Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 3rd

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1553*Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, enters London with Elizabeth.Ref: 2
1554 The earliest known letter to have been sealed with sealing wax was written on this day.Ref: 62
1678*Robert LaSalle builds first ship in America, Griffon.Ref: 5
1769*The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA are first noticed by Europeans. 
1795*The U.S government signs treaties with the Native American tribes, giving the U.S. the Ohio Territory. 
1795*All of the chiefs in the Northwest Territories, including the Shawnee, sign the Treaty of Greenville, officially ending the Indian Wars in the Northwest Territories.Ref: 57
1803*Joseph C. Vance is appointed to survey the county seat and lay off the town of Xenia (Ohio). He is paid $49.25. (Prindle, Eric, "Xenia -- From A Hole In The Rock, 12/7/1978) 
1805*Mohammed Ali becomes the new ruler of Egypt.Ref: 2
1807*The trial of Aaron Burr opens in Richmond, Virginia. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.Ref: 2
1846*Abraham Lincoln is elected to the House of Representatives 
1848*A women's rights convention is held in Rochester, New York demanding suffrage and property rights.Ref: 62
1882*Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.Ref: 5
1908*Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.Ref: 2
1923*Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th President by this father at 2AM after the death of Warren G. Harding late the previous day. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1926*Piccadilly Circus, London, first lit by electricity 12 years after first US city lighting in Cincinnati.Ref: 10
1927*Gov. Fuller announces that he will not intervene to stop the scheduled executions.Ref: 87
1933*The world-famous Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. The timepiece sold for $2.75. A Mickey Mouse Clock sold for $1.50.Ref: 4
1936*The US State Department urges US citizens to leave Spain because of that country's civil war. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1942*Mildren McAfee becomes the first commissioned officer in the US Navy.Ref: 17
1944*13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary; a diary she had kept for two years while hiding with her family to escape Nazi deportation to a concentration camp. Three days later the Grune Polizei raided the secret annex in Amsterdam, Holland, where the Jewish family was in hiding. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15.Ref: 4
1945 All Germans and Hungarians are deprived of their citizenship in Czechoslovakia and subsequently expelled.Ref: 17
1948*Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.Ref: 70
1950*A U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) of 35 men arrives in Saigon. By the end of the year, the U.S. is bearing half of the cost of France's war effort in Vietnam.Ref: 41
1954*A record divorce settlement (for the time) was awarded to Mrs. Barbara (Bobo) Rockefeller. Winthrop Rockefeller was ordered to pay a sum of $5,500,000 to his ex-wife.Ref: 4
1955*Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days.Ref: 5
1958*James Robert Sordelet of Fort Wayne, IN, became the first person to reenlist in the US Navy while under the North Pole! He did so while serving on the submarine Nautilus as it crossed under the Arctic ice.Ref: 4
1960*Niger gains its independence from France.Ref: 17
1963*Great Train Robbery-$2.5 M ($3.25 M) robbed.Ref: 5
1964*(Mississippi Burning) A search warrant is obtained to look for bodies in an earthen dam at the Old Jolly Farm.Ref: 87
1967 West Germany and Czechoslovakia resume diplomatic relations which have been severed since World War II.Ref: 17
1970*Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history.Ref: 5
1970*Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire, passes her driving test on 40th try.Ref: 5
1976 Former Filipino legislator, Benigno Aquino, is arraigned on charges of subversion before a military court.Ref: 17
1979*President Masie Nguema Biyogo of Equatorial Guinea is overthrown in a coup led by his nephew, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.Ref: 17
1981*Federal air traffic controllers began a nationwide strike after their union rejected the government's final offer for a new contract. Most of the 13,000 striking controllers defied the back-to-work order, and were dismissed by President Reagan on 5 August.Ref: 5
1983 Upper Volta is renamed Burkina Faso by the nation's military government.Ref: 17
1984*Wall Street ended its best week (to that time) with a jump in the Dow Jones blue-chip average of 87.46. A one-day volume record was also set as 236.57 million shares changed hands, keeping brokers on the trading floor very busy. A total of 72.9 million shares were traded in the first hour alone.Ref: 4
1985*Mail service returned to Paradise Lake, FL -- a nudist colony. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.Ref: 4
1987*Three days of talks between the U.S. and Vietnam end with no progress on recovering soldiers missing in action. 
