Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 2nd

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1752*Britain and its colonies abandon the Julian calendar. The next day is September 14th on the Gregorian calendar.Ref: 5
1758*The first Anglican service of worship to be held on Canadian soil was led by Rev. Robert Wolfall at Frobisher Bay, on Baffin Island.Ref: 5
1784*English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, was consecrated, the first "bishop" of the Methodist Episcopal Church, by founder John Wesley. Coke afterward journeyed to America, where he and Francis Asbury oversaw Methodism in the Colonies.Ref: 5
1789*The United States Treasury Department, the third presidential cabinet department, was organized by an act of Congress.Ref: 4
1858 The first special cigar bands were distributed at a dinner in NY City. The bands paid homage to Cyrus W. Field for his work in the laying of the Atlantic telegraph cable.Ref: 4
1862*(Dakota Conflict) In the Battle of Birch Coulee (near Morton), American troops suffer their greatest casualties of the war.Ref: 87
1901*V.P. Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State FairRef: 5
1910*Alice Stebbins Wells is admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first woman police officer to receive an appointment based on a civil service exam. 
1936*First transatlantic round-trip air flight.Ref: 5
1938*The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was placed in operation on the NY Central railroad. Coach #1472 began its initial run with the modern lighting on this day.Ref: 4
1944*Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank), is sent to Auschwitz.Ref: 5
1945*Ho Chi Minh reads Vietnam's Declaration of Independence and establishes the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi. Vietnam is divided.Ref: 41
1956*Tennessee National Guardsmen halt rioters protesting the admission of 12 African-Americans to schools in Clinton.Ref: 2
1957*Milwaukee Braves' Frank Torre scores 6 runs in 1 game.Ref: 5
1959*Ford introduces the Falcon. 
1963*Alabama Governor George Wallace calls state troopers to Tuskegee High School to prevent integration.Ref: 2
1975*Joseph W. Hatcher of Tallahassee, Florida, becomes the state's first African-American supreme court justice since Reconstruction.Ref: 2
1978*John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston.Ref: 5
1983 Yitzhak Shamir (Herut) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israelli PM.Ref: 5
1987*West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Helsinki Finland, to Moscow's Red Square, goes on trial in Russia.Ref: 5
1988 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley.Ref: 5
1989*Rev Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst.Ref: 5
1991*Dozens of Americans reached freedom in the first major airlift of Westerners from Iraq during the month-old Persian Gulf crisis. Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays hurled a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, winning 3-0.Ref: 6
1992*Spurred on by a new California law promoting the commercialization of alternative fuel vehicles, the Southern California Gas Company purchased the first motor vehicles powered by natural gas. 
1994*(OJ Simpson) District attorney files motion to sequester jury.Ref: 87
1996*At a military cemetery on a hill high above Honolulu, President Clinton marked the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two, saying it taught Americans that "the blessings of freedom are never easy or free."Ref: 6
1997*Dow rises 257.36 points largest point gain ever, closing at 7879. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
2000*It was announced that President and Mrs. Clinton had signed a contract to purchase a $1.7 million house in Chappaqua, NY, ending a months-long guessing game over where the couple would live after leaving the White House.Ref: 6
2002 Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon raises $58.3M. (USA Today, p 1D, 9/03/2002)Ref: 13
2002*A congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the September 11 hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.Ref: 83
2003*(Grasso) SEC Chairman William Donaldson asks the NYSE for details regarding Chairman Dick Grasso's pay. (WSJ, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 33
1859*Gas lighting is introduced to Hawaii.Ref: 5
1930*The first non-stop airplane flight from Europe to the US was completed as Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, NY, aboard "The Question Mark."Ref: 5
1969*Two computers, one from UCLA and one from Stanford Research Insitute, are connected to form ARPANET, the Internet precursor.Ref: 10
1985*It was announced that a US-French expedition had located the wreckage of the "Titanic" about 560 miles off Newfoundland.Ref: 70
1992*The United States and Russia agreed to build a space station.Ref: 70
1993*The US and Russia formally end decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station. (XDG, p 4A, 9/02/2003)Ref: 83
-31 -BC- Octavian's navy severely defeats Mark Antony in Actium, Greece. Octavian becomes Emporer Augustus. Also RefRef: 5
1781*Commanded by the Marquis de St. Simon, 3,000 troops disembark at Jamestown. 
