Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
February 20th

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1328*The coronation of Philippa, wife Edward III (of England) by Simon de Meopham at Westminster Abbey.Ref: 16
1547*King Edward VI of England was enthroned at Westminster following death of Henry VIII.Ref: 5
1613 Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch Governor-General of East-Indies.Ref: 5
1673*First recorded wine auction held (London).Ref: 5
1710 Johan Willem Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen Netherlands.Ref: 5
1725*The first known Indian scalping by white men is reported in the New Hampshire colony when 10 sleeping Indians were scalped by militiamen for £100/scalp bounty.Ref: 4
1737*French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns.Ref: 5
1746*Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness.Ref: 5
1768*First American chartered fire insurance company receives charter (Pennsylvania).Ref: 5
1790*Leopold II of Austria becomes Holy Roman Emperor upon the death of Joseph II.Ref: 17
1792*President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act. Letters delivered up to 30 miles cost 6¢ to mail. For letters up to 150 miles, postage was 12½¢.Ref: 4
1806*On March 14th, the [Richmond] Virginia Argus prints a story indicating that General Simon Kenton, Major Moore, Captain McPherson and a Mr. McIlvain attempt to enter an Indian council headed by Tecumseh and The Prophet. They are stopped by about 18 Indians who profess and unconvincing friendship.Ref: 60
1809*The Supreme Court rules the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.Ref: 5
1811*Austria declares bankruptcy.Ref: 5
1835*Concepción, Chile destroyed by earthquake.Ref: 5
1839*Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia.Ref: 5
1851*US $50 gold pieces are minted for the first time. They are made by the Moffat Assay Office in Mount Ophir, CA. (XDG, p 4A, 2/20/2001)Ref: 83
1861*Steeple of Chichester Cathedral blown down during a storm.Ref: 5
1865*M I T establishes first US collegiate architectural school.Ref: 5
1869*Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis.Ref: 5
1872*The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.Ref: 4
1873*University of California gets its first Medical School (University of California/San Francisco).Ref: 5
1877*First cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg KY.Ref: 5
1878*Following the death of Pius IX, Italian cardinal Gioacchino Vincenzo Pecci, 67, was elected Pope Leo XIII. His papacy, possibly the century's most productive, was best known for his teaching encyclicals and for establishing in 1902 the Pontifical Biblical Commission.Ref: 69
1887 Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance.Ref: 5
1890*Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire.Ref: 5
1895*Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver CO.Ref: 5
1899*Illinois Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system.Ref: 5
1901*First territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes.Ref: 5
1902*Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco.Ref: 5
1906*(Shipp) Parden files a writ of error and asks the the Tennessee Supreme Court to postpone Johnson's execution.Ref: 87
1915*President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.Ref: 2
1917*U.S. buys Dutch West Indies.Ref: 10
1919*French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt.Ref: 5
1921*Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran.Ref: 5
1929*American Samoa organized as a territory of US.Ref: 5
1931*Congress allows California to build the Oakland-Bay BridgeRef: 5
1933*(Prohibition) The House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.Ref: 70
1933 Curom, Curaçaose Broadcast System starts Princess Juliana's speech.Ref: 5
1938*Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.Ref: 2
1938*Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary in a dispute with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain over the appeasement of Germany.Ref: 70
1941*Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation.Ref: 5
1941*First transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland.Ref: 5
1941 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands.Ref: 5
1943*New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn patch (México).Ref: 5
1944*Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers.Ref: 5
1945*First stage of K-25 begins operating.Ref: 91
1946*The Supreme Court of Canada rules that part of the government's orders-in-council on deporting Japanese Canadians is invalid, but parts of the orders were made under the War Measures Act, making them legal. 
