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Welcome to Today In History for Friday, December 3, 2021.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1368 - Charles VI, [the Well-Beloved], king of France (1380-1422)
  • 1483 - Nicolaus von Amsdorf, German reformation theologist
  • 1576 - Marsilio Casentini, composer
  • 1668 - Casimir Schweizelsperg, composer
  • 1684 - Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder (Danish & Norwegian literature)
  • 1729 - Padre Antonio Francisco J Jose Soler, Olot Spain, composer (Fandango)
  • 1750 - Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer
  • 1752 - Georg-Friederich Fuchs, composer
  • 1753 - Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine)
  • 1755 - Gilbert Stuart, US, portrait painter (painted Washington)
  • 1758 - Josef Gelinek, composer
  • 1795 - Rowland Hill, introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840)
  • 1797 - Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore
  • 1800 - France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Krst pri Savici)
  • 1806 - Henry Alexander Wise, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1876
  • 1809 - Thomas Alfred Davies, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1899
  • 1822 - Charles Adam Heckman, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
  • 1826 - Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist
  • 1826 - George Brinton McClellan, Major General (Union Army), died in 1885
  • 1829 - Green Berry Raum, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1909
  • 1838 - Cleveland Abbe, US, meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau)
  • 1838 - Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement
  • 1842 - Ellen Henrietta Richards, US, chemist (Amer Home Eco Assn-1st Pres)
  • 1857 - Joseph Conrad, Poland, novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness)
  • 1857 - Joseph Conrad, writer
  • 1862 - Jules Renkin, Belgian jurist/minister/premier (1931-32)
  • 1864 - Herman Heijermans Jr, Dutch writer (Kamertjeszonde, Diamond City)
  • 1875 - Bernhard Lichtenberg, German clergyman/antifascist
  • 1883 - Albert "Tibby" Cotter, cricketer (great Aussie quick of early century)
  • 1883 - Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Vienna Aust, 12-tone composer
  • 1885 - Marchien Zwitsers, farmer in Lutten (died at 109 years old)
  • 1886 - Karl MG Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (r”ntgen spectroscope, Nobel 1924)
  • 1888 - Ion Nonna Otescu, composer
  • 1895 - Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalytist/daughter of Sigmund F
  • 1896 - Boleslaw Szabelski, composer
  • 1896 - John Urzidil, Austria/US writer (Die erbeuteten Frauen)
  • 1897 - Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Without My Cloak)
  • 1898 - Lev Konstantinovich Knipper, composer
  • 1900 - Lester Matthews, Nottingham England, (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu)
  • 1900 - Richard Kuhn, Austria, biochemist, worked with vitamins (Nobel 1938)
  • 1902 - Willem Arnold de Vries Robbe, composer
  • 1904 - Juan E Yrausquin, founder (Party of Patriot Arubans)/minister
  • 1905 - Leslie Ames, cricketer (England wicket-keeper of 30's Outstanding bat)
  • 1907 - Andrew Hutchings, teachers' leader
  • 1907 - Connee Boswell, New Orleans La, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue)
  • 1908 - Halsey Stevens, Scott NY, composer (Triskelion)
  • 1908 - Nigel M Balchin, [Mark Spade], English author (Business for Pleasure)
  • 1910 - Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon
  • 1911 - Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures)
  • 1911 - Nino Rota, Milan Italy, composer (Torquemada)
  • 1913 - Omer Vanaudenhoven, Flemish industrial/resistance fighter
  • 1914 - Irving Fine, Boston Mass, composer (Toccata)
  • 1919 - Charles Craig, opera singer
  • 1921 - Hans G Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (Eric the Viking)
  • 1923 - Maria Callas, opera singer
  • 1923 - Tom Fears, NFL end (LA Rams)
  • 1923 - Trevor Bailey, England, cricket all-rounder (batted & ran)
  • 1924 - John Backus, inventor (FORTRAN computer language)
  • 1925 - Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests during 1950's)
  • 1926 - Hans Gunther Franz Otte, composer
  • 1926 - Hans Otte, German composer/pianist
  • 1927 - Ferlin Husky, country singer (Born to Lose, Gone)
  • 1927 - Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics)
  • 1929 - Clarence Ford, sax player
  • 1929 - Paul Harris Turok, composer
  • 1929 - Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (H„ndel-Renaissance)
  • 1930 - Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show)
  • 1930 - Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville, Hail Mary, Breathless)
  • 1930 - Phyllis Curtin, Clarksburg WV, soprano (NYC Opera)
