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

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1254*Rinaldo Conti is elected Pope Alexander IV.Ref: 69
1474*Isabella crowns herself queen of Castile & Aragon.Ref: 5
1479*Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III.Ref: 5
1493*Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily.Ref: 5
1524*Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome.Ref: 5
1527*Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice.Ref: 5
1532*The Virgin Mary appears again to the farmer Juan Diego and instructs him to take the roses from a nearby bush to the Church as proof that she has visited him.Ref: 62
1653*Barebone-parliament ends.Ref: 5
1666*The Moscow Council deposed Russian Orthodox Patriarch Nikon, 61. The church synod had sought to bring an end to the struggle between Czar Alexis and Patriarch Nikon, but the antagonism, begun as a call for liturgical reform, ultimately grew into a struggle over the relationship between church and state.Ref: 5
1712 The South Carolina colony passed a "Sunday Law" requiring "all...persons whatsoever" to attend church each Sunday, to refrain from skilled labor, and to do no traveling by horse or wagon beyond the necessary. Infractions of this law were met with a 10_shilling fine and/or a two_hour lock_up in the village stocks.Ref: 5
1769*Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee.Ref: 5
1770*(Boston Massacre) The British soldiers responsible for the "Boston Massacre" are acquitted on murder charges.Ref: 2
1787*(new state) PA was ratifed on this day as the second of the United States of America. Also one of the original 13 colonies, PA is geographically located in the keystone position in relation to the other 12 colonies, earning the nickname, the Keystone State. The state capital is Harrisburg, a city almost midway between PA’s two most well-known cites, Pittsburgh in Western PA and Philadelphia in the east. Philadelphia is also where the first Continental Congress met and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Not so famous is the state bird, the ruffed grouse and the state flower, the mountain laurel.Ref: 4
1791*Bank of the US opens.Ref: 5
1800*Washington DC established as capital of US.Ref: 5
1803*Archabald Lowry records the first will in Greene County OH.Ref: 56
1808*The Bible Society of Philadelphia was organized, the first of its kind in America. Rev. William White was elected first president of the new organization, whose purpose it was to promote and distribute the Scriptures.Ref: 5
1822*México officially recognized as an independent nation by US.Ref: 5
1858*First Canadian coins circulated (1¢, 5¢, 10¢ & 20¢).Ref: 5
1870*Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first black congressman.Ref: 70
1897*Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest Romania.Ref: 5
1899*First case of plague on Oahu HI.Ref: 5
1900*Charles M. Schwab forms the United States Steel Corporation; bringing together John Pierpont Morgan and Andrew Carnegie to create one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world.Ref: 4
1903 Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo.Ref: 5
1906*Oscar Straus, first Jewish cabinet member, appointed Secretary of Commerce.Ref: 5
1913*Hebrew language officially used to teach in Palestinian schools.Ref: 5
1913*Authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
1915*House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote.Ref: 5
1917*Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.Ref: 70
1925*Arthur Heinman coins term "motel", opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo.Ref: 5
1925*Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Cossack officer/ex-premier Rexa Shah Pahlavi takes over.Ref: 5
1927 Communists forces seize Canton, China.Ref: 2
1930*The last Allied troops withdraw from the Saar region in Germany.Ref: 2
1931*Japanese Government of Imukai forms.Ref: 5
1931 Under pressure from the Communists in Canton, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Nanking Government but remains the head of the Nationalist government that holds nominal rule over most of China.Ref: 2
1932*USSR & China resume diplomatic relations.Ref: 5
1932*Willie Sutton escapes from Sing Sing prison.Ref: 52
1937*Japanese aircraft sank the US gunboat "Panay" on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.)Ref: 70
1941*German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews.Ref: 5
1941*The ship "Struma" leaves Romania for Palestine carrying 769 Jews but is later denied permission by British authorities to allow the passengers to disembark. In February of 1942, it sails back into the Black Sea where it is intercepted by a Soviet submarine and sunk as an "enemy target."Ref: 35
1946 Tide detergent introduced.Ref: 5
1946*A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of U.N. headquarters.Ref: 70
1947*The United Mine Workers union withdraws from the American Federation of Labor.Ref: 70
1955*The largest philanthropic act in the world was announced by the Ford Foundation which gave $500,000,000 to private hospitals, colleges and medical schools.Ref: 4
1956*The United Nations calls for immediate Soviet withdrawal from Hungary.Ref: 2
1958*Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed.Ref: 5
1959*UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established.Ref: 5
1961*Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstrators arrested in Albany GA.Ref: 5
1962*US performs nuclear test at NV Test Site.Ref: 5
1963*Argentina asks for extradition of ex-President Peron.Ref: 5
1963*Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK.Ref: 5
1963*Jomo Kenyatta becomes Prime Minister of Kenya.Ref: 10
1964 Kenya becomes a republic.Ref: 2
1964*Three Buddhist leaders begin a hunger strike to protest the government in Saigon.Ref: 2
1968*US performs nuclear test at NV Test Site.Ref: 5
1970*USSR performs underground nuclear test.Ref: 5
1970*Polish government proclaims price rise.Ref: 5
1971*A federal grand jury indicts Reverand Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger.Ref: 5
1973*Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins).Ref: 5
1974*Pope Paul VI announced his intention of canonizing Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774_1821), who had founded the first free Catholic school in the U.S. as well as the religious order known as the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.Ref: 5
