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Births   Deaths   Events
1066   Battle at Fulford: Norway king Harald III Hardrada beats Brit militia
1192   English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured
1348   Jews in Zurich Switzerland are accused of poisoning wells
1435   Treaty of Atrecht: Philip of Bourgondy vs French king Charles II
1451   Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge
1589   Battle at Arques: French king Henri IV beats Catholic League
1591   French bishops recognize Henri IV as king of France
1621   King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
1648   -23] Battle at Pilawce: Bohdan Chmielricki's beats John Casimir [NS]
1676   Benedetto Odescalchi elected as Pope Innocent XI
1677   John & Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher
1745   Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army
1746   French expeditionary army occupies Labourdonnais & Dupleix Madras
1776   5 days after British take NY, ¬ of city burns down
1776   Great fire in NY
1776   Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested
1780   Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andr‚ plans to West Point
1784   1st daily newspaper in America (Penns Packet & General Advertiser)
1784   Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper
1792   1st French Republic forms
1792   Proposal by Collot D'Herbois, to abolish the monarchy in France
1814   "Star Spangled Banner" published as a poem
1815   King Willem I takes oath in Brussels
1823   Moroni 1st appears to Joseph Smith, according to Smith
1837   Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores
1863   Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
1872   John Henry Conyers of SC becomes 1st black student at Annapolis
1883   1st direct US-Brazil telegraph connection
1885   Dutch demonstrate for general voting right
1893   Frank Duryea drives 1st US made gas propelled vehicle (car)
1895   1st auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company
1896   General Kitcheners army occupies Dongola Sudan
1897   NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus," editorial
1898   China's empress-mother Ci Xi & emperor De Zong arrested
1903   1st cowboy film "Kit Carson," premieres in US
1905   Atlanta Life Insurance Co forms
1906   Yankee 1st baseman Hal Chase's 22 put-outs ties record
1913   1st aerobatic maneuver, sustained inverted flight, performed in France
1913   Turkey & Bulgaria sign peace treaty in Constantinople
1915   CH Chubb buys Stonehenge for œ6,600
1915   Emanuel Querido ("Kerido") begins publishing Querido
1919   33rd US Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats M Zinderstein (61 62)
1921   Gas explodes at Bradishe Aniline chemical works in Germany, 565 die
1921   Pope Benedictus XV donates 1 million lire to feed Russians
1922   Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
1928   "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
1929   1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling & 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmont
1930   Johann Ostermeyer patents flashbulb
1931   Britain abandons gold standard/pound devalues 20%
1933   Trial against Marinus der Lubbe opens
1934   St Louis Card Paul Dean no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 3-0
1934   Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000
1936   Spanish fascist junta names Franco to generalissimo/supreme commander
1937   J R R Tolkien, publishes "Hobbit"
1938   Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700
1938   Winston Churchill condemns Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia
1939   Reinhard Heydrich meets in Berlin to discuss final solution of Jews
1941   US launches its 1st Liberty-ship, "Patrick Henry"
1942   116 hostages executed by Nazis in Paris
1942   Transport nr 35 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1943   Arundel (Solomon Island) in US hands
1943   Lynch Triangle (Square) in Bronx named
1943   Russian 13th/61st Army reconquer Chyernigov
1943   Soviet forces reach Dnjepr
1944   Last British paratroopers at bridge of Arnhem surrenders
1946   Indians play their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year stay
1948   "Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
1949   Chinese Communist leaders proclaims People's Republic of China
1949   Federal Republic of [West] Germany created under 3-power occupation
1951   Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
1953   Allied forces form West Germany
1953   KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
1954   1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned
1954   Kleffens appointed chairman of General Meeting UN
1955   Last allied occupying troops leave Austria
1955   Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1955   USSR performs nuclear test
1956   Yanks set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway
1957   "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV
1957   German sailing school ship Pamir sails Atlantic Ocean
1957   Olav V, becomes king of Norway
1957   Pote Sarasin forms govt in Thailand
1958   1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx
1958   US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1959   600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
1961   Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel round trip (44 miles)
1964   Constellation (US) beats Sovereign (England) in 20th America's Cup
1964   Malta gains independence from Britain
1964   Reds Chico Ruiz steals home, beats Phillies 1-0. Phillies start a 10 game losing streak that gives Cards the pennant
