Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
December 13th

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863 Boudouin with the Iron Arm weds Charles de Kales' daughter Judith.Ref: 5
1294*Pope St. Celestine V abdicates the papacy.Ref: 69
1545*Pope Paul III opens council of Trente. Ref 
1621 Emperor Ferdinand II delegates first anti-Reformation decree.Ref: 5
1621*Under the care of Robert Cushman, the first American furs to be exported from the continent leave for England aboard the Fortune.Ref: 3
1734*England & Russia sign trade agreement.Ref: 5
1742 Willem KH Friso tests his mothers potatoes.Ref: 5
1759*First music store in America opens (Philadelphia).Ref: 5
1769*Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, receives its charter.Ref: 70
1789*The National Guard is created in France.Ref: 2
1789*Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium.Ref: 10
1816*The Provident Institution for Savings, the nation's first savings bank, is chartered for operation.Ref: 3
1823 Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London.Ref: 5
1856*Contracts are obtained from the firm of Horton and Macy to construct an iron fence around the Greene County (Ohio) courthouse. (XDG, p 6A, 5/27/2003)Ref: 83
1878*The Australian Government increases the reward to £1000 on each of the Kelly Gang outlaws. Now for the first time Stephen Hart and Joseph Byrne were named as part of the Kelly Gang. Ref 
1878*First electric street lighting in London switched on by Paris company.Holborn viaduct first to get lit.Ref: 10
1879*First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington DE).Ref: 5
1889*Belgium rules on women/child labor law.Ref: 5
1900 Battle at Nooitgedacht: Generals The la Rey/Smuts beat Britten.Ref: 5
1902 The Committee of Imperial Defense holds its first meeting in London.Ref: 2
1906*German chancellor Bernhard von Bülow disbands the Parliament.Ref: 5
1907 German emperor Wilhelm II visits Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1908 The Dutch take two Venezuelan Coast Guard ships.Ref: 2
1913 The Mona Lisa, stolen two years earlier, is recovered undamaged.Vincenzo Perugia, was arrested for the theft.Ref: 4
1918*President Wilson aboard the liner George Washington arrives at Brest, France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.Ref: 5
1920 Netherlands breaks contact with kingdoms of Serbia, Croatia & Slavia.Ref: 5
1920*League of nations establishes International Court of Justice in The Hague.Ref: 5
1930*Theodore Steeg forms French government.Ref: 5
1931*(through the 28th) Mount Merapi, Java erupts.Ref: 81
1938*Los Angeles freezes at 28ºF.Ref: 5
1939*The first production Lincoln Continental is finished.Ref: 3
1945*France and Britain agree to quit Syria and Lebanon.Ref: 2
1946*Léon Blum elected French premier.Ref: 5
1947*Maine Turnpike opens to traffic.Ref: 5
1949 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capitol to Jerusalem.Ref: 5
1951*Future British PM Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher.Ref: 5
1951*After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers.Ref: 2
1958*Ahmed Mukhtar Baban premier of Iraq, is sentenced to death. The death sentence was later commuted to life in prison, ans was pardoned in 1963. He died in Bonn, Germany in 1977. (Re: email from his grandson, Mohammed H. Al-Naib, 4/09/2003) 
1961*Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann.Ref: 5
1964*In El Paso TX, LBJ & Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-México border.Ref: 5
1965 Algerian President Boumédienne visits Moscow.Ref: 5
1966*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1968*President Da Costa e Silva of Brazil disbands parliament/grabs power.Ref: 5
1968*President Lyon B. Johnson and Mexico's President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz meet on a bridge at El Paso, TX, to officiate at ceremonies returning the long-disputed El Chamizal area to the Mexican side of the border.Ref: 2
1969*(My Lai) Secretary of defense reports that anyone involved in the killings will be prosecuted.Ref: 87
1971*John Sinclair (sentenced to 10 years for selling 2 marijuana joints) is freed.Ref: 5
1973*Great Britain cuts the work week to three days to save energy.Ref: 2
1973 MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya.Ref: 5
1974 Malta becomes a republic.Ref: 5
1975 Australian Conservatives & Liberals win parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1975*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1976*Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to San Francisco 13 hours 14 minutes).Ref: 5
1976*Golden Gate Bridge District starts ferry service to LarkspurRef: 5
1978*The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, with 1979 dates and the first “P” mintmark since the silver nickels of World War II. Denver production began on January 9, 1979, and San Francisco minting began on February 2, 1979. The Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first coin to honor a woman, was not a hit with the public for several reasons, most importantly because it was often mistaken for a quarter, which was about and eighth of an inch smaller in diameter.Ref: 4
1979 Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland.Ref: 5
1980*Christian Democrat Jose Napoleon Duarte was named the president of El Salvador's new government.Ref: 6
1981 Polish labor leader Lech Walesa is arrested and the government decrees martial law, restricting civil rights and suspending operation of the independent trade union Solidarity.Ref: 2
1983*British Airways incorporates.Ref: 5
1983*Martha Layne Collins is inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor.Ref: 5
1985*France sues the United States over the discovery of an AIDS serum.Ref: 2
1987 Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1987*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1988*3 men end 29-hour all-466-station subway ride in NY NY.Ref: 5
1988*PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit NY.Ref: 70
1989*South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.Ref: 70
1989*Forced repatriation of Vietnamese in Hong Kong.Ref: 5
1990*President De Klerk of South Africa meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid.Ref: 5
1991 Five Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union agreed to join the new Commonwealth of Independent States being organized by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. North Korea and South Korea signed a non-aggression agreement aimed at eventual reconciliation.Ref: 64
1991*Both Koreas sign an accord calling for reconciliation.Ref: 5
