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Welcome to Today In History for Friday, August 14, 2020.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1552 - Fra Paolo Sarpi, [Paulus Venetus], expert/philosopher
  • 1599 - Florence Estienne M‚ric Casaubon, classical scholar
  • 1626 - Dani‰l Elsevier, book publisher/publisher
  • 1642 - Cosimo III de' Medici, monarch of Florence (1670-1723)
  • 1675 - Johann Georg Christian Storl, composer
  • 1687 - Johan Willem Friso, prince of Orange/ruler (Nassau-Dietz) [NS]
  • 1688 - Frederik Willem I, king of Prussia (bodyguard of giants)
  • 1714 - Claude-Joseph Vernet, French painter
  • 1737 - Charles Hutton, mathematician
  • 1740 - Pius VII, [Luigi B Chiaramonti], bishop of Imola/Pope (1800-23)
  • 1742 - Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)
  • 1758 - Carle [Antoine CH] Vernet, French painter/lithographer
  • 1769 - Friedrich Ludwig Dulon, flautist/composer
  • 1777 - Hans Christian Oersted, Den, physicist/chemist (View of Chemical Law)
  • 1784 - Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal/diplomat
  • 1802 - Letitia Elizabeth Landon, England, poet (Heath's Book of Beauty)
  • 1810 - Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer
  • 1814 - Henry Hayes Lockwood, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1899
  • 1821 - Clement Hoffman "Rock" Stevens, Brig General (Confederate Army)
  • 1823 - Karel Miry, composer
  • 1824 - William Terry, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1888
  • 1836 - Walter Besant, writer/philanthropist (Rebel Queen)
  • 1840 - Baron Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist
  • 1842 - Henry Duff Trail, journalist/author
  • 1850 - Earnest YY [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, actor (Kloris & Roses)
  • 1860 - Ernest T Seton, naturalist/painter/author (Buffalo Wind-1938)
  • 1861 - Bion Joseph Arnold, electrical engineer/inventor
  • 1867 - John Galsworthy, England, author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932)
  • 1868 - Leone Sinigaglia, composer
  • 1869 - Edvard Armas J„rnefelt, Vyborg Finland, composer (Berceuse)
  • 1876 - Alexander I Obrenovic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1922-34)
  • 1876 - Sibilla Aleramo, [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist/poet (Una Donna)
  • 1878 - Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Aage og Else)
  • 1883 - Ernest E Just, biologist (pioneered cell division)
  • 1891 - Marinus de Jong, composer
  • 1892 - Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, composer
  • 1893 - Alfred Alessandrescu, composer
  • 1893 - Carl Benton Reid, Lansing MI, actor (Pressure Point)
  • 1895 - Jack Gregory, cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years)
  • 1899 - Jaroslav Jeremias, composer
  • 1900 - Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer
  • 1901 - James Pitman, Bath England, educator/publisher/phonetic speller
  • 1903 - John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)
  • 1903 - Millard Mitchell, Havana Cuba, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter)
  • 1903 - Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • 1905 - Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner, spanish courtier
  • 1907 - Stanley Adams, songwriter
  • 1908 - Lady Jean Swaythling, chief controller (ATS)
  • 1909 - Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • 1910 - Pierre Schaeffer, French engineer/composer
  • 1911 - Ethel Lois Payne, journalist (Chic Defender)/1st Lady of Black Press
  • 1911 - Jan Koetsier, composer
  • 1911 - Pieter Platteel, last governor Neth New-Guinea
  • 1912 - Eva Strittmatter, writer
  • 1913 - Fred Davis, English world champ snooker player (1948-49, 51)
  • 1914 - Sydney Wooderson, miler (world record 1937)
  • 1915 - Lord Mishcon, economist
  • 1916 - Andrew Kay, surgeon/professor of surgery (U of Glasgow)
  • 1920 - Nehemiah Persoff, Jerusalem Palestine, actor (Al Capone, Yentl)
  • 1921 - Giorgio Strehler, theatre director
  • 1923 - William Flanagan, composer
  • 1924 - Georges Prˆtre, Waziers France, conductor (NY Met)
  • 1925 - Russell Baker, Loudoun County, Va, columnist/humorist (NY Times)
  • 1926 - Alice Adams, US author
  • 1926 - Alice Ghostley, Eve Montana, actress (Bewitched, Designing Women)
  • 1926 - Buddy Greco, Phila Pa, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House)
  • 1926 - Ren‚ Goscinny, French song/cartoon text writer (Asterix)
  • 1927 - Frank Cvitanovich, film maker
  • 1927 - Lord Whaddon, CEO (Daltrade & Skorimpex-Rind)
  • 1928 - Laurentius L M [Laurens] van Deenen, (pathed)physiologist
  • 1928 - Lina Wertmueller, [Arcanguela von Elgg], Rome, actress (7 Beauties)
  • 1929 - Hewlett Thompson, Bishop of Exeter
  • 1929 - Louise M Slaughter, (Rep-D-New York)
  • 1929 - Oliver Neville, principal (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)
  • 1930 - Earl Weaver, St Louis Mo, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86)
  • 1930 - Gerald B H Solomon, (Rep-R-New York, 1979- )
  • 1930 - Lord Chorley, mountaineering enthusiast
  • 1931 - Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
  • 1931 - Marylyn Roberts, librarian/founding member (WIC)
  • 1932 - Dom Philip Jebb, headmaster (Downside School Great Britain)
  • 1932 - James V Hansen, (Rep-R-Utah, 1981- )
  • 1934 - Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • 1937 - Brian Fenelly, composer
  • 1938 - Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • 1938 - Niara Sudarkasa, [Gloria M Clark], educator/pres (Lincoln College)
  • 1938 - Stuart McKinnon, high court judge
  • 1940 - Dash Crofts, Cisco Tx, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze)
