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Welcome to Today In History for Saturday, April 13, 2024.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1519 - Catherine de' M‚dici, Queen of Spain/daughter of Henry II
  • 1519 - De Medicis, queen consort (Henry II of France)
  • 1545 - Elisabeth van Valois, French queen of Spain/daughter of Henri II
  • 1593 - Thomas Wentworth, London, earl of Strafford/Viceroy of Ireland
  • 1626 - Aert Jansz van Nes, Lt-admiral, baptised
  • 1648 - Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Mothe-Guyon, French mystic (qui‚tisme)
  • 1713 - Pierre de Jelyotte, composer
  • 1721 - John Hanson, Maryland, 1st US Pres under Articles of Confederation
  • 1729 - Thomas Percy, English literary/bishop of Dromore
  • 1732 - Frederick North, (C) British PM (1770-82)
  • 1733 - Johann Heinrich Zang, composer
  • 1743 - Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, (D-R) 3rd pres (1801-09)
  • 1749 - Frederik Sigismund van Bylandt, Dutch count/vice-admiral
  • 1756 - Louis H J Cond‚, French prince
  • 1762 - Johanna C Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth)
  • 1762 - Karl Friedrich Horn, composer
  • 1771 - Adam FJA van der Duyn, Dutch governor (South Holland)
  • 1771 - Richard Trevithick, Cornwall, inventor (steam locomotive)
  • 1784 - Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder
  • 1791 - F‚lix PBOG earl de Merode, Belgian minister of War/Finance
  • 1799 - Heinrich F L Rellstab, German music theorist
  • 1799 - Joseph Rastrelli, composer
  • 1810 - F‚licien C David, French composer (Perle du Br‚sil, D‚sert)
  • 1816 - William Sterndale Bennett, composer
  • 1817 - Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian/archivist (Brussels)
  • 1822 - Leroy Augustus Stafford, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1822 - William Stephen Walker, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1899
  • 1828 - Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham
  • 1830 - Eduard Lassen, composer
  • 1832 - James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (electricstatic generator)
  • 1847 - Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, gov-gen (Neth East-Indies)
  • 1849 - Enrique Jos‚ Varona, Cuban sociologist/psychologist
  • 1852 - Frank W Woolworth, 5› & 10› King (Woolworths)
  • 1854 - Richard T Ely, US economist (Hard Times)
  • 1860 - James Ensor, Flemish painter/etcher (De lampenjongen)
  • 1865 - Heinrich Reinhardt, composer
  • 1867 - Sammy Woods, cricket bowler (Aust & Engld Rugby wing-forward)
  • 1868 - John Blackwood McEwen, composer
  • 1872 - A Roda Roda, writer
  • 1873 - Theodore Morse, composer
  • 1881 - Ludwig Binswanger, Swiss psychiatrist (šber Ideenflucht)
  • 1883 - Alexander Alexandrov, composer
  • 1883 - Demjan Bednyi, writer
  • 1885 - Gy”rgy Luk cs, Hungarian philosopher (Zerst”rung der Vernunft)
  • 1885 - Pieter S Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer/premier in London (1940-45)
  • 1886 - Ethel Leginska, composer
  • 1892 - Arthur Harris, Cheltenham, Marshal of the RAF
  • 1892 - Robert A Watson-Watt, England, physicist (radar)
  • 1894 - Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer
  • 1895 - Olga Rudge, violinist
  • 1895 - Olof R J„ndel, Swedish poet
  • 1899 - Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer
  • 1899 - Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor (Scrabble)
  • 1899 - Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher
  • 1901 - Ren‚-Jean Pleven, French premier (1950-52)
  • 1902 - Duke of Marlborough
  • 1902 - Godfrey Kenton, actor (Well's Theater)
  • 1902 - Philippe de Rothschild, Paris, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard)
  • 1903 - Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker)
  • 1904 - Georges Yves Marie Congar, dominican Theologian cardinal
  • 1906 - Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)
  • 1906 - Samuel Beckett, French playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969)
  • 1907 - Harold Stassen, W St Paul Minn, (Gov-R-Minn) perennial pres candidate
  • 1909 - Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1909 - Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI)
  • 1909 - Mervyn Hugh Cowie, willife conservationist
  • 1911 - Nino Sanzogno, composer
