Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
February 24th

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303*The first official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians was issued by Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus.Ref: 5
1208*St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in the Italian village of Portiuncula. He founded the Franciscans the following year, and is regarded by some Catholics as the greatest of all Christian saints.Ref: 5
1296*Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos.Ref: 5
1421*Katherine, wife of Henry V is crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey by Henry Chichele.Ref: 16
1496*England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders.Ref: 5
1510*Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice.Ref: 5
1527*Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia.Ref: 5
1528 János Zápolyai, Hungarian king, recognizes Sultan Suleiman's suzerainty.Ref: 5
1530*First imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V.Ref: 5
1541 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia.Ref: 5
1552*Privileges of the Hanseatic League in England are abrogated.Ref: 5
1581*Pope Gregory approves the results of his calendar reform commission.Ref: 5
1582*Pope Gregory XIII issues a Papal Bull in which he outlines the calendar reforms that will be known as the Gregorian Calendar.Ref: 5
1597*Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main.Ref: 5
1613*English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts.Ref: 5
1708 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen.Ref: 5
1786*Charles Cornwallis appointed Governor-General of India.Ref: 5
1803*Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of Marbury vs. Madison, gives the Supreme Court its greatest power.Ref: 2
1821*Mexico declared its independence from Spain.Ref: 70
1835*"Siwinowe Kesibwi" (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the United States.Ref: 4
1848*King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared.Ref: 5
1855*President Franklin Pierce signs a law creating a court (US Court of Claims) for the investigation of claims against the United States. (XDG, p 4A, 2/24/2001)Ref: 83
1857*The first shipment of perforated postage stamps is received by the U.S. Government. Only imperforated ones had been used previously. When stamp sheets were issued years later for the first time, someone thought it a good idea to return to the non-perforated style so that folks had to cut the stamps off the page. That idea didn’t last long. Customer complaints brought the perforated stamps to the sheets of stamps as well.Ref: 4
1857*Los Angeles Vineyard Society organized.Ref: 5
1859*Dan Sickles is tipped off by an anonymous letter that his wife Teresa is having an affair with Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key. (Ref: "Great American Trials", ISBN 0-8103-9134-1, 1994) 
1859*Chicago & Plainfield Railroad is chartered (first predecessor of Santa Fe's Chicago line). 
1863*Arizona is organized as a territory.Ref: 5
1866*The Capitol in Washington, DC displayed an American flag made entirely of American bunting -- another first.Ref: 4
1868 The first parade to feature floats celebrated Mardi Gras in Mobile Alabama.Ref: 4
1868*Accusing Johnson of violating the tenure of Office Act (prohibiting the President from dismissing any officer confirmed by the Senate without Senate approval), the House approves an impeachment resolution by a vote of 126-47.Ref: 87
1881 De Lesseps' Company begins work on Panama Canal.Ref: 5
1888*Louisville KY becomes 1st government in US to adopt the Australian ballot.Ref: 5
1903*The United States signs an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.Ref: 5
1905 Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed.Ref: 5
1908*Japan officially agrees to restrict emigration to the U.S.Ref: 2
1909*The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded by Joseph Hudson in Detroit, Michigan, incorporates.Ref: 3
1912*Women and children were beaten by police during a textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.Ref: 59
1912*The Jewish organization Hadassah is founded in New York City.Ref: 2
1918*Estonia declares independence from Russia.Ref: 5
1920*A fledgling German political party held its first meeting of importance in Munich; it became known as the Nazi Party, and its chief spokesman was Adolf Hitler.Ref: 70
1920*Peace treaty gives Estonia independence.Ref: 5
1920 NSDAP begins at Hofbräuhaus Münich.Ref: 5
1921*Herbert Hoover becomes Secretary of Commerce.Ref: 2
1921*First transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida.Ref: 5
1923*Mass arrests in US of Mafia.Ref: 5
1923*Flying Scotsman enters service first train to reach 100mph under steam traction.Ref: 5
1924 Greek parliament proclaims republic.Ref: 5
1924 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail.Ref: 5
1925*A thermite reaction was used for the first time to break up an ice jam. The 250,000-ton jam had clogged the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, NY.Ref: 4
1933*Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin.Ref: 5
1937*First US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington DC.Ref: 5
1944*Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war.Ref: 5
1946*Juan Domingo Peron, who led a military coup in 1943, is elected president of Argentina by a wide electoral majority.Ref: 2
1947*Franz von Papen is sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes.Ref: 2
1950*Labour wins British parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1955*Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed.Ref: 5
1959*Khrushchev rejects the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.Ref: 2
1960*Italian government of Segni falls.Ref: 5
1962*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1965*(Mississippi Burning) Judge William Cox dismisses the indictments (except as against Price and Sheriff Rainey) on grounds that the conspirators were not "acting under color of state law."Ref: 87
1965 East German President Ulbricht visits Egypt.Ref: 5
