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Welcome to Today In History for Saturday, February 4, 2023.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1465 - French van Brederode, leader of Hoeksen
  • 1549 - Eustache du Caurroy, composer
  • 1575 - Pierre de B‚rulle, French cardinal
  • 1581 - Daniel Selich, composer
  • 1646 - Hans A Freiherr von Abschatz, Silesian poet
  • 1688 - Pierre De Marivaux, Paris France, writer (Marianne)
  • 1693 - George Lillo, bourgeois English dramatist (London Merchant)
  • 1698 - Heinrich A Fouqu‚, Prussian general
  • 1747 - Tadeusz Kosciusko, Poland, patriot, (NY Bridge)
  • 1751 - Blas de Laserna, composer
  • 1758 - Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1764 - Carel H Verhuell, Dutch/French vice-admiral/minister of Navy
  • 1767 - Johann Franz Volkert, composer
  • 1768 - Maurits C van Hall, Dutch ruler of Heicop & Boeicop, lawyer/politician
  • 1769 - Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer
  • 1778 - Augustin P de Candolle, Swiss botanist (Th‚orie ‚l‚mentaire)
  • 1799 - Joao Batista da Silva Leitao de Almeida Garret, Portuguese playwright
  • 1802 - Mark Hopkins, US, educator/philosopher (Williams College)
  • 1805 - Georg Andreas Henkel, composer
  • 1805 - William H Ainsworth, English writer (Old St Paul's, Rookwood)
  • 1819 - Joshua Norton, SF, Norton I, emperor of USA
  • 1820 - Bozena Nemcov , [Barnora Panklov ], Czech author (Babicka)
  • 1826 - Halbert Eleazer Paine, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1905
  • 1841 - Cl‚ment Ader, French inventor (1st to fly a heavier-than-air craft)
  • 1842 - Georg Brandes, [Morris Cohen], Danish literary-historian/critic
  • 1842 - Vasili O Klyutshevski, Russian historian
  • 1848 - [Fran‡ois-Victor-]Jean Aicard, Fren playwright/poet (Jeune Croyances)
  • 1849 - Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Les Chansons de Gueux)
  • 1865 - Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • 1868 - Constance Gore-booth Markiewicy, Irish patriot/playwright/MP
  • 1874 - Robert Liefmann, German economist (Unternehmersverb„nde)
  • 1875 - Ludwig Prandtl, Germany, physicist (father of aerodynamics)
  • 1875 - Raymond Moulaert, composer
  • 1876 - Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer
  • 1881 - Fernand L‚ger, France, painter/ceramist/cubist (City)
  • 1881 - Kliment J Woroshilov, marshal/president USSR (1953-60)
  • 1884 - Julius Callewaert, Flemish dominican/bringing up children
  • 1884 - Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (S African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • 1885 - Cairine Ray Wilson, Montr‚al, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed)
  • 1888 - Paul Althaus, German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • 1889 - Walter Catlett, SF CA, actor (Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities)
  • 1891 - Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)
  • 1892 - Ugo Betti, Italian playwright
  • 1892 - Yrl” Henrik Kilpinen, Finnish composer
  • 1893 - Bernard Rogers, NYC, composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion)
  • 1893 - Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus)
  • 1895 - Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Erflaters)
  • 1895 - Hanns [Johann] Rauter, German SS-lt-general/SS police chief in Neth
  • 1896 - Friedrich Glauser, writer
  • 1897 - Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • 1900 - Jacques Pr‚vert, France, poet/screenwriter (Paroles)
  • 1902 - Charles A Lindbergh, Detroit, pilot (1st fly solo across Atlantic)
  • 1903 - Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • 1903 - Berend van den Amstel, [Bernard CED Hattink], actor (Beatrice)
  • 1903 - Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1903 - Frank Howley, Hampton NY, Brig General (Answers for Americans)
  • 1903 - Siro Cisilino, composer
  • 1904 - Herman B Wiardi Beckman, Dutch politician (SDAP)/resistance fighter
  • 1904 - MacKinlay Kantor, Webster City Iowa, novelist (Andersonville)
  • 1904 - Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • 1905 - Eddie Foy Jr, New Rochelle NY, actor (Eddie-Fair Exchange)
  • 1906 - Clyde William Tombaugh, US, astronomer (discovered Pluto)
  • 1906 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist (Confessing Church)
  • 1906 - Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (champ-1933)
  • 1908 - Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, trumpeter
  • 1908 - Gordon Fraser, Lawrence Mass, newscaster (All Star News)
  • 1909 - Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • 1909 - Robert Coote, London, actor (Timmy-Rogues, Theodore-Nero Wolfe)
  • 1910 - Alfred Mendelsohn, composer
  • 1910 - Uys Krige, South African playwright/novelist (Orphan of the Desert)
  • 1912 - Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Tx, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945)
  • 1912 - Erich Leinsdorf, Vienna Austria, available conductor & banana eater
  • 1912 - James Craig, Nashville TN, actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops)
  • 1913 - Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist (bus protestor)
  • 1913 - Woody Hayes, [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of yr)
  • 1914 - Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • 1914 - Ida Lupino, London England, actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
  • 1915 - William Talman, Detroit Mich, actor (Crashout, Hamilton-Perry Mason)
  • 1916 - Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner
  • 1916 - Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker
  • 1916 - David Vassall Cox, composer
  • 1916 - Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • 1917 - Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • 1918 - Ida Lupino, actress screenwriter director/producer (Jennifer)
  • 1918 - Norman Wisdom, London England, comedian (Kraft Music Hall)
  • 1919 - Frank van Klingeren, Dutch architect (De Meerpaal, Dronten)
  • 1920 - Derek Worlock, English RC archbishop (Liverpool)
  • 1920 - John Hartford Worlock, rC Bishop of Liverpool
  • 1921 - Betty Friedan, Peoria Ill, feminist writer (Feminine Mystique)
  • 1923 - Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes)
  • 1925 - Russell Hoban, US children's book author (Riddley Walker/Pilgermann)
  • 1926 - John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • 1928 - Dave Ketchum, Quincy Ill, actor (Agent 13-Get Smart)
  • 1929 - Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • 1929 - Paul Burlison, rocker
  • 1931 - Argentina Rioja
  • 1931 - Isabel Per¢n, [Maria Martinez], dancer/president Argentina
  • 1932 - Ivan Davis, Electra Tx, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1934 - Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • 1935 - Martti Talvela, Hiitola Karelia Finland, operatic basso
  • 1935 - Wallis Mathias, cricketer (1st non-Muslim to play for Pakistan)
  • 1936 - Daan van Golden, Dutch sculptor
  • 1936 - Gary Conway, Boston Mass, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants)
  • 1937 - Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • 1937 - John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1937 - Magnar Solberg, Norway, 20K biathalete (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1938 - Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • 1939 - Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • 1939 - Jane Bryant Quinn, newspaper & television reporter
  • 1939 - John Schuck, Boston Mass, comedian (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo)
  • 1939 - Stan Lundine, (Rep-D-NY, 1976-86)
  • 1940 - George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)
  • 1941 - John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1942 - Johnny Gamble, rocker (Classics)
  • 1943 - Cheryl Miller, Sherman Oaks Calif, actress (Paula-Daktari, Born Free)
  • 1944 - Daniel A Mica, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1944 - Florence LaRue Gordon, Penn, rocker (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
  • 1945 - David Brenner, Phila, comedian/TV talk show host (Nightlife)
  • 1946 - Mary Meyer, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1946 - Roy Yeager, Doraville Ga, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1947 - Dan Quayle, (Rep-R-Ind)/(44th VP-R, 1989-93)
  • 1947 - Jeannie Wilson, Memphis Tenn, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy)
  • 1947 - Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1948 - Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], Detroit, rocker (School's Out)
  • 1948 - Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948 - Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • 1948 - Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • 1949 - Michael Beck, Memphis Tn, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust)
  • 1950 - James Dunn, US vocalist (Stylistics-You make me feel Brand New)
  • 1950 - Pamela Franklin, Tokyo Japan, actress (Satan's School for Girls)
  • 1950 - Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • 1950 - Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 1952 - Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
  • 1952 - Lisa Eichhorn, Reading Pa, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks)
  • 1953 - Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • 1958 - Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • 1958 - Werner Schwab, writer
  • 1959 - Lawrence Taylor, [LT], NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1959 - Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • 1960 - Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • 1961 - Denis Savard, Pointe Gatineau Ca, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1961 - Vern Fleming, LIC NY, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1962 - Clint Black, Long Branch NJ, country vocalist (A Better Man)
  • 1962 - Dan Plesac, Gary IN, pitcher (Pitts Pirates)
  • 1962 - Vern Fleming, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1963 - Jane Leary, Sydney Australia, golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ)
  • 1963 - Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1963 - Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Oly-2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • 1965 - John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • 1966 - Barry Klein, Grand Rapids Mich, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1966 - Marissa Laakso, Boston Mass, Miss Mass-America (1991)
  • 1966 - Spike, rocker [or Sep 18]
  • 1967 - Sergei Grinkov, Russian ice skater
  • 1968 - Kristen Marie, actress (Cheryl McKinnon-Another World)
  • 1969 - Brad Cornett, US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 - Chastity Bono, LA Calif, daughter/actress (Sonny & Cher Show)
  • 1969 - Chris Crooms, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1969 - Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1969 - Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1970 - Alisa Marie Kimble, Miss USA-California (1997)
  • 1970 - Gabrielle Anwar, Laleham England, actress (Body Snatchers)
  • 1970 - John Frascatore, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1970 - Nicole Wood, Canton OH, playmate (Apr, 1993)
