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Welcome to Today In History for Thursday, April 19, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1320 - Pedro I, King of Portugal (1357-67)
  • 1605 - Orazio Benevoli, composer
  • 1660 - Sebastian Duron, composer
  • 1700 - Georg Abraham Schneider, composer
  • 1715 - James Nares, composer
  • 1721 - Roger Sherman, signer (Decl of Ind, Constitution)
  • 1721 - Thomas McKean, attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [or 3/19]
  • 1728 - Francisco Albergati Capacelli, Italian playwright
  • 1737 - Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation propagandist
  • 1768 - Adrian H Haworth, English entomologist/botanist
  • 1771 - Giuseppe Cartufo, composer
  • 1772 - David Ricardo, economist
  • 1785 - Alexandre Pierre Fran‡ois Boely, composer
  • 1795 - Christian Gottfried Ehrenburg, German zoologist
  • 1798 - Franz Joseph Glaser, composer
  • 1798 - Heinrich Maria von Hess, historical painter
  • 1801 - Gustav T Fechner, [Dr Mises], German philosopher/physicist
  • 1805 - Charles Edmond-H‚nri de Coussemaker, Belgian musicologist/historian
  • 1817 - John Philip, painter
  • 1821 - Mortimer Dormer Leggett, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
  • 1830 - Rudolf Cornely, German bible expert/jesuit
  • 1832 - Jos‚ Echegaray y Eizaguirre, mathematician/dramatist (Nobel 1904)
  • 1832 - Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, 1st lady (1881)
  • 1838 - August[us] Alleb‚, Dutch painter/lithographer
  • 1840 - Andrea Bezzola, writer
  • 1850 - Edward John Gregory, painter/engraver
  • 1850 - Theo Mann-Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler)
  • 1857 - Lucien Levy-Bruhl, philosopher
  • 1858 - May Robson, [Mary J Robison], Melbourne Aust, actress (Apple Annie)
  • 1858 - Siegfried Ochs, composer
  • 1861 - Warden Oncle, [Edward Vermeulen], Flemish farmer/writer
  • 1863 - Felix Blumenfeld, composer
  • 1866 - Henri WA Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell)
  • 1868 - Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)
  • 1873 - Sydney Barnes, cricketer (probably England's greatest bowler)
  • 1874 - Firmin Baes, Flemish painter
  • 1876 - Hendrik W A E, duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin/king of Netherlands
  • 1877 - Ole Evinrude, inventor (outboard marine engine)
  • 1879 - Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz)
  • 1883 - Get£lio Vargas, president of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer
  • 1888 - William L Axt, composer
  • 1890 - Lou Bandy, [Lodewijk F Dieben], revue-artist (Look for the Sun)
  • 1891 - Francoise Rosay, Paris, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison, Saraband)
  • 1891 - Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian writer/poet (La Ronda)
  • 1892 - Germaine Tailleferre, [Les Six], Pau-St-Maur France, composer
  • 1897 - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor/art benefactor
  • 1897 - Vivienne Segal, Phila, Broadway actress (Pal Joey)
  • 1898 - Constance Talmadge, Brooklyn NY, comedienne/actress (Intolerance)
  • 1898 - Sybil Andrews, English/Canadian painter
  • 1900 - Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth)
  • 1903 - Eliot Ness, untouchable (FBI agent-Chicago)
  • 1905 - John S "Jimmy" Thach, US pilot/admiral (WW II)
  • 1905 - Tommy Benford, jazz drummer
  • 1907 - Alan Wheatley, England, actor (Adventure of Robin Hood)
  • 1907 - Gino Contilli, composer
  • 1907 - Lina Basquette, Mateo Cal, actress (Paradise Park, Pleasure, Goldie)
  • 1910 - Andrew Gilchrist, historian/diplomat
  • 1911 - Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer
  • 1912 - Glen T Seaborg, US chemist (AEC, plutonium, Nobel 1951)
  • 1912 - Glenn T Seaborg, chemist/discoverer (Plutonium)
  • 1912 - William Murray, teacher/educationalist
  • 1913 - Cyril English, British educator
  • 1914 - Andrew Wilkinson, pediatrician
  • 1915 - Dorian Le Gallienne, composer
  • 1915 - Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • 1917 - Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • 1919 - Gil Langley, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56)
  • 1920 - Frank Fontaine, Cambridge Mass, comedian (Crazy Guggenheim)
  • 1921 - Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)
  • 1921 - Will Ogdon, composer
  • 1922 - Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircrafts)
  • 1922 - Luigi Barbbarito, reverend (Apostolic ProNuncio)
  • 1925 - Hugh O'Brian, [Krampke], Rochester NY, actor (Wyatt Earp, Search)
  • 1927 - Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
  • 1928 - Alexis Korner, Paris, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him)
  • 1928 - John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College)
  • 1929 - Edward Crook, Detroit Mich, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1931 - Alex Webster, football coach (NY Giants)
  • 1931 - Denis Henry, British high court judge
  • 1931 - Garfield Morgan, Brtish actor (Odessa File, To Catch a Spy)
  • 1931 - Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice
  • 1932 - Andrea Mead Lawrence, Rutland Vt, alpine slalom skier (Oly-2 gold-52)
  • 1932 - Jayne Mansfield, [Vera Jane Palmer], Bryn Mawr Pa, actress (Fat Spy)
  • 1933 - Dick Sargent, Carmel Calif, actor (Darrin-Bewitched)
  • 1933 - Harold "Dickie" Bird, cricketer (noted England Test umpire)
  • 1934 - Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer)
  • 1934 - Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, composer
  • 1934 - John Roch, high court judge
  • 1935 - Dudley Moore, London England, actor (10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks)