1987*The Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.Ref: 70
1988 The Soviet Union releases Mathias Rust, the young West German pilot who had landed a light plane in Moscow's Red Square May 1987. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1992*The US Senate votes to sharply restrict, and eventually end, US testing of nuclear weapons. (XDC, p 4A, 8/03/2002)Ref: 83
1992*Millions of South African blacks join a nationwide strike agains white-led rule. (XDC, p 4A, 8/03/2002)Ref: 83
1993*(US Supreme Court Justice) The Senate votes 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court Justice nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Ref: 70
1994*(US Supreme Court Justice) Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home.Ref: 70
1995*Palestinian Eyad Ismoil is flown to the United States from Jordan to face charges he'd driven a bomb-laden van into New York City's World Trade Center. The explosion killed six, injured more than 1000 others; Ismoil was sentenced to life imprisonment.) (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1999*Arbitrators rule the US government had to pay $16 million to the heirs of dressmaker Abraham Zapruder for his film of the Kennedy assassination. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
2001 US Fulbright scholar John Tobin is freed from Russian prison after serving half of a one-year drug sentence. (XDC, p 4A, 8/03/2002)Ref: 83
1492*Columbus departs from Palos, Spain on his first voyage to the New World with 119 men on three ships. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1596*David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star).Ref: 5
1610*Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.Ref: 2
1804*Lewis & Clark: First official council between representatives of United States and western Indians occurs north of present-day Omaha, when the Corps of Discovery meets with small delegation of Oto and Missouri Indians. Captains establish routine for subsequent Indian councils: hand out peace medals, 15-star flags, and gifts; parade men and show off technology (magnets, compasses, telescopes, Lewis's air gun); give speech saying Indians have new "great father" far to the east and promising future of peace and prosperity if tribes don't make war on whites or other tribes.Ref: 65
1858*Captain John Speke discovers Lake Victoria in Africa, which he recognizes as the source of the White Nile.Ref: 17
1861*The US Navy launches a hot air balloon from the deck of a ship.Ref: 62
1921*The first aerial crop dusting operation takes place at Troy, Ohio.Ref: 5
1954*First VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown.Ref: 5
1958*The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.Ref: 70
1977*Radio Shack issues a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered.Ref: 5
1987*Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26.Ref: 5
1347*Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.Ref: 2
1347*Calais, France surrenders to Edward III of England in the Hundred Years War.Ref: 17
1692*French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerke in the Netherlands.Ref: 2
1830*July revolution in France ends.Ref: 10
1863*Governor Seymour asks Lincoln to suspend draft in NY.Ref: 5
1864*Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.Ref: 2
1911*Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.Ref: 2
1914*Germany invades Belgium & declares war on France in WW I.Ref: 5
1914*Kaiser's ships bomb Russian port of Libau.Ref: 10
1916*French recapture Fleury.Ref: 38
1917*Mutiny breaks out in the German fleet at Wilhemshaven.Ref: 17
1918*Large-scale Allied intervention begins at Vladivostok. 
1940*(through the 19th) The Italians begin the occupation of British Somaliland in East Africa.Ref: 36
1940*Lithuanian SSR is accepted into the USSR.Ref: 5
1940*Latvia admitted to Soviet Union.Ref: 10
1941*A Catholic Bishop, Clemens von Galen, delivers a sermon in Münster Cathedral attacking the Nazi euthanasia program calling it "plain murder." Ref 
1944*U.S. and Chinese troops take Myitkyina after a two month siege. 
1944*Lieutenant-General Kenneth Stuart, Chief of Staff at Canadian Military Headquarters, London, England, assures the Canadian government that there are sufficient reserve troops for the duration of the war. 