1947*Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 5
1947*Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India.Ref: 5
1948 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns.Ref: 5
1950*Dylan Thomas arrives in New York NY for his first US poetry reading tour.Ref: 5
1954*The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.Ref: 2
1954*General Zahedi wins election in Persia.Ref: 5
1963*Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.Ref: 2
1965*Turkish government of Uergüplü forms.Ref: 5
1966*Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR.Ref: 5
1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M.Ref: 5
1970*(Chicago 7) Judge Hoffman sentences the convicted defendants.Ref: 87
1971 Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.Ref: 2
1971*National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air; The mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes.Ref: 5
1971*Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself President of Uganda.Ref: 5
1972 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee.Ref: 5
1975*Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party.Ref: 5
1975*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1976*Death of Kathryn Kuhlman, 69, popular American radio and TV evangelist. A member of the American Baptist Convention, Kuhlman's preaching emphasized the healing power of the Holy Spirit.Ref: 5
1978 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus.Ref: 5
1982*Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.Ref: 2
1987*Poll released shows that of 1110 American adults asked 72% would prefer all out nuclear war to life under communist rule. Estimated error margin was 3%Ref: 62
1987*Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City.Ref: 5
1988*Nagorno-Karabakh soviet declares the region under Armenian controlRef: 89
1989*Total eclipse of the Moon.Ref: 5
1992*Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot told CNN's "Larry King Live" that he would run for president if his name was placed on the ballot in all 50 states. (XDG, p 4A, 2/20/2002)Ref: 83
1992*Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands.Ref: 5
1994*3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage.Ref: 5
1994*Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals.Ref: 5
1997*The National Transportation Safety Board called for a a speedup in the redesign of the Boeing 737 rudder controls, citing suspected problems in two deadly crashes. (XDG, p 4A, 2/20/2002)Ref: 83
1998*UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations.Ref: 5
1823*English Captain James Weddell reaches 74º 15' S, 1520 km from South Pole.Ref: 5
1872*Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley of Granville, MA patent the toothpick manufacturing machine.Ref: 4
1872*Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine for manufacturing paper bags. Patent #123,811 allowed for the bags to have two longitudinal inward folds.Ref: 4
1872*Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin.Ref: 5
1900*J.F. Pickering patents his airship.Ref: 2
1935*Karoline Mikkelson is first woman on Antarctica.Ref: 5
1937*First automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica CA.Ref: 5
1962*John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. His fligh lasts 4:55:23 and 3 orbits.Ref: 4
1965*Ranger 8 - USA Lunar Hard Lander arrives and sends back 7000 high-resolution pictures until it impacted in Mare Tranquillitatis.Ref: 40
1981*The space shuttle "Columbia" cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch as the spacecraft fired its three engines in a 20-second test.Ref: 5
1983*Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km).Ref: 5
1986*The base unit of the Soviet Mir space station was launched. Mir borrowed from the concepts of the earlier Salyut design, especially Salyut 7. Mir has been in operation for the past decade and has been visited by the U.S. Space Shuttle as part of development work on the International Space Station. 
1525 Swiss & German mercenaries desert François I's army.Ref: 5
1653 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Van Tromp by Admiral Blake off Portsmouth.Ref: 5
1732 Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna.Ref: 5
1745*Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Fort August, Scotland.Ref: 5
1815*USS Constitution defeats two British ships (Cyane and Levant) off the African coast.Ref: 17
1831 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow.Ref: 5
1846*British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore.Ref: 5
1861*Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms.Ref: 5
1864*Confederate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.Ref: 2
1906*Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.Ref: 2
1918*The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.Ref: 2
1922 Vilnius, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland.Ref: 5
1932*Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China.Ref: 5
1941*The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.Ref: 2
1942*Lieutenant Edward H O'Hare, of the carrier Lexington, single-handedly shoots down 5 of 9 Japanese heavy bombers that are attacking the Lexington, in action off Rabaul, becoming the first U.S. fighter ace of the war.Ref: 5
1942*Beginning this day, 110,000 Japanese-Americans moved from West coast to concentration camps.Ref: 10
1943*German troops of the Afrika Korps break through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.Ref: 2
1943*Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia.Ref: 5
1944*US takes Eniwetok Island.Ref: 5
1944*During World War II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."Ref: 70
1944*U.S. carrier-based and land-based planes destroy the Japanese base at Rabaul. 
