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Welcome to Today In History for Thursday, August 16, 2018.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1397 - Albrecht II von Habsburg, king of Bohemia/Hungary/Germany
  • 1550 - Carolus Gallus, [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar
  • 1603 - Christianus Schotanus … Sterringa, Frisian theologist/historian
  • 1622 - Tsjerk H de Vries, fleet guardian
  • 1645 - Jean de La BruyŠre, French author
  • 1666 - Henri‰tte Amalia, monarch of Nassau-Dietz
  • 1763 - Frederick of York, English duke/bishop of Osnabrck
  • 1769 - Jean Aime Vernier, composer
  • 1776 - Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer
  • 1795 - Heinrich August Marschner, composer
  • 1816 - Joseph Robinson, composer
  • 1817 - Henry Winter Davis, MC (Union), died in 1865
  • 1828 - Joseph Bradford Carr, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1831 - Edward Payson Chapin, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
  • 1832 - Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher
  • 1836 - John Farmer, composer
  • 1837 - Emile A H Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer
  • 1845 - Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist
  • 1846 - Justus van Maurik, Dutch cigar manufacturer/writer/editor (Groene)
  • 1860 - Jules Laforgue, Uruguay, French poet (Les Complaintas)
  • 1860 - Lord Hawke, cricketer (England batsman 1890's, many official posts)
  • 1862 - Amos Alonzo Stagg, football pioneer, inventor (tackling dummy)
  • 1863 - Henry Constant Gabriel Piern‚, Metz France, composer (Edith)
  • 1864 - Ferdinand C S Schiller, British philosopher (Riddles of the Sphinx)
  • 1867 - Ant¢nio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Lonely)
  • 1868 - Bernard MacFadden, publisher (Physical Culture, True Romances)
  • 1868 - Charles Sanford Skilton, composer
  • 1871 - Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer
  • 1874 - Arthur Meighen, Canada, PM of Canada (1920, 21, 26)
  • 1877 - Karl L Hoschna, composer
  • 1879 - Ethel Barrymore, classic film & stage actress (Pinky, Moonrise)
  • 1882 - Franz MT de Liage B”hl, German/Dutch assyrologist/translator
  • 1882 - Pierre H Ritter Jr, Dutch literary/head (Utrecht Newspaper)
  • 1884 - Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • 1884 - Hugo Gernsback, sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo)
  • 1885 - Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
  • 1887 - Nadia Boulanger, conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony)
  • 1892 - Harold Foster, cartoonist (created "Prince Valiant")
  • 1894 - George Meany, NYC, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO)
  • 1895 - Jacinto Guerrero, composer
  • 1895 - Lucien Littlefield, San Antonia Tx, actor (Mr Beasley-Blondie)
  • 1897 - Robert Ringling, circus master
  • 1897 - Vicente Ascone, composer
  • 1899 - Glenn Strange, Weed NM, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke)
  • 1902 - Georgette Heyer, England, novelist (Friday's Child)
  • 1902 - Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, composer
  • 1904 - Wendell Stanley, biochemist, 1st to crystallize a virus (Nobel 1946)
  • 1906 - Franz Josef II, prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89)
  • 1907 - Alexander Uriah Boskovich, composer
  • 1907 - Mae Clarke, [Klotz], Phila, actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge)
  • 1909 - Paul Smith Callaway, composer
  • 1910 - Mae Clarke, Phila, actress (Frankenstein, Nana, Parole Girl)[or 1907]
  • 1912 - Marga AM Klomp‚, 1st Netherland woman elected minister
  • 1912 - Ted Drake, soccer star
  • 1913 - Menachem Begin, Israeli PM (1977-83, Nobel 1978)
  • 1914 - Tullio Pandolfini, Italy, water polo (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1915 - Al Hibbler, singer (Unchained Melody)
  • 1917 - Roque Cordero, Panama, composer (Sonata Breve)
  • 1920 - Charles Bukowski, Andernach Germany, US writer (Hollywood: A Novel)
  • 1922 - Louis E Lomax, author
  • 1923 - Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd
  • 1923 - Shimon Peres, Israeli Labor Party leader/prime minister
  • 1925 - Fess Parker, Fort Worth Texas, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller)
  • 1928 - Ann Blyth, Mt Kisko NY, actress (Kismet, Mildred Pierce)
  • 1928 - Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
  • 1929 - Bill Evans, US jazz pianist
  • 1930 - Frank Gifford, Calif, NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster
  • 1930 - Marion A Trabert, tennis champ (US Open-1953)
  • 1930 - Robert Culp, Berkley Calif, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1930 - Ted Hughes, England, poet laureate (1984- )
  • 1930 - Tony Trabert, tennis pro (1955 Wimbeldon)
  • 1932 - Eydie Gorme, [Edithe Gormezano], Bronx NY, singer (Bossa Nova)
  • 1932 - Jon Lindbergh, 2nd son of aviator Charles Lindbergh
  • 1933 - Jan van Ginkel, graphic artist/publisher (Perscombinatie)
  • 1933 - Reiner Kunze, writer
  • 1933 - Stuart A "Smokey" Roosa, Durango Colo, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 14)
  • 1934 - Diana Wynne Jones, UK, sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet, Witch Week)
  • 1934 - Ed van Thijn, (Jewish) Dutch foreign min/mayor (Amsterdam, 1983-94)
  • 1934 - John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
  • 1934 - Ketty Lester, [Revoyda Frierson], US singer/actress (Love Letters)
  • 1934 - Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland bat, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • 1935 - Betsy von Furstenberg, Nelheim Ger, actress (Machine Calls it Murder)