1945*Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.Ref: 2
1967*President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.Ref: 2
1990*Radio Kuwait goes off the air, due to the Iraqi invasion.Ref: 5
1990*US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions.Ref: 5
1852 First intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths.Ref: 5
1860*American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY.Ref: 5
1863*Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens.Ref: 5
1880*The American Canoe Association is formed at Lake George, NY.Ref: 4
1881*US Nation Lawn Tennis Association removes "Nation" from name.Ref: 5
1897*Cap Anson is the 1st player to achieve 3,000 Hits and start The Club - his totals will be changed a century later to 2,995. He did so in the midst of his 22nd and final big league season. The landmark hit was a single off St. Louis pitcher Bill Hart. Some baseball historians have questioned Anson's membership in the Club by noting that in 1887 walks were counted as hits (as well as at bats). Discounting the 60 hits (by way of bases in balls) that Anson gained under the bizarre rule would drop the early baseball star's career base hit total to 2,995 hits. Ref 
1914*Yankee catcher Les Nunamaker throws out three Tigers trying to steal second base. It will be the only time a backstop has accomplished the feat in a single inning this century.Ref: 1
1921*(Black Sox) Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis announces that he will banish the eight players from baseball for life, despite the acquittal.Ref: 87
1928*Ray Barbuti saves US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400 m (47.8 sec).Ref: 5
1930*2nd time in 1930, Chuck Klein of Phillies hits in 26 straight games.Ref: 5
1933*The Yankees are shut out for the first time in 309 games, dating back to August 2, 1931, as the Philadelphia Athletic's Lefty Grove blanks the Bronx Bombers, 7-0.Ref: 1
1936*The White Sox overcome deficits of 9-1 in the fifth and 11-3 in the seventh inning to defeat the Red Sox in twelve innings, 12-11.Ref: 1
1936*Jesse Owens wins broadjump at Olympic Games in Germany;will also win 3 other events.Ref: 10
1948*Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his Major League debut going seven innings leading Indians over the Senators, 5-3.Ref: 1
1949*The National Basketball Association was formed. It was a combination of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.Ref: 4
1952*15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland.Ref: 5
1955*Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing.Ref: 5
1956*Willie Williams of the US sets 100 meter record at 10.1.Ref: 5
1957*Listening to the radio, Pirates' manager Bobby Bragan hears he has been fired and replaced by Danny Murtaugh.Ref: 1
1959*For the first time in major league history a second All-Star game is played in the same season. The Ameican League posts a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum as White Sox Nellie Fox singles in the decisive run.Ref: 1
1961*In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 19-0.Ref: 1
1962*NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games.Ref: 5
1963*The college football all-stars downed the Green Bay Packers by a 20-17 score. It was a big upset since the college upstarts had been heavy (50-1) underdogs.Ref: 4
1967*Manager Alvin Dark is fired and outfielder Ken Harrelson is released by A's owner Charlie Finley due to reports of rowdy behavior on a team flight.Ref: 1
1969*Rich Reese pinch-hits a grand slam helping the Twins to beat the Orioles and Dave McNally, 5-2. The defeat ends McNally's fifteen game winning streak this season.Ref: 1
1969*Reds beats Phillies 19-17.Ref: 5
1970*4 day NFL strike ends.Ref: 5
1975 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated.Ref: 5
1979 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI.Ref: 5
1980*The closing ceremonies for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games conclude. Dozens of countries boycotted the Olympics in Moscow due to Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. (XDG, p 4A, 8/3/2000)Ref: 83
1980*Duke Snider & Al Kaline enter baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1982*Clyde King is named New York Yankee manager, replacing Gene Michael.Ref: 86
1982*Royals' second baseman Frank White hits for the cycle in a 6-5 victory over the Tigers.Ref: 1
1983*Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn resigns after 14 years on the job. Initially, he had been asked to take the job for six months or so.Ref: 4
1983 John Sain of South Bend, Ind builds 3.91 m house of cards.Ref: 5
1985*"Nihilator" set harness pacing mile (1:49.6) in East Rutherford, NJ.Ref: 5
1987*Joe Niekro is suspended for 10 days for throwing scuffed baseballs. He first denied the charge made by the home plate umpire, but an emery board fell right out of his pocket during an inspection!Ref: 4
1987*Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo).Ref: 5
1988 Skip Storch swims 246 km of Hudson River from Albany to NYC.Ref: 5
1989*5th jockey to win 6,000 races (Jorge Valesquez).Ref: 5
1989*Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 steals in 9 seasons.Ref: 5
1989*Cincinnati Reds send record 20 men to bat with a record 16 hits in 1 inning as they score 14 runs in the first inning.Ref: 5
1990*NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 10th HR in first 72 at bats.Ref: 5
