Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
October 8th

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451*The Council of Chalcedon opened, near Constantinople. Dealing mainly with the Eutychian Christological heresy, the council created a confession of faith which has ever since been regarded as the highest word in Early Christian orthodoxy.Ref: 5
622*Mohammed, the prophet of Islam makes public entrance to Medina marking the beginning of the Moslem era.Ref: 62
1085*St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice is consecrated.Ref: 10
1200*The coronation of Isabella, second wife of John (of England) by Hubert Walter at Winchester Cathedral.Ref: 16
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) After 20 people had been executed in the Salem witch hunt, Thomas Brattle wrote a letter criticizing the witchcraft trials. This letter had great impact on Governor Phips, who ordered that reliance on spectral and intangible evidence no longer be allowed in trials.Ref: 20
1807*Governor Kirker of Ohio writes to President Jefferson informing him of Tecumseh's desire for peace and white incursions on Indian lands.Ref: 61
1808*This is the last recorded use of the sugar maple tree in the Xenia (Ohio) public square as a whipping post. An unidentified man received eight lashes on his bare back for stealing a shovel-plow and clims. (Ref: The Herald-Advisor Magazine Section, p. 2, 9/8/1935) 
1822*First eruption of Galunggung (Java) sends boiling sludge into valley.Ref: 5
1829*The steam locomotive "Rocket" is put on the road ready for a contest. 
1840*King William I of Holland abdicates.Ref: 2
1840*The 1st Hawaiian constitution is proclaimed.Ref: 5
1860*A telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.Ref: 5
1865*Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains.Ref: 5
1874*First American trial for pointing breed dogs held in Memphis, Tennessee.Ref: 10
1880*A $450 frescoing is in process at the Xenia (Ohio) City Hall (Opera House). (XDG, p 6A, 6/24/2003)Ref: 83
1880*The population of Xenia OH is 7026. (XDG, 3/2/1984)Ref: 83
1897*Journalist Charles Henry Dow, founder of the Wall Street Journal, begins charting trends of stocks and bonds.Ref: 2
1900 Maximilian Harden is sentenced to six months in prison for publishing an article critical of the German Kaiser.Ref: 2
1901*The American branch of Overseas Missionary Fellowship was chartered. Founded as the China Inland Mission in 1865 by missionary pioneer J. Hudson Taylor, OMF adopted its present name at its centenniel celebration in 1965.Ref: 5
1917*New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was chartered in New Orleans by P. I. Lipsey. The school opened for its first classes in September 1918.Ref: 5
1919*(Prohibition) The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives pass the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Bill.Ref: 2
1933*Coit Tower dedicated in SF, a monument to firefighters.Ref: 5
1934*Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for murder in the death of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.Ref: 70
1935*The British War Office rejects Szilard's offer to turn over to them his patents of nuclear energy for free, an offer made to bring them under British secrecy laws.Ref: 91
1945*President Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.Ref: 70
1955*Worlds most powerful aircraft carrier, Saratoga (US), launched.Ref: 5
1962*N Korea reports 100% election turnout, 100% vote for Workers' Party.Ref: 5
1962*Algeria admitted as 109th member of the UN.Ref: 5
1963 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya.Ref: 5
1964*Gilroy Roberts becomes first US chief engraver to retire (rather than die).Ref: 5
1965*Post Office Tower, highest building in London, opens.Ref: 10
1966*Government bans sale and production of LSD.Ref: 10
1970*Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.Ref: 70
1978*The Equal Rights Amendment ratification deadline was extendedRef: 62
1981*Pres Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald R Ford & Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral.Ref: 5
1982 All labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.Ref: 70
1986*The first North American Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization opened in New Orleans. It drew 7,000 leaders from 40 denominations, and stressed the part which the charismatic experience plays in evangelization.Ref: 5
1988*Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage.Ref: 5
1990*(US Supreme Court Justice) David Souter was sworn in as the 105th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (TWA, 1991)Ref: 95
1990*American doctors Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas won the Nobel Prize for medicine, “for their discoveries concerning organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease.”Ref: 4
