Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
January 17th

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1377*The Papal See was moved back 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.Ref: 5
1536*François Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III.Ref: 5
1562*The Edict of St. Germain officially recognized French Protestantism.Ref: 5
1584*Bohemia adopts the Gregorian calendar.Ref: 5
1819*Simon Bolivar the "liberator" proclaims Columbia a republic.Ref: 2
1821*México permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas.Ref: 5
1827*Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander.Ref: 5
1832*Johannes van den Bosch appointed Governor-General of Dutch-Indies.Ref: 5
1852*At the Sand River Convention, the British recognize the independence of the Transvaal Board.Ref: 2
1873*(and 18th): Susan B. Anthony is tried in Canandaigua, New York before Judge Ward Hunt. Anthony is barred from testifying and Judge Hunt directs the jury to find her guilty. She is sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and the costs of prosecution. She refuses to pay.Ref: 87
1874*Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction.Ref: 5
1882*First Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office.Ref: 5
1893*-17ºF (-27ºC), Millsboro DE (state record).Ref: 5
1893*Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown as a group of American businessmen and sugar planters force Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.Ref: 70
1895*French President Casimir-Perier resigns.Ref: 5
1895*Félix Faure installed as President of France.Ref: 5
1899*Camille Jenatzy captured the land speed record in an electric car of his own design: 41.425 miles per hour at Acheres Park, France. On the same day, however, previous record holder Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat raised the record again, posting a speed of 43.690 miles per hour in an electric Jeantaud automobile.Ref: 3
1899*US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific.Ref: 5
1911*Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly.Ref: 5
1913*Raymond Poincaré elected President of France.Ref: 5
1915*Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens.Ref: 5
1917*The US buys the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25MRef: 5
1920*Paul Deschanel elected President of France.Ref: 5
1923 Belgian Working people Party protest against occupied Ruhrgebied.Ref: 5
1934*The Barker Gang abducts Edward G Bremers, president of the Commerce Bank, for a ransom of $200,000.Ref: 52
1934*Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated.Ref: 5
1934*New York Giants reward NL MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract.Ref: 5
1938*Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman.Ref: 5
1939*The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.Ref: 2
1945*The American record holder for the indoor one mile run, Gilbert Dodds, announced his retirement from competition to devote his time to running for a higher source. Dodds became a gospel preacher. He came out of retirement briefly, in hopes of competing in the 1948 Olympics. While training for the Olympics, he broke his own record by winning the Wanamaker Mile in 4:05.3. How’d Gilbert do in the Olympics? He didn’t. The mumps caught up to him before the trials and he permanently retired from running.Ref: 4
1945*Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custodyRef: 70
1946*The U.N. Security Council meets for the first time at Westminster Central Hall in London, England, adopting its rules of procedure.Ref: 3
1948*Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1949*The first Volkswagen Beetle arrives in the U.S.Ref: 3
1950*Eleven men rob Brink's office in Boston of $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities. The thieves were eventually caught.Ref: 5
1955*Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage.Ref: 5
1957*9-county commission recommends creation of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).Ref: 5
1961*Eisenhower allegedly orders the assassination of Congo's Lumumba.Ref: 5
1961*In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."Ref: 70
1963*(Berlin Wall) Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.Ref: 2
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.Ref: 5
1966*Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago.Ref: 5
1966*USAF B-52 carrying 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs crashes on Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die.Ref: 5
1969*The Justice Department files a massive antitrust complaint, accusing IBM of monopolizing the computer industry. The case "went away" when market forces caused IBM's dominance to naturally deteriorate.Ref: 62
1970*John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Massachusetts).Ref: 5
1972*Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd.Ref: 5
1973*New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life.Ref: 5
1973*City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi.Ref: 5
1977 Zaire President Mobutu visits Belgium.Ref: 5
1979*Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran.Ref: 5
1979*USSR performs underground nuclear test.Ref: 5
1981 Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege.Ref: 5
1983*Alabama Governor George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time.Ref: 5
1983 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians.Ref: 5
1984*Supreme Court rules (5-4) private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws.Ref: 5
1985*A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.Ref: 2
1987*President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran.Ref: 5
1988*Leslie Manigay elected President of Haiti.Ref: 5
1992*Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews).Ref: 5
1994*Liz Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment.Ref: 5
1997*A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.Ref: 70
1998*President Clinton became the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit when he answered questions from lawyers for Paula Jones, who had accused the president of sexual harassment.Ref: 70
2000*British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger.Ref: 70
2001*Faced with an electricity crisis, California uses rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. Gov. Gray Davis signed an emergency order authorizing the state to buy power.Ref: 70
2002*Enron fired accounting firm Arthur Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice.Ref: 70
2003*The Columbus Dispatch reports on page 1 that 11 unreported, empty chemical warheads were found in Iraq by UN inspection teams. 
