Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
May 2nd

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1316*Edward Bruce, brother of the Scottish King, is crowned King of Ireland.Ref: 17
1322*Parliament of York declares that all legislation must be approved by both the king and parliament.Ref: 17
1345 "Quaden Maendach" in Gent: Battles between volders & weavers.Ref: 5
1507*(Protestant Reformation) Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated a priest. (Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.).Ref: 5
1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League.Ref: 5
1536*King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest.Ref: 5
1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands.Ref: 5
1652 Frederik Hendriks daughter Albertine Agnes marries Willem Frederik.Ref: 5
1670*King Charles II of England charters Hudson Bay Company.Ref: 5
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Hathorne and Corwin examine Sarah Morey, Lyndia Dustin, Susannah Martin and Dorcas Hoar.Ref: 20
1703 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant.Ref: 5
1749 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform".Ref: 5
1797*A mutiny in the British navy spreads from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.Ref: 2
1798*The black General Toussaint L'ouverture forces British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo.Ref: 2
1803*Lewis & Clark: The treaty between France and the United States transferring the Louisiana Purchase to the US for $15 million, is signed.Ref: 4
1813*Napoleon defeats a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.Ref: 2
1824*Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald).Ref: 5
1829*One foot of hail falls on Tuscaloosa, AL.Ref: 10
1833*Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs.Ref: 5
1847 Sabbath famine.Ref: 5
1853*Franconi’s Hippodrome opened at Broadway and 23rd Street in NY City. The 4,000-seat facility opened in grand style for a hippodrome (an arena for a circus or games) with a chariot-and-ostrich race.Ref: 4
1872*A lectureship was established at Yale Divinity School in memory of American clergyman Lyman Beecher (1775-1863). The lectures were to cover topics on preaching and the work of the Christian ministry.Ref: 5
1877*Porfirio Diaz becomes President of Mexico.Ref: 10
1878*US stops minting 20¢ coin.Ref: 5
1885 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State.Ref: 2
1890*The Oklahoma Territory was organized.Ref: 70
1907*Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian Government.Ref: 5
1912*Wilbur Wright falls gravely ill with typhoid fever during a trip to Boston. He dies within the month.Ref: 46
1912*BF Goodrich Co is incorporated in New York.Ref: 17
1913*The Republic of China is recognized by the US and Mexico.Ref: 17
1915*Old Fordham Road in the Bronx renamed Landing Road.Ref: 5
1916*US President Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act.Ref: 5
1916*2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Place renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named.Ref: 5
1924 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR.Ref: 5
1925*Kezar Stadium in San Fransisco's Golden Gate Park opens.Ref: 5
1927*International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens.Ref: 5
1933*In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.Ref: 5
1934*In St. Paul, Billie Frechette (Dillinger's girlfriend) pleads not guilty to having harbored Dillinger. Bond set at $60,000.Ref: 42
1934*Nazi-Germany begins People's court.Ref: 5
1941*Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists.Ref: 5
1945*The first Raytheon Mark II X-Unit arrives for detonation testing.Ref: 91
1945*Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen.Ref: 5
1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic.Ref: 5
1950 Dutch first Chamber accept Laws on immigration.Ref: 5
1951 The German Federal Republic becomes a full member of the Council of Europe.Ref: 17
1951 Iraq nationalizes the oil industry.Ref: 17
1952 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers.Ref: 5
1953*Hussein I installed as king of Jordan.Ref: 5
1953*Faisal II installed as king of Iraq.Ref: 5
1955 India poses discrimination "onaanraakbaren" punishable.Ref: 5
1956*The General Conference of the Methodist Church, held in Minneapolis, demanded abolishment of racial segregation in all Methodist churches.Ref: 5
1957*Attempted murder of Mafia Don Frank Costello by Vincent the Chin Gigante shifts balance of power.Ref: 10
1961 Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Mexico, Uraguay and Peru ratify the Treaty of Meontevideo which creates the Latin American Free Trade Association.Ref: 17
1962*US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.Ref: 5
1965*14,000 US troops arrive in the Dominican Republic to prevent Communists from seizing control of the unstable government.Ref: 17
1968*Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London.Ref: 5
1968*Student riots in Paris begin; Left Bank occupied; in following 3 weeks,10 million workers go on strikeRef: 10
1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY.Ref: 5
1970*Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard takes control of campus.Ref: 2
1972*US performs nuclear test at NV Test Site.Ref: 5
1972*Lieutenant General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA.Ref: 5
1974*Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.Ref: 70
1980*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1980*Pope John Paul II begins African tour.Ref: 5
