Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
May 16th

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955*Alberich II, illegitimate son of Octavianus elected pope.Ref: 5
1165 Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine.Ref: 5
1527 Florence becomes a republic.Ref: 5
1532*Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor.Ref: 5
1568*Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England.Ref: 5
1571*Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM.Ref: 5
1584*7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal.Ref: 5
1605*Camillo Borghese, elected to succeed Pope Leo XI, becomes Paul V.Ref: 69
1633*Charles I crowned King of Scotland at Edinburgh.Ref: 10
1747*Prince Willem V sworn in as Admiral-General of Netherlands.Ref: 5
1769*The House of Burgesses adopts resolutions claiming once again their exclusive right to levy taxes in Virginia. 
1770*Marie Antoinette, age 14, marries future King Louis the 16th of France, who was 15.Ref: 5
1792*Denmark abolishes slave trade.Ref: 5
1795*Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state.Ref: 5
1796 Lombardije Republic forms.Ref: 5
1804*Senate & Tribune declare Napolean leader of France.Ref: 5
1804*French Senate petitions Napoleon Bonaparte to establish a hereditary dynastyRef: 10
1817*First steamboat on the Mississippi, The "Washington" goes into service.Ref: 5
1860*Republican convention (Chicago) selects Abraham Lincoln candidate.Ref: 5
1866*The U.S. Treasury Department added another coin to American currency by authorizing the minting of the nickel. The silver half-dime was used up to this point.Ref: 4
1868*The Senate votes on the 11th Article of Impeachment against President Johnson and is one vote short (cast by Edmund G. Ross) of the 2/3 majority needed to impeach the President.Ref: 3
1872*Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for first time.Ref: 5
1874*First recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg MA).Ref: 5
1879 The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.Ref: 2
1881*World's first elec tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin).Ref: 5
1888*CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver British Columbia.Ref: 5
1891*George A Hormel & Company introduce Spam.Ref: 5
1903*First transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at San Fransisco (George Wymann).Ref: 5
1910*The US Bureau of Mines was authorized by the US Congress.Ref: 4
1911*Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf.Ref: 5
1920*Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) is canonized a saint in Rome.Ref: 5
1920*Popular Baptist pastor and denominational leader George Washington Truett, 53, preached his famous sermon, "Baptists and Religious Liberty," to 15,000 people from the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C.Ref: 5
1922 White Star Line Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage.Ref: 5
1924*108ºF (42ºC) in Blitzen OR.Ref: 5
1927*Supreme court rules that bootleggers must file income-tax forms even though bootlegging was illegal.Ref: 5
1929*The Shaffer Lectureship was established at the Yale Divinity School, in memory of Kent Shaffer, Ph.B.Ref: 5
1938*The first animal breeding society was organized in three New Jersey counties.Ref: 4
1939*Food stamps are first issued.Ref: 5
1943*Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting, Nazis dynamite Tlomackie Synagogue.Ref: 5
1943*German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw.Ref: 5
1944*In Germany, Eichmann gives Joel Brand of the Zionist Relief and Rescue Committee a ransom demand to convey to British and American governments: 1 million European Jews would be released in exchange for food and 10,000 trucks for use on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.Ref: 35
1944*First of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews arrive at Auschwitz. Eichmann arrives to personally oversee and speed up the extermination process. By May 24, an estimated 100,000 have been gassed. Between May 16 and May 31, the SS report collecting 88 pounds of gold and white metal from the teeth of those gassed. By the end of April, 381,661 persons - half of the Jews in Hungary - arrive at Auschwitz.Ref: 35
1948*Israel issues its first postage stamps.Ref: 5
1948*Chaim Weizmann elected first President of Israel.Ref: 5
1951 Chinese Communist Forces launch second step, fifth-phase offensive and gain up to 20 miles of territory.Ref: 2
1955*King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo.Ref: 5
1956 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China.Ref: 5
1956*Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia.Ref: 5
1957*Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae.Ref: 5
1957*US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton CT.Ref: 5
1960*A Big Four summit conference in Paris collapses on opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the US in the wake of the U-Two incident.Ref: 2
1964*USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1965*Spaghetti-O's first sold.Ref: 5
1966*Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.Ref: 5
1966*National Welfare Rights Organization begins.Ref: 5