1792 Verdun, France, surrenders to the Prussian Army.Ref: 2
1798*The Maltese people revolt against the French occupation, forcing the French troops to take refuge in the citadel of Valetta in Malta.Ref: 2
1864*Atlanta is captured by Sherman's army. "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won," Sherman telegraphs Lincoln. The victory greatly helps President Lincoln's bid for re-election. Later, the president on advice from Grant approves Sherman's march to the sea. (XDG, p 4A, 9/3/2000)Ref: 83
1865 End of Second Maori War in New Zealand.Ref: 10
1870*Napoleon III capitulates at Sedan to Prussians in Franco Prussian War.Ref: 10
1898*Sir Herbert Kitchner leads the British to victory over the Mahdists at Omdurman and takes Khartoum. Sudan becomes British.Ref: 5
1915*Austro-German armies take Grodno, Poland.Ref: 2
1916*Bulgarian forces invade Romania along the Dobrudja frontier.Ref: 38
1942*Rommel is driven back by Montgomery in the Battle of Alam Halfa.Ref: 36
1944*Troops of the U.S. First Army enter Belgium.More than 6,000 trucks of the Red Ball Express kept gasoline and other vital supplies rolling in as American troops and tanks pushed the Germans back toward their homeland.Ref: 2
1944*In Italy, the Gothic Line is completely broken, and the 1st Canadian Corps advances to the River Canea. 
1944*During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane.Ref: 5
1944*Pisa is liberated. 
1945*US President Harry S Truman proclaimed this day as Victory-over-Japan Day (V-J Day or Victory Day). It was so named because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on this day (Far Eastern Time). The informal agreement of surrender had been made on August 14.Ref: 4
1880*Using three towers illuminating light 100 feet above the playing field, teams from the department stores of Jordan Marsh and R.H. White stage the first night game.Ref: 1
1907*Stanley Ketchel Kos Joe Thomas in the 32nd round in San Francisco CA for the middleweight title.Ref: 97
1927*Rumour starts that Yankee Lou Gehrig will be traded to Tigers.Ref: 5
1946*Johnny Neun replaces Bill Dickey as Yankee manager.Ref: 5
1955*Cubs' infielder Ernie Banks sets the record for home runs hit by a shortstop by hitting 40th dinger in a 12-2 rout of the Cardinals. 'Mr. Cub' will extend the record finishing this season with 44 and will hit 48 in 1958.Ref: 1
1956*Orioles trailing Red Sox 8-0 come back to win 11-10 in 9 innings.Ref: 5
1960*Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams homers off Senator right-hander Don Lee. At beginning of his career Williams hit several home runs off of Lee's dad, Thornton.Ref: 1
1962*Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record. Hubbs played errorless ball for his 74th consecutive game.Ref: 4
1964*Lee Stange, Cleveland Indians, strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning. (Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book, 2002, ISBN 0-89204-668-0) 
1964*Norman Manley scores 2-consecutive holes-in-one at Del Valley, Cal.Ref: 5
1965*At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits his 400th career HR off of Card Curt Simmons as the Chicago tops St. Louis, 5-3.Ref: 1
1970*Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs plays in the last of his 1117 consecutive games. ("The 1999 ESPN Sports Almanac") 
1970*Gene Lamont of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat (second game).Ref: 12
1971*Cesar Cedeno hits an inside-the-park grand slammer.Ref: 5
1972*After retiring twenty-six consecutive Padre batters, Cub Milt Pappas walks Larry Stahl on a 3-2 pitch. The Detroit natives retires the next batter, Gary Jestadt, to preserve his 8-0 no-hitter.Ref: 1
1974*Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record. Hubbs played errorless ball for his 74th consecutive game. 