1980*Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder.Ref: 5
1983*Australian doctors announce the world's first human pregnancy using a fertilized egg which had been frozen before implantation.Ref: 17
1983*6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga CA.Ref: 5
1984*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1985*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1985*The General Motors X-Cars rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, MI for the final time on this day. The cars were a dismal failure, despite being a hit in the beginning. The X-Cars were subject to massive recalls which cost G.M. many millions of dollars.Ref: 4
1985*One of the largest US brokerage firms, EF Hutton, pleads guilty to charges of bank fraud.Ref: 17
1989 Yasser Arafat declares the 1964 charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization "null and void" on French television.Ref: 17
1990*South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid.Ref: 5
1991*In his ninth encyclical, Pope John Paul the Second acknowledged the success of capitalism, but denounced the system for sometimes achieving results at the expense of the poor and of morality.Ref: 5
1992*Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic.Ref: 5
1994*Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.Ref: 70
1994*Dr Kevokian found innocent on assisting suicides.Ref: 5
1996*The Senate passed, 97-to-3, an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal aliens to get US jobs and curtail legal immigrants' access to social services.Ref: 6
1997*Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders.Ref: 5
1997*Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.Ref: 70
2002*Pipe bombs exploded in six mailboxes in rural parts of Illinois and Iowa, injuring six people.Ref: 70
1497*John Cabot departs to North-America.Ref: 5
1780*William Herschel discovers first binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris.Ref: 5
1887*Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.Ref: 5
1919*The first US air passenger service starts.Ref: 2
1923*Lieutenants Okaley Kelly and John Macready take off from New York for the West Coast on what will become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight.Ref: 2
1952*First scheduled jet airliner passenger service begins with a BOAC Comet.Ref: 5
1956*US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus.Ref: 5
1965*The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.Ref: 5
1981*Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes.Ref: 5
1983*Microsoft introduces the Microsoft Mouse. 
1985*Microsoft Excel, scheduled to be released today, suffers a series of crashes during rehearsals for its introduction. Introduction is postponed until the Fall. Ref 
1997*Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber.Ref: 5
1598 Henry IV signs Treaty of Vervins, ending Spain's interference in France.Ref: 2
1668 First peace of Aken (Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle): ends the French-Spanish War of Devolution in France and the Netherlands.Ref: 5
1776*France and Spain agree to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.Ref: 2
1808*Citizens of Madrid, Spain begin war of independence by revolting against French general Murat.Ref: 2
1863*Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Virginia while smashing Union General Hooker's flank; he died eight days later. South is victorious.Ref: 5
1863*The Battle of Chancellorsville rages for a second day. The Union withdraws.Ref: 2
1863*Stonewall Jackson smashes Hooker's flank at Chancellorsville, Virginia.Ref: 2
1865*President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.Ref: 5
1889 Abyssinian emperor Menelik II/Italy signs Treaty of Wichale.Ref: 5
1911*French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco.Ref: 5
1915*British South Africa troops under General Botha capture Otymbingue, German Southwest Africa.Ref: 38
1915*Opening of great Austro-German offensive in Galicia (Gorlice-Tarnow).Ref: 17
1921 Begin 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper-Silesia.Ref: 5
1926*US military intervenes in Nicaragua.Ref: 5
1941*Hostilities break out between British forces in Iraq and that country's pro-German faction.Ref: 2
1941*Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy.Ref: 5
1942*Admiral Chester J. Nimitz, convinced that the Japanese will attack Midway Island, visits the island to review its readiness.Ref: 2
1942*Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma.Ref: 5
1943*German troops vacate Jefna Tunisia.Ref: 5
1945*Theresienstadt taken over by the Red Cross.Ref: 35
1945*Allies occupy Wismar.Ref: 5
1945*Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste.Ref: 5
1945*German forces in Italy surrender.Ref: 5
1945*Russian forces take Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting; General Weidling surrenders.Ref: 2
1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed.Ref: 5
1962 OAS strikes in Algeria.Ref: 5
1968*The US Army attacks Nhi Ha in South Vietnam and begins a fourteen-day battle to wrestle it away from Vietnamese Communists.Ref: 2
1982*Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men.Ref: 5
1995 Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six.Ref: 5
1876*In Cincinnati against the Redlegs, Chicago's Ross Barnes hits the first home run in the history of National League. The former National Association superstar also has, in addition to his inside-the-park homer, a single, a triple, two stolen bases and scores four runs.Ref: 1