  • 1935 - Julie Newmar, Hollywood Calif, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll)
  • 1936 - Anita Gillette, Balt Md, actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck)
  • 1936 - Gary Clarke, LA Calif, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne)
  • 1937 - David Behrman, composer
  • 1937 - Lorraine Gary, NYC, actress (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4)
  • 1938 - Andr s Balcz¢, Hungary, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1938 - Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1939 - Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
  • 1939 - Valeri V Ryumin, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)
  • 1939 - Wim Meijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1940 - Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • 1942 - John Meulendijks, Dutch cryptogram maker (People's Daily)
  • 1943 - Pedro Chapp‚-Garc¡a, Havana, basketball player (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1944 - Dick Zimmer, (Rep-R-New Jersey)
  • 1944 - Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistan left-arm quick, 1 Test)
  • 1945 - Bob Balaban, Chicago IL, actor/director (2010, Girlfriends)
  • 1945 - Gary Loizzo, Chicago IL, rock guitarist (American Breed)
  • 1945 - Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • 1945 - Kevin Ayers, England, progressive rocker (Joy of a Toy)
  • 1945 - Robert Balaban, Chicago, actor (Absence of Malice, Altered States)
  • 1945 - Suzanne Farrell, Cincinnati, ballerina (Don Quioxote)
  • 1946 - Lesley Ann Warren, NYC, actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible)
  • 1947 - Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • 1947 - John Howard, (US), speed record (152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT)
  • 1948 - Barry Hay, singer/fluitist/saxophonist/guitarist (Golden Earring)
  • 1949 - Bill Spooner, rock guitarist/vocalist (Tubes)
  • 1950 - Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1950 - Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • 1952 - Gianna Rolandi, NYC, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • 1952 - Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • 1952 - Reginald Veljohnson, actor (Carl Winslow-Family Matters, Die Hard)
  • 1953 - Catlin O'Heaney, Whitefish Bay Wisc, actress (Snow White-Charmings)
  • 1953 - James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
  • 1953 - Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris Fla, hostess (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • 1953 - Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • 1954 - James Cameron, Kapuskasing Ontario, writer/dir (True Lies, Titanic)
  • 1956 - Colleen Walker, Jacksonville FL, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions)
  • 1956 - Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • 1957 - Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • 1958 - Angela Bassett, NYC, actress (What's Love Got to Do With It)
  • 1958 - Jonathan Prince, Beverly Hills Pa, actor (Danny-Alice, Pray TV)
  • 1958 - Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • 1958 - Madonna, [Ciccone], Bay City Mich, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)
  • 1958 - Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)
  • 1960 - Timothy Hutton, Malibu Calif, actor (Turk 182, Ordinary People)
  • 1963 - Scott Dunlap, Pittsburgh PA, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 S Afr Masters)
  • 1964 - Jimmy Arias, Buffalo NY, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • 1964 - Nigel Redman, English rugby international player
  • 1965 - Brian McDonough, Long Beach Calif, points cyclist (Olympics-19th-96)
  • 1965 - Eric van der Luer, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1965 - Todd McNair, NFL running back/kick returner (Houston Oilers)
  • 1965 - Xavier Hernandez, Port Arthur TX, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 - Ed Olczyk, Chicago, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1966 - Rosey Edeh, London England, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96)
  • 1966 - Terry Shumpert, Paducah KY, infielder (Chic Cubs)
  • 1967 - Bret Barberie, Long Beach CA, infielder (Chic Cubs)
  • 1967 - Matt Vanderbeek, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 - Donovan Leitch Jr, actor/musician (I Shot Andy Warhol)
  • 1968 - Eric Jonassen, offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 - Becky Delos Santos, Boston Mass, playmate (April, 1994)
  • 1969 - Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 - Carl Henkel, Torrance Calif, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 - Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 - Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • 1970 - Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 - Lester Smith, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1970 - Quinton McCracken, Wilmington NC, outfielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1970 - Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1971 - Nigel Williams, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1971 - Troy Alexander, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1971 - Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 - Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 - Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 - Michael Thornberry, Virginia Beach Va, team handball circle (Oly-1996)
  • 1972 - Zach Wiegert, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 - Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1974 - Krizstina Egerszegi, Hungarian backstroke swimmer (100/200m WR)
