Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 19th

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1263 King James I of Argon censors Hebrew writings.Ref: 5
1274*Edward I and Eleanor are crownded King and Queen of England by Robert Kilwardby at Westminster Abbey. He has been King since 1272, but was on Crusade at the time he became King.Ref: 16
1458*Enea Silvio Piccolomini is elected Pope Pius II.Ref: 69
1493 Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.Ref: 2
1561*Mary, Queen of Scots, lands in Scotland. 
1587*Sigismund III is chosen to be the king of Poland.Ref: 2
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) George Jacobs Sr., Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, John Willard and John Proctor are hanged on Gallows Hill. Elizabeth Proctor is not hanged because she is pregnant.Ref: 16
1772*Gustavus III of Sweden eliminates the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy.Ref: 2
1826*The Canada Company is chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario).Ref: 5
1848*The first report of the California gold strike was published in the New York Herald newspaper.Ref: 4
1861*Passports first introduced in America.Ref: 10
1862*(Dakota Conflict) Minnesota Governor Ramsey appoints Colonel Henry Sibley to command American volunteer forces. Sixteen settlers are killed in Dakota attacks in and around New Ulm. Settlers crowd into a small barricaded area of New Ulm's main street.Ref: 87
1886*The Christian Union was founded by Baptist clergyman Richard G. Spurling (1858-1935) in Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1923, this pentecostal denomination changed its name to the Church of God. Headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee, its current membership is nearly 500,000.Ref: 5
1888*First beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins.Ref: 5
1916*Strikebreakers hired by the Everett Mills owner Neil Jamison attacked and beat picketing strikers in Everett, Washington. Local police watched and refused to intervene, claiming that the waterfront where the incident took place was Federal land and therefore outside their jurisdiction. (When the picketers retaliated against the strikebreakers that evening, the local police intervened, claiming that they had crossed the line of jursidiction.)Ref: 59
1934*Hitler receives a 90 percent 'Yes' vote from German voters approving his new powers. Hitler is now the Führer of Germany.Ref: 35
1940*The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.Ref: 4
1940*The Wright Memorial at Wright Brothers Hill in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is dedicated to the 119 flyers who earned their wings at Huffman Prairie.Ref: 46
1950*Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations.Ref: 2
1953 Israel's parliament conferred Israeli citizenship posthumously on all Jews killed by the Nazis during the years of the Holocaust (1933-45) in Europe.Ref: 5
1954*Ralph J Bunche named undersecretary of UN.Ref: 5
1956*The U.S. withdraws financial aid to Egypt for the Aswan Dam due to Egypt's connection to the Soviet Union. 
1958*NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters.Ref: 5
1960*A tribunal in Moscow convicts American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage.Ref: 70
1965*Cincinatti Red Jim Maloney 2nd no-hitter of year beats Chic Cubs, 1-0.Ref: 5
1974*US Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek Cypriots.Ref: 70
1976*President Gerald R Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination at the Kansas City convention.Ref: 5
1981*(US Supreme Court Justice) President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court. 
1981*Two US Navy F-14 jet fighters shot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22.Ref: 5
1989*Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected first non-communmist president of Poland.Ref: 5
1990*NY Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 14 HRs (approx 128 at bat).Ref: 5
1991*(August 1991 Coup) Yanayev, Pugo, Yazov and 3 others announce take-over.Ref: 89
1993*Dr George Tiller was shot and wounded outside an abortion clinic in Wichita KS by Rachelle Shannon. Shannon was later sentenced to 11 years in prison for the attack on Tiller, plus an additional 20 years for arson and acid attacks at abortion clinics in Oregon, California and Nevada. (XDG, p 4A, 8/19/2003)Ref: 83
1994*President Clinton abruptly halted the nation's three-decade open-door policy for Cuban refugees.Ref: 70
1996*Ralph Nader accepted the presidential nomination of the Green Party in Los Angeles, denouncing tax breaks for corporations and calling for a "political alternative" to the two mainstream parties.Ref: 6
1996*A judge sentenced former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker to four years' probation for his Whitewater crimes.Ref: 70
1999*Presidential candidate George W. Bush tells reporters he had not used illegal drugs in 25 years, and added that if voters insisted on knowing more "they can go find somebody else to vote for". (XDG, p 4A, 8/19/2000)Ref: 83
2000*Hugo Chavez takes the oath of office as president of Venezuela after a landslide re-election.Ref: 6
2002*An ailing and tearful Pope John Paul II concludes a four-day visit to his homeland near Krakow Poland. (XDG, p 4A, 8/19/2003)Ref: 70
1605*First English colonists arrive in America and land at what is now Maine.Ref: 10
1787*Sir Willian Herschel discovers Enceladus, a moon of Saturn.Ref: 5
1839*At a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, a new photographic process was unveiled by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.Ref: 74
1856*Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY patents a process for condensed milk.Ref: 4
1891*William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum.Ref: 5
1929*The first dirigible made completely of metal is constructed in GrosseIle, Michigan. 
