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Welcome to Today In History for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1560 - Maximilien de B‚thune, duke of Sully/baron of Rosny/PM of France
  • 1574 - Anne van Denemarken, daughter of Danish King Frederik II
  • 1579 - Heinrich Steuccius, composer
  • 1630 - Olof Rudbeck, composer
  • 1660 - Peter Rabus, poet/translator (Liberated Britanje)
  • 1673 - Ahmed III, 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)
  • 1685 - Lodovico Giustini, composer
  • 1712 - Charles Alexander, Duke of Lotharingen
  • 1715 - Gennaro Manna, composer
  • 1745 - John Jay, diplomat/governor (NY)
  • 1792 - Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter
  • 1805 - Henry Wells, founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co)
  • 1806 - Stand Watie, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
  • 1818 - Paul Octave Hebert, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1880
  • 1821 - Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist (Madame Bovary)
  • 1830 - Joseph Orville Shelby, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1832 - Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP (liberal)
  • 1833 - Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica)
  • 1835 - Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1838 - Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)
  • 1848 - William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)
  • 1859 - Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)
  • 1859 - Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers)
  • 1862 - Daniel Hal‚vy, French historian/writer (La fin des notables)
  • 1863 - Edvard Munch, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream)
  • 1866 - Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)
  • 1874 - Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa)
  • 1875 - Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian
  • 1875 - Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-fieldmarshal (Normandy)
  • 1879 - Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland
  • 1879 - Laura Hope Crews, US, actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind)
  • 1879 - Percy Fletcher, composer
  • 1882 - Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)
  • 1886 - Owen Moore, County Meath Ireland, actor (She Done Him Wrong)
  • 1887 - Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer
  • 1889 - Vaclav Stepan, composer
  • 1893 - Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], Romania, actor (10 Commandments)
  • 1896 - Eslanda Goode, US anthropology/author under Paul Robeson
  • 1902 - Howard Koch, screenwriter
  • 1903 - Enid Balint-Edmonds, psychoanalyst
  • 1904 - Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & S Africa)
  • 1906 - William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • 1907 - F van Heek, Dutch sociologist
  • 1907 - Fred Elizalde, composer
  • 1907 - Roy Douglas, composer
  • 1909 - Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1911 - Anna Russell, composer
  • 1912 - Yusef Bedri, educationist
  • 1913 - Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park)
  • 1913 - Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires)
  • 1913 - Stanley Bate, composer
  • 1914 - Denis Begbie, cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50)
  • 1915 - Frank Sinatra, Hoboken, vocalist/actor (old blue eyes)
  • 1917 - Edward Firth Henderson, arabist
  • 1917 - Heinrich B”ll, Germ, writer (Group Portrait with Lady, Nobel '72) [OS]
  • 1918 - Joe Williams, Cordele Ga, jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • 1918 - Nilda Pinto, [NM Geerdink-Jesurun P], Cura‡ao writer (Nanzi)
  • 1922 - Arthur R Hawkins, US pilot/capt (WW II, downed 14 jap planes)
  • 1923 - Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, game show emcee (Price is Right)
  • 1924 - Edward I Koch, NYC, (Mayor-D-NYC, 1977-89)/judge (People's Court)
  • 1924 - Francis Miroglio, composer
  • 1924 - Nevit Kodali, composer
  • 1924 - Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • 1925 - Cora Lee Johnson, social activist for rural poor
  • 1925 - D G "Dattu" Phadkar, cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India)
  • 1925 - Ghulam Guard, cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959)
  • 1928 - Aitmatow, writer
  • 1928 - Helen Frankenthaler, NY, abstract expressionist artist (Arden)
  • 1928 - Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1929 - Doug Ford, cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's)
  • 1929 - John Osborne, Engld, playwright (Look Back in Anger, Luther-TONY 1964)
  • 1930 - Friedrich Voss, composer
  • 1931 - Lionel Blair, Montreal, choreographer (Spotlight)
  • 1932 - Robert Pettit, NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP)
  • 1934 - Habib Hassan Touma, composer
  • 1936 - Bengt Emil Johnson, composer
  • 1936 - Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938 - Connie Francis, Newark NJ, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are)
  • 1938 - Joel Chadabe, composer
  • 1940 - Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose)
  • 1940 - Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • 1941 - Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis)
  • 1941 - Robert Covington, drummer/singer
  • 1941 - Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)
  • 1941 - Tim Hauser, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction)
  • 1942 - Mike Heron, rocker
  • 1942 - Mike Pinder, Birmingham England, rocker (Moody Blues)
  • 1943 - Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1943 - Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach Fl, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man)
