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Welcome to Today In History for Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1574 - Lucas I Franchoys, Belgian painter
  • 1582 - John Barclay, Scottish satirist/Latin poet (Argenis)
  • 1730 - Joseph Hewes, US merchant (Declaration of Independence signer)
  • 1752 - Muzio Clementi, Italian composer
  • 1761 - Friedrich von Matthison, German poet (Adelaide)
  • 1762 - Christian A Vulpius, Germany, writer (Rinaldo Rinaldini)
  • 1783 - Stendahl, [Marie Henri Beyle], France, writer (Le Rouge et de Noir)
  • 1785 - Carl A Agardh, Sweden, botanist/bishop of Karlstad
  • 1813 - Franz Commer, composer
  • 1816 - Carl Herrmann, near Hanover Germany, stage magician
  • 1820 - Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • 1828 - Calvin Edward Pratt, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
  • 1830 - Gaston AA Marquis de Gallifet, French general/min of War (1899-1900)
  • 1832 - douard Manet, France, Impressionist painter (Djeuner sur L'Herbe)
  • 1833 - John Randolph Chambliss Jr, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1840 - Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)
  • 1843 - Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer
  • 1857 - Andrija Mohorovicic, Croatian geologist (Moho discontinuity)
  • 1862 - David Hilbert, Knigsberg East Prussia, mathematician
  • 1865 - Benjamin Delmonte, theater director/actor (Black Haired Whore)
  • 1867 - Herbert Bedford, composer
  • 1868 - Juventino Rosas, composer
  • 1869 - Carlo Felice Boghen, composer
  • 1869 - Herbert David Croly, US author (Promise of American Life)
  • 1878 - Oton Zupancic, Slovenian poet (Zimzelen pod Snegom)
  • 1878 - Rutland Boughton, composer
  • 1885 - Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer
  • 1887 - Mikls Kllay, premier Hungary (1942-44)
  • 1888 - Gilbert Ledward, British(?) sculptor
  • 1889 - Franklin Pangborn, Newark, actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living)
  • 1889 - Prosper Arents, Flemish bibliographer (Rubens-bibliography)
  • 1891 - Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher/marxist theorist
  • 1893 - Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks)
  • 1894 - Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Patriot/Idiot)
  • 1896 - Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • 1897 - Amanda Berry Smith, famous African
  • 1897 - Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician
  • 1898 - Randolph Scott, actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)
  • 1898 - Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, director (Battleship Potemkin) [NS]
  • 1899 - Joseph Nathan Kane, historian (Famous Firsts)
  • 1900 - Mary Philips, CT, actress (Farewell to Arms, Incendiary Blonde)
  • 1900 - Ralph Graves, Cleve Ohio, actor (Dirigible, Flight, Dream Street)
  • 1901 - Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician
  • 1902 - Benny Waters, saxophonist
  • 1904 - Theodor Schaefer, composer
  • 1905 - David Newell, Mo, actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves)
  • 1905 - Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges)
  • 1906 - Bob Steele, Pendleton Oregon, actor (Duffy-F Troop, Big Sleep)
  • 1907 - Dan Duryea, White Plains NY, actor (Pride of the Yankees)
  • 1907 - Hediki Yukawa, Japan, physicist (Nobel 1949)
  • 1908 - Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist
  • 1908 - Pak Saleman Siswowitono, Javan/Surinamese writer
  • 1909 - Norman Fulton, composer
  • 1910 - Django Reinhardt, Belgium, Gypsy jazz guitarist
  • 1911 - Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer
  • 1912 - Ank van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy)
  • 1914 - Napoleon L Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne
  • 1915 - Herma Bauma, Austria, javelin thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
  • 1915 - Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)
  • 1918 - Gertrude Belle Elion, NYC, biochemist/drug researcher (Nobel 1988)
  • 1919 - Bob Paisley, English soccer player/trainer/manager of FC Liverpool
  • 1919 - Ernie Kovacs, Trenton NJ, comedian (Ernie Kovacs' Show)
  • 1919 - Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952)
  • 1920 - Erbet Pawel, biographer (Kafka)
  • 1923 - Florence Halop, Queens, actress (Florence-Night Court, St Elsewhere)
  • 1923 - Horace Ashenfelter, US, 3000m steeplechase (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1923 - Walter M[ichael] Miller Jr, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars)
  • 1924 - Frank R Lautenberg, (Sen-D-NJ, 1983- )
  • 1925 - Marty Paich, Oakland Calif, orch leader (Sonny & Cher, Glenn Campbell)
  • 1928 - Eugene Monti, Italy, bobsledder (Olympic-2 golds-1968)
  • 1928 - Jeanne Moreau, Paris France, actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim)
  • 1928 - Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • 1929 - Ian Thomson, cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65)
  • 1929 - John Polanyi, Berlin, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986)
  • 1930 - Derek Walcott, St Lucia, poet/writer (Omeros, Nobel 1992)
  • 1930 - Ken Errair, rocker (Four Freshmen)
  • 1930 - William Reid Pogue, Okemah Okla, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4)
  • 1932 - Bud Shuster, (Rep-R-PA, 1973- )
  • 1933 - Arlene Golonka, Chicago Ill, actress (Millie-Mayberry RFD)
  • 1933 - Chita Rivera, Wash DC, actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity)
  • 1933 - Joel Spiegelman, composer
  • 1934 - Lou Antonio, Okla City, actor (Barney-Snoop Sisters, Makin' It)
  • 1936 - Jerry Kramer, Green Bay Packer, author (Instant Replay)
  • 1938 - Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident
  • 1940 - Johnny Russell, country singer
