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1517Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)
1526Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)
1561Jacopo Peri, composer
1625Thomas Corneille, French playwright
1637Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
1665Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)
1666Alphonse d' Eve, composer
1702Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal
1710Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rules of Simpson)
1720Bernard de Bury, composer
1756Bernardo Bittoni, composer
1764Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
1778Bernardo O'Higgins, won independence for Chile
1779Freiherr Jns J Berzelius, Swedish chemist (atomic weight)
1785Oliver Hazard Perry, US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")
1788Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
1799Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
1802Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1867
1811Gilman Marston, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1890
1820Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
1824Absalom Baird, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1905
1827Charles T H Coster, Belg literary (Lgendes d'Ulenspiegel) [or May 7]
1832Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor, died in 1913
1833Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President (1889-1893)
1833Benjamin Harrison, North Bend Ohio, (R) 23rd Pres (1889-1893)
1842Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
1856Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter (Laodania) [NS Sept 1]
1860Raymond Poincar, France, president/PM (1912)
1873Eliel Saarinen, Finland, architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich)
1873William Henry Bell, composer
1881Edgar Albert Guest, Detroit Mich, poet/newspaperman
1881Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, composer
1885Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
1886Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
1888George Sklavos, composer
1889Witold Friemann, composer
1890Howard Phillips Lovecraft, US horror writer (Weird Tales)
1890H P Lovecraft, US, Gothic novelist (At the Mountains of Madness)
1897Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
1898G Kraus, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
1898Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)
1899Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)
1900Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
1901Salvatore Quasimodo, Italy, poet/critic/translator (Nobel 1959)
1902Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
1904Jaap [Jacob AW] Burger, chairman (PvdA)
1905Duncan Macrae, Glasgow Scotland, actor (Casino Royale, Kidnapped)
1905Jack [Weldon J] Teagarden, US trombonist/actor (Meet Band Leaders)
1907Alan Reed, NYC, actor (Mr Adams & Eve)/voice (Fred Flintstone)
1907Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
1907Shirley Booth, [Thelma Booth Ford], NYC, actress (Hazel)
1907Stanley Devon, photographer
1908Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
1908Jeanne Stern, writer
1908John Reginald Bevins, politician
1908Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
1909Albert Roberts, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37)
1909Andre Morell, London England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles)
1910Eero Saarinen, Finnish/US architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel)
1911Ronald Udell, England, production designer (Pinewood Studios)
1912Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
1913Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
1914Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach (Olympic-gold-1936)
1920Istvn Szivs, Hungary, water polo player (Olympic-gold-1976)
1921Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
1921Jacqueline Susann, Phila Pa, author (Valley of the Dolls)
1924Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim)
1929Norma Connolly, Boston, Mass, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital)
1931Bernhard Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
1931Don King, boxing promoter, shocking hairstyle [or Dec 6]
1933Don Fuqua, (Rep-D-FL, 1963-86)
1933George John Mitchell, (Sen-D-ME, 1980-94/Senate Whip 1989- )
1933Larry Robideaux, horse trainer
1935Charles Shere, composer
1935J J Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame)
1935Justin Tubb, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1936Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
1937Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP (CDA)
1937George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
1938Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
1940John Lantree, rocker
1940Rex Sellers, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
1940Sam Melville, Utah, actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks)
1941Slobodan Milocevic, premier Serbia
1941William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978- )
1942Hans-Joachim Klein, German FR, 100m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1964)
1942Isaac Hayes, Covington TN, composer (Shaft)
1943Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love)
1944Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, SD Padres, Cleve Indians)
1944John Povey, rocker
1944Rajiv Gandhi, PM of India (1984-89)
1946Connie Chung, TV news anchor (NBC, CBS)
1947James Pankow, Chicago IL, rocker (Chicago)
1951Greg[ory Dale] Bear, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
1951Phil Lynott, Dublin Ireland, rock bassist (Thin Lizzy)
1951Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
1952John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988)
1952John Hiatt, US singer/songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me)
1952Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
1953Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)
1954Al Roker, Queens NY, weatherman (NBC, Today)
1954Theresa Saldana, Bkln NY, actress (Rachel Scali-Commish)
1954William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
1955Jay Acovone, Mahopac NY, actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat)
1955Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1955Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
1956Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
1956Joan Allen, Ill, actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country)
1956Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
1957Cindy Nicholas, Canada, swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times)
1957Doug Fleger, rocker
1957Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host
1957Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach CA beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
1957Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
