Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 24th

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1200*King John of England marries Isabella of Angouleme 
1542*Gonzalo Pizarro returns to the mouth of the Amazon River after having sailed the length of the great river as far as the Andes Mountains.Ref: 2
1553*A Catholic Mass is sung at St.Paul's Cathedral in London. 
1624*Sir Francis Wyatt is officially appointed governor of the royal Virginia Colony. 
1636*Massachusetts Governor John Endecott organizes a military force for the Pequot Indian War. 
1662*Act of Uniformity requires English to accept book of Common Prayer.Ref: 5
1676*America's first court-martial trial held in Newport, R.I.-Indian Sowagonish found guilty.Ref: 10
1682*Delaware is awarded to William Penn.Ref: 5
1780*King Louis XVI abolishes torture as a means to get suspects to confess.Ref: 2
1853*The American Pharmaceutical Association held its first convention.Ref: 4
1854*National emigration convention meets in Cleveland.Ref: 5
1854*The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Iowa was organized by German Lutherans. In 1930 this synod merged with the synods of Ohio and Buffalo to form the American Lutheran Church.Ref: 5
1857*The Panic of 1857 hit when the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company hit the skids and took the economy with it. The Ohio Life closing was neither a surprise nor the sole reason for crisis. 
1894*Congress passes the first graduated income tax law, which is declared unconstitutional the next year.Ref: 2
1906*Five Baptist congregations met at Jellico Creek, Whitley County, Kentucky, and formed the Church of God of the Mountain Assembly. The CGMA both pentecostal and holiness in doctrine reports a world membership today of 7,000.Ref: 5
1909*Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.Ref: 5
1912*The US Post Office got heavy -- by abolishing its rule that only parcels up to four pounds could be sent through the system.Ref: 4
1912*By an act of Congress, Alaska is given a territorial legislature of two houses.Ref: 4
1912*US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition the govt.Ref: 5
1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created.Ref: 5
1939*Louis ‘Lepke’ Buchalter, the leader of Murder, Incorporated, gives himself up to columnist Walter Winchell in New York City. Winchell turned the underworld leader over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.Ref: 4
1939*England's Lord Halifax (the foreign secretary) reiterated Britain's resolve to stand by Poland in case of a German attack. 
1940*Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were married -- while suspended in parachutes at the World’s Fair in New York City. The minister, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were also in parachutes. 
1948*Edith Mae Irby becomes the University of Arkansas' first African-American student. Edith Mae Irby becomes the University of Arkansas' first African-American student.Ref: 2
1949 The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect; parties agreed that an armed attack against one would be considered "an attack on all"Ref: 62
1950*1st US Negro delegate to UN appointed-ES Sampson.Ref: 5
1950*Operation Magic Carpet-45,000 Yemenite Jews move to Israel.Ref: 5
1954*The Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.Ref: 70
1959*Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii).Ref: 5
1960 The coldest recorded temperature of -127 F (-88 C) is taken at Vostok, Antarctica. 
1960*-127 F (-88ø C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record).Ref: 5
1961*Former Nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice.Ref: 5
1967 Liberian flag designed.Ref: 5
1968*France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.Ref: 70
1968*(Chicago 7) A meeting is held to discuss whether to obey city's 11 p.m. curfew.Ref: 87
1979*UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps.Ref: 5
1981*Mark David Chapman was sentenced in NY to 20 years to life in prison for slaying rock star John Lennon.Ref: 70
1988*A former guard at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Marine Sergeant Clayton Lonetree, is sentenced to thirty years in prison for spying. 