1991*NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud.Ref: 5
1993*Dow Jones hits record 3764.43.Ref: 5
1993*The US Supreme Court rules, 5-4, that people were entitled to a hearing before real property linked to illegal drug sales could be seized. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2003)Ref: 83
1995*(King) (and 14th) Powell, then Koon are released.Ref: 87
1996*Trade ministers from 28 countries meeting in Singapore endorsed a U.S.- crafted trade pact to abolish import duties on computers, software and other high-tech products.Ref: 64
1996*President Clinton nominated Bill Daley to be commerce secretary. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1996*President Clinton nominated Bill Richardson to be United Nations ambassador. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1996*The U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana to become the world body's seventh secretary-general.Ref: 70
1998*Voters in Puerto Rico reject statehood. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2003)Ref: 83
1998*With a grave impeachment thread looming, President Clinton told a news conference in Jerusalem he would not resign, and insisted he did not commit perjury. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2003)Ref: 83
2000 President Clinton ended his last presidential visit to Northern Ireland after meeting for nearly three hours with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.Ref: 64
2000*Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency five weeks after Election Day and a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity.Ref: 70
2001*The Pentagon released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations.Ref: 70
2001*President George W. Bush served formal notice that the United States was pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.Ref: 70
2002*President Bush orders 510,000 military personnel to receive smallpox vaccinations in an effort to limit the effects of a potential bioterrorist attack. (USA Today, p 5A, 1/07/2003)Ref: 13
2002*The UN Security Council condemned "acts of terror" against Israel in Kenya and deplored the claims of responsibility by the al-Qaida terror network. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.Ref: 70
2002*Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger steps down as chairman of a panel investigating the September 11 attacks, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his private sector clients. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Saddam Hussein is captured in a below ground "spider hole". He surrenders without a fight. By 5:30AM the next morning, his identity is confirmed by DNA. 
2003*Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a 78-year old retired teacher living in Los Angeles CA, comes forward to claim she is the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of deceased US Senator Strom Thurmond. (Dayton Daily News, p A3, 12/14/2003) 
1577*Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.Ref: 5
1642*Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovers the south Pacific island group that later becomes known as New Zealand.Ref: 3
1809*The first abdominal surgical procedure was performed -- in Danville, Kentucky. The patient was Jane Todd Crawford and the operation was performed without the aid of an anesthetic.Ref: 4
1816*John Adamson of Boston, MA receives a patent for a dry dock.Ref: 4
1903*Italo Marcioni patents the ice cream cone (NJ).Ref: 5
1919*Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London.Ref: 5
1920*F Pease's interferometer measures first stellar diameter (Betelgeuse).Ref: 5
1928*Clip-on tie designed.Ref: 5
1962*Relay 1 communication satellite launched.Ref: 5
1972*Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his Lunar Lander on the Moon and prepares to lift-off. He is the last man to set foot on the Moon.Ref: 2
1984*Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers first stroke.Ref: 5
1993*Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5) lands after repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.Ref: 5
1570 Sweden/Denmark signs Peace of Stettin.Ref: 5
1572 Spanish army beats Geuzen fleet under Admiral Lumey.Ref: 5
1774*Paul Revere is dispatched from Boston with a letter from William Cooper of Boston, to Samuel Cutts of the Portsmouth Committee of Correspondence. Revere carried word that a royal order had been issued prohibiting the export of gunpowder to the colonies; that military provisions in Rhode Island had been moved inland by colonists for safekeeping, and that the British government intended to reinforce the tiny garrison at Fort William and Mary with soldiers of the regular army, or to remove the fort's powder. Ref 
1774*First incident of the Revolution-400 attack Fort William & Mary, New Hampshire.Ref: 5
1808*Madrid falls to Napoleon.Ref: 62
1812*The last remnants of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armeé reach the safety of Kovno, Poland after the failed Russian campaign.Ref: 2
1814*General Andrew Jackson announces martial law in New Orleans, Louisiana, as British troops disembark at Lake Borne, 40 miles east of the city.Ref: 2
1861*Battle of Alleghany Summit WV.Ref: 5
1862*The Battle of Fredericksburg is known by historians as Confederate General Robert E. Lee's most lopsided victory of the Civil War with Union losses of 12,653 compared to Confederate losses of 5,309. "It is well that war is so terrible - we should grow too fond of it," states Lee during the fighting. (XDG, p 4A, 12/13/2000)Ref: 83
1863*Confederate Gen. James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean's Station, Tenn.Ref: 2
1864*Battle of Fort McAllister GA.Ref: 5
1915*Serbia in hands of enemy, Allied forces abandoning last positions and retiring across Greek frontier.Ref: 38
1916*French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle.Ref: 5
1918*US army of occupation crosses the Rhine, enters Germany.Ref: 5
1937*The Japanese army occupies Nanking, China in the undeclared Sino-Japanese War leading to so-called rape of Nanking.Ref: 2
1939*Battle at La Plata 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee.Ref: 5
1940*Adolf Hitler issues preparations for Operation Martita, the German invasion of Greece.Ref: 2
1941*British forces launch an offensive in Libya.Ref: 2
1941*Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die.Ref: 5
1941*German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherlands Union.Ref: 5
1941*U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier Ark Royal.Ref: 5
1941*A Japanese demand for the surrender of Hong Kong is rejected. 