  • 1970 - Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 - Kevin Farkas, NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1971 - Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • 1971 - Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 - Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 - Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 - Michael Goorjian, actor (Party Of Five)
  • 1973 - Oscar De La Hoya, LA Calif, boxer (Oly-gold-92)
  • 1974 - Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1974 - Chris Ward, defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 - Elana Eve Chomiszak, Providence RI, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997)
  • 1975 - Miriam Ruppert, Miss Universe-Germany (1996)
  • 1978 - Laurence Borremans, Miss Belgium Universe (1997)
  • 1980 - Kelly Marie Sodan, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0211 - Lucius Septimus Severus, emperor of Rome (193-211), dies at 64
  • 0708 - Sisinnius, Greek-Syrian pope (708, 20 days), dies
  • 0856 - Hrabanus Maurus, East France, archbishop of Mainz, dies
  • 1189 - Gilbert of Sempringham, English monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1222 - Willem I, earl of Holland (1203-22), dies
  • 1503 - Queen Elizabeth, consort of Henry VII of England, dies
  • 1505 - Joan of Valois, Queen of France/saint, dies at 40
  • 1553 - Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1590 - Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1617 - Louis Elsevier, Dutch publisher, dies at about 76
  • 1640 - Hendrick C Vroom, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • 1714 - Duke of Berry, French King Louis XIV's grandson, dies
  • 1746 - Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave), dies at 46
  • 1781 - Josef Myslivecek, composer, dies at 43
  • 1781 - Willem Crul, admiral (West-Indies), dies in battle at 59
  • 1815 - Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation proponent, dies at 77
  • 1815 - Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 58
  • 1816 - Meingosus Gaelle, composer, dies at 63
  • 1834 - Amelie Julia Candielle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1844 - Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant/literary, dies at 49
  • 1854 - Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer, dies at 66
  • 1869 - Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author/novelist (Future), dies at 60
  • 1894 - Antoine J "Adolphe" Sax, instrument maker (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1895 - Faustina Hasse Hodges, composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 - Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • 1911 - Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • 1921 - Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1927 - Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer, dies at 74
  • 1928 - Hendrik A Lorentz, physicist (L transformation-Nobel 1902), dies at 74
  • 1939 - Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • 1939 - Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • 1941 - Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • 1943 - Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies
  • 1946 - Margarete Boie, writer, dies
  • 1953 - Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • 1954 - Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 - Leendert A Donker, Dutch soc dem party-minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • 1956 - Peder Gram, composer, dies at 74
  • 1957 - Joseph Hardaway, creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66
  • 1957 - Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • 1958 - Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • 1959 - Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • 1964 - Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
  • 1965 - U C Greyhound, champion trotter (horse), dies at 33
  • 1966 - Gilbert H Grosvenor, president Natl Geographic Society, dies at 90
  • 1968 - Ed Baker, actor (Keystone Kops), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1968 - Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • 1969 - Thelma Ritter, actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • 1974 - Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • 1976 - Edward Benjamin Britten, composer, dies at 62
  • 1978 - Bergen Evans, English professor ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • 1982 - Sue Carol, actress (She's My Weakness), dies at 73 of a heart attack
  • 1983 - Jim Ameche, actor (Festival of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1983 - Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • 1983 - Reginald Denham, director/writer (Death at BC House), dies at 89
  • 1987 - Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67
  • 1989 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • 1991 - Bob Leslie, actor (Cinderella, Mako: Jaws of Death), dies at 64
  • 1992 - Fred Slyter, dialogue coach, dies after long illness at 56
  • 1992 - John Dehner, actor (Apache, Cowboy, Boys from Brazil), dies at 76
  • 1994 - Han Jansen, Dutch painter, dies at 62
  • 1994 - Harold Schneider, US producer (5 Easy Pieces, War Games), dies at 55
  • 1994 - Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI), dies at 84
  • 1994 - Justinus Darmojuwono, Indonesian archbishop/cardinal, dies at 79
  • 1995 - Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1995 - Patricia Highsmith, [Mary Patricia Plangman], US/Swiss, dies at 74
  • 1995 - Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • 1997 - James Friell, political cartoonist, dies at 84



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