1953*During the Korean War, pilot Ted Williams safely crash lands a crippled jet after completing a combat mission.Ref: 5
1968*North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.Ref: 2
1877*International Association (minor baseball league) organizes.Ref: 5
1887*First minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh).Ref: 5
1903*Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge.Ref: 5
1923*After buying the club along with two partners for $300,000, Christy Mathewson becomes the president of the Boston Braves.Ref: 1
1927*Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath.Ref: 5
1929*The Red Sox announce it will play newly allowed Sunday games at Braves Field because Fenway Park is too close to a church.Ref: 1
1930*Capelle soccer team forms.Ref: 5
1943 Phil Wrigley & B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League.Ref: 5
1949*First International Pancake Race held (Liberal KS).Ref: 5
1952*One of the game’s most popular figures, Emmett L. Ashford, became the first black umpire in organized baseball. Ashford was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.Ref: 4
1953*Pledging not to move the team from St. Louis, beer baron August A. Busch convinces the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch to purchase the Cardinals for $3.75 million dollars.Ref: 1
1953*US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling.Ref: 5
1954*Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open.Ref: 5
1955*Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open.Ref: 5
1958*Racing jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.Ref: 4
1958*Los Angeles Coliseum Committee approves 2-year pact allows Dodgers to use facility.Ref: 5
1963*Baseball great Willie (‘Say Hey’) Mays signed with the San Francisco Giants as baseball’s highest-paid player. He earned $100,000 a year.Ref: 4
1971*Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season.Ref: 5
1972*First time Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks (111-109).Ref: 5
1972 Ard Schenk becomes world champion skater.Ref: 5
1973*Bob Seagren won The Superstars competition held in Rotonda, FL. The track and field star got $39,700 in prize money for winning four of seven scheduled events.Ref: 4
1973*10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins.Ref: 5
1974*Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1 million from Houston Aeros, WHA.Ref: 5
1976*Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in the 5th round in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico to retain the heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1977*Judy Rankin wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1978 Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in New York, to become WWF wrestling champion.Ref: 5
1978*Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1980*The era of 'Billy Ball' begins in Oakland as Billy Martin is hired as manager of the A's for $125,000.Ref: 1
1981*James Sanford equals 50 meter indoor world record (5.61 seconds).Ref: 5
1982*New York Islanders win record 15th straight NHL game.Ref: 5
1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champion cross-country cycling.Ref: 5
1984*Pedro Guerrero becomes the highest paid Dodger when he signs a five-year, seven million dollar contract to play in Los Angeles.Ref: 1
1985*After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket.Ref: 5
1986*Los Angeles Dodger’s pitching ace Orel Hershiser became the first player to receive a one million dollar salary by arbitration. He was a 19-game winner in 1985 at the age of 27. By 1996, Hershiser was pitching for the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 4
1986*Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany NY.Ref: 5
1988*Figure skater Brian Boitano wins a gold medal in the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. (XDG, p 4A, 2/20/2001)Ref: 83
1988*Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0.Ref: 5
1988 André Hoffmann skates world record 1500 meter (1:52.06).Ref: 5
1988*Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50 meter (6.58 seconds).Ref: 5
1988*Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000 meter (2:16.2).Ref: 5
1988*Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 meters).Ref: 5
1989*Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of the deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players.Ref: 5
1989*Pete Rose, the Cincinnati Reds' manager, is summoned to the commissioner's office to answer questions. One month later, baseball announces it is investigating "serious allegations against Rose". (XDG, p 12, 1/06/2004)Ref: 83
1993*Florida Marlins open their first spring training camp.Ref: 5
1993*Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open.Ref: 5
1993*New York Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31.Ref: 5
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55).Ref: 5
1997*San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9 million 2 year contract.Ref: 5
1998*American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.Ref: 70
1999*The Toronto Blue Jays trade RHP Roger Clemens to the New York Yankees in exchange for LHP David Wells, 2B Homer Bush and LHP Graeme Lloyd.Ref: 86
1999*Boxer Mike Tyson was put in an isolation cell after a disturbance Saturday night at the Montgomery County Detention Center. Several TV stations in Washington reported that Tyson became upset, either in his cell or a break room, and threw a television set. The set narrowly missed jail guards, and there were no injuries. It was later reported that Tyson was taken off anti-depressants two days previous to this incident.Ref: 98
2000*Defending Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett won his third Daytona 500 in eight years, passing surprise contender Johnny Benson for the lead four laps from the end. Jarrett’s $1,277,975 share of the purse, coupled with a million-dollar bonus from series sponsor Winston, gave him the largest single-day payoff in the history of the sport.Ref: 4
1816*Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome.Ref: 5
1877*Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was openedRef: 62
1892 "Lady Windemere's Fan" first performed.Ref: 10
1917*Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1921 Rudolph Valentino starred in the motion picture, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which was released this day.Ref: 4
1922*WOR-AM in New York City NY begins radio transmissions.Ref: 5