1975*Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.Ref: 70
1975*Chrysler Corp offers first car rebates.Ref: 5
1979*Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce.Ref: 5
1979*In response to the Iran hostage crisis, the Carter administration ordered the removal of most Iranian diplomats in the United States.Ref: 6
1980*The U.S. Congress amended the Copyright Act in 1980 to explicitly recognize that computer programs were protected as literary works.Ref: 4
1981 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982.Ref: 5
1982*$9,800,000 in cash stolen from money transport car in NY NY.Ref: 5
1983*A truck bomb explodes at the US Embassy in Kuwait.Ref: 5
1986*South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested.Ref: 5
1987*Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training.Ref: 5
1988*PLO leader Yasser Arafat accepts Israel's right to exist.Ref: 5
1988*NYC Subway system adds new stations (the Z line).Ref: 5
1990*US accuses Iraq of dragging its feet on dates for talks.Ref: 5
1990*US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell leaves Kuwait.Ref: 5
1991 Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community.Ref: 5
1991*Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection.Ref: 5
1992*Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada.Ref: 5
1992*6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000).Ref: 5
1993*Ultra-Nationalists make strong gains in Russian elections.Ref: 5
1993*WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in New York NY.Ref: 5
1993*Elections of first Federal Assembly of Russia and referendum to ratify Russian ConstitutionRef: 89
1993 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Leader Yasser Arafat fail to resolve disputes over a plan to start withdrawing Israeli troops from the Gzaz Strip and Jericho before a deadline. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
1995*Israeli PM Shimon Peres address both house of US congress.Ref: 5
1995*Willie Brown beats incumbent mayor Frank Jordon to become the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.Ref: 2
1995*Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote).Ref: 5
1995*Pope John Paul II begins visit to Southeast Asia.Ref: 5
1996*Assassination attempt on Uday (Iraqi's heir to Sadam Hussain).Ref: 5
1997*TWA 800 hearings end in Baltimore MD.Ref: 5
1997*SWAT team shoots John E Armstrong in Florida, freeing 2 young hostages.Ref: 5
1997*Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Convicted, he is serving a life prison sentence.)Ref: 70
1998*The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton. The case was submitted to the full House.Ref: 70
1998*President Clinton begins a three-day visit to the Middle East aimed at rescuing the Wye River Peace Accords. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
2000*The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines.Ref: 70
2000*A divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded defeat to Republican George W. Bush the following day.Ref: 70
2001*A 7.1 earthquake hits south of Australia.Ref: 85
2001 Yasser Arafat bowed to long-standing Israeli demands by ordering closed the offices of the militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad.Ref: 70
2002*North Korea clains to reactivate its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon that were frozen under the 1994 deal with the US. (WSJ, p A4, 7/22/2003)Ref: 33
2002*President GW Bush publicly rebukes Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott for his statement that appeared to embrace the half-century old segregationist politics, calling it "offensive" and "wrong". (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
2002*President GW Bush names Wall Street investment banker Stephen Friedman to head his National Economic Council, replacing Lawrence Lindsey, who'd been ousted along with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
1803*Lewis and Clark make winter camp at River Dubois, IL, outside St. Louis. (Time, p 44, 7/08/2002) 
1871*Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum.Ref: 5
1896*Marconi gives first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.Ref: 10
1899*George F Grant of Boston, first black graduate of Harvard College, and a dentist) patents the wooden golf tee.Ref: 5
1901*Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John's Newfoundland.Ref: 2
1915*First all-metal aircraft (Junkers J.1) test flown at Dessau Germany.Ref: 5
1953*Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane.Ref: 5
1955*First prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell.Ref: 5
1957*Major Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo.Ref: 5
1957*US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond).Ref: 5
1961*Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36.Ref: 5
1967*US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit.Ref: 5
1970*Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays.Ref: 5
1985*NASA launches space vehicle S-207.Ref: 5
1986*Microlite aircraft circles world non-stop.Ref: 5
1986*24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched.Ref: 5
1997*Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world speed record at 332 MPH.Ref: 5
627 After 6 years of war, Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Perzen's Persian army at Nineveh in final battle.Ref: 5
1098*First Crusaders capture & plunder Mara Syria.Ref: 5
1677 Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin.Ref: 5
1715*Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund.Ref: 5
1753*George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivers an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio River valley.Ref: 2
1804*Spain declares war on Britain at France's instigation.Ref: 10
1862*The Union loses its first ship to a torpedo, USS Cairo, in the Yazoo River.Ref: 2
1862*Battle of Dumfries VA.Ref: 5
1863*Orders are given in Richmond, Virginia, that no more supplies from the Union should be received by Federal prisoners.Ref: 2
1915*Aristide Briand forms French war government.Ref: 5
1915*Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia.Ref: 5
1916*Germans issue peace note suggesting compromise peace. 
