Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
November 12th

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295 Origin of Era of Ascension.Ref: 5
1216*The Magna Carta is revised at King Henry's Council at Bristol. 
1276*Suspicious of the intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English King Edward I resolves to invade Wales.Ref: 2
1429*Henry VI crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey by Henry Chichele.Also refRef: 16
1701*The Carolina Assembly passed a Vestry Act making the Church of England the official religion of the Carolina Colony. (Strong opposition by Quakers and other resident Nonconformists forced the colony's proprietors to revoke their legislation two years later.)Ref: 5
1813*Mexico proclaimed independence from Spain. Ref 
1833*Great shower of meteors, the Leonid Meteors, recorded.Ref: 10
1843*First B'nai Brith lodge founded in New York City.Ref: 10
1860*Abraham Lincoln becomes the first republican to be elected President of the United States. Ref 
1861*U.S. first exports oil to Europe.Ref: 62
1867*Mount Vesuvius erupts.Ref: 2
1899*American evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody, 62, began his last evangelistic campaign in KS City, Missouri. Becoming ill during the last service, Moody was unable to complete his message, and died a few days later, on Dec 22.Ref: 5
1908*(Shipp) (day unspecified) The Court dismisses charges against 17 defendants. The Court announces that it will hear oral arguments in March before rendering a verdict in the nine remaining cases, including that of Sheriff Shipp.Ref: 87
1913 India Prime Minister Gandhi arrested for leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa. Ref 
1915*Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice Islands.Ref: 5
1915*Theodore W. Richards of Harvard University became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Richards was awarded the prize in Stockholm, Sweden.Ref: 4
1918*Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicates, Austria becomes a republic.Ref: 5
1919*(day unspecifed) The Justice Department begins rounding up anarchists.Ref: 87
1921*Representatives of nine nations gather for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments. (XDG, p 4A, 11/12/2000)Ref: 83
1923*Adolf Hitler is arrested for his attempted German coup.Ref: 2
1927*Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.Ref: 5
1927*Canada is admitted to the League of Nations.Ref: 2
1933 1st known photo of Loch Ness monster (or whatever) is taken.Ref: 5
1933*Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany.Ref: 5
1936*Oakland Bay Bridge opens.Ref: 5
1938*Nazis fine Jews one billion marks for damages related to Kristallnacht.Ref: 35
1938*Mexico agrees to compensate the United States for land seizures.Ref: 2
1938*Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland.Ref: 5
1939*Jews of Lodz Poland are ordered to wear yellow armbands.Ref: 5
1946*The first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, IL. There were 10 teller windows with slide-out drawers.Ref: 4
1946*The U.S. Army stages a contest pitting its fastest mechanical adding machine against an abacus. The abacus operator beat the adding machine operator in four out of five tests.Ref: 3
1948*Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War Two Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.Ref: 5
1954*Ellis Island closes after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.Ref: 70
1956*The largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, is first sighted.Ref: 5
1956 Kariba High Dam construction began across the Zambezi River. Ref 
1968*The U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.Ref: 3
1969*(Manson) Al Springer, a visitor to the Spahn ranch, tells LAPD detectives that on August 11 or 12 Charles Manson had bragged about "knocking off five" pigs the other night.Ref: 87
1975*(US Supreme Court Justice) Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending a record 36-and-a-half-year term.Ref: 5
1977*New Orleans elects its first black mayor, Ernest (Dutch) Morial.Ref: 5
1979*US halts Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets.Ref: 5
1980*NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana.Ref: 5
1982*Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.Ref: 70
1985*Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor.Ref: 70
1986*Iran-Contra Scandal began. Ref 
1987*Boris Yeltsin is fired as head of Moscow's Communist Party for criticizing the slow pace of reform.Ref: 3
1987*The American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or is HIV-positive.Ref: 70
1987*Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine.Ref: 5
1989 Brazil holds first free presidential election in 29 years.Ref: 5
1990*Crown Prince Akihito, the 125th Japanese monarch along an imperial line dating back to 660 B.C., is enthroned as Emperor of Japan two years after the death of his father.Ref: 3
1991*USSR President Boris Yeltsin disbands the Communist Party. Ref 
1996*Jonathan Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Scott Amedure, a gay man who'd revealed a crush on Schmitz during a taping of the "The Jenny Jones Show." Schmitz was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.Ref: 70
1997*Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.Ref: 70
1999*President Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.Ref: 70
2001*A front page article in the NY Times indicates that had the disputed Florida ballots been allowed in the recount, George W Bush would still have won the state and the presidency. 
