Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
May 25th

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597*Traditional date of arrival of St. Augustine in Britain from Rome to convert the Anglos and Saxons.Ref: 10
1241*First attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany.Ref: 5
1521*(Protestant Reformation) Holy Roman Emperor Charles V pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic for refusing to recant his teachings while at the Diet of Worms (held the previous month).Ref: 5
1522*Emperor Karel I returns to Spain.Ref: 5
1659*Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector.Ref: 5
1660*English King Charles II lands in Dover.Ref: 5
1661*King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Bragança.Ref: 5
1721*John Copson becomes America's first insurance agent.Ref: 5
1778*Daniel Boone is formally adopted as a Shawnee as the son of Blackfish.Ref: 54
1784*Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek.Ref: 5
1787*The Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. George Washington presides.Ref: 5
1793*Stephen T. Badin, 25, was ordained in Baltimore, MD, the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the newly independent United States of America. Badin afterward served as a frontier missionary, and played a key role in establishing Catholicism in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee during the early nineteenth century.Ref: 5
1812*Earthquake destroys Caracas Venezuela.Ref: 5
1824*The American Sunday School Union was established in Philadelphia. It pledged itself: (1) to circulate appropriate literature in every part of the land; (2) to secure a unity of evangelistic effort; and (3) to plant a Sunday School wherever there was a population.Ref: 5
1825*American Unitarian Association founded.Ref: 5
1846*Donner Party: The Graves family leaves St. Joseph, Missouri.Ref: 28
1861*John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting the writ.Ref: 5
1876*The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland (org. 1743) united with the Free Church of Scotland (org. 1843) to form the new Free Church of Scotland. (In 1929 the Free Church merged with the Mother Church, afterward retaining the name Church of Scotland.)Ref: 5
1895*James P. Lee first published Gold in America -- A Practical Manual. It is said to be the first book about regular folks finding gold in “them thar hills.”Ref: 4
1914*British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule.Ref: 5
1921*First woman British barrister qualified.Ref: 10
1923 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader.Ref: 5
1925*Two company houses occupied by nonunion coal miners were blown up and destroyed by labor "racketeers" during a strike against the Glendale Gas and Coal Company in Wheeling, West Virginia.Ref: 59
1925*John T. Scopes was indicted in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.Ref: 70
1927*The Ford Motor Company announced that its popular automobile model, the Model T, known as the Tin Lizzie, would not be rolling off assembly lines anymore. Instead, the discontinued car would be replaced by the more modern Model A. The first Model T was manufactured in 1908, designed, the Ford Motor Company stated, “as an inexpensive vehicle for the great multitude.” It was also the first item produced on an assembly line (Henry Ford’s new production system). By 1918, half of all motor cars in the entire world were Tin Lizzies.Ref: 4
1937*First airmail letter to circle the globe returns to New York.Ref: 5
1940 Crypt of Civilization time capsule sealed at Ogilthorpe Univ., Atlanta; to be opened 5/28/8113.Ref: 10
1943*Riot at Mobile AL shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers.Ref: 5
1946*Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, King Abdullah Ibn Ul-Hussein.Ref: 5
1947*Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Company's Mine #5 killing 111.Ref: 5
1950*First passenger cars allowed on new Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York City.Ref: 5
1953*First atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat NV.Ref: 5
1955*Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall KS & most of Blackwell OK.Ref: 5
1956*Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas.Ref: 5
1959*Khrushchev visits Angola.Ref: 5
1959*Supreme Court rules that Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing is unconstitutional.Ref: 5
1961*"I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth." -- John F. KennedyRef: 70
1961*NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 meters.Ref: 5
1962*The rebuilt Coventry Cathedral was consecratedRef: 62
1962*US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric).Ref: 5
1962*US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week.Ref: 5
1963 The Organization of African Unity was founded by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Ref: 70
