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Welcome to Today In History for Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1327 - Bassui Tokusho, Zen founder (Kogakuji monastery in Nakamura Japan)
  • 1602 - Otto von Guericke, inventor (air pump)
  • 1606 - Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat/historian
  • 1620 - Peregrine White, son of Wm & Susanna White, born aboard Mayflower
  • 1625 - Artus II Quellinus "the Young", Flemish sculptor, baptised
  • 1652 - Romanus Weichlein, composer
  • 1726 - Oliver Wolcott, (Ct-Gov)/signed Decl of Independence [NS=Dec 1]
  • 1752 - Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel)
  • 1757 - Giovanni Battista Gaiani, composer
  • 1759 - Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, composer
  • 1761 - Pius VIII, [Francesco S Castiglioni], Italy, 253rd Pope (1829-30)
  • 1765 - Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, composer
  • 1766 - John Wall Calcott, composer
  • 1781 - Karl F Eichhorn, German law historian
  • 1802 - James Lawrence Lardner, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1881
  • 1819 - douard Joseph Stevens, Belgian animal painter/graphic artist
  • 1830 - Patrick Henry Jones, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1900
  • 1834 - Franjo Zaver Kuhac, composer
  • 1836 - John Thomas Croxton, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1874
  • 1841 - Wilfrid Laurier, (L) 7th Canadian PM (1896-1911)
  • 1850 - Arthor Goring Thomas, composer
  • 1858 - Selma Lagerl”f, Sweden, novelist (Tales of a Manor-Nobel 1909)
  • 1862 - Willem H Vliegen, Dutch typographer/co-founder/chairman (SDAP)
  • 1863 - Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (Black Griet)
  • 1864 - Gerard W Kernkamp, Dutch historian/editor (Groene Amsterdammer)
  • 1866 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1867 - Vicente Ripolles, composer
  • 1869 - Clark Griffith, Mo, baseball player/manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1871 - William H Kilpatrick, US mathematician/philosopher/educator
  • 1873 - Daniel Gregory Mason, Brookline Mass, composer (Chanticker)
  • 1873 - Willem Ro‰ll, Dutch general/founder (Ordedienst)
  • 1879 - Franz Pfemfert, writer
  • 1884 - Norman Thomas, Marion Ohio, socialist (Pres Candidate 1928-48)
  • 1886 - Karl von Frisch, zoologist/bee expert (Nobel 1973)
  • 1889 - Edwin Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift)
  • 1890 - Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter
  • 1890 - Robert Armstrong, Saginaw MI, actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong)
  • 1891 - Leon Cadore, pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game)
  • 1891 - Reginald Denny Richmond England, actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman)
  • 1892 - James B Collip, Canadian biochemist/physiologist (insulin)
  • 1894 - Carl Mayer, Graz, actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise)
  • 1896 - Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer
  • 1897 - Lores Bonney, aviator
  • 1897 - Margaret Sutherland, composer
  • 1899 - Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer
  • 1900 - Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy)
  • 1902 - Wolfgang Kunkel, German law historian
  • 1904 - Alexandra Danilova, ballet great
  • 1907 - Fran Allison, LaPorte City Iowa, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie)
  • 1907 - Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, director (Le salaire de la peur)
  • 1908 - Alistair Cooke, Manchester England, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre)
  • 1909 - Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74)
  • 1910 - Pauli Murray, famous African
  • 1911 - Jean Shiley, US, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1914 - Emilio Pucci, Naples, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1954)
  • 1915 - Kon Ichikawa, Japan, director (Matatabi, Money Talks)
  • 1916 - Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
  • 1916 - Judy Canova, Jacksonville Fla, comedienne/actress (Cannonball)
  • 1916 - Robert A Bruce, MD, pioneer (exercise cardiology)
  • 1916 - William John Elwyn Davies, painter
  • 1917 - Max Georg Baumann, composer
  • 1917 - Pam Henningen, [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian/Dutch dancer
  • 1917 - Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • 1917 - Robert C Byrd, (Sen-D-WV, 1959- )/majority leader
  • 1918 - Dora Ratjen, Germany, man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • 1919 - Dulcie Gray, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, actress (Mine Own Executioner)
  • 1919 - Evelyn Keyes, Port Arthur TX, actress (Adventure of Martin Eden)
  • 1919 - Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician
  • 1919 - John McCarthy, composer
  • 1920 - Armin Schibler, composer
  • 1920 - Douglas Dick, Charlestown WV, actor (Carl-Waterfront)
  • 1920 - Gene Tierney, Bkln, actress (Laura, Razor's Edge, Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1921 - Phyllis Thaxter, Portland Maine, actress (Nora, Ft Worth)
  • 1923 - Beryl Sprinkel, Missouri, economist (Council of Economic Advisers)
  • 1923 - Nadine Gordimer, South African author (July's people, Nobel 1991)
  • 1924 - Benoit Mandelbrot, Warsaw Poland, mathematician (proved Zipf's law)
  • 1925 - Judy Woodruff, news analyst & commentator
  • 1925 - June [Shirley L] Christy, US, jazz singer (Tampico)
