Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
February 3rd

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1122*The coronation of Adeliza, the second wife of Henry I (of England), by Ralph d'Escures at Westminster Abbey.Ref: 70
1377*Cardinal Robert of Geneva (anti-pope Clemens VII) starts term.Ref: 5
1518*Pope Leo X imposes silence on the Augustinian monks.Ref: 5
1547*Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova.Ref: 5
1576*Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris.Ref: 5
1591 German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau.Ref: 5
1653*Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile.Ref: 5
1690*The first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. (The currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec.)Ref: 70
1740*Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily.Ref: 5
1743*Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants.Ref: 5
1752 Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills.Ref: 5
1783*Spain recognizes United States' independence.Ref: 2
1784*News of the ratification of the definitive peace treaty between the United States and Greate Britain reaches Virginia. It was signed on September 3rd, 1783. 
1809*Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin).Ref: 5
1815*World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland.Ref: 5
1825*Dutch North Sea coast floods.Ref: 5
1830*Greece declared an independent kingdom.Ref: 10
1836*William Barret Travis and a small group of reinforcements arrive at the Alamo, then under the command of James C. Neill. Ref 
1836*Whig Party holds its first national convention (Albany NY).Ref: 5
1855*Wisconsin Supreme Court declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional.Ref: 5
1860*Thomas Clemson takes office as first US superintendent of agriculture.Ref: 5
1862*Thomas Edison prints and distributes a newspaper, The Weekly Herald, on a train traveling between Port Huron and Detroit. This is the first newspaper to be printed on a train. (XDG, p 4A, 2/3/2001)Ref: 83
1863*"Mark Twain" born when Samuel Clemens signs name to Virginia City Territorial Enterprise article.Ref: 10
1864*In Columbus, Ohio, a fellowship of independent Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and United Brethren churches organized itself into a separate Protestant denomination known as the Christian Union.Ref: 5
1867*Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912).Ref: 5
1870*The Sherwin-Williams Co. is founded in Cleveland.Ref: 10
1870*15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed.Ref: 5
1887*To avoid disputed national elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act.Ref: 5
1892*Russia closes down Yeshiva of Volozhin.Ref: 5
1894*First US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched, Bath ME.Ref: 5
1899*-16º F (-27º C), Minden LA (state record).Ref: 5
1908*The U.S. Supreme Court rules that union-sponsored boycotts are illegal, and applies the Sherman Antitrust Act to labor as well as capital.Ref: 2
1913*The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified by Congress, authorizing Federal Income Taxes.Ref: 3
1916*Canada's original Parliament building, in Ottawa, burns down.Ref: 5
1918 Twin Peaks Tunnel longest (11,920') streetcar tunnel begins service.Ref: 5
1919*The League of Nations convenes its 1st meeting in Paris.Ref: 5
1919 Socialist conference convenes (Berne Switzerland).Ref: 5
1920*The Allies demand that 890 German military leaders stand trial for war crimes.Ref: 2
1923*An 8.5 earthquake hits Kamchatka.Ref: 85
1924*Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin).Ref: 5
1927*President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission to regulate the airwaves.Ref: 2
1929 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1930*(US Supreme Court Justice) U.S. President Herbert Hoover appointed Charles Evans Hughes as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing former US President William Howard Taft, who resigned for health reasons.Ref: 4
1930*Vietnamese Communistic Party forms.Ref: 5
1931*Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls the state the "apex of moronia".Ref: 5
1933*First interstate legislative conference in US opens, Washington DC.Ref: 5
1933*German minister Göring bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwärts.Ref: 5
1941*The US Supreme Court upholds the Wages and Hours (later Fair Labor Standards) Act which banned child labor and set the 40-hour work week.Ref: 5
1947*Percival Prattis of Our World in New York City became the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC.Ref: 4
1947*-81ºF (-63ºC), Snag Yukon (North American record).Ref: 5
1948*The first Cadillac with tailfins is produced.Ref: 3
1950*Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spy charges.Ref: 5
1954*Millions greet Queen Elizabeth in Sydney on her first royal trip to Australia.Ref: 2
1956*Autherine J Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot.Ref: 5
1961*6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm)).Ref: 5
1962*President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs.Ref: 5
1962 Ocean Liner "France"starts maiden voyage from Le Havre, France to New York City.Ref: 10
1964*Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools.Ref: 5
1965*105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating on exams.Ref: 5
1969*The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat head of PLO.Ref: 17
1969*Endangered Species Act passed into law by President Richard M. Nixon.Ref: 10
1971*OPEC decides to set oil prices without consulting buyers.Ref: 2
1972*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1973*President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law.Ref: 5
1976*David Bunnell publishes in his "Computer Notes" Altair newsletter an article from Bill Gates, complaining of software piracy. Ref 
1977*A partnership agreement between Paul Allen and Bill Gates is officially executed. 
