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Welcome to Today In History for Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1692 - Joseph Butler, Wantage Berkshire, theologian
  • 1711 - Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer
  • 1744 - Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1759 - Charles Duquesnoy, composer
  • 1788 - Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer
  • 1797 - Frederik Augustus II, King of Saxon (1836-54)
  • 1798 - Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1870
  • 1815 - Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), died in 1891
  • 1817 - James William Denver, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
  • 1819 - Julius Hopp, composer
  • 1830 - Karl Goldmark, Keszthely Hungary, composer (Sakuhtala)
  • 1836 - Isidor Vorobchievici, composer
  • 1836 - Wilhelm Steinitz, Austria, world chess champion (1866-94)
  • 1850 - Oliver Heaviside, London, physicist (predicted ionosphere)
  • 1854 - Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (To my Fatherland)
  • 1862 - Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist
  • 1864 - Jan P Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer/art historian
  • 1865 - William Heinemann, England, publisher (Chemical Instrumental)
  • 1868 - Nicholas II Aleksandrovitsj, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)
  • 1869 - Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria/general-fieldmarshall
  • 1871 - Franiska zu Reventlow, writer
  • 1872 - Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
  • 1875 - Guido Alberto Fano, composer
  • 1881 - Georgi Atanasov, composer
  • 1882 - Eduardo Fabini, composer
  • 1883 - Walter Gropius, Berlin Germany, architect (Bauhaus school of design)
  • 1885 - Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • 1886 - Ole Windingstad, composer
  • 1887 - Ernst Wiechert, writer
  • 1889 - G Gunnarson, writer
  • 1891 - Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • 1896 - Walter Fitzgerald, Keyhan Devonport England
  • 1897 - Frank Capra, Ital, director (Its a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace)
  • 1897 - Jack Raine, London England, actor (Quartet)
  • 1898 - Juan J Domenchina, Spanish poet/interpreter (sombra desterrada)
  • 1900 - Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)
  • 1901 - Harry Robert Wilson, composer
  • 1901 - Henri-Pierre Sauguet, Bordeaux France, composer (La Chotte)
  • 1901 - Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • 1902 - [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)
  • 1903 - George E Stone, Lodz Poland, actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile)
  • 1904 - Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY)
  • 1905 - Eric Zeisl, composer
  • 1905 - Hedley Verity, cricketer (terrific slow lefty for England pre-WW II)
  • 1907 - Clifford Curzon, London England, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal)
  • 1907 - Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist
  • 1909 - Fred Perry, English tennis star/commentator (Wimbledon, 1934-36)
  • 1910 - Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • 1911 - Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • 1911 - Lord Hartwell
  • 1911 - Sigrid Gurie, Brooklyn NY, actor (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee)
  • 1912 - Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer
  • 1912 - Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)
  • 1912 - Richard Brooks, Phila, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood)
  • 1914 - Anthony Fell, British MP
  • 1914 - Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Boris Godunov)
  • 1914 - Pierre A Balmain, France, fashion designer (1940's "New Look")
  • 1915 - Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • 1917 - Charles Wintour, journalist
  • 1917 - James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • 1918 - John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic pope (1978- )
  • 1919 - Margot Fonteyn, Surrey England, prima ballerina (Giselle)
  • 1921 - Anthony Epstein, FRS/pathologist
  • 1922 - Bill Macy, Revere Mass, actor (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)
  • 1922 - GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)
  • 1923 - Liam Sullivan, Jacksonville Ill, actor (Mapoy-Monroes)
  • 1924 - Jack Whitaker, Phila Pa, sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1927 - Richard Body, MP
  • 1928 - G R Hall, nuclear scientist
  • 1928 - P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
  • 1928 - Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD)
  • 1929 - Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • 1929 - Lord St John of Fawsley
  • 1929 - Roger Matton, composer
  • 1930 - Barbara Goldsmith, New Rochelle, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last)
  • 1930 - Don Leslie Lind, Midvale Utah, astronaut (STS 51-B)
  • 1930 - Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, US, sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • 1930 - Geoffrey Littler, CEO (County NatWest Group)
  • 1930 - Warren B Rudman, (Sen-R-NH, 1980- )
  • 1931 - Robert Morse, Newton Mass, actor (That's Life, Jack Frost)
  • 1932 - John Clement, chairman (Unigate Group)
  • 1934 - Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)
  • 1937 - Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)
  • 1937 - Ildik˘ Sagi-Retj”, Hung, foils (Oly-2 gold/3 silv/2 bronze-1960-76)
  • 1937 - Jacques Santer, Pres (European Commission)
  • 1939 - Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)
  • 1939 - Patrick Cormack, MP
  • 1940 - A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • 1940 - Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • 1941 - Diane McBain, Cleve Ohio, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass)
  • 1941 - M S Longair, astronomer
  • 1942 - Albert Hammond, rocker
  • 1942 - Keith Hellawell, Chief Constable (West Yorkshire)
  • 1942 - Marquess of Reading
  • 1942 - N P (Nobby) Stiles, footballer
  • 1942 - Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • 1944 - Peter Ryan, British national director (Police Training)
  • 1945 - Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • 1945 - John Richard Patterson, businessman
  • 1945 - Maarten van Traa, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1946 - George Alexander, rocker
  • 1946 - Reggie Jackson, "Mr October" baseball rightfielder (Yankees, A's)
  • 1947 - Candice Azzara, Brooklyn NY, actress (Fatso)
  • 1947 - John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • 1948 - Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor/director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • 1948 - Joe Bonsall, Phila, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
  • 1949 - Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • 1949 - Rick Wakeman, rock keyboardist (Yes-Fish Out of Water)
  • 1949 - Stuart Gannes, Detroit Mich, writer (Fortune)
  • 1949 - William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1950 - Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1950 - Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)
  • 1951 - Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-76)
  • 1951 - Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)
  • 1951 - James Stephens, Mount Kisko NY, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island)
  • 1951 - Rodger Davis, Sydney NSW, Australasia golfer
  • 1952 - Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, US, sci-fi author (Door into Fire)
