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Welcome to Today In History for Thursday, January 17, 2019.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1342 - Philip, the Bold, duke of Burgundy
  • 1463 - Frederick III, the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther
  • 1501 - Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants)
  • 1504 - Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)
  • 1517 - Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1545 - Antonio Pace, composer
  • 1574 - Robert Fludd, composer
  • 1600 - Calderon, writer
  • 1600 - Pedro Cald‚ron de la Barca, Spanish poet/dramatist
  • 1612 - Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1657 - Pieter van Bloemen, [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1659 - Antonio Veracini, composer
  • 1683 - Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian
  • 1706 - Benjamin Franklin, Boston, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor
  • 1712 - John Stanley, composer
  • 1719 - Jean-Joseph Vade, composer
  • 1728 - Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer
  • 1732 - Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • 1733 - Thomas Linley, composer
  • 1734 - Fran‡ois-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pˆcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1745 - Nicolas Roze, composer
  • 1759 - Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist
  • 1761 - James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • 1769 - Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer
  • 1771 - Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)
  • 1806 - James Madison Randolph, (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White House
  • 1814 - Ellen Wood, English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
  • 1818 - Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 1820 - Anne Bronte, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
  • 1828 - Lewis Addison Grant, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1918
  • 1834 - Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia
  • 1835 - Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
  • 1835 - Johan Filip von Schantz, composer
  • 1836 - Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • 1842 - Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
  • 1845 - Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)
  • 1850 - Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • 1853 - Alva Vanderbilt Beaumont, women's rights advocate & activist
  • 1857 - Eugene Augustin Lauste, developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
  • 1857 - Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • 1858 - Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)
  • 1862 - John E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1863 - David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)
  • 1863 - Henry Charles Tonking, composer
  • 1863 - Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)
  • 1864 - Lucien Herr, France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)
  • 1873 - Fran‡ois Rasse, composer
  • 1876 - Olga Fastrova, writer
  • 1877 - Hans Jelmoli, composer
  • 1878 - Oscar Apfel, Cleve, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn)
  • 1880 - Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)
  • 1881 - Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders)
  • 1884 - Noah Beery, US actor (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf)
  • 1885 - E Ball-Hennings, writer
  • 1885 - Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader
  • 1886 - Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • 1886 - Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
  • 1891 - Marjorie Gateson, Bkln NY, actress (One Man's Family)
  • 1891 - Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • 1891 - Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 1896 - Harry Reser, Ohio, orch leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1897 - Nils Asther, Malm” Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster)
  • 1899 - Al Capone, Italy, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)
  • 1899 - Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
  • 1899 - Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • 1899 - Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • 1900 - Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts
  • 1901 - Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • 1902 - Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • 1903 - Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1904 - Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1904 - Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • 1905 - Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
  • 1907 - Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1908 - Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • 1910 - Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore)
  • 1910 - Michael Economides, restaurateur
  • 1911 - Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911 - Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]
  • 1912 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1913 - Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
  • 1913 - Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1916 - Joel Herron, Chicago Ill, orch leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
  • 1917 - Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • 1917 - Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • 1917 - Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
  • 1918 - Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920 - Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician
  • 1920 - Nora Kaye, NYC, prima ballerina
  • 1921 - Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • 1922 - Betty White, Oak Park, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
  • 1922 - Luis Echeverr¡a Alvarez, president Mexico
  • 1923 - Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
  • 1924 - Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
  • 1925 - A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1925 - Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1925 - Duane Hanson, US sculptor
  • 1925 - Rock Hudson, Winnetka Ill, actor (McMillian & Wife)
  • 1926 - Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1926 - Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • 1926 - Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1927 - Donald Erb, Youngstown, Ohio, composer
  • 1927 - Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)
  • 1927 - Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1928 - Jean Barraqu‚, French composer
  • 1928 - Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • 1928 - Vidal Sassoon, London, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson)
  • 1929 - Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Qu‚bec, NHL goaltender (#1)
  • 1930 - Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
  • 1930 - Robert Ceely, composer
  • 1931 - Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • 1931 - James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • 1931 - L Douglas Wilder, (Gov-D-Va)
  • 1933 - Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
  • 1933 - Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 - Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 - Sheree North, [Dawn Bethel], LA, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • 1933 - Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt
  • 1934 - Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 - Shari Lewis, Bronx NY, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop)
  • 1934 - Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1935 - Jimmy Powell, Dallas TX, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic)
  • 1935 - Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1936 - Jerry Fogel, Rochester NY, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow)
  • 1938 - John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1938 - Paul Revere, Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders)
  • 1939 - Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 - Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1939 - Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 - H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1940 - Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1942 - Muhammad Ali, [Cassius Clay], heavyweight champ boxer (1964-7 74-8)
  • 1942 - Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
  • 1943 - Chris Montez, rocker
  • 1943 - Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • 1945 - William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
  • 1947 - Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 - Jane Elliot, NYC, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing)
  • 1947 - Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)
