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Welcome to Today In History for Sunday, August 18, 2019.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 0472 - Flavius Ricimer, general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker
  • 1450 - Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet
  • 1579 - Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange
  • 1587 - 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)
  • 1587 - Virginia Dare, 1st American born of English parents
  • 1685 - Brook Taylor, England, mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem
  • 1745 - Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer
  • 1750 - Antonio Salieri, Italy, composer (Tatare)
  • 1769 - Alexandre Stievenard, composer
  • 1774 - Meriwether Lewis, Charlottsville VA, capt (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
  • 1778 - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
  • 1792 - John, 1st Earl Russell, British Whig PM (1846-52, 1865-66)
  • 1805 - Josef Danhauser, Austrian painter (Mutterliebe)
  • 1807 - Charles Francis Adams, (Union), died in 1886
  • 1813 - Benjamin Alvord, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1884
  • 1818 - William Farquhar Barry, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1879
  • 1823 - Willem J F Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian
  • 1834 - Marshall Field, Conway Massachusetts, owner (Field Dept Store)
  • 1849 - Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer
  • 1856 - Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • 1856 - Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • 1871 - Johan J Arch, graphic artist (wood cutter)
  • 1873 - Leo Slezak, Austria tenor/actor (Othello)
  • 1873 - Otto Harbach, songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
  • 1875 - Johan E Elias, historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1878 - Fritz Brun, composer
  • 1881 - Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • 1882 - Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor
  • 1882 - Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer
  • 1883 - Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel)
  • 1887 - Nico J Polak, Dutch economist
  • 1893 - Ernest MacMillan, composer
  • 1896 - Alan Mowbray, London England, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack)
  • 1900 - Walter O'Keefe, Hartford Ct, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood)
  • 1902 - Julius Kalas, composer
  • 1903 - Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
  • 1904 - Jean Dast, actor (Z, Sorceress, Green Room, Stormy Waters)
  • 1904 - Max Factor Jr, CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)
  • 1904 - Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY)
  • 1904 - [Francis] Max Factor, cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor)
  • 1905 - Greta Garbo, actress famed recluse
  • 1905 - Peter Paul Kreuder, composer
  • 1906 - Andre Van Gyseghem, England, actor (Search for the Nile)
  • 1907 - Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC)
  • 1907 - Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orch leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith)
  • 1907 - Howard Swanson, composer
  • 1907 - Otto Mortensen, composer
  • 1908 - Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu)
  • 1908 - Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • 1908 - Edgar Faure, thriller writer/PM of France (1952, 52-56)
  • 1908 - Milan Ristic, composer
  • 1909 - Miliza Korjus, Warsaw Poland, actress (Great Waltz)
  • 1910 - Charles Wegg-Prosser, solicitor
  • 1910 - Herman Berlinski, composer
  • 1915 - Max Lanier, baseball player
  • 1916 - Elsa Morante, Italy, writer (L'isola di Arturo)
  • 1916 - Moura Lympany, Saltash England, pianist (OBE-1979)
  • 1917 - Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
  • 1918 - Elsa Morante, writer
  • 1919 - Walter J Hickel, (Gov-R-Alaska)/US Secretary of Interior (1969-71)
  • 1920 - Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1920 - [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)
  • 1922 - Alain Robbe-Grillet, France, novelist (Voyeur)
  • 1922 - Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister
  • 1922 - Shelley Winters, [Schrift], St Louis Mo, actress (Poseidon Adventure)
  • 1923 - Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • 1923 - Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • 1924 - Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, pres of Pakistan (1977-88)[or Aug 12]
  • 1925 - Brian W[ilson] Aldiss, UK, sci-fi author (Helliconia Trilogy)
  • 1925 - Tonny Til, rocker
  • 1927 - Rosalynn Smith Carter, Georgia, 1st lady (1977-1981), Jimmy's lust
  • 1928 - Marge Schott, CEO (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1930 - Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pitts Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1930 - Grant Williams, NYC, actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man)
