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1367Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia
1476Paul IV, [Giampietro Caraffa], inquisition/Pope (1555-59)
1490Albrecht von Brandenburg, German archbishop/monarch of Mainz/cardinal
1491Henry VIII of England. Don't lose your head over him.
1547Cristofano Malvezzi, composer
1550John Drusius, Flemish hebrew translator
1577Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter
1577Peter Paul Rubens, Siegen, Flemish Baroque painter (Circumcision)
1586Paul Siefert, composer
1712Jean Jacques Rousseau, social contractor
1712Jean Jacques Rousseau, France, composer/social contractor (Confession)
1734Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier, composer
1787Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
1806Napoleon Coste, composer
1808Cristina di Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Italian princess/politican
1812Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter
1816Jacob P P baron van Zuylen van Nijevelt, Min Foreign Affairs (1852-53)
1824Paul Broca, France, brain surgeon/anthro (located speech center)
1824William Tatus Wofford, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1884
1825Richard ACE Erlenmeyer, German chemist (Erlenemyer kolf)
1831Joseph Joachim, Kittsee Germany, violinist (Hungarian Concerto)
1847Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson, composer
1852Hans Huber, composer
1853Edwin Arthur Jones, composer
1865Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer/journalist (Remarkable Stories)
1867Luigi Pirandello, Italy, writer (6 Characters-Nobel 1934)
1867William Courtleigh, Guelph Ontario, actor (Eyes of Youth, Madame X)
1873Alexis Carrel, France, surgeon/sociologist/biologist (Nobel 1912)
1874Oley Speaks, composer
1879Sigurd von Koch, composer
1885Berthold Viertel, writer
1885Giuseppe Mule, composer
1886Joe Cox, cricketer (S African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England)
1887Boleslav Vomacka, composer
1888George Challenor, cricketer (pioneering West Indian batsman)
1889Frank Mayo, silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters)
1892Edward H Carr, England, historian (History of Soviet Russia)
1893Luciano Gallet, composer
1893Nils Bjorkander, composer
1894Lois Wilson, Pitts Pa, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family)
1895Kazimierz Sikorski, composer
1897Jacobus J E Hondius, graphic artist
1900Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Kordian into Cham)
1902Richard Rodgers, composer, (South Pacific, Oklahoma)
1902John Dillinger, US bank robber (public enemy #1)
1902Pierre Brunet, France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
1902Richard Rodgers, Hammels Station NY, composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
1903Alan Bunce, Westfield NJ, actor (Albert-Ethel & Albert)
1904Wlodzimierz Pozniak, composer
1906Maria Goeppert Mayer, US atomic physicist (Nobel 1963)
1906Nancy Mayhew Youngman, artist/educator
1906Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/music historian
1907Paul-Emile Victor, French pole explorer (La civilisation du phoque)
1908James L Reinsch, media-adviser (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy)
1909Arnold Shaw, composer
1909Eric Ambler, London, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy)
1909French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist
1912Audrey Langford, singing teacher
1912Carl F von Weiszcker, German physicist/philosopher
1912Sergiu Celibidache, conductor
1913George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (Serf, John Socman)
1914Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player
1914Lester Raymond Flatt, TN, bluegrass (Earl-Ballad of Jed Clampett)
1917Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer/actor (My Fair Lady)
1918Bert Schierbeek, [Lambertus], Dutch writer/poet (Cross Roads)
1921P V Narasimha Rao, premier of India (1991- )
1922Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset)
1923Lloyd Labeach, Panama City, 100m/200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1948)
1924Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host
1925Giselher W Kleber, German (opera)composer (Die Ruber)
1926Mel Brooks, NYC, comedian/actor/director (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs)
1926Robert Shelton Shapiro, journalist
1927Theo van Tijn, Dutch marxist/social-historian
1928Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, cybernetician stage producer/lyricist
1928Peter Heine, cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's)
1928Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor
1929Don Dubbins, Brooklyn, actor (Enchanted Island, Fix)
1930Nikolay Nikolayevich Karetnikov, composer
1933Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, composer
1933Pat Morita, Berkeley CA, actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid)
1934Carl M Levin, (Sen-D Michigan, 1979- )
1934Roy Gilchrist, cricketer (volatile WI fast bowler of late 50s)
1936Bill Orton, (Rep-R-UT, 1983- )
1936Gisela Kraft, writer
1936Major R Owens, (Rep-D-NY)
1936Peter Hall, folklorist/musician
1938Leon E Panetta, (Rep-D-CA, 1977- )
1942"Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, sec-gen (S Africa Communist Party)
1942Jim Kolbe, (Rep-R-AZ, 1985- )
1942Sjoukje Dijkstra, Holland, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
1943Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
1943Ed Pastor, (Rep-D-Arizona)
1945Dave Knights, London, rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
1945Jane Harmon, (Rep-D-California)
1946Gilda Radner, comedienne, (Saturday Night Live)
1946Bruce Davison, Phila, actor (Capt Wyler-Hunter, Willard, High Risk)
1946Gilda Radner, Detroit Mich, actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon)
1946John "Mike" Lounge, Denver Colo, astr (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35)
1946Robert L Asprin, US, sci-fi writer (Thieves World, Cold Cash War)
1946Robert Xavier Rodriguez, composer
1947Patrick Kincaid, send him a card, he'll love it.
