Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 21st

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687*Conon ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1348*Jews in Zurich Switzerland are accused of poisoning wells.Ref: 5
1451*Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge.Ref: 5
1520*Suleiman (the Magnificent), son of Selim, becomes Ottoman sultan in Constantinople.Ref: 2
1522*(Protestant Reformation) Martin Luther, 36, first published his German translation of the New Testament. (Luther's translation of the entire Bible was completed in 1534 -- perhaps the greatest literary achievement of the great Reformer.).Ref: 5
1676*Benedetto Odescalchi becomes Pope Innocent XI, the 240th Roman Catholic Pope.Ref: 69
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Dorcas Hoar was the first of those pleading innocent to confess. Her execution was delayed.Ref: 20
1776*Great fire in NY.Ref: 5
1792*The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy. The era of the French Republic begins.Ref: 70
1823*Moroni first appears to Joseph Smith, according to Smith.Ref: 5
1848*The Arkansas Baptist State Convention was organized in Tulip, Arkansas, by 72 delegates from several area-wide Baptist churches and organizations. It was the first statewide Baptist organization in the history of Arkansas.Ref: 5
1872*John Henry Conyers of SC becomes first black student at Annapolis.Ref: 5
1893*Frank Duryea drives first US made gas propelled vehicle (car).Ref: 5
1896*The state militia was sent to Leadville, Colorado to break a miner's strike.Ref: 59
1915*Stonehenge and 30 surrounding acres is sold by auction for 6,600 pounds sterling ($11,500) to a Mr. Chubb, who buys it as a present for his wife. He presents it to the British nation three years later. The "stones of amazing size".Ref: 2
1921*Gas generator explodes at Bradishe Aniline chemical works in Germany.Ref: 5
1922*Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.Ref: 5
1931*Britain goes off the gold standard.Ref: 5
1936*The German army holds its largest maneuvers since 1914.Ref: 2
1939*Heydrich issues instructions to SS Einsatzgruppen (special action squads) in Poland regarding treatment of Jews, stating they are to be gathered into ghettos near railroads for the future "final goal." He also orders a census and the establishment of Jewish administrative councils within the ghettos to implement Nazi policies and decrees.Ref: 35
1943*Lynch Triangle (Square) in the Bronx named.Ref: 5
1944*Heydrich issues instructions to SS Einsatzgruppen (special action squads) in Poland regarding treatment of Jews, stating they are to be gathered into ghettos near railroads for the future "final goal." He also orders a census and the establishment of Jewish administrative councils within the ghettos to implement Nazi policies and decrees.Ref: 35
1949*Federal Republic of [West] Germany created under 3-power occupation.Ref: 5
1949*The People's Republic of China is proclaimed by its Communist leaders.Ref: 70
1954*Nuclear submarine "Nautilus" is commissioned.Ref: 5
1964*Malta gained independence from Britain.Ref: 70
1966*5" of rain falls on NYC.Ref: 5
1972 Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines.Ref: 5
1973*The Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be secretary of state.Ref: 70
1977*President Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned after weeks of controversy over past business and banking practices.Ref: 70
1981*Belize gains independence from Britain (National Day).Ref: 5
1981*(US Supreme Court Justice) For 191 years, the U.S. Supreme Court had existed without a woman sitting on the bench. That changed as Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 99-0 vote. She became the first female Justice of that august body.Ref: 4
1982*SF cable cars cease operations for 2 years of repairs.Ref: 5
1982*Amin Gemayel, brother of Lebanon's assassinated president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was himself elected president. (XDC, p 4A, 9/21/2002)Ref: 83
1983*James G. Watt jokingly described a special advisory panel as consisting of "a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple." Although Watt later apologized, he ended up resigning.Ref: 70
1989 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki.Ref: 5
1989*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General Colin Powell is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Ref: 2