1930 The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.Ref: 2
1936*Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan.Ref: 5
1941*Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk.Ref: 5
1941*European reservists on Java mobilize.Ref: 4
1942*German offensive in South Western Stalingrad.Ref: 5
1943*The German Army launches Operation Winter Tempest, the relief of the Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad.Ref: 2
1943*The exiled Czech government signs a treaty with the Soviet Union for postwar cooperation.Ref: 2
1967*The United States ends the airlift of 6,500 men in Vietnam.Ref: 2
1991*US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq.Ref: 5
1995*Two French airmen shot down over Bosnia arrive in home after nearly four months as captives of the Bosnian Serbs. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2000)Ref: 83
1913*The Reds trade outfielder Bob Bescher to the Giants for Buck Herzog. Herzog will play shortstop and will manage the team replacing Joe Tinker.Ref: 1
1930*Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, when a ball bounces into stands now a double, not a homerun.Ref: 5
1933*The A's swap Lefty Grove, Rube Wallberg and Max Bishop to the Red Sox for Bob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000.Ref: 1
1937*Washington Redskins win NFL championship.Ref: 5
1941*The Dodgers obtain Arky Vaughn from the Pirates for Luke Hamlin, Jimmy Wasdell and Babe Phelps.Ref: 1
1948*Michigan State is admitted to the Western Conference; making it the Big 10 Conference once again.Ref: 4
1949*American League votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball.Ref: 5
1950*The owners vote to drop the bonus and high school rule which was designed to prevent the wealthier clubs from buying up all of the available talent. The rule required all 'bonus' players had to stay on the major league roster one season in the minors.Ref: 1
1950*16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB).Ref: 5
1952*Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team.Ref: 5
1959*At 22 years and 104 days of age, Bruce McLaren became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix race as he earned first place at Sebring, Florida.Ref: 4
1964*Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes.Ref: 5
1965*Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record.Ref: 5
1966*Voting 4 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin's suit to block the Braves move to Atlanta.Ref: 1
1968*Arthur Ashe becomes first black to be ranked #1 in tennis.Ref: 5
1969*Bill Toomey (track and field) achieves world record-score (8417 points).Ref: 5
1973*San Diego files anti-trust against National League (stopping Padres move to DC).Ref: 5
1975*The Tigers trade pitcher Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton.Ref: 1
1976*QB Joe Namath's last game as a NY Jet.Ref: 5
1977*Yankees purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves.Ref: 5
1979*Re-entry free agents second baseman Rennie Stennett, catcher Milt May and outfielder Jim Wohlford sign with the Giants. The combined total of the contracts is nearly $5 million.Ref: 1
1981*Wayne Gretsky scores quickest 50th goal (game 39).Ref: 5
1982*Joanne Carner/John Mahaffey win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1982*57th Australian Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (63 26 63).Ref: 5
1983*Football’s Jim Brown showed up in Sports Illustrated again. This time, he was not on the cover as in September, 1960, but inside the magazine -- a record span of more than 23 years between spreads, as they say in the publishing biz.Ref: 4
1986*The LA Lakers beat the Boston Celtics, 117-110, to become the first visiting team to win at the old Boston Garden since December, 1985 -- a streak of 48 straight wins for the Celtics.Ref: 4
1986*James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith became the first college graduate to win the world heavyweight boxing crown when he TKO's WBA champion Tim Witherspoon at Madison Square Garden.Ref: 4
1987*Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game.Ref: 5
1987 Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers.Ref: 5
1987*OK sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary.Ref: 5
1988*Sandra Miller of New York sues boxer Mike Tyson for allegedly grabbing her, propositioning her and insulting her at a nightclub. A jury later finds Tyson guilty of battery, fining him only $100.Ref: 98
1991*New Jersey Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81.Ref: 5
1991*Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test.Ref: 5
1992*58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami FL (QB).Ref: 5
1992*NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals.Ref: 5
1995*NBA referees return to work after striking.Ref: 5
1996*Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou.Ref: 5
1997*Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin.Ref: 5
1997*Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract.Ref: 5
1997*Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated.Ref: 5
1997*Tiger Woods wins Mercedes ChampionshipsRef: 5
1998*After being given his last rites, Joe DiMaggio makes a miraculous recovery defying the doctors dire predictions.Ref: 1
1998*In a deal which upsets many other owners, pitcher Kevin Brown (18-7) becomes baseball's first 100+ million dollar man as he signs a seven-year deal with the Dodgers for an average yearly salary of 15 million dollars.Ref: 1
1792*In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (21) receives first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn. The fee was 19¢.Ref: 5
1878*Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch".Ref: 5
1897*"The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the NY Journal.Ref: 70
1900*National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing" is composed.Ref: 5
1904*CMS McClellans "Leah Kleschna" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1912*R Friml/O Harbachs musical "Firefly" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1920 Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1926 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's first Pianoconcert.Ref: 5
