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Welcome to Today In History for Saturday, October 20, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1435 - Andrea Della Robbia, Florence, sculptor, nephew of Luca
  • 1475 - Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api)
  • 1496 - Claude de Lutherans, duke of Guise
  • 1632 - Christopher Wren, England, astronomer/great architect
  • 1637 - Nicolaas van der Veken, Flemish sculptor (confessional chairs)
  • 1679 - Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer
  • 1719 - Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistician/economist
  • 1740 - Belle van Zuylen, Neth/Swiss writer (Three Women)
  • 1751 - Hendrik van Stralen, Dutch MP/secretary of Interior
  • 1759 - Marie Jean H‚rault de S‚chelles, French author/politician
  • 1780 - M Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma/Guastalla
  • 1784 - Lord Henry JT Palmerston, English minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1788 - Philip Knapton, composer
  • 1792 - Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • 1792 - Colin Campbell/Lord Clyde, British officer (Sepoy-uprising)
  • 1808 - Karl [Theodor] Andree, German geographer/journalist (Globus)
  • 1812 - Austin Flint, 19th century heart research pioneer
  • 1819 - Daniel Edgar Sickles, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1914
  • 1819 - Karol Mikuli, composer
  • 1819 - Mirza Ali Mohammad, [The B b], forerunner of Bah 'u'll h
  • 1820 - Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1820 - George Jerrison Stannard, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1822 - Mansfield Lovell, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1884
  • 1823 - Thomas Hughes, England, author (Tom Brown's School Days)
  • 1843 - Victor de Stuers, Dutch art connoisseur
  • 1854 - Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
  • 1854 - Arthur Rimbaud, France, poet/adventurer (Illuminations)
  • 1859 - G B Studd, cricketer (brother of C T, 4 Tests for England)
  • 1859 - John Dewey, philosopher, educational theorist/writer (Learn by doing)
  • 1871 - Frederick Burton, IN, actor (One Way Passage)
  • 1871 - Paul Val‚ry, writer
  • 1874 - Charles Edward Ives, Danbury Ct, composer (Holiday Quick Step)
  • 1874 - Viscount Palmerston, (Whig) British PM (1855-65)
  • 1877 - Josephine McGill, composer
  • 1882 - Bela Lugosi, Hungary, actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space)
  • 1884 - Thomas Chalmers, NYC, actor (Blind Alleys, Outrage)
  • 1887 - Addison Richards, Zanesville OH, actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees)
  • 1887 - John Warburton, Huddersfield England, actor (Saratoga Trunk)
  • 1889 - Margaret Dumont, actress-Marx Brothers' foil (Day at the Races)
  • 1891 - James Chadwick, English physicist (discovered neutron)
  • 1891 - Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya opposition leader/1st premier (1963-78)
  • 1893 - Charlie Chase, US actor/director (Sons of Desert)
  • 1895 - Rex Ingram, US actor (Tarzan of the Apes, 10 Commandments)
  • 1896 - Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1897 - Jevsei G Liberman, Ukrainian economist (Plan, profit, bonuses)
  • 1899 - Evelyn Brent, Tampa FL, actress (Panama Lady, Last Coomand)
  • 1899 - Marnix Gijsen, [baron Jan-Albert Goris], Flemish writer (Grote God Pan)
  • 1900 - Heinrich Himmler, head of Gestapo [see oct 7]
  • 1900 - Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • 1900 - Wayne Morse, (Sen-R/D-Ore)
  • 1901 - Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • 1903 - John Lodge, Washington DC, actor (Witchmaker)
  • 1904 - Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
  • 1905 - Frederic Dannay, « of Ellery Queen & Barnaby Ross (Cat of Many Tales)
  • 1908 - Arlene Francis, [Kazanjian], Boston, radio/TV host (What's My Line?)