1922*Marc Connelly & George Kaufman's "To the Ladies" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1933*Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1934*Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in New York NY.Ref: 5
1940*Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded Limehouse Blues on Victor Records.Ref: 4
1952*A true American classic, The African Queen, opens at the Capitol Theatre in New York City. The film starred Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, under the direction of John Huston.Ref: 4
1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus OH (PBS) begins broadcasting.Ref: 5
1959*The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.Ref: 2
1965*Beatles record "That Means a Lot".Ref: 5
1968*John Cleese (Monty Python) marries Connie Booth.Ref: 5
1974*After a decade of marriage, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. Not long afterwards, she filed for divorce and the accompanying alimony. This time she sang, I Got You Babe, for real ... before becoming a successful solo singer and movie actress in films such as Moonstruck (Best Actress Oscar in 1987).Ref: 4
1977*"My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances.Ref: 5
1978*4th People's Choice Awards Star Wars, Carol Burnett & Bob Hope.Ref: 5
1979*"Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances.Ref: 5
1980*Actress Susan Dey of "LA Law" weds producer Bernard Sofronski.Ref: 5
1982*Singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Geraldo in Hawaii.Ref: 4
1987*After 11 years on the job, David Hartman exited ABC’s Good Morning America. He introduced new co-host, Charles Gibson who, with Joan Lunden, would co-host the morning television program into 1998.Ref: 4
1988*Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million.Ref: 5
1991*"Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 78 performances.Ref: 5
1991*33rd Grammy Awards Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey.Ref: 5
1992*"Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances.Ref: 5
1997*"Stanley" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC.Ref: 5
1998 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days).Ref: 5
1494*Johan Friis chancellor (Denmark, helped establish Lutheranism), is born.Ref: 5
1500 Emperor Charles V is born.Ref: 10
1507*Gentile Bellini Italian artist (Sultan Mohammed II), is born.Ref: 5
1523*Jan Blahoslav Czechoslovakian humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers), is born.Ref: 5
1632*Thomas Osborne Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories), is born.Ref: 5
1633*Jan de Baen portrait painter/etcher, is born.Ref: 5
1656*Johannes Schenck German/Netherlands composer, baptised, is born.Ref: 5
1683*Philip V, King of Spain.Ref: 2
1726*William Prescott, American Revolutionary War credited with saying “Don’t fire until you see the white’s of their eyes.”, is born.Ref: 4
1734*Franz Ignaz Beck composer, is born.Ref: 5
1745*Johann Peter Salomon composer, is born.Ref: 5
1751*Johann Heinrich Voß writer, poet, translator, is born.Ref: 5
1752*Charles Broche composer, is born.Ref: 5
1763*-Adalbert Gyrowetz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1770*Ferdinando Carulli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1784*Adam Black Edinburgh Scotland, politician/publisher, is born.Ref: 5
1791*Carl Czerny Vienna Austria, pianist/composer (Schule der Virtuosen), is born.Ref: 5
1796 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt Dutch military/liberal politician, is born.Ref: 5
1802*Charles-Auguste de Beriot Belgian violinist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1803*Friedrich Theodor Frohlich composer, is born.Ref: 5
1805 Angelina Grimke reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer, is born.Ref: 5
1808*Honore Daumier, French caricaturist, is born in Marseilles France.Ref: 2
1809 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist Governor-General of Netherlands-Indies, is born.Ref: 5
1809*Henry Walton Wessells Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1889, is born.Ref: 5
1816*Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1820*John "Red" Kelly, father of Australian bushranger and folk hero Edward "Ned" Kelly, is born in Killenaule Tip. Ireland. Ref 
1820*Mahlon Dickerson Manson Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1895, is born.Ref: 5
1827*Edward Stuyvesant Bragg Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912, is born.Ref: 5
1829*Joseph Jefferson actor: Rip Van Winkle; dies.Ref: 4
1834 George Du Maurier, is born.Ref: 10
1835*Allessandro d'Ancona Italian philologist, is born.Ref: 5
1838*Ludwig Boltzmann, atomic physics engineer, is born.Ref: 2
1838*James Barbour Terrill Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864, is born.Ref: 5
1844*Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics), is born.Ref: 5
1844*Mihály von Munkácsy [Michael von Lieb], Hungarian painter, is born.Ref: 5
1852*Nikolai Garin [Michailovski] Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov), is born.Ref: 5
1854*Louis F M van Westerhoven actor/singer/opera director (Youth), is born.Ref: 5
1861 Nicolaas van Meeteren Curaçao, folklorist, is born.Ref: 5
1863 Lucien Pissarro, is born.Ref: 10
1870*Pieter Cornelis Boutens Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen), is born.Ref: 5
1874*Mary Garden Aberdeen Scotland, opera star, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Fyodor Akimenko composer, is born.Ref: 5
1881*Pedro Muñoz Seca Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Shiga Naoya Japan, novelist (Road Through the Dark Night), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Béla Kun Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Hesketh Pearson England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel), is born.Ref: 5
1887*David McKinley Williams composer, is born.Ref: 5
1888*Dame Marie Rambert Warsaw, English ballet producer/director/teacher, is born.Ref: 5
1888*Georges Bernanos, French novelist and polemical writer, is born.Ref: 70
1889*Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky composer, is born.Ref: 5
1893*Russel Crouse journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Curt Richter, biologist, is born.Ref: 2
1895*Freida Geiken autobiographer (National Historic Taping), is born.Ref: 5
1896*Henri de Lubac French theologist/anti-fascist, is born.Ref: 5
