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Welcome to Today In History for Sunday, March 29, 2020.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1484 - Johann Spangenberg, composer
  • 1519 - Carlo Caraffa, Italian cardinal
  • 1561 - Santorio Sanctorius, Trieste Italy, physician/burned at stake/heretic
  • 1602 - John Lightfoot, English theologist/literary (Horae Hebraicae)
  • 1616 - Johann Erasmus Kindermann, composer
  • 1636 - Esaias Reusner, composer
  • 1725 - Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, composer
  • 1752 - Edward Jones, composer
  • 1790 - John Tyler, Va, (D/W) 10th Pres (1841-1845)
  • 1799 - Edward Stanley, Earl Derby (C), British PM (1852, 1858-59, 1866-68)
  • 1813 - John Letcher, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1884
  • 1816 - James Gallant Spears, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1869
  • 1817 - Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet
  • 1819 - Edwin Drake, drilled 1st productive US oil well
  • 1819 - Isaac Mayer Wise, rabbi/founder (American Hebrew Congregations)
  • 1821 - Joshua Thomas Owen, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1887
  • 1822 - Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter
  • 1826 - Wilhelm Liebknecht, German MP (social-democratic)
  • 1829 - Ritta & Christina, Siamese twins, in Sardinia
  • 1829 - Robert Emmet Rodes, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1831 - Amelia Barr, writer
  • 1848 - Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general/minister of War
  • 1867 - Cy [Denton True] Young, Gilmore Ohio, pitcher (511 wins, 1890-1911)
  • 1869 - Ales Hrdlicka, US, anthropologist/curator (US National Museum)
  • 1869 - Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
  • 1871 - Tom Hayward, cricketer (great England batsman of the Golden Age)
  • 1875 - Lou Henry Hoover, 1st lady (1929-33)
  • 1875 - Paul Rubens, composer
  • 1876 - Jan Ingenhoven, composer
  • 1876 - Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian/antifascist
  • 1883 - Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Micromanometric analysis)
  • 1886 - Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, composer
  • 1888 - Adrianus M de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak)
  • 1888 - James E Casey, founder (United Parcel Service)
  • 1889 - Howard Lindsay, Waterford NY, playwright/actor/dir (State of Union)
  • 1889 - Warner Baxter, Columbus OH, actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid)
  • 1891 - Ivan Goll, writer
  • 1892 - Jązsef Mindszenty, [Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal
  • 1895 - Ernest Jnger, German philosopher (Anschwellender Bocksgesang)
  • 1898 - Cecil Lewis, airman/writer
  • 1901 - Frans U Kailas, Finnish poet
  • 1902 - Marcel Aym‚, French writer (Jument Verte)
  • 1902 - Onslow Stevens, LA Calif, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life)
  • 1902 - William Walton, England, composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins)
  • 1905 - Annunzio Mantovani, Venice Italy, orch leader (Mantovani)
  • 1906 - E Power Biggs, Westcliff-on-Sea England, organist/composer (CBS)
  • 1908 - Arthur O'Connell, NYC, actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years)
  • 1908 - Dennis O'Keefe, Fort Madison IA, actor/dir (T-Men, Fighting Seabees)
  • 1909 - Moon Mullican, hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock)
  • 1909 - Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish writer (Gnome Patjoepelke)
  • 1911 - Philip Ahn, LA Calif, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu)
  • 1913 - Jack Jones, British trade unionist (CH)
  • 1913 - Niall MacGinnis, Dublin Ireland, actor (Curse of the Demon)
  • 1913 - Phil Foster, Bkln NY, comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley)
  • 1914 - Chapman Pincher, British journalist/author (about secret service)
  • 1915 - George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist
  • 1916 - Eugene J McCarthy, Watkins Minn, (Sen-D-Minn, pres candidate 1968)
  • 1916 - John Paul, Governor-General (Bahamas)
  • 1917 - Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)
  • 1917 - Man O'War, racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465)
  • 1918 - John Read, CEO (TSB Group)
  • 1918 - Pearl Bailey, Newport News Va, singer (Hello Dolly)
  • 1918 - Sam Walton, billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart)
  • 1919 - Eileen Heckart, Columbus Ohio, actress (Doll's House, Trauma Center)
  • 1921 - Hugh Neill, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire)
  • 1921 - Sam Loxton, cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's)
  • 1923 - Julia Montgomery Walsh, political consultant/writer
  • 1924 - Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer
  • 1925 - Emlen Tunnell, NFL safety (Giants, Packers)
  • 1925 - Lord Justice Beldam
  • 1927 - Arthur Ravenel Jr, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • 1927 - John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group)
  • 1927 - John Vane, FRS/pharmacologist
  • 1927 - Lord Ross
  • 1928 - Vaclav Felix, composer
  • 1929 - Ronald Clive Williams, actor/comedian
  • 1929 - Sheila Kitzinger, author, anthropologist & child birth educator