1975*Johnnie LeMaster of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1978*Graham Salmon set the worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man.Ref: 5
1978*Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years.Ref: 5
1978*Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, plays the first of 745 consecutive games. ("The 1999 ESPN Sports Almanac") 
1979*With his 145th career pinch-hit, Dodger Manny Mota sets a major league record.Ref: 1
1980*Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych won his first game in 2½ years for the Detroit Tigers. He gave up seven hits to the Chicago White Sox but led the Tigers to a 11-2 win.Ref: 4
1984*Jockey Larry Snyder rides Tennessee Rite to a nine-length win in the the Prelude Stakes for $50,000 at Louisiana Downs. It was Snyder’s 5,000th career victory and came 24 years -- to the day -- after his first win in 1960.Ref: 4
1985*A's Jose Canseco strikes out in his first major league at-bat.Ref: 1
1986*The Astros and Cubs play 14 innings and use a major league record 53 players in the game.Ref: 1
1986*Pitcher Steve Carlton earned career win #322. ‘Lefty’ gave up seven hits in leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 win over the KS City Royals. Former Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson, making his first major-league at-bat, got one of the hits.Ref: 4
1987*In a game in which the Astros beat the Cubs 10-1, Kevin Bass becomes the first National Leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate twice in one season.Ref: 1
1990*Dave Stieb pitches the Toronto Blue Jays' first No-Hitter vs. the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland-final score: Toronto 3, Cleveland 0.Ref: 86
1992*Jerry McMorris, Oren Benton and Charles Monfort acquire all of the interests in the Colorado Rockies previously owned by non-Coloradoans. The local trio assumes control of the team.Ref: 86
1993*The Indiana Supreme Court denies boxer Mike Tyson's appeal without comment.Ref: 98
1996*David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound after his May operation to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm by pitching seven no-hit innings. The Yankees beat the A's 4-0 as Mariano Riveria gives up one hit to Jose Herrera in the eighth.Ref: 1
1997*Brad Fullmer of the Montreal Canadians hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1998*At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal slugging first baseman Mark McGwire hits home runs # 58 and #59 surpassing Jimmie Foxx, who hit 58 in 1932 and Hank Greenberg who also hit 58 six years later.Ref: 1
1998*Slammin' Sammy Sosa hits his 56th homer to tie Hack Wilson's 68-year-old club record and helps the Cubs to beat the Reds, 4-2 .Ref: 1
1998*Nomar Garciaparra's ninth-inning grand slam gives the Red Sox a 7-3 victory over the Mariners. Boston's slugging shortstop joins Mark McGwire as one of only five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons.Ref: 1
1998*Richard Hardick filed an assault charge against boxer Mike Tyson. Hardick says he was kicked in the groin by Tyson after his car rear-ended a Mercedes driven by Tyson's wife, Monica, on Aug. 31.Ref: 98
1999*Cal Ripken, Jr. hit his 400th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore.Ref: 4
2001*With two outs and two strikes, Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett singles in the bottom of the ninth to break up Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander beats Boston 1-0 for his fourth career one-hitter.Ref: 1
1897 The first issue of McCall’s magazine was published. The magazine had previously been called Queens Magazine and Queen of Fashion. Check out McCall’s at a supermarket checkout counter near you today!Ref: 4
1919*Pat Sullivan's "Feline Follies" cartoon staring Felix the Cat. Felix is the first true animated star, not depended on a previous newspaper strip. His body prototype, a black peanutshape with four fingers, will be the standard for years to come and copied for characters like Oswald and Mickey Mouse.Ref: 73
1924*Theatregoers heard the song Indian Love Call for the first time in the operetta "Rose Marie, which opened at the Imperial Theatre in NY City. It would run for 557 performances.Ref: 4
1927*Sophie Tucker recorded her signature song, Some of These Days, for Columbia Records.Ref: 4
1928*Paul Terry premiered his sound cartoon RCA Photophone system for a short called "Dinner Time". Young studio head Walt Disney came by train out from Los Angeles to see it. He telephoned his studio back in L.A." My gosh, terrible!" reported Walt, " A lot of racket and nothing else!" He said they could continue to complete their first sound cartoon "Steamboat Willie".Ref: 73
1931*The radio show 15 Minutes with Bing Crosby debuted on CBS. The singer became a super-hot property after the debut.Ref: 4
1939 The first Cannes Film Festival. The premiere film event in Europe had been the Venice film festival but western democracies tired of the bias of the judges for Fascist and Nazi films. (For example Walt Disney was annoyed his "Snow White", the box office and critical champ of 1938, lost out to Leni Reifenstahl's "Olympia" ). So the little French Riviera city was chosen as the site for a new festival. Two days after opening World War Two was declared and the festival shut down until 1946.Ref: 73
1958*China opens first TV station at Peking.Ref: 10
1963*CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes.Ref: 5
1965*The Beatles received a gold record for their single Help!, from the movie of the same name.Ref: 4
1967*"The Menagerie" (Star Trek) wins a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention on Labor Day weekend. (Ref: "The Encyclopedia of World Science Fiction", ISBN 0-312-09618-6, 1993) 