1964*Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation unconstitutional.Ref: 5
1968*The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated.Ref: 5
1969 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup.Ref: 5
1971*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1972*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1973*Argentine Peronist Hector Cámpora installed as president.Ref: 5
1976*US Representative Wayne L. Hays (Democrat, Ohio) admitted to a "personal relationship" with Elizabeth Ray, a committee staff member who claimed she'd received her job in order to be Hays' mistress.Ref: 6
1977 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1977*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1979 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt.Ref: 5
1980*Oral Roberts sees 900 foot tall Jesus Christ, Tulsa OKRef: 62
1981 Daredevil Daniel Goodwin, wearing a "Spiderman" costume, scaled the outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 1/2 hours.Ref: 70
1983*First National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed.Ref: 5
1983*France performs nuclear test.Ref: 5
1984*Boston Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Chicago Cubs for Bill Buckner.Ref: 5
1986*Virgilio Barco elected President of Colombia.Ref: 5
1986*An estimated seven million people participated in "Hands Across America," forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and homeless.Ref: 70
1989*(through June 9th) Congress of Peoples Deputies of the USSR begins political reformsRef: 89
1989*Eastern Airlines graduates its first class of non-union pilots.Ref: 5
1989*Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union.Ref: 5
1991 Foreigners fled the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa as rebels closed in on the city.Ref: 6
1991*Israel completed "Operation Solomon," which had evacuated 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to their promised land.Ref: 10
1992*Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected President of Italy.Ref: 5
1996*President Clinton, honoring the men and women who died in military service, used his weekly radio address to defend America's global military role, saying it "is making our people safer and the world more secure."Ref: 6
1996*Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American.Ref: 5
1997*Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, marking 41 years and 10 months in office.Ref: 70
1997 Polish voters adopted a constitution that removed the last traces of communism.Ref: 70
1999*Police officer Justin Volpe, 27, pleads guilty to federal civil rights charges. He admitted that he sodomized the prisoner, Abner Louima, with a stick in the bathroom of Brooklyn's 70th Precinct station house. (CNN 06/09/2000)Ref: 9
2000 Iranian state radio announced that former President Hashemi Rafsanjani had resigned from the incoming parliament, depriving hard-liners of a leading figure in the power struggle between conservatives and reformists.Ref: 6
2000*The government proposed a rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles are to rolling over.Ref: 6
1768*Captain James Cook sets sail on first voyage of discovery-maps coasts of NZ & Australia.Ref: 10
1804*Lewis & Clark: The Expedition passes La Charette, a cluster of seven dwellings less than 60 miles up the Missouri, but, as Floyd notes in his journal, "the last settlement of whites on this river."Ref: 65
1830 Successful test of the limelight in Purfleet, England.Ref: 62
1844*The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."Ref: 70
1844*Stuart Perry of New York City patented the gasoline engine on this day.Ref: 4
1928*Amelia Earhart (as a passenger) is first woman to fly Atlantic Ocean.Ref: 5
1945*Arther C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit.Ref: 5
1971*USSR launches Mars 3 to MarsRef: 62
1973*US launches first Skylab; crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz.Ref: 5
1982*STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad.Ref: 5
1085 Alfonso VI of Castile captures Toledo, Spain, and brought the Moorish center of science into Christian hands.Ref: 5
1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein recaptures Prague on Saksen.Ref: 5
1780*Mutiny of soldiers of George Washington's Continental Army at Morristown, N.J. quelled.Ref: 10
1810*Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain (National Day).Ref: 5
1851 Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against Juan Manuel de Rosas, his former ally.Ref: 2
1862*Battle of Winchester VA.Ref: 5
1864*Battle of New Hope Church GA.Ref: 5
1870*Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Québec.Ref: 5
1898*First US troop transport to Manila leaves San Fransisco.Ref: 5
1911*Revolution in México overthrows President José Porfirio Diaz.Ref: 5
1915*2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties.Ref: 5
1918*German U-boats make their first appearance in US waters. 
