Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
November 17th

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1278*680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins.Ref: 5
1558*Elizabeth I became Queen of England upon the death of Queen Mary (age 42). ‘Good Queen Bess’ ruled Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1558 to 1603 and during her reign, England became a world power; Church of England is reestablished.Ref: 4
1558*The Church of England is re-established.Ref: 2
1734*(Zenger) John Peter Zenger is arrested by the sheriff. He is placed in jail and a very high bail (at Governor Cosby's request) is set. Zenger will spend the next nine months in jail.Ref: 87
1758*English churchman Philip Embury, 30, married Margaret Switzer. Afterward immigrating to America, Embury was later encouraged by his cousin Barbara Heck to found a Methodist society in New York City in 1768. Embury thus became the first Methodist preacher in North America.Ref: 5
1763*Amherst embarks for England, he is succeeded as commander in chief by General Thomas Gage.Ref: 92
1785*First Church of England, King's Chapel in Boston ordains first minister James Freeman.Ref: 10
1800*The Sixth Congress (2nd session) convenes for the first time in Washington, D.C. in a partially completed Capitol building.Ref: 2
1842*Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston. A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts.Ref: 5
1851*The U.S. Post Office issued a 1-cent carrier stamp to make it easier to pay fees for delivering and collecting letters. It was the first postage stamp to depict an American eagle; and the last to make it easier to pay the fees.Ref: 4
1853*Street signs become authorized at San Francisco intersections.Ref: 5
1858*Origin of Modified Julian Period.Ref: 5
1869 The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.Ref: 70
1875*Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott.Ref: 5
1889*The Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco.Ref: 5
1903*Vladimir Lenin's efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.Ref: 2
1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.Ref: 2
1913*The first US dental hygienists course is established, Bridgeport, CT.Ref: 5
1925*(Sweet) (thru the 19th) Ossian Sweet testifies.Ref: 87
1927*Tornado hit Washington DC.Ref: 5
1931*Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.Ref: 2
1934*Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird."Ref: 70
1938*Italy passes their own version of the anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws.Ref: 5
1948*Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry.Ref: 5
1951*Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system.Ref: 2
1954*Colonel Nasser becomes official Egyptian PremierRef: 18
1962*President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Wash DC.Ref: 5
1966*Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour).Ref: 5
1969*(Manson) Danny DeCarlo implicates Charles Manson in the Spahn ranch murder of Shorty Shea, and also suggests that persons at the Spahn ranch might also have been responsible for the Tate murders--but, he tells detectives, he would be afraid to testify.Ref: 87
1973*President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla., that "people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."Ref: 70
1977 Egyptian President Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel.Ref: 5
1979*During the Iran Hostage Crisis, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's political and religious leader, orders the release non-U.S. captives and female and minority Americans, citing these groups as among the people oppressed by the U.S. government.Ref: 3
1988*Benzir Bhutto wins election in Pakistan.Ref: 5
1993*The U.S. House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by a vote of 234 to 200. The Senate voted 60 to 38 for approval of the legislation on November 20. The bill was signed into law by President Clinton on December 8, 1993. It took effect on January 1, 1994. Under NAFTA, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico become a single, integrated market with $6.5 trillion worth of goods and services annually.Ref: 4
1994*Francisco Martin Duran, the Colorado man accused of an assault-rifle attack on the White House, is indicted on a new charge of trying to assassinate President Clinton.Ref: 6
1994 Irish Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds resignsRef: 5
1995 Bettino Craxi, who served as Italy's first Socialist prime minister from 1983 to 1987, is indicted on corruption charges along with seventy-four others, many of them present or former government officials.Ref: 3
1998 Israel's parliament overwhelmingly approved the Wye River land-for-peace accord with the Palestinians.Ref: 70
1998*A Federal judge orders Microsoft to make Windows comply with Sun's standards for the Java programming language, breaching a licensing agreement with Sun for Java.Ref: 3
1998*The public hears Monica Lewinsky's voice for the first time as the House Judiciary Committee releases 22 hours of tape recordings secretly made by Linda Tripp. (XDG, p 4A, 11/17/2003)Ref: 83
2000*The Florida Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify results of the marathon vote count in the race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Also, a federal appeals court refused to block recounts under way in two heavily Democratic counties.Ref: 70
