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Welcome to Today In History for Monday, December 9, 2019.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1392 - Peter, Prince/Regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa benfeitoria)
  • 1561 - Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony
  • 1569 - Martinus de Porres, Peru, saint (patron of social justice)
  • 1571 - Adrian A Metius, Dutch mathematician/fort architect
  • 1581 - Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1594 - Gustavus II Adolphus, king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)
  • 1608 - John Milton, London, poet/puritan (Paradise Lost)
  • 1715 - Georg Gottfried Petri, composer
  • 1717 - Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)
  • 1728 - Pietro Alessandro Guglieli, composer
  • 1742 - Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist (lemon acid)
  • 1754 - Etienne Ozi, composer
  • 1791 - Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer
  • 1796 - Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, composer
  • 1837 - Charles mile Waldteufel, Strasbourg France, waltz composer (Skaters)
  • 1842 - Pjotr A Kopotkin, Russian ruler/anarchist
  • 1843 - P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economiste Fran‡ais)
  • 1848 - Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)
  • 1853 - Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, Rochester NY, pitcher (60-12 in 1884)
  • 1854 - Pekka Hannikainen, composer
  • 1859 - Algernon Ashton, composer
  • 1862 - Karel Kovarovic, composer
  • 1864 - Sidney Homer, composer
  • 1868 - Fritz Haber, German phycist-chemist (Nobel 1919)
  • 1873 - Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect
  • 1878 - G‚za R‚v‚sz, Hungarian/Dutch psychologist (Talent & Genius)
  • 1882 - Joaqu¡n Turina, Seville Spain, composer (Rima)
  • 1883 - Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander
  • 1884 - Antonin Zapotocky, Czechoslovak president (Ceskoslovensky Spisouatel)
  • 1886 - Clarence Birdseye, frozen vegatable king (Birdseye)
  • 1889 - John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Fin long-distance runner (Oly-gold 1912)
  • 1894 - Eddie Dowling, Woonsocket RI, actor (Anywhere USA)
  • 1897 - Hermione Gingold, London England, actress (Gigi, Music Man)
  • 1898 - Emmett Kelly, Sedan KS, circus clown (Weary Willie)
  • 1899 - Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor
  • 1899 - Howard Freeman, Helena MT, actor (Double Dynamite)
  • 1899 - Jean de Brunhoff, France, children's book author (Babar the Elephant)
  • 1899 - Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (Those not elected)
  • 1901 - Od”n [Edmund] von Horvath, Hungarian/Austrian playwright
  • 1902 - Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland OH, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz)
  • 1902 - Richard A Butler, England, Dutch min of Finance/Foreign affairs
  • 1904 - Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist
  • 1905 - Dalton Trumbo, US, writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • 1906 - Freddy Martin, Cleve Oh, orch leader (started Merv Griffin)
  • 1906 - Grace Murray Hopper, computer innovator
  • 1906 - Greet Koeman, Dutch singer
  • 1907 - Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • 1909 - Douglas Fairbanks Jr, NYC, actor (Ghost Story)
  • 1910 - Dick Elffers, Dutch graphic artist/painter (Holland Festival)
  • 1910 - Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • 1911 - Broderick Crawford, Phila, actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol)
  • 1911 - [William] Broderick Crawford, Phila, actor (Hunter, Liar's Moon)
  • 1912 - Fred Engelen, Flemish actor/director [or Dec 12]
  • 1912 - Thomas P "Tip" O'Neill, (Rep-D-Mass 1977-86)/Speaker of the House
  • 1915 - Colin McCool, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s)
  • 1915 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • 1915 - Herbert Huncke, writer
  • 1916 - Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)
  • 1918 - Kirk Douglas, [Issur Demsky], actor (Gunfight at OK Corral)
  • 1922 - Redd Foxx, St Louis Mo, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show)
  • 1925 - Dina Merrill, NYC, actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8)
  • 1926 - Luis Miguel Domingu¡n, Spain, matador
  • 1927 - Pierre Henry, composer
  • 1928 - Dick Van Patten, Queens NY, actor (Tom Bradford-8 is Enough)
  • 1929 - Bob Hawke, cricketer (no relation to Lord 12th man for Oxford U 1954)
  • 1929 - John Cassavetes, NYC, actor (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby)
  • 1929 - Michel Fano, composer
  • 1929 - Robert J L Hawke, (Lab), PM Australia (1983-91)
  • 1930 - Buck Henry, NYC, screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart)
  • 1932 - Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician
  • 1933 - Milt Campbell, Plainfield NJ, hurdler/decathlete (Olympics-gold-56)
