Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
January 12th

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1493*Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily.Ref: 5
1583*Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583).Ref: 5
1684*French king Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon.Ref: 5
1701*Parts of the Netherlands (Frisia & Groningen) adopt the Gregorian calendar (others 1 year later).Ref: 5
1755*Tsarina Elisabeth establishes first Russian University.Ref: 5
1773*The first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.Ref: 70
1777*The Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established. It was one of nine missions founded by Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junipero Serra, between 1769-1784.Ref: 5
1806*French evacuate Vienna.Ref: 5
1812*First cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez.Ref: 5
1816*France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever.Ref: 5
1820*Royal Astronomical Society founded in England.Ref: 5
1839*Anthracite coal first used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk PA.Ref: 5
1842*Franciscan nuns begin missionary work on Netherlands Antilles.Ref: 5
1872*Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.Little Bighorn Coverup?Ref: 2
1874*Susan B. Anthony submits a two-page petition to Congress asking that the "unjust fine" for illegal voting be remitted. Congress does not act on her petition.Ref: 87
1875*Kwang-su becomes Emperor of China.Ref: 17
1893*Representatives of 21 mission boards met in NY City to discuss common concerns. Soon becoming an annual event, by 1911 the convention was known as the Foreign Missions Conference. In 1950 it became a constituting member of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, serving as its Division of Foreign Missions.Ref: 5
1900*Freeland Colony founded in US.Ref: 5
1906*1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26).Ref: 5
1907*Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal.Ref: 5
1912*-47ºF (-44ºC), Washta IA (state record).Ref: 5
1913 Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.Ref: 2
1915*The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.Ref: 2
1915*The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.Ref: 70
1916*Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Island colony in the Pacific.Ref: 5
1924*History of Science Society organized at Boston.Ref: 5
1926*U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.Ref: 2
1927*U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.Ref: 2
1929*Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana.Ref: 5
1932*Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.Ref: 3
1932*(US Supreme Court Justice) Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.Ref: 2
1932*France's Laval government falls.Ref: 5
1933*US Congress recognize independence Philippines.Ref: 5
1938*Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.Ref: 2
1948*The Supreme Court rules that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.Ref: 70
1948 Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast.Ref: 5
1948*US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel vs Oklahoma State Board of Regents).Ref: 5
1948*First Supermarket in UK opens.Ref: 5
1949*Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter.Ref: 5
1950*USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage.Ref: 5
1952*University of Tennessee admits its first black student.Ref: 5
1953*Nine "Jewish" physicians are arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow. They are released in April by authorities who said the evidence against them was false. (TWA, 1954)Ref: 95
1954*Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament.Ref: 5
1957*Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded.Ref: 5
1961*UN genocide pact goes into effect.Ref: 5
1962*The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.Ref: 2
1964 Leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.Ref: 6
1965*At 10 58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada.Ref: 5
1966*12 day New York City NY transit strike ends.Ref: 5
1971*Fed grand jury indicts Reverand Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger.Ref: 5
1971*Congressional Black Caucus organizes.Ref: 5
1973 Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.Ref: 2
1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic".Ref: 5
1975*Chrysler Corp offers first car rebates.Ref: 5
1976*UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organization.Ref: 5
1977*Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.Ref: 5
1979*British Airways and Air France begin Concorde flights to Dallas/Fort Worth. (USA Today, p 2B, 4/11/2003)Ref: 13
1979*Los Angeles's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham.Ref: 5
1981*-35ºF (-37ºC), Chester, Massachusetts (state record).Ref: 5
1982*Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.Ref: 2
1985*Xenia OH Mayor Walter Marshall presents Helen Santmyer the proclomation naming January 11 as Helen Hooven Santmyer Day in Xenia.Ref: 83
1987*Europe was snowed-in with a pounding of white stuff and record low temperatures as a ‘Siberian Express’ spread across the continent.Ref: 4
1987*Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training.Ref: 5
1989*Idi Amin expelled from Zaire.Ref: 5
1989*6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax).Ref: 5
1990*Civil Rights activist Reverand Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Brooklyn.Ref: 5
1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so).Ref: 5
1992 Algeria's General elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the first round.Ref: 5
1992*Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished.Ref: 5