2003*The European Union passed a law this week that will ban the use of most animal tests to develop cosmetic products in the European Union by 2009. (NY Times, p A4, 1/17/2003) 
2003*(DC Sniper) Relatives of two of the Washington DC sniper victims are suing the gun manufacturer and the store that sold or lost through theft the weapon used in the attacks. (Columbus Dispatch, p A5, 1/17/2003) 
1773*Captain James Cook's ship ‘Resolution' with 193 man crew becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle (66º 33' S).Ref: 2
1779*Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery.Ref: 5
1861*Flush toilet (with separate water tank and a pull chain) patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!).Ref: 5
1871*1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873).Ref: 5
1905*Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago IL.Ref: 5
1928*The fully automatic, film-developing machine is patented by Anatol M. Josepho.Ref: 4
1962*NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m.Ref: 5
1963*Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km.Ref: 5
1968*Soyuz 4 & 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft.Ref: 5
1976*Hermes rocket launched by European Space Agency.Ref: 5
1980*NASA launches Fltsatcom-3.Ref: 5
1989*Victoria Murden & Shirley Metz are first women to reach South Pole overland (on skis).Ref: 5
1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna.Ref: 5
1595*French king Henri IV declares war on Spain.Ref: 5
1601*The Treaty of Lyons ends a short war between France and Savoy. France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain.Ref: 5
1656 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg.Ref: 5
1746*Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeats the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.Ref: 2
1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia.Ref: 5
1781*At Cowpens, South Carolina, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan's troops from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, along with Virginia militiamen, annihilated Banastre Tarleton's (1754-1833) Legion.Ref: 17
1863*Civil War skirmish near Newtown VA.Ref: 5
1864*General Longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridge TN.Ref: 5
1885*British beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan (800-1000 killed).Ref: 5
1915*Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine.Ref: 5
1941*French forces with one old light cruiser and four old gunboats, attack Thailand along the Koh-Chang island anchorage. They sink the new battleship Dhonburi, force the new battleship Ayuthia to run aground, and sink three small destroyers. 
1942*Winston Churchill is nearly shot down by the enemy and then his own airforce. Returning from the U.S., his flying boat veered off course and came close to German anti-aircraft guns in France. After this error was noticed and corrected, his aircraft then appeared to British radar operators to be an enemy bomber. Six RAF fighters were scrambled but they failed to find him. 
1943*Tin Can Drive Day.Ref: 5
1944*First attack toward Cassino, Italy.Ref: 36
1944*Corvette Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean.Ref: 5
1945*Germans complete their withdrawal from the Ardennes.Ref: 35
1945*Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation.Ref: 5
1945*Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation).Ref: 5
1945*Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw during World War II.Ref: 70
1948 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire.Ref: 5
1951*China refuses cease-fire in Korea.Ref: 5
1991*Iraq fires 8 SCUD missiles on Israel first US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn).Ref: 5
1991*In the first day of Operation Desert Storm, U.S.-led forces hammered Iraqi targets in an effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait; a defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared that the "mother of all battles" had begun.Ref: 70
1997 Israel handed over its military headquarters in Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank city.Ref: 70
1795 The Duddingston Curling Society, the oldest club of its kind, was organized in Edinburgh, Scotland. “What kind of a club is a curling club,” you ask? Easy. It’s where all straight-haired folks go to learn how to get the Shirley Temple look using hockey-type stones attached to sticks. Wrong, Goldilocks! Mario Lemieux tells us we must have rocks in our heads. Curling is the ancient (1600s) version of ice hockey.Ref: 4
1888*Kansas City is admitted to the American Association to replace the Mets; although the Mets were bought by Brooklyn, the franchise is considered suspended until a Manhattan playing field can be located.Ref: 1
1916*The Giants buy the Federal League's best player, Benny Kauff, from the Tip Tops.Ref: 1
1916*1st PGA Championship Jim Barnes at Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville NY.Ref: 5
1916*The Professional Golfers’ Association was formed in New York City. The first PGA Champion was Jim Barnes.Ref: 4
1939*Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert.Ref: 5
1954*NFL Pro Bowl East beats West 20-9.Ref: 5
1954*Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister).Ref: 5
1960*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1960*NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 38-21.Ref: 5
1961*Cassius Clay KOs Tony Esperti in the 3rd round in Miami Beach FL.Ref: 96
