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Welcome to Today In History for Monday, August 20, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1517 - Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)
  • 1526 - Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)
  • 1561 - Jacopo Peri, composer
  • 1625 - Thomas Corneille, French playwright
  • 1637 - Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
  • 1665 - Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)
  • 1666 - Alphonse d' Eve, composer
  • 1702 - Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal
  • 1710 - Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rules of Simpson)
  • 1720 - Bernard de Bury, composer
  • 1756 - Bernardo Bittoni, composer
  • 1764 - Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
  • 1778 - Bernardo O'Higgins, won independence for Chile
  • 1779 - Freiherr J”ns J Berzelius, Swedish chemist (atomic weight)
  • 1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")
  • 1788 - Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
  • 1799 - Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
  • 1802 - Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1867
  • 1811 - Gilman Marston, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1890
  • 1820 - Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
  • 1824 - Absalom Baird, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1905
  • 1827 - Charles T H Coster, Belg literary (L‚gendes d'Ulenspiegel) [or May 7]
  • 1832 - Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor, died in 1913
  • 1833 - Benjamin Harrison, North Bend Ohio, (R) 23rd Pres (1889-1893)
  • 1842 - Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
  • 1856 - Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter (Laodania) [NS Sept 1]
  • 1860 - Raymond Poincar‚, France, president/PM (1912)
  • 1873 - Eliel Saarinen, Finland, architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich)
  • 1873 - William Henry Bell, composer
  • 1881 - Edgar Albert Guest, Detroit Mich, poet/newspaperman
  • 1881 - Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, composer
  • 1885 - Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • 1886 - Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
  • 1888 - George Sklavos, composer
  • 1889 - Witold Friemann, composer
  • 1890 - H P Lovecraft, US, Gothic novelist (At the Mountains of Madness)
  • 1890 - Howard Phillips Lovecraft, US horror writer (Weird Tales)
  • 1897 - Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • 1898 - G Kraus, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
  • 1898 - Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)
  • 1899 - Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)
  • 1900 - Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
  • 1901 - Salvatore Quasimodo, Italy, poet/critic/translator (Nobel 1959)
  • 1902 - Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
  • 1904 - Jaap [Jacob AW] Burger, chairman (PvdA)
  • 1905 - Duncan Macrae, Glasgow Scotland, actor (Casino Royale, Kidnapped)
  • 1905 - Jack [Weldon J] Teagarden, US trombonist/actor (Meet Band Leaders)
  • 1907 - Alan Reed, NYC, actor (Mr Adams & Eve)/voice (Fred Flintstone)
  • 1907 - Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
  • 1907 - Shirley Booth, [Thelma Booth Ford], NYC, actress (Hazel)
  • 1907 - Stanley Devon, photographer
  • 1908 - Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
  • 1908 - Jeanne Stern, writer
  • 1908 - John Reginald Bevins, politician
  • 1908 - Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
  • 1909 - Albert Roberts, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37)
  • 1909 - Andre Morell, London England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles)
  • 1910 - Eero Saarinen, Finnish/US architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel)
  • 1911 - Ronald Udell, England, production designer (Pinewood Studios)
  • 1912 - Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • 1913 - Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
  • 1914 - Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1920 - Istv n Sziv¢s, Hungary, water polo player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1921 - Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
  • 1921 - Jacqueline Susann, Phila Pa, author (Valley of the Dolls)
  • 1924 - Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim)
  • 1929 - Norma Connolly, Boston, Mass, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital)
  • 1931 - Bernhard Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
  • 1931 - Don King, boxing promoter, shocking hairstyle [or Dec 6]
  • 1933 - Don Fuqua, (Rep-D-FL, 1963-86)
  • 1933 - George John Mitchell, (Sen-D-ME, 1980-94/Senate Whip 1989- )
  • 1933 - Larry Robideaux, horse trainer
  • 1935 - Charles Shere, composer
  • 1935 - J J Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame)
  • 1935 - Justin Tubb, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
  • 1936 - Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
  • 1937 - Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1937 - George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938 - Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
  • 1940 - John Lantree, rocker
  • 1940 - Rex Sellers, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
  • 1940 - Sam Melville, Utah, actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks)
  • 1941 - Slobodan Milocevic, premier Serbia
  • 1941 - William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978- )
  • 1942 - Hans-Joachim Klein, German FR, 100m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1942 - Isaac Hayes, Covington TN, composer (Shaft)
  • 1943 - Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love)
  • 1944 - Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, SD Padres, Cleve Indians)
  • 1944 - John Povey, rocker
  • 1944 - Rajiv Gandhi, PM of India (1984-89)
  • 1946 - Connie Chung, TV news anchor (NBC, CBS)
  • 1947 - James Pankow, Chicago IL, rocker (Chicago)
  • 1951 - Greg[ory Dale] Bear, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
  • 1951 - Phil Lynott, Dublin Ireland, rock bassist (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1951 - Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1952 - John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988)
  • 1952 - John Hiatt, US singer/songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me)
  • 1952 - Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1953 - Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)
  • 1954 - Al Roker, Queens NY, weatherman (NBC, Today)
  • 1954 - Theresa Saldana, Bkln NY, actress (Rachel Scali-Commish)
  • 1954 - William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1955 - Jay Acovone, Mahopac NY, actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat)
  • 1955 - Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1955 - Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 - Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
  • 1956 - Joan Allen, Ill, actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country)
  • 1956 - Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1957 - Cindy Nicholas, Canada, swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times)
