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Welcome to Today In History for Friday, February 21, 2020.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1417 - Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)
  • 1484 - Joachim I Nestor, elector (Brandenburg, Constitution)
  • 1556 - Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1674 - Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
  • 1684 - Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • 1690 - Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer
  • 1710 - Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet (Human Life)
  • 1728 - Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian tsar (1762)/husband of Catherine
  • 1730 - Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter
  • 1744 - Eise J Eisinga, Frisia, built planetarium Franeker
  • 1776 - Vincenzo Lavigna, composer
  • 1779 - Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • 1785 - Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German officer/author (Die Sterner)
  • 1794 - Antonio L¢pez de Santa Anna, president of M‚xico (1833-36)
  • 1795 - Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer
  • 1800 - John Henry Winder, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1865
  • 1801 - Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer
  • 1801 - John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)
  • 1802 - George Douglas Ramsey, Bvt Major general (Union Army), died in 1882
  • 1805 - David Tod, US diplomat/(Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63)
  • 1814 - Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
  • 1815 - Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • 1817 - Jos‚ Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 1821 - Charles Scribner, US, music publisher (Scribner Catalog)
  • 1829 - Johnson Hagood, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1898
  • 1831 - Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • 1836 - Clement-Philibert-Leo Delibes, composer
  • 1836 - Emil Hartmann, composer
  • 1836 - L‚o Delibes, Saint-Germain-du-Val France, ballet composer (Copp‚lia)
  • 1837 - Rosal¡a de Castro, Spanish writer (Canteres Gallegos, Follas Novas)
  • 1844 - Charles-Marie Widor, Lyons France, composer/prof (Paris Conservatory)
  • 1852 - [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • 1855 - Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
  • 1856 - Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam)
  • 1857 - Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
  • 1861 - Pierre Breville, composer
  • 1867 - Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1875 - Jeanne Louise Calment, France, world's oldest woman (died at 122)
  • 1876 - Constantin Brancusi, Romanian/French sculptor (Princesse X)
  • 1877 - Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
  • 1878 - Fritz Cortolezis, composer
  • 1880 - Frank Orth, Phila Pa, actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers)
  • 1881 - Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1883 - J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual S African cricket/soccer rep)
  • 1885 - Sacha Guitry, France, actor/playwright (Story of a Cheat)
  • 1887 - Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1888 - Florence Bates, TX, actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio)
  • 1888 - Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • 1889 - Felix Aylmer, actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan)
  • 1892 - Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/writer/feminist
  • 1893 - Andr‚s Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist
  • 1893 - Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • 1896 - Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • 1897 - Celia Lovsky, Vienna Aus, actress (Airport, Harlow, T'Pau-Star Trek)
  • 1898 - Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1900 - Madeleine Renaud, French actress/theater director (Plaisir)
  • 1900 - Sydney Arnold, English comic/actor (Miss Jones & Son)
  • 1902 - Arthur D Nock, English/US historian (St Paul)
  • 1902 - Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1902 - John Smallenbroek, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs [or 1909]
  • 1903 - Ana‹s Nin, Paris, novelist (Winter of Artifice, House of Incense)
  • 1903 - Eric Fogg, composer
  • 1903 - Madeleine Renaud, Paris France, actress (Helene, Longest Day)
  • 1903 - Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • 1903 - Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1904 - Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1907 - Wystan Hugh Auden, US, poet (Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948)
  • 1909 - George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • 1909 - Hans Erni, Switz, painter/sculptor
  • 1909 - Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • 1910 - Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WW II)
  • 1912 - Arline Judge, actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent)
  • 1912 - Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1912 - Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • 1913 - Glenn M Anderson, (Rep-D-CA, 1969- )
  • 1914 - Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • 1914 - Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • 1915 - Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress (Dodge City, Another World)
  • 1915 - Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1917 - Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • 1922 - Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle)
  • 1922 - Uros Krek, composer
  • 1923 - Lola Flores, entertainer
  • 1923 - Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ruthless, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • 1923 - Zvi Zeitlin, Dubrovnik Yugoslavia, violinist/prof (Eastman School)
  • 1924 - Robert G Mugabe, premier/president of Zimbabwe
  • 1925 - Al Fann, Cleve, actor (Alvin-He's the Mayor)
  • 1925 - Jack Ramsay, NBA coach
  • 1925 - Sam Peckinpah, Fresno CA, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs)
  • 1926 - Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1927 - Erma Bombeck, Dayton Ohio, humorist (Grass is Always Greener...)