1928*Nichols/Brownes "Wings over Europe" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1929*George Gershwin first conducts "An American in Paris"at Carnegie Hall.Ref: 10
1932*S N Behrmans "Biography" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1937*NBC & RCA sends first mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY.Ref: 5
1937 The Federal Communications Commission was a bit upset with NBC radio. The FCC scolded the radio network for a skit that starred Mae West. The satirical routine was based on the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and, well, it got a bit out of hand. So, following its scolding by the FCC, NBC banned Miss West from its airwaves for 15 years. Even the mere mention of her name on NBC was a no-no.Ref: 4
1957*Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his first wife, Jane Mitcham.Ref: 5
1961*Former big band singer (with Kay Kyser) Mike Douglas began a variety TV show from Cleveland. The show became most successful when KYW-TV moved from Cleveland to Philadelphia. Then, when the Douglas show left Philly for Hollywood, it folded. All things considered, it was a successful syndication effort, nationally, for Westinghouse Productions.Ref: 4
1963*Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped.Ref: 5
1963*John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album became the fastest-selling record of all time when 4 million copies of the disk, each selling for 99 cents, were sold in six days -- between December 7-12. The memorial tribute was recorded November 22, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.Ref: 4
1964*Shooting starts for the "Star Trek" pilot, "The Cage" (Menagerie).Ref: 5
1965*Beatles last Great Britain concert (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff Wales).Ref: 5
1965*Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St & Amsterdam Ave NYC.Ref: 5
1968*Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus" it never airs.Ref: 5
1969*"Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres.Ref: 5
1974*"Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1.Ref: 5
1980*Oil tycoon Armand Hammer bought a notebook of writings by Leonardo da Vinci for $5.28 million at auction in London. It was the highest price ever paid for a manuscript. It was 36 pages long and dated back to 1508.Ref: 4
1981*"1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances.Ref: 5
1981*"Dynasty", a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, starring Joan Collins, premieres on ABC-TV.Ref: 5
1982*"Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances.Ref: 5
1984*The group known as Band Aid -- 38 of Britain's top rock musicians -- recorded Do They Know It's Christmas? for Ethiopian famine victims. Despite best of intentions, much of food raised never got to starving Ethiopians. In fact, much of it was found rotting docks, not fit human consumption.Ref: 4
1988 Three Van Gogh paintings valued at $60 million stolen from Otterlo Museum in The Netherlands.Ref: 10
1991*Actor Richard Gere marries super model Cindy Crawford.Ref: 5
1992*The soundtrack from the movie The Bodyguard was the #1 album in the U.S. A smash, as they say, it was number one for twenty weeks. The track listing: I Will Always Love You, I Have Nothing, I’m Every Woman, Run to You, Queen of the Night, Jesus Loves Me, all by Whitney Houston; Even If My Heart Would Break, by Kenny G & Aaron Neville; Someday (I’m Coming Back), by Lisa Stansfield; It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day, by The S.O.U.L S.Y.S.T.E.M.; Peace, Love And Understanding (What's So Funny ’Bout), by Curtis Stigers; Theme from The Bodyguard, by Alan Silvestri; and Trust in Me, by Joe Cocker featuring Sass Jordan.Ref: 4
1992*Julia Kurotchkina, 18, of Russia, crowned 42nd Miss World.Ref: 5
1992*13th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 27 awards.Ref: 5
1993*"Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances.Ref: 5
1995*CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31.Ref: 5
1995*The International Olympic Committee announced that NBC had successfully bid a record $2.3 billion for the exclusive U.S. TV (broadcast and cable) rights to the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games and the 2006 Winter Games. $894 million is for the 2008 games alone. And the deal calls for a 50-50 revenue sharing program with the IOC.Ref: 4
1997*Federal judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him.Ref: 5
2002*Actor Nick Nolte pleads "no contest" in Malibu CA to one count of driving under the influence of drugs. His is sentenced to three years probation. (XDG, p 4A, 12/12/2003)Ref: 83
1483 Hendrik van Nassau-Dillenburg en Dietz Governor/Viceroy of Holland, is born.Ref: 5
1526*Alvaro de Bazan Santa Cruz, Spanish naval commander, is born.Ref: 70
1560*Maximilien de B‚thune duke of Sully/baron of Rosny/PM of France, is born.Ref: 5
1574*Anne van Denemarken daughter of Danish King Frederik II, is born.Ref: 5
1574 Aelim II Sultan of Turkey is born.Ref: 10
1579*Heinrich Steuccius composer, is born.Ref: 5
1580*Jean Baptiste van Helmont Belgian chemist, (found boiling point temperature), is born.Ref: 5
1630*Olof Rudbeck composer, is born.Ref: 5
1660*Peter Rabus poet/translator (Liberated Britanje), is born.Ref: 5
1673*Ahmed III 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30), is born.Ref: 5
1685*Lodovico Giustini composer, is born.Ref: 5
1712*Charles Alexander Duke of Lotharingen, is born.Ref: 5
1715*Gennaro Manna composer, is born.Ref: 5
1729*Edmund Burke British author (Philosophy & Inquiry), is born.Ref: 5
1735*Erasmus Darwin, British poet, physician, grandfather of Charles, is born.Ref: 68
1745*(US Supreme Court Justice) John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is born.Ref: 4
1792 Alexandros Ypsilanti Greek resistance fighter, is born.Ref: 5
1805*William Garrison poet, journalist: editor: National Philanthropist; antislavery activist: publisher: The Liberator; is born.Ref: 68
1805*Henry Wells founder (American Express Company & Wells Fargo & Company), is born.Ref: 5
1806*Stand Watie Indian Chief: Cherokee; signer of the Treaty of Echota; brigadier general: first Cherokee regiment for the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War; is born.Ref: 4
1818*Paul Octave Hebert Brigadier-General (Confederate Army, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Gustave Flaubert Rouen Normandy France, novelist (Madame Bovary), is born.Ref: 5
