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Welcome to Today In History for Sunday, February 19, 2017.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 0003 - Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl)
  • 1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Torn, Poland, astronomer (heliocentrism)
  • 1532 - Jean-Antoine de Baf, French poet (Les amours de Mline)
  • 1588 - Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish gov-gen of Dutch East-Indies
  • 1611 - Andries de Graeff, mayor of Amsterdam (1657..71)
  • 1616 - Jacques de Saint-Luc, composer
  • 1671 - Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer
  • 1683 - Philip V, France, King of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)
  • 1687 - Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer
  • 1717 - David Garrick, actor/producer/writer (Aboan-Oroonoko)
  • 1743 - [Ridolfo] Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, cellist (Minuet)
  • 1751 - Cornelis de Gijselaar, Dutch politician/patriot
  • 1754 - Vincenzo Monti, Italian poet/translator (Al Signor di Montgolfier)
  • 1755 - Pieter G van Overstraten, governor-general of Neth-Indies
  • 1762 - Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer
  • 1763 - Adalbert Gyrowetz, composer
  • 1780 - Friedrich H von der Hagen, German germanist (Nibelungenlied)
  • 1812 - Lauro Rossi, composer
  • 1817 - Willem III, last male King of Netherlands (1849-90)
  • 1819 - Mark Prager Lindo, English/Dutch author/novelist/writer
  • 1821 - Francis Preston Blair Jr, Lexington Ky, (Rep-Missouri)
  • 1824 - Constantine D Uschinsky, Russian educator [NS=Mar 2]
  • 1827 - Charles Robert Woods, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1855
  • 1828 - Johannes von Miquel, German politician
  • 1833 - lie Ducommun, Switzerland, writer/pacifist (Nobel 1902)
  • 1841 - Felipe Pedrell, composer
  • 1843 - Adelina Patti, Madrid Spain, opera soprano (Lucio)
  • 1859 - Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1863 - Augusto Bernardino Legua y Salcedo, president of Per (1908, 1919)
  • 1863 - Emanuel Moor, composer
  • 1864 - Aritius S Talma, Dutch minister of Agriculture (Work Law of 1911)
  • 1865 - Adrian van Oordt, Dutch writer (neo-romantic)
  • 1865 - Sven Hedin, Sweden, scientist/explorer (Tibet)
  • 1877 - Else Berg, German/Dutch painter
  • 1877 - Louis Franois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 1880 - Arthur Shepherd, composer
  • 1881 - Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • 1881 - Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care
  • 1881 - Paul Zech, writer
  • 1886 - George Luther Foote, composer
  • 1889 - Jos Eustasio Rivera, Colombia, poet/novelist (Vortex)
  • 1891 - J C "Farmer" White, cricketer (Somerset slow lefty 1909-37)
  • 1893 - Cedric Hardwicke, Stourbridge England, actor (Peter Pan, Richard III)
  • 1893 - Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Scrittori d'Oggi)
  • 1894 - Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • 1895 - Louis Calhern, NYC, actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle)
  • 1898 - Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, [Lou de Palingboer], Dutch sect leader
  • 1900 - Giorgos Seferis, writer
  • 1901 - Cor[nelis RJ] Kieboom, Dutch resistance fighter/chairman (Feyenoord)
  • 1902 - Hugo Haas, Brno Czechoslovakia, actor/director (2 Smart People)
  • 1902 - John Bubbles, Louisville Ky, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps)
  • 1902 - Nydia Westman, NYC, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins)
  • 1903 - Kay Boyle, St Paul Minn, novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • 1904 - Havank, [HF vqan der Kallen], Dutch thriller writer (St Eustache)
  • 1906 - Grace Mary Williams, composer
  • 1906 - Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • 1909 - Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • 1911 - Merle Oberon, Calcutta India, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion)
  • 1911 - Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 - Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
  • 1912 - Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher
  • 1912 - Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1913 - Alvin Derold Etler, composer
  • 1915 - John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host
  • 1916 - Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns)
  • 1917 - Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • 1920 - Frances K Bairstow, educator/labor relations consultant
  • 1920 - George Rose, Bicester England, actor (Beacon Hill, Holocaust)
  • 1921 - Andries Treurnicht, [Dr No], founder (S Afr Conservative Party)
  • 1921 - Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • 1922 - Beant Singh, politiician
  • 1922 - Josef Matej, composer
  • 1923 - Donald Lybbert, composer
  • 1924 - Bruce Norris, NHL owner (Detroit Red Wings)
  • 1924 - Lee Marvin, NYC, actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou)
  • 1925 - Jindrich Feld, composer
  • 1925 - Leslie Laing, Linstead Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1926 - Gyorgy Kurtag, composer
  • 1927 - Rene Firino-Martell, cognac manufacturer
  • 1930 - John Frankenheimer, NYC, director (Birdman of Alcatraz)
  • 1932 - Jean-Pierre Ponnele, Paris France, opera director (Carmina Burana)