1991 A U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska, approved a $900-million settlement (annual payments stretched over ten years) with Exxon Shipping Company (Exxon Oil Corporation) for the Valdez oil spill. Exxon also agreed to pay a $250-million fine, which would reimburse the state of Alaska and the U.S. for the costs of cleanup, damage assessment and litigation.Ref: 4
1992*West Indian poet Derek Walcott was the winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for literature.Ref: 4
1993*The US government issues a report absolving the FBI of wrongdoing in its final assault in Texas on the Branch Davidian compound, which went up in flames, killing as many as 85 people. (XDG, p 4A, 10/08/2003)Ref: 83
1995*On the last day of his fourth US pilgrimage, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Oriole Park in Baltimore. (XDG, p. 4A, 10/8/2000)Ref: 83
1996*American economist William Vickrey (Columbia University) and British professor James Mirrlees (Cambridge University) were winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics, “for their fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information.”Ref: 4
1996*Pope John Paul II underwent an appendectomy.Ref: 70
1998*Outspoken Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.Ref: 4
1998*The US House of Representatives triggers an open-ended impeachment inquiry against President Clinton in a momentous 258-176 vote; 31 Democrats joined majority Republicans in opening the way for nationally televised impeachment hearings. (XDG, p 4A, 10/08/2003)Ref: 83
1999*A damage award to State Farm auto insurance customers swelled to nearly $1.2B after a judge ruled that the nation's largest auto insurer committed fraud by using generic auto-body repair parts. (XDG, p. 4A, 10/8/2000)Ref: 83
2001 A daring effort to raise the Kursk nuclear submarine from the Barents Sea floor ended successfully when a Dutch consortium pulled it to a giant barge, more than a year after it sank (in August 2000). Ref 
2001*Leland H. Hartwell, 61, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, R. Timothy Hunt, 58, of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Hertfordshire, England, and Paul M. Nurse, 52, of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London were cited for research that sheds light on how cancer cells develop by winning the 2001 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Ref 
2001*Former PA Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn in as director of the new Office of Homeland Security.Ref: 70
2002*A federal judge approved President Bush's request to reopen West Coast ports, ending a caustic 10-day labor lockout that was cost the US economy an estimated $1B to $2B per day. (XDG, p 4A, 10/08/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Americans Raymond Davis Jr and Riccardo Giacconi, and Japan's Masatoshi Koshiba, win the Nobel Prize in Physics. (XDG, p 4A, 10/08/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Pope John Paul II, 83, traveled to a shrine near Pompeii Italy defying skeptics who thought the pontiff's traveling days were over due to ill health, according to an article on page 12A of USA Today.Ref: 13
1604*The supernova called "Kepler's nova" is first sightedRef: 5
1906*Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair, in London.Ref: 5
1914*An official American one-man altitude record of 16,798 ft. is set.Ref: 50
1919*First US transcontinental air race begins with 63 planes flying between Calif. and New York.Ref: 10
1922*Lilian Gatlin becomes the first woman pilot to fly across the United States.Ref: 2
1929*First movie in the air; a newsreel and two cartoons at 5000 feetRef: 62
1978*First VisiCalc prototypeRef: 62
876 Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach.Ref: 2
1690 Belgrade is retaken by the Turks.Ref: 2
1775*Officers decide to bar slaves & free blacks from Continental Army.Ref: 5
1855*Arrow, a ship flying the British flag, is boarded by Chinese who arrest the crew, thus beginning the Second Chinese War.Ref: 2
1862*The Union is victorious at the Battle of Perryville, the largest Civil War combat to take place in Kentucky.Ref: 2
1912 First Balkan War begins.Ref: 5
1918*Alvin York's platoon was advancing toward the Decauville railway when they were hit with machine-gun fire from all sides. The doughboys captured one gun, but the noise drew the fire of the remaining German emplacements, killing six and seriously wounding three Americans. As the most senior of the remaining doughboys, York went out alone to engage the enemy with just his rifle and service revolver, picking off the machine-gunners one by one. When the fighting was over, York had single-handedly eliminated 35 machine guns, killed more than 20 Germans and taken 132 members of a Prussian Guards regiment as prisoners.Ref: 2
1918*Beirut taken by British.Ref: 10
1939*Germany annexes Western PolandRef: 5
1957 Turkish & Syrian border guards exchange fire.Ref: 5
1968*U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Sealord, an attack on North Vietnamese supply lines and base areas. In Vietnam's Mekong Delta, Navy SEALs were the military's 'eyes and ears,' providing vital intelligence on enemy operations.Ref: 2