1965   O Kommissarova (USSR) sets women's longest parachute jump (46,250')
1966   5" of rain falls on NYC
1966   Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi
1967   US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969   58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
1969   Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
1969   NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
1969   Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)
1970   "Monday Night Football" premieres on ABC - Browns 31, Jets 21
1970   KAPP TV channel 35 in Yakima, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1970   Luna 16 leaves Moon
1970   Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minn Twins, 6-0
1971   AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
1971   John Lennon & Yoko Ono are Dick Cavett's only guest
1972   Marcos declares martial law in Philippines
1972   USSR performs underground nuclear test
1973   Jackson Pollocks painting "Blue Poles" sold for $2,000,000
1973   Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000
1973   NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12« games
1974   US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
1975   Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
1976   Wings performs in Zagreb Yugoslavia
1977   US minister of Foreign affairs Cyrus Vance dismissed
1980   Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
1980   LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
1980   Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
1981   Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
1981   Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
1981   Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)
1982   2,251 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
1982   Devils beat Rangers 3-2 in exhibition; 1st hockey in Meadowlands (NJ)
1982   NFL players begin a 57 day strike
1982   SF cable cars cease operations for 2 years of repairs
1982   STS-5 vehicle moves to launch pad
1983   11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila
1983   David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," premieres in London
1983   US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984   NASA launches Galaxy-C
1985   Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1986   38th Emmy Awards: Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey & Michael J Fox win
1986   Miami Dan Marino passes for 6 touchdowns vs NY Jets (51-45)
1986   New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
1986   NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
1986   Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
1986   SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitchs 1-hitter in his major league debut
1987   3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
1988   Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville NJ home
1989   Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
1990   Faye Vincent turns down White Sox bid to reinstate Minnie Minoso, 68,
1990   Oakland A's Bob Welch becomes 1st 25 game winner in 10 years
1990   Pirate Bobby Bond is 2nd to hit 30 HRs & steal 50 bases in a season (so he can play in 6 decades) because it is a publicity stu
1991   Armenia votes on whether to remain in Soviet Union
1991   USA Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics
1993   Ukraine govt of Kutshma resigns
1994   Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Laud/Miami Fl (WBGG 105.9 FM)
1996   Christie Brinkey gets married for 4th time, she marries Peter Cook
1996   John F Kennedy Jr marries Caroline Bisset
1997   Brickyard Crossing Senior Golf Championhsip
1997   Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA PING Welch's Championship
1997   Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
1997   NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
1997   Tim Herron wins Texas Golf Open shooting a 271

1372   Frederik I van Hohenzollern, monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40)
1415   Frederick III, Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493)
1452   Girolamo Savonarola, monk/reformer/dictator of Florence (1494-98)
1527   Matthaus Ludecus, composer
1706   Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer
1728   Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer
1752   Louise MC, countess of Albany
1756   John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface (asphalt)
1760   Gaetano Valeri, composer
1788   Margaret Smith Taylor, 1st lady (1849-50)
1791   Th‚odore G‚ricault, French painter (Easy-going of Medusa)
1817   Carter Littlepage Stevenson, Major General (Confederate Army)
1817   Charles Balmer, composer
1820   Williams Carter Wickham, Brig General (Confederate Army)
1824   Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn, Brig General (Union volunteers)
1827   Michael Corcoran, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1832   Friedrich Wilhelm Langhans, composer
1832   Samuel Sprigg Carroll, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1893
1833   Josef Richard Rozkosny, composer
1840   Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876)
1843   David Emlyn Evans, composer
1849   Edmund Gosse, London, translator/critic (Father & Son)
1853   Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913)
1859   Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron/writer (Sursum Corda, Ace Knave)
1866   Charles Jean Henri Nicolle France, bacteriologist (Nobel-1928)
1866   H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, Bromley England, author (Time Machine)
