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21-01-2006, 12:54 AM
On this day....21st January....

1833 Norman Willis (Trade Union Leader)
1905 Christian Dior (Fashion Designer)
1924 Benny Hill (Comedian)
1933 William Wrigley (Chewing Gum)
1975 Anette Oldenborg (Miss Denmark - Universe 1996)

1609 Joseph Justus Scaliger 68yrs old (French Inventor of Julian period)
1892 John Couch Adams (Co-discoverer of Neptune)
1950 George Orwell 46yrs old (Author)
1984 Jackie Wilson 49yrs old (U.S Singer)
1997 Colonel Tom Parker 87yrs old (Manager of Elvis Presley).

1799 Introduction of SmallpoxVaccination.
1824 Ashantees defeat British at Accra, West Africa.
1853 Envelope folding machine patented in USA.
1887 Amateur Athletics Union, formed.
1922 1st Slalom race run in Murren, Switzerland.
1941 Australia and Britian attack Tobruk, Lybia.
1952 Nehru's Congress party wins General Election in India.
1979 Italy legalizes abortion.
1990 John McEnroe becomes the 1st ever , expelled from the
Australian Open for tantrum's and swearing at an Official.
1998 Pope John Paul 11 visits Cuba.

22-01-2006, 01:36 AM
Nanna Great thread........keep it going mate :)

22-01-2006, 01:55 AM
Hi Mollie,

Thanx for the vote of confidence, will do as asked.;) :)

Nanna xx

22-01-2006, 12:33 PM
Hi Nanna,

I like these, keep them going m8.



22-01-2006, 10:03 PM
Hi Kelly,

As I told Mollie, will do as asked, glad you like the thread.

Nanna xx

22-01-2006, 10:06 PM
Some facts about 22nd January....

1788 Lord(George Gordon Noel) Byron (Romantic Poet)
1886 John Joseph Becker (Composer)
1894 Charles Morgan (English Writer)
1907 Marie Dressler (Actress)
1931 Sam Cooke (Gospel and Blues Singer)
1934 Graham Kerrr (Galloping Gourmet)
1960 Michael Hutchence (Singer)

1552 Edward Seymour, beheaded for Treason.
1901 Queen Victoria 81yrs old.
1969 Judy Garland 48 yrs old
1973 Lyndon.B.Johnson 64 yrs old
1995 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 104 yrs old

1371 King Robert 11 of Scotland crowned.
1673 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated.
1771 Spain cedes The Falklands to Britian.
1879 Zulu's attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, S. Africa.
1901 After 63 yrs England stops sale of Queen Victoria postage
stamps series and begins King Edward V11 series.
1924 Baldwin government resigns in England.
1941 First mass killing of Jews in Romania.
1945 Burma highway re-opens.
1970 Test debut of Barry Richards, S. Africa vs Australia,
Cape Town.
1997 Space shuttle 'Atlantis' returns to Earth, successfully.

Nanna x

22-01-2006, 11:21 PM
I like this thread Nanna,

Got a long wait till the date of my birthday though.

22-01-2006, 11:59 PM
Hi Star,

Glad you like the thread and hope that you are not waiting too long.......:)

23-01-2006, 12:38 AM
Some facts abouth the 23rd January.....

1732 Joseph Hewes US Merchant (Declaration of Independence
1828 Calvin Edward Pratt (Brigadier General, Union Volunteers)
1840 Ernst Abbe , German Phycicist (Carl Zeiss Optic's
1896 Charlotte, grand duchess of Luxenbourg
1898 Randolph Scott (Actor)
1908 Hubert Nicholson (Poet/Novelist)
1919 Bob Paisley (Soccer player/Trainer/Manager of L.F.C
1933 Chita Rivera (Actress) West Side Story.
1957 Princess Caroline(Louise Marguerite Grimaldi) of Monaco.
1971 Mark Grimmette (Doubles Luger ), Olympics 1994

1356 Margaretha of Bavaria Empress of Germany.
1622 William Baffin, British Explorer 38 yrs old.
1806 William Pitt the Younger, P.M of Great Britian 46 yrs
1814 George Friedrich Theador Wolf (Composer) 52 yrs
1875 Charles Kingsley (Engish Vicar/Writer)55 yrs old.
1891 Boudouin prince of Belguim, 21 yrs old.
1931 Anna pavlova (Russian Ballerina).
1956 Alexander Korda (Movie Producer) 62 yrs old.
1976 Paul Robeson (Athlete/Lawyer/Singer) 77 yrs old.
1997 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer executed by injection
47 yrs old.

0638 Start of Islamic Calendar.
1552 2nd version 'Book of Common Prayer' becomes mandatory
in England.
1556 Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shansi Province
1571 Queen Elizabeth 1 opens Royal Exchange in London.
1719 Principality of Liechtenstein created within Holy Roman
1849 Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first woman Physician
in U.S.A.
1865 General Robert E.Lee named Commander-in-Chief of
Confederate Armies.
1870 171 Blackfoot Indians (140 women & children) killed in
Montana by U.S army.
1924 Ramsey McDonald forms 1st Labour Government in Britian.
1943 British 8th Army marches into Tripoli.
1962 Kim Philby(Spy) defects to USSR.
1972 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party - 100 die,
New Delhi, India.
1983 Cerebal Palsey telethon raises $14.700,000.
1985 British House of Lords debate 1st Televised.
1991 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqui forces


24-01-2006, 01:00 AM
Some facts for the 24th January........

1664 Sir John Vanbrugh, London Dramatist/Architect.
1712 George F. Schmidt, German Engraver/Etcher.
1800 Sir Edwin Chadwick, British Social Reformer.
1828 Karol Studzinski, Composer.
1880 Elizabeth Achelis, Creator World Calendar.
1895 Eugen Roth, Writer.
1909 Ann Todd, Actress.
1913 Mark Goodson, T.V Game-Show producer (Goodson-
1924 8th Earl Spencer, English Large Landowner(father
of Diana)
1928 Desmon Morris, English Zoologist.
1941 Neil Diamond, Singer/Actor
1968 Mary Lou Retton, Gymnast (Olympics-Gold 2/ Silver 2/
Bronze 84)
---- Geoffrey Gray ( AA Moderator and friend to Many,:D )


0041 Caligula, Roman Emperor assasinated 28 yrs old
0817 Stefanus 111/1V pope (768 -72)
1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey executed for Treason.
1678 Joan Maetsuyker, Governer-General of Netherlands,
East-Indies 72 yrs old.
1805 Giacomo Conti, Composer 50 yrs old.
1943 John Burns, English Minister of Local Government
(1905 - 1914)
1965 Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) 1940-45, 1951-55
90 yrs old.
1975 Larry Fine, Actor (3 Stooges) 72 yrs old.
1986 Gordon MaCrae, Singer (Oklahoma, Carousel) 64 yrs old.
1988 Charles Glenn King, Biochemist (Discovered Vitamin C) 91 yrs

0772 Stephen 111 ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1328 King Edward 111 of England marries Philippa of Henegauwen
1568 In the Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange
an outlaw.
1644 Battle at Nantwich, Cheshire, Parliamentary Armies win.
1679 King Charles 11 disbands English Parliament.
1722 Tsar Peter the Great begins civil system.
1839 Charles Darwin elected member of Royal Society.
1847 1,500 New Mexican Indians and Mexicans defeated by US
Colonel Price.
1899 Rubber Heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.
1902 Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA.
1925 Moving picture of a Solar Eclipse taken from dirigible over
Long Island.
1939 30,000 killed by Earthquake in Concepion, Chile.
1944 Allied troops occupyNettuno, Italy.
1960 Algeria uprises against French President De Gaulle.
1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test site.
1986 43rd Golden Globes, Whoopi Goldberg, Colour Purple win.
1994 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for the 1st time (3,914.48)

Nanna x

24-01-2006, 06:58 PM
WOW Nanna thanks for the last one on the births about Gf :) :) :p

25-01-2006, 01:03 AM
Facts about 25th January

0749 Leo 1V (The Khazar) Byzantine Emporer (775 - 780)
1540 Ednund Campion, London, Saint/Jesuit martyr (December
1634 Gaspar Vagil, lawyer/pension advisor of Holland (1672 -1688)
1708 Pompeo Girolamo Batonise, Italian Painter.
1759 Robert Burns, Alloway, Scotland, Poet, (Auld Lang Syne).
1806 Daniel Maclise, Irish Painter.
1874 [William] Somerset Maugham, Paris, Novelist/Poet
(Of Human Bondage).
1881 Emil Ludwig, German Biographer (Diana, Son of Man).
1896 John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire.
1922 Raymond Baxter, British T.V host/author (Fast Lady).
1931 Harold Lloyd Junior, Actor (Frankenstein's Daughter).
1958 Gary Brian Tibbs, London, Rock Bassist (Adam & the Ants,
Roxy Music - Lets Stick Together).
1966 Richie Lewis US Baseball Pitcher, (Florida Marlins).

1138 Anacletus 11 (Pietro Peinlione) Jewish anti-pope (1130-1138)
1494 Ferdinand 1 cruel King of Naples dies.
1820 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austrian violin, cellist, 79 yrs old.
1855 Dorothy Wordsworth, Writer 83 yrs old.
1896 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96).
1917 Edwin Tyler, Cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England
1947 Al Capone, Chicago Ganster, dies of Syphilis 48 yrs old.
1960 Diane Barrymore, Actress (Ladies Courageous) 38 yrs old.
1963 Wilson Kettle, Newfoundland, dies at 102. leaving 582 living
1968 Virginia Maskell, Actress (Only Two Can Play) 31 yrs old.
1981 Adele Marie Astaire, Actress/Sister of Fred Astaire 82 yrs old.

1327 King Edward 111 accedes to British Throne.
1533 King Henry V111 marries Anne Boleyn
1579 Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic.
1775 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road.
1817 Rossinis' Opera "La Cenerentola" premiers in Rome.
1856 Battle of Seattle, skirmish between settler's & indian's.
1858 Mendelssohns' "Wedding March" 1st played at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria to Crown Prince of Prussia.
1870 Soda Fountain patented by Gustav Dows.
1875 Anti-Slavery society formed in New York.
1909 Richard Strauss' premier of "Electricity" in Dresden.
1924 1st Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France.
1939 Joe Louis K.O's John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight title.
1952 Test debut of Richie Benaud, vs West Indies at the SCG.
1961 Walt Disney's "101 Dalmation's" released.
1964 Beatles 1st US No.1 - I Want to Hold Your Hand
1974 South African Doctor Christian Barnard transplanted the first
human heart without removal of the old one.
1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail and deported.
1983 Infrared telescope satellite launched into Polar Orbit.
1985 "We are the World" is recorded.
1994 Accused of molesting a 13 yr old boy, Michael Jackson settles
a civil lawsuit out of court.
1998 Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement.


26-01-2006, 02:34 AM
And todays facts, 26th January.

1667 Henricus Zwaardecroon, Governer-General of Netherlands -
1722 Prestonpans.
1763 Charles X1V French Marshall, King of Sweden & Norway
(1818 - 1844)
1826 Julia Dent Grant, First Lady, US (1869 - 1877)
1852 Pierre Brazza, Explorer/Colonial adminstrator (French Africa)
1880 Douglas MacArthur, Little Rock Ar, General of the Army
(WW11) he did return.
1902 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, Jet Pioneer.
1905 Marie Auguste von Trapp, Austria, Singer, Inspired "Sound
of Music".
1907 Henry Cotton, English Golfer (British Open 1934,1937,1948).
1908 Stephane Grappelli, French Jazz Violinist.
1919 K.C.Ibrahim, Cricketer (batted in 4 Test's India vs West Indies
1948 - 1949).
1925Paul Newman, Racer,Popcorn Mogul, Actor (Hud, Hombre,
1928 Eartha Kitt, Singer/Actress.
1963 Andrew Ridgeley, Rock Guitarist. (Wham)
1997 Pasaye Twins, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26th).
- - - - Kelly, (AA Co- Owner) and friend to many.:D

1795 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer, 62 yrs old.
1824 Edward Jenner, Discoverer (Vaccination).
1849 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English Poet, Suicide aged 45 yrs old.
1891 Nicholaus Otto, Auto Pioneer, (Internal Combustion Engine).
1932 William K. Wrigley, Owner, (Wrigley Gum).
1943 Nikolai Vavilov, Geneticist, Saratouv Labour Camp.
1947 Gustav Adolf, Crown Prince of Sweden dies in air crash.
1962 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Mafia Gangster, 65 yrs old.
1973 Edward G. Robinson, Actor, 79 yrs old.
1979 Nelson Rockerfeller former Vice President & 4 times
Governer NY 70 yrs old.
1997 Margaret Hesse princess of Hesse/the Rhine 83 yrs old.

0066 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1666 France declares war on England & Munster.
1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Berrosilli's 6 month time limit
problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night.
1736 Stanislaw Lasczynski, flees Polish Throne.
1790 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premiers in Vienna.
1837 Michigan admitted as 26th US State.
1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain.
1871 British Rugby Union forms.
1875 Electric Dental Drill is patented by George F.Green.
1886 Karl Benz patents 1st Auto with burning motor.
1905 World's largest Diamond, the 3,106 carat "Cullinan" is
found in South Africa.
1910 Heavy rains cause floods in Paris.
1926 Television 1st demonstrated (John Logie Baird, London).
1945 Soviet foces reach Auschwitz concentration camp.
1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight", Elvis Presley reaches No.1
1972 Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160 metre fall without
a parachute.
1980 Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile in under
4 1/2 minutes.
1998 Intel launches 333MHz Pentium 11 Chip.


27-01-2006, 03:43 PM
Todays Facts..........


1556 Abbas I "the Great", shah of Persia (1587-1629)
1662 Richard Bentley Oulton, scholar/controversialist
1723 Johann A Cramer prime minister/poet
1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, musical prodigy/composer
1828 Louis Schubert composer
1832 Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], author
1834 Dmitri Mendeleev chemist (discovered periodic table of the elements)
1859 Kaiser Wilhelm II Potsdam, German emperor (1888-1918)
1885 Jerome Kern New York City NY, Broadway composer (Showboat)
1887 Carl Blegen MinneapolisMN, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos)
1908 William Randolph Hearst Jr newspaper publisher (Hearst Publishing)
1924 Rix Lord
1933 Rita Hennessy matron-in-chief (QARANC)
1945 Mairead Corrigan-Maguire North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)
1952 Brian Gottfried Baltimore MD, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976)
1976 Haimish Karrasch Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1164 Abraham ibn Ezra poet/philosopher, dies
1731 Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori Italian piano builder, dies at 75
1816 Samuel Hood 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies
1860 Jan� Bolyai Hungarian mathematician (parallel)
1901 Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer (Rigoletto), dies in Milano at 87
1967 Virgil I (Gus) Grissom astronaut, dies at 41 in Apollo I fire.
1972 Mahalia Jackson gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60
1994 Claude Akins actor (Rio Bravo, Lobo), dies of cancer at 75
1996 Olga Havlova political activist, dies at 63

0672 St Vitalian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1302 Dante becomes a Florentine political exile
1556 Willem of Orange becomes knight of Guilder Flies
1662 1st American lime kiln begins operation.
1736 Abdication of Stanislas, last king of Poland
1778 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres, Paris
1880 Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp.
1908 Pasipha�, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered.
1924 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square
1945 Russia liberates Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)
1948 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
1948 1st tape recorder sold.
1964 "Introducing the Beatles" album released in US
1965 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
1967 Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee
1973 US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war & military draft
1976 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
1996 15 day old siamese twins separated-Sarah Morales survives, Sarahi dies.


28-01-2006, 01:06 AM
Todays facts 28th January.....

1457 HenryVII PembrokeCastle, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509)
1611 Johannes Hevelius Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)
1693 Anna "Ivanovna" tsarina of Russia (1730-40
1706 John Baskerville English printer (typeface inventor)
1722 Johann Ernst Bach composer
1822 Alexander MacKenzie (L) 2nd PM of Canada (1873-78)
1841 Henry Stanley England, journalist/explorer (found Livingston in Africa)
1855 William Seward Burroughs, inventor (recording adding machine)
1884 Lucien H d'Azambuja France, astronomer (chromosphere of sun)
1920 James Whyte Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
1927 James Callaghan British MP
1933 Sacha Distel Paris France, French singer
1936 Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*AS*H)
1975 Anne Montminy Montr�al Qu�bec, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 9
1985 Athina Onassis daughter of Christina.

0814 Charlemagne German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71
1393 Earl of Joigny burned at royal ball
1547 Henry VIII King of England (1509-47), dies at 55
1595 Sir Francis Drake English navigator/pirate, dies at about 50
1612 Thomas Bodley diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
1725 Peter I "the Great" Romanov czar of Russia, dies at 52
1829 William Burke murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
1939 William Butler Yeats Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
1963 Jean Felix Piccard swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
1983 Billy Fury actor (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
1986 Christa McAuliffe astronaut/teacher, dies in Challenger disaster
1996 Jerry Siegel comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81

1262 Flemish/Dutch coast ravaged by north western storm
1495 Pope gives his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France
1547 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
1613 Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune
1807 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
1858 John Brown organized raid on Arsenal at Harper's Ferry
1871 Paris surrenders to Prussians
1902 Carnegie Institute founded in WashingtonDC
1918 Trotsky becomes leader of Reds
1931 Bradman scores 220 New South Wales vs Victoria, 308 minutes, 13 fours
1935 Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion
1944 683 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland
1956 Elvis Presley's 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Brothers Stage Show)
1960 1st photograph bounced off Moon, WashingtonDC
1960 Goon Show's final episode on BBC
1967 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
1984 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las VegasNV
1986 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 seconds after liftoff
1996 84th Australian Men's Tennis Boris Becker beats Michael Chang (62 64 26 62)


29-01-2006, 07:18 AM
Facts for 29th January ........

1584 Frederik Hendrik count of Nassau/Prince of Orange
1689 Hubert K Poot Dutch Poet
1717 Jeffrey Amherst English Governor-General of America/field marshal
1803 James Outram Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, General
1843 William McKinley Niles OH, (R) 25th President (1897-1901)
1850 Lawrence Hargrave inventor (box kite)
1850 Ebenezer Howard London, pioneer of garden cities
1860 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Tagarov Russia, playwright (Cherry Orchard)
1878 Barney Oldfield Ohio, daredevil
1892 Clifford Gray US, bobsled (Olympics-gold-1928)
1901 Allen B DuMont inventor (perfected commercial practical cathode ray tube)
1909 Tonypandy Viscount
1911 George Burns British Major-General
1939 Germaine Greer Melbourne Australia, feminist/author (Female Eunuch)
1947 David Byron vocalist (Uriah Heep)
1950 Jody Schecter South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
1954 Oprah Winfrey Kosciusko MI, actress/TV host (Color Purple, Oprah)
1965 Peter Lundgren Sweden, tennis star

0969 Peter Tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
1559 Sir Thomas Pope English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
1820 George III king of Great-Britain (1760-1820), dies at 81
1888 Edward Lear poet/author, dies at 7
1906 Christaan IX King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
1917 Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer English consul-General in Egypt, dies at 75
1924 Joseph Ludwig composer, dies at 79
1928 Douglas Haig 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WWI), dies at 66
1964 Alan Ladd actor (Shane), dies at 50 in Palm Springs CA
1970 Basil H Liddell Hart English military historian, dies at 74
1980 Jimmy Durante New York City NY, singer/comedian (Ink-a-dink-a-doo, Palooka, The Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
1984 Frances Goodrich (Diary of Anne Frank), dies from lung cancer at 93
1986 Leif Erickson actor (John-High Chaparral), dies at 7
1994 Ulrike Maier olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26

1613 Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he see
1788 AustraliaDay
1839 Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood
1850 Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate
1856 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge bravery
1861 Kansas becomes 34th state
1886 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
1896 Emile Grubbe is 1st doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
1921 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
1924 Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland
1925 British Liberals choose David Lloyd George as party leader
1929 Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
1944 285 German bombers attack London
1951 Liz Taylor's 1st divorce (Conrad Hilton Jr)
1953 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres
1958 Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward wed
1969 Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars
1986 193.8 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
1988 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
1988 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36 hours 54 minutes 15 seconds
1989 Episcopal church appoints 1st female bishop
1996 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
1998 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die


30-01-2006, 08:37 AM
Facts about the 30th January

1563 Franciscus Gomarus [Fran�ois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer
1566 Alessandro Piccinini composer
1616 William Sancroft Archbishop (Canterbury
1628 George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham England
1708 Georg D Ehret German/English cartoonist
1797 Edwin Vose Sumner Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1834 Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], British banker/politician
1841 Alfred Townsend George Civil War journalist, died in 1914
1871 Wilfred Lucas actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford
1882 FranklinDelanoRoosevelt New Hyde ParkNY, 32nd President (D) (1933-1945
1894 Boris III tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43)
1911 Alexander George Ogston biochemist
1913 Percy Thrower English radio host
1915 John D Profumo England, politician (C)
1931 Gene Hackman California, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, Superman)
1937 Boris Spassky USSR, world chess champion (1969-72)
1944 John Thornton English chocolate factory/multi-millionaire
1951 Phil Collins England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
1968 Felipe de Borbon Prince of Asturias, heir to Spanish throne
1979 Diva Zappa daughter of Frank

1644 William Chillingworth English theologian, Cambridge Platonist, dies
1649 Charles I King of Great Britain (1625-49), beheaded for treason
1730 Peter II Alekseyevitch emperor of Russia (1727-30), dies at 14
1816 Reinier Vinkeles Dutch engraver/cartoonist/art collector, dies at 74
1888 Asa Gray US botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
1897 John Cottam cricket (Test for Australia 1897, no Sheffield matches), dies
1928 Douglas Haig British field marshal (Sudan/Boer war/WWI), dies at 66
1948 Mahatma Gandhi India spiritual and political leader, assassinated by Hindu extremists in New Delhi, at age 78
1948 Orville Wright US aviation pioneer, dies at 76
1953 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
1958 Earnest H Heinkel German airplane builder (WWII), dies at 70
1982 Stanley Holloway comedian (My Fair Lady, Our Man Higgins), dies at 91
1991 John McIntire actor (Virginian, Psycho), dies of emphysema at 83
1995 George H Poyser English soccer player (ManchesterCity), dies at 84
1995 Gerald M Durrell British zoologist/author (Mockery Bird), dies at 70

1077 Pope Gregory VII pardons German emperor Henry IV
1349 Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
1487 Bell chimes invented
1647 Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for �400,
1774 Captain Cook reaches 71� 10' S, 1820 km from S pole (record)
1790 Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
1804 MungoPark leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1818 Keats composes his sonnet, "When I Have Fears"
1820 Edward Bransfield aboard Williams discovers Antarctica (UK claim)
1858 Charles Hall� founds Hall� Orchestra in Manchester
1883 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test
1894 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
1913 House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
1925 Turkish government throws out Constantine VI of Constantinople
1931 Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" premieres at Los Angeles Theater
1933 German President von Hindenburg appoints Hitler chancellor, Hitler forms government with Von Papen
1943 6 British Mosquito's daylight bomb Berlin
1946 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
1958 House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
1965 State funeral of Winston Churchill
1969 Beatles perform their last gig together, a 42-minute free concert on the roof of Apple HQs
1972 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth
1972 Bloody Sunday British soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
1989 5 pharoah sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor


31-01-2006, 01:26 PM
Facts for 31st January............

1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi composer
1601 Pieter de Bloot Dutch landscape painter
1607 James Stanley 7th Earl of Derby
1734 Robert Morris merchant (signed Declaration of Independence
1810 Daniel Ruggles Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
1868 Theodore William Richards chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
1892 Eddie Cantor New York City NY, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
1893 Freya Stark English explorist/author 1881 Joseph A Cushman US, palaentologist/foraminiferologist
1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux France, carpet designer
1903 Tallulah Bankhead actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
1914 Jersey Joe Walcott heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)
1921 Mario Lanza actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
1926 Jean Simmons actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
1931 Christopher Chataway British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard queen of Netherlands (1980- )
1951 Phil Collins singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
1956 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
1971 Minnie Driver actress (Good Will Hunting)

1606 Guy Fawkes convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35
1788 Charles E Stuart English pretender to the throne, dies at 67
1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles E Stuart English pretender, dies at 67
1933 John Galsworthy writer (Forsythe, Nobel 1932), dies at 65
1945 Eddie Slovik 1st US soldier executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
1955 John R Mott US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
1967 Chief Thundercloud actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100
1974 Samuel Goldwyn Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91
1995 George Abbott playwright/actor/producer (Damn Yankees), dies at 105
1995 James Johnson English MP (Labour, 1950-83), dies at 86
1996 Gustave Solomon mathematician, dies at 65

0314 St Silvester I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0876 Charles becomes king of Italy
1504 By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon
1627 Spanish government goes bankrupt
1675 Cornelia/Dina Olfaarts found not guilty of witchcraft
1804 British Vice-Admiral William Bligh's fleet reaches Cura�ao
1849 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
1851 Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1862 Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads HillMO
1906 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1944 Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June
1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1950 President Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb
1958 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
1971 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart
1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
1986 Mary Lund of Minnesota, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1990 1st McDonald's in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonald's
1993 81st Australian Men's Tennis Jim Courier beats Stefan Edberg (6-2 6-1 2-6 7-5)


31-01-2006, 11:48 PM
Facts for the 1st February..

1552 Sir Edward Coke England, jurist/politician (defended common law)
1659 Jacob Roggeveen Dutch Swiss lawyer/navigator (Easter Island)
1791 Charles J Sax Belgian music instrument builder
1827 Alphonse de Rothschild French banker
1859 Victor August Herbert Dublin Ireland, composer (Babes in Toyland)
1901 Clark Gable Cadiz, actor (Gone With the Wind)
1915 Sir Stanley Matthews 1st British soccer player to be knighted
1926 Stuart Whitman San Francisco CA, actor (Captain Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip, Revenge)
1928 Peter Gordon Dorrell archaeologist/photographer
1931 Boris Yeltsin Ural Mountains USSR, president of Russian SSR
1937 Don Everly Brownie KY, singer (Everly Brothers-Wake Up Little Susie)
1965 Stephanie Marie Elisabeth de Grimaldi Monte CarloMonaco, Princess
1968 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson MemphisTN, (Elvis' daughter)

0656 Sigebert III king of Austrasia, dies at about 25
1328 Charles IV the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies
1733 August II the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
1747 Jacobus E J Capitein Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies
1838 Abraham de Veer Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
1851 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novelist (Frankenstein), dies at 53
1869 Frederik W Conrad hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68
1903 George G Stokes British physicist/presidential Royal Society, dies at 83
1908 Carlos I King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by mob at 44
1966 Nicholas Piantanida sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
1966 Buster Keaton [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
1975 Richard Wattis actor (Dick & the Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62
1988 Heather O'Rourke "Poltergeist" star dies of intestinal ailment at 12
1995 John Smith CEO (Liverpool FC), dies at 74
1996 Clive Burton neuropathologist, dies at 54

1539 Emperor Karel & King Fran�ois I sign anti-English treaty
1587 English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuart's death sentence
1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island (FernandezIsland) for 5 years, his story is the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe�
1793 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, New York, for oiled silk & linen
1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to the French
1861 Dike breaks in GelderlandNetherlands
1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days
1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
1887 Harvey Wilcox of Kansas subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
1892 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning the use of the "400" to describe the socially elite
1910 1st British labour exchange opens
1914 Tanganyika Railway opens
1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
1924 New British MacDonald government recognizes USSR
1929 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402� lbs
1945 US Army arrives at Siegfriedline
1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
1951 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
1959 Swiss males vote against voting rights for women
1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
1968 Former Vice-President Richard Nixon announces candidacy for President
1991 President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws
1994 Irina Privalova runs world record 50 meter indoor (6.03 seconds).


03-02-2006, 01:23 AM
Facts for 2nd February

1502 Damiao de G�is Portuguese humanist scholar
1600 Gabriel Naud� France, librarian (Mazarin Library)
1650 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn English actress/mistress (King Charles II)
1754 Charles-Maurice duke of Talleyrand-P�rigord French bishop/premier (1815)
1803 Albert Sidney Johnston General (Confederate Army), mortally wounded at Shiloh in 1862
1817 John Glover English chemist (sulfuric acid)
1835 Luigi Manzotti Milano, ballet choreographer
1861 Solomon R Guggenheim philanthropist (died aboard the Titanic)
1878 Christian Gauss educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)
1881 Karl Frederick pistol champion (Olympics-gold-1920)
1888 Frank Lloyd Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
1903 Frank McGrath , actor (Wagon Train)
1910 Charlotte Auerbach computer Pioneer/Mathematician
1926 Elaine Stritch , actress (My Sister Eileen, Company)
1926 Val�ry Giscard d'Estaing President of France (1974-81)
1942 Graham Nash rocker (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-Southern Cross, Hollies)
1963 Stephen McGann Liverpool England, actor (Catherine the Great)

1032 Rudolf III last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
1435 Johanna II lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
1660 Jean BG duke of Orl�ans brother of French king Louis XIII, dies at 51
1769 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
1793 William Aiton English botanist (KewGardens), dies at 61
1804 Caesar Rodney US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at
1907 Dmitri I Mendelejev Russian chemist (Periodic Table), dies at 72
1952 Charles De Roche actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
1969 Boris Karloff [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
1970 Bertrand Russell philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
1979 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
1992 Jack [John T] Aitken British anatomist, dies at 78
1995 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Cond� French prince/Russian, dies at 47
1995 David Kindersley alphabet Designer/Cutter, dies at 79
1995 Donald Pleasance English actor (Halloween), dies at 75
1995 Fred Perry English tennis star (Wimbledon 1934-36), dies at 85
1996 Gene Kelly actor/dancer (Singing in the Rain), dies at 83

0962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
1032 Koenraad II succeeds Rudolf III as king of Bourgund
1461 2nd battle of St Alban's-Lancastrians defeat Yorkists
1536 Pedro de Mendoza finds the Argentine city of Buenos Aires
1742 British Walpole government resigns
1829 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does �60,000 damage
1852 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet StLondon)
1870 Mark Twain, 34, marries Olivia Langdon in ElmiraNY
1880 SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
1892 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
1920 France occupies (German) Memelterritory
1925 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
1926 3 men dance the Charleston for 22� hours
1932 Al Capone sent to prison (AtlantaGA)
1933 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament
1942 Los Angeles Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
1959 Buddy Holly's last performance
1962 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
1983 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals
1989 F[rederik] W de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's Nationalist Party leader
[I]1990Marina Ogilvy (daughter of English princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt
1990 South Africa's President F[rederik] W[illem] de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes African National Congress & 60 other political organizations
1995 US space shuttle Discovery launched


03-02-2006, 01:40 AM
Facts for 3rd February

1368 Charles VI King of France (1380-1422)
1784 John Fane graaf van Westmorland English (opera)composer/diplomat
1820 Elisha Kent Kane US arctic explorer (KaneBasin off NW Greenland)
1821 Elizabeth Blackwell BristolEngland, 1st woman physician
1826 Walter Bagehot England, economist/sociologist
1830 Robert Cecil Marquess of Salisbury (C), British PM (1885-1902)
1882 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma oldest person in Netherlands)
1889 Risto Ryti Finnish premier/president
1899 Doris Speed actress (Annie-Coronation Street)
1909 Simone Weil Paris, mystic/social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII)
1920 Dr Henry Heimlich doctor/inventor (Heimlich maneuver)
1929 Val Doonican Irish singer/entertainer
1934 Jeremy Kemp Chesterfield England, actor (Winds of War)
1941 Angelo D'Aleo Bronx, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love)
1945 Johnny Cymbal rocker (Mr Bass Man)
1950 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], DallasTX, actress (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
1994 Tallulah Belle Willis 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
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0474 Leo I Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies
0865 Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar German 1st (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies
1399 John of Gaunt duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & Le�n, dies at 58
1679 Jan Havicksz Steen Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
1832 George Crabbe English vicar/poet (Borough), dies at 77
1889 Belle Starr US female gangster, murdered at 40
1924 Woodrow Wilson 28th President (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67
1925 Jaap Eden Dutch World champion bicyclist/speed skating, dies at 51
1943 Alexander Goode rabbi who surrendered his life jacket, drowns
1959 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson] rocker (Chantilly Lace), dies in a planein Iowa crash at 28
1959 Buddy Holly rocker (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crashi Iowa at 22
1959 Richie Valens rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), killed in plane crash in Iowa at 17
1989 John Cassavetes actor/director (Husbands, Dirty Dozen), dies at 59
1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines writer/curator, dies at 84
1997 William Geoffrey Biddle bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
1998 Karla Faye Tucker murderer, executed at 38

1377 Mass execution of population of CesenaItaly
1547 Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
1660 General Moncks army reaches London
1743 Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants
1815 World's 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
1867 Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)
1882 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
1916 Canada's original Parliament building, in Ottawa, burns down
1919 League of Nations 1st meeting (Paris)
1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
1962 President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
1966 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched (US)
1966 1st soft landing on the Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
1972 11th Winter Olympics games opens in SapporoJapan (1st in Asia)
1980 Muhammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours
1990 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse races
1994 Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
1998 Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale across Britain


04-02-2006, 12:16 AM
Some facts about 4th February


1334 Amadeus VI [Green Earl], Earl of Savoye
1579 Willem Teellinck Dutch theologist/vicar
1581 Bishop James Ussher Archbishop of Armagh, calculated Earth's beginning (November 23, 4004 BC)
1785 Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm Germany, librarian (fairy tale collector)
1809 Louis Braille, developer (reading system for blind)
1813 Sir Isaac Pitman inventor (shorthand)
1838 Charles Stratton [General Tom Thumb] (famous short person)
1877 Gibson Gowland England, actor (Blind Husbands, Phantom of the Opera)
1888 Arthur Berry England, soccer player (Olympics-gold-1908, 12)
1896 Andr� Aim� Ren� Masson French Surrealist artist (Labyrinth)
1914 Jane Wyman, 1st Mrs Ron Reagan, (Magnificent Obsession)
1919 HavelockHenry Trevor Hudson underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
1927 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road)
1935 Floyd Patterson heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Olympics-gold-1952)
1940 Brian Josephson British physicist (Nobel 1973)
1949 Mick Mills British soccer player
1966 Deana Carter country singer (Strawberry Wine)

0041 Caligula murdered
0838 Babak Persian social/religious reformer, martyred
1707 Louis Willem I count of Baden-Baden, dies
1761 Stephen Hales English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
1804 Charlotte Lennox English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies
1825 Ferdinand I King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies at 73
1910 L�on Delagrange French aviation pioneer, dies
1946 Barney Oldfield daredevil, dies at 67
1958 WaverleyJohn Anderson Scotland, Viscount/Governor of Bengal, dies at 75
1961 Barry Fitzgerald actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
1965 T S Eliot poet (Washed Country), dies in London at 76
1967 Donald Campbell boat racer, dies trying to break 300 mph on water
1986 Phil Lynott rocker (Thin Lizzy), dies of overdose at 34
1993 Daniel H Craven South African rugby coach, dies
1995 Leonard Hirsch British violinist/conductor (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92

0871 Battleat Reading Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1493 Columbus left new world on return from 1st voyage
1642 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament
1717 Netherlands, England & France sign Triple Alliance
1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY
1887 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco-San Francisco); 21,700km
1896 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
1923 Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin
1932 British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru
1941 Sergey Rachmaninov's "Symphonie Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
1948 Britaingrants independence to Burma
1954 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo inNashville
1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 years-Danish barbers' assistants
1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
1974 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee
1980 President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
1982 Golden GateBridgeclosed for 3rd time by fierce storm


05-02-2006, 01:43 AM
Facts about the 5th February

1548 Francisco Su�rez GranadaSpain, philosopher/theologian
1592 Shah Jahan Mughal emperor of India (1628-58), built Taj Mahal
1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz composer
1769 Jean Baptiste Say French economist (Political Economics)
1787 John Burke Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
1846 Rudolf Christoph Eucken Germany, Idealist philosopher (Nobel 1908)
1855 King Camp Gillette inventor (safety razor)
1874 Joseph Erlanger doctor (shock therapy-Nobel 1944)
1895 Jeannette Piccard balloonist/Episcopal priest
1921 Jean d'Aviano grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
1923 Sam Phillips musician/record company founder (Sun)
1928 Zulfikar Ali Khan Bhutto President/Premier (Pakistan)
1931 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver)
1932 Ra�sa Maximovna Titorenko Gorbachev Russia's 1st lady (1982-1991)
1938 Juan Carlos I king of Spain (1975- )
1946 Diane Keaton, actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl)
1959 Kapil Dev India's cricket player
1962 Donald John Cowie Auckland New Zealand, yachting Star class (Olympics-96)

1066 King Edward the Confessor of England, dies
1387 Pedro IV king of Aragon/conqueror of Sicily, dies at 67
1425 John of Bavaria/Bayern liege of Holland/Zealand/Dordrecht, poisoned
1589 Catherine de' Medici Queen mother of France, dies at 69
1684 Claude Audran II French painter/engraver, dies at 44
1762 Elisabeth Petrovna tsarina of Russia (1741-62), dies at 52
1807 Michel Adanson French biologist (Plant classes), dies at 79
1904 Karl A von Zittel German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
1922 Sir Ernest Shackleton Antarctic explorer (Endurance), dies aboard his ship at 47
1933 Calvin Coolidge 30th President (1923-29), dies in NorthamptonMA at 60
1952 Victor Alexander John Hope viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
1969 Tom Aherne actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
1971 Sonny Liston World Champ heavyweight boxer (1962-64), found dead at 36
1990 Arthur Kennedy actor (Air Force), dies of a brain tumor at 76
1991 John Eckhardt actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82