1989*Hurricane Hugo, packing winds of up to 135 mph, crashed into Charleston, S.C. causing $8B in damage.Ref: 70
1991*During a meeting of the Supreme Soviet, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev scolded legislators for dragging its feet on an economic rescue plan, and asked for sweeping new emergency powers to stabilize the economy.Ref: 2
1991*Armenia votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union.Ref: 5
1993*President dissolves Congress of People's Deputies and Supreme Soviet of RF and calls for election of Federal AssemblyRef: 89
1995*(OJ Simpson) Both defense and prosecution rest their cases. In a statement to judge waiving his right to testify, Simpson says "I did not, could not, and would not have committed this crime." Judge Ito gives jury instructions.Ref: 87
1996*John F. Kennedy Junior married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Georgia.Ref: 2
1996*The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.Ref: 70
1998*President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony was publicly broadcast; in it, Clinton tussled with prosecutors over "the truth of my relationship" with Monica Lewinsky.Ref: 70
2000*The House Banking Committee opened an inquiry into allegations of a huge money-laundering scheme involving the Russian mob and the Bank of NY.Ref: 2
2001*Congress approved $15 billion to help an airline industry reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.Ref: 70
2030*Small asteroid-like object, designated 2000 SG344 may hit the earth and wipe out millions.Ref: 10
1673*James Needham returns to Virginia after exploring the land to the west, which would become TN.Ref: 2
1895*First auto manufacturer opens: Duryea Motor Wagon Company in Springfield MA.Ref: 5
1913*First aerobatic maneuver, sustained inverted flight, performed in France.Ref: 5
1930*Johann Ostermeyer patents the flashbulb.Ref: 5
1937*The women's airspeed record is set at 292 mph by American pilot Jacqueline Cochran.Ref: 2
1942*The B-29 prototype (Model 345) makes its inaugural flight. 
1958*First airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas TX.Ref: 5
1964*The XB-70 experimental aircraft made its first flight.Ref: 50
1970*Luna 16 leaves the Moon.Ref: 5
1974*US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury.Ref: 5
1978*Two Soviet cosmonauts set a space endurance record after 96 days in space.Ref: 2
1982*STS-5 vehicle moves to launch pad.Ref: 5
1984*NASA launches Galaxy-C.Ref: 5
2003*The Galileo spacecraft, wraps up its 14-year mission as it plunges into Jupiter at 108,000 MPH. (USA Today, p 3A, 9/19/2003)Ref: 13
1589*The Duke of Mayenne of France is defeated by Henry IV at the Battle of Arques.Ref: 2
1745*A Scottish Jacobite army commanded by Lord George Murray routs the Royalist army of General Sir John Cope at Prestonpans.Ref: 2
1745*Bonnie Prince Charlie defeats British Army at Battle of Prestonpans.Ref: 10
1780*(late and into the 22nd) General Benedict Arnold, American commander of West Point, met with British spy Major John André to hand over plans of the important Hudson River fort to the enemy.Ref: 2
1814*Francis Scott Key's patriotic verses, entitled "The Star Spangled Banner," were first published in "The Baltimore American." (The poem became the American National Anthem in 1931.).Ref: 5
1846*General Zachary Taylor launches an attack on Monterrey that lasts three days resulting in a tactical draw. (Mexican War) 
1863*Union troops defeated at Chickamauga seek refuge in Chattanooga, TN, which is then besieged by Confederate troops.Ref: 2
1917*Gen. Tasker H. Bliss named Chief of Staff of the United States Army.Ref: 38
1929 Fighting between China and the Soviet Union breaks out along the Manchurian border.Ref: 2
1933*In Germany during Hitler's rise to power, Martin Niemoeller began organizing the Pastors' Emergency League. Over 7,000 churches joined, although some 2,500 later withdrew under Nazi pressure. (The League itself gave birth to the more famous Barmen Synod, formed in May 1934.)Ref: 5
1941*The German Army cuts off the Crimean Peninsula from the rest of the Soviet Union.Ref: 2
1942*British forces attack the Japanese in Burma.Ref: 2
1944*Allied forces enter Rimini in Italy. 
1944*U.S. troops of the 7th Army, invading Southern France, cross the Meuse River.Ref: 2
1953*North Korean pilot Lieutenant Ro Kim Suk landed his M-15 at Kimpo airfield outside Seoul, giving the Americans a look at the superior Russian aircraft. Ro was given $50,000 and political asylum. 