1980*Muhammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy.Ref: 5
1981*Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway.Ref: 5
1982*Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, USSR.Ref: 5
1984*The Environmental Protection Agency orders a ban on the pesticide EDB for grain products.Ref: 2
1985*In South Africa, Desmond Tutu, 53, became Johannesburg's first black Anglican bishop.Ref: 5
1986*The United States Weather Bureau made it official. January had been a warm month. The average U.S. temperature was 38 degrees -- making it the warmest first month of the year since 1953.Ref: 4
1988*(US Supreme Court Justice) The Senate confirms the appointment of Anthony M. Kennedy as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 
1988*The U.S. House of Representatives rejected President Reagan's request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.Ref: 70
1989*Alfredo Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.Ref: 17
1991*U.S. First Class postage raised from 25 cents to 29 cents. (TWA, 1992)Ref: 95
1992*Defense opens calling Noriega "our ally in the war on drugs".Ref: 5
1992*Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week.Ref: 5
1992*Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends.Ref: 5
1993*(King) State trial of the four officers begins at the East Ventura County Courthouse in Simi Valley.Ref: 87
1993*General Hospital's Tristan Rogers convicted of drunk driving.Ref: 5
1994*President Clinton announces the lifting of the trade embargo with Vietnam.Ref: 41
1995*(OJ Simpson) Nicole Brown's sister Denise testifies about O.J. Simpson's abuse of her sister.Ref: 87
1997*Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY.Ref: 5
1998*Britain issues a set of Princess Diana stamps.Ref: 5
1998*Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby.Ref: 5
2000*The Senate voted 89-4 to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.Ref: 70
2001*Hooven Allison, a rope and twine manufacturer in Xenia OH, announced the sale of all outstanding shares of stock to Wellington Leisure Products, Inc of Madison GA. (In March of 2003 Wellington Leisure filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the last 94 employees were laid off in the Fall of 2003.) (XDG, p 6A, 12/24/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(Elizabeth Smart) The smart family releases a sketch of "Emmanuel", real name Brian David Mitchell, who worked as a handyman for the family. Elizabeth's sister said he resembled the man in the house the night Elizabeth disappeared. (USA Today, p 3A, 3/13/2003)Ref: 13
2003*Abandoning a two-month-long general strike that failed to oust President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's workers returned to work in all sectors but the vital oil industry.Ref: 70
2003*Record producer Phil Spector was arrested in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, Calif.Ref: 70
2003*President Bush sends lawmakers a $2.23T budget for 2004. (XDG, p 4A, 2/03/2004)Ref: 83
2004*A white powder poison, ricin, is mailed to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Capitol Hill. The powder is identified quickly and no illness or death result. (XDG, p 1, 2/04/2004)Ref: 83
1488*Bartholomeus Diaz discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros).Ref: 5
1929*Major H.O.D. Seagrave sets a new land speed record of 231.4 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida, driving a car called the Golden Arrow.Ref: 3
1965*Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km).Ref: 5
1966*Soviet Luna 9 achieves soft landing on the moon.Ref: 2
1966*1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched (US).Ref: 5
1982*Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission.Ref: 5
1984*10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched.Ref: 5
1986*President Reagan announces formation of Committee on Challenger Accident.Ref: 5
1994*The space shuttle Discovery lifts off, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a US spacecraft. (XDG, p 4A, 2/03/2004)Ref: 83
1995*The space shuttle Discovery (STS-60) blasts off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time. (XDG, p 4A, 2/03/2004)Ref: 83
2004*(date not given) Russian and American scientists say they have created a few atoms of two "super-heavy" elements, #113 and #115, which existed for split seconds. These elements may be abundantly generated by supernova explosions but do not exist naturally on earth. (USA Today, p 4D, 2/03/2004)Ref: 13
1160 Emperor Frederick Barbarossa hurtles prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender.Ref: 2
1238*The Mongols take over Vladimir, Russia.Ref: 2
1491*During the War of the Roses, the army of York defeats the forces of Lancaster at Mortimer's Cross. The victory fixes Edward IV on the thrown.Ref: 2
1660*General Moncks army reaches London.Ref: 5
1781*Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by the British.Ref: 5
1864*General Sherman begins his march through Georgia.Ref: 5
1865*A peace conference occurs as President Lincoln meets with Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens at Hampton Roads in Virginia. The meeting ends in failure - the war will continue. Only Lee's Army at Petersburg and Johnston's forces in North Carolina remain to fight for the South against Northern forces now numbering 280,000 men.Ref: 70
1901 Dutch troops under General Van Heutsz conquer Batu Ilië on Sumatra.Ref: 5
1903 Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa.Ref: 5
1904*Colombian troops clash with U.S. Marines in Panama.Ref: 2
1915*Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal.Ref: 5
1916*Wilson delivers final speech of Preparedness campaign in Saint Louis. 