  • 1957 - Doug Fleger, rocker
  • 1957 - Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host
  • 1957 - Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach CA beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1957 - Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • 1958 - Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)
  • 1959 - Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One)
  • 1959 - Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
  • 1960 - Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Beth-Four Seasons)
  • 1960 - Mark Langston, San Diego CA, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1960 - Troy Young, horse trainer
  • 1961 - Linda Mantz, NYC, actress (Frankie-Dorothy)
  • 1961 - Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1962 - Duffy James Joseph Waldorf Jr, LA CA, PGA golfer (1995 LaCantera Tx)
  • 1962 - Loretta Alderete, LA CA, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-14th)
  • 1962 - Robert Meyer, Sacramento Cal, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morningstar)
  • 1963 - Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 - Giuseppe Giannini, Rome Italy, soccer player (Rome A Team)
  • 1965 - Joe Durigon, jockey
  • 1966 - Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA (1988)/actress (Baywatch)
  • 1966 - Greg Jackson, NFL strong safety (Phila Eagles, SD Chargers)
  • 1966 - Steven Finn, Laval, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1967 - Andy Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1967 - Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1968 - Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1969 - Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 - Francisco Torres, jockey
  • 1970 - Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)
  • 1970 - Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 - Bernard Whittington, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 - Brett Bech, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 - Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
  • 1971 - Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 - Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 - Derrick Alston, NBA forward (Phila 76ers)
  • 1974 - Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • 1978 - Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1979 - Tara Shaffer, Miss Ohio Teen USA (1996)
  • 1980 - Corey Carrier, actor (Young Indiana Jones)
  • 1981 - Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1994 - White buffalo, Janesville Wisconsin

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0984 - John XIV, [Petrus Canepanova], Italian Pope (983-84), dies
  • 1153 - Bernard[us] van Clairvaux, French saint, dies
  • 1384 - Geert Great, [Gerardus Magnus], theologist (Getijdenboek), dies
  • 1538 - Aefgen Listinck, Dutch anabaptist, burned at stake
  • 1632 - Valentin de Boulogne, French painter, buried at 38
  • 1639 - Martin Opitz, German poet/historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
  • 1648 - Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1672 - Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
  • 1672 - Johan de Witt, advisor of Holland, lynched
  • 1679 - Jacob Alting, Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 1799 - Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, composer, dies at 37
  • 1804 - Charles Floyd, only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • 1813 - Jan Krtitel Vanhal, composer, dies at 74
  • 1823 - Pius VII, [Luigi B Chiaramonti], Pope (1800-23), dies at 83
  • 1825 - Richard Wainwright, composer, dies at 68
  • 1854 - Friedrich WJ von Schelling, German philosopher, dies at 79
  • 1856 - Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer, dies at 80
  • 1864 - Daniel Chaplin, US Union brig-general, dies
  • 1864 - John H Kelly, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 24
  • 1885 - Edouard J A Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • 1908 - Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64
  • 1910 - Arthur Coquard, composer, dies at 64
  • 1912 - William Booth, English minister/founder (Leader des Heils), dies
  • 1914 - Pius X, [Giuseppe M Sarto], Pope (1903-14), dies
  • 1915 - Paul Ehrlich, Germ geneologist (Chemotherapy, Nobel 1908), dies in 61
  • 1917 - JFW Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905), dies
  • 1919 - Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93), dies
  • 1930 - Charles Bannerman, cricketer (1st three Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1931 - Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64
  • 1932 - Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 - Paul Keller, German writer (Vergrabenes Gut), dies at 59
  • 1932 - Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 - Otakar Ostrcil, composer, dies at 56
  • 1945 - A Roda Roda, writer, dies at 73
  • 1947 - Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • 1948 - David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • 1952 - Kurt Schumacher, German politician/chairman (SPD), dies
  • 1956 - [mile M] Louis Madelin, French historian (Fouch‚), dies at 85
  • 1959 - Alfred Kubin, writer, dies at 82
  • 1960 - Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • 1961 - Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82
  • 1968 - Earl Sande, US jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • 1970 - Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1974 - Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • 1976 - Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • 1978 - Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51
  • 1978 - Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • 1982 - Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 1983 - Kerwin Duinmeijer, Antillean boy, murdered by racist at 15
  • 1985 - Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • 1986 - Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • 1986 - Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1986 - Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • 1990 - Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist/writer, dies
  • 1991 - Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1991 - Lenore Strunsky Gershwin, widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90
  • 1992 - Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut, dies at 59
  • 1992 - William Taylor, chairman (FDIC), dies at 53
  • 1993 - Bernard Delfgaauw, philosopher (Johnson murderer!), dies at 80
  • 1994 - Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65
  • 1994 - Kalman Kahana, Polish co-founder of state Israel, dies at 81
  • 1995 - Hugo Pratt, graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1995 - John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • 1995 - Paul Foster, singer, dies at 75
  • 1995 - Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist, dies at 64
  • 1995 - Von McDaniel, baseball player, dies at 56
  • 1995 - William Kennedy, baseball player, dies at 76
  • 1996 - George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996 - Rio Reiser, rock singer, dies at 46



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