1987 US Helicopters attack Iranian ship laying mines in the Persian GulfRef: 62
1892*At Cleveland's League Park, John Clarkson of the Spiders beats the Pirates 3-2 to become the fifth pitcher in major league history to win 300 games. The 31-year old right-hander will compile a 328-178 record games during his 12 year Hall of Fame career in the big leagues.Ref: 1
1896*Connie Mack announces he will leave Pittsburgh to manage Milwaukee in the Western League.Ref: 1
1906*Yankee first baseman Hal Chase's 22 put-outs ties record.Ref: 5
1919*(Black Sox) Cicotte runs into William "Sleepy Bill" Burns, a retired baseball player turned gambler, who expresses his interest in the fix. Burns asks Billy Maharg, an ex-fighter, to help him get the money together to pay the players.Ref: 87
1929*First legal forward pass in Canadian senior football thrown (Calgary).Ref: 5
1934*St Louis Card Paul Dean no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 3-0.Ref: 5
1948*Marcel Cerdan outfights Tony Zale in Newark NJ for the middleweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1951*Emil Zatopek runs 15,000 m. in record 44 min, 54.6 sec.Ref: 5
1952*Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run ever in Boston's Braves Field.Ref: 1
1954*Rookie pitcher Bob Grim wins his 20th game as the Yankees defeat the Senators, 3-1.Ref: 1
1955*Rocky Marciano KO's Archie Moore in the 9th round in Marciano's final defense of his heavyweight boxing title, in Yankee Stadium.Ref: 97
1956*Yanks set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway.Ref: 5
1959*Braves' lefty Warren Spahn wins his 20th game of the season for the tenth time in his career.Ref: 1
1961 Antonio Abertondo swims the English Channel round trip (44 miles).Ref: 5
1964 Constellation (US) beats Sovereign (England) in 20th America's Cup.Ref: 5
1964*Reds Chico Ruiz steals home, beats Phillies 1-0. Phillies start a 10 game losing streak that gives the Cards the pennant.Ref: 5
1965 O Kommissarova (USSR) sets women's longest paracute jump (46,250').Ref: 5
1969*NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos.Ref: 5
1970*Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minn Twins, 6-0.Ref: 5
1971*For the fourth consecutive season, Dave McNally wins his 20th game as he shuts out the Yankees, 5-0.Ref: 1
1971*AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (TX Rangers).Ref: 5
1973*NY Mets go into first place (at .500) after trailing 12 games.Ref: 5
1973*Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000.Ref: 5
1975*Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice breaks his arm during a 6-5 victory over the Tigers. The rookie sensation will miss the remainder of the season including the World Series.Ref: 1
1980*LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception.Ref: 5
1980*Richard Todd, playing for the NY Jets, sets the record for the most pass completions in an NFL game at 42.Ref: 4
1981*Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson).Ref: 5
1982*2,251 turn out to see the Expos play the NY Mets at Shea Stadium.Ref: 5
1982*National Football League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout.Ref: 70
1982*Devils beat Rangers 3-2 in exhibition; first hockey in Meadowlands (NJ).Ref: 5
1986*NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards.Ref: 5
1986*San Diego Padre Jimmy Jones tosses a one-hitter in his major league debut to defeat Houston.Ref: 86
1986*New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown.Ref: 5
1987*With two stolen bases against the Cubs, Darryl Strawberry joins teammate Howard Johnson as a member of the 30-30 club. It is the first time in major league history players on the same team have hit 30 homers and have stolen 30 bases in the same year.Ref: 1
1988*Mike Tyson threatens a TV reporter in NJ.Ref: 5
1990*Pirate Bobby Bond is 2nd to hit 30 HRs & steal 50 bases in a season.Ref: 5
1990*Faye Vincent turns down White Sox bid to reinstate Minnie Minoso, 68, (so he can play in 6 decades) because it is a publicity stunt.Ref: 5
1990*McKeon is fired as general manager of the San Diego Padres.Ref: 86
1990*Oakland A's Bob Welch becomes the first 25 game winner in 10 years.Ref: 5
2000*In a 10-3 victory over the Marlins, Expo right fielder Vladimir Guerrero establishes a franchise single-season HR record by hitting his 43rd round tripper.Ref: 1
2001*Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hit his 47th home run tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. The Cub legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958.Ref: 1