1966*Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.Ref: 5
1966*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1971 Algeria nationalizes French oil companies.Ref: 5
1974*Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh.Ref: 5
1976 Cuba adopts its constitution.Ref: 5
1976*Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU.Ref: 5
1977*President Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights.Ref: 5
1979*Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford TX.Ref: 5
1981*Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.Ref: 5
1981*A jury in White Plains, NY, found Jean Harris guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower.Ref: 5
1983*USSR performs underground nuclear test.Ref: 5
1983*A congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a "grave injustice."Ref: 70
1983*The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1100 mark for the first time. The stock market moved 24.87 points on this day to close at 1121.81. The 1100 plateau had been reached in 1972, but a rally was not able to keep the benchmark high at that point at the end of the trading day.Ref: 4
1985*Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal.Ref: 5
1986*Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 millionRef: 5
1987*Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack.Ref: 5
1988*The U.S. Supreme Court votes eight to zero to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine. The Court ruled that although in poor taste, Hustler's parody fell within the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech and the press.Ref: 2
1988 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF.Ref: 5
1989 Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is so irritated by Salman Rushdie’s novel, "The Satanic Verses", that he sentenced the author to death and slapped a one to three-million-dollar bounty (depending upon who got him) on his head.Ref: 4
1989*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1994*Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders labels smoking an "adolescent addiction" and accuses the tobacco industry of trying to convince teenagers that cigarettes will make them sexy and successful. (XDG, p 4A, 2/24/2004)Ref: 83
1995*Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74.Ref: 5
1997*South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp.Ref: 5
1997*The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.Ref: 70
2000*Police in Newark NJ charge 11-year old Raquyda Nichole Harris with assault for using a pair of scissors to cut off a lock of another girls hair, based upon a complaint by the victim's mother. Harris is arrested for the incident which occurred two days earlier in gym class, is handcuffed for two hours until she was released by her mother. Lt Gary Vickers, Sgt Noemio Oliveria and Sgt Amilkar Velez were suspended the next day. Harris was suspended from school for five days. (The Columbus Dispatch, 02/27/2000, p 17A) 
2000*(Shipp) Hamilton County Criminal Judge Doug Meyer overturns Ed Johnson's conviction and death sentence. Leroy Phillips, co-author of a 1999 book about the Shipp case (Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism), filed the petition on behalf of Johnson to have his 94-year-old conviction overturned.Ref: 87
2001*A 7.1 earthquake hits the Northern Molucca Sea.Ref: 85
1839*William S. Otis of Philadelphia, PA patents the steam shovel.Ref: 4
1886*Thomas Edison and Mina Miller wed. Edison proposed by tapping a message on her hand in Morse code. (XDG, p 4A, 2/24/2001)Ref: 83
1938*The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in Arlington, NJ. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially. Two years later, nylon hosiery was introduced.Ref: 4
1949*At White Sands, New Mexico a captured German V-2 rocket was launched. Its warhead did not contain the usual package of instruments and cameras, but a smaller U.S. Army rocket known as the Wac Corporal. As the V-2 reached the end of its fuel supply, it dropped away. The Wac Corporal ignited and pushed up to a record height of 250 miles.Ref: 5
1961*Paleontologist Louis Leakey finds the bones of an eleven-year-old hominid child, believed to be a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens in the Oldavi Gorge in what is now Tanzania.Ref: 2
1961*Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit.Ref: 5
1968*The first pulsar is discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge).Ref: 5
1969*Mariner 6 is launched for Mars fly-by.Ref: 5
1986*Voyager 2, 1st Uranus fly-by.Ref: 5
1989*150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found.Ref: 5
1389 Battle at Falköping Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden.Ref: 5
1525 In the first of the Franco-Hapsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captures the French king Francis I at the Battle of Pavia, Italy.Ref: 2
1538 King Ferdinand of Austria & King János Zápolyai of Hungary sign Peace of Grosswardein.Ref: 5
1779*Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton of Detroit surrenders Fort Sackville at Vincennes to George Rogers Clark. Instead of going into winter quarters, the Americans had marched 180 miles from Kaskaskia. Virginia controlled the Illinois country for the remainder of the war.Ref: 5
1793*French troops conquer Breda.Ref: 5
1813*Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sinks the British sloop Peacock.Ref: 2
1836*Some 3,000 Mexicans launch an assault on the Alamo, with its 182 Texan defenders.Ref: 2
1863*Bedford Forrest's raid on Brentwood TN.Ref: 5
1864*Battle of Tunnel Hill GA (Buzzard's Roost).Ref: 5
1891*French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Diéna West Sudan.Ref: 5
1894 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of).Ref: 5
1895 The Cuban War of Independence begins.Ref: 2
1902*Battle at Yzer Spruit Boer General De la Rey beats British.Ref: 5
1912 Italy bombs Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.Ref: 2
1916*Acting Secretary of War Hugh L. Scott asks United States War College Division if any plans exist in the event "of a complete rupture" with Germany. 