  • 1952 - George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1952 - Martin R Hoke, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1953 - Helen Chadwick, artist
  • 1953 - [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • 1954 - Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster
  • 1954 - Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • 1955 - Yun Fat Chow, Nam Nga Island Hong Kong, actor (Better Tomorrow)
  • 1956 - Joe [Naomichi] Ozaki, Tekushima Japan, golfer (1995 Phoenix Open-8th)
  • 1957 - Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • 1958 - Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1958 - Toyah Wilcox, Birmingham England, rocker (I Want to Be Free)
  • 1959 - Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • 1960 - Jari Kurri, Helsinki Fin, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, LA Kings, Colo)
  • 1960 - Tom Jackson, Oakville Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 CPGA Winter)
  • 1960 - Yannick Noah, France, tennis player (French 1983)
  • 1962 - Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1963 - Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1964 - Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 - Erik Hanson, Kinnelon NJ, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1965 - Rufus Porter, NFL linebacker (NO Saints)
  • 1965 - Rufus Porter, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1966 - Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • 1967 - Jaime Gomez, Arlington TX, Nike golfer (1992 Boise Open)
  • 1967 - Karl Dunbar, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 - Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • 1969 - Jean-Chris. Filippin, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1969 - Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)
  • 1970 - Clemens Zwijnenberg, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 - Vicky Sunohara, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1971 - Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 - Clifton Sunada, Honolulu HI, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 - Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1971 - Daniel Gowing, Germany, NZ judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 - Karen Bye, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1971 - Lael Perlstrom, Laguna Beach Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995)
  • 1971 - Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1972 - Turner Stevenson, Prince George, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1973 - Darren Van Impe, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1973 - David Bailey, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 - Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1973 - Markus Brunner, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1973 - Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
  • 1973 - Walter Scott, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1976 - Ron Mercer, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • 1978 - Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
  • 1979 - Kaci Thompson, Miss Nevada Teen USA (1997)

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0323 - Alexander III the Great, king of Macedonia/conqueror, dies at 32
  • 0526 - John I, Pope (523-26), dies
  • 1160 - Erik IX Helgi, [The Saint], King of Sweden, dies
  • 1410 - Ruprecht, Roman catholics German king, dies
  • 1587 - Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies
  • 1625 - Francisco G˘mez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies
  • 1653 - Carel Reyniersz, gov-gen (Neth East Indies), dies at 48
  • 1675 - Jacques Marquette jesuit/missionaries (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1692 - Elias Ashmole, antiquary, dies
  • 1724 - Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54
  • 1733 - Georg Bohm, German organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 - Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer, dies at 28
  • 1799 - Pierre de Beaumarchais, dramatist, dies
  • 1808 - Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US preacher, dies at 49
  • 1829 - Bernardo Bittoni, composer, dies at 72
  • 1832 - Bonafacio Asioli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1839 - Carolina [Maria A] Bonaparte (countess Lipona), dies at 57
  • 1848 - William A Leidesdorf, black, dies at 38 in SF
  • 1862 - William H Keim, US Union brig-general, dies in battle at 48
  • 1864 - James Byron Gordon, Confederate brig-gen, dies at 41
  • 1884 - Heinrich R G”ppert, German paleo-botanist, dies
  • 1909 - George Meredith, English poet/writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • 1909 - Isaac M F Alb‚niz, Spanish pianist/composer, dies at 48
  • 1910 - Flor van Duyse, composer, dies at 66
  • 1911 - Gustav Mahler, Austr composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
  • 1913 - Otto Reubke, composer, dies at 70
  • 1918 - Toivo Kuula, composer, dies at 34
  • 1930 - Joao Marcellino Arroyo, composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 - Alick Maclean, composer, dies at 63
  • 1949 - James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • 1952 - Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • 1953 - Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • 1955 - Edwin Scharff, German painter/sculptor (Rosseb„ndiger), dies at 68
  • 1955 - Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • 1956 - Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • 1961 - Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • 1965 - Eduard J Dijksterhuis, mathematician (Archimedes), dies at 72
  • 1966 - Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • 1967 - Andy Clyde, Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick, dies at 75
  • 1967 - Richard Ainley, actor (I Dood It, Above Suspicion), dies at 56
  • 1972 - Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • 1973 - Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43), dies at 92
  • 1974 - Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1975 - Leroy Anderson, composer, dies at 66
  • 1980 - Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commit suicide at 23
  • 1981 - Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 1981 - William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 1985 - Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • 1986 - John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1987 - Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System, dies at 73
  • 1988 - Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1990 - Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1991 - Edwina Booth, actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1992 - Lawrence Welk, bandleader (L Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992 - Marshall Thompson, actor (Bog), dies of congestive heart failure at 65
  • 1992 - Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1993 - Heinrich Albertz, theologist/mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • 1993 - Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/writer, dies at 67
  • 1995 - Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 - Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91
  • 1995 - Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1995 - Gordon Reynolds, musician, dies at 74
  • 1995 - Robert Harris, actor (Werewolf of London), dies at 95
  • 1996 - Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor, dies at 76
  • 1996 - Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44



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