2002*USA Today reports on page 19A that a military court in Moscow convicted Colonel Alexander Sypachev of spying for the US. He was sentenced to 8 years in a maximum security facility.Ref: 13
1799*Andrew Ellicott Douglass, an early American astronomer born in Vermont, becomes the first to witness and document the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys.Ref: 3
1847*Chloroform first used as an anaesthetic in Britain operation.Ref: 10
1903*The Lebaudy brothers of France set an air-travel distance record of 34 miles in a dirigible.Ref: 2
1919*Ross & Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia.Ref: 5
1935*RAF's first monoplane, Hawker Hurricane, flew. Ref 
1960*The satellite Discoverer XVII is launched into orbit from California's Vandenberg AFB.Ref: 3
1960*Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude.Ref: 5
1965*Venera 2 launched by Soviet Union toward Venus.Ref: 5
1980*Voyager 1 comes within 77000 miles of Saturn and heads out of the plane of the solar system, with luck it will transmit useful data until 2015Ref: 70
1981*The 1st balloon crossing of the Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V).Ref: 5
1981*The 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2).Ref: 5
1984*Spacewalker Joseph Allen became the first astronaut to rescue a satellite. The Discovery space shuttle made the $35 million rescue.Ref: 4
1985*STS 61-B vehicle moves to the launch pad.Ref: 5
1990*Tim Berners-Lee circulated a draft of a proposal for a hypertext system, which he called the World Wide Web.Ref: 3
1995*The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. (XDG, p 4A, 11/12/2000)Ref: 83
1775*General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks.Ref: 5
1863*Confederate General James Longstreet arrives at Loudon, Tennessee, to assist the attack on Union General Ambrose Burnside's troops at Knoxville.Ref: 2
1917*Canadians take the village of Passchendaele in Belgium during one of the bloodiest battles of World War I. Ref 
1941*Germany's drive to take Moscow halted.Ref: 5
1942*The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. The Americans ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese.Ref: 70
1944*U.S. fighters wipe out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six destroyers, four transports and 8,000 troops.Ref: 3
1944*The German battleship Tirpitz is sunk in a Norwegian fjordRef: 3
1951*The U.S. Eighth Army in Korea is ordered to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense.Ref: 3
1971*President Richard Nixon announces the withdrawal of about 45,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam by February.Ref: 3
2003*A suicide tanker truck loaded with explosives rams into an Italian military police headquarters in Nasiriyah, killing 26, including 18 Italians, Italy's worst single combat loss since World War II. (USA Today, p 1A, 11/13/2003)Ref: 13
1873*Bay District Race Track opens.Ref: 5
1892*Allegheny Athletic Association beats Pittsburgh Athletic Club, 4-0 in football.Ref: 5
1892*Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes first pro football player.Ref: 5
1920*Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis accepts a contract to become the first baseball commissioner. He became the czar following the Black Sox scandal of 1919 and remained commissioner for seven years.Ref: 4
1923*Giant manager John McGraw trades outfielders Casey Stengel and Bill Cunningham along with shortstop Dave Bracroft to the Braves for pitchers Joe Oeschger and Bill Southworth.Ref: 1
1927*After playing forty years in blue jerseys, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish wear brilliant green jerseys and stockings for the first time. They took to the gridiron against Army in New York City. The Irish have been wearing the lucky green uniforms since.Ref: 4
1931*Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.Ref: 4
1933*First Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal).Ref: 5
1940*Unwilling to yield to the players' demands during the season, Alva Bradley finally fires Indian manager Oscar Vitt and replaces him with Roger Peckinpaugh. It is Peckinpaugh's second time as Cleveland's field boss.Ref: 1
1950*Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yards) vs Chicago Cards.Ref: 5
1952*Philadephia A's hurler Bobby Shantz (24-7) is named as the American League MVP by the baseball writers.Ref: 1
1953*The NFL policy of blacking out home games was upheld by Judge Allan K. Grim of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. RefRef: 5