1969*USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1969 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1969*US sub Guitarro sinks at the pier at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.Ref: 5
1971*First class postage now costs 8¢ (was 6¢).Ref: 5
1971 Bulgaria adopts it's constitution.Ref: 5
1974*Helmut Schmidt becomes West German chancellor.Ref: 5
1974*USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1975 India annexes Principality of Sikkim.Ref: 5
1982*Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Republic.Ref: 5
1983 Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel.Ref: 5
1984*US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution.Ref: 5
1984*Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer.Ref: 5
1985*Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium.Ref: 5
1986*Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Republic parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1986*South African President P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela.Ref: 5
1987*"Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from New York, beginning an unsuccesful 8-week search for a dumping site.Ref: 5
1988*Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin.Ref: 5
1988*US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant.Ref: 5
1989 Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing.Ref: 5
1990*Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected.Ref: 5
1991 Secretary of State James A. Baker III wrapped up his latest Mideast visit in Israel without an agreement in Arab-Israeli peace talks.Ref: 6
1991*(King) Judge Bernard Kamins sets June 17 as the opening date for the trial of the four officers. He denies a defense motion for a change of venue out of Los Angeles County. The defense appeals the denial of their motion.Ref: 87
1991*Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.Ref: 70
1992*Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock.Ref: 5
1993 A two-day Bosnian-Serb referendum on a UN-backed peace plan ended with voters rejecting the proposal by a wide margin. (XDG, p 4A, 5/16/2003)Ref: 83
1993*Süleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey.Ref: 5
1994 Israel begins its final withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, shutting down the prison and military headquarters where Israeli soldiers had been in charge since the 1967 Middle East War. 
1994*Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment.Ref: 5
1994*Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic.Ref: 5
1995*Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlierRef: 5
1997*Brandi Sherwood, (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA.Ref: 5
1997*Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe.Ref: 5
1997*Zaire's president, Mobutu Sese Seko, ended 32 years of autocratic rule, giving control of the country to rebel forces.Ref: 70
2000*The Federal Reserve raised its federal funds rate by one-half point, the biggest increase in five years.Ref: 6
2000*The NY Democratic Party, meeting in Albany, nominated first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US Senate.Ref: 6
2001*Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was indicted on charges of spying for Moscow.Ref: 70
2003*Ohio Department of Transportation engineers decide to close the South Detroit Street bridge in Xenia OH after a brief inspection shows it to be unsafe. (XDG, Headline, 5/17/2003)Ref: 83
1862*Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds first automobile.Ref: 5
1866*Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer.Ref: 5
1893*Visible typewriter patented;machine allows user to see words as they enter page.Ref: 10
1911*Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey UK.Ref: 5
1936*First British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France.Ref: 5
1957*Major Irwin, USAF flies a Lockheed Starfighter to a record 1,404.18Ref: 5
1958*Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter.Ref: 5
1958*Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico.Ref: 5
1963*First report on SNOBOL distributed (within BTL)Ref: 62
1963*After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.Ref: 2
1969*Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere.Ref: 5
1982*Columbia moves to Vandenberg Air Force Base for mating in preparation for STS-4.Ref: 5
1992*US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour).Ref: 5
1993*Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skullRef: 5
1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg.Ref: 5
1648 Battle at Zólty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir.Ref: 5
1803 Peace of Amiens ends.Ref: 5
1811*British defeat French in Battle of Albuera (Peninsular War).Ref: 5
1861*Confederate Government offers war volunteers $10 premium.Ref: 5
1861*Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in the War Between the States.Ref: 5
1863*At the Battle of Champion's Hill MS, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.Ref: 2
1864*Battle of Bermuda Hundred VA.Ref: 5
1864*Atlanta Campaign-battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13).Ref: 5
1864*Last battles at Drewry's Bluff VA (6,666 casualties).Ref: 5
1917*Bullecourt captured by British in the Arras battles.Ref: 38
1918*The Sedition Act, an amendment to Espionage Act of 1917, becomes law. 