1897*Ivan Albright Illinois, painter (The Door, The Window), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Jimmy Yancey, American blues pianist, is born.Ref: 2
1899*(Long Island) Cornelius Vanderbilt, Whitney Long Island NY, railroad tycoon, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Leon Woizikowski Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)Ref: 5
1900*Graham Spry St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer, is born.Ref: 5
1900*Antonio Veretti composer, is born.Ref: 5
1901*Louis I Kahn Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Ali Muhammad Naguib Khartoum, President of Egypt (1952-54), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Cecil H King Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Henry Eyring Mexican/US chemist, is born.Ref: 5
1901*René Jules Dubos France, US microbiologist/environmentalist/author (Health & Disease), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1966 ASMP Award), is born.Ref: 15
1903*Ella Maillart explorer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Karel Janacek composer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Pierre Charles Belgian heavyweight boxer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Armin Loos composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Bramwell Fletcher Yorkshire England, actor (White Cargo, Mummy), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Aleksey Nikolayevich Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1964-1980), is born.Ref: 2
1905*Jascha Golowanjuk Swedish writer (Acrobat), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Malcolm Atterbury Philadelphia PA, actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Nadine Conner California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Owain Jenkins company director, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi test pilot (BI-1), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Rosalind Laura Burke aviatrix, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Carl E. Stotz, the founder of Little League, is born in Williamsport, PennsylvaniaRef: 4
1910*Julian Trevelyan English Surrealist painter/collage maker, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Millicent Fenwick (Representative-R-NJ 1975-82), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Robert Guyn McBride Tucson AZ, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Jozef Kresanek composer, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Mary Durack poet, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Nadine Conner US, opera singer (Carmen, La Bohéme), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Rex Tucker TV writer/director, is born.Ref: 5
1914*John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Marion Kettlewell British director (WRNS), is born.Ref: 5
1914 Willem J H Baart Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Chick (Melvin) Harbert golfer: PGA Champion [1954]Ref: 4
1915*Philip Friend Horsham England, actor (Vulture, Fur Collar), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Paul Tripp New York NY, TV host (Mr I Magination), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Julius Juzeliunas composer, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Frederick Page CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Armin Schibler Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Liesbeth Tonckens [Wilhelmina], actress/lecturer (Free People), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Joseph Albert Walker Washington DC, test pilot (X-15), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Nurv Shiner singer, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Ruth Gipps British conductor/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1923*Forbes Burnham premier Guyana (1964-85), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Gloria Vanderbilt fashion designer; subject of famous Vanderbilt child-custody case, is born.Ref: 4
1924*Bobby Unser race car driver: Indpls 500 winner [1968, 1975, 1981], is born.Ref: 17
1924*Sidney Poitier Miami FL, actor (Porgy & Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner), is born in Miami FL.Ref: 17
1925*Alex La Guma Cape Town South Africa, novelist (A Walk in the Night), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Pramudya Ananta Tur Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Robert Altman Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, MASH), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Cameron Rusby British Vice-Admiral, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Kenneth H Olsen US, engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Robert (Bob) Eugene Richards 'Vaulting Vicar': Olympic pole-vaulter: only man to win 2 golds [1952, 1956] and a total of 3 medals [bronze, 1948] in this event, is born in Illinois.Ref: 4
1927*Roy Cohn lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Senator Joseph McCarthy), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Donald Longmore British cardiac surgeon, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Roy (Elroy Leon) Face baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1959-1961/World Series: 1960], Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Toshiro Mayuzumi Yokohama Japan, composer (Sphenogramme), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Amanda Blake (Beverly Louise Neill) actress: Gunsmoke: Miss Kitty; Betrayal, The Glass Slipper, Sabre Jet, Stars in My Crown; is born in Buffalo NY.Ref: 4
1930*Bill Walker British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Patricia Smith New Haven CT, actress (Bob Newhart Show, Into Thin Air), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Hannes Postma Dutch graphic artist, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Bobby Unser, race car driver: Indpls 500 winner [1968, 1975, 1981], is born.Ref: 4