1917*Great Britain releases the Zimmermann Note to US President Wilson.Ref: 2
1917*Russian revolution breaks out.Ref: 5
1919*President Wilson arrives at Boston aboard George Washington. 
1933*League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria.Ref: 5
1941*43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague.Ref: 5
1941*Anti Nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1942*The Voice of America (VOA) signs on for the first time. The worldwide, shortwave radio service, a department of the U.S. Government, continues to beam a variety of programming around the globe under the auspices of the United States Information Agency (USIA).Ref: 4
1942*The U.S. Government shut down deliveries of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use. The Feds needed to make more weapons available for war production. 
1942*All of northern California was declared a "strategic area" and Axis aliens were subject to a 9 p.m. curfew. In addition, enemy aliens must evacuate areas around Army posts, airfields and vital utilities. Lt. Gen. DeWitt will lay out many additional areas from which aliens, and some citizens, will be removed. The first 250 enemy aliens, mostly Japanese, left San Francisco for a camp at Bismarck, North Dakota.Ref: 37
1942*The US carrier Enterprise attacks the Japanese on Wake Island. 
1942*In Canada, an order-in-council, under the War Measures Act, authorizes the relocation of Japanese Canadians to internment camps. 
1943*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) Major General Omar Bradley flies to Algiers.Ref: 5
1944*Merrill's Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, begin their ground campaign against Japan in northern Burma.Ref: 2
1945*American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War Two.Ref: 4
1945*U.S. forces liberate prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the Philippines.Ref: 2
1945*Egypt & Syria declares war on Nazi-Germany.Ref: 5
1948 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia.Ref: 5
1949 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement.Ref: 5
1952*The French evacuate Hoa Binh in Vietnam in order to mass for the Tonkin Delta drive.Ref: 2
1962 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea.Ref: 5
1968*North Vietnamese troops recapture the imperial palace in Hue, South Vietnam.Ref: 2
1972*Hanoi negotiators walks out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.Ref: 2
1979 War between North & South Yemen begins.Ref: 5
1984*Iraq resumes air attack on Iran.Ref: 5
1991*General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sends in ground forces to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis.Ref: 2
1917*Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000.Ref: 5
1924 Swimmer Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller breaks the world’s record in the 100-meter event at Miami Beach, FL. He clocked in with a time of 57 2/5 seconds.Ref: 4
1932*Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona.Ref: 5
1943*The Texas League announces it will cease operations for the duration of the war.Ref: 1
1948*The White Sox trade Ed Lopat to the Yankees for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight and Fred Bradley.Ref: 1
1951 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of Germany.Ref: 5
1951 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of Great Britain.Ref: 5
1951 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA.Ref: 5
1952*Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead win LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament.Ref: 5
1960*US beats Germany in Olympics hockey finals round, 9-1.Ref: 5
1966*University of Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver is signed by the Braves. The deal will later be voided, and the USC stand-out will be selected by the Mets in a special draft.Ref: 1
1968*Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games.Ref: 5
1969*The full Expos' team reports to Spring Training for the first time ever at West Palm Beach, Florida.Ref: 86
1970*Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records.Ref: 5
1974 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champion all-round skater.Ref: 5
1978*Kevin Porter, New Jersey, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game.Ref: 5
1980*The US hockey team defeated Finland, four goals to two, to clinch the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid,Ref: 70
1980*Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders.Ref: 5
1980*Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1981*Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak.Ref: 5
1982*Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92.Ref: 5
1985*The Houston Gamblers defeat the Los Angeles Express 34-33. Houston quarterback Jim Kelly throws 5 touchdown passes for 574 yards. (XDG, p 4A, 2/24/2001)Ref: 83
1985*Quarterback Doug Flutie played his first game as a pro on this day. Flutie led the New Jersey Generals against Birmingham, losing 38-28. The former Boston College standout had a shaky start in his USFL debut, but still completed 12 of 18 passes in the fourth quarter of the game.Ref: 4
1985*Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson.Ref: 5
1986*Padre manager Dick Williams resigns and will be replaced by Steve Boros.Ref: 1
1987*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers gets his first three-point shot. The leading scorer in NBA history had reached 36,000 points as of this day. But, up to this point, Kareem had never scored more than two at a time.Ref: 4
1988*Matti Nykanen becomes winter Olympics first triple gold medalist.Ref: 5
1989*Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley.Ref: 5
1990*Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open.Ref: 5
1991*End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) first draft.Ref: 5
1994*Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field).Ref: 5
1996*Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open.Ref: 5
1998*NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accommodate the Olympics.Ref: 5
2002*XIX winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City UT/Quebec City.Ref: 5