1940*Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers.Ref: 5
1940*Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris.Ref: 5
1941*French Marshal Petain issues a radio broadcast approving collaboration with Hitler.Ref: 35
1941*Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia.Ref: 5
1941*Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT).Ref: 5
1941*Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham).Ref: 5
1942*First transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma.Ref: 5
1943*Barnes Wallis's "bouncing bombs" first dropped by Britain on Ruhr Valley dams at Mohne and Eder.Ref: 2
1944*Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java.Ref: 4
1944*Chinese/US armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma.Ref: 5
1944*Operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea.Ref: 5
1944*Military police attack gypsies.Ref: 5
1945*Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa.Ref: 5
1948 Egyptians enter the Gaza.Ref: 5
1965*Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South VietnamRef: 5
1869*Cincinnati Reds play their first baseball game, win 41-7.Ref: 5
1882*8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40¼.Ref: 5
1884*10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40¼.Ref: 5
1894*Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings.Ref: 5
1902*2 deaf-mutes face each other for first time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3.Ref: 5
1912*Due to his assault on Claude Lucker, a handicapped fan and a regular heckler, Ty Cobb is suspended. Although today's game is rained out, the Tigers meet in Philadelphia voting to boycott if the 'Georgia Peach' is not allowed to play.Ref: 1
1914 The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, KS.Ref: 4
1916*41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8.Ref: 5
1917*Thanks to a scoring change made after the game by a panel of sportswriters who reverse a first inning hit into an error, Bob Groom of the Browns no-hits the White Sox, 4-0. His teammate, Ernie Koob also threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Pale Hose.Ref: 1
1921*47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2.Ref: 5
1925*51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6. It is also the first network radiocast (WHAS) of Kentucky Derby.Ref: 5
1927*New York Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home.Ref: 5
1930 6th Walker Cup: US 10-Great Britain/Ireland 2.Ref: 5
1931*57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins in 2:01.8.Ref: 5
1932*Yankees 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston.Ref: 5
1933*In a 12-inning game against the White Sox, Senator rookie Cecil Travis gets five hits in his major league debut .Ref: 1
1936*62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59.Ref: 5
1939*With half the expected crowd on-hand due to the cold weather, only 15,109 fans at Shibe Park see the Indians defeat the A's 8-3 in 10 innings, in the first night game ever played in the American League.Ref: 1
1948*Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion.Ref: 5
1953*Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row.Ref: 5
1953*After loading the bases against the Yankees in the ninth inning, the White Sox pinch hit for right-handed Vern Stephens, who has 10 grand slams in his career, with Tommy Byrne. The lefty pinch-hitter, a pitcher, homers off Ewell Blackwell to give Chicago a 5-3 victory.Ref: 1
1954*Ted Williams gets 8 hits in first game (DH) since breaking collarbone.Ref: 5
1954*Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open.Ref: 5
1954*The Orioles draw a record 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees.Ref: 1
1955*Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in 9 (San Fransisco) for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1957*Yankees involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade.Ref: 5
1959*85th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57.Ref: 5
1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champion.Ref: 5
1964*90th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8.Ref: 5
1965*Defeating the Yankees, 7-5, Orioles' nineteen-year old rookie Jim Palmer wins his first major league game and homers, also his first, off of Jim Bouton.Ref: 1
1965*Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open.Ref: 5
1966*Tigers' manger Charlie Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. Bob Swift is named as acting manager.Ref: 1
1967*Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The 'Vulture' gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astro Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.Ref: 1
1967*Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.Ref: 5
1970*96th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2.Ref: 5
1972*With a Ruthian blast at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium off Burt Hooton, first baseman Greg Luzinski 'rings' the Liberty Bell hanging in dead center field on fourth level. The 500-foot clanger will account for the Phillies only run as they lose to the Cubs, 8-1.Ref: 1
1972*Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale.Ref: 5
1973 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar.Ref: 5
1975*Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 in Las Vegas NV to retain the heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1975*Japaneses climber Junko Tabei, 35, becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.Ref: 70
1976*Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1976*Stanley Cup: Montréal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games.Ref: 5
1977*Muhammad Ali defeats Alfredo Evangelista in a 15 round decision in Landover MD to retain the heavyweigt boxing title.Ref: 5
1979*National League approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19 million.Ref: 5
1980*34th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1980*Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album.Ref: 5
