Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 4th

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1181*Supernova seen in Cassiopia.Ref: 5
1735*(Zenger) The Zenger trial opens with the reading of the information against Zenger by prosecutor Bradley, Attorney General of the king for the province of New York. Judges make clear that in order to prove the charge of "seditious libel" prosecutors need only prove that the statements in question were printed. The truth or falsity of the statements, rule the judges, is irrelevant.Ref: 87
1753*George Washington became a Master Mason on this day.Ref: 4
1789*The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility.Ref: 2
1790*The first bonds of the U.S. government are authorized. 
1790*The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized.Ref: 2
1803*Jonathan Milhollen marries Philip Rock and Mary Kelly to become the first recorded marriage in Greene County OH.Ref: 56
1803*Joseph C Vance was appointed director to survey Greene County OH and lay out the area known as Xenia. (XDG, p 5, 4/22/2003)Ref: 83
1830*Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.Ref: 70
1870*British Red Cross founded seven years after International Red Cross in Geneva, SwitzerlandRef: 10
1874*Methodist clergyman John H. Vincent (1832-1920) and Ohio manufacturer Lewis Miller established the Chautauqua Assembly in northwest New York state a summer retreat center combining recreational activities with the training of Sunday School teachers and other church workers.Ref: 5
1875*The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen is held in Cincinnati, Ohio.Ref: 2
1879 A law is passed in Germany making Alsace Lorraine a territory of the empire.Ref: 2
1879*Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical "Aeterni patris," which urged the study of "true" philosophy, especially that of Thomas Aquinas. The injunction led to a great revival of both Thomist studies and scholastic philosophy.Ref: 5
1881*122ø F (50ø C), Seville, Spain (European record).Ref: 5
1886*Special delivery stamps first go on sale.Ref: 10
1892*English medical missionary Wilfred T. Grenfell, 26, first arrived in Labrador, Newfoundland. For 42 years he labored among the fisherfolk, helping build hospitals and orphanages as well as churches.Ref: 5
1916*The United States purchases the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.Ref: 70
1927*Peace Bridge between US & Canada opened.Ref: 5
1933*John Dillinger robs First National Bank of Montpelier, Indiana, with Copeland and Crouch.Ref: 42
1937*An Okapi (sort of half zebra, half giraffe) first imported to a zoo in America-Bronx Zoo, N.Y.Ref: 10
1943*Rosalie Thorn is the first female awarded the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal. 
1944*Anne Frank and family are arrested by the Gestapo in Amsterdam, then sent to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister Margot are later sent to Bergen-Belsen.Ref: 35
1945*Tibbets briefs the 509th Composite Group about the impending attack. He reveals that they will drop immensely powerful bombs, but the nature of the weapons are not revealed.Ref: 91
1948*5 day southern filibuster succeeds in maintaining poll tax.Ref: 5
1949*The NBL & NBAA merge into the National Basketball Association.Ref: 5
1953*Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago.Ref: 5
1954*The uranium rush began in Saskatchewan, Canada.Ref: 4
1958*The first potato-flake plant is established in the U.S. at Grand Fork, North Dakota.Ref: 4
1961*108ø F, Spokane, WA.Ref: 5
1964*(Mississippi Burning) The murdered bodies of three civil rights workers (Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney) are found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner had disappeared June 21, not long after they had been held for six hours in the Neshoba County, MS jail on charges of speeding. Their burned car was discovered on June 23, prompting a search by the FBI for the three young men. (XDG, p 4A, 8/4/2000)Ref: 83
1967*Shortwave group ANARC's first convention (Chicago).Ref: 5
1974*Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor.Ref: 5
1977*President Carter signs a measure establishing the Department of Energy.Ref: 70
1981*Oliver North is assigned to White House duty.Ref: 5
1984*The largest lottery jackpot in North America (to that time) was split among the eight winners of Ohio’s Lotto. The lucky lottery players shared a jackpot of $24.6 million.Ref: 4