1942*Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader.Ref: 5
1942*Rommel withdraws from El Agheila.Ref: 36
1943*150 US Marauders bomb Schiphol.Ref: 5
1944*During World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack that claimed 138 lives.Ref: 5
1960 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane.Ref: 5
1966*First US bombing of Hanoi.Ref: 5
1966 First battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1967*Unsuccessful coup against Greek King Constantine II.Ref: 5
1993*Deadline for Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they don't.Ref: 5
1906*The A's sell Andy Coakley, a twenty-game winner in 1905, to the Reds. Coakley will later enjoy a thirty-seven year career as the baseball coach for Columbia University.Ref: 1
1911*New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player Attorney Montgomery Ward purchase the NL franchise Boston Doves; due to Gaffney's tie to Tammany Hall, the team will be called the Braves.Ref: 1
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
1922*Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps.Ref: 5
1930*George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him.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
1936*Green Bay beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6, to capture the National Football League championship. It was the last game for Boston. The team became the Washington Redskins in 1937.Ref: 4
1936*Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington DC.Ref: 5
1941*The Dodgers obtain Arky Vaughn from the Pirates for Luke Hamlin, Jimmy Wasdell and Babe Phelps.Ref: 1
1942*Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title.Ref: 5
1949*The American League voted down a proposal to revive the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920. Gaylord Perry and others didn’t much give a hoot. They tossed the spitter anyway.Ref: 4
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
1952*Peter J. McGovern becomes the president of the Little League replacing Charles Durban who resigned due to ill health. The league which started in 1939 with two leagues has now grown to 1,800 leagues in 48 states and international sites.Ref: 1
1956*The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rivals, the Giants, for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Robinson retires.Ref: 1
1960*Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals).Ref: 5
1964*Shirley Englehorn & Sam Snead win Haig & Haig Mixed Foursome Golf.Ref: 5
1967*United Soccer Association & National Pro Soccer League merge into NASL.Ref: 5
1969*Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager.Ref: 5
1973*Detroit became the first city to receive a franchise in the fabulously unsuccessful World Football League.Ref: 4
1974*Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley.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
1975*Jane Blalock wins LPGA 14 Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament.Ref: 5
1981*70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1).Ref: 5
1982*71st Australian Men's Tennis: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (63 63 62).Ref: 5
1983*Detroit and Denver played for 3 hours, 11 minutes in pro basketball. The Pistons finally won, 186-184, in triple overtime. NBA single-game records were set for most points by two teams; by one team; assists; and field goals -- plus, hot dogs sold; pennants snapped up by fans; popcorn, peanuts, nachos, too! And, Kiki Vandeweghe of the Denver Nuggets had a career-high night with 51 points.Ref: 4
1983*Islander's Butch Goring scorings 4 goals against Oilers.Ref: 5
1986*Duke University won its first NCAA team championship in the school’s 62-year history. The Blue Devils’ soccer team beat Akron, 1-0, to win the crown.Ref: 4
1987*Browns set club record for most points scored in a quarter, 28.Ref: 5
1989*Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games.Ref: 5
1991*Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games.Ref: 5
1992*Dawn Coe-Jones wins Pizza-La LPGA Match Play Golf Championship.Ref: 5
1994*Free agent relief pitcher Lee Smith, last year's major league saves leader with the Orioles, signs with the Angels. At the time of the deal, he has 434 career saves.Ref: 1
1996*The Blue Jays sign free-agent Roger Clemens to a four-year deal. The three-time Cy Young Award winner leaves Boston after thirteen seasons of service.Ref: 1
1997*63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)Ref: 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
1999*At baseball's winter meetings in Anaheim, Calif., The Colorado Rockies GM O'Dowd engineers the first four-team trade since 1985. In the nine-player deal, Colorado sends 3B Vinny Castilla to Tampa Bay, RHP Jamey Wright and C Henry Blanco to Milwaukee, and RHP Justin Miller to Oakland. In return, Colorado gets 3B Jeff Cirillo and LHP Scott Karl from the Brewers, and INF Aaron Ledesma and RHP Rolando Arrojo from the Devil Rays. Oakland then sends RHP Jimmy Haynes to the Brewers.Ref: 86
2000*Outbidding the Indians, the Red Sox sign free agent Manny Ramirez to a reported eight-year, $160 million contract.Ref: 1
2001*The Red Sox trade frustrated flychaser Carl Everret (.257, 14, 58) to the Rangers for left-hander Darren Oliver (11-11, 6.02). The former all star outfielder, who had his problems with players and managers in Boston, says he is looking forward to joining the veteran players inRef: 1
2001*Writing a 24-page pun-filled opinion, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III upholds most of an arbitrator's decision declaring nine of 22 umpires who lost their jobs following a 1999 mass resignation must be reinstated. To make his point, the judge said it was his job to make sure the arbitrator hadn't 'missed the ball' and both parties 'make(s) a pitch that all or part of the arbitrator's ruling should be scored as an error and set aside'.Ref: 1
2001*Jason Giambi, the runner-up in the AL MVP balloting, signs a seven-year contract with the Yankees. Giambi's deal includes a club option for an eighth year.Ref: 86
