Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
January 28th

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28*The Roman Emperor Nerva names Trajan, an army general, as his successor.Ref: 2
1262*Flemish/Dutch coast ravaged by north western storm.Ref: 5
1495*Pope gives his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France.Ref: 5
1561*By Edict of Orleans persecution of French Huguenots is suspended.Ref: 5
1581*Scotland's King James VI, who in 1603 would become England's James I, signed the Second Scottish Confession of Faith.Ref: 5
1689*English parliament ends king Charles II reign.Ref: 5
1734*(Zenger) The Weekly Journal accuses New York's Governor Cosby of threatening the "liberties and properties" of the people.Ref: 87
1787*Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes.Ref: 5
1788 Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France.Ref: 5
1792*Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launch an attack on the city of Cap.Ref: 2
1807*London's Pall Mall is first street lit by gaslight.Ref: 5
1819*Sir Stamford Raffles first lands in Singapore.Ref: 5
1824*William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40).Ref: 5
1851*Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered.Ref: 5
1860*Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua.Ref: 5
1878*George W Coy hired as first full-time telephone operator.Ref: 5
1887*Huge snowflakes 15 inches across and 8 inches thick fall on Fort Keogh, Montana.Ref: 10
1887*Arthur Rubinstein , the Polish-American virtuoso pianist , was born. Following his death on Dec. 20 , 1982, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)Ref: 70
1896*First fine for speeding in motorcar in England as motorist fined for exceeding 2 mph limit in town.Ref: 10
1897*First all-Russian census counts 128,907,692 peopleRef: 89
1899*American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress.Ref: 5
1902*The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington DC. It began with a gift of $10 million, compliments of Andrew Carnegie.Ref: 4
1906*(Shipp) Judge McReynolds appoints Lewis Shepherd, W. G. M. Thomas, and Robert Cameron to represent Ed Johnson.Ref: 87
1909*Jose Miguel Gomez is inaugurated as president of Cuba and the US provisional government withdraws.Ref: 17
1909*US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time.Ref: 5
1914*Beverly Hills incorporated; five square miles totally surrounded by Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1915*The U.S. Coast Guard is founded (created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter Services) to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.Ref: 2
1915*The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain. This is the first US ship lost in World War I.Ref: 2
1915*US President Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates.Ref: 5
1916*(US Supreme Court Justice) Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.Ref: 5
1917*US forces abandon their mission to capture Pancho Villa.Ref: 3
1918*Trotsky becomes leader of Reds.Ref: 5
1923 First "Reichs Party" (NSDAP) forms in Munich.Ref: 5
1923*Demonstration against a Dutch University in Ghent.Ref: 5
1925*-46ºF (-43ºC), Pittsburgh NH (state record).Ref: 5
1927 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls.Ref: 5
1928*Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway at age 101.Ref: 5
1932*First US state unemployment insurance act enacted-Wisconsin.Ref: 5
1933 French government of Paul Boncour falls.Ref: 5
1933 German government of Von Schleicher falls.Ref: 5
1935*Iceland becomes first country to introduce abortion on medical/social grounds.Ref: 5
1938*Driver Rudolf Caracciola set a new land-speed record (not recognized by all organizations) of 268.496 miles per hour on the German Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt.Ref: 3
1944*683 British bombers attack Berlin.Ref: 5
1949*UN Security council condemns Dutch aggression in Indonesia.Ref: 5
1950*Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud.Ref: 5
1951*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1955*The Senate votes 85-3 to authorize the President to use force in Taiwan against mainland China. (USA Today, p 5A, 10/08/2002)Ref: 13
1958*Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor.Ref: 5
1961 Republic of Rwanda proclaimed.Ref: 5
1962*Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives.Ref: 5
1963*-34ºF (-37ºC), Cynthiana KY (state record).Ref: 5
1965*General Motors reported the biggest profit of any U.S. company in history. Earnings for the #1 of the Big Three automakers in 1964 totaled $1.735 billion. That’s a lot of Corvettes, Chevrolets, Cadillacs, Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles, my friend.Ref: 4
1970*Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia.Ref: 5
1977*The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith publishes an 18-page document ruling out the admission of women to the Roman Catholic priesthood because women lacked a "natural resemblance which must exist between Christ and his ministers."Ref: 5
1980*Six US diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2004)Ref: 83
1981*Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision.Ref: 5
1981*William J Casey becomes the 13th director of CIA (until 1987).Ref: 5
1982*Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued US Brigadier General James L. Dozier, 42 days after he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.Ref: 17
1982*At the direction of Attorney General William French Smith, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began reporting to the Director of the FBI. The FBI and DEA were given concurrent jurisdiction over narcotics violations and have worked together on these matters since this time.Ref: 14
1982*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1984 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas NV.Ref: 5
1986 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, DC.Ref: 5
1987*US Foreign minister George Shultz meets ANC-leader Oliver Tambo.Ref: 5
1988*Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional.Ref: 5
1990 East German agreement to form all-party government.Ref: 5
1991*Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule.Ref: 5
1993 The Israeli Supreme Court unanimously upholds the deportations of 400 Palestinians from the occupied territories to Lebanon. (XDG, p 4A, 1/23/2003)Ref: 83