1994*Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges she'd tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (the charges were later dropped in a settlement with the government).Ref: 5
1995*(OJ Simpson) Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1995*Pope John Paul II begins visit to Southeast Asia.Ref: 5
1998*Nineteen European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.Ref: 70
1998*Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.Ref: 70
1999*The US Supreme Court limited state regulations of voter initiatives, striking down several methods used by Colorado to police such measures. (XDG, p 4A, 1/12/2004)Ref: 83
2000*The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.Ref: 70
2003*AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case announced his resignation.Ref: 70
2004 Cunard is expected to launch the 150,000-ton Queen Mary 2. (WSJ, p B1, 10/02/2003)Ref: 33
1896*H.L. Smith takes the first x-ray photograph in Davidson, NC. It was a hand with a bullet in it.Ref: 4
1908*A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Ref: 2
1937*Plow for laying submarine cable patented.Ref: 5
1970*Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage.Ref: 5
1986*Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.Ref: 70
1989*The astronauts aboard the space shuttle "Columbia" retrieve an eleven-ton floating science laboratory in a rescue mission that kept the satellite from plunging to Earth.Ref: 6
1997*Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space.Ref: 5
1598*Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso.Ref: 5
1809*British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from the French (until 1814).Ref: 5
1836*Battle of Wetumka FL.Ref: 5
1861*Florida state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens.Ref: 5
1863*President Davis delivers his "State of the Confederacy" address.Ref: 5
1865*Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC.Ref: 5
1879*British Zulu War begins Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand.Ref: 5
1904 Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison.Ref: 5
1940*Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.Ref: 2
1942*President Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.Ref: 5
1942*British troops reconquer Sollum.Ref: 5
1942*Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender.Ref: 5
1943*Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.Ref: 2
1943*Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal).Ref: 5
1944*Churchill & de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh.Ref: 5
1944*Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1945*German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of the Bulge.Ref: 5
1945*US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea.Ref: 5
1945*During World War Two, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.Ref: 70
1952*The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Bihn, Vietnam.Ref: 2
1964 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence.Ref: 5
1966*President Johnson says in his State of the Union address that the US should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.Ref: 5
1970 Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria.Ref: 5
1991*The House and Senate, by a vote of 250-183 and 52-47, respectively, to authorize the president to use US troops to force Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. (USA Today, p 5A, 10/08/2002)Ref: 13
1996*Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US).Ref: 5
1904*Racing driver Barney Oldfield set a new speed record in a stripped-down Ford automobile. Driving across the frozen surface of Lake St. Clair, he reached a top speed of 91.37 miles per hour.Ref: 3
1906*Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass.Ref: 5
1918*Montréal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4.Ref: 5
1920*Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to.Ref: 5
1921*Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes first commissioner of baseball.Ref: 5
1930*NHL's Boston Bruins win then-record 14th consecutive game.Ref: 5
1946*NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1951*Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1952*NFL Pro Bowl National Conference beats American Conference 30-13.Ref: 5
1958*NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring.Ref: 5
1958*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open.Ref: 5
1958*NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 26-7.Ref: 5
1958*Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points.Ref: 5
1960*Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in his career.Ref: 4
1961*Charlie Grimm and Verlon Walker are named to the Cubs' colleges of coaches. Using this system, a different coach will manage the team each month during the season.Ref: 1
1964*NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 31-17.Ref: 5
1965*The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6, winning their first NFL title. (XDG, p 4A, 1/12/2001)Ref: 83
1966*Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics.Ref: 5
1967*Louisville KY, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali.Ref: 5
1969*Super Bowl III, NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Ref 
1972*Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen).Ref: 5
1975*Super Bowl IX, Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.Ref 
1980*Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games.Ref: 5
1981*At the age of 42, Gaylord Perry signs a one-year contract with the Braves.Ref: 1
1983*Brooks Robinson becomes the 14th player elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; the BBWAA also select Juan Marichal.Ref: 1
1983*NCAA creates the football Kickoff Classic to begin in August.Ref: 5
1984*The San Diego Padres sign reliever Rich 'Goose' Gossage.Ref: 1