1936*Larry Hovis Wapito WA, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Marj Dusay [Mahoney] Russell KS, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick, Alex-Guiding Light, Myrna-Capitol), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Roy Beggs British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1937*David Ackles Illinois, singer/songwriter (American Gothic), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Nancy Wilson Chillicothe OH, jazz singer (Feel Like Making Love), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Robert Huber München, Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Roger Penske, race car driver, team owner: CART; speedway owner, operator of Cleveland Grand Prix for Indy cars, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Richard Beymer actor: The Diary of Anne Frank, West Side Story, Twin Peaks, The Longest Day, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Jack Bicknell WLAF head coach (Barcelona Dragons), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Mona Mitchell Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Roy George Elroy Josephs jazz dance teacher, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Christoph Eschenbach Breslau Germany, pianist/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Barbara Laine Ellis Olympia WA, singer (Fleetwoods), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Jimmy Greaves British broadcaster/soccer player, is born.Ref: 5
1940*RA Weiss director (Institute of Cancer Research), is born.Ref: 5
1940*V Payne British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Buffy (Beverly) Sainte-Marie singer: I’m Gonna Be a Country Girl Again, Mister Can’t You See, Up Where We Belong, He’s an Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo; songwriter: Universal Soldier, Until It’s Time for You to Go; Married to Jack Nitzsche, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Clyde Wright baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1970], Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Phil Esposito hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins [NHL MVP: 1969, 1974], NY Rangers, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Charlie Gillett Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Claude Miller director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), is born.Ref: 5
1942*David O'Dowd Chief Constable (Northamptonshire), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Mitch McConnell (Senator-R-KY, 1985- ), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Antonio Inoki [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Mike Leigh dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Lew Soloff Brooklyn NY, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Roger Knapman British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Willem van Hanegem Dutch soccer champion/coach (Feyenoord), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Alan Hull singer/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Andrew Bergman director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Henry Polic II Pittsburgh PA, actor (When Things Were Rotten, Webster), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Sandy Duncan, Henderson TX, actress (Hogan Family, Pinocchio, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Brenda Blethyn actress (Secrets & Lies), is born.Ref: 5
1946*J[erome] Geils New York NY, rock guitarist/vocalist (J Geils Band-Freeze-Frame, Centerfold), is born.Ref: 5
1946 Mieke H A Boers-Wijnberg Dutch MP (CDA), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Peter Strauss Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Secret of NIMH, Space Hunter), is born.Ref: 5
1947*André van Duin [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Pierre Bouchard hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, is born.Ref: 4
1948*A C Fabian astronomer, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Barry Wordsworth conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Billy Zoom musician, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Gerda Boykin LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1948*John Browne group chief executive, British Petroleum Company, is born.Ref: 5
1949*Jennifer O'Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of '42), is born.Ref: 68
1949*(Trump) Ivana Trump Gottwaldov Czechoslovakia, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), is born.Ref: 68
1950*John Voldstad Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Walter Becker New York NY, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Edward Albert Los Angeles CA, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Bonnie Lauer LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Gordon Brown British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Kathy Baillie Morristown NJ, country vocalist (Baillie and the Boys-Oh Heart), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Phil Neal English soccer player, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Randy California [Wolfe], Los Angeles CA, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You), is born.Ref: 5
1952 Catherine Cummins Clintwood VA, first of 5 siblings born on 2/20, is born.Ref: 5
1953 Carol Cummins Clintwood VA, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Riccardo Chailly Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symphony Orchestra), is born.Ref: 5
1954*(Patty Hearst) Heiress, kidnap victim, bank robber, actress and homemaker Patty Hearst (Shaw) is born in San Francisco.Ref: 4
1954*Anthony Stewart Head actor (Buffy Vampire Slayer), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Jon Brant rock bassist (Cheap Trick), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev Russian colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25), is born.Ref: 5
1956 Charles Cummins Clintwood VA, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20, is born.Ref: 5
1958*Carol Ficatier Auscene France, playmate (December, 1985), is born.Ref: 5
1958*James Wilby, actor: Howard’s End, A Tale of Two Cities Conspiracy, A Summer Story, A Handful of Dust, Maurice, Dreamchild, is born in Burma.Ref: 4
1959*Bill Gullickson US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Joel Rifkind New York serial killer, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Scott Evans Brayton racing car driver, is born.Ref: 5
1960*Mark Reilly [Matt Bianco], rocker (Indio-Big Harvest), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Kee Marcello rocker (Europe-Final Countdown), is born.Ref: 5
1961 Claudia Cummins Clintwood VA, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Imogen Stubbs Rothbury England, actress (Summer Story), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Steve Lundquist US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1984), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Adam Schreiber NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Joel Ellis rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1962*Ria Coyne Scranton PA, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Charles Barkley, Leads AL, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Olympics-gold-96, All Star 1987-90), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Ian Brown English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone), is born.Ref: 5