1963*Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 67 points vs Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1968*The NCAA Football Rules Committee was back at it again, changing, what else? The rules! This time, they ruled that tackles were not eligible to be pass receivers.Ref: 4
1970*The Yankees draft Fred Lynn in the January phrase of free-agent draft. The Chicago native chooses not to sign with Bronx Bombers.Ref: 1
1970*Willie Mays is named as the Player of the Decade for the sixties by the Sporting News.Ref: 1
1970*357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft.Ref: 5
1970*AFL Pro Bowl West beats East 26-3.Ref: 5
1971 Bruno Sammartino loses the WWF title to Ivian Koloff, the "Russian Bear". Ref 
1971*Super Bowl V, Baltimore 16, Dallas 13, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Link to reference 
1977*7th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 24-14.Ref: 5
1977*Kansas City releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams.Ref: 5
1979*After resigning as the general manager of the Rangers nine day ago, Danny O'Brien signs a contract to become the Mariners' president and CEO.Ref: 1
1979*New York Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against New York Rangers.Ref: 5
1986*Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in the 15th round in Atlanta GA to regain the WBA heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1989*Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach.Ref: 5
1989*Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami.Ref: 5
1990*Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract.Ref: 5
1991 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title.Ref: 5
1993 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45").Ref: 5
1995*Los Angeles Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis.Ref: 5
1997*NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely/$25,000 for kicking cameraman.Ref: 5
1999*The defending SuperBowl champion Denver Broncos defeat the NY Jets, 23-10 to win the AFC title. (XDG, p 4A, 1/17/2004)Ref: 83
1999*The Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 to win the NFC title. (XDG, p 4A, 1/17/2004)Ref: 83
2002*Commissioner Bud Selig indicates Washington, D.C. area is a 'prime candidate' to get a team if a franchise relocates in the near future. The nation's capital has two lost major league teams, the original franchise shifted to Minnestoa and became the Twins in 1961 and were replaced by the expansion Senators who moved to Texas a decade later becoming the Rangers.Ref: 1
2002*Avoiding arbitration, Darin Erstad (.258, 9, 63) and the Angels agree one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The first baseman/outfielder, who can be a free agent after the season, turned down a long-term deal from the Anaheim last spring estimated to be worth $50 million.Ref: 1
2002*Jermaine Dye agrees to a three-year extension worth $32 million to stay with the A's. Oakland is counting on the injured outfielder (shatter his left tibia fouling a ball off his leg just below the knee in Game 4 of the ALDS) to fill the void created by Jason Giabi's depature to New York.Ref: 1
2002*The Charlotte Hornets owners George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge file an application with the NBA to move their franchise to New Orleans. (USA Today, p 3C, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
2003*Avoiding arbitration, the Reds give Danny Graves (7-3 , 3.19 , 32 saves) a three-year deal The former Reds closer is slated to join the starting rotation this season after posting an 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his four appearances as a starter at the end outfielder last season.Ref: 1
2003*Despite his ban Cooperstown's ban in the U.S., Pete Rose is nominated for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The former member of the 1984 Montreal squad, who banged out his 4,000th career hit , a double off Jerry Koosman, as a member of the team, was named by the chairman of the newly formed Canadian Baseball League, Tony Riviera.Ref: 1
2003*Torii Hunter (.289, 29, 94) agrees to four-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Twins. Although being a spark plug for the AL West division winners, the 27-year old Gold Glove outfielder didn't think he would a offered multiyear contract by the small-market team.Ref: 1
1775 Richard Brindsley Sheridan's "The Rivals"opens at Covent Garden Theatre.Ref: 5
1876*The saxophone was played by Etta Morgan at New York City’s Olympic Theatre. The instrument was little known at the time in the United States.Ref: 4
1902 World's first weekly book review first published in London Times Literary Supplement.Ref: 10
1904 Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" opens at the Moscow Art Theater.Ref: 5
1911*Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1914 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der Bogen des Odysseus" premieres in Berlin.Ref: 5
1929*E. C. Segar's Popeye makes his first appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theatre".Ref: 5
1938 Francis X. Bushman was the star of the program, Stepmother, which debuted on CBS radio. The show continued on the air for the next four years.Ref: 4
1941 Gene Krupa and his band recorded the standard, Drum Boogie, on Okeh Records. The lady singing with the boys in the band during the song’s chorus was Irene Daye.Ref: 4