1990*Iraqi troops surround the US & other embassies in Kuwait City.Ref: 5
1991*(August 1991 Coup) Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party and Boris Yeltsin closes Pravda and disbands the Communist Party.Ref: 89
1991*Ukraine declares independence from the USSR.Ref: 5
1995*Chinese-American activist Harry Wu is expelled from China hours after he is convicted of spying. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/24/2000)Ref: 83
1995*Microsoft officially rolled out their Windows 95 operating system. Midnight parties at retailers across the US offered the new system for sale to those who just couldn’t wait any longer. NBC’s Jay Leno hosted the official launch party at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. The company lit up the Empire State Building with the Windows 95 logo colors, and licensed the Rolling Stones song, "Start Me Up", to use in its TV advertisements (for $12 million).Ref: 4
1998*The United States and Britain agreed to allow two Libyan suspects wanted in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 to be tried in a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands.Ref: 70
1998*A federal court rejects the Census Bureau's plans to use statistical sampling for the 2000 census, a decision later upheld by the Supreme Court. 
2000*The Federal Reserve raised borrowing costs for millions of Americans, increasing its target for the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 5.25 percent, and hiking the discount rate a quarter point to 4.75 percent.Ref: 6
1456*(date estimated) In Mainz, Germany, volume two of the famed Gutenberg Bible was bound, completing a two-year publishing project, and making it the first full-length book to be printed using movable type.Ref: 5
1853*First potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY).Ref: 5
1869*Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York receives a patent for the waffle iron, a “device to bake waffles.”Ref: 4
1891*Thomas Edison applies for a movie camera patent. The most important element in making a movie... the film ... was patented six years later.Ref: 4
1932*Amelia Earhart completes the first transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman. She flies from Los Angeles to Newark NJ in just over 19 hours. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/24/2000)Ref: 83
1938*A German Heinkel 178 becomes first working jet propelled airplane in test flight.Ref: 10
1956*1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Wash DC.Ref: 5
1966*Luna 11 - USSR Lunar Orbiter is currently in a lunar orbit.Ref: 40
1976*Soyuz 21 returns to Earth.Ref: 5
1985*STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather.Ref: 5
1987*Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes.Ref: 5
1989*The Voyager 2 space probe flys by Neptune sending back striking photographs. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/24/2001)Ref: 83
1993*NASA’s Mars Observer, which was supposed to map the surface of Mars, is declared lost. 
1996*Windows NT 4.0 released.It consists of over 16 million lines of code.Ref: 80
410 The Visigoths under Alaric sack Rome, marking the technical end of the Western Roman Empire, disillusioning Christians who were trusting in God's protection of this ecclesiastical center of early Christianity.Ref: 5
1814*5,000 British troops under the command of General Robert Ross march into Washington, D.C., after defeating an American force at Bladensburg, Maryland. Meeting no resistance from the disorganized American forces, the British burned the White House, the Capitol and almost every public building in the city before a downpour extinguished the fires. President James Madison and his wife fled from the advancing enemy, but not before Dolley Madison saved the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.Ref: 52
1846*Monterey taken from Mexico by U.S. forces.Ref: 62
1914*Germans enter France near Lille.Ref: 38
1915*The Baltimore Sun carries story that General Staff is planning to send a force of 1 million soldiers overseas War College Division denies allegations in Washington Post and Baltimore Sun American General Staff, in response to request from Secretary of War Lindley M. Garrison, devotes much of the year to preparing the "Statement of a Proper Military Policy for the United States". 
1919*Italian Premier Orlando walks out of peace conference over Fiume issue 
1940*The German battleship Bismarck is commissioned. 
1942*In the battle of the Eastern Solomons, the third carrier-versus-carrier battle of the war, U.S. naval forces defeat a Japanese force attempting to screen reinforcements for the Guadalcanal fighting.Ref: 2
1943*Corlett declared Kisku (in the Aleutian Islands) secureRef: 82
1945*The last Cadillac-built M-24 tank was produced on this day, ending the company’s World War II effort. 