  • 1932 - Joseph P Kerwin, Oak Park Ill, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2)
  • 1934 - David Hugh Jones, Poole Dorset England, director (Betrayal)
  • 1934 - Julian Belfrage, theatre Agent
  • 1936 - Bob Engemann, singer
  • 1936 - Ione Mylonas Shear, archeologist
  • 1937 - Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • 1938 - Penny Zavichas, LPGA golfer
  • 1939 - Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • 1940 - Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me)
  • 1940 - Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • 1940 - William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
  • 1941 - Carlos Roque Alsina, composer
  • 1941 - Stephen Dobyns, US author/poet (Cold Dog Soup)
  • 1942 - Kenneth R Kramer, (Rep-R-CO, 1979- )
  • 1943 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday)
  • 1943 - Lou Christie, [Lugee Sacco], Penn, vocalist (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 1944 - Jan Bart Klaster, mythologist (Slogan)
  • 1945 - Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1945 - Michael Nader, actor (Dynasty, All My Children)
  • 1945 - Thomas Brasch, writer
  • 1946 - Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy)
  • 1946 - Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • 1947 - Peter Bird, ocean rower
  • 1948 - Byron K Lichtenburg, Stroudsburg Pa, astronaut (STS 9, STS 45)
  • 1948 - Mark Andes, Philadelphia Pa, rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball)
  • 1948 - Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • 1949 - Eddie Hardin, keyboardist/singer
  • 1949 - Edward Hardin, NYC, rock guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1949 - Ewa Aulin, Stockholm, actress (Candy)
  • 1950 - Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • 1951 - Stephen Nichols, Cincinnati OH, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives)
  • 1952 - Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexico, PHD/astronaut (STS 23)
  • 1953 - Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1954 - Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 - Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • 1955 - Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • 1955 - Margaux Hemingway, Portland Or, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce)
  • 1956 - Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • 1956 - George David Low, Cleveland Ohio, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43)
  • 1956 - Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • 1956 - Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1957 - Dave "Smoke" Stewart, Oakland Calif, pitcher (Oakland Athletic)
  • 1957 - Falco, [John Hoelcel], rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus)
  • 1957 - Johann Hoelzel Falco, musician
  • 1957 - Paul Dean, guitarist
  • 1960 - Holly Johnson, England, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
  • 1960 - Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, S Africa head (Inkatha Youth Brigade)
  • 1960 - Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • 1960 - Vicki Lynn Lasseter Iola Kansas, playmate (Feb, 1981)
  • 1962 - Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)
  • 1962 - Hana Mandlikova, Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis player (1985 US Open)
  • 1963 - Jessica Tuck, NYC, actress (Megan-1 Life to Live)
  • 1963 - Seal, English vocalist/songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose)
  • 1964 - Doug Aldrich, rocker
  • 1965 - Andrew Jameson, British(?) swimmer
  • 1965 - John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1966 - Justine Bateman, Rye NY, actress (Mallory-Family Ties, Satisfaction)
  • 1966 - Matthew Ryan, Port Jefferson NY, team handball circle (Olympics-1996)
  • 1966 - Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • 1966 - Peter Douris, Toronto, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1966 - Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • 1966 - William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967 - Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)
  • 1967 - Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1968 - Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1968 - Rob Dimaio, Calgary, NHL right wing (Phila Flyers)
  • 1970 - Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chic Bears)
  • 1970 - Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1971 - Becca Lee, Tennessee, Miss USA (Tenn-3rd-1996)
  • 1971 - Becky Dyroen-Lancer, San Jose Calif, synchro swimmer (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1971 - Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971 - Richard Green, Australasia golfer
  • 1971 - Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleve Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 - William Henderson, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1972 - Andrey Pchelyakov, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1973 - Masafumi Kawaguchi, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 - Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1973 - Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Sochi Russia, tennis star (1995 doubles-Hamburg)
  • 1975 - Paul Frey, Boston MA, dance skater (& Ponte-1995 Eastern Jr champ)