1940*German troops conquer Boulogne.Ref: 5
1943*Trident conference in Washington DC (operation plan '43 against Japan).Ref: 5
1944*The Germans retreat from Anzio.Ref: 36
1944*Partisan leader Tito escapes Germans surrounding Bosnia.Ref: 5
1945*The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff approve Operation Olympic, the invasion of Japan, scheduled for November 1.Ref: 91
1945*464 B-29s raid Tokyo again, burning out nearly 16 square miles of the remaining city. Only a few thousand are killed, urban inhabitants have learned to flee fire bomb attacks quickly and escape the flames.Ref: 91
1949 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai.Ref: 5
1965 India & Pakistan border fights.Ref: 5
1982 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar.Ref: 5
1997 A bloody military coup toppled Sierra Leone's elected president.Ref: 70
1876*First tie in National League history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14).Ref: 5
1876*4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75.Ref: 5
1895*20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50½.Ref: 5
1899*33rd Belmont Stakes: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23.Ref: 5
1900*Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in the Olympics.Ref: 5
1904*38th Belmont Stakes: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6.Ref: 5
1906*After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0.Ref: 5
1915*Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh (Federal League), 10-0.Ref: 5
1922*Babe Ruth is suspended for one game and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire and going after a fan in the stands. These actions will cost him his position as Yankee captain.Ref: 1
1923*Ty Cobb surpasses Honus Wagner record by scoring his 1,741 run.Ref: 1
1935*At Forbes Field, Babe Ruth as a member of the Boston Braves hits three homers and a single. The 'Sultan of Swat's' seventh inning solo shot of Gary Bush, which travels over 600 feet and clears the roof, will be the Bambino's 714th and final home run.Ref: 1
1935*This was “the greatest day in the history of track,” according to The NY Times. Jesse Owens of Ohio State University broke two world sprint records, tied a third, and broke a long-jump world record in a meet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.Ref: 4
1937*Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane's career ends after being beaned with an 3-1 inside fastball thrown by Yankee hurler Bump Hadley. Near death at first, the Tiger catcher/manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and will return to the team only as its skipper.Ref: 1
1939*Carl Storck becomes the 2nd NFL president.Ref: 5
1941*Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for first time in 1941.Ref: 5
1948*30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis.Ref: 5
1951*In his major league debut, Giant outfielder Willie Mays goes 0-for-5 against the Phillies, but makes three good plays in the outfield.Ref: 1
1953*Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row.Ref: 5
1960*George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit homerun.Ref: 5
1963*Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game.Ref: 5
1964 Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis.Ref: 5
1965*A very short, heavyweight title fight happened in Lewiston, ME. Cassius Clay knocked out challenger Sonny Liston in one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. Liston never saw the punch coming. Neither did an unbelieving crowd at ringside, nor those in theatres all over the world watching the fight on closed-circuit TV. The phantom punch was never explained, but Liston was either knocked cold from whatever Clay threw at him or he took a dive rather than a beating. Clay retains the heavyweight title and announces his name is now Mohammed Ali.Ref: 4
1968 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich.Ref: 5
1968 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill.Ref: 5
1969*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1970*3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat Los Angeles Stars, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1972*Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander.Ref: 5
1975*29th NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors sweep Washington Bullets in 4 games.Ref: 5
1975*Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0.Ref: 5
1975*Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic.Ref: 5
1976*Heavyweight Muhammad Ali KOs Richard Dunn in Munich.Ref: 5
1978*Stanley Cup: Montréal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1979*Raul Gonzáles of México completes 50,000 meter walk in record 3:41:38.4.Ref: 5
1980*Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1980*Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8").Ref: 5
1981*Texas Ranger Bill Stein sets an A.L. record with his seventh consecutive pinch hit, breaking the mark of Baltimore's Bob Johnson.Ref: 86
1981*Al Unser becomes first Indpls 500 winner to be disqualified.Ref: 5
1982*Chicago Cub Fergie Jenkins becomes seventh pitcher to eclipse 3,000 strikeouts, in 2-1 loss to Padres.Ref: 86
1983*Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park homeruns.Ref: 5
1984*The Detroit Tigers tied the 1916 NY Giants as they won their 17th road game in a row, beating the CA Angels 5-1. That game broke the American League mark of 16 that was previously held by the Washington Senators -- dating back to 1912. The Seattle Mariners put a stop to that streak the following night, defeating Detroit 7-3.Ref: 4
