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Welcome to Today In History for Friday, March 24, 2017.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1188 - Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders/son of Sancho I
  • 1441 - Ernst I, elector of Saxon (1464-86)
  • 1494 - Georgius Agricola, Germany, mineralogist (De Re Metallica)
  • 1607 - Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear admiral (St Vincent, Dune)
  • 1630 - Jos‚ Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal
  • 1703 - Jos‚ F de Isla, [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • 1714 - Carlo Giovanni Testori, composer
  • 1732 - Gian Francesco de Majo, composer
  • 1740 - John Antes, composer
  • 1749 - Bernard Jumentier, composer
  • 1755 - Rufus King, framer of US constitution
  • 1762 - Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portugal, opera composer (Portogallo)
  • 1797 - Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, philosopher/founder (Institute of Charity)
  • 1802 - Jacob van Lennep, attorney/Dutch MP
  • 1809 - Joseph Liouville, France, discover of transcendental numbers
  • 1814 - Galen Clark, US, naturalist/discovered Mariposa Grove
  • 1817 - Aime Maillart, composer
  • 1821 - Elisa Felix, [Rachel], tragedienne
  • 1821 - [George] Hector Tyndale, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1834 - John Wesley Powell, US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist
  • 1834 - William Morris, England, designer/craftsman/poet/socialist
  • 1835 - Josef Stefan, Austria, physicist (Stefan-Boltzmann law)
  • 1837 - Philips, Count of Flanders Belgium
  • 1855 - Andrew W Mellon, founder (Mellon Bank)/US Sec of Treasury
  • 1855 - Olive Schreiner, S African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • 1866 - Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer
  • 1869 - mile Fabre, France, playwright, administrator of Com‚die Fran‡aise
  • 1871 - Ernest Rutherford, nuclear scientist
  • 1874 - Harry Houdini, [Erich Weiss], Budapest, magician/escape artist
  • 1874 - Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • 1878 - Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N-Naeff], Dutch writer
  • 1883 - James I Wedgwood, British theosophist/old-catholic bishop
  • 1884 - Gino Marinuzzi, composer
  • 1884 - Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • 1885 - Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08)
  • 1887 - Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, San Jose CA, actor (Keystone comedies)
  • 1888 - Jameson Thomas, London England, actor (Farmer's Wife)
  • 1890 - Miguel Suriel, Neth Antillian writer (Muh‚ culpabel)
  • 1891 - Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • 1891 - John Knittel, writer
  • 1895 - Arthur Murray, dancer (Arthur Murray's Dance Party)
  • 1895 - Sid Saylor, Chicago Ill, actor (Wally-Waterfront)
  • 1896 - Gianna Manzini, writer
  • 1897 - Charles Eyck, Dutch painter/sculptor
  • 1897 - Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • 1898 - Dorothy Stratton, organizer (SPARS-women's branch of US Coast Guard)
  • 1898 - George Alpert, railroad executive
  • 1900 - June [Algeria Junius] Clark, musician trumpet
  • 1902 - Thomas E Dewey, Oh, 1st Catholic Pres candidate 1944, 1948 (R)
  • 1903 - Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • 1903 - John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha)
  • 1903 - Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • 1905 - Andr‚ Christiaens, Flemish writer (Unfindable Country)
  • 1906 - John Cameron Swayze, news correspondent/spokesman (Timex) [OS]
  • 1907 - Janet Harmon Bragg, US pilot/columnist (Chicago Defender)
  • 1907 - Lauris Norstad, US gen (NATO commander)/CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass)
  • 1907 - Lucia Chase, US ballerina/co-founder (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1907 - Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer
  • 1907 - Martin Kosleck, Germany, actor (Pursuit to Algiers)
  • 1909 - Clyde Barrow, bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame)
  • 1909 - Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English radio comic/actor (Phoenix)
  • 1910 - Jacques Chailley, composer
  • 1910 - Richard Conte, Jersey City NJ, actor (4 Just Men, Tony Rome, Hotel)
  • 1911 - Enrique Jord , San Sebastian Spain, conductor (SF Symphony Orch 1970)
  • 1911 - Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • 1911 - Jane Beverly Drew, architect
  • 1911 - Joseph Barbera, animator (Hanna-Barbera)
  • 1914 - Lilli Palmer, Posen Germany, actress (Boys From Brazil, Sebastian)
  • 1918 - Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • 1919 - John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-TN, 1965- )
  • 1919 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, author (Coney Island of the Mind)
  • 1920 - Gene Nelson, [Berg], Seattle Wash, actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma)
  • 1921 - Wilson Harris, Guayanese author
  • 1922 - Dave Appell, singer/musician/songwriter (In the Midnight Hour)
  • 1922 - Dorothy Irene Height, president (national council of negro women)
  • 1923 - Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families & prisoners of war
  • 1923 - Murray Hamilton, Washington NC, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1924 - Lois Andrews, actress (Ganster, Rustlers, Desert Hawk)