  • 1930 - Donny Conn, rocker (Playmates)
  • 1930 - G R Sunderam, cricket pace bowler (2 Tests India v NZ 1955-56)
  • 1930 - Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, marquis of Hertford
  • 1930 - Marquess of Hertford
  • 1931 - Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1931 - James Weatherhead, moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • 1931 - Lord Tebbit, British CH
  • 1931 - Sylvia Law, British town planner
  • 1934 - Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, composer
  • 1935 - Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly)
  • 1936 - Richard Rodney Bennett, Broadstairs Kent England, composer
  • 1937 - Anne Stoddart, diplomat
  • 1937 - Billy Carter, Plains Georgia, brother of Pres Carter
  • 1938 - Bert de Vries, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (CDA)
  • 1938 - Margaret Howard, British broadcaster
  • 1939 - Hanumant Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India-century on debut)
  • 1939 - Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature)
  • 1940 - Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • 1941 - Terence Hill, Venice Italy, actor (Super Fuzz, They Call Me Trinity)
  • 1942 - Larry Pressler, (Sen-R-SD, 1979- )
  • 1943 - Eric Idle, England, comedian/actor (Monty Python)
  • 1943 - John Major, British PM (C, 1990-97)
  • 1943 - Vangelis, [Papathanasiou], composer/keyboardist (Chariots of Fire)
  • 1944 - James Diggle, FBA, classicist
  • 1944 - John Suchet, British TV journalist (Independent TV News)
  • 1945 - Julie Goodyear, British actress (Bet Lynch-Coronation Street)
  • 1945 - Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1945 - Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show)
  • 1946 - Bruce Weber, director (Broken Noses)
  • 1946 - Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest
  • 1947 - Aleksandr Stepenovich Viktorenko, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3, 8, 14, 20)
  • 1947 - Bobby Kimball, [Robert Toteaux], Vinton LA, rocker (Toto-Roseann)
  • 1947 - Peter Hinchcliffe, co-founder (Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • 1948 - Bud Cort, New Rochelle NY, actor/director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H)
  • 1949 - Michael Brecker, rocker (Brecker Brothers)
  • 1949 - Uton Dowe, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1972-73 "Dowe shall not bowl")
  • 1951 - Barry Goudreau, rocker
  • 1951 - Geoff Howarth, cricketer (NZ captain early 80's)
  • 1952 - Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1954 - Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)
  • 1955 - Christopher Lawford, actor (Charlie Brent-All My Children)
  • 1955 - Dianne Kay, Phoenix Az, actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter)
  • 1955 - Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, New Orleans, 1977 Heisman)
  • 1955 - Henry Bellingham, MP
  • 1956 - Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • 1956 - LaToya Jackson, singer (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy
  • 1956 - Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • 1956 - Sue Fogleman, LPGA golfer
  • 1957 - Christopher Lambert, actor (Highlander, Subway, Greystoke, Why Me)
  • 1958 - Fiona Reynolds, director/Council for Protection of Rural England
  • 1959 - Brad McCrimmon, Dodsland, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1959 - Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • 1961 - Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • 1961 - Mike Kingery, St James MN, outfielder (Pitts Pirates)
  • 1962 - Kirk Alan Triplett, Moses Lake WA, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston-2nd)
  • 1964 - Elle MacPherson, Sydney Austrailia, model (SI)/actress (Sirens)
  • 1964 - Jill Goodacre Connick, Lubbock Texas, model (Victoria Secrets)
  • 1966 - Dwayne Harper, NFL cornerback (SD Chargers)
  • 1966 - Eric Gunderson, Portland OR, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1966 - Robb Thomas, NFL receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1967 - Brian Jordan, Baltimore MD, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1967 - Jerry Olsavsky, NFL linebacker (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1968 - Chris Calloway, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1968 - James Williams, NFL tackle (Chic Bears)
  • 1969 - Darren Chandler, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1969 - James Atkin, rocker (EMF-Unbelievable)
  • 1969 - Jeff Blackshear, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1969 - Jimmy Spencer, NFL cornerback (NO Saints, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 - Kai Nurminen, Turku FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1969 - Perry Farrell, rocker (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros)
  • 1969 - [Jane] Kim[berly] Batten, McRae Georgia, 400m hurdler (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1971 - Lennart van Reen, son of author Ton v R/publisher Corrie Zelen
  • 1971 - Ryan Mark Lambert
  • 1972 - Alex Ochoa, Miami FL, outfielder (NY Mets)
  • 1972 - John Rothell, Titusville Florida, 400m hurdler
  • 1972 - Paul Michael Kent, Australia, NZ breastroker (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 - Trevor Kidd, Dugald, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames)