1985*Miami Dolphins win AFC football championship.Ref: 5
1986*Chicago Blackhawk Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period.Ref: 5
1988*Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates) is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1991*Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520).Ref: 5
1991 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 meter butterfly (1 55.69).Ref: 5
1992 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman.Ref: 5
1993*Doctors announce Pittsburgh Penguin Mario Limeux has Hodgkin's disease.Ref: 5
1994*Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1997*Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions.Ref: 5
1997 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated.Ref: 5
1997*Tiger Woods wins Mercedes ChampionshipsRef: 5
1999*Setting an all-time record, Mark McGwire's 70th HR ball is purchased at an auction by an anonymous buyer for $3 million; the previous largest amount ever paid for a ball was $126,500 which bought a Babe Ruth home run ball.Ref: 1
2003 English schoolboy Sebastian Clover, 15, is youngest person to sail Atlantic solo; lands in Antigua.Ref: 10
1723*Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres, London.Ref: 5
1867 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo" premieres in St Petersburg.Ref: 5
1903*Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1925*John Howard Lawson's "Processional" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1926 "Amos ’n’ Andy" debuts on WGN-Radio. The orginal title was "Sam ’n’ Henry".Ref: 4
1928*Vladimir Horowitz debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the very same night that Sir Thomas Beecham gave his first public performance in the United States.Ref: 4
1928*Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1932*Ed Sullivan joined CBS radio in a program of gossip and interviews.Ref: 4
1932 Philip Barry's "Animal Kingdom" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1939*The Ink Spots gained national attention after five years together as they recorded, If I Didn’t Care, Decca record number 2286. Many other standards by the group soon followed.Ref: 4
1946*"Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater New York City NY after 113 performances.Ref: 5
1946 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!", premieres in Rome.Ref: 5
1949*"Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV.Ref: 4
1949*The Chicago-based children’s show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, made its national debut on NBC-TV.Ref: 4
1955*The beginning of Rod Serling’s stellar career began with the TV production of Patterns, an original, hour-long drama. Within two weeks, the then struggling author had 23 other TV assignments.Ref: 4
1960 "Scent of Mystery", the first film in Smell-O-Vision, premiered.Ref: 73
1961*"Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City NY for 100 performances.Ref: 5
1963*Songwriter Bob Dylan sang Blowin’ In the Wind on the BBC radio presentation of The Madhouse on Castle Street. The song soon became one of the classics of the 1960s protest movement.Ref: 4
1963*"Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1.Ref: 5
1965*The NBC-TV pop-music show Hullabaloo made its debut. A competitor of ABC’s successful Shindig show, Hullabaloo tried to attract a wider audience by featuring both rock music and Las Vegas-type acts. Guests on the first show included the New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Zombies and Woody Allen. Hullabaloo lasted on the air through Aug 29, 1966.Ref: 4
1966*Batman debuts -- on ABC-TV. Adam West starred as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.Ref: 4
1967*“This is the city...” One of broadcasting’s greatest hits, Dragnet, returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years. Harry Morgan was Jack Webb’s sidekick in the renewed series. “Just the facts, ma’am.”Ref: 4
1968*Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd.Ref: 5
1968*Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV.Ref: 5
1969*"Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater New York City NY after 355 performances.Ref: 5
1971*The ground-breaking situation comedy "All in the Family" debuts on CBS-TV. Carroll O’Connor starred as Archie Bunker, Rob Reiner as Meathead, Sally Struthers as Gloria and Jean Stapleton as Edith.Ref: 4
1971*"Soon" opens at Ritz Theater New York City NY for 3 performances.Ref: 5
1974*"Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1.Ref: 5
1977*"Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater New York City NY for 39 performances.Ref: 5
1979*6th American Music Award Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win.Ref: 5
1981*"Dynasty", a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, starring Joan Collins, premieres on ABC-TV.Ref: 5
1985*After a record 24 weeks as the #1 album in the nation, Prince (now known as The Artist Previously Known as Prince) slipped to the #2 spot with Purple Rain. Replacing Prince at the top spot: ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the USA, which spent 24 weeks waiting for Purple Rain to fall.Ref: 4
1991*Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 became the first album to generate seven top-five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (four went to number one). Love Will Never Do (Without You) reached #4 this day and it hit #1 the following week.Ref: 4
1992*13th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 27 awards.Ref: 5
1993*MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow.Ref: 5
1995 Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen announce their new studio would be called Dreamworks SKG.Ref: 73
