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Tuesday, December 18, 2018.



Birthdays


1562 Philipp Dulichius, composer
1569 Jakob Hassler, composer
1610 Charles Du Fresne Du Cange, French scholar/philologist
1633 Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, baptised
1633 Willem van de Velde the Young, Dutch seascape painter, baptised
1635 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian
1667 Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer
1707 Charles Wesley, co-founder (Methodist movement)
1709 Elizabeth, empress of Russia (to Peter the Great & Catherine I)
1734 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer
1760 Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)
1779 Joseph Grimaldi, England, pantomimist ("greatest clown in history")
1786 Carl Maria von Weber, Germany, romantic composer (Der Freischutz)
1788 Camille Pleyel, Austria, piano builder/composer
1803 William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)
1811 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1868
1812 Wiktor Kazynski, composer
1816 Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
1819 Jakov P Polonski, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija)
1825 Charles Griffin, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1826 Charles-A Chatrian, [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)
1826 Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), died in 1906
1835 George Dashiell Bayard, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1837 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/Dutch party founder (CVP)
1844 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist
1848 Karl Schroder, composer
1852 Gaetano Coronaro, composer
1856 Joseph John Thomson, Eng, physicist discovered electron (Nobel 1906)
1860 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US, composer (Indian Suite)
1861 Lionel Monckton, composer
1863 French Ferdinand, archduke of Austria (Sarajevo/WW I)
1867 Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter
1870 Andres Randolf, Denmark, actor (The Kiss)
1870 D T Suzuki, Kanazawa Japan, Zen Buddhist scholar
1870 Saki, [Hector Hugo Munro], Burma, author (Reginald, When William Came)
1873 Adolf Vogl, composer
1877 Max Pallenberg, Austria, actor (Brave Suender)/husb of Fritzi Massary
1879 Paul Klee, Switzerland, abstract painter (Twittering Machine) [NS]
1884 Philippe van Isacker, Belgian minister
1886 Ty Cobb, baseball player.
1886 Ty Cobb, baseball player.
1886 Ty Cobb, Colo, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Det Tigers)
1888 Gladys Cooper, Lewisham England, actress (My Fair Lady)
1888 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
1890 Edwin Armstrong, radio pioneer (invented FM).
1890 Edwin Armstrong, radio pioneer (invented FM).
1890 Edwin Howard Armstrong, NYC, radio pioneer inventor (FM)
1897 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
1898 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
1904 George Stevens, US director (Alice Adams, Penny Serenade)
1904 Wilf Carter, country singer
1905 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
1906 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher
1906 Kam Tong, actor (Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song)
1907 Christopher Fry, Bristol England, playwright (Ring Around the Moon)
1908 Celia Johnson, England, actress (Happy Breed, Brief encounter)
1909 Mona Barrie, [Smith], London England, actress (Dawn on Great Divide)
1910 Abe Burrows, Bkln NY, Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY)
1910 Eric Tindall, cricketer (All Black rep who kept wicket in 5 Tests)
1911 Helen Vlachos, journalist
1911 Jules Dassin, Middletown CT, director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday)
1913 Willy Brandt, chancellor of West Germany (1969-74) (Nobel '71)
1913 Willy Brandt, chancellor of West Germany (1969-74) (Nobel '71)
1913 Alfred Bester, US, science fiction author (Decievers, Starlight)
1913 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer
1913 Lynn Bari, Roanoke Va, actress (Connie-Detective Wife, Earthbound)
1913 Saburo Takata, composer
1913 Willy Brandt, [Herbert Frahm], German chancellor (1969-74, Nobel 1971)
1914 Jerry Zipkin, socialite
1915 Dario Mangiarotti, Italy, fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
1916 Betty Grable
1916 Betty Grable
1916 Betty Grable
1916 Betty Grable
1916 Betty Grable
1916 Betty Grable, St Louis, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee)
1917 Ossie Davis
1917 Ossie Davis
1917 Ossie Davis
1917 Ossie Davis
1917 Ossie Davis
1917 Ossie Davis, Cogdell GA, actor/playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam)
1919 Anita O'Day, Chicago, big band jazz singer (Gene Krupa, Stan Kanton)
1920 Rita Streich, German singer
1920 Willis Conover, broadcaster
1922 Larry D Mann, Toronto Canada, actor (Marty-Accidental Family)
1923 Lotti [Charlotte] van der Gaag, Dutch sculptor/painter
1925 Roger Smith
1925 Roger Smith
1925 Roger Smith
1925 Roger Smith
1925 Roger Smith
1926 Peggy Cummins, North Wales, actress (Curse of the Demon)
1927 Ramsey Clark, US attorney General (1967-69)
1927 Sterling Lanier, US, writer (Hiero's Journey)
1931 Gunnel Lindblom, Goeteborg Sweden, actor (Hunger, Virgin Spring)
1931 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)
1932 Roger Smith, South Gate Calif, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
1934 Boris Valentinovich Volynov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 21)