  • 1931 - Ellen Blazer, Dutch TV director (Sonja)
  • 1931 - Jaye P Morgan, Mancos Colo, singer/actress (Gong Show, Night Patrol)
  • 1932 - Corry Brokken, Dutch singer
  • 1934 - Nicolas Coster, actor (Robert Delaney-Another World)
  • 1934 - Viktor Vassilyevich Gorbatko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 24, 37/36)
  • 1937 - Bobby Allison, auto racer (3 time winner of Daytona 500)
  • 1937 - Stephen Rubin, English attorney/shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas)
  • 1938 - Jos‚ Serebrier, Montevideo Uruguay, conductor/composer (Star Wagon)
  • 1938 - Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner
  • 1941 - Mary Alice, Indianola MS, newscaster (CBS, Lettie-Different World)
  • 1943 - Valerie Perrine, Galveston Tx, actress (Slaughterhouse 5)
  • 1945 - Laura Dean, Staten Island NYC, composer/choreographer (Drumming)
  • 1948 - Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist
  • 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne, England, rock vocalist (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon)
  • 1949 - Christopher John Seward, aid worker
  • 1949 - Heather Menzies, Toronto Canada, actress (Jessica-Logan's Run)
  • 1949 - Mickey Thomas, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
  • 1950 - John Akii-bua, Uganda, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1950 - Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1951 - Danger Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1951 - James Turner Brewer, Maywood Ill, basketball player (Oly-silver-1972)
  • 1951 - Mike Stock, rocker (Stock, Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 1951 - Rick Mears, Indy-car racer (over 25 wins)
  • 1951 - Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)
  • 1952 - Don Barnes, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • 1952 - Duane Roland, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1952 - Mel Smith, author (Morons From Outer Space)
  • 1953 - Franz Klammer, Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1954 - Paul Gregg, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1955 - Melody Anderson, Edmonton, actress (Natalie Dillon-All My Children)
  • 1956 - Hart Bochner, Los Angeles CA, actor/director (Rich & Famous)
  • 1959 - Kathy Jordan, Bryn Mawr PA, tennis player (US Opens Doubles 1981)
  • 1960 - Daryl Hannah, actress (Splash, Blade Runner)
  • 1960 - Mike Ramsey, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1961 - Julianne Moore, actress (Lost World, 9 Months)
  • 1962 - Tammy Jackson, WNBA forward/center (Houston Comets)
  • 1963 - Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • 1963 - Steve Hegg, Dana Point Calif, road cyclist (Olympics-16th-84, 96)
  • 1964 - Darryl Hamilton, Baton Rouge LA, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1964 - Toi Cook, cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1965 - Katarina Witt, Staaken GDR, figure skater (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88)
  • 1965 - Tammy Jacques, Auburn Maine, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 - Lisa Lightfoot, Australian middle distance runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 - David Diaz, Melbourne VIC, Australasia golfer
  • 1967 - Greg Sutton, NBA guard (Phila 76ers)
  • 1967 - Katie Henderson, Santa Monica CA, WPVA volleyball (US Open-25th-1993)
  • 1968 - Brendan Fraser, Indianapolis In, actor (School Ties, 20 Bucks)
  • 1968 - Isabel Cueto, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1968 - Kevin Telles, actor (Party Camp)
  • 1969 - Ed King, NFL guard (NO Saints)
  • 1969 - Kwamie Lassiter, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 - Charles Hope, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 - Jennifer Rothschild, [Rubin], actress (Judas Project)
  • 1970 - Laura Schuler, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1970 - Lindsey Hunter, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1970 - Paul Byrd, Louisville KY, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1972 - Eva Nemcova, WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1972 - Peter Wright, US, 1500m freestyle (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 - Andrew McNally, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
  • 1973 - Brian Loyd, Lynwood CA, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1974 - Ralph Staten, safety (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 - Lauren E Roman, Wilmington NC, actress (Laura Kirk-All My Children)
  • 1975 - Nadine Neumann, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 - David Sales, cricketer (Northampton batsman, 210 on fc debut 1996)
  • 1980 - Anna Chlumsky, Chicago Ill, actress (My Girl)
  • 1981 - Brian Bonsall, actor (Family Ties, Star Trek Next Generation)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0450 - Petrus Chrysologus, 1st archbishop of Ravenna, dies