  • 1912 - Roy Winsor, Chicago, producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life)
  • 1913 - Bernard Chacksfield, Air Vice-Marshal
  • 1913 - David Donald Albritton, Danville Al, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1936)
  • 1915 - Bert [Albert L F] Peleman, [Dirk Dyckmans], Flemish writer
  • 1915 - R N Coote, Bishop (Colchester)
  • 1915 - Stephan Hermlin, writer
  • 1915 - Stephen Roberts, CEO (British Milk Marketing Board)
  • 1915 - Tom Greenshields, sculptor
  • 1917 - Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1918 - Audrey Barker, writer
  • 1919 - Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist (opppsed prayer in school)
  • 1920 - Liam Cosgrave, leader (Fine Gael Party)
  • 1921 - Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • 1921 - Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • 1921 - James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • 1921 - Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • 1922 - John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top)
  • 1924 - Stanley Donen, SC, film director/producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees)
  • 1925 - Frank Chamberlain, CEO (Test & County Cricket Board)
  • 1925 - Frank Neville Hosband Robinson, physicist
  • 1925 - Hilda Dianda, composer
  • 1926 - 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner
  • 1926 - Don Adams, NYC, comedian (Maxwell Smart-Get Smart, Check it Out)
  • 1926 - Godfrey Kenton, actor
  • 1927 - Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, QC
  • 1927 - Mari Blanchard, Long Beach Calif, actress (Kathy-Klondike)
  • 1927 - Maurice Ronet, Nice France, actor (Frantic, Sphinz, Circle of Love)
  • 1927 - Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist
  • 1929 - Marilynn Smith, Topeka KS, LPGA golfer (1972 Pabst Open)
  • 1930 - Justice Harman
  • 1931 - Beverley Cross, playwright
  • 1931 - Michael Burchill, actor
  • 1932 - Barney Simon, theatre director/writer
  • 1932 - Karl Kroeger, composer
  • 1933 - Ben Nighthorse Campbell, (Sen-D Colorado)
  • 1933 - Shani Wallis, Ireland, singer/actress (Oliver)
  • 1934 - Horace Kay, US singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • 1934 - Siegfried Matthus, composer
  • 1935 - Erich von D„niken, author (Chariots of the Gods)
  • 1935 - Kenneth Hayr, air marshal
  • 1935 - Lyle Waggoner, KC Kansas, actor (Carol Burnette Show, Wonder Woman)
  • 1935 - Peter Heap, diplomat
  • 1937 - Edward Fox, London England, actor (M-Never Say Never Again)
  • 1937 - Lanford Wilson, US playwright (Hot L Baltimore)
  • 1937 - Peter M Harris, Official Solicitor (Supreme Court)
  • 1938 - Frederic Rzewski, Westfield Mass, composer (Spacecraft)
  • 1938 - John Weston, diplomat
  • 1939 - Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1939 - Paul Sorvino, actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy)
  • 1939 - Seamus Heaney, poet
  • 1939 - Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1940 - Lester Chambers, Ms, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)
  • 1941 - Margaret Price, Tredegar Wales, soprano (Pamlina-Die Zauberfl”te)
  • 1942 - Bill Conti, Providence RI, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV)
  • 1943 - Bill Koch, US skier
  • 1943 - Eve Graham, rocker (New Seekers)
  • 1944 - Brian Pendleton, rocker (Pretty Things)
  • 1944 - Charles Burnett, director (When it Rains, Glass Shield)
  • 1944 - Jack Casady, Wash DC, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1944 - Michael Saunders, barrister
  • 1945 - Carlos Gimenez, Arg/Venez founder (Theater festival of Caracas)
  • 1945 - Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1945 - Lowell George, rock vocalist/guitarist (Little Feat-Time is a Hero)
  • 1945 - Raymond van Geytenbeek, Dutch singer/drummer (Les Baroques)
  • 1945 - Stacy Johnson, US singer (Sharpees-Tired of Being Alone)
  • 1945 - Tony Dow, Hollywood Calif, actor (Wally-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1946 - Al Green, Forest City Arkansas, singer (Lets Stay Together)
  • 1946 - Jim Pons, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1946 - Roy Loney, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • 1948 - Amy Robinson, Trenton NJ, writer/actress (Mean Streets)
  • 1948 - Kathleen Battle, US soprano (Tannh„user)