1994*In Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisburg declares a mistrial in the case of Lyle Menendez, just over two weeks after a mistrial was declared in the case of Lyle's brother Erik. Both juries had deadlocked over whether the brothers had killed their wealthy parents. (Lyle and Erik Menendez were later retried, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) (XDG, p 5A, 1/28/2004)Ref: 83
1996*France sets off a sixth underground nuclear blast in the South Pacific, the last in a series of atomic tests that generate world wide protests. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2001)Ref: 83
1997 Afrikaner police admit to killing Steven Biko.Ref: 3
1999*Ford Motor Co announced it was buying the Volvo car division in a $6.45B deal. (XDG, p 5A, 1/28/2004)Ref: 83
1999*Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan honored a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, sparing triple murderer Darrell Mease from execution.Ref: 70
2002*Hamid Karzani becomes the first Afghan leader to visit Washington DC in 39 years. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
2003*A 14-year old boy is arrested for carrying an unloaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol to Baker Junior High School in Fairborn, OH.Ref: 83
2003*Girding the nation for war against Iraq in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush asserted that Saddam Hussein had recently sought uranium from Africa. The administration later acknowledged the claim was based on faulty evidence.Ref: 70
1613*Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune.Ref: 5
1821*Bellingshausen discovers Alexander Island off Antarctica.Ref: 5
1878*The first telephone switchboard was installed -- in New Haven, Connecticut. The phone company that owned the switchboard had 21 subscribers.Ref: 4
1921*Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe.Ref: 2
1934*Robert Royce’s famous invention was used for the first time in Woodstock, VT. Previously, snow skiers had no way to get to the top of the mountain conveniently. Remember the ski rope the next time you schuss the slopes and have to make it back to the top.Ref: 4
1952*The EDVAC runs its first producion program. Ref 
1960*First photograph bounced off Moon, Washington DC.Ref: 5
1099*First Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria.Ref: 5
1746*Jacobite victory at the Battle of Falkirk. Earl Loudoun flees the “rout of Moy” to the safety of Skye, and sits out the rest of the Jacobite rising.Ref: 92
1757 Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab.Ref: 2
1846*Battle of Allwal, Brits beat Sikhs in Punjab (India).Ref: 5
1864*Battle of New Bern, NC.Ref: 5
1865*President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners.Ref: 5
1871*Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the outside world.Ref: 2
1881*Battle at Laing's Neck Natal Boers beat superior powered British.Ref: 5
1916*German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France.Ref: 5
1918*Strike on Berlin ammunitions factory.Ref: 5
1932*The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law.Ref: 2
1941*French General Charles DeGaulle's Free French forces sack south Libya oasis.Ref: 2
1942*Thomas C. Clark appointed Coordinator of the Alien Enemy Control program within the Western Defense Command. The Justice Dept. announces strategic locations that must be cleared of enemy aliens by February 24.Ref: 37
1942*“Sighted Sub, Sank Same” was the message sent by enlisted pilot Donald Francis Mason on this day. Mason believed that he had sunk a German U-boat off Argentia, Newfoundland.Ref: 4
1942*General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine.Ref: 5
1942*German troops occupy Benghazi Libya.Ref: 5
1944*U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland.Ref: 5
1945*General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell & truck convoy reopen Burma Road to China.Ref: 5
1945*Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Road the Stilwell Road, in honor of General Joseph Stilwell.Ref: 2
1945*Dutch airplanes dump pamphlets on Java.Ref: 5
1945*Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands.Ref: 5
1970 Israeli fighter jets attack the suburbs of Cairo.Ref: 2
1973*A cease fire officially goes into effect in the Vietnam War. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
2002*(Afghan Conflict) Afghan troops backed by US Special Forces, storm a hospital ward in Kandahar, killing six al-Qaida gunmen who had repeatedly refused to surrender. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
1904*First college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them.Ref: 5
1911*Frenchman Henri Rougier wins first Rally of Monte Carlo.Ref: 5
1914 First ski tow, Woodstock VTRef: 62
1914*First Millrose Games (athletics) held (New York City NY).Ref: 5
1921*The National Football League franchise in Decatur, Illinois was transferred this day to Chicago. The team took the name, Chicago Staleys for the 1921 season. The following year, it was decided that since the team was playing in the stadium of the Chicago Cubs, it should be named the Chicago Bears, or as they say in the Windy City, “Da Bears.”Ref: 4
1922*The National Football League franchise in Decatur, Illinois was transferred this day to Chicago. The team took the name, Chicago Bears.Ref: 4
1922*American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League".Ref: 5
1922*J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL.Ref: 5
1934 First US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock VT).Ref: 5
1943*Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game.Ref: 5
1943*Chicago Blackhawks beats New York Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals.Ref: 5
1949*New York Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith.Ref: 5
1953*Cardinal owner, Fred Saigh, is found guilty of income tax evasion and is sentenced to a fifteen-month jail term.Ref: 1
1957*The Brooklyn Dodgers (‘da Bums’) announced this day that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles the following year. Today, the only clowns in baseball are many of the highly paid ones out on the field.Ref: 4
1958*The Tigers trade Jim Finigan and $25,000 to the Giants for Gail Harris and Ozzie Virgil.Ref: 1
1959*Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US.Ref: 5
1959*Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers. Ref 
1960*NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises.Ref: 5