2003*(I-270 Sniper) A United Parcel Service truck was eastbound on I-270 around 11am between Parsons Av and US 23 when the driver reported hearing a noise. A bullet hole was found behind the driver's seat. (XDG, p 2A, 12/03/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(California Recall) Actor Arnold Schwartzenegger, 56, is sworn in as the 38th governor of California, following the recall of former Governor Gray Davis. (XDG, p 5A, 11/18/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(DC Sniper) A Virginia Beach VA jury finds John Allen Muhammed, 42, one of the two Washington DC serial snipers, guilty of two counts of capital murder. (XDG, p 1, 11/18/2003)Ref: 13
1797*First clock patent in America granted to Eli Terry of CT. for the equation clock.Ref: 10
1945*New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF.Ref: 5
1959*De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond.Ref: 5
1967*The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.Ref: 2
1970*Soviet unmanned Luna 17 touches down on the moon. Lunokhod 1, a self-propelled vehicle controlled by Soviet mission control on earth, rolled out of the Luna landing probe, and became the first wheeled vehicle to travel on the surface of the moon.Ref: 3
1999*Windows 2000 Release Candidate 3 released to testers.Ref: 80
1636 Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil.Ref: 2
1796*Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy.Ref: 2
1862*Confederate Secretary of War George B Randolph resigns.Ref: 5
1862*Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.Ref: 2
1877*Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia.Ref: 2
1918*German troops evacuate Brussels.Ref: 2
1937*Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement.Ref: 5
1965*The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley, almost wiping them out.Ref: 2
2001*The Taliban confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's military chief Mohammed Atef in an airstrike three days earlier.Ref: 70
1884*Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel".Ref: 5
1894*Daily Racing Form founded.Ref: 5
1913*Wilbert Robinson is named as the Dodgers' new manager.Ref: 1
1926*NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Toronto St Pats 4-1.Ref: 5
1940*The Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane.Ref: 5
1953*The Browns change their name and the 1st appearance of the Baltimore Orioles occurs. 
1954*Golfer Arnold Palmer signed a contract with Wilson Sporting Goods and became a pro.Ref: 4
1956*Heisman Trophy winner halfback/quarterback Paul Hornung of Notre Dame scores 3 TDs, leads game-winning 63-yard drive lat in 21-14 win over North Carolina.(Sports Illustrated, 11/19/2001) 
1956*Fullback Jim Brown, Syracuse, scores 43 pts (NCAA rec) vs Colgate.Ref: 5
1960*General Elwood R. (Pete) Quesada's bid for the Washington franchise is approved by American League.Ref: 86
1964*The Mets sign Yogi Berra to a two-year contract as a coach.Ref: 1
1965*William D. Eckert is selected by the owners to become baseball's fourth commissioner. The retired Air Force Lieutenant General succeeds Ford Frick.Ref: 1
1968*The "Heidi Game". NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a NY Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.Ref: 70
1971*The A's lefty Vida Blue becomes the youngest player ever to win the MVP award and only the fourth to capture both the Cy Young Award and the MVP in the same season.Ref: 1
1971*Mohammed Ali KO's Buster Mathis in the 12th round in Houston's Astrodome.Ref: 96
1972*Esteban de Jesus wins a decision over Roberto Duran in a non-title bout in New York.Ref: 97
1979*NY Stars (WBL) home opener at MSG in NYC.Ref: 5
1981*NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws.Ref: 5
1982*Outfielder Dale Murphy (.281, 36, 113) becomes the first Brave to win the National League MVP since Hank Aaron won the award in 1957.Ref: 1
1983*Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens and Jerry Martin become the first active players ever to be sent to prison for drug violations; the judge hands downs a three months sentence to the three Royal players for attempting to purchase cocaine.Ref: 1
1984*Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to NJ Nets 124-110.Ref: 5
1984*Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers.Ref: 5
1985*NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28.Ref: 5
1986*Racecar driver Rick Mears set a U.S. closed-course record at the Michigan International Speedway. Mears was timed at an average speed of 233.934 mph, breaking the record set by Mark Donahue in 1975.Ref: 4
1987*George Bell (.287, 49, 137) becomes the first Blue Jay to win the American League's MVP Award.Ref: 1
1989*Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year Kansas City Royal contract.Ref: 5
1991*Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralyzed in a game vs Los Angeles Rams.Ref: 5
1992*The Colorado Rockies select David Nied from the Atlanta Braves to open the MLB Expansion Draft in New York City. At the same time, more than 20,000 fans fill Denver's Currigan Hall to watch the historic event. After the draft, Colorado trades Kevin Reimer and Jody Reed for Dante Bichette and Rudy Seanez, respectively.Ref: 86
1997*Mario Lemieux was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame. On Nov 19 Mario Lemieux’s number 66 wasretired in a ceremony at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. And, surprise, on Dec 27, 2000 Lemieux, part-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, became a player again.Ref: 4
1999*Atlanta's third baseman Chipper Jones (.319, 45, 110) wins the National League MVP award joining Johnny Evers ('14) Bob Elliot ('47), Hank Aaron ('57) Dale Murphy ('82 &'83) and Terry Pendleton ('91) as the only Braves to receive the honor.Ref: 1
2000*Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall signs the richest contract in Pirates' history. The $60 million, six-year contract extension, which includes a $4 million signing bonus, starts with a base salary of $6 million in 2002 and peaks at $13 million in 2007.Ref: 1