  • 1927 - Hubert de Givenchy, Beauvais France, fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn)
  • 1927 - Pierre Mercure, composer
  • 1930 - Elizabeth Adams, madame
  • 1931 - Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas)
  • 1932 - Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
  • 1933 - Nina Simone, [Eunice Waymon], Tyron NC, vocalist/pianist (Porgy)
  • 1934 - Rue McClanahan, Healdton Okla, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • 1935 - Mark McManus, actor (Taggart, Nightstick, 2000 Weeks, 12th Night)
  • 1936 - Barbara Jordan, Houston, Tx, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78)
  • 1937 - Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • 1937 - Ron Clarke, Australia, runner (held 19 world records)
  • 1938 - Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • 1939 - Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1939 - Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1940 - John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1940 - Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • 1941 - Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner
  • 1942 - Margarethe Von Trotta, Berlin Germany, actress/director (Marianne)
  • 1943 - David Geffin, Brooklyn NY, record producer (Geffin, Asylum)
  • 1943 - Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1943 - Roberto Faenza, director (Cop Killers, Corrupt)
  • 1944 - Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1944 - Kitty Winn, Wash DC, actress (Beacon Hill)
  • 1945 - Paul Newton, rock bassist
  • 1945 - Sudhir Naik, cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974)
  • 1946 - Alan Rickman, actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves)
  • 1946 - Desmond Lewis, WI cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • 1946 - Tricia Nixon Cox, Richard Milhaus' daughter (or 0202)
  • 1946 - Tyne Daly, Madison Wisc, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained)
  • 1947 - Olympia J Snowe, (Rep-R-ME, 1979- )
  • 1948 - Larry Ragland, Richmond Va, comedian (Keep on Truckin')
  • 1949 - Jerry Harrison, Milwaukee, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads)
  • 1951 - John Parker, cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s)
  • 1951 - Michael Cotten, rock synthesizer (Tubes)
  • 1951 - Vince Welnick, rock keyboardist (Tubes)
  • 1952 - Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1953 - Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)
  • 1953 - William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • 1954 - Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1956 - Woody Brown, Dayton Ohio, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life)
  • 1958 - Alan Trammell, Garden Grove CA, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1958 - Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty)
  • 1958 - Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)
  • 1958 - Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)
  • 1961 - Christopher Atkins, Rye NY, actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon)
  • 1961 - Ranking Roger, rock vocalist (English Beat-Drowning)
  • 1961 - Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1963 - Greg Turner, Dunedin NZ, Australasia golfer
  • 1963 - Michael Gostigian, Newtown Sq PA, pentathelete (Oly-16th-88, 92, 96)
  • 1964 - Alana Soares, Redondo Beach Ca, playmate (Mar, 1983)
  • 1964 - Mark E Kelly, Orange NJ, Lt USN/astronaut
  • 1964 - Scott J Kelly, Orange NJ, Lt USN/astronaut
  • 1964 - Willie Pless, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 - Jayson Meyer, Regina Saskatchewan, hockey defenseman (Team Germany)
  • 1965 - Keith Arthurton, cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty bat)
  • 1966 - Bronwen Booth, London, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil)
  • 1966 - Chris Donnels, US baseball infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 - Edie Boyer, St Paul Minn, discus thrower
  • 1966 - Tommy Hendricks, rocker
  • 1966 - Wendy James, London England, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • 1967 - Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC) [or Feb 13]
  • 1967 - Leroy Russel Burrell, Phila, long jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 - Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1968 - Pellom McDaniels, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 - Terry Allen, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins)
  • 1969 - Dean Noel, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 - Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier (Olympic-gold-1992)
  • 1970 - Javier De La Hoya, Mexican/US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 - Marc Woodard, NFL linebacker (Phila Eagles)
  • 1970 - Michael Slater, cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993)
  • 1970 - Patrick Pilloni, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1970 - Will Moore, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 - Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse)
  • 1971 - Jeff Schmidt, US baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1971 - Jey Phillips, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 - Jose Solano, actor (Baywatch)
  • 1971 - Terry Mickens, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1972 - Karl DeWolf, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1973 - Brian Rolston, Flint, NHL left wing (Olympics-1994, NJ Devils)