1917*A German submarine sinks the U.S. liner Housatonic off coast of Sicily. The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany. Count Von Bernstorff is handed his passports.Ref: 2
1927 Uprising against regime of General Carmona in Portugal.Ref: 5
1942*First Japanese air raid on Java.Ref: 5
1943*Germany's U-223 sinks the troop transport Dorchester. The Dorchester goes down 27 minutes after the hit. 677 of 902 die. As it sank, four chaplains gave up their lifejackets to shipmates, thereby also perishing in the icy waters. The bravery of Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rev. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), Father John Washington (a Catholic priest) and Alexander David Goode (a Jewish rabbi) led Congress afterward to mark February 3rd as "Four Chaplains Day." (The Colubmus Dispatch, 03/19/2000, p. 1H) 
1943*Finland begins talks with the Soviet Union.Ref: 2
1944*The United States shells the Japanese homeland for the first time at Kurile Islands.Ref: 2
1945*The US Sixth Army attacks the Japanese in Manila, beginning a month-long battle.Ref: 2
1945*Almost 1000 Flying Fortresses drop 3000 ton bombs on Berlin.Ref: 5
1876*Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods company, manufacturing first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football.Ref: 5
1876*Spalding Company incorporated, manufacturers of first baseball, tennis, golf and footballs.Ref: 10
1886*Albert Spalding begins a sporting goods company with $800. He will become the manufacturer of the first official baseball as well as the tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football.Ref: 1
1895 Wilhelm Mauseth skates world record 500 meter (46.8 seconds).Ref: 5
1900*Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Baltimore.Ref: 5
1903*Jack Johnson beats Denver Ed Martin a 20 round bout in Los Angeles to become the first "colored heavyweight champion of the world".Ref: 97
1912*New U.S. football rules are set: field shortened to 100 yds.; touchdown counts six points instead of five; four downs are allowed instead of three; and the kickoff is moved from midfield to the 40 yd. line.Ref: 2
1942*Owners agree to permit each team to have as many as 14 night games this up-coming season.Ref: 1
1948 Dick Button becomes first world figure skating champion from US.Ref: 5
1951 Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time. Button went on to become a fixture on figure-skating telecasts on ABC-TV.Ref: 4
1951*Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle.Ref: 5
1954 Jeen van den Berg win Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32).Ref: 5
1956*Toni Sailor becomes first Olympics skier to sweep the 3 alpine events.Ref: 5
1957*Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open.Ref: 5
1962*John Uelses sets a pole vaulting record at 16' 3/4". (XDG, p 4A, 2/2/2001)Ref: 83
1963*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1964*Coach Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky got win #700 as the Wildcats defeated Georgia 108-83.Ref: 4
1965*Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down.Ref: 5
1972*11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo Japan (1st in Asia).Ref: 5
1974*Sandra Palmer win LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1975*The special Veterans Committee selects Billy Herman, Earl Averill and Bucky Harris to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
1976*26th NBA All-Star Game East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia.Ref: 5
1977*The Hall of Fame's Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Martin Dihigo and John Lloyd. The committee is dissolved and its duties are turned over to the veterans committee.Ref: 1
1978*Under the financial reorganization of the club, F.J. 'Steve' O'Neill becomes the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 1
1979*The Twins trade perennial all-star and batting champ Rod Carew to the Angels for outfielders Ken Landreaux and Dave Engle and pitchers Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens.Ref: 1
1979 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne.Ref: 5
1979 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner.Ref: 5
1980*Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1980*30th NBA All-Star Game East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Washington.Ref: 5
1982*For the second time, minor league catcher Angel Rodriguez is suspended from organized baseball for tipping off opposing Latin American batters of the upcoming pitch about to be thrown.Ref: 1
1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours.Ref: 5
1983 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners.Ref: 5
1984*A sellout crowd of 18,210 at Madison Square Garden in New York City saw Carl Lewis best his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.Ref: 4
1985*Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1987 The Stars and Stripes, a sailboat skippered by Dennis Connor, wins the America's Cup. (XDG, p 4A, 2/3/2001)Ref: 83
1987*The Expos trade top reliever Jeff Reardon and catcher Ton Nieto to the Twins for pitcher Neal Heaton, catcher Jeff Reed and two minor leaguers.Ref: 1
1989*Former first baseman Bill White was the first African American to head a major professional sports league in the United States. He became National League president this day.Ref: 4
1990*New York Met Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation.Ref: 5
1990*Jockey Willie Shoemaker (58) races for the 40,352nd and last time. He finished fourth at the Santa Anita Racetrack aboard 7-10 favorite "Patchy Groundfog". Shoemaker won 1100 stakes and 8,833 wins (a world record that stood until Laffit Pincay Jr. topped it in 1999) in 40,350 races. In 42 years, Shoemaker won 11 Triple Crown races, including four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes, and three Preakness Stakes; 1,009 stakes races; and 10 national money titles. He earned more than $123 million in purses, about $10 million of which went into his pocket. (Shoemaker’s life took a tragic turn on April 8, 1991, when he was left paralyzed from the neck down after an auto accident.)Ref: 4
1991*Meg Mallon win Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1991*NFL Pro Bowl AFC beats NFC 23-21.Ref: 5
1993*Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments.Ref: 5
1995*The Colorado Rockies, along with the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, donate $12,000 to the Pueblo County Director of Organizational Development in order to provide equipment, uniforms and scholarships for Pueblo youth baseball.Ref: 86
