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Welcome to Today In History for Monday, May 16, 2022.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1558 - Andreas of Austria, Bohemia cardinal/gov of Netherlands (1598-1600)
  • 1609 - Ferdinand, Austria, cardinal of Spain/governor of Netherlands
  • 1641 - Dudley North, financier/economist
  • 1659 - Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist
  • 1718 - Maria G Agnesi, Italy mathematician curves= xy=a(a-y)
  • 1748 - Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • 1761 - John Opie, artist
  • 1763 - Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • 1782 - John Sell Cotman, water color artist
  • 1788 - F Rckert, writer
  • 1788 - Friedrich Rckert, poet
  • 1801 - William Henry Seward, Sec of State (1861-69, buys Alaska at 2/acre)
  • 1804 - Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)
  • 1806 - George C Cadwalader, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
  • 1816 - Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1886
  • 1819 - Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), died in 1898
  • 1822 - Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1824 - Edmund Kirby Smith, Fla, General (Confederate Army), died in 1893
  • 1824 - Levi Parsons Morton, (R) 22nd US VP (1889-93)
  • 1827 - Petrus J H Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station)
  • 1831 - David Edward Hughes, inventor (microphone, teleprinter)
  • 1832 - Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)
  • 1845 - Dietrich Schfer, German historian (Deutsche Hanse)
  • 1850 - Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1857 - Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • 1858 - Frank Lynes, composer
  • 1858 - Hanus Trnecek, composer
  • 1866 - Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1878 - Taylor Holmes, Newark NJ, actor (Tobor the Great, Beware My Lovely)
  • 1880 - Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • 1887 - Bull Montana, Vogliera Italy, actor (Brass Buttons, Victory)
  • 1887 - J van Hoddis, writer
  • 1889 - Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • 1892 - Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • 1892 - Richard Tauber, [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
  • 1893 - Jos Calvo Sotelo, Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
  • 1893 - Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer
  • 1897 - Walther Geiser, composer
  • 1898 - August de Schrijver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
  • 1902 - Jan Kiepura, Sosnowiec Poland, vocalist/actor (Her Wonderful Lie)
  • 1904 - Hugh Plaxton, Canada, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1904 - Lily Pons, opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris)
  • 1905 - H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
  • 1905 - Henry Fonda, Grand Is Nebraska, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)
  • 1906 - Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1906 - Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • 1906 - Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • 1907 - Robert Tisdall, Ireland, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1908 - Hilary Preston, editor
  • 1908 - Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • 1909 - Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • 1911 - Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk Va, actress (Back Street)
  • 1911 - Olaff J de Landell, [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • 1912 - Studs Terkel, NYC, author/host (Stud's Place, Working)
  • 1913 - Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
  • 1916 - Adriana Caselotti, cartoon voice
  • 1916 - Bernard Braden, broadcaster/actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment)
  • 1916 - Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist/president (Israel)
  • 1916 - Irene Elizabeth Beatrice Ighodaro, doctor/social reformer
  • 1917 - George Gaynes, Helsinki Finland, actor (Henry-Punky Brewster)
  • 1917 - Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • 1918 - Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • 1918 - Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Pramo)
  • 1918 - Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • 1919 - Liberace, West Allis WI, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman)
  • 1919 - Richard Mason, author
  • 1919 - [Wladziu Valentino] Liberace, West Allis Wisconsin, pianist
  • 1920 - Martine Carol, [Maryse Mopurer], Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana)
  • 1921 - Harry Carey Jr, Saugus Calif, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
  • 1921 - Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • 1922 - Colin Cole, Principal King of Arms
  • 1922 - Russell Wood, treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
  • 1924 - Dawda Kairaba Jawara, president (Gambia, 1970-94)
  • 1924 - Frank F Mankiewicz, NYC, columnist (Perfectly Clear)
  • 1926 - Jan Zimmer, composer
  • 1927 - John Walford, solicitor
  • 1928 - Billy Martin, baseball 2nd baseman/manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1928 - Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • 1929 - Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters)
  • 1929 - John Conyers Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1965- )
  • 1929 - Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer
  • 1930 - Desmond Langley, gov (Bermuda)
  • 1930 - Don Conicannon, govt minister
  • 1930 - Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs)
  • 1931 - Donald James Martino, Plainfield NJ, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974)
  • 1931 - Jack Dodson, Pitts Pa, actor (Howard Sprage-Andy Griffith Show)
  • 1931 - Lowell P Weicker, (Sen-R-CT, 1971-88/Gov-D-CT)
  • 1931 - Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1932 - Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 1934 - Anthony Walker, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1934 - Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • 1936 - Philippe de Montebello, Paris, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut)
  • 1936 - Roy Hudd, comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
  • 1937 - James Hunt Jr, (Gov-NC)
  • 1937 - Yvonne Craig, Taylorville Ill, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin)
  • 1938 - Anthony Walker, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1938 - Stuart Bell, MP
  • 1940 - Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (1900, Last Emperor)
  • 1940 - Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • 1941 - John McWilliams, MP
  • 1941 - Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
  • 1943 - Dan Coats, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • 1943 - Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
  • 1944 - Billy Cobham, Panam, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
  • 1945 - Brewster H Shaw Jr, Mich, Col USAF/astro (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)
  • 1945 - James Moran, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1945 - Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1946 - Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1946 - Roger Earl, rocker (Foghat)
  • 1947 - Barbara Lee, US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • 1947 - Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 1947 - Rosie Barnes, MP
  • 1949 - Jimmy Hood, MP
  • 1949 - Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1949 - William Sputnik Spooner, rock guitarist (Grateful Dead, Tubes)
  • 1950 - Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1950 - Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • 1951 - Jonathan Richman, rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
