Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
November 3rd

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753*Death of St. Pirminius, first abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau (located in modern Germany). His name endures today as author of a book entitled "Scarapsus," which is the earliest known writing to contain the Apostles' Creed as it is worded in its present form.Ref: 5
1394*Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI.Ref: 5
1493*Christopher Columbus discovers the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition.Ref: 2
1529*The first parliament for five years opens in England and the Commons put forward bills against abuses amongst the clergy and in the church courts.Ref: 2
1620*Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony.Ref: 5
1631*English clergyman John Eliot, 27, first arrived in America, at Boston. He afterward became the first Protestant minister to devote himself to evangelization of the American Indian.Ref: 5
1679*Great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet .Ref: 5
1762*Spain acquires Louisiana.Ref: 5
1782*American Revolutionary War brought to formal end by Paris Treaty.Ref: 10
1784*English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.Ref: 5
1794*Thomas Paine is released from a Parisian jail with help from the American ambassador James Monroe. He was arrested for having offended the Robespierre faction.Ref: 2
1818*Pliny Fisk, 26, set sail for Palestine. Ordained by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Fisk became the first American missionary to journey to the Near East.Ref: 5
1820*Cuenca, Ecuador declares independence.Ref: 5
1837*Beef rises to 3 cents a pound in Illinois.Ref: 62
1862*(Dakota Conflict) The last of 393 trials is conducted, with 42 trials taking place on the last day. In all, 323 Dakota are convicted and 303 are sentenced to be hanged. All but 8 of those acquitted remained imprisoned at Camp Release.Ref: 87
1868*John W Menard of Louisiana becomes the first black is elected to Congress.Ref: 5
1868*Hiram S. Grant is elected the 18th president of the United States over Democrat Horatio Seymour, winning the electoral votes of 26 of 34 states and an electoral college majority of 214-80 over his Democratic opponent, Horatio Seymour. But the popular majority was only 306,000 in a total vote of 5,715,000. The newly enfranchised Negroes of the South cast 700,000 votes generally at the bidding of their Republican protectors.Ref: 2
1874*James Theodore Holly, elected bishop of Haiti.Ref: 5
1883*The U.S. Supreme Court declares American Indians to be "dependent aliens."Ref: 2
1885*Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes & businesses.Ref: 5
1887*Butch Cassidy and the McCarty Brothers rob the Denver and Rio Grande express near Grand Junction CO. Ref 
1896*Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.Ref: 5
1896*Idaho becomes first state to grant vote to women, but only men voted on it.Ref: 10
1900*The first National Automobile Show opens in Madison Square Garden in New York City. A total of 31 car makers put their autoware on display.Ref: 4
1903*Colombia grants Panama independence.Ref: 5
1908*William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan.Ref: 5
1917*First Class Mail now costs 3¢.Ref: 5
1917*St. Petersburg regiments voted to take orders only from Trotsky as the representative of the Military Revolutionary CommitteeRef: 90
1918*Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WWI.Ref: 5
1921*Milk drivers on strike dump thousands of gallons of milk onto New York City's streets.Ref: 2
1925*(Sweet) Mayor Smith is re-elected, defeating Klan-backed candidate Bowles, 140,000 to 110,000.Ref: 87
1925*The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized at St. Louis, MO. It became the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church, Inc.Ref: 5
1928 Turkey switches from the Arabic to the Roman alphabet.Ref: 5
1930*The first vehicular tunnel to a foreign country (Detroit-Windsor) opens.Ref: 5
1930*The Bank of Italy becomes the Bank of America.Ref: 5
1935*George II returns to Greece & regains monarchy.Ref: 5
1935*Left-wing groups in France form the Socialist and Republican Union.Ref: 2
1936*President FDR wins landslide victory over Alfred M Landon (R).Ref: 5
1941*The classic Jerry Gray arrangement of "String of Pearls" was recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra - on Bluebird 78s. The recording featured the trumpet of Bobby Hackett.Ref: 4
1942*Seaborg reports that due to plutonium's high alpha activity, slight amounts of light element impurities can cause a serious problem with neutron emission from alpha -> n reactions. This issue caused major concern with many project leaders, including Groves and Conant, not only due to its own significance, but because it raised apprehension about the impact of other unexplored phenomena. (This issue later became moot due to the problems with Pu-240 contamination.) Later in the month the Lewis Committee is formed to review progress and make recommendations.Ref: 91
1942*William L Dawson elected to Congress from Chicago.Ref: 5
1943*Nazis carry out Operation Harvest Festival in occupied Poland, killing 42,000 Jews.Ref: 35
1952*Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas.Ref: 5