1998*The Yankees replace recently resigned general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman.Ref: 1
1998*Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals.Ref: 5
1999*After 16 years of doing local telecasts, the Mets do not ask Tim McCarver to return to the broadcast booth. Tom Seaver will replace the highly regarded broadcaster and will assume other duties within the organization.Ref: 1
2000*The Florida Marlins announce a continued focus on the Bicentennial site in downtown Miami as the possible location for a new baseball-only ballpark. The team hosts a design charrette to further address concerns relating to the location of the ballpark and begins to develop a site plan that addresses or mitigates core community concerns.Ref: 86
2001*The XFL (Xtreme Football League) debuted. The league was created by Vince McMahon, mastermind behind the WWF (World Wrestling Federation. What was promoted as “Football the Way It Was Meant to Be Played” soon faded into painful memories for TV viewers and fans. The WWF apparently thought that it could pull in millions of wrestling fans to support the league, but was shocked when it discovered that actual football fans were the major supporters of the XFL, and these football fans were turned off by the wrestling-show influence on the games.Ref: 4
2002*Super Bowl XXXVI (at New Orleans): New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17. (The Rams had been a two-touchdown favorite and were trying for their second NFL title in three seasons.) Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired won the game after a 53-yard, nine-play drive was engineered by Patriots QB Tom Brady, who was voted the game’s MVP. “This is the perfect example of what happens when guys believe in each other,” said Brady, leader of the team that had been 5-11 the previous year. “The fans of New England have been waiting 42 years for this day,” owner Robert Kraft said. At the start of the season, the Patriots were 50-1 shots to win what was their first title ever (twice before they had lost Super Bowls -- both in the Louisiana Superdome). Tickets: $400.Ref: 4
2002*Yankee catcher Jorge Posada (.277, 22, 95) signs a five-year contract with the club. Terms are not announced, but the Bronx Bomber backstop was asking for $7.75 million in arbitration which would make the 30-year-old the second best paid receiver in baseball history.Ref: 1
1823*The opera "Semiramide" is produced (Venice).Ref: 5
1844 Hector Berlioz' "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1844*The saxophone first played in public in Paris by Adolphe Sax.Ref: 10
1869*Actor Edwin Booth opens his new theatre at at 23rd & 6th in New York City. The first production was Romeo and Juliet. Even at that time, tickets didn’t come cheap. Some sold as high as $125 for this presentation.Ref: 4
1882 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo.Ref: 5
1913*Golden/Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1916 Tristan Tzar publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich Switzerland.Ref: 5
1919*Herbert/Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1930*Roy Disney signed a deal with M. George Borgfeldt Co. of NY to sell figurines of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Disney merchandising is born!Ref: 73
1938*Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1941*Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the classic, Amapola, on Decca Records. Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly joined in a vocal duet on this very famous and popular song of the Big Band era.Ref: 4
1945*Walt Disney's "The 3 Caballeros" released.Ref: 5
1946 The first issue of Holiday magazine appeared on this day.Ref: 4
1950*Ed, Gene, Joe and Vic, The Ames Brothers, reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time, as Rag Mop became the most favorite song in the U.S. The brothers enjoyed many successes with their recording efforts: You You You [1953], The Man with the Banjo and The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane [1954], Tammy and Melody d’Amour [1957]. Ed Ames had been with the Russ Morgan Band and, after the brothers split in the late 1950s, went on to enjoy a lucrative television and recording career. He recorded My Cup Runneth Over and Who Will Answer, both hits in the 1960s. He also played Mingo on the Daniel Boone TV series. Ed is fondly remembered for one of the funniest moments of The Tonight Show on NBC when he competed with host Johnny Carson in a hand axe-tossing contest. Mingo won, with hilarious results that are still shown in every celebration of The Tonight Show.Ref: 4
1951*"Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV.Ref: 5
1951*Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1953 Jacques Cousteau publisheds "Silent World".Ref: 3
1953*J Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show.Ref: 5
1958*Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3.Ref: 5
1964*The British group, The Beatles, received its first gold record award for the single, I Want To Hold Your Hand. The group also won a gold LP award for "Meet The Beatles". The album had been released in the United States only 14 days earlier.Ref: 4
1965 Geraldine McCullough win Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture.Ref: 5
1967*"Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix.Ref: 5
1969*"Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances.Ref: 5
1971*Lynn Anderson received a gold record for the single, Rose Garden. The Grand Forks, ND country singer was raised in Sacramento, CA. In addition to being a singer, she was an accomplished equestrian and California Horse Show Queen in 1966.Ref: 4
1973*Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6.Ref: 5
1974*"Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances.Ref: 5
1979*"YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart.Ref: 5
1982*Porn star John Holmes ordered to stand trial for murder.Ref: 5
1985*"Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances.Ref: 5
1994 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore.Ref: 5
1994*Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok.Ref: 5
1368*Charles VI King of France (1380-1422), is born.Ref: 5
1648*Louis Bouteiller composer, is born.Ref: 5
1655*François Fagel Dutch field marshal, baptized, is born.Ref: 5
1736*Johann Georg Albrechtsberger Austrian organist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1740*Guillaume Lasceux composer, is born.Ref: 5
1755*Florido Tomeoni composer, is born.Ref: 5
1763*Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, is born.Ref: 5
1784*John Fane graaf van Westmorland English (opera)composer/diplomat, is born.Ref: 5
