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Historical Events

Events 1 - 63 of 63

1st - Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
1st - Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
1st - LA Skid Row slasher kills 1st of 8
2nd - Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
2nd - Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ
2nd - Soyuz 16 launched into Earth orbit for 6 days
4th - Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Moslem pilgrims
4th - Jean-Paul Sartre visits Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader in prison
5th - 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
5th - 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
5th - Airport terminal roof collapses killing 17 (Teheran Iran)
5th - Monty Python's Flying Circus final episode airs on BBC
Writer Jean-Paul SartreWriter Jean-Paul Sartre 5th - NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
5th - Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
5th - Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
5th - Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
6th - George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
8th - Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
8th - Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
8th - Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
8th - Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
9th - Dow Jones index hits 570.01
9th - Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 9th - Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in Indiana
10th - European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
10th - Helios 1 launched by US, Germany; later makes closest flyby of Sun
10th - Space probe Helios 1 launched
13th - Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley
13th - Malta becomes a republic
14th - Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0
14th - Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
15th - A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees)
16th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
16th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
18th - SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens
19th - "Man With Golden Gun" premieres in US
19th - Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
19th - Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as 41st VP
20th - Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
20th - George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK
22nd - 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
22nd - Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals
22nd - Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
22nd - Ted Heath's house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
23rd - "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
23rd - Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjotakovitsj' Michelangelo-liederen
24th - Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
25th - Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
25th - Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
26th - Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
27th - 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
27th - Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
27th - FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
27th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
28th - 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
28th - Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
29th - Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town," premieres in NYC
30th - Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
31st - 41st Sugar Bowl: Nebraska 13 beats Florida 10
31st - Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
31st - Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
31st - NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million
31st - Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 64 of 64

1st - Richard Jordan, linebacker (Detroit Lions)
1st - Costinha, Portuguese footballer
1st - David Ludwig, American composer
3rd - Ralph Staten, safety (Baltimore Ravens)
4th - Anke Huber, Ludwigshafen Germany, tennis star (1996 finalist Australian)
4th - Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
5th - Charlie Batch, National Football League quarterback
6th - Arjan Ebbinge, soccer player (FC Groningen)
7th - Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
7th - Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
7th - Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer
7th - Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist
8th - Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
8th - Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
8th - Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
9th - Canibus, American rapper
9th - Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach
10th - Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes)
11th - Kevin Devine, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
11th - Rey Mysterio, American professional wrestler
11th - Ben Shephard, English TV personality
12th - Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer
13th - Chris Lewis, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
13th - Sara Cox, English TV and radio presenter
13th - Nicholas McCarthy, English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)
14th - Billy Koch, Garden City NY, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
15th - Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
16th - Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
17th - Giovonni Ribisi, actor (Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver)
17th - Duff Goldman, American chef
18th - Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
18th - Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
18th - Kari Byron, artist and television personality
18th - Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
19th - Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
19th - Jake Plummer, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
19th - Ricky Ponting, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
19th - Mikko Paananen, Finnish bassist (HIM)
20th - Augie Ojeda, Los Angeles California, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
20th - Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
21st - Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)
21st - Raymond Austin, cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
21st - Tommie Boyd, wide reciever (Detroit Lions)
22nd - Heather Donahue, American actress
23rd - Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer
24th - Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
24th - Ryan Seacrest, American television host
25th - Chris Naeole, guard (New Orleans Saints)
25th - Grayson Shillingford, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
25th - Nagma, Indian actress
26th - Tiffany Brissette, actress (Vicki-Small Wonder)
26th - Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
27th - Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
27th - Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
28th - Rob Niedermayer, Cassiar, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
29th - Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
29th - James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
29th - Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
29th - Mekhi Phifer, American actor
29th - Richie Sexson, American baseball player
30th - Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (d. 2007)
31st - Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist
31st - Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
31st - Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 31 of 31

1st - Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian/US author (Angry Angel), dies at 83
1st - Stephen Gill Spottswood, US bishop/chairman (NAACP), dies at 77
2nd - Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
2nd - Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
4th - Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
5th - Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
5th - Henry Wadsworth, actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72
5th - Pietro Germi, actor/director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60
9th - George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
9th - Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, composer, dies at 64
10th - Paul Richards, actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies at 50
11th - Reed Hadley, actor (Racket Squad, Public Defender), dies at 63
13th - Rufe Davis, actor (Floyd Smoot-Petticoat Junction), dies at 66
Writer and Political Commentator Walter LippmannWriter and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann (14th) 14th - Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85
15th - Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
15th - Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
16th - Kostas Varnalis, writer, dies
18th - Harry Hooper, American baseball player (b. 1887)
20th - Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
21st - Richard Long, actor (Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
21st - James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
22nd - Fosco Giachetti, entertainer, dies at 70
22nd - Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
22nd - Richard Long, actor (Prof-Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
24th - Tilly Losch, actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
26th - Jack Benny, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80
26th - Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
26th - Robert Levine Sanders, composer, dies at 68
26th - Farid al-Atrash, Arab composer, singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
27th - Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
27th - Raymond Glenn, actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76

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