1955*Fred Hutchinson replaces Harry Walker as Cardinal manager. With the departure of 'the Hat' next season will be the first time in National League history without a player-manager.Ref: 1
1955*E Arcaro, E Sande & G Woolf first inductees in Jockey hall of fame.Ref: 5
1964*Paula Murphy sets female land speed record 226.37 MPH.Ref: 5
1970*Cleveland Cavaliers score their first NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103.Ref: 5
1970 Tonya Harding ice skater: involved in attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice.Ref: 4
1974*The first salmon was caught in the Thames river since the 1840'sRef: 62
1979*Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal.Ref: 5
1980*Former Senator Don Zimmer is named as the Texas Rangers' eighth manager.Ref: 86
1981*Billy Martin named AL Manager of the Year (Oakland A's).Ref: 5
1983*NJ Devils first overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3.Ref: 5
1986*Red Sox Roger Clemens becomes only the second pitcher to unanimously win the Cy Young Award; Denny McLain was the first to accomplish the feat in 1968.Ref: 1
1986*For the first time in NBA history, both head coaches were absent from the game. K.C. Jones and Don Nelson were both too sick to coach the Boston-Milwaukee game. It became the 44th straight home victory for the Boston Celtics, as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-116. So who needs a coach!Ref: 4
1988*Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7).Ref: 5
1988*Heisman Trophy winner running back Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State rushes for 312 yards, 5 TDs in a 63-24 winv against Kansas; sets NCAA single season TD mark at 31. (Sports Illustrated, 11/12/2001) 
1996*Toronto Blue Jay Pat Hentgen is named the American League Cy Young Award winner.Ref: 86
2001*Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners (AL) and Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals (NL) win the Rookie of the Year Awards for there respective leagues. Suzuki garnered 27 or 28 first place votes. Pujols garnered 32 of 32 first place votes, the 9th NL rookie to do so. (USA Today, 11/13/2001, p 10C)Ref: 13
2001*One year after playing Class-A ball, Albert Pujols (.329, 37, 130) is named the National League Rookie of the Year by BBWAA. The Cardinal freshman set NL rookie marks RBIs (130), total bases (360)and extra base hits (88) and fell one home run shy of tying the National League rookie record of 38 established by Frank Robinson in 1956 as a member of the Reds.Ref: 1
2002*Miguel Tejada, who receives 356 points from the Baseball Writers' Association, including 21 first-place votes of the 28 cast, is selected as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The A's shortstop joins countrymen Sammy Sosa and George Bell as Dominican Republic natives to win the award.Ref: 1
2002*USA Today reports on p. 1C that New York Rangers coach Byran Trotter earned a 2-game suspension for putting two tough guys out with 2.5 seconds left in a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Players Krzysztof Oliwa and Sandy McCarthy were fined $24,000 and $1,000 respectively, Oliwa earning a 5-game suspension. The Rangers were also fined $25,000.Ref: 13
2003*The Baseball Writers Association chooses Jack McKeon of the World Champion Florida Marlins (NL) and Tony Pena of the Kansas City Royals (AL) as Managers of the Year for their respective leagues. (USA Today, p 1C, 11/13/2003)Ref: 13
2003*The NBA puts forth a proposal to create six divisions from the current four. The Eastern Conference would house the Atlantic, Central and Southeast divisions. The Western Conference would hous the Pacific, Northwest and and Southwest Divisions. (USA Today, p 1C, 11/13/2003)Ref: 13
1660*John Bunyan thrown into jail in England; starts writing "Pilgrim's Progress."Ref: 10
1859 Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris). He also designed the garment that bears his name.Ref: 5
1910*First Movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon.Ref: 5
1925*Louis Armstrong recorded My Heart, starting a career that brought him worldwide fame.Ref: 4
1936*First TV Gardening show.Ref: 5
1938*Red Ryder comic strip began. Ref 
1940*Walt Disney released Fantasia. One critic called the film ?As terrific as anything that has ever happened on the screen.?Ref: 4
1941*WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NY City swap call letters.Ref: 5
1941*Madame Lillian Evanti and Mary Cardwell Dawson establish the National Negro Opera Company.Ref: 2
