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Historical Events

Events 1 - 25 of 25

1st - The Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 meters.
2nd - Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China
2nd - Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
4th - Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
4th - Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
6th - Electric starter 1st appeared in cars
8th - Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
9th - 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)
10th - RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage
11th - RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for NY
11th - Cornerstone of Technion in Haifa Palestine laid
13th - Royal Flying Corps forms (later RAF)
14th - RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland
15th - RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
16th - Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross English Channel
16th - Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
17th - 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
18th - The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
19th - 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan of NY in 2:21:18.2
20th - Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
20th - Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleve Indians 6-5
26th - 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
27th - Relief laws replaces those of 1854, in Netherlands
29th - 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
29th - Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 54 of 54

3rd - Addeke H Boerma, Dutch dir-gen (FAO)
3rd - Bert Bakker, Dutch publisher (Free Netherlands)
5th - John Le Mesurier, Bedford England, actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army)
6th - Endre Szekely, composer
6th - Wilhelmus H L "Willem" Tollenaar, actor/director (Don Carlos)
7th - John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
8th - Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36)
8th - Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
9th - Lew Kopelew, Russian author (d. 1997)
10th - Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers)
10th - Martin Denny, rocker/actor (Forbidden Island)
10th - Roy Hofheinz, engineer (Houston Astrodome)
11th - John Larkin, Oakland California, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High)
12th - Eric Feldary, Budapest Hungary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep)
12th - Georges Franju, France, director (Judex, L'homme sans visage)
12th - Harold Maguire, British air marshal
12th - Herbert Mills, singer, (Mills Brothers)
12th - Walt Gorney, American actor (d. 2004)
13th - Roy Winsor, Chicago, producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life)
14th - Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
14th - Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orch)
14th - Robert Doisneau, photographer
15th - Kim II Sung, Eternal President ("The Great Leader") of North Korea (1945-94)
15th - Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)
16th - David Langton, Scotland, actor (Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship)
16th - John Halas, animator
16th - Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)
16th - Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (d. 1997)
17th - Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
18th - John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer
18th - Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
19th - Glenn T Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951)
19th - William Murray, teacher/educationalist
20th - David Townsend, cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935)
20th - Ed Jones, (Rep-D-TN, 1969- )
20th - Frederick Craig Riddle, violist
20th - Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
21st - Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
21st - Marcel Camus, French director, Orfeu negro)
21st - Nell [Petronella GS] Koppen, actress, Kniertje-Op Hoop van Zegen)
21st - Eve Arnold, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012)
22nd - Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer
22nd - Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
25th - Gladys L Presley, mother of Elvis
26th - A. E. van Vogt, Canada, sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn) (d. 2000)
27th - Franz Weyergans, Belgian literary (Les Gens Heureux)
27th - Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist
27th - Renato Rascel, actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria)
28th - Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WW II)
29th - Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor
29th - Richard Carlson, MN, actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi)
29th - Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic
30th - Eve Arden, Mill Valley California, actress (Connie-Our Miss Brooks)
30th - Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, soldier/politician

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 9 of 9

12th - Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90
13th - Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author (b. 1886)
14th - Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)
15th - Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)
15th - John Jacob Astor IV, billionaire (b. 1864)
15th - William T. Stead American author and journalist. (b. 1849)
20th - Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies at 64
24th - Justin M'Carthy, politician/novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
30th - František Kmoch, Czech composer, dies at 63

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