1957*The first balloon flight to exceed an altitude of 100,000 feet is made by D. G. Simons at Crosby, Minnesota.Ref: 2
1960*The Russians sent Sputnik 5 with two dogs (Belka and Strelka) into earth orbit in a satellite.Ref: 4
1964*NASA launches Syncom 3 communications satellite which relays the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games from Tokyo. 
1979*Soyuz 32 Cosmonauts Lyakhov & Ryumin complete a record 175-day space flight.Ref: 5
1982*Soyuz T-7 launched, Svetlana Savtiskaya 2nd woman in space.Ref: 5
1985*Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei. 
1099*The armies of the First Crusade defeated the Saracens at the Battle of Ascalon (a historic Palestinian city on the Mediterranean), one month after they had captured Jerusalem.Ref: 5
1779*Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.Ref: 2
1781*Because the French admiral the Comte de Grasse (1722-1788) was sailing from the West Indies to the Chesapeake, George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau's (1725-1807) army began moving south toward Virginia. 
1812*The USS Constitution engages the HMS Guerriere about 750 miles out of Boston. In a 55-minute battle that left 101 dead, the Guerriere struck his colors and surrendered. In contrast, the Constitution suffered little damage and only 14 casualties. The fight's outcome shocked the British Admiralty while it heartened America through the dark days of the War of 1812. (Ref: Encyclopedia of the War of 1812, ISBN 0-87436-968-1) 
1914*The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) lands in France.Ref: 2
1914*Canadian Parliament authorizes raising an expeditionary force.Ref: 38
1915*Arabic, White Star liner, sunk by submarine off Fastnet; 44 lives lost; 2 Americans.Ref: 38
1917*Italians cross the Isonzo and take Austrian positions.Ref: 38
1940*The Italians complete the occupation of British Somaliland in East Africa. 
1942*The Allies launch a major raid on the French port of Dieppe. 5000 of the 6000 troops are Canadians. The mission is a major Allied defeat with 1000 casualties.Ref: 83
1942*The first American pilot to shoot down a German fighter plane is S. F. Junkin. 
1942*First American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is.Ref: 5
1944*In Paris, France, underground resistence groups launch a revolt against their German captors.Ref: 36
1944*The Falaise to Argentan gap in France is loosely closed, trapping large German forces. 
1944*(and 20th) Soviet offensive in the Balkans begins with an attack on Romania.Ref: 36
1965*U.S. forces destroy a Viet Cong stronghold near Van Tuong, in South Vietnam.Ref: 2
1988*Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT).Ref: 5
2003*A truck packed with explosives rips through UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 22 and injuring more than 100 others. (Time, p 33, 9/01/2003) 
1900*In Western League action, Rube Waddell throws two complete games as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 2-1 and 1-0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw is coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promises him a few days off to go fishing to pitch the night cap, he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.Ref: 1
1903*Phillies suffer record 9th straight posponed game.Ref: 5
1909*The Phillies are rained out for an unprecedented tenth consecutive time.Ref: 1
1909*The first race was run at the Indpls Motor Speedway in Indiana. It wasn’t a brick track yet. It started as a crushed stone and tar track.Ref: 4
1913*Grover Alexander is reached for nine straight hits and six runs as the Cubs defeat Phillies,10-4.Ref: 1
1917*Sunday benefit baseball game at the Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws.Ref: 5
1921*At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the 4th (and youngest) player to reach 3000 hits when he singles of off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers.Ref: 1
1934*Helen Hull Jacobs win US Lawn Tennis Association.Ref: 5
1951*Forty-three inch tall Eddie Gaedel walks on four pitches in his only ML appearance; Bill Veeck's idea of playing the midget was legal at the time but later was outlawed. Allegedly, Veeck told Gaedel was told there was a sniper in the stands who was instructed to shoot him if he so much as swung at a pitch.Ref: 5
1957*The New York Giants Board of Directors vote nine to one in favor of moving the team to San Francisco.Ref: 5
1962*Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held at Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.Ref: 4
1965*At Wrigley Field, Reds' hurler Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs 1-0 with the only run scoring on a Leo Cardenas homer in the tenth inning. Earlier in the season the Fresno native had also no-hit the Mets for ten innings, but lost the game in the eleventh when Johnny Lewis homered.Ref: 1
1969*Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman tosses first of two no-hitters, blanking Braves 3-0.Ref: 86