1985*CBS radio began network baseball coverage for the first time in 25 years as Brent Musberger called the play-by-play for the Los Angeles Dodgers-NY Mets game. The Mutual Broadcasting System was the last radio network to have offered regular coverage of baseball back in 1960.Ref: 4
1986*95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.Ref: 5
1986*Kansas City Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit.Ref: 5
1986*Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1989*Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montréal for Randy Johnson.Ref: 5
1989*Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montréal Canadiens, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1991*Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 2.Ref: 5
1992*Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1992*New York Yankees score 9 runs before first out in 8th inning, beat Milwaukee Brewers 13-7.Ref: 5
1997*The Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform no. 34.Ref: 5
1997*David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth TX.Ref: 5
1997*Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic.Ref: 5
1997*Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become first father & son to win 100 gamesRef: 5
1997*Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1998*Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other player to hit 24 home runs before the start of the sixth month.Ref: 1
1998*In a game which features two 100 mph pitches thrown by southpaw Randy Johnson, the Diamondbacks tie a 68-year old major league record as three double plays are started by the catcher.Ref: 1
2000*The Devil Rays released Doc Gooden (2-3, 6.63). The former Cy Young Award winner was acquired from the Houston Astros on April 13 for cash considerations giving him a chance to pitch for his hometown team.Ref: 1
2001*Chicago Cub Kerry Wood follows up Lieber's one-hit wonder with one of his own against the Milwaukee Brewers. It becomes just the eighth time in Major League history that teammates have thrown back-to-back complete-game one-hitters.Ref: 86
2002*With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24) and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven homers in three games. The Dodger outfielder's nine home runs in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.Ref: 1
2002*Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the 'Big Train', Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the 'Big Unit's' historic victim.Ref: 1
2002*Former major league pitcher David Cone is hired as a part-time television analyst by the YES cable network. The assignment also includes serving as a studio analyst on selected pregame and post game shows, covering five games Staten Island Yankees (Class A) and being a WCBS announcer for the June 14th Yankees-Mets game.Ref: 1
1720*"Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000.Ref: 5
1878*Gilbert & Sullivans opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1895*Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge (homosexuality) in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison. (Arrested 6 April)Ref: 70
1927*The Movietone News was shown for the first time at the Sam Harris Theatre in NY City. Charles Lindbergh’s epic flight aboard the Spirit of St. Louis was featured. These newsreels were produced for showing in theatres until 1967 when competition from TV news forced them into extinction.Ref: 4
1932*Goofy makes his first appearance as "Dippy Dawg" in "Mickey's Review", released this day. (Ref) 
1934 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres.Ref: 5
1939*An audience of 18,000 people waited patiently at Madison Square Garden in New York City to hear the piano virtuoso Ignace Jan Paderewski begin a much-anticipated piano recital. However, the 78-year-old former premier of Poland was unable to perform for the enormous crowd. Paderewski suffered from ‘chilled fingers’, a severe arthritic condition that made it impossible for him to play the piano.Ref: 4
1940*Golden Gate International Expo reopens.Ref: 5
1948*San Fransisco receives its first telecast.Ref: 5
1953*First non-commercial educational television station-Houston TX.Ref: 5
1957*"Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances.Ref: 5
1962*Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout".Ref: 5
1963*"Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances.Ref: 5
1964*16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore.Ref: 5
1964*Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premieres in NYC.Ref: 5
1965*Dave Davies of the Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage.Ref: 5
1967*John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce.Ref: 5
1968*Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash".Ref: 5
1968*"Unicorn" by The Irish Rovers hits #7.Ref: 5
1969 "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating.Ref: 5
1973*George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK.Ref: 5
1977*"Beatles Live! At the Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released.Ref: 5
1977*"Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV.Ref: 5
1978 "Star Wars" was releasedRef: 5
1980*"Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances.Ref: 5
1983 Return of the Jedi, topped all previous opening day box office records with a gross of $6,219,629. It opened on 1,002 movie screens around the USRef: 4
1985*The pop/rock group, Wham!, featuring George Michael, became the first group since the Bee Gees in 1979 to place three consecutive singles in the number one spot on the music charts. Everything She Wants started a 2-week run at number one on this day. The other Wham! number one-ers were Careless Whisper (2/16/85 - 3 weeks) and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (11/17/84 - 3 weeks).Ref: 4