1818*2 English boxers are first to use padded gloves.Ref: 5
1887*Phillies set club record 16th straight victory.Ref: 5
1904*(Long Island) First Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY).Ref: 5
1908*In a make-up game necessitated by Fred Merkle's base running blunder on September 23, Three Finger Brown out duels Christy Mathewson, 4-2, as the Cubs win the NL pennant by one game over the Giants in one of the most dramatic pennant races of all time.Ref: 1
1909*Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant.Ref: 5
1915*Phillies win their first & only World Series (World Series #12) game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally.Ref: 5
1919*(Black Sox) Chicago wins the seventh game of the series 4 to 1. That evening Williams, the starting pitcher in game 8, and his wife are threatened with physical harm by a man if Williams makes it past the first inning tomorrow.Ref: 87
1922*NY Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series.Ref: 5
1927*The 1927 Yankees, considered one of baseball's best team in history, live up to their reputation as they beat the Pirates, 4-3, to sweep the World Series in four games.Ref: 1
1928*Eastern Soccer League forms in US.Ref: 5
1929*In front outfielder 50,000 fans at Wrigley Field, surprise starter Howard Ehmke establishes a new World Series record striking out 13 Cubs en route to a 3-1 A's victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The mark will last for 34 years until Dodger hurler Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953.Ref: 1
1939*Yankee Joe DiMaggio scores all the way from first as Reds' catcher Ernie Lombardi lays in a daze at homeplate as a result of being run over by 'King Kong' Charlie Keller. The Bronx Bombers go on to win the game and complete the World Series sweep.Ref: 1
1940*After winning their second NL pennant in a row, the Cincinnati Reds grab the World Championship, defeating the Detroit Tigers, four games to three.Ref: 86
1945*Stan Hack reaches safely in six of seven plate appearances and drives in winning run in 12th inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 to force World Series Game 7, which the team loses two days later, 9-3.Ref: 86
1948*Facing only thirty batters, Indian rookie pitching sensation Gene Bearden five-hits the Braves for a 2-0 victory in front of 70,000 fans in Cleveland. The Tribe takes a 2-1 World Series game lead.Ref: 1
1951*Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball.Ref: 5
1951*Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League.Ref: 5
1953*Birmingham bans Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing in the city. The white players are dropped from the team as Robinson gives in to city officials.Ref: 1
1956*The Yankee's Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in World Series history as he defeats the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.Ref: 1
1957*Walter O'Malley announces that after 68 seasons in Brooklyn, the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles.Ref: 86
1959*In Game 6, the Dodgers defeat the Go-Go Sox, 9-3, to win the World Series. Chicago's speed and quickness weren't enough to overcome Los Angeles hitting and pitching.Ref: 1
1960*Bobby Richarson hits a world series grand slammer (World Series #57).Ref: 5
1961*In Game 4 at Crosley Field, Whitey Ford blanks the Reds for five innings to extend his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 32 breaking Babe Ruth's previous record of 29 2/3 innings. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer provide the offense driving in two runs each in the Yankee 6-0 victory.Ref: 1
1961*Green Bay Packer’s running back/kicker Paul Hornung set a Packer records for points scored in a game: 33. Hornung scored 33 points: four touchdowns, six extra points and one field goal. (The Packers beat the Baltimore Colts to, 45-7.)Ref: 4
1966*The Orioles managed only three hits of Claude Osteen, but Paul Blair's fifth inning 430-foot home run proves to be the difference as Baltimore beats the Dodgers in the Game 3 of the World Series, 1-0. Wally Bunker throws a six-hitter to get the victory in the In the first Fall classic game ever played in Baltimore.Ref: 1
1966*Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52).Ref: 5
1973*The Mets 9-2 victory over the Reds in Game 3 of the NLCS will best be remembered for the Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson brawl. The Mets feisty shortstop took exception to 'Charlie Hustle's' hard slide to break up a double play.Ref: 1
1976*The Toronto Blue Jays reveals their distinctive "Blue Jays logo", as season ticket sales begin.Ref: 86
1977*Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant).Ref: 5
1978 Ken Warby set the world water speed record at 319.627 mph.Ref: 5
1978*Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against KS City.Ref: 5