1349 Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V Earl of Holland/Zealand
1463 French poet Fran�ois Villon banished from Paris
1477 Battle at Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7000+ killed
1531 Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry
1554 Great fire in EindhovenNetherlands
1709 Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans
1757 Failed assassination attempt on French king Louis XV by Damiens
1825 Alexandre Dumas pare fights his 1st duel; his pants fall down
1828 1st edition of Amsterdam General Trade Journal (Algemeen Handelsblad)
1834 Kiowa Indians record this as the night the stars fell
1836 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
1859 1st steamboat sails, Red River
1895 French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later declared innocent
1896 German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen's discovers x-rays
1927 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
1933 Work on Golden GateBridge begins, on MarinCounty side
1941 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
1942 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
1957 Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"
1968 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law
1971 US heavyweight "Sonny" Liston's (36) corpse found
1981 Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, arrested in England
1993 Brian Lara completes 277 vs Australia at cricket SCG
1998 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Qu�bec & Ontario
1998 Vandals decapitate Copenhagen's Little Mermaid


06-02-2006, 12:40 PM
Facts for 6th February

1367 Richard II Bordeaux, France, king of England (1377-99)
1412 Joan of Arc Domremy, martyr
1745 Jacques-�tienne Montgolfier Annonay France, aeronaut (1st pioneer balloonist/brother of Joseph-Michel/co-inventor of calorimeter, hydraulic ram, and process for producing vellum)
1799 Jedediah Strong Smith US fur trader/explorer
1822 Heinrich Schliemann German polyglot/archeologist (Troje)
1832 Gustave Dor� Strasbourg France, illustrator (Inferno, Ancient Mariner)
1859 Samuel Alexander English philosopher (Moral order & progress)
1896 Freerk Siemon Wolters notary/resistance fighter
1901 T�mas Gudmundsson Iceland, poet
1913 LorettaYoung, actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger)
1919 Sylvia Syms US singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes)
1930 Denis Pitts journalist
1941 Sandy Denny country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go)
1943 Terry Venables British soccer player/manager
1945 Barry John Welsh international rugby player
1949 Michael Boit Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1955 Rowan Atkinson Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland, comedian/actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder, Never Say Never Again)
1964 Mark O'Toole bassist/drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)

1088 Berengarius of Tours French theologist, dies
1448 Christopher III king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1536 Baldassare Peruzzi Italian architect/painter, dies
1799 Maria G Agnesi Italian mathematician (x�y=a�(a-y)), dies at 80
1799 W G Frederik prince of Orange/General , dies at 2
1919 Theodore Roosevelt 26th President (1901-09), dies at his home in Oyster BayNY at 60
1929 Nicolas Nikolayevitch grand-duke of Russia, dies at 72
1958 Josephine princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
1960 Erik Lindahl Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68
1975 Noel Madison actor (Jitterbugs, Black Raven), dies at 77
1990 Ian Charleson actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), dies of AIDS at 40
1993 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
1993 Rudolph Nureyev Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
1995 Edward Sutcliffe judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77

1066 King Harald of England crowned
1099 Henry V crowned German king
1227 Ferrand of Portugal freed from the Louvre
1352 French king Jean II introduces Order of the Star
1453 Emperor Frederik III becomes archduke of Austria
1535 City of LimaPeru founded by Francisco Pizarro
1540 King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies army draws to Glasgow
1759 George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Curtis
1838 Samuel Morse made 1st public demonstration of telegraph
1839 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as "The Big Wind"
1857 Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Pennsylvania
1929 Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia
1957 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
1958 Gibson patents the Flying V Guitar
1964 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
1974 England begins 3 day work week during mine strike
1977 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
1986 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns
1993 Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard


07-02-2006, 09:39 PM
Facts for 7th February

1478 Sir Thomas More lawyer/lord chancellor of England/saint (Utopia)
1612 Thomas Killigrew English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
1688 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], princess of Orange
1693 Anna Ivanova Romanova empress of Russia (1730-40)
1710 William Boyce English organist/composer of Cathedral music
1804 John Deere pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements
1812 Charles Dickens England, novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities)
1824 William Higgins discovered nature of spiral "nebulae"
1834 Dmitri I Mendelejev Russian chemist (devised Periodic Table)
1837 Sir James Augustus Henry Murray Scotland, created Oxford Dictionary
1867 Laura Ingalls Wilder Wisconsin, children's book author (Little House on Prairie)
1877 Godfrey H Hardy England, number theorist
1908 Clarence Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe OaklandCA, swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932)/actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon)
1917 Dick Emery LondonEngland, actor/comedian (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love)
1923 George H H Lascelles English earl of Harewood/leader (Covent Garden)
1924 Dora Bryan, actress (Taste of Honey)
1959 Sammy Lee British soccer player
1968 MichaelStichGermanFederalRepublic, tennis star

1609 Ferdinand I cardinal/ruler of Toscane, dies
1743 Lodovico Giustini composer, dies at 57
1823 Ann Radcliffe (Ward) English poet/author of horror novels, dies at
1915 Wladyslaw Gorski composer, dies at 68
1920 Alexander Koltsjak Admiral/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
1959 Slim [Eddie Jones] Guitar rocker, dies at 32
1962 Arthur Carr cricketer (11 Tests for England 22-29), dies shovelling snow
1979 Josef Mengele concentration camp doctor, drowns
1993 Arthur Ashe tennis star (Wimbledon 1975), dies of AIDS at 49

1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes 1st prince of Wales
1569 King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
1613 Michail Romanov (16) becomes czar of Russia
1668 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
1812 Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins
1900 Labour Party forms in England
1901 Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1915 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
1928 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
1935 Monopoly invented by Charles Darrow symbol Rich Uncle Pennybags
1940 British railroads nationalized
1962 President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
1964 Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim & adopts the name Muhammad Ali
1970 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
1971 Women win the right to vote in Switzerland
1976 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
1984 Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
1984 David (born without immunity system) at 12, touches mom for 1st time
1989 Tennis superstar Bj�rn B�rg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan
1993 Pebbles Flintstone & Bamm Bamm Rubble wed
1998 18th Winter Olympics games open at NaganoJapan


10-02-2006, 04:31 PM
Facts for 8th February


412 St Proclus patriarch of Constantinople
1291 Afonso IV King of Portugal (1325-57)
1612 Samuel Butler England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)
1819 John Ruskin writer/critic/artist/Gothic Revivalist (Prerafaelite)
1828 Jules Verne France, pioneered sci-fi (From the Earth to the Moon)
1885 Dame Edith Evans LondonEngland, actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield)
1906 ChesterF Carlson inventor (xerography)
1911 Henri Knap Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
1918 Lord Max Rayne English broker/multi-millionaire
1920 Lana Turner Wallace ID, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)
1925 Jack Lemmon , actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing)
1931 James Dean Marion IN, stage/film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause)
1940 Nick Nolte , actor (Under Fire, Lorenzo's Oil, Teachers, 48 Hours, North Dallas 40)
1946 Paul Wheatbread rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)
1950 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon Cuba, cosmonaut
1955 John Grisham writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

1587 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
1676 Aleksei M Romanov Czar of Russia, dies at 46
1740 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87
1878 Elias M Fries Swedish botanist (mycologicum), dies at 83
1935 Max Liebermann German impressionist painter/graphic artist, dies at 87
1987 Harriet MacGibbon actress (Mrs Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies
1990 DelShannon Coopersville MI, rock vocalist (Runaway), shoots self at 55
1994 Raymond Scott composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
1996 John HartfordWorlock Roman Catholic Bishop (Liverpool), dies at 76
1996 Mercer Kennedy Ellington trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76

0421 Flavius Constantine becomes emperor Constantine III of West Roman empire
1526 Heavy storm strikes Dutch coast, many die
1587 Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded
1601 Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London
1622 King James I disbands the English parliament
1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
1750 Minor earthquake in London
1883 Louis Waterman begins experiments to invent the fountain pen
1895 Tchaikovsky/Petipa's "SwanLake" premieres in Petersburg
1898 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming machine (Massachusetts)
1926 Walt Disney Studios is formed
1928 Scottish inventor J L Baird demonstrates color-TV
1933 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
1944 U-762 sunk offIreland
1967 Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) discontinue their singing partnership
1983 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
1984 14th Winter Olympics games opens in Sarajevo,Yugoslavia
1985 Michael Gross swims world record 800 meter freestyle (7:38.75)
1994 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432


10-02-2006, 04:39 PM
Facts for 9th February

1404 Constantine XI Dragases last Byzantine Emperor
1579 John Meursius [van Meurs], Dutch historian
1602 Franciscus van de Enden Flemish Jesuit/free thinker/tutor of Spinoza
1830 Abd�l Aziz Istanbul Ottoman, 32nd sultan of Turkey (1861-76)
1846 Wilhelm Maybach German engineer, designer of 1st Mercedes
1854 Edward Carson 1st Baron Carson, lawyer/leader (Irish Unionist Party)
1871 Howard T Ricketts US pathologist (studied typhus fever)
1891 Ronald Colman England, 1947 Academy Award actor (Tale of 2 Cities)
1897 Sir Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith pioneer Australian aviator
1922 James C "Jim" Laker BradfordEngland, cricket off spinner
1927 Norman Adams painter/ceramic sculptor
1936 Clive Swift Liverpool, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India)
1939 Barry Mann singer (Who put the Bomp)
1940 Brian Bennett London, rock drummer (Shadows)
1945 Mia (Maria) Farrow Los AngelesCA, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo)
1949 Bernard Gallacher British golfer
1957 Gordon Strachan soccer player

1555 John Hooper deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
1567 Henry Stuart earl of Darnley/Consort of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered
1670 Frederik III King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
1811 Nevill Maskelyne 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies
1966 Sophie Tucker Russian/US singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
1977 Gaus an orangutan who lived to be 59
1981 Bill Haley vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
1984 Yuri Andropov General Secretary of Soviet Communist Party (1982-84), dies at 69
2002 Princess Margaret sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England, dies from a stroke at 71

1540 The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
1742 British ex-premier Walpole becomes earl of Orford
1825 House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US President
1863 Fire extinguisher patented by Alanson Crane
1867 Nebraska becomes 37th US state
1895 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
1900 Dwight Davis established a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
1932 America enter Olympics 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
1943 Japanese evacuate Guadalcanal, epic battle ends
1964 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
1969 World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight
1971 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
1972 British government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
1975 Soyuz 17 returns to Earth
1986 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
1991 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him
1992 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 second by ThomasSchool of Germany.


10-02-2006, 05:05 PM
Todays Facts, 10thFebruary


1609 Sir John Suckling English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
1637 Henri�tte Catharina van Nassau Dutch daughter of Frederik Henry
1728 Peter III Feodorovich German/Russian czar of Russia (1761-62)
1775 Charles Lamb LondonEngland, critic/poet/essayist
1824 Samuel Plimsoll BristolEngland, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships)
1846 Mildred Childe "Life" Lee daughter of confederate General Robert E Lee
1880 Jesse G Vincent Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
1890 Boris L Pasternak Russia, novelist/poet (Dr Zhivago, Nobel 1958)
1893 Jimmy Durante New YorkNY, long-nosed comedian (and good-night Mrs Calabash)
1894 [Maurice] Harold MacMillan London, (C) British PM (1957-63)
1906 Lon Chaney Jr Oklahoma City OK, actor (Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Phantom, Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats)
1910 Joyce Grenfell actress (Pickwick Papers, Americanization of Emily)
1926 Danny Blanchflower British soccer player
1939 RobertaFlackBlackMountain (Asheville) NC, vocalist (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face)
1946 Donovan [P Leech] Scotland, rocker (Mellow Yellow)
1958 Sharon Stone MeadvillePA, actress (Basic Instinct, Total Recall)

1134 Robert III/II Curthouse Duke of Normandy, dies
1162 Boudouin III son of King Fulco of Anjou/husband of Theodora, dies
1495 Sir William Stanley English lord chamberlain, executed for conspiracy
1567 Darnley Mary Queen of Scots' husband, murdered
1837 Alexander S Pushkin writer, dies at 37
1912 Joseph Lister 1st Baron Lister, surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic), dies
1932 R H Edgar Wallace British writer/journalist (3 Just Men), dies at 76
1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder US author (Little House on Prarie), dies at 90
1992 Alex Haley US writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70
1995 Paul Monette writer, dies at 49

0060 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
1098 Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch
1716 Scottish pretender to the throne James III Edward returns to France
1720 Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
1746 English Pelham government resigns
1840 British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
1879 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)
1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs to the Congo
1906 Britain's 1st modern & largest battleship "HMS Dreadnought" launched
1916 Conscription begins in Britain
1926 Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
1954 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
1992 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
---- cheltman (AA Member)


11-02-2006, 09:33 PM
Facts for 11th February

1465 Elizabeth of YorkLondon, Consort of King Henry VII
1657 Bernard Fontenelle France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
1783 Jarena Lee famous African
1800 William Henry Fox Talbot Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer
1839 Josiah Willard Gibbs theoretical physicist/chemist
1889 John Mills dancer (Mills Brothers)
1900 Hans-Georg Gadamer German philosopher
1906 Denis Barnett British air chief marshal
1908 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
1912 Roy Fuller England, poet/novelist (Lost Season)
1920 Farouk I Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
1926 Alexander Gibson British conductor/founder (Scottish Opera)
1934 Mary Quant Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
1934 John Surtees British race car driver
1935 Gene Vincent Norfolk VA, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
1936 Burt Reynolds Waycross GA, actor (Evening Shade, Striptease, Cannonball
1940 Bobby "Boris" Pickett rocker (Monster Mash)
1942 Archie Andrews comic book character (Archie)
1962 Sheryl Crow, singer/songwriter (All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy)
1969 Jennifer Aniston, actress (Rachel-Friends)

0821 Benedict of Aniane saint, dies
1503 Elizabeth of York Consort of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
1554 Lady Jane Grey deposed Queen of England, beheaded after 9 day rule at 17
1868 L�on Foucault discovers 1st physical proof of Earth's rotation, dies
1899 George Morgan 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
1901 Milan I king of Serbia, dies at 56
1911 Albert von Rothschild baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66
1931 Charles Algernon Parsons British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
1939 Franz Schmidt Austrian composer, dies at 64
1944 Ivan Sollertinski friend of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
1945 Al Dubin Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
1976 Lee J Cobb actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
1993 George A Stephen inventor (Weber Kettle Grill), dies at 71
1994 William Conrad actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73

0660 -BC- Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno
0385 Oldest Pope elected; Siricius-bishop of Tarragona
0824 St Paschal I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1531 Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of the Church in England
1573 1st European, Francis Drake sees the Pacific (from Panam�)
1809 Robert Fulton patents the steamboat
11826 LondonUniversity founded 810 Napoleon marries Marie-Louise of Austria
1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford StreetLondon)
1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1858 1st apparition of Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of LourdesFrance
1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
1941 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)
1943 General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe
1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem
1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership
1987 British Airways begins trading stocks
1990 Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa
1992 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400 meter (44.97 seconds)
1998 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
1999 Pluto is once again the farthest planet from the sun in our solar system

---- Patrav (AA Member)


12-02-2006, 09:34 PM
Facts for 12th February

1211 Henry VII Roman catholic German king (1220-35)
1567 Thomas Campion England, composer/poet/physician
1775 Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams wife of John Quincy Adams
1809 Charles Darwin ShrewsburyEngland, discovered evolution (Origin of species)
1809 Abraham Lincoln Hodgenville KY, (R) 16th President (1861-65)
1850 Amaat Vyncke Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
1867 Hedwig Courths-Mahler German author (Warbride)
1911 Charles Mathiesen Norway, 1500 meter speed skater (Olympics-gold-1936)
1915 Lorne Greene Ottawa,Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)
1918 Dominic DiMaggio baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
1923 Franco Zeffirelli Florence,Italy, movie director (Romeo & Juliet)
1926 Paul Hamlyn English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
1952 Simon MacCorkindale CambridgeEngland, actor (Counterstrike, Falcon Crest, Manimal, Jaws 3D)
1967 Stephen Baldwin actor (William Cody-The Young Riders)

1128 Toghtekin slave/atabek of Damascus, dies
1242 Hendrik VII Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
1554 Lord Guildford Dudley Jane Grey's husband, beheaded
1771 Adolf Frederik king of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
1947 Sidney Toler actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72
1960 Bobby Clark vaudevillian (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
1973 Benjamin Frankel composer, dies at 67
1976 Sal Mineo actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
1984 Anna Anderson Manahan [claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia] dies in Virginia
1993 James Bulger English child beaten to death at 2, by 10 year old boys

1111 German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome
1130 Pope Innocent II elected
1762 English fleet occupies Martinique
1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
1886 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
1912 China adopts the Gregorian calendar
1921 Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
1927 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1957 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
1964 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career
1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
1984 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics receiving all perfect scores for quality & the gold medal
1994 17th Olympics Winter games open in Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740

---- Sue Blakeley (AA Member)


13-02-2006, 03:26 PM
Facts for today,13th February


1480 Hieronymus Aleander [Gir�lamo Aleandro], Italian diplomat/cardinal
1721 John Reid composer
1766 Thomas Malthus Rookery SurreyUK, economist/demographer/population expert (Law of Malthus)
1849 Lord Randolph ChurchillEngland, politician, Winston's father
1852 Johan L E Dreyer Danish astronomer (New generation catalogue of nebulae)
1875 Kanouse quintupletsWatertownWI, 1st quintuplets in US, born to Edna Kanouse
1898 Neville Pearson English publisher
1902 Karl Menger Austria/US mathematician (theory of dimension)
1903 Georges Simenon Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
1914 Earl Cadogan British large landowner (Military Cross)
1919 Tennessee Ernie FordBristolTN, country singer/actor (pea picker)
1933 Kim Novak [Marilyn], ChicagoIL, actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage)
1938 Oliver Reed London England, actor (Big Sleep)
1944 Jerry SpringerLondonEngland, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show)
1950 Peter Gabriel Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
1956 Liam Brady British soccer player

1542 Catherine Howard queen of England/5th wife of Henry VIII, is beheaded
1602 Alexander Nowell English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
1660 Charles X Gustaaf king of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
1662 Elisabeth Stuart English daughter of James I, dies at 65
1841 Thomas Ainsworth English/Dutch industrialist, dies at 45
1980 David Janssen [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
1996 Daniel K Womack singer/guitarist, dies at 91

1349 Jews are expelled from Burgsordf Switzerland
1545 Willem of Nassau becomes prince of Orange
1689 British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights
1692 MacDonald clan murdered on orders of King William III
1832 1st appearance of cholera at London
1837 Riot in New York over high price of flour
1861 Abraham Lincoln declared President
1861 Colonel Bernard Irwin attacks & defeats hostile Chiricahua Indians
1895 Moving picture projector patented
1907 English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested
1912 England regains cricket's Ashes
1924 King Tut's tomb opened
1935 Bruno Hauptmann found guilty of kidnap & murder of Lindbergh's infant
1959 Barbie doll goes on sale
1970 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
1982 Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is on the charts for 402nd week
1984 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant
1990 US, England, France & England give Germany the OK to re-unify
1993 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 meter indoor (21.87 seconds)
1997 Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope


14-02-2006, 10:54 PM
Facts for today,14th February


1462 Edzard I Cirksena the Great, earl of East-Friesia (1494-1528)
1483 Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah prince/founder Mogols-dynasty
1487 Henry II of Bavaria bishop of Utrecht/Worms/Freising
1533 Christianus Adrichomius Dutch priest/writer (Vita Jesu Christi)
1546 Johann Pistorius German theologist/historian
1572 Hans Christoph Haiden composer
1817 Frederick Douglass African-American abolitionist/lecturer/editor
1838 Margaret Knight inventor, "the female Thomas Edison"
1859 George Washington Gale Ferris engineer/inventor (Ferris Wheel)
1894 Jack Benny , WaukeganIL, "Oh! Rochester!"
1904 Charles William Oatley electrical engineer
1924 Countess Mountbatten of Burma
1926 John Clark CEO (Plessey Company)
1942 Margaret Wright chief commissioner (Guide Association)
1951 Kevin Keegan British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
1955 R Jeremy H Lascelles grandson of English princess Mary
1977 Nathan Osmond Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)


0869 Cyrillus Greek apostle of Slaves, dies
1400 Richard II British King (1377-99), murdered at 33 at Pontefract Castle
1405 Timur/Tamerlan "Lenk" [Crippled], Mongols monarch, dies at about 68
1571 Benvenuto Cellini Italian sculptor/metalsmith/author (Perseus), dies at 70
1779 James Cook British explorer, murdered by natives in fracas with Hawaiians
1780 William Blackstone English lawyer, dies at 56
1943 Frieda Reiss French 11 month old baby, murdered in Auschwitz
1975 Julian S Huxley English scholar/director-general (UNESCO), dies at 87
1995 Roger de Grey English chairman of RoyalAcademy (1984-93), dies at 76
1996 Bob Paisley football manager, dies at 77
1996 Caroline Blackwood writer, dies at 64
1996 Eva Hart Titanic survivor, dies at 90
1996 Ivan William Hannaford sociologist, dies at 64


270 St. Valentine is thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius 11
1014 Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II, Roman German emperor
1076 Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Henry IV
1349 2,000 Jews burned at the stake in StrasbourgFrance
1540 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
1613 King James I's daughter Elizabeth marries Frederik
1670 Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases Jews out of Vienna
1689 English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
1711 H�ndels opera Rinaldo, premieres
1746 Henry Pelham appointed English premier
1803 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington PA
1822 Britian�s postal services had to employ extra sorters as the fashion
for sending messages to loved ones on Valentine�s Day continued to grow.
1859 Oregon admitted as 33rd state
1895 Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" opens in London
1912 Arizona becomes 48th state
1924 IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson
1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1946 Bank of England nationalized
1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title
1962 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
1984 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia
1984 Torvill and Dean win Gold Medal in Winter Olympics in Sarajevo
1990 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
1994 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons


15-02-2006, 04:26 PM
Facts for today,15th February


1483 Babur founder of Mughal dynasty in India (1526-30
1497 Philipp Melanchthon Germany, Protestant reformer
1524 Charles de Guise archbishop/cardinal of Reims
1564 Galileo Galilei Pisa, Italy, astronomer/physicist
1620 Fran�ois Charpentier French scholar/archaeologist
1710 Louis XV the Well-BelovedVersailles, King of France (1715-74)
1726 Abraham Clark farmer/lawyer, signed Declaration of Independence
1774 W G Frederik prince of Orange
1797 Henry Engelhard Steinway piano maker (Steinway)
1809 Cyrus Hall McCormick inventor (Mechanical reaper)
1819 Christopher Sholes Mooresburg PA, inventor (typewriter)
1874 Ernest H Shackleton Kilkee Ireland, explorer (Endurance, Antarctica)
1901 Christmas HumphreysEngland, lawyer/writer/Buddhist (Awakening of Zen)
1910 9th Earl of Jersey English large landowner/art collector
1929 Graham Hill London, England, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champion)
1946 Clare Short British MP
1951 Jane Seymour [Joyce Frankenberg], Middlesex England, actress (Dr Quinn, East of Eden, Lassiter)
1960 Mikey Craig rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)

1043 Gisela wife of Roman Catholic-German emperor Conrad II the Salier, dies at 52
1152 Konrad III Roman-German King (1138-1152), dies at about 58
1503 Henry Deane Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03), dies
1568 Hendrik van Brederode Dutch noble (Compromise of Nobles), dies at 36
1597 Pieter J Kies Dutch mayor of Haarlem (1572-73), dies at about 66
1600 Jos� the Acosta Spanish missionary (Peru), dies at 59
1637 Ferdinand II King of Bohemia/Hungary/German Emperor (1619-37), dies at 58
1686 Mathias Rauchm�ller German sculptor (Piasten mausoleum Poland), dies
1713 Anthony Ashley Cooper 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
1831 Henry Maudslay inventor (metal lathe), dies
1865 Nicholas Wiseman 1st Archbishop of Westminster (1850-65), dies
1887 Alexander Borodin composer, dies
1965 Nat King Cole singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 45
1975 Pelham G Wodehouse writer, dies
1984 Ethel Merman singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76

0399 Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death
0732 Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher disputes founder of Northern Ch'an line
1145 Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III
1386 Duke Philip the Stout forms Council of Flanders
1552 Dutch coast hit by heavy storm
1563 Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
1637 Ferdinand III succeeds Ferdinand II as Holy Roman Emperor
1677 King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands
1852 Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
1882 1st cargo of frozen meat leaves New Zealand for Britain, on SS Dunedin
1906 British Labour Party organizes
1922 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex
1933 President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
1942 Singapore surrenders to the Japanese
1944 891 British bombers attack Berlin
1958 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones Great Britain
1965 John Lennon passes his driving test
1971 Britian changed to decimal coinage on Decimal Day.
1978 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for world heavyweight crown
1981 Football League games began to be played on Sundays.
1985 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
1995 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion


17-02-2006, 10:24 PM
Today Facts, 16th February...


1075 Ordericus Vitalis French monk/historian/poet
1497 Philipp Melanchthon Germany, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)
1514 Rh�ticus [Rheticus] Austrian astronomer/mathematician
1519 Gaspard de Coligny Huguenot leader/French Admiral
1568 The death sentence was passed on an entire country when Netherlands was condemned for heresy by the Spanish Inquisition.
1620 Frederick William Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia
1698 Pierre Bouguer French mathematician (heliometer)
1740 Giambattista Bodoni Saluzzo Italy, printer/typeface designer
1787 Andreas Schelfhout Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
1788 Juan van Halen Dutch/Spanish officer/adventurer
1812 Henry Wilson (R) 18th Vice-President (1873-75)
1821 Heinrich Barth Hamburg Germany, geographer/explorer (Central Africa)
1822 Francis Galton Birmingham England, anthropologist & geneticist
1822 James Patton Anderson Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1872
1834 Ernst Heinrich Haeckel Potsdam Germany, biologist (Causes of Evolution)
1836 Benjamin Edward Woolf Dutch composer
1838 Arnoldus Pannevis South African ship's doctor/linguist
1838 Henry Adams Boston MA, US historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams)
1848 Hugo de Vries Dutch botanist (How species emerge)
1852 Charles Taze Russell founded Jehovah's Witnesses
1866 Johann Strauss Austria, composer (Waltz King)
1866 Vyacheslav I Ivanov Russian philosopher/classical/poet
1868 Wilhelm Schmidt German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
1876 George Macauley Trevelyan England, historian (Giuseppe Garibaldi)
1920 Patty Andrews Minneapolis MN, singer (Andrews Sisters)
1922 Geraint Evans British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
1922 Paul van't Veer Dutch journalist/writer (Het Vrije Volk)
1935 Sonny Bono Detroit MI, singer (Sonny & Cher, Mayor-R-Palm Springs CA)
1946 Ian Lavender British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
1959 John P McEnroe tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84)
1961 Andy Taylor, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
1973 Cathy Freeman Mackay Australia, 100 meter/200 meter/400 meter (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
1977 Trina Jackson 4X200 meter freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)

1279 Afonso III King of Portugal (1248-79), dies
1538 Everhard/Erardus van de Mark prince-bishop of Liege, dies at 65
1600 Giordano Bruno burned at stake
1653 Johannes Schultz composer, dies at 70
1825 George Gerson composer, dies at 34
1834 Lionel Lukin life boat pioneer, dies
1851 Anne Nagell van Ampsen Dutch politician, dies at 95
1857 Elisha Kent Kane Arctic explorer (KaneBasin), dies at 37
1912 Edgar Evans British explorer (Antarctica), dies
1957 Leslie Hore-Belisha [Lord Halifax], British Minister of Transport, dies at 63
1998 Martha Gellhorn war reporter (Reuthers), dies at 89

0600 Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze
1349 Jews are expelled from Burgsdorf Switzerland
1559 Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
1655 Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker
1659 1st known check (�400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1666 Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty
1677 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested/confined in London Tower
1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1854 Franz Liszts symphony "Orpheus" premieres
1923 Howard Carter finds Pharoah Tutankhamen
1933 England regains the Ashes, thanks to bodyline tactics
1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gets pneumonia
1948 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1956 Britain abolishes the death penalty
1963 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
1972 Nine-hour electricity blackouts took place all over Britian during the miner� strike.
1982 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce
1989 Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage


17-02-2006, 10:29 PM
Todays facts, 17th February�

1444 Rudolf Agricola [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
1490 Charles de Bourbon officer/governor (Lombardy)
1519 Fran�ois de Guise , French general strategist (Calais)
[B]1583 J Henry Alting Dutch theologist
1653 Arcangelo Corelli Fusignano Italy, violinist/composer (Concerto Grosso)
1699 Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff German architect (Sanssouci)
1723 Tobias Mayer "method of lunars" for longitude determination
1758 John Pinkerton Scottish historian
1781 Ren�-Th�ophile-Hyacinthe La�nnec France, inventor (stethoscope)
1837 Sam[uel] van Houten Dutch (Liberal) minister (child labor laws)
1844 A Montgomery Ward founded mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
1862 Edward German (Jones) Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
1864 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson New South Wales Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
1867 William Cadbury England, chocolate manufacturer (Cadbury)
1870 Louis de Raet Belgian economist/founder (Flemish People's Party)
1874 Thomas J Watson Sr US, representative/founder (IBM)
1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher US, novelist (Book-of-the Month-Club)
1880 Alvaro Obregon General/President of Mexico (1920-24)
1882 Noah Beery , actor (Story of Esther, Mark of Zorro)
1888 Ronald Aburthnott Knox English priest/writer (Viaduct Murder)
1889 H[aroldson] L Hunt Texas oil multi-millionaire
1898 Tom Lowry cricketer (New Zealand batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test captain)
1898 Tom Lowry cricketer (New Zealand batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test captain)
1941 Gene Pitney Hartford CT, singer/songwriter (Town Without Pity)

0956 Hugo the Great earl of Paris/duke of Francia, dies at about 55
1688 Reverend James Renwick hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
1847 William Collins landscape painter, dies
1908 Geronimo Apache chief, dies at about 79
1912 L Oates British explorer (Antarctica), dies
1917 Edmund Bishop English Secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
1929 John Read cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for England for 463 runs), dies
1934 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg king of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58
1961 Nita Naldi actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
1980 Jerry Fielding orchestra leader (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes, Lively Ones), dies at 57
1980 Graham Sutherland painter, dies
1996 Henry Guinness missionary, dies at 87

1568 Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay annual tribute to Sultan for peace
1598 Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
1621 Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
1676 Kings Charles II & Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1691 Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1795 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de W�gimont
1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1880 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
1882 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1906 Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
1924 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1955 Ice Dance Championship at ViennaAustria won by J Westwood/Demmy Great Britain
1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
1969 Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
1972 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1985 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
1993 Mark Foster swims world record 50 meter free style (21.60 seconds)
2005The Prince of Wales changed the venue of his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles to Windsor�s Town Hall.


19-02-2006, 12:10 AM
Facts for today, 18th February

1516 Mary I Tudor [Bloody Mary] Greenwich, (1553-58), 1st reigning queen of Great Britain
1559 Isaac Casaubon naturalized English classical scholar, theologian
1609 Edward Hyde Earl of Clarendon, English lord chancellor/PM (1660-67)
1677 Jacques Cassini French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
1781 Henry MartynTruro, missionary
1790 Marshall Hall Basford Nottinghamshire, physician
1836 Ramakrishna Hooghly Bengal, Hindu saint (preached unity of all religions)
1858 Louise M A princess of Belgium
1890 Boris L Pasternak Russian poet/writer (Dr Zhivago)
1917 Phyllis CalvertLondon, actress (Man in Grey)
1920 Jack Palance [Walter Palanuik], Lattimer PA, actor (City Slickers)
1925 George KennedyNew YorkNY, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight)
1929 Leonard Cyril Deighton English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
1931 Johnny Hart cartoonist
1933 Kim NovakChicagoIL, actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage)
1933 Bobby Robson British soccer coach (PSV)
1947 Princess Maria Christina [Marijke], of Netherlands
1967 Colin Jackson Cardiff England, 100 meter hurdler (Olympics-silver-1988)
1974 Yevgeny KafelnikovRussia, tennis star

1478 Duke of Clarence forced drowning in a wine barrel
1535 Agrippa von Nettesheim German royal astrologer, dies at 48
1587 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
1712 Duke of Bourgondi� French king Louis XIV's grandson, dies
1895 Albrecht arch duke of Austrian (Battle at Custozza), dies at 77
1911 Bill Murdoch cricketer, dies while watching Australia vs South Africa Test
1963 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
1966 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
1967 Robert J Oppenheimer creator of atomic bomb, dies at 62
1978 Charlotte Greenwood actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
1998 Robert Merrill songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76

1129 Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II
1503 Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1678 John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" is published
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Inverness Scotland
1787 Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
1815 Treaty of peace with Great Britain proclaimed
1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st king of Italy
1876 Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand
1884 General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum
1885 Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" published
1901 H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner
1930 US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
1951 Nep�l becomes a constitutional monarchy
1967 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
1968 British adopt year-round daylight savings time
1979 Snow falls in the SaharaDesert
1995 Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) & Tommy Lee (Motley Cr�e) wed
1995 Warnecke swims world record 50 meter freestyle


19-02-2006, 11:41 AM
Facts for today,19th February


1473 Nicolaus CopernicusTor�n, Poland, astronomer (heliocentrism)
1671 Charles-Hubert Gervais composer
1683 King Philip V France, King of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)
1817 Willem III last male King of Netherlands (1849-90)
1833 �lie DucommunSwitzerland, writer/pacifist (Nobel 1902)
1865 Sven HedinSweden, scientist/explorer (Tibet)
1893 Cedric Hardwicke Stourbridge England, actor (Peter Pan, Richard III)
1911 Merle OberonCalcuttaIndia, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion)
1920 Frances K Bairstow educator/labor relations consultant
1924 Lee Marvin New YorkNY, actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou)
1927 Rene Firino-Martell cognac manufacturer
1930 John Frankenheimer New YorkNY, director (Birdman of Alcatraz)
1937 Norman O'Neill cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
1940 William "Smokey" Robinson Detroit MI, singer (& the Miracles-Being With You)
1943 "Mama" Cass Elliot actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday)
1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Pennsylvania, rock vocalist (Lightning Striking Again)
1960 Holly Johnson England, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1960 Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
1962 Hana Mandlikova Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis player (1985 US Open)
1965 Andrew Jameson British swimmer
1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Sochi Russia, tennis star (1995 doubles-Hamburg)

1401 William Sawtree 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
1414 Thomas Arundel archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
1568 Miles Coverdale translator (1st complete English Bible), dies at 80
1875 Jean B Vuillaume French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
1933 Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn composer, dies at 77
1952 Lawrence Grant actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
1990 Michael Powell English director (Life & Death of Colonel Blimp), dies at 84
1994 Derek Jarman actor/director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52

0356 Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
0607 Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1537 Weavers of LeidenNetherlands strike
1700 Last day of the Julian calendar in Denmark
1807 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelles
1856 Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith
1878 Thomas Alva Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph)
1927 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
1944 823 British bombers attack Berlin
1949 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
1959 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1969 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
1980 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
1985 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain
1985 Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola
1995 Linford Christie runs European record 60 meter indoor (6.47 seconds)
1995 Linford Christie runs world record 200 meter indoor (20.25 seconds)
1998 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympics village in Japan


23-02-2006, 12:47 AM
Facts for today, 20th February

1632 Thomas Osborne Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
1784 Adam BlackEdinburghScotland, politician/publisher
1790 Joseph II Emperor of the Holy Roman empire, dies
1874 Mary GardenAberdeenScotland, opera star
1898 Enzo FerrariModenaItaly, racing car manufacturer (Ferrari)
1901 Cecil H King Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
1914 Marion Kettlewell British director (WRNS)
1924 Gloria Vanderbilt don't my jeans look great, poor little rich girl
1927 Sidney Poitier, actor (Porgy & Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
1940 Jimmy Greaves British broadcaster/soccer player
1941 Buffy Sainte-MarieMaine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
1942 David O'Dowd Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)
1946 Brenda Blethyn actress (Secrets & Lies)
1951 Gordon Brown British MP
1951 Phil Neal English soccer player
1963 William Baldwin New York, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
---- Agniah (AA Member)

1595 Ernst archduke of Austria, dies at 41
1788 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
1790 Joseph II Emperor of Holy Roman empire, dies at 48
1860 Henry Drummond English banker/religious leader, dies at 69
1895 Frederick Douglass escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 78
1968 Anthony Asquith dies
1980 Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, dies in WashingtonDC at 96
1985 Clarence Nash voice of Donald Duck, dies at 80 of leukemia, in California

1547 King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
1653 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Van Tromp by Admiral Blake off Portsmouth
1673 1st recorded wine auction held (London)
1725 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for �100/scalp bounty
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Fort August, Scotland
1835 Concepci�n, Chile destroyed by earthquake
1861 Steeple of Chichester Cathedral blown down during a storm
1872 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
1872 Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags
1872 Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine
1943 Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
1947 Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
1962 John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
1974 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
1975 Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party
1989 Total eclipse of the Moon