1989*Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy".Ref: 5
1991*"People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35.Ref: 5
1992*Jay Leno made his debut as permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.Ref: 70
1994*Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation Susan Lucci not nominated.Ref: 5
1494*Jacopo Pontormo II Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ), is born.Ref: 5
1550*Camillus de Lellis Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint, is born.Ref: 5
1661*Claude Buffier, French Jesuit philosopher, historian and educator, is born.Ref: 70
1688*Christian August Jacobi composer, is born.Ref: 5
1713*John Stuart 3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63), is born.Ref: 5
1726*Giuseppi Paolucci composer, is born.Ref: 5
1729 Jean de Neufville Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war), is born.Ref: 5
1767*Ferdinand Franzl composer, is born.Ref: 5
1767*Friedrich Johann Eck composer, is born.Ref: 5
1779 Henry M Baron de Kock Dutch officer/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1781*Ferdinand archduke of Austria-Este/Governor-General (Sicily), is born.Ref: 5
1803*Ralph Waldo Emerson US, essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), is born in Boston.Ref: 5
1818*Jacob Burckhardt Swiss cultural historian, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Diederich Krug composer, is born.Ref: 5
1830*Jules de Geyter Belgian poet (International), is born.Ref: 5
1839*John Eliot English meteorologist, is born.Ref: 5
1845*William Muldoon Belfast NY, boxing commissioner (help find PAL), is born.Ref: 5
1847*Alphonse Goovaerts composer, is born.Ref: 5
1847*John Alexander Dowie [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist, is born.Ref: 5
1852*Louis Franchet d'Espèrey [Desperate Frankey], Fren marshal (WWI), is born.Ref: 5
1865*Frederick Augustus III King of Saxon (1904-18), is born.Ref: 5
1865*John Raleigh Mott organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), is born.Ref: 5
1865*Pieter Zeeman Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel 1902), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Billy Murray singer, is born.Ref: 5
1878*Vaudeville dancer Bill ‘Bojangles’ (Luther) Robinson is born.Ref: 4
1879*Sir William Beaverbrook, Canadian-born English politician, journalist and newspaper proprietor, is born.Ref: 70
1879 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook Canada/English banker, is born.Ref: 5
1882*Harry Fox entertainer, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Philip Murray, American labor leader, founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), is born.Ref: 2
1888*Miles Malleson writer/actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), is born.Ref: 5
1889*Igor Sikorsky, aeronautical engineer, inventor of the helicoptor, is born.Ref: 68
1889*Gilardo Gilardi composer, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Sverre Jordan composer, is born.Ref: 5
1891*Robert W P Peereboom Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Josip Broz Tito. Kumrovec, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia), leader of Yugoslavia (1945-80), is born.Ref: 68
1894*Dirk Vansina Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence), is born.Ref: 5
1896*Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink theologist/church historian, is born.Ref: 5
1897*James Joseph Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion, is born in Greenwich Village, NY.Ref: 97
1898*World Heavyweight Boxing Champion [1926], Gene (James Joseph) Tunney, is born.Ref: 4
1898*Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House, panelist on "What's My Line", is born.Ref: 68
1898*Gustav Regler writer, is born.Ref: 5
1898*Mischa Levitzki composerRef: 5
1899*83 Igor Sikorsky 5/25/1889 10/26/1972 Russian-born American aircraft designer; developed the helicopterRef: 70
1901*Milenko Zivkovic composer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Kurt George Hugo Thomas composer, is born.Ref: 5
1905*Binnie Barnes London, actress (Adventures of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Joseph C Harsch Toledo OH, newscaster (Background), is born.Ref: 5
1907*U Nu premier Burma (1948-58, 1960-62), is born.Ref: 5
1908*David Lean British director (Lawrence of Arabia), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Theodore Roethke US, poet (Words for the Wind), is born.Ref: 5
1910 Ernest Anderson publicist, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Eddie Maxwell singer (Yes We Have No Bananas), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Richard Dimbleby, English reporter and pioneering broadcast journalist, is born.Ref: 70
1913 Joseph Peter Grace businessman, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Daniel Wolf journalist, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Lou van Rees Dutch impresario [or May 29], is born.Ref: 5
1916*Virginia "Ginny" Simms actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), is born.Ref: 68
1917*Dorothy Sarnoff US, actress(?), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Jimmy Hamilton saxophonist, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Steve Cochran Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Theodore Hesburgh ex-president of Notre Dame, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Claude Akins Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo), is born.Ref: 15
1918*Peder Lunde Norway, yachtsman (Olympics-silver-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Lindsay Nelson, sportscaster: CBS Sports, Cotton Bowl Football, NCAA College Football, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants; author: Hello Everybody, I’m Lindsay Nelson, is born in Pulaski TN.Ref: 4