1981*USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Al Unser.Ref: 5
1982*NJ Devils first victory, beating NY Rangers 3-2 at the Meadowlands.Ref: 5
1983*Washington Capitals first NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7.Ref: 5
1986*Astro Mike Scott throws a five-hitter and ties a playoff record with 14 strikeouts as Houston beats the Mets, 1-0 in Game 1 of the NLCS. A Glenn Davis home run off Dwight Gooden accounts for the only run.Ref: 1
1990*The start of the world championship chess match between Garry Kasparov and Analoly Karpov in NY City. Kasparov will win 12˝-11˝, never behind in scoring.Ref:78
1995*Thanks to a two-run double off Jack McDowell by Edgar Martinez, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game deficit to win a five game series as they dramatically come-from-behind and beat the Yankees, 6-5, in 11 innings.Ref: 1
1999*Laila Ali, the 21-year old daughter of Mohammed Ali, makes her professional boxing debut, knocking out April Fowler 31 seconds after the opening bell in Verona, NY. (XDG, p. 4A, 10/8/2000)Ref: 83
1999*The Colorado Rockies announce they have agreed to terms with Tsao Chin-Hui, from Taiwan, the franchise's first player from the Far East region.Ref: 86
2000*New York Met Bobby J. Jones throws a complete-game, 4-0 one-hitter to advance the Mets to the NLCS in a 4-game sweep. Jones retired the side in eight of the nine innings.Ref: 86
2002*The Tigers select their former all-star shortstop Alan Trammell (1977-1996) to manage the faltering franchise. The Garden Grove, California native had been a coach with the Padres for the last three seasons.Ref: 1
1886*Fiction: Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Noble Bachelor" (BG).Ref: 5
1895 The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia. Record players were not too far off in the future.Ref: 4
1904*Little Johnny Jones opened in Hartford, CT. The show became a hit several times, due in part to a little ditty which became quite popular. Give My Regards to Broadway was penned, as was the entire musical, by the ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ himself, George M. Cohan.Ref: 4
1924*In NY City, the National Lutheran Conference banned the playing of jazz music in the local churches.Ref: 5
1935*Wedding bells pealed for a singer and a bandleader who tied the knot, making radio history together. The bandleader was Ozzie Nelson and the singer was Harriet Hilliard.Ref: 4
1935 The O’Neills debuted on CBS. The theme song, Londonderry Air, opened the 15-minute soap opera. The O’Neills aired Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. In 1936 it moved to daytime where it stayed until 1943 on NBC’s Red and Blue networks and on CBS, too. One of radio’s original soaps, it was sponsored appropriately by Silver Dust, Ivory soap and Ivory soap flakes.Ref: 4
1938 This day’s cover of The Saturday Evening Post portrayed Norman Rockwell. The illustrator chose to picture himself trying to come up with a cover concept and to complete the assignment before the magazine’s deadline.Ref: 4
1941*The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded Buckle Down Winsocki, with Tom Dix as featured vocalist, on the Columbia label.Ref: 4
1943 On NBC’s Red and Blue networks and on CBS, too. One of radio’s original soaps, it was sponsored appropriately by Silver Dust, Ivory soap and Ivory soap flakes.Ref: 4
1944 The first broadcast of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet was heard on the CBS radio network. The show would continue on radio until 1953 and on ABC-TV from 1952 to 1966.Ref: 4
1952 The Complete Book of Etiquette was first published.Ref: 4
1956*Lawrence “a-one and a-two” Welk was doing so well with “da boys inta bant” on ABC-TV, that, after being on the tube for just one year with The Lawrence Welk Show, Welk originated another popular show called Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent. Mr. Welk wasn’t much on hip show titles, was he?Ref: 4
1964*Ringo Starr takes & passes his driving testRef: 5
1971*John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine".Ref: 5
1974*Then Came You, by Dionne Warwicke and The Spinners, went solid gold this day. While the editors are poring over the proper spelling of her name, might we add that due to some superstitious feeling having to do with astrology, the former Ms. Warwick changed her name for good luck to Warwicke. It apparently worked. That is, until she went solo again upon meeting Barry Manilow in the early 1980s. Tunes like, I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Deja Vu and hits with Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and some friends made it OK to be just Dionne Warwick again.Ref: 4
1979*Sugar Babies, starring Mickey Rooney, opens at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway.Ref: 4
1984*Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award this day for A Little Good News. Murray was the first woman to win this award.Ref: 4
1585*Heinrich Schutz, German composer, is born.Ref: 70