1990*For the 3rd time in 1990 a no-hitter is broken up with 2 outs in the 8th inning. Doug Drabek of Pitts still beats Phila 11-0.Ref: 5
1991 Pan Am games open in HavanaRef: 5
1997*Jeromy Burnitz ties an American League record homering in consecutive pinch-hit at-bats August 2-3.Ref: 1
1998*In the eighth inning of Florida's 11-3 win, C.J. Nitkowski hits three consecutive batters. It is only the third time since 1900 in major league history -- Pirate Dock Ellis (1974) and White Sox Wilbur Wood (1977) -- the dubious deed has been accomplished.Ref: 1
1998*Mike Oquist gives up fourteen earned runs becoming the first pitcher in 22 years to give up that many runs in an appearance as the Yankees crush the A's, 14-1. Oquist sets a franchise record for runs allowed as he was sacrificed to save the bullpen for tomorrow's doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers.Ref: 1
2000*Sonoma County Crushers Kevin Mitchell is expelled for the rest of the season from the independent Western Baseball League for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl caused by a pitch thrown a pitch behind Mitchell had ended.Ref: 1
2002*Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels' center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.Ref: 1
2002*In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties a the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners' designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle's 12-4 victory over the Indians.Ref: 1
1750*This is the day that Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. He called it A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management.Ref: 4
1778*The La Scala Opera House in Milan Italy opens with Salieri's "L'Europa Riconosciuta". (The Smithsonian, p 17, Aug/2003) 
1922 WGY radio in Schenectady, NY presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. It was The Wolf, written by Eugene Walter.Ref: 4
1953*Frank Blair becomes news anchor of the Today Show.Ref: 5
1963*The Beatles make their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The group was about to leave its hometown behind for unprecedented world-wide fame and fortune.Ref: 4
1963*The Beach Boys’ Surfer Girl, was released on Capitol Records. It became one of their biggest hits. Surfer Girl made it to number seven on the hit music charts.Ref: 4
1963*Comedian Allan Sherman’s summer camp parody, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp) was released on Warner Brothers Records. It went to number two on the pop charts.Ref: 4
1966 The first Batman movie, "Batman: The Movie", was releasedRef: 62
1971*Paul McCartney formed a new band called Wings. Joining McCartney in the group were Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues, Denny Seilwell and McCartney’s wife, Linda.Ref: 4
1974*Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan & joins Doobie Brothers.Ref: 5
1979*Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show host, graced the cover of the Burbank, CA telephone directory. You know you’ve made it when you’re on the cover of the phone book.Ref: 4
1989*The ABC news magazine Primetime Live debuted, with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer reporting/starring. Just one of many creations of ABC News president Roone Arledge, the show ran through Sep 9,.1998 , when it was merged with ABC’s 20/20.Ref: 4
1993*Boston Ventures sold Motown Records to the Dutch recording and entertainment company, Polygram, for $325 million. Boston Ventures and MCA Records had picked up Motown from founder Berry Gordy for a mere $61 million in 1988.Ref: 4
1996*“Give your body happiness, Macarena...” Macarena (bayside boys mix), by Los Del Rio, hit #1 on Billboard. It stayed and stayed at the top -- for 14 smash weeks -- as dancers swayed and swayed. “Ehhhhhh, Macarena!”Ref: 4
1746*James Wyatt, English romantic architect, is born.Ref: 17
1753*Charles Earl Stanhope, England, radical politician/scientist, is born.Ref: 5
1770*Frederick William III, King of Prussia, is born.Ref: 17
1801*Sir John Paxton, British architect, horticulturist, designer of the Crystal Palace, is born.Ref: 17
1808*Hamilton Fish, US Secretary of State (1869-77), is born.Ref: 17
1811*Elisha Graves Otis, US inventor of the first safe elevator, is born.Ref: 17
1851*Lady Isabella Caroline Somerset temperance leader, is born.Ref: 5
1855*Henry Cuyler Bunner, English poet, is born.Ref: 70
1858*Birth of Maltbie D. Babcock, American Presbyterian clergyman. His pastoral work centered around Maryland and New York, but he is better remembered today as author of the well-known hymn, "This is My Father's World".Ref: 5
1867*Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin, British PM (1923-29, 1935-37), is born.Ref: 17
1871*Vernon Louis Parrington critic/educator/author (Pulitzer 1928), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway, is born.Ref: 17
1884*Louis Gruenberg near Brest Litovsk Poland, composer (Daniel Jazz), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), is born.Ref: 17
1894*Harry Heilmann SF Cal, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), is born.Ref: 5
1900*John T. Scopes, a high school teacher and the focus of the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial where he was convicted of teaching evolution in Tennessee school, is born.Ref: 4
1900*Ernie Pyle journalist: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter [1944]: reports of 1940 London bombings and war reports from Africa, Italy and France; managing editor: Washington Daily News; is born.Ref: 4