23-02-2006, 12:58 AM
Facts for today, 21st February

1674 Johann Augustin Kobelius composer
1728 Peter III Kiel Germany, Russian tsar (1761-62), husband of Catherine
1794 Antonio L�pez de Santa Anna President of M�xico (1833-36)
1795 Francisco Manuel da Silva composer
1801 John Henry Newman England, cardinal/churchman/author (Dream of Gerontius)
1836 L�o Delibes Saint-Germain-du-Val France, ballet composer (Copp�lia)
1836 Clement-Philibert-Leo Delibes composer
1855 Alice Freeman Palmer educator (Hall of Fame)
1856 Hendrik P Berlage architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam)
1857 Jules de Trooz baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
1875 Jeanne Louise Calment France, world's oldest woman (died at 122)
1888 Willem Banning Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
1889 Felix Aylmer actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan)
1900 Sydney Arnold English comic/actor (Miss Jones & Son)
1907 Wystan Hugh AudenUS, poet (Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948)
1912 Patrick Murphy English multi-millionaire
1915 Ann Sheridan, actress (Dodge City, Good Sam, Another World)
1924 Robert G Mugabe Premier/President of Zimbabwe
1925 Sam Peckinpah , film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs)
1927 Patricia Benoit , actress (As The World Turns, Nancy-Mr Peepers)
1931 Larry Hagman TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas)
1932 Harald V King of Norway (1991- )
1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], Tyron NC, singer/pianist ("I Loves You Porgy")
1935 Mark McManus actor (Taggart, Nightstick, 2000 Weeks, 12th Night)
1937 Gary Lockwood , actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
1937 Ron Clarke Australia, runner (held 19 world records)

1554 Hieronymus Bock German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
1595 Robert Southwell English Jesuit/poet, hanged
1648 Christian IV king of Denmark/Norway, dies
1803 Edward Despard last person drawn & quartered in England
1945 Eric Liddell Scottish runner (Olympics-gold 1924), dies at 43
1965 Malcolm X [Little], black Moslem leader, assassinated in New YorkNY at 39
1968 Anthony Asquith British director (Court Martial), dies at 65
1985 Louis Hayward actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
1991 Dame Margot Fonteyn ballerina, dies of cancer at 71
1992 Franc Holden British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies

1173 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury
1431 England begins trial against Joan of Arc
1583 Groningen Netherlands begins using Gregorian calendar
1598 Boris Godunov crowned tsar
1613 Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar
1764 John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
1842 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough.
1874 Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
1885 WashingtonMonument dedicated (WashingtonDC)
1911 Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse �l�gique)
1916 Battle of Verdun (WWI) begins (1 million casualties)
1931 Alka Seltzer introduced
1952 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
1952 Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage (Michael Wilding)
1972 Richard Nixon becomes 1st US President to visit China
1981 "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
1986 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks


23-02-2006, 01:10 AM
Facts for today, 22nd February

1403 Charles VII king of France (1422-61), drove out English
1440 Ladislaus V Posthumus King of Hungary/Bohemia
1599 Anthony Van Dyck Antwerp Belgium, painter
1634 Petrus "Pieter" van Schooten fortress architect
1684 William Pulteney London, statesman (Earl of Bath)
1732 George Washington Virginia, Father figure, 1st American President (1789-97)
1772 Karl Jacob Wagner composer
1797 William I Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)
1822 Adolf Kuszmaul German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)
1838 Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
1857 Lord Robert Baden-Powell founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides)
1891 "Chico" Marx, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers, Animal Crackers)
1907 Robert Young, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD)
1908 John Mills England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace)
1928 Bruce Forsyth London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)
1932 Piper Laurie, actress (Days of Wine & Roses, Carrie)
1933 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley England, Duchess of Kent
1937 Samuel Whitbread English brewer/multi-millionaire
1949 Nikki Lauda Austria, formula 1 auto racer (world champion 1975, 77, 84)
1950 Julie Walters England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)
1972 Michael Chang, tennis star (1989 French Open)
1975 Drew Barrymore, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy, AlteredStates)

1076 Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Lower Lorraine, murdered
1371 David II Bruce king of Scotland (1331-71), dies at 46
1695 Robert Southwell English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
1875 Charles Lyell British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77
1896 Thomas Hughes politican/author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, Brighton
1925 Thomas C Allbutt English physiologist, dies at 88
1958 Michael Todd film magnate, killed in an New Mexico air crash
1976 Angela Baddeley actress (Mrs Kate Bridges-Upstairs, Downstairs), dies from pneumonia at 71
1976 Florence Ballard rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
1984 David spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
1987 Andy Warhol pop artist, dies from complications following gall bladder surgery at 58
1998 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84

1349 Jews are expelled from Zurich Switzerland
1495 French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim the crown
1561 William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais
1630 Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
1746 Jakobijnse troops vacate Aberdeen
1774 English House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright
1825 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
1865 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
1928 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)
1935 Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
1945 British troops take Ramree Island, Burma
1968 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "The Silent Sun"
1983 Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India
1996 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
1998 18th Winter Olympics games close at Nagano Japan


23-02-2006, 01:21 AM
Facts for today, 23rd February

1614 Jacob Colijn(s) Dutch coat of arms painter
1633 Samuel Pepys London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)
1685 George Frideric H�ndel Halle Germany, organist/baroque composer (Messiah)
1700 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis Dutch theologist (Profound Christianity)
1734 Mayer Amschel Rothschild Frankfurt, founder (House of Rothschild)
1879 Agnes Arber English biologist/philosopher (Mind & the Eye)
1883 Victor Fleming, director (Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind)
1892 Kathleen Harrison actress (Fast Lady, Big Money, West 11)
1928 Duke of Beaufort
1940 Peter Fonda actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip)
1944 Mike Maxfield rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
1949 Maureen Hicks British MP
1960 Naruhito crown prince of Japan

1554 Henry Grey Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed
1660 Charles X Gustaaf king of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
1662 Johann Cr�ger German organist/composer/music theorist, dies at 63
1766 Stanislaw Leszcynski duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
1792 Joshua Reynolds English portrait painter (Simplicity), dies at 68

1821 John Keats Romantic poet, dies of tuberculosis at 25 in Rome
1848 John Quincy Adams 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80
1900 William Butterfield architect of the Gothic revival, dies
1924 Thomas Woodrow Wilson 28th US President (1913-21), dies
1931 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
1934 Edward William Elgar English composer (Coronation Ode), dies at 76
1944 Leo Hendrick Baekeland inventor (Bakelite), dies
1945 Aleksei Tolstoi Russian poet/writer (Pjotr Peroyj), dies at 62
1965 Stan Laurel comedian (Laurel & Hardy), dies in California of heart attack at 74
1983 Adrian Boult conductor, dies
1995 James Herriot Scot author (All Creatures Great & Small), dies at 78

1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, the Bible (estimated date)
1574 France begins 5th Holy War against Huguenots
1660 Charles XI becomes king of Sweden
1689 Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England
1846 Polish revolutionaries march on Cracow, but are defeated
1870 Mississippi is re-admitted to US
1874 Major Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
1886 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
1934 Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium
1940 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio", released
1971 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year as a result of several speeding tickets and a dispute with the police
1980 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-million-gallon spill
1990 Ian Smith 173 New Zealand vs India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat


25-02-2006, 01:03 AM
Facts for today, 24th February

1500 Emperor Charles V king of Spain (1516-56)/Holy Roman Emperor
1684 Catherine I Empress of Russia 1725-27, Dorpat, Estonia
1697 Bernard S Albinus [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist
1786 Wilhelm Karl Grimm Hanau Germany, story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales)
1872 John JarvisEngland, swimmer (won 108 titles)
1898 Kurt Tank German WWII aircraft designer
1919 Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
1931 Brian Close cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976)
1932 Michel Legrand composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind)
1934 Linda Cristal Buenos Aires Argentina, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal)
1937 Jerry Wiggin British MP
1938 James Farentino, actor (Dead & Buried, Final Countdown)
1940 Denis Law British soccer player
1942 Paul Jones England, rocker (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
1942 Stuart Henry British disc jockey
1945 Alain Prost France, Formula 1 race driver (1985, 86, 89, 93) & current team owner
1948 Dennis "Minder" Waterman LondonEngland, actor (Fair Exchange)
1951 Derek Randall cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
1978 Louise Woodward, nanny who killed Matthew Eappen

1806 John Nieuwenhuijzen theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81
1810 Henry Cavendish physicist/chemist, dies
1825 Thomas Bowdler self-appointed Shakespearean censor, dies
1944 Leo H A Baekeland Belgian/US chemist (bakelite), dies at 80
1982 Virginia Bruce actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
1983 Tennessee Williams US playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 71
1982 Virginia Bruce actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
1983 Herbert Norman Howells composer, dies at 90
1983 Tennessee Williams US playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 71
1990 Johnnie Ray singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
1990 Malcolm Forbes CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies of a heart attack at 70
1990 Sandro Pertini President of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93
1991 Jean Rogers actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74
1991 Marcella Markham dies of breast cancer at 68
1991 Webb Pierce US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
1993 Bobby Moore English soccer team captain (World champions 1966), dies
1993 Toy Caldwell guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
1994 Dinah Shore singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76

1496 England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders
1510 Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice
1525 Battle at Pavia Emperor Karel V's troops beat French king, Fran�ois I caught taken/8700 killed
1527 Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia
1530 1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V
1582 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1613 English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts
1708 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
1786 Charles Cornwallis appointed Governor-General of India
1807 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England
1895 Cuban war of independence begins
1917 Russian revolution breaks out
1923 Flying Scotsman goes into service
1932 Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona
1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
1946 Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
1950 Labour wins British parliamentary election
1981 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1985 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
1985 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"
1998 Elton John knighted


28-02-2006, 12:51 AM
Todays Facts,25th February

1643 Ahmed II 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
1725 Armand-Louis Couperin Paris France, composer/organist (Notre Dame)
1811 Carl Schuberth composer
1860 William James Ashley English economic-historian
1890 Myra HessLondonEngland, concert pianist
1898 William Thomas Astbury English physicist/chemist (textiles)
1901 [Herbert] Zeppo MarxNew YorkNY, comedian/actor (Marx Brothers)
1912 Richard WattisEngland, actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl)
1914 John Arlott cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
1917 Anthony Burgess essayist/novelist (A Clockwork Orange)
1923 Roger Parker Lord Justice of Appeal
1929 Peter Bingham Hinchcliff British church historian (1 Sided Reciprocity)
1937 Tom Courtenay England, actor (Dresser, Dr Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
1941 David PuttnamLondon, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures)
1943 George Harrison LiverpoolEngland, rocker (My Sweet Lord, Beatles-Something, Traveling Wilburys-End of the Line)
1943 Sally Jesse Raphael, TV talk show host (Sally)
1944 Karen Grassle , actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie)
1950 Anthony Lloyd British MP
1967 Nick Leeson British banker (Baring bank)

1601 Earl of Essex executed for treason in revolt against Queen Elizabeth
1713 Frederik I King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
1723 Sir Christopher Wren England, astronomer/architect, dies at 90
1914 John Tenniel British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93
1983 Tennessee Williams writer (Streetcar Named Desire), chokes to death on a bottle cap at 71
1994 Jersey Joe Walcott boxer, dies at 80
1995 Jack Clayton British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
1996 Haing S Ngor doctor/actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45
1997 Tony Williams jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51

1570 Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1623 Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1634 Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1746 Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1836 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1837 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1838 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1910 Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
1926 Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain
1938 British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1954 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier


28-02-2006, 01:14 AM
Facts for today, 26th February

1361 Wenceslas of Bohemia Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
1802 Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1832 John George NicolayUS, author (Abe Lincoln's biographer)
1841 Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer English Consul-General (Egypt)
1845 Alexander III St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94)
1861 Ferdinand I Vienna, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18)
1868 Leonard Borwick British pianist
1869 Nadezjda K Krupskaja Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
1876 Pauline Musters shortest known adult (58.9 cm, 1' 11.2")
1916 Jackie Gleason, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
1921 Betty Hutton, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1932 Johnny Cash, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue)
1947 Sandi Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], Dagenham Essex England, rocker (Always Something There To Remind Me)
1954 Michael Bolton, rock vocalist (How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, That's What Love Is All About)
1970 Katie O'Neill, actress (Together We Stand)

1076 Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutherian, murdered
1154 Rogier II Guiscard King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
1813 Robert R Livingston (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
1859 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert composer, dies at 64
1901 Chi-hsui during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
1947 Ben Webster actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
1950 Harry Lauder (Maclennan) Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
1959 Lou Costello actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
1990 Leslie Ames cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
1990 Scott Jarvis musician (Great Expectationa), dies
1994 Avery Fisher US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
1997 David Doyle actor (Charlie's Angels), dies at 67


1531 Earthquake in LisbonPortugal, kills 20,000
1564 Christopher Marlowe, dramatist (Dr Faustus), baptized
1616 Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1797 Bank of England issues 1st �1-note
1804 Vice-Admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1815 Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1832 Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas I
1884 British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1895 Michael Owens of ToledoOH patents a glass-blowing machine
1907 Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1916 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1919 Congress established Grand CanyonNational Park in Arizona
1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1951 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1952 PM Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb
1980 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for the 1st time
1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYCWorldTradeCenter bombed, 7 die
1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson


28-02-2006, 01:25 AM
Todays Facts,27th February

0280 Constantine the Great Roman emperor (306-37), adopted Christianity
1622 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius Dutch painter
1792 Don Joaquin B F Espartero Spanish adventurer/field marshal
1802 William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck Lord George Bentinck
1841 [Eleanor] Agnes Lee daughter of US General Robert E Lee
1847 Dame Ellen Alice Terry Coventry England, Shakespearian stage actress
1893 Joseph Messner composer
1897 G Paul H Schuitema graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)
1898 Allison Danzig sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
1899 Charles H Best Maine, physiologist/co-discoverer of diabetes treatment (Insulin)
1902 John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962)
1905 Franchot Tone, actor (Dr Freeland-Ben Casey)
1912 Lawrence Durrell, writer (Alexandria Quartet)
1925 Hugh Leggatt art dealer
1926 Sir Peter Emery British MP
1930 Joanne Woodward, actress (3 Faces of Eve, Rachel)
1932 Elizabeth Taylor London, actress (Cleopatra) violet eyes
1944 Graeme Pollock cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
1962 Adam Baldwin, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard)
1980 Chelsea Victoria Clinton Daughter of Bill & Hillary Clinton

1167 Robert of Melun English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies
1735 John Arbuthnot physician/mathematician, dies
1852 Joseph Drechsler composer, dies at 69
1881 George Colley British governor of Natal/General, dies in battle at 46
1939 Nadezjda K Krupskaya Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70
1960 Adriano Olivetti Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58
1970 Robert Bruce Lockhart diplomat/writer, dies
1993 Lillian Gish US actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 96
1993 Ruby Keeler actress (42nd Street), dies of cancer at 83
1994 Harold Acton English/Italian historian/art collector, dies at 84
1994 Laurence "Bill" Craigie jet pioneer, dies at 92
1996 George Ian Murray 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
1996 Pat Smythe show jumper, dies at 67

0837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1526 Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
1557 1st Russian Embassy opens in London
1563 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
1594 Henri IV crowned king of France
1670 Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
1879 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
1900 Conference in London calls for creation of a British labor party
1912 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway
1919 1st public performance of Holst's "The Planets"
1933 German parliament building, Reichstag, destroyed by fire (set by Nazis, blamed on communists)
1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 meter free style (1:04.6)
1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket vs England in 223 minutes
1938 Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain
1939 English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
1956 Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
1967 Dominica gains independence from England
1977 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
1981 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
1981 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"
1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 meters)
1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympics figure skating
1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years
1995 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)


28-02-2006, 01:33 AM
Facts for today, 28th February

1533 Michel de Montaigne France, essayist/philosopher
1663 Thomas Newcomen English co-inventor (steam engine)
1690 Aleksei P RomanovRussia, son of Peter the Great
1764 Robert Haldane Scottish theologist/philanthropist
1792 Henriette countess d'Oultremont de W�gimont wife of King Willem I
1797 W Frederik K prince of Netherlands/General/Admiral (10 day campaign)
1820 John Tenniel England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
1824 Charles Blondin France, acrobat/aerialist
1865 Sir Wilfred Grenfell England, medical missionary
1865 Arthur Symons Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
1898 Molly Picon Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey)
1899 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking pathologist
1910 Vincente Minnelli, movie director (American in Paris, Gigi)
1918 Alfred Burke London England, actor (Backfire)
1925 Harry H Corbett, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)
1926 Svetlana Alliluyeva daughter of Josef Stalin, author (My Life)
1927 John Swire British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
1928 Smokey The Bear
1932 Brian Moore British commentator (Big Match)
1940 Mario Andretti race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500)
1942 Brian Jones rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1947 Stephanie BeachamEngland, actress (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)
1957 Cindy Wilson, rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack)
1961 Barry McGuigan British boxer

1261 Hendrik duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies
1618 Filips Willem Prince of Orange, dies at 63
1781 Richard Stockton US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
1916 Henry James US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
1941 Alfonso XIII de Borb�n King of Spain (1902-31), dies
1953 Jim Thorpe decathlete (Olympics-gold-1912), dies at 64
1968 Frankie Lymon singer, dies at 25
1979 Mr Ed talking horse, dies
1990 Colin Milburn cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
1994 George Osborne Sayles historian, dies at 92

1066 Westminster Abbey opens
1638 Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convenant, Greyfriars, Edinburgh
1653 3 Day Sea battle English beats Dutch
1759 Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages
1784 John Wesley charters MethodistChurch
1893 Edward Acheson, Pennsylvania, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"
1908 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran
1922 English princess Mary marries viscount Lascelles
1935 Nylon discovered by Dr Wallace H Carothers
1956 Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
1961 JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
1966 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
1970 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden GateBridge
1975 40 killed in London Undergroud, as train speeds past final stop
1983 Final TV episode of "MASH" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch
1990 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
1993 Tony Curtis weds Lisa Deutsch as his 4th wife
1997 Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
1997 FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia


01-03-2006, 08:35 PM
Facts for today ,1st March

1528 Albrecht V von Wittelsbach [the Generous], duke of Bavaria
1630 Ferdinand van Apshoven de Jongere Flemish painter, baptized
1810 Fr�d�ric Chopin Poland, composer/pianist (Concerto in F Minor)
1828 Vittorio Bersezio [Carlo Nugelli] Italian playwright
1858 Georg Simmel German philosopher/sociologist
1864 Rebecca Lee 1st black woman to get a medical degree
1874 Jean de Merode [Marie-Louise B Courtenay], Princess of Netherlands
1880 Julian Myrick promoter of junior tennis
1885 Lionel Atwill, actor (Mystery of the Wax Museum)
1904 Glenn Miller bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood)
1909 David Niven,Scotland, actor (Casino Royale, Eye of the Devil)
1914 Ralph Waldo Ellison US writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast)
1917 DinahShore
1927 Harry Belafonte, calypso singer (Buck & the Preacher) singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet)
1940 David Broome Show Jumper (world champion-1970)
1942 Jerry Fischer rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1944 Roger Daltrey rocker (The Who-Tommy)
1953 Ron Howard, actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days/Willow, Backdraft)
1958 Nik Kershaw, singer/songwriter (Wouldn't it be Good)
1980 Rose VBL Windsor daughter of English prince Richard

1131 Stephen II King of Hungary (1116-31), dies
1383 Amadeus VI (Green Earl), earl of Savoy, dies at 49
1619 Thomas Campion English physician/composer/poet (Poemata), dies at 53
1865 Anna Paulowna Romanova great monarch of Russia, dies at 70
1892 Archibald Scott Scottish chemist, dies at 60
1921 Nicholas Petrovic Njegos King of Montenegro (1910-18), dies at 79
1924 Louise-Marie Am�lie princess of Belgium, dies at 66
1968 Georg von der Vring German painter (CampLafayette), dies at 78
1984 Jackie Coogan actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), dies at 69
1991 Katharine Blake actress (To Have & To Hold), dies at 62

0001 -BC- Start of revised Julian calendar in Rome
0293 Roman emperor Maximianus introduces tetrarchy
0492 St Gelasius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0705 John VII begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0743 Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited
0918 Balderik becomes bishop of Utrecht
1562 Blood bath at Vassy; General de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder
1587 English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
1784 E Kidner opens 1st cooking school, in Great Britain
1803 Ohio becomes 17th state
1854 SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbor & is never seen again
1872 Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park
1904 England regains cricket Ashes taking a 3-1 series lead vs Australia
1916 Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
1932 Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in New Jersey; found dead May 12
1940 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind", Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win
1941 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
1949 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champion
1958 Gary Sobers 365 vs Pakistan, 614 minutes, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
1959 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
1967 Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
1968 Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed
1970 White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
1975 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
1985 Liza Minnelli enters BettyFordDrugCenter
1989 Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981


03-03-2006, 12:11 AM
Facts for today, 2nd March

1316 Robert II the Steward, King of Scotland (1371-90)
1481 Franz von Sickingen German knight
1545 Sir Thomas Bodley England, diplomat/scholar
1760 Camille Desmoulins France, journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
1875 Hans Lietzman German theologist/church historian
1876 G�sta Forsell Swedish radiologist
1876 Pius XII, 260th Pope (1939-58)
1902 Edward Uhler Condon atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)
1904 Dr Seuss [Theodor Geisel] children's book author (Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!)
1905 Marc Blitzstein Philadelphia PA, composer (Cradle Will Rock)
1917 Desi Arnaz Santiago Cuba, singer/actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy)
1918 Peter O'Sullevan Ireland, horse racing commentator
1924 Albert Vogel Dutch elocutionist
1931 Mikhail S Gorbachev Privolnoye USSR, Soviet Secretary-General (1985-91)
1942 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], rocker (Drifters, Vipers)
1950 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We've Only Just Begun)
1955 Jay OsmondOgdenUT, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donny & Marie)
1958 Ian Woosnam Welsh golfer
1958 Kevin Curren South Africa, tennis star
1962 Jon Bon Jovi [Bongiovi], rocker (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)

0986 Lotharius King of France (954-86), dies at 44
1122 Floris II the fat one, count of Holland, dies
1127 Charles the Good, Count of Vlanderen, murdered
1333 Wladyslaw IV the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
1383 Amadeus VI count of Savoy, dies
1619 Anne of Denmark daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44
1840 Heinrich Olbers German astronomer (discoverer of comets & asteroids), dies at 81
1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
1930 David H Lawrence poet/writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies at 44
1939 Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65
1943 Alexandre Yersin Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
1957 Harry E Soref inventor (padlock), dies at 70
1973 Cleo Noel US ambassador to Sudan is assassinated
1979 Sir Richard Sykes British ambassador is assassinated in Holland
1985 Sir Michael Redgrave actor/writer dies at 77 of Parkinson's disease
1986 Marcel Liebman Belgian historian, dies at 56
1987 Randolph Scott actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89

0871 Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1121 Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
1458 Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia
1498 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island
1629 English King Charles I leaces house of commons
1675 Prince William III installed as Governor of Overijssel
1855 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
1865 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
1915 British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts
1915 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
1933 Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
1958 Yemen announces it will join the United Arab Republic
1964 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets Patti Boyd
1968 World Ice Dance Championship in Geneva won by Diane Towler & Bernard Ford (Great Britain)
1969 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
1970 Rhodesia becomes independent republic
1976 Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest
1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
1993 Claudette Colbert, suffers a stroke at 89
1995 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC


03-03-2006, 10:35 PM
Todays facts,3rd March

1500 Reginald Pole English Cardinal/"heretic"
1549 Henric Spieghel Dutch Renaissance poet (Hertspiegel)
1583 Edward Herbert of Cherbury English military/philosopher
1606 Edmund Waller England, poet (Penshust)
1652 Thomas Otway England, dramatist/poet (Venice Preserved)
1756 William Godwin philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
1793 Charles Sealsfield writer (The Making of America)
1831 George M Pullman inventor (railway sleeping car)
1847 Alexander Graham Bell Edinburgh Scotland, inventor (telephone)
1853 Vincent Van Gogh Dutch painter
1869 Henry J Wood English conductor (Gentle Art of Singing, Proms)
1877 Garrett Morgan African-American inventor
1890 Edmund Lowe, actor (Black Sheep, Front Page Detective,Dillinger )
1911 Jean Harlow [Harlean Carpentier], 30s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8)
1925 Richard Vernon England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)
1936 Jim Clark Formula 1 racer (1963 Champion)
1942 Mike Pender Liverpool, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)
1953 Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russia, cosmonaut
1958 Miranda RichardsonEngland, actress (Damage, Crying Game)
1977 Ronan Keating Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone)

1703 Robert Hooke scientific genius, dies in London
1717 Pierre Allix French/British theologist/vicar, dies at about 75
1792 Robert Adam Scottish architect (Syon House, Middlesex), dies at 63
1935 Neville Knox cricketer (bowled in 2 Tests for England 1907), dies
1943 George Thomson cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for England 1909-10), dies
1956 Willem H Keesom Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
1959 Lou Costello comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
1987 Danny Kaye comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74
1992 Robert Beatty actor (Odd Man Out), dies at 82
1993 Albert Sabin physician (oral polio vaccine), dies at 86
1993 Carlos Montoya flamenco guitarist, dies at 89
1995 Howard Hunter US leader of Mormon Church (1994-95), dies at 87
1996 John Joseph Krol cardinal, dies at 95
1996 Meyer Schapiro art historian, dies at 91

1409 Austrian civil war ends
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness
1794 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's 101st Symphony in D
1845 Florida becomes 27th state
1847 Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps
1861 Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom
1875 Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" premieres (ParisFrance)
1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
1894 4th & last British government of Gladstone resigns
1917 Nicholas II, last Russian tsar, abdicates
1923 Time magazine publishes 1st issue
1931 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem
1933 Mount Rushmore dedicated
1934 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol
1945 Churchill visits Montgomery's headquarter
1955 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance
1961 King Hassan II's ascends to throne of Morocco
1962 British Antarctic Territory is formed
1971 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
1975 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana
1971 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
1974 George Foreman KOs Ken Norton
1974 World's worst air disaster, Turkish DC-10 crashes in Paris France (346 die)
1975 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana


05-03-2006, 11:05 PM
Todays Facts, 4th March

1394 Prince Henry the Navigator sponsors Portuguese voyages of discovery
1651 John Baron Somers (Whig), William III's chief minister (1696-1700)
1678 Antonio Vivaldi Venice, Baroque violin virtuoso/composer (4 Seasons)
1754 Benjamin Waterhouse physician (smallpox vaccine pioneer)
1782 Johann Wyss Swiss folklorist/writer (Swiss Family Robinson)
1789 Pavel P Gagarin Russian monarch
1835 Giovanni Schiaparelli Italy, astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)
1909 Harry B Helmsley, billionaire builder (EmpireStateBuilding)
1923 Patrick MooreEngland, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy)
1928 Alan Sillitoe England, writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner)
1936 Jim Clark race car driver (Indianapolis 500)
1950 Kenny Dalglish soccer manager
1968 Patsy KensitLondon, rocker/actress

1172 Stephan III King of Hungary (1162-72), dies
1484 Kazimierz the Saint, Polish ruler/saint, dies at 25
1595 Robert Southwell English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
1864 Thomas Starr King Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity), dies
1866 Alexander Campbell Irish/US founder Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
1953 Sergei S Prokoviev Russian composer (Peter & the wolf), dies at 61
1983 Herg� [Georges R�mi], Belgian cartoonist (Rin-Tin-Tin), dies at 75
1992 Arthur Babbitt Disney animator (Mr Magoo, Goofy), dies at 84 of heart failure

1152 Frederik I Barbarossa elected Roman-German king
1461 Battle at Towton: Duke Edward of York beats English queen Margaretha Edward IV recognized as king of England
1540 Protestant count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
1665 English King Charles II declares war on Netherlands
1797 John Adams inaugurated as 2nd President of US
1865 President Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as President
1869 Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th President
1924 "Happy Birthday To You" published by Claydon Sunny
1936 1st flight of airship Hindenburg, Germany
1960 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz
1967 World Ice Dance Championship in Vienna won by Diane Towler & Bernard Ford (Great Britain)
1972 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
1974 Harold Wilson replaces resigning Ed Heath as British premier
1993 Katharine Hepburn enters the hospital suffering from exhaustion


05-03-2006, 11:11 PM
Todays Facts, 5th March

1324 David II Bruce king of Scotland (1331..71)
1326 Louis I [the Great] King of Hungary (1342-82), Poland (1370-82)
1512 Gerardus Mercator Rupelmonde (Belgium), geographer/mapmaker
1574 William Oughtred England, mathematician/inventor (slide rule)
1585 Johan Georg I elector of Saxon (1611-56) (Peace of Prague)
1637 John van der Heyden Dutch painter/inventor (fire extinguisher)
1871 Maria do Carmo Geronimo Brazilian lives to be at least 126
1897 Mei-ling Soong Madame Chiang Kai-shek
1908 Rex [Reginald Carey] Harrison Huyton Lancashire England, actor (My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle)
1936 Dean Stockwell Hollywood CA, actor (Quantum Leap, Blue Velvet)
1939 Samantha Eggar London England, actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle)
1952 Alan Clark keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
1975 Chris Silverwood cricketer (England Test pace bowler vs Zimbabwe 1996)

1625 James I (VI) king of England (1603-25)/poet/author, dies at 58
1778 Thomas A Arne English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia), dies at 67
1827 Alessandro Volta Italian physicist (made 1st battery), dies at 82
1953 Josef V Stalin soviet leader responsible for 11 million murders, dies at 73
1963 Patsy Cline country singer (Crazy, I Fall To Pieces), dies in a plane crash at 30
1982 John Belushi comedian (Sat Night Live), dies of drug overdose at 33
1984 William Powell actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
1986 Teddy Hoad cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies
1990 Gary Merrill actor (Time Tunnel, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 75
1991 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109
1993 Peter Bierdrager Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
1995 Ed Flanders actor (Dr Westphal-St Elsewhere), dies

1461 Henry VI was deposed by Duke of York during War of the Roses
1496 English King Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore
1558 Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
1651 South Sea dike in Amsterdam breaks after storm
1746 Jakobijnse troops leave Aberdeen
1807 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B
1836 Mexico attacks Alamo
1856 Covent Garden Opera House destroyed in a fire
1868 Stapler patented in England by C H Gould
1908 1st ascent of Mount Erebus, Antarctica
1936 Spitfire makes its 1st flight (Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton)
1952 Terence Rattigan's "DeepBlueSea" premieres in London
1953 Josef Stalin's death announced
1966 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19 meter indoor world record
1981 World Ice Dance Championship in Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)
1986 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national color newspaper)
1995 Graves of czar Nicholas & family found in St Petersburg
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07-03-2006, 12:31 AM
Facts for today, 6th March

1405 Johan II King of Castille
1459 Jacob Fugger German banker/merchant
1787 Joseph von Fraunhofer Germany, physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)
1791 Anna Claypoole Peale painted miniatures
1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)
1870 Oscar Straus Vienna Austria, composer (Ein Walzertraum)
1893 [Walter] Furry Lewis father of the blues
1898 Hal Hooker cricketer (New South Wales pace bowler of 20's & 30's)
1906 Lou Costello, comedian/actor (Abbott & Costello)
1911 Charles Frank physicist
1913 Ella Logan Glasgow Scotland, actress (52nd Street, Goldwyn Follies)
1913 Stewart Granger actor (Saraband for Dead Lovers)
1929 David Sheppard bishop (Liverpool)/cricketer (England batsman)
1934 John Noakes British TV presenter
1936 Jean Boht actress (Arthur's Hallowed Ground)
1937 Merle Haggard country singer
1937 Valentina V Tereshkova-Nikolayev 1st woman in space (Vostok 6)
1938 Lovelace Watkins singer
1939 David Spielberg, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)
1941 Ann Winterton British MP
1944 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand, operatic soprano (Don Giovanni)
1944 Mary Wilson, vocalist (Supremes-Where Did Our Love Go)
1947 Dick Fosbury, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968)
1958 Mike Gatting England cricketer

1616 Francis Beaumont Elizabethan dramatist, dies (birth date unknown)
1674 Johann Paul Schor German barok painter, dies at 58
1754 Henry Pelham English premier (1745, 46-54), Gin Act, dies at about 57
1836 Davy Crockett US pioneer (Alamo), killed in battle at 49
1888 Louisa May Alcott US author (Old-fashioned Girl), dies at 55
1900 Gottlieb Daimler designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
1941 John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
1945 Rudolph Karel composer, dies at 64
1951 Ivor Novello actor/writer (Lodger, Phantom Fiend), dies at 58
1961 George Formby British singer/comedian, dies at 56
1964 King Paul I of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
1989 Harry Andrews actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
1993 Nicholas Ridley English Minister of Finance, dies at 64
1994 Melina Mercouri Greek actress (Never on a Sunday), dies at about 68

1323 Treaty of Paris
1521 Magellan discovers Guam
1831 Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
1895 England beat Australia to win one of the best cricket series ever, 3-2
1899 "Aspirin" patented by Felix Hoffmann
1924 British Labour government cuts military budget
1957 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK
1961 1st London minicabs introduced
1961 Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12� year government jubilee
1964 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
1964 Elijah Muhammad renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali
1964 Liz Taylor's 3rd divorce (Eddie Fisher)
1985 Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight
1985 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "King & I"
1994 Colin Jackson runs world record 60 meter hurdles indoor (7.30 seconds)
1998 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace


07-03-2006, 12:35 AM
Todays Facts, 7th March
1659 Henry Purcell English organist/composer (Dido & Aeneas)
1663 Tomaso Antonio Vitali composer
1762 Sebastiaan C Nederburgh director-general (East Indies Company)
1765 Joseph N Ni�pce French inventor (photography)
1785 Alessandro Manzoni Italy, poet/novelist (Betrothed)
1792 John Herschel Slough England, William Herschel's son, astronomer
1875 Maurice Joseph Ravel Cibourne France, composer (Bol�ro)
1904 Virginia Downing actress (Gig, Butterfield 8)
1930 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Earl of Snowdon]LondonEngland, photographer
1940 Daniel J Travanti Kenosha WI, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues)
1952 Vivian Richards West Indian master blaster
1958 Rik Mayall comedian (Drop Dead Fred, Bottom, Little Noises)
1960 Ivan Lendl Czechoslovakia, tennis pro (US Open 1985-87)

322 -BC- Aristotle dies
0161 Antoninus Pius [Titus Aurelius], emperor of Rome (138-61), dies at 74
1040 Harold I King of England (1035-40), dies
1111 Bohemund I of Tarente French ruler of Antioch, dies
1274 St Thomas Aquinas Italian thelogian dies at 48
1724 Innocent XIII [Michelangiolo dei Conti], Pope (1721-24), dies at 68
1804 John Wedgwood founder (Royal Horticulture Society), dies
1951 Ivor Novello British writer (Keep the Home Fires Burning), dies at 58
1968 Yuri Aleksayevich GagarinUSSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
1973 Andr� de Meulemeester Belgian WWI pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
1985 Robert W Woodruff (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
1988 Robert Livingston actor (Lone Ranger), dies at 83 of emphysema

1138 Conrad II von Hohenstaufen re-elected German king
1530 King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church
1696 English King Willem III departs Netherlands
1778 Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay
1854 Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone
1896 Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
1911 Willis Farnsworth, patents coin-operated locker
1912 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
1926 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-New York)
1927 Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan
1933 Game of "Monopoly" invented
1941 50,000 British soldiers lands in Greece


09-03-2006, 01:31 AM
Facts for today, 8th March

1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach German composer, son of JS Bach
1748 Willem V Batavus prince of Orange-Nassau
1787 Karl Ferdinand von Grafe help create modern plastic surgery
1859 Kenneth Grahame author (The Wind, Willows)
1886 Edward Kendall chemist, isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950)
1921 Cyd Charisse [Tula Ellice Finklea], dancer/actress (East Side West Side, Brigadoon)
1942 Ann Packer-BrightwellEngland, 400 meter/800 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1964)
1945 Mickey DolenzLos AngelesCA, actor (Circus Boy) singer (Monkees)
1946 Randy Meisner rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
Follow Him)
1948 Ralph Ellis Liverpool, rhythm guitarist (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
1954 Cheryl Baker rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies, Making Your Mind Up)
1954 David Wilkie England, 200 meter backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold-1976)
1702 William III Dutch King of England (1689-1702), dies at 51
1709 William Cowper/Cooper English anatomist, dies at about 62
1889 Jens/John EricssonSweden/US, engineer (fire extinguisher), dies at 85
1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78
1951 The Honeymoon Killers (Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez) die in electric chair
1955 Clementine Princess of Belgium, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
1961 Thomas Beecham English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
1971 Harold LloydUS comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
1973 Gordon Leggat cricketer (9 Tests for New Zealand, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
1985 Thomas Creighton US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hours), dies at 33
1993 Billy Eckstine jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke

1702 England's Queen Anne ascends throne upon death of King William III
1746 Cumberland's troops occupy Aberdeen
1801 British drive French forces from Abukir, Egypt
1813 1st concerto of Royal Philharmonic
1887 Everett Horton, Connecticut, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
1917 Russian revolution breaks out (in Petrograd/St Petersburg)
1930 Mahatma Gandhi starts civil disobedience in India
1934 Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars
1954 Herb McKinley sets � mile record of 0 :6.8 in Melbourne, Australia
1958 William Faulkner says US schools degenerated to become babysitters
1959 Groucho, Chico & Harpo's final TV appearance together
1972 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
1973 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined �100 for growing cannabis
1974 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in ParisFrance
1977 Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
1986 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million