1830*Joseph Orville Shelby Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), is born.Ref: 5
1832*Abraham C Wertheim Dutch banker/MP (liberal), is born.Ref: 5
1833 Matthias Hohner German manufacturer (harmonica), is born.Ref: 5
1835*Georges Jean Pfeiffer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1838*Sherburne W Burnham US, astronomer (binary stars), is born.Ref: 5
1848 William Vanderbilt yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup), is born.Ref: 5
1849 Sir Marc Isambard Brunel is born.Ref: 10
1850 Wide, Wide World, the novel by Elizabeth Wetherell (whose real name was Susan Warner), was published on this day. The book was called a bestseller by many folks; the first bestseller in America. There were 14 editions printed during the first two years of publication.Ref: 4
1859*Edward Bradley horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), is born.Ref: 5
1859*Maurice Donnay French playwright (Lovers), is born.Ref: 5
1862*Daniel Hal‚vy French historian/writer (La fin des notables), is born.Ref: 5
1863*Edvard Munch, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream), is born.Ref: 5
1864*Arthur Garfield Brisbane, American editor and writer, is born.Ref: 70
1866*Alfred Werner Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Albert Payson Terhune, US novelist, is born.Ref: 17
1874*Volter A Kilpi Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa), is born.Ref: 5
1875*Desiderius A Stracke Flemish jesuit/literature historian, is born.Ref: 5
1875 Karl R G von Rundstedt German general-fieldmarshal (Normandy), is born.Ref: 5
1875*Aleister Edward S Crowley, British occultist, is born in Leamington, England.Ref: 68
1876*Alvin Kraenzlein, American Olympic athlete; first competitor to win four gold medals in a single Olympics, is born.Ref: 70
1879*Friedrich Christiansen nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherlands, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Laura Hope Crews US, actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind), is born.Ref: 5
1879*Percy Fletcher composer, is born.Ref: 5
1881*Arthur Garfield Hays, American lawyer and defender of civil liberties, is born.Ref: 70
1882*Akiba Rubinstein Polish chess player (openings theory), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Owen Moore County Meath Ireland, actor (She Done Him Wrong), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Kurt Magnus Atterberg composer, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Vaclav Stepan composer, is born.Ref: 5
1893*Edward G. Robinson (Emmanuel Goldenberg) actor: Soylent Green, MacKenna’s Gold, The Prize, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Kid Galahad, Barbary Coast, Little Caesar, Scarlet Street; is born.Ref: 17
1896*Eslanda Goode US anthropology/author under Paul RobesonRef: 5
1897*Lillian Smith, Southern writer and civil rights activist, is born.Ref: 2
1902*Howard Koch screenwriter, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Enid Balint-Edmonds psychoanalyst, is born.Ref: 5
1906*William C Pahlmann interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, New York NY), is born.Ref: 5
1907 F van Heek Dutch sociologist, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Fred Elizalde composer, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Roy Douglas composer, is born.Ref: 5
1909*Armand H F Boni the Good One, Flemish poet/writer, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Anna Russell composer, is born.Ref: 5
1911 Jules Dassin is born.Ref: 10
1912*Yusef Bedri educationist, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Featherweight, lightweight and welterweight boxing champion Henry Armstrong (Henry Jackson) is born in Columbus MS.Ref: 97
1913*Winston Burdett newscaster: CBS: “I don’t want to be quoted, and don’t quote me that I don’t want to be quoted.”, is born.Ref: 4
1913*Jesse Owens US, track star (4 golds 1936), spoiled Hitler's Olympics, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Hal Dickinson singer (Modernaires), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Eve Lister actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Stanley Bate composer, is born.Ref: 5
1914 Edqard John Gurney politician, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Frank Sinatra Hoboken NJ, singer/actor (old blue eyes/chairman of board), is born.Ref: 5
1915 Ernest Armstrong miner/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Joseph Roy George Ralston pilot, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Curt Jurgens, German actor, is born.Ref: 17
1917 Edward Firth Henderson arabist, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Heinrich B”ll Germany, writer (Group Portrait with Lady, Nobel '72), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Joe Williams Cordele GA, jazz singer (Everyday I Have the Blues), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Nilda Pinto [NM Geerdink-Jesurun P] Cura‡ao writer (Nanzi), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Arthur R Hawkins US pilot/captain (WWII, downed 14 jap planes), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Bob Barker Darrington WA, game show emcee (Price is Right), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Edward I Koch NY NY, (Mayor-D-NY, 1977-89)/judge (People's Court), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Francis Miroglio composer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Nevit Kodali composer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Olivier Gendebien Belgian auto racer, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Cora Lee Johnson social activist for rural poor, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Honor Blackman actress: Conspirator, Jason and the Argonauts, Goldfinger, Twinky, To the Devil a Daughter, is born.Ref: 4
1927*Robert Norton Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit.Ref: 2
1928*Dan Blocker actor: Bonanza, Cimarron City, Come Blow Your Horn, Lady in Cement, Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County; is born.Ref: 68
1928*Helen Frankenthaler NY NY, abstract expressionist artist (Arden), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Aitmatow writer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Lonesome Sundown blues singer/guitarist, is born.Ref: 5