  • 1924 - Lorraine Gourley, LA CA
  • 1924 - Norman Fell, Phila, actor (Mr Roper-3's Company, The End, Graduate)
  • 1925 - Duncan Wood, TV director/producer
  • 1925 - Mai Zetterling, Vaeras Sweden, actress (Hidden Agenda, Ringer)
  • 1926 - Dario Fo, Leggiuno Sangiano VA, playwright (Nobel-1997)
  • 1927 - Janos Decsenyi, composer
  • 1927 - Martin Walser, writer
  • 1928 - Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orch)
  • 1928 - Vanessa Brown, Vienna Austria, actress (My Favorite Husband)
  • 1929 - Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for S Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • 1930 - Kenneth Nelson, Rocky Mount NC, actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family)
  • 1930 - Steve McQueen, Slater Mo, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt)
  • 1931 - Thelma Kalama, US, 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1932 - William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Hawaii 5-0)
  • 1932 - Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • 1933 - David Harries, composer
  • 1935 - Peter Bichsel, writer
  • 1936 - Fredrick Kaufmamn, composer
  • 1937 - Benjamin Luxon, Redruth England, baritone (Owen Wingrave)
  • 1937 - Bill Tillman, basebal player
  • 1937 - Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • 1937 - Erskine Sandiford, premier (Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1938 - Larry Wilson, NFL back (Cardinals)
  • 1940 - Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks Calif, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • 1943 - H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)
  • 1943 - Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1943 - Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic-silver-1960, 64)
  • 1944 - Denny McLain, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, 31 wins in 1968)
  • 1944 - Patti Labelle, singer (Phoenix, Tasty, Chameleon)
  • 1946 - Lee Oskar, Denmark, rock harmonicist (War-Why Can't We Be Friends)
  • 1946 - Paul Williams, climber
  • 1947 - Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad)
  • 1947 - Mike Kellie, rock drummer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1947 - Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • 1947 - Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1949 - Steve Lang, Montreal Canada, rock bassist (April Wine)
  • 1951 - Dougie Thompson, rocker (Supertramp-Bloody Well Right)
  • 1951 - Earl Williams, NBAer
  • 1951 - Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)
  • 1951 - Pat Bradley, Westford MA, LPGA golfer (1981 US Women's Open)
  • 1952 - Nicholas Campbell, Toronto Canada, actor (Nick-Insiders)
  • 1953 - Steve Lubbers, cricketer (capt of Dutch World Cup team 1996)
  • 1954 - Donna Pescow, Brooklyn, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow)
  • 1954 - Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • 1954 - Robert Carradine, LA Calif, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength)
  • 1956 - Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • 1957 - Scott J Horowitz, Phila Pa, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82)
  • 1959 - Renaldo Nehemiah, US, hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • 1960 - Kelly LeBrock, NYC, actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red)
  • 1961 - Dean Jones, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92)
  • 1961 - James T Gallagher Jr, Johnstown PA, PGA golfer (1990 Greater Milw)
  • 1962 - Penny Hammel, Decatur IL, LPGA golfer (Jamie Farr Toledo-1985, 89)
  • 1962 - Star Jones, attorney/TV hostess (NBC, Inside Edition)
  • 1963 - Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch soccer goalie (Vitesse, Manchester)
  • 1963 - Sammy Giammatva, Houston Tex, tennis star
  • 1964 - Hans Schwaier, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1965 - Angela Zuckerman, St Louis Mo, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1965 - Ben Torriero, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1965 - Jeff Reese, Brantford, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 - Marian Vajda, Czech, tennis star
  • 1966 - Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1966 - Tatjana Patitz, Hamburg German FR, model/actress (Rising Sun)
  • 1967 - Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • 1967 - Richard Gillam, Atlanta Ga, pairs skater (& Erin Moorad)
  • 1969 - Yoko Zetterlund, SF Calif, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1970 - Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • 1970 - Marques Bragg, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1970 - Mike Vanderjagt, CFL kicker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1970 - Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • 1973 - Atle Larsen, WLAF kicker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 - Chip McCaw, Chicago Ill, volleyball setter (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 - David Moravec, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-gold-1998)
  • 1973 - Josh Lakatos, Pasadena Calif, trap shooter (Olympics-silver-1996)
  • 1973 - Philippe Boucher, St Apollinaire Ca, NHL defense (LA Kings, Oly-G-98)
  • 1974 - Terry Killens, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1975 - Debbie Keller, Winfield Ill, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 - Julia Bikbova, Kiev Ukraine, dance skater (& John Lee)