1805*Otto T Freiherr von Manteuffel premier Prussia, is born.Ref: 5
1807*Confederate General Joseph E Johnston, Commander of the Army of Tennessee, is born.Ref: 5
1809*Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Felix Mendelssohn), the composer, is born in Leipzig, Germany.Ref: 68
1811*Horace Greely, founder of the New York Tribune and abolitionist, is born.Ref: 2
1817*Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent composer, is born.Ref: 5
1817*Samuel Ryan Curtis Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1866, is born.Ref: 5
1820*Elisha Kent Kane US arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland), is born.Ref: 5
1821*Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to get an MD from a U.S. medical school, is born in Bristol England.Ref: 2
1823*Spencer F Baird US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), is born.Ref: 5
1824*George Thomas "Tige" Anderson Brigadier General (Confederate Army), is born.Ref: 5
1824*Nathan George "Shanks" Evans Brigadier General (Confederacy), died in 1868, is born.Ref: 5
1826*Walter Bagehot England, economist/sociologist, is born.Ref: 5
1830*Robert Cecil Marquess of Salisbury (C), British PM (1885-1902), is born.Ref: 5
1831*Cyrus Ballou Comstock Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1910, is born.Ref: 5
1833*Thomas T H Jorissen Dutch historian, is born.Ref: 5
1842*Sidney Clopton Lanier US, composer/poet (Hall of Fame), is born.Ref: 5
1843*Sir William C. Van Horne, American-bn. Canadian railway official, is born.Ref: 70
1845*Ernest von Wildenbruch German playwright (Sedan), is born.Ref: 5
1851*Johannes B van Heutsz Lieutenant-General/Governor-General Dutch East Indies, is born.Ref: 5
1861*Léopold Courouble Belgian writer (Family Kaekebroeck), is born.Ref: 5
1865*Martinus Ballings Flemish Jesuit/author (Will Power), is born.Ref: 5
1868*Damaso Ledesma composer, is born.Ref: 5
1870*Ada Negri Italian poet/author (Il Libro di Mara), is born.Ref: 5
1873*Ernest B Allo French theologist, is born.Ref: 5
1874*Gertrude Stein, poet and novelist (Three Lives, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas), is born in Pennsylvania.Ref: 2
1874*Franklyn Dyall Liverpool England, actor (Easy Virtue), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Joseph Gordon Coates PM of New Zealand (1925-28), is born.Ref: 5
1879*Charles Follis first black US football player (Shelby OH), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Arnoldus Aerts bishop of Netherlands-Guinea (1920-42), is born.Ref: 5
1882*Trijntje Jansma-Boskma oldest person in Netherlands), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Clarence Mulford Illinois, western writer (Hopalong Cassidy), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Camille Bombois French circus wrestler/painter, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Erwin Kroll composer, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Carlo Jachino composer, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Georg Trakl Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Silvio d'Amico Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Naruhiko Higashikuni, Japanese imperial prince/prime minister, is bornRef: 70
1888*Joris Baers Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids), is born.Ref: 5
1889*Carl Theodor Dreyer Danish movie director (Leaves from Satan's Body, Passion of Jeanne d'arc), is born.Ref: 5
1889*Risto Ryti Finnish premier/president, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Charles [Andy] Correll Peoria IL, actor (Calvin & the Colonel), is born.Ref: 5
1890*Heinrich Barth Swiss philosopher (Problem des Bösen), is born.Ref: 5
1891 Jan Donner Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Peter H "Paul" Huf actor/director (Great Netherlands Stage), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Norman Rockwell US, artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Juan Negrin, Spanish Republican prime minister during Spanish Civil War, is born.Ref: 70
1895*Nick Kenny Astoria New York NY, columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), is born.Ref: 5
1895 Victor Raul Haya de la Torre politician (found APRA party in Peru), is born.Ref: 5
1896*Johannes Urzidil writer, is born.Ref: 5
1898*Alvar Aalto Finland, architect (Finlandia House), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Paul Urysohn Russian mathematician, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Forrest "Red" DeBernardi basketball hall of famer (elected 1961), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Doris Speed actress (Annie-Coronation Street)Ref: 5
1900*Mabel Mercer English cabaret singer (Fly Me to the Moon), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Ramón [J] Sender [Garcés], Spanish writer (El Lugar del Hombre), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Priaulx Rainier composer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Walter Linck Swiss sculptor, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Charlie "Pretty Boy" Floyd, FBI's Most Wanted criminal, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Luigi Dallapiccola Pisino Istria, Italian composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904 Roger Makins diplomat, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Ludvig Nielsen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1907*James A Michener New York NY, writer (Tales of the South Pacific, Centennial, Chesapeake, Hawaii, Space), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Oddbjörn Hagen Norway, cross country jumper (Olympics-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Simone Weil, Paris France, mystic/social philosopher/French Resistance fighter (WWII), is born.Ref: 5
1909*M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans] poet (Phoenix), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Nelson Case Long Beach CA, TV host (Trash or Treasure), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Blas Galindo Dimas San Gabriel México, composer (A la Patria), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Jehan [Ariste] Alain French organist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Jesse Thomas blues singer, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Jacques Soustelle French minister of information, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Cornelis "Kees" Andréa Dutch painter/graphic artist/carpet designer, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Felix Kelly artist, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Jann Willem Holsbergen author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Richard Bales composer, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Vivien Signy nurse, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Actor, comedian Joey Bishop (Gottlieb) is born in the Bronx.Ref: 4