1961*The International League Board of Directors vote to move the Montreal franchise to Syracuse, New York.Ref: 1
1968*29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship Chandler Harper.Ref: 5
1968*Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1969*Barbara Jo Rubin becomes first woman jockey to win in North America.Ref: 5
1969*2nd ABA All-Star Game West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville.Ref: 5
1972*Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game.Ref: 5
1973*Nineteenth century players Mickey Welch and Mike Kelly are selected by Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee for enshrinement in Cooperstown. The group also names Billy Evans, an umpire, to be inducted as well.Ref: 1
1973*Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 seconds into a game vs Montréal.Ref: 5
1974*Mohammed Ali wins a decision over Joe Frazier in the 12th round in Madison Square Garden, NY.Ref: 96
1974*Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1975*8th ABA All-Star Game East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio.Ref: 5
1976*NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak.Ref: 5
1978*Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders.Ref: 5
1982*The Angels trade outfielder Dan Ford to the Orioles for third baseman Doug DeCinces and minor leaguer Jeff Schneider.Ref: 1
1984*Los Angeles Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak.Ref: 5
1986*The Rangers sign free-agent catcher Darrell Porter to a one-year contract.Ref: 1
1989*63rd Australian Open Women's Tennis Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (64 64).Ref: 5
1990*Super Bowl XXIV at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans: San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10. The 49ers had won all three trips they had made to the Super Bowl. The Broncos had lost all three times they had been there. At the end of this game the 49ers were still winners and the Broncos were still losers. MVP: 49ers’ QB Joe Montana. Tickets: $125.00.Ref: 4
1990*78th Australian Men's Tennis Ivan Lendl beats Stefan Edberg (46 76 52-ret).Ref: 5
1994*Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m).Ref: 5
1995*69th Australian Open Women's Tennis Mary Pierce beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (63 62).Ref: 5
1995*83rd Australian Open Men's Tennis Andre Agassi beats Pete Sampras (46 61 76 64).Ref: 5
1995*Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise.Ref: 5
1996*Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17. Most Valuable Player of the game: Dallas cornerback Larry Brown. Who’s Larry Brown, you ask? He’s the one who intercepted the two Neil O’Donnell passes that (1) stopped two Pittsburgh drives and (2) set up two Dallas touchdowns. Tickets: $250.00.Ref: 4
1996*84th Australian Men's Tennis Boris Becker beats Michael Chang (62 64 26 62).Ref: 5
2001*Super Bowl XXXV in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa: Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7. “We feel we’re the best defense to ever play the game,” boasted Ravens’ defensive tackle Tony Siragusa. Arguably, the 2000 Ravens’ defense ranks up there with the 1960’s Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, Miami’s 1972-1973 No-Name Defense, the 1974-1979 Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steel Curtain, Dallas’ Doomsday defense of the 1970s, the 1973-1976 Purple People Eaters in Minnesota and the 1985-1986 Chicago Bears. MVP: Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis, who led a defense that intercepted four of NY quarterback Kerry Collins’ passes, allowed only a punt-return touchdown (by the Giants’ Ron Dixon) and held New York to 152 yards of offense. Tickets: $325.00 to $400.Ref: 4
2002*In a 4-1 vote, the Nevada Athletic Commission rejects Mike Tyson's request to get his Nevada boxing license back.Ref: 98
1814 Stendahl's first book is published.Ref: 5
1830*The opera "Fra Diavolo" is produced (Paris).Ref: 5
1878*The Yale News was published for the very first time. It was the first daily collegiate newspaper in the United States.Ref: 4
1893 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston.Ref: 5
1904*Enrico Caruso signed his first contract with Victor Records. He had debuted at the Metropolitan Opera just two months before.Ref: 4
1916*The opera "Goyescas" is first performed (New York City NY).Ref: 5
1930*Leon Schlesinger, a producer at Pacific Art and Title, picked up a group of unemployed former Disney cartoonists and makes a deal with Warner Bros. to produce cartoon shorts. Bugs, Daffy and Elmer and the Looney Tunes will result.Ref: 73
1934 As a result of a compliment paid on this day, by Walter Winchell, in his newspaper column; a local disc jockey began receiving several offers from talent scouts and producers. The DJ became known as the Redhead, adored by thousands in Washington, DC and, later, by millions across the country on CBS radio and TV. His trademark (strumming a ukulele and delivering down-home patter) endeared him to fans for many years. We remember the broadcasting legend, Arthur Godfrey. “I wanna go back to my little grass shack...”Ref: 4
1936*Pravda criticizes Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth" opera.Ref: 5
1944 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh.Ref: 5
1947*In NY City, a copy of the 1640 Bay Psalm Book was purchased at an auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries for $150,000 --the highest price ever paid to date for a single volume. (The original title of the book was: "The Whole Book of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.").Ref: 5
1951 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the first X-rated movie, opened in London.Ref: 5
1956*Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on "The Dorsey Brothers Show", starring Tommy and Jimmy. Elvis sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel".Ref: 4
1957*"Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar).Ref: 5
1960*Goon Show's final episode on BBC.Ref: 5
1965*The Who make their first appearance on British TV.Ref: 5
1967*Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together".Ref: 5