10-03-2006, 03:16 PM
Facts for today, 9th March

1568 Aloysius "Luigi" van Gonzaga Italian prince/Jesuit/saint )
1758 Franz Joseph Gall German/French physician (frenology)
1777 Alexander Orlowski Polish painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
1791 George Hayward US, surgeon, 1st to use ether
1826 Jean Joseph Bott German violinist/composer
1839 Modest P Mussorgsky Russian composer (Boris Godunov)
1881 Ernest Bevin British minister of Labour/Foreign affairs
1892 Frank Puglia, actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book)
1900 Aimone duke of Spoleta/Aosta Italian king of Croatia (1941-43)
1902 Edward Durell Stone US, architect (US Embassy, New Delhi)
1902 Will Greer, actor (Grandpa Walton-The Waltons)
1905 Grigori Kozintsev Kiev Ukraine, director (Hamlet, King Lear)
1918 Mickey [Frank Morrison] Spillane Brooklyn NY, mystery writer (I the Jury)
1927 John Beckwith composer
1934 Yuri Gagarin Russia, cosmonaut, 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1)
1936 Glenda Jackson Cheshire England, actress (Hopscotch, Touch of Class)
1943 Bobby Fischer, world chess champion (1972-75)
1959 Barbie doll (Mattel)

1566 David Riccio Italian singer/secretary of Mary Stuart, murdered
1620 Aegidius Albertinus German writer (Lucifer's Kingdom), dies at 59
1895 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Austrian writer (Masochism), dies at 59
1916 Ken Hutchings cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies
1943 Oskar H�ks Czechoslovakian marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
1947 Stanley Jackson cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies
1955 Matthew A Henson met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88
1962 Howard Engstrom , a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
1969 Riad chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
1974 Earl W Sutherland Jr US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971), dies at 58
1975 Joseph Dunninger New York NY, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
1983 Faye Emerson actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
1992 Menachim Begin Israeli prime minister (1977-1983, Nobel 1979), dies at 79
1994 Fernando Rey Spanish actor (French Connection), dies of cancer at 76
1994 John Harrison South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
1995 Ian Ballantine publisher, dies of heart attack at 79
1996 Alan Hugh Iliffe psychologist, dies at 77
1996 Elman Ali Ahmed peace campaigner, dies at 42
1996 Peter Mansfield writer, dies at 67


1452 Pope Nicolaas I crowns Frederik III Roman Catholic-German emperor
1497 Nicolaus Copernicus 1st recorded astronomical observation,
1551 Emperor Karel appoints son Philip as heir to the throne
1562 Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)
1617 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Stolbowa
1642 English Queen Henriette Mary arrives in Hellevoetsluis Netherlands
1721 English Chancellor Exchequer John Aislabie confined in London Tower
1796 Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais
1822 Charles M Graham of New York patents artificial teeth
1839 Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
1841 US Supreme Court rules Negroes are free (Amistad Incident)
1864 Ulysses S Grant is appointed commander of Union Army
1873 Royal Canadian Mounted Police founded
1932 Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland
1942 Construction of the Alaska Highway began
1956 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
1956 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
1959 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
1959 Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
1961 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
1983 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
1989 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60 meter hurdles indoor (7.36 seconds)


10-03-2006, 03:24 PM
Todays Facts,10th March

1503 Ferdinand I German emperor (1558-64)
1538 Thomas Howard Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)
1628 Constantine Huygens Jr Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist
1748 John Playfair Scotland, clergyman/geologist/mathematician
1845 Alexander III [Romanov] Russian tsar (1881-94)
1888 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Academy Award-Going My Way)
1916 James Herriot Scotland, writer (All Creatures Great & Small)
1928 Arthur Milton cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's)
1928 James Earl Ray assassin (Martin Luther King Jr)
1940 Chuck [Carlos Ray] Norris actor (Walker Texas Ranger, Missing in Action)
1958 Sharon Stone, actress (Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino)
1964 Greg Campbell cricketer (Aussie pace-bowler 1989-90)
1964 Prince Edward Anthony Richard Louis of Britain
- - - - abrown (Ancestry Aid Member)

0037 Tiberius Claudius Nero Roman emperor (14-37), dies at 78
0483 Simplicius Italian Pope (468-83), dies
1546 Thomas Elyot English diplomat (Boke named the Governor), dies at 46
1792 John Stuart 3rd earl of Bute/English premier (1760-63), dies at 78
1826 Johan VI M L J King of Portugal (1816-26), dies at 56
1966 Frederik "Frits" Zernike Dutch physicist (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
1966 Mari Sandoz US author (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 64
1968 Helen Walker actress (Brewster's Million), dies of cancer at 47
1973 Sir Richard Sharples Governor of Bermuda, is assassinated
1988 Andy Gibb singer, dies in OxfordEngland of an inflammatory heart virus at 30

1526 Emperor Charles V marries princess Isabella of Portugal
1535 Bishop Tom�s de Berlanga discovers Gal�pagos Islands
1578 Queen Elizabeth I gives Johan Casimir �20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
1624 England declares war on Spain
1629 King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he called it back 11 years later
1681 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
1791 John Stone, patents a pile driver
1876 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)
1893 Ivory Coast becomes a French colony
1893 New Mexico State University cancels its 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before
1906 London Underground opens Bakerloo line (Baker Street to Waterloo Line)
1910 China ends slavery
1931 British Labour party removes fascist sir Oswald Mosley
1939 17 villages damaged by hailstones in HyderabadIndia
1965 Dutch Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven, get engaged
1966 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires
1966 Dutch crown princess Beatrix marries Claus von Amsberg
1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King Jr
1977 Rings of Uranus discovered
1978 Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
1987 Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
1988 Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort "Klosters" nearly kills Prince Charles
1991 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 meter indoor (22.24 seconds)
1994 1 million Greeks attend Melina Mercouri's funeral


11-03-2006, 10:14 PM
Todays Facts, 11th March

1549 Hendrik L Spieghel Dutch merchant/Renaissance poet (Hertspiegel)
1596 Isaac Elsevier book publisher
1731 Robert Treat Paine judge, signer of Declaration of Independence
1754 Juan Mel�ndez Vald�s Spanish lawyer/poet
1793 Jan F Willems Flemish writer/philologist
1811 Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier co-discovered Neptune
1819 Henry Tate English sugar producer (Tate Gallery)
1832 Franz Melde German physicist (Melde test)
1879 Niels Bjerrum Danish chemist (ph tests)
1885 Malcolm Campbell 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/minutes (8 km/minute)
1890 Vannevar Bush developed 1st electronic analogue computer
1898 Dorothy Gish, stage & silent film actress (Orphans of the Storm)
1899 Frederick IX king of Denmark (1947-72)
1907 Jessie Matthews London England, actress (Gangway, First a Girl)
1914 Ralph Ellison writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Act)
1916 Sir [James] Harold Wilson (L) British Prime Minister (1964-70, 1974-76)
1923 Terence Alexander London England, actor (Tony-Behind the Scenes)
1931 Rupert Murdoch Australia, publisher (New York Post)
1952 Douglas Adams Cambridge, England, author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

0222 Varius A Bassianus Syrian emperor of Rome (218-22), murdered at 18?
0638 Sophronius of Jerusalem saint/patriarch of Jerusalem, dies
1486 Albrecht III Achilles elector of Brandenburg, dies at 71
1894 John Selby cricketer (6 Tests for England 1877-82), dies
1897 Henry Drummond Scottish geologist/evangelist, dies at 45
1955 Alexander Fleming English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73
1982 Edmund Cooper British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
1992 Richard Brooks director (Blackboard Jungle, Key Largo), dies at 79
1996 Vince Edwards actor (Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 67

1302 Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
1502 Tebriz shah Ismail I of Persia crowned
1513 Giovanni de' Medici chosen Pope Leo X
1669 Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000
1702 1st English daily newspaper, "Daily Courant", is published
1794 Royal Theatre in London's Dury Lane opens
1810 Emperor Napoleon married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise
1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice
1917 British troops occupy Baghdad
1918 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
1935 Hermann Goering officially creates German Air Force, the Luftwaffe
1938 German troops enter Austria
1942 1st deportation train leaves Paris France for Auschewitz Concentration Camp
1968 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay"
1983 World Ice Dance Championship in Helsinki Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)
1985 Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
1988 � note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by � coin
1991 Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1


13-03-2006, 01:30 AM
Facts for today, 12th March

1336 Eduard Duke of Gelre (1361-71) husband of Catharina of Bayern
1479 Giuliano de' Medici monarch of Florence
1685 George Berkeley Ireland, philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
1710 Thomas Augustine Arne English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia)
1800 Louis-Prosper Gachard Belgian historian
1821 Luitpold von Bayern Prince-regent of Bayern
1821 Sir John Abbott, (C) 3rd Canadian Prime Minister (1891-92)
1824 Gustav R Kirchoff Prussia, physicist (spectral analysis)
1838 William Perkin inventor (1st artificial dye)
1862 Jane Delano US, nurse/teacher/founder (Red Cross)
1891 Michael Polany Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
1908 Inez CourtneyNew YorkNY, actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven)
1912 James McKay lord provost of Edinburgh
1913 Harold Butler cricketer (England pace bowler late 40's)
1921 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel)
1938 Millie Perkins actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Table for 5, Shooting)
1946 Liza Minnelli, singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret)
1948 Virginia Bottomley British minister of state health/secretary (Heritage)
1949 David Mellor Secretary of the British treasury/MP
1963 John Andretti race car driver
1969 Graham Coxon singer (Blur)

0604 Gregory I the Great Pope (590-604), dies at 64
1507 Cesare Borgia cardinal/soldier/politician, killed in battle at 31
1628 John Bull thought to have composed British national anthem (God Save The King), dies
1753 George Berkeley philosopher/bishop (Cloyne), dies on 68th birthday
1924 Hilaire Comte de Chardonnet inventor (rayon), dies
1925 Sun Yat-Sen Chinese revolutionary president, dies at 58
1945 Anne Frank diarist (Diary of Anne Frank), killed in Belsen Camp
1958 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, dies at 79
1978 John Cazale actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Deer Hunter), dies at 41
1989 Maurice Evans actor (Bewitched, MacBeth), dies at 87

1054 Pope Leo IX escapes captivity & returns to Rome
1144 Gherardo Caccianemici elected Pope Lucius II, succeeding Callistus II
1365 University of Vienna founded
1587 English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in LondonTower
1642 Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand
1689 Former English King James II lands in Ireland
1904 1st main line electric train in UK (Liverpool to Southport)
1912 Captain Albert Berry performs 1st parachute jump from an airplane
1935 England establishes 30 MPH speed limit for towns & villages
1945 The British Empire celebrates its 1st British Empire Day
1958 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
1963 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold
1963 Bob Dylan cancels "Ed Sullivan Show" television appearance
1964 Malcolm X resigns from Nation of Islam
1968 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1969 120 joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
1969 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
1971 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger marries Bianca P�rez Morena de Macias
1984 British ice dancing team, Torvill & Dean, become 1st skaters to receive 9 perfect 6.0s in world championships
1994 Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests


13-03-2006, 10:49 PM
Todays Facts, for 13th March

1599 Johannes Berchmans Dutch Jesuit/saint
1700 James Kent composer
1733 Joseph Priestly England, clergyman/scientist (discovered oxygen)
1741 Jozef II arch duke of Austria/Roman Catholic German emperor (1765-90)
1744 David Allan Scottish painter
1764 Charles Earl Grey (Whig), British Prime Minister (1830-34)
1770 Daniel Lambert England, giant (weighed 739 lbs (334 kg) at death)
1855 Percival "Percy" Lowell US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)
1859 Ivo Bligh cricketer [Lord Darnley] England captain vs Australia 1882-83
1881 Balthazar H Verhagen Netherlands/South African dramatist/writer
1884 Oskar Loerke German writer (Longest Day-1926)
1907 Albert Hughes Williams teacher/historian
1907 Dona Maria Pia de Braganca pretender to the Portuguese throne
1909 Gilbert Inglefield Mayor of London (1967-68)
1913 Tessie O'Shea Cardiff Wales, actress (Entertainers)
1936 Clarence Nash animation voice (Donald Duck)
1950 Danny KirwanLondon, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
1950 Joe Bugner Hungarian/British/Australian boxer (European Champion 1971)
1959 Ronnie Rogers guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul)
1974 Thomas Enqvist Stockholm Sweden, tennis star (1991 Wimbledon junior boys)

1202 Mieszko III the Elder, grand duke of Poland (1173-77, 1200-02), dies
1516 Vladislav II Jagiello king of Bohemia (1490-1516), dies at 60
1558 Jean Fernel French physician/physiologist, dies
1569 Louis Cond� French prince/co-leader of Hugenot, dies in battle
1619 Richard Burbage English actor (Shakespeare), dies
1716 Georg Gabriel Schutz composer, dies at 46
1881 Alexander II Tsar of Russia, assassinated at 62
1901 Benjamin Harrison 23rd President (1889-1893), dies in Indianapolis at 67
1946 Thomas Frederick Dunhill composer, dies at 69
1951 Alfred Hugenberg German Roman Catholic president-director of Krupp/media magnate, dies
1951 James I Wedgwood British theosophist/Catholic bishop, dies at 67
1955 Yung Deva king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
1986 Alvaro Fayad Delgado Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies

1138 German king Koenraad II von Hohenstaufen crowned
1519 Cortez lands in M�xico
1564 Cardinal Granvelle flees Brussels
1861 Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers
1884 Siege of Khartoum Sudan begins
1887 Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
1888 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
1894 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
1929 Bradman scores 123 Australia vs England at MCG, his 2nd Test Cricket ton
1930 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
1935 Driving tests introduced in Great Britain
1945 Queen Wilhelmina returns to Netherlands
1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title
1961 Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)
1968 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
1969 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
1974 Charles de Gaulle Airport opens near Paris France
1991 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill (Prince William Sound, Alaska)


16-03-2006, 04:43 PM
Just to let you know that this thread will be brought upto date as soon as possible. My daughter is unwell at the moment, so I am helping out with her family.

Nanna xx

16-03-2006, 05:17 PM
So sorry to hear that Pauline. Hope she gets well soon.:o

16-03-2006, 11:48 PM
Thanx for your reply Mary,. Yvonne is on anti-biotics and is feeling a little better than she was, but with four children to contend with, it's not easy, hence myself helping her out. I would like to wish you all the very best on your forthcoming marriage to Bill a wonderful scouser, enjoy your day the pair of you, couldn't happen to a nicer couple.

Nanna xx

19-03-2006, 11:17 PM
Facts for today,14th March

1692 Peter Musschenbroek Dutch physician/physicist (Leyden jar)
1726 Josef Antonin Stepan composer
1800 James Bogardus US inventor/builder (made cast-iron buildings)
1803 F G Klopstock writer
1804 Johann Strauss the Elder Viennese violinist/composer (Radetzky March)
1820 Victor Emmanuel II King of Sardinia (1849-61)/Italy (1861-78)
1821 Jens Worsaae Denmark, archaeologist
1829 Charles Charlesworth England (dies at 7 of old age)
1833 Lucy Hobbs Taylor 1st US woman dentist (1866)
1835 Giovanni V Schiaparelli Italian astronomer (Mars)
1844 King Umberto I of Italy (1878-1900)
1854 Paul Ehrlich Germany, bacteriologist (Nobel-1908)
1862 Vilhelm FK Bjerknes Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology
1879 Albert Einstein Ulm Germany, (E=mc�/Theory of Relativity, Nobel 1921)
1928 Frank Borman, astronaut (Gemini 7, Apollo 8)/CEO-Eastern Airlines
1933 Michael Caine [Maurice J Micklewhite] England, actor (Blame it on Rio, Alfie, Educating Rita)
1942 Rita Tushingham Liverpool England, actress (Green Eyes, Doctor Zhivago)
1946 Jasper Carrott English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
1956 Tessa Sanderson Kingston Jamaica, British javelin thrower (Olympics-gold-84)
1958 Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Prince of Monaco/bobsledder (Olympics-1988)
1490 Charles I Duke of Savoy, dies at 21
1612 Philip Galle Flemish engraver, dies at about 74
1647 Frederik Hendrik count of Nassau/prince of Orange, dies at 63
1682 Jacob I van Ruysdael physician/landscape painter, dies at about 53
1757 John Byng English Admiral (Minorca), executed at 52
1811 August Henry Fitzroy English premier (1768-70), dies at 75
1932 George Eastman US industrialist (Kodak-camera), suicide at 77
1975 Susan Hayward actress (Young & Willing), dies at 56
1976 Alberta Franklin silent screen actress, dies at 79
1976 Busby Berkeley US choreographer/director (Strike Up the Band), dies at 80
1976 Martha Saalfeldt writer, dies
1981 Ken Barrington cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
1989 Edward Abbey (environmental author) dies after surgery at 62
1989 Zita Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
1991 Jerome "Doc" Pomus lyricist (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
1992 C V Wood Jr theme park developer (Disneyland), dies of cancer at 71
1992 Steven Brian Pennell 1st execution in Delaware in 45 years, at 34
1995 William A Fowler US nuclear/astro-physicist (Nobel 1983), dies at 83
1997 Fred Zinnemann (director) dies of heart attack at 89
1689 Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as king & queen
1734 Prince Willem KHF van Orange marries George II's daughter Mary Anne
1794 Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin
1885 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Mikado" premieres in London
1900 Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics
1912 King Vittorio Emanuel III of Rome injured during assassination attempt
1933 Winston Churchill wants to boost air defense
1939 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
1955 Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
1964 Dallas jury sentences Jack Ruby to death for Lee Harvey Oswald murder
1967 JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial
1971 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes
1990 Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
1991 British Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment


19-03-2006, 11:23 PM
Facts for today, 15th March

0076 Hadrian Roman Emperor (builder of Hadrian's Wall)
1666 Georg Baehr German master builder (Frauenkirche, Dresden)
1713 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille astronomer who mapped the So Hemisphere
1750 Caroline Herschel astronomer/discoverer
1767 Andrew Jackson Waxhaw SC, General/(D) 7th President (1829-37)
1779 William Lamb (Whig) Viscount Melbourne, British Prime Minister (1834, 1835-41)
1801 Coenraad J van Houten Dutch cocoa manufacturer
1835 Eduard Strauss Austria, composer (318 Dance)
1852 Lady Augusta GregoryIreland, playwright/poet/Yates mistress
1873 David Vaughan Thomas composer
1916 Harry James Albany GA, trumpeter (married to Betty Grable)
1919 John Gregson Liverpool England, actor (Gideon CID, Shirley's World)
1932 David Alliance Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
1949 John Duttine actor (Day of the Triffids)
1962 Terrence Trent D'Arby, rock vocalist (Wishing Well)

0044 -BC- Julius C�sar assassinated in Roman Senate in the Portico of the Theater of Pompey
0493 Odiaker German army leader/King of Italy (476-93), dies
0963 Romanus II Byzantine emperor (959-63), dies at 25
1034 Mieszko II King of Poland (1025-34), dies
1673 Salvatore Rosa Italian painter (Baroque)/poet/music/actor, dies at 57
1966 Abe Saperstein founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
1969 Miles Malleson actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
1973 Carl Benton Reid actor (Burke's Law), dies at 82
1975 Antonino Rocca professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
1975 Aristotle S Onassis Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
1977 Kamal Joemblat Lebanese politician, murdered
1984 Tommy Cooper comedian, collapses & dies on stage
1993 Anthony Bowles music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
1993 Dennis Gregory actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
1993 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa President of Panam� (1955-56), dies
1994 Mae Zetterling Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
1995 Carlos Menem Jr son of Argentine President, dies at 26
1997 Gail Davis ( Annie Oakley), dies at 72

0933 Battle at Riade: German King Henry I beats Magyaren
1360 France invasion army lands on English south coast, conquers Winchel
1391 Jew hating Monk in Seville Spain stirs up people to attack Jews
1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after 1st new world voyage
1560 Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise France
1580 Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince Willem of Orange
1672 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence
1744 French King Louis XV declares war on England
1778 Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island discovered by Captain Cook
1820 Maine admitted as 23rd state
1907 Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote
1917 Nicholas II, last Russian tsar, says he will abdicate
1944 Italian town of Cassino destroyed by Allied bombing
1946 British premier Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
1948 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team vs Western Australia
1961 South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
1962 5 research groups announce simultaneously discovery of anti-matter
1962 Donald Jackson of Canada, is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
1964 Liz Taylor's 5th marriage (Richard Burton)
1968 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27' 2.75")
1968 LIFE magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
1971 Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
1984 John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" is released (4 years after his death)
1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults record 20�'
1992 UN officially embarks on its largest peacekeeping operation
1999 Pluto again becomes outermost planet


19-03-2006, 11:31 PM
Todays facts, 16th March

1750 Caroline Lucretia HerchelHanover, Germany, 1st modern woman astronomer
1751 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17)
1774 Matthew Flinders English navigator/cartographer (coast Australia)
1787 Georg Simon Ohm physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
1836 Andrew S Hallidie inventor (cable car)
1856 E Louis YY Napoleon Bonaparte French/English prince
1904 Clive Morton London England, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker)
1920 Leo McKern Australia, actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared)
1927 Vladimir M Komarov Moscow Russia, cosmonaut (Voshkod I Soyuz 1)
1946 Erik Estrada, actor (CHiPs, Cross & Switchblade, Lightblast)
1966 Brad Bergen Prince Albert Saskatchewan, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
0037 Tiberius Claudius Nero emperor of Rome (14-37), dies at 77
1629 Emilia of Nassau daughter of Willem of Orange, dies at 59
1736 Giovanni B Pergolesi Italian composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 26
1738 Georg Baehr German master builder (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72
1838 Nathaniel Bowditch astronomer & navigation expert, dies at 64
1841 F�lix Savart French surgeon/physicist, dies at 49
1878 William Banting English undertaker, dies
1882 Charles R Darwin English naturalist (Origin of species), dies at 73
1935 John J R Macleod Scot/Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
1970 Tammi Terrell singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need), dies from brain tumor at 23
1971 Bebe Daniels actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
1979 Jean Monnet French economist, dies at 90
1995 Lord Lovat [Shimi], Scottish landowner, dies at 83
1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines
1660 English Long Parliament disbands
1690 French king Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland
1815 Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium
1822 Composer Gioacchino Rossini marries Spanish soprano
1830 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard) forms
1872 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers-Royal Engineers 1-0 in Bolton
1877 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 vs England
1907 1st first-class cricket game between New South Wales & Western Australia
1910 Barney Oldfield sets land speed record of 131.7 mph at Daytona
1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle
1922 Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
1938 No�l Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
1945 US defeats Japan at Iwo Jima
1955 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
1966 "Man From Uncle" star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
1966 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
1970 New English Bible published
1972 John & Yoko are served with deportation papers
1976 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
1988 North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
1991 New York Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (18-21-32-33-35-38)
1994 Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan
- - - - Wandajeancrensh (AA Member)


19-03-2006, 11:37 PM
Facts for today, 17th March

1473 James IV king of Scotland (1488-1513)
1578 Francesco Albana Italian painter (Mary's Ascension)
1780 Thomas Chalmers 1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47)
1873 Margaret Bondfield British Labour leader/1st woman cabinet member
1909 Patrick Reilly British diplomat
1919 Nat "King" Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa)
1927 Patrick Allen, actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder)
1938 Rudolf Nureyev Russia, ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov)
1941 Gene Pitney, rock singer (Town without Pity)
1944 Danny DeVito, actor (Louie-Taxi, Twins)
1951 Kurt Russell, actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons)
1957 Robin Cousins England, figure skater (Olympics-gold-1980)
1959 Mike Lindup (Level 42-Hot Water)
1976 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone)
0461 St Patrick patron St of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend)
0659 Gertrudis van Nijvel saint/patron of travellers, dies at about 32
1040 Harold British King (1035-40), dies
1516 Giuliano de' Medici monarch of Florence, dies at 37
1649 Gerardus Johannis Vossius [Gerrit Vos], Dutch regent, dies at 71
1704 Menno baron van Coehoorn fort builder/Coevorden/howitzer, dies at 63
1764 George Parker English astronomer, dies
1849 Willem II Frederik GL King of Netherlands (1840-49), dies at 56
1853 Christian Doppler physicist, dies
1864 Alexandre Calamo Swiss painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 53
1891 Napoleon JKP Bonaparte Fren prince/member National Convention, dies at 68 at 57
1901 Franz Melde German physicist (Melde Test), dies at 69
1992 Charles Rea British actor (Ipcress File), dies at 69
1992 Grace Stafford Lantz cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
1993 Helen Hayes actress (Airport), dies of congestive heart failure at 92
1994 Mai Zetterling actress (Night is My Future), dies of cancer at 68
1995 Ronnie Kray English gangster (The Firm), dies at 61
1997 Gail Davis actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
1526 French king Fran�ois I freed from Spain
1537 French troops invade Flanders
1580 Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
1658 Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered
1672 England declares war on Netherlands
1753 1st official St Patrick's Day
1800 English warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
1836 Texas abolishes slavery
1845 Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour
1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1891 British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574
1917 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia abdicates the throne
1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
1931 Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee
1951 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England vs New Zealand Christchurch
1959 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
1969 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th Prime Minister
1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge
1977 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
1992 De Klerk wins a white only referendum
1996 Mike Tyson beat Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title


19-03-2006, 11:46 PM
Todays facts, 18th March

1483 Raphael painter (Sistine Madonna)
1609 Frederick III king of Denmark & Norway (1648-70), absolutist
1782 John Caldwell Calhoun, Andrew Jackson's Vice President (1829-37)
1838 Sir Randal Cremer Britain, trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903)
1844 Nicolai Andreevich Rimski-Korsakov, composer (Flight of the Bumble Bee, Scheherazade)
1869 [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain British Prime Minister (C, 1937-40)
1893 Wilfred Owen England, anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth)
1905 Robert Donat Manchester England, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel)
1910 Chiang Ching-huo son of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek
1913 Margaret Hesse princess of Hesse/Rhine
1920 Eric Halsall sheepdog trial commentator
1920 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], Poland, Pope (1978- )
1925 Peter Graves, actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible)
1938 Charley Pride , country singer (Just Between You And Me, Sweet Country)
1942 Ann Packer England, 800 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1964)
1947 Barry Wilson England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
1947 David Lloyd cricketer (England opener, 214 vs India 1974)
1949 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins Irish snooker player (2X world-champion)
1969 Shaun Udal cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England tourist to Australia 1994-95)
1978 Dionne Bainbridge 200 meter swimmer (Olympics-96)

0978 Edward the Martyr, King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78) murdered at 15
1314 Jacques De Molay the last grand master of Order of Knights, dies
1582 Jean Jaurequi Basque murderer of Willem of Orange, lynched
1584 Ivan IV the terrible, Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53
1690 Charles duke of Lutherans, dies
1745 Robert Walpole 1st English premier (1722-42), dies at 68
1768 Lawrence Sterne writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
1882 Morgan Earp brother of Wyatt Earp, shot and killed while playing billiards in Tombstone
1889 William Henry Monk composer, dies at 66
1899 Douglas Strutt Galton English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
1913 George I king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
1965 Farouk I last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
1983 Umberto of Piemonte King Umberto II of Italy (1946), dies

1190 Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England
1229 German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem
1438 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Germany
1532 English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1582 Prince Willem of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
1754 Duke of Newcastle becomes English premier
1891 Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
1902 Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
1915 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
1940 Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
1944 Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
1952 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
1965 Rolling Stones fined �5 each for public urination
1967 Oil tanker TorreyCanyon hits a rock off the Isles of Scilly Cornwall UK & spills oil
1980 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
1994 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy
1995 Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada
1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96


19-03-2006, 11:54 PM
Facts for today, 19th March

1503 Benedetto Varchi Italy, humanist/historian (Storia Fiorentina)
1589 William Bradford Governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years (baptized)
1601 Alonzo Cano Spanish painter/sculptor (Cathedral Granada)
1604 Johan IV composer/king of Portugal (1640-56)
1610 Hasegawa Tohaku Japanese painter
1629 Aleksei M Romanov 1st Romanov tsar of Russia
1721 Tobias Smollett Scottish writer, baptized
1813 David Livingstone Scotland, explorer (found by Stanley in Africa)
1821 William Allingham Irish poet (Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland)
1848 Wyatt Earp, marshall-fought in Gunfight at the OK Corral
1889 Manoel II last king of Portugal (1908-10)
1892 Siegfried T Bok neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica)
1906 Adolf Eichmann Ruhr Germany, Nazi Gestapo officer
1909 Louis Hayward South Africa, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors)
1928 Patrick McGoohan , actor (Prisoner, Secret Agent)
1936 Ursula Andress Switzerland, actress (Dr No, She, Sensuous Nurse)
1937 Clarence "Frogman" Henry musician (You Always Hurt the One You Love)
1941 Lord Vestey British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
1947 Glenn Close, actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction)
1955 [Walter] Bruce Willis, actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard)
1644 Si Sang last Ming-emperor of China, commits suicide
1687 Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle French explorer (Louisiana), murdered in what is now Texas at 43
1702 Willem III Henry [Dutch William], king of England/Scot, dies at 51
1721 Clement XI [Giovanni F Albani], Italian Pope (1700-21), dies at 71
1897 Antoine T d'Abbadie French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
1907 Thomas Bailey Aldrich US writer (Stillwater Tragedy), dies at 70
1913 John Thomas composer, dies at 87
1918 Willem H de Beaufort Dutch historian/liberal politician, dies at 73
1924 Charles Villiers Stanford Irish composer/author, dies at 71
1930 Arthur J Balfour British theologist/premier (1902-05), dies at 81
1950 Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
1974 Anne Klien fashion designer, dies at 51
1987 Louis Broglie French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
0721 -BC- 1st recorded lunar eclipse; Location, Babylon
1227 Count Ugolino of Segna elected Pope Gregory IX
1452 Frederick III of Hapsburg crowned Roman German Emperor
1540 Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"
1571 Spanish troops occupy Manila
1628 Massachusetts colony founded by Englishmen
1644 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide
1702 James II's daughter Anne Stuart becomes queen of England
1866 Immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sinks in Liverpool; 738 die
1895 Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service
1915 Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)
1940 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
1941 Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestraestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
1958 Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London
1976 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years
1981 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
1988 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast North Ireland
1992 British Prince Andrew & Princess Sarah Ferguson announce separation
1996 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson after 38 years of marriage
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20-03-2006, 12:33 AM
Todays facts for 20th March

1634 Balthasar Bekker Frisian theologist (Examiner of Comets)
1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga Italian composer (Stabat mater)
1725 Abd�l-Hamid I 27th sultan of Turkey (1774-89)
1728 Franciscus L Kersteman Dutch lawyer/astrologist
1750 Martinus van Marum Dutch chemist/physicist (Homo Diluvii Testus)
1811 Napoleon Bonaparte II Napoleon's son/King of Rome
1813 Matthias Keller Ulm Germany, hymn writer (O Farther un High)
1820 Alexander J Cuza monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
1828 Henrik Ibsen Norway, dramatist (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1856 Frederick Winslow Taylor father of scientific management
1906 Pavel P Parenago Russian astronomer
1908 Sir Michael Redgrave, actor (Browning Version, The Lady Vanishes)
1917 Dame Vera Lynn singer (Anniversary Waltz)
1920 Douglas G Chapman biomathematical statistician
1925 James Pickles judge
1931 Sir David Montgomery chairman (British Forestry Commission)
1945 Tim Yeo British MP/Under-Secretary (State of Environment)
1952 Anand Armitraj India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
1956 Phillip Oppenhein British MP

0842 Alfonso II the Chaste king of Asturia (791-842), dies
1191 Clement III [Paolo Scolari], Pope (1187-91, 3rd crusades), dies
1351 Mohammed ibn-Tughluq sultan of Delhi India, dies
1393 Johannes Nepomucenus [Jan Nepomucky], Czechoslovakian saint, killed
1415 Henry IV Bolingbroke King of England (1399-1413), dies at 45
1501 Jean Carondelet lawyer/chancellor of Burgundy (1480-96), dies at 72
1549 Thomas Seymour of Sudely English Lord Admiral, beheaded
1568 Albrecht von Hohenzollern 1st duke of Prussia, dies at 77
1617 Franciscus Aguilon physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50
1703 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
1727 Sir Issac Newton English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1751 Frederick Louis English prince of Wales/son of George I, dies
1899 Martha M Place of Brooklyn NY, becomes 1st woman to die by electrocution
1962 Dr Andrew E Douglass Dendrochronologer (Study of Tree Rings) dies
1991 Conor Clapton Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4
1993 Claudia Yeltsin mother of Russian President Yeltsin, dies at 85
1993 Jonathan Ball English youngster, killed by IRA at 3

1345 Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction; thought "cause of plague epidemic"
1525 Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants
1598 French king Henri IV & duke van Mercour sign treaty
1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1627 France & Spain signs accord for fighting protestantism
1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
1814 Prince Willem Frederik becomes monarch of Netherlands
1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
1916 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
1933 Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1943 British offensive against Mareth-line
1944 Mount Vesuvius, Italy explodes
1957 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
1977 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India
1980 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
1986 Jacques Chirac become Prime Minister of French government
1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in WarringtonEngland
1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents


20-03-2006, 12:33 AM
Todays facts for 20th March

1634 Balthasar Bekker Frisian theologist (Examiner of Comets)
1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga Italian composer (Stabat mater)
1725 Abd�l-Hamid I 27th sultan of Turkey (1774-89)
1728 Franciscus L Kersteman Dutch lawyer/astrologist
1750 Martinus van Marum Dutch chemist/physicist (Homo Diluvii Testus)
1811 Napoleon Bonaparte II Napoleon's son/King of Rome
1813 Matthias Keller Ulm Germany, hymn writer (O Farther un High)
1820 Alexander J Cuza monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
1828 Henrik Ibsen Norway, dramatist (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1856 Frederick Winslow Taylor father of scientific management
1906 Pavel P Parenago Russian astronomer
1908 Sir Michael Redgrave, actor (Browning Version, The Lady Vanishes)
1917 Dame Vera Lynn singer (Anniversary Waltz)
1920 Douglas G Chapman biomathematical statistician
1925 James Pickles judge
1931 Sir David Montgomery chairman (British Forestry Commission)
1945 Tim Yeo British MP/Under-Secretary (State of Environment)
1952 Anand Armitraj India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
1956 Phillip Oppenhein British MP

0842 Alfonso II the Chaste king of Asturia (791-842), dies
1191 Clement III [Paolo Scolari], Pope (1187-91, 3rd crusades), dies
1351 Mohammed ibn-Tughluq sultan of Delhi India, dies
1393 Johannes Nepomucenus [Jan Nepomucky], Czechoslovakian saint, killed
1415 Henry IV Bolingbroke King of England (1399-1413), dies at 45
1501 Jean Carondelet lawyer/chancellor of Burgundy (1480-96), dies at 72
1549 Thomas Seymour of Sudely English Lord Admiral, beheaded
1568 Albrecht von Hohenzollern 1st duke of Prussia, dies at 77
1617 Franciscus Aguilon physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50
1703 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
1727 Sir Issac Newton English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1751 Frederick Louis English prince of Wales/son of George I, dies
1899 Martha M Place of Brooklyn NY, becomes 1st woman to die by electrocution
1962 Dr Andrew E Douglass Dendrochronologer (Study of Tree Rings) dies
1991 Conor Clapton Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4
1993 Claudia Yeltsin mother of Russian President Yeltsin, dies at 85
1993 Jonathan Ball English youngster, killed by IRA at 3

1345 Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction; thought "cause of plague epidemic"
1525 Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants
1598 French king Henri IV & duke van Mercour sign treaty
1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1627 France & Spain signs accord for fighting protestantism
1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
1814 Prince Willem Frederik becomes monarch of Netherlands
1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
1916 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
1933 Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1943 British offensive against Mareth-line
1944 Mount Vesuvius, Italy explodes
1957 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
1977 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India
1980 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
1986 Jacques Chirac become Prime Minister of French government
1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in WarringtonEngland
1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents


20-03-2006, 12:34 AM
Todays facts for 20th March

1634 Balthasar Bekker Frisian theologist (Examiner of Comets)
1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga Italian composer (Stabat mater)
1725 Abd�l-Hamid I 27th sultan of Turkey (1774-89)
1728 Franciscus L Kersteman Dutch lawyer/astrologist
1750 Martinus van Marum Dutch chemist/physicist (Homo Diluvii Testus)
1811 Napoleon Bonaparte II Napoleon's son/King of Rome
1813 Matthias Keller Ulm Germany, hymn writer (O Farther un High)
1820 Alexander J Cuza monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
1828 Henrik Ibsen Norway, dramatist (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1856 Frederick Winslow Taylor father of scientific management
1906 Pavel P Parenago Russian astronomer
1908 Sir Michael Redgrave, actor (Browning Version, The Lady Vanishes)
1917 Dame Vera Lynn singer (Anniversary Waltz)
1920 Douglas G Chapman biomathematical statistician
1925 James Pickles judge
1931 Sir David Montgomery chairman (British Forestry Commission)
1945 Tim Yeo British MP/Under-Secretary (State of Environment)
1952 Anand ArmitrajIndia, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
1956 Phillip Oppenhein British MP