2003*Texas Rangers shortstop, Alex Rodriguez, is named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the second player from a last place team to win that award. (Andre Dawson won the NL MVP in 1987 playing for the last place Chicago Cubs.) (XDG, p 1B, 11/18/2003)Ref: 83
2003*The National Basketball Association (NBA) approves a realignment plan that creates three divisions of five teams in each the Eastern and Western conferences. (XDG, p 1B, 11/18/2003)Ref: 83
1825 Longfellow's first poem "The Battle of Lovell's Pond"first published in Portland Maine Gazette.Ref: 10
1842*The opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London).Ref: 5
1866*The opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris).Ref: 5
1877*The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, The Sorcerer, was presented -- in London.Ref: 4
1891*Poland’s premier and premier ivory tickler, Ignace Jan Paderewski, made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in NY City. In later years, Paderewski, who suffered from arthritis, settled in Paso Robles, CA. The hot mineral baths located there eased his pain. He played only Steinway grand pianos custom-built to his specifications. In fact, five were made just for his use.Ref: 4
1938*Orchestra leader Kay Kyser, speaking to an audience at the College of the City of NY (CCNY) told of the “inner workings and artistic features of swing music.” It marked the first of a series of lectures on swing music presented by Kyser, who went on to present The Kollege of Musical Knowledge on radio.Ref: 4
1950*Roberta Peters filled in for the lead in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in NY City. She would become one of the Met’s most famous stars.Ref: 4
1962*The 4 Seasons, with Frankie Valli as lead singer, began a five-week run at the top of the tunedex with Big Girls Don't Cry.Ref: 4
1966*Woody Allen’s first play, Don’t Drink the Water, opened on Broadway.Ref: 4
1967*Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names.Ref: 5
1970*Elton John recorded an album live, on what was WABC-FM in NY City. It marked the first time that a concert was aired live and recorded for release as aired. The LP was titled, 11/17/70.Ref: 4
1973*Teri Garr plays the role of a stripper on "The Nurse".Ref: 5
1977*Miss World Contest Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini.Ref: 5
1980*Roger Mudd began working as chief Washington correspondent for NBC. Mudd had left CBS after being passed over as Walter Cronkite’s replacement on The CBS Evening News.Ref: 4
1980*WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.Ref: 2
1980*John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK.Ref: 5
1981*Luke Spencer married Laura Baldwin in what was called "the wedding of the year" on the TV serial General Hospital. An audience of 14 million viewers watched as vows were exchanged on the ABC program.Ref: 4
1986 The creator of the term ‘baby boomer’ released the first issue of the magazine Quality this day. Landon Jones subtitled his glossy effort, America’s Guide to Excellence. There was only one problem. Most of America wasn’t buying and Quality did not last very long on newsstands.Ref: 4
-3*-BC- According to early Christian theologian Clement of Alexandria (ca.155 - ca.220 AD), Jesus Christ was born on this date.Ref: 5
1503*Il Bronzino Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son), is born.Ref: 5
1587*Joost van den Vondel Cologne Germany, Dutch poet/dramatist (Jephtha), is born.Ref: 5
1685*Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye, French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer, is born.Ref: 70
1717*Jean d'Alembert Fr, mathematician/philosopher (Trait de Dynamique), is born.Ref: 5
1755*Louis XVIII first post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24), is born.Ref: 5
1790*August Ferdinand Mobius mathematician, inventor (Mobius strip), is born.Ref: 5
1799*Titian Ramsay Peale artist, naturalist: travelled with Wilkes Expedition to the South Pacific [1838-1842]; son of artist Charles Willson Peale; died in 1885, is born.Ref: 4
1878*Grace Abbott, Grand Island NB, social worker (US Children Bureau), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Field Marshal Bernard (Law) ‘Monty’ Montgomery British Army commander of ground forces at Normandy landing [1944]; British Eighth Army; died Mar 24, 1976Ref: 4
1890*Jack Cusack pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes, Mexican novelist, is born.Ref: 70
1897*Sara Haden Galveston TX, actress (A Family Affair)Ref: 5
1900*Marcel Dalio Paris, actor (Casablanca), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Lee Strasberg (Israel Strassberg), director/instructs actors (Somewhere in the Night), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Eugene Paul Wigner, Hungarian-born physicist, is born.Ref: 2
1904*Isamu Noguchi sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Mischa Auer (Ounskowsky) actor: My Man Godfrey, Brewster's Millions, Destry Rides Again, You Can't Take It with You; is born in St Petersburg, Russia.Ref: 4
1906*Honda Motor Company founder Soichiro Honda is born the son of a blacksmith in Hamamatsu, Japan.Ref: 3
1914*-Archie Campbell Bullsgap TN, comedian (Hee Haw), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Shelby Foote, American writer, famous for his three-volume narrative on America's Civil War, is born.Ref: 2
1917 -Tiny Rowland is born.Ref: 10
1917*Jack Lescoulie Sacramento CA, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Hershy Kay Philadelphia PA, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Rock Hudson (Roy Harold Scherer Jr.) actor: McMillan and Wife, Giant, A Gathering of Eagles, Ice Station Zebra, Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk, Written on the Wind; is born in Winnetka, IL.Ref: 4