1938 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
1939 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, S Afr minister of Education
1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
1939 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
1939 Sandro Lopopolia, Italy, lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
1940 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
1941 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
1942 William HAF, English prince/grandson of George V
1943 Keith Richard, singer (Rolling Stones)
1943 Keith Richard, singer (Rolling Stones)
1943 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)
1943 Bobby Keyes, rocker
1943 Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1945 Birenda Bir Bikram, King of Nepal (1972- )
1945 Carolyn Wood, US, 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
1946 Hubie Green, Birmingham Ala, PGA golfer (US Open 1977)
1946 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist
1947 Steven Spielberg
1947 Steven Spielberg
1947 Steven Spielberg
1947 Steven Spielberg, director (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Arc)
1947 Steven Spielberg
1947 Steven Spielberg, director (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Arc)
1947 Steven Spielberg
1947 Eddie Antar, founder/CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store)
1947 Steven Spielberg, Cincinnati, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)
1948 Bryan "Chas" Changler, Newcastle, rock bassist (Animals)
1949 Joni Flynn, Assam India, actress (Octopussy)
1950 Leonard Maltin, movie reviewer
1950 Leonard Maltin, movie reviewer
1950 Gillian Armstrong, Melbourne Aust, director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel)
1950 Leonard Maltin, NYC, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight)
1950 Martha Johnson, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M)
1951 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
1951 Candice Rialson, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Chatterbox)
1953 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], Brooklyn NY, rock guitarist (Cars)
1954 Ray Liotta, Newark NJ, actor (Sacha-Casablanca, Goodfellas)
1956 Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
1957 John Webster, rocker (Red Ryder-Light in the Tunnel)
1959 Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)
1961 Brian Orser, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
1961 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
1961 Lalchand Rajput, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86)
1961 Thomas Strittmatter, writer
1963 Brad Pitt
1963 Brad Pitt
1963 Brad Pitt
1963 Brad Pitt
1963 Brad Pitt
1963 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
1963 Lori McNeil, San Diego Calif, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles)
1964 Don Beebe, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1965 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
1965 Brad Pitt, actor (Cutting Class)
1965 Brian Walton, Ottawa Ontario, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96)
1965 Fawna Maclaren, Santa Monica Ca, playmate (Jan, 1989)
1965 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
1966 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
1966 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
1966 Kiefer Sutherland, actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys)
1966 Patricia Neder, Wauykesha WI, team handball right wing (Olymp-92, 96)
1966 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
1966 Terry Phelps, Larchmont NY, tennis star
1966 Tracy Byrd, country singer
1967 Bob Corkum, Salisbury, NHL center (Phila Flyers)
1967 Charles Christopher Rymer, Cleveland TN, PGA golfer (1995 Shell-3rd)
1967 Dan McGwire, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
1967 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
1968 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
1968 Casper Van Dien, actor (Starship Troopers)
1969 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
1969 Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
1969 Joanne Mills, Sydney Aust, golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open)
1969 Joe Randa, Milwaukee WI, infielder (KC Royals)
1969 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
1969 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
1969 T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
1970 Lucious Harris, NBA guard (NJ Nets, Dallas Mavericks)
1971 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Oly-silv/bronze-92)
1971 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
1971 Joe Dziedzic, Minneapolis, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins)
1971 Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
1971 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Phila Flyers)
1972 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
1972 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
1972 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
1973 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
1973 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minn Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
1974 Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
1975 Michael Barry, Toronto, Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1978 Katie Holmes
1978 Katie Holmes
1978 Katie Holmes
1978 Katie Holmes
1978 Katie Holmes
1978 Naomi Lang, Arcata Calif, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)