  • 1909 - Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1911 - Will Rogers Jr, NY, actor (Down to Earth)
  • 1913 - Angelo Ephrikian, composer
  • 1913 - Bao Dai, emperor of Annam/Indochina/head of South Vietnam (1949-55)
  • 1913 - Barney Phillips, St Louis Mo, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
  • 1913 - Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914 - Fayard Nicholas, US, actor (Big Broadcast of 1936)
  • 1915 - Giora Schuster, composer
  • 1917 - Efrain Jonckheer, premier Dutch Antilles
  • 1917 - Jean-Pierre Melville, Paris France, director (A Cop)
  • 1917 - Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • 1918 - Anton Diffring, Koblenz Germany, actor (Assignment Vienna)
  • 1921 - Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • 1921 - Pierre Laporte, Canada, journalist/statesman (Revolution Script)
  • 1922 - John Anderson, Clayton Ill, actor (Virgil-Legend of Wyatt Earp)
  • 1923 - Herschel Bernardi, actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front)
  • 1923 - Joe Minogue, journalist
  • 1923 - Robert Craft, Kingston, NY, conductor, Stravinsky-follower
  • 1924 - Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist
  • 1924 - Stanley Eric Francis Booth-Clibborn, bishop (Manchester)
  • 1925 - Art Buchwald, Mt Vernon NY, columnist/author (Have I Ever Lied to You)
  • 1925 - Herman Roelstraete, composer
  • 1926 - Ursula Happe, Germany, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1927 - Oskar Pastior, writer
  • 1928 - Joyce Brothers, NYC, pop psychologist ($64,000 Question, Naked Gun)
  • 1931 - Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire
  • 1931 - Mickey Mantle, NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown)
  • 1932 - Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932 - William Christopher, Evanstown Ill, actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H)
  • 1934 - Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1934 - Martin Landau, actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood)
  • 1934 - Michael Dunn, Shattuck OK, actor (House of the Damned, Ship of Fools)
  • 1934 - Michiko, empress of Japan
  • 1934 - Timothy West, Yorkshire England, actor (Masada)
  • 1935 - Jerry Ohrbach, Bronx NY, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing)
  • 1936 - Larry Mowry, San Diego CA, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior)
  • 1937 - Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1937 - Wanda Jackson, Maud Okla, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1939 - Jay Siegel, Bkln, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • 1939 - Raymond Jones, rocker
  • 1941 - Bob Panasik, Windsor Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Canadian TPC)
  • 1942 - Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)
  • 1944 - William Hugh Albright, composer
  • 1945 - Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945 - Thomas Pasatieri, composer
  • 1946 - Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia, country singer (Snowbird)
  • 1946 - Connie Chung, Washington DC, news ancher (NBC, CBS)
  • 1946 - Elfriede Jelinek, writer
  • 1948 - Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1948 - Robert A Borski, (Rep-D-PA, 1983- )
  • 1949 - Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1949 - Wayne Collett, US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1950 - Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1950 - Tom Petty, classic rock singer (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
  • 1951 - Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1952 - Dave Collins, baseball player
  • 1952 - Dave McLelland, NHLer
  • 1952 - Melanie Mayron, Phila, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing)
  • 1952 - Mikhail Georgiyevich Potapov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 - Keith Hernandez, SF Calif, 1st baseman (St Louis Cards, NY Mets)
  • 1953 - Tom Petty, Gainesville Fla, vocalist (Heartbreakers-Refugee)
  • 1954 - Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
  • 1955 - Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist
  • 1957 - Chris Cowdrey, cricketer (son of Colin, captain of England 1988)
  • 1958 - Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1958 - Eric Scott, Hollywood Calif, actor (Ben-Waltons)
  • 1958 - Ivo Pogorelich, Belgrade Yugoslavia, pianist (1978 Casagrande winner)
  • 1958 - Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • 1958 - Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • 1959 - Janice McCaffrey, Etobicoke Ontario, 10k walker (Olympics-25-92, 96)
  • 1959 - Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1962 - Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1962 - Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 1963 - Julie Payette, Montreal Quebec, astronaut
  • 1963 - Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 - Nelis G”bel, pop guitarist (Burma Shave-Hippies)
  • 1965 - Amos Mansdorf, lsrael, tennis star
  • 1965 - Chad Hennings, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1965 - M Shtalenkov, Moscow Rus, NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1965 - Mikhail Shtalenkov, Moscow Russia, NHL goalie (Team Russia, Anaheim)
  • 1966 - Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966 - Erin Deiters, Green Bay Wis, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994)