1925*Sir Charles Mackerras Schenectady NY, Australian conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Edgar White US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Sumner White US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Olympic & National Track & Field Hall of Famer: gold medalist decathlon 1948, 1952, Bob Mathias is born in Tulare CA.Ref: 4
1930*David Amram Philadelphia PA, composer (Splendor in the Grass), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Orlando (Gregorio Quevara) Pena baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds, KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, SL Cardinals, CA Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Anton Sailer Austria, skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Gary Bell baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1960, 1966], Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1967/all-star: 1968], Chicago White Sox, Seattle Pilots, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Jim (James Thomas) Brewer baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1965, 1966, 1974/all-star: 1973], CA Angels; is born.Ref: 4
1937*Peter Cook actor: Beyond the Fringe, Beyond the Fringe ?64, Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe, Bedazzled, Monte Carlo or Bust; writer: Bedazzled; is born in Torquay, England.Ref: 4
1938*Gordon Lightfoot, singer: Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; songwriter: Early Morning Rain, Ribbon of Darkness, is born in Ontario Canada. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1938*Peter Snell NZ, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960, 64), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Gene Clark singer, musician: guitar: group: The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn; New Christy Minstrels, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Martin Scorsese director: Mean Streets, The Color of Money, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn?t Live Here Anymore, New York, New York, The Last Temptation of Christ, Cape Fear, Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, is born in Queens NY.Ref: 4
1942*Bob Gaudio singer: group: The Royal Teens: Short Shorts; The Four Seasons: Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Lauren Hutton Charleston SC, model (American Gigolo, Lassiter), is born.Ref: 68
1944*Danny DeVito Emmy Award-winning actor: Taxi [1980-81]; Twins, Batman Returns, Hoffa, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Terms of Endearment, director: Throw Mama from the Train, The War of the Roses, Jack the Bear; married to actress Rhea Perlman, is born in Neptune NJ.Ref: 4
1944*Tom 'Terrific' (George Thomas) Seaver Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Mets [World Series 1969, 1973/all-star: 1967-1973, 1975, 1976/Cy Young Award: 1969, 1973, 1975], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1977, 1978, 1981], Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox; broadcaster: Reds, Mets, ABC, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is born.Ref: 4
1945*Elvin Hayes Basketball Hall of Famer: 'The Big E': San Diego/Houston Rockets, Baltimore Bullets; 5th on list of most games played in ABA/NBA; University of Houston, All America [1967, 1968], is born.Ref: 4
1946*Martin Barre musician: guitar: Jethro Tull, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Herman Weaver football: kicker: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Jaime Huelamo Spain, cyclist (Olympic-bronze-1972) drug disqualified, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Roland Matthes swimmer: Olympic Gold Medalist: 100 and 200 meter backstroke [1968, 1972], is born in East Germany.Ref: 4
1951*Charlie Davis football: Pittsburgh Steelers DT, Super Bowl IX, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Dean Paul Martin Santa Monica CA, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Roman Codreanu Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Yolanda King actress: daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., is born.Ref: 4
1955*Bill McCreary Ontario, NHL referee, is born.Ref: 5
1955*Peter Cox rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio actress: The Color of Money, The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Class Action, Consenting Adults, Scarface, is born in Oak Park IL.Ref: 4
1959*William R. Moses actor: Perry Mason, Falcon Crest, Mystic Pizza, Trial by Jury, The Perfect Wife, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1960*Personality, cross-dresser RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) is born.Ref: 24
1960*Jonathan Ross British talk show host, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Merete Van Kemp Denmark, actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Eric Olson Santa Monica CA, actress (Apple's Way), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Traci Lords fictious birth date to do porn movies (actual 5/7/68), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Pedro Luis Estrada Brooklyn NY, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Marina Tcherkasova US, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Sophie Marceau (Maupu) actress: La Boum, Pacific Palisades, Braveheart, The World is Not Enough, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is born in Paris, France.Ref: 4
1966*Daisy Fuentes model: Revlon; TV host: MTV VJ; actress: Loving, America's Funniest Home Videos, is born in Havana, Cuba.Ref: 95
1967*Ronnie DeVoe singer: groups: New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe, is born.Ref: 4
1970*Lee Starr is born (of Ringo Starr and Maureen). 