1972*Carlos Monzon KO's Tom Bogs in the 5th round in Copenhagen, Denmark to retain his middleweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1982*Renaldo Nehemiah of US sets record for 110 m hurdles, 12.93 sec.Ref: 5
1983*LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting.Ref: 5
1984*Lee Trevino wins the 66th PGA Championship -- by four strokes. Trevino took home $125,000 for his first victory in three years.Ref: 4
1988*NY Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy Lafluer.Ref: 5
1990*Jose Offerman of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1990*White Sox Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save as the Chicago White Sox beat the Rangers; 4-2.; he becomes the eighth reliever accomplish this milestone in MLB history.Ref: 1
1992*When Mariner second baseman Bret Boone, the grandson of Ray Boone (1948-60) and son of Bob Boone (1972-90) makes a start against the Orioles, he becomes part of the first three-generation family to play in the major leagues.Ref: 1
1995*The Devil Rays name Braves assistant general manager Chuck LaMar as the franchise's first general manager.Ref: 1
1995*Governor Tommy Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and Brewers President Allan H. -Bud- Selig unveiled a $250M financing plan for a new Brewers Stadium.Ref: 86
1995*Boxer Mike Tyson begins his comeback with an 89-second victory over Peter McNeeley in Las Vegas.Ref: 98
1918*Sgt. Irving Berlin’s musical about army life, "Yip Yip Yaphank", in World War I opens at the Century Theatre in New York City.Ref: 4
1929 The comedy program "Amos and Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made its network radio debut on NBC.Ref: 70
1939*The Dick Jurgens Orchestra recorded Day Dreams Come True at Night on Okeh Records. Eddy Howard was the vocalist on the piece. It became Jurgens’ theme song.Ref: 4
1950*ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch).Ref: 5
1964*The Beatles began their first North American concert tour. They would visit 26 cities.Ref: 4
1967*Beatles' "All You Need is Love," single goes #1.Ref: 5
1972*NBC-TV presented The Midnight Special for the first time. John Denver was the host for the first show. Wolfman Jack was the show’s announcer. The Midnight Special proved to be a ratings success.Ref: 4
1973*Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were married in Los Angeles, CA.Ref: 4
1981*Charlie’s Angels, starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the voice of John Forsythe as Charlie, was seen for the last time on ABC-TV.Ref: 4
1987*It was on this day that consumer reporter David Horowitz was held at gunpoint on camera. During a KNBC-TV newscast in Burbank, CA, Horowitz was forced to read the assailant’s rambling note. The news director took the program off the air until police could get the gunman off the set. Horowitz was unharmed.Ref: 4
1989 Authorities from four European countries (on the Dutch vessel Volans and the British launch Landward) boarded the offshore rock station Radio Caroline (on the ship Ross Revenge) in international waters in the North Sea and forced it to shut down. Disc jockeys relayed a blow-by-blow account of events to the astonished listeners right up to the end.Ref: 4
1993*Cheers ends an 11-year run.Ref: 4
0*Baseballer, NY Yankee, Bobby (Robert Clinton) Richardson is born.Ref: 68
1398*Idigo Lopez Spain, marques de Santillana, poet (Comedieta de Ponza), is born.Ref: 5
1560*James (The Admirable) Crichton, English adventurer, is born in Eliock Scotland.Ref: 68
1631*John Dryden first poet laureate of England (Absalom & Achitophel), is born.Ref: 5
1646*John Flamsteed first astronomer royal of England, is born.Ref: 5
1689*Samuel Richardson English novelist (Pamela) (baptized), is born.Ref: 5
1746*Marie Jeanne Becu comtesse du Barry mistress of Louis XV, is born.Ref: 68
1785*Seth Thomas pioneer in mass production of clocks, is born.Ref: 5
1844*Minna Canth Finland, novelist/dramatist (social evils), is born.Ref: 5
1858*Edith Nesbit England, children books author (Railway Children), is born.Ref: 5
1859*Charles Comiskey first basemen/manager (Chicago White Sox), is born.Ref: 5
1860*John Kane Scottish-born US primitivist painter (Self-Portrait), is born.Ref: 5
1870*Bernard (Mannes) Baruch financier; chairman of War Industries Board [WWI]; representative: UN Atomic Energy Commission; presidential adviser; is born.Ref: 4
1871*Orville Wright, aviation pioneer, is born.Ref: 68
1878*Manuel Quezon first president of Philippine Commonwealth (1935-42), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Georges Enesco, composer, is born in Dorohoiu, Rumania. (Cross, Milton, "Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music", Doubleday & Co, 1953) 
1883*Coco (Gabriel Bonheur) Chanel fashion designer; perfume creator: Chanel #5; is born.Ref: 4
1888*Ton Duc Thang, Vietnamese communist leader; succeeded Ho Chi Minh, is born.Ref: 70
1889 Arthur Waley sinologist, translator from Chinese & Japanese, is born.Ref: 5