1903*29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker aboard Judge Himes wins in 2:09.Ref: 5
1904*30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior aboard Elwood wins in 2:08½.Ref: 5
1906*32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8.Ref: 5
1909*Pirate infielder Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in first inning against Cubs.Ref: 1
1917*At Wrigley Field, southpaw Hippo Vaughn of Chicago and Reds righty Fred Toney throw no-hitters against one another through the first nine innings. The deadlock is broken in the top of the tenth with a one-out single by Larry Kopf, an error and an infield hit by Jim Thorpe, and Toney then sets the Cubs down in order to preserve his extra inning gem.Ref: 1
1920*The first game of National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis as the hometown ABC's beat the Chicago Giants, 4-2.Ref: 1
1923*Senator pitcher Walter Johnson blanks Yankees 3-0 for his 100th career shutout.Ref: 1
1930*Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open first ballpark with permanently installed lights.Ref: 5
1936*62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6.Ref: 5
1939*Lou Gehrig's playing streak of 2,130 consecutive games ends when he does not make an appearance in a 22-2 Yankees' win at Detroit. Babe Dahlgren plays first base for the Yankees and contributes a double and a home run.Ref: 86
1941*Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in the year he hit over .400.Ref: 5
1942*68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4.Ref: 5
1949*Don Newcombe, first start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0.Ref: 5
1953*79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02. Dark Star defeated the heavily favored Native Dancer to win the 79th Kentucky Derby. A $2 wager to win on this dark horse would have put some change in your pocket. Dark Star was a 25-1 long shot.Ref: 4
1954*Eight-year old Nate Colbert watches Stan Musial hit five HRs in a doubleheader against the Giants; years later he will become the only other major leaguer to repeat this feat.Ref: 1
1958*The Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast Los Angeles Dodger and San Francisco Giant games into NY City.Ref: 1
1959*85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2.Ref: 5
1964*Posting a 7-3 victory, the Twins become only the third team in major league history to hit four consecutive HRs as Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew all go deep against A's pitchers Dan Pfister (3) and Vern Handrahan inning at KS City's Municipal Stadium.Ref: 1
1964*90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00.Ref: 5
1964 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champion.Ref: 5
1965*Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.Ref: 5
1965*Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1967*Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montréal Canadiens, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1968*22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1970*96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4.Ref: 5
1970*The ‘First Lady of Horse Racing’ (first to ride at a major track, first to win a major feature), Diane Crump, rode Fathom and made history as the first woman jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. She finished in 12th place.Ref: 4
1971*Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.Ref: 5
1972*After a Cy Young Award season (24-8, 1.82), A's Vida Blue ends holdout signing for $63,000; a raise of just $14,750.Ref: 1
1976*Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1978*NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 gamesRef: 5
1981*107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velasquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02.Ref: 5
1982*Beth Daniel wins the LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1984*Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 innings).Ref: 5
1984*Don Mattingly's 7th inning single breaks up LaMarr Hoyt's perfect game bid. The lone hit, an opposite field blooper, is followed up by a double play and the White Sox hurler faces the minimum 27 batters defeating the Yankees, 3-0.Ref: 1
1986 Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II.Ref: 5
1987*113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4.Ref: 5
1988*Baltimore Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore & get a new park.Ref: 5
1988*Pete Rose becomes the first manager to be suspended for an on-field incident as NL president Bart Giamatti issues a thirty day suspension for his shoving of umpire Dave Pallone.Ref: 1
1992*118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03.Ref: 5
1992*LHP Mark Stephens becomes the first player under contract with the Florida Marlins to appear in a professional game. Stephens' contract is optioned to the Salinas Spurs of the California League.Ref: 86
1993*Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament.Ref: 5
1993*Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1994*Changing jersey color from white to blue in an effort to snap losing skid doesn't work as Cubs lose their record eleventh consecutive game when blanked by John Smiley and the Reds, 9-0.Ref: 1
1995*The Kansas City Royals retire Frank White's uniform No. 20.Ref: 29
1995*Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning.Ref: 5
1998*124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.4Ref: 5
1999*Rafael Palmeiro reaches the 2,000 career hit milestone as the Rangers defeat the Indians, 8-6.Ref: 1