  • 1973 - Brad Bridgewater, US, 200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1973 - John Oppio, Sparks Nevada, double trap (Olympics-1996)
  • 1973 - Marc Overmars, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1973 - Mark Platt, Peterborough Ontario, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 - Christopher Yule, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1976 - Jennifer Capriati, Long Is NY, tennis pro (Oly-gold-92)
  • 1987 - 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: Howard the Duck wins
  • 2334 - Beverly Crusher, Copernicus Luna, fictional doctor-Star Trek Next Gen
  • 2336 - Deanna Troi, Betazed, fictional counsellor-Star Trek Next Generation

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1058 - Stephen IX, [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belg Pope (1057-58), dies
  • 1546 - Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered
  • 1650 - Cornelis Galle I, Flemish engraver, dies at about 73
  • 1655 - Valerius Andreas, Flemish historian, dies at 66
  • 1697 - Nikolaus Bruhns, composer, dies
  • 1745 - Robert Walpole, 1st British premier (1722-42), dies at 68
  • 1788 - Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1792 - Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of wounds
  • 1794 - Marie-J-A-N C Condorcet, mathematician (Theory of Comets), dies at 50
  • 1802 - Frederic Thieme, composer, dies at 51
  • 1826 - J H Voá, writer, dies at 75
  • 1837 - Maria Fitzherbert, morganatic wife of King George IV, dies
  • 1839 - Bernardus JC Dibbets, Dutch baron/gen-major (Maastricht), dies at 56
  • 1847 - Auguste De Polignac, premier France, dies at 66
  • 1848 - John Jacob Astor, charted American Fur Company, dies at 84
  • 1866 - Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, Rabbi/Chassidic leader, dies
  • 1880 - Jakob Axel Josephson, composer, dies at 62
  • 1886 - John Keble, theologian, Bournemouth
  • 1888 - Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 - Georges-Pierre Seurat, French painter (Pointillism), dies at 31
  • 1892 - William Bowman, English anatomist, dies at 75
  • 1911 - Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer, dies at 74
  • 1912 - Robert F Scott, British pole explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • 1917 - Fran Gerbic, composer, dies at 76
  • 1924 - Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/writer, dies at 71
  • 1930 - Anton Bettelheim, writer, dies
  • 1933 - Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Dutch violinist/conductor, dies at 52
  • 1937 - Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54
  • 1945 - Karl T Sapper, German geographer/geologist (Vulkankunde), dies at 79
  • 1955 - Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • 1957 - Joyce A L Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • 1958 - W[illiam] C[hristopher] Handy, composer, dies at 84
  • 1959 - Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • 1959 - Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1963 - Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64
  • 1964 - Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • 1966 - Harry Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 50
  • 1972 - J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • 1974 - Seton I Miller, writer, dies at 71
  • 1978 - Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • 1979 - Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
  • 1980 - ... Mantovani, orch leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 1981 - Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • 1982 - Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86
  • 1982 - Rudy Bond, actor (Streetcar Named Desire), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1982 - Walter Hallstein, W German politician (CDU, H-doctrine), dies at 80
  • 1983 - Richard O'Brien, actor (Rocky Horror Show), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1986 - Harry Ritz, actor (3 Musketeers, On the Avenue), dies at 79
  • 1989 - Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables, Women & War), dies at 73
  • 1990 - Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • 1991 - Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
  • 1991 - Matt Bennett, actor (Hickey & Boggs), dies of brain tumor at 52
  • 1992 - Earl Spencer, father of Lady Diana, dies at 68
  • 1992 - Paul [G J von] Henreid, Austrian actor (Laszlo-Casablanca), dies at 84
  • 1994 - Bill Travers, actor (Trio, Gorgo, Born Free), dies at 72
  • 1994 - Paul Grimault, animator, dies at 89
  • 1994 - William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), dies at 84
  • 1995 - Carl E Jefferson, record company owner, dies at 74
  • 1995 - Eddie Williams Wiggins, alto saxophone/comedian, dies at 78
  • 1995 - James Eric Storrar, fighter Pilot, dies at 74
  • 1995 - John Elliott Terry, film financier, dies at 82
  • 1996 - Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • 1997 - Eddie Ryder, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital), dies at 74
  • 1997 - Ellen Clara Pollock, actress (Wicked Lady, Fake), dies at 94



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