  • 1948 - Peter Swevel, rocker
  • 1949 - Jean-Jacques Favier, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)
  • 1949 - Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist
  • 1950 - Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1950 - Ron Perlman, Bronx NY, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast)
  • 1950 - Terry Lester, Indianapolis, actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns)
  • 1951 - Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1951 - Jack Quinn, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1951 - Max Weinberg, rock drummer (E Street Band, Conan O'Brien Show)
  • 1951 - Peabo Bryson, Greenville SC, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You)
  • 1951 - Peter Davison, actor (Dr Who, Sink or Swim, Fiddlers Three)
  • 1952 - Jonjo O'Neill, racehorse trainer
  • 1953 - Stephen Byers, MP
  • 1954 - Barbara Roche, MP
  • 1954 - Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
  • 1955 - Kabaka of Buganda
  • 1955 - Louis Johnson, LA Calif, rock bassist/vocalist (Brothers Johnson)
  • 1956 - Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • 1957 - Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog)
  • 1957 - Saundra Santiago, Bronx NY, actress (Gina-Miami Vice)
  • 1957 - Wayne Lewis, keyboardist, (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1958 - Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
  • 1959 - Vicki Witt Lansing MI, playmate (Aug, 1978)
  • 1961 - Tammy Stephens, Arlington Tx, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel)
  • 1963 - Gary Kimovich Kasparov, USSR, world chess champion (1985- )
  • 1963 - Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV)
  • 1963 - Mark Leiter, Joliet IL, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1964 - Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • 1964 - Davis Milton Love III, Charlotte NC, PGA golfer (1987 MCI Heritage)
  • 1964 - Doug Strange, Greenville SC, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1964 - Jose Rijo, pitcher (NY Yankees, Cin Reds)
  • 1964 - Page Hannah, Chicago Ill, actress (Kate Riley-Fame)
  • 1965 - Quinn Early, NFL wide receiver (NO Saints, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966 - Rodney Smith, Wash DC, 149« lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-92, 96)
  • 1967 - Dana Barros, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • 1968 - Tami Lyn Jameson, Minneapolis, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1968 - Ted Washington, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 - Toni Lee Jameson, Minneapolis, team handball back court (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 - Harold Pruett, rocker (Outsiders-Time Won't Let Me)
  • 1970 - Eddie Robinson, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 - Monty Brown, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 - Ramona Reuter, Miss USA-NY (1997)
  • 1970 - Rick Schroder, SI NY, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling)
  • 1971 - Charles Outlaw, NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic)
  • 1971 - Corey Yothers, LA Calif, actor (Off the Rock)
  • 1972 - Dave Wohlabaugh, NFL center/guard (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 - Jeroen Thesseling, pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • 1972 - Mariusz Czerkawski, Radomsko Pol, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1972 - Mike Kennedy, Vancouver, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1973 - Aaron Hayden, NFL running back (SD Chargers, GB Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1973 - Dave Wohlabaugh, corner (New England Patriots)
  • 1974 - Sergei Gonchar, Chelyabinsk Rus, NHL defenseman (Capitals, Oly-S-1998)
  • 1976 - Everton Matambanadzo, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (v Paki 1996)
  • 1976 - Jonathan Brandis, Danbury Ct, actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV)
  • 1978 - Grace Murray Tubbs, Miss Montana Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979 - Monica Ivey, Miss Hawaii Teen USA (1996)
  • 1991 - Dylan Francis Penn, LA Calif, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright
  • 1992 - Jet Travolta, daughter of John Travolta & Kelly Preston