2003*In the wake of Steve Bechler's death, Commissioner Bud Selig decides to ban the use of ephedra in the minor leagues. Players on the current 40-man major league rosters, which would have included the 23-year old Oriole pitcher who died on February 23, are not prohibited to use the because as union members they are already covered by the drug-testing rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, which bans only drugs of abuse and certain illegal steroids.Ref: 1
1607*Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo" premieres in Mantua.Ref: 5
1711*Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres, London.Ref: 5
1876 Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" premieres in Oslo.Ref: 5
1914*Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1916*A film version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens in New York.Ref: 2
1927*John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St NYC.Ref: 5
1928*The New Gallery of New York exhibits works of Archibald Motley, its first show to feature a black artist.Ref: 2
1939*Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston.Ref: 5
1940*Frances Langford recorded one of the classic songs of all time -- and one that would become a Walt Disney trademark. When You Wish Upon a Star was recorded on Decca Records during a session in Los Angeles. Many artists have recorded the song, including pop diva Linda Ronstadt (with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in the early 1980s). One can hear the song not only on record, but as the theme in the opening credits of any Disney movie, video and TV program and those “I’m going to Disneyland/World!” commercials, too.Ref: 4
1951*"Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances.Ref: 5
1955*"Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances.Ref: 5
1962*"New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances.Ref: 5
1962*"Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances.Ref: 5
1965*Beatles begin filming "Help" in the Bahamas.Ref: 5
1968*"Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances.Ref: 5
1969*Johnny Cash recorded his second live prison performance. It followed a concert the previous year at Folsom Prison. The LP Johnny Cash at San Quentin, with the hit single A Boy Named Sue, was recorded live as part of a British TV.Ref: 4
1973*Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song hit #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad remained at the top for four weeks: “...Killing me softly with his song; Killing me softly with his song; Telling my whole life with his words; Killing me softly with his song...”Ref: 4
1976*Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1976*The Eagles Greatest Hits became the first LP in the US to be certified platinum - two-million copies sold. It rose to number one in the U.S. on March 13, 1976.Ref: 4
1980*"Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances.Ref: 5
1982*24th Grammy Awards Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy win.Ref: 5
1985 Yul Brynner reprised his role in The King and I -- setting a box office record for weekly receipts. The show took in $520,920.Ref: 4
1987*29th Grammy Awards Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby win.Ref: 5
1989*Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife.Ref: 5
1991*"Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances.Ref: 5
1993*35th Grammy Awards: British rock legend Eric Clapton won six Grammys, including record, album (Unplugged) and song of the year (Tears in Heaven). Clapton wrote Tears in Heaven as a tribute to his infant son, Conor, who died in 1991 when he fell out of a window in Clapton’s 53rd floor New York apartment.Ref: 4
1998*Elton John knighted.Ref: 5
1999*Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," setting a record for a female artist that has since been tied by Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Beyonce.Ref: 70
1304 Muhammad ibn Battutah Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa), is born.Ref: 5
1463*Giovanni Pico della Mirandola Italy, scholar/platonist, is born.Ref: 5
1500*(Protestant Reformation) Birth of Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain Charles V. Reigning 1519-56, it was Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic. He is the last Holy Roman Emperor to be crowned by the Pope.Ref: 5
1501*Sixt(us) Birck [Xystus Betulius] German writer (Suzanna), is born.Ref: 5
1536*Clement VIII [Ippolito Aldofireini], Fano Italy, last Counter-Reformation pope (1592-1605), is born.Ref: 5
1545*Don John of Austria the elder, Austrian general, is born.Ref: 5
1547*Jan of Austria Spanish military man/land guardian of the Netherlands, is born.Ref: 5
1557*Matthias C Sarbiewski [Sarbievius], Vienna, Polish Jesuit/poet/Holy Roman emperor (1612-19), is born.Ref: 5
1619*Charles Le Brun Paris, painter, designer (The Chancellor Séguier), is born.Ref: 5
1622*Johann Clauberg, French philosopher and theologian, is born.Ref: 70
1679*Domenico Natale Sarro Italian opera composer, is born.Ref: 5
1684*Catherine I Empress of Russia 1725-27, Dorpat, Estonia, is born.Ref: 5
1697*Bernard S Albinus [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist, is born.Ref: 5
1704*Hubert Renotte composer, is born.Ref: 5
1717*Bernhard Hupfeld composer, is born.Ref: 5
1750*Miklós Révai Hungarian linguistic/poet, is born.Ref: 5
1766*Samuel Wesley Bristol England, composer/organist (Exultate Deo), is born.Ref: 5
1771*Johann Baptist Cramer German/British pianist/composer/publisher, is born.Ref: 5
1786*Wilhelm Karl Grimm author w/brother Jakob, Hanau Germany, story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales), is born.Ref: 5
1797*Samuel Lover composer, is born.Ref: 5
1809*Albert Schäffle German sociologist (Abriss der Soziologie), is born.Ref: 5
1809 Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel governor/viceroy (Elzas-Lutherian), is born.Ref: 5
1811*Edward Dickinson Baker Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1861, is born.Ref: 5
1811*Daniel A Payne Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church, is born.Ref: 5
1824*John Crawford Vaughn Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1875, is born.Ref: 5
1824*George Curtis, American author and editor, is born.Ref: 70
1827*Charles Davis Jameson Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862, is born.Ref: 5
1831*Georg Leo earl von Caprivi German chancellor/premier of Prussia, is born.Ref: 5