1984 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Fasso (National Day).Ref: 5
1987*The Federal Communications Commission votes 4-0 to rescind the Fairness Doctrine which requires radio and television stations to provide balanced coverage of controversial issues. (XDG, p 4A, 8/4/2000)Ref: 83
1987*A new 22-cent stamp honoring noted author William Faulkner went on sale in Oxford, MS. Faulkner had been fired as postmaster of that same post office in 1924.Ref: 4
1988*Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II.Ref: 5
1988*Hertz car rental will pay out $23 million in consumer fraud case.Ref: 5
1990*European community proposes a boycott of Iraq.Ref: 5
1991*The Greek luxury liner "Oceanos" sinks in heavy seas off South Africa's southeast coast; all 402 passengers and 179 crew members survive. (XDG, p 4A, 8/4/2000)Ref: 83
1992*(King) A federal grand jury returns indictments against the four officers.Ref: 87
1993*(King) Judge Davies sentences Los Angeles police officers Laurence Powell and Stacy Koon to thirty months in a federal correctional camp. Various civil rights groups complain that the sentences are not harsh enough.Ref: 87
1993*The Senate approves a $5.8B disaster relief bill for Midwestern flood victims. (XDG, p 4A, 8/04/2003)Ref: 83
1994 Serb-dominated Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs, sealing the 300-mile border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia.Ref: 70
1997*Teamsters went on a 15-day strike against United Parcel Service after talks broke down with nation's largest package delivery service.Ref: 70
1998*Turning aside an urgent White House appeal, Chief Justice William H Renquist clears the way for prosecutors to question White House lawyers about their advice to President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky case. (XDG, p 4A, 8/04/2003)Ref: 83
1998*The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 299.43 points, finishing at 8487.31. (XDG, p 4A, 8/04/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada wins the Bolivian presidency for a second time. (XDG, p 4A, 8/04/2003)Ref: 83
1693*Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon.Ref: 5
1952*Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time.Ref: 2
1960*Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH.Ref: 5
1971*US launches first satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft.Ref: 5
1981*Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission.Ref: 5
1265*Battle of Evesham. Using the banners of Simon's son captured forces at Kenilworth, Edward approached Simon's position at Evesham. Simon was hemmed in the bend of the river Avon and forced to fight. Simon was defeated and killed. Simon's youngest son took refuge in Kenilworth castle, where prepared for a long siege, managed to hold out until December 1267.Ref: 10
1265*Simon de Montfort English baron, dies in battle.Ref: 5
1578 A crusade against the Moors of Morocco is routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir. King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers are killed.Ref: 2
1717*A friendship treaty is signed between France and Russia.Ref: 2
1864*Federal troops fail to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay.Ref: 2
1864*Land & naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas.Ref: 5
1914*Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany; Wilson proclaims US neutrality.Ref: 2
1925*US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation.Ref: 5
1940*In convoy HX-60 in the North Atlantic, a submarine torpedoes Newfoundland merchant ship Geraldine Mary. 
1942*The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor "appeasement" with Japan.Ref: 2
1944*In Canada, the Prime Minister tells the House of Commons that no act of subversion or sabotage had been found before or during the war by the Japanese Canadians. However, disloyal Japanese Canadians would be deported to Japan, and no further Japanese immigration would be allowed. Also, a set quota of dispersed Japanese Canadians would be allowed to return to the west coast of British Columbia.Ref: 35
1944*General H.D.G. Crerar, commander of the First Canadian Army, reports to the Canadian Military Headquarters in London that there is a severe shortage of infantry reserves. 