1981*Astro Craig Reynolds hits three triples in one game. He is only the seventh player to accomplish this feat.Ref: 1
1981*107th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6.Ref: 5
1982*Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.Ref: 5
1983*In an 11-4 rout of the Padres, Met rookie Darryl Strawberry hit his first major league home run.Ref: 1
1984*Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota; Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game.Ref: 5
1984*Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer.Ref: 5
1985*Michael 'Air' Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the National Basketball Association. Jordan of the Chicago Bulls was the number three draft choice. At the time, he was third in the league scoring with a 28.2 average and fourth in steals with 2.39 per game.Ref: 4
1987*113th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8.Ref: 5
1992 America3 ("America Cubed"), skippered by Bill Koch, wins the 28th defense of the America's Cup. (XDG, p 4A, 5/16/2002)Ref: 83
1992*118th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6.Ref: 5
1993*Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship.Ref: 5
1994*Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana.Ref: 5
1996*In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two HRs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with solo HR off Jeff Tabaka and then hits a two-run homer of Jim Dougherty.Ref: 1
1997*St Louis Cardinals Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit.Ref: 5
1997*Expos trailing San Fransisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13.Ref: 5
1997*Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings.Ref: 5
1998*124th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux on Real Quiet wins in 1:54.8Ref: 5
2000*At Wrigley Field in the ninth inning, after a fan steals Los Angeles¹ catcher Chad Kreuter's hat and hits him in the back of the head, several Dodgers go into the stands and get into fights with the fans. When the melee ends, several fans are arrested as the game is delayed nearly ten minutes, and there is litter all over the fieldRef: 1
2001*Connecting off Astros' Shane Reynolds, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa hits his 14th home run to become the 33rd major leaguer to reach 400 career homers. Sosa has hit 371 homers as a cub putting him third on the all-time Cub list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).Ref: 1
2001*Giant southpaw Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) is traded to the Mets for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10, 56) and utility man Desi Relaford (.302, 8, 36).Ref: 1
2002*The New York Times reports October 1, which is the first day of the postseason, is also being considered as a possible strike date. In yesterday's edition, the newspaper had indicated an early August date was being considered for a labor action by the Players Association if a new CBA can't be reached.Ref: 1
1763*Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London.Ref: 5
1791 James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson" is published.Ref: 10
1868*Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague.Ref: 5
1879 Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres.Ref: 5
1901*Fiction: Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of the Priory School" (BG).Ref: 5
1928*The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.Ref: 2
1929*The first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor win.Ref: 5
1929*Paul Whiteman and his orchestra backed Bing Crosby for the tune, Sposin’, which ‘Der Bingle’ recorded for Columbia Records.Ref: 4
1941*First US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers".Ref: 5
1946*Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC.Ref: 5
1952*"New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances.Ref: 5
1953*Bill Haley and His Comets made it to the Billboard music charts for the first time with Crazy Man Crazy. The tune went to number six and became the first rock 'n' roll record to make the pop music chart.Ref: 4
1956*Kraft Theatre presents an act from John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage".Ref: 5
1960*A research study reported that TV commercials "in living color" were over three times more effective than black and white commercials.Ref: 4
1961*13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck.Ref: 5
1963*"Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances.Ref: 5
1965*The musical "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd" opens on Broadway. (XDG, p 4A, 5/16/2002)Ref: 83
1966*The album "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys was released.Ref: 70
1966*The album "Blonde on Blonde" by Bob Dylan was released.Ref: 70
1969*The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault.Ref: 5
1969*Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute.Ref: 5
1970*"Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" by Bill Cosby hits #70.Ref: 5
1971*Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych.Ref: 5
1972*"Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances.Ref: 5
1975*Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK.Ref: 5
1980*Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.Ref: 5
1980*Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes.Ref: 5
1981*Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson.Ref: 5
1981*Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, climbed to the top spot of the pop music chart and stayed there for five straight weeks, took a week off (replaced by Stars on 45 Medley by Stars on 45) and came back to number one for four more weeks! It was, obviously, a gold record winner and was played over and over and over for 20 weeks before becoming an instant oldie but goodie. Bette Davis Eyes, incidentally, was written in part by Jackie DeShannon, who had two top ten hits in the 1960s: What the World Needs Now is Love in 1965 and the million-seller, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, in 1969.Ref: 4