1668 Jean Racines "Britannicus" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1843 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold.Ref: 5
1895*First complete execution of Gustav Mahlers 2nd Symphony.Ref: 5
1916 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin.Ref: 5
1928*George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in NY.Ref: 7
1929*Hoagy Carmichael recorded with Louis Armstrong. They did Rockin’ Chair on Columbia records and cylinders.Ref: 4
1934*Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Brothers) opens at 237 W 51st St NY NY.Ref: 5
1940 Fleischer Popeye cartoon "Eugene the Jeep" .The Thimble Theater character would give its name to the new army General Purpose vehicle- G.P. or "Jeep".Ref: 73
1940*The two-sided jump tune, The Anvil Chorus, was recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra for Bluebird Records in New York. The 10-inch, 78 rpm record ran six minutes (including flipping).Ref: 4
1942 The characters of Allen’s Alley were presented for the first time on The Fred Allen Show. This particular segment of the show became very popular and was used by Allen until 1949. Remember the stops along the way in Allen’s Alley? They were at the Brooklyn tenement of Mrs. Nussbaum, the farmhouse of Titus Moody, the shack of Ajax Cassidy and the antebellum mansion of Senator Beauregard Claghorn.Ref: 4
1944*Norman Krasna's "Dear Ruth" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1947*"Caribbean Carnival" closes at International NYC after 11 performances.Ref: 5
1948*The American Federation of Musicians went back to work after an 11½-month strike. During the strike, there was an 11½-month ban on phonograph records as well.Ref: 4
1950*James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial.Ref: 5
1950*"Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances.Ref: 5
1961*Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music's first million $ seller.Ref: 5
1961*Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein.Ref: 5
1963*Capitol records signs right of first refusal agreement with the Beatles.Ref: 5
1963*Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein.Ref: 5
1968 Playland at the Beach reopens.Ref: 5
1969*Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant".Ref: 5
1970*Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NY NY.Ref: 5
1974*Former Beatle George Harrison was greeted at the White House. President Gerald R. Ford invited Harrison to lunch. The two exchanged buttons -- Ford giving George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now) pin and Harrison gave the President an OM (Hindu mantra word expressing creation) button.Ref: 4
1975*First time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay (Richard Pryor hosts).Ref: 5
1979*"Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances.Ref: 5
1980*"Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances.Ref: 5
1983*KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT.Ref: 5
1985 In a movie first, the murder mystery, Clue, opened nationally. The film featured three different endings. Newspaper ads indicated which ending was playing at which theatre.Ref: 4
1986*The Way it Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, hit #1 for a week in the U.S.: “That’s just the way it is; Some things will never change. That’s just the way it is; Aw, but don’t you believe them.”Ref: 4
1990*"Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances.Ref: 5
1992*"Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances.Ref: 5
1992 FCC fines Infinity Broadcasting $600,000.Ref: 5
1995*Christopher Reeve is released from physical rehab center.Ref: 5
1995*US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations.Ref: 5
1997 The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Getty Center museum complex, built on a hilltop overlooking the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, was held this day. The public opening was held three days later (Dec 16) for the billion-dollar monument to art and architecture -- one of the largest arts centers in the United States.Ref: 4
2000*Rembrandt's Portrait of a Lady sold for world record £19.8 million at Christie's in London.Ref: 10
1521*Sixtus V [Felice Peretti/"Montalto"] bishop of Fermo/Pope (1585-90), is born.Ref: 5
1533*Erik XIV Wasa king of Sweden (1560-69), is born.Ref: 5
1553*Henry IV first Bourbon-king of Navarre/France (1572/89-1610), is born.Ref: 5
1585*William Drummond, Scottish poet, is born.Ref: 2
1720*Carlos Gozzi, Italian poet and dramatist, is born.Ref: 70
1724*Aepinus [Franz Hoch] German physician/physicist, is born.Ref: 5
1730*Sir William Hamilton, English diplomat and archaeologist, is born.Ref: 70
1732*Jean-Claude Trial composer, is born.Ref: 5
1740*Franz Xaver Schnitzer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1770*John Clarke-Whitfeld composer, is born.Ref: 5
1797*Heinrich Heine poet: The Lorelei, Atta Troll, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Germany A Winter’s Tale, Romacero; author: Travel Pictures, The Romantic School, On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany; is born.Ref: 4
1804*Joseph Howe, Canadian statesman and publisher, is born.Ref: 70
1810*Clark Mills US, sculptor (Freedom, Armed Liberty), is born.Ref: 5
1816*Clement Claiborne Clay MC (Confederacy), died in 1882, is born.Ref: 5
1816*E Werner von Siemens German artillery officer/inventor, is born.Ref: 5
1818*Mary Todd Lincoln First Lady: wife of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln; is born.Ref: 4
1819*Edwin George Monk composer, is born.Ref: 5
1823*Birth of William W. How, Anglican clergyman. Shunning the glory of higher ecclesiastical positions, How was known for his work among the poor in East London. He also wrote 50 hymns, of which "We Give Thee But Thine Own" and "For All the Saints" remain two of his most popular.Ref: 5
1835*Phillips Brooks, Episcopal clergyman who wrote the lyrics for "O Little Town of Bethlehem", is born.Ref: 2