1919*Gino Negri composer, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Hal David Oscar-winning songwriter [w/Burt Bacharach (music)]: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head [1969]; The Four Winds and the Seven Seas, American Beauty Rose, Broken-Hearted Melody; w/Burt Bacharach: The Story of My Life, Magic Moments; president of ASCAP, is born.Ref: 4
1923*John Weitz fashion designer/spy/author (Friends in High Places): “Underwhelm them” , is born.Ref: 4
1925*Aldo Clementi composer, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Jeanne Crain Barstow CA, actress (Man Without a Star), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Jazz musician Miles (Dewey) Davis III is born.Ref: 4
1926*Bill Sharman Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics NBA Champion teams [1957, 1959, 1960, 1961]; coach: NBA Coach of the Year: LA Lakers, Lakers General Manager & President, is born.Ref: 4
1926*Kitty Kallen (Genevieve Agostinello) singer: Little Things Mean a Lot, Go on with the Wedding [w/George Shaw], If I Give My Heart to You, My Coloring Book, is born.Ref: 4
1926*M von der Grün writer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Miles (Dewey) Davis III jazz trumpet/flugelhorn musician: combined be-bop, modal chord progressions and rock rhythms to create ‘cool jazz’; died: Sep 28, 1991Ref: 4
1927*Robert Ludlum New York NY, spy novelist (Bourne Identity), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Frigyes Hidas composer, is born.Ref: 5
1928 Mary Tuck social researcher/civil servant, is born.Ref: 5
1929*David S Ruder 23rd chairman of Securities & Exchange Commission, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Beverly Sills (Belle Silverman) opera soprano; chairperson of Lincoln Center; National Chair of March of Dimes’ Mothers’ March on Birth Defects, is born in Brooklyn NY.Ref: 4
1931*John Gabriel Niagara Falls NY, actor (Cat Gang, Fantasies), is born.Ref: 5
1932*K.C. Jones Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics; Olympic Gold Medalist [1956]; head coach: Boston Celtics, Capitol Bullets, San Diego Conquistadors, Brandeis University, is born in Taylor TX.Ref: 4
1932*Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), is born.Ref: 5
1932*John Grogery Dunne US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Roger Bowen actor (MASH, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia), is born.Ref: 5
1934*David J Burke Liverpool England, writer, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Ron Nessen newsman: NBC; White House Press Secretary: Ford administration; president Mutual News, is born.Ref: 68
1935*Barbara Harris US, actress (Family Plot, Plaza Suite), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Cookie Gilchrist football: Buffalo Bills [shares record of 5 touchdowns in a game (Dec. 8, 1963) w/Jim Brown, Ernie Nevers and James Stewart], is born.Ref: 4
1936*Footballer Cookie Gilchrist of the Buffalo Bills is born. [Gilchrist shares the record of 5 touchdowns in a game (Dec. 8, 1963) w/Jim Brown, Ernie Nevers and James Stewart]Ref: 4
1936*Tom T Hall, Olive Hill KY, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Ludmil Buldakova USSR, volleyball player (Olympics-gold-1972), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Raymond Carver poet/short story writer (Furious Season), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Dixie [Virginia] Carter McLemoresville TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Sir Ian McKellen England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Bill Young rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Brian "Blinky" Davison rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Leslie Uggams New York NY, singer/actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), is born.Ref: 5
1943 Wynand C Malan South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Jessi Colter (Mirian Johnson) country singer: I’m Not Lisa; widow of singer Waylon Jennings, is born.Ref: 4
1943*John ‘Poli’ Palmer musician: sax, flute, keyboard: group: Family: No Mule’s Fool, Weaver’s Answer, In My Own Time, BurlesqueRef: 4
1944*Robert Michael Payton pizza magnate, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Dave Lee Travis DJ, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein Poland, 200 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Janet E[llen] Morris US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus), is born.Ref: 5
1946 Tommy Cecil ferryman, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson] Phoenix, country singer (I'm Not Lisa), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Karen Valentine Santa Rosa CA, actress (Love American Style, Room 222), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Mitch Margo Brooklyn NY, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Klaus Meine Hanover Germany, rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy).Ref: 2
1949*Jamaica Kincaid [Elaine P Richardson] Antigua/US journalist (New Yorker), is born.Ref: 5
1950*John (Joseph) Montefusco ‘The Count of Montefusco’ baseball: pitcher: SF Giants [all-star: 1976], Atlanta Braves, SD Padres, NY Yankees, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Clifford Archer bassist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Donald Albert Weibring Jr Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Jane Priest Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Rich Alves Pleasanton CA, singer (Pirates of the Mississippi-Fred Jake), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Alison Stern wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Connie Selleca Bronx NY, actress (Hotel, Captain America II), is born.Ref: 68