1929*John (James) Osborne Academy Award-winning playwright: Tom Jones [1963] is born.Ref: 4
1930*Friedrich Voss composer, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Lionel Blair Montr‚al, choreographer (Spotlight), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Bob Pettit Basketball Hall of Famer: St. Louis Hawks: Rookie of the Year [1954-55], MVP Award [1956, 1959]; the first NBA player to score 20,000 points; NBA Silver Anniversary Team [1971]; NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team [1996], is born.Ref: 4
1934*Habib Hassan Touma composer, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Al Harrington Pago Pago American Samoa, actor (Ben Kokua-Hawaii 5-0), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Wally Dallenbach auto racer: Fastest Ontario 100 Indy racer [1973]Ref: 4
1936*Iolanda Balas Romania, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Bengt Emil Johnson composer, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero) Newark NJ, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Joel Chadabe composer, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Dionne Warwick East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Shirley Englehorn LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Dionne Warwick Grammy Award-winning singerRef: 4
1941*Tim Hauser jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Liesbeth List Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Robert Covington drummer/singer, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Terry Kirkman Salina KS, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Mike Heron rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Mike Pindar musician: keyboards: group: The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin; solo: LP: Thomas from Mighty Oaks, The Promise, Hopes Dreams and Wishes, is born in Birmingham England.Ref: 4
1943*Mike Smith musician: organs, singer: group: The Dave Clark Five, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Grover Washington Jr jazz artist (Mr Magic), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Dave Munden rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Dickey Betts West Palm Beach FL, guitarist (Allman Brothers-Ramblin' Man), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Ralph Garr baseball: Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1974], Chicago White Sox, CA Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Alan Ward rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Karl Edward Wagner US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Leslie Holbert LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Susi Hush TV producer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Tony Williams jazz musician, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), is born.Ref: 5
1946*George Santo Pietro husband of Vanna White, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Clive Bunker musician: drums: group: Jethro Tull, is bornRef: 4
1946*Gloria Loring (Goff) actress: Days of Our Lives; singer: Friends & Lovers [w/ Carl Anderson], is born.Ref: 4
1946*Marlous Fluitsma actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Ralph Scala rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Ray Jackson rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1949*Ricardo Luís Carreras NY NY, bantamweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-1972), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Paul Rodgers musician: piano, vocals: Cut Loose; groups: Free, Bad Company, The Firm, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Billy Smith Ontario, NHL goaltender (NY Islanders), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Caren Kaye NY NY, actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Steven Alan Hawley Ottawa KS, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, STS 61-C, STS 31, STS 82), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Rubin Carter football: Denver Broncos defensive tackle: Super Bowl XIIRef: 4
1952*Cathy Rigby McCoy Los Alamitos CA, gymnast (Olympics-4th-1968, 1972), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Sarah Douglas England, actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Neil Peart rocker (Rush), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Rafael Septien football: Dallas Cowboys kicker: Super Bowl XIII, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Bruce Kulick Brooklyn NY, rocker (Kiss-Beth, Rock and Roll All Nite), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Lenore Rittenhouse Honolulu HI, LPGA golfer (1983 United Virginia Bank), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Sondra Theodore San Bernadino CA, playmate (July, 1977), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Ana Alicia Ortiz Mexico City, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Cy Curnin London England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Sheila E[scovedo] San Franciso CA, disco drummer (Krushgrove, Holly Rock), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Leo Kenter Dutch drummer (Tr”ckener Kecks-More! More! More!), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Sheree J Wilson Rochester MN, actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Scott D Vangen Granite Falls MN, astronaut, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Paul Rutherford singer: group: Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax!, Two Tribes, The Power of Love, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Belouis Some rocker (Neville Keighley-Some People), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Jaap van Sweden Dutch violinist/concert master, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Dale Sanderson CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Holly Gagnier Los Angeles CA, actress (One Life to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Ray Brown NFL guard (Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Tracy Austin International Tennis Hall of Famer: US Open [and youngest] Singles champion [1979 and 1981]; youngest player to enter Wimbledon; AP Female Athlete of the Year [1979, 1981]; first siblings to win Wimbledon mixed doubles championship [w/brother John] [1980], is born in Rolling Hills CA.Ref: 4