1944*RAF pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he tips the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course.Ref: 2
1964*The U.S.S. Maddox and Turner Joy exchange fire with North Vietnamese patrol boats.Ref: 2
1969*(My Lai) General Westmoreland orders the I.G. to turn over the investigation to the Criminal Investigation Division.Ref: 87
1908*Playing the entire game with one ball, the St. Louis Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas, 3-0.Ref: 1
1910*A's Jack Coombs & White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 16 inn scoreless tie.Ref: 5
1921*The first tennis match on radio was broadcast on KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This was a natural since KDKA was the first commercial radio station in the United States. Within eight months the powers that be figured out that sports on radio would bring in big sales revenues. And so, the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Australia was aired on the radio; but much to the wonderment of KDKA’s listeners.Ref: 4
1929*Down to their last out, the Indians tally nine runs in the ninth inning for an amazing come-from-behind victory over the Yankees, 14-6.Ref: 1
1934*Mel Ott became the first major-league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.Ref: 4
1941*At Ebbets Field, Dodger backstop Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one inning.Ref: 1
1942*In a military relief game at the Polo Grounds, Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of ninth, which puts the Dodgers up 5-1, doesn't count because of the 9:10 pm government curfew. The game ends up as a 1-1 tie with the Giants and, the contest will be the last war-time twilight game played.Ref: 1
1945*Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season.Ref: 5
1945*Red Sox Tom McBride is 3rd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th).Ref: 5
1953*Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs & wins 15-0.Ref: 5
1956*Wilhelm Herz was clocked at 210 miles per hour at Wendover, UT. He became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 mph.Ref: 4
1957 Florence Chadwick set a world record by swimming the English Channel in 6 hours, 7 minutes. 
1957*Juan Fangio wins his final auto race and captured the world auto driving championship -- for the fifth consecutive year.Ref: 5
1957*Former Pirates' second baseman Danny Murtaugh makes his managerial debut after being hired by General Manager Joe L. Brown to replace Bobby Bragan at the helm.Ref: 86
1963*After two months out of the lineup due to a broken left foot, Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees got a tie-breaking, pinch-hit, home run in the ninth inning to lead the Yankees to a win over the Baltimore Orioles.Ref: 4
1969*Willie Stargell is first to hit a HR outside of Dodger Stadium.Ref: 5
1980*Maury Wills replaces Darrell Johnson as the Seattle Mariners manager.Ref: 86
1982*After driving in the winning run in a Met 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood is traded and later in the day flies to Philadelphia and singles for the Expos; he becomes the first player to have a hit for two different teams in the same day in different cities.Ref: 5
1983*New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warmups and accidentally killed a seagull! After the game, Toronto police surrounded the slugger and arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”Ref: 4
1984*Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics.Ref: 5
1984*Cliff Johnson sets a record with his 19th pinch hit HR.Ref: 5
1985*Angel Rod Carew singles off of Twin Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits.Ref: 5
1985*At the Yankee Stadium, White Sox Tom Seaver becomes the 17th player in major league history to win 300 games as he six-hits the Bronx Bombers, 4-1. All of the Yankees' hits are singles.Ref: 1
1985*Phil Rizzuto Day, his uniform number 10 is retired.Ref: 30
1989*Toronto Blue Jay Dave Stieb loses a perfect game after 8.2 innings when New York's Roberto Kelly doubles.Ref: 86
1990*The Atlanta Braves trade Dale Murphy, one of the most respected athletes in Atlanta history, to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.Ref: 86
1993*San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn records a career-high 6 hits vs. San Francisco. It is his 4th game of the season with 5 or more hits, tying a major league record held by Willie Keeler (1897), Ty Cobb (1922) and Stan Musial (1948).Ref: 86