  • 1966 - Fred Coury, Johnston NY, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 1967 - Harvey Pulliam, SF CA, outfielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967 - Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1968 - Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 - Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 - Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1969 - Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 - Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1970 - Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chic Bears)
  • 1970 - Ralph Dawkins, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 - Sander Boschke, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 - Shane George, cricketer (S Australian fast bowler, Shield debut at 17)
  • 1970 - Tiffany, [Renee Darwisch], rocker (I Think We're Alone Now)
  • 1971 - Dannii Minogue, Melbourne Australia, singer, sister of Kylie Minogue
  • 1971 - Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1971 - Kimberly Po, LA Calif, tennis star (1991 Futures-Evansville IN)
  • 1971 - Snoop Doggy Dogg, [Calvin Broadus], rap singer
  • 1972 - Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 - Oleg Fediukov, Moscow Russia, dance skater (& Debbie Koegel)
  • 1973 - Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Oly-br-96)
  • 1974 - Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • 1974 - Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1976 - Reidel Anthony, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0460 - Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poetess, dies
  • 1139 - Henry X the Trotse, duke of Bayern (1126-38), dies
  • 1187 - Urbanus III, [Umberto Crivelli], Italian Pope (1185-87), dies
  • 1268 - Conrad Hohenstaufen, [Conrad van Zwaben], son of Conrad IV, dies
  • 1268 - Konradijn Hohenstaufen, son of Koenraad IV, beheaded in Naples
  • 1274 - Engelbert II of Falkenburg, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1438 - Jacopo di Piero della Quercia, Italian sculptor, dies at about 64
  • 1525 - Joannes Custos, S Neth humanist, dies at about 50
  • 1676 - Christopher Gibbons, composer, dies at 61
  • 1740 - Karl VI, German emperor (1711-40), dies
  • 1765 - William August duke of Cumberland, Engl supreme commander, dies at 44
  • 1794 - James Adam, System architect (essays on agriculture), dies at about 64
  • 1819 - Lambert-Fran‡ois Godecharle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1864 - Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Confederate gen-major, dies at 27
  • 1870 - Michael William Balfe, composer (Bohemian Girl), dies at 62
  • 1871 - Charles Babbage, English mathematician (calculator), dies at 78
  • 1876 - Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 68
  • 1882 - Olegario V¡ctor Andrade, Argentina poet (El arpa perdida), dies at 41
  • 1899 - Robert H "Bobby" Gunning, Brit colonel (60th Rifles), dies in battle
  • 1900 - Charles Dudley Warner, US writer (As We Go), dies at 70
  • 1904 - Henry Hiles, composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 - William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67
  • 1913 - Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • 1920 - Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • 1927 - Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • 1929 - Rudolf Kittel, German theologist, dies at 76
  • 1931 - Emanuel Moor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1941 - Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • 1942 - May Robson, actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • 1944 - Gabriel Groulez, composer, dies at 65
  • 1950 - Henry Lewsis Stimson, US minister of War/gov-gen, dies
  • 1952 - Basil Radford, actor (Whisky Galore, Dead of Night), dies at 55
  • 1954 - Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • 1955 - Eino Roiha, composer, dies at 51
  • 1959 - Werner Krauss, actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75
  • 1964 - Herbert Hoover, 31st president of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90
  • 1964 - Miles WL Killearn of Killearn, baron/diplomat (Egypt), dies at 84
  • 1968 - Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, TV preacher, dies at 84
  • 1970 - Patrick Wymark, actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies at 44
  • 1972 - Harlow Shapley, astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • 1977 - Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1983 - Merle Travis, country singer, dies at 75
  • 1986 - Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • 1989 - Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76
  • 1990 - Joel McCrea, actor (Ramrod), dies of pulmonary complications at 84
  • 1992 - Orton Chirwa, Malawi's lawyer/Justice minister, dies in captivity
  • 1993 - James Leo Herlihy, novelist (Midnight Cowboy), dies at 66
  • 1993 - Maurice Dolbier, US actor/writer (Nowhere near Everest), dies at 81
  • 1994 - Burt Lancaster, actor (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80
  • 1994 - Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1994 - Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50
  • 1994 - Ivan Svitak, philosopher, dies at 69
  • 1994 - Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor/director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 1995 - Bernadette Hingley, priest, dies at 47
  • 1995 - Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), dies at 53
  • 1995 - Jack Rose, screenwriter, dies at 83
  • 1995 - Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65
  • 1996 - Alfred William Bill Bedford, test Pilot, dies at 75
  • 1996 - Mary Tuck, social researcher/civil servant, dies at 68



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