1963*Edvard Munch, Norwegian artist (The Scream)., is born.Ref: 2
1963*Teresa Blake Tuscaloosa AL, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Rockin' Jeff rocker (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Haywood Jeffires NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Laurie Grover-Tavares Newark NJ, biathlete (Olympics-1994), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Cheryl Dickey Houston TX, 100 meter hurdler, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Jim Sandlak Kitchener, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), is born.Ref: 5
1967*David Szott NFL guard (KS City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1967*John Randle NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Tatianna, Philadelphia PA, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Chris Walsh NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Kurt Schulz safety (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Ray Ethridge wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Carrie Westcott Mission Hills KS, playmate (September 1993), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Courtney Hawkins NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Doug Terry NFL/WLAF safety (KS City Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Frank Dikstaal soccer player (MVV), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Jane Robinson Australian rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Kris Wirtz Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Sebastian Savage WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jennifer Connelly Brooklyn Heights NY, actress (Labyrinth, Rocketeer), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Ivano Newbill NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Madchen Amick Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Orlando Brown NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Becky Sunshine [Rebekah Jayne Hunter] Arkansas, Miss Nude CA (1993), is born.Ref: 5
1971*John Sacca WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Tito Wooten NFL safety (NY Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Toni Hodgkinson Auckland New Zealand, 800 meter (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Missy Francis Los Angeles CA, actress (Little House on the Prairie), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Greg Randolph Denver CO, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jamal Willis NFL running back (San Francisco 49ers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*John Walsh NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Kara Williams Miss TX USA (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Oliver Quass WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Reinard Wilson linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Stanley Pritchett running back (Miami Dolphins), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Mayim Winkelman Bialik, San Diego CA, actress (Blossom, Beaches), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Bridget Hall supermodel: on over 60 International covers, listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the top ten moneymaking Supermodels of the world, is born in Dallas TX.Ref: 4
1978*Derrick Delmore Camp Springs MD, figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champion)Ref: 5
884*Carloman co-king of France (879, 882-884), dies.Ref: 5
1112*Tancred monarch of Galilea/Edessa/Antioch, dies.Ref: 5
1263*Hakon IV Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies.Ref: 5
1600*John Craig Scottish church reformer/James VI's court vicar, dies.Ref: 5
1677 Jacob Binckes/Benckes Dutch admiral (Chatham), dies in battle.Ref: 5
1772*Johann Gottfried Seyfert composer, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1777*Reverend Benjamin Russen executed at Tyburn, England for rape.Ref: 5
1777*Albrecht Von Haller, Swiss biologist experimental physiology (Acad of Science), dies at age 69.Ref: 70
1788*Joseph Gibbs composer, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1812*John Malchair composer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1836*Giuseppe Farinelli composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1843*Willem I Frederik King of Netherlands (1814-40), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1872 Willem A Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1872*Labrador Duck species becomes extinct;hunter shoots last one over Long Island, New York.Ref: 10
1877*José M de Alencar, Brazilian journalist, novelist and playwright, dies at age 48.Ref: 70
1878*The last Labrador Duck killed.Ref: 62
1880*Michel Chasles French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83.Ref: 5
1889*Robert Browning English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1903*Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown PA, killing 170.Ref: 5
1912*Luitpold von Bayern prince-regent of Bayern, dies at 91.Ref: 5
1914*Watkins Lewis black man lynched in Shreveport LA.Ref: 5
1916*Avalanche in Marmolada, Switzerland kills 235 Austrian & Italian troops in their barracks. Between 40,000 and 80,000 will lose their lives between 1915 and 1918 in avalanches in hostilities during World War I.Ref: 81
1917*Worst train disaster (derailment near mouth of Mount Cenis tunnel) ever (Modane France-543 French troops killed). (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 5
1920*Olive Schreiner South Afr writer (Healing Imagination), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1920*Paul Lacome composer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1921*Henrietta Leavitt cepheid period-luminosity relation discover, dies.Ref: 5
1922*George William Norris, US politician, dies.Ref: 10
1922*John Wanamaker, American businessman; founded Wanamaker department stores, dies at age 84.Ref: 17
1923*Raymond Radiguet French journalist/writer (Ball du Comte), dies at 20.Ref: 5
1926*Jean Richepin French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1927*Heinrich Reitsch composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1932*Egon Richter writer, dies.Ref: 5