1994*Minnesota Twins' Kent Hrbek's announces his retirement. With the strike-shortened season, his last game in a Twins uniform was August 10, when the Twins beat Boston, 17-7, in the Metrodome.Ref: 86
1996*Baltimore managers Earl Weaver and Ned Hanlon, Kentucky congressman Jim Bunning and Negro League star Bill Foster are inducted into the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
1996*26th Olympic Summer games close in Atlanta, Georgia.Ref: 5
1998*Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning of New York's 10-5 win becoming the second major leaguer to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season.Ref: 1
2000*Joining Dave Kingman Frank Huelsman, Willis Hudlin, Paul Lehner, Wes Covington, Ted Gray and Mike Kilkenny, Dave Martinez ties a major league record as he appears for his fourth team in a season. In the past four months the veteran outfielder/first baseman has played for the Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers and now the Blue Jays.Ref: 1
2000*With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record already hitting 83 homers at home this seasonRef: 1
2001*Glenn Ezell is named bullpen coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, replacing Darren Daulton, who resigns for personal reasons.Ref: 86
1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes first circus.Ref: 5
1821*The Saturday Evening Post was published as a weekly for the first time.Ref: 4
1927*Radio station 2XAG, later named WGY, the General Electric station in Schenectady, NY, began experimental operations from a 100,000-watt transmitter. Later, the FCC regulated the power of AM radio stations to not exceed 50,000 watts on ‘clear channels’ (where few, if any, stations would cause interference with each other).Ref: 4
1927*Singer Jimmie Rodgers recorded his first sides for Victor Records in Bristol, TN. He sang Sleep Baby Sleep and Soldier’s Sweetheart.Ref: 4
1940 Crime Doctor introduced a new kind of radio hero to audiences. The CBS radio program presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway, the show’s main character, who was a victim of amnesia. He once was a criminal, but got hit on the head, and suddenly began to work as a crime fighter. Nice twist.Ref: 4
1958*Dumont TV Network crumbles.Ref: 5
1966*John Lennon states "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus"Ref: 62
1968*100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif.Ref: 5
1970*Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness.Ref: 5
1984*Prince's "Purple Rain," album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks.Ref: 5
1222*Richard de Clare, English nobleman, is born.Ref: 70
1521*The man who would later become Pope Urban VII is born.Ref: 69
1540*Joseph Scaliger scientific chronologist: the Julian calendar; is born.Ref: 4
1755*Nicolas-Jacque Conte inventor (modern pencil), is born.Ref: 5
1792*Percy Bysshe Shelley England, romantic poet (Adonais), is born in Field Place, England.Ref: 5
1805*William Rowan Hamilton, Irish scientist, is born.Ref: 2
1816*Russell Sage, American financier, is born.Ref: 70
1823*Oliver Perry Morton (Gov-Ind), is born.Ref: 5
1839*Walter Pater, London England, writer (Plato & Platoism), is born.Ref: 5
1845 Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, Indian politician and newspaper publisher, is born.Ref: 70
1859*Knut Hamsun Norway, writer/Nazi (Hunger-Nobel 1920), is born.Ref: 5
1870*Sir Harry Lauder Scotland, comedian/singer (Roman in the Gloamin), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Isoroku Yamamoto Japanese Admiral during WWII: planned attack on Pearl Harbor; is born.Ref: 4
1884*Birth of Sigmund O.P. Mowinckel, Norwegian Old Testament scholar. Associated from 1917-54 with Oslo University, his most influential work was done in the Psalms. In 1951 he published "The Psalms in Israel's Worship" (1963).Ref: 5
1897*Joseph Calleia Malta, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Arturo Umberto Illia pres of Argentina (1963-66), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Elizabeth Angela Marguerite, Britain's Queen Mother, is born.Ref: 5
1901*Jazz great, (Daniel) Louis Armstrong (Satchmo) is born (not on July 4th, 1900 as sometimes claimed).Ref: 4