2000*With his reconstructed elbow, Cubs' Kerry Wood throws in a game for the first time in nearly 19 months, giving up one run and three hits in six innings in an 11-1 rout of the Astros.Ref: 1
2000*Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing's hall of fame.Ref: 6
2001*At the Metrodome, Yankee right fielder Paul O'Neil singles in the ninth inning of Twin reliever LaTroy Hawkins becoming the 215th major-leaguer to record 2,000 hits.Ref: 1
2001*Over 40 fans are ejected and the game, which is delayed for 12 minutes when the umps need to pull the Yankees off the field, comes close to be forfeited by the Twins as unruly spectators at the Metrodome pummel Chuck Knoblauch with coins, plastic beer bottles and golf balls in left field. Twin skipper Tom Kelly appeals to crowd to be calm as the home team defeat their former second baseman and the Yankees, 4-2.Ref: 1
2002*Just missing hitting his fifth homer in the 15-4 victory over the White Sox, Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron becomes the 13th major leaguer to hit four homers in one game. The first two dingers were followed by round trippers by second baseman Bret Boone making it the first time the same two teammates have hit back-to-back homers twice in one inning.Ref: 1
2003*The players' association agrees to a two-year experiment in which the winning league of the All-Star Game will have home-field advantage during the World Series. Other changes include roster increase by 2 to 32 players, a separate ballot of managers, coaches and players to be done during the week prior to the game to name the additional nine position players and eight pitchers for each team.Ref: 1
1750 Carlo Goldoni's "La Botega di Caffè" premieres in Mantua.Ref: 5
1845 Domingo Sarmiento publishes "Civilización y Barbarie".Ref: 5
1885 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is first published.Ref: 5
1900 George Bernard Shaws "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1902 The first science fiction film, "A Trip To The Moon", is released.Ref: 5
1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work.Ref: 5
1927*Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn).Ref: 5
1932 NBC-Blue radio introduces comic genius Jack Benny. His salary is $1,400 a week.Ref: 4
1932*Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (The Good Earth). (Ref. 5)Ref: 5
1936*Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premier in Moscow. (XDG, p 4A, 5/02/2002)Ref: 83
1938*Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town).Ref: 5
1938*Ella Fitzgerald recorded one of her biggest hits, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, with Chick Webb’s band. Following Webb’s death, Fitzgerald took over the band for some three years.Ref: 4
1941*The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. It was the start of what would become network television.Ref: 4
1944*WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in New York NY (DUM/MET/FOX) first broadcast.Ref: 5
1947*Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres in NYC.Ref: 5
1949*Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman".Ref: 5
1950 Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan.Ref: 5
1952*First performance of John Cage's "Water Music".Ref: 5
1955*Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof).Ref: 5
1960*House investigating committee, looking into payola questions.Ref: 5
1960*Harry Belafonte presented his second Carnegie Hall concert in New York City.Ref: 4
1960*Pulitzer prize awarded to Allen Drury (Advise & Consent).Ref: 5
1964*Beatles' "Second Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for for 5 weeks.Ref: 5
1965*Ed Sullivan had said he would not have this British rock group on his CBS-TV Sunday night show again. This night, however, Ed softened up -- and allowed Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones to make a second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.Ref: 4
1965*"New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances.Ref: 5
1966*Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days).Ref: 5
1968*Israeli television begins transmitting.Ref: 5
1968*First performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony.Ref: 5
1974 Filming got underway for the motion picture, Jaws, in Martha’s Vineyard, MA. What was to be a 58-day shooting schedule for the film inspired by the Peter Benchley novel soon gave way to 120 days. Costs soared from what was to be a $3.5 million project to $8 million. The director, Steven Spielberg, was able to explain away the rise in costs and the picture did very well at the box office and, later, on video cassette.Ref: 4
1975*Apple records closes down.Ref: 5
1977*"The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances.Ref: 5
1979 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1979*14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell win.Ref: 5
1980*Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa.Ref: 5
1981*Scottish singer Sheena Easton made it to the top spot on the pop music charts for her first -- and only -- time. Morning Train (Nine to Five) knocked Kiss on My List, by Daryl Hall and John Oates, out of the top of the music charts.Ref: 4
1984*"Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances.Ref: 5
1986 The photo essay, A Day in the Life of America, began this day as two hundred photojournalists covered the USA to take 350,000 pictures. For publication of the beautiful coffee table book, only 350 pictures were selected. Several spin-off books such as A Day in the Life of Hawaii, etc. have joined it on coffee tables throughout the world.Ref: 4
