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Today is Saturday, August 17, 2013.


1991 Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world Chess Champion
1986 Bryton McClure, Lakewood Calif, actor (Richie-Family Matters)
1977 Jake Patellis, actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life)
1973 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1973 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1973 Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1973 A J Wood, Pittsburgh, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
1972 Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
1970 Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
1970 Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1970 Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
1969 Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
1969 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, Boston, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
1969 Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Oly-gold-92)
1968 Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide reciever (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1967 Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
1967 James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
1966 Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
1966 Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
1965 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
1965 Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
1965 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
1965 Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, Saratoga Springs NY, golfer (1992 Dinah Shore)
1964 Pete McCutcheon, Boston Mass, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open)
1963 Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
1962 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
1961 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1960 Sean Penn, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1960 Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)
1958 Belinda Carlisle, Hollywood Ca, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth)
1955 Kevin Welch, Calif, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
1955 Janet Quist Austin TX, playmate (Dec, 1978)
1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
1953 Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
1952 Thomas J Hennen, Albany GA, astronaut (STS 44)
1952 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
1952 Kathryn C Thornton, Montgomery Ala, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73)
1952 Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)
1951 Robert Joy, Montreal Quebec, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club)
1951 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1949 Sib Hashian, Boston Mass, rock drummer (Boston)
1948 Bo Rucker, Tampa FL, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up)
1947 Gary Talley, Memphis Tn, rock guitarist (Box Tops)
1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
1943 Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)
1943 Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host
1943 Edward Cowie, composer
1941 Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria (1985- )
1941 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
1940 Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
1940 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1939 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
1937 Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
1936 Ivan Parik, composer
1934 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
1932 Vidiadhar S Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)
1932 Chet Allen, Chickasha Okla, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
1931 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Fran, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1956) [or 1/1/21]
1930 Ted Hughes, British poet laureate
1930 James Gulliver, businessman
1929 Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)
1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
1928 Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
1928 Jean R Adams, entomologist
1927 Robert Moore, Detroit Mich, actor (Marshall-Diana)
1927 Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
1926 Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)
1926 Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1925 John Howard Purnell, scientist
1925 John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)
1924 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
1924 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
1924 Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
1924 Evan S Connell, US writer
1923 Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], NYC, painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953)
1923 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
1922 Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
1922 Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
1922 Paul Wiens, writer
1921 Maureen O'Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)
1921 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
1920 Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
1918 Mort Marshall, NYC, actor (Cully-Dumplings)
1917 Safa Khulusi, writer
1917 P Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Singular Love)
1916 John de Young, resistance fighter
1916 Eleanor Steber, opera singer
1914 Franklin D Roosevelt Jr, son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
1912 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
1911 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
1911 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
1910 R Peyrefitte, writer
1910 J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
1910 Eric Aaltonen, composer
1908 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
1906 Marcello J das Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal (1968-74)
1906 Hazel Bishop, chemist/cosmetics manufacturer
1905 John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)
1903 Abram Chasins, composer
1901 Henri Tomasi, Marseilles France, composer (Don Juan de Ma¤ara)
1900 Quincy Howe, Boston Mass, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1898 Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
1896 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
1894 Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
1894 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
1892 Mae West, Bkln, actress (Go Up & See Her Sometime, Klondike Annie)
1892 Mae West. Go up and see her sometime.
1890 Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
1888 Monty Wooley, NYC, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner)
1887 Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US blacks
1887 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
1885 Kurt Hiller, writer
1885 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
1882 Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)
1880 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great S African batsman-keeper-captain)
1880 Leo Ascher, composer
1878 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)
1876 Theodor D„ubler, German writer (Northern Lights)
1876 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940
1876 Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33)
1876 D„ubler, writer
1870 Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1856 Violet Paget, [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
1851 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
1844 Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1841 Lu”s NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
1840 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
1839 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
1828 George William Warren, composer
1819 James Henry Van Alen, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1817 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
1811 Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
1786 Davy Crockett, US, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo)
1786 Davy Crockett, grinned down bears.
1779 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
1775 Philippe Libon, composer
1720 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1601 Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins [or Aug 20]
1586 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)