0842 Alfonso II the Chaste king of Asturia (791-842), dies
1191 Clement III [Paolo Scolari], Pope (1187-91, 3rd crusades), dies
1351 Mohammed ibn-Tughluq sultan of Delhi India, dies
1393 Johannes Nepomucenus [Jan Nepomucky], Czechoslovakian saint, killed
1415 Henry IV Bolingbroke King of England (1399-1413), dies at 45
1501 Jean Carondelet lawyer/chancellor of Burgundy (1480-96), dies at 72
1549 Thomas Seymour of Sudely English Lord Admiral, beheaded
1568 Albrecht von Hohenzollern 1st duke of Prussia, dies at 77
1617 Franciscus Aguilon physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50
1703 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
1727 Sir Issac Newton English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1751 Frederick Louis English prince of Wales/son of George I, dies
1899 Martha M Place of Brooklyn NY, becomes 1st woman to die by electrocution
1962 Dr Andrew E Douglass Dendrochronologer (Study of Tree Rings) dies
1991 Conor Clapton Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4
1993 Claudia Yeltsin mother of Russian President Yeltsin, dies at 85
1993 Jonathan Ball English youngster, killed by IRA at 3

1345 Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction; thought "cause of plague epidemic"
1525 Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants
1598 French king Henri IV & duke van Mercour sign treaty
1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1627 France & Spain signs accord for fighting protestantism
1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
1814 Prince Willem Frederik becomes monarch of Netherlands
1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
1916 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
1933 Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1943 British offensive against Mareth-line
1944 Mount Vesuvius, Italy explodes
1957 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
1977 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India
1980 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
1986 Jacques Chirac become Prime Minister of French government
1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in WarringtonEngland
1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents


21-03-2006, 09:38 PM
Facts for today, 21st March

1466 French van Brederode leader Hoeksen
1474 Angela Merici Italian monastery founder/saint
1521 Mauritius duke/nice monarch of Saksen (1547-53)
1609 Jan II Kazimierz cardinal/King of Poland (1648-68)
1685 Johann Sebastian Bach Eisenach Germany, composer (Matth�us-Passion)
1763 Jean Paul writer
1765 Henry Fagel Dutch/English baron/diplomat
1768 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier mathematician/Egyptologist
1816 Charlotte Bronte novelist/poet
1866 Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury astronomer
1869 Albert Kahn architect, originated modern factory design
1869 Florenz Ziegfeld producer (Ziegfield Follies)
1906 John D Rockefeller III billionaire philanthropist (oil)
1916 Harold Robbins, novelist (The Carpetbaggers)
1933 Michael Heseltine Welsh/British minister of Defense (1986)/MP
1935 Brian Clough soccer manager
1946 Timothy Dalton, actor (James Bond-Living Daylights, License to Kill)
1960 Ayrton Senna Brazilian formula-1 racer (1988 champion)

1487 Nicholas van Flu� Swiss saint/patron of Switzerland, dies
1538 Hugo earl of Leisnig, Governor of Frisia, dies at about 79
1556 Thomas Cranmer archbishop of Canterbury, burned at stake at 66
1652 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian/mayor (Brugge), dies at 55
1656 Armagh James Ussher Archbishop (said world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
1729 John Law Scottish financier, dies at about 57
1768 Jan J Mauricius Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
1793 Johann Michael Schmidt composer, dies at 51
1810 Philippe-Joseph van den Berghe graaf Limmighe Brabants ships, dies
1982 Harry H Corbett British actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57
1985 Michael Redgrave actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
1991 Leo Fender inventor (Fender guitar), dies
1991 Rajiv Gandhi former Prime Minister of India, killed by bomb at 46
1992 John Ireland actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78
1994 Lili Damita wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 89
1994 Macdonald Carey actor (Days of Our Lives), dies of cancer at 81
1995 Robert Urquhart actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed), dies at 72

1492 Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus
1610 King James I addresses English House of Commons
1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
1697 Czar Peter the Great begins tour through West-Europe
1702 Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament
1788 Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans
1851 Yosemite Valley discovered in California
1859 Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh
1871 Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa
1918 During WWI Germany launches Somme offensive
1925 Edinburgh's Murreyfield Stadium officially opens
1943 Assassination attempt on Hitler fails
1943 British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia
1961 Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
1963 Alcatraz federal penitentiary in San FranciscoBay closed
1974 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
1975 Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years
1985 Arthur Ashe is named to International Tennis Hall of Fame
1994 Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend


23-03-2006, 11:21 PM
Facts for today, 22nd March

1459 Maximilian I of Habsburg German Emperor/archduke of Austria
1599 Sir Anthony Van Dyck Flemish painter (Charles I of England)
1609 John II Casimir Vasa cardinal/king of Poland (1648-68)
1752 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler composer
1767 Cornelis T Elout Dutch minister of Finance
1785 Adam Sedgwick Yorkshire, England, British geologist
1797 Kaiser Wilhelm I German emperor (1871-88)
1799 F W A Argelander Memel E Prussia, cataloguer of 324,188 stars
1887 Chico [Leonard] Marx New York NY, comedian (Marx Brothers)
1910 Nicholas Monsarret England, writer (Cruel Sea)
1913 Karl Malden, actor (Mike-Streets of San Francisco, American Express)
1922 Stewart Stern screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause)
1930 Stephen Sondheim, lyricist/composer (Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, West Side Story, A Little Night Music)
1931 William Shatner, actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker)
1936 Alan Bleasdale author/playwright (Are You Lonesome Tonight)
1936 Philip Ely President (British Law Society)
1936 Roger Whittaker Nairobi Kenya, country singer (Durham Town)
1942 Barbara Parkins, actress (Peyton Place, Asylum)
1945 Paul Schockem�hle showjumper
1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer (Evita, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar)
1959 Matthew Modine, actor (Full Metal Jacket, PacificHeights)
0337 Constantine Emperor of Rome, dies at 47
1471 George van Podiebrad king of Bohemia (1458-71), dies
1639 Thomas Carew English poet/diplomat (The Rapture), dies
1661 Hendrick Uylenburgh art dealer, buried at about 73
1758 Jonathan Edwards theologian/philosopher (Original Sin), dies at 54
1777 John Bartram father of American botany, dies at 77
1832 J W Goethe writer, dies at 82
1838 Hendrik Fagel Dutch/English baron, dies at 73
1909 Gyula Erkel composer, dies at 66
1945 J Postuma Dutch resistance fighter, dies
1946 Clemens A von Galen bishop of Munster/anti fascist, dies at 68
1958 Michael Todd producer (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 56
1978 Karl Wallenda falls to death walking high-wire in Puerto Rico, at 73
1979 Ben Lyon actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Indiscreet), dies at 78
1994 Walter Lantz cartoonist (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 93
1995 Peter Woods newsreader, dies at 64
1349 Townspeople of Fulda Germany massacre Jews (blamed for black death)
1556 Cardinal Reginald Pole becomes archbishop of Canterbury
1594 French King Henri IV festival in Paris France
1622 1st Indian (Powhattan) massacre of whites, Jamestown VA; 347 slain
1692 Emperor Leopold I names duke Earnest August of Braunschweig, king
1733 Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water (seltzer)
1765 Stamp Act passed: 1st direct British tax on colonists
1841 Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
1888 English Football League established
1903 NiageraFalls runs out of water because of a drought
1922 British court sentences Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years in prison
1929 66 horses run in Irish Grand National Sweepstakes
1946 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
1958 Liz Taylor's 3rd divorce (Mike Todd)
1963 Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
1963 British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
1975 WaltDisneyWorldShoppingVillage opens
1977 Indira Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India
1986 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
1994 Mark Foster swims world record 50 meter butterfly (23.68 seconds)
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)


23-03-2006, 11:25 PM
Facts for today, 23rd March

1638 Frederik Ruysch Dutch anatomist
1699 John Bartram naturalist/explorer, father of American botany
1736 Iman Willem Falck Dutch Governor of Ceylon (1765-83)
1749 Pierre-Simon Laplace mathematician/astronomer/physicist
1769 William Smith geologist (Strata Identified by Organized Fossils)
1808 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
1821 Aleksej F Pisemski Russian writer (Clodhopper)
1847 Alexandru D Xenopol Romania, historian
1854 Alfred Milner Giessen Germany, British Governor (Cape colony)
1858 Ludwig Quidde German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
1876 Sir Muirhead BoneGlasgowScotland, etcher/engraver of architecture
1881 Hermann Staudinger Germany, chemist/plastics researcher (Nobel '53)
1887 Felix Felixovitch Yussupov Russian prince/murderer of Rasputin
1908 Joan Crawford [Lucille Fay LeSueur], actress (Mildred Pierce, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?)
1920 Jimmy Edwards comedy actor (Barnes)
1928 11th duke of Beaufort English large landowner/multi-millionaire
1929 Roger Bannister England, 1st to run a 4 minute mile (May 6, 1954)
1935 Barry Cryer comedian/writer (Goodies Rule-OK, All You Need is Cash)
1948 Wasim Bari cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful)
1966 Marti Pellow rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)
1968 Mike Atherton cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
1990 Eugenie Princess of York/daughter of prince Andrew/Sarah Ferguson
1237 Jan of Brienne King of Jerusalem/Emperor of Constantinople, dies
1369 Pedro the Cruel, King/tyrant of Castile & Leon, murdered
1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner composer, dies at 57
1801 Paul I tsar of Russia (1796-1801), strangled at 46
1950 Douglas CarrEngland cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
1957 L Patrick Abercrombie English architect, dies at 77
1963 Davey Moore dies seconds after being KOed in feather-weight championship
1964 Peter Lorre actor (Casino Royale), dies at 59
1967 Duncan Macrae actor (Casino Royale, Kidnapped), dies at 61
1983 Dr Barney Clark 1st artificial heart recipient , dies after 112 days at 62
1153 Treaty of Konstanz between Frederik I "Barbarossa" & Pope Eugene III
1657 France & England form alliance against Spain; England gets Dunkirk
1708 English pretender to the throne James III lands at Firth of Forth
1743 George Frideric H�ndel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London
1794 Josiah Pierson patents a "cold-header" (rivet) machine
1801 Murder attempt on Czar Paul I
1808 Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain
1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of New York, begins operating
1881 Boers & Britain sign peace accord; end 1st Boer war
1891 1st jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall
1903 Wright brothers obtain airplane patent
1919 Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in MilanItaly
1929 1st telephone installed in White House
1945 British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine
1972 Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
1989 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12 meter)
1994 Last day of Test cricket for Kapil Dev


23-03-2006, 11:32 PM
Todays Facts for 24th March

1188 Ferrand of Portugal earl of Flanders/son of Sancho I
1441 Ernst I elector of Saxon (1464-86)
1630 Jos� Saenz d'Aguirre Spanish cardinal
1834 William Morris England, designer/craftsman/poet/socialist
1835 Josef Stefan Austria, physicist (Stefan-Boltzmann law)
1837 Philips Count of Flanders Belgium
1871 Sir Ernest Rutherford nuclear scientist
1874 Harry Houdini [Erik Weisz] Budapest Hungary, magician/escape artist
1883 James I Wedgwood British theosophist/old-catholic bishop
1897 Charles Eyck Dutch painter/sculptor
1903 Malcolm Muggeridge English writer (Observer of Life)
1910 Richard Conte, actor (Four Just Men, 13 Rue Madeleine, Hotel, Jean Arthur Show)
1911 Joseph Barbera animator (Hanna-Barbera)
1925 Mai Zetterling Sweden, actress (Hidden Agenda, Ringer)
1930 Steve McQueen , actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt)
1947 Alan Sugar English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad)
1954 Robert Carradine , actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength)
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1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Maiden Queen] UK queen (1558-1603), dies at 69
1644 Cecilia Renata arch duchess of Austria, dies
1654 Samuel Scheidt German composer (Concertus sacri), dies at 66
1661 William Leddra last Quaker, hanged in Boston
1838 Thomas Attwood composer, dies at 72
1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow US poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75
1905 Jules Verne sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77
1953 Mary [Victoria of Teck] queen of Great Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 86
1964 Peter Lorre Hungarian/US actor (Maltese Falcon, Raven), dies at 59
1976 Bernard L Montgomery British General, defeated Rommel, dies at 88
1984 Sam Jaffe actor (Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93
1550 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne
1603 Scottish king James VI becomes King James I of England
1734 Netherlands' William K H Friso marries princess Anne of Hanover
1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
1882 German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB
1906 "Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world
1922 Grand National at Aintree sees only 3 horses out of 32 starters finish
1930 Planet Pluto named
1944 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
1944 811 British bombers attack Berlin
1952 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South-Africa
1955 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
1955 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years
1958 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
1972 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska
1997 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law


30-03-2006, 08:21 AM
Facts for today, 25th March

1133 Henry II King of England (1154-89)
1594 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher Dutch writer
1653 Joseph Sauveur French physicist/mathematician
1688 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler composer
1702 Pieter Teyler Van der Hulst Dutch silk merchant (Teyler's Museum)
1767 Joachim Murat marshal of France/King of Naples (1808-15)
1782 Carolina [Maria A] Bonaparte (countess Lipona), sister of Napoleon)
1786 Giovanni B Amia Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist
1797 John Winebrenner US, clergyman, founded Church of God
1800 Paulin Paris French historian
1808 Jos� de Espronceda y Delgado Spanish revolutionary/poet (Cortes)
1867 Arturo ToscaniniParmaItaly, temperamental conductor
1906 Alan J P Taylor British historian (English history 1914-1915)
1908 David Lean, director (Dr Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter)
1920 Patrick Troughton actor (Doctor Who)
1942 Aretha Franklin, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect)
1947 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight singer (Rocketman, Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)

1223 Afonso II 3rd King of Portugal (1211-23), dies at 36
1458 Inigo L�pez de Mendoza Spanish marquis of Santillana/poet, dies
1510 Georges d'amboise French archbishop of Narbonne/Rouen, dies at 49
1692 Gerardus L Blasius Flemish anatomist, dies at about 66
1697 Hendrik Casimir II King of Nassau-Dietzstadhouder, dies
1751 Frederik of Hessen Kassel King of Sweden (1720-51), dies at 74
1914 Fr�d�ric Mistral French poet (Nobel-1904), dies
1918 Claude A Debussy French composer (Iberia/La mer), dies in ParisFrance at 55
1937 John Drinkwater English poet/playwright (Bird in Hand), dies at 54
1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia shot to death by his nephew

0031 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus
0752 Stephen ends his reign as Catholic Pope (or 26th)
1133 William the Conqueror orders 1st Domesday Survey of England
1306 Robert the Bruce crowned king of Scotland
1409 Council of Pisa opens
1581 Portugese Cortes calls Philip II king of Portugal
1584 Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America
1655 Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan, (Saturn's largest satellite)
1753 Voltaire leaves the court of Frederik II of Prussia
1807 1st railway passenger service began in England
1807 British Parliament abolishes slave trade
1856 A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine
1896 Modern Olympics begin in AthensGreece
1938 1st US bred horse (Battleship) to win Grand National Steeplechase
1939 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
1944 RAF Sergeant Nickolas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber from 18,000 feet without a parachute
1958 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champion to win 5 times
1970 Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH)
1992 British scientists find new largest perfect number (2 756839 -1 2 756839)


30-03-2006, 08:27 AM
Todays Facts, 26th March
1479 Vasili III great prince of Moscow (1505-33)/son of Ivan III
1516 Konrad von Gesner Z�rich Switzerland, naturalist (Bibliotheca Universalis)
1577 Elisabeth of Nassau daughter of Willem I & Charlotte of Bourbon
1753 Benjamin Thompson physicist (Royal Institute of Great Britain, Woburn MA)
1773 Nathaniel Bowditch mathematician/astronomer/polyglot/author (Marine Sextant)
1819 Louise Otto Germany, author/feminist
1821 Earnest Angel German statistician (Law of Angel)
1830 Eliza Laurillard Dutch vicar/poet/writer
1850 Edward Bellamy author (Looking Backward)
1856 David Alfred Thomas Glamorganshire UK, 1st Viscount Rhondda
1859 A[lfred] E[dward] Housman England, poet (Shropshire Lad)
1863 Henry Royce founder (Rolls-Royce Limited in 1884)
1868 Fuad I king of Egypt (1922-36)
1885 Robert Blackburn British aviation pioneer
1911 Tennessee Williams, dramatist (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
1919 Strother Martin, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot)
1931 Leonard Nimoy, actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible)
1944 Diana Ross (Supremes, Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany)
1961 William Hague Secretary of State for Wales
1986 Jessica McClure baby trapped in Texas well in 1988

0752 Pope Stephen II dies only 4 days after his election
0809 Liudger missionary/1st bishop of M�nster/saint, dies at about 66
1258 Floris the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, dies
1350 Alfonso XI King of Castile & Le�n, dies
1546 Thomas Elyot British diplomat, dies
1638 Palamedes "Stevens" Palamedesz painter, dies at about 30
1649 John Winthrop Puritan & 1st Governor (Massachusetts), dies
1657 Jacob van Eyck Dutch blind flautist/carillonneur, dies at 69
1726 John Vanbrugh Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
1797 James Hutton geologist, dies
1827 Ludwig van Beethoven German composer (Appassionata), dies in Wien (Vienna) at 56
1865 Thomas Hancock pioneer of rubber industry (Stoke Newington), dies
1902 Cecil Rhodes Prime Minister of Cape Colony (1890-96) dies at 48
1909 Nikolai Arkas composer, dies at 56
1918 C�sar A Cui Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83
1923 Sarah Bernhardt actress (Qn Elizabeth), dies at 77
1934 Grete Gulbransson writer, dies at 51
1937 Albert Relf cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide
1945 David Lloyd George British (L) premier (1916-22), dies at 82
1959 Raymond T Chandler US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
1973 Noel Coward English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73

1150 Tichborne family of Hampshire England started tradition of giving a gallon of flour to each resident to keep deathbed promise
1526 King Fran�ois I returns Spanish captivity to France
1668 England takes control of Bombay India
1692 King Maximilian installed as land guardian of South Netherlands
1780 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
1799 Napolean captures Jaffa Palestine
1804 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
1839 1st Henley Royal Regatta
Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precusor of bandaid
1859 1st sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury
1872 Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher
1878 Sabi Game Reserve, world's 1st official designated game reserve, opens
1886 1st cremation in England
1916 Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary
1931 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capitol of British-Indies
1944 705 British bombers attack Essen
1953 Dr Jonas Salk announces new vaccine to prevent polio [myelitis]
1956 Medic Alert Foundation forms
1971 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
1973 Susan Shaw, is 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
1975 "Tommy" premieres in London
1996 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Queensland vs Victoria)


30-03-2006, 08:32 AM
Todays Facts for, 27th March

1746 Carlo Bonaparte Corsican attorney/father of emperor Napoleon
1765 Franz Xaver von Baader German philosopher/theologist
1785 Louis XVII pretender to the throne during the French Revolution (1793-95)
1845 Wilhelm Conrad R�ntgenGermany, discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901)
1858 Peter Christian Lutkin composer
1859 George Giffen cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders)
1899 Gloria Swanson, actress (Sadie Thomson, Queen Kelly)
1912 James Callaghan (L) British Prime Minister (1976-79)
1919 Julian Amery conservative minister
1930 David Janssen, actor (Fugitive, Harry O)
1939 Judy Carne comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop)
1942 Michael York, actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers)
1960 Jennifer Grey actress (Dirty Dancing); Joel Grey's daughter
1963 Quentin Tarantino director/screenwriter (Pulp Fiction)
1970 Mariah Carey(Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Hero)

0922 Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
0965 Arnulf I the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65), dies
1211 Sancho I King of Portugal (1185-1211), dies at 56
1378 Gregory XI, last French Pope (1370-78), dies
1472 Janus Pannonius Hungarian poet/translator, dies at 37
1482 Maria duchess of Burgundy/countess of Holland, dies at 25
1625 James I Stuart king of Scotland (1567)/England (1603-25), dies at 58
1701 Anne Hilarion de Cotentin count of Tourville/French Admiral, dies at 58
1714 Anton Ulrich German duke of Brunswick/poet, dies at 80
1770 Giovanni B Tiepolo Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73
1809 Joseph M Vien French (court)painter/etcher, dies at 92
1850 Wilhelm Bear German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
1878 George Gilbert Scott architect, dies
1922 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov composer, dies at 63
1925 Carl G Neumann German mathematician/physicist, dies at 92
1931 Arnold Bennett novelist, dies
1968 Yuri Gagarin 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, dies in plane crash at 34
1977 Diana Hyland actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
1978 Wilfred Pickles actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
1991 Aldo Ray western actor (Battle Cry), dies of cancer at 64

1599 Robert Devereux becomes Lieutenant-General of Ireland
1625 Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends to throne
1668 English King Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company
1708 English pretender to the throne James III flees to Dunkerk
1709 Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)
1790 The shoelace invented
1848 John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster
1849 Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill
1855 Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
1860 M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)
1866 Andrew Rankin patents the urinal
1931 Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier & 1st Secretary of Communist Party
1964 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
1980 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
1997 Martin Luther King's son meets with James Earl Ray


30-03-2006, 08:37 AM
Todays Facts for, 28th March

1468 Charles I Duke of Savoy
1472 Fra Bartolomeo monk, Florentine Renaissance painter
1483 Raphael Urbino Italy, painter (School of Athens)
1515 Theresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus Spanish mystic writer/saint
1660 Georg Ludwig German monarch of Hanover/King George I of Great Britain
1727 Maximilian III Jozef Elector of Bayern (1745-77)
1750 Francisco A G de Miranda Venezuelan freedom fighter
1760 Thomas Clarkson English abolitionist (Negro Emancipation)
1853 Rudolf Kittel German theologist (Psalms)
1902 Dame Flora Robson, actress (Dominique is Dead, The Years Between)
1910 Ingrid Queen Mother of Denmark
1921 Dirk Bogarde, actor (Death in Venice, The Servant)
1924 Freddie Bartholomew, Ireland, actor (Anna Karenina, David Copperfield)
1942 Brian Jones [Lewis B Hopkin] pop guitarist (Rolling Stones)
1942 Neil Kinnock Wales, leader of the British opposition (Labour)

0193 Publius Helvius Pertinax Roman Emperor (192-93), assassinated
0593 Guntram French king in Burgundy, dies at about 67
1134 Stefanus Harding 3rd abbott of C�teaux/saint, dies
1566 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein Austrian diplomat, dies at 79
1673 Adam Pijnacker Dutch landscape painter/etcher, buried at 51
1677 Wenzel Hollar Bohemia cartoonist/etcher, dies at about 69
1687 Constantine Huygens diplomat/poet/composer (Bluebottles), dies at 90
1712 Jan van der Heyden Dutch inventor (street lantern), dies at 75
1868 James Thomas Brudenell 7th earl of Cardigan, dies at about 70
1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman composer, dies at 53
1887 Ditler G Monrad Danish bishop/premier (1863- ), dies at 75
1891 Dick Pilling cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", England 1881-88), dies
1943 Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff Russian composer/pianist, dies at 69
1965 VAA Mary English princess, dies at 67
1969 Dwight D Eisenhower 34th President/General (WWII), dies in WashingtonDC at 78
1980 Jesse Owens (Olympics-gold-36), dies in TucsonAZ at the age of 66
1984 Kenneth Whitty 1st Secretary at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
1987 Patrick Troughton actor (Dr Who-Dr Who), dies at 56

1535 Bloemkamp Abbey (Oldeklooster) attacked & destroyed
1556 Karel V's son Philip II crowned king of Spain
1738 English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
1797 Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine
1799 New York State abolished slavery
1845 Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US
1849 Dutch princess Marianne & Prince Albert of Prussia separate
1854 During the Crimean War, Britain & France declare war on Russia
1891 1st world weightlifting championship held
1905 Paramaribo-Dam railway opens in Suriname, never used
1920 Actor Douglas Fairbanks marries actress Mary Pickford
1922 1st microfilm device introduced
1944 Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle & begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1960 Scotch factory explodes burying 20 firefighters (GlasgowScotland)
1979 British government of Callaghan falls
1981 Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua
1994 Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed


30-03-2006, 08:43 AM
Facts for Today, 29th March
1519 Carlo Caraffa Italian cardinal
1561 Santorio Sanctorius Trieste Italy, physician/burned at stake/heretic
1602 John Lightfoot English theologist/literary (Horae Hebraicae)
1790 John Tyler, 10th President (1841-1845)
1799 Edward Stanley Earl Derby (C), British Prime Minister (1852, 1858-59, 1866-68)
1817 Constantine S Aksakov Russian historian/poet
1819 Edwin Drake drilled 1st productive US oil well
1819 Isaac Mayer Wise rabbi, founded American Hebrew Congregations
1822 Joseph Quinaux Belgian painter
1829 Ritta & Christina Siamese twins, in Sardinia
1831 Amelia Barr writer
1848 Aleksei Kuropatkin Russian General/minister of War
1902 Sir William Walton Oldham Lancashire England, composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins)
1905 Annunzio Mantovani Venice Italy, orchestra leader (Mantovani)
1913 Jack Jones British trade unionist (CH)
1915 George Chisholm Scottish jazz trombonist
1918 Sam Walton billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart)
1931 Evelyn de Rothschild English banker/multi-millionaire
1935 Ruby Murray Irish pop singer (Softly Softly)
1943 John Major British Prime Minister (C, 1990-97)
1945 Julie Goodyear British actress (Bet Lynch-Coronation Street)
1964 Elle Macpherson, model (Sports Illustrated 1986, 87, 88)/actress (Sirens)
1976 Jennifer Capriati, tennis pro (Federation Cup-1990, Olympics-gold-92)
- - - - Jeanlaut (AA Member)
- - - - Jakki (AA Member)

1546 Cardinal Beaton English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered
1650 Cornelis Galle I Flemish engraver, dies at about 73
1745 Robert Walpole 1st British premier (1722-42), dies at 68
1788 Charles Wesley hymn writer, dies
1792 King Gustav III King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of wounds
1837 Maria Fitzherbert morganatic wife of King George IV, dies
1886 John Keble theologian, Bournemouth
1912 Robert F Scott British pole explorer (Antarctica), dies
1972 J Arthur Rank 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
1992 Earl Spencer father of Lady Diana, dies at 68
1994 Bill Travers actor (Trio, Gorgo, Born Free), dies at 72

1461 Battle near Towton Field, 33,000 die (War of the Roses)
1673 English King Charles II accepts Test Act: Roman Catholic excluded of public functions
1847 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico
1848 Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
1871 Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria in London
1912 Captain Robert Scott, blizzard-bound in a tent 18 km from the South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
1932 Jack Benny debuts on radio
1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage
1961 After a 4� year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1971 Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced


30-03-2006, 08:47 AM
Todays Facts for 30th March

1672 Peter I "the Great" Romanov great tsar of Russia (1682-1725)
1674 Jethro Tull agricultural writer (Basildon), baptised
1681 Pieter Snyers Flemish painter/engraver
1719 Sir John Hawkins England, wrote 1st history of music
1746 Francisco Jose de Goya Spain, painter/etcher (Naked Maja)
1835 Bernhard Scholz composer
1853 Vincent van Gogh Netherlands, artist who always lent an ear (Irises)
1880 Sean O'CaseyIreland, playwright (Playboy of the Western World)
1913 Frankie Laine [Frank Paul LoVecchio], singer (Hey, Good Lookin', That's My Desire)/ actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide)
1921 Countess of Sutherland English great land owner/multi-millionaire
1930 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist/singer (Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport)/actor (The Little Convict)
1937 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde,Shampoo, Dick Tracy)
1942 Graeme Edge, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin, Your Wildest Dreams)
1945 Eric Clapton [Eric Patrick Clapp], legendary guitarist/singer (Yardbirds, Cream, Tears in Heaven)
1948 Dave Ball rocker (Procul Harum)
1965 Piers Morgan editor (Daily Mirror)
1968 Celine Dion Qu�bec Canada, singer (I'm Your Woman)
- - - - Simon Sudbury (AA Member)

1547 Fran�ois I of Valois-Angoul�me King of France (1515-47), dies at 52
1840 George (Beau) Brummell Dandy, dies
1871 W F A A Louisa/Lovisa queen of Sweden/Norway, dies at 42
1873 Benedict Augustin Morel psychologist (dementia praecox), dies at 63
1948 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi
1961 P J Melotte discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
1971 Selmer Jackson actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
1979 Airey Neave British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
1981 Dewitt Wallace US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
1984 Peter Yarrall strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
1986 James F Cagney actor (Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at his Stanfordville NY farm at 86
1994 Albert Goldman rock biographer (Elvis, John Lennon), dies at 66
1995 Graham Anthony Richard Lock cricketer, dies at 65
2002 HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dies at Royal Lodge, Windsor, at 101

0804 Liudger becomes 1st bishop of M�nster
0988 Boudouin IV with the Beard becomes earl of Flanders
1282 Furious inhabitants of Palermo attack French occupation force
1456 Prince Louis of Bourbon elected bishop of Liege
1492 King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella sign decree expelling Jews from Spain
1533 Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon
1533 Thomas Cranmer becomes archbishop of Canterbury
1814 Britain & allies march into Paris after defeating Napoleon
1842 Ether was used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr Crawford Long (Jefferson GA)
1856 Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War
1858 Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)
1863 Danish prince Wilhelm Georg of Sleesw�k-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl�cksburg chosen as king George of Greece
1911 L�tschberg tunnel in Switzerland (13,735 meter) completed
1932 Amelia Earhart is 1st woman to fly solo cross the Atlantic
1953 Einstein announces revised unified field theory
1954 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers vs England at Kingston
1981 President Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley Jr
1990 Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament
1996 Prince Edward & girl-friend Sophie Rhys-Jones visited GreystokeCastle


31-03-2006, 11:01 PM
Todays Facts, 31st March

1499 Pius IV [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian lawyer/pope (1559-65)
1519 Henry II King of Germany (1547-59)
1570 Louise Juliana countess of Nassau
1596 Ren� Descartes France, philosopher (he thought, therefore he was)
1621 Andrew Marvell England, poet (To His Coy Mistress)
1723 Frederik V King of Denmark/Norway (1746-66)
1732 Franz Joseph Haydn Austria, composer, helped develop classical style
1747 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz German composer (Moon has Risen)
1811 Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen Germany, chemist (Bunsen Burner)
1844 Andrew Lang Scotland, author (The Blue Fairy Book)
1854 Sir Dugald Clerk inventor (2-stroke motorcycle engine)
1872 Arthur Griffith Irish journalist, founder of Sinn F�in
1924 Harry Cubitt 4th Lord Ashcombe ("Mad Harry"), English landowner
1926 Sydney Chaplin son of Charlie/actor (Adding Machine, Psycho Sisters)
1935 Herb Alpert bandleader/trumpeter (Tijuana Brass)/CEO (A & M)
1971 Ewan McGregor Perth Australia, actor (Trainspotting)

1340 Ivan I Kalita grand-duke of Vladimir, dies
1389 Everhard Tserclaes sheriff of Brussels, murdered
1567 Philip the Generous, count of Hessen, dies at 62
1578 Juan de Escobedo Secretary of Spanish land guardian Don Juan, murdered
1621 Felipe III King of Spain (1598-1621), dies at 42
1809 Franz Joseph Haydn composer, dies on 77th birthday
1837 John Constable English painter/water colors painter, dies at 60
1855 Charlotte Bront� English author (Jane Eyre), dies at 38
1945 Hans Fischer German physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at 63
1951 Ralph Forbes actor (Riptide, Shock, Shock), dies at 45
1980 Jesse Owens of 1936 Berlin Olympics fame, dies in Arizona at 66
1993 Brandon Lee US actor (Crow)/son of Bruce Lee, accidentally shot at 28

1492 Queen Isabella of Castilia & Ferdinand of Aragon expels Jews
1504 France & Spain signs ceasefire
1547 Henry II succeeds Fran�ois I as king of France
1657 English Humble Petition offers Lord Protector Cromwell the crown
1814 Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris France
1841 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B
1889 300 meter EiffelTower officially opens (commemorates French Revolution)
1909 Gustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his 1st time
1920 British parliament accept Irish "Home Rule"-law
1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York on his new theory of relativity
1921 British coal miners goes on strike
1924 Croydon Airport; 1st British air company merger - Imperial Airways Ltd established
1939 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
1949 Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
1966 Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
1969 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined �250 each for illegal drugs
1978 Red Rum wins 3rd consecutive Grand National & retires
1990 Riots began in London over the new Poll Tax laws


01-04-2006, 05:49 PM
Facts for Today, 1st April

1283 Ludwig IV of Baveria Roman Catholic Bavarian emperor (1314-47)
1578 William Harvey England, physician (discovered blood circulation)
1802 Hubert Reis composer
1807 Fredrik Cygnaeus Finnish poet/literature critic
1809 Willem Ruys J Dz Dutch ship owner
1815 Otto Von Bismarck Germany, chancellor (1866-90)
1817 Johannes J van Oosterzee Dutch theologist
1873 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)
1875 Edgar Wallace England, novelist/playwright/journalist (The Terror)
1883 Lon Chaney, man of 1000 faces, actor (High Noon, Phantom of Opera)
1885 Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill (Hozier) British barones
1928 Jane Powell, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
1932 Debbie Reynolds, actress (Singin' in the Rain)
1939 Ali MacGraw, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
1947 David Eisenhower grandson of President Dwight, married Julie Nixon
1957 David Gower cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
1975 Magdalena Maleeva Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)

1204 Eleanor of Aquitaine wife of Louis VII & Henry II, dies at 81
1205 Amalrik II King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies
1548 Sigismund I the Elder, King of Poland, dies at 81
1807 Louis Fran�ois Chambray composer, dies at 69
1866 Johannes C H de Meijere Dutch zoologist, dies
1869 Anthony G O Ridder van Rappard Minister of Reformed Worship, dies at 69
1870 Patrick Gass Sergeant of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 98
1917 Scott Joplin ragtime composer (Sting), dies at 48
1922 Charles I emperor (Austria)/King of Hungary (Charles IV), dies
1930 Zawditu 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
1933 Frederick Lord Chelmsford viceroy of British-India (1916-21), dies at 64
1946 Noah Beery actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62
1947 George II king of Greece, dies at 56
1969 Helena Rubinstein US cosmetic manufacturer, dies at about 89
1973 Arthur Wood cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies
1976 Freddie Lennon father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
1984 Marvin Gaye shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in Los AngelesCA at 44
1993 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg father of king Juan Carlos I, dies

0527 Justinianus becomes compassionate emperor of Byzantium
0705 Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI
1578 William Harvey of England discovers blood circulation
1581 Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II
1724 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War
1826 Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine
1867 Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies
1873 British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 550+ die
1889 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
1920 Church disestablished in Wales
1924 Imperial Airways is formed in Britain
1927 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice
1929 Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo
1934 Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 police officers
1946 Weight Watchers forms
1957 World's biggest glass oven used
1980 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
1991 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years


02-04-2006, 10:29 PM
Facts for Today, 2nd April

0742 Charlemagne 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)
1618 Francesco M Grimaldi mathematician/physicist (light defraction)
1805 Hans Christian AndersenDenmark, author of 150 fairy tales
1827 William Holdman Hunt English painter (Light of the World)
1863 Henry C Van de Velde Flemish painter/architect (Art Nouveau)
1875 Walter Chrysler founded Chrysler car company
1908 Buddy Ebsen Belleville IL, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
1914 Sir Alec Guinness [de Cuffe] (Colonel Nicholson-Bridge on River Kwai, Obi-Wan Kenobi-Star Wars, George Smiley-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
1934 Diane Cilento Rabaul,, actress (Hombre, Tom Jones, Wicker Man)
1939 Marvin P Gaye Jr Washington DC, singer (Sexual Healing)
1947 Emmylou Harris, country singer (Together Again)
1949 Paul Gambaccini British disc jockey
1960 Linford Christie, 4x100 meter runner (Olympics-gold 1992
1971 Todd Woodbridge Sydney Australia, tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon)

1118 Boudouin I of Bologne/Edessa, 1st crusader/king of Jerusalem, dies
1416 Ferdinand I the Justified, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 52
1502 Arthur English crown prince/husband of Catharina of Arag�n, dies
1657 Ferdinand III King of Hungarian/Bohemia/German Emperor, dies at 48
1831 Charles Felix blind King of Sardina (1821-31), dies at 74
1872 Samuel F B Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80
1890 Marinus Campbell bibliographer, dies at 70
1910 Boyd Alexander English explorer (Niger to the Nile), murdered at 37
1966 Cecil Scott Forester English author (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
1974 Georges Pompidou French President, dies in Paris at 62
1987 Buddy Rich drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69
1993 Klaas Schenk Dutch speed skater/coach/father of Ard, dies at 86

1416 Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Arag�n
1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Le�n claims Florida for Spain
1550 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1645 Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
1800 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C
1827 Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1884 London prison for debtors closed
1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced
1970 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, the highest final stage in a wall climb in the world
1978 Velcro was 1st put on the market
1981 Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
1992 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns


03-04-2006, 01:39 AM
Facts for Today, 3rd April
1367 Henry IV Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)
1438 John III van Egmont [Manke John], viceroy of Holland
1593 George Herbert English metaphysical poet (5 Mystical Songs)
1764 John AbernethyLondon, surgeon
1893 Leslie Howard [Stainer]LondonEngland, actor (Ashley Wilkes-Gone With the Wind)
1914 Katherine Stammers MenziesEngland, doubles tennis player (Wimb 1935)
1924 Doris Day, "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk)
1924 Marlon Brando Omaha NE, actor (Superman, Godfather)
1925 Tony Benn British minister of technology (1968)
1926 Virgil Grissom Astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)
1926 Andrew Keir actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics)
1930 Helmut Kohl chancellor (Germany, 1982- )
1934 Jane Goodall London England, ethologist (studied African chimps)
1937 William GauntLeedsEngland, actor (The Champions)
1946 John Virgo British snooker player
1958 Alec Baldwin, actor (Joshua-Knots Landing, Beetlejuice)
1961 Eddie Murphy, actor (Saturday Night Live, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw)