  • 1947 - Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • 1948 - Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • 1948 - Mick Taylor, rock bassist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1949 - Andy Kaufman, NYC, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi)
  • 1949 - Debbie Watson, La Mirada Calif, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 1951 - Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 - Larry Fortensky, former husband of Liz Taylor (7th)
  • 1952 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
  • 1953 - Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • 1954 - Janet Dykman, Monterey Park Calif, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1954 - Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • 1955 - Steve Earle, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Guitar Town)
  • 1956 - David Caruso, actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes)
  • 1956 - Mitch Vogel, Alhambra Calif, actor (Jamie-Bonanza)
  • 1956 - Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 1957 - Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1958 - Jez Strode, rocker (Kajagoogoo)
  • 1959 - Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1960 - Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1960 - John Crawford, Palo Alto Ca, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 - Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • 1962 - Jim Carrey, Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask)
  • 1964 - Jeff Tabaka, US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1966 - Anna Ivan, La Jolla Cal, tennis star
  • 1966 - Don Myrah, Oakland Calif, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96)
  • 1966 - Karissa Rushing, Benton Arkansas, Miss Arkansas-America (1991)
  • 1966 - Rexton Gordon, Jamaican dj/rapper (Shabba Ranks-Extra Naked)
  • 1966 - Shabba Ranks, reggae singer
  • 1966 - Trish Johnson, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • 1967 - Gregory Caccia, Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967 - William Michael Heinen Jr, Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston)
  • 1970 - Candace Murray, Vancouver BC, softball shortstop (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 - Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 - Jeremy Roenick, Boston MA, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes)
  • 1971 - Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 - Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 - Tyler Houston, US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1972 - Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 - Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 - Amanda Elizabeth Spivey, Spartanburg SC, Miss America-SC (1996)
  • 1974 - Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 - Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1974 - Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 - Sharon Marie Ferris, NZ, yachter (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 - Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1978 - Irina A Borisova, Miss Universe-Ukraine (1996)
  • 1981 - Ray J, singer

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0395 - Theodosius I, the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49
  • 1103 - Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1119 - Boudouin VII Hapkin, count of Flanders, dies
  • 1229 - Albert, bishop of Riga/founder (Sword Knights), dies at about 68
  • 1604 - Santino Garsi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1617 - Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68
  • 1620 - Diego Alvarez de Paz, Span missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 1625 - Nicolo Rubini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1654 - Paul Potter, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1661 - Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • 1676 - Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1702 - Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [OS=Jan 6]
  • 1738 - Jean-Francois Dandrieu, composer, dies
  • 1750 - Tomaso Albinioni, Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78
  • 1781 - Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • 1788 - Alessio Prati, composer, dies at 37
  • 1805 - Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron, French interpreter, dies at 73
  • 1820 - Daniel W Wyttenbach, Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73
  • 1823 - Zacharius Werner, German playwright, dies at 36
  • 1826 - Juan Cris¢stomo Arriaga y Balzola, Spanish composer, dies at 19
  • 1830 - W Waiblinger, writer, dies
  • 1833 - James Ball Antyne, Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60
  • 1833 - William Rush, Indians sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies
  • 1856 - Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • 1863 - E J Horace Vernet, French painter, dies at 73
  • 1869 - Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, composer, dies at 55
  • 1874 - Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, dies at 62
  • 1886 - Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • 1889 - Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • 1890 - Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 - Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74
  • 1892 - Alexandre Levy, composer, dies at 27
  • 1893 - Rutherford B Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies in Fremont Ohio at 70
  • 1901 - Jacob G Agarah, Swedish algologist, dies at 87
  • 1902 - Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1908 - Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • 1910 - Thomas Crapper, inventor (flush toilet), dies
  • 1910 - Wilhelm F Kohlrausch, Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69
  • 1911 - Francis Galton, English scholar, dies at 88
  • 1913 - Carl Baermann, composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 - Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70
  • 1933 - John Hodges, cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • 1938 - William H Pickering, astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • 1941 - Jos‚ Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • 1942 - Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • 1946 - Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1952 - Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1955 - J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • 1955 - Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • 1959 - Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1961 - Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • 1962 - Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • 1964 - Terence Hanbury White, novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57
  • 1966 - Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • 1967 - Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1968 - Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • 1969 - Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1970 - Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1972 - Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
  • 1973 - Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
  • 1976 - Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in auto-accident
  • 1977 - Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • 1980 - Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 1981 - Bernard Lee, actor (M in James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • 1983 - Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
  • 1989 - Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • 1990 - Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • 1991 - Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • 1992 - Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 - Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1992 - Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1993 - Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1994 - Allan G Odell, Ad exec (Burma Shave), dies at 90
  • 1994 - Chung Il Kwon, PM of S Korea (1964-70), dies
  • 1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 - Han Jansen, Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
  • 1994 - Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 - Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • 1995 - Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
  • 1995 - Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
  • 1996 - Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • 1996 - Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 - Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996 - John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 - Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • 1997 - Andrea Fisher, artist, dies at 21
  • 1997 - Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • 1997 - Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • 1998 - Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82



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