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Historical Events

Events 1 - 55 of 55

1st - Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
1st - Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
1st - The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.
2nd - Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
3rd - Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
4th - Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
5th - Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
7th - Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
7th - Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material
7th - Ted Williams begins managing Wash Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 7th - The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
8th - 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
8th - Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
9th - 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
9th - Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
12th - Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
13th - 33rd Golf Masters Championship: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
13th - Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
14th - 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
14th - 41st Academy Awards - "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn/Barbara Striesand win
14th - KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
14th - Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
14th - Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
15th - North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
17th - People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin became the youngest woman ever elected to Westminster
17th - Alexander Dubcek forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
17th - Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
17th - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
17th - The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
18th - Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
20th - 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
20th - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
21st - 73rd Boston Marathon won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan in 2:13:49
22nd - 1st human eye transplant performed
22nd - Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
22nd - Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
23rd - ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
23rd - LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points
23rd - Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
23rd - Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
24th - Gen Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
24th - Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 24th - Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead
24th - US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
24th - Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
25th - 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
26th - "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
26th - "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
26th - Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
27th - Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
French President Charles de GaulleFrench President Charles de Gaulle 28th - Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France
28th - King Crismson with Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts
29th - "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 perfs
30th - Cin Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
30th - WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

1st - Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
1st - Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
1st - Frank Castillo, El Paso TX, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
1st - John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1st - Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
1st - Traci Lin-Tavi, NYC, actress (Ryan's Hope, F/X, Fright Night 2)
2nd - Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)
Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay DevganActor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan (2nd) 2nd - Ajay Devgan, New Delhi, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm)
3rd - David Morland, North Bay Ont, golfer (1992 Trafalgar Rookie of Year)
3rd - Reid Hayston Hamilton, NZ, beach volleyball player (Olympics-96)
3rd - Rodney Hampton, NFL running back (NY Giants)
4th - Anthony Tucker, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
4th - Carlos Reyes, Miami FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
4th - Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
4th - Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
6th - Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
6th - Ari Meyers, San Juan PR, actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie)
6th - Bret Boone, El Cajon CA, infielder (Cin Reds)
6th - Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
6th - Jack Canfora, American playwright
Actor Paul RuddActor Paul Rudd (6th) 6th - Paul Rudd, Passaic, New Jersey, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
7th - Clark Sheehan, Denver Colorado, cyclist (Olympics-96)
7th - Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chic Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
7th - Peggy Clasen, St Paul Minn, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
7th - Ricky Bones, Salinas Puerto Rico, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks)
7th - Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
8th - Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
9th - Amy Feng, Tianjin China, US table tennis player (Olympics-96)
9th - Karl Krikken, cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper)
9th - Timothy Young, Phila, rower (Olympics-silver-1996)
10th - Billy Jacoby, Flushing NY, actor (Brad-Silver Spoons, Maggie)
10th - Dennis Vial, Sault Ste-Marie Ca, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
10th - Wayne Lammle, WLAF kicker/punter (Scotland Claymores)
10th - William Jayne, actor (Mikey Randall-Parker Lewis Can't Lose)
10th - Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter
11th - Gavin Briant, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
11th - J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser yachter (Olymp-21st-1996)
11th - Janeth Arcain, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
11th - Jesse Campbell, NFL safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
11th - Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer
11th - Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer
12th - Michael Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
13th - Harold Pruett, rocker (Outsiders-Time Won't Let Me)
14th - Brad Ausmus, New Haven CT, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
14th - Brad Pennington, Salem IN, pitcher (California Angels)
14th - David Archibald, Chilliwack, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
14th - Mark Macon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
14th - Tim Roberts, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
14th - Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
14th - Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician
15th - Chris Smith, Indianapolis IN, Nike golfer (1993 BC Open-8th)
15th - Jeromy Burnitz, Westminster CA, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
15th - Michael Jones, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams)
15th - Phillippi Sparks, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
16th - Fernando Vina, Sacramento CA, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
16th - Melinda Rich, Muskegon Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1993)
17th - [Lee] Alexander McQueen, fashion designer
18th - Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Russia, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
18th - Princess Sayako of Japan
18th - Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
19th - Carlos Reyes, Miami FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
19th - Danelle Marie Folta, Hammond IN, playmate (Apr, 1995)
19th - James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
19th - Jesse James, American television personality and motorcycle builder
20th - John van Halst, soccer player (FC Twente)
20th - Takayuki Kobori, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
20th - Chris Jarvis, children's TV personality
21st - Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
21st - Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
21st - Robin Meade, American reporter
22nd - Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
22nd - Craig Logan, Scotland, rock bassist (Bros Front, Bon Jovi-New Jersey)
22nd - George Williams, Lacrosse WI, catcher (Oakland A's)
22nd - Roger Jones, NFL center (Cin Bengals)
22nd - Dion Dublin, English footballer
23rd - Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
23rd - Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
23rd - Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
23rd - Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
24th - Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer
24th - Melinda Clarke, American actress
24th - Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress
25th - Darren Woodson, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
25th - Gavin Bruk-Jackson, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
25th - Jon Olsen, US, 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96)
25th - Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
25th - Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 yachter (Oly-15th-1996)
25th - Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
25th - Travis Fryman, Lexington KY, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
25th - Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
25th - Renée Zellweger, American actress
27th - Brett Steven, Bermuda, NZ tennis player (Olympics-96)
27th - Francine "Frankie" McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Oly-br-96)
27th - Mica Paris, rocker (So Good)
27th - Tyrone Rodgers, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
27th - Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
27th - Darcey Bussell, British ballerina
27th - Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer
28th - Merlelynn Lange-Harris, Toronto Ontario, basketball center (Oly-96)
29th - Arthur Marshall, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

11th - South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 18 of 18

2nd - Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
3rd - Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara), dies at 65
5th - Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
5th - Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
5th - Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
5th - Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
8th - Arthur Walter Kramer, composer, dies at 78
8th - Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
10th - Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
11th - Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
15th - Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
18th - Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
23rd - Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
25th - Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
26th - Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
27th - Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
27th - René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
28th - Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70

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