0628 Chosroes II emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son
1287 Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87), dies
1838 Francesco Antommarchi Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
1882 Jesse James outlaw, shot dead at 34, in St Joseph MO by Robert Ford
1897 Johannes Brahms German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte promotor (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies
1936 Bruno Hauptmann convicted Lindbergh baby killer, executed
1941 Andr� Michelin French tire manufacturer, dies at 88
1975 Mary Ure actress (Sons & Lovers, Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
1982 Warren Oates actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies at 53
1990 Sarah Vaughan jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
1990 Katharine Balfour actress (Love Story), dies of ALS at 69
1991 Graham Greene British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

1043 Edward the Confessor crowned king of England
1657 English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown
1721 Robert Walpole becomes England's 1st Lord of the Treasury
1913 British suffragette Emily Pankhurst sentenced to 3 years in jail
1933 1st airplane flight over Mount Everest
1941 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
1957 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame", premieres in London
1970 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th try
1975 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend
1981 Race riots in London's Brixton area
1987 Duchess of Windsor's jewels auctioned for �31,380,197


04-04-2006, 12:52 PM
Todays facts for 4th April

1752 Niccol� Antonio Zingarelli composer (Andromeda)
1758 John Hoppner portrait painter
1786 John Franklin British explorer (Arctic)
1821 Linus Yale US, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)
1823 Karl Wilhelm Siemens inventor (laid undersea cables)
1826 Z�nobe Th�ophile Gramme inventor (electric motor)
1828 Margaret Oliphant Scotland, novelist/biographer (Beleaguered City)
1843 Hans Richter Hungary, conductor (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
1914 Sir John Beith British diplomat
1922 Elmer Bernstein, movie music composer (Robot Monster)
1926 Cloris Leachman, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety)
1928 Jimmy Logan British comedian (Mad Death)
1932 Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)
1933 Robin Phillips English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)
1935 Trevor Griffiths playwright (Absolute Beginners)
1948 Gail Davies, country singer (Blue Heartache)
1960 Jon[athan] Agnew British broadcaster/cricketer (England pace bowler late 80's)

1284 Alfonso X "El Sabio" King of Castili�/Le�n (1252-84), dies at 62
1292 Nicholas IV [Girolamo Masci] Pope (1288-92), dies
1406 Robert III King of Scotland (1390-1406), dies
1417 John van Touraine 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies
1588 Frederik II King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
1617 John Napier Scottish mathematician/inventor (logarithms), dies
1662 Leonhart Kern German sculptor , dies at about 73
1664 Adam Willaerts Dutch seascape painter, dies
1714 Karel duke of Berry/French heir to the throne, dies
1774 Oliver Goldsmith Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17
1919 William Crookes English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86
1953 Carol II King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
1963 Jason Robards Sr actor (Acapulco), dies at 70
1968 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr civil rights leader, assassinated in Memphis at 39
1983 Gloria Swanson actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84
1995 Kenny Everett disc Jockey, dies at 50
1995 Priscilla Lane actress (Saboteur, Bodyguard), dies at 77

1581 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world and is knighted
1588 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
1660 English King Charles II ends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)
1896 Announcement of Gold in the Yukon
1900 Assassination attempt on prince of Wales/king Edward VII
1918 Battle of Somme ends
1939 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
1960 Senegal declares independence from France
1969 Dr Denton Cooley implants 1st temporary artificial heart
1972 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
1988 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
1990 Gloria Estefan released from the hospital after her accident
1994 Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery


05-04-2006, 08:03 AM
Today facts for 5th April

1588 Thomas Hobbes England, philosopher (Leviathan)
1626 Jan van Kessel Flemish painter
1643 Charles V Leopold Duke of Lorraine/fieldmarshal in Austria
1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner composer
1752 S�bastien Erard piano/harp manufacturer
1795 Sir Henry Havelock British soldier (War in Afgh�nist�n 1838-39
1827 Joseph ListerEngland, physician (founded aseptic surgery)
1830 Alexander Muir Scotland, poet (The Maple Leaf Forever)
1857 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg ruler of Bulgaria (1879-86)
1900 Spencer Tracy, actor (Father's Little Dividend, Adam's Rib)
1908 Bette Davis, famous eyes (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)
1908 Mary Hemingway writer (Ernest Hemmingway Biography)
1912 John Le Mesurier, actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army)
1920 Arthur Hailey England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
1922 Tom Finney British soccer star
1935 Donald Lynden-Bell British astronomer
1941 Eric Burdon England, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
1942 Allan Clarke England, rock vocalist (Hollies-The Air That I Breathe)
1950 Agnetha F�ltskog Jonkoping Sweden, rocker (ABBA-Waterloo)
1955 Janice Long British radio host (Crash FM)
1963 Jimmy Osmond singer (Donny & Marie Show)
- - - - Ricky (AA Member)

1531 Richard Roose boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop

1684 William Brouncker 2nd viscount/1st president of Royal Society, dies
1693 Anne M L of Orl�ans duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
1695 George Savile 1st marquis of Halifax, dies at 61
1697 Charles XI King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
1712 John Luyken poet/etcher (species company), dies at 63
1794 Georges-Jacques Danton French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34
1869 Daniel Bakeman last surviving veteran of the Revolutionary War, dies at 109
1923 George Edward Stanhope Molyne�x Herbert 5th Earl of Carnarvon/egyptologist, dies at 56
1964 Douglas MacArthur US General (Pacific theater-WWII), dies at 84
1972 Brian Donlevy actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
1975 Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist Chinese leader, dies from a heart attack at 87
1976 Howard Hughes reclusive billionaire, dies at 72
1995 Christian Pineau French politician, dies

2348 -BC- Noah's ark grounded, Mount Ararat (calculated date)
0823 Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I, co-emperor of France
1603 New English king James I departs Edinburgh for London
1614 2nd parliament of King James I begins session (no enactments)
1614 Indian princess Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe
1621 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
1753 BritishMuseum forms (opens in 1759)
1803 1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D
1806 Isaac Quintard patents apple cider
1887 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
1895 Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices
1896 1st modern Olympic Games officially open in Athens
1927 Johnny Weissmuller set records in the 100 & 200 meter freestyle
1939 Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
1954 Elvis Presley records his debut single, "That's All Right"
1955 Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
1964 1st driverless trains run on the London Underground
1971 Mount Etna erupts in SicilyItaly
1974 Then tallest building, WorldTradeCenter opens in NYC (110 stories)
1976 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England
1982 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falkland Islands war
1989 Solidarity granted legal status in Poland


06-04-2006, 12:32 PM
Facts for Today, 6th April

1483 Raphael [Raffaello Sanzio] Italy, painter/master builder (Madonna Sistina)
1671 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau French playwright/poet (Sacred Odes & Songs)
1741 S�bastien-Roch-Nicolas Chamfort French playwright (Maximes)
1773 James Mill Scotland, philosopher/historian (Hist of British India)
1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)/Mrs Robert Browning
1844 Joseph Ludwig composer
1866 Butch Cassidy [Robert Parker] US desperado (Wild Bunch Passage)
1871 Alexander grandson of England's Queen Victoria
1890 Anthony Herman Gerard FokkerHolland, aircraft pioneer (Spider)
1903 Harold Edgerton foremost high-speed photographer
1906 John Betjeman English Poet Laureate 1972-1984 (MountZion)
1914 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone With the Wind)
1925 Marcus Worsley Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
1926 Ian Paisley North Ireland, clergyman/MP
1929 Andr� Previn Berlin Germany, conductor (London Symphony)/composer/pianist
1937 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days)
1938 Paul Daniels British magician
1938 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, General Hospital)
1943 Roger Cook investigative journalist/broadcaster

1199 Richard I the Lion-hearted, King of England (1189-99), dies at 41
1252 Peter of Verona [Peter Martyr] Italian inquisitor/st, dies at 45
1362 Jacques de Bourbon count of Marche, killed in battle
1472 Pieter Bladelin Belgium, land owner (Middelburg castle), dies
1489 Hans Waldmann Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded
1490 Matthias Corvinus king of Hungary, dies
1520 Raphael [Sanzio] artist (Sistine Madonna), dies on his 37th birthday
1590 Francis Walsingham English Secretary of State, dies at about 57
1939 Robert Courtneidge British theater producer, dies
1949 Stanley Christopherson cricketer (1884, MCC President during WWII), dies
1961 Jules J B V Bordet Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
1966 Julia Faye actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
1971 Igor F Stravinsky,composer, dies in New York at 88
1984 Jimmy Kenndy British songwriter (South of the Border), dies
1990 Ronald E Evans astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57
1992 Molly Picon yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), dies of Alzheimers at 94

0648 -BC- Earliest total solar eclipse; chronicled by Greeks
0610 Lailat-ul Qadar, the night the koran descended to Earth
1327 Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura
1652 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by John of Riebeeck
1663 King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
1672 France declares war on Netherlands
1712 Slave revolt in New York
1722 Peter the Great ends tax on men with beards
1724 Duke of Newcastle becomes English minister of Foreign Affairs
1757 English king George II fires minister William Pitt Sr
1830 Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca County, New York
1868 Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife
1869 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
1889 George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
1925 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)
1938 Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
1958 Arnold Palmer wins 1st major golf tournament-the Masters
1972 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
1980 Post It Notes are introduced
1992 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0


08-04-2006, 12:31 AM
Facts for Today,7th April

1506 St Francis Xavier Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan
1622 Louise Hollandine daughter of King Frederik V & Elizabeth Stuart
1629 Juan Jos� of Austria, Spanish General/Governor of Netherlands
1648 Ferdinand van Kessel Flemish painter
1727 Michel Adanson French biologist (Natural History of S�n�gal)
1756 Charles Felix King of Sardina (1821-31)
1770 William Wordsworth England, poet laureate (The Prelude)
1775 Francis C Lowell founded 1st raw cotton-to-cloth textile mill
1860 W K Kellogg a real corn flake
1908 Percy Faith conductor (Summer Place)
1914 Sydney Thompson rock climber
1915 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], singer (Ain't Nobody's Business)
1918 C B Bertie Clarke cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
1919 Ralph Flanagan, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)
1920 Ravi Shankar Benares India, sitar player (Sounds of India)
1928 Alan J Pakula director (All the President's Men, Klute)
1930 Andrew Sachs actor (Manuel-FawltyTowers)
1939 David Frost Tenderdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was)
1939 Francis Ford Coppola, film maker (Godfather, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti)
1943 Dennis Amiss cricketer (prolific English batsman)
1975 Victoria Adams "Posh Spice", vocalist (Spice Girls)

1498 Charles VIII King of France (1483-98), dies at 27
1524 Philip of Burgundy bishop of Utrecht, dies
1614 El Greco Spanish painter (View of Toledo), dies (birth date unknown)
1871 Alexander grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 1 day old
1891 P[hineas] T Barnum US circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80
1968 Jim Clark of Scotland, former world driving champion, dies in race car at 32

0451 Attila's Hun's plunder Metz
1118 Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor
1456 Louis van Burbon becomes prince-bishop of Luik
1652 Dutch establish settlement at Cape Town, South Africa
1902 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
1926 Mussolini's Irish wife breaks his nose
1933 Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment
1934 In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspends his campaign of civil disobedience
1944 General Montgomery speaks to Generals about invasion plan
1948 World Health Organization established by UN
1954 German government refuses to recognize DDR
1980 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
1983 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
1988 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afgh�nist�n
1994 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
1994 Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazi's killing Jews) for 1st time


09-04-2006, 11:18 PM
Todays Facts for 8th April
1605 Philip IV king of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)
1614 El Greco [Domenikos Theotokopoulos]Crete Greece, painter (View of Toledo)
1783 John Claudius London England, horticulturist
1818 Christaan IX king of Denmark (1863-1906)
1831 Allard Pierson Dutch theologiost/philosopher/art historian/poet
1859 Edmund Husserl Germany, philosopher (founded Phenomenology)
1869 Harvey Cushing US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
1875 Albert I von Saksen-Coburg king of Belgium (1909-34)
1889 Sir Adrian Boult Chester England, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
1893 Mary Pickford, Canada, actress (Poor Little Rich Girl, Daddy Long Legs)
1921 Alfie Bass London England, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served)
1923 Edward Mulhare Cork Ireland, actor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)
1928 Eric Porter London England, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps)
1930 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Earnest, Cromwell)
1963 Julian Lennon, John's son/singer (Too Late for Goodbyes)/subject of Beatles' "Hey Jude"
1981 Rebecca Wilson Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1143 John II Comnenus Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident
1364 Jan II the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
1492 Lorenzo I de' Medici"il Magnifico" ruler of Florence (1469-92), dies
1498 Charles VIII King of France (1483-98), beheaded at 27
1537 Willem Aerts Flemish architect, dies
1629 Willem Teellinck Dutch theologist/vicar, dies at 50
1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti Italian composer, dies at 50
1853 Jan W Pieneman historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
1858 Anton Diabelli Austrian composer/publisher, dies at 76
1861 Elisha G Otis US elevator builder (Otis), dies at 50
1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens composer, dies at 68
1889 Henry Jupp cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies
1890 Junius Morgan philanthropist, dies at 76
1897 Heinrich von Stephan UK politician, dies
1947 Henry Ford US industrialist (Ford cars), dies
1970 Marie V Felix Prince of Luxemburg, dies

1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain
1783 Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1838 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to New York NY)
1862 John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
1879 Milk is sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1908 Lord Herbert Henry Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British Prime Minister
1933 Manchester Guardian warns of unknown nazi terror
1940 Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
1979 People's Republic of China joins IOC
1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel CA
1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1997 Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0


09-04-2006, 11:23 PM
Facts for Today, 9th April
1634 Albertine Agnes princess of Orange-Nassau
1649 James Scott Duke of Monmouth, ******* son of English king Charles II
1785 Sibrand Acker Stratingh Dutch physician/chemist (electric car 1835)
1806 Isambard Kingdom Brunel designer of 1st transatlantic steamer
1806 Louis count of Barrthy�nyi premier of Hungary
1830 Eadweard Muybridge England, pioneered study of motion, photography
1835 Leopold II King of Belgians (1865-1909)
1898 Paul Robeson, singer (Old Man River)/actor/football player
1903 Ward Bond, actor (Quiet Man, FortApache, Seth-Wagon Train)
1906 Todd Naylor "Hugh" Gaitskell MP (Labour Party)
1914 Richard Young CEO (Boosey & Hawkes)
1917 Vincent O'Brien racehorse trainer
1920 David Walker Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
1920 Alexander Moulton English bicycle designer (folding bicycle)
1925 Tom Jackson British union leader (Post Office)
1926 Lord Fitt MP (Belfast Ireland)
1926 Michael Ogden QC
1932 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes)
1932 Peter Moores director (Littlewoods)
1937 Valerie Singleton British broadcaster
1941 Hannah Gordon actress (Oh Alfie)
1957 Sev�riano BallesterosSpain, golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88)
- - - - Nathan J Clarke (AA Member)

1483 Edward IV King of England (1461-70, 71-83) dies at 38
1626 Francis Bacon Viscount St Albans, statesman, dies
1681 Alfonso Marsh composer, dies at 54
1747 Simon Fraser (Lord Lovat) 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England
1761 William Law theologian, dies
1765 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 77
1806 Willem V Batavus prince of Orange-Nassau, dies at 58
1807 John Opie England, painter/illustrator; Shakespeare gallery, dies at 45
1850 William Prout physician/chemist, dies
1904 Isabella II Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
1931 Paul Antonin Vidal composer, dies at 67
1961 Zog I [Ahmed Zogu] King of Albania (1925-39), dies at 65
1984 Basil Henry Blackwell British publisher, dies
1988 Brook Benton singer (Just a Matter of Time), dies of meningitis at 56
1998 Tammy Wynette (Stand By Your Man), dies from a blot clot at 55

1483 Edward I (12) succeeds Edward IV as king of England
1538 Danish king Christian III enters Schmalkaldische Union
1555 Marcello Cervini elected Pope Marcellus II
1609 Spain & Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact
1621 Spain & Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
1770 Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay (Australia)
1838 National Galley opens in London
1865 Robert E Lee & 26,765 troops, surrender to US Grant at Appomattox
1869 Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
1872 Samuel R Percy patents dried milk
1923 Sean O'Casey's "Shadow of a Gunman", premieres in Dublin
1925 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital
1953 Jomo Kenyatta sentenced to 7 years in Kenya
1957 Suez Canal cleared for all shipping
1966 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in ParisFrance
1967 1st Boeing 737 rolls out
1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of the Beatles
1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match of 101 hours, begins
1992 John Major, (Conservative Party) elected Prime Minister of England


10-04-2006, 11:06 PM
Facts for Today, 10th April

1512 James I king of Scotland (1513-42)
1569 Emilia van Nassau daughter of Willem of Orange & Anna of Saxon
1583 Hugo Grotius Holland, jurist, father of international law
1755 Samuel Hahnemann German physician/originator of homeopathy
1778 William Hazlitt Maidstone Kent England, essayist/critic
1783 Hortense E de Beauharnais French queen of Netherlands (1806-10)
1797 Claude Ambroise Seurat Troyes France, (World's skinniest man)
1829 William Booth founder (Salvation Army)
1847 Joseph Pulitzer Hungary, publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, New York World)
1857 Henry Ernest Dudeney mathematician/puzzle maker
1894 Ben Nicholson English painter/sculptor (Circle)
1917 Robert Burns Woodward organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
1921 Chuck Connors, actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa)
1930 Lord Morton of Shauna, Senator (College of Justice, Scotland)
1932 Adrian Henri poet/president (Liverpool Academy of Arts)
1932 Omar Sharif [Michael Shalhoub] Alexandria Egypt, actor (Dr Zhivago, Top Secret)
1937 Stan Mellor British racehorse trainer/jockey
1940 Gloria Hunniford British broadcaster/actress (Old Curiosity Shop)
1951 Steven Seagal, actor (Above the Law, Hard to Kill)
1953 David Moorcroft British athlete
1962 Cathy Turner Rochester NY, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994
1975 Floris Prince of Netherlands

0879 Louis II the stutterer, King of France (877-79), dies
0947 Hugo van Arles count of Arles/king of Italy, dies
1008 Notger bishop of Luik (972-1008), dies
1362 Machteld countess of Holland, dies
1533 Frederik I King of Denmark/Norway (1523-33), dies at 61
1585 Gregory XIII Italian Pope (1572-85), dies
1640 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau daughter of Willem I, dies at 60
1723 Claude F Tserclaes South Netherlands earl of Tilly, dies at 74
1756 Giacomo Antonio Perti Italian composer, dies at 94
1760 Gerard George Clifford head of East-Indian Company, dies at 75
1909 Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, dies at 72
1919 Emiliano Zapata Mexican leader, murdered at 39
1962 Stuart Sutcliffe original Beatles bassist, dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
1965 Linda Darnell dies from burns received in a fire at 41
1966 Christian J Modeste Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
1966 Evelyn Waugh British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
1995 Chen Yun Vice-Premier of China (1949-75, 79-80), dies

0879 Louis III, crowned King of France
1500 France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan
1516 1st ghetto, Jews are compelled to live in specific area of Venice
1552 Henri II of France occupies Metz
1633 Bananas were displayed in a London shop window � the first time the fruit had been seen in Britain.
1694 Duke Victor Amadeus of Savoye attacks Casale
1710 The Copyright Act came into effect, allowing authors to hold exclusive right to their work for up to 50 years after death.
1739 Dick Turpin executed in England for horse stealing
1790 Robert Gray is 1st American to circumnavigate the Earth
1835 Charles Darwin returns to Santiago, Chile
1849 The safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt of New York � he made it in only three hours and later sold the rights for $400 to pay debts.
1864 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes emperor of M�xico
1877 1st human cannonball act performed in London
1887 President Abraham Lincoln is re-buried with his wife in SpringfieldIL
1925 F Scott Fitzgerald publishes "The Great Gatsby"
1925 Czarina re-christens Stalingrad (now Volgograd)
1930 Synthetic rubber 1st produced
1947 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
1955 Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
1955 Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
1959 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda
1992 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka


10-04-2006, 11:12 PM
Todays Facts for, 11th April

1370 Frederick I the Warlike elector of Saxony
1715 John Alcock composer
1722 Christopher Smart English poet & journalist (Ceremony of Carols)
1770 George Canning (C) British PM (1827)
1825 Ferdinand Lassalle French politician/founder (Allgemeiner)
1856 Arthur Shrewsbury cricketer (dominant England bat late 19th cent)
1866 Carla Ford Henry's wife
1904 Arthur Ernest Mourant haematologist
1913 Oleg Cassini Paris France, fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy)
1918 Richard Wainwright MP
1921 Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy)
1928 Ethel [Skakel] Kennedy Chicago IL, wife of Bobby
1947 Michael Hindley British Member of European Parliament
1966 Lisa Stansfield English pop singer (Around the World)

1034 Romanus III Argyrus Byzantine emperor (1028-34), assasinated by wife
1240 Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
1512 Gaston de Foix French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle
1839 John Galt Scottish writer (Last of the Lairds), dies at 59
1901 Ivar Christian Hallstrom composer, dies at 74
1903 Gemma Galgani Italian saint, dies at 25
1906 James A Bailey circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58
1921 Augusta Victoria Queen of Prussia/wife of Emperor Wilhelm II, dies
1992 James Brown actor (Rip-Adventures of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 72
1994 Johan Block Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64

1471 King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI
1551 English premier John Dudley appointed duke of Northumberland
1564 England & France sign Peace of Troyes
1567 Dutch Prince William of Orange flees from Antwerp to Breda
1677 Battle at Montcassel, French troops beat Prince William III
1689 William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain
1814 1st abdication of France by Napoleon; he is exiled to Elba
1830 Robert Schumann attends piano concerto by Paganini
1848 Hungary becomes constitutional monarchy under king Ferdinand of Austria
1890 Ellis Island designated as an immigration station
1906 Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity
1941 Germany blitzes Conventry, England
1950 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
1956 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites
1977 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
1981 Race riot in London area of Brixton
1984 Chinese troops invade Vietnam
1992 Euro-Disney opens near Paris, France
1992 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3


13-04-2006, 01:06 AM
Facts for Today,12th April

1500 Joachim Camerarius [Liebhard Kammerer] German humanist
1573 Jacques Bonfr�re Dutch bible expert
1579 Fran�ois de Bassompierre marshal of France
1695 Caspar Burman historian/mayor (Utrecht Netherlands)
1724 Lyman Hall US physician (signed Declaration of Independence)
1764 Dirk van den Boetzelaer regent of Holland
1792 John George Lambton London, statesman (1st Earl of Durham)
1793 Ferdinand I the Good Natured, Emperor of Austria/king of Hungary
1794 Germinal P Dandelin Belgian mathematician (geometry)
1856 William M Conway English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen)
1884 Otto Meyerhof Germany, psychologist/biochemist (Nobel-1922)
1916 Brian Connell writer/broadcaster
1918 Edward John Stanley 18th Earl of Derby, English landowner/multi-millionaire
1919 Lady Ricketts CEO (National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux)
1923 Maria Callas opera singer (Carmen)
1925 Johnny Jordan England, cameraman (You Only Live Twice)
1927 Jane Withers Atlanta GA, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
1929 Elspet Gray (Lady Rix), actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tenko)
1932 Tiny Tim, singer (Tip Toe Thru' the Tulips With Me)
1935 Wendy Savage obstetrician/gynaecologist
1937 Raymond Ceulemans Belgian world champion billiards player
1939 Alan Ayckbourn London, playwright
1950 David Cassidy, singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family)

1550 Claude of Lorraine duke of Guise, dies at 53
1555 Johanna de Wanzinnige Queen of Castilie (1504-20), dies at 75
1748 William Kent English sculptor/architect (Kensington Palace), dies
1760 Baron Ernst Gottlieb composer, dies at 64
1795 Rainieri de Calzabigi Italian literary, dies at 80
1910 William G Sumner US sociologist/politicologist (Folkways), dies at 69
1912 Clara Barton organized American Red Cross, dies at 90
1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd US President (1933-1945, Democrat), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs GA at 63
1946 August Borms Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
1947 Christian F L Leipoldt South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
1954 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
1956 Jos� Moscardo Ituarte Spanish General (Alc�zar 1936), dies at 77
1981 Joe Louis [Brown bomber]US heavyweight champion (1937-49), dies at 66
1984 Ruth Taylor actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
1989 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walker Smith Jr] world welterweight champion (1946-51)/5-time middleweight champion, dies of Alzheimers at 67

1204 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople
1229 Queen Blanche of Castili� & earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace
1385 Willem van Oostervant weds Philip the Stout's daughter Margaretha (10)
1545 French king Fran�ois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed
1583 William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny
1606 England adopts the Union Jack as its flag
1654 England, Ireland & Scotland unite
1872 Jesse James gang robs bank in ColumbiaKY (1 dead/$1,500)
1877 British annex Transvaal, in South Africa
1892 George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
1905 French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
1919 British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
1927 General Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
1928 Assassination attempt on king Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
1931 Spanish voters reject the monarchy
1945 Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd US President
1954 Bill Haley & the Comets record "Rock Around the Clock"
1961 Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
1988 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm SpringsCA
1992 Earthquake rocks Germany
1992 Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee France


14-04-2006, 08:44 AM
Todays Facts for 13th April

1519 Catherine de M�dici Queen of Spain/daughter of Henry II
1545 Elisabeth van Valois French queen of Spain/daughter of Henri II
1593 Thomas Wentworth London, earl of Strafford/Viceroy of Ireland
1729 Thomas Percy English literary/bishop of Dromore
1732 Frederick Lord North (C) British PM (1770-82)
1743 Thomas Jefferson, (D-R) 3rd US President (1801-09)
1771 Richard Trevithick, Cornwall England, inventor (steam locomotive)
1832 James Wimshurst British designer/inventor (electricstatic generator)
1852 Frank W Woolworth (Woolworths)
1892 Robert A Watson-WattEngland, physicist (radar)
1899 Alfred Moser Butts game inventor (Scrabble)
1906 Samuel Beckett Irish playwright (Waiting for Godot/Nobel 1969)
1919 Howard Keel, actor/singer (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
1922 John George Vanderbile Henry Spencer-Churchill [11th Duke of Marlborough] English large landowner
1937 Edward Fox, actor (M-Never Say Never Again)
1951 Peter Davison actor (Dr Who, Sink or Swim, Fiddlers Three)
1952 Jonjo O'Neill racehorse trainer
1970 Rick Schroder, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling)

1517 Tuman Bey last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, hanged
1638 Henri II duke of Rohan-Gi�, French hugenot leader, dies at 58
1695 Jean de La Fontaine poet, dies
1722 Charles Leslie Irish controversialist, dies
1728 Johann Christoph Schmidt composer, dies at 63
1794 S�bastien-Roch-Nicolas Chamfort French playwright, commits suicide at 53
1806 Jean-Jacques Bachelier French painter, dies at about 82
1868 Theodorus [Kasa] emperor of Abyssinia, commits suicide
1910 William Orchardson British painter, dies
1975 Larry Parks actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
1992 Wallace Stegner novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
1997 George Wald scientist (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina), dies at 80

1111 Pope Paschalis II crowns Roman catholics-German king Hendrik II
1204 Crusaders occupy Constantinople
1241 Battle at Theiss Mongols beat Hungarian King B�la IV
1367 Battle at N�jera Spain Castili� & England beat Arag�n & France
1640 English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)
1668 John Dryden (36) becomes 1st English poet laureate
1741 Royal Military Academy forms at Woolwich
1742 George Frideric H�ndel's "Messiah" performed for 1st time (Dublin)
1829 English Emancipation Act grants freedom of religion to Catholics
1869 Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)
1883 Alfred Packer convicted of cannibalism
1933 1st flight over Mount Everest (Lord Clydesdale)
1941 Heavy German assault on Tobruk
1964 Sidney Poitier becomes 1st black man to win Oscar for best actor
1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours


14-04-2006, 08:49 AM
Todays Facts for 14th April

1578 Philip III king of Spain & Portugal (1598-1621)
1629 Christiaan Huygens Holland, astronomer (discovered Saturn's rings)
1721 William August [Duke of Cumberland] English army leader
1723 John Wainwright composer
1770 George Canning London, British PM (1827)
1819 Charles Halle pianist/conductor/founder (Halle Orchestra)
1866 Anne Mansfield Sullivan US, educated Helen Keller
1874 Count Alexander of Athlone, Governor-General (South-Africa/Canada)
1892 Vere G Childe British archaeologist/prehistorian
1897 Barbara Baroness Wootton of Abinger English Lower house leader
1904 Sir John Gielgud London England, actor (Arthur, Ages of Man)
1917 Valerie Hobson North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
1925 Rod Steiger, actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker, Chosen)
1928 Robert Mugabe President (Zimbabwe, 1988- )
1935 Loretta Lynn, country singer (Coal Miner's Daughter)
1941 Julie Christie Assam India, actress (Dr Zhivago)
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0711 Childebert III king of French, dies at about 27
0911 Sergius III Italian Pope (904-11), dies
1099 Conrad bishop of Utrecht, stabbed to death
1240 Llywelyn ap Iorwerth Prince of Wales, dies
1427 John IV duke of Brabant, dies
1471 Richard Neville Warwick 2nd earl of Salisbury, dies at 42
1574 Hendrik count of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle
1574 Louis earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle at 35
1759 Georg Frideric H�ndel organist/composer (Watermusic), dies at 74
1975 Fredric March actor, (Inherit the Wind, The Iceman Cometh, Death of a Salesman), dies from cancer at 77
1983 Pete Farndon rock bassist (Pretenders), dies
1990 Martin Kessel writer, dies on 89th birthday
1995 Burl Ives folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 85

0979 Challenge to throne of King Aethelred II of England
1028 German emperor Conrad II the Sailor crowns his son Henry III, king
1471 Battle of Barnet-King Edward IV vs Earl of Warwick
1536 English king Henry VIII expropriate minor monasteries
1611 Word "telescope" is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)
1792 France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars
1814 Napoleon abdicated & was banished to Elba
1861 Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1894 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
1902 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium
1903 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (New YorkNY)
1912 The Titanic, launched on 31 May 1911, on route from Southampton to New York with 2200 passengers, strikes iceberg off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia at approximately 11:30pm, and sinks early the next morning (1500+ death toll)
1921 Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
1931 Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
1939 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published
1941 King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
1944 General Eisenhower becomes head commander of allied air fleet
1960 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
1962 Georges Pompidou becomes President of France
1971 President Richard Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
1986 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican archbishop of Capetown
1986 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
1987 Turkey asks to join European market
1989 1,100,000,000th Chinese born


16-04-2006, 11:56 PM
Facts for 15th April
1452 Leonardo da Vinci Italy, painter/sculptor/scientist/visionary
1469 Nanak 1st guru of Sikhs
1588 Claudius Salmasius [Claude Saumaise] French linguist
1684 Catherine I empress of Russia (1725-27)
1707 Leonhard Euler Bassle Sweden, mathematician (Euler's Constant)
1793 Friedrich Struve Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers
1800 Sir James Clark Ross explorer (British Antarctic)
1809 Hermann G�nther Grassmann mathematician
1829 Mary Harris Thompson 1st American woman surgeon
1882 Giovanni Amendola Italian antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo)
1901 Joe Davis English snooker/billiards-world champion (1927-46)
1903 John Williams England, actor (Niles-Family Affair, Dial M for Murder)
1907 Gerald Abrahams Liverpool, author (Teach Yourself Chess)
1924 John Grigg British historian
1929 Adrian Cadbury candy manufacturer (Cadbury, Schweppes)
1939 Marti Wilde father of rocker Kim Wilde
1960 Philip Belgian prince/husband of princess Paola

1220 Adolf I archbishop of Cologne, dies
1415 Manuel Chrysoloras Byzantine leader/diplomat (Erot�mata), dies
1472 Leon B Alberti Italian humanist/architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68
1502 Jan IV Chalon prince of Orange, dies
1605 Boris Godunov tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies
1765 Michail von Lomonosov Russian scholar/poet, dies at 53
1772 Karel Jozef ruler of Batthy�nyi, dies at 73
1865 President Abraham Lincoln dies, at 7:22 am, morning after being shot by John Wilkes Booth
1888 Matthew Arnold English poet, dies at 65
1965 Syd Chaplin dies at 80
1969 Victoria von Battenberg wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
1975 Richard Conte actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
1980 Raymond Bailey actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
1982 5 Muslim extremist murderers of Egyptian President Sadat executed
1982 Arthur Lowe British actor (Captain Mainwaring in Dad's army), dies at 66
1984 Tommy Cooper comedian, dies at 61
1990 Greta Garbo actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84
1993 Leslie Charteris British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
1994 John Curry English figure skater (Olympics-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44

1045 British Army liberates Belsen concentration camp
1205 Battle at Adrianople Bulgaria beats Emperor Boudouin of Constantinople
1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War
1493 Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella
1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
1689 French king Louis XIV declares war on Spain
1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
1738 Bottle opener invented
1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
1784 1st balloon flight in Ireland
1793 Bank of England hands out 1st �5-note
1896 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1922 Frederick Banting, John MacLeod & Charles Best discover insulin
1942 George VI awards the George Cross to the people of Malta
1964 Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia


17-04-2006, 12:01 AM
Facts for 16th April

1648 John Luyken poet/etcher (Duytse Lyre)
1652 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italy, Pope (1730-40)
1660 Hans Sloane England, physician/naturalist; founded British Museum
1682 John Hadley mathematician/inventor (1st reflecting telescope)
1728 Joseph Zwart Scottish chemist/physicist
1867 Wilbur Wright of aeronautical fame (Wright Brothers)
1889 Charlie Chaplin [The Little Tramp], comedian/actor/director (City Lights)
1901 Leo Poos nazi police officer (caught Dutch underground agents)
1911 Christine McIntyre actress (3 Stooges movies)
1918 Spike Milligan, actor/comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers)
1921 Peter Ustinov London England, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd)
1922 Kingsley Amis England, novelist (Lucky Jim, The James Bond Dossier)
1924 Henry Mancini, composer/conductor (Pink Panther)
1932 Vince Hill singer (Roses of Picardy, La Vie en Rose)
1935 Bobby Vinton, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue)
1939 Dusty Springfield [Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien], rock vocalist (Growing Pains)
1940 Margrethe II queen of Denmark (1972- )
1943 Ruth Madoc actress (Hi Di Hi)
1955 Henri Heir Apparent Prince of Luxembourg
1963 Jimmy Osmond Ogden UT, singer (Donnie & Marie)
1963 Nick Berry Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)

1115 Svjatopolk II great monarch of Kiev, dies [or 1113]
1687 George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham dies at 59
1756 Jacques Cassini French astronomer (Discover rings of Saturn), dies at 79
1850 Marie [Gresholtz] Tussaud maker of wax figures, dies
1858 Johann Baptist Cramer German/British pianist/composer/publisher, dies at 87
1860 Carolina duchess of Berry/daughter of crown prince of Naples, dies
1879 Bernadette saint/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
1948 Babe Ruth baseball legend, dies
1992 Neville Brand actor (Stalag 17), dies of emphysema at 71
1995 Cheyenne Brando daughter of Marlon, commits suicide

1346 King Stefanus IX of Serbia proclaims himself czar of Greece
1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
1746 Battle at Culloden Troops of "James VIII & III" defeat Charles Stuart
1866 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Company office explodes
1866 Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
1870 Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London
1874 Dr David Livingstones corpse arrives in Southampton
1947 Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
1948 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris France
1951 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
1964 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
1970 70 die in an avalanche (France)
1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
1982 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution


17-04-2006, 12:05 AM
Facts for Today, 17th April
1573 Maximilian I duke/ruler of Bayern (Catholic League)
1586 John Ford English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
1622 Henry Vaughan English poet (Silex Scintillans)
1676 Frederik I [van Hessen Kassel] King of Sweden (1720-51)
1699 Robert Blair Scottish poet (Grave)
1868 Charles R Gallas Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
1894 Nikita S Khrushchev 1st Secretary USSR (1953-64)
1916 Donald Gibson British Vice-Admiral
1925 John Yates bishop (Lambeth England)
1929 James Last orchestra leader/composer/arranger
1930 Chris Barber jazz trombonist
1937 Brian Sedgemore British MP
1937 Daffy Duck animated character
1939 Robin Knox-Johnston yachtsman
1940 Bill Fury Liverpool, vocalist/guitarist (When Will You Say I Love You)
1946 Clare Francis yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
1946 Henry Kelly British broadcaster
1959 Teri Austin, Canada, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing)
1960 Michael Whitaker showjumper

0818 Bernhard I King of Italy, dies
0858 Benedict III Italian Pope (855-58), dies
1427 Jan IV duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
1630 Christian I ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mountain), dies
1679 John van Kessel Flemish painter, dies at 53
1711 Jozef I [Habsburg] emperor of Germany (1705-11), dies at about 32
1944 J T Hearne cricketer (took 49 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
1960 Eddie Cochran rocker, dies in an auto accident at 21
1988 Eva Novak actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90

1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies
1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1534 Sir Thomas More confined in LondonTower
1711 Charles VI Habsburg becomes king of Austria
1861 Virginia become 8th state to secede
1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1941 Office of Price Administration established (to handle rationing)
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F Kennedy
1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1969 Bernadette Devlin elected to British House of Commons
1990 Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die