1944*First jazz concert at N.Y. Metropolitan Opera.Ref: 10
1949*The Goldbergs came to CBS-TV this night. The program had been a radio standard for years, dating back to 1931. The TV version lasted for four years. Molly: “Close the window, Jake. It’s cold outside.” Jake: “Okay. The window’s closed. Now it’s warm outside?” Molly Goldberg was played by Gertrude Berg, who won an Emmy for her performance in 1950.Ref: 4
1950*"Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City NY for 46 performances.Ref: 5
1954*Jacques Cousteau's first network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS).Ref: 5
1959*"Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater New York City NY after 332 performances.Ref: 5
1962*Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco.Ref: 5
1969*The Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK.Ref: 5
1969*Lady Samantha, one of the very first recordings by Reginald Kenneth Dwight (aka Elton John), was released in England on Philips Records. The song floundered, then bombed. The rock group, Three Dog Night, however, thought Elton’s tune was nifty and recorded it for an album.Ref: 4
1969*Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US.Ref: 5
1974*Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1976*"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1.Ref: 5
1983*Breakfast TV comes to Britain.Ref: 10
1983*10th American Music Award Kenny Rogers.Ref: 5
1985*Leonard Nimoy, who roamed among the stars in the Star Trek TV series and movies, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Ref: 4
1986 This was D-Day for G-rated movies as four ‘Approved for All Audiences’ films were released. Among the characters featured were Yogi Bear and Heathcliff along with The Adventures of Mark Twain and The Adventures of the American Rabbit.Ref: 4
1988*"Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City NY after 77 performances.Ref: 5
1990*Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters & Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1993*14th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 32 awards.Ref: 5
1994*Actors Donny Osmond and Danny Bonaduce slugged it out in a three-round charity boxing match in Chicago, Illinois. The winner: Bonaduce, who bloodied Osmond’s nose in the two-to-one decision. The match was set up after Osmond taunted Bonaduce at the gym where both men were working out.Ref: 4
1995*"Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City NY after 322 performances.Ref: 5
1995*The Golf Channel began on some U.S. cable systems. Four years later, the world’s first 24-hour golf network was seen in over 30,000,000 homes.Ref: 4
1998*Savage Garden’s Truly, Madly, Deeply was the number-one single in the U.S. for the first of two weeks. “I want to stand with you on a mountain; I want to bathe with you in the sea; I want to lay like this forever; Until the sky falls down on me.”Ref: 4
1342*Philip II (the Bold) of Burgandy, French Duke, is born.Ref: 70
1463*Frederick III the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther, is born.Ref: 5
1501*Leonhard Fuchs Germany, botanist (History of Plants), is born.Ref: 5
1504*Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72), is born.Ref: 5
1517*Antonio Scandello Italian composer (Passion of Johannes), is born.Ref: 5
1545*Antonio Pace composer, is born.Ref: 5
1574*Robert Fludd composer, is born.Ref: 5
1600*Pedro Caldéron de la Barca, Spanish poet/dramatist, is born in Madrid, Spain.Ref: 68
1612*Thomas Fairfax Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary General, is born.Ref: 5
1624*Guarino Guarini, Italian architect, is born.Ref: 70
1657*Pieter van Bloemen [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized, is born.Ref: 5
1659*Antonio Veracini composer, is born.Ref: 5
1683*Gerard van Loon Dutch historian, is born.Ref: 5
1705*Jacques-Francois Blondel, French architect, is born.Ref: 70
1706*(Declaration of Independence) Benjamin Franklin, statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and wrote Poor Richard's Almanac, is born in Boston, MA.Ref: 2
1712*John Stanley composer, is born.Ref: 5
1719*Jean-Joseph Vade composer, is born.Ref: 5
1728*Johann Gottfried Muthel composer, is born.Ref: 5
1732*Stanislaw II August Poniatowski last king of Poland (1764-95), is born.Ref: 5
1733*Thomas Linley composer, is born.Ref: 5
1734*François-Joseph Gossec Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza), is born.Ref: 5
1745*Nicolas Roze composer, is born.Ref: 5
1759*Paul Cuffe Massachusetts, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist, is born.Ref: 5
1761*James Hall Scotland, geologist, is born.Ref: 5
1769*Ole Andreas Lindeman composer, is born.Ref: 5
1771*Charles Brockden Brown father of American novel (Wieland), is born.Ref: 5
1806*James Madison Randolph, grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House. The blessed event took place on this day in Washington, DC.Ref: 4
1814*Ellen Wood English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey), is born.Ref: 5
1818*Sir Antoine Dorion (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64), is born.Ref: 5
1820*Anne Bronte English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), is born.Ref: 5
1828*Lewis Addison Grant Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1918, is born.Ref: 5
1834*Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia, is born.Ref: 5
1835*Antanas Baranauskas Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist, is born.Ref: 5