1963*William Baldwin New York, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Christian Ruuttu Lappeenranta Finland, hockey forward (Team Finland), is born.Ref: 5
1964*French Stewart New Mexico, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Jeffrey Allan Maggert Columbia MO, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Terry Ilous rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Federica Moro Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982), is born.Ref: 5
1966 Cecilia Cummins Clintwood VA, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Cindy Crawford Dekalb IL, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Britt Hager NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100 meter/200 meter (Olympics-silver-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Derek Lilliquist US baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Rebekka Lynn Armstrong Bakersfield CA, playmate (September 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Andrew Shue South Orange NJ, actor (Billy-Melrose Place), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Broderick Thomas NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Chris Singleton NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Kurt Cobain rock vocalist (Nirvana)/husband of Courtney Love, is born.Ref: 5
1967*Kurt Knudsen US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Lili Taylor actress (Ransom, Short Cuts), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Theresa Luke Vancouver British Columbia, rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Tom Waddle NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Lorraine Olivia Geneva IL, playmate (November 1990), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Bennie Goods CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), is born.Ref: 5
1969*[Touchdown] Tommy Vardell NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Bryan Robinson defensive end (St Louis Rams), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Cheyenne Brando Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon, is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jeff Robinson NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Leo Stefan Chelyabinsk Russia, hockey forward (Team Germany), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Jari Litmanen soccer player (Ajax), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Shalanda Burt US murderess, is born.Ref: 5
1972*Corinna Harney Bremerhaven Germany, playmate (August 1991), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Tom Gough 200½ lbs (91 kg) US weightlifter (Olympics-14th-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Vladimir Iiic WLAF defensive end (Barcelona Dragons, Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Katerina Kroupova Olomouc Czechoslovakia, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-Bulgaria), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Brendan Witt Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Ismael Kirui Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner, is born.Ref: 5
1975*Brian (Thomas) Littrell singer: group: Backstreet Boys: LPs: Backstreet Boys, Star Profile, Millennium, is born.Ref: 4
1976*Dave Scatchard Hinton Alberta Canada, NHL center (New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Sarah Ryan Adelaide Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Stephon Marbury NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Veronica Ledesma Miss Argentina-Universe (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Andrea Moody Abbotsford British Columbia, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics-96)Ref: 5
1054*Yaroslav I the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies.Ref: 5
1194*Tancredo of Lecce King of Sicily, dies.Ref: 5
1408*Henry Percy Northumberland, English statesman, dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1431*Martinus V [Oddo Colonna], Italian Pope, dies.Ref: 5
1437*King James I of Scotland murdered by Sir Robert Graham at Perth.Ref: 17
1513*Pope Julius II dies. He will lay in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.Ref: 2
1569 Mark van Vaernewijck Flemish nobleman/politician, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1595*Ernst archduke of Austria, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1626*John Dowland composer, dies.Ref: 5
1628*Gregor Aichinger German composer/organist, dies at about 63.Ref: 5
1656*James Ussher Irish bible scholar/Anglican archbishop, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1667*David ben Samuel Halevi rabbi/author (Shulchan Aruch), dies.Ref: 5
1677*Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza philosopher, writer: A Treatise on Religious and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Political Treatise, Hebrew Grammar; dies.Ref: 4
1707*Aurangzeb Mogul emperor of India (1658-1707), dies.Ref: 5
1731*Frederich Karl Erbach composer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1737*Elizabeth Rowe poet, dies.Ref: 5
1746*Guillaume Coustou Sr French sculptor (Mary Leszczynska), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1773*Charles Emanuel I King of Sardinia/Duke of Savoy (CE III), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1786*Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht composer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1788 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1790*Holy Roman Emperor Joseph the Second dies at age 48.Ref: 68
1809*Johann Joseph Emmert composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1810*Andreas Hofer military leader (fought Napoleon's France), executed at 42.Ref: 5
1810*Johann Friedrich Kranz composer, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1817*Martin de Ron composer, dies at 27.Ref: 5
1845*Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov composer, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1847*Donner Party: Catherine Pike dies.Ref: 28
1848*[Willem] Alexander prince of Netherlands/General-Major, dies at 29.Ref: 5
1851*Josef Alois Ladurner composer, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1855 Joseph Hume social reformer, dies.Ref: 5