1982*"Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances.Ref: 5
1982*"Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances.Ref: 5
1986 "Top Gun" premieres.Ref: 5
1986*Fiction: Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas.Ref: 5
1987*"Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances.Ref: 5
1987*Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show.Ref: 5
1991*Fiction: Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (Superman character)Ref: 5
1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35.Ref: 5
1993*"3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Square NYC after 30 performances.Ref: 5
1993*Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head.Ref: 5
1994*Fiction: Barbara Jean Jones fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7.Ref: 5
1558*Andreas of Austria Bohemia cardinal/Governor of Netherlands (1598-1600), is born.Ref: 5
1609*Ferdinand Austria, cardinal of Spain/Governor of Netherlands, is born.Ref: 5
1641*Sir Dudley North, English economist and merchant, is born.Ref: 70
1659*Campegius Vitringa Dutch theologist, is born.Ref: 5
1718*Maria G Agnesi Italy mathematician curves= x²y=a²(a-y), is born.Ref: 5
1748*Antonius van Alphen apostolic vicar of De Bosch, is born.Ref: 5
1761*John Opie artist, is born.Ref: 5
1763*Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium), is born.Ref: 5
1782*John Sell Cotman water color artist, is born.Ref: 5
1788*Friedrich Rückert poet, is born.Ref: 5
1801*William Seward, US Secretary of State (1861-1869) who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 [Seward's Folly], is born.Ref: 4
1804*Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator: established first kindergarten in US in 1860, is born. She is also the sister-in-law of Nathaniel Hawthorne.Ref: 4
1806*George C Cadwalader Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879, is born.Ref: 5
1816*Henry Hopkins Sibley Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1886, is born.Ref: 5
1819*Daniel Ammen Captain (Union Navy), died in 1898, is born.Ref: 5
1822*Eduard Hille Dutch composer/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1824*Levi Parsons Morton (R) 22nd US Vice President (1889-93), is born.Ref: 5
1824*Edmund Kirby-Smith, Florida, West Point graduate/educator/General (Confederate Army), is born.Ref: 5
1827*Petrus J H Cuypers architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station), is born.Ref: 5
1831*David Edward Hughes inventor (microphone, teleprinter), is born.Ref: 5
1832*Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods), is born.Ref: 5
1845*Dietrich Schäfer German historian (Deutsche Hanse), is born.Ref: 5
1850*Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer, is born.Ref: 2
1850*Birth of Arthur H. Mann, English church organist. In addition to being an authority on Handel, Mann also composed a number of sacred hymn tunes, including ANGEL'S STORY, to which we sing today, "O Jesus, I Have Promised".Ref: 5
1857*Juan Morel Campos composer, is born.Ref: 5
1858*Frank Lynes composer, is born.Ref: 5
1858*Hanus Trnecek composer, is born.Ref: 5
1866*Ernest Watson Burgess US sociologist (ecological school), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Taylor Holmes Newark NJ, actor (Tobor the Great, Beware My Lovely), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Julius Tannen NY, comedian (Great Moment, House of Frankenstein), is born.Ref: 5
1882*Anne O'Hare McCormick, the American journalist who became the first woman on the editorial board of The New York Times, is born.Ref: 70
1886*Douglas Southall Freeman, journalist, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, is born.Ref: 2
1887*Bull Montana Vogliera Italy, actor (Brass Buttons, Victory), is born.Ref: 5
1887*J van Hoddis writer, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Joan Collette Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Coenraad B van Haeringen linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Richard Tauber [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1893 José Calvo Sotelo Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Paul Amadeus Pisk composer, is born.Ref: 5
1894*Walter Yust, American editor in chief of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1938-1960), is born.Ref: 70
1896*Margaret Sullavan, actress, is born.Ref: 68
1897*Walther Geiser composer, is born.Ref: 5
1898 August de Schrijver Belgian politician/founder (CVP)Ref: 5
1902*Jan Kiepura Sosnowiec Poland, vocalist/actor (Her Wonderful Lie), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Hugh Plaxton Canada, ice hockey player (Olympics-gold-1928), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Lily Pons opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Henry (Jaynes) Fonda, Grand Island NE, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond), is born.Ref: 5
1905*H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Arturo Uslar Pietri Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Nicholas Beriozoff ballet master, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Robert Tisdall Ireland, 400 meter hurdles (Olympics-gold-1932), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Hilary Preston editor, is born.Ref: 5
1908 Mohammed Roem Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Charles Wislon principal (Glasgow University), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Margaret Sullavan Norfolk VA, actress (Back Street), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Studs Terkel New York NY, author/host (Stud's Place, Working), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Woody Herman jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Adriana Caselotti cartoon voice, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Bernard Braden broadcaster/actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Ephraim Katzir biophysicist/President (Israel), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Irene Elizabeth Beatrice Ighodaro doctor/social reformer, is born.Ref: 5