1918*Helen Stephens US, 100 meter dash (Olympics-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Bibi (Margaret) Osterwald, New Brunswick NJ, actress (Bridget Loves Bernie), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Dr Henry Heimlich doctor/inventor (Heimlich maneuver), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Stan Ockers Belgian bicyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Jean-Pierre Rampal flutist (Italian Flute Concertos), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Bill Chappell Jr (Representative-D-FL, 1969- ), is born.Ref: 5
1925*John Fiedler Platville WI, actor (Mr Peterson-Newhart), is born.Ref: 5
1925 Joop C Swart Dutch publisher/founder (World Press Photo), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Arthur Arfons auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH), is born.Ref: 5
1926 Hans-Jochen Vogel leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Shelley Berman Chicago IL, actor/comedian (Son of the Blob, Love American Style), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Glen Tetley US choreographer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*J Roy Rowland (Representative-D-GA, 1983- ), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Frankie Vaughn (Abelson) singer: Garden of Eden, Tower of Strength; died Sep 17, 1999Ref: 4
1929*Russell Arms Berkeley CA, singer (Your Hit Parade), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Val Doonican Irish singer/entertainer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Joan Rice actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Göran J S Palm Swedish poet/writer (Hudens Besök), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Peggy Ann Garner Canton OH, actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Maria Itkina USSR, sprinter (9 world records), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Paul S Sarbanes (Senator-D-MD, 1977- ), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Jeremy Kemp Chesterfield England, actor (Winds of War), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Johnny "Guitar" Watson rock guitarist, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Emile Alphonse Griffith, International Boxing Hall of Famer: the third fighter in history to hold both the welterweight and middleweight titles, is born in St Thomas, Virgin Islands.Ref: 97
1938*Elijah Pitts football: Green Bay Packers running back: Super Bowl I, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Victor Buono San Diego CA, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny Russia, cosmonaut, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Deszö Nowak Hungary, soccer play (Olympics-gold-1964, 68), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky Russian cosmonaut, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Angelo D’Aleo singer: group: Dion and The Belmonts: I Wonder Why, A Teenager in Love, Where or When, is born.Ref: 4
1940*Fran Tarkenton, Pro Football Hall of Famer: Minnesota Vikings quarterback: Super Bowl VIII, IX, XI, also NY Giants quarterback: holds individual NFL career records for passing yards gained, completions, attempts and touchdowns thrown, is born in Richmond VA.Ref: 4
1940*Jim Hartz newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Bridget Hanley Seattle WA, actress (Here Come the Brides), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Angelo D'Aleo Bronx, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Carol Mann Buffalo NY, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Chuck Tharp rock vocalist (Fireballs), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Blythe Danner Philadelphia PA, actress (Butterflies are Free), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Dennis Edwards rocker (Temptations-Ain't Too Proud To Beg, My Girl), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Eric Haydock bassist (Hollies-He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Gale Gillingham football: Green Bay Packers guard: Super Bowl I, II, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Trisha Noble Sydney New South Wales Australia, actress (Deadline, Strike Force, Executive Suite), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Bob Griese NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Johnny Cymbal rocker (Mr Bass Man), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Joe (Joseph Howard) Coleman baseball: pitcher: Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1972], Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Melanie [Safka], Astoria, singer/songwriter (Candles in the Rain), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Chose Alberts [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Dave Davies London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Koos Alberts [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Paul Auster US author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Stephen McHattie Antigonish Nova Scotia, actor (Call Me, Death Valley), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Oscar Benton Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Morgan Fairchild (Patsy McClenny) actress: Dallas, Flamingo Road, North and South, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Writer’s Block, is born in Dallas TX.Ref: 4
1950*Lizzie Borden director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Michael Dickinson British reorganizer, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Felipe Munoz México, 200 meter backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Fred (Fredric Michael) Lynn baseball: Boston Red Sox: [Rookie of the Year: 1975/World Series: 1975/AL Baseball Writers’ Award: 1975/all-star: 1975-1980], California Angels [all-star: 1981-1983], Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, SD Padres, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Benny Malone football: RB: Arizona State Univ. [college all-star: 1974], Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Jack Fields (Representative-R-TX, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Pamela Cossey England, model/sister of transsexual Tula, is born.Ref: 5