1833*Eduard earl von Taaffe Austrian premier (1868-93), is born.Ref: 5
1836*Winslow Homer, American painter who began his career as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly during America's Civil War, is born.Ref: 2
1838*Thomas Benton Smith Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1923, is born.Ref: 5
1841*John Phillip Holland, inventor of the modern submarine, is born.Ref: 2
1842*Arrigio Enrico Boito composer, is born.Ref: 5
1843*[Joaquim] Theófilo F Braga Portuguese poet/author/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1846*Luigi Denza composer, is born.Ref: 5
1848*C Grant B Allen Canadian writer (Woman Who Did), is born.Ref: 5
1848*Johanna C P Barbiers actress (Voddenraper of Paris), is born.Ref: 5
1849*John Henry Comstock, American educator and researcher, is born.Ref: 70
1852*George A Moore Ireland, painter/novelist (Esther Waters), is born.Ref: 5
1854*Franz Courtens Flemish painter (Golden Rain), is born.Ref: 5
1858*Arnold Dolmetsch Le Mans, musician, is born.Ref: 5
1860*Daniel Berkeley Updike printer/publisher/writer (Printing Types), is born.Ref: 5
1866*Arthur Pearson Wookey Somerset England, newspaper proprietor, is born.Ref: 5
1872*John Jarvis England, swimmer (won 108 titles), is born.Ref: 5
1874*Honus (John Peter) Wagner ‘The Flying Dutchman’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Louisville Colonels [hit .344: 1897]; Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1903, 1909]; 17 consecutive .300 seasons, eight as NL batting champ, lifetime average of .329; stole 720 bases, led league in stolen bases on six occasions; died Dec 6, 1955Ref: 68
1876*Jean Poveigh composer, is born.Ref: 5
1876*Victor Moore Hammonton NJ, comedian (Ziegfeld Follies, 7 Year Itch), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Rudolf Ganz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Herman Teirlinck Belgian writer (Sun), is born.Ref: 5
1885*Chester Nimitz (U.S. Navy Admiral: WWII Commander of all Allied Forces in the SW Pacific, signer of the Japanese surrender papers) is born.Ref: 4
1885*Bert Lytell New York NY, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), is born.Ref: 5
1885 Joseph Sprinzak Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59), is born.Ref: 5
1885*Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Mary Ellen Chase, New England writer, is born.Ref: 2
1890*Actress Marjorie Main (aka Mary Tomlinson) (Ma of Ma and Pa Kettle) is born in Action IN.Ref: 4
1890*Antonio Massana composer, is born.Ref: 5
1897*Henri Frankfort, American archaeologist, is born.Ref: 70
1898*Kurt Tank German WWII aircraft designer, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Jacob Presser Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)Ref: 5
1905*E Boyland biochemist, is born.Ref: 5
1905*Guillaume Landre composer, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Alexis Curvers Belgian author (Tempo di Roma, Bourg-le-Rond), is born.Ref: 5
1909*August William Derleth, Sauk City WI, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Jean Yves Morvan Marin broadcaster, is born.Ref: 5
1909*Max Black Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy), is born.Ref: 5
1909 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay orientalist, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Lord Hazlerigg, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Konrad Lechner composer, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Julius Kowalski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Richard Murphey Goodwin economist, is born.Ref: 5
1914*David Langdon cartoonist/illustrator, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Zachary Scott (Zachary Thomson Scott, Jr.) actor: Flamingo Road, The Young One, The Southerner, Appointment in Honduras; is born in Austin TX.Ref: 4
1915 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin trade unionist, is born.Ref: 5
1916 Gene Mitchell museum director, is born.Ref: 5
1917*William Fairbank Minneapolis MN, physicist (superconductivity), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Alan Hugh Iliffe psychologist, is born.Ref: 5
1919*Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, is born.Ref: 5
1920 Frank Rogers CEO (NPA Telegraph), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Abe Vigoda New York NY, actor (Barney Miller, Fish), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Douglass Watson Jackson GA, actor (Satan Murders, Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Ingvar Lidholm composer, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Ludvig Aschkenazy writer, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Richard Hamilton painter, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Steven Hill, actor: Law & Order, Mission: Impossible, The Firm, Billy Bathgate, Legal Eagles, Yentl, A Child is Waiting, is born in Seattle WA.Ref: 4
1924*Douglass Watson Jackson GA, actor (Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Lionel Dakers director (Royal School of Church Music), is born.Ref: 5
1924*William Pillar British Admiral, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Reginald Freeson British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Mark Lane attorney, author: Rush to Judgment, Eyewitness Chicago; conspiracy theorist: the Kennedy assassination, is born.Ref: 4
1927*David Mourao-Ferreira poet/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Bubba (John Melvin) Phillips baseball: Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], Cleveland Indians; is born.Ref: 4
1928*Michael Harrington St Louis, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Paul B Elvström Denmark, yachtsman (Olympics-gold-1948, 52, 56, 60), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Al Lettieri New York NY, actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), is born.Ref: 5
1929*David Houston Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Richard B. Shull actor: Splash, Trapped in Paradise, The Big Bus, Tune in Tomorrow, The Marriage of Bette and Boo; is born in Evanston IL.Ref: 4