1917*George Gaynes Helsinki Finland, actor (Henry-Punky Brewster), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Geraint Jones conductor/organist, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Edward Thomas historian/intelligence expert, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Juan Rulfo Mexican writer (Pedro Páramo), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Kevin Skelton Bishop (Lichfield), is born.Ref: 5
1919*[Wladziu Valentino] Liberace West Allis WI, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), is born.Ref: 68
1919*Richard Mason author, is born.Ref: 5
1920*Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer] Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Harry Carey Jr Saugus CA, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), is born.Ref: 5
1921 Robert Croften Brown politician, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Eddie Bert jazz musician: trombone, is born.Ref: 4
1922 Colin Cole Principal King of Arms, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Russell Wood treasurer (Queen Elizabeth), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Dawda Kairaba Jawara President (Gambia, 1970-94), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Frank F Mankiewicz New York NY, columnist (Perfectly Clear), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Robert Pierpoint newsman: CBS News White House correspondent, is born.Ref: 4
1926*Rube (Albert Bluford) Walker, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and LA Dodgers, is born.Ref: 4
1926*Jan Zimmer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1927*John Walford solicitor, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Baseballer Billy (Alfred Manuel) Martin is born. He played and managed (5 times) the NY Yankees; also managed Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, TX Rangers and Oakland A's.Ref: 4
1928*Reginald Askew dean (King's College London), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Betty Carter, jazz singer, is born.Ref: 2
1929*Adrienne Cecile Rich Baltimore MD, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), is born.Ref: 5
1929*John Conyers Jr (Representative-D-MI, 1965- ), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Osmo Uolevi Lindeman composer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Betty Carter (Lillie Mae Jones) jazz singer: toured with Lionel Hampton & Miles Davis; dies.Ref: 4
1930*Desmond Langley Governor (Bermuda), is born.Ref: 5
1930 Don Conicannon government minister, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Friedrich Gulda Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Donald James Martino, Plainfield NJ, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Jack Dodson Pittsburgh PA, actor (Howard Sprage-Andy Griffith Show), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Lowell P Weicker (Senator-R-CT, 1971-88/Governor-D-CT), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Peter Levi poet/writer, is born.Ref: 5
1932*Isaac "Redd" Holt US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Anthony Walker commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies), is born.Ref: 5
1934 Nicholas Goodison CEO (TSB Group), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Philippe de Montebello Paris France, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Roy Hudd comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood), is born.Ref: 5
1937*James Hunt Jr (Governor-NC), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Yvonne Craig Taylorville IL, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Anthony Walker commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Stuart Bell MP, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Bernardo Bertolucci Parma Italy, director (1900, Last Emperor), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Gareth Roberts chancellor (Sheffield University), is born.Ref: 5
1941*John McWilliams MP, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Maurice Henry Weddington composer, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Donny Anderson football: Green Bay Packers: running back, punter: Super Bowls I & II, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Dan Coats (Representative-R-IN, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Jon Jost director (All the Vermeers in New York), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Billy Cobham Panamá, jazz artist (Same Ole Love), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Brewster H Shaw Jr Cass City MI, Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28), is born.Ref: 5
1945*James Moran (Representative-D-VA), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Nicky Chinn English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Jessi B Wilson Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Roger Earl rocker (Foghat), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Barbara Lee (Jones) singer (with the Chiffons), is born. Credits: He's So Fine, One Fine Day, Sweet Talkin' Guy, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Darrel Sweet musician: drums, singer: group: Nazareth: LPs: Love Hurts, Snaz; is born.Ref: 4
1947*Bill Smitrovich actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Rosie Barnes MP, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Jim Langer Pro Football Hall of Famer: Miami Dolphins guard & center: Super Bowls VI, VII, VIII, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Rick (Rickey Eugene) Reuschel baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1977], NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1987], SF Giants [all-star: 1989/World Series: 1989], is born.Ref: 4
1949 Jimmy Hood MP, is born.Ref: 5