1969*The last NBC-TV telecast of Star Trek. (Ref: Brooks, Tim and Earle Marsh, "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, ISBN 0-345-3973603, 1979) 
1978*Beatle George Harrison marries Olivia.Ref: 5
1986*Cathy Evelyn Smith is sentenced to 3 years for death of John Belushi.Ref: 5
1987*(Trump) Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan.Ref: 5
1991*Jerry Lewis' 26th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45 Million.Ref: 5
1995*The soundtrack album from the Michelle Pfeiffer movie, Dangerous Minds, hit number one on Billboard. Tracks like Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio, Gin & Juice by DeVante and True O.G. by Mr. Dalvin + Static kept the Dangerous Minds album at the top for three weeks.Ref: 4
1995*The Concert for the Hall of Fame was presented at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It was the grand-opening celebration for the $92-million, I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Appearing at the concert were such Rock and Roll notables as Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Martha and the Vandellas, John Mellencamp, etc. etc. etc. The museum’s official public dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony had been held the previous day.Ref: 4
1814*Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist; directed the excavation of Olympia, is born.Ref: 70
1820*Lucretia Hale, American novelist and writer of children's books, is born.Ref: 70
1838*Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani, the last sovereign (1891-1893) before annexation of Hawaii by the United States, is born.Ref: 93
1839*Henry George land reformer/writer (Progress & Poverty), is born.Ref: 5
1840*Giovanni Verga, Italian novelist, short story writer and playwright, is born.Ref: 70
1850*Albert Spaulding, baseball player/founded Spaulding sports company, is born.Ref: 17
1850*Eugene Field author/journalist (Little Boy Blue), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Wilhelm Ostwald Germany, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), is born.Ref: 5
1856*Yang Hsiu-ch'ing commander in chief of the Taiping Rebellion, is born.Ref: 5
1869*Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the auto muffler & firearm silencer, is born.Ref: 68
1877*Frederick Soddy, namer of an isotope and received 1921 Nobel prize for chemistry, is born.Ref: 68
1878*Werner Blomberg, German general and minister of war under Hitler, is born.Ref: 70
1884*Frank Laubach Benton Pa, educator, taught reading through phoneticsRef: 5
1901*Adolph Rupp, basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record 876 victories, is born.Ref: 68
1904*Set Svanholm Vesteras Sweden, tenor (London Convent Garden 1948-57), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], NYC, actress (Follow the Leader), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney winner of more than 141 US tennis titles, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Penny Santon Greenwich Village NY, actress (Roll Out, Matt Houston), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Laurindo Almeida Grammy Award-winning composer, musician: guitar: Guitar from Ipanema [1964]; Viva Bossa Nova; underscore: Viva Zapata; is born.Ref: 4
1917*Cleveland Amory, Nahant Mass, conservationist/TV reviewer (TV Guide), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Martha Mitchell (Beall), socialite: wife of U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell of the Nixon administration; is born.Ref: 4
1918*Allen Drury author (Advise & Consent-1960 Pulitzer Prize), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Marge Champion LA Calif, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), is born.Ref: 5
1923 Marge Champion is born.Ref: 10
1925*Eddie Price football: NY Giants, is born.Ref: 4
1925*Ronnie Stevens London England, actor (Rodney-Dick & the Duchess), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Trudi Jochum-Beiser Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Alan K Simpson (Sen-R-Wyo), is born.Ref: 5
1933 Victor Spinetti is born.Ref: 10
1937*Peter Ueberroth businessperson, promoter: 1984 Summer Olympics in LA; Baseball Commissioner [1984-89]Ref: 4
1939*Sam Gooden singer: group: Roosters; The Impressions: It’s All Right, For Your Precious Love, is born.Ref: 4
1940*Beverly Sanders Hollywood Calif, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Jimmy Clanton Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Tom Keating football: Oakland Raiders defensive tackle: Super Bowl II, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas), is born.Ref: 99
1943*(James) Luke Walker baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Detroit Tigers, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Glenn Sather NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Claude Nicollier Vevey Switzerland, astronaut (STS 61-K, sk: 46), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Marty Grebb musician: keyboards: group: The Buckinghams: Don’t You Care, Kind of a Drag, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Susan, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Christa McAuliffe (Sharon Christa Corrigan), the civilian teacher killed in the Challenger explosion, is born.Ref: 68
1948*Terry Bradshaw Pro Football Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Steelers QB: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV; football sportscaster/analyst: CBS-TV, FOX-TV; actor: Cannonball Run; singer: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Nate (Nathaniel) ‘Tiny’ Archibald Basketball Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, New York Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks; NBA stats [over 14 years]: 16,481 points, 6,476 assists, six NBA All-Star games; elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame [1991], is born.Ref: 4