1875 First man swims English Channel, Capt. Matthew Webb breaststrokes from Dover to Calais in 21 hrs.Ref: 10
1903*Lou Dillon became the first American race horse to break the two-minute mile barrier. He trotted to a win at Readville, MA in a time of 1:58.5.Ref: 4
1905*In Philadelphia, the Cubs defeat the Phillies in 20 innings, 2-1; Ed Reulbach goes the distance for Chicago.Ref: 1
1906*Cincinatti Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game.Ref: 5
1912*New York City gives a ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US olympians.Ref: 5
1922*First Phillie to hit for the cycle (Cy Williams).Ref: 5
1932*Charles H. Calhoun, Sr. shoots a hole in one on the third hole of the Washington, GA golf course. Moments later, Mr. Calhoun’s son, Charles Jr., playing in the same foursome, repeats the feat with an identical ace.Ref: 4
1940*In the Tigers 12-1 victory at Fenway Park, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams pitches the last two innings against Detroit allowing one run on three hits.Ref: 1
1941*A rag tag group of five musicians, dubbed the Dodger SymPhony, by announcer Red Barber, make their Ebbets Field's debut. This band, none of which could read music, perform their zany antics at all evening and weekend games.Ref: 1
1951*A thousand fans behind the Browns dugout are given yes and no signs to vote on decisions to be made by the coaching staff. Owner Bill Veeck's idea appears to work as his team beats the Phillies, 5-3.Ref: 1
1954 The International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China.Ref: 5
1957*The Dodgers use eight pitchers in one game tying a ML record; Johnny Podres gives up three HRs in the third including Hank Aaron's first grand slam.Ref: 1
1963 1st 200 meter freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58).Ref: 5
1963*John Pennel became the first pole-vaulter to vault higher than 17 feet. Pennel, using a fiberglass pole, vaulted 17 feet, 3/4 inches during a meet in Miami, FL.Ref: 4
1963*The Little League World Series is televised for the first time . With ABC's Wide World of Sports providing coverage of the championship game, Grenada Hills (CA) beats Stratford (CT), 2-1.Ref: 1
1964*2nd Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 6-4.Ref: 5
1971*Ernie Banks hits his final home run of his career as the Cubs beat the Reds, 5-4; Mr. Cub's 512th HR comes in the first inning off Jim McGlothin.Ref: 86
1972*Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau are inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1972*8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1.Ref: 5
1975*Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major-league baseball record of 38 consecutive stolen bases. Lopes pulled off the steal in the 12th inning of a game against the Montreal Expos. The Dodgers, however, still lost, 5-3, in 14 innings.Ref: 4
1975*In the second game of a doubleheader sweep, Giant Ed Halicki no-hits the Mets, 6-0.Ref: 1
1975*Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup.Ref: 5
1976*"Mariners" is selected as Seatle's nickname from 15,000 contest entries.Ref: 1
1979*NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new.Ref: 5
1980*The Minnesota Twins coach Johnny Goryl succeeds Gene Mauch as the Twins' field manager.Ref: 86
1981*In his first major league game, first baseman Kent Hrbek hits a twelfth-inning homer giving the Twins a 3-2 victory over the Yankees .Ref: 1
1982*Royals' catcher John Wathan steals his 31st base breaking Ray Schalk's 1916 record for stolen bases by a catcher. The backstop will wind up with 36 for the season.Ref: 1
1983*Orioles' southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays take long leads trying to take advantage of his new battery mate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge as his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.Ref: 1
1984*Pat Bradley set the LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver.Ref: 5
1985*Yankee Don Baylor ties a Major League record when he hit by a pitch for the 189th time in his career.Ref: 1
1989*Cincinnati hero Pete Rose is given a lifetime ban from baseball for conduct related to gambling. Terms of his suspension permit Rose to apply for reinstatement after one year. Commissioner A Bartlett Giamatti, answering questions, says he has concluded that Rose "bet on baseball".Ref: 86
1999*Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons.Ref: 1