1930*Barbara Lawrence Carnegie OK, actress (Joe Dakota), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Inge Bernstein British judge, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Lev Vasilyevich Vorobyov Russia, cosmonaut, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun teacher Rinzai/Soto lines of Zen Buddhism, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Marta Marzotto Italy, countess, is born.Ref: 5
1932*John Vernon, Canada, actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), is born.Ref: 68
1932*Andrew Jacobs Jr (Representative-D-IN, 1965-73, 75- ), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Everard Goodman English real estate developer (TOPS Estates), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Michel Legrand Academy Award-Winning composer for Best Original Score: Yentl [1983]; Brian’s Song, Ice Station Zebra, is born.Ref: 4
1934*Flemming Nielsen Denmark, soccer player (Olympics-silver-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Frank Chapot US, equestrian (Olympics-silver-1960, 1972), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Linda Cristal Buenos Aires Argentina, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Bettino Craxi Italy's first socialist premier (1983-87), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Shuko Mizuno composer, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Renata Scotto, opera soprano: made operatic debut at age 18; best known for performances as Violetta in La Traviata, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi [and the occasional Musetta] in La Bohème, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Francesca in Francesca da Rimini; opera director, is born in Savona Italy.Ref: 17
1936*Lance Reventlow millionaire playboy, auto racer: designed/drove Chevy-powered Scarabs [1960s]; son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; former husband of actress Jill St. John; is born.Ref: 4
1937*Jerry Wiggin British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1938*James Farentino Brooklyn NY, actor (Dead & Buried, Final Countdown), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Kathleen Richardson president (Methodist Conference), is born.Ref: 5
1939*George Bain principal (London Business School), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champion (1968-70), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Denis Law British soccer player, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Theo Bosch Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt Amsterdam), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and the first Jewish politician to run an a national ticket (vice-president in 2000), is born. (USA Today, p 10A, 1/14/2003)Ref: 13
1942*David K Williamson Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Joe Lieberman (Senator-D-CT), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Paul Jones England, rocker (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Stuart Henry British disc jockey, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Sheila Larkin Brooklyn NY, actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Nicky Hopkins rock pianist (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Jeff Beck, Quicksilver), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Alain Prost France, Formula 1 race driver (1985, 86, 89, 93) & current team owner, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Actor Barry Bostwick is born.Ref: 17
1946*Barry Bostwick San Mateo CA, actor (Spin City, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lexx, Megaforce, Movie Movie, Scruples, Foul Play), is born.Ref: 5
1946 Anthony Mayer chief executive (Housing Corporation), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Jenny O'Hara Sonora CA, actress (Wishmaster, Facts of Life, My Sister Sam), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Michael Radford director (1984, White Mischief), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Edward James Olmos California, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Lonnie Turner bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Rupert Holmes, musician, songwriter: over 300 songs & jingles;, singer: Escape [The Pina Colada Song], Him, Answering Machine; arranger, producer: Barbra Streisand, is born in Tenafly NJ.Ref: 4
1948*Dennis "Minder" Waterman London England, actor (Fair Exchange), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Lorri Menconi playmate (February 1969), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Lord Melchett, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Cathy Mant LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1950 G J M Gazdar computational linguist, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Helen Shaver Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Tom Burleson USA, basketball (Olympics-silver-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4", is born.Ref: 5
1952 Simon Weinstock businessman/racehorse owner, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Frank (Joseph) Riccelli baseball: pitcher: SF Giants, Houston Astros, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Greg Westbrooks football: LA Rams linebacker: Super Bowl XIV, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Mike (Michael David) Sember baseball: Chicago Cubs, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Marquess of Normanby, is born.Ref: 5
1955*Mrs. Jobs names her baby boy - "Steven".Ref: 5
1955*Bob Abrams Ohio, rocker (Buckinghams), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Paula Zahn TV journalist: CBS This Morning, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel, Fox News Channel, CNN: American Morning with Paula Zahn, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Eddie (Clarence) Murray baseball: Baltimore Orioles [American League Rookie of the Year: 1977/all-star: 1978, 1981-1986/World Series: 1979, 1983], LA Dodgers [all-star: 1991], NY Mets, Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1995]. Is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1957*Phil McConkey NFL wide receiver (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Susan Scannell Lexington MA, actress (Nicole-Dynasty), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Sammy Kershaw Kaplan LA, country vocalist (Cadillac Style), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Beth Broderick Falmouth KY, actress (Aunt Zelda-Sabrina), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Janice Gibson Tulsa OK, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown-Warren-15th), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Persijn "Dakota" Joling Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Ruud Really soccer player (Feyenoord), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Teri Weigel Ft Lauderdale FL, porn star/playmate (April 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Michelle Shocked singer/musician, is born.Ref: 5