1838*Alexis Millardet, botanist who developed the first successful fungicide, is born.Ref: 2
1838*Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor composer, is born.Ref: 5
1843*George Stephanescu, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1850*Iver Paul Fredrik Holter composer, is born.Ref: 5
1851*Birth of E.O. Excell, American sacred chorister. Excell published 50 gospel songbooks and wrote and composed 2,000 hymns, including "Since I Have Been Redeemed, "Count Your Blessings" and "I'll Be a Sunbeam for Jesus."Ref: 5
1853*Joseph Sickman Corsen Curarao, musician/composer/screenwriter, is born.Ref: 5
1856*Lawrence Lowell, American lawyer, educator, and president of Harvard University (1909-1933), is born.Ref: 70
1858*Jakab Gyula Major composer, is born.Ref: 5
1860*Lucien G Guitry French actor/theatre director (l'Od‚on), is born.Ref: 5
1863*Johannes Weiss German New Testament scholar, is born.Ref: 5
1865*Gustav Luders composer, is born.Ref: 5
1871*Russell W Porter VT, explorer (Alaska), is born.Ref: 5
1871*Herman T Colenbrander Dutch historian, is born.Ref: 5
1871*Emily Carr, Canadian painter and writer, is born.Ref: 70
1874*Ludwig Curtius German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych composer, is born.Ref: 5
1886 Lambertus J van Apeldoorn lawyer (martial law), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Alvin York, American military hero of World War I, is born.Ref: 70
1889*Clarence Loomis composer, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Marc Connelly McKeesport PA, playwright (One Minute Please), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Brand Dirck Ochse filmer/co-founder (Polygoon), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Curt Jurgens Munich Germany, actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Drew Pearson Evanston IL, newscaster (Drew Pearson), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Daniel Lazarus composer, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Harold Guinzburg publisher (founder of Literary Guild), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Yusef Greiss composer, is born.Ref: 5
1900*Jonel Perlea composer, is born.Ref: 5
1900*Norman Foster Richmond IN, actor (Skyscraper Souls), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Georg M Rimski-Korssakov Russian musicologist/theory, is born.Ref: 5
1901*John Wijga painter/illustrator, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Paul Kurzbach composer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*Talcott Parsons US sociologist, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Carlos Montoya, the Spanish-American guitarist who popularized flamenco guitar music, is born.Ref: 70
1903*Jewgeni Petrow writer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*John Piper British writer (US Churches in WWI)/official war painter, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Ingemar Liljefors composer, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Laurens jan van der Post soldier/explorer/conservationist, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Victor Babin composer, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Van Heflin Walters OK, actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Lillian Roth [Rutstein] singer/actress (Animal Crackers), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Kenneth Patchen US, poet/novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Archie Moore light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), is born, according to his mother.Ref: 5
1913*Jimmy Carroll NY NY, pianist (Most Important People), is born.Ref: 5
1913*John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy English art historian, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Alan L Bullock British historian, is born.Ref: 5
1914*George "Tiger" Haynes guitarist/actor (Land Without Music, Guv'nor), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Samuel "Larry" K Parks Olathe KS, actor (Jolson-Jolson Story), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Balthazar Johannes Vorster Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Curt Jurgens (Curd Juergens) actor: The Spy Who Loved Me, And God Created Woman, The Longest Day, Enemy Below; is born.Ref: 4
1915*Mark Stevens Cleveland OH, actor (Big Town, Martin Kane), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Ross MacDonald detective novelist (Goodbye Look), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Archie Moore light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), is born, according to Archie Moore.Ref: 97
1917*Ann Richards actress: Sorry Wrong Number, Random Harvest, Three Hearts for Julia, Don’t Call Me Girlie, is born.Ref: 4
1917*Dave Street Los Angeles CA, actor/singer (Broadway Open House), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Bill Vukovich (William Vucerivoch) race car driver: Indpls 500 winner [1953, 1954]; is born.Ref: 4
1920*George Shultz, Secretary of State (1982-89) under U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is born.Ref: 4
1920*Kaysone Phomvihane/premier/President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Don Taylor Freeport PA, actor (Father's Little Dividend), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Frits Noske Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Rex Allen Wilcox AZ, cowboy actor (I Dream of Jeannie), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Halina Czerny-Stef nska Polish pianist (Chopin), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Phillip Anderson, physicist, is born.Ref: 2
1923 Fred van der Spek Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Larry (Lawrence Eugene) Doby Baseball Hall of Famer: Cleveland Indians center fielder {World Series: 1948, 1954/all-star: 1949-1955]; AL home run [32] leader [1952, 1954], runs [104] scored [1952], RBIs [126 in 1954]; Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Dick Van Dyke Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian: The Dick Van Dyke Show, [1959-1960], [1963-1964], [1965-1966]; Diagnosis Murder, is born in West Plains MO.Ref: 5