1950*Lamar Johnson baseball: Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Lenvil Elliott football: San Francisco 49ers running back: Super Bowl XVI, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Michael Gray Chicago Ill, actor (Ronnie-Brian Keith Show), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Actor Mark Harmon is born in Burbank CA. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1952*Jimmy Connors tennis champion: Australian Open [1974], Wimbledon [1974, 1982], US Open [1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983], is born.Ref: 4
1954*Rick (Richard Eugene) Manning baseball: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Linda Purl Greenwich Ct, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Steve Porcaro musician: keyboards, singer: group: Toto: Hold the Line, 99, Make Believe, Rosanna, Africa, is born.Ref: 4
1958*Fritz McIntyre musician: keyboards: group: Simply Red: Money’s Too Tight to Mention, Holding Back the Years, The Right Thing, is born.Ref: 4
1958*Marlene Janssen Rock Island Ill, playmate (Nov, 1982), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Eric Dickerson football: NFL individual record for yards gained in a season: LA Rams [1984]: Rookie of Year [1983]; Indpls Colts; LA Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, is born.Ref: 4
1964*Keanu Reeves actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Mark Brettschneider Cincinnati Oh, actor (Jason-One Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1547*Hernandp Cortez, the Spanish general who defeated the Aztec Indians, dies.Ref: 5
1666*This was the first day of the Great Fire of London. More than 13,000 houses burned and six people died in a three-day fire that started in a wooden house on Pudding Lane near the Tower of London. The house belonged to a baker named Farryner. It was this fire that prompted the first fire insurance policy.Ref: 4
1791*September massacres begin in Paris. Mob rules. Thousands killed.Ref: 10
1806*An avalanche in Golden Valley, Switzerland kills 800.Ref: 81
1885*In Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers are killed and hundreds more chased out of town by striking coal miners. 
1910*Henri Rousseau artist: The Sleeping Gypsy, dies at age 66.Ref: 5
1934*Russ Columbo singer, bandleader, songwriter: You Call It Madness, Let’s Pretend There’s A Moon, Prisoner of Love; dies.Ref: 4
1935*A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming 423 lives.Ref: 70
1937*Baron Pierre de Coubertin revivor of Olympics, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1949*Alben W. Barkley, the Vice President of the United States under President Harry S Truman, wrote a letter that made reference to his office as the Veep. The name stuck. Alben W. Barkley was forevermore referred to as the Veep. And ever since, it has been used as the common expression for vice presidents, whether in government or business.Ref: 4
1949*Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking China).Ref: 5
1953*Jonathan Wainwright, American army general and World War II hero, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1954*Hurricane Edna batters NE US, killing 20.Ref: 5
1956*Collapse of a RR bridge under a train kills 120 (India).Ref: 5
1964*Alvin York, American military hero of World War I, dies at age 76.Ref: 70
1967*Francis Desales Ouimet stockbroker; philanthropist; golfer: credited with establishing the popularity of golf in US; dies.Ref: 4
1969*Ho Chi Minh, Indochinese leader; president of Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969, dies.Ref: 70
1969*Willy Mairesse, racecar driver for the Ferrari team, dies in Ostend, Belgium, from an overdose of sleeping pills. 
1970*Allan Walker actor/writer (Red Buttons Show), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1973*J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien writer: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit; dies at 81.Ref: 5
1982*Jay Novello actor, dies of cancer at 78.Ref: 5
1982*Tom Baker actor, dies of a drug overdose at 42Ref: 5
1990 Robert Holmes Court dies.Ref: 10
1991*Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican Nobel Peace Prize-winning diplomat (1982) and advocate of nuclear disarmament, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1992*Barbara McClintock, American cytogeneticist (Nobel 1983), dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1994*(Captain) Mildred McAfee (Horton) dies. Credits: first Director of US Navy WAVES [Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service); Wellesley College President; Distinguished Service Medalist [1945].Ref: 4
1997*Sir Rudolf Bing manager: Metropolitan Opera House [1950-1972]; dies.Ref: 4
1998*Swissair Flight 111 went down about five miles off the Nova Scotia hamlet of Peggy’s Cove. The Boeing MD-11, enroute to Geneva, Switzerland, from NY, plunged into the water off Canada while attempting an emergency landing at Halifax International Airport. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has collected over a million pieces of wreckage from the Atlantic Ocean for its ongoing investigation. An in-flight entertainment system is suspected as one possible cause of the crash. Swissair and Boeing have offered compensatory damages to relatives of all 229 people who perished in the crash.Ref: 4
1998*Allen Drury Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Advise and Consent [1960]; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon, medical pioneer: performed first known heart transplant [1967]; author: Good Life, Good Death: A Doctor’s Case for Euthanasia and Suicide; dies.Ref: 5
2001*Troy Donahue (Merle Johnson) actor: Hawaiian Eye, Parrish, A Summer Place, Assault of the Party Nerds, The Godfather: Part 2, The Chilling; dies.Ref: 4

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