1958Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)
1959Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One)
1959Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
1960Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Beth-Four Seasons)
1960Mark Langston, San Diego CA, pitcher (California Angels)
1960Troy Young, horse trainer
1961Linda Mantz, NYC, actress (Frankie-Dorothy)
1961Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
1962Duffy James Joseph Waldorf Jr, LA CA, PGA golfer (1995 LaCantera Tx)
1962Loretta Alderete, LA CA, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-14th)
1962Robert Meyer, Sacramento Cal, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morningstar)
1963Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1964Giuseppe Giannini, Rome Italy, soccer player (Rome A Team)
1965Joe Durigon, jockey
1966Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA (1988)/actress (Baywatch)
1966Greg Jackson, NFL strong safety (Phila Eagles, SD Chargers)
1966Steven Finn, Laval, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
1967Andy Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
1967Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
1968Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
1969Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
1969Francisco Torres, jockey
1970Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)
1970Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
1971Bernard Whittington, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
1971Brett Bech, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
1971Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
1971Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
1971Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
1972Derrick Alston, NBA forward (Phila 76ers)
1974Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
1978Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
1979Tara Shaffer, Miss Ohio Teen USA (1996)
1980Corey Carrier, actor (Young Indiana Jones)
1981Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
1994White buffalo, Janesville Wisconsin

Historial events:

Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
2Venus-Jupiter in conjunction-Star of Bethlehem(?)
573Gregory of Tours selected bishop of Tours
636Battle at Yarmuk: Moslems beat Byzantines [or August 15]
917Battle at Anchialus: Bulgaria army counter attacks Byzantines
1191Crusader King Richard I kills 3,000 muslim prisoners in Akko
1534Turkish admiral Chaireddin"Barbarossa" occupies Tunis
1566Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp Belgium
1585English queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: aid to Netherland
15971st Dutch East India Company ships returned from Far East
1604Spanish garrison of Sluis surrenders to count Maurice
16191st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
1641Britain & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
1648Battle of Lens: French duke d'Enghien defeats Spaniards
1741Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering
1745Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle Scotland
1781George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
1791Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovers Alaska
1794Gen Mad Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers Ohio
1795Joseph Haydn returns to Vienna from England
1852Steamer "Atlantic" collided with fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
1856Wilberforce University forms in Ohio
1861Skirmish at Jonesboro MO
18648th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3900 casualties)
1865Pres Johnson proclaims an end to "insurrection" in Tx
1866President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over
1866Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
1879Govt Kappeijne of Coppello resigns
1882Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow
1888Longest US men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
1893Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
1895Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Norwood Builder" (BG)
1896Dial telephone patented
1900Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
1901Fawcett committee visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony
1908Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
1910US supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
1912Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect
1912Wash Senator Carl Cushion no-hits Cleve Indians, 2-0 in 6 innings
19131st pilot to parachute from an aircraft (Adolphe Pgoud-France)
1913Piotr Nesterow 1st flight (Kiev Ukraine)
1914-21] German General von Blow executes 211 Belgians
1914-24] Battle of Bounderies: Lorraine, Ardennen, Sambre & Meuse, Mons
1914Battle at Gumbinnen, East-Prussia: Russian beat Germans
1914Battle at Morhange: German troops chase French, killing 1000s
1914Bavarian troops kill 50 inhabitants of Nomeny France
1914German army captured Brussels as the Belgian army retreated to Antwerp
1915Italy declares war on Turkey
1915White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleve in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, & $31,500
1918Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
1919Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
1920US's first radio broadcaster, 8MK later WWJ, Detroit begins daily broadcasting.
19201st US coml radio, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit began daily broadcasting
1920Allen Woodring wins Oympic 200 m dash wearing borrowed shoes
1920Israel publishes it's 1st medical journal "Ha-Refuah" 27092 "S
1920Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
192135th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats M Browne (46 64 62)
19221st world championship athletics for women, held in Paris
1923London harbor strike ends
1925WJR-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
1926Uprising against Reza Shah Pahlawi in Persia
19291st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
1930Bradman scores 232 in 5th Test Cricket at The Oval
1930Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC)
193145th US Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen Whitingstall (64 61)
1934Ponsford out for 266 in his final Test Cricket match
1935Milt coup by General Pons & president Ibarra in Ecuador
1938Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd & last grand slam
19391st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)
1939Russ offensive under gen Zjoekov against Jap invasion in Mongolia
1940Churchill says of the Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
19401st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
1940Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies Aug 21
1940British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" 27111 "S
1942WW II dimout regulations implemented in San Francisco.