1925*Henry C Gordon USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Wayne Walker songwriter: first big hit: I've Got a New Heartache [performed by Ray Price]; Are You Sincere, Leaving on Your Mind, Memory No. 1; is born.Ref: 4
1926*Carl (Daniel) ‘Oisk’ Erskine baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956/all-star: 1954], LA Dodgers, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Christopher Plummer (Orme) Emmy Award-winning actor: The Moneychangers [1976-1977], Madeline [1993-1994]; The Sound of Music, is born in Toronto Ontario. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1928*W Gordon Smith playwright, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Albert Paulsen Guayaquil Ecuador, actor (Doctors' Hospital), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Genevieve Page actress (Day & the Hour), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Robert Prosky Philadelphia PA, actor (Christine, Sergeant Jablonski-Hill St Blues), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Richard Darryl Zanuck film producer/executive, is born.Ref: 5
1935 Bonno Spieker Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Thomas Wakefield writer, is born.Ref: 5
1936*Karim Aga Khan prince/spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, is born.Ref: 5
1937*Rob Houwer Dutch director/producer/actor (OK, Professor Columbus), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Alvin Curran composer, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Tom Shaw Wichita KS, PGA golfer (1969 Doral Open AVCO Golf Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Tony Gomez rocker (Foundations), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Clive Brain educationalist, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Steve Harmon Brooklyn NY, actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Edith Clever Wuppertal Germany, actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente), is born.Ref: 5
1941*John Davidson Pittsburgh PA, TV host (Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Anouska Hempel Forbes New Zealand, actress (Tiffany Jones), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Arturo Ripstein director (El Lugar Sin Limites, Foxtrot), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Fergie (Ferguson Arthur) Jenkins Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1967, 1971, 1972/Cy Young Award: 1971], Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox; 20-game winner 7 times; only major league pitcher to strike out more than 3,000 batters while walking fewer than 1,000; Canada’s first Hall-of-Famer, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Mike Mosley auto racer: winner of 5 Indy Car races, competed in 15 Indpls 500’s; is born.Ref: 4
1947*Lemar Parrish football: Cincinnati Bengals [1970-77], Washington Redskins [1978-81], Buffalo Bills [1982], is born.Ref: 4
1948*Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter musician: guitarist: groups: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers: What a Fool BelievesRef: 4
1948*Lillian Board England, 400 meter (Olympics-silver-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Ted Nugent Detroit MI, guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Kathy Garver Long Beach CA, actress (Cissy-Family Affair), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Nana Alexandria USSR, International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Randy Owen musician: guitar, singer: group: Alabama: I Want to Be with You, I Wanna Come Over, My Home’s in Alabama, Tennessee River, Why Lady Why, Old Flame, Feels So Right, Love in the First Degree, Mountain Music, Close Enough to Perfect, The Closer You Get, Dixieland Delight, When We Make Love, Roll on Eighteen Wheeler, 40 Hour Week, is born in Fort Payne AL.Ref: 4
1949*Robert Lindsay Tony Award-winning actor: Me and My Girl [1987]; film: Ghengis Cohn, Strike It Rich, Bert Rigby You’re a Fool, is born.Ref: 4
1949*R[oberta] A[nn] MacAvoy US, sci-fi author (Damiano's Lute, Raphael), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Tom Verlaine [Miller] Mount Morris NJ, rock vocalist (Television), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Walter "Clyde" Owen rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Brad Dusek football: Washington Redskins [1974-1981]Ref: 4
1950*Heather North, Pasadena CA, actress (The Barefoot Executive), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Davey O'List rocker (Roxy Music), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Wendie Malick actress (Just Shoot Me), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Robert Lindsay Ilketson England, actor (Strike it Rich, King Lear), is born.Ref: 5
1952*John Francome English jockey, is born.Ref: 5
1953*Zoltan Magyar Hungary, side horse gymnast (Olympics-gold-1976, 1980), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Ray Stewart Matsqui British Columbia, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Dunhill Cup), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Tom Sanders Jackson WY, aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), is born.Ref: 5
1954*John Anderson Apopka FL, country singer/actor (Lone Wolf McQuade), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Steve Forbert rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1956*Dale Berra baseball infeilder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Phillip Gregory Hubbard Canton OH, basketball (Olympics-gold-1976)Ref: 5
1957*Steve Buscemi actor: Lonesome Dove, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Hudsucker Proxy, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Escape from L.A., Con Air, The Wedding Singer, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, Franky Goes to Hollywood, The Laramie Project, is born.Ref: 4
1958*Dana Strum Washington DC, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Clark Brandon NY NY, actor (Fast Food), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Lynn-Holly Johnson Chicago IL, actress (Ice Castles), is born.Ref: 5
