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Welcome to Today In History for Thursday, July 27, 2017.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1452 - Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan (1494 . .1500)
  • 1502 - Pier Francesco Corteccia, composer
  • 1518 - Elizabeth Talbot, countess of Shrewsbury/builder of country houses
  • 1609 - Heinrich Pape, composer
  • 1612 - Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40)/conquered Baghdad
  • 1625 - Edward Montagu, England
  • 1667 - Jean Bernoulli, mathematician
  • 1734 - Jakob Zupan, composer
  • 1741 - Fran‡ois-Hippolyte Barthelemon, composer
  • 1768 - Charlotte Corday d'Armont, murdered Jean-Paul Marat in bath
  • 1777 - Thomas Campbell, poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic)
  • 1781 - Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani, composer
  • 1784 - Andr‚-Georges-Louis Onslow, English/French composer (chamber music)
  • 1801 - George Biddle Airy, 7th Astronomer Royal
  • 1802 - Benedikt Randhartinger, composer
  • 1812 - Thomas Lanier Clingman, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1820 - John Franklin Farnsworth, Brig General (Union volunteers)
  • 1824 - Alexandre Dumas fils, France, playwright/novelist (Camille)
  • 1835 - GiosuŠ Carducci, Italy, poet (Nobel 1906)
  • 1840 - Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1848 - Roland baron E”tv”s, Hungarian physicist
  • 1848 - Vladimir de Pachmann, painter
  • 1857 - Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge, orientalist/museum curator
  • 1857 - Jos‚ Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rico, found Federalist Party in 1900
  • 1867 - Enrique Granados, L‚rida Spain, composer (Maria del Carmen)
  • 1870 - Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, England, author (Path to Rome)
  • 1872 - Stanislav Binicki, composer
  • 1877 - Ern” [Ernst von] Dohn nyi, Hungary, composer (Msg to Posterity)
  • 1878 - Jean F van Royen, Dutch German secretary (PTT)
  • 1878 - Th to de Weeme, painter
  • 1879 - Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza)
  • 1880 - Donald Crisp, Scotland, actor (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana)
  • 1880 - Joseph Tinker, baseball Hall of Famer, 1/3 of fame double play combo
  • 1881 - Hans Fischer, German physicist (Nobel 1930)
  • 1890 - Judith Lowry, Ft Sill OK, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays ...)
  • 1894 - Gerald F Bogan, US vice-admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)
  • 1898 - Audley Moore, civil rights activist, humanitarian [Queen Mother]
  • 1899 - Harl McDonald, near Boulder Colorado, composer (Santa F‚ Trail)
  • 1899 - Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket left-arm bowler (20's)
  • 1900 - Charles Vidor, Budapest Hungary, direct (Rhapsody, Gilda, Cover Girl)
  • 1900 - Hans Haug, composer
  • 1903 - Clive Martin Douglas, composer
  • 1903 - Nikolai Cherkasov, St Petersburg Russia, actor (Ivan the Terrible)
  • 1904 - Agnes Yarnall, sculptor, artist, author laa, 1987
  • 1904 - Anton Dolin, [Patrick Healey-Kay], dancer (Girl From Petrovka)
  • 1904 - Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, physicist
  • 1906 - Leo Durocher, Mass, baseball manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants)
  • 1907 - Denis Rickett, private secretary to Clement Attlee
  • 1907 - Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater/judge (Olympics 1932,36)
  • 1908 - Lord Jenkins of Putney, British MP of Arts (Labour)
  • 1909 - Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
  • 1910 - Bea Marcia Anastasia verbrook Christoforides, writer
  • 1910 - Julien Gracq, [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andr‚ Breton)
  • 1911 - Wilfrid Ewart Oulton, airman
  • 1912 - Hilde Domin, writer
  • 1912 - Igor Markevitch, Kiev Ukraine, conductor (Le Paradis Perdu)
  • 1912 - Vernon Elliott, musician/composer
  • 1913 - Eva Jones, poet/novelist
  • 1913 - Mary Green, headmistress (Kidbrooke School)
  • 1913 - Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria)
  • 1915 - Jack Iverson, Australian cricket mystery spinner (late 40's)
  • 1916 - Asfa Wossen, Crown prince of Ethiopia/son of emperor Haile Selassi
  • 1916 - Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player
  • 1916 - Kennan Wynn, NYC, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor)