1867   Henry Lewis Stimson, US minister of War (1911-13)
1869   Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer
1871   Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier
1874   Gustav Theodore Holst, Cheltenham, England, composer (Planets)
1880   Henry Louis Mencken, US essayist/critic (American Mercury)
1882   Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer
1884   Hugh "Shorty" Ray, supervisor of NFL officials, HOF member
1885   Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
1886   Teiichi Igarashi, Japan, climed Mt Fuji at age 99
1887   Lodewijk de Vocht, composer
1889   Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat/genealogist
1893   Moses Pergament, composer
1894   Tullio Carminati, Zara Dalmatia Italy, actor (Roman Holiday)
1898   Tushar Kanti Ghosh, world's oldest/longest serving newspaper Editor
1899   Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre)
1901   Adele Bochner
1902   Allen Lane, English publisher/founder (Penguin Books)
1902   Learie [Nicholas] Constantine, Trinidad cricket player
1902   Limari Salminen, Finland, 10K run (Olympic-gold-1936)
1902   Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (El  rbol, Un R¡o, Un Amor)
1904   Hans Hartung, German/French painter
1906   Derrick De Marney, London England, actor (Inheritance)
1907   Helen Foster Snow, writer
1907   Lloyd Gough, actor (Mike Axford-Green Hornet)
1912   Chuck Jones, animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
1912   Gy”rgy S ndor, Budapest Hungary, pianist (L'Apprenti Sorcier)
1913   Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian
1914   John Kluge, Chemnitz Germany, media CEO (Metromedia)/billionaire
1916   Jagernath Lachmon, premier Suriname
1918   Rand Brooks, LA Calif, actor (Cpl Boone-Rin Tin Tin)
1919   Aya Zikken, author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh)
1920   Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle)
1922   Lode Backx, Flemish pianist
1923   Harry JN Vane 11th Lord Barnard, English large landowner
1924   Gail Russell, Chicago IL, actress (Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen)
1926   Donald A Glaser, physicist (Nobel-1960)
1930   Dawn Addams, Felixstown Engl, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens)
1931   Larry Hagman, Fort Worth Tx, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas)
1932   Don Preston, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
1932   Melvin Van Peebles, US, playwright/director (Watermelon Man)
1934   Leonard Cohen, Montr‚al, singer/songwriter (Death of Ladies Man)
1935   Henry Gibson, Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet)
1938   Atli Heimir Sveinsson, composer
1938   Yuji Takahashi, composer
1940   Bill Kurtis, Pensacola Fla, newscaster (American Parade)
1941   Tony Moon, rocker
1942   Ann Elder, Cleve Oh, comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In)
1943   Dickey Lee, [Dick Lipscomb], rocker
1944   Fannie Flagg, Birmingham Ala, actress/comediene (Candid Camera)
1944   Hamilton Jordan, political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres)
1944   Susan Maureen Fleetwood, Scotland, actress (Krays, Sacrifice)
1945   Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)
1945   Ombrettqa Colli, Italian entertainer
1947   Don Gelder, Gainesville Fl, rocker (Eagles)
1947   Stephen [Edwin] King, US, sci-fi author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo)
1948   Artis Gilmore, ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels)
1948   Michael Finneran, diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform)
1950   Bill Murray, Evanston Ill, comedian (SNL, What About Bob, Stripes)
1951   Bob Franks, (Rep-R-NJ)
1951   Bruce Arena, Bkln NY, soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96)
1951   Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer/guitarist/keyboardist (Nits)
1953   Betty Wright, rocker
1953   John Mengatti, NYC, actor (Nick-White Shadow, For Love & Honor)
1954   Philthy Animal, [Philip Taylor], rock drummer (Motorhead)
1955   Rebecca Balding, Little Rock Ark, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap)
1955   Richard J Hieb, Jamestown ND, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65)
1957   Ethan Coen, Minneapolis Mn, producer (Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink)
1957   Lynette Love, US tai kwan do champ 1987/(Olympics 1988)
1958   Rick Mahorn, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
1959   Corrinne Drewery, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
1959   David Coulier, Detroit, actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House)
1960   David James Elliott, Toronto, actor (Seinfeld, Lt Harmon Rabb-Jag)
1961   Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
1961   Nancy Travis, NYC, actress (Kim-Almost Perfect, Chaplin, 8 Men Out)
1962   Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Alberta, NHL goalie (Oilers)
1962   Rob Morrow, New Rochelle NY, actor (Dr Fleishman-Northern Exposure)
1963   Cecil Fielder, LA Calif, infielder (Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees)
1964   Danny Hoekman, soccer player (NEC)
1964   Danny Villa, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
1965   Richard Brown, NFL linebacker (Minn Vikings)
1966   Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX
1967   Andrea Thies, Irvington NY, rower (Olympics-92, 96)
1967   Romeo van Aerde, soccer player (RKC)
1968   Ricki Lake, NYC, actress (Hairspray)/talk show host (Ricki)
1968   Trugoy, rocker (De La Soul)
1969   Jason Christiansen, Omaha NE, pitcher (Pitts Pirates)
1969   Lia Biehl, LPGA golfer