  • 1933 - Orville Moody, Chickasha OK, PGA golfer (1969 US Open)
  • 1934 - Al Kaline, Baltimore Md, baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1934 - Alan Ridout, composer
  • 1934 - Judi Dench, York England, actress (Henry V, Wetherby)
  • 1934 - Milton Gray Campbell, Plainfield NJ, decathelete (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1934 - [Amos] Junior Wells, Memphis Tn, blues singer (In My Younger Days)
  • 1935 - Dominico Tromp, Aruba, stage leader
  • 1938 - David Houston, rocker
  • 1938 - Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care
  • 1938 - William Thomas McKinley, composer
  • 1938 - [David] Deacon Jones, NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington)
  • 1940 - Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)
  • 1941 - Beau Bridges, LA Calif, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer)
  • 1941 - Dan Hicks, rocker
  • 1942 - Dick Butkus, Chicago, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears)/sportscaster
  • 1942 - Joe McGinniss, Rye NY, author (Selling of President 1968)
  • 1943 - Kenny Vance, rocker
  • 1943 - Rick Danko, Canada, rocker (The Band-Islands, Stage Fright)
  • 1944 - George Baker, [Hans Bouwens], Dutch vocalist (G B Selection)
  • 1945 - Michael Nouri, Wash DC, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues)
  • 1948 - Dennis Dunaway, rocker
  • 1948 - Marleen Gorris, Dutch director (Mres Dalloway, Antonia, Last Island)
  • 1948 - Ron Vawter, Latham NY, actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister)
  • 1949 - Thomas O Kite Jr, Austin TX, PGA golfer (1978 BC Open, Crosby 1983)
  • 1950 - Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)
  • 1952 - Michael Dorn, actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation)
  • 1953 - John Malkovich, Christopher Ill, actor/director (Killing Fields)
  • 1953 - World B Free, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors)
  • 1954 - Herman Finkers, Dutch cabaret performer
  • 1956 - Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)
  • 1957 - Donny Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • 1958 - Nancy J Currie, Wilmington DE, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88)
  • 1960 - Juan Samuel, San Pedro de Macoris, infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays)
  • 1961 - Christiane Jolissaint, Switzerland, tennis star
  • 1961 - Ian Andrew Wright, Hamilton NZ, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 - Joe Lando, LA Calif, actor (Byron Sully-Dr Quinn)
  • 1963 - Barry Wilburn, NFL full safety (Phila Eagles)
  • 1963 - B rbara Palacios, Carcas Venz, Miss Universe (1986)
  • 1964 - Petr Briza, Prague CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1965 - Brad Savage, Livdnia Mich, actor (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1965 - Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater
  • 1965 - Karla Nelson, Pine City Minn, Ms America (1993)
  • 1966 - Dana Murzyn, Calgary, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1967 - Cathy Mockett, Newport Beach CA, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-7th)
  • 1967 - Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle (Carolina Panthers, NY Giants)
  • 1968 - Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1968 - Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • 1968 - Kurt Angle, Pittsburgh Pa, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1968 - Michael Foster, Richmond Va, drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime)
  • 1969 - Allison Smith, Bronx NY, actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie)
  • 1969 - Greg[ory] Klingsporn, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 - Ramon Garcia, Guanare Venezuela, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1970 - Donald Douglas, WLAF safety (Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 - Marlin Cannon, Dallas Texas, 200m/400m runner
  • 1971 - Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 - Clifton Abraham, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 - Petr Nedved, Libercec CZE, NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins)
  • 1971 - Todd Van Poppel, Hinsdale IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1972 - Fabrice Santoro, Tahiti, tennis star
  • 1972 - Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 - Tony Batista, Puerto Plata Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1975 - Joshua Rudoy, actor (Harry & Hendersons)
  • 1975 - Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1978 - Mandy James, Jacksonville Fla, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • 2340 - Worf, Klingon character on Star Trek Next Generation

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1165 - Malcom IV, king of Scotland (1153-65), dies at 24
  • 1292 - Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies
  • 1437 - Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 70