1810*James Wilson Marshall, discoverer of gold in California, is born.Ref: 2
1833*Edmund Steadman, American poet and banker, is born.Ref: 70
1838*John Milton Hay, American politician; U.S. secretary of state (1898-1905)Ref: 70
1869*J Frank Duryea inventor (1st auto built & operated in the US), is born.Ref: 5
1872*John Cowper Powys British writer (Wood & Stone), is born.Ref: 5
1873*Ejnar Hertzsprung Denmark, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), is born.Ref: 5
1890*Edward V. Rickenbacker, the World War I flying ace who went on to lead Eastern Airlines for thirty years, is born in Columbus, Ohio.Ref: 70
1895*Juan (Domingo) Peron President of Argentina [1946-1955] [1973-1974], is born.Ref: 4
1895*King Zog I of Albania (1928-1939), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Rouben Mamoulian movie director/author (Mark of Zorro, Applause), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Lina Radke Germany, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1928), is born.Ref: 5
1905 Meyer Levin is born.Ref: 10
1909*Bill Hewitt NFL end (Chicago Bears, Phila Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Wally (Wallace) Moses baseball: Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1937], Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1945], Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1946]; is born.Ref: 4
1913*Walter Schumann NYC, choral director (Ford Show)/composer (Rhenish), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Spark Matsunaga (D-Ha-Sen), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Danny Murtaugh baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Billy Conn, International Boxing Hall of Famer: World Light Heavyweight Champion [1939-41]; lifetime pro record: 63-12-1, 14 KOs; in film: The Pittsburgh Kid; is born.Ref: 4
1917*Rodney Porter, British biochemist and Nobel Proze winner, is born.Ref: 2
1919*Jack McGrath auto racer: Indy 500 [1955] is born.Ref: 4
1919 Kiichi Miyazawa is born.Ref: 10
1920*Maxie Herber Germany, figure skater pairs (Olympic-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Frank Herbert sci-fi writer (Dune), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Ron Randell Sydney Australia, actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Arkady Vorobyev Middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Cesar Milstein, molecular biologist, is born.Ref: 2
1927*Gigi Durston Balt Md, singer (Sonny Kendis Show), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Torbj”rn Falkanger Norway, took Olympic oath (1952), is born.Ref: 5
1930*James Olsen actor (Andromeda Strain, The Spell), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Toru Takemitsu Tokyo Japan, composer (Ki No Kyoko), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Pepper (Franklin) Rodgers football: Georgia Tech; head coach: Univ. of KS, Georgia Tech., UCLA, is born.Ref: 4
1934*J Carter Brown Providence RI, art director (Wash National Gallery), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Rona Barrett (Burstein), gossip columnist, is born.Ref: 4
1936*David Carradine Hollywood, actor (Kung-Fu, Boxcar Bertha, Young Guns), is born. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 5
1938*Fred Stolle tennis champion: Australian Open [1965], U.S. Open [1966], is born.Ref: 4
1938*Penny Pitou US, skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Paul Hogan Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee), is born.Ref: 68
1941*Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, founder: Rainbow Coalition; U.S. presidential candidate, is born.Ref: 4
1941*George Bellamy musician: guitar: The Tornados, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Buzz (Reese) Clifford singer: Baby Sittin’ Boogie, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane Chase), NYC, comedian/actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack), is born.Ref: 5
1943 R.I. Stine is born.Ref: 10
1944*Ed (Edgar Leon) Kirkpatrick baseball: LA Angels, California Angels, KC Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Susan Raye singer: I’ve Got a Happy Heart, Willie Jones, is born.Ref: 4
1946*Paul (William) Splittorff baseball: pitcher: KS City Royals [World Series: 1980], is born.Ref: 4
1946*Aleksandr Gorshlov ice dancer (holds 6 titles), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Ex-Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich (Rep-D-OH) is born in Cleveland OH. (USA Today, p 27A, 11/20/2003)Ref: 13