  • 1942 - Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, cosmonaut
  • 1942 - Laurie Mayne, cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70)
  • 1942 - Willy Bogner Jr, Munich, director (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • 1943 - Gil Gerard, Little Rock Ark, actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century)
  • 1943 - William E "Bill" Gibb, Scottish fashion designer
  • 1944 - Jerry Lawson, US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)
  • 1944 - Marty Russo, (Rep-D-IL, 1975- )
  • 1944 - Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend)
  • 1944 - Sergey Belov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1946 - Asif Masood, cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up)
  • 1947 - Thomas R Carper, (Rep-D-DE, 1983- )
  • 1948 - Anita Pointer, Oakland, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy)
  • 1949 - Robert Cabana, Minneapolis, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88)
  • 1950 - Bill Cunningham, rock keyboardist/bassist (Box Tops)
  • 1950 - Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)
  • 1950 - Patrick Simmons, guitarist/vocal (Doobie Brothers-Minute by Minute)
  • 1950 - Richard Dean Anderson, Minneapolis, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS)
  • 1950 - Richard Gilliland, Ft Worth Tx, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland)
  • 1950 - William Cunningham, rock bassist/pianist (Box Tops-Letter)
  • 1951 - Margaret Johnson Bailes, Bronx NY, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1951 - Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1952 - Omar Henry, cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992)
  • 1953 - Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • 1953 - Pat Haden, Westbury, NY, NFL quarterback (LA Rams)
  • 1954 - Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • 1954 - Franco De Vita, Caracas Venezuala, spanish singer (Extranjero)
  • 1954 - Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1954 - Trevor Hohns, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989)
  • 1955 - Alexander O'Neal, R&B singer
  • 1955 - Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1955 - Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)
  • 1957 - Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, Monte Carlo Monaco, princess
  • 1958 - Lorraine Michaels, Canterbury England, playmate (Apr, 1981)
  • 1959 - Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959 - Tyrone Power Jr, Los Angeles Calif, actor (Shag)
  • 1960 - Greg Ritchie, cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote)
  • 1960 - Misha Mck, East Orange NJ, actress (Gerri-Me & Mrs C)
  • 1961 - Trey Junkin, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963 - Gail O'Grady, Detroit, actress (Hitman, Nobody's Perfect, NYPD Blue)
  • 1963 - Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • 1963 - Rocco Romano, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1964 - Frank Winters, NFL center (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1964 - Mariska Hargitay, LA Calif, actress (Jesse Smith-Downtown, ER)
  • 1965 - Tim Berrett, Tunbridge Wells Engl, Canadian 20k walker (Oly-14-92, 96)
  • 1966 - Haywoode Workman, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1966 - Mike Brim, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1966 - Scott Fortune, Newport Beach Calif, volleyballer (Oly-G-88,B-92, 96)
  • 1967 - Christine Parris-Washington, Truro Nova Scotia, softball (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 - Naim Suleymanoglu, Bulgaria, Turkish weight lifter (Oly-gold-1988)
  • 1968 - Eric Metcalf, NFL receiver/running back (Atl Falcons, SD Chargers)
  • 1968 - Lubomir Kolnik, Skalica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo)
  • 1968 - Petr Korda, Prague Czech, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati)
  • 1968 - Todd Scott, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 - Brendan Shanahan, Mimico Ont, NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings)
  • 1969 - Eric Carter, CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 - Alan Embree, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1970 - Jim Schwantz, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 - Mark Wohlers, Holyoke MA, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1970 - Marquel Fleetwood, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 - Richard Smehlik, Ostrava Cze, NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Oly-Gold-98)
  • 1970 - Sherman Obando, Changuinola Panama, outfielder (Montreal Expos)
  • 1971 - Adam Parore, cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion)
  • 1971 - James Logan, WLAF linebacker (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1971 - Julie Foudy, SD Calif, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 - Kevin Mawae, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 - Mark Grimmette, Ann Arbor Mich, doubles luger (Olympics-1994)
  • 1972 - Anthony Peterson, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers)
  • 1972 - Gary Harrell, NFL/WLAF receiver (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 - Kez McCorvey, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 - Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1973 - Mark Kolesar, Minnedosa, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1974 - Glen Chapple, cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler)
  • 1974 - Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Long Beach Ca, actress (Saved by Bell, 90210)