1973*CBS-TV presented the first program of Barnaby Jones (a Quinn Martin Production). Lee Meriwether (Miss America 1955) played the detective’s lovely daughter-in-law assistant. Buddy Ebsen played the detective, Jones. Ebsen, who started in show biz back in the 1920s, was also selected to play the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, but had bowed out. And he shot the first film used in the animation tests for a Walt Disney character named Mortimer Mouse (aka Mickey Mouse). Ebsen is best known, however, for playing Jed Clampett on another CBS-TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies. “Weee doggies!”Ref: 4
1973*Ron Howard appears on M*AS*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet".Ref: 5
1977*Roots, Part VI, is the 14th highest rated non-series show with an audience of 45.9%.Ref: 34
1978*"Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV.Ref: 5
1978*Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife.Ref: 5
1979*"Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater New York City NY after 1672 performances.Ref: 5
1979*Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1980*37th Golden Globes Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field wins.Ref: 5
1981*"5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City NY for 12 performances.Ref: 5
1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany.Ref: 5
1984*41th Golden Globes Thornbirds wins.Ref: 5
1985*45 of the world’s top recording artists were invited to an all-night recording session at the A&M studios in Los Angeles. As each of the artists walked through the studio door, they were greeted by a hand-lettered sign -- put there by Lionel Richie. It simply said, “Check your ego at the door.” The session started at 10 p.m. with producer Quincy Jones conducting. At 8 o’clock the following morning, the project, USA for Africa, spearheaded by promoter, Ken Kragen, was recorded and mixed. The resulting song, We Are the World, featuring Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Sting, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, Paul Simon and many others became the top song in the U.S. on April 13, 1985.Ref: 4
1985*12th American Music Award.Ref: 5
1986*"Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City NY for 24 performances.Ref: 5
1987*ABC-TV moved reporter, Charles Gibson, into the coanchor chair next to Joan Lunden for the start of another era of Good Morning America. Eleven-year host, David Hartman, retired as original host of the popular show, known also as ‘GMA’.Ref: 4
1987*Roger Mudd left NBC news after seven stormy years. Previously, Mudd had been an icon at CBS news. When it was announced that Dan Rather would replace Walter Cronkite as anchor of The CBS Evening News, Mudd felt that he had been passed over. He went on to find yet another network home at PBS, where he contributed to The MacNeil Lehrer News Hour.Ref: 4
1987*Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant.Ref: 5
1988*"Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater New York City NY for 597 performances.Ref: 5
1989*46th Golden Globes Rain Man, Working Girl.Ref: 5
1990*"Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London.Ref: 5
1991*"A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV.Ref: 5
1991*18th American Music Award M C Hammer & Janet Jackson.Ref: 5
1994*Actress Lorraine Bracco (39) weds actor Edward James Olmos (46).Ref: 5
1995*TLC’s Creep hit number one on the "Billboard" "Hot 100". The smash held down the top spot for four weeks : “So I creep yeah; Just keep it on the down low; Said nobody is supposed 2 know; So I creep yeah; 'Cause he doesn't know; What I do and no attention; Goes to show oh so I creep.”Ref: 4
1996*"Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City NY after 118 performances.Ref: 5
1998*Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria", sold for $7.4 millionRef: 5
1457*Henry VII Pembroke Castle, first Tudor king of England (1485-1509), is born.Ref: 5
1578 Cornelis Haga Dutch lawyer/ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39), is born.Ref: 5
1582*John Barclay Scottish satirist/poet (Euphormio's Satyricon, Argenis), is born.Ref: 5
1608*Giovanni Alfonso Borelli Naples Italy, mathematician/astronomer/physiologist, is born.Ref: 5
1611*Johannes Hevelius Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger), is born.Ref: 5
1627*Alfonso Marsh composer, is born.Ref: 5
1645*Gottfried Vopelius composer, is born.Ref: 5
1688*Jan Maurits Quinkhard Dutch portrait painter, is born.Ref: 5
1691*Johann Balthasar Konig composer, is born.Ref: 5
1693*Anna "Ivanovna" Tsarina of Russia (1730-40), is born.Ref: 5
1693*Gregor Joseph Werner composer, is born.Ref: 5
1702 Hermanus Noordkerk Dutch lawyer, is born.Ref: 5
1706*John Baskerville, inventor of the "hot-pressing" method of printing, is born.Ref: 2
1714*Jean-Baptiste Pigalle French sculptor (Child with Pigeon), is born.Ref: 5
1717*Mustapha III Sultan of Turkey (1757-74), is born.Ref: 5
1722*Johann Ernst Bach composer, is born.Ref: 5
1756*Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth composer, is born.Ref: 5
1757*Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni composer, is born.Ref: 5
1768*Frederick VI Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814), is born.Ref: 5
1784*George HG Earl of Aberdeen English Secretary of State, is born.Ref: 5
1791*Louis-J-Ferdinand Hérold France, opera composer (Zampa), is born.Ref: 5
1815*Andrew Jackson Hamilton Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1875, is born.Ref: 5
1818*George Sewall Boutwell MC (Union), died in 1905, is born.Ref: 5
1822*Alexander MacKenzie (L) 2nd PM of Canada (1873-78), is born.Ref: 68
1822*Birth of William D. Longstaff, English philanthropist. A close acquaintance of Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey, Longstaff is better remembered today as author of the hymn, "Take Time to Be Holy".Ref: 5
1825*George Edward Pickett Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1875, is born.Ref: 5
1828*Michel Abeloos Flemish sculptor, is born.Ref: 5
1828*Thomas Carmichael Hindman Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1868, is born.Ref: 5
1831*Henry Brevard Davidson Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1899, is born.Ref: 5
1832*Franz Wullner composer, is born.Ref: 5
1833*Charles George Gordon London England, military hero/general (China, Khartoum), is born.Ref: 68
1834*Birth of Sabine Baring-Gould, Anglican clergyman and author. A man of widely diverging interests, he published numerous books on history, biography, poetry and fiction. He also penned the enduring hymns, "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day is Over".Ref: 5