1952*Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time. A supermarket in Chester, NY featured the stuff. It was an invention of a local baker who used the quick-freeze technology developed by Clarence Birdseye (of Birdseye frozen foods fame).Ref: 4
1954*Linus Pauling wins Nobel Chemistry PrizeRef: 5
1955*Alabama woman bruised by a meteor.Ref: 5
1955 Australia takes control of the Cocos Islands.Ref: 5
1961*U Thant of Burma takes office as the acting Secretary General of the United Nations. (Ref 
1964*Robert Kennedy, brother of the slain president, is elected as a senator from New York.Ref: 2
1964*For the first time, residents of the District of Columbia were permitted to vote in a presidential election. The ratification of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (in 1961) gave Washington, D.C. citizens the right to vote for President and Vice President of the United States (not for members of Congress, however). Before that (since 1936), D.C. residents had voted only for party officials and delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions.Ref: 4
1964*Coleman Vote Tally System counts 600 ballots a minute in Hamilton County, OH & several in Calif.Ref: 10
1964*President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.Ref: 70
1970*Salvador Allende is inaugurated as president of Chile.Ref: 18
1978*UK grants Dominica independence (National Day).Ref: 5
1979*63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran, Iran).Ref: 5
1982*The Dow Jones industrial average surged 43.41 points, marking the greatest single day gain in the history of the NY Stock Exchange to date.Ref: 4
1983*Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy for the office of President of the United States.Ref: 2
1986*A Lebanese magazine reports that the United States has been secretly selling arms to Iran in the hope of securing the release of American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. President Reagan later admits he knew of the affair.Ref: 3
1987*On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56.Ref: 5
1988*Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill.Ref: 5
1988*Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew.Ref: 5
1992*Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun becomes the first black woman elected to the US Senate.Ref: 2
1992*Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton (and running-mate Al Gore) easily defeated President George Bush and VP Dan Quayle to win the U.S. presidential election.Ref: 4
1994*(OJ Simpson) Jury panel selected: eight black, one white, one hispanic, two mixed race; eight women, four men.Ref: 87
1994*Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.Ref: 70
1994*President Clinton recounds the tough fight "to approve the promotion of ethanol… We did it to make ourselves more independent of foreign oil." (Ethanol's contribution to energy independence is negligible. It's cost is not.) (Time, p 39, 7/21/2003) 
1997*The Supreme Court let stand California's groundbreaking Proposition 209, a ban on race and gender preference in hiring and school admission.Ref: 70
1997*Attorney General Janet Reno said there was no evidence that President Clinton broke the law with White House coffees and overnight stays for big contributors.Ref: 70
1998*Minnesotans elect former pro wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura to be their governor.Ref: 70
1999*Aaron McKinney is convicted of murder in the beating of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. (McKinney and Rssell Henderson, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, are serving life sentences.). (XDG, p 4A, 11/3/2000)Ref: 83
2002*(Elizabeth Smart) Elizabeth Smart, abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom on June 5th, turns 15. (USA Today, p 3A, 3/13/2003)Ref: 13
2002*A 7.9 earthquake rocks a sparsely populated area of Alaska along the Denali fault, 75 miles north of Anchorage. No injuries reported. (USA Today, p.7D, 11/12/2002)Ref: 13
1863*J.T. Alden of Cincinnati, Ohio is awarded a patent for an improvement for yeast preparation.Ref: 4
1892*The first successful automatic telephone system is introduced in Laporte, IN. Almond Strowger, the inventor, came up with the idea because the non-automatic system made it possible for his customers calls to be intercepted by his competitor. Strowger ran a funeral parlor.Ref: 4
1912*The first all metal plane flies near Issy, France by pilots Ponche and Prinard.Ref: 2
1955*First virus crystallized (announced).Ref: 5
1957*The Soviet Union launches Sputnik II with Laika, a dog and the first animal in space, aboard.Ref: 2
1971*The UNIX Programmer's Manual, the first written documentation for UNIX, is released.Ref: 3
1973*Mariner 10 launched-1st Venus pics, 1st mission to Mercury.Ref: 5
1783*Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded.Ref: 5
1813*American troops destroy the Indian village of Tallushatchee in the Mississippi Valley.Ref: 2
1839 1st opium war-2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks.Ref: 5
1839*The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.Ref: 70
1883 A poorly trained Egyptian army, led by British General William Hicks, marches toward El Obeid in the Sudan--straight into a Mahdist ambush and massacre.Ref: 2
1917*Americans in trenches suffer 20 casualties in German attacks.Ref: 38
1918*The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves. 