1892*Alfred Lunt Tony Award-winning actor: Quadrille [1955]; The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust; is born.Ref: 4
1900*Colleen Moore, American actress, is born.Ref: 70
1902*Ogden Nash Rye NY, humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself), is born.Ref: 68
1903*James Gould Cozzens, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Guard of Honor [1948]; S.S. San Pedro, The Last Adam, By Love Possessed; is born.Ref: 4
1903*Claude (Legrand) Dauphin, Corbell France, actor (April in Paris, Deported), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Philo T Farnsworth Beaver Utah, inventor (electronic TV), is born.Ref: 5
1906*June Collyer (Dorothea Heermance) actress: A Face in the Fog, The Ghost Walks, Drums of Jeopardy; is born.Ref: 4
1907*Thurston Morton (Sen-Ky, 1957-1969), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Ring Lardner Jr. (Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, Jr.) Academy Award-winning screenwriter: Woman of the Year [1942], MASH [1970]; A Star Is Born [1937], Brotherhood of Man, The Cincinnati Kid, Semi-Tough; is born.Ref: 4
1916*Marie Wilson, Anaheim Calif, actress (My Friend Irma), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Malcolm Forbes Sr. publishing magnate: Forbes magazine; is born.Ref: 4
1921*Gene (Eugene Wesley) Roddenberry creator, producer: Star Trek; writer: Have Gun Will Travel; is born.Ref: 4
1924*William Marshall, Gary Ind, actor (Blacula, Something of Value), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Willie Shoemaker jockey: holds record for most wins in a career: 8,833 out of 40,350 mountsRef: 68
1933*Debra Paget (Griffin) actress: Tales of Terror, The Ten Commandments, Omar Khayyam, Love Me Tender, Prince Valiant, is born.Ref: 4
1934*Tennis coach, transsexual, Renee Richards is born.Ref: 68
1934*Bill Cleary US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1934*David F Durenberger Minn, (Sen-R-Minn), is born.Ref: 5
1935*F Story Musgrave Boston, MD/astronaut (STS 6, 51-F, 33, 44), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Bobby (Robert Clinton) Richardson baseball: NY Yankees {World Series: 1957, 1958, 1960: record for RBIs in one series (12), and in one game in the series (6) and for most hits in a series (13), 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964/all-star: 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966], is born.Ref: 68
1938*Diana Muldaur actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Generation, LA Law), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Valentin Mankin USSR, finn class yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Ginger [Peter] Baker England, drummer (Cream-White Room), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Jill St. John (Oppenheim) actress: Diamonds are Forever, Come Blow Your Horn, The Oscar, Burke’s Law, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1940*Johnny Nash singer: I Can See Clearly Now, Stir It Up, Hold Me Tight, A Very Special Love, is born in Houston, TX.Ref: 4
1942*Senator Fred Thompson (Republican, TN) is born.Ref: 68
1943*Billy J. Kramer (William Ashton) singer: group: The Dakotas: Little Children, Bad to Me, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Ian Gillian heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor), is born.Ref: 5
1946*William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd US President, is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1946*Bob Johnson football: Univ. of Tennessee, Cincinnati Bengals, is born.Ref: 4
1946 Dawn Steele is born.Ref: 10
1946*Charles F Bolden Jr Columbia SC, astronaut (STS 61C, 31, STS 45), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Gerald McRaney, Collins Miss, actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Tipper (Mary) Gore (Aitcheson) author: Raising PG Kids in an X-rated Society; wife of US Vice President Al Gore, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Paul (Michael) Mitchell baseball: pitcher: Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, is born.Ref: 4
1951*John Deacon rocker (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Randi Oakes Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Jonathan Frakes actor (Actor: Commander Will Riker in "Star Trek Next Generation", Director: "Star Trek: First Contact"), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Adam Arkin actor: The Doctor, Heat Wave, Necessary Parties, Fourth Wise Man, Chicago Hope, Northern Exposure, A Year in the Life, Teachers Only, Busting Loose, Big Wave Dave’s, is born in Brooklyn NY. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1956*Peter Gallagher actor: Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Short Cuts, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Knew Too Little, American Beauty, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Cindy Nelson US, skier (Olympic-bronze-1976), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Darby Hinton Santa Monica Calif, actor (Israel-Daniel Boone), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Steve Grimmett heavy metal rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1960*Morten Anderson football: New Orleans Saints kicker, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Ron Darling Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Valerie Kaprisky Paris France, actress (Breathless, Public Woman), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Joey Tempest rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown), is born.Ref: 5