1959*John Whitaker Van Nuys CA, actor (Family Affair, Snowball Express), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Marianne Gravatte Hollywood CA, playmate of year (October 1982), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Randy Stoklos Pacific Palisades CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Richard Dent defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Gary Zimmerman NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Karen Witter CA, actress (Tina-One Life to Live)/playmate (March 1982), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Stacy Sunny San Bernadino CA, female infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Deborah Driggs Oakland CA, playmate (March 1990), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Jenn Thompson NY NY, actor (Dee-Harper Valley PTA), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Chris O'Loughlin Los Angeles CA, fencer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Jamie Foxx comedian (In Living Color), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Mike Mordecai Birmingham AL, infielder (Atlanta Braves), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Scott Zolak NFL quarterback (New England Patriots), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Carlos Hasselbaink Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Shaun Stafford Ocala FL, tennis star (1992 Taipei), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Norm Krumpschmd hockey forward (Team Austria 1998), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Sergei Fedorov Pskov Russia, NHL forward (Detroit, Olympics-silver-1998), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Elizabeth Patricia Reilly North Providence RI, Miss America-Rhode Island (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1970*George Van Os Jr Houston TX, team handball left back (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Tonja Yevette Buford-Bailey Dayton OH, 400 meter hurdler (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Elizabeth Patricia Reilly North Providence RI, Miss America-Rhode Island (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Johnny Dixon WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Miguel Angel Martinez Soto mariachi, is born.Ref: 5
1971*Mike Pelton NFL defensive tackle (Indpls Colts), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Craig Sauer NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), is born.Ref: 5
1972*GiGi Gordon Butler PA, Miss America-PA (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Christie Clark Los Angeles CA, actress (Carrie Brady-Days of Our Life), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Shandon Anderson NBA forward (Utah Jazz), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Chris Lewis CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Matt LeCroy Anderson SC, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Sarah Brady Miss Universe-New Zealand (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1979*Christina Todd Miss Ohio Teen USA (Miss Congeniality-1997), is born.Ref: 5
1981*Chelsea Hertford actress (Casey-Major Dad)Ref: 5
838*Pippijn I King of Aquitania, dies.Ref: 5
1048 Al-Biruni Arabic royal astrologer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1124*Callistus II [Guido di Borgogna] Italian Pope (1119-24), dies.Ref: 5
1126 Hendrik IX the Black, Duke of Bayern (1120-26), dies.Ref: 5
1204*Moses Maimonides, Spanish-born Jewish philosopher, jurist and physician, dies in Cairo at age 69.Ref: 5
1250*Frederick II German Emperor (1212-1250), dies at 55.Ref: 5
1404*Albrecht duke of Bavaria, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1466*Donatello, Italian artist, dies in Florence Italy.Ref: 68
1521*Manoel I "the Great" King of Portugal (1495-1521), dies at 52.Ref: 5
1557*Niccoló Tartaglia Italian mathematician, dies.Ref: 5
1565*Konrad von Gesner naturalist, dies at 49.Ref: 5
1574*SelOm II Sari the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74), dies at 50.Ref: 5
1603*Franciscus Vieta mathematician, dies in Paris at 63.Ref: 5
1622*Jan Campanus composer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1672*Jan II Kazimierz king of Poland (1648-68), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1693*Dodoftei Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies.Ref: 5
1693*Willem Van de Velde Dutch the Old, seascape painter, dies at about 82.Ref: 5
1729*Anthony Collins English philosopher (On Liberty & Necessity), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1738*Gotthard Wagner composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1769*C F Gellert writer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1774 Susanne K von Klettenberg German friend of Goethes mother, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1784*Samuel Johnson writer: created the first true dictionary of the English language in 1755; poet; essayist; novelist: Rasselas: Prince of Abyssinia; dies at age 75.Ref: 4
1793*Johann Joachim Christoph Bode composer, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1796*Martha Dowden Kenton, Simon Kenton's wife, dies in a fire.Ref: 58
1812*Marianne von Martinez composer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1814*Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne Belgian fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1862*Conrad Feger Jackson US Union Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 49.Ref: 5
1862*Maxcy Gregg US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 48.Ref: 5
1862*Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 39.Ref: 5
1863*Friedrich Hebbel writer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1872*W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate Hague's Dame, murdered by Henry Jut.Ref: 5
1872*Helena Beeloo Hague's maid, murdered by Henry Jut.Ref: 5