  • 1943 - Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)
  • 1943 - Mike Smith, rocker
  • 1945 - Alan Ward, rocker
  • 1945 - Karl Edward Wagner, US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds)
  • 1945 - Leslie Holbert, LPGA golfer
  • 1945 - Susi Hush, TV producer
  • 1945 - Tony Williams, jazz musician
  • 1946 - Clive Bunker, rock drummer (Jethro Tull)
  • 1946 - Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1946 - George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
  • 1946 - Marlous Fluitsma, actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest)
  • 1947 - Ralph Scala, rocker
  • 1948 - Ray Jackson, rocker
  • 1949 - Ricardo Lu¡s Carreras, NYC, bantamweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1950 - Billy Smith, Ontario, NHL goaltender (NY Islanders)
  • 1951 - Caren Kaye, NYC, actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties)
  • 1951 - Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)
  • 1952 - Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • 1952 - Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos Calif, gymnist (Olympic-4th-1968)
  • 1952 - Neil Peart, rocker (Rush)
  • 1952 - Sarah Douglas, England, actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest)
  • 1953 - Bruce Kulick, guitarist/singer (KISS)
  • 1955 - Lenore Rittenhouse, Honolulu HI, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank)
  • 1956 - Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexico City, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest)
  • 1956 - Sondra Theodore, San Bernadino Cal, playmate (July, 1977)
  • 1957 - Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)
  • 1957 - Sheila E[scovedo], SF CA, disco drummer (Krushgrove, Holly Rock)
  • 1958 - Leo Kenter, Dutch drummer (Tr”ckener Kecks-More! More! More!)
  • 1958 - Sheree J Wilson, Rochester MN, actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas)
  • 1959 - Belouis Some, rocker (Neville Keighley-Some People)
  • 1959 - Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • 1959 - Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut
  • 1960 - Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • 1960 - Jaap van Sweden, Dutch violinist/concert master
  • 1961 - Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1962 - Holly Gagnier, LA, actress (One Life to Live)
  • 1962 - Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)
  • 1962 - Ray Brown, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers)
  • 1962 - Tracy Austin, Rolling Hills Calif, tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
  • 1963 - Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children)
  • 1964 - Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1964 - Rockin' Jeff, rocker (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1965 - Laurie Grover-Tavares, Newark NJ, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
  • 1966 - Cheryl Dickey, Houston Texas, 100m hurdler
  • 1966 - Jim Sandlak, Kitchener, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1967 - David Szott, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 - John Randle, NFL defensive tackle (Minn Vikings)
  • 1967 - Masood Anwar, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990)
  • 1968 - Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver (Minn Vikings)
  • 1968 - Kurt Schulz, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 - Laurie Williams, cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996)
  • 1968 - Ray Ethridge, wide reciever (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 - Tatianna, Phila Pa, spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy)
  • 1969 - Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills KS, playmate (Sep, 1993)
  • 1969 - Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pitts Steelers)
  • 1969 - Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1969 - Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 - Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 - Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
  • 1969 - Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 - Ivano Newbill, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 - Jennifer Connelly, Bkln Heights NY, actress (Labyrinth, Rocketeer)
  • 1970 - Kirk Cameron, actor (Mike-Growing Pains, Teen Wolf II)
  • 1970 - Madchen Amick, Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks)
  • 1970 - Orlando Brown, NFL tackle (Cleve Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 - Becky Sunshine, [Rebekah Jayne Hunter], Ark, Miss Nude Calif (1993)
  • 1971 - John Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 - Tito Wooten, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 - Toni Hodgkinson, Auckland NZ, 800m (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 - Greg Randolph, Denver Colo, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96)
  • 1972 - Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1972 - John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 - Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA (1996)
  • 1972 - Missy Francis, LA Calif, actress (Little House on the Prairie)
  • 1972 - Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 - Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1973 - Reinard Wilson, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 - Stanley Pritchett, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1975 - Mayim Winkelman Bialik, SD, actress (Blossom, Beaches)
  • 1977 - Bridget Hall, Dallas Texas, model (Ford)
  • 1978 - Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs Md, fig skater (1996 Grand Prix champ)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0884 - Carloman, co-king of France (879, 882-884), dies