1901*Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, Roman Catholic Cardinal, Primate of Poland, staunch anti-communist, is born.Ref: 17
1901*John Gunther writer: Inside series: Inside Europe, Asia, Latin America, U.S.A., Africa, Russia Today, Europe Today; Behind the Curtain; foreign correspondent: Chicago Daily News; is born.Ref: 4
1901*John Cornelius Stennis (Sen-D-Miss), is born.Ref: 17
1902*Ray Bloch orchestra leader: TV shows: Blind Date, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Gay Nineties Revue, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Larry Storch Show, Songs for Sale; is born.Ref: 4
1902*Judson Laire NYC, actor/singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Birth of Martin Noth, German Lutheran Old Testament scholar. His researches concentrated on the "history-of-traditions" approach to analyzing and understanding the Old Testament writings.Ref: 5
1903*Habib Bourgulba, first president of Tunisia, is born.Ref: 17
1905*Margaret Kuhn National Women’s Hall of Famer: forced into retirement at age 65, she formed the Gray Panthers to fight age discrimination; her advice: “Speak your mind. Even if your voice shakes, well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.”; is born.Ref: 4
1905*Actress Dolores Del Rio is born.Ref: 17
1906*Alexandre Trauner, Hungarian-born French art film director, is born.Ref: 70
1907*Irene Tedrow Denver Colo, actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr Novak), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Ernesto Geisel, Brazilian army general and vice-president (1974-1979), is born.Ref: 70
1909*Walter van Tillburg Clark, US author (Ox-Bow Incident), is born.Ref: 17
1917*Charlie Shavers musician: trumpet: group: John Kirby Sextet; composer: Pastel Blue, Undecided, is born.Ref: 4
1918*Les Elgart musician: lead trumpet, bandleader: w/brother Larry; is born.Ref: 4
1918*James MacGregor Burns political writer (The Lion & the Fox), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Walter Bigelow Wriston, US Banker, President/Director of CitiBank, is born.Ref: 17
1920*P(hyllis) D(orothy) James, British myster writer, is born.Ref: 17
1920*Maria Karnilova Hartford Ct, actress (Olga-Ivan the Terrible), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Richard Adler composer, lyricist [w/Jerry Ross]: scores: Pajama Game, Damn Yankees; solo: scores: Kwamina, A Mother’s Kisses, is born.Ref: 4
1921*Hayden Carruth Waterbury Ct, novelist (Crow & Heart), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Marilyn Maxwell actress (East of Sumatra), is born.Ref: 5
1922*John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, US author, diplomat, is born.Ref: 17
1923*Anne Klein, fashion designer, is born.Ref: 17
1924*Leon Uris, author of "Exodus", "Battle Cry", "Mila 18", "The Angry Hills" and "Armageddon", is born.Ref: 24
1926*Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony Benedetto) is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1927*Gordon Scott Portland Oregon, actor (Tarzan & the Trappers), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Bethel Leslie NYC, entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), is born.Ref: 5
1930*James Komack NYC, writer/director/actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Alex Cord actor (Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Elsa Martinelli (Elsa Tia) actress: The Boat Men, Candy, HatariRef: 4
1934 Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, Angolan political leader, lead UNITA forces in Angolan civil war, is born.Ref: 17
1935*Richard D Lamm, (Gov-D-CO), is born.Ref: 17
1935*Georgi S Shonin cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Steven Berkoff actor: Intruders, The Krays, Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, Beverly Hills Cop, A Clockwork Orange, War & Remembrance, is born.Ref: 4
1938*George Memmoli NYC, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Terry "5 Wigs" Wogan British talk show host (Irish Days), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Actor Martin Sheen (Ramon Estevez) is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1940*John W Carlin (Gov-D-KS), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Lance Alworth Houston TX, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Martha Stewart cooking, craft, decorating, planting advisor; Martha Stewart’s Living [TV show and magazine], is born.Ref: 4
1941*Beverly Lee singer: group: The Shirelles: I Met Him on a Sunday, Dedicated to the One I Love, Tonight’s the Night, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Mama Said, Soldier Boy, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Ron Hendren Pinehurst NC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Rosika Schwimmer, Hungarian-born feminist and pacifist, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1949*B.B. (Morris) Dickerson musician: bass, singer: group: War, is born.Ref: 4
1950*John David Landis, US director, is born.Ref: 17
1950*Waldemar Cierpinski German DR, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1976, 80), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Johnny Graham musician: guitar: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Best of My Love, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Marcel Dionne, Quebec, NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Jay North North Hollywood Calif, actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), is born.Ref: 68