1997*Fiction: HAL becomes operational (2001: A Space Odyssey); this date was given as January 12, 1992 on screen, but 1997 is the date used in both the novel and screenplay.Ref: 5
1433 Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy is born.Ref: 10
1483*Hendrik van Nassau-Dillenburg en Dietz Governor/Viceroy of Holland, is born.Ref: 5
1492*Andrea Alicati Italian author, is born.Ref: 5
1562 Charles Emanuel I the great, Duke of Savoy, is born.Ref: 5
1576*Peter Scriverius Dutch lawyer/historian, is born.Ref: 5
1580*Jean Baptiste van Helmont Belgian chemist, (found boiling point temperature), is born.Ref: 5
1588*John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, is born.Ref: 2
1588*Jose Ribera [Lo Spagnoletto] Spanish painter, is born.Ref: 5
1599*Adrian van Utrecht Flemish painter, is born.Ref: 5
1628*Charles Perrault, French poet, is born.Ref: 70
1638*Ernst R Tarhemberg Austrian field marshal (Turkish Wars), is born.Ref: 5
1674*Reinhard Keiser composer, is born.Ref: 5
1711*Gaetano Latilla composer, is born.Ref: 5
1715*Jacques Duphly composer, is born.Ref: 5
1729*Statesman, philosopher Edmund Burke is born. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”Ref: 4
1729*Lazzaro Spallanzani Modena Italy, physiologist, is born.Ref: 5
1730*Johann Joachim Christoph Bode composer, is born.Ref: 5
1737*(Declaration of Independence) (or the 23rd) John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, is born.Ref: 2
1737*Brizio Petrucci composer, is born.Ref: 5
1746*Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Switzerland, educator (Leonard & Gertrude), is born.Ref: 68
1749 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff Austrian earl/prince/diplomat, is born.Ref: 5
1751*Ferdinand I king of Sicily & Naples, is born.Ref: 5
1751*Jakob Michael Lenz, Russian-born German poet, is born.Ref: 70
1780*Wilhelm M L de Wette German exegetist/theologist, is born.Ref: 5
1783*Erik Gustaf Geijer Swedish historian/poet (Natthimmelen), is born.Ref: 5
1792*Robert Patterson Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881, is born.Ref: 5
1804*Hippolyte Monpou composer, is born.Ref: 5
1807*Jan T Beelen Dutch/Belgian bible expert, is born.Ref: 5
1808*Paul "the Great" Taglioni Vienna, ballet choreographer, is born.Ref: 5
1810*Ferdinand II king of Sicily, is born.Ref: 5
1814*Jones Mitchell Withers Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1890, is born.Ref: 5
1819*Zealous Bates Tower Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1900, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Nikolai Afanisev composer, is born.Ref: 5
1825*Joseph Robert Davis Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1896, is born.Ref: 5
1825*Francis Henry Underwood, American lawyer/author, is born.Ref: 70
1825*Birth of Brooke Foss Westcott, British N.T. scholar. In 1881, he and F. J. A. Hort co-edited a famous critical text of the Greek New Testament -- one which is still used today.Ref: 5
1826*Charles Cruft Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883, is born.Ref: 5
1832*Richard Waterhouse Jr Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1876, is born.Ref: 5
1837*Adolf Jensen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1837*Carlos Troyer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1842*François Coppée French poet, is born.Ref: 5
1852*Joseph J C Joffre French field marshal (Indo-China, Marne), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro Italian mathematician (tensor analysis), is born.Ref: 5
1856*John Singer Sargent US, portrait painter (Wyndham Sisters), is born.Ref: 5
1863*Vivekananda Calcutta, Hindu religious leader/reformer, is born.Ref: 5
1871*Paul Guthnick German astronomer, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari Venice Italy, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Jack London writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Ferenc Molnár, Budapest Hungary, playwright (The Play's The Thing, A Pal Utrai Fiuk), is born.Ref: 68
1882*Jakob Jud Swiss linguist/etymologist, is born.Ref: 5
1883*Max Eastman, American poet/editor, is born.Ref: 70
1884*Louis Horst, American pianist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Dorothy Green Los Angeles CA, actress (Lavinia-Tammy), is born.Ref: 5
1888*Claude Delvincourt composer, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Mordecai W Johnson educator, is born.Ref: 5
1893*Hermann Goering, Reichmashall of the Third Reich and commander of the Luftwaffe, is born.Ref: 2
1894*Billy Gilbert Louisville KY, actor (Paradise Alley, Safari, Rio), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Heavyweight boxer, European and French champion boxer, loser against Dempsey in the first $1M boxing match, Georges Carpentier is born Lens, France.Ref: 97
1896*Rex Ingram Ireland, actor/director (Elmer Gantry, God's Little Acre), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Hendrik J Valk painter/cartoonist/graphic artist, is born.Ref: 5
1898*Jose Forns y Cuadras composer, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Paul H Müller Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Vaino Hannikainen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1901*Kurt Jooss Wurttemburg, Germany, ballet choreographer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Joe E. Lewis (Klewan) comedian, actor: Lady in Cement, Private Buckaroo; is born.Ref: 4
1902*Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Ray Teal Grand Rapids MI, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Simon H Spoor Dutch General/Intelligence Officer for General MacArthur, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Igor V Kurtshatov Russian nuclear physicist (1st Russian nuclear bomb), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Mississippi Fred McDowell jazz artist, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Henny Youngman England, comedian (Take my wife please...), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Country singer, actor Tex (Woodward Maurice) Ritter (father of John Ritter), is born.Ref: 68