1949*William Sputnik Spooner rock guitarist (Grateful Dead, Tubes), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Jock Bartley rocker (Firefall), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Johannes Bednorz German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Jonathan Richman rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Pierce Brosnan, Navan County Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, James Bond-Golden Eye), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Actor Pierce Brosnan is born in Ireland. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1953*Rick (Richard Alan) Rhoden baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [all-star: 1976/World Series: 1977], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1986], NY Yankees, Houston Astros, is born.Ref: 4
1953*David Maclean British minister of state, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Richard Page Los Angeles CA, rocker (Mr Mister), is born.Ref: 5
1954*[Dafydd] Rhys Williams Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (STS 90), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Janet Maw actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Debra Winger Columbus OH, actress (Officer & Gentleman), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Olga Korbut is born in Grodno Belorussia. She won three Olympic gold medals in 1972 and redefined women's gymnastics.Ref: 68
1955*Hazel O'Connor Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Jack Morris St Paul MN, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Joan Benoit Samuelson Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Olympics-gold-1984), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Glenn Gregory rock vocalist (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Bob Patterson Jacksonville FL, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Mare Winningham Phoenix AZ, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Ty Armstrong Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Anne Parillaud Paris France, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Nina Arvesen White Plains NY, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Yannick Noah France, tennis player (French 1983), is born.Ref: 17
1963*Jimmy Osmond rocker (Osmond Brothers), is born.Ref: 5
1964*John Salley NBA star (Detroit Pistons), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Brent Jasmer Portland OR, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Lori Sippel Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Janet Jackson Gary IN, singer, Michael's sister (Control), is born. (TWA, 2002)Ref: 95
1966*Scott Reeves Santa Monica CA, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Sean Quilty Australian marathoner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Thurman Thomas NFL running back (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Ralph Tresvant Boston MA, singer (New Editon), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Tracey Gold New York NY, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Steven Earl Lewis Los Angeles CA, 4X100/400 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1988) is born.Ref: 5
1969*Tricia Cast actress (Nina-The Young and Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Eric Lynch NFL running back (Detroit Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Gabriela Sabatini Argentina, tennis player (Olympics-silver-1988), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Khari Jones CFL/WLAF quarterback (British Columbia Lions, Scottish Claymores), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Keith Burns NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Actress Tori Spelling is born.Ref: 4
1974*Conal Groom Northford CT, rower (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Keith Thibodeaux cornerback (Washington Redskins), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Vincent Larusso Livingston NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), is born.Ref: 5
1979*Evan Ferrante actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing), is born.Ref: 5
1981*Jessica Ponzo Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996), is born.Ref: 5
942*Saadiah Gaon head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies.Ref: 5
1434*Pieter Appelmans Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60.Ref: 5
1606 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia.Ref: 5
1669*Pietro da Cortona [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies.Ref: 5
1669*Reyer Anslo writer/poet, dies at about 42.Ref: 5
1691*America's first accused spy, Jacob Leisler, hanged for treason after unfair trial.Ref: 5
1754*Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1762*Ernst Chreistian Hesse composer, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1768*Cornelis Writer fleet supervisor, dies at about 81.Ref: 5
1777*Button Gwinnet US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds.Ref: 5
1782*Daniuel Charles Solander botanist, dies.Ref: 5
1805*Christian Brunings hydraulic engineer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1819*Alexander van Bylandt military, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1829*William Congreve English officer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1830*Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier mathematician, dies.Ref: 5
1835*Felicia Dorothea Hemans poet/hymn writer, dies.Ref: 5
1847*Kaspar Ett German organist/composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1862*Lev A Ms Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40.Ref: 5
1863*Lloyd Tilghman Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 47.Ref: 5
1864*Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered.Ref: 5
1875*Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000.Ref: 5
1880*Karl August Krebs composer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1892*John Banvard painted world's largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies.Ref: 5