1956*Nathan Lane Jersey City NJ, actor (Birdcage, Timon-Lion King, Mouse Hunt, One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Tony Butler rocker (Big Country-Wonderland), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Lee Crystal rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Joe Frank Edwards Jr Richmond VA, Commander USN/astronaut (STS 89), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Lol (Laurence) Tolhurst musician: drums, keyboard: group: The Cure: A Forest, Charlotte Sometimes, Let’s Go to Bed, Love Cats, The Caterpillar, In-Between Days, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Molly Killingbeck Jamaica, 4X400 meter relayer (Olympics-silver-1984), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Thomas Calabro Brooklyn NY, actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), is born.Ref: 5
1960*B J Jefferson Dallas TX, actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Richard Kotzen rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Keith Gordon New York NY, actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Michele Greene Las Vegas NV, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Joe Handle US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Maura Tierney actress: Lisa-NewsRadio, Liar Liar, Primary Colors, Forces of Nature, Oxygen, ER, The Andy Dick Show, is born in Boston MA.Ref: 4
1965*Dorcas Wonsavage Madison WI, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Kathleen Kimont Los Angeles CA, actress (Fraternity Vacation, Renegade), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Gillian Bonner Athens GA, playmate (April 1996), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Sean Patrick Wade Houston TX, New Zealand marathoner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Freedom Williams, is born.Ref: 5
1967*Aurelio Vidmar soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Jason Morris Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-silver-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Natalie Hunter Melbourne VIC Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Frantisek Kucera Prague Czechoslovakia, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks, Olympics-gold-98), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Leroy Thompson NFL running back (Kansas City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Mark Koevermans Netherlands, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1968*Vlade Divac Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Casey Weldon NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Jeff Christy NFL center (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Robert Pack NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Terry Bradshaw US baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Warwick Davis actor: Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Willow, Leprechaun series, Gulliver’s Travels, Prince Valiant, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is born.Ref: 4
1970*Alonza Barnett WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Eric Curry NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jason Muzzatti Toronto, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Keith Carney Providence, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Eric Owens Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Marcus Buckley NFL linebacker (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Roman Cechmanek NHL goaltender (Team Czechoslovakia Olympics-gold-1998), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Sean Dawkins NFL wide receiver (Indpls Colts), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jermaine Smith NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Keith Elias NFL running back (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Tyrone Poole NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Jim Campbell Worcester, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Kyle Richardson WLAF punter (Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Dwayne Rudd linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Karen Bradley Miss Rhode Island-USA (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Maitland Ward Torrance CA, actress (Jessica-Bold & Beautiful), is born.Ref: 5
1984*First baby conceived by embryo transplant born in Long Beach CA.Ref: 5
1990*Cody Newton Gifford son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, is born.Ref: 5
1994*Tallulah Belle Willis 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore, is born.Ref: 5
474*Leo I Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies.Ref: 5
865*Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar German first (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies.Ref: 5
1377 Mass execution of population of Cesena Italy.Ref: 5
1399*John of Gaunt duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & León, dies at 58.Ref: 5
1451*Murad II sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies.Ref: 5
1468*John Gutenberg German inventor (boekdrukkunst), dies.Ref: 68
1536*García de Resende Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies.Ref: 5
1558*Alfonsus de Castro Spanish theologist (council of Trente), dies.Ref: 5
1602*Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62.Ref: 5
1679*Jan Havicksz Steen Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1697 Sjoucke Gabbes Frisian sailor, dies/buried on Dirk-Hartog Island.Ref: 5
1715*Gottfried Vopelius composer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1748*Henri Madin composer, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1803 Pedro R de Campomanes Spanish economist/lawyer/literary, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1814*Johann Antonin Kozeluch composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1832*George Crabbe English vicar/poet (Borough), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1846*Joseph Weigl Austria composer/conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1853*August Kopisch German writer (Mäuseturm), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1862*Jean-Baptiste Biot French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1875*Everhardus J Potgieter writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1876*Gino Capponi Italian marquis/literary/premier of Toscane, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1882*Guglielmo Quarenghi composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1889*Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley] US female outlawin Texas and Oklahoma territory, is murdered at age 41.Ref: 70
1890*Christophorus H D Buys Ballot Dutch meteorologist, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1900*Ottokar Eugen Novacek composer, dies at 33.Ref: 5
1901*Yukichi Fukuzawa, Japanese educator and publisher, dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1902*Isaac Fransen van der Putten Dutch PM (1866), dies.Ref: 5