1835*Johan Filip von Schantz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1836*Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte composer, is born.Ref: 5
1842*Anton G van Hamel founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands), is born.Ref: 5
1845*Lucas Lindeboom Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond), is born.Ref: 5
1850*Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev St Petersburg Russia, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1853*Alva Vanderbilt Beaumont women's rights advocate & activist, is born.Ref: 5
1853*David Loyd George, English Prime Minister, is born.Ref: 70
1857*Eugene Augustin Lauste developer (1st sound-on-film recording), is born.Ref: 5
1857*Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer (Evangelimann), is born.Ref: 5
1858*Tomas Carrasquilla Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra), is born.Ref: 5
1860*Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer famous for The Seagull and Three Sisters, is born.Ref: 2
1862*John E Akkeringa Dutch painter/etcher, is born.Ref: 5
1863*David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister during World War I (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22), is born.Ref: 2
1863*Henry Charles Tonking composer, is born.Ref: 5
1863*Konstantin S Stanislavski Russia, director (Stanislavski Method), is born.Ref: 5
1864*Lucien Herr France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller), is born.Ref: 5
1873*François Rasse composer, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Olga Fastrova writer, is born.Ref: 5
1877*Hans Jelmoli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1878*Oscar Apfel Cleveland OH, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), is born.Ref: 5
1883*English author Compton MacKenzie is born.Ref: 68
1884*Silent movie director Mack Sennett (Michael Sinnott) is born.Ref: 68
1885*E Ball-Hennings writer, is born.Ref: 5
1885*Joseph Arendt Belgian worker's union leader, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Ronald Firbank London England, novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Marjorie Gateson Brooklyn NY, actress (One Man's Family), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Norman "Squab" Read US aviator who lived to be 101, is born.Ref: 5
1891*Walter Eucken German economist, is born.Ref: 5
1896*Harry Reser Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Nils Asther Malmö Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Al Capone, U.S. mobster known as "Scarface Al" who ran most of Chicago and the surrounding area, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.Ref: 2
1899*Nevil Shute (Norway) London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Robert Maynard Hutchins US, educator/civil libertarian, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Roel [Martinus F] Houwink Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)Ref: 5
1900*Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant patron of the arts, is born.Ref: 5
1901*Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky composer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Geoffrey W Lloyd British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Warren Hull Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Grant Withers Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Patsy Ruth Miller actress (Québec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Franz Schmid Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Henk H Badings Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad producer, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Edith S Green (Representative-D-OR), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Michael Economides restaurateur, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Hermann Pfrogner Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Luis W Alvarez US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov composer, is born.Ref: 5
1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten founder (Oostpriesterhulp), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Vido Musso musician: reed instruments, played with Benny Goodman; bandleader: Stan Kenton was his pianist; is born.Ref: 4
1916*Joel Herron Chicago IL, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR) Indian film star, politician, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Oskar Morawetz Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Ulyses Simpson Kay composer, is born.Ref: 5
1918 Joseph Walker Barr banker/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1920*Nora Kaye New York City NY, prima ballerina, is born.Ref: 5
1920*George Handy (George Joseph Hendleman) George Joseph Hendleman) (pianist, composer, arranger: Boyd Raeburn band, Alvino Rey band, Paramount Studios; died Jan 8, 1997Ref: 4
1921*Dehl Berti Pueblo CO, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Betty White Oak Park IL, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), is born.Ref: 68
1922*Luis Echeverría Alvarez President of Mexico, is born.Ref: 5
1923*Onno Molenkamp Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Jewel Plummer Cobb educator/president (California State University at Fullerton), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Rock Hudson Winnetka IL, actor (McMillian & Wife), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Annie Delorie Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Duane Hanson US sculptor, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Moira Shearer Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Richard Michael Hills comedy script writer, is born.Ref: 5