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0799 - Paulus Diaconus Warnafridi, Longobardisch writer, dies
  • 1475 - Matteo Palmieri, Italian writer (Citt… di Vita), dies at 69
  • 1517 - Tuman Bey, last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, hanged
  • 1638 - Henri II, duke of Rohan-Gi‚, French hugenot leader, dies at 58
  • 1695 - Jean de La Fontaine, poet, dies
  • 1722 - Charles Leslie, Irish controversialist, dies
  • 1728 - Johann Christoph Schmidt, composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 - Giovanni Veneziano, composer, dies at 59
  • 1756 - Johann T Gottlieb Goldberg, German klavecinist/composer, dies at 29
  • 1794 - S‚bastien-Roch-Nicolas Chamfort, Fr playwright, commits suicide at 53
  • 1806 - Jean-Jacques Bachelier, French painter, dies at about 82
  • 1822 - Gaetano Valeri, composer, dies at 61
  • 1825 - Josef Gelinek, composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 - Franz Danzi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1831 - Ferdinand Kauer, composer, dies at 80
  • 1864 - Johann Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • 1868 - Theodorus, [Kasa], emperor of Abyssinia, commits suicide
  • 1873 - Carlo Coccia, composer, dies at 90
  • 1886 - Karoly Thern, composer, dies at 68
  • 1903 - Derk J A Haspels, Dutch actor, dies at 65
  • 1904 - Vasili Vereshtshagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies
  • 1910 - William Orchardson, British painter, dies
  • 1928 - Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, composer, dies at 36
  • 1932 - Johannes T de Visser, 1st Dutch Min of Education, dies at 75 [or 14th]
  • 1936 - Demertzis, Greek premier, dies
  • 1941 - Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77
  • 1942 - Henk Sneevliet, leader of Dutch RSAP/Spartacus, executed at 58
  • 1944 - Cecile Chaminade, composer, dies at 86
  • 1944 - Paul Hazard, French literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1946 - William Henry Bell, composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 - C V France, dies at 80
  • 1952 - [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
  • 1959 - Eduard A van Beinum, Dutch musician/conductor, dies at 57
  • 1959 - Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • 1967 - Luis Somoza Debayle, president of Nicaragua (1956-63), dies at 44
  • 1973 - Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • 1974 - Stanley Smith, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1975 - Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • 1975 - N'garta Tombalbaye, president Chad, dies
  • 1978 - Paul McGrath, actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • 1984 - Christopher Wilder, FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally kills self
  • 1986 - Stephen Stucker, actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies
  • 1990 - Luis Trenker, dies at 97
  • 1990 - Ronald Ibbs, dies
  • 1992 - Brian Oulton, dies at 84
  • 1992 - Wallace Stegner, novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • 1992 - Walter Stuart Surridge, cricketeer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • 1993 - Barry Karas, dies of leukemia at 49
  • 1993 - Henny Budie, Dutch director/producer (Sterrenslag), dies
  • 1993 - Max Tripels, Dutch attorney/MP, dies at 72
  • 1994 - Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist, dies at 92
  • 1994 - Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, actor (Telegram), dies at 83
  • 1994 - Nikolai Krjoetsjkov, Russian actor (Ballad of Soldatje), dies at 83
  • 1994 - P J Engels, Dutch MP (KVP), dies at 70
  • 1994 - Robert O van Gennep, Dutch publisher (Guevara, MandŠl), dies at 56
  • 1994 - Rudolf Hrusinsky, Czech actor (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 72
  • 1994 - Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • 1995 - Edward Firth Henderson, arabist, dies at 77
  • 1995 - Lawrence Allan Laurie Scott, script writer, dies at 87
  • 1996 - Denis Sargan, econometrician, dies at 71
  • 1996 - George Mackey Brown, poet, dies at 74
  • 1996 - James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal, dies at 64
  • 1997 - Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • 1997 - George Wald, scientist (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina), dies at 80



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