1941*Hot Lips Page performed the vocal for Artie Shaw's very long and very slow version of St. James Infirmary on RCA Victor.Ref: 4
1946*Walt Disney's "Song Of The South" released.Ref: 5
1947*KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR).Ref: 5
1947*Meet the Press debuted. Ref 
1955*Fiction: Date returned to in "Back to the Future" & "Back to the Future II".Ref: 5
1967*Pearl Bailey took over the lead in the Broadway musical, Hello Dolly. ‘Pearlie Mae’ was a smash hit in the role.Ref: 4
1970*After a successful London run, Anthony Quayle starred in the Broadway opening of Sleuth.Ref: 4
1975*Sex Pistols' first concert (lasts 10 minutes). Ref 
1977 I, Claudius debuted. Ref 
1980*John Lennon’s Starting Over was released. John and Yoko were seen kissing on the record cover.Ref: 4
1983*Lionel Richie began the first of four consecutive weeks at the top of the music charts as All Night Long (All Night) became the most popular song in the U.S.Ref: 4
1984*Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together".Ref: 5
1987*India's Patna Railroad Station TV screens on the platforms accidently showed a pornographic movie instead of railway times. Ref 
1988*Rattle and Hum, the album by U2, started a six-week run at the top of the U.S. album charts. Hum along now, as we list the tracks on the Rattle and Hum: Helter Skelter, Van Diemen?s Land, Desire, Hawkmoon 269, All Along the Watchtower, I Still Haven?t Found What I?m Looking For, Freedom for My People, Silver and Gold, Pride (In the Name of Love), Angel of Harlem, Love Rescue Me, When Love Comes to Town, Heartland, God Part II, The Star Spangled Banner, Bullet the Blue Sky, All I Want is You.Ref: 4
1991*"Full House" 100th episode-The twins are born.Ref: 5
1493*Baccio Bandinelli, Italian sculptor, is born.Ref: 70
1651*Juana Ines de La Cruz Mexico, poet/nun/feminist (Primer Sueno), is born.Ref: 5
1748*Charles IV king of Spain (1788-1808), is born.Ref: 68
1758*John Paul, the designated founder of Xenia (Ohio), is born in Germantown PA. (Prindle, Eric, "Xenia -- From A Hole In The Rock, 12/7/1978) 
1790*Letitia Christian Tyler first wife of President Tyler, is born.Ref: 5
1815*Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Johnstown NY, suffragist, political reformer and founder of the Women's Rights Convention, is born.Ref: 2
1817*Mirza Hoseyn 'Ali Nuri (Baha' Ullah), founder of the Baha'i faith, is born.Ref: 2
1818*Birth of Henri F. Hemy, English church organist. Of his several original compositions, best known is the tune ST. CATHERINE, to which we commonly sing the hymn, "Faith of Our Fathers."Ref: 5
1833*Aleksandr Borodin Russia, composer (Robert LeDiable), is born.Ref: 5
1840*Auguste Rodin France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), is born.Ref: 5
1841*Lord Rayleigh England, physicist/chancellor of Cambridge (1908-14), is born.Ref: 5
1866*Sun Yat-Sen, revolutionary leader: China [1911], father of modern China (ROC & PRC) (traditional), is born.Ref: 4
1869 Andre Gide is born.Ref: 10
1889*DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader's Digest, is born in St Paul MN.Ref: 5
1898*Leon Stukelj, Olympic gold medalist: gymnast [2 gold medals in 1924]; first gymnast from Slovenia to win an Olympic gold medal, is born.Ref: 4
1903*Jack Oakie (Lewis Delaney Offield) actor: Lover Come Back, The Rat Race, Song of the Islands, Tin Pan Alley, The Texas Rangers; is born in Sedalia MO.Ref: 4
1908*(US Supreme Court Justice) Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who wrote the majority opinion in Roe vs. Wade, is born.Ref: 4
1911*Buck Clayton, jazz trumpeter, is born.Ref: 2
1912*Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans NFL fullback (NY Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Roberto Cavanagh Argentina, polo (Olympic-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Sylvi Saimo Finland, 500m kayak (Olympic-gold-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Roland Barthes French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Jo Stafford singer: Shrimp Boats [Are A-Comin?, There?s Dancin? Tonight], Jambalaya, Long Ago and Far Away, No Other Love, Candy, You Belong to Me, Make Love to Me; group: Pied Pipers: Dream is born in Coalinga CA.Ref: 68
1920*Sunset Carson (Winifred Maurice Harrison) actor: Stage Door Canteen, Rio Grande Raiders, Alias Billy the Kid; dies.Ref: 4