  • 1916 - Siegfried Reda, composer
  • 1917 - John Cunningham, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • 1917 - Moses Rascoe, blues Singer
  • 1917 - Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • 1918 - Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer
  • 1918 - Leonard Rose, Washington DC, concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51)
  • 1920 - Beatrice Pearson, Dennison Texas, actress (Moving Finger)
  • 1920 - James Munn, commissioner (British University)
  • 1922 - Adolfo Celi, Sicily Italy, director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue)
  • 1922 - Bob Thiele, record producer
  • 1922 - Lillian Hayman, Balt Md, actress (Leslie Uggams Show)
  • 1922 - Norman Lear, TV writer/producer (All in The Family)
  • 1924 - Otar Vasil'yevich Taktakishvili, composer
  • 1924 - Vincent Canby, critic (NY Times)
  • 1925 - Doc Pomus, rocker
  • 1926 - Peter Coker, captain
  • 1928 - Sakari Mononen, composer
  • 1929 - Harvey Fuqua, rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely)
  • 1929 - Jack Higgins, [Harry Patterson], novelist
  • 1929 - Marc Wilkinson, composer
  • 1930 - Ronald Dearing, chairman (British Post Office)
  • 1930 - Shirley Williams, co-founder (Social Democratic Party)/labour minister
  • 1931 - Jerry Van Dyke, Danville Ill, actor (My Mother the Car, Coach)
  • 1932 - Beverly B Byron, (Rep-D-MD, 1979- )
  • 1932 - Curnick M Ndlovu, Jailed South Africian worker's union leader
  • 1932 - Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], LA CA, playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956)
  • 1932 - Robert Cowan, CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises)
  • 1933 - Nick Reynolds, rocker (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • 1933 - Roger Harris, cricketer (NZ opening batsman vs England 1959)
  • 1934 - John Pardoe, CEO (Sight & Sound Education)/Liberal MP
  • 1937 - Anna Dawson, British comedienne (Violet-Keeping Up Appearances)
  • 1937 - Chuck Jackson, Latta SC, singer (Any Day Now, I Don't Want to Cry)
  • 1937 - Don Galloway, Brooksville Ky, actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside)
  • 1937 - Robert Gibb, zoo/theme park creator
  • 1938 - Shirley Anne Field, England, actress (Alfie, War Lover) [or Jun 27]
  • 1939 - Irv Cross, NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1939 - James McGee, pathologist/professor (Morbid Anatomy at Oxford)
  • 1939 - James Victor, Puerto Rico, actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA)
  • 1941 - Johannes Fritsch, composer
  • 1942 - Barbara Ferris, London England, actress (Nice Girl Like Me)
  • 1942 - John Pleshette, NYC, actor (Richard-Knots Landing, 7th Avenue)
  • 1942 - Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell, journalist/musician
  • 1943 - Al Ramsey, NJ, rocker (Gary Lewis & the Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1943 - Bill Bradley, Crystal City Mo, NY Knick/(Sen-D-NJ)/Rhodes scholar
  • 1943 - Stu Gilliam, Detroit, actor/comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company)
  • 1944 - Aleksandr Ivanovich Dedkov, cosmonaut
  • 1944 - Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)
  • 1946 - Gwynne Gilford, LA Calif, actress (Linda Harris-Waverly Wonders)
  • 1946 - Ricardo Anasagasti, [Ricardo M Meul], Cura‡ao, dancer/actor
  • 1946 - Toktar Ongarbajewitch Aubakirov, Kazakhstan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • 1947 - Betty Thomas, St Louis Mo, actress (Lucy Baines-Hill Street Blues)
  • 1947 - Wayne Dowdy, (Rep-D-MS, 1981- )
  • 1948 - Henny Vrienten, Dutch bassist/singer (Doe Maar)
  • 1948 - Peggy Fleming Jenkins, San Jose Calif, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968)
  • 1949 - David Muse, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1949 - Jeremy Thomas, actor (Family Life)
  • 1949 - Maureen McGovern, Youngstown Oh, singer (Got To Be a Morning After)
  • 1950 - Michael Vaughn, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • 1950 - Simon Jones, Willshire England, comedian (News is the News)
  • 1951 - Janet Eilber, Detroit Mich, actress (Hard to Hold, Romantic Comedy)
  • 1953 - Wim G J M van de Camp, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1955 - Allan Border, cricket captain (Australia)
  • 1957 - Gezina E "Liesbeth" van Apeldoorn, Dutch actress (Composer)
