997 Clyde William Tombaugh discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90

1998 Emil Sitka actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82













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