  • 1930 - Johnny Preston, Port Arthur, Tx, rocker (Feel So Fine)
  • 1931 - Henricus AFMO "Hans" van Mierlo, Dutch minister of Defense (D66)
  • 1933 - Roman Polanski, Poland, director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates)
  • 1934 - Rafer Lewis Johnson, Hillsboro Tx, decathlete (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1934 - Roberto Clemente, US baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1934 - Vincent Bugliosi, attorney/author (Helter-Skelter)
  • 1935 - Gail Fisher, Orange NJ, actress (Peggy-Mannix)
  • 1935 - Lajos Papp, composer
  • 1935 - Rafer Johnson, Hillsboro Texas, decathlete (Olympics-gold-60)
  • 1937 - Robert Redford, Calif, actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby)
  • 1937 - William George Rushton, London, actor/author/cartoonist (TW3)
  • 1939 - Joe Azcue, baseball player
  • 1939 - Johnny Preston singer (Running Bear, Cradle of Love)
  • 1939 - Molly Bee, Oklahoma City OK, actress (Pinky Lee Show)
  • 1940 - Frankie Avalon, rocker (Venus, Beach Blanket Bingo)
  • 1940 - Joan Joyce, Waterbury CT, LPGA golfer (1984 S&H Golf Classic-6th)
  • 1941 - Christopher Jones, Jackson TN, actor (Wild in the Streets)
  • 1941 - Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • 1943 - Martin Mull, Chic Ill, actor/comedian (Bad Manners, Flick, Serial)
  • 1943 - Sarah Dash, Trenton NJ, rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds)
  • 1944 - Carl Wayne, rocker (Move)
  • 1945 - Barbara Harris, US singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto)
  • 1945 - Nona Hendryx, Trenton NJ, rocker (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)
  • 1948 - Carol O'Neal, playmate (July, 1972)
  • 1948 - Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesia, All-England tennis champ
  • 1949 - Nigel Griggs, rocker (Split Enz)
  • 1950 - Candice Earley, Ft Hood TX, actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children)
  • 1950 - Dennis Elliot, London, rock drummer (Foreigner)
  • 1950 - Lynn Adams, Kingsville TX, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 - Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII)
  • 1952 - Elayne Boosler, Brooklyn NY, comedienne (Broadway Baby, Party of One)
  • 1952 - Nicholas John, dramaturge
  • 1952 - Patrick Swayze, Houston Tx, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)
  • 1954 - Umberto Guidoni, Rome Italy, PhD/astronaut (STS 75)
  • 1956 - Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • 1957 - Carole Bouquest, Paris, actress (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • 1957 - Dennis Leary, actor/comic (MTV)
  • 1957 - Ron Strykert, Australia, rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be)
  • 1958 - Madeleine Stowe, LA Calif, actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls)
  • 1960 - Sonny Skinner, Porstmouth VA, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Shreveport Open)
  • 1961 - John Viscardi, NYC, actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live)
  • 1962 - Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, Kingston Jamaica, 400m hurdler
  • 1963 - Luiz Mattar, Brazil, tennis star
  • 1966 - Cees Lock of hair, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1966 - Steve Avery, NFL fullback (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1967 - Blas Elias Gomez, Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • 1967 - John Jurkovic, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1967 - Julie Kristen Smith, Nuhremburg Germany, choreographer (Showgirls)
  • 1967 - Tracy Tracy, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1968 - Brian Mitchell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 - Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 - Greta Lind, Goshen NY, actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children)
  • 1968 - Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
  • 1968 - John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1968 - Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1969 - Christian Slater, actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers)
  • 1969 - Isaac Austin, NBA center (Miami Heat)
  • 1970 - Malcolm Jamal Warner, Jersey City NJ, actor (Theodore-Cosby Show)
  • 1970 - Richie Cunningham, kicker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970 - Robert Higginson, Philadelphia PA, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1971 - Jada Pinkett, actress (Set it Off, Nutty Professor, Menace II Society)
  • 1971 - Jonathan David Winter, Wellington NZ, 100m backstroker (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 - Kevin Bouie, NFL running back (Phila Eagles, Ariz Cardinals)
  • 1971 - Mindy Czuleger, Inglewood Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994)
  • 1971 - Trey Ames, Canton Oh, actor (David-A Year in the Life)
  • 1972 - Derrick Harris, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 - Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