1986*Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver British Columbia.Ref: 5
1988*David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC.Ref: 5
1988*Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000.Ref: 5
1990*"Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances.Ref: 5
1992*"High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at Helen Hayes Theatre NYC fpr 14 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 445 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances.Ref: 5
1994*Michael Bolton found to have plagiarized Isley Brothers "Love is Wonderful Thing".Ref: 5
1995*"Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances.Ref: 5
1997*Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy.Ref: 5
1997 (Trump) Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating.Ref: 5
2003*(Napster) Four university students who were sued for operating campus-wide music-sharing programs reach settlements under which they will pay between $12,000 and $17,000 to the recording industry. (WSJ, p B1, 9/09/2003)Ref: 33
1551*William Camden English historian (Brittania, Annales), is born.Ref: 5
1601*Athanasius Kircher German Jesuit/inventor (magic lantern), is born.Ref: 5
1660*Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti, Palermo Italy, composer (Tigrane), is born.Ref: 5
1729*Catherine II (the Great) (Ekaterina Alekseevna), empress of Russia (1762-96), is born. (Also: Almanac of Famous People, ISBN 0-7876-0044-X)Ref: 5
1729*Florian Johann Deller composer, is born.Ref: 5
1740*Elias Boudinot lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society, is born.Ref: 5
1750*John Andre, British Major who conspired with Benedict Arnold, is born.Ref: 17
1752*Ludwig August Lebrun composer, is born.Ref: 5
1754*Vicente Martin y Soler composer, is born.Ref: 5
1768*Jean-Louis M Alibert French dermatologist, is born.Ref: 5
1772*Novalis writer, is born.Ref: 5
1779*John Galt Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd), is born.Ref: 5
1810*Leo XIII (born Gioacchino Vincenzo Pecci), 257th Roman Catholic pope (1878-1903), is born.Ref: 69
1810*Hans Christian Lumbye composer, is born.Ref: 5
1817*Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky composer, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Abram Sanders Piatt Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1908, is born.Ref: 5
1837*Henry M. (Martyn) Robert, U.S. Army General; author: Robert’s Rules of Order, the standard for parliamentary procedure; is born.Ref: 4
1840*Theodor Herzl founded Zionist movement, is born.Ref: 5
1843*Carl Michael Ziehrer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1844*Elijah McCoy black inventor, held over 50 patents including a lubricator for steam engines ("the Real McCoy"), is born.Ref: 5
1846*Zygmunt Noskowski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1849*Fürst Bernhard HM von Bülow German chancellor/Prussian PM (1900-09), is born.Ref: 5
1851*Graham Taylor, US clergyman, founder of the forerunner of the University of Chicago School of Social Work, is born.Ref: 17
1853*Marie Verstraete actress (Louise-Frou Frou), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Antonio Maura, Spanish statesman; prime minister five times between 1903 and 1922, is born.Ref: 70
1855*Theodore Moses Tobani composer, is born.Ref: 5
1857*Frederic Cliffe composer, is born.Ref: 5
1859*Eugene D'Harcourt composer, is born.Ref: 5
1860*William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, is born.Ref: 2
1860*Sir D'Arcy Thompson zoologist/classicist (On Growth & Form), is born.Ref: 5
1860*Theodor Herzl, Austria, journalist/founder (Zionist movement), is born.Ref: 5
1862*Marie F M Emmanuel French composer/musicologist (Salamine), is born.Ref: 5
1866*Jesse Lazear, American physician and researcher of yellow fever, is born.Ref: 2
1869*Tyrone Power Sr London England, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band), is born.Ref: 5
1872*G G van der Hoeven Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Vernon Castle, ballroom dancer, is born.Ref: 2
1879*James F. Byrnes, American politician; secretary of state (1945-7), is born.Ref: 70
1884*François de Vries Dutch economist, is born.Ref: 5
1885*Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry] Hollidaysburg PA, gossip columnist (From Under My Hat), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Gottfried Benn writer, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Edward Collins NY, Hall of Fame infielder (White Sox, A's), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Vernon Castle dancer, actor: The Whirl of Life; is born.Ref: 4
1890*E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), WWI flying ace is born.Ref: 68
1893*Beppie Nooij Jr Dutch actress (Rooie Sien) [or May 13, 1912], is born.Ref: 5
1895*Lorenz Hart composer, lyricist: half of famous team of (Richard) Rodgers & Hart: I Wish I Were in Love Again, Where or When, With a Song in My Heart, I Could Write a Book, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, There’s a Small Hotel, Little Girl Blue, The Lady is a Tramp, Blue Moon, My Funny Valentine; died Nov 22, 1943Ref: 4
1895*Alfred Kurella writer, is born.Ref: 5
1895*Peggy Bacon Ridgefield CT, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Lyricist Lorenz Hart is born.Ref: 68
1898*Jef [Josephus C F] Last Dutch poet/politician (The Spark)Ref: 5