1926 Newton Minow is born.Ref: 10
1927*Eartha Kitt singer: singer: C’est Si Bon, Santa Baby; actress: stage play: Faust, film: New Faces of 1952, Boomerang; note: Kitt’s birth certificate [found in 1997] lists her actual birthdate as Jan. 17, 1927.Ref: 4
1927*Donald Erb Youngstown OH, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Michael Herford Wooller TV/film producer, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Thomas Dooley, American physician/author, is born.Ref: 70
1928*Hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson) Vidal Sassoon is born in London.Ref: 68
1928*Jean Barraqué French composer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante Québec Canada, NHL goaltender (#1), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Thomas P Stafford Oklahoma, astronaut (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Bill Benyon English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Robert Ceely composer, is born.Ref: 5
1931*James Earl Jones Mississippi, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), is born.Ref: 5
1931*L Douglas Wilder (Gov-D-VA), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Frederick Alfred Fox composer, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Don Zimmer, baseball player/manager, is born in Cincinnati OH.Ref: 68
1933*Aga Khan religious leader (Muslims), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Bruno Schroder British baron/banker/multi-millionaire, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], Louisiana, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Breakout, Madigan), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Yolande Christina Dalida Cairo Egypt, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Puppeteer Shari Lewis (Hurwitz) is born in the Bronx, NY.Ref: 68
1934*Donald Cammell film director, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Sydney Phillip Hodkinson composer, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Jimmy Powell Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Paul O[sborne] Williams US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Jerry Fogel Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Paul Revere Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), is born.Ref: 5
1938*John Bellairs US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Toini Gustafson Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Maury Povich TV talk show host: A Current Affair, The Maury Povich Show; Twenty One; married to newscaster Connie Chung, is born.Ref: 4
1940*H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympics-gold-1968, 72), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali South African poet (Fireflames), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], U.S. boxer, "The Greatest," who is the only three-time heavyweight champion [1964, 1974, 1978], is born.Ref: 2
1942*Randy Boone Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Daniel Charles Brandenstein Watertown Wi, astronaut (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Chris Montez singer: She’s My Rockin’ Baby, Call Me, There Will Never Be Another You, Some Kinda Fun, Let’s Dance, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Joe Frazier, Beaufort SC, heavyweight champion boxer (Olympics-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73), is born.Ref: 17
1944*Denny (Robert Dennis) Doyle baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1975], is born.Ref: 4
1944 Francoise Hardy is born.Ref: 10
1945*William Hart US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Preston Pearson football: Baltimore Colts running back: Super Bowl III; Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Bowl IX; Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowls X, XII, XIII, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Todd Susman St Louis MO, actor (Goodnight Beantown), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Gail Toushin LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jane Elliot New York City NY, actress (Baby Boom, General Hospital, Knots Landing), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Ulysses Dove dancer/choreographer, is born.Ref: 5
1948 Alexander "Alec" Erwin South African worker's union leader, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Mick Taylor rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Andy Kaufman New York City NY, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Debbie Watson La Mirada CA, actress (Karen, Tammy), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Rolando Thoeni Italy, slalom (Olympics-bronze-1972), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Larry Fortensky former husband (8th) of Liz Taylor, is born.Ref: 5
1952*Ryuichi Sakamoto Japan, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orchestra), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Pete (Ralph Pierre) LaCock baseball: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals [World Series: 1980]; son of Hollywood Squares host, Peter Marshall, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Sheila Hutchinson rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1954*Robert F Kennedy Jr attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Janet Dykman Monterey Park CA, archer (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Steve Earle San Antonio TX, country singer (Guitar Town), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Mitch Vogel Alhambra CA, actor (Jamie-Bonanza), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Paul Young rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away), is born.Ref: 5