1840*Édouard Vaillant French socialist politician/communard, is born.Ref: 5
1841*Viktor Ernst Nessler composer, is born.Ref: 5
1841*Sir Henry Morton Stanley is born. He was the leader of the African expedition to find the missing missionary, David Livingstone.Ref: 17
1853*Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti is born in Havana.Ref: 68
1853*José Martí y Perez Cuba, poet/essayist/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1855*William Seward Burroughs New York, inventor (recording adding machine), is born.Ref: 68
1862*Franklin Hooper, American editor in chief of Encyclopedia Britiannica, is born.Ref: 70
1865*Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg first President of Finland (1919-25), is born.Ref: 5
1868*Frederick Archibald Lamond composer, is born.Ref: 5
1868*Julian Aguirre composer, is born.Ref: 5
1869*Ozaki Kôyô Japan, novelist/essayist/haiku poet (The Heart), is born.Ref: 5
1873*Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette), French novelist known for her fictional romances built around an autobiographical character, Claudine, is born.Ref: 17
1874*Ernst Rabel Austrian/US law historian (Grundzüge), is born.Ref: 5
1875*Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo composer, is born.Ref: 5
1878*Walter Kollo [Kollodziepski] German composer (Der Juxbaron), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Mary Boland Philadelphia PA, US, comedienne/actress (Ruggles of Red Gap), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Auguste Piccard Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Lucien H d'Azambuja France, astronomer (chromosphere of sun), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Artur Rubinstein Lódz Poland, pianist, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Artur Rubinstein American pianist: played solo for the Berlin Symphony at the age of 12; is born.Ref: 4
1887*Lily Theresa Strickland composer, is born.Ref: 5
1891*Camille Melloy [Paepe], Belgian poet (Parfum des Buis), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Karel Boleslav Jirak composer, is born.Ref: 5
1892*Ernst Lubitsch, American director, is born in Berlin, Germany.Ref: 68
1893*Elliot Griffis composer, is born.Ref: 5
1897*Valentin Katayev Odessa Ukraine, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Vittorio Rieti composer, is born.Ref: 5
1898*Wies Moens Flemish writer/nazi, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Zilner T Randolph jazz trumpeter/arranger, is born.Ref: 5
1900*Anni Holdmann Germany, 100m runner (Olympics-1928), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Alexandre AM Stols [Chl van Halsbeke] publisher (History of Ecuador), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Hermann Kesten German writer (Allert de Lange), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Michael Dewar Head composer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Dame Kathleen Lonsdale crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Gaston Rébry Flemish cyclist, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Allan Walker actor/writer (Red Buttons Show), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Harry van Kruiningen [Henri A Janssen], painter/graphic artist, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Constantin Regamey composer, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Hans [Hendrik AJ] Tiemeijer Dutch actor/director/writer (Fear), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII-George Medal), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Arnold Moss Brooklyn NY, actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Québec, Viva Zapata), is born.Ref: 5
1910*John Banner Vienna Austria, actor (Sergeant Hans Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Jackson Pollock, Cody WY, abstract artist (Lavender Mist), is born.Ref: 68
1912*William "Bill" Henson, English diplomat (Prague 1939), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Jan Masseus composer, is born.Ref: 5
1913 Oliver Chesterton chartered surveyor, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Peter Crossley-Holland composer, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Vito Scotti San Francisco CA, actor (Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), is born.Ref: 5
1918 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate Uruguayan politician/human rights worker, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Harry M Corbett Bradford, puppeteer/entertainer (Sooty, Some People), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Suzanne Flon Paris France, actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Trevor Skeet British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1920*James Whyte Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Alfred Marks actor/comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Robert W Holley US, biochemist, worked with RNA (Nobel '68), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Frank R Lautenberg (Senator-D-NJ), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Henry Harris British professor of medicine, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Ronnie Scott (Schatt) jazz musician: tenor sax, bandleader; jazz club owner in London; is born.Ref: 4
1927*Jim Bryan auto racer: Indpls 500 winner [1958]Ref: 4
1927*Anthony Garner director (Conservative Central Office), is born.Ref: 5
1927*J D Hughes Principal (Ruskin College-Oxford), is born.Ref: 5
1927*James Callaghan British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1928 Martin Sinnatt Major-General/Secretary (Kennel Club), is born.Ref: 5
1928 MG Falcon CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Slade Gorton (Senator-R-WA, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Acker (Bernard) Bilk clarinetist, composer: Stranger on the ShoreRef: 4
1929*Claes Oldenburg, American artist and sculptor, is born.Ref: 68
1929*Richard Clement Charles Thomas rugby international/journalist, is born.Ref: 5
1930*David Morris British MEP, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Luis de Pablo composer, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Timothy Kitson former MP, is born.Ref: 5