1956*Tatsutoshi Goto wrestler (WAR/NJPW), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Hillary Bailey Smith Boston MA, actress (Margot-As the World Turns, Nora-One Life To Live), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Dorothy Straight 4 year old author (How the World Begun), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Paul Weller guitar (Jam-This is the Modern World, Style Council), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Cathryn Harrison London England, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Benoît van Innis Belgian cartoonist/painter/cartoonist (New York Post), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Hiro Saito wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Amy Read Birmingham MI, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Mike Myers Canada, comedian (Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World) [or Jun 23], is born.Ref: 5
1964*David Shaw St Thomas, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Mark Knight California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Remco Prins Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Roef-Ragas Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Bill Haselman Long Branch NJ, catcher (Boston Red Sox), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Dave Hollins Buffalo NY, infielder (Minnesota Twins), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Melissa McNamara Tulsa OK, LPGA golfer (1991 Stratton Mountain Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Danny Gonzales jockey, is born.Ref: 5
1967*Juan Jimenez WLAF quarterback/receivers coach (Barcelona Dragons), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Luc Nilis Belgian soccer player (RSC Anderlecht/PSV), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Ruthie Bolton McClain MS, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Debbi Miho Koyama LPGA golfer (1995 US Women's Open-28th), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Kendall Gill NBA guard/forward (New Jersey Nets), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Nathalie Schneyder San Fransisco CA, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Shawn Bouwens NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Anne Heche Aurora OH, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano), is born. (TWA, 2002)Ref: 95
1969*Matt Borlenghi Los Angeles CA, actor (Brian Bodine-All My Children), is born.Ref: 5
1970*[Rachel] Lindsay Greenbush Hollywood CA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Danni Roche Melbourne Victoria Australia, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Heather Simmons-Carrasco Mountain View CA, synchronized swimmer (alternate-Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Joey Eischen West Covina CA, pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Michael B Enyaer writer (Pilot One), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Sandra Dopfer Lustenau Austria, tennis star (1995 Futures-Lerida), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Sidney [Robin] Greenbush Hollywood CA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Alan Kline NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Justin Henry Rye NY, actor (Kramer vs Kramer, 16 Candles), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Keith Hamilton NFL defensive tackle (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Larry Thompson CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, British Columbia Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Tim Kroeker Chilliwack British Columbia, 110 meter hurdler (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Antonio Lang NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Tony Ronaldson Adelaide South Australia, basketball forward (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Duncan Free Australian rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Earl Mackey NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Jeff Smith NFL/WLAF corner (Scotland Claymores/Kansas City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Josée Corbeil Pointe-Claire Québec, volleyball player (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Maria Jose Gaidano Buenos Aires Argentina, tennis star (1993 Belgian doubles), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Racquel Spurlock WNBA center (Houston Comets), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Dennis Stallings linebacker (Tennessee Oilers), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Adam Saathoff Tuscon AZ, running target (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Tarik Glenn offensive tackle (Indpls Colts), is born.Ref: 5
615*Boniface IV Pope (608-15), dies.Ref: 5
709*Aldhelmus of Ealdhelm England, abbot/bishop/poet/saint, dies at about 69.Ref: 5
946*Edmund the Older king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies.Ref: 5
1085*Gregory VII [Ildebrando] Pope (1073-85), dies.Ref: 5
1125*Hendrik V last Salische German king, dies.Ref: 5
1261*Alexander IV [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni] Pope (1254-61), dies.Ref: 69
1510*Georges d'Amboise French cardinal/viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1555*Gemma Frisius Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46.Ref: 5
1681*Pedro Caldéron de la Barca, Spanish poet/dramatist, dies at 81.Ref: 68
1765*Pierre-Joseph Le Blan composer, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1826*Christian Friedrich Ruppe composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1849*Andreas Michiels Dutch Military Governor of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52.Ref: 5