1956*David Caruso actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Donna Stone New Jersey, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1957*John Crawford singer, musician: bass: group: Berlin: Take My Breath AwayRef: 4
1958*Jez Strode rocker (Kajagoogoo), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Susanna Hoffs singer, musician: guitar: LP: Rainy Day, group: The Bangles: Walk Like an Egyptian, Manic MondayRef: 4
1960*John Crawford Palo Alto CA, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Chili Davis Kingston Jamaica, outfielder (California Angels), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Maia Chiburdanidze Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Susanna Hoffs actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Jim Carrey Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask, Skip-Duck Factory), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Jeff Tabaka US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Karissa Rushing Benton AR, Miss America-Arkansas (1990), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Anna Ivan La Jolla CA, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Don Myrah Oakland CA, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Rexton Gordon "Shabba Ranks" Jamaican dj/rapper (Extra Naked), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Trish Johnson Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas), is born.Ref: 5
1967*(Long Island) Gregory Caccia Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1967*William Michael Heinen Jr Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Candace Murray Vancouver BC, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Darnell Walker NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jeremy Roenick Boston MA, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Derek Plante Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Peter Winter Australian decathlete (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Tyler Houston US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Rohn Meyer CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Wendall Gaines NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Amanda Elizabeth Spivey Spartanburg SC, Miss South Carolina-America (1995), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Derrick Mason wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Guillermo Mercedes Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Marcus Spriggs offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Sharon Marie Ferris New Zealand, yachter (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Ali el Kattabi soccer player (Sparta), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Irina A Borisova Miss Ukraine-Universe (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1981*Ray J singer, is born.Ref: 5
1996*Barbara Jordan lawyer, educator, (Representative-D-TX, 1972-78); dies.Ref: 4
395*With the death of Emperor Theodosius I (the Great) at age 49, 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.Ref: 5
1103*Frutolf German monk/musicologist/historian, dies.Ref: 5
1119*Boudouin VII Hapkin count of Flanders, dies.Ref: 5
1229*Albert bishop of Riga/founder (Sword Knights), dies at about 68.Ref: 5
1395 Emperor Theodosius dies.Ref: 10
1604*Santino Garsi composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1617*Pieter C Bockenberg Dutch historian, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1620*Diego Alvarez de Paz Spanish missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59.Ref: 5
1625*Nicolo Rubini composer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1654*Paul Potter Dutch painter, buried.Ref: 5
1661*Andres Malong Philippines rebel leader, executed.Ref: 5
1676*-Pier Francesco Cavalli Italian opera composer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1702*Thomas Franklin English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies.Ref: 5
1718*Cyclonic winds cause an avalanche in Leukerbad, Switzerland. Sixty-one die and virtually every building was smashed.Ref: 81
1738*Jean-Francois Dandrieu composer, dies.Ref: 5
1750*Tomaso Albinoni Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1775*9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Poland.Ref: 5
1781*Marie de Negre Dables marquess, dies.Ref: 5
1788*Alessio Prati composer, dies at 37.Ref: 5
1805*Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron French interpreter, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1820*Daniel W Wyttenbach Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1823*Zacharius Werner German playwright, dies at 36.Ref: 5
1826*Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga y Balzola Spanish composer, dies at 19.Ref: 5
1830*W Waiblinger writer, dies.Ref: 5
1833*James Ball Antyne Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60.Ref: 5
1833*William Rush Indian sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies.Ref: 5
1851*-Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father, dies. 