  • 1976 - Danielle Garrett, Camp Hill Penn, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 - Olivia Burnette, San Clemente Calif, actress (Torkelsons)
  • 1980 - Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0809 - Harun al-Rashid, caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), dies at 44
  • 1400 - Florens Radewijns, Dutch priest/leader Modern Devotion, dies
  • 1455 - Nicholas V, [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), dies at 57
  • 1455 - Rudolf van Diepholt, bishop/cardinal of Utrecht (1448-55), dies
  • 1471 - Thomas Malory, author (Le Morte d'Arthur), dies at 55
  • 1558 - Anna van Buren, countess of Egmond/Buren/Lingen, dies
  • 1603 - Elizabeth I Tudor, [Maiden Queen], UK queen (1558-1603), dies at 69
  • 1631 - Philipp Dulichius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1635 - Jacques Callot, French cartoonist/engraver, dies at about 42
  • 1644 - Cecilia Renata, arch duchess of Austria, dies
  • 1654 - Samuel Scheidt, German composer (Concertus sacri), dies at 66
  • 1661 - William Leddra, last Quaker, hanged in Boston
  • 1755 - Theodor Christleib Reinhold, composer, dies at 72
  • 1823 - Cornelis van Foreest, Dutch mayor (Alkmaar), dies at 66
  • 1825 - Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer, dies at 64
  • 1838 - Thomas Attwood, composer, dies at 72
  • 1842 - Stendhal [Marie-H Beyle], French writer (The Love), buried at 59
  • 1866 - Maria Amalia, of Bourbon-Sicily, wife of Louis Filips of Austria, dies
  • 1867 - Mary, [Victoria MALOPCA of Teck], queen of Gt Brit, dies at 85
  • 1877 - Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • 1878 - Albin Masek, composer, dies at 73
  • 1881 - Friedrich Hecker, German revolutionary republic politician, dies at 69
  • 1882 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75
  • 1894 - Robert Prescott Stewart, composer, dies at 68
  • 1899 - Billy Barnes, cricketer (725 runs in 21 Tests for England), dies
  • 1905 - Jules Verne, sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77
  • 1909 - John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist/playwright/poet, dies at 37
  • 1911 - Matthew Stanley Robison, president (Cardinals), dies
  • 1916 - Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48
  • 1918 - Theophile Ysaye, composer, dies at 53
  • 1921 - Deodat de Severac, composer, dies at 48
  • 1932 - George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • 1937 - L‚opold Courouble, Belgian writer (Pauline Flatbread), dies at 76
  • 1945 - J S Nicklin, Lt-Col/Canada's 1st parachutist, dies
  • 1945 - Thomas Rennie, Gen-Maj (Dutch command 51st Highland Division), dies
  • 1946 - Alexander A Aljechin, world chess champ (1927-35, 37-46), dies at 53
  • 1946 - Gustaf Heintze, composer, dies at 66
  • 1953 - Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1953 - Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • 1960 - Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • 1964 - Peter Lorre, Hungarian/US actor (Maltese Falcon, Raven), dies at 59
  • 1967 - Marc Lavry, composer, dies at 63
  • 1968 - Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • 1968 - Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • 1969 - Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • 1974 - Doris Deane, dies at 74
  • 1974 - Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79
  • 1975 - Muriel Hutchinson, actor (Another Thin Man), dies at 60
  • 1975 - Oscar Rasbach, composer, dies at 86
  • 1976 - Bernard L Montgomery, British general, defeated Rommel, dies at 88
  • 1976 - Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66
  • 1977 - Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
  • 1978 - Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • 1979 - Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • 1980 - Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass
  • 1982 - Ace Goodman, KC Mo, comedian (Easy Aces), dies at 83
  • 1984 - Sam Jaffe, actor (Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93
  • 1986 - Sarah Cunningham, actress (Nurse Andrews-Trapper John MD), dies at 67
  • 1990 - Alice Sapritch, actress (European Vacation), dies
  • 1990 - An Wang, computer manufacturer (Wang), dies at 70 of cancer
  • 1990 - Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 1990 - Rene Enriquez, actor (Hill St Blues), dies of pancreatic cancer at 56
  • 1993 - Erik Andriesse, Dutch painter (skulls, skeletons), dies at 35
  • 1993 - John Hersey, Pulitzer prize author (Hiroshima), dies at 78
  • 1993 - Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • 1993 - Taylor Reed, actor (Easy Money), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1994 - Edith Porada, art historian/archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1994 - Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician, assassinated
  • 1994 - Tommy Benford, jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1995 - Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman, dies at 88
  • 1995 - Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
  • 1995 - Trevor Oswald Ling, religious Studies Professor, dies at 75
  • 1996 - Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66



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