1892*Theodoor J Canneel Flemish painter, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1903*Eduard Rappoldi composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1904*N I Bobrikov Russian Governor-General in Finland, dies.Ref: 5
1910*Henri E Cross [Delacroix] French painter, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1918*Eusapia Palladino Napolitan, dies at 64.Ref: 5
1920*José Gómez [Joselito el Gallo], Spanish bullfighter, is fatally gored fighting his last bull and dies at age 25.Ref: 70
1926*Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman) last sultan of Turkey, dies.Ref: 5
1928*Edmund William Grosse poet/author, dies.Ref: 5
1929*Lilli Lehmann soprano, dies.Ref: 5
1932*Ki Imukai premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered.Ref: 5
1932*William Pember Reeves politician/poet, dies.Ref: 5
1938*38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta GA).Ref: 5
1938*Joseph B Strauss, American civil engineer; designed the Golden Gate Bridge, dies at age 68.Ref: 70
1938 Stephen Fairbairn oarsman/coach, dies.Ref: 5
1942*Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski anthropologist, dies.Ref: 5
1944*George Ade US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1944*Leone Sinigaglia composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1944*Max Brand [Frederick Schiller Faust] western author, dies.Ref: 5
1947*Sir Frederick Hopkins, English Nobel Prize-winning biochemist (1929), dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1948*The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonica Harbor in Greece, several days after he'd left his hotel for an interview with the leader of a Communist militia. (XDG, p 4A, 5/16/2000)Ref: 83
1949*William Newzam Prior Nicholson painter/engraver, dies.Ref: 5
1954*Clemens Krauss Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1954*Werner Bischof Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38.Ref: 5
1955*James Agee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author (A Death in the Family), dies at age 45.Ref: 70
1957*'Untouchable' Eliot Ness dies.Ref: 24
1958*Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten] Flemish playwright, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1959*Joe Cook Stage comedian, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1966*Randolph Turpin boxer: Middleweight Champ [1951] is killed [shot to death in his home].Ref: 4
1968*Earthquake kills 47 in Japan.Ref: 5
1969*Johnny Jordan cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44.Ref: 5
1972*Maxime Dumoulin composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1973*A P Gütersloh writer, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1975*Michael X [Abdul Malik] hanged in Trinidad, for murder.Ref: 5
1977*Five people are killed when a NY Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying.Ref: 5
1978*Sir Robert Menzies, Australian prime minister (1939-41, 1949-66), dies at age 83.Ref: 70
1979*Asa Philip Randolph, American civil rights leader and trade unionist, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1981*William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1983*Carel Brons composer, dies at 52.Ref: 5
1984*Andy Kaufman comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35.Ref: 5
1984*Irwin Shaw (Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff) novelist: Rich Man Poor Man, The Young Lions; dies at age 71.Ref: 4
1985*Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland OH, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies from a heart attack at 82.Ref: 5
1988*Kay Baxter Best Bodybuilder in the World (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42.Ref: 5
1988*Louise Wood director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1989*Hassan Khaled sheik of Lebanon, murdered.Ref: 5
1990*Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend, is killed by brother Christian.Ref: 5
1990*Sammy Davis Jr. entertainer: Sammy and Company, NBC Follies; singer: The Candy Man, What Kind of Fool Am I, Faraway Places, Hey There, Something’s Gotta Give, Love Me or Leave Me, That Old Black Magic, Mr. Wonderful, Too Close for Comfort; group: The Will Mastin Trio; actor: The Kid Who Loved Christmas, Cannonball Run series, Sweet Charity, A Man Called Adam, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Three Penny Opera, Ocean’s 11, Porgy and Bess, Golden Boy, Mr. Wonderful, Rufus Jones for President; member: The Rat Pack; author: Why Me?; dies in Los Angeles at age 64 of throat cancer.Ref: 4
1990*Jim Henson muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies of pneumonia at 53. (TWA, 1991)Ref: 95
1991*Prudence Nesbitt British actress/TV producer, dies.Ref: 5
1992*Marlene Dietrich, who died in Paris, was buried in Berlin. (XDG p 4A, 5/16/2002)Ref: 83
1992*Marisa Mell actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53.Ref: 5
1993*Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1994*Alain Cuny actor (Lovers, Emanuelle, Camille Claudel), dies.Ref: 5
1994*Phani Majumdar film director, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1994*Vasek Simek Czechoslovakia/US, actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1995*Lola Flores singer/actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1995*Ragnhild Marie Hatton historian, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1996*Four-star Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda commits suicide after some of his military awards were called into question. He was the first sailor to rise from the lowest enlisted rank to the top rank in the Navy. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1996*Edward McInnes German scholar, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1996*Pierre Debizet resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72Ref: 5
2002*The remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan.Ref: 70
2003*Five simultaneous suicide attacks claimed the lives of 33 victims and a dozen suicide bombers in Casablance, Morocco.Ref: 70

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