2001*The Mets donate their day's pay, which totals approximately $500,000, from tonight's game with the Braves at Shea to a rescue fund for the families of the firefighters and policemen killed in the World trade Center terrorist attacks. The contest is the first professional baseball game played in New York since the tragedy.Ref: 1
2001*A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony Lisa Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy. Mike Piazza's eighth inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.Ref: 1
1897*8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had written a letter to The NY Sun: “I am eight years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Editor Frank Church wrote the response that was printed for the first time on this day: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”Ref: 4
1903 First Western movie opens in US Kit Carson.Ref: 10
1928 Eleanor John publishes the first Weekly Reader.Ref: 62
1937 J.R.R. Tolkien, publishes "The Hobbit".Ref: 5
1942*Lecture at the Community Playhouse by Estela Romualdez Sulet, who speaks about "The Philippines in the Present Crisis."Ref: 37
1946 After being tested on a regional basis, The Second Mrs. Burton was heard for the first time on the entire CBS radio network. The Second Mrs. Burton fared very well, having a relationship with the network for 14 years.Ref: 4
1948*Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC.Ref: 70
1948 The serial Life With Luigi debuted on CBS radio. Luigi Basko was played by J. Carroll Naish. Naish, an Irish-American, became typecast as an Italian immigrant, and went on to play the same role in the TV version in 1952.Ref: 4
1957*"Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premiers on CBS-TV.Ref: 5
1969*Last episode of "The Prisoner" airs.Ref: 51
1970*ABC-TV debuted Monday Night Football, with Howard Cosell, ‘Dandy’ Don Meredith and Keith Jackson. (Frank Gifford replaced Jackson the following year.) The Cleveland Browns defeat the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.Ref: 4
1971*John Lennon & Yoko Ono are Dick Cavett's only guest.Ref: 5
1976*Wings performs in Zagreb YugoslaviaRef: 5
1411 Richard Plantagenet Duke of York is born.Ref: 10
1415*Frederick III Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493), is born.Ref: 5
1452*Birth of Girolamo Savonarola, Italian reformer. A Dominican from 1474, he was famous for his religious zeal. For 14 years he led in the reformation of Florence, before attacks on Alexander VI led to his excommunication. In 1498, he was convicted of heresy, hanged and burned.Ref: 5
1640 Phillippe I France is born.Ref: 10
1645*Louis Joliet, explorer and discoverer of the Mississippi River, is born.Ref: 62
1737*(Declaration of Independence) Francis Hopkinson, judge, author, signer of the Declaration of Independence signer, is born in Philadelphia, PA. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1756*John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface (asphalt), is born.Ref: 5
1849*Sir Edmund Gosse London, translator/critic (Father & Son), is born.Ref: 5
1866*H. G. (Herbert George) Wells born in Bromley, EnglandRef: 4
1866*Charles Jean Henri Nicolle, France bacteriologist (Nobel-1928), is born.Ref: 5
1867*Henry Stimson, United States Secretary of War during World War II, is born.Ref: 70
1874*Gustav Holst Cheltenham, England, composer (Planets), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Hugh (Shorty) Ray supervisor of NFL officials, HOF member, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Teiichi Igarashi Japan, climbed Mt Fuji at age 99, is born.Ref: 5
1895*Juan de la Cierva, aeronautical engineer who invented the autogyro, is born.Ref: 2
1901*Adele Bochner, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Allen Lake, founded Penguin Books in 1935, is born.Ref: 2
1902*Limari Salminen Finland, 10K run (Olympic-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1902*67 Sir Allen Lane (or is it Lake) 9/21/1902 7/7/1970 English publisher; pioneered paperback publishingRef: 70
1904*Westbrook Van Voorhis, American radio announcer, is born.Ref: 70
1907*Lloyd Gough actor (Mike Axford-Green Hornet), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Kwame Nkrumah President of Ghana (1958-66), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Chuck Jones animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck), is born.Ref: 5