1947Mark Helprin, US writer
1947Patrick Kincaid, who wrote the TODAY program; send him a card
1948Kathy Bates, Memphis TN, academy award winning actress (Misery)
1949Don Baylor, Tx, baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP)
1949Edward Totah, art dealer
1950Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
1952Pietro Mennea, Italian runner (200m world record)
1954Alice Krige, South Africa, actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller)
1954Ava Barber, Knoxville Tn, country singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
1955Mitch Addock, Macon MS, Nike golfer (1992 BC Open-11th)
1955Nikolai Simyatov, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
1958Oran "Juice" Jones, rocker (Curiosity, Here I Go Again)
1958Sergei Shakrai, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
1960John Elway, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1961Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders)
1961Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat)
1962Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir, Romania, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1984)
1963Allen Pitts, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
1963Andy Cousin, rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet & Other Stories)
1964Bryan Barker, NFL punter (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1964Stephanie Maynor, Chester England, golfer (1995 PING Welch's-13th)
1964Susan Mascarin, Detroit Mich, tennis star
1965Michele Timms, WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury, Olympics-1988, 96)
1966Andrew Lang, NBA center (Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks)
1966John Cusack, Chicago, actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead)
1966Mary Stuart Masterson, Houston Tx, actress (Some Kind of Wonderful)
1966Mike Bellamy, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1967Anthony Smith, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
1967Matt Karchner, Berwick PA, pitcher (Chic White Sox)
1969Danielle Brisebois, Bkln NY, actress (Archie's Place, Big Bad Mama 2)
1969Tichina Arnold, Queens, actress (Ryan's Hope, Sharla-All My Children)
1970[Jack] Stephen Burton, Indianapolis, actor (Chris-Out of this World)
1970Mushtaq Ahmed, cricketer (prodigious Pakistani leggie 1990-)
1971Aileen Quinn, actress (Annie)
1971Bobby Hurley, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
1971Gary Downs, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
1971Greg Evans, NFL/WLAF safety (Buffalo Bills, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971Greg Keagle, Corning NY, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1971Jeff Cothran, NFL fullback (Cin Bengals)
1972Arie van de Padt, Dutch soccer player (Tonegido, Sparta)
1972Eric Johnson, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
1972Jerry Colquitt, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1972Kelly Wiltshire, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
1972Marvin Jones, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
1972Ryan Fujita, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
1973Alberto Berastegui, Spain, tennis star
1973Brian Maisonneuve, Detroit Mich, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
1973Ingrid Seynhaeve, Brussels Belgium, model (Look of the Year 1991)
1974Atilla Buday, Budapest Hungary, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96)
1974Josh[ua] Crosby, Manchester Mass, rower (Olympics-1996)
1974Karim Abdul-Jabaar, running back (Miami Dolphins)
1975Chad Green, Dunkirk NY, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
1977Lindsay Lee, Okla City Okla, tennis star (1995 Futures-Woodlands TX)
1979? Papajohn, Englewood Co, 1996 US Ladies' Figure Champion

Historial events:

Pons-Winnecke meteor shower, radiant in Draco
767St Paul I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1119Battle of Sarmada - Emir Ilghazi defeat French Crusaders
12451st Council of Lyons (13th ecumenical council) opens
1461Edward IV crowned king of England
1485Gent/Brugge/Ieper recognize Maximilian of Austria as regent of Neth
1519King Carlos I elected Roman Catholic German emperor Charles V
1524Duke van Bourbon occupies Province
1575Spanish troops conquer Buren
1583Duke French van Valois returns to France
1593Earl Mauritius conquerors Geertruidenberg
1629Peace of Als: Rights of French huguenots limited
1635French colony of Guadeloupe established in Caribbean
1675Battle at Fehrbellin: Brandenburgs army beats Sweden
1748Riot after public execution in Amsterdam, 200+ killed
17621st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)
1762Russian tsarina Catharina II grabs power
1770Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia
1776Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
1778Battle of Monmouth, NJ (Gen Washington beats Clinton)
1778Mary Ludwig Hayes "Molly Pitcher" aids American patriots
1807British troops lands at Ensenada, Argentina
1820The tomato is proved to be nonpoisonous.
1820Tomato is proven non-poisonous
1832Gerrit Moll measures noise of guns
1838Britain's Queen Victoria crowned in Westminster Abbey
18591st dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)
1861Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest
1862Day 4 of 7 Days-Battle of Savage's Station/Garnett's Farm, VA
1869Amsterdam typographer strike
1874Freedmen's Bank closes
1887Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
1892Phillies tie club record of 16 straight victories
1894Labor Day established as a federal employees holiday
1895El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua form Central American Union
1897Marquis C de Bonchamps' expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia
1902Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin
1902US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million
1904International Anti-Military Cooperation (IAMV) forms in Amsterdam
1907Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey
19091st French air show, Concours d'Avation opens
1911Joseph Caillaux forms govt in France
1914Austria invades Siberia (WW I)
1917Potato entrepreneurs begins in Amsterdam
1917Raggedy Ann doll invented
19181st flight between Hawaiian Islands
1919The Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, was signed.