1904*Harry Cooper ‘Lighthorse’: World Golf Hall of Famer: Vardon Trophy winner [1937]; Canadian Open champion [1932,1937]; Bing Crosby Pro Am [1942]; is born.Ref: 4
1908*Sir Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist, stage designer and writer, is born.Ref: 70
1909*Glenn Cunningham US middle distance runner in the 1930's, is born.Ref: 5
1910*William Schuman Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: Secular Cantata No. 2, A Free Song [1943]; President: Julliard School of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; died Feb 15, 1992Ref: 4
1912*Raoul Wallenberg, humanitarian, is born. He is credited with rescuing at least 100,000 Jews from certain death ... 65,000 of them from the Budapest ghetto.Ref: 68
1912*David Raksin Phila Penns, composer (Modern Times), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Wesley Addy Omaha Neb, actor (Bostonian, Loving), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Luke Easter Luscious Luke: baseball: Cleveland Indians; is born.Ref: 4
1915*Irving Fields NYC, pianist (Ilona Massey Show), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Ted Kroll golf: champ: San Diego Open [1952], is born.Ref: 4
1920*Helen Thomas journalist: UPI White House correspondent [from Kennedy to Clinton: 1961-2000]; author: Front Row at the White House, is born.Ref: 4
1921*Herb (Mitchell) Ellis musician: guitarist, singer: group: Soft Winds: I Told You I Love You, Now Get Out; Oscar Peterson Trio, is born.Ref: 4
1921*Maurice "Rocket" Richard Montreal Canadien (MVP-1947), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Udham Singh India, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1952, 56, 64), is born.Ref: 5
1934*(George) Dallas Green baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, NY Mets; mgr.: NY Yankees, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs, is born.Ref: 4
1934*Joe Leonard Motorsports Hall of Fame motorcycle racer: Grand National Championship [1954, 1956, 1956]; race car driver: Indy 500 [1967, 1968], USAC titles [1971, 1972], is born.Ref: 4
1938*Hayes Jones National Track & Field Hall of Famer: Olympic gold medalist [1964]: 110-meter hurdles [:13.6]; New York City’s Director of Recreation, is born.Ref: 4
1939*Frankie Ford (Guzzo), Gretna La, rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Timi (Rosemarie) Yuro singer: Hurt, What’s A Matter Baby [Is It Hurting You], Gotta Travel On, Down in the Valley, is born.Ref: 4
1941 Martin Jarvis is born.Ref: 10
1942*Cleon (Joseph) Jones baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969, 1973/all-star: 1969], Chicago White Sox, is born.Ref: 4
1942*David Russell Lange PM (L) New Zealand (1984- ), is born.Ref: 5
1943*David Carr musician: keyboards: group: The Fortunes, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Michael J McCulley San Diego Calif, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS-34), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Rodney Stuart Pattison British yachtsman (Olympics), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Tina Cole Hollywood, singer (King Cousins)/actress (Katie-My 3 Sons), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Richard Belzer comedian, actor: Mad Dog and Glory, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Big Picture, The Groove Tube, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Fred Hansen US, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-1964), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Maureen Cox Starkey first wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Rick Derringer rocker (I am the Real American (Hulk Hogan's theme), is born in Union City IL.Ref: 68
1949*John Riggins Pro Football Hall of Famer: Washington Redskins running back: NFL Individual Record: touchdowns [24] scored in a season [1983]: Super Bowl XVII, XVIII; NY Jets, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Kristoffer Tabori (Siegel) actor: Chicago Story, Seventh AvenueRef: 4
1952*Bobby Buntrock Denver Colo, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Kristoffer Tabori LA Calif, actor (Rappaccini's Daughter), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Andrew M Allen Phila Pa, Captain USMC/astronaut (sk: STS-46), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Charles D "Sam" Gemar Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Billy Bob Thornton Hot Springs, Ark. US. actor, 'Sling Blade','A Family Thing', is born.Ref: 5