  • 1935 - Peter Scott, QC
  • 1936 - Csaba Szabo, composer
  • 1936 - Ruby Johnson, US singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away)
  • 1936 - Wilfried Martens, premier (Belgium, 1979-81, 1981-92)
  • 1937 - Elinor Donahue, Tacoma Wash, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life)
  • 1938 - Jonathan Tunick, composer
  • 1939 - E Clay Shaw Jr, (Rep-R-FL, 1981- )
  • 1939 - Ellen Weston, NYC, actress (Betty-SWAT)
  • 1939 - Michael Macaulay, cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr)
  • 1940 - Algy Cluff, CEO (Spectator, Cluff Resources)
  • 1941 - Michel Roux, chef de cuisine
  • 1942 - Alan Price, Eng, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1943 - Mike Kelly, rocker (Duprees)
  • 1944 - Bernard Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop)
  • 1944 - Margo MacDonald, Scotish national broadcaster
  • 1944 - Mark "Flo" Volman, rocker (Flo & Eddie, Turtles-Eleanor)/DJ (WKRK)
  • 1945 - Nuria Ortiz, Mexico, skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • 1946 - Leon Wessels, S Afr lawyer/underminister of Law & Order
  • 1946 - Tim Curry, Cheshire England, actor (Rocky Horror Show)
  • 1946 - Viktor Viktorovich Zabolotsky, Russia, cosmonaut (BST-02)
  • 1947 - Frits Castricum, journalist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1947 - Murray Perahia, NYC, pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988)
  • 1947 - Wilf Stevenson, director (British Film Institute)
  • 1949 - Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator
  • 1949 - Paloma Picasso, [Gilot], Paris France, actress (Immoral Tales)
  • 1950 - Jeff Hammond, cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour)
  • 1950 - Marc Demeyer, Belgian bicyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1952 - Adny Shernoff, rocker
  • 1953 - Sara Simeoni, Italy, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1954 - Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 1956 - Lori West, Denver CO, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th)
  • 1956 - Sue Barker, England, tennis star
  • 1957 - Belinda Lipscomb, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 - Bo[as] Watson, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 - Rod Morgenstern, rocker (Winger)
  • 1960 - Frank Viola, Hempstead NY, pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988)
  • 1961 - Richard Phelps, British pentathelete
  • 1962 - Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1962 - Christa Teno, Tecumseh Ontario, LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi-44th)
  • 1964 - Harris Barton, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 - Scott Kamienicki, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1965 - Melita Rhn, Romania, horse vaulter (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • 1966 - Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
  • 1966 - Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1968 - Ashley Taylor Judd, Granada Hills Calif, actress (Kuffs, Sisters)
  • 1968 - Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1968 - Keith McCants, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 - Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1968 - Thomas Nock, Zurich Switzerland, actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars)
  • 1969 - Carlos Reyes, Miami FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1969 - Danelle Marie Folta, Hammond IN, playmate (Apr, 1995)
  • 1969 - James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
  • 1970 - Luis Miguel, Vera Cruz M‚xico, spanish singer
  • 1970 - Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 - Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1971 - Otis Scott, Gainesville Fla, 400m/800m runner
  • 1972 - Eric Jack, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 - Jeff Wilkins, NFL kicker (SF 49ers)
  • 1974 - Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1975 - Jason Gillespie, cricketer (SA fast bowler, Australia 1996)
  • 1975 - Nazarena Almada, Miss Argentina Universe (1997)
  • 1975 - Temoc Suarez, Greenwood SC, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1976 - Vanessa Guzman, Miss Universe-Mexico (1996)
  • 1978 - Adrienne Parker, Miss Tennessee Teen USA (1996)
  • 1978 - Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-96)
  • 1979 - Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1979 - Mariah Billado, Miss Vermont Teen USA (1997)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0843 - Judith, French empress/2nd wife of Louis de Vrome, dies
  • 1044 - Gothelo, duke of Neth-Lotharingen, dies
  • 1054 - Leo IX, [Bruno von Egesheim und Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54), dies at 51
  • 1390 - Robert II, King of Scotland, dies
  • 1529 - John Cuspinianus, [Spiessheimer], German physician, dies at about 55
  • 1560 - Philipp Melanchton (Schwazerd), church reformer, dies at 63
  • 1567 - Michael Stifel, German theologist/mathematician, dies at about 79
  • 1588 - Paolo Veronese (Cagliari), painter, dies
  • 1608 - Earl of Dorset, poet/statesman, dies
  • 1645 - Anton van Diemen, gov-gen (Neth East Indies), dies at about 51
  • 1645 - William Smith, composer, dies at 42
  • 1658 - Robert Rich 2nd earl of Warwick, Engl Lord High Admiral, dies at ń70
  • 1689 - Christina, Queen of Sweden (1644-54), dies
  • 1706 - Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist leader, dies
  • 1739 - Nicholas Saunderson, mathematician, dies
  • 1768 - Filippo della Valle, Italian sculptor, dies at about 70
  • 1770 - Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer, dies at 74