1947*Tony Wilson musician: bass, singer: group: Hot Chocolate, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Sarah Purcell Richmond Ind, actress/TV hostess (Real People), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Johnny Ramone (Cummings) musician: guitar: group: The Ramones, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Enos (Milton) Cabell baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers, LA Dodgers, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Brian Glenwright hockey: Kansas City Blues, Montreal Voyageurs, Denver Spurs, Chicago Cougars, Long Island Cougers, Kenosha Flyers, Saginaw Gears, Columbus Owls, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Hamish Stuart musician: guitar, singer: group: Average White Band, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Sigourney [Susan Alexandra] Weaver LA, actress (Alien, Working Girl), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Robert "Kool" Bell rocker (Kool & the Gang-Joanna), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Johnny Ramone LI, rock guitarist (Road to Ruin), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Michael Dudikoff actor: Virtual Assassin, Soldier Boyz, The Human Shield, American Ninja series, Platoon Leader, Avenging Force, Bachelor Party, I Ought to Be in Pictures, The Black Marble, Star of the Family, Cobra, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Bill Elliott auto racer (Daytona-1978), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Scott Michael Pellaton barefoot water ski champ, is born.Ref: 5
1956*Stephanie Zimbalist NYC, actress (Remington Steele, Centennial), is born.Ref: 68
1957*James DePaiva actor (Max-One Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Tony Eason football quarterback (New England Patriots), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Julia Ann (Tavella), actress: X-rated films, is born.Ref: 4
1970*Matt Damon actor: Saving Private Ryan, Courage Under Fire, Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean's Eleven, is born.Ref: 4
1979*[Gregory] Chad Petree Shawne Okla, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See), is born.Ref: 5
1754*Henry Fielding, English novelist (Tom Jones), dies at age 47.Ref: 70
1793*(Declaration of Independence) John Hancock, merchant, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at age 56.Ref: 4
1803*Vittorio Alfieri, Italian poet, dies at age 54.Ref: 70
1820 Henri Christophe Haiti dies.Ref: 10
1834*Francois Boieldieu, French composer, dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1869*The 14th president of the United States (1853-57), Franklin Pierce, dies in Concord, New Hampshire.Ref: 68
1871*The Great Chicago Fire begins in southwest Chicago at around 9:00 PM, possibly in a barn owned by Patrick and Katherine O'Leary. Fanned by strong southwesterly winds, the flames raged for more than 24 hours, eventually leveling three and a half square miles and wiping out one-third of the city. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 people were left homeless; 17,450 buildings were destroyed.Ref: 2
1871*In Wisconsin, one of the most disastrous forest fires ever destroyed the town of Peshtigo, burned across six counties and killed over 1100 people.Ref: 4
1944*Wendell L. (Lewis) Willkie, politician, 1940 Republican presidential candiate, dies at age 52.Ref: 4
1952*2 trains collide with a derailed commuter train, kills 112 (England).Ref: 5
1956*Clarence Birdseye, inventor of the process to deep-freeze foods and one of the founders of General Foods Corp., dies at age 69.Ref: 4
1964*Dr Charles Hodge NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1965*Thomas Costain, Canadian-born American historical novelist, dies at age 80.Ref: 5
1967*Clement Attlee Britain’s prime minister [1945-1951]; head of Labour Party; dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1969*Eduardo Ciannelli actor (Waldo-Johnny Staccato), dies at 81.Ref: 5
1978*Karl Swenson actor: The Hanging Tree, The Gallant Hours, North to Alaska, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Vanishing Point; dies at age 70.Ref: 4
1982*Philip John Noel-Baker statesman, disarmament advocate (Nobel '59), dies at age 92.Ref: 70
1982*Fernando Lamas Buenos Aires Argentina, actor ("You look marvelous"), dies at 67 of cancer.Ref: 68
1982*(Green River Killer) Denise Darnell Bush, 22, is last seen. She is the 11th of 48 women Gary Ridgway admits killing. (USA Today, p 3A, 11/06/2003)Ref: 13
1983*Joan Hackett actress, dies of cancer at 49.Ref: 5
1984*Frederick Brisson producer: The Velvet Touch, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Generation, Mrs. Pollifax--Spy; dies at age 71 after a stroke.Ref: 4
1985*The hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, dumping his body and wheelchair overboard.Ref: 70
1990*Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian riotersRef: 5
1990*B.J. (Barrie James) Wilson musician: drummer: group: Procol Harum: Whiter Shade of Pale; dies.Ref: 4
1992*Willy Brandt (Herbert Frahm) Nobel Peace Prize-winner [1971]; Chancellor of West Germany; dies at age 78. (also TWA, 1993)Ref: 4
1996*William Prince actor: Destination Tokyo, The Taking of Beverly Hills, The Portrait, Objective Burma!, Spies Like Us; dies.Ref: 70
2002*Two Kuwaiti gunmen attack US forces during war games on a Gulf Island, killing one Marine and wounding another before they were shot to death. (XDG, p 4A, 10/08/2003)Ref: 83

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