2000*In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays' 26-year old pitcher Tony Saunders left arm breaks again throwing a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26, 1999 throwing a 3-2 pitch in a game against Rangers at Tropicana Field.Ref: 1
1847 Charlotte Bronte, using the pseudonym Currer Bell, sends a manuscript of Jane Eyre to her publisher in London.Ref: 2
1907 Paintings by Mary Cassatt, American expatriat living in France, first exhibited in New York.Ref: 10
1950 The summer replacement radio show for Suspense, titled Somebody Knows, was heard for the final time on radio. The program offered a reward of $5,000 for information that led to the solving of crimes. Somebody Knows began with the introduction, “You out there. You, who think you have committed the perfect crime -- that there are no clues, no witnesses -- listen. Somebody knows.”Ref: 4
1969*Arlo Guthrie’s "Alice’s Restaurant" premiers in both New York and Los Angeles.Ref: 4
1979*B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in show business at a special celebration held at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.Ref: 4
1985*Huey Lewis and The News reached the top. The Power of Love was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.Ref: 4
1997*Fiction: According to the film "Terminator II", the Skynet computer defense system becomes self-aware and launches the War of the Day of Judgement.Ref: 73
2002*Bryant Gumbel and Hillary Quinlan are married in Palm Beach. (USA Today, p 2D, 8/29/2002)Ref: 13
1113*Geoffrey Plantagenet (Geoffrey IV, the Handsome), France, conquerer of Normandy, is born.Ref: 93
1591*Robert Herrick England, poet (Gather ye rosebuds) (baptized), is born.Ref: 5
1724*George Stubbs, English painter and draftsman, is born.Ref: 70
1759*Wilbur Wilberforce, England, crusader against slavery, namesake of Wilberforce University in Greene County OH, is born in England.Ref: 68
1787*James Weddell Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea), is born.Ref: 5
1810*Theodore Parker, anti-slavery movement leader is born.Ref: 68
1816*Sir Daniel Gooch (laid the 1st successful transatlantic cable) is born.Ref: 5
1847*Charles Follen McKim, American architect, is born.Ref: 70
1872*Sir Max Beerbohm England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review), is born.Ref: 5
1886*William Francis Gibbs, naval architect, designed Liberty ships, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Duke Kahanamoku Hawaii, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1912, 20), is born.Ref: 5
1890*Jean Rhys, writer (Wild Sargasso Sea), is born.Ref: 2
1894*Jean Rhys West Indies, writer (Voyage in the Dark), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Richard Cushing, the director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is born.Ref: 68
1896*Phil Baker Phila, comedian (Who's Whose), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Malcolm Cowley, poet, translator, literary critic and social historian, is born.Ref: 2
1898*Albert Claude Belgium, physician (Nobel 1974), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Jorge Luis Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentine writer (Ficciones), is born.Ref: 2
1900*Preston Foster Ocean City NJ, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Fernand Braudel French historian (Civililization & Capitalism), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Graham Sutherland, English Surrealistic painter, is born.Ref: 70
1905*Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, blues singer, a major influence on Elvis Presley, is born.Ref: 2
1912*Durward Kirby Indianapolis Ind, TV announcer (Garry Moore Show), is born.Ref: 4
1915*Alice H.B. Sheldon, science fiction writer and artist, CIA photo-intelligence operative, lecturer at American University and major in the U.S. Army Air Force, is born.Ref: 2
1917*Dennis James (Demie James Sposa), wrestling announcer and TV host, is born in Jersey City, NJ.Ref: 4
1922*Rene Levesque, Canadian pro-independence premier of Quebec (1976-85), is born.Ref: 70
1924*Louis Teicher pianist (Ferrante & Teicher-Exodus), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Former education secretary Shirley Hufstedler is born. (TWA, 1984)Ref: 95
1927*William V Shannon journalist/ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Penny (Millicent Maxine) Edwards actress: Heart of the Rockies, North of the Great Divide, Trail of Robin Hood; is born.Ref: 4
1929*Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Movement is born in Cairo Egypt. Ref 