  • 1772 - Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66
  • 1773 - Florian Johann Deller, composer, dies at 43
  • 1776 - Jacob Israel Emden, [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • 1791 - Richard Price, nonconformist minister/writer (Alabi's World), dies
  • 1799 - Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1813 - Benjamin Rush, physician/abolotionist (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 67
  • 1824 - George Gorden Noel "Lord" Byron, poet, dies at 36
  • 1852 - Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus), dies at 69
  • 1862 - Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • 1862 - Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • 1867 - Robert Smirke, British architect, dies
  • 1870 - Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
  • 1870 - Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59
  • 1870 - William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • 1874 - Owen Jones, architect, dies
  • 1876 - Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, dies at 65
  • 1881 - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl (Beaconsfield)/novelist, dies
  • 1881 - Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53
  • 1882 - Charles Robert Darwin, evolutionist (Origin of Species), dies
  • 1889 - Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • 1893 - John Addington Symonds, critic/poet, dies
  • 1895 - George Scharf, critic, dies
  • 1895 - Victor J van Hinsbergh, South Neth engraver (PTT-stempels), dies at 70
  • 1900 - Ivan K A‹vazovski, Russian painter (harbor scenes), dies at 82
  • 1906 - Pierre Curie, French physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903), dies
  • 1914 - Charles Pierce, philosopher/scientist, dies
  • 1923 - Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75
  • 1926 - Squire Bancroft, [Butterfield], actor/manager (Haymarket), dies at 84
  • 1932 - Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77
  • 1937 - William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81
  • 1938 - Henry John Newbolt, poet/author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • 1938 - Marie-Cl‚mentine "Suzanne" Valadon, French acrobat/model, dies at 72
  • 1941 - Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 - Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1943 - Gustave Doret, composer, dies at 76
  • 1943 - Kurt Huber, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1943 - Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1944 - Tommy Hitchcock, polo player (Westchester Cup 1924, 27), dies at 44
  • 1945 - J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1950 - Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • 1954 - Joe Laurie Jr, comedian (Can You Top This?), dies at 61
  • 1956 - Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1956 - Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1956 - L‚on N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • 1957 - Charles Funk, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • 1957 - Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79
  • 1964 - Cyril Merry, cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies
  • 1965 - George Davis, actor (Private Lives, Devil May Care), dies at 75
  • 1966 - V„in” A Tanner, Finnish premier (1926-27)/minister, dies at 85
  • 1967 - Conrad Adenauer, West Germany chancellor (1949-63), dies at 91
  • 1968 - Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1969 - Casper H”weler, music critic, dies at 71
  • 1972 - Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • 1978 - Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1980 - Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1980 - Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • 1981 - Ernst Levy, composer, dies at 85
  • 1983 - Jerzy Andrzejewski, writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1983 - Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • 1986 - Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • 1986 - Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 - Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • 1987 - Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • 1989 - Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1990 - Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • 1992 - Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1992 - Frankie Howerd, actor (Carry on Doctor, Up the Front), dies at 70
  • 1992 - Pat Thompson, actress (Strictly Ballroom), dies at 51
  • 1992 - Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992 - Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1993 - David Koresh, [Vernon Howell], cult leader (Davidians), suicide
  • 1993 - George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash
  • 1994 - Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • 1994 - Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1994 - Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87
  • 1994 - Michael Carreras, film Director, dies at 67
  • 1994 - Michel van Rooy, Dutch actor (Doctor Vlimmen, The Attack), dies at 43
  • 1995 - "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1995 - Igor Hajek, translator/writer, dies at 64
  • 1995 - J Peter Grace Jr, CEO (W R Grace), dies at 81
  • 1995 - Joseph Peter Grace, businessman, dies at 61
  • 1995 - Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/Orientalist, dies at 70
  • 1996 - Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • 1996 - Norman Oldfield, cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies
  • 1996 - Peg Ridge, peace campaigner, dies at 72



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