1907*Sergei Korolev scientist, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Ben Seijes Dutch historian (WWII), is born.Ref: 5
1908*José Limón Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Mauritz Hugo Sweden, actor (Atomic Blonde, Road Agent), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Patsy Kelly Brooklyn NY, actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Charles Martin cartoonist, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Luise Rainer Austria, actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City, Hostages), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Peter Pooley broadcaster, is born.Ref: 5
1912 Luise Rainer is born.Ref: 10
1914 Edqard John Gurney politician, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Martin Agronsky journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Frank Annunzio (Representative-D-IL, 1965- ), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Ernest Armstrong miner/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Joseph Roy George Ralston pilot, is born.Ref: 5
1916*A P(ieter) W Botha Orange Free State, President of South Africa, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Walter Hendl West New York NJ, conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1920*James Farmer Marshall TX, civil rights leader, is born.Ref: 5
1921*John Henry Davis Jr Smithtown NY, light-super-heavyweight (Olympics-gold-1948, 52), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Leo Smit Philadelphia PA, pianist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Jan Willem Radecker sculptor/son of John Radecker, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Bill Burrud Hollywood CA, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Laurentiu Profeta composer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Morton Feldman New York City NY, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Ray Price country singer (For The Good Times), is born.Ref: 68
1927*Leopold Ahsen writer, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Salvatore Martirano composer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Lloyd Ruby auto racer: 18 Indpls 500 races, completed all 200 laps in the Indy 500 five times, is born.Ref: 4
1928*Lew Gallo Mt Kisko, actor (12 O'Clock High), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Colin Berry Haycraft publisher, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Tim Horton hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres; is born.Ref: 4
1930*Glenn Yarborough singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee), is born.Ref: 68
1930*Jennifer P Johnston Irish author (Fool's Sanctuary), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Alain Teister Dutch sculptor/writer, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Michael Aspel British talk show host, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Burdette Haldorson US, basketball player (Olympics-gold-1956, 60), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Illusionist Kresgin (George Kresge) is born in Montclair NJ.Ref: 24
1935*-Ron Harper Turtle Creek PA, actor (Wendy & Me, Planet of the Apes), is born.Ref: 5
1936*-Ron Harper actor: Wendy and Me, The Planet of the Apes, The Jean Arthur Show, Garrison’s Gorillas, 87th PrecinctRef: 4
1937*Liliana Cavani Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Marie Dubois Paris France, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Helmut Eisendle writer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest), is born.Ref: 5
1939*William Lee Golden Brewton AL, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Long John Baldry England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Jaime B Fuster (Representative-D-PR, 1985-92), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Tucker (Ivan) Frederickson football: Auburn Univ., New York Giants [Pro Bowl: 1965] RB, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Ray Manzarek rock pianist (Doors-Light my Fire, People are Strange), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Henri J "Adriaan" Adriaansen mime/director (Stinging Nettle King), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Vlastimil Hort Czechoslovakian/German chess player, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Maggie Bell Glasgow Scotland, rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Cynthia Robinson rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People), is born.Ref: 5
1946*George Duke San Rafael CA, rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Tom Dempsey NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Anthony Andrews London England, actor (Under the Volcano), is born.Ref: 5
1949*James Dietz rower: team: Thames River Sculls [CT], is born.Ref: 4
1949*Wayne Wang director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Randy (Randall Leo) Jones baseball: pitcher: San Diego Padres [all-star: 1975, 1976/Cy Young Award: 1976], NY Mets, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Bob McEwen (Representative-R-OH, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Marilyn R Smith microbiologist, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Larry Hoppens rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Rush Hudson Limbaugh III Cape Girardeau MO, conservative radio & television host, is born.Ref: 68