1963*Fuad Reveiz NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Matias Carrillo Mexican/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Paul Gruber NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Billy Zane actor (Orlando, Memphis Belle, Millions, Titanic), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Rene Arocha Cubans/US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1968*John Velddman soccer player (Sparta), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Kendall Cross Hardin MT, 125½ lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympics-gold-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Vaughn Booker NFL defensive end (Kansas City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jonathan Ward Baltimore MD, actor (Doug-Charles in Charge, Beans Baxter), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jeff Garcia CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Wilson Alvarez Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), is born.Ref: 5
1970 Keinast quints are born.Ref: 10
1971*Aki Rahunen Finland, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1971*Brian Savage Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montréal Canadiens), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Larry Amar Camarillo CA, field hockey midfielder/captain (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Manon Rheaume Lac Beauport Québec Canada, first female NHLer (Tampa Bay), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Patricia Regan Leines Medford OR, Miss Oregon-America (1996-3rd), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Ron Davis NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31), is born.Ref: 5
1973*James Michael Kennedy Boston, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Alexei Kovalev Moscow Russia, NHL right wing (New York Rangers), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Harold Morrow full back (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Kavis Reed CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Jeremy Laster Fullerton CA, water polo driver (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Simeon Rice defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Alexis Jose Grullon New York NY, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Floyd Mayweather Grand Rapids MI, featherweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Louise Woodward Elton England, nanny who killed Matthew Eappen, is born.Ref: 5
270*St. Valentine assassinated A.D. 270Ref: 10
786*Pepin the Short of Gaul dies. His dominions are divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.Ref: 2
1563*François Guise French General/duke, assassinated at 44.Ref: 5
1624 Vicente Espinel Spanish adventurer/chaplain (Marcos de Obrégon), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1642*Marco da Gagliano Italian opera composer, dies at about 66.Ref: 5
1666*Nicholas Lanier composer, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1686*Ferdinando Tacca Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1692*Antimo Liberati composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1704*Marc-Antoine Charpentier French composer (church music), dies.Ref: 5
1735*Georg Friedrich Kauffman composer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1784*Anton Laube composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1785 Carlo Bonaparte Corsican attorney, dies at 39.Ref: 5
1799*Broerius Brorius theologist (Pensive Christian), dies at about 41.Ref: 5
1799*Georg C Lichtenberg German physicist/writer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1806*John Nieuwenhuijzen theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81.Ref: 5
1807*17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England.Ref: 5
1810*Henry Cavendish, English physicist who measured the density and mass of the Earth, dies at age 78.Ref: 2
1812*Hugo Kollataj Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1815*Robert Fulton, builder of first profitable steamboat, the Clermont, dies at age 49.Ref: 4
1822*Bluebeard is executed for burning ten of his wives.Ref: 62
1822 Thomas Coutts dies.Ref: 10
1825 Thomas Bowdler medical doctor, bowdlerizer [literary censor]: created Family Shakespeare: censored version of Shakespeare’s works, dies.Ref: 4
1829*Auguste Chouteau St Louis co-founder, dies.Ref: 5
1836*Dániel Berzsenyi Hungarian poet, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1848*Frans van Campenhout Belgian singer/composer (Brabançonne), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1862*Bernard S Ingemann Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1871*Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny French painter/etcher, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1874*Anselmo Clave composer, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1876*Jan Pieter Heije Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1895*Ignaz Lachner composer, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1907*Otto Goldschmidt composer, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1908*Anatol' Vakhnyanyn composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1914*Civil War soldier Joshua Chamberlain dies.Ref: 2
1917*Franklin Sanborn, American journalist and biographer, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1919*Josephine McGill composer, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1922*Alfred Espinas French sociologist (Sociétes Animales), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1922*Dmitri B Shostakovich father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies.Ref: 5
1924*Edmond Picard French/Belgian writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1925*Karl Branting, Swedish statesman and 1921 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at age 64.Ref: 70