20-04-2006, 11:00 PM
Facts for Today, 18th April

1480 Lucretia Borgia murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
1580 Thomas Middleton English playwright (Game of Chess)
1732 George Colman "the Elder", playwright (baptised)
1740 Francis Baring banker/merchant
1817 George Henry Lewes English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
1839 Henry Clarence Kendall New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
1868 Didericus G van Epen genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
1871 Henry Stephenson British West Indies, actor (Conquest, Little Old New York, Mr Lucky)
1889 Jessie Street Australian pro women's/aborigine rights fighter
1898 Lord Leatherland British journalist/Labour peer
1908 Henry Guinness missionary
1917 Louise Frederika Queen of Greece
1922 Avril Angers actress (Brass Monkey)
1934 James Drury, actor (Virginian)
1942 Jochen Rindt German race car driver
1946 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna)
1958 Les Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo & the Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)

1610 Robert Parsons English jesuit leader/plotter, dies at 63
1689 George Jeffreys 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies
1690 Charles V Leopold Duke of Lotharingen/Austrian fieldmarshal, dies
1874 David Livingstone buried in Westminster Abbey
1945 Ernest T Pyle British/US newscaster, killed in WWII at 44
1945 John Ambrose Fleming electrical engineer, dies
1947 Benny Leonard lightweight boxing champion (1917-25), dies at 51
1955 Albert Einstein German/US physicist (E=MC�), dies
1955 Don Blackie cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
1958 Richard B Goldschmidt German zoologist (butterflies), dies
1963 Henrietta Kreis 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death

1599 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
1809 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England
1834 Charles Darwin sails to Rio Santa Cruz up Patagonia
1835 William Lamb Lord Melbourne forms British government
1838 Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
1861 Colonel Robert E Lee turns down offer to command Union armies
1881 NaturalHistoryMuseum of South Kensington England opens
1902 Denmark is 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
1906 San Francisco Earthquake (one of the most significant earthquakes of all time) kills over 700 people
1909 Joan of Arc declared a saint
1927 Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China
1946 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
1948 International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
1949 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
1963 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
1977 Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize
1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
1987 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air
1991 Census Bureau says it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
1992 Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden
1994 Brian Lara scores 375 for West Indies vs England to beat Sobers' world record
1994 Former President Richard Nixon suffers a stroke & dies 4 days later


20-04-2006, 11:04 PM
Facts for Today,19th April

1320 Pedro I King of Portugal (1357-67)
1728 Francisco Albergati Capacelli Italian playwright
1737 Geert Reinders Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation propagandist
1768 Adrian H Haworth English entomologist/botanist
1873 Sydney Barnes cricketer (probably England's greatest bowler)
1876 Hendrik Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin/king of Netherlands
1903 Eliot Ness untouchable (Prohibition Agent for Department of Treasury-Chicago, Untouchables)
1925 Hugh O'Brian, actor (Wyatt Earp, Search)
1933 Jayne Mansfield , actress Girl Can't Help It, Too Hot to Handle)
1933 Harold "Dickie" Bird cricketer (noted England Test umpire)
1935 Dudley Moore, actor (10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks)
1941 Alan Price, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
1944 Margo MacDonald Scottish national broadcaster
1954 Trevor Francis British soccer manager
1956 Sue Barker England, tennis star
1961 Richard Phelps British pentathlete
1978 Whitney Metzler 400 meter medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-96)

1390 Robert II King of Scotland, dies
1608 Earl of Dorset poet/statesman, dies
1658 Robert Rich 2nd earl of Warwick English Lord High Admiral, dies at 70
1689 Christina Queen of Sweden (1644-54), dies
1739 Nicholas Saunderson mathematician, dies
1824 [George Gorden Noel] "Lord" Byron poet, dies at 36
1862 Simon Fraser Canadian explorer, dies
1881 Benjamin Disraeli 1st Earl (Beaconsfield)/novelist, dies
1882 Charles Robert Darwin evolutionist (Origin of Species), dies
1906 Pierre Curie French physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903), dies
1926 Squire Bancroft [Butterfield] actor/manager (Haymarket), dies at 84
1937 William M Conway English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81
1989 Daphne Du Maurier English writer (Rebecca, JamaicaInn), dies at 82
1994 Frederick Ferrari crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
1995 J[oseph] Peter Grace CEO (W R Grace), dies at 82

1539 Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1587 Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet
1713 Emperor Karel VI ends Pragmatic Sanctions
1770 Captain James Cook 1st sees Australia
1874 Barracks on AlcatrazIsland destroyed in fire
1909 Joan of Arc, declared a saint
1921 Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
1934 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"
1951 General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
1956 US actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (civil ceremony)
1968 Belgian construction workers strike
1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
1972 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title


20-04-2006, 11:08 PM
Facts for Today, 20th April

1442 Edward IV King (England, 1461-83)
1494 John Agricola [Schneider] German theologist/prime minister
1592 John Eliot St Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
1745 Philippe Pinel physician, founder of psychiatry
1808 Louis-Napoleon [Napoleon III] emperor of France (1852-71)
1839 Carol I King of Romania (1881-1914)
1871 William Henry DaviesWales, poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp)
1879 Robert Lynd Irish writer/critic (Pleasures of Ignorance)
1893 Harold Lloyd, silent comic (Why Worry, Safety Last)
1904 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong)
1941 Ryan O'Neal, actor (Peyton Place, Paper Moon, Love Story)
1951 Luther Vandross , rock vocalist (Here and Now, Never Too Much)

1534 Elizabeth Barton [Nun of Kent] British prophet, is executed
1759 Georg Friedrich H�ndel buried in Westminster Abbey
1769 Pontiac Indian chief to Ottawa, murdered
1786 John Goodricke English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21
1836 Johan I Jozef monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal, dies at 75
1947 Christian X King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
1962 Jesse G Vincent engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
1991 Steve Marriott English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
1992 Benny [Alfred Hawthorn] Hill comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
1995 R E S Wyatt cricketer (England captain 16 times), dies
1995 Tessie O'Shea entertainer, dies at 81
1996 Christopher Robin Milne bookseller/son of writer A A Milne (Winnie the Pooh), dies at 75

1505 Jews are expelled from OrangeBurgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 John Dudley becomes English Earl Marshal
1653 Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1770 Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1902 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium
1920 7th modern Olympic games open in AntwerpBelgium
1931 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
1947 Frederik IX becomes King of Denmark
1968 Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM
1985 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
1992 All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium London


20-04-2006, 11:18 PM
Facts for Today, 21st April

1619 John A van Riebeeck colonial director/founder (Cape Colony)
1729 Catharina II the Great, writer/emperess of Russia (1762-96)
1782 Friedrich W A Fr�bel Germany, educator (founded kindergarten)
1795 Vincenzo Pallotti Italian saint
1803 Levin Minn Powell Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885
1816 Charlotte Bront�, novelist (Jane Eyre)
1913 Choh Hao Li biochemist professor (isolated growth hormones)
1913 Norman Parkinson England, fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar)
1915 Anthony Quinn Chihuahua M�xico, actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia)
1916 Sidney Clute BrooklynNY, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey)
1926 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth [Alexandra Mary Windsor}II of United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland & of her other Realms & Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
1932 Angela Mortimer English tennis player, Wimbledon)
1971 Samantha Druce youngest woman to swim the English Channel

1109 Anselmus philosopher/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
1509 Henry VII 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), dies at 52
1736 Frans Eugenius duke/prince of Savoye, dies at 72
1910 Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] author(Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn), dies in Redding CT at 74
1918 "Red Baron" [Manfred von Richtofen] shot down in WWI at 25
1952 [Richard] Stafford Cripps English minister of Plane-manufacturing, dies at 62

1689 William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed king & queen of England
1785 Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges
1789 John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington)
1857 Alexander Douglas patents the bustle
1898 Spanish-American War begins
1913 Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper
1941 Greece surrenders to Nazi-Germany
1952 BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
1956 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", reaches No.1
1972 John Young & Charles Duke explore Moon (Apollo 16)
1983 �1 coin introduced in United Kingdom
1987 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151 (v Sri Lanka)


23-04-2006, 01:20 AM
Facts for Today, 22nd April

1357 Johan I King of Portugal (1383-1433)
1451 Isabella I of Castile, Queen of Spain (1479-1504), patron of Columbus
1515 Antoine of Bourbon duke of Vend�me/king of Navarra
1682 Willem I Kerricx the Young Flemish architect/sculptor/painter
1690 John Carteret Earl Granville (C), English chief minister (1722-42)
1707 Henry Fielding England, novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones)
1799 Jean Poiseuille physician/physiologist (blood pressure)
1816 Philip James Bailey English poet (Festus)
1853 Alphonse Bertillon, anthropologist, devised crime ID system
1864 Phil May Wortley Yorkshire, cartoonist
1876 Robert B�r�ny Sweden, otologist, vestibular expert (Nobel 1914)
1878 Kitty Gordon Folkestone England, entertainer
1915 Lord Airedale British Lord (Socialist Democrat)
1916 Yehudi Menuhin, violinist/conductor (Bartok's Sonata)
1925 George Cole, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
1926 James Stirling Scottish D-day-parachutist/architect/knight
1936 Glen Campbell, actor/singer (Rhinestone Cowboy, By the Time I get to Phoenix, Galveston, Wichita Lineman)

1355 Eleonora Plantagenet daughter of King Edward II, dies at 36
1521 Juan de Padilla Spanish nobleman/communero-rebel, beheaded
1648 Catharina Belgian van Nassau daughter of Willem, dies at 69
1778 James Hargreaves inventor (spinning jenny), dies
1821 John Crome [Old Crome] English landscape painter/etcher, dies at 52
1827 Thomas Rowlandson caricaturist, dies
1833 Richard Trevithick inventor (steam locomotive), dies at 62
1908 Henry Campbell-Bannerman British premier (1905-08), dies
1933 Frederick Henry Royce motorcar pioneer, dies
1978 Will[iam Auge] Geer actor (Grandpa-The Waltons), dies from a respiratory ailment at 75
1984 Ansel AdamsUS photographer, dies at 82
1994 Denis Pitts journalist, dies at 64
1994 Richard Milhous Nixon 37th US President (1969-74), dies of stroke at 81

1370 Bastille begins being built in Paris France
1500 Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil & claims it for Portugal
1509 Henry VIII ascends to throne to become King of England
1521 French king Fran�ois I declares war on Spain
1648 English army claims king Charles I responsible for bloodshed
1659 Lord protector Cromwell disbands English parliament
1823 R J Tyers patents roller skates
1876 Tchaikovsky completes his "SwanLake" ballet
1944 Hitler & Mussolini meet at Salzburg
1964 World's Fair (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, New York) opens
1969 1st human eye transplant performed
1992 6.0 earthquake in California
1994 In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds is made


23-04-2006, 01:30 AM
Todays Facts for 23rd April

1564 William Shakespeare Stratford-on-Avon England, bard (Hamlet, MacBeth, Julius C�sar)
1697 George Baron Anson British Admiral/explorer
1828 Albert king of Saxon (1873-1902)
1905 Lord Carew Ireland, judge (dressage)
1907 Baroness Dudley
1918 Anthony Craxton British TV producer
1926 Virgil I [Gus] Grissom astronaut (LibertyBell 7, Gemini 3)
1928 Shirley Temple Black, child actress (Heidi)/ambassador (UN)
1939 Lee Majors, TV actor (BigValley, $6,000,000 Man, Fall Guy)
1941 Ed Stewart British DJ
1944 Sandra Dee, actress (Gidget, A Summer Place, Tammy and the Doctor, Imitation of Life)
1947 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey Ireland, political activist
1981 Gabriella Windsor daughter of Prince Michael
- - - - Janeann (AA Member)

0303 George knight of Cappadoci�/saint/patron of England, beheaded
0871 Ethelred I king of Wessex/brother of Alfred the Great, dies
1014 Brian Boru king of Ireland, dies in battle at 87
1014 Sweyn Forkbeard Viking king of England (1013-14), dies
1016 Aethelbred II "the Unready" king of England (979-1016), dies
1616 William Shakespeare English author (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), dies on his 52nd birthday
1625 Maurice of Nassau Prince of Orange, dies at 57
1786 Alexander Cozens English water colors painter, dies at about 68
1850 William Wordsworth poet, dies at 80
1962 Stirling Moss auto racer, killed while racing at 32
1975 Pete Ham rocker (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
1975 William Hartnell actor (Dr Who), dies at 67
1986 Jim Laker cricketer (193 wickets for England at 21 24), dies
1988 Arthur Michael Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
1990 Paulette Goddard actress (Hazard), dies of heart failure in Ronco Switzerland at 78

1348 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of the Garter)
1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
1789 President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York
1795 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
1838 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in New York
1851 Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
1867 Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1924 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 pence)
1969 Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
1969 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
1975 Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", premieres in London
1980 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
1984 AIDS-virus identified (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
1985 Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1992 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
1996 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-takes in $34.5 million


24-04-2006, 11:50 PM
Facts for Today, 24th April

1743 Edmund Cartwright England, cleric, inventor (power loom)
1766 Robert Bailey Thomas founded Farmer's Almanac
1769 Arthur Wellesley General/Duke of Wellington
1814 Angela Burdett-Coutts philanthropist extrordinaire
1815 Anthony Trollope England, novelist/poet (Barchester Towers)
1867 Fannie Thomas became oldest known American (113 y 273 d at death)
1886 R Pelgrom oldest Dutch man (died Apr 15, 1994, 9 days short of 108)
1889 [Richard] Stafford Cripps English Minister of Plane-manufacturing (1942-45)
1934 Shirley MacLaine, actress/mystic (Irma la Douce)
1935 Louis Keith ChicagoIL, physician (expert on multiple-births)
1936 Jill Ireland London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)
1941 John Williams, guitarist (Academy Award)
1947 Glenn Cornick rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick)
1960 Paula Yates, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)

0709 Wilfried bishop of York, dies at about 76
0729 Egbert English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89
1077 Geza I King of Hungary (1074-7), dies
1185 Antoku Taira emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns
1731 Daniel Defoe English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies
1824 Herman Muntinghe theologist (History of Mankind), dies at 71
1850 Louis Alexandre Piccinni composer, dies at 70
1952 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
1965 Louise Dresser actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
1967 Frank Overton actor (12 O'Clock High), dies at 48
1967 Vladimir M Komarov cosmonaut (Voshkod I), is 1st to die in space, aboard Soyuz 1 at 40
1974 Bud Abbott comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78
1975 William Hartnell actor (Jackpot, This Sporting Life), dies at 67
1986 Wallis Warfield Simpson (Duchess of Windsor) dies
1986 Bill Edrich cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies

1558 Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland marries French crown prince Fran�ois
1704 "Boston News-Letter", 1st successful newspaper in US, is established
1801 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten"
1833 Patent granted for 1st soda fountain to Jacob Evert & George Dulty
1854 Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Elisabeth A E "Sissi"
1872 Volcano Vesuvius erupts
1880 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England and Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
1888 Eastman Kodak forms
1916 Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins
1928 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
1941 British army begins evacuation of Greece
1941 Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
1953 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1960 Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
1963 English princess Alexandra marries sir Angus Ogilvy
1970 Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth
1981 US ends grain embargo against USSR
1989 Tens of thousands of students strike in BeijingChina
1992 David Bowie marries model Iman in Switzerland
1996 31st Academy of Country Music Awards Shania Twain wins


25-04-2006, 08:20 AM
Facts for Today, 25th April

1214 Louis IX king of France (1226-70)
1228 Koenraad IV Roman Catholic German king (1237-54)
1284 Edward II king of England (1307-27)
1599 Oliver Cromwell Puritan lord protector of England (1653-58)
1608 Jean duke of Orl�ans brother of French King Louis XIII/General
1769 Mark Isambard Brunel engineer/inventor
1862 Edward Grey English viscount of Fallodon/minister of Foreign affairs
1872 Charles Burgess Fry cricketer/world record long jumper
1873 Walter De la Mare English poet/anthologist (Behold the Dreamer)
1874 Guglielmo Marconi, inventor (radio/Nobel 1909)
1895 Stanley Rous British soccer official
1912 Gladys L Presley mother of Elvis
1914 Marcos Perez Jimenez President/dictator Venezuela
1918 Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer
1932 William RoacheEngland, actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street)
1939 Richard Earl of Lichfield English photographer
1940 Al Pacino, actor (And Justice For All, Godfather, Scorpio)
1947 Johan Cruyff Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona)
1955 Buster Mottram tennis player
1957 Eric "The Crafty Cockney" Bristow, dart thrower (5 World Masters titles)

1482 Margaret of Anjou Queen (Henry VI), dies
1566 Diane de Poitiers lover of French King Henry II, dies
1607 Don Juan Alvarez Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
1728 John Woodward geologist/physician, dies
1744 Anders Celsius Swedish astronomer (Centegrade Thermometer), dies at 42
1792 Nicolas J Pelletier Frenchman, first to be guillotined
1800 William Cowper English lawyer/poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
1822 Frederick "William" Herschel German/British astronomer, dies at 83
1873 Walter de la Mare English poet/author (Behold the Dreamer), dies at 43
1982 Celia Johnson actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
1982 William R Burnett US, writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
1985 Richard Haydn British actor (Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 80
1994 David Langton, actor (Upstairs Downstairs), dies at 82
1995 Ginger Rogers actress/dancer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

1660 London Convention Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II
1684 Patent granted for the thimble
1719 Daniel Defoes publishes "Robinson Crusoe"
1747 Prince Willem V appointed viceroy of Zealand
1850 Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices
1859 Ground broken for Suez Canal
1928 Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for the blind
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1945 Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany's final transmission
1953 Scientists identify DNA
1954 British raid Nairobi Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects are arrested)
1956 Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes to No.1
1959 St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
1970 Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
1975 West German embassy blown-up in Stockholm Sweden
1990 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
1993 Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader
1994 14" of snow in Southern California
1994 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed


27-04-2006, 09:30 PM
Facts for Today, 26th April
1319 Jean II the Good, king of France (1350-64)
1573 Marie de'Medici Queen of France
1603 Francesco Nigetti composer
1648 Pedro II King of Portugal (1683-1706)
1711 David Hume England, empiricist/philosopher (Treatise of Human Nature)
1726 Pasquale Paoli Corsican freedom fighter
1776 Joan M Kemper Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book)
1782 Maria Amalia of Bourbon-Sicily wife of Louis Phillip of Austria
1879 Sir Owen Williams Richardson England, physicist (Nobel 1928) )
1893 Anita Loos author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
1895 Rudolf Hess Hitler's Deputy F�hrer, only prisoner at Spandau
1900 Charles Richter Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
1914 Charlie Chester British comedian (Never Say Die)
1918 Fanny Blankers-Koen Holland, 100 meter/200 meter dash, Hurdler (Olympics-gold-1948)
1926 David Coleman sports commentator
1926 Michael Joughin CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
1930 Derek Waring actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
1933 Carol Burnett, comedian/actress (Annie, 4 Seasons)
1956 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne] photographer/actress (Emily)
1960 Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
- - - - Happydays (AA Member)

1196 Alfonso II King of Aragon (1162-96), dies
1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner composer, dies at 58
1731 Daniel Defoe English author (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70
1865 Charles J Sax Belgian inventor (saxophone), dies at 74
1865 John Wilkes Booth assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27
1932 Bill Lockwood cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
1938 Edmund Husserl German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
1973 Irene Ryan actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
1976 Sidney James actor (Lavander Hill Mob, Carry On), dies at 65
1980 Cicely Courtneidge actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
1982 Celia Johnson British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
1984 May McAvoy actress (Ben Hur), dies after a heart attack at 82
1984 William "Count" Basie jazz piano great, dies on 80th birthday
1986 [William] Broderick Crawford actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74
1989 Lucille Ball comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy), dies of a massive heart attack at 78
1991 Carmine Coppola composer/father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies

1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
1564 William Shakespeare baptized
1607 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry VA
1677 Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1814 King Louis XVIII lands on Calais, from England
1923 English prince Albert (George VI) marries lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
1928 Madame Tussaud's waxworks exhibition opens in London
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1959 Cuba invades Panam�
1962 Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)
1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hours
1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona", musical opens in London
1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
1991 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
1992 Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously


27-04-2006, 09:34 PM
Facts for Today,27th April

1737 Edward GibbonEngland, historian (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) )
1791 Samuel Finley Breece Morse US painter/inventor (telegraph)
1820 Herbert Spencer Derby England, Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)
1822 [Hiram] Ulysses S[impson] Grant, 18th US President (1869-77, Republican)
1840 Edward Whymper 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)
1891 Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev composer
1892 Louis Victor de Broglie physicist (studied electrons)
1896 Wallace Hume Carothers inventor (nylon)
1900 Walter Lantz animator (Woody Woodpecker's creator)
1904 Cecil Day-Lewis England, poet laureate/detective (Nicholas Blake)
1922 Jack Klugman, actor (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus)
1939 Judy Carne, comedienne (Laugh-in, Fair Exchange)
1942 Gordon Roddick English cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop)
1944 Michael Fish British TV weatherman
1959 Sheena [Shirley Orr] Easton, singer (Morning Train, For Your Eyes Only)
1967 Prince Willem-Alexander, Dutch crown prince/son of Queen Beatrix of Netherlands/heir apparent

1124 Alexander I king of Scotland (1107-24), dies
1404 Philip the Stout, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 62
1521 Ferdinand Magellan world traveler, killed by Filipino natives at 50
1682 Theodorus III czar of Russia (1676-82), dies
1794 William Jones British Orientalist/jurist, dies at 47
1806 Amalia F�rstin Gallitzin Prussian daughter of Golitsyn, dies at 57
1936 Frederik A Stoett linguist (Dutch Proverbs), dies at 72
1936 Karl Pearson mathematician, dies
1957 Mario A Gianini creator of the maraschino cherry, dies
1959 Gordon Armstrong inventor of baby incubator, dies

1646 King Charles I flees Oxford
1650 Scottish General Montrose defeated
1746 Battle at Culloden Moor Duke of Cumberland beats "James VIII & III"
1773 British Parliament passes the Tea Act (eventually leads to Boston Tea Party on December 16)
1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens
1908 4th modern Olympic games open in London
1935 Brussel's World Expo opens
1945 Italian partisans capture Mussolini prisoner
1956 Heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing
1961 Sierra Leone declares independence from UK
1974 Pan Am 707 crashes into mountains of Bali, killing 107
1981 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]
1994 President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California


28-04-2006, 10:18 AM
Facts for Today, 28th April

1442 Edward IV king of England (1461-70, 1471-83)
1592 George Villiers 1st duke of Buckingham/English Admiral
1758 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25, Democratic Republican)
1774 Francis Baily describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse
1795 Charles Sturt England, explorered Australia
1846 Johann E Backlund Swedish astronomer (planets/asteroids)
1864 William F A Ellison Irish clergyman/director (Armagh Observatory)
1878 Lionel [Herbert Blythe] Barrymore, actor (A Free Soul, David Cooperfield, Dr Kildare)
1882 Alberto Pirelli Italian industrialist
1912 Odette Hallowes British classified agent in France (WWII)
1924 Kenneth David Kaunda founder/President (Zambia, 1964-91)
1926 Harper Lee author (To Kill a Mockingbird)
1937 Saddam Hussein [At-Takriti] President of Iraq (1979- )
1938 Madge Sinclair Kingston Jamaica, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John)
1938 Beverly F Albert architect
1941 Ann-Margret, Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy)
1942 Mike Brearley cricketer (outstanding England captainain 1977-81)
1950 Jay Leno, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show)
1956 Jeremy John Beadle writer/broadcaster
1964 Helen Marina Lucy Windsor, England, daughter of Prince Edward
- - - - Michael Deards (AA Member)

1843 William Wallace Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies
1881 Robert W Ollinger US warden/last victim of Billy the Kid, dies
1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie Scottish composer, dies at 87
1936 Foead I king of Egypt (1922-36), dies
1945 Benito Mussolini Fascist leader (Italy), captured, tried, & shot
1982 EW "Nobby" Clark, England cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies

1376 English parliament demands supervision on royal outlay
1655 English Admiral Blake beats Tunen pirate fleet
1686 1st volume of Isaac Newton's "Principia" published
1770 Captain James Cook in Endeavor lands at Botany Bay in Australia
1788 Maryland becomes the 7th state to ratify the constitution
1789 Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty & Captain William Bligh
1923 Wembley Stadium opens-Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)
1932 Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced
1935 Moscow underground opens (81 km long)
1937 1st commercial flight across the Pacific, Pan Am
1938 King Zog of Albania marries Countess Geraldine of Hungary
1940 Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
1967 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title
1968 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old Martin Brown
1969 Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France
1986 Chernobyl, USSR site of world's worst nuclear power plant disaster
1994 Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough


02-05-2006, 01:49 AM
Facts for Today,29th April

1667 John Arbuthnot Scottish writer (Alexander Pope)
1783 David Cox English painter (Treatise on landscape painting)
1818 Alexander II [N Romanov] Tsar of Russia (1855-81)
1879 Sir Thomas Beecham England, composer, founded London Philharmonic
1895 Malcolm Sargent English conductor (Promenade Concerts)
1899 Duke [Edward Kennedy] Ellington, bandleader (Take the A Train, It Don�t Mean a Thing (If It Ain�t Got That Swing)
1901 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1926-89)
1907 Fred Zinnemann, movie director (From Here to Eternity, Day of the Jackal, Julia)
1920 Harold Samuel Shapero Lynn MA, composer (9 Minute Opera)
1927 Dorothy Manley England, 100 meter sprint (Olympics-silver-1948)
1929 [John] Jeremy Thorpe British MP (Liberal)
1931 Anthony "Lonnie" Donegan Glasgow Scotland, skiffle vocalist/guitarist
1936 Jacob Rothschild English banker/multi-millionaire
1949 Anita Dobson England, actress (Annie Watts-EastEnders)
1958 Michelle Pfeiffer, actress (What Lies Beneath, Up Close & Personal, Ladyhawke, Married to the Mob.
1958 Daniel Day-Lewis, actor (Last of the Mohicans, My Left Foot)
1966 Phil Tufnell cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
1970 Andre Agassi, tennis star (Olympics-gold-96, US Open-1994 & 1999, Wimbledon-1992)

1535 John Houghton English, executed
1918 Gavrilo Princip Bosnian murderer of arch duke Ferdinand, dies at 22
1921 Arthur Mold British cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies
1966 Eugene O'Brien actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
1967 Anthony Mann US director (El Cid, Last Frontier), dies at 60
1968 Frankie Lymon rocker (& Teenagers), dies of a drug overdose at 25
1976 Wilhelm Maler composer, dies at 73
1980 Alfred Joseph Hitchcock British director (Psycho, Birds), dies at 80
1984 Marvin Gaye rocker (Sexual Healing), shot dead by his father at 45
1986 Seamus McElwaine Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
1988 Andrew Cruickshank actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
1993 Mick Ronson English guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies at 46

1429 Joan of Arc leads Orleans France, to victory over English
1553 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
1706 Emperor Jozef I becomes monarch of Cologne/Bavaria
1707 English/Scottish parliament accept Act of Union, form Great Britain
1781 French fleet stops Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope
1813 Rubber is patented
1852 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
1913 Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper
1916 Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
1927 Construction of the Spirit of St Louis is completed
1930 Telephone connection England-Australia goes into service
1945 Adolf Hitler marries Eva Braun
1964 Princess Irene marries Spanish Prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma
1977 British Aerospace forms
1981 Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women)
1990 Wrecking cranes began tearing down Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate
1991 Cyclone strikes Bangladesh, 139,000 die/10 million homeless


02-05-2006, 01:53 AM
Facts for Today, 30th April

1602 William Lilly England, astrologer/author/almanac compiler
1770 David Thompson English/Canadian explorer (Columbia River)
1790 John Cockerill English/Belgian industrialist
1812 Kaspar Hauser German son of grand duke Karel van Bathe
1823 George JD Campbell Scottish/British Minister to Indies (1868-74/80-85)
1909 Queen Juliana of Netherlands (1948-80)
1910 Al Lewis actor (Leo-Car 54, Grandpa-Munsters)
1913 Edith Fowke folklorist
1926 Cloris Leachman Des Moines IA, actress (Phyllis, Last Picture Show)
1933 Willie Nelson, country singer (On the Road Again)
1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard Queen of Netherlands (1980- ) )
1939 Pieter van Vollenhoven husband of Dutch Princess Margriet
1943 Bobby Vee, (Devil or Angel, Night has a Thousand Eyes)
1946 Carl XVI Gustav King of Sweden (1973- )
1975 Johnny Galecki , actor (American Dreamer, David-Roseanne)

1632 Sigismund III King of Poland/Sweden, dies at 65
1792 John Montague 4th Earl of Sandwich English Naval minister, dies at 73
1828 Shaka the great Zulu king, killed
1829 George Washington Adams son of John Q Adams, dies on City Island New York NY
1847 Charles archduke of Austria/Governor-General (Austria-Netherlands), dies
1919 Henry Wood England cricket wicket keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies
1934 Dr William Henry Welch pathologist who played a major role in the introduction of modern medical practice and education dies at 75
1945 Adolf Hitler German dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56
1945 Eva Braun mistress/wife of Hitler, commits suicide at 33
1984 Muddy Waters blues singer/guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), dies at 68
1989 Sergio Leone Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60
1994 Roland Ratzenberger Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31
1996 David Michael Ifshin British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro President of Guatemala (1966-70), dies

1492 Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
1725 Emperor Charles VI & King Philip IV of Spain sign Treaty of Vienna
1763 London Journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower
1772 John Clais patents 1st scale
1789 George Washington inaugurated as 1st President of US
1904 Ice cream cone makes its debut
1943 No�l Coward's "This Happy Breed", premieres in London
1945 Lord Haw-Haw calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks
1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
1961 Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize
1980 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, abdicates
1980 Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Wilhelmina Armgard, ascends to the throne
1997 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes


02-05-2006, 01:59 AM
Facts for Today, 1st May

1238 Magnus VI Lagabuter King of Norway (1263-80)
1245 Philippe III Poissy Yvelines France, King of France (1270-85)
1493 Phillippus Paracelsus Switzerland, physician/alchemist
1545 Franciscus Junius [Fran�ois du Jon], French/Netherlands calvinist theologist
1567 Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt Dutch royal painter
1577 Fran�ois van Kinschot Dutch treasurer
1582 Marco da Gagliano Italian opera composer
1592 Johann A Schall von Bell German missionaries/astronomer
1633 S�bastien le Prestre de Vauban French fortress architect
1672 Joseph Addison England, essayist (Spectator)
1735 John H van Kinsbergen Dutch Lieutenant-Admiral/founder of Dutch Marines Corps
1759 Jacob Albright [Albrecht], German/US predictor
1764 Benjamin Henry Latrobe engineer/architect (built Capitol)
1769 Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, British PM (C) (1828-30)
1839 Chardonnet inventor (rayon)
1852 Calamity [Martha] Jane [Burke] frontier adventurer/Indian fighter
1887 Alan Gordon Cunningham Irish/British general/director of Palestine (1945-48)
1909 Ethel Jane Cain original UK Speaking Clock voice
1916 Glenn Ford Qu�bec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway)
1927 Harry [Harold George Jr] Belafonte, calypso singer (The Banana Boat Song)
1927 Lord Bathurst English earl/large landowner/multi-millionaire
1929 Sonny Ramadhin cricket spin bowler (great West Indies spin bowler)
1944 Rita Coolidge, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone)
1946 Jerry Weiss, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears)
1946 Joanna Lumley, actress (Ab Fab, On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
1961 Steven Cauthen jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby-Affirmed)
1964 Sarah FE Armstrong-Jones daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon

1171 Dermot MacMurrough last Irish king of Leinster, dies
1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg German King (1298-1308), murdered
1447 Louis VII Duke of Baveria (1413-43), dies
1700 John Dryden English poet/playwright (Rival Ladies), dies
1872 Amalia princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies
1873 David Livingstone British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60
1896 Naser ed-Din shah of Persia (1848-96), murdered at 65
1902 John Glover English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
1903 Arthur Haygarth cricketer (compiler of "Scores & Biographies"), dies
1945 Paul Josef Goebbels Nazi minister on propoganda, commits suicide
1968 Harold G Nicolson English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
1982 Gene Sheldon actor (Bernardo-Zorro), dies at 72
1989 David Webster South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
1994 Ayrton Senna Brazilian Grand prix driver, dies in crash at 34
1997 Bebe AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40

1625 Prince Frederik Henry appointed viceroy of Holland
1707 England, Wales & Scotland form UK of Great Britain
1840 1st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
1841 1st emigrant wagon train leaves IndependenceMO for California
1844 Samuel Morse sends 1st telegraphic message
1851 Great Exhibition opens in London's Hyde Park, at CrystalPalace
1883 "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show
1926 British coal-miners go on strike
1927 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
1931 EmpireStateBuilding opens in New YorkNY
1939 Batman Comics hit the street
1940 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
1952 Mr Potato Head, introduced
1959 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1960 Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis
1966 Last British concert by the Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
1967 Elvis Presley & Pricilla Beaulieu wed in Las Vegas
1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel
1986 Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to the public
1991 Angola's civil war ends
1997 Toni Blair elected PM


02-05-2006, 02:05 AM
Facts for Today, 2nd May

1729 Catherine II (the Great) empress of Russia (1762-96)
1768 Jean-Louis M Alibert French dermatologist
1779 John Galt Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)
1844 Elijah McCoy black inventor, held over 50 patents including a lubricator for steam engines ("the Real McCoy")
1869 Tyrone Power Sr, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band)
1885 Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist (From Under My Hat)
1892 Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [the Red Baron], German WWI ace
1913 Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold)
1945 Bianca P�rez Morena de Macias JaggerNicaragua, model/Mick's ex-wife
1946 Lesley Gore, singer (It's My Party)
1969 Brian Lara cricketer (West Indies left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994)
- - - - Paul DeVol (AA Member)

1519 Leonardo Da Vinci artist/scientist, dies at 67
1845 August Pauly German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
1945 Martin Bormann propoganda minister for Hitler, dies
1964 Nancy N Witcher Astor US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies
1968 Donald L Hall airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
1972 J Edgar Hoover head of FBI (1924-72)/cross dresser, dies at 77
1982 Hugh Marlowe actor (Ellery Queen, Jim Matthews-Another World), dies at 71
1996 Peter John Swales football club chairman, dies at 63
1995 Michael Hordern actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83

1536 King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest
1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands
1652 Frederik Hendriks daughter Albertine Agnes marries Willem Frederik
1670 King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company
1885 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
1885 Congo Free State established by King Leopold II of Belgium
1887 Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
1890 Territory of Oklahoma created
1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1936 Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia
1942 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma
1946 Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die
1953 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
1953 Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to New York
1994 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 30 killed


04-05-2006, 12:51 AM
Facts for Today, 3rd May

1446 Margaretha English princess/duchess of Bourgondie
1455 Jo�o II the perfect, King of Portugal (1481-95)/took in Spanish Jews
1744 Freidrich Wilhelm Weis composer
1764 Elisabeth PMH princess of France/son of king Louis XVI
1773 Giuseppe Acerbi Italian traveller/nature investigator/diplomat
1826 Charles XV Louis E King of Sweden/Norway (1859-72)/poet
1844 Richard D'Oyly Carte England, opera impresario (Ivanhoe)
1874 Fran�ois Coty Corsica, Corsican senator/perfume maker
1892 Sir George Thomson demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)
1895 Zoltan Korda Hungarian/British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
1898 Golda Meir [Meyerson]KievUkraine, 4th Israeli PM (1969-74)
1903 Bing Crosby, crooner/actor (White Christmas, Going My Way)
1920 Sugar Ray Robinson, middleweight/welterweight boxer (champion)
1936 Engelbert Humperdinck, singer (After The Lovin', Release Me, Quando Quando Quando)
1937 Frankie Valli [Castelluccio], singer (Four Seasons-Sherry)
1939 Samantha Eggar, actress (Anna and the King, Collector)
1950 Mary Hopkin, singer (Those Were the Days)
1952 Allen Wells England, 100 meter dash (Olympics-gold-1980)
1959 Ben Elton, actor (Stark, Friday Night Live)

1442 Engelbert I Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies
1481 Mohammed II [F�tih], sultan of Turkey (1451-81), dies
1764 Francesco Algarotti Italian earl/encyclopedist, dies at 53
1856 Adolphe Charles Adam French composer/critic (Giselle), dies at 52
1902 David R Capriles Cura�aos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
1916 P�draic Pearse Irish nationalist, executed by British firing squad
1926 Napoleon V Bonaparte French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
1958 Frank Foster cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
1972 Bruce Cabot actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
1972 Dan Blocker actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
1996 Timothy Gullikson tennis player/coach, dies at 45

1494 Jamaica discovered by Christopher Columbus; he names it "St Iago"
1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
1906 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
1926 British general strike-3 million workers support miners
1938 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
1941 German air raid on Liverpool
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
1956 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivers his "I have a dream" speech


04-05-2006, 11:37 PM
Facts for Today, 4th May

1631 Mary I Henriette Stuart daughter of Charles I/Queen of England
1655 Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori Italy, piano builder
1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler composer
1820 Joseph Whitaker England, publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
1825 Thomas Henry Huxley scientist/humanist/Darwinist
1875 Reggie Schwartz cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
1877 Arthur Lang US, boxer/businessman (Died Aug 8, 1992 at 115)
1924 Dennis Weaver actor (McCloud)
1924 Peter Aldersley actor/disc jockey
1929 Audrey Hepburn, actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady)
1936 El Cordob�s [Manuel Ben�tez] Spanish toreador
1959 Randy Travis, country singer (Forever and Ever Amen, Diggin' Up Bones)