1932 David Thompson CEO (Gestetner Holdings), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Thomas J Bliley Jr (Representative-R-VA, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1932*W Parry O'Brien California, shot putter (Olympics-2 gold/silver-52, 56, 60, 64), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Windlesham Lord, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Sacha Distel Paris France, French singer, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Susan Sontag New York City NY, essayist/novelist/film director (The Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Bill (William De Kova) White baseball: NY Giants, SF Giants, SL Cardinals [all-star: 1959-1961, 1963, 1964/World Series: 1964], Philadelphia Phillies first baseman; broadcaster: NY Yankees, is born.Ref: 4
1934*B R White principal (Regent's Park College-Oxford), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Nicholas Pryor actor: Hoffa, Pacific Heights, Risky Business, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, The Happy Hooker, Force Five, The Bronx Zoo, Beverly Hills 90210, is born.Ref: 4
1935*David John Lodge English writer (Soul & Bodies), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Leonid Grabovsky composer, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Manuel dos Santos Lima Angolian revolutionary/poet (Pele do Diabo), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], New York City NY, actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*AS*H), is born.Ref: 68
1936*Bill Jordan British trade unionist, is born.Ref: 5
1936*Enid Castle principal (Cheltenham Ladies' College), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Jack Scott vocalist (My True Love), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Robert Suderburg composer, is born.Ref: 5
1937*Ken Hill playwright/director, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Bill Phillips country singer: Put It Off till Tomorrow, Georgia Town Blues [w/Mel Tillis]Ref: 4
1939*John M Fabian Goosecreek TX, Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Joel Crothers Cincinnati OH, actor (Dr Miles Cavanaugh-Edge of Night, Dark Shadows), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Hansdjürgen Bäumler Germany, pairs ice skater (Olympics-silver-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1943*John Beck actor: Suspect Device, A Climate for Killing, Time Machine, Rollerball, Sleeper, Paperback Hero, Three in the Attic, Nichols, Flamingo Road, Dallas, is born in Chicago IL.Ref: 4
1943*Paul Henderson hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs [scored winning goal in Canada/Soviet Union Summit Series: 1972], Atlanta Flames, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Dick Taylor musician: bass, guitar: group: The Pretty Things: Don’t Bring Me Down, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Susan Howard Marshall TX, actress (Donna-Dallas, Petrocelli), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Jean Knight rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Susan Howard (Jeri Lynn Mooney) actress: Sidewinder One, The Power Within, Dallas, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Brian Keenan musician: drums: groups: Manfred Mann; The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come Today, is born in New York City.Ref: 4
1944*Fred Hoaglin football: Clevland Browns, Baltimore Colts; Jacksonville Jaguars TE coach, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Martin Fried rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Arnold Mühren Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home), is born.Ref: 5
1944*James Cran British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1944*John Edmonds British trade unionist, is born.Ref: 5
1944*John Tavener composer (The Whale), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Marthe Keller actress: Young Catherine, The Nightmare Years, The Amateur, Black Sunday, Marathon Man, And Now My Love, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Nick Raynsford British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Renne Jarrett Brooklyn NY, actress (Nancy), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Rick Allen Arkansas, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter), is born.Ref: 5
1947 MJ Ainsworth CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Valerie Bragg principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Mikhail Baryshnikov Bolshoi ballet dancer: defected to U.S.; actor: The Turning Point, That’s Dancing, DancersRef: 4
1948*Gareth Roscoe legal adviser (BBC), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Mamoru Mohri Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Jack Egers hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, SL Blues, Washington CapitalsRef: 4
1949*Thomas J Downey (Representative-D-NY, 1975- ), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Barbi Benton [Klein], California, Playboy model/actress (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!), is born.Ref: 5
1950*David Carl Hilmer Iowa, Colonel USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Glyn Ford British MEP, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Gordon Prentice British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Susan Buckner Seattle WA, actress (George-Hardy Boys), is born.Ref: 5
1951*William Nelson Jr US bassist (Connections & Disconnections), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Debbie Steinbach LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Michael Day rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1954*Anicee Alvina Paris France, actress (Friends), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Shawn Murray rock drummer (Mink Deville), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Peter Schilling Stuttgart Germany, rocker (Major Tom-Coming Home), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Harley Jane Kozak actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Nick Price Durban South Africa, PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1960*John Caliri Providence RI, actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Luann L Lee Santa Monica CA, playmate (Jan, 1987), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Keith Hamilton Cobb Tarrytown NY, actor (Noah Keefer-All My Children), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Michael Cage NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Sam Phillips singer/actress (Die Hard with a Vengeance), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Danny Spitz heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Colleen Harp Washington DC, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Denise Beillmann Switzerland, figure