1877*Mercy Jackson, American physician; pioneered women's acceptance in medicine, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1881*August Senoa Croatian writer (Kletva [The Curse]), dies at 43.Ref: 5
1894*Sarah Parker Remond US/Italian abolitionist, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1898*George Frederick Bristow composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1909*Innokenti F Annenski Russian poet/interpreter, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1916*Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian & Italian troops in 24 hours in Tyrol.Ref: 5
1919*Amintore Galli composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1924*Samuel Gompers labor union leader: first president of the American Federation of Labor [AFL]; dies at age 74.Ref: 4
1925*Antonio Maura, Spanish statesman; prime minister five times between 1903 and 1922, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1929*Knut Algot Hakanson composer, dies at 42.Ref: 5
1934*Thomas Watson, the American telephone pioneer (assistant to Alexander G Bell) and shipbuilder, dies.Ref: 70
1942*Eleanor Everest Freer composer, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1944*Wassily Kandinsky, Russian abstract painter, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1944*Lupe Velez actress (Joe Palooka), overdoses on seconal at 34.Ref: 5
1945*Robert van Genechten Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide.Ref: 5
1945*Vittorio Mario Vanzo composer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1951*Selim Palmgren Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1958*Tim Moore actor (Kingfish-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1958*Barhanuddin Bashajan Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed.Ref: 5
1958*Brand Dirck Ochse film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1958*Rafiq Aref Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed.Ref: 5
1958*Ahmed Mukhtar Baban premier of Iraq, executed.Ref: 5
1961*Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) died at the age of 101. The self-taught artist took up painting in her sixties; having her first showing in NY City at the ripe, young age of eighty. Her style was nostalgic and primitive -- mostly rural scenes: The Old Oaken Bucket, Christmas at Home, The Quilting Bee.Ref: 4
1963*Hubert Pierlot Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1966*Charles Watts actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer.Ref: 5
1968*Siegfried Reda composer, dies at 52.Ref: 5
1969*Raymond A Spruance, US admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83.Ref: 5
1970*(Black Sox) Arnold Gandil dies at age 82 in Calistoga, CA. Former occupation – plumber.Ref: 87
1971*Max Mell Austrian artillery officer/literary, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1974*Rufe Davis actor (Floyd Smoot-Petticoat Junction), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1975*Cyril Delevanti actor (Lucius-Jefferson Davis), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1975*Hendrik Kruls Dutch general/chief military authority (1944-46), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1976*Eduard Claudius writer, dies.Ref: 5
1977*Entire University of Evansville basketball team (14 players) die in plane crash.Ref: 5
1979*Jon Hall actor (Ramor of the Jungle), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1980 Harm van Riel Dutch Liberal Party politician, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1981*Pigmeat Markham comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1981*Cornelius Cardew composer, dies at 45.Ref: 5
1982*Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die.Ref: 72
1983*Leora Dana actress (Amityville II, Change of Habit, Sylvie Kosloff-Another World), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1983*Mary Renault [Challans] English-born South African novelist (Funeral games), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1986*Heather Angel actress (Lifeboat, Daniel Boone), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1990*Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die.Ref: 5
1990*Alice Marble, CA, American tennis star, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1990*Friedrich Dürrenmatt Swiss writer (Besuch der alten Dame), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1991*André Pieyre de Mandiargues French writer (La marge), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1992*Bernard Drukker Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies.Ref: 5
1992*Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman, dies at age 93.Ref: 70
1993*Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed.Ref: 5
1993*Charles Jonckheere Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1994*Antoine Pinay PM of France (1952-53), diesRef: 5
1994*An American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15.Ref: 5
1994*Herman W "Fritz" Liebert US librarian/Yale-curator, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1994*Norman Beaton actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1995 Evangeline Bruce hostess, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1995*Nancy LaMott singer, dies at 43.Ref: 5
1996*Cao Yu dramatist, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1996*Charles Edwin Molnar computer pioneer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1996*Edward Blishen writer teacher/broadcaster, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1996*Mae Barnes singer, dies at 89.Ref: 5
1997*Alexander Oppenheim mathematician, dies at 94.Ref: 5
1997*Martin Carter poet/critic, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1997*Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer restauranteur, dies at 83Ref: 5
1998 Lord Lew Grade dies.Ref: 10
2001*Five suspected Islamic militants killed nine people in an attack on India's parliament before being killed themselves.Ref: 70
2002*Zal Yanovsky, musician: guitar, singer: group: The Lovin' Spoonful, dies.Ref: 4

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