1930*Roger McCluskey race driver: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer: winner: PPG Cup [official IndyCar World Series Championship]: 1973; raced in 18 Indpls 500 races; Indy Car Driving Champion: 1973; is born.Ref: 4
1936*Murray Balfour hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, is born.Ref: 4
1938*David Freiberg musician: bass guitar: group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City; Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, The Fool, Who Do You Love, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Mason Williams Abilene TX, writer (Smother Brothers Hour), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Ernest Wright singer: group: Little Anthony and the Imperials: Tears on My Pillow, Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop, Hurt So Bad, is born.Ref: 4
1943*John Cipollina musician: guitar: group: Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, Who Do You Love?, The Fool, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Jim Brady singer: group: The Sandpipers: Guantanamera, Come Saturday Morning, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Gregory B Jarvis Detroit Mich, astronaut (STS 25), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Ken Hensley musician: guitar, keyboard, composer: group: Uriah Heep: July Morning, Easy Livin’, is born.Ref: 4
1946*Richard "Dick" N Richards Key West Fl, USN/astr (STS-28, 41, sk:50), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Anna L Fisher St Albans NY, MD/astronaut (STS 51-A), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Joe Regalbuto Bkln NY, actor (Knots Landing, Frank-Murphy Brown), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Oscar Hijeulos, novelist (The Mambo Kings play Songs of Love.Ref: 2
1954*Chris (Christopher Sean) Batton baseball: pitcher: Oakland Athletics, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Jeffrey Daniel singer: group: Shalamar: Take that to the Bank, The Lover in You, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Gerry Cooney heavyweight boxer (Olympics-1980), is born.Ref: 68
1956*Tony (Antonio Garcia) Bernazard baseball: Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, is born.Ref: 4
1958*Steve Guttenberg Bkln NY, actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit), is born. (TWA, 1988)Ref: 95
1960*Cal (Calvin Edwin) Ripken Jr. baseball: shortstop: Baltimore Orioles [Rookie of the Year: 1982), is born. (Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2000, ISBN 0-312-20437-X) 
1961*Mark Bedford musician: bass: group: Madness: The Prince, Don’t Quote Me on That, Our House, My Girl, Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment, Return of the Los Palmos Seven, Cardiac Arrest, House of Fun, Tomorrow’s Just Another Day, Starvation, Ghost Train, is born.Ref: 4
1962*Talk show host Craig Kilborn ("The Late Late Show") is born. (TWA, 2002)Ref: 95
1962*Mary E Weber Cleveland Ohio, PhD/astronautRef: 5
1963*John Bush heavy metal rocker (Armoured Saint-Can U Deliver), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Pebbles rocker (Girlfriend), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Marlee Matlin Ill, deaf actress (Children of Lesser God-Acad Award), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Supermodel Claudia Schiffer is born in Rheinbach Germany. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
79*Mt. Vesuvious erupts and buries the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. An estimated 20,000 people die. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/24/2000)Ref: 83
79 Pliny the Elder, who witnesses the Vesuvious eruption from offshore, dies from inhaling gases.Ref: 68
1540*Il Parmigianino, aka Francesco Mazzola, painter, dies in Cremona, Italy at age 37.Ref: 70
1572*Some 50,000 people are put to death in the ‘Massacre of St. Bartholomew,’ as Charles IX of France attempts to rid the country of Huguenots.Ref: 2
1617 Saint Rose of Lima dies.Ref: 10
1751*Thomas Colley is executed in England for drowning a supposed witch.Ref: 5
1770 Thomas Chatterton suicideRef: 10
1795 Philidor dies.Ref: 10
1832*Sadi Nicolas Léonard Carnot, physicist: pioneer in thermodynamics, discovered the 2nd law of thermodynamics, dies.Ref: 4
1842*Benjamin Wright, American engineer; directed construction of Erie Canal, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1876*Paulina Kellogg Davis, American feminist and social reformer, dies at age 63.Ref: 70
1888*Rudolph J E Clausius Germany, physicist (thermodynamics), dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1893*Cyclone swirls through Georgia and South Carolina killing 1,000.Ref: 10