1919Carl Mazes pitches a complete doubleheader against NY Yankees
1919Harry S Truman marries Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence
1919Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed in France
1923Dodgers lost 7-0 lead, as Phillies score 8 in bottom of 9th
1923Queen Wilhelmina & Prince Henry for state visit to London
1924Test cricket ump debut for Frank Chester, v South Africa at Lord's
1924Tornado strikes Sandusky Ohio & Lorain Ohio, killing 93
1928Alfred E Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for president at Dem Convention
1928Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
19301st night game in Detroit at newly built Hamtramck Stadium as Negro League Detroit Stars take on KC Monarchs
1934Hitler flies to Essen (Night of Long Knifes)
1935Earl Averill's consecutive-game streak ends at 673
1935FDR ordersa federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox Kentucky
1938Bradman scores 102* in drawn 2nd Test cricket at Lord's
1938Queen Victoria ascends to British throne
1939Pan Am begins transatlantic air service with the Dixie Clipper.
1939Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1939Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)
1939Yanks hit 13 HRs, sweep A's 23-2 & 10-0
1940"Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
1940Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
1941German & Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
1941German troops occupy Galicia Poland
1942Col-gen Von Hoth' 6th Pantser enters Voronezj
1942Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY)
1945Polish Provisional Govt of National Unity set up by Soviets
1946Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st pres of Italy
1946Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleve Indians games begins
1947"Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) by Red Ingle with Jo Stafford hits #1
1948US/British airlift to West-Berlin begins
1950"Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 perfs
1950North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea [or 1/4/1951?]
1951"Amos 'n Andy" show premiers on television (CBS).
1951"Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
19538th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
1954111F (44C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)
19561st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill
1956Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
1957Reds' fans stuff ballot box, electing 8 Reds as All Star starters
1957Frick overrules & names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team
1958Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
1958Nancy Ramey swims world record 100m (1:09.6)
1959Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)
196010.40" (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
1961Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
1962Thalidomide drug banned in Netherlands
1963Belaunde Terry inaugurated as pres of Peru
1963Khrushchev visits East-Berlin
1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waldemar Golf Open
1964Organization for Afo-American Unity forms in NY by Malcolm X
19651st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by Pres Johnson
1965Princess Beatrice & Claus von Amsberg announce engagement
1966Ernie Terrel beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
1967George Harrison is fined 6 for speeding
1967Israel annexes East Jerusalem
1968Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers
1969John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's
1970Mary Mills wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
1971Fillmore East closes
1971Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs & no-hits Reds
1971Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali
1973Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
1973Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected
1974Fall of earth & rocks kill 200 (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Colombia)
1974Wings release "Band on the Run" & "Zoo Gang" in UK
1975David Bowie releases "Fame" 39194 "S
19761st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colo
1976Hijacked French Airbus lands in Entebbe, Uganda
1977Billy Hunter becomes Rangers' 4th manager in 6 days
1977Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers
1978UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
1978Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
1979OPEC raises oil prices 24%
1980NYC transit fare rises from 50 to 60
1981"Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
198174 government officials die in attack in Iran
1981Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
1982Prince Chuck & Lady Di name their baby "William" 39207 "S
1983NASA launches Galaxy-A
1985Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx
1986Irish population condemns divorce
1986Kenneth & Nellie Pike challenge Ala Dem runoff win by AG C Graddick
1987"Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
1987Deb Richard wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
1987Don Baylor sets career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 (Pitcher Rick Rhoden)
1988Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton
199017th annual Daytime Emmy Awards
1990Emmy 17th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 11th time
1992"Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 18 performances
19922 earthquakes, including 3rd strongest in US (7.4) rock Calif
1992Burharnuddin Rabbani becomes president of Afghanistan
1992Italian govt of Amato forms
1992LA Police commisioner Daryl Gates steps down
1992Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
1992Pres Bush's daughter Dorothy marries Bobby Koch
1992US Dream Team beats Cuba in 1st exhibition basketball game, 133-57
1993Doctors recommend ligament transplant to Jose Canseco's arm
1993Jacques Lemaire is named NJ Devils 8th Head Coach
1993NCRV shows last "Cheers" in Neth
1993Carlton Fisk, 45, released by White Sox, as all time leader of most games caught & most HRs by a catcher
1994NY Met Pitcher Dwight Gooden suspended for 60 days due to drug charges
1995NJ Devils Stanley Cup Victory Party, admidst rumours they were moving to Nashville, goalie Chris Terreri holds up "Nashville? NO WAY!" sign
1996"Nutty Professor," starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA
1997"Master Class," closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
1997"Steel Peer," closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 perfs
1997TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant
1998wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

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