1958*Mary Decker, track: AP & Sullivan Award: U.S. outstanding amateur athlete [1982]; U.S. record holder: 800-meters [1:56.9], 1500-meters [3:57.12], 1,000-meters [2:34.8], 1-mile [4:16.71], 3,000-meters [8:29.69], is born in Slaney NJ.Ref: 4
1960*Dean Malenko pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, Raw Is War, WWF Smackdown!, Survivor SeriesRef: 4
1960*Robbin Crosby heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Lauren Tom actress: The Joy Luck Club, When a Man Loves a Woman, Grace Under Fire, DAG, Max Steel, is born.Ref: 4
1962*(William) Roger Clemens, Dayton Ohio, Boston Red Sox pitcher (Cy Young, MVP), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Crystal Chappell Silver Spring Md, actress (Carly-Days of our Lives)Ref: 5
1060 King Henri I France dies.Ref: 10
1306*King Wenceslas III, King of Hungary (1301-4), is assassinated at age 16.Ref: 70
1525*Andrea Della Robbia, Italian sculptor, dies at age 89.Ref: 70
1526*Juan Sebastion Cano, Spanish explorer, dies.Ref: 5
1578 King Sebastian Portugal is born.Ref: 10
1741*(Zenger) Andrew Hamilton (Zenger's lawyer) dies exactly six years after the Zenger trial that would become a landmark on America's path to protection for freedom of speech.Ref: 87
1821*(Declaration of Independence) William Floyd, US soldier, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1834*(US Supreme Court Justice) William Johnson, American Supreme Court justice, dies at age 62.Ref: 70
1875*Hans Christian Andersen author of fairy tales: The Tinder Box, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes; dies.Ref: 4
1886*Samuel Tilden, American lawyer, governor of New York, philanthropist for New York Public Library, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1891*George Washington Williams dies at 41 in Blackpool England.Ref: 5
1892*Wealthy Fall River, Massachusetts, businessman Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby Durfee Gray Borden are murdered with an ax. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, is later accused and acquitted of their murder.Ref: 47
1911*Franklin Hiram King, American agricultural scientist, dies at age 63.Ref: 70
1927 John Dillon, Irish leader of the Irish Nationalist Party, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1931*Daniel Hale Williams, the first physician to perform open heart surgery and founder of Provident Hospital in Chicago, Ill, dies at age 73.Ref: 70
1938*Pearl Fay White, American film star/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at age 49.Ref: 70
1973*Albert ‘Eddie’ Condon musician: guitar, bandleader, promoter of Dixieland Jazz; dies at age 68.Ref: 5
1976 Lord Thompson of Fleet dies.Ref: 10
1977*Ernst Bloch, German Marxist philosopher, dies at age 92.Ref: 70
1978*Frank Fontaine comedian, actor, singer: The Jackie Gleason Show dies.Ref: 4
1980*Duke Pearson composer, band leader, musician: piano: How Insensitive; dies.Ref: 4
1981*Melvyn Douglas (Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg) Academy Award-winning actor: [supporting] Hud [1963], [supporting] Being There [1979]; The Vampire Bat, Captains Courageous, Ninotchka, Three Hearts for Julia, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Americanization of Emily, I Never Sang for My Father, The Candidate, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Changeling, Ghost Story; dies at age 80.Ref: 4
1984*Edmon Ryan actor, dies at 79 of a heart attack.Ref: 5
1984*Mary Miles Minter silent screen star, dies at 82 of heart failure.Ref: 5
1984*Walter Burke actor, dies at 75 of emphysemaRef: 5
1988*David L. Myers drives a railroad spike through the head Amanda Maher. (XDG, p 1A, 1/04/2003)Ref: 83
1997*Jeanne Calment, oldest person in the world at 122 dies in Arles, France; b. 2/21/1875; disliked Van Gogh. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1999*Victor (John) Mature actor: The Robe, Samson and Delilah, The Las Vegas Story, Song of the Islands, After the Fox; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Lorenzo Music actor: voice of Garfield, Carlton the Doorman [in Rhoda]; Emmy Award-winning producer: Carlton, Your Doorman [5/21/80]; dies.Ref: 5
2002*A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing himself and nine passengers.Ref: 70

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