Tomorrow >>


1997 Weetabix Women's British LPGA Open
1997 Macy's Tap-o-mania
1997 First of America Senior Golf Classic
1997 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
1996 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
1995 China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1994 NY Central park reservior officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
1994 Lesotho king Letsie II fires premier Ntsu Mokhehle
1992 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
1991 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
1990 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
1990 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR
1990 "Exorcist 3" premieres
1989 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
1989 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12«-11«
1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 Republicans nominate George Bush for president
1988 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
1988 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
1987 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
1987 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
1987 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
1986 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
1986 Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured
1986 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
1986 Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1986 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market
1985 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
1985 Dave Kingman hits his 400th HR
1985 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant
1984 Pete Rose returns to Cin Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)
1983 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1982 South Bend, Ind jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin
1982 LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)
1980 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401
1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1980 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
1979 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres
1979 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
1978 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
1977 Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
1976 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
1976 An earthquake & tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
1975 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1973 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
1973 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
1972 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
1970 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
1969 NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
1969 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio
1969 -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss & Louisiana
1968 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
1966 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list
1966 Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
1964 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval
1963 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
1963 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
1962 E German border guards shot & kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
1962 Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr
1961 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
1961 Building of Berlin Wall begins
1960 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
1960 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
1960 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
1959 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
1959 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
1958 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
1958 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
1957 Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher
1956 Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
1955 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage
1952 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1952 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)
1951 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
1951 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
1950 Indonesia gains its independence.
1950 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
1950 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
1948 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
1948 Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
1948 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
1946 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
1945 Koreas divided on 38th parallel with US occupying the southern area
1945 Indonesia (Dutch E Indies) declares independence from Netherlands
1944 Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game
1944 US 320th regiment infantry occupies Chƒteaudun
1944 US 12 Army corp occupies Orl‚ans
1944 Russian troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
1944 German fieldmarshal Model replaces von Kluge in Normandy
1944 Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise Normandy
1944 4th Canadian Armour division occupiers Trun Normandy
1943 US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17O at attack on Regensburg/Schweinfurt
1943 Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies
1943 498 British bombers attack Peenemnde
1942 US bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France
1942 Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under adm George Murray on Hornet
1942 1st US/8th Air Force bombs Europe
1942 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces
1941 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
1940 Hitler orders total blockade of Great-Britain
1940 Greece mobilizes
1940 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
1939 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
1939 "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
1938 Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
1938 1st aircraft owned by Forest Service in service (Oakland)
1933 Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09")
1933 Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game
1926 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
1924 French-German trade agreement signed
1920 In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yanks cancel game with Indians
1918 Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus
1918 Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000
1918 British troops attack Baku Azerbaijan
1917 Italy declares war on Germany & Turkey
1916 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
1915 Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
1915 Hurricane strikes Galveston, TX (275 killed)
1915 German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
1914 Lithuiana surrenders to Germans
1914 French troops under gen de Castelnau occupy Chƒteau Salins
1908 Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery
1908 B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home," premieres in NYC
1907 Bishop forbids Christian membership in Dutch Textile Union
1905 Dutch govt of De Master begins
1904 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chic White Sox, 6-0
1903 Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U & begins Pulitzer Prizes
1897 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch
1896 Gold discovered at Bonanza Creek, in Klondike region of the Yukon
1896 George Washington Carmack discoveres gold in Klondike region of Yukon
1894 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
1892 Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance
1891 Electric self-starter for automobile patented
1891 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)
1879 Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
1877 Phobos (Martian satellite) discovered (A Hall)
1877 Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
1876 Opera "G”tterd„mmerung" premieres in Bayreuth
1870 Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
1870 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington
1869 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)
1866 Bathe & Prussia signs peace treaty
1863 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1863 Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
1862 Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
1859 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette Ind
1858 1st bank in Hawaii opens
1846 US fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California
1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time
1836 British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death
1835 Solymon Merrick patents wrench
1834 Charles Darwins reaches top of Campana Chile
1833 Lou Gehrig breaks record by playing in his 1,308th straight game
1827 Dutch King Willem I/Pope Leo XII sign concord
1808 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
1807 R. Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1807 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1796 English beat Bataafs navy in Saldanha Bay
1795 Slave revolt at Knip plantation, Cura‡ao
1788 Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
1787 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
1743 Sweden & Russia sign peace treaty
1717 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
1648 -20] Battle at Preston, Lancashire: Henry Ireton beats Scottish
1590 John White returns to Roanoke, VA & found no trace of colonist's he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
1585 Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by duke of Parma
1579 Fran‡ois van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I
1577 Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
1563 King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult
1544 Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
1498 Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows & office to marry a French princess
1180 Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against emperor Kiyomori Taira
682 St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus
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