1914*John Kluge Chemnitz Germany, media CEO (Metromedia)/billionaire, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Rand Brooks LA CA, actor (Cpl Boone-Rin Tin Tin), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Rocky and Bullwinkle creator Jay Ward born.Ref: 73
1924*Gail Russell actress: Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour, Angel and the Badman, The Great Dan Patch, The Lawless, The Silent Call; is born.Ref: 4
1930*Dawn Addams Felixstown Engl, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Larry Hagman Fort Worth TX, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Melvin Van Peebles US, playwright/director (Watermelon Man), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Leonard Cohen Montreal, singer/songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Henry Gibson (Bateman), Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Bill Kurtis Pensacola Fla, newscaster (The American Parade), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Dickey Lee (Lipscomb) singer: Patches, I Saw Linda Yesterday, Never Ending Songs of Love, Rocky; songwriter: She Thinks I Still Care, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Sam (Samuel Edward Thomas) McDowell 'Sudden Sam': baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971], SF Giants, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates; led American League in strikeouts five times in six years, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Ann Elder Cleve Oh, comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Fannie Flagg Birmingham Ala, actress/comediene (Candid Camera), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Hamilton Jordan political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Richard Childress auto racer; racing car team owner: six Winston Cup championships, one NASCAR Truck Series championship, 79 victoriesRef: 4
1947*Stephen King author: Pet Sematary, Christine, The Duel, Misery, The Stand, Carrie, The Shining, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Marsha Norman Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: ’Night Mother [1983], is born.Ref: 4
1947*Marsha Norman, playwright (Getting Out, 'Night Mother).Ref: 2
1947*Don Felder musician: guitar, singer: group: The Eagles: One of These Nights, Lyin' Eyes, Best of My Love, New Kid in Town; solo: LP: Airborne, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Reggie Rucker football: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver: Super Bowl V, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Michael Finneran diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Artis Gilmore ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Artis Gilmore basketball: Chicago Bulls: holds league record for career field goal percentage [.599], Kentucky Colonels: Rookie and Player of the Year [1971], is born.Ref: 4
1950*Bill Murray Evanston Ill, comedian (SNL, What About Bob, Stripes), is born.Ref: 68
1950*Brent McClanahan football: Minnesota Vikings running back: Super Bowl IX, XIRef: 4
1953*Arie Luyendyk racecar driver: Indy 500 winner [1990, 1997]; People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list [1992], is born.Ref: 4
1953*Mike Collier football: Pittsburgh Steelers running back: Super Bowl XRef: 4
1953*Kenny Starr musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: Blind Man in the Bleachers, Me & the Elephant, Tonight I'll Face the Man [Who Made It Happen], is born.Ref: 4
1953*John Mengatti NYC, actor (Nick-White Shadow, For Love & Honor), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Philthy Animal (Philip Taylor) musician: drums: group: Motorhead, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Richard J Hieb Jamestown ND, astronaut (STS 39, Sk:STS 49), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Florence Griffith JoynerRef: 10
1959*Corrinne Drewery rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), is born.Ref: 5
1959*David Coulier Detroit, actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), is born.Ref: 5
1960*David James Elliott actor: JAG, Police Academy 3: Back in Training, Knots Landing, Melrose Place, Clockwatchers, The Shrink is In, is born.Ref: 4
1961*Catherine Oxenberg actress: Dynasty, Acapulco H.E.A.T., Rubdown, Sexual Response, Overexposed, Swimsuit: The Movie, K-9000, The Lair of the White Worm, is born.Ref: 68
1961*Nancy Travis actress: Fluke, Body Language, The Vanishing, Chaplin, Three Men and a Little Lady, Loose Cannons, Married to the Mob, Three Men and a Baby, Harem, Almost Perfect, Duckman, is born.Ref: 4
1962*Rob Morrow actor: Northern Exposure, Quiz Show, Tattingers, is born.Ref: 4