1933*Theodore Moses Tobani composer, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1937*Alfred Abel actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57.Ref: 5
1939*Soviet prison ship Indigirka, carrying 2,500 prisoners capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 2,470 die.Ref: 5
1939*Douglas Fairbanks actor (Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56.Ref: 68
1945*Special Court of justice convicts NSB-leader Mussert to death.Ref: 5
1946*Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building & burying 38.Ref: 5
1946*Johannes L "Jan" Walch Dutch literary (Abelard & Helo‹se), dies at 67.Ref: 5
1947*Julio A Peixoto Brazilian writer (Fruta do Mato), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1950*Peter Fraser, New Zealand labor leader and prime minister (1940-9), dies at age 66.Ref: 2
1956*Lorenzo Perosi composer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1957*Robert Frank Kurka composer, dies at 35.Ref: 5
1959*Russell Simpson actor (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1961 Daiun Sogaku Harada Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91.Ref: 5
1962*Yekaterina Geltzer, Russian ballerina, dies at age 86.Ref: 70
1962*Sid Saylor actor (Wally-Waterfront), dies at 67.Ref: 5
1965*Johnny Lee actor (Calhoun-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 67.Ref: 5
1966*Heraklion: Greek passenger ferry foundered in heavy seas near Crete; 241 dead.Ref: 85
1968*Tallulah Bankhead actress (All Star Revue), dies of pneumonia at 65.Ref: 5
1969*Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed.Ref: 5
1970 Louis Zimmer Flem clock maker (Jubelklok, Wonder Clock), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1971*Jack Barnhill Northern Ireland senator, assassinated.Ref: 5
1971*Frank Wolff actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), suicide at 43.Ref: 5
1971*John A Emmens art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47.Ref: 5
1971*David Sarnoff, Russian-born American C.E.O. of R.C.A. and N.B.C., dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1975*Gas stove explodes & starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia).Ref: 5
1976*Jack [John Joseph Edward] Cassidy actor (Oscar-He & She, Eiger Sanction), dies in fire at 49.Ref: 5
1977*Clementine O Spencer-Churchill (Hozier) British baroness, dies at 92.Ref: 5
1978*Clifton Chenier US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1978*Fay Compton actress (Othello), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1985*An Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, killing 248 American soldiers and eight crew members.Ref: 70
1985*Anne Baxter actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1985*Ian Stewart keyboardist/road manager (Rolling Stones), dies at 47.Ref: 5
1986*Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed.Ref: 5
1986*Jack (John Joseph Edward) Cassidy actor: The Eiger Sanction, The Andersonville Trial; Broadway’s She Loves Me; David and Shaun’s father; Shirley Jones’ husband; is killed in a fire.Ref: 4
1987*Louis de Meester composer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1988*3 trains collide in London, 40 die.Ref: 5
1988*John Canning NY Post managing editor, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1988*Morris (King) Udall politician: U.S. Congressman from Arizona; dies.Ref: 4
1991*Eleanor Boardman actor (Crowd), dies in at 93.Ref: 5
1991*Ken Keltner US baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1991*Lex Karsemeijer Dutch tenor/choral director (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies.Ref: 5
1992*Rube (Albert Bluford) Walker, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and LA Dodgers, dies.Ref: 4
1992*Bernard Lievegoed Dutch doctor/psychiatrist/author (Free College), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1993*Jozsef Antall historian/premier of Hungary (1990-93), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1993 Gerard "G‚" Nabrink Dutch anarchist/NVSH-founder, dies at 90.Ref: 5
1993*Jeremiah Sullivan actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58.Ref: 5
1994*Stuart A "Smokey" Roosa, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at age 61.Ref: 5
1994*Antoine Pinay French PM (1952)/foreign minister, dies at 102.Ref: 5
1994*Donna J. Stone poet, dies of heart failure at 61.Ref: 5
1994*Herman H Felderhof radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83.Ref: 5
1994*John Edward Caulwell Hearne writer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1994*Bob Horen dies of cancer at 67.Ref: 5
1995*Andrew Olle broadcaster, dies at 48.Ref: 5
1995*David Lincoln Lightbown politician, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1995*David Saul Marshall diplomat lawyer/politician, dies at 97.Ref: 5
1995*James Altgens JFK assassination photographer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1995*Lindsay Oliver John Boynton furniture historian, dies.Ref: 5
1995*Mary Bruce dance Teacher, dies at 95.Ref: 5
1995*Mohyedin Alempour tajik artist/journalist, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1996*Larry Gates actor: Toys in the Attic; dies.Ref: 4
1996*Gerald Ian Lacey architect/town planner, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1996 Jack Perry businessman, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1996 Jean-Pierre Guerlain cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91.Ref: 5
1996*Michael Geoffrey Corcos medical researcher, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1996*Vance Oakley Packard writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82Ref: 5
1997*Jean Writer-Edern Hallier dies at 60.Ref: 5
1998*Former U.S. Representative Morris K. Udall died in Washington D.C. at age 76.Ref: 70
1998*Florida Governor Lawton Chiles died in Tallahassee at age 68.Ref: 70
1999*Author of "Catch-22" Joseph Heller dies in his home in East Hampton NY at age 76.Ref: 70
2000*George Montgomery (Letz) actor: Battle of the Bulge, The Texas Rangers, Young People, Cimarron City; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Kearis Bonham, 6, of Prichard, AL, is killed by a bullet intended for police, when police are called into an ambush on a false complaint. Seven people are charged in capital murder. (USA Today, p 3A, 1/21/2002)Ref: 13

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