1974*Brandon Call actor (Baywatch, Blind Fury, Step by Step), is born.Ref: 5
1980*Clarke Isaac Hanson Tulsa OK, guitarist-Hanson (MMMBop)Ref: 5
375*Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, dies of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.Ref: 2
1093 Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland dies.Ref: 10
1494*Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian scholar and philosopher, dies at age 31.Ref: 70
1796*Catherine II (the Great) (Ekaterina Alekseevna), German-born empress of Russia (1762-96), dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1858*Robert Owen, Welsh manufacturer and social reformer, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1917*Sculptor August Rodin dies in Meudon, France at age 77.Ref: 5
1918*Influenza deaths reported in the United States have far exceeded World War I casualties.Ref: 2
1929*Herman Hollerith engineer, teacher, inventor: first electric tabulating machine [forerunner of the calculator], founded Tabulating Machine Company: forerunner of Computer Tabulating Recording Company [CTR]: forerunner of IBM [International Business Machines]; dies at age 69.Ref: 68
1936*Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1941*German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits sucicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.Rise and Fall of a German AceRef: 2
1959*Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian musician and composer, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1961*Benny (Benjamin Michael) Kauff baseball: NY Highlanders, Indpls Hoosiers, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, NY Giants [World Series: 1917]; led Federal League in batting [1914, 1915]; later banned from pro baseball for alleged gambling involvement; dies.Ref: 4
1962*Arthur Vining Davis CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 92 in Miami.Ref: 5
1968*Mervyn Peake, English novelist, poet, playwright and illustrator, dies at age 57.Ref: 70
1971*Dame Gladys Cooper, English actress, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1974*Erskine (Hamilton) Childers, Irish statesman and fourth president (1973-74), dies at age 68.Ref: 70
1978 Gene Tunney dies.Ref: 10
1978*Claude Dauphin actor (Paris Precinct), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1979*John Grascock of Jethro Tull, dies at 27 following heart surgery.Ref: 5
1981*Bob Eberly (Robert Eberle) singer: The Breeze and I, Besame Mucho [w/Kitty Kallen]; sang w/Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & on TV’s Top Tunes; brother of singer Ray Eberle; dies at age 65.Ref: 68
1982*Bill Baldwin announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1982*Duk Koo Kim S Korean boxer was legally declared dead.Ref: 5
1982*Ruth Donnelly comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC.Ref: 5
1985 Jimmy Ritz of Ritz brothers, dies of heart failure at 81.Ref: 5
1986*Dorothy Alexander, American ballet dancer, choreographer and founder of the Atlanta Ballet, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1986*Renault President Georges Besse is shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.Ref: 2
1986*Alan Hewitt actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1987*Irene Wicker singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81.Ref: 5
1988*Sheilah Graham gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84.Ref: 5
1990*Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, winner of Nobel prize, dies at age 75Ref: 70
1991*Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance (Jerry Van Dyke's daughter) suicides at 33Ref: 5
1997*Six militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt, killing 62 people, most of them foreign tourists. The attackers were killed by police.Ref: 70
1998*Esther Rolle Pompano Beach FL, actress (Florida-Good Times, Maude), dies.Ref: 4
1998*(Wilbur Charles) Weeb Ewbank Pro Football Hall of Famer: head coach: Baltimore Colts, dies.Ref: 4
2002*After dropping the first three contests, the American Major League team beat the Japanese stars, 4-2, to take their fourth straight victory. It is the visitors from the United States fifth straight series win, and they haven't dropped one since 1990.Ref: 1
2002 Abba Eban, the statesman who helped persuade the world to approve creation of Israel and dominated Israeli diplomacy for decades, died near Tel Aviv; he was 87.Ref: 70
2003*Arthur Conley singer: Sweet Soul Music; dies.Ref: 4

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