1900*Helen Morgan singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Lev N Lunts Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Willi Bredel writer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Brian (Delacey) Aherne Worcestershire England, actor (Juarez), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Erin O'Brien-Moore Los Angeles CA, actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Benjamin Spock New Haven CT, pediatrician/author (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Oivin Fjeldstad composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Georgi Dimitrov composer, is born.Ref: 5
1905*Alan Rawsthorne Haslingden England, composer (Cortéges), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Aileen Riggin Newport RI, springboard diver (Olympics-gold-1920, 24), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Maurice Thiriet composer, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Philippe Halsman, photographer, is born.Ref: 68
1907*Pinky Lee (Pincus Leff) entertainer: burlesque; The Pinky Lee Show [early ’50s TV]; is born.Ref: 4
1908*William Bakewell Los Angeles CA, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Lillian Rambach teacher violinist, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Marten Toonder writer/cartoonist (Mr Bommel), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Nigel Patrick (Wemyss) actor: The Jack of Diamonds, Raintree County, Johnny Nobody, The Mackintosh Man; director: How to Murder a Rich Uncle, Johnny Nobody; writer: The Jack of Diamonds; is born in London England.Ref: 4
1915*Jan Hanus composer, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Van Alexander New York NY, orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), is born.Ref: 5
1918 Frederick Archibauld Warner diplomat, is born.Ref: 5
1919*Than Wyenn New York NY, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Jacob Gilboa composer, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Satyajit Ray Academy Award-winning [life-time achievement award] director: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu, Distant Thunder, The Adversary, Devi; is born in Calcutta India.Ref: 4
1922*Abraham Rosenthal editor (New York Times), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Birth of missions pioneer Bob Finley. In 1953 he chartered the Christian Aid Mission in Washington, D.C. Today, this evangelical group works in over 40 countries, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.Ref: 5
1923*Christina Spierenburg Dutch singer, is born.Ref: 5
1923*Patrick J Hillery, Irish statesman, President of the Irish Republic 1976-, is born.Ref: 17
1924*Aafje Heynis Dutch singer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Theodore Bikel Austrian/US folk singer/actor (The Russians Are Coming), is born.Ref: 5
1925*John Neville actor (Adventures of Baron Münchausen), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Roscoe Lee Browne Woodbury NJ, actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Svatopluk Havelka composer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Edward Levy Irving composer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Luc Ferrari composer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Morris Courtright manned spaceflight pioneer and Arizona State legislator, is born.Ref: 5
1932*Bruce Glover Chicago IL, actor (Diamonds are Forever), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Kees de Galan Dutch economist, is born.Ref: 5
1932*Malcolm Leyland Lipkin composer, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Bunk Gardner rocker (Mothers Of Invention), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Françoise Fabian (Michele Cortes De Leon y Fabianera) actress: Reunion, The French Woman, Dressmaker, My Night at Maud’s, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Faisal II King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Hussain ibn Talal King of Jordan (1952-99), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Link Wray rocker (Link Wray & His Ray Men), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Michael Rabin New York NY, violinist (In Memorium), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Quinn Redeker Woodstock IL, actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1936 -Vitaly Yurchenko is born.Ref: 10
1937*Lorenzo Music, actor: voice of Garfield, Carlton the Doorman [in Rhoda]; Emmy Award-winning producer: Carlton, Your Doorman [5/21/80]; is born in Brooklyn NY.Ref: 4
1937*Gisela Elsner writer, is born.Ref: 5
1937*Lorenzo Music Brooklyn NY, writer/actor/voice (Carlton the doorman-Rhoda, Garfield), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Constantine Bereng Seeiso king Moshushoe II of Lesotho, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Gates (William James) Brown baseball: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968], is born.Ref: 4
1940*Roger Robinson Seattle WA, actor (Warren-Friends, Newman's Law), is born.Ref: 5
1940 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot Dutch MP (VVD), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Clay (Palmer) Carroll ‘Hawk’: baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970, 1972, 1975/all-star: 1971, 1972], Chicago White Sox, SL Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Jules Wijdenbosch premier Suriname, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Mickey (Lee Oddis) Bass III jazz composer, musician: group: New York Powerhouse EnsembleRef: 4
1944*F Innerhofer writer, is born.Ref: 5