skater (Olympics-4th-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Dwight Stone NFL receiver/running back (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Emlyn Aubrey PGA golfer (1995 Nestles-25th), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Jeff Uhlenhake NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Michal Pivonka Kladno Czechoslovakia, NHL center (Washington Capitals), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Peter Hofstede Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, FC Utrecht), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Tom Hodson NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Henry Hering Pointe-Claire Québec Canada, rower (Olympics-9-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Marnie McBean Vancouver BC, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Sarah McLachlan folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Giorgio Lamberti Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m), is born.Ref: 5
1969*John Veenhof Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Barry Minter NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Donald Tardy US, death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death), is born.Ref: 5
1970*James Atkins NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Mike Chalenski NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Carey Bender NFL running back (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Elena Baranova WNBA center (Utah Starzz), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Frank Garcia NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Bronwyn Thompson Australian rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Jerome Allen NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Joe Stephens NBA forward (Houston Rockets), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Robert Braknis Montréal Québec Canada, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Derrick Mayes NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl XXXI), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Jermaine Dye Oakland CA, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Tony Delk NBA guard (San Francisco Warriors), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Vitaly Tregubov hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Zack Bronson safety (San Francisco 49ers), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Anne Montminy Montréal Québec Canada, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Julian Dean Waihi New Zealand, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Helga Bauer Salas Miss Bolivia-Universe (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1980*Nick Carter singer (Backstreet Boys), is born.Ref: 5
1981*Elijah Wood Cedar Rapids IA, actor (Radio Flyer, Good Son), is born.Ref: 5
1985 Athina Onassis daughter of Christina, is born.Ref: 5
814*Charlemagne, King of the Franks, King of the Lombards and Charles I of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1119*Gelasius II [Giovannis Caetani], pope (1118-19), dies.Ref: 69
1256*Willem II Earl of Holland/German emperor (1238, 47-56), dies at 22.Ref: 5
1393*Fire during Royal Ball at Paris (Ball of the Ardents)., 4 die, including the Earl of Joigny, French nobleman Aimery Poitiers and Yvain son of Earl of Foix.(Ball of the Ardents).Ref: 5
1528 Philips of Cleve ruler of Ravenstein, dies.Ref: 5
1547*Henry VIII King of England [1509-1547] dies at age 55 from overeating and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI. Henry’s six wives: Catherine of Aragon [divorced], Anne Boleyn [beheaded], Jane Seymour [died], Anne of Cleaves [divorced], Catherine Howard [beheaded], Catherine Parr [survived].Ref: 5
1549*Elia Levita German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80.Ref: 5
1560*John a Lasco [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies.Ref: 5
1596*English navigator Sir Francis Drake dies (at about age 50) off the coast of Panama; he was buried at sea.Ref: 68
1606 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1612 Thomas Bodley diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies.Ref: 5
1613*Sir Thomas Bodley, British soldier, dies.Ref: 68
1621*Paulus V [Camillo Borghese - Pope Paul V], 233rd pope (1605-21), dies at 68.Ref: 69
1687*Johannes Hevelius astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday.Ref: 5
1725*Peter I "the Great" (Piotr Alekseevich Romanov) Romanov czar of Russia, dies at age 52. (Julian calendar) (Ref: Massie, Robert K., "Peter The Great, His Life and His World", 1980) 
1768*John Wainwright composer, dies at 44.Ref: 5
1782*Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville French geographer, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1805*Mihály Csokonai Vitéz Hungarian (stage)poet (Dorottya), dies at 31.Ref: 5
1808*Messenger, America’s first trotting horse, was buried on this day.Ref: 4
1810*Andrew Hofer Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead.Ref: 5
1813*Jan Joseph Rosler composer, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1817*Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1829*William Burke murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh.Ref: 5
1838*Aleksandr I Polezjajev Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33.Ref: 5
1859*Seth Thomas, American clock maker, dies.Ref: 62
1868*Adalbert Stifter Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62.Ref: 5
1869*Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1873*Henry Hugo Pierson composer, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1895*François Certain de Canrobert French marshal, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1896*Joseph Barnby composer, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1898*Alexandru Flechtenmacher composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1903*Augusta Mary Anne Holmes composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1903*Jean Robert Planquette composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1910*Jose Garcia Robles composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1918*John McCrae Canadian poet/physician, dies.Ref: 5
1924*Simon Abramsz Dutch writer (Artist book), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1932*Franz Xavier Arens composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1933*Theodor Birt [Beatus Rhenanus] German classicist/writer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1935*Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov Russian composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1936*A fellow prison inmate slashes infamous kidnapper, Richard Loeb, to death.Ref: 2