  • 1565 - Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66
  • 1625 - Ubbo Emmius, [van Embden], Frisian humanist/historian, dies at 78
  • 1636 - Giovanni B Aleotti, Ital writer/theater architect, dies at about 90
  • 1641 - Anthonie "Antoon" van Dyck, Flemish painter, dies at 42
  • 1669 - Clement IX, [Giulio Rospigliosi], Ital Pope (1667-69), dies
  • 1674 - Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65
  • 1706 - Pedro II, king of Portugal (1683-1706), dies at 58
  • 1767 - Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), dies
  • 1770 - Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, composer, dies at 80
  • 1814 - Jose Angel Lamas, composer, dies at 39
  • 1819 - Ann C Coleman, fiancee of pres Buchanan, commits suicide
  • 1827 - Fran‡ois Leonard Rouwyzer, composer, dies at 90
  • 1893 - George Elvey, composer, dies at 77
  • 1905 - Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 66
  • 1916 - P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • 1924 - Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel), dies at 70
  • 1925 - Eugene Gigout, composer, dies at 81
  • 1929 - Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v S Africa 1899), dies
  • 1930 - Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • 1933 - Morice Bird, cricketer (scored 280 runs in 10 Tests for England), dies
  • 1940 - Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle
  • 1941 - Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • 1944 - Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), dies at 28
  • 1948 - Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • 1956 - Hans Barth, composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 - Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • 1959 - Kurt Kl„ber, writer, dies
  • 1959 - Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • 1963 - Philibert Schmitz, Belgium, historian (Order of St BenoŒt), dies at 75
  • 1964 - Edith L Sitwell, English poet/author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • 1966 - Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1970 - Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65
  • 1971 - Ralph J Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67 in NYC
  • 1974 - George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • 1974 - Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, composer, dies at 64
  • 1975 - William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • 1976 - Nino Martini, actor (Here's to Romance), dies at 71
  • 1977 - Clarice Lispector, writer, dies
  • 1979 - Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • 1981 - Tonny Til, rocker, dies at 56
  • 1982 - Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • 1982 - Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • 1982 - Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77
  • 1982 - Marty Robbins, country singer, dies
  • 1982 - Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violist, dies at 80
  • 1982 - Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • 1983 - David Rounds, actor (Terence-Beacon Hill), dies at 53
  • 1988 - Roy Orbison, rocker (Pretty Woman), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1990 - Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80
  • 1992 - Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pitts Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • 1992 - Vincent Gardenia, actor (All in the Family, LA Law), dies at 71
  • 1993 - Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 1993 - Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1994 - Garnet Silk, Jamaican raggae-singer, dies at 28
  • 1994 - Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82
  • 1994 - Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Ringo, dies of Leukemia at 48
  • 1994 - Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • 1995 - Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84
  • 1995 - Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (aviator), dies
  • 1995 - Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic, dies at 75
  • 1995 - Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56
  • 1995 - Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician, dies at 40
  • 1995 - Vivian Blaine, actress (Guys & Dolls), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1996 - Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician, dies at 87
  • 1996 - Alain Poher, French pres of European Parliament (1966-69), dies
  • 1996 - Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist, dies at 84
  • 1996 - Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • 1996 - Ivor Roberts-Jones, sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1996 - Mary Douglas Nichol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 - Raphael Samuel, historian, dies at 32
  • 1997 - Tamara Geva, dancer, dies at 91



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