1944*John Verity rocker (Argent), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Bianca Pérez Morena de Macias Jagger Nicaragua, model/Mick's ex-wife, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Bob Henrit English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Randy Cain US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Goldy McJohn musician: organ: group: Steppenwolf: Born to be Wild, The Pusher, Magic Carpet Ride, Rock Me, is born.Ref: 4
1946*Lesley Gore Tenafly NJ, singer (It's My Party), is born.Ref: 5
1946 David Suchet is born.Ref: 10
1947*Gerald Irons football: Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Bill Lowery (Representative-R-CA, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jo Ann Pflug Atlanta GA, actress (MASH, Candid Camera, Rituals), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Larry Gatlin Seminole TX, country singer (Gatlin Brothers-Broken Lady), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Joey Phillips percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Larry Wayne Gatlin, singer with The Gatlin Brothers, is born.Ref: 17
1950*Lou Gramm Rochester NY, rocker (Foreigner-I Want to Know What Love Is), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Christine Baranski Buffalo NY, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), is born.Ref: 5
1953*"Keith" Jamaal Wilkes NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Year 1975), is born.Ref: 5
1954 Bulelani T Ngcuka South African attorney/leader (UDF), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Jay Osmond rocker (Osmond Brothers), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Joe Callis rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1957*Domonic L Pudwill Gorie Lake Charles LA, USN/astronaut (STS-91), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Kim Jones Sonoma CA, 5k runner, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Brian Tochi Los Angeles CA, actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Doctor Robert [Bruce R Howard] rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Peter Doohan Australia, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1962*Elizabeth Berridge Westchester NY, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Nancy Harvey Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Jos van Eck Dutch soccer player (Sparta), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Kenton Leonard CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Kelly Michael Gibson New Orleans LA, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Kerryn McCann Australian marathoner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Reggie Slack CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Will Furrer WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Glen Young NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Vania Thomas Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Greg Bishop NFL guard (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Peter Ogilvie Vancouver British Columbia, 100 meter sprinter (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jill Savery Fort Lauderdale FL, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Erik Maes Dutch soccer player (MVV), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jennifer Miriam Oklahoma City OK, playmate (March, 1997), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Rich Yurkiewicz NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Miles Joseph West Springfield MA, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Mark Johnson Dayton OH, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Murray William Burdan Wellington New Zealand, swimmer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Ailleen Damiles Miss Universe-Philippines/Miss Photogenic (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Nancy Feber Antwerp Belgium, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1977*Amy D'Entremont Stoneham MA, figure skater (1995 New England Jr champion), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Jenna Von Oy actress (Six LeMeure-Blossom)Ref: 5
649*Maruta of Tagrit theology/1st mafriaan Jakobitische church, dies.Ref: 5
1250*Toeransa sultan of Egypt, murdered.Ref: 5
1459*Pierozzi Antoninus Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies.Ref: 5
1488 Jacob van Horne Burgundy statesman, dies.Ref: 5
1519*Leonardo Da Vinci, artist and inventor, dies in Amboise, France at age 67 (Julian Calendar).Ref: 68
1567*Marin Drzic Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies.Ref: 5
1667*George Wither, English poet and Puritan pamphleteer, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1669*Pieter Jansz Post master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1685*Adriaen van Ostade Dutch painter, buried.Ref: 5
1727*Paul Aler French jesuit/poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1736*Albert Seba Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1799*Henri-Joseph Rigel composer, dies at 58.Ref: 5
1818 Herman W Daendels Governor-General of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55.Ref: 5
1845*August Pauly German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48.Ref: 5
1849*David H Chassé Baron/General (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1857*LC Alfred the Musset French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies at age 46.Ref: 5
1864*Giacomo Meyerbeer, composer, dies in Paris, France at age 72. (Cross, Milton, "Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music", Doubleday & Co, 1953), dies at age 72. 