1896*Thomas Brooks is shot and killed by an unknown assailant, begining a six year feud with the McFarland family.Ref: 2
1901*Clara Maass, army nurse who sacrificied her life at 25 to prove that the mosquito carries yellow fever, dies.Ref: 4
1923*Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin writer: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Timothy’s Quest, The Bird’s Christmas Carol; organized first free kindergarten in San Francisco, established CA Kindergarten Training School; dies.Ref: 4
1943*Simone Weil, philosopher, member of the French resistance in WWII, dies at age 34.Ref: 2
1947*Willa Cather, the American novelist famous for her descriptions of life on the American frontier, dies.Ref: 70
1954*Getulio Vargas, the Brazilian president who used dictatorial powers to modernize his country, dies.Ref: 70
1960*60 people die when bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil.Ref: 5
1967*Henry J Kaiser builder (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), dies in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 85.Ref: 4
1967*Amanda Randolph actress (Danny Thomas, Amos n Andy), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1970*A bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht.Ref: 70
1973*Billy Greene actor (Burton-One Man's Family), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1975*Charles Revson, cosmetic mogul: founder of the Revlon Co, dies at age 68.Ref: 4
1978*Dame Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1978*Louis Prima musician: trumpet, bandleader: Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang, Gleeby Rhythm Orchestra; songwriter: Sing, Sing, Sing, Christopher Columbus, It’s the Rhythm in Me, Sunday Kind of Love, Robin Hood, Bell-Bottom Trousers, Civilization, Oh, Babe; singer: [w/wife Keely Smith]: Just a Gigolo, That Old Black Magic, I Ain’t Got Nobody, I’ve Got You Under My Skin; solo: Wonderland by Night; voice of Orangutan: The Jungle Book; dies.Ref: 4
1983*100-year old Scott Nearing, sociologist and natural-food advocate, author [w/wife]: Living the Good Life; dies.Ref: 4
1983*Jack Somack actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1985*Henry J. (John) Kaiser industrialist: ship builder; auto manufacturer: Jeep; aviation, aluminum, steel, magnesium; founder of Hawaii Kai residential neighborhood in Honolulu; dies at age 85.Ref: 4
1987*Bayard Rustin pacifist, activist, civil rights leader: helped convince U.S. President Truman to issue executive order desegregating armed forces [1948]; dies at age 77.Ref: 4
1988*Leonard Frey actor: Fiddler on the Roof, The Boys in the Band; dies.Ref: 4
1988*Max Shulman author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1991*Abel Kivlat US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99.Ref: 5
1991*Bernard Castro patented convertible couch, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1992*One of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States occurred on this day as Hurricane Andrew crashed into southern Florida. Andrew left a trail of destruction that killed 43 people, left over 50,000 without homes and caused billions of dollars in property damage.Ref: 4
1995*Alfred Eisenstaedt photographer: 86 LIFE magazine cover photos: most famous: end of WWII Times Square photo of nurse kissing sailor; dies.Ref: 4
1998*E.G. (Edda/Everett Gunnar) Marshall Emmy Award-winning actor: The Defenders [1961-62, 1962-63}; Chicago Hope, The New Doctors, Twelve Angry Men, The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre; dies at age 88. (TWA, 1999)Ref: 95
1998*Jerry Clower entertainer: LP: Jerry Clower from Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin’; CMA Comedian of the Year [1974-82]; TV co-host: Nashville on the Road; writer: Ain’t God Good; dies.Ref: 4
1999*Warren Covington bandleader: trombone: played with Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Cito (Clarence Edwin) Gaston baseball: Atlanta Braves, SD Padres [all-star: 1970], Pittsburgh Pirates; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Hank (Henry John) Sauer baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1950, 1952/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1952], SL Cardinals, NY Giants, SF Giants; dies.Ref: 4
2003*John J Rhodes, former House Republican leader who helped persuade Richard Nixon to resign, dies in Mesa AZ of cancer. (WSJ , p A1, 8/26/2003)Ref: 33

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