1879 William Froude British civil engineer/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
1885 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
1891 Sherlock Holmes "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
1928 Barry E Odell Pain English writer (Punch), dies at 63
1953 Edward B B Shanks British poet/critic, dies at 60
1955 Louis Breguet French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
1969 F Osbert S Sitwell English poet (Who Killed Cock Robin?), dies at 76
1975 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz] comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77
1980 Josip Broz Tito leader of Yugoslavia (1945-80), dies at 87
1980 Kay Hammond actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies in Brighton UK at 71
1981 Bobby Sands Irish IRA-terrorist, dies after hunger strike
1984 Diana Dors actress (Berserk!), dies at 52 of cancer
1992 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha
1626 Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth & buttons
1715 French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris France)
1776 Rhode Island declares independence from England
1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail (� penny)
1910 Tel Aviv founded
1923 New York state revokes Prohibition law
1924 8th modern Olympic games open in Paris France
1926 General strike hits Britain
1932 Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1953 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ernest Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea)
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes lst woman Prime Minister of Great Britian
1982 British torpedo boat Sheffield off Falkland hit by Exocet rocket


04-05-2006, 11:44 PM
Facts for Today, 5th May

1818 Karl Marx philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital)
1826 Eug�nie M de Montijo y de Guzman Empress of France
1833 Ferdinand von Richthofen German geographer/explorer
1835 Leopold II Belgian crown prince, baptized
1887 Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth archbishop of Canterbury )
1900 Mervyn A Ellison British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
1900 Spencer Tracy actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
1904 Sir Gordon Richards British jockey (winner of 4,870 races)
1907 Kenneth Muir English scholar
1908 Rex Harrison Huyton, England, actor (My Fair Lady, Doctor Dolittle, Cleopatra)
1911 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr specialist in tropical medicine
1912 Alice Faye, actress (Barricade, State Fair)
1913 Tyrone Power, actor (Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band)
1940 Eric Burdon, rock singer (Animals-House of Rising Sun, War)
1942 Tammy Wynette, country singer (Stand by your Man)
1943 Michael Palin, comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda)
1959 Ian McCullough rocker (Echo & The Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)

1194 Kazimierz II the Justified, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), dies
1309 Charles II the Lame, King of Naples (1285-1309), dies
1504 Anton of Burgundy the Great *******, knight, dies at about 82
1525 Frederik III the Wise, ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
1582 Charlotte de Bourbon Princess of Orange, dies
1786 Pedro III King of Portugal, dies
1821 Napoleon I Bonaparte emperor France (1799-1815), dies in St Helena
1969 Ben Alexander actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
1971 Alice Tissot actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
1995 Anthony Wagner genealogist, dies at 86

1646 King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1891 Carnegie Hall opens in NYC with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on New York Stock Exchange
1912 5th modern Olympic games opens in Stockholm Sweden
1920 Polish troops occupy Kiev
1930 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1935 Jessie Owens of the US, sets then long jump record at 26' 8�"
1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1944 Gandhi freed from prison
1994 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections


05-05-2006, 11:16 PM
Facts for Today, 6th may

1769 Ferdinand III archduke of Austria/ruler of Toscane
1856 Sigmund Freud, cigar smoker, father of psycho-analysis
1895 Rudolph Valentino Castellaneta Italy, sheik/actor (Eagle)
1898 Daniel Gerber, beloved by babies at mealtime
1902 Walter Dawson British Air Chief marshall
1904 Catherine Lacey London England, actress (Sorcerors)
1912 Hugh Martell British Vice Admiral
1913 Jack [John T] Aitken British anatomist
1913 Kenneth Horne English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire
1913 Stewart Granger, London, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
1915 Orson Welles, actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds)
1947 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68)
1953 Tony Blair British PM (Labour, 1997- )
1961 George Clooney, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman)
1965 Norman Whiteside British soccer player
- - - - Elkyshere (AA Member)

1727 Catharina I Latvia tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
1814 George Joseph Vogler composer, dies at 64
1856 William Hamilton metaphysicist, dies
1859 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander explorer/scientist, dies
1882 Lord Frederick Cavendish assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
1910 Edward VII King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
1919 Frank Lyman Baum author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62
1991 Wilfrid Hyde-White British actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), dies at 87
1992 Marlene Dietrich [Maria Losch], actress (Angel), dies in Paris at 90

1536 King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church
1598 Arch duke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
1804 Suriname sold to English (until February 1816)
1833 John Deere makes 1st steel plow
1840 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
1851 Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
1882 Epping Forest England dedicated by Queen Victoria
1891 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
1910 England replaces King Edward VII stamp series with King George V
1910 King George V ascends to British throne
1914 British House of Lords rejects women suffrage
1935 British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee
1940 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
1941 Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
1943 British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
1950 Liz Taylor's 1st marriage (Conrad Hilton Jr)
1954 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
1955 West Germany joins NATO
1959 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
1960 Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon)
1970 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest
1974 West German chancellor W Brandt resigns
1994 Chunnel linking England & France officially opens


07-05-2006, 01:36 AM
Facts for Today, 7th May

1774 Sir Francis Beaufort naval officer; devised wind force scale
1812 Robert Browning London England, poet (The Pied Piper)
1832 Carl G Neumann German mathematician/physicist (Neumann-functions)
1833 Johannes Brahms Hamburg Germany, composer, enjoys a good lullaby
1840 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, 1812 Overture)
1847 Archibald Primrose Earl of Rosebery (Liberal), British PM (1894-95)
1897 Kitty McKane England, tennis (Olympics-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
1901 Gary Cooper, actor (2 Academy Awards-Sergeant York, High Noon)
1909 Edwin H Land inventor (instant photography (Polaroid))
1917 David Tomlinson Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
1917 William Geoffrey Biddle bomb disposal expert
1931 Teresa Brewer, singer (Put Another Nickel In)
1939 Jimmy Ruffin soloist (What Becomes of the Broken Hearted)
1962 Robbie Knievel daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
1969 Katerina Maleeva Bulgaria, tennis player (US Open Junior 1984)
- - - - Looselastic (AA Member)
- - - - Gregsgirl (AA Member)

0973 Otto I the Great Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
1166 Willem I the Bad, king of Sicily (1154-66)
1205 Ladislaus III Arpad King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
1617 David Fabricius German astronomer, dies at 53
1671 Edward Montagu English baron Kimbolton, dies at about 68
1915 Alfred G Vanderbilt US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
1946 Joe Humphries cricket wicket keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies
1971 Willem Banning Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
1987 Colin Blakely dies at 56
1989 Guy Williams actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies in Argentina at 65
1990 Jessica James actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
1994 Margaret Skeete oldest American, dies at 115
1996 Henry Diamond Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87


1429 English siege of Orl�ans broken by Joan of Arc
1660 Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
1663 Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens
1727 Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
1748 French troops conquer Maastricht
1765 Admiral Nelson's sailboat HMS Victory runs aground
1888 George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
1907 Charles Collier wins 1st Isle of Man TT Race (38.22 mph)
1913 British House of Commons rejects woman's right to vote
1915 Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
1928 England lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
1934 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
1941 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
1942 Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed
1953 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by L E Marron, in Chile
1970 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
1980 Josip Tito, Yugoslav President, buried
1995 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election


08-05-2006, 12:05 AM
Todays Facts, 8th May

1592 Francis Quarles English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
1737 Edward Gibbon England, historian (Decline & Fall of Roman Empire)
1763 John Goldberg Dutch patriot/statesman
1786 Thomas Hancock founded British rubber industry
1828 Jean Henri Dunant Switzerland, writer/founder (Red Cross (Nobel Peace Prize 1901))
1873 Henry Leveson-Gower cricketer (England captain 1909-10 later official)
1882 Philips C Visser Dutch explorer/diplomat
1884 Harry S Truman, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953)
1913 Sidney James [Cohen], actor (Carry On)
1926 Sir David [Frederick] Attenborough, England, environmentalist/zoologist/TV host (BBC)
1934 Sonny Liston US heavyweight boxing champ (1962-64)
1935 Jack Charlton soccer manager (Republic of Ireland)
1942 Norman Lamont MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
1956 Gary Wilmot British entertainer
1964 Melissa Gilbert , actress (Little House on the Prairie)

1319 Haakon V King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
1684 Henri Dumont composer, dies
1725 John Lovewell US Indian fighter, dies in battle
1794 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier chemist (identified oxygen), guillotined
1844 Charles XIV Johan [Jean B Bernadotte] King of Sweden/Norway, dies
1861 L�sel� Teleki Hungarian earl/revolutionary, commits suicide
1887 Alexander Ulyanov brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
1943 Mordicai Anielewicz commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed
1967 Barbara Payton actress (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies at 39
1967 Laverne Andrews singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 51
1976 Alan Baxter dies at 67
1985 Edmond O'Brien actor (Sam Benedict), dies at 69 of Alzheimer's disease
1994 George Peppard actor (Breakfast at Tiffanys, A-Team), dies at 65

1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1541 Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1660 English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns
1823 "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1847 Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre
1866 Australian Rules Football is created
1885 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-meter jump from CliftonBridge, Avon, England
1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment
1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends; Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack
1956 John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London
1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1973 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
[B]1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted


10-05-2006, 12:40 AM
Todays Facts for 9th May

1740 Giovanni Paisiello Italian composer (Barber of Seville)
1783 Alexander Ross Canadian, pioneer/fur trader
1800 John Brown abolitionist; led attack on Harpers Ferry
1810 WFLC Marianne princess of Orange-Nassau/daughter of king Willem I
1837 Adam Opel German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
1860 Sir James Matthew Barrie Scotland, novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan, The Little Minister)
1873 Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen's tomb)
1910 Barbara Woodhouse dog training expert
1914 Hank Snow, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
1919 Arthur English comedian/actor (Malachi's Cove)
1930 Joan Sims actress (Carry on Behind, Carry on Cleo)
1934 Alan Bennett, playwright/actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball)
1936 Albert Finney, actor (Dresser, Under the Volcano)
1936 Glenda Jackson Cheshire England, actress (Women in Love)
1936 Terry Downes middleweight boxing champion (1961-62)
1962 David Gahan, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
1972 Simon Hollingsworth Australian 400 meter hurdler (Olympics-92, 96)
1976 Faye Johnstone Auckland New Zealand, archer (Olympics-96)

1667 Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
1688 Frederick William Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
1745 Tomaso Antonio Vitali composer, dies at 82
1949 Louis II Prince of Monaco, dies
1966 Alfred Mendelsohn composer, dies at 56
1985 Edmond O'Brien actor (Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies at 69
1986 Tenzing Norgay Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71
1991 James L Reinsch media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
1992 Mike Tyrell [Red Baron] British air acrobat, dies in an accident
1993 Freya Stark English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61

1092 Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
1502 Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
1671 Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels
1689 English King William III declares war on France
1753 King Louis XV disbands French parliament
1785 Joseph Bramah receives British patent for beer pump handles
1788 English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade
1874 Victoria Embankment, in London opens
1899 Lawn mower patented
1911 Fire breaks out at Empire Theater in EdinburghScotland
1941 English Army breaks German spy codes
1945 Jersey liberated from Nazis
1946 King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicates, replaced by Umberto
1949 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway London
1949 Prince Rainier III becomes leader of Monaco
1960 Nigeria becomes a member of the British Commonwealth
1962 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
1970 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
1971 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes


10-05-2006, 12:47 AM
Facts for Today, 10th May

1536 Thomas Howard 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl Marshall
1788 Augustin-Jean Fresnel optics pioneer/physicist
1838 John Wilkes Booth assassin of Abraham Lincoln
1850 Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton Glasgow Scotland, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea)
1899 Fred Astaire, tap dancer/actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime)
1908 Henry Diamond Irish Nationalist MP
1909 Lord Harold Francis Collison British union leader (agriculture workers)
1910 Margot Turner matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
1914 Lord Smith British surgeon
1915 Denis Thatcher husband of PM Margaret (1979-90)
1929 Fats Domino rocker (Blueberry Hill)
1933 Barbara Taylor Bradford author
1943 Donovan, Scotland, guitarist/folk singer (Mellow Yellow)
1946 Maureen Lipman actress (Educating Rita, Wonderworks)
1955 Mark David Chapman assassin of John Lennon
1957 Sid Vicious, punk rocker (Sex Pistols)
1960 Merlene Ottey Jamaican/Italian running star (Olympics)
1966 Jonathan Edwards Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)
1969 Dennis Bergkamp, Netherlands, soccer player (Ajax)

1774 Louis XV king of France (1715-74), dies at 64
1794 Elisabeth princess of France, beheaded at 30
1798 George Vancouver British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40
1829 Thomas Young physicist/decipherer of Egyptian hierogolyphics, dies
1863 Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson Confederate General (Civil War), dies from wounds received at Chancellorsville
1904 Henry M Stanley [John Rowlands] British explorer, dies
1910 William Huggins discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
1920 John Wesley Hyatt inventor/plastics pioneer, dies
1977 Joan Crawford actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 69
1992 Sylvia Sims singer (Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74

1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I
1503 Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague
1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland
1559 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen-mother Mary
1570 Czar Ivan IV becomes Protestant
1655 Jamaica captured by English
1774 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France
1893 Imperial Institute in London opens
1910 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea
1924 J Edgar Hoover appointed head of the FBI
1937 Busmen strike in London
1940 Nazi armies invade the Benelux countries of Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British PM
1941 England's House of Commons & Holborn Theater destroyed in a blitz
1945 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
1946 Umberto II succeeds Victor Emmanuel III as king of Italy
1967 Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges
1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president

11-05-2006, 06:48 AM
Facts for Today, 11th May

1772 Henri-Jean Rigel composer
1807 Ira Aldridge Great 19th century black Shakespearian actor (Othello)
1811 Chang & Eng Bunker Chinese Siamese twins
1854 John Blackham cricketer (Australia's 1st wicketkeeper)
1854 Ottmar Mergenthaler Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
1888 Irving Berlin composer (White Xmas)
1892 Dame Margaret Rutherford, actress (Murder Most Foul, Murder She Said, Arabella)
1896 Mari Sandoz Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
1904 Salvador Dali Figueras Spain, surrealist artist (Crucifixion)
1912 Phil Silvers, comedian (Sergeant Bilko-Phil Silvers Show)
1917 Hon Montague Woodhouse Greek resistance organiser
1923 Joan Moriarty Brigadier matron-in-chief/director (Army Nursing Services)
1923 Lord Vincent Gordon "Gordy" Lindsay White English industrialist/multi-millionaire
1935 Doug McClure, actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots)
1941 Eric Burdon, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
1943 Les Chadwick, bassist (Gerry & the Pacemakers-Ferry Cross the Mersey)
1950 Jeremy Paxman broadcaster
1964 John Parrott snooker player
- - - - papachubbyspap (AA Member)
- - - - Stevetegg (AA Member)

1742 Francesco Stradivari Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70
1772 Joseph Kerckhoff Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
1778 William Pitt Sr English premier (1756-61, 66-68), dies at 69
1857 E Fran�ois Vidocq French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
1871 John Herschel cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
1955 G L Jessop cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
1960 John D Rockefeller Jr philanthropist, dies at 86
1979 Joan Chandler dies at 55
1981 Bob Marley reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36
1985 Samuel Frith English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
1988 H A R (Kim) Philby British double agent, dies
1992 Carlos Herrera drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
1992 Elizabeth McDonald inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98

1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms - Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral. No wonder it caught on!
1814 Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh
1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
1916 Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
1917 Britain grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
1927 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
1943 Hermann Goering-division in Tunisia surrenders
1949 Siam renames itself Thailand
1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
1959 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
1963 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits No. 2
1965 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber/TS Eliot's musical "Cats" premieres in London
1984 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds


12-05-2006, 12:51 AM
Facts for Today, 12th May

1670 August II the Strong One, King of Poland (355 children)
1803 Justus Freiherr von Liebig German chemist (agricultural chemics)
1804 Robert Baldwin (L) helped establish cabinet government in Canada
1820 Florence Nightingale, nurse (Crimean War)
1828 Gabriel Dante Rossetti England, poet/painter, Pre-Raphaelite
1861 Ivan Caryll English composer (Pink Lady)
1867 Hugh Trumble cricket off-spinner (great Australian at turn of century)
1876 Harold grandson of Queen Victoria
1889 Otto Frank father of Anne Frank
1903 Wilfrid Hyde-White, actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place)
1907 Katharine Hepburn, actress (African Queen, Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond)
1907 Leslie Charteris English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
1910 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)
1923 Lord Laing English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire
1929 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)
1937 Beryl BurtonUK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
1962 Emilio Estevez, actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks)
- - - - Bernie (AA Member)
- - - - Alaska (AA Member)

1382 Johanna I Queen of Naples/Provence, dies
1634 George Chapman English dramatist/interpreter, dies
1641 Thomas Wentworth English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
1788 Louis E van Brunswick-Wolfenb�ttel Austrian duke, dies at 69
1871 John F W Herschel British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies
1925 Alfred Milner British Governor (CapeColony)/minister, dies at 71
1932 Lindbergh baby found dead
1994 John Smith British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55

1215 English barons serve ultimatum on king John without Country
1640 Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV
1641 Prince Willem II (14) marries English princess Henriette Mary Stuart (9)
1733 Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague
1792 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
1870 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
1908 George Bernard Shaws' "Getting Married" premieres in London
1926 British general strike ends
1928 Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy
1932 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell NJ
1936 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London
1937 King George VI's coronation
1938 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
1941 Great British convoy marches into Alexandria
1948 Queen Wilhelmina resigns
1956 East Pakistan struck by cyclone & tidal waves
1959 Liz Taylor's 4th marriage (Eddie Fisher)
1963 Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
1982 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II
1984 South Africa prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
1991 A new cancer drug is announced, which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest


13-05-2006, 09:51 AM
Todays Facts for 13th May

1717 Maria Theresa Empress of Austria (Wife of emperor Franz I)
1729 Henry William (Baron) Stiegel early American glassmaker
1730 Charles Watson-Wentworth 2nd marquis of Rockingham (Whig) British PM (1765-66, 1782)
1769 Jo�o VI King of Portugal (1816-26)
1828 Josephine Elizabeth Butler social reformer
1842 Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan London England, composer (Gilbert & Sullivan)
1856 Peter Henry Emerson 1st to promote photography as an independent art
1857 Sir Ronald Ross England, pathologist (Nobel 1902)
1882 Georges F Braque French cubist painter (The Bike)
1904 Tim Wall cricketer (18 Tests for Australia 1928-34)
1907 Daphne du Maurier English writer (Rebecca, Parasites)
1914 Joe Louis world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49)
1941 Joe Brown singer/guitarist
1941 Ritchie Valens singer (Donna, La Bamba)
1941 Senta Berger, actress (Cast a Giant Shadow)
1943 Mary Wells, singer (My Guy)
1944 Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw British explorer/genealogist
1949 Zoe Wanamaker actress (Raggedy Rawney)
1950 Peter Gabriel, rocker (Sledgehammer, Shock the Monkey, Solsbury Hill, Genesis-The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway)
1950 Stevie Wonder, singer/songwriter (I Just Called To Say I Love You, Superstition, You are The Sunshine of My Life, My Cherie Amour)

1390 Robert II the Steward King of Scotland (1371-90), dies
1835 John Nash British town planner/architect (Regent's Park), dies
1882 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux French explorer, murdered at 35
1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick inventor, dies
1914 R E Foster only dual England captain at cricket & soccer, dies
1916 Sholem Aleichem yiddish writer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies
1961 Gary Cooper 2 time Academy award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60
1962 Dr H Trendley Dean introduced fluoridation into water
1967 Frank McGrath actor (Wagon Train), dies at 64
1972 Dan Blocker actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies following surgery at 41

1568 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside
1588 King Henri III flees Paris
1607 English colonists (John Smith) land near James River in Virginia
1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France creates the table knife
1643 Battle at Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay
1861 Queen Victoria announces England's position of neutrality
1912 Royal Flying Corps is established in England
1940 Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
1950 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
1954 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
1967 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries
1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against De Gaulle & Pompidou
1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
1978 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:05.4)
1992 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time


13-05-2006, 10:09 AM
:D hi nanna . i dont post often on this thread , but i do read it most days, i love it thank you babe for updating us all on past history .:D

13-05-2006, 09:46 PM
Thanks Val for your support, I know it get's read by the number of view's made, but it's nice to have it acknowledged, thanx mate. :) :)

16-05-2006, 11:17 PM
Facts for Today, 14th May

1316 Charles IV king of Bohemia (1346-78)/emperor (1355-78)
1686 Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit Germany, inventor (thermometer)
1710 Adolf Frederik king of Sweden (1751-70)
1727 Thomas Gainsborough England, baptized, artist (The Blue Boy)
1926 Eric Morecambe London, comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace)
1933 John Mortimore cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)
1936 Bobby Darin [Walden Waldo Cassotto], singer (Mack the Knife)
1940 Chay Blyth sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
1942 Gerald Mark Shapiro composer
1942 Lord McAlpine English contractor/multi-millionaire
1944 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune, Cleopatra, Flipper's New Adventures)
1944 George Lucas, director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones)
1946 Robert Jarvik surgeon/inventor (Jarvik 7 artificial heart)
1961 Tim Roth, actor (Reservoir Dogs, Vincent & Theo)
- - - - Pedro Mello (AA Member)

1610 Henry IV 1st Bourbon-king of France (1572, 89-1610), murdered at 56
1643 Louis XIII king of France (1610-43), dies at 41
1761 Thomas Simpson English mathematician (rule of Simpson), dies at 50
1912 Frederik VIII King of Denmark (1906-12), dies at 68
1925 Henry Rider Haggard English writer (Dawn, She), dies
1936 Edmond Allenby English fieldmarshal in Egypt, dies at 74
1980 Hugh Griffith actor (Passover Plot, Ben Hur, Tom Jones), dies at 67
1983 Miguel Aleman Valdes attorney/President of M�xico (1946-52), dies at 80
1984 Larry Stock songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
1987 Rita Hayworth actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68

1004 Henry II the Saint crowned as king of Italy
1027 Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, king of France
1264 Battle at Lewes: Simon van Leicester beats English king Henry III
1643 Louis XIV (4) becomes king of France
1767 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
1796 1st smallpox inoculation administered, by Edward Jenner
1842 1st edition of London Illustrated News
1853 Gail Borden patents his process for condensed milk
1862 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents the chronograph
1878 Vaseline is 1st sold (registered trademark for petroleum jelly)
1940 Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
1962 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
1973 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
1973 Skylab launched, the 1st Space Station
1995 Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet's 2nd most senior spiritual leader


16-05-2006, 11:23 PM
Facts for Today, 15th May
1856 Lyman Frank Baum, children's book author (Wizard of Oz)
1859 Pierre Curie, France, physicist (Nobel 1903)
1860 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson 1st wife of Woodrow Wilson
1862 Arthur Schnitzler Austria, playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
1891 Fritz Feigl Austria, chemist (spot tests)
1909 James MasonEngland, actor (Lolita, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil)
1910 Constance Cummings, actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour)
1918 Eddy Arnold, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
1934 David Robin Francis Guy Greville 8th Duke of Warwick
1935 Ted Dexter cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
1937 Trini Lopez Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer)
1953 Mike Oldfield, composer (Tubular Bells)
1955 Lee Horsley, actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston)
1981 Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips daughter of Princess Anne-10th in succession to British throne
- - - - Alex N (AA Member)
- - - - Mozilla Firefox (AA Member)

1470 Charles VIII Knutsson Bonde, king of Sweden (14??-70), dies
1482 Paolo Toscanelli Italian physician & mapmaker, dies
1591 Dimitri Ivanovitch Russian son of czar Ivan IV, murdered at 9
1621 Henrick de Keyser Amsterdam's master builder, dies at 56
1833 Edmund Kean English actor (Shylock), dies at 46
1892 Arthur Hodister British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
1895 Joseph Whitaker British publisher (Whitaker' Almanack), dies at 75
1972 Nigel Green actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
1988 Andrew Duggan actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
1991 Ronald Lacey actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
1995 Eric Richard Porter actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67

1213 English king John names Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury
1536 Anna Boleyn & Lord Rochford accused of adultery/incest
1567 Mary, Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
1602 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
1610 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king
1718 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
1730 Robert Walpole becomes England 1st prime minister (was chief minister)
1800 King George III survives a 2nd assassination attempt
1911 British house of commons accept Parliament Bill
1926 British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike
1928 Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance
1936 Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon England from South Africa in record 4 days 16 hours
1944 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill & George VI discuss D-Day plan
1985 Everton wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam


16-05-2006, 11:29 PM
Todays Facts,16th May

1718 Maria G AgnesiItaly mathematician curves= x�y=a�(a-y)
1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
1782 John Sell Cotman water color artist
1831 David Edward Hughes inventor (microphone, teleprinter)
1905 Henry Fonda, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)
1907 Robert Tisdall Ireland, 400 meter hurdles (Olympics-gold-1932)
1916 Bernard Braden broadcaster/actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment)
1936 Roy Hudd comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
1946 Jessi B WilsonMississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1947 Barbara Lee US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
1952 PierceBrosnanNavanCounty Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, James Bond-Golden Eye)
1953 David Maclean British minister of state
1955 Olga Korbut, gymnast (Olympics-2 gold-1972)

1691 Jacob Leisler becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
1762 Ernst Chreistian Hesse composer, dies at 86
1805 Christian Brunings hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
1829 William Congreve English officer, dies at 56
1864 Lean Bear Cheyenne chief, murdered
1952 Alec Hearne cricketer (scored 9 in Test for England vs South Africa 1892), dies
1966 Randolph Turpin boxer, shot dead in his home
1988 Kay Baxter Best Bodybuilder in the World (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
1990 Jim Henson muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies of pneumonia at 53
1990 Sammy Davis Jr entertainer (Golden Boy), dies from throat cancer at 64

1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor
1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg
1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England
1763 Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
1770 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France
1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
1891 George A Hormel & Company introduce Spam
1911 Remains of a neanderthal man found
1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) canonized a saint in Rome
1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
1936 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
1969 The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
1991 Queen Elizabeth becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress
1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana


16-05-2006, 11:34 PM
Facts for Today, 17th May

1741 John Penn US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
1749 Edward Jenner England, physician, discovered vaccination
1768 Caroline Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
1794 Anna Brownell Jameson Dublin, writer
1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel composer
1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer discovered Helium/founded Nature magazine
1873 Dorothy Miller Richardson Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
1886 Alfonso XIII Borb�n King of Spain (1902-31)
1900 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Iran's spiritual leader (1979-89)
1907 Charles Cawley British chief scientist/minister of power
1911 Maureen O'Sullivan Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
1936 Dennis Hopper, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)
1956 "Sugar" Ray [Charles] Leonard , welter/middle/light-heavyweight boxing champion (Olympics-gold-76)
1963 Brigitte Nielsen actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV, Domino)

1575 Matthew Parker archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), dies at 68
1606 Forges Dimitri czar of Russia (1605-06), murdered
1727 Catherine I Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies
1729 Samuel Clarke theologian, dies
1883 Lydia Estes Pinklham patent-medicine manufacturer, dies
1970 Nigel Martin Balchin English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
1978 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd speaker of house of commons, dies
1994 Willian Noel Moffat architect, dies at 82

1536 Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed
1544 Scottish Earl Matthew van Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
1630 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
1733 England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1742 Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1845 Rubber band patents
1846 Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax
1899 Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid London
1900 British troops relieve Mafeking (CapeColony)
1915 Last liberal British Government of Asquith falls
1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), 1st introduced
1926 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton
1928 9th modern Olympic games open in Amsterdam
1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1972 Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
1973 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Life"
1986 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits No.1 on the UK


18-05-2006, 12:19 PM
Facts for Today, 18th May

1692 Joseph Butler Wantage Berkshire, theologian
1744 Joseph Beer Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
1788 Hugh Clapperton Annan Scotland, African explorer
1797 Frederik Augustus II King of Saxon (1836-54)
1850 Oliver Heaviside physicist predicted existence of ionosphere
1862 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing German para-psychologist
1868 Nicholas II Aleksandrovitsj last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)
1872 Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
1897 Frank Capra Italy, movie director (It's a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace)
1905 Hedley Verity cricketer (terrific slow lefty for England pre-WWII)
1909 Fred Perry, tennis star/commentator (Wimbledon 1934-36)
1912 Georg von Opel German auto manufacturer
1912 Perry [Pierino] Como, singer/TV host (Perry Como Show)
1919 Dame Margot Fonteyn England, ballerina (Giselle/partner of Nureyev)
1929 Lord St John of Fawsley
1942 N P (Nobby) Stiles footballer
1958 Toyah Wilcox, England, rocker (I Want to Be Free)
- - - - Jennyasmith (AA Member)

0323 Alexander III the Great king of Macedonia/conqueror, dies at 32
0526 John I Pope (523-26), dies
1160 Erik IX Helgi [The Saint] King of Sweden, dies
1724 Johann K Amman Swiss/Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54
1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky composer, dies at 28
1909 George Meredith English poet/writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
1911 Gustav Mahler Austrian composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
1949 James T Adams US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
1953 Tom Killick cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for England 1929), dies
1961 Henry O'Neill actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
1990 Jill Ireland actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
1993 Pamela M Cunnington English architect/writer, dies at 67
1995 Alexander Gudonov Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
1995 Elisha Cook Jr actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91
1995 Elizabeth Montgomery actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

1619 Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison
1642 Montr�al Canada founded
1803 Britain declares war on France after General Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland
1830 Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower - Saturdays are destroyed forever
1843 United Free Church of Scotland forms
1860 Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president
1900 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga
1910 Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic
1944 Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans
1977 Menachem Begin becomes Israel's Prime Minister


20-05-2006, 11:29 PM
Todays facts for 19th May

1859 Nellie Melba [Heal Mitchell] Australian soprano (Peach Melba)
1864 Carl Ethan Akeley US, naturalist, developed animal mount process
1874 Gilbert Laird Jessop cricketer (The Croucher)
1879 Lord Waldorf Astor England, 2nd viscount (C)/publisher (London Observer)
1890 Ho Chi Minh trail blazer/leader of Vietnam (1946, 1969)
1918 Florence Chadwick swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways)
1925 Malcolm X [Little] OmahaNE, assassinated leader of black muslims
1939 James Fox England, actor (Greystoke)
1945 Peter Townshend, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (The Who-Tommy)
1953 Henry Lascelles English grandson of princess Mary
1959 Nicole Brown Simpson, Mrs OJ Simpson (murdered in 1994)

0988 Dunstan English archbishop of Canterbury, dies
1536 Anne Boleyn Queen of England/wife of Henry VIII, beheaded
1536 Lord Rochford English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded
1901 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius 1st President Republic South-Africa, dies at 81
1935 Thomas E Lawrence (of Arabia) dies in a motorcycle crash
1954 Aart A van Schelven church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
1958 Ronald Colman British actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 67
1966 Tortoise reportedly given to Tonga's king by Captain Cook (1773), dies
1971 Ogden Nash poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
1994 Jacqueline [Lee Bouvier] Kennedy Onassis 1st lady (1961-63), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 64

1506 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir
1568 English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary
1662 Uniformity Act of England goes into effect
1802 French Order of L�gion d'Honneur forms
1853 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
1857 William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1892 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1893 Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)
1898 Post Office authorizes use of postcards
1902 Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria
1930 White woman win voting rights in South-Africa
1968 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
1974 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
1975 Junko Tabei is 1st woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest
1979 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash
1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion
1992 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
1994 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run
1994 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center


20-05-2006, 11:35 PM
Todays Facts for 20th May

1364 Henry Percy [Harry Hotspur], British soldier/politican
1768 Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison US 1st lady (1809-17)
1772 William Congreve English officer (design fire rocket)
1806 John Stuart Mill UK, philosopher/political economist/Utilitarian
1818 William George Fargo founder (Wells Fargo)
1830 Amalia princess of Saxon-Weimar-Eisenach/wife of prince Henry
1851 Emile Berliner, Germany, inventor (flat phonograph record)
1895 Reginald J "R" Mitchell English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
1905 Harry Campion statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
1913 William Hewlett cofounder of Hewlett-Packard Co
1920 Betty Driver, actress (Coronation St, Pardon the Expression, Penny Paradise)
1920 William Simpson British trade union leader
1927 David Hedison, actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea)
1937 Lord "Benjie" Earl of Iveagh British brewer (Guinness)/large landowner
1942 Jill "Paula" Jackson, singer (Paul & Paula-Hey Paula)
1942 Lynn Davies long jumper
1944 Joe Cocker, rock vocalist (You are so Beautiful, Little Help From My Friends)
1964 Earl Charles Spencer Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
- - - - Decker39 (AA Member)

1471 Henry VI king of England (1422-61, 70-71)/France (1431-71), dies
1506 Christopher Columbus explorer, dies in poverty in Spain at 55
1622 Osman II sultan of Turkey (1618-22), dies
1648 Wladyslaw IV Wasa King of Poland, dies
1847 Mary Lamb writer, dies
1875 Amalia wife of King Otto of Greece, dies at 58
1876 Harold grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 8 days old
1880 Eug�ne prince the Ligne Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
1883 William Chambers author/publisher, dies
1911 E M Grace cricketer (one Test vs Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies
1972 Walter Winchell columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
1975 Dame Barbara Hepworth English sculptor, dies in fire at 72
1984 Peter Bull British actor (Dr Doolittle), dies of a heart attack at 72
1989 Anton Diffring actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70
1989 John R Hicks English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
1993 Max Klein inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77
1996 John Pertwee actor (Dr Who), dies at 76

1310 Shoes were made for both right & left feet
1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at CalcuttaIndia
1501 Joao da Nova Castell discovers AscensionIslands
1524 Duke of Albany leaves Scotland
1690 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II
1825 Charles X becomes King of France
1867 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills law on women suffrage
1867 Royal Albert Hall foundation laid by Queen Victoria
1892 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris France (lasted 5 months)
1910 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII
1923 Stanley Baldwin, becomes PM of UK
1932 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1940 Igor Sikorsky unveils his helicopter invention
1954 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photographs from space


21-05-2006, 12:12 AM
Facts for Today, 21st May

1527 Philip II King of Spain (1556-98) & Portugal (1580-98)
1680 Frederich Karl Erbach composer
1688 Alexander Pope England, poet (Rape of the Lock)
1775 Lucien Bonaparte prince of Canino/Musignano
1780 Elizabeth Fry Quaker minister/prison reformer/nurse
1826 Danillo II ruler of Montenegro
1860 Willam Einthoven Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)
1865 C J Thomsen Denmark, archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages
1872 Henry Warren Boston MA, inventor (Telechon electric clock)
1878 Glenn Hammond Curtiss US, inventor (hydroplane)
1904 Fats [Thomas Wright] Waller , jazz singer/composer (Ain't Misbehavin')
1916 Harold Robbins, author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy)
1917 Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
1918 Leonard Mullens rubber physicist
1931 Desmond Wilcox broadcaster
1933 Barry Norman Britain, film critic (The Film Greats)
1941 Ronald Isley Cincinnati OH, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)
1944 Mary Robinson President of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )
1948 Leo [Gerard] Sayer, singer (When I Need You)
1985 Frustaci SeptupletsCalifornia, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7
- - - - Royston (AA Member)

1481 Christian I king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1524 Thomas Howard 2nd duke of Norfolk general/premier, dies at about 80
1650 James G Marquis of Montrose, Scottish general, hanged
1725 Robert Haley earl of Oxford English Whig-premier (1710-4), dies at 63
1966 Pat O'Malley silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
1968 Doris Lloyd actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
1991 Rajiv Gandhi Indian Prime Minster (1984-91), assassinated at 46
1992 Brendan Nulholland Daily Mail reporter, dies at 59
1992 Elizabeth David British cookbook writer, dies
1992 Mrithi gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24
1994 Cliff Wilson snooker player, dies at 60

1553 Lady Jane Grey marries Guildford Dudley
1825 Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
1840 New Zealand became a British colony
1891 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
1906 Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1916 Britain begins "Summer Time" (Daylight Savings Time)
1927 Lindbergh lands in Paris France, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands
1945 German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured
1945 Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart wed
1966 Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in London
1969 Robert Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death
1978 118 Unification church couples wed in England
1979 Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in the USSR
1981 Fran�ois Mitterrand becomes President of France
1982 British troops land on Falkland Islands


22-05-2006, 08:40 AM
Facts for Today, 22nd May

1813 Richard Wagner Leipzig Germany, composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman)
1826 George Parr cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st England touring captain)
1828 Albrecht Gr�fe pioneer eye surgeon; founded modern ophthalmology
1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle UK, author-brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice
1907 Lord Laurence Olivier actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer)
1920 Thomas Gold astronomer (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
1924 Charles Aznavour, France, French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)
1942 Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum)
1972 Alison Eastwood daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
1976 Christian Vande Velde Chicago, cyclist (Olympics-96)

0337 Constantine the Great emperor of Rome (306-37)/anti semite, dies
0987 Louis V le Faineant the Lazy, king of France (986-87), poisoned at 20
1859 Ferdinand II [Re Bomba] Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49
1868 Julius Pl�cker German mathematician/physicist (formula of P), dies
1885 Victor(-Marie) Hugo French writer (Les Mis�rables), dies at 83
1925 John [Denton Pinkstone] French British field marshall (WWI), dies at 72
1966 Tom Goddard cricketer (22 wickets in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies
1972 Margaret Rutherford English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
1984 John Marley actor (Cat Ballou), dies following heart surgery at 77
1990 Rocky Graziano boxer