1856*Thomas Attwood Walmisley composer, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1861 Lola Montez dies.Ref: 10
1863*E J Horace Vernet French painter, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1869*Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1874*Chang & Eng Bunker Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62.Ref: 5
1886*Amilcare Ponchielli Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51.Ref: 5
1889*Juan Montalvo Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1890*Salomon Sulzer composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1891*Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1891*George Bancroft, American historian, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1892*Alexandre Levy composer, dies at 27.Ref: 5
1893*The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, dies in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.Ref: 68
1901*Jacob G Agarah Swedish algologist, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1901*F. W. H. Myers, English writer/cofounder of the Society for Psychical Research, dies at age 57.Ref: 5
1902*Gideon Scheepers South African Boer leader, executed.Ref: 5
1903*Qunitin Hogg, English philanthropist and social reformer, dies at age 57.Ref: 70
1908*Ferdinand IV ruler of Toscane, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1910*Thomas Crapper, said to be the inventor and developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, died on this day.Ref: 68
1910*Wilhelm F Kohlrausch Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1911*Francis Galton English scholar, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1913*Carl Baermann composer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1917*Hendrik Goeman Borgesius Dutch politician, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1927*Juliette Low youth group founder: Girl Scouts; dies.Ref: 4
1933*Louis Comfort Tiffany, a craftsman and designer who made significant advancements in the art of glassmaking, dies.Ref: 70
1938*William H Pickering astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1941*José Leite de Vasconcelos Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1942*Frederick Jerome Work composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1946*Gottfried Rudinger composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1946*Clarence E. McClung, an American zoologist who made important discoveries in the field of genetics, dies.Ref: 4
1947*Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die.Ref: 5
1952*Walter O "Spike" Briggs owner (Detroit Tigers), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1955*Joannes A Veraart Dutch judge/MP, (Jews in Netherlands), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1959*Billie Holiday, who is considered to have been one of the great American jazz singers, was born. Following her death on July 17, 1959, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)Ref: 70
1961*(date uncertain) Patrice Lumumbas, 34, of the Congo is murdered by agents of President Joseph Kasavubu.Ref: 52
1962*Gerrit Achterberg Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1964*Terence Hanbury White novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57.Ref: 5
1966*The mid-air crash, over Palomares Spain, of a B-52 bomber and a KC-135 refueling plane killed eight crew members and dislodged a hydrogen bomb, which fell to an unknown location. The bomb was located 4 months later, intact.Ref: 3
1966*Vincent J Donehue director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50.Ref: 5
1967*Evelyn Nesbit actress (Redemption), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1968*Julis Deutsch Austria politician/General Spanish republican army, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1969*Grazyna Bacewicz composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1970*Billy Stewart singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32.Ref: 5
1971*Nora Stanton Barney, American civil engineer, architect and suffragist, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1972*Rochelle Hudson actress (That's My Boy, Curly Top), dies from pneumonia at 55.Ref: 5
1973*Fred Essler actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1976*Ad Verhoeven soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in auto-accident.Ref: 5
1977*Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade. Utah Corrections Department official Ken Shulsen.Ref: 70
1980*Barbara Britton (Brantingham), actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59.Ref: 5
1983*Doodles (Winstead) Weaver actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71.Ref: 5
1989*Five children are shot to death and 30 wounded at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, by Patrick Edward Purdy, a former studend and drifter who then killed himself. (TWA, 1990)Ref: 95
1989*Sterling A Brown US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1990*Charles Hernu French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Giacomo Manzu, Italian sculptor, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1991*Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V King of Norway (1957), dies.Ref: 5
1992*Bill Walker actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95.Ref: 5
1992*Charlie Ventura musician: tenor sax: played w/Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Count Basie; band leader: LPs: Charlie Boy, In Chicago, Bop for the People, Euphoria, Charlie Ventura Quintet in Hi-Fi, Chazz; dies of cancer at age 75.Ref: 4
1992*Dorothy Alison actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies.Ref: 5
1993*Ger ter Horst Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies.Ref: 5
1994*Allan G Odell Ad executive (Burma Shave), dies at 90.Ref: 5
1994*Chung Il Kwon PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies.Ref: 5
1994*Grady "Fats" Jackson tenor sax Player, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1994*Han Jansen Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1994*Klaas Peereboom Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1994*Noel Chiboust trumpeter/sax, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1994*A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage.Ref: 70
1994*Helen Stephens, American Olympic gold medal runner, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1995*More than 6000 people are killed when a 7.2 earthquake devastates the city of Kobe, Japan. (Time Magazine, p.26, 1/30/1995) 
1995 Isador Caplan lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1995*Urias Nooteboom Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1996*Charles Henry Madge poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Giles William Playfair writer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1996 John Adrian Hope politician/businessman, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Robert Covington drummer/singer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1996*Barbara Jordan lawyer, educator, U.S. Congresswoman; dies at age 59.Ref: 4
1997*Andrea Fisher artist, dies at 21.Ref: 5
1997*Asfa Wossen [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies.Ref: 5
1997*Clyde William Tombaugh, American discoverer (Pluto), dies at age 90.Ref: 5
1998*Emil Sitka actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82Ref: 5
2001*Baltimore, MD. One student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern High School.Ref: 88
2002*Harvey Mantusow, the former aide to Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was imprisoned for lying in 1952 testimony before the House Un-America Activities Committee, at age 75. (XDG, p 8A, 1/01/2003)Ref: 83

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