1920*Richard Quine actor: Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal, director: The World of Suzy Wong, Bell Book and Candle, How to Murder Your Wife, Sex and the Single Girl; is born in Detroit MI.Ref: 4
1922*Kim Hunter (Janet Cole), Academy Award-winning actress: A Streetcar Named Desire [1951], is born in Detroit MI.Ref: 4
1922*Charlotte MacLeod, mystery writer (Rest You Merry, Maid of Honor), is born.Ref: 2
1926*George Ratterman football: QB: Univ. of Notre Dame, Buffalo Bills, NY Yankees, Cleveland Browns, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Actress Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) is born in Philadelphia.Ref: 4
1931*Bob Crewe producer: The Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder, The Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By, is born.Ref: 4
1932*Singer Stonewall Jackson, is born. Ref 
1934*(Long Island) Ann Flood, Jamaica NY, actress (As the World Turns, Edge of Night), is born.Ref: 5
1934*(Manson) Charles Manson is born in Cincinnati, the illegitimate son of a sixteen-year-old girl named Kathleen Maddox. His father, who Manson never met, was a "Colonel Scott" from Ashland, Kentucky.Ref: 87
1935*Jerry Douglas actor (John-Young & Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Richard H Truly Fayette Miss, Rear Adm USN/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Ina Balin actress (Danger in Paradise), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Lucia Popp UhorskVes Czechoslovakia, soprano (Die Zauberflute), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Brian Hyland Queens NY, rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini), is born.Ref: 5
1943*John Maus musician: bass, singer: trio: The Walker Brothers: My Ship is Coming In, Make It Easy on Yourself, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Wallace Shawn actor: House Arrest, Clueless, The Magic Bubble, Radio Days, The Princess Bride, Micki & Maude, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Little Sex, My Dinner with Andre, Simon, All That Jazz, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Singer Booker T. Jones (of Booker T and the MG’s) is born.Ref: 4
1944*Ken Houston Pro Football Hall of Famer: Houston Oilers safety: NFL Individual Season Record holder: 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns [1971], is born.Ref: 4
1944*Al Michaels sportscaster: ABC Sports [Monday Night Football since 1986]; Emmy: Outstanding Sports Personality -- Play-by-Play (Host): 1986, 1989, 1995]; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame [1998]; NSSA Sportscaster of the Year: 1980, 1983, 1986], is born.Ref: 4
1945*Neil Young singer, songwriter, musician: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Heart of Gold, Philadelphia; group: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: LP: déjà vu; Buffalo Springfield: For What It's Worth, is born in Canada.Ref: 4
1945*Tracy Kidder, writer (Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends), is born.Ref: 2
1945*John Schroeder golf: PGA, SPGA tour; commentator: NBC Sports; son of Wimbledon and Davis Cup winner, Ted Schroeder, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Al Michaels Brooklyn, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Baseball/Football), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Actress Sally Field, is born. Ref 
1948*Errol Brown songwriter [w/Tony Wilson]: Think About Your Children, Bet Your Life I Do; singer: group: Hot Chocolate: Give Piece a Chance, Love is Life, I Believe in Love, Brother Louie, Cicero Park, Emma, Disco Queen, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again, I'll Put You Back Together Again, Every 1's a Winner, Girl Crazy, Chances, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Cliff Harris football: Dallas Cowboys safety: Super Bowl: V, VI, X, XII, XIII, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Musician Glenn Frey, is born. Ref 
1950*Barbara Fairchild singer: The Teddy Bear Song, Kid Stuff, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Steve Bartkowski football: QB: Univ. of CA, Atlanta Falcons [NFC Rookie of the Year: 1975], is born.Ref: 4
1955*Leslie McKeown singer: group: The Bay City Rollers: Bye Bye Baby, Give Me a Little Love, I Only Wanna Be With You, Saturday Night, is born.Ref: 4
1955*TV Journalist Maria Shriver, also married to actor Arnold Swartzenagger, is born. Ref 
1961*Nadia Comaneci Onesti Romania, gymnast (Oly-gold-1976, 80), is born.Ref: 5
1966 David Schwimmer is born.Ref: 10