  • 1952 - Pierce Brosnan, County Meath Ire, actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye)
  • 1953 - David Maclean, British minister of state
  • 1953 - Richard Page, LA Calif, rocker (Mr Mister)
  • 1953 - Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1954 - Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • 1954 - [Dafydd] Rhys Williams, Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • 1955 - Debra Winger, Columbus Oh, actress (Officer & Gentleman)
  • 1955 - Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • 1955 - Jack Morris, St Paul Minn, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1955 - Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
  • 1957 - Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)
  • 1958 - Glenn Gregory, rock vocalist (Heeaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • 1959 - Bob Patterson, Jacksonville FL, pitcher (Chic Cubs)
  • 1959 - Mare Winningham, Phoenix Az, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch)
  • 1959 - Ty Armstrong, Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th)
  • 1960 - Anne Parillaud, Paris France, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood)
  • 1961 - Nina Arvesen, White Plains NY, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless)
  • 1962 - Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • 1963 - Jimmy Osmond, rocker (Osmond Brothers)
  • 1964 - John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1965 - Brent Jasmer, Portland Oregon, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1965 - Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 - Janet Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer, Michael's sister (Control)
  • 1966 - Scott Reeves, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless)
  • 1966 - Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 - Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 - Ralph Tresvant, Boston, singer (New Editon)
  • 1969 - Marcel Schewe, cricketer (Holland wicket-keeper 1996 World Cup)
  • 1969 - Steven Earl Lewis, LA Calif, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1969 - Tracey Gold, NYC, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday)
  • 1969 - Tricia Cast, actress (Nina-Young & Restless)
  • 1970 - Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 - Gabriela Sabatini, Argentina, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1971 - Khari Jones, CFL/WLAF quarterback (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 - Keith Burns, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
  • 1972 - Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • 1974 - Conal Groom, Northford Conn, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1974 - Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1978 - Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1979 - Evan Ferrante, actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1981 - Jessica Ponzo, Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0942 - Saadiah Gaon, head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies
  • 1434 - Pieter Appelmans, Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60
  • 1669 - Pietro da Cortona, [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
  • 1669 - Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • 1691 - Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
  • 1703 - Charles Perrault, author/fairy tale writer, dies
  • 1754 - Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, composer, dies at 76
  • 1762 - Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer, dies at 86
  • 1768 - Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 1777 - Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • 1782 - Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies
  • 1805 - Christian Brunings, hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • 1819 - Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75
  • 1829 - William Congreve, English officer, dies at 56
  • 1830 - Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies
  • 1835 - Felicia Dorothea Hemans, poet/hymn writer, dies
  • 1847 - Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1862 - Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • 1863 - Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1864 - Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • 1880 - Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • 1892 - John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies
  • 1892 - Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • 1903 - Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1904 - N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • 1910 - Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • 1918 - Eusapia Palladino, Napolitan, dies at 64
  • 1926 - Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1928 - Edmund William Grosse, poet/author, dies
  • 1929 - Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1932 - Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1932 - William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • 1938 - Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • 1942 - Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
  • 1944 - George Ade, US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78
  • 1944 - Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75
  • 1944 - Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • 1949 - William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • 1952 - Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v S Afr 1892), dies
  • 1954 - Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1954 - Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • 1955 - James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • 1958 - Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • 1959 - Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • 1966 - Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • 1969 - Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • 1972 - Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1973 - A P Gtersloh, writer, dies at 86
  • 1975 - Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1979 - Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
  • 1983 - Carel Brons, composer, dies at 52
  • 1984 - Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1984 - Irwin Shaw, US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • 1985 - Margaret Hamilton, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies at 82
  • 1988 - Carrie Baxter, Best Bodybuilder (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • 1988 - Kay Baxter, Best Bodybuilder in the World (1983-85), dies at 42
  • 1988 - Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • 1989 - Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1990 - Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian
  • 1990 - Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53
  • 1990 - Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64
  • 1991 - Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • 1992 - Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1993 - Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • 1994 - Alain Cuny, actor (Lovers, Emanuelle, Camille Claudel), dies
  • 1994 - Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • 1994 - Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • 1994 - Vasek Simek, Czech/US actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • 1995 - Lola Flores, singer/actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 1995 - Ragnhild Marie Hatton, historian, dies at 82
  • 1996 - Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • 1996 - Mike Jeremy Boorda, commandant (NATO), commits suicide at 57
  • 1996 - Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72



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