  • 1974 - Roger Cedeno, Valencia Edo Venezuela, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1974 - Ryan Longwell, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
  • 1975 - Felicia Zimmermann, Rochester NY, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • 1988 - Rumer Willis, child of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 1419 - Wenzel/V clav IV, [Wenceslas], drunken RC German king, dies at 58
  • 1508 - Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, Ger viceroy of Friesland, dies at 41
  • 1532 - Johan de Standvastige, monarch of Saxon (Schmalkaldisch), dies
  • 1603 - Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri), dies at 62
  • 1661 - Thomas Fuller, English prime minister, dies at 53
  • 1675 - Bogdan Chmilnicki, cosack leader/murderer of 300,000 Jews, dies
  • 1678 - Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • 1705 - Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1738 - Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1748 - Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 - Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1799 - Vincenzo Manfredini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1807 - Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1831 - Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • 1854 - Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies
  • 1864 - John Randolph Chambliss Jr, planter/Confederate, dies in battle at 31
  • 1870 - Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy, composer, dies at 80
  • 1886 - Swami Ramakrishna, Indies philosopher, dies at 50
  • 1894 - Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70
  • 1900 - E‡a de Queiroz, writer, dies
  • 1900 - Jos‚ de Queir¢s, Portuguese writer (Bullock Maias), dies at 54
  • 1910 - Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 - Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1920 - J Norman Lockyer, English physicist (discovered helium in Sun), dies
  • 1921 - Peter I Karadjordjevic, king of Serbia/Yugoslavia, dies [or 8/26]
  • 1929 - Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer, dies at 70
  • 1938 - Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27
  • 1939 - Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • 1940 - Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant, dies of injuries
  • 1940 - Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • 1944 - Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 - Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • 1945 - Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 - Herman Harrell Horne, philosopher (idealism)
  • 1948 - Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53
  • 1949 - Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48
  • 1951 - Louis Jouvet, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies at 63
  • 1956 - Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1958 - Paul Panzer, actor (Cat's Paw, Mildred Pierce), dies at 85
  • 1959 - Pedro Humberto Allende Sar¢n, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 - William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1960 - Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • 1964 - Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • 1965 - Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1966 - Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • 1968 - Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1969 - Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • 1971 - Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • 1972 - John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • 1973 - Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • 1973 - Veda Ann Borg, actress (Kid Galahad), dies at 54
  • 1974 - Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies
  • 1976 - Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 83
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley, rocker, dies of heart ailment/drugs at Graceland at 42
  • 1978 - Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • 1984 - Gyorgy Kosa, composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 - John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1988 - Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1989 - Amanda Blake, actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 58
  • 1991 - Frederic Mar‚s, Spanish sculptor, dies
  • 1991 - Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • 1991 - Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • 1991 - Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • 1992 - Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1993 - Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • 1993 - Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • 1993 - Stewart Granger, actor (Scaramouche), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 - Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994 - Earnest Pawel, Polish/US author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • 1994 - Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994 - Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • 1994 - John Doucette, actor (Fighting Mad, Gang War), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1995 - John Cameron Swayze, news anchor (NBC), dies at 89
  • 1995 - John Priestly McCartjy, detroit DJ, dies at 62
  • 1995 - Robert "Robby" Debarge, r&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1996 - Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • 1996 - Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • 1997 - Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82



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