1903*Frederick E Kitziger composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1905*Joseph Jefferson actor: Rip Van Winkle; dies.Ref: 4
1909*Johann Georg Herzog composer, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1919*Charles Edward Pickering, American physicist and astronomer, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1921*Max Wilhelm Zach composer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1922*Christiaan R de Wet South African Boer General, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1924*Woodrow Wilson 28th U.S. President [1913-1921]: asked Congress to declare war on Germany [Apr 2, 1917]; president of Princeton University [1902-1910]; Governor of New Jersey [1911-1913]; married to Ellen Axson [three daughters], Edith Galt; nickname: Schoolmaster in Politics, dies at his home in Washington at age 67.Ref: 4
1925*Jaap Eden Dutch World champion bicyclist/speed skating, dies at 51.Ref: 5
1930*"Chicagorillas" -- labor racketeers -- shot and killed contractor William Healy, with whom the Chicago Marble Setters Union had been having difficulties.Ref: 59
1931*Hans Schardt Swiss geologist, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1938*Armando Palacio Valdés Spanish writer (El Cuarto Poder), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1945*Jose Rolon composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1945*Roland Freisler German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case), dies.Ref: 5
1947*Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1947*Marc A "Pete" Mitscher US Lieutenant-Admiral (WWII-Task Force 58), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1950*Karl Seitz President of Austria, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1952*Harold Ickes, American statesman, dies at age 77.Ref: 70
1956*?ile Borel, French mathematician, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1958*Henry Kuttner sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42.Ref: 5
1958*Johannes F Buziau Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1959*"The Day The Music Died". Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17), JP (Jiles Perry) Richardson ("The Big Bopper") (28) and the pilot, Roger Peterson, are killed when their small private plane, American Pie, took off from Clear Lake, Iowa, crashed en route to Fargo, N.D. Reportedly, Waylon Jennings gave his seat up to Richardson. Jennings still doesn't talk about that night. Some say Dion didn't want to spend the $35, his pro rata share. What is known is that Valens and Tommy Allsup flipped a coin to see who got the remaining seat on that plane. Valens wins the toss.Ref: 4
1959*American Airlines Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65.Ref: 5
1960 Johannes G Geelkerken Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1961*Anna May Wong actress (Gallery of Madame Lui-Tsang), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1961 Viscount Dunrossil Governor-General of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67.Ref: 5
1962*Werner Bock writer, dies.Ref: 5
1966*June Walker actress (War Nurses), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1966 Lucius Beebe dies.Ref: 10
1967*Joe Meek rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide.Ref: 5
1967*Winifred Kingston silent screen actress (David Garrick), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1968 Neal Cassady dies.Ref: 10
1969*Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt) actor: Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Die Monster, Die!, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Mummy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Body Snatcher, Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff, host: Thriller; narrator: How the Grinch Stole Christmas; panelist: Down You Go; dies at age 81.Ref: 17
1969*Ralph E. McGill, American journalist, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1969*Eduardo C Mondlane President of Mozambique, murdered.Ref: 5
1971*Jay C Flippen actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1972*John Litel actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1973*Edward Lockspeiser composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1975*William Coolidge, American inventor and engineer, dies at age 101.Ref: 68
1975*John Secondari newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55.Ref: 5
1975*Robert Evett composer, dies at 52.Ref: 5
1977*Pauline Starke actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1979*Jody Gilbert actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies.Ref: 5
1984*Anne Townsend lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies.Ref: 5
1984 Ravindara Mhatrem Indian diplomat, killed in England.Ref: 5
1989*John Cassavetes actor: Edge of the City, The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary’s Baby, Johnny Staccato; director: Big Trouble, Love Streams, Gloria, Opening Night, Faces, Shadows; dies at age 59.Ref: 4
1991*Nancy Kulp Harrisburg Pa, actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69.Ref: 68
1993*Karel Goeyvaerts Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1995*John Pinsent classical scholar, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1995*Turner Fodrell blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1996*Audrey Meadows, Emmy Award-winning actress: The Jackie Gleason Show [1955]; The Honeymooners, That Touch of Mink; sister of actress, Jayne Meadows, dies at age 69.Ref: 68
1996*Broderick Vernon Chinnery-Haldane Photographer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Edward Adamson art therapist/collector, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1996 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman property Developer, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1996*Tibor Reich textile designer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1996*Wild Jimmy Spruill blues guitarist, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1997*Anthony Cuthbert Baines writer/curator, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1997*Bohumil Hrabal writer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1997 William Geoffrey Biddle bomb disposal expert, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1998*Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, age 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.Ref: 70
1998*A U.S. Marine jet sliced through a ski gondola cable in Italy, sending the car plunging hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside.Ref: 70
2002*A 6.5 earthquate kills 44 in Turkey.Ref: 85

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