1951*Bill Madlock 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Chris Bell Memphis TN, rock guitarist (Big Star), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Drew Pearson former NFL all-pro receiver, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Kirstie Alley Wichita KS, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Ricky Van Shelton Danville VA, country musician (Somebody Lied, From a Jack to a King, Rockin' Years), is born.Ref: 5
1954*(Long Island) Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Kirstie Alley Wichita KS, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), is born.Ref: 15
1955*Patty Hayes LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Per Gessle Halmstad Sweden, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Oliver Platt actor: Bulworth, Married to the Mob, Crusoe, Flatliners, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, Doctor Dolittle, Simon Birch, Bicentennial Man, Gun Shy, Ash Wednesday, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Dominique Wilkins NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Rob Derksen Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Andrea Carnevale soccer player (Napoli), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Actor Jeff Bezos is born.Ref: 63
1964*Lynnae Marie Thurik Vancouver WA, Miss Washington-America (1990), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Laura Gildemeister Argentina, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1965*Madison Stone actress: X-rated films, is born.Ref: 4
1965*Mark Moore rocker (S'Express-Winter Course), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Henry Thomas defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), is born.Ref: 5
1965*John Francis model, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Craig Parry Sunshine VIC, Australasia golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Linda Ferrando Italy, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1967*Farrah Forke Texas, actress (Dweebs, Mr Rhodes, Disclosure, Heat), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Marco Boogers Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Mike Simms Whittier CA, outfielder (Houston Astros), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Ulf Dahlen Ostersund Sweden, NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Vendela [Kirsebom] Stockholm Sweden, model (Sports Illustrated 1993), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Heather Mills Aldershot England, model/writer (Out on a Limb), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Vince Buck NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Cam Russell Halifax, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jenny Griffith Burbank CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Nigel Wilson Canadian/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Takahiro Ikenoue WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Tommy Puett actor/TV host (Life Goes On, America's Top 10), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Andy Fox Sacramento CA, infielder (New York Yankees), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Oscar Sturgis NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Scott Burrell NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Shane Dronett NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Dominique Ross NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Greg Morton Milwaukee WI, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Melanie Jayne Chisholm "Sporty Spice", Widnes, vocalist (Spice Girls), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Chase Hampton Oklahoma City OK, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Jocelyn Thibault Montréal Québec Canada, NHL goalie (Montréal Canadiens), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Sara Walsh South Bend IN, fencer-foil (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1979*Jenny Schmidgall ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics-98), is born.Ref: 5
1987*Andrew Lawrence Philadelphia PA, actor (Andy Roman-Brotherly Love), is born.Ref: 5
1987*Naya Rivera actress (Cindy-Fresh Prince of Bel Air), is born.Ref: 5
1996*Sarah Morales Mexico, Siamese twin (survived), is born.Ref: 5
1996*Sarahi Morales Mexico, Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996), is born.Ref: 5
689*Benedict Biscop English saint, dies.Ref: 5
1049*Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair Persian mystic, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1167*Aelred of Hexham/Rievaulx English abbot/saint, dies at about 56.Ref: 5
1390*Peter van Herenthals Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1517*Vasco Núñez de Balboa Spanish conquistador/admiral, beheaded at 41.Ref: 5
1519*Maximilian I, Austrian archduke, German king and Holy Roman emporer- (1493-1519), dies at age 59.Ref: 68
1537*Lorenzo di Credi Italian painter, dies.Ref: 5
1552*Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed.Ref: 5
1665*Pierre de Fermat French lawyer/mathematician (Fermat theorem), dies at 63.Ref: 68
1674*Giacomo Carissimi Italian bandmaster/composer (Jephta), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1759*Anne of Hannover English princess, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1765*Johann Melchior Molter composer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1807*Adriaan Kluit Dutch historian, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1807*Joan Lucaz Dutch scholar/journalist/patriot, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1807*Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Netherlands, 150 die.Ref: 5
1829*Michael Gottard Fischer composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1829*Friedrich Von Schlegel, German romantic poet and critic (Philosophy of History, History of Literature), dies at age 56.Ref: 70
1833*Marie-Antoine Carème author (Pattissier Royal Parisien), dies at 48.Ref: 5