1967*Charlie Pennaelino Queens NY, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Sammy (Samuel Peralta) Sosa, baseball: TX Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs [joined Mark McGwire in breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 home runs in single season with 66 in 1998, 63 in 1999, 64 in 2001, is born.Ref: 4
1970*Tonya Harding ice skater: involved in knife attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, is born.Ref: 4
1973*Melanie Gaffin, Santa Monica CA, actress (Cheryl-Whiz Kids), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Angela Watson actress (Karen Foster-Step by Step), is born.Ref: 5
1989*Paul Jessup actor (Mikie-Baby Talk), is born.Ref: 5
1989*Ryan Jessup actor (Mikie-Baby Talk), is born.Ref: 5
607*Boniface III dies and is buried in St. Peter's.Ref: 69
1035*Canute "The Great" King of the Danes (1016-1035), dies at 41.Ref: 5
1558*Rabbi Shalom Shakna ben Joseph founder of first Polish Yeshiva, dies.Ref: 5
1820*William Hayley, English poet, biographer, patron of the arts, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1900*Marcus Daly, American mining tycoon, dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1903 Camille Pissaro dies.Ref: 10
1916*Percival Lowell, astronomer who predicted the discovery of the planet Pluto, dies in Flagstaff AZ.Ref: 4
1928*The British ocean liner Vestris sinks off the Virginia cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.Ref: 2
1940*Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes).Ref: 5
1947*Emmuska Orczy, Hungarian-born English novelist; wrote "The Scarlet Pimpernel", dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1951*17 die in a train crash in Woodstock AL.Ref: 5
1958*James M. Curley, American politician; mayor of Boston (1914-8, 1922-6, 1930-4, 1947-50) and governor of Massachusetts (1935-7), dies at age 83.Ref: 70
1962*Sid Tomack actor (Jim Gillis-Life of Riley, My Friend Irma).Ref: 5
1966*18-year old Robert Smith shoots 5 women and two children for fame in Mesa AZ. Five die.Ref: 72
1970*Cyclone hits East Pakistan and the Ganges Delta islands (Bangladesh);over one million dead.Ref: 10
1972*(Charles) Rudolf Friml, American musician, composer; dies at age 92.Ref: 4
1975*Anthony Ross TV host (Telltale Clue), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1976*Walter Piston, American composer/teacher, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1982*Eduardo Mallea, Argentine novelist, essayist and short-story writer, dies at age 79.Ref: 70
1983*4 die in a train crash in Marshall TX.Ref: 5
1987*Roger Lewis aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1988*Lyman L Lemnitzer US Army General (WW II), Chief of Staff, US Army and Nato Commander, dies at age 89.Ref: 70
1990*Eve Arden (Eunice Quedens), actress (Our Miss Brooks), dies at 82Ref: 68
1993*Former Nixon White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman dies in Santa Barbara, California, at age 67. (also TWA, 1995)Ref: 70
1993*Bill (William Malcolm) Dickey Baseball Hall of Famer: catcher: NY Yankees catcher [1928-1946: played in 38 World Series games: 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946/record: caught 100 or more games 13 years in a row]; dies at age 86.Ref: 4
1994*Wilma Rudolph Olympic Hall of Famer: Gold Medalist [3]: track & field sprints [1960]; dies.Ref: 4
1995*Robert Stephens actor: The Secret Rapture, Chaplin, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Henry V, Empire of the Sun, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, A Taste of Honey; dies.Ref: 4
1996*World's worst mid-air collision of a 747 and charter flight 50 miles from New Delhi kills 350. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1999*A magnitude-7.2 quake strikes the town of Duzce, 115 miles (185 km) east of Istanbul. At least 800 are dead with 3000 injured.Ref: 9
2000*(Franck) Frank Pourcel (composer, violinist: group: The French Fiddles: Only You) dies.Ref: 4
2001*A European-made A300 Airbus jetliner, American Airlines Flight 587 en route to the Dominican Republic with 255 people aboard, crashed into the Rockaway Beach neighborhood is on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay, which separates it from Kennedy airport, shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy airport in NY. Early reports do not indicate where there was a mechanical problem or if this was a terrorist attack. Ref 
2001*Caro, MI. Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center before killing himself.Ref: 88

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