  • 1940 - Galen Hall, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • 1941 - Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
  • 1941 - David Crosby, LA Calif, rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross)
  • 1941 - Peter Truscott, cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26)
  • 1942 - Sandy Gilmour, Montclair NJ, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday)
  • 1943 - Barrie Leadbeater, cricket umpire
  • 1943 - Jon Andrew McBride, Charleston WV, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 41G)
  • 1943 - Keith Hampson, MP
  • 1943 - Ronald Campbell, MP
  • 1944 - Robyn Smith Astaire, jockey/wife of Fred Astaire
  • 1944 - Tim Bogert, Richfiled NJ, rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge) [or 8/27]
  • 1945 - Brenda Benet, Hollywood, actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball)
  • 1945 - Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer
  • 1945 - Jennifer d'Abo, CEO (Ryman, Moyses Stevens)
  • 1945 - Steve Martin, comedian (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne)
  • 1945 - Tony Scannel, actor (Bill, Blue Money) [or 1932]
  • 1945 - Wim Wenders, West German director (American Friend, Hammett)
  • 1946 - Alexander Curly, [Harm Breemer], Dutch artist
  • 1946 - Antonio Fargas, Bronx NY, actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch)
  • 1946 - Larry Graham Jr, rocker (Graham Central Station-One in a Million You)
  • 1946 - Marga van Praag, Dutch radio hostess
  • 1946 - Susan Saint James, [Miller], LA CA, actress (McMillian & Wife)
  • 1947 - Daniele Steel, NYC, author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy)
  • 1947 - George Newsome, rocker
  • 1949 - John Tarrant, Tasmania, 1st Australian born Zen teacher
  • 1950 - Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side)
  • 1952 - Debbie Meyer, Annapolis Md, 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Oly-3 gold-68)
  • 1952 - Mark C Lee, Viroqua WI, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82,sk: 98)
  • 1953 - James Horner, actor (Titanic, Apollo 13, Balto, Jade, Casper)
  • 1956 - Sharon Bryant, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1957 - Jackee [Harry], Winston-Salem NC, actress (Sandra-227)
  • 1958 - "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express)
  • 1959 - Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mich, NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic-gold-92)
  • 1959 - Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1960 - Broderick Thompson, NFL tackle/guard (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960 - Fred Roberts, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1961 - Sarah Brightman, actress/singer (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1961 - Susan Olson, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch)
  • 1962 - Jerry Foltz, Las Vegas NV, Nike golfer (1991 Pensacola Open-2nd)
  • 1962 - Mark Gubicza, Philadelphia PA, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • 1962 - Mark Robert Isfeld, combat engineer
  • 1962 - Rameez Raja, cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman)
  • 1965 - Emmanuelle B‚art, St Tropez France, actress (Manon of the Spring)
  • 1965 - Emmanuelle Seigner, Paris France, actress (The Smile)
  • 1965 - Lynette Falls, Ridgewood NJ, Miss NJ-America-1991
  • 1966 - David Hallyday, Boulougne France, actor (He's My Girl)
  • 1968 - Glenn Leroy McLeay, Invercargill NZ, points race cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 - Halle Berry, Cleve Ohio, Miss World USA (1986)/actress (Boomerang)
  • 1968 - Praveen Amre, cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992)
  • 1970 - Arno Doornernik, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 - Slava Dosedel, Czech, tennis star
  • 1970 - Susan Veasey, Wilmington DE, LPGA golfer (U of S Fla)
  • 1970 - Trise Jackson, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 - Adam Timmerman, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1971 - Christopher R Nelloms, Dayton Ohio, sprinter
  • 1971 - James Folston, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 - Mark Loretta, Santa Monica CA, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1971 - Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1971 - Sean Hill, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 - Stan White, NFL/WLAF quarterback (NY Giants, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 - Brian Gragert, WLAF punter (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 - Ed O'Bannon, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1972 - Evan Pilgrim, NFL guard (Chic Bears)
  • 1972 - Katja Maaria Lehtd, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1972 - Ross Schulte, NFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Buffalo Bills, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 - Kieren Perkins, Australian free-style 1500m swimmer (world record)
  • 1973 - Mike Mamula, NFL linebacker/defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 - Nancy Sweetnam, Lindsay Ontario, 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • 1973 - Romane Bohringer, Pont-Sainte-Maxene France, actress (Savage Nights)
  • 1973 - Wayne Chrebet, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1975 - Mike Vrabel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1975 - Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israel, Men's Weightlifting 99kg

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1167 - Raynald van Dassel, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1433 - Johan I, king of Portugal (1383-1433), dies at 76