1963*John Stamos, Cypress Calif, actor (General Hospital, Full House), is born.Ref: 95
1965*Kevin Dillon actor: Platoon, No Escape, A Midnight Clear, The Blob, Remote Control; actor Matt Dillon’s brother, is born.Ref: 4
1965 Kyra Sedgwick is born.Ref: 4
1967*Jason Starr is born (of Ringo Starr and Maureen).Ref: 5
1969*Christian Slater actor: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Murder in the First, Untamed Heart, Young Guns, Interview with the Vampire, is born in New York City. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1970*Actor Matthew Perry is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1970*M.C. Eric rap artist: group: Technotronic, is born.Ref: 4
1971*Tricia Ann Luedtke Oostburg Wisc, Miss Wisc-America-1991Ref: 5
14*Augustus Caesar, first Roman Emperor, who introduced Pax Romana, the era of peace, dies.Ref: 70
440*St Sixtus III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 69
1493*Frederick III Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493), dies.Ref: 5
1580*Andrea Palladio, Italian architect, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1601 Michael the Brave dies.Ref: 10
1662*Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher, dies at age 39.Ref: 4
1814 Count Rumford, aka Benjamin Thompson, Physicist, inventor and adventurer, dies.Ref: 62
1819*James Watt inventor: condensing steam engine; the watt, a unit of power, was named after him; dies.Ref: 68
1925*Fremont Lawson, American newspaper editor and publisher, dies at age 74.Ref: 70
1928*Richard Burdon Haldane, Scottish lawyer, philosopher, and statesman, dies at age 72.Ref: 2
1929*Serge Diaghilev, Russian impresario; created Ballets Russes in 1909, dies at age 57.Ref: 70
1936*Spanish poet Fredico Garcia Lorca is shot by Franco's troops after being forced to dig his own grave.Ref: 68
1954*Alcide De Gasperi, Italian prime minister (1945-53), dies at age 73.Ref: 70
1955*Hurricane Diane kills 200 & first billion $ damage storm (N.E. US).Ref: 5
1957*Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist, dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1962*Kerstin Hesselgren first woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90.Ref: 5
1968*George Gamow, Russian-born American nuclear physicist and cosmologist, dies at age 64.Ref: 70
1975*Mark Donohue, 1972 Indy 500 winner, is killed practicing for Austrian Grand Prix at Graz, Austria.Ref: 4
1976 Alaistair Sim dies.Ref: 10
1977*Comedian Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86.Ref: 70
1978*422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran.Ref: 5
1979*Dorsey Burnette singer: Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One; brother of singer Johnny Burnette; dies.Ref: 4
1980*301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency landing at the Riyadh airport. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1986*Hermione Baddeley actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude), dies at 79Ref: 5
1991*Hurricane Bob was located 30-35 miles east of Cape Hatteras NC, and was at its peak intensity of 115 mph. Damage from Bob was estimated at $1.5 billion, making it the 15th most costly hurricane in US History. A total of 18 people died in the storm: six in Connecticut, three in both NY and Maine, two in both Nova Scotia and New Hampshire, and one in both North and South Carolina.Ref: 4
1991*Richard Maltby bandleader: Theme from The Man with the Golden Arm, St. Louis Mambo; dies.Ref: 4
1994*Two-time Nobel prize winning American Chemist Linus Pauling (1954-Chemistry; 1962-Peace), dies.Ref: 4
1995*Pierre Schaeffer, French composer, acoustician and electronics engineer, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1999*Dee (Virgil) Fondy baseball: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Redlegs; dies.Ref: 4
2002*Sri Swami Satchidananda, the guru who advocated respect for all faiths through his motto, "Truth is One, Paths are Many", and founder of Yogaville in rural Virginia, dies at age 87. (XDG, p 8A, 1/01/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Abu Nidal, a Palestinian schoolteacher-turned-terrorist mastermind, was reported to have died in Baghdad of multiple gunshot wounds.Ref: 70
2002*A Russian military helicopter crashed after being shot down by rebels in Chechnya, killing 119 people.Ref: 70
2003*UN Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN rising start Sergio Vierira de Mello, 55, is killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad. (Time, p 33, 9/01/2003) 

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