1962*Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Alberta, NHL goalie (Oilers), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Cecil Grant Fielder baseball: Detroit Tigers first base; Toronto Blue JaysRef: 4
1967*Faith Hill singer: LPs: Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, Faith; sold eleven million records, eight #1 singles, ten #1 videos, is born.Ref: 4
1968*Ricki Lake TV talk show host; in films: Serial Mom, Hairspray, is born.Ref: 4
1968*Trugoy the Dove (David Jolicoeur) musician: group: De La Soul, is born.Ref: 4
1971*Alfonso Ribeiro, NYC, actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons), is born.Ref: 5
-19*-BC- Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet, The Aeneid; dies at age 48.Ref: 4
454*In Italy, Aetius, the supreme army commander, is murdered in Ravenna by Valentinian III, the emperor of the West.Ref: 2
1327*Edward II of England (1307-1327) is murdered at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire by order of his wife. He was 43.Ref: 53
1576*Girolamo Cardano Italian mathematician, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1798*(Declaration of Independence) George Read, judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence signer, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1832*Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet, historian and biographer, dies at age 61.Ref: 70
1860*Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (Great Pessimist), dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1904*Exiled Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph dies of a "broken heart".Ref: 2
1906*(Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy) The last of the convicted conspirators, Samuel Arnold, dies.Ref: 87
1915*Anthony Comstock anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC.Ref: 5
1934*Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000.Ref: 5
1938*A hurricane (winds 183 MPH) struck parts of NY and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.Ref: 70
1956*Anastasio Somoza Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated by Roliberto Lopez.Ref: 5
1957*Haakon VII, King of Norway, dies, Olaf succeeds him.Ref: 5
1961*Earle Dickson inventor (band-aid), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1973*Diana Sands actress: A Raisin in the Sun, Doctors’ Wives, Honeybaby, Honeybaby; dies at age 39.Ref: 4
1974*Walter Brennan, Swampscott Mass, actress (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at age 80.Ref: 4
1974*Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies at 53 of cancer.Ref: 5
1976*Orlando Letelier, onetime foreign minister to Chilean President Salvador Allende, is killed when a bomb explodes in his car in Washington DC. (XDG, p 4A, 9/21/2001)Ref: 83
1979*John McQuade actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73Ref: 5
1981*Nigel Patrick (Wemyss) actor: The Jack of Diamonds, Raintree County, Johnny Nobody, The Mackintosh Man; director: How to Murder a Rich Uncle, Johnny Nobody; writer: The Jack of Diamonds; dies.Ref: 2
1988*Robert Gwathmey artist, dies at 85Ref: 5
1989*Murry (Monroe) Dickson baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1943, 1946], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1953], Philadelphia Phillies, KC Athletics, NY Yankees [World Series: 1958]; dies.Ref: 1
1991*An 18-hour hostage drama ends in Sandy, UT as Richard L. Worthington, who had killed a nurse and seized control of a hospital maternity ward, finally freed his nine captives, including a baby who was born during the seige. (Worthington committed suicide in prison in 1994.) (XDG, p 4A, 9/21/2001)Ref: 83
1998*Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo-Jo) track star: Olympic gold medalist [100, 200-meter run: Seoul: 1988]; dies of a heart seizure at age 38.Ref: 4
1999*A 7.6 earthquake struck Taiwan, killing at least 2,400 people. Epicenter: Sun Moon Lake. (also TWA, 2000)Ref: 70
2002*The Hillside Strangler (Angelo Buono, Jr,) whose killings of young women terrorized Los Angeles in the 1970s, died in prison at age 67.Ref: 70
2002*(DC Sniper) One woman is killed, another wounded outside a liquor store in Montgomery AL is killed. John Muhammed and Lee Malvo have been charged.. (USA Today, p 3A, 11/25/2003)Ref: 13
2002*(DC Sniper) A man outside a liquor store in Atlanta GA is killed. Police suspect John Muhammed and Lee Malvo. (USA Today, p 3A, 11/25/2003)Ref: 13

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