  • 1587 - Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer, dies at 49
  • 1652 - Abraham Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 60
  • 1727 - William Croft, composer, dies at 48
  • 1763 - Giovanni Battista Somis, composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 - Augustus Montague Toplady, hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies
  • 1785 - John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • 1788 - Thomas Sheridan, actor/biographer/lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies
  • 1794 - George Colman, the Elder, playwright, dies
  • 1833 - Luigi Cagnola, architect, dies
  • 1834 - Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer, dies at 63
  • 1841 - Johann F Herbart, German philosopher (General P„dagogik), dies at 65
  • 1844 - Henry Francis Cary, translator (Dante), dies
  • 1856 - William Buckland, dean (Westminister)/geologist, dies
  • 1858 - George Combe, phrenologist, dies
  • 1863 - Colin Campbell, British officer (Cawnpore), dies at 70
  • 1867 - Niccola Benvenuti, composer, dies at 84
  • 1870 - David [James] Glasgow Farragut, admiral, dies
  • 1884 - Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1887 - Richard Jeffries, naturalist/essayist, dies
  • 1891 - Johnny Mullagh, cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • 1905 - Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • 1922 - Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1923 - Jacob T Cremer, pres (Dutch Handel-Mij), dies at 76
  • 1928 - Klabund, [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk/Rasputin), dies at 37
  • 1932 - Rin Tin Tin, US Hollywood-dog, dies
  • 1936 - Rainey Bethea, hanged, last US public execution
  • 1937 - Sapper, British soldier/novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), dies at 48
  • 1938 - Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • 1938 - J J Kelly, cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies
  • 1938 - Landon Ronald, composer/pianist, dies at 65
  • 1941 - Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • 1941 - Milh ly Babits, Hungarians literary (G¢lyakalifa), dies at 57
  • 1946 - Susan St James, [Susan Jane Miller], LA Calif, actress (Kate & Allie)
  • 1949 - Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • 1949 - Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death
  • 1951 - William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher, dies in Beverly Hills
  • 1955 - Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • 1956 - Bertold Brecht, German writer (Mother Courage), dies at 58
  • 1956 - Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • 1958 - Big Bill Broonzy, rocker, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1958 - Fr‚d‚ric Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • 1958 - Gladys L Presley, mom of Elvis, dies at 46
  • 1958 - Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • 1961 - Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • 1961 - Guido Alberto Fano, composer, dies at 86
  • 1961 - Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • 1963 - Clifford Odets, US playwright (Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • 1965 - Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet/writer (Walk at Dawn), dies
  • 1966 - S J "Tip" Snooke, S Afr cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • 1969 - Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • 1969 - Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • 1970 - Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 - Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • 1972 - Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • 1972 - Oscar Levant, actor (American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972 - Pierre Brasseur, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 66
  • 1975 - Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87
  • 1976 - Werner Br„unig, writer, dies
  • 1980 - Dorothy Stratten, Playmate, murdered by boyfriend Paul Snider
  • 1981 - Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • 1981 - Karl B”hm, Austria conductor, dies at 86
  • 1982 - Patrick Magee, Irish actor (Clockwork Orange, King Lear), dies at 58
  • 1984 - John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984 - Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 - Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • 1985 - Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • 1988 - Enzo Ferrari, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • 1991 - Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1992 - Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian/Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • 1992 - Flora SA Benson, US, wife of pres Ezra Taft B of mormon church, dies
  • 1992 - John J Sirica, US, judge (Watergate), dies at 88
  • 1992 - Marion P Ames, US, advocate/activist, dies
  • 1992 - Tony Williams, US, singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • 1993 - Francis Mankiewicz, Canad director (Lesson bons d‚barras), dies at 49
  • 1994 - Bill Cowley, creator (Lyke Wake Walk), dies at 78
  • 1994 - Elias Canetti, Bulgaria/British author (Nobel 1981), dies at 89
  • 1994 - Joan Harrison, English producer/Alfred Hitchcock's sect, dies at 83
  • 1994 - Patrick Meehan, petty Criminal, dies at 67
  • 1994 - Tom Greenshields, sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1995 - Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • 1996 - Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • 1996 - Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • 1996 - Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64



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