1926*Eddie Plank pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51.Ref: 5
1929*Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1930*Jacobus van Looy Dutch writer/painter (Night Cactus), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1933*Spottiswoode Aitken actor (Eagle, Home Sweet Home), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1941*Oskar Loerke German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1944*Leo H A Baekeland Belgian/US chemist (bakelite), dies at 80.Ref: 5
1945*Ahmed Maher Pasha Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament.Ref: 5
1953*Karl R G von Rundstedt German General-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1958*Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne] French poet, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1960*Jean Binet composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1961*Léon Jeunehomme Belgian teacher (Pédagogie en Cours), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1964*Alexander Archipenko Ukrainian sculptor/water colors painter, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1964*Frank Conroy actor (Midnight Mary, Threat), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1967*Franz Waxman German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1969*Kenneth Green actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61.Ref: 5
1970*29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland).Ref: 5
1970*Conrad Nagel actor: The Mysterious Lady, The Kiss, The Divorcee; dies at age 73.Ref: 4
1973*Art Smith actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73.Ref: 5
1975*Nikolai A Bulganin marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1976*H Allen Smith TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1976*Charles Wilfred Orr composer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1976*Julian Rivero actor (Via Pony Express), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1982*Virginia Bruce actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1983*Herbert Norman Howells composer, dies at 90.Ref: 5
1984*Uwe Johnson writer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1988*Irwan Chanin US theater builder, dies at 96.Ref: 5
1989*Sparky (Earl John) Adams baseball: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1930, 1931], Cincinnati Reds; dies.Ref: 2
1989*A state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87. (TWA, 1990)Ref: 95
1989*United Airlines Flight 811, out of Honolulu on its way to Sidney, was 100 miles southwest of Hawaii when its cargo door blew out. The explosion in the Boeing 747 created a 10x40-ft. hole in the fuselage, knocked out the two engines on the right side and caused damage to the flaps and hydraulics. Nine passengers were sucked out of the jetliner to their deaths 20,000 ft over the Pacific.Ref: 4
1990*At the age of 45, former Red Sox fan favorite Tony (Anthony Richard) Conigliaro dies of pneumonia and kidney failure in Salem MA. He was the youngest player in American League ever to reach the 100 home run plateau.Ref: 1
1990*Johnnie Ray Dallas OR, pop singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at age 61in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1990*Malcolm Forbes CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies of a heart attack in Far Hills, N.J. at age 70.Ref: 5
1990*Sandro Pertini President of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93.Ref: 5
1991*John Daly, Emmy Award-winning reporter [1955]; TV host: What’s My Line; dies.Ref: 4
1991*Country music star Webb Pierce died in Nashville of cancer at age 65. The official cause of death was heart failure, but he also suffered from pancreatic cancer. Pierce racked up 13 #1 singles on the Billboard country chart, with 97 singles on the chart between 1952 and 1982.Ref: 4
1991*George Gobel Chicago IL, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies after surgery at 71.Ref: 68
1991*Jean Rogers actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1991*Marcella Markham dies of breast cancer at 68.Ref: 5
1992*Kay Loring dies after long illness.Ref: 5
1993*Bobby Moore English soccer team captain (World champions 1966), dies.Ref: 5
1993*Toy Caldwell guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45.Ref: 5
1994*Dinah (Frances Rose) Shore Emmy Award-winning singer, entertainer: The Dinah Shore Show [1951], Dinah’s Place [1970]; Daytime Emmy: Dinah’s Place [1970], Dinah! [1974]; The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Oh, God!, Death Car on the Freeway; singer: Yes, My Darling Daughter, The Breeze and I, Blues in the Night, I’ll Walk Alone, Buttons and Bows; sponsored Dinah Shore Classic pro golf tournament for over twenty years; died Feb 24, 1994Ref: 4
1994*Donald Phillips pianist/composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1994*Jean Sablon crooner, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1994 Knut Anders Haukfield SOE Operative, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1994*Lores Bonney aviator, dies at 96.Ref: 5
1995*Richard Nicholson musician, dies at 89.Ref: 5
1996*Cuba shot down two small planes operated by a Cuban-American group over the waters north of Havana. The two planes with four people on board were twin-engine Cessna aircraft operated by the group ‘Brothers to the Rescue’, a Miami-based group of Cuban exiles funded by private donations. The group has flown hundreds of missions to spot Cuban rafters attempting to flee their island nations. Group founder Jose Basulto was on a third plane that escaped the gunfire and made it safely back to Miami.Ref: 4
1996 Anna Larina revolutionary, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1996 Gene Mitchell museum director, dies on 70th birthday.Ref: 5
1996*James Runcieman Sutherland academic, dies at 95.Ref: 5
1996*Laurence Richard Deniz jazz guitarist, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1997*Isabelle Harriet Lucas actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1997*Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th).Ref: 5
1998*Henny Youngman comedian (Take my wife please), dies in New York City at age 91.Ref: 5
1998 Enoch Powell dies.Ref: 10
2002*Arthur Lyman jazz musician: vibraphone: Yellow Bird; played w/Martin Denny Orchestra; dies.Ref: 5

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