1887*G Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence.Ref: 5
1892*Wilhelm Rust composer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1897*William Cleaver Francis Robinson composer, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1919 Gustav Landauer German socialist, dies.Ref: 5
1937*Arthur Somervell composer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1945*Martin Bormann propoganda minister for Hitler, dies.Ref: 5
1946*5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Fransisco Bay.Ref: 5
1954*Pauline de Cock-Manifarges singer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1955*Tadeusz Jarecki composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1957*Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican senator from Wisconsin, dies at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland at age 47.Ref: 68
1957*Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern composer, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1958*Alfred Weber German economist/sociologist, dies at 89.Ref: 5
1959*Yrlö Henrik Kilpinen Finnish composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1960*Convicted sex offender and best-selling author (wrote four books while on death row) Caryl Chessman was executed at age 38 at San Quentin Prison in CA, after 12 years of appeals.Ref: 70
1963*Tomas Vackar composer, dies at 17.Ref: 5
1963*Van Wyck Brooks US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1964*Nancy Witcher Astor, American-born English politician; first woman in the British House of Commons, dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1968*Donald L Hall airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1969*Franz von Papen German chancellor (1932), dies at 89.Ref: 5
1972*Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine 126 die (Kellogg Idaho).Ref: 5
1972*J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) from 1924-1972, dies in his sleep at age 77 after serving as director of the FBI for 48 years.Ref: 70
1972*Hugo Hartung writer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1973*Alan Carney actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1982*Hugh Marlowe actor (Ellery Queen, Jim Matthews-Another World), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1983*Pro Football Hall of Famer quarterback for the LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Norm Van Brocklin dies.Ref: 4
1983*Marius F Duintjer architect, dies.Ref: 5
1984*Jack Barry game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1984*Piet van Aken Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1985*Hal LeRoy dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after cardiac surgery.Ref: 5
1985*Milton S Eisenhower US diplomat, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1985*Larry Clinton bandleader: Deep Purple, My Reverie, On a Slow Boat to China; composer: The Dipsy Doodle, Satan Takes a Holiday, Tap Dancer’s Nightmare, Dusk in Upper Sandusky; dies.Ref: 4
1990*David Rappaport 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38.Ref: 5
1990*Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1990*William Levi Dawson composer, dies at 90.Ref: 5
1991*Hal Bell dies at 65.Ref: 5
1991*Leib Lensky dies at 82.Ref: 5
1992*Lee Salk child psychologist, writer: Preparing for parenthood : understanding your feelings about pregnancy, childbirth, and your baby; dies of cardiac arrest at 65.Ref: 4
1992*Joey Cuevas dancer, dies at 34.Ref: 5
1992*Margareth Wallmann Austrian opera director, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1992*Philip Dunne screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84.Ref: 5
1992*Wilbur Mills (Representative-D-AR)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1993*Julio Gallo wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82Ref: 5
1993*Will Weng Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1994*Louis Calaferte writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1994*Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 30 killed.Ref: 5
1994*Wilson Charles Geoffery Baldwin hero, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1995*Michael Hordern actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83Ref: 5
1996*Emile Habibi writer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1996*Peter John Swales football club chairman, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1996 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton civil servant, dies at 97.Ref: 5
1999*Oliver Reed actor: The Prince and the Pauper, Women in Love, Oliver!, The Jokers; dies.Ref: 4
2000*An investigating panel concluded that Texas A&M University students cut corners in construction and school officials failed to adequately supervise them before a bonfire collapseRef: 6
2000*Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.Ref: 6

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