1839*Joseph A Koch Austrian painter/cartoonist/etcher/illustrator, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1851*Johan Herman Koekkoek painter, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1856*L'udovít Stúr Slovaaks author/linguistic (Das Slawentum), dies at 40.Ref: 5
1860*Martinus J Niewindt bishop on Curaçao (christened slaves), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1861*Václav Hanka Czech author/translator/forger, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1864*Stephen Foster, song writer of about 200 songs including: Oh! Susannah, Camptown Races, Old Folks at Home [Swanee River], Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Beautiful Dreamer; dies in a New York hospital at age 37.Ref: 68
1867*Victor Cousin French philosopher/minister of Education, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1880*Ellen Arthur (Ellen Lewis Herndon) wife of Chester A. Arthur [21st US President]; dies prior to Arthur taking office.Ref: 4
1880*Ida Gräfin von Hahn-Hahn author (Aus der Gesellschaft), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1897*Sir Isaac Pitman, English educator and inventor of shorthand, dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1903*(or 1908) Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown PA, killing 170.Ref: 5
1925*Oskar Brefeld German botanist, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1928*Ruth Snyder first woman to die in electric chair.Ref: 5
1929*Dietrich Schäfer German historian (Mein Leben), dies at 83.Ref: 5
1933*Vaclav Suk composer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 die.Ref: 5
1940*Erich R Jaensch German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1943*Jan R T Campert Dutch resistance fighter/poet (18 Dead), dies at 40.Ref: 5
1947*Jonas Cohn German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1950*Koos van de Griend composer, dies at 44.Ref: 5
1950*Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die.Ref: 5
1953*Simeon Roncal composer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1954*Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9 hours later a 2nd one kills 115.Ref: 5
1956*John Raedecker Dutch sculptor (WWII Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1956*Norman Kerry actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1958*Arthur Shepherd composer, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1960*Nevil Shute [Norway] English/Australian author (Town like Alice), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1962*Richard de Guide composer, dies at 52.Ref: 5
1965*Porcupine in Washington DC zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent.Ref: 5
1965*Lorraine Hansberry US playwright ("Raisin in the Sun"), dies in New York City NY at age 34.Ref: 5
1970*Blanche Stuart Scott US pilot, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1972*Padraic Colum Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90.Ref: 5
1975*Caryn Campbell Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass CO.Ref: 5
1976*Agatha (Marie Clarissa) Christie (Miller) writer: Murder on the Orient Express, 65 other mysteries; playwright: The Mousetrap [world’s longest running play]; dies in Wallingford, England, at age 85.Ref: 4
1977*Henri-Georges Clouzot director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1978*Nancy Spungen stabbed to death by boyfriend Sid Vicious.Ref: 5
1979*Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100.Ref: 5
1981*Beulah Bondi Chicago IL, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89.Ref: 5
1981*Isobel Elsom actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1986*Marcel Arland French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1990*Laurence J Peter, author of "The Peter Principle", dies from a stroke at 70.Ref: 5
1990*Paul Amadeus Pisk composer, dies at 96.Ref: 5
1991*Keye Luke actor (Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86.Ref: 5
1991*Vasco Pratolini Italy, writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1992 Harry van Doorn Dutch MP (KVP/KRO-chairman/PPR/CRM), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1992*Walt Morey US children's book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1993*Carles Mira Spanish director (Que Nos Quiten Lo Bailao), dies at 45.Ref: 5
1994*Samuel Bronston Romanian/US producer (El Cid), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1994*Bob Horen dies of cancer at 67.Ref: 5
1995*Francis Lopez songwriter, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1995*George Price cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 93.Ref: 5
1995*Marion Herbst German/Dutch jewelry designer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1996*Edmund Happold engineer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1996*John Howard Purnell scientist, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1996 Peggy Braithwaite lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1997*Charles Huggins, Canadian-born American Nobel Prize-winning surgeon and urologist (1966), dies at age 95.Ref: 70
1997*Jill Summers actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86Ref: 5
1997*Jean Writer-Edern Hallier dies at 60.Ref: 5
2000*The Carolina Hurricanes (of the NHL) guard Bobby Phills, racing at high speeds with teammate David Wesley, dies in a car crash after practice. (USA Today, p 3C, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
2001*Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder William Hewlett died in Palo Alto, Calif., at age 87.Ref: 70
2002*Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), dies in New York at age 84. (XDG, p 8A, 1/01/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Maurice Gibbdies, singer (of the BeeGees), dies in Miami FL at age 53. (TWA, 2004).Ref: 95

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