  • 1925 - Maya Plisetskaya, prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet)
  • 1925 - Robert Francis Kennedy, Brookline, Mass (D-Sen-NY) AG; assassinated
  • 1926 - Kaye Ballard, Cleve Ohio, actress/comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law)
  • 1927 - Estelle Parsons, Lynn Mass, actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde)
  • 1928 - Franklin Cover, Cleve, actor (Tom-The Jeffersons)
  • 1928 - Rex Reason, Berlin Germany, actor (Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s)
  • 1929 - Dick Clark, Mt Vernon NY, TV host (American Bandstand)
  • 1929 - Donald Ray January, Plainview TX, PGA golfer (1960 Tucson Open)
  • 1929 - Kenneth DeWitt Schermerhorn, Schenectady NY, conductor (Amer Ballet)
  • 1932 - John Barnes Chance, composer
  • 1932 - Richard Dawson, Hampshire Engld, actor (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud)
  • 1934 - Valentine J Peter, Omaha Neb, priest (Boy's Town 1985- )
  • 1937 - Eero M„ntyranta, Finland, nordic ski relay (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1937 - Jack Linkletter, SF Calif, TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny)
  • 1937 - Ruth Laredo (n‚e Meckler), Detroit, Mich, concert pianist
  • 1938 - Tony White, cricketer (2 Tests WI v Australia 1965)
  • 1939 - Dick Smothers, NYC, comedian (Smother Brothers' Show)
  • 1940 - Bob Einstein, LA Calif, comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne)
  • 1940 - Helma Sanders-Brahms, Emden Germany, director (Apple Trees, Manoever)
  • 1941 - Gary Karr, LA Calif, double-bassist (Oslo Philharmonic)
  • 1942 - Joseph R Biden Jr, (Sen-D-DE, 1973- )
  • 1942 - Meredith Monk, Lima Peru, choreographer-composer-performing artist
  • 1942 - Norman Greenbaum, Mass, folk singer (Spirit in the Sky)
  • 1943 - Lindsay Thomas, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- )
  • 1943 - Meredith Monk, composer
  • 1943 - Veronica Hamel, Phila, actress (Joyce-Hill St Blues, 79 Park Ave)
  • 1944 - Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwe, field hockey coach/player (Olympic-1980)
  • 1945 - Dan McBride, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1945 - Rachid Mimouni, author
  • 1946 - Duane Allman, Nashville Tn, rock guitarist (Allman Brothers)
  • 1946 - John "Blackfoot" Colbert, US singer (Soul Children, Taxi)
  • 1946 - Judy Woodruff, newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report)
  • 1946 - Ray Stiles, rocker
  • 1947 - George Grantham, OK, rock drummer/vocalist (Poco)
  • 1947 - Joe Walsh, Wichita Ks, guitarist/rocker (Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1947 - Mardell Wilkins, LPGA golfer
  • 1948 - Richard Masur, NYC, actor (David-One Day at a Time)
  • 1948 - Samuel E Wright, Camden SC, actor (Enos, Ball Four)
  • 1949 - Juha Mieto, Finland, 15KM skier (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • 1949 - Ray Vitte, NYC, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest)
  • 1950 - Gary Green, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1953 - Greg Gibson, Stafford Va, Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1954 - Steve Dahl, Calif, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM)
  • 1955 - Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], Long Beach Ca, actr (10, Tarzan the Ape Man)
  • 1955 - Thea Vidale, actress (Family Matters)
  • 1955 - Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
  • 1956 - Dan Powers, rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1956 - Mark Gastineau, NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85)
  • 1956 - Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1957 - James Brown, British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959 - Sean Young, Louisville Ky, actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love)
  • 1962 - Steve Alexander, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1964 - John Maclean, Oshawa, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 - Ned Vaughn, actor (The Rescuer)
  • 1965 - Andrew Stewart, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1965 - Mike D[iamond], NYC, rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight)
  • 1967 - Alex Arias, NYC, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 - Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks)
  • 1967 - Chris Patton, Fountain Inn SC, Nike golfer (1993 NM Charity Classic)
  • 1967 - Jeff Cotler, Long Beach Calif, actor (Brian-Struck by Lightning)
  • 1968 - Jeff Tarango, Calif, tennis star (defaulted 1995 Wimbledon)
  • 1968 - Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1968 - Ming Na-Wen, actress (ER, One Night Stand, Lien-As the World Turns)
  • 1968 - Richard Clarke, Toronto Ontario, Yachter Finn (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 - Chris Harris, cricketer (son of Zin NZ all-rounder in ODI's)
  • 1969 - Konstantin Semyonov, Israel, Men's pole vaulter (Oly-11th-1996)
  • 1969 - Malvin Hunter, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 - Richard Dickson Reid, NZ, road race cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 - Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner
  • 1970 - Sabrina Lloyd, actress (Sliders)
  • 1970 - Trevor Cobb, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 - Dion Nash, cricketer (NZ right-arm medium-pacer 1992- )