1938*Bernd Rosemeyer German race car driver, dies at 28.Ref: 5
1939*William Butler Yeats Nobel Prize-winning poet & dramatist [1923], dies in France at age 73.Ref: 68
1942*Pablo Luna y Carne composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1945*Philip "Felix" Bekkers actor (We Go on Trip), dies at 37.Ref: 5
1947*Reynaldo Hahn composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1949*Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist composer, dies at 62.Ref: 5
1957*Fred Stein TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1959*Dave Sharp musician: guitar: group: The Alarm: 68 Guns, Where were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?, The Bells of Rhymney, is born.Ref: 4
1959 Joseph Sprinzak Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1959*Viktor Joseph Keldorfer composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1960*Jacques de Menasce composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1960*Zora Neal Hurston, US anthropologist, author, dies.Ref: 17
1963*Jean Felix Piccard swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday.Ref: 5
1964*The Soviets down a U.S. jet over East Germany killing three.Ref: 2
1965*Maxime Weygand, Belgian-bn.French army officer, dies at age 98.Ref: 70
1965*Jef van Durme composer, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1965*Johan Fiolet Dutch actor/director, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1972*Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker Dutch sculptor, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1973*John Banner actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday.Ref: 5
1974*Dino Buzzati writer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1975*Antonin Novótny Czechoslovakian President (1957-68), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1976*Chris Kenner rocker (I Like it Like That), dies.Ref: 5
1977*Joey Fatone Jr. singer: group: ’N Sync: I Want You Back, Tearin’ Up My Heart, Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You, I Drive Myself Crazy, Music Of My Heart, is born.Ref: 4
1977*Burt Mustin actor (All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92.Ref: 5
1980*Comedian Jimmy Durante dies at 86.Ref: 5
1983*Billy Fury actor (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure.Ref: 5
1984*John Macvane newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1986*73 seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing seven astronauts. After a flawless liftoff, the Challenger, traveling at a speed of 2900 feet per second, soared nine miles into space when suddenly the ship’s liquid hydrogen tank exploded. Millions watched the tragedy unfold on TV. This catastrophe took the lives of Commanders Francis ‘Dick’ Scobee and Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith A. Resnik, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Lt. Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis and school teacher Christa McAuliffe.Ref: 4
1988*Klaus Fuchs, German-born American physicist and spy, dies at age 76.Ref: 70
1991*Harold "Red" Grange "Galloping Ghost" of football (IL Bears), dies at the age of 87.Ref: 68
1991*Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1992*Clark Tippet dancer/choreographer, dies at 37.Ref: 5
1992*Nahman Avigad Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1993*(US Supreme Court Justice) Funeral services are held in Washington DC for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
1993*Aben Kandel screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96.Ref: 5
1993*John Steadman actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of lung ailment 83.Ref: 5
1994*Hal Smith actor (Otis Campbell-Andy Griffith Show), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1994*Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1994*William Levitt builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86.Ref: 5
1994*Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose CA, 1 dead.Ref: 5
1995*Barrie Wilson academic, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1995*George Woodcock author, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1995*James P Grant US director of UNICEF (1980-95), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1995*Jim Gilbert artist, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1995*Philip H Burton Welsh producer/Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1995*Walter Ernest Allen writer/critic, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Jerry (Jerome) Siegel cartoonist: Superman [w/Joe Shuster]; dies at age 81.Ref: 68
1996*Burne Hogarth strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1996*Dan Duva boxing promoter, dies at 44.Ref: 5
1996 John Mosely recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1996*Joseph Brodsky poet, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1996*U San Yu soldier/politician, President of Burma in (1981-88), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1996*Victor "Toby" Neuberg teacher/writer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1997*James Colin Ross Welch journalist, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1997*Pietro Cavallero bandit, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1997*Vivien Signy nurse, dies at 80Ref: 5
2001*Madalyn Murray O’Hair author: Why I Am an Atheist; murdered: missing since Aug 1995, her body is found near Camp Wood TX.Ref: 4
2001*Curt (Curtis Le Roy) Blefary (baseball: Baltimore Orioles [Rookie of the Year: 1965/World Series: 1966], Houston Astros, NY Yankees, Oakland Athletics, SD Padres; dies.Ref: 4
2002*An Ecuadorian jetliner crashes in the Andes across the border in Columbia, killing all 92 aboard. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
2002*"Pippi Longstocking" creator Astrid Lindren dies in Stockholm, Sweden at age 84. (XDG, p 4A, 1/28/2003)Ref: 83
2004*Elroy Hirsch ‘Crazy Legs’: Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Rockets [AAFC], LA Rams [NFL] pass receiver: named all-time NFL flanker [1969]; career record: 387 catches for 7,029 yards, 60 TDs, 405 points scored; University of Wisconsin, player, athletic director; dies.Ref: 4

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