  • 1112 - Tancred, monarch of Galilea/Edessa/Antioch, dies
  • 1204 - Maimonides, [Moses Ben Maimon], Span/Egyptian rabbi, dies at 69
  • 1263 - Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies
  • 1600 - John Craig, Scottish church reformer/James VI's court vicar, dies
  • 1677 - Jacob Binckes/Benckes, Dutch admiral (Chatham), dies in battle
  • 1772 - Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer, dies at 41
  • 1777 - Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69
  • 1777 - Benjamin Russen, Rev, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • 1777 - Benjamin Russen, reverend, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • 1788 - Joseph Gibbs, composer, dies at 88
  • 1812 - John Malchair, composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 - Giuseppe Farinelli, composer, dies at 67
  • 1843 - Willem I Frederik, King of Netherlands (1814-40), dies at 71
  • 1872 - Willem A Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • 1877 - Jos‚ M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice, dies at 48
  • 1880 - Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • 1889 - Robert Browning, English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77
  • 1912 - Luitpold von Bayern, prince-regent of Bayern, dies at 91
  • 1914 - Watkins Lewis, black man, lynched in Shrevport La
  • 1920 - Olive Schreiner, South Afr writer (Healing Imagination), dies at 75
  • 1920 - Paul Lacome, composer, dies at 82
  • 1921 - Henrietta Leavitt, cepheid period-luminosity relation discover, dies
  • 1923 - Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Ball du Comte), dies at 20
  • 1926 - Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77
  • 1927 - Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • 1932 - Egon Richter, writer, dies
  • 1933 - Theodore Moses Tobani, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 - Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57
  • 1939 - Douglas Fairbanks, actor (Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56
  • 1946 - Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Abelard & Helo‹se), dies at 67
  • 1947 - J£lio A Peixoto, Brazilian writer (Fruta do Mato), dies at 70
  • 1956 - Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 - Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • 1959 - Russell Simpson, actor (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 79
  • 1961 - Daiun Sogaku Harada, Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91
  • 1962 - Sid Saylor, actor (Wally-Waterfront), dies at 67
  • 1964 - H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • 1965 - Johnny Lee, actor (Calhoun-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 67
  • 1968 - Tallulah Bankhead, actress (All Star Revue), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • 1968 - Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • 1970 - Louis Zimmer, Flem clock maker (Jubelklok, Wonder Clock), dies at 82
  • 1971 - David Sarnoff, US TV pioneer (RCA), dies at 80
  • 1971 - Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), suicide at 43
  • 1971 - Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • 1971 - John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • 1976 - Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49
  • 1977 - Clementine O Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones, dies at 92
  • 1978 - Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • 1978 - Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • 1985 - Anne Baxter, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel), dies at 62
  • 1985 - Ian Stewart, keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47
  • 1987 - Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • 1988 - John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • 1991 - Eleanor Boardman, actor (Crowd), dies in at 93
  • 1991 - Ken Keltner, US baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • 1991 - Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • 1992 - Bernard CJ Lievegoed, Dutch anthroposopher (Free College), dies at 87
  • 1992 - Jasu Patel, cricketer (29 wkts for India, best 9-69 v Aust), dies
  • 1993 - Gerard "G‚" Nabrink, Dutch anarchist/NVSH-founder, dies at 90
  • 1993 - Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1993 - Jozsef Antall, historian/premier of Hungary (1990-93), dies at 61
  • 1994 - Antoine Pinay, French PM (1952)/foreign minister, dies at 102
  • 1994 - Donna J. Stone, poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 1994 - Herman H Felderhof, radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83
  • 1994 - John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer, dies at 68
  • 1994 - Stuart Allen Roosa, astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46
  • 1995 - Andrew Olle, broadcaster, dies at 48
  • 1995 - David Lincoln Lightbown, politician, dies at 63
  • 1995 - David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician, dies at 97
  • 1995 - James Altgens, JFK assassination photographer, dies at 76
  • 1995 - Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian, dies
  • 1995 - Mary Bruce, dance Teacher, dies at 95
  • 1995 - Mohyedin Alempour, tajik artist/journalist, dies at 50
  • 1996 - Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner, dies at 70
  • 1996 - Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81
  • 1996 - Jean-Pierre Guerlain, cosmetics pioneer, dies at 91
  • 1996 - Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77
  • 1996 - Vance Oakley Packard, writer (Hidden Perseuders), dies at 82



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