1953*Ian Bairnson Shetland Isles Scotland, guitarist (Alan Parsons Project, Pilot), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Denise Craig WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Corey Burton character voice: Spider-Man, Critters, James Bond Jr., Bonkers, Snow Monkeys, Mighty Ducks, Pocahontas, Hercules, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story 2, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Kirk Brandon rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), is born.Ref: 5
1959 John C. McGinley is born.Ref: 4
1959*Victoria Jackson, Miami Fla, actress (Casual Sex, SNL), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Tim Mayotte Springfield Mass, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Tina Lehtola Finland, women's ski jumper (world's record holder), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Carlo Imperato Bronx, actor (Fame), is born.Ref: 5
1963*James Hetfield heavy metal rocker (Metallica-Helpless), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Christine Richters Fullerton Ca, playmate (May, 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1967*John Femia Bkln NY, actor (Square Pegs, Hello Larry), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Jenny Beck actress (Claire Carroll-Guns & Paradise), is born.Ref: 5
1460*James II of England is killed at Roxburgh. He is succeeded by James III.Ref: 17
1546*French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.Ref: 2
1721*Grinling Gibbons, English wood carver and decorator of St. Paul's Cathedral, dies at age 73.Ref: 70
1797*Jeffery Amherst, English/American army commander, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1845*James Kinney and William Steele are murdered. To hide evidence of the crime, the Puterbaugh building downtown is burned. These are the first murders in Xenia, Ohio. (XDG, 3/2/1984)Ref: 83
1864*(Mary) Flannery O’Connor writer: A Good Man is Hard to Find; dies.Ref: 4
1881*William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co, dies at age 63.Ref: 70
1886 Reverend George Haddock, a prohibitionist, is murdered in Sioux City, Iowa by a prominent friend of the Brewer's Association. 
1894*Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones, ‘The Miner’s Angel'), American labor leader, dies.Ref: 4
1894*George Inness artist: Peace and Plenty, Delaware Valley, Spring Blossoms; dies.Ref: 4
1898*Charles Garnier, French architect, dies at age 72.Ref: 5
1906*George Sanders actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), is born.Ref: 17
1907*Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor (1907 $20 gold piece), dies at age 59.Ref: 70
1916*Sir Roger Casement, Irish nationalist leader in the Easter Rebellion, is hanged in London for treason.Ref: 17
1924*Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) author: Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness; dies at age 66.Ref: 4
1929*Thorstein Veblen economist, author: The Theory of the Leisure Class; dies.Ref: 4
1939*Back-up catcher Williard Hershberger commits suicide. Although the team is devastated by the mid-season tragedy, the Reds will go on to win the World Series.Ref: 1
1940*Cincinnati Reds' backup catcher Willard Hershberger commits suicide in a Boston hotel, the first big leaguer ever to take his own life.Ref: 86
1954*Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette), French novelist known for her fictional romances built around an autobiographical character, Claudine, dies at 81.Ref: 17
1963*Clifford Odets playwright: Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing, The Golden Boy, The Big Knife, The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach; dies.Ref: 4
1964*(Mary) Flannery O'Connor, novelist and short story writer, dies at age 39.Ref: 70
1966*Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) comedian; films: Dance Hall Racket, Dynamite Chicken; dies of a morphine overdose.Ref: 4
1973*Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park. (Isle of Man, UK).Ref: 5
1975*500 drown when 2 river boats collide & sink in China's West River.Ref: 5
1977 Archbishop Macarios, dies.Ref: 10
1977*Alfred Lunt Tony Award-winning actor: Quadrille [1955]; The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust; dies at age 84.Ref: 4
1983*Carolyn Jones, actress: The Tender Trap, The Seven Year Itch, Marjorie Morningstar, King Creole, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, House of Wax, How the West was Won, The Addams Family; dies at age 54 of cancer.Ref: 4
1986*Beryl Markham, American writer, aviator, horse trainer and breeder, dies at age 83.Ref: 70
1989*Antonia Brico, Dutch-born American conductor and pianist, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1989*Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river.Ref: 5
1995*Ida Lupino actress: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, On Dangerous Ground, My Boys Are Good Boys; director: The Bigamist, The Hitch-Hiker, The Trouble with Angels; dies.Ref: 68
2002*Lionel Hampton singer, songwriter, jazz musician: vibes, drums, piano, bandleader: On the Sunny Side of the Street, Hey! Hot Mallets, Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Rag Mop; played with Benny Goodman; dies.Ref: 4
2003*Peter Safar, who helped devise the modern CPR technique, dies near Pittsburgh PA of cancer at age 79. (WSJ, p 1, 8/05/2003)Ref: 33

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