1856*John Rutledge, Liverpool-New York steamer, hits iceberg; many die.Ref: 5
1860*Henry Drummond English banker/religious leader, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1862*William Wallace "Willie" Lincoln, third child of Mary and Abraham Lincoln, dies in the White House, possibly from drinking foul water. (Ref) 
1892*Hermann Kopp German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1893*P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general, dies at age 74.Ref: 70
1895*Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies in Washington DC at age 78.Ref: 68
1904*Gustav Adolf Heinze composer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1907*[Ferdinand-Frederic-]Henri Moissan chemist (Nobel 1906), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1910*Boetros Ghali Egyptian premier, murdered.Ref: 5
1911*Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov composer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1911*Peter Nicolai von Wilm composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1916*Klas Pontus Arnoldson Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1917*Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die.Ref: 5
1920*Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1920*63 Robert Peary 5/6/1856 2/20/1920 American arctic explorer; led the first expedition to the North PoleRef: 70
1936*John Hope president of Atlanta University, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1942*Guido Gasperini composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1946*Hugh Allen musician, dies.Ref: 5
1951*Howard Brockway composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1958*Thurston Hall actor (Mr Schuyler-Topper), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1959*Ray McDonald dancer, dies of barbiturate overdose at 38.Ref: 5
1960*Death of Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, 80, a British archaeologist who spent more than 40 years in the field. Woolley is remembered for having excavated Ur of the Chaldees, and for discovering the ancient Sumerian civilization.Ref: 5
1961*Otto E Huiswoud [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67.Ref: 5
1961*Percy Aldridge Grainger Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1962*Halliwell Hobbes dies at 64.Ref: 5
1966*Admiral Chester Nimitz US Admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WWII), dies at age 80Ref: 5
1969*Ernest Ansermet Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1969*Jack Ingram actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66.Ref: 5
1970*Albert Louis Wolff composer, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1972*Maria Goeppert Mayer Nobel Prize-winning physicist [w/J. Hans Jensen & Eugene Wigner 1963]: nuclear shell theory; first American woman to win Nobel Prize; dies.Ref: 4
1972*Herbert Menges composer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1972*Walter Winchell vaudeville performer, journalist, gossip columnist: New York Mirror, radio commentator: “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea.”; dies at age 74.Ref: 4
1973*Brigitte Reimann writer, dies at 39.Ref: 5
1973*Joseph Szigeti Hungarian/US violinist, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1973*Maurice Dallimore actor (Collector), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1974*David Monrad Johansen composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1975*Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1975*Robert Strauss actor (Sergeant Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1975*Lillian Fontaine actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1976*Kathryn Kuhlman religious leader/faith healer, dies.Ref: 5
1978*Vitorino Nemésio Portuguese author (Presença), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1980*Alice Roosevelt Longworth, American politically influential daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, dies at age 96.Ref: 5
1982*Rene Dubos, French-bn. American microbiologist, environmentalist and author, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1983*James G Richardson (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident.Ref: 5
1983*Ray Vitte actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33.Ref: 5
1984*Fikret Dzhamil Amirov composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1985*Clarence Nash voice of Donald Duck, dies at 80 of leukemia, in California.Ref: 5
1986*Francisco Paolo Mignone composer, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1986 Jacobus G Rietkerk Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58.Ref: 5
1987*Ivan Brkanovic composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1988*500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.Ref: 5
1992*Actor from Bewitched, Dick (Richard Allen) York, dies of emphysema at 63.Ref: 5
1992*Andrew Schenck conductor, dies of melanoma at 51.Ref: 5
1992*Joan Dixon actress (Hot Lead, Bunco Squad, Gunplay), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1992*Eugene R Black, American financier; president of the World Bank (1949-62), dies at age 93.Ref: 70
1993*Ferruccio Lamborghini Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1994*Derek Jarman English director (Last of England), dies at 52.Ref: 5
1994*Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49.Ref: 5
1995 John Humphreys Whitfield Italianist, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1995*Shlomo Averbach Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem, 250,000 attend.Ref: 5
1995*Robert Bolt playwright (Man for All Seasons, Dr Zhivago), dies.Ref: 70
1996*Jeffrey Kindersley Quill Test pilot, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Michael Herford Wooller TV/film producer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1996*Toru Takemitsu composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1996*Walter Charles Marshall scientist, dies at 63Ref: 5
1997*Leo Rosten, writer, dies in New York City at age 88. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1999*Gene (Eugene Kal) Siskel movie critic; half of Siskel and (Roger) Ebert team: Siskel & Ebert & the Movies; dies at age 53.Ref: 4
2001*Rosemary DeCamp actress: Rhapsody in Blue, On Moonlight Bay, The Bob Cummings Show, That Girl, The Life of Riley; died Feb 20, 2001Ref: 4
2003*Fire broke out during a rock concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.Ref: 70

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