1862*Johann N Nestroy Austria, actor (Einmal Keine Sorgen Haben), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1887*Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die.Ref: 5
1895 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1899*Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French artist: famous for her animal paintings: The Horse Fair; first woman to be awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion d’Honneur; dies at age 68.Ref: 4
1914*Paolo Giorza composer, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1917*Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1919*Madam CJ Walker [Sarah Breedlove] dies at age 51.. She was the first black American female to become a millionaire. She sold hair straightener.Ref: 70
1923*Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, dies at age 62.Ref: 70
1924*Theodore Morse composer, dies at 51.Ref: 5
1926*Symon Petlyura leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated at 47.Ref: 5
1930*Randall Davidson, English religious leader, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1934*Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59.Ref: 5
1936*Jan Levoslav Bella composer, dies at 92.Ref: 5
1937*Henry O Tanner artist, dies.Ref: 5
1941*5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.Ref: 5
1946*Patty Smith Hill songwriter: Good Morning to All [predecessor of Happy Birthday to You]; dies at age 78.Ref: 4
1946*Ernest Rhys, English editor, dies at age 86.Ref: 70
1948*Jacques Feyder, French film director, dies at age 59.Ref: 70
1948*Jacques Feyder actor/director (kermesse héroique), dies at 59.Ref: 5
1949*Simon H Spoor intelligence officer/general (WWII), dies at 47.Ref: 5
1954 Robert Capa dies.Ref: 10
1964*Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov composer, dies at 92.Ref: 5
1965*Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller] blues player, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1966*Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die.Ref: 5
1968*Charles K Feldman [Gould] producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1968*George KFW von Küchler German marshal (Netherlands 1940), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1971*Jo Etha Collier young black woman killed by 3 whites in Drew MS.Ref: 5
1971*Mark Brunswick composer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1971*Terence De Marney actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1974*Donald Crisp actor/director (Beloved Brat, Dawn Patrol), dies at 91.Ref: 5
1974*Pam Morrison wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose.Ref: 5
1979*American Airlines DC-10 crashes taking off from O'Hare. 275 killed highest death toll to date in aviation history. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1981*Rosa Ponselle, American coloratura soprano, dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1981*Roy James Brown rocker (Good rockin' tonight), dies of a heart attack at 55.Ref: 5
1982*Larry J Blake character actor (Earth vs the Flying Saucers), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1983*10th of Ramadan: Nile steamer caught fire and sank in Lake Nasser, near Aswan, Egypt; 272 dead and 75 missing.Ref: 85
1983*Sydney Box academy award producer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1984*Piet Ketting Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1985*Harold Hecht choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer.Ref: 5
1985*Robert Nathan US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91.Ref: 5
1985*Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed.Ref: 5
1986*Chester Bowles,American politician and advertising entrepreneur, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1986*Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed.Ref: 5
1990*Actor (from "Alice") Vic Tayback (Tabback) dies of a heart attack at 60.Ref: 68
1991*Dorothy Davis Bostwick entertainer, dies.Ref: 5
1992*Johan B W Polak publisher/publicist (Bloom of Décadence), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1992*Marshall Thompson US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66.Ref: 68
1992*Nancy Walker actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 71.Ref: 5
1992*Philip C Habib US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1992 Viktor Grishin hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies.Ref: 5
1993*Dan Seymour actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1993*Louise Tazewell entertainer, dies at 93.Ref: 5
1994*Eric Gale guitarist, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1995*Dick Curless One-Eyed Baron of Trucker Country: singer: A Tombstone Every Mile, Six Times a Day, All of Me Belongs to You, Big Wheel Cannonball, Loser’s Cocktail; dies at age 63.Ref: 4
1995*Dany Robin actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1996 Bernard Charles Sendall deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Buck dog (Married with Children), dies at 13.Ref: 5
1996*David W Howe test pilot, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1996*Enid Kathleen Hutchinson adult educationalist, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1996 John Morrison politician/landowner, dies at 89.Ref: 5
1996*Laurence Marks journalist, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1996*Renzo de Felice historian, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1997*Jay Hebert golf: champion: PGA [1960], captain of 1971 U.S. Ryder Cup team; dies.Ref: 4
1997*Muhammad Fadhel PM of Iraq (1953-54), diesRef: 5
1999*Hillary Brooke (Beatrice Peterson), Abbott & Costello's neighbor (Hillary), dies.Ref: 4
2001*Brian Pendleton musician: guitar: group: The Pretty Things; dies.Ref: 4

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