  • 1957 - Hansi Muller, skier
  • 1958 - Christopher Dean, Olympics skater (Torvill & Dean/Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1959 - David East, cricketer
  • 1960 - Christina Singer, Geoppingen Germany, tennis star
  • 1960 - Jo Durie, England, tennis player
  • 1960 - Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival King
  • 1961 - Daniel C Burbank, Manchester Ct, Lt cmdr USCG/astronaut
  • 1963 - Jason Buck, WLAF defensive end (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1967 - Craig Wolanin, Grosse Pointe, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1967 - Emiel van Eijkeren, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • 1967 - Jeff Novak, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1967 - Julian McMahon, actor (Ian Rain-Another World, John Grant-Profiler)
  • 1967 - Neil Smith, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A all-rounder)
  • 1967 - Sasha Mitchell, LA Calif, actor (Spike of Bensonhurst)
  • 1968 - Christina Singer, Goeppingen Germany, tennis star (1991 Futures GBR)
  • 1968 - Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Messina Sicily, actress (Postman)
  • 1968 - Tom Goodwin, Fresno CA, outfielder (KC Royals)
  • 1969 - Jason Woolley, Toronto, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 - Linda Burgess, WNBA forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1970 - Jennifer Lopez, actress (Selena)
  • 1970 - Tom Europe, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1971 - Brennon James Dowric, Australian gymnast (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1972 - Alph Browning, NLF/WLAF receiver (Redskins, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 - Bryce Bevill, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 - Clint Robinson, Brisbane QLD Australia, K-1 1k canoeist (Oly-bron-96)
  • 1973 - Amy Linn Duncan, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Miss America-Oklahoma (1997)
  • 1973 - Niki Jenkins, Selkirk Manitoba, 72 kg judoka (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1973 - Sami Alalampi, WLAF receiver (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1975 - Alex Rodriguez, NYC, shortstop (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1976 - Mwadi Mabika, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1977 - Jason Michael Zimbler, Queens NY, actor (Clarissa Explains it All)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0082 - St Joseph of Arimathea, dies
  • 0432 - Celestine I, Italian Pope (422-32), dies
  • 0916 - Kliment/Clemens van Ohrid, Bulgaria bishop of Ohrid/saint, dies
  • 1101 - Koenrad, RC-German king (1087-98), dies
  • 1128 - Willem van Normandia, earl of Flanders, dies in battle
  • 1214 - Eustaes van Machelen, Flemish knight, dies in battle
  • 1214 - Stefan van Longchamp, French knight, dies in battle
  • 1227 - Otto II van Lippe, bishop of Utrecht (1216-27), dies
  • 1233 - Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders, dies at 45
  • 1498 - Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • 1638 - Johan VIII de Jongere, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 54
  • 1675 - Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne Vicomte de Turenne, gen (France), dies
  • 1689 - John Graham, of Claverhouse, 1st viscount Dundee/soldier, killed, dies
  • 1720 - Johann Samuel Welter, composer, dies at 69
  • 1759 - Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, biologist/astronomer, dies at 60
  • 1777 - William Hayes, composer, dies at 69
  • 1783 - Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theroist/violist, dies at 62
  • 1811 - Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, Mexican priest/freedom fighter, executed
  • 1822 - Joseph Supries, composer, dies at 60
  • 1828 - Gilbert Charles Stuart, painter, dies
  • 1833 - Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder/saint, dies at 26
  • 1841 - Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, poet/novelist, dies
  • 1844 - John Dalton, Engl physicist/chemist (molecular theorist), dies at 77
  • 1864 - Margaret E Breckinridge, US nurse/daughter of VP John, dies
  • 1881 - Johann Christian Lobe, composer, dies at 84
  • 1883 - Albert Franz Doppler, composer, dies at 61
  • 1883 - Montgomery Blair, lawyer (Dred Scot V Sandford), dies at 70
  • 1916 - Charles Fryatt, British capt of SS Brussels, executed by Germans, dies