Events


Saturnalia, celebrated with gifts, lights, closing of business
Saturnalia, celebrated with gifts, lights, closing of business
Saturnalia, celebrated with gifts, lights, closing of business
Saturnalia, celebrated with gifts, lights, closing of business
1118 Alfonso van Arag˘n occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden
1352 Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI
1406 Anton van Bourgondi‰s becomes duke of Brabant
1603 Admiral Steven van der Haghens fleet departs to East-Indies
1621 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation
1719 Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
1774 Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia
1777 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
1783 English king George III fires govt of Portland
1787 New Jersey becomes the 3rd state
1787 New Jersey becomes the 3rd state
1787 New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution
1796 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
1799 George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon
1813 British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
1832 Charles Darwins visits Vurland
1839 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC
1849 William Bond takes first photograph of moon through a telescope
1849 William Bond takes first photograph of moon through a telescope
1849 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
1858 Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini
1859 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
1862 Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
1865 1st US cattle importation law passed
1869 Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
1878 French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanellen, 210 killed
1890 Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
1892 "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres
1892 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony, premieres
1894 Cricket day 4 1T Aus v Eng England following on 4-268, 7 in front
1898 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)
1899 Fieldmarshal Lord Roberts appointed Brit supreme commander in S Africa
1905 H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld)
1915 Pres Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
1917 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
1920 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US
1923 International zone of Tangier set up in Morocco
1930 Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours
1932 Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
1935 Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia
1935 Edward Benes becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1936 1st giant panda imported into US
1936 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
1936 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in SF
1939 Finnish army recaptures Agl„j„rvi
1941 German submarine U-434 sinks
1941 Japanse troops land on Hong Kong
1944 Destroyers "Hull," "Spence" & "Monaghan" sink in typhoon (Philippines)
1944 Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants
1945 Uruguay joins UN
1946 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run
1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax
1948 Indonesia begins it's 2nd political election
1948 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 Phila Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
1952 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president
1953 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
1956 Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
1956 Japan admitted to UN
1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
1957 Shippingport Atomic Power Stn, 1st nuke plant to generate electricity
1958 first voice from space: Christmas message by Eisenhower
1958 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1958 first voice from space: Christmas message by Eisenhower
1958 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1958 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip
1958 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
1958 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1959 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)
1960 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
1961 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
1961 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
1961 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
1961 For 2nd cons year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
1961 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
1961 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
1961 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 13th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1962 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963 Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
1963 Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
1964 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
1964 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
1964 During services held for Sam Cooke fans caused damage to Funeral Home
1964 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Borman & Lovell splash down, ending 2 week Gemini VII orbit.
1965 Borman & Lovell splash down, ending 2 week Gemini VII orbit.
1965 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances
1965 Borman & Lovell Splash down in Atlantic ends 2 week Gemini VII mission
1965 Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates
1966 Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
1966 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1968 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 Britain abolishes the death penalty
1969 Britain abolishes the death penalty
1969 "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
1969 Britain abolishes death penalty
1969 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 perfs
1970 Polish uprising fails
1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 1st Candlelight Processional
1971 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
1971 People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic
1971 US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=ź3,245)
1972 US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
1973 Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days
1973 Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres
1974 SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens
1976 The Cure's first real gig, an accoustic set under the disguise of a folk group at Worth Abbey
1976 The Cure's first real gig, an accoustic set under the disguise of a folk group at Worth Abbey
1976 The Cure's first real gig, an accoustic set under the disguise of a folk group at Worth Abbey
1976 The Cure's first real gig, an accoustic set under the disguise of a folk group at Worth Abbey
1976 The Cure's first real gig, an accoustic set under the disguise of a folk group at Worth Abbey
1976 "A Star is Born," with Barbra Striesand, premieres
1976 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
1976 Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
1977 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
1977 Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)
1980 Bruce Sprinsteen's concert at Madison Sq Garden
1980 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
1980 IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
1980 Vietnam adopts constitution
1982 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
1983 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
1984 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
1985 UN Security Council unanimously condemns acts of hostage-taking
1985 UN Security Council unanimously condemns acts of hostage-taking
1985 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
1985 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
1986 Mr Gates, serves as acting director of CIA
1987 Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future pres, marries Asif Ali Zardari
1987 Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
1988 5th meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets win & eliminate Giants from playoffs
1988 Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
1989 "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
1989 Athol Fugard's "My Children, My Africa," premieres in NYC
1990 NL releases short list of teams for 1993 NL expansion
1990 NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
1991 DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
1991 General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
1992 FCC vote 4-1 to allow Infinity to purchase Cook Inlet stations
1993 Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)
1994 "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
1994 "What's Wrong With this Pic?" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 12 perf
1994 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
1994 General Hospital stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed
1994 Norman, Couples & Azinger wins LPGA Wendy's 3-Tour Golf Challenge
1994 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
1996 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England
1996 TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system

That's All....

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