  • 1971 - Joey Galloway, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 - Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972 - Riddick Parker, WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 - Trent Pollard, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 - Yanick Dupre, Montreal, NHL left wing (Phila Flyers)
  • 1973 - Brad Keeney, WLAF defensive tackle (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1973 - Matthew Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 - Brad Williams, cricketer (Victoria & Young Australia fast bowler)
  • 1974 - Drew Ginn, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 - Jerald Moore, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 - Kirk Reynolds, Outlook Saskatchwan, trap shooter (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 - Marissa Ryan, actress (Elizabeth MacGillis-Major Dad)
  • 1976 - Dominique Dawes, Silver Spring Md, gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96)
  • 1976 - Elisa Blair, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1981 - Jilen Siroky, 200m breaststroke (Olympics-96)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0967 - Aboe al-Faradj al-Isfahani, Arabic author (Book of liederen), dies
  • 1347 - Stefano Colonna, Roman senator, dies in battle
  • 1480 - Eleonora van Austrian, translator, dies
  • 1518 - Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1527 - Wendelmoet "Weyntjen" Claesdochter, 1st Dutch woman burned as heretic
  • 1669 - Arnold Geulincx, South Neth philosopher (Cholera), dies at 45
  • 1675 - Francisco de Moura y Cortereal, Span land guardian of Neth (1664-68)
  • 1678 - Charles Dujardin, painter/etcher (Learned Dog), dies at about 56
  • 1713 - Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel), dies
  • 1737 - Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great-Britain, dies
  • 1741 - Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat/clergyman, dies
  • 1750 - Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, theologist (Christian religion), dies at 50
  • 1758 - Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish composer/violist, dies at 64
  • 1764 - Christian Goldbach, German mathematician, dies
  • 1827 - Alexey Nikolayevich Titov, composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 - Wenzel Sedlak, composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 - Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81
  • 1863 - James Bruce, Count of Elgin & Kincardine, governor Jamaica, dies at 52
  • 1882 - Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1887 - Louis Gallait, Belgian painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • 1894 - Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
  • 1898 - John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
  • 1899 - Carl A E Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish translator, dies at 63
  • 1900 - Peter S Kíyer, Danish painter/sculptor/graphic artist, dies at 49
  • 1910 - Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (Anna Karenina), dies at 82 [NS]
  • 1925 - Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain, dies at 80
  • 1927 - Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammer, composer, dies at 56
  • 1936 - Jos‚ A Primo de Rivera y Sa‚nz de Heredia, Spanish Falange, executed
  • 1939 - Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • 1944 - Sekio Nishina, Japanese inventor (kaiten-suicide submarine), dies
  • 1947 - Wolfgang Borchert, German author (Draussen vor of the Tr), dies at 26
  • 1950 - Francesco Cilea, composer, dies at 84
  • 1952 - Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher (La Critica), dies at 86
  • 1957 - Weldon Hart, composer, dies at 46
  • 1960 - Jacob Cohen, Hebrew poet/writer, dies
  • 1962 - Jasper McLevy, socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies
  • 1964 - John Tasker Howard, composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 - Gabri‰lla VM Elisabeth, queen of the Belgians, dies at 89
  • 1968 - Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1968 - Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • 1973 - Allan Sherman, parodist (Camp Granada, Harvey & Sheila), dies at 48
  • 1975 - Francisco Franco, [y Bahamonde], Span dictator (1936-75), dies at 82
  • 1977 - Maxie Wander, writer, dies
  • 1983 - Marcel Dalio, actor (Casablanca), dies at 83
  • 1983 - Richard Loo, actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest
  • 1984 - Alexander Moyzes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1985 - Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • 1989 - Lynn Bari, actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies at 71
  • 1991 - Gina Petrushka, actress (Exorcist, Sybil), dies
  • 1992 - John Foreman, producer (Prizzi's Honor), dies at 67 of heart attack
  • 1993 - Christopher Frank, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1993 - Emile Ardolino, director (Dirty Dancing), dies at 50 of AIDs
  • 1993 - Heather Farr, golfer, dies of cancer at 28
  • 1994 - John Lucarotti, scriptwriter, dies at 68
  • 1994 - Saeedi Sirjani, poet, dies at 64
  • 1995 - Ahmed Abel-Wadoud Karadawi, academic/activist, dies at 50
  • 1995 - Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Oly-gold), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1996 - Bert Geoffrey Achong, electron microscopist, dies at 67
  • 1997 - Gary Burris, murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana
  • 1997 - Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52



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