  • 1973 - Les Gutches, Medford Oregon, 180« lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-1996)
  • 1974 - Alexei Lojkin, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974 - Rohsaan Griffin, Texas City Texas, 200m runner
  • 1975 - Scott Miller, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1975 - Troy Slaten, actor (Jerry-Parker Lewis Can't Lose)
  • 1976 - Robin Confer, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 - Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1986 - Amedeo, Belgium, son of princess Astrid/arch duke Lorenz

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0556 - Maximianus van Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), dies
  • 1513 - Julius II, [Giuliano dellea Rovere], Pope (1503-13), dies at 69
  • 1554 - Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
  • 1595 - Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged
  • 1624 - Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (Sepulture), dies at about 28
  • 1648 - Christian IV, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
  • 1653 - Adriaen Pauw, master of Heemstede/Dutch Grand Pensionary, dies at 71
  • 1677 - [Benedictus] Baruch Spinoza, philosopher, dies at 44
  • 1684 - Pieter van den Abeelen, Dutch medallist/jeweller, dies at about 75
  • 1689 - Isaacus Vossius, Dutch [Isaac Vos], librarian, dies
  • 1711 - Joan van Hoorn, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1707-09), dies at 57
  • 1730 - Benedict XIII, [Pietro F Orsini], Pope (1724-30), dies at 81
  • 1790 - Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer, dies at 64
  • 1803 - Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England
  • 1842 - Wojciech Zywny, composer, dies at 85
  • 1852 - Nikolai Gogol, Russian playwright (Dead Soles), dies
  • 1862 - Justinus A C Kerner, German family doctor/poet/writer, dies at 75
  • 1864 - Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1872 - Pavel P Gagarin, Russian monarch/politician, dies at 82
  • 1876 - Henry John Gauntlett, composer, dies at 70
  • 1879 - Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • 1884 - John Pike Hullah, composer, dies at 71
  • 1894 - Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding designer/painter, dies at 45
  • 1919 - Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • 1919 - Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19), murdered at 46
  • 1919 - Karl von Hohenzollern, Prince of Belgium, dies
  • 1919 - Kurt Eisner, premier Bayern (soc), murdered at 51
  • 1924 - Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1925 - Alfred Baldwin Sloan, composer, dies at 52
  • 1926 - Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1913), dies at 72
  • 1938 - Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • 1938 - George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies
  • 1945 - Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43
  • 1948 - Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 - Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 - Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Gay Death), dies at 63
  • 1956 - Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1961 - Blaise Cendrars, [Fr‚d‚ric Sauser-Hall], Switz, poet, dies at 73
  • 1965 - Malcolm X, [Little], black Moslem leader, assassinated in NYC at 39
  • 1968 - Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • 1969 - Jos‚ de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • 1971 - Adolph Weiss, composer, dies at 79
  • 1976 - Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • 1976 - Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • 1979 - Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • 1979 - Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • 1980 - Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78
  • 1984 - Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • 1985 - Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • 1985 - Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • 1985 - Louis Hayward, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1991 - Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71
  • 1991 - Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 1992 - Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 1992 - Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies
  • 1992 - Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • 1992 - Kate A ter Horst-Arri‰ns, Dutch nurse (Battle of Arnhem), dies at 85
  • 1992 - Roberto D'Aubuisson, El Salvadorian founder (ARENA), dies
  • 1992 - William S Magginetti, dies at 98
  • 1993 - Ferrucci Lamborghini, car maker (Lamborghini), dies at 76
  • 1994 - Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect, dies at 68
  • 1994 - William Elgin Swinton, child Psychiatrist, dies at 54
  • 1995 - Robert Bolt, Brit playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Bounty), dies at 70
  • 1996 - Horace Leonard Gold, sF writer/editor, dies at 81
  • 1996 - Jean Burroughs, educationalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 - Morton Gould, composer, dies at 82
  • 1996 - Terence Edward Armstrong, polar geographer, dies at 75
  • 1997 - Kenneth Rowntree, painter, dies at 81
  • 1997 - Michael Hollings, catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75



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