  • 1975 - Kevin Alexander, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1976 - Byron Hanspard, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1976 - Phil Boudreault, Copper Cliff Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • 1980 - Theresa Kulikowski, Tacoma Wash, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1002 - Otto III, German king/emperor 983/996-1002, dies at 21
  • 1356 - Margaretha of Bavaria, Emperess of Germany, dies
  • 1516 - Ferdinand II, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 63
  • 1548 - Bernardo Pisano, composer, dies at 57
  • 1622 - William Baffin, British explorer, dies at about 38
  • 1639 - Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • 1648 - Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish poet (Del Rey Abajo), dies at 40
  • 1708 - Thomas Bullis, composer, dies at 80
  • 1800 - Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed Decl of Indep), dies at 50
  • 1805 - Vaclav Pichl, composer, dies at 63
  • 1806 - William Pitt, the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783..1806), dies at 46
  • 1813 - George Clymer, US merchant (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 73
  • 1814 - Georg Friedrich Theodor Wolf, composer, dies at 52
  • 1837 - John Field, composer, dies at 54
  • 1838 - Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • 1845 - Francesco Ruggi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1864 - Michele Puccini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1875 - Charles Kingsley, English vicar/writer (Westward Ho!), dies at 55
  • 1879 - Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • 1883 - Gustave Dor, French illustrator, dies at 51
  • 1891 - Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Flaanders, dies at 21
  • 1893 - Jos Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • 1898 - W A Remy, composer, dies at 66
  • 1908 - Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • 1913 - Nazim Pasha, Turkey's PM, assassinated
  • 1921 - Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1926 - Dsir J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal, dies at 74
  • 1926 - Joseph Carl Breil, composer, dies at 55
  • 1931 - Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies
  • 1936 - Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
  • 1939 - Ernst Bla, writer, dies
  • 1939 - Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 1941 - Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1943 - Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
  • 1944 - Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80
  • 1945 - Helmuth J Moltke, German politician ("July 20th Plot"), executed at 37
  • 1946 - Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
  • 1946 - Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • 1947 - Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1947 - Roy Park, cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies
  • 1956 - Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • 1957 - Willie Edwards, US black, murdered by KKK at 25
  • 1964 - Louis Horst, composer, dies at 80
  • 1966 - Jo van Ammers-Kller, Dutch playwright (Opstandigen), dies at 81
  • 1969 - Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • 1975 - Karel Paul van der Mandele, director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • 1976 - Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • 1976 - Paul Robeson, athlete/lawyer/singer, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • 1977 - Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • 1978 - Jack Oakie, actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74
  • 1978 - Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidently shot in head at 32
  • 1981 - Bobby Sherwood, orch leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66
  • 1981 - Samuel Barber, US composer (School for Scandal), dies at 70
  • 1982 - Hope Hampton, actress (Star Dust, Lawful Larcency), dies at 83
  • 1984 - Samuel Gardner, composer, dies at 92
  • 1986 - Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • 1989 - Salvador Dal, Surrealist painter, dies in Spain at 84
  • 1990 - Albert Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 57
  • 1990 - Mariano Rumor, Italy's PM (1968-70, 73-1974), dies
  • 1992 - Freddie Bartholomew, child actor (Kidnapped), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1992 - Ian Wolfe, actor (Houdini, THX-1138, Homebodies), dies at 95
  • 1992 - Simon Brand, South African banker/adviser to Pres De Klerk, dies
  • 1993 - Dudley Stevens, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1993 - Thomas A Dorsey, jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies
  • 1994 - Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76
  • 1994 - Oliver Smith, US set designer (Guys & Dolls-7 Tony Awards), dies at 75
  • 1994 - Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1994 - Suzanne M Blum, French lawyer (Charlie Chaplin), dies at 95
  • 1995 - Harold Collett Dent, journalist/educationist, dies at 100
  • 1995 - Ken Hill, playwright/director, dies at 57
  • 1995 - Michael Whalley Wickham, artist, dies at 91
  • 1995 - Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright, dies at 75
  • 1996 - John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • 1996 - Norman MacCaig, poet, dies at 85
  • 1996 - Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • 1997 - Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997 - David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • 1997 - Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • 1997 - Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jump at Superbowl rehearsal at 43
  • 1997 - Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • 1997 - Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1997 - Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • 1998 - Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies



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