1918*The German fleet at Kiel mutinies. This is the first act leading to German's capitulation in World War I.Ref: 2
1943*Adolf Hitler issues Directive No. 51, in which he warns of an Allied landing in western Europe, by spring of 1944. [28] Air Chief Marshal Arthur Harris proposes to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill that sustained aerial bombing of Berlin would cost 400-500 aircraft, and cost Germany the war. Churchill authorizes commencing the Battle of Berlin. 
1944*The south shore of the Scheldt River is freed of German forces. 
1969*President Nixon announces the "Vietnamization" program.Ref: 43
1988 Pakistan claims it downed Afghan warplane.Ref: 5
2002*A CIA Predator drone fired a missile at a car in Yemen, killing al-Qaida's top operative in that country, Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi.Ref: 70
1899*Jim Jeffries retains heavyweight boxing title over Sailor Tom Sharkey.Ref: 5
1934*The first race track in CA opened under a new parimutuel betting law. Bay Meadows, in San Mateo, is still a favorite of pony players in the Bay Area.Ref: 4
1953*The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly (credited to a batter who flies out to drive in a run). The rule had not been used since 1939.Ref: 4
1962*Wilt Chamberlain of the NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points vs Los Angeles Lakers.Ref: 5
1964*Philadelphia voters approve $25 million dollars to build a new sport stadium.Ref: 1
1965*In an unanimous vote, Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax (26-8, 2.04, 382) is named the Cy Young Award winner.Ref: 1
1965*In a winter league game, A's pitcher Lew Krausse strikes out a record 21 Lara batters as he tosses a one-hitter for Caracas.Ref: 1
1968*NY Jet Jim Turner kicks 6 field goals to beat Buffalo 25-21.Ref: 5
1970*Curt Flood is traded by the Phillies to the Senators for three minor leaguers.Ref: 1
1979*AL and NL all-star teams depart on an exhibition tour of Japan; the NL squad will take four of seven from the AL counterparts, but the teams will combine to split a pair of games with the Japanese all-stars.Ref: 1
1982*Detroit blocks 20 Cleveland Cavalier shots tying NBA regulation game record.Ref: 5
1986*“The Fight for Fort Knox” was announced this day. ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler and ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard agreed to duke it out in April, 1987. The two were guaranteed at least $23 million. (Leonard won in a 12-round split decision.)Ref: 4
1987*The Texas Rangers purchase Arlington Stadium from the City of Arlington.Ref: 86
1989*Minnesota Timberwolves' 1st NBA game, lose to Seattle, 106-94.Ref: 5
1996*George Foreman wins a 12-round unanimous decision over Crawford Grimsley in Tokyo. The aging (actually the oldest heavyweight champ) collected a purse of about $5 million.Ref: 4
1999*In a nine-player deal, the Rangers trade super star Juan Gonzalez along with pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Greg Zaun to the Tigers for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Bill Haselman and infielder Frank Catalanotto.Ref: 1
2000*After being turned down by Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph and their own third base coach, Ron Oester, because of below market contract offers, the Reds hire Bob Boone as manager replacing Jack McKeon. The former catcher and present special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden had a 181-206 record as manager of the Royals.Ref: 1
2001*In Game 6, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the first six innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The previous record of 20 was established by the 1921 Giants (Game 3 vs Yankees) and the 1946 Cardinals (Game 4 vs Red Sox).Ref: 1
1507 Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini ("Mona Lisa").Ref: 2
1883 Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is publishedRef: 62
1920 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater.Ref: 5
1943*Pulitzer-prize winning "Our Town"starts 77 performance run in NY.Ref: 10
1953*Nanette Fabray (Shelley’s aunt) starred in the first color TV program to be sent coast to coast. The telecast, from the Colonial Theatre in NY City, was broadcast via WNBT, NY to Burbank, CA.Ref: 4