1942Dim-out regulations implemented in SF
1944"Anna Lucasta," opens on Broadway
194426th PGA Championship: Bob Hamilton at Manito G & CC Spokane Wash
1944Gen de Gaulle returns to France
1944Russian offensive at Jassy & Kisjinev
1944US & British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap
1945Dodgers Tommy Brown, 17, is youngest player to hit a HR
1945Robert Hamilton wins PGA golf tournament
1945Russian troops occupy Harbin & Mukden
1945Tommy Brown, Bkln Dodger becomes youngest HR hitter (17)
1947Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
1947Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
194815th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
1948US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
194978,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
1949Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution
1952Stalin meets Chou Enlai
1953General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests premier Mossadeq of Persia
1953Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
19551st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA Hanes, Palmdale Ca
1955Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria
1956Republicans convene at Cow Palace
1957"Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
1957Chic White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Wash Senators, 6-0
1957USAAF ballon breaks an altitude record at 102,000' (310,896 m)
1957White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Senators 6-0
1958Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
1958Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years
1958Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
1959Belgium shortens conscription to 12 months
1960Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
1960USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
1961Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
1961East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
1962USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1964LBJ signs anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion
1964President Johnson signs Economic Opportunity Act
1964Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 v India in only Test Cricket innings
1964Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders
1965Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 US hit)
1965Eddie Mathews & Hank Aaron (1954-65) pass Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig hitting 772 HRs while playing together on the same team
1966Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
1967Alvin Dark (52-69) is fired, rehired, & fired again as manager of A's
1967Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
1968650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
1968USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
196969 cm rainfall in Nelson Co., Virginia (state record)
1970-21] Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
1971FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr
1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
1972USSR performs underground nuclear test
1974Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
1974Nelson Rockefeller becomes VP
1974Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
1974Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon's resignation
1975Il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126
1975Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars, soft landing
1977NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune
1978Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
1978Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
1978Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
1978Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
1979India premier Charan Singh resigns
1979Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
1980Mt Everest climbed by Italian Reinhold Messner, alone
1980NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
1980Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
1980Reinhold Messner of Italy is 1st to solo ascent Mt Everest
1980Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
1980UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jersualem is it's capital
1982Don Lever becomes 1st captain of NJ Devils
1982US marines land in Beirut Lebanon
1983Miss National Teen-Ager
19851st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)
1985Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
1985Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
1985Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
1985Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
1986Mail carrier Patrick Sherrill, Edmond Ok, shot 14 fellow workers dead
1986Phils Don Carmen perfect game bid is broken in 9th
19886.5 earthquake strikes India/Nepal, 1,000s killed
1988Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria sets 100m hurdle woman's record (12.21)
1989Aak crashes into pleasure boat The Margin on the Thames, 51 killed
1989Howard Johnson joins B Bonds & W Mays to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases
1989Janet B Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)
1989Said Aouita runs world record 3000 m (7:29.45)
1990Gene Michael names NY Yankee VP/GM replacing Harding Peterson
1990George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner
1990Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields)
1990NY Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 15 HRs (approx 132 at bat)
1991After the attempted coup in the Soviet Union, Estonia declares
1991Norbert Rosza swims world record 100m breast stroke (1:01.29)
1991Dolphin Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a 5-year extension for $25 million
1991Estonia declares it's independence from USSR itself independent
1992England get 7-363 in 55 overs vs Pakistan, then world ODI record
1992Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler
1993Colin Jackson runs world record 110m hurdles (12.91)
1993Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago
1993Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria
1994109.8F (43.2C) in Cordoba Spain
1994Archbishop Quarracino wants all homosexuals to leave Argentina
1994Ferry boat sinks at Chandpur Bangladesh, 300-350 killed
1995"Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 perfs
1995Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 37th consecutive save
1995Kerrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
1996India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
1997Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA

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