  • 1972 - Nate Jones, Chicago Ill, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1972 - Ray Jacobs, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1973 - Alex Pijper, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1973 - Clarence Benford, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 - Luke Fickell, defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 - Sekou Soumah, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul, cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-)
  • 1976 - Daphnee Lynn Duplaix, Manhattan NY, playmate (July 1997)
  • 1976 - Tom Malchow, US, 200m butterfly/free (Olympics-silver-96)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1227 - Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror, dies
  • 1236 - Theodorus Van Celles, monastery founder (Kruisheren), dies
  • 1276 - Adrian V, [Ottobono Fieschi], Italian Pope (7/11-8/18/1276), dies
  • 1503 - Alexander VI, [Rodrigo de Borja], Spanish Pope (1492-1503), dies
  • 1559 - Paul IV, [Giampietro Caraffa], Pope (1555-59), dies at 83
  • 1652 - Benjamin G Cuyp, historical painter, dies at about 40
  • 1765 - Frans I Stefanus, RC German emperor (1745-65), dies at 56
  • 1803 - James Beattie, Scottish poet/philosopher (Essay on Truth), dies at 67
  • 1811 - Johann Heinrich Zang, composer, dies at 78
  • 1840 - Antony CW Staring, Dutch patriot/poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
  • 1850 - H de Balzac, writer, dies at 51
  • 1853 - Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • 1863 - Thomas Welsh, US Union brig-general (Antietam), dies at 39
  • 1870 - Felix Salm-Salm, Prussian/US prince/brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1894 - William Charles Levey, composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 - Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer, dies at 88
  • 1901 - Richard Kleinmichel, composer, dies at 54
  • 1907 - John Kerr, physicist (magneto-optic Kerr-effect), dies at 82
  • 1915 - Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet (Rbb-i Sjikeste), dies at 47
  • 1916 - Edward D Pain, English journalist (NY World), dies in battle at 36
  • 1934 - Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 61
  • 1942 - Erwin Schulhoff, Czech/Russian composer/pianist, dies at 48
  • 1943 - Hans Jeschonnek, German air force general/chief-staff, commits suicide
  • 1944 - Cecile Chaminade, composer, dies at 87
  • 1944 - Ernst "Teddy" Thlmann, leader of German KPD, dies
  • 1949 - Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • 1950 - Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • 1952 - Ralph Byrd, actor (Dick Tracy TV Show), dies at 43
  • 1957 - Wawrzyniec Jerzy Zulawski, composer, dies at 41
  • 1961 - Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
  • 1961 - Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • 1962 - Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • 1966 - Isaac Keesing, Dutch founder (System Keesing), dies at 80
  • 1966 - Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Struggle & Blessing), dies at 75
  • 1968 - Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • 1969 - Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • 1969 - Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • 1969 - Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • 1977 - Tibor Dry, writer, dies at 82
  • 1980 - Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • 1981 - Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • 1982 - Beverly Bayne, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Passionate Youth), dies at 87
  • 1988 - Alexandr V Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut, dies in SU-26 crash at 42
  • 1988 - Frederick Ashton, choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83
  • 1989 - Bert Oosterbosch, cyclist, dies
  • 1989 - Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • 1990 - B F Skinner, psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • 1990 - Raf Reymen, Flemish actor, dies
  • 1991 - Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
  • 1992 - Gerard Sonder, Dutch radio host (AVRO), dies
  • 1992 - John Stuges, director (Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of emphysema at 82
  • 1993 - Alf Bold, German festival programmer, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1994 - Gottlob Frick, singer, dies at 88
  • 1994 - Henri Calef, Bulgarian/French director (Jricho), dies
  • 1994 - John Beavan, newspaper Editor, dies at 84
  • 1994 - Judy Ann Scott-Fox, agent, dies at 56
  • 1994 - Richard Lawrence Millington Synge, chromatographer, dies at 79
  • 1995 - James Ackley Maxwell, actor/director (Traitors, Otley), dies at 66
  • 1995 - Sylvester Louis Adams, murderer, dies at 39
  • 1996 - Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • 1996 - Hugo Gabriel Gryn, rabbi, dies at 66
  • 1996 - Thoams Eric Evans, dean of St Paul's, dies at 68



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