1956*The classic MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, was first seen on television. The film cost CBS $250,000 to show. The movie was shown 18 times between 1956 and 1976, and you can probably catch it again no matter what year it is.Ref: 4
1957*Sam Phillips, owner of legendary Sun Records in Memphis, TN, releases Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis. Looking carefully at the original label, one will find credit to Lewis and “his pumping piano.”Ref: 4
1960*The "Unsinkable Molly Brown", opens on Broadway. The play would become an American theater standard and a smashing career launch for Shirley MacLaine.Ref: 4
1962*Billboard magazine dropped the “Western” from its chart title. The list has been known as Hot Country Singles ever since.Ref: 4
1972*Singers Carly Simon and James Taylor were married in Carly’s Manhattan apartment. The couple was said to be the highest-paid couple in the world -- next to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Carly and ‘Sweet Baby’ James would divorce years later, but we hear they are still good friends.Ref: 4
1973*Good Morning America premiers on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault).Ref: 5
1975*Actor David Hartman became coanchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Hartman’s co-host was actress Nancy Dussault.Ref: 4
1977*Disney's "Pete's Dragon" opened.Ref: 73
1979*The Eagles had the number-one album in the U.S. The Long Run started a nine-week run at the top these tracks to remember: The Long Run, I Can’t Tell You Why, In the City, The Disco Strangler, King Of Hollywood, Heartache Tonight, Those Shoes, Teenage Jail, The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks and The Sad Cafe.Ref: 4
1986*John Lennon album, "Menlove Avenue" released.Ref: 5
1988*Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at TV taping.Ref: 5
1990*Vanilla Ice was number one in the U.S. with the single Ice Ice Baby, from the album To the Extreme. “Ice Ice Baby Vanilla, Ice Ice Baby Vanilla...”Ref: 4
1991*NYC Marathon winners are Salvador Garcia (Mex) & Liz McColgan (Scot).Ref: 5
39*Lucan Cordova Spain, Latin poet (Bellum Civile), is born.Ref: 5
1560*Annibale Carracci, Italian artist, is born.Ref: 70
1718*John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich; inventor: the sandwich; England’s 1st Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State of the Northern Dept., Postmaster General; Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] were named after him, is born.Ref: 4
1778 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, is born.Ref: 10
1793*Stephen Fuller Austin, principal founder of Texas, is born.Ref: 4
1794*William Cullen Bryant poet: Thanatopsis, To a Waterfowl, A Forest Hymn, The Prairies; editor: NY Evening Post; is born.Ref: 4
1801*Karl Baedeker Germany, published travel books, is born.Ref: 5
1801*Vincenzo Bellini, Italian composer, is born.Ref: 70
1831*Ignatius Donnelly, American social reformer best known for his book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, is born.Ref: 2
1845*Edward White, American jurist, is born.Ref: 70
1856*Marcelino Menez, Spanish historian, is born.Ref: 70
1879*Vilhjalmur Stefansson Canada, Arctic explorer/ethnologist, is born.Ref: 5
1880*Edmond Barrett heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1908), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Joseph Martin, American politician, is born.Ref: 70
1901*Andre Malraux, France, novelist/art historian (L'Espoir), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Leopold III, Belgian king (1934-51), is born.Ref: 70
1903*Walker Evans, the American photographer best known for his portrayal of America during the Great Depression, is born.Ref: 70
1908*Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski Pro Football Hall of Famer: charter member: Chicago Bears: rushed for over 4,000 yards; world champion wrestler [1938]; College Football Hall of Famer: University of Minnesota, is born.Ref: 4
1909*James "Scotty” Reston, journalist, columnist: The NY Times; is born.Ref: 4
1911*Vladimir Ussachevsky Hailar Manchuria, composer (Creation), is born.Ref: 5
1914 Yitzhak Shamir is born.Ref: 10
1918*Russell Long, U.S. senator from Louisiana from 1951 to 1968 and son of Huey P. Long, is born.Ref: 2
1918*Bob (Robert William) Feller ‘Rapid Robert’: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1938-1941, 1946-1948, 1950/World Series: 1948]; won 266 games in 18 seasons: 3 no-hitters, 12 1-hitters, is born.Ref: 4