  • 1921 - Engelbert Humperdinck, composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 - Ferruccio Benvenuto busoni, pianist/composer, dies
  • 1924 - Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni, composer, dies at 58
  • 1934 - Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17), dies at 79
  • 1942 - William Matthew Finders Petrie, Egyptologist, dies
  • 1943 - Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (1st Currie Cup-winning captain), dies
  • 1943 - H B G Austin, cricketer (capt of 1923 WI team to England), dies
  • 1944 - Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68
  • 1946 - Gertrude Stein, US/Fren author/poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), dies at 72
  • 1948 - Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • 1952 - Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • 1952 - W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russia, ballet dancer, dies
  • 1956 - J M M Commaille, cricketer (12 Tests for S Africa 1910-28), dies
  • 1960 - V sa Prˇhoda, Czech violinist, dies at 59
  • 1961 - Theodore Chanler, composer, dies at 59
  • 1962 - Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • 1962 - Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • 1968 - Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • 1968 - Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • 1970 - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, dictator of Portugal (1932-68), dies
  • 1971 - Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor/composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 - Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • 1976 - Ray Brennan, becomes 1st to, die of "Legionnaire's Disease"
  • 1978 - Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1978 - [John] Willem van Otterloo, conductor/composer (Symphonic), dies at 70
  • 1979 - Ettore Manni, actor (Street People, Divine Nymph), dies at 52
  • 1979 - Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • 1980 - Pahlawi Mohammed Reza, shah of Persia (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60
  • 1981 - Billy [William] Wyler, US director (Ben Hur, Funny Girl), dies
  • 1981 - Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1981 - William Wyler, US director (Ben Hur), dies
  • 1982 - Dan Seymour, actor (We the People, Sing it Again), dies at 67
  • 1982 - Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic-gold-1980), dies at 28
  • 1983 - Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistani left-arm quick 1965), dies
  • 1984 - James Mason, British actor (Lolita), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1984 - Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • 1985 - Joseph "Smoky Joe" Wood, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • 1986 - Leroy Holmes, orch leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1987 - Travis Jackson, baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • 1988 - Judith Barsi, child actress, shot dead with mother by her father at 11
  • 1990 - Bobby Day, rocker (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1990 - Elizabeth Allan, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Camille, Java Head), dies
  • 1990 - Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN), dies at 32
  • 1990 - Nick Pippins, actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1991 - Carol Gillies, actress (Back Home, Baby Boom), dies at 50
  • 1992 - Jenny Karezi, Greek actress (Red Lanterns), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1993 - Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27
  • 1994 - H Minderop, founder/chairman (TROS-radio/TV), dies
  • 1994 - Rosa Chacel, Spanish author, dies at 96
  • 1994 - Tatiana Tauer, harpist, dies at 48
  • 1995 - Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher, dies at 66
  • 1995 - Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter, dies at 72
  • 1995 - Mikl˘s R˘zsa, Hung movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora), dies at 88
  • 1995 - Rick Ferrell, Hall of Fame catcher, dies at 89
  • 1996 - Beverly Drew, architect, dies at 85
  • 1996 - Ivan V Lalic, poet, dies at 65
  • 1996 - Jane Beverly Drew, architect, dies at 85
  • 1996 - Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • 1997 - K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99



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