  • 1137 - Lotharius III, of Supplinburg, Roman-Ger emperor (1133-37), dies at 67
  • 1154 - Anastasius IV, Pope (1153-54), dies
  • 1463 - Louis Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1469 - Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence, dies at about 53
  • 1491 - Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies
  • 1533 - Vasili III, great prince of Moscow (1505-33), dies at 54
  • 1660 - Jacques Sarazin, French sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1676 - Daniel Stalpaert, Amsterdams master builder, buried
  • 1789 - Claude-Joseph Vernet, French seascape painter, dies
  • 1807 - Clara Reeve, English author (old English baron), dies
  • 1823 - Joseph Pouteau, composer, dies at 84
  • 1839 - Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
  • 1857 - Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • 1866 - Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer, dies at 65
  • 1876 - Hermann Goetz, composer, dies at 35
  • 1889 - Baltasar Saldoni, composer, dies at 82
  • 1890 - Bill Midwinter, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia, 4 for England), dies
  • 1892 - William Bonaparte, grandson of Lucien, dies
  • 1893 - Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian major, dies in battle
  • 1894 - HM Jozef Schadde, Flem architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76
  • 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson, Engl writer (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 45
  • 1910 - Mary Baker Eddy, founder (Christian Science (Monitor)), dies
  • 1919 - Pierre A Renoir, French painter/sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1933 - Richard Henry Warren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1937 - Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies
  • 1941 - Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • 1942 - Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, composer, dies at 75
  • 1944 - Delfien Vanhaute, Flemish pastor/poet (Ark of Noah), dies at 75
  • 1949 - Elin Pelin, writer, dies
  • 1949 - Maria Ouspenskaya, actress (Spookies), dies at 62
  • 1954 - Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • 1957 - Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, dies at 81
  • 1960 - Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • 1961 - Jekabs Graubins, composer, dies at 75
  • 1961 - Mary Charleson, actress (Upstairs & Downstairs), dies at 76
  • 1964 - Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • 1964 - George Brown, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • 1967 - Annette Kolb, writer, dies at 92
  • 1967 - Fred Engelen, Flemish actor/director (Kritisch Theater), dies at 54
  • 1967 - Manuel A Fraai, Cura‡aos author (Silly Agero), dies at 70
  • 1969 - Ruth White, actress (Fugitive), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1973 - Michael O'Shea, actor (Denny- It's a Great Life), dies at 67
  • 1975 - Hugh Thurlow, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1932), dies
  • 1975 - Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1976 - Mary Nash, actress (Phila Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • 1978 - William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • 1984 - Virginia Lacy Jones, US librarian/presidents advisor, dies at 72
  • 1985 - Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • 1990 - Gavin Reed, actor (Body Beneath), dies at 59
  • 1991 - Alex Graham, British cartoonstrip artist (Fred Basset), dies
  • 1991 - Casey Walters, actor (True Story of Lynn Stuart), after a stroke at 75
  • 1992 - Harry Ellerbe, actor (House of Usher, Magnetic Monster), dies at 91
  • 1992 - Luis Alcoriza, actor/writer/director (Tiburoneros), dies of emphysema
  • 1992 - Nureddin Al-Atassi, president of Syria (1966-70), dies
  • 1993 - Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 - Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • 1994 - Dolf Verspoor, literary/translator (M Nijhoff prize 1958), dies at 77
  • 1994 - Elizabeth Meyer, wife of Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1994 - Giorgi Chanturia, Pres of Georgia, assassinated
  • 1994 - Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies
  • 1994 - Said Mekbel, Algerian editor in chief (Le Matin), murdered at 57
  • 1995 - Jimmy Jewel, comedian, dies at 82
  • 1995 - Robertson Davies (author), dies at 82
  • 1995 - Roxie Roker, actress (Claudine)/mother of Lenny Kravitz, dies at 66
  • 1996 - Babrak Karmal, PM of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
  • 1996 - Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist, dies at 84
  • 1996 - George Duby, historian, dies at 77
  • 1997 - Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • 1997 - Steve Hamilton, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63



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