1919*Bert Freed NYC, actor (Rufe-Shane), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Oodgeroo Noonuccal [Kath Walker], Australian Aboriginal poet, is born.Ref: 2
1922*Charles Bronson (Buchinsky), actor: Death Wish series, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Valachi Papers, Sandpiper, Raid on Entebbe, Miss Sadie Thompson, Battle of the Bulge, House of Wax, You’re in the Army Now; husband of actress Jill Ireland; is born in Ehrenfeld PA. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1928*(Dixie) Wanda Hendrix actress: My Outlaw Brother, The Admiral Was a Lady, Welcome Stranger; is born.Ref: 4
1930*Peggy McCay actress: A Death of Innocence, Eleanor and Franklin, Bustin' Loose, Amityville: The Evil Escapes; TV panelist: Who’s the Boss?, is born.Ref: 4
1930*Lois Smith Topeka KS, actress (Reckless, Reuben Reuben), is born.Ref: 5
1930*William H Dana pilot (X-15), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Monica Vitti (Maria Louisa Ceciarelli) actress: Immortal Bachelor, Tigers in Lipstick, An Almost Perfect Affair, Blonde in Black Leather, The Red Desert, is born in Rome Italy.Ref: 4
1933*Michael Dukakis politician: Governor of Massachusetts; U.S. Presidential nominee [1988], is born.Ref: 4
1933*John Barry Academy Award-winning composer: soundtracks: Born Free [1966], The Lion in Winter [1968], Out of Africa [1985], Dances with Wolves [1990]; The Cotton Club, The Day of the Locust, Eleanor & Franklin, Indecent Proposal, Midnight Cowboy, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shampoo, Somewhere in Time, James Bond movies, The Persuaders theme, is born.Ref: 4
1933*Ken Berry, actor: Mayberry RFD, F Troop, Mama’s Family, The Ken Berry “Wow” Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Ann Sothern Show, The Cat from Outer Space, Mountain Man, Herbie Rides Again; singer, dancer, is born in Moline IL. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1933*Aneta Corsaut Jutchinson KS, actress (Helen Crump-Andy Griffith, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Louis W Sullivan US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1989- ), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Jeremy Brett actor (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Roy Emerson Australia, tennis player (Wimbledon '64, '65), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Paula Wayne Hobart OK, actress, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Terrence McNally St Petersburg FL, playwright (Bad Habits), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Martin Cruz Smith, novelist (Gorky Park), is born.Ref: 2
1943*Ken Holtzman Cub/Oriole/Yankee pitcher (2 no-hitters), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Lulu (Marie Lawrie) singer: To Sir with Love, Boom Bang-A-Bang, Oh Me Oh My [I’m a Fool for You Baby], I Could Never Miss You, is born in Glasgow Scotland.Ref: 4
1948*Tom Shales TV Critic (Washington Post), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Larry Holmes boxer: heavyweight: WBC Champ [1978-1985], is born in Cuthbert GA.Ref: 68
1949*Michael Evans Salisbury NC, actor (Lionel-All in the Family), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Country singer Ronnie McDowell is born.Ref: 4
1949*Roswitha Krause USSR, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Actress, comedienne Roseanne (Roseanne Cherrie Barr) is born in Salt Lake City UT. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1952*David Ho, virologist, AIDS researcher.Ref: 2
1953*Kate Capshaw actress: How to Make an American Quilt, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Private Affairs, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Best Defense, A Little Sex, Duke of Groove, Black Tie Affair, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Dennis Miller Emmy Award-winning writer: Dennis Miller Live [1993-1994, 1995-1996]; producer-writer: HBO: Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane [1995-1996]; actor: The Dennis Miller Show, Saturday Night Live, The Net, Disclosure, Madhouse; sports commentator: ABC: NFL Monday Night Football, is born.Ref: 68