1969   Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
1970   Michael O'shea, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
1971   Alfonso Ribeiro, NYC, actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons)
1972   Alicia Rickter, Long Beach CA, playmate (Oct, 1995)
1972   Brooke Bushnell, LA Calif, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
1972   Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
1973   Virginia Ruano-Pascual, Madrid Spain, tennis star
1976   Adrian Olivo, Arlington Va, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
1976   Jana Kandarr, tennis star
1980   Raegan Tomaster, East Patgchogue NY, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
1983   Joseph Mazzello, actor (Internal Affairs)

687   Conon, Sicilian Pope (686-87), dies
1327   Edward II, king of England (1307-1327), assassinated at 43
1433   Zweder van Kuilenberg, bishop of Utrecht
1440   Frederik I van Hohenzollern, ruler Brandenburg (1417-40), dies at 68
1481   Bartholomeus Platinum, Italian humanist/pontifical librarian, dies
1519   Hans Backofen/Backoffen, German sculptor, dies at about 49
1520   SelŒm I Jawuz, the Barse, poet/cruel sultan of Turkey, dies
1558   Charles V, King of Spain (Carlos I)/Holy Roman Emperor, dies at 58
1576   Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, dies at 74
1586   Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, viceroy of Naples (1571-75), dies at 69
1590   Ascanio Trombeti, composer, dies at 45
1629   John Pieterszoon Coen, merchant/gov-gen of East-Indies, dies at 42
1705   Willem Hadriaan of Nassau, corrupt mister of Odijck, dies
1798   George Read, US judge/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 65
1809   Alexander Reinagle, composer, dies at 53
1812   Emmanuel Johann Joseph Schikaneder, composer, dies at 61
1820   Joseph R Drake, US poet (American Flag), dies at 25)
1832   Walter Scott, Scottish attorney/poet/writer (Ivanhoe), dies
1836   John Stafford Smith, composer, dies at 86
1839   Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, dies at 60
1874   JBAL L‚once Elie the Beaumont, French geologist, dies at 75
1883   Johannes van Vloten, Dutch man of letters/theologist, dies at 65
1904   Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perc‚s), dies
1905   Rudolf Baumbach, writer of German student drinking songs, dies at 64
1908   Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist/composer (Spanish Dancer), dies
1911   Arab Pasha, "al-Misri" [Pasha Ahmad Arab), Egyptian minister, dies
1915   Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
1922   Tom Armitage, cricketer (England lob bowler v Australia 1877), dies
1937   Henri [Lucien] Capitant, French lawyer, dies at 72
1939   Armand Calinescu, premier of Romania, murdered
1946   Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
1947   Harry Carey Sr, actor/director (Red River, Sundown), dies at 69
1952   Cor Ruys, actor (Princess Stage), dies at 62
1953   Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
1956   Anastasio Somoza, Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated by Roliberto Lopez
1956   Robert Mills Delaney, composer, dies at 53
1957   Haakon VII (CF Charles WA), Danish king of Norway (1905-57), dies
1961   Earle Dickson, inventor (band-aid), dies at 68
1961   Maurice Delage, composer, dies at 81
1964   Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
1966   Paul Reynaud, premier France (1940), dies
1970   Gijsbert Friedhoff, architect (Wibautstrat tax office), dies
1972   Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
1973   Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
1973   William CF Plomer, S Afr libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
1974   Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53
1974   Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), dies at 80
1976   Orlando Letelier, minister Chile, dies
1979   John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
1980   Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
1981   Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
1981   Tony Aubin, composer, dies at 73
1986   Pierre Wigny, Belg minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
1987   Ruth Attaway, actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies
1988   Christine Norden, actress (Little Shop of Horroers, Night Beat), dies
1988   Henry Koster, director, dies
1988   Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
1989   F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
1991   Angelo "Little Moe" Rossitto, dwarf actor (Carousel), dies at 83
1991   Angelo Rossitto, dwarf known as "Little Moe"/actor (Dark), dies at 83
1991   JA Mommersteeg, Dutch state sect of Defense (KVP), dies
1992   Billy Williams, actor (Adv of Kit Carson), dies at 76 of brain tumor
1992   Hans Rosenberg, astronomer/alderman of Utrecht, dies
1993   Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
1993   Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
1994   Arthur Krim, US director (United Artists, Orion Pictures), dies
1994   Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway Writer, dies at 69
1995   Irven Spence, animator, dies at 86
1995   Peter Shankland, film maker/writer, dies at 94
1995   Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
1995   William Murray, teacher/educationalist, dies at 83
1996   John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher, dies at 42
1996   Julius Silverman, politician, dies at 90
1996   Sabine Zlatin, nurse, dies at 89
1997   Tommy Cecil, ferryman, dies at 51

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