  • 1975 - Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1989 - L A Baby orangutan, at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0197 - D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
  • 1260 - Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies
  • 1401 - William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
  • 1414 - Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
  • 1545 - Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], calvinist minister, burned to death
  • 1553 - Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician, dies at 41
  • 1568 - Miles Coverdale, translator (1st complete English Bible), dies at 80
  • 1605 - Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, composer, dies at 54
  • 1620 - Roemer P Visscher, poet, buried in Amsterdam
  • 1653 - Luigi Rossi, composer, dies
  • 1785 - Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1790 - Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz, composer, dies at 47
  • 1815 - Leonhard von Call, composer, dies at 47
  • 1822 - Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 78
  • 1837 - Georg Bchner, German playwright (Leonce und Lena), dies at 23
  • 1858 - Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, composer, dies at 78
  • 1864 - William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brig-general, dies
  • 1875 - Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • 1878 - Charles F Daubigny, French restaurateur/painter, dies at 61
  • 1887 - Eduard Douwes Dekker, Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • 1892 - Monty Bowden, cricket Capt (England v S Africa 1889), dies at 26
  • 1894 - Ernesto Camillo Sivori, composer, dies at 78
  • 1897 - Karl T Weierstrass, German mathematician, dies at 81
  • 1915 - Gopal Krishna Gokhale, India's social reformer/politician, dies
  • 1916 - Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1923 - Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer, dies at 68
  • 1927 - Georg Brandes, [Cohen], Danish literary-historian/critic, dies at 85
  • 1927 - Robert Fuchs, composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 - Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn, composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 - Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • 1941 - Hamilton Hamilton Harty, composer/conductor, dies at 61
  • 1944 - Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, composer, dies at 76
  • 1945 - Wim Speelman, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1949 - Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • 1950 - Edyth Walker, US singer, dies at 82
  • 1951 - Andre[-Paul-Guillaume] Gide, French writer (Nobel 1947), dies at 82
  • 1952 - Knut Hamsun, writer, dies at 92
  • 1952 - Lawrence Grant, actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
  • 1962 - Albert Israel Elkus, composer, dies at 77
  • 1965 - Forrest Taylor, actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • 1965 - Gheorge Gheorghiu Dej, Romanian president, dies at 63
  • 1967 - Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • 1968 - Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • 1970 - Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • 1975 - Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • 1980 - Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC-Whole Lotta Rosie), dies at 33
  • 1981 - Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94
  • 1983 - Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1984 - Ina Ray Hutton, orch leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 1985 - Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • 1985 - George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • 1986 - Adolfo Celi, actor (Thunderball), dies at 63
  • 1986 - James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • 1986 - Paul Stewart, actor (Top Secret USA, Deadline), dies at 77
  • 1989 - Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • 1989 - Merwe, journalist/cabaret performer (Hadjememaar), dies
  • 1990 - Michael Powell, Engl director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • 1991 - Peggy Mondo, actress (Who's Minding the Store), dies at 50
  • 1992 - Chet Leaming, dies after brief illness at 66
  • 1993 - Gerhard Gesell, judge (Pentagon Papers), dies of liver cancer at 82
  • 1993 - Michael Morrison, actor (Caleb-As the World Turns), dies at 33
  • 1994 - Derek Jarman, actor/director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52
  • 1994 - Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • 1994 - Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 1995 - Calder Willingham, novelist/Scriptwriter, dies at 72
  • 1995 - Ian Ball, photographer, dies at 80
  • 1995 - Shlomo Averbach, Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1996 - Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • 1996 - Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • 1996 - Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • 1996 - Madhaviah Krishnan, naturalist, dies at 83
  • 1997 - Deng Xiaoping, head (Chinese Communist Party), dies at 92
  • 1997 - Leo Rosten, writer/humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 1997 - Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • 1998 - Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84



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