1954*Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) singer: Goody Two Shoes, Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver, Apollo Nine, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Kevin P Chilton Los Angeles CA, major USAF/astronaut (sk: STS-49), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Phil Simms NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Superbowl 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Phil Simms (football: NY Giants quarterback: Super Bowl XXI), is born.Ref: 4
1959*Dolph Lundgren actor: Johnny Mnemonic, The Shooter, Universal Soldier, Red Scorpion, A View to a Kill, Rocky 4, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Timothy Patrick Murphy Hartford CT, actor (Dallas, Glitter), is born.Ref: 5
1960*James Prime (musician: keyboards: group: Deacon Blue), is born.Ref: 4
1961*Lee Montgomery actor: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Pete and Tillie, Ben, is born.Ref: 4
1961*Karch Kiraly US volleyball player (Olympics-gold-1988), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Kari Michaelsen NYC, actress (Katie-Gimme a Break), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Kimberly Evenson Bremerhaven Germany, playmate (September, 1984), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Marilyn rocker (You Don't Love Me), is born.Ref: 5
2003*Harry Joseph Letterman, son of David Letterman (of CBS-TV's Late Show) and girlfriend Regina Lasko, is born. (Green River Killer) Wendy Lee Coffield, 16, is last seen. She is the 1st of 48 women Gary Ridgway admits killing. (USA Today, p 1D, 11/06/2003)Ref: 13
1083 Queen Matilda (wife of William the Conquerer) dies.Ref: 10
1584*Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian Roman Catholic bishop, dies at age 46.Ref: 70
1706*Abruzzi earthquake in Italy kills 15,000.Ref: 10
1794*Francois-Joachim Bernis, French statesman and cardinal, dies at age 77.Ref: 4
1820*Benjamin West, American painter, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1847*Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Felix Mendelssohn), the composer, dies in Hamburg, Germany.Ref: 68
1855*Francois Rude, French sculptor, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1864*Antonio Gonsalves Dias Brazilian national poet, dies at sea.Ref: 5
1883*Race riots in Danville Virginia (4 blacks killed).Ref: 5
1926*Annie Oakley (Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee) (sharpshooter, performer: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show) dies.Ref: 4
1927*Tropical storm flooding kills 84 in Winooski River Valley (Vt).Ref: 5
1954*Henri Matisse, one of the foremost painters of 20th century French art, dies.Ref: 70
1957*Wilhelm Reich, Austrian psychologist, dies at age 60.Ref: 70
1962*Harlow H Curtice President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1963*Dinh Diem Ngo, South Vietnamese president (1955-63), is assassinated at age 62 in a military coup.Ref: 68
1979*The Greensboro Massacre. Five members of the Communist Workers' Party, participating in an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, are shot to death in broad daylight by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Eight other demonstrators are wounded.Ref: 3
1982*E. H. Carr, English political scientist and historian, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1983*Alfredo Antonini conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1984 3,000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India.Ref: 5
1984*Body of assassinated Indian PM Indira Gandhi cremated.Ref: 5
1986*President Machel killed in air crash in Mozambique.Ref: 5
1990*Valerie French (Harrison) actress: Jubal, The 27th Day; dies.Ref: 4
1990*Mary Martin Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer: Peter Pan [1955]; South Pacific, I Do! I Do!, Sound of Music, Night and Day, Star Spangled Rhythm, Birth of the Blues, Rhythm on the River; singer: My Heart Belongs to Daddy, I’ll Walk Alone, Almost Like Being in Love; mother of actor Larry Hagman; dies at age 76.Ref: 4
1995*Typhoon Angela ripped through the Philippines, killing more than 880 people.Ref: 70
1996*Jean-Bédel Bokassa, ruler of Central African Republic 1965-79, dies in Bangui CAF at age 75. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1998*Bob Kane, the American cartoonist best known for creating 'Batman,' dies.Ref: 70
2002*(Anthony James) Lonnie Donegan folk singer, musician: guitar, banjo: Rock Island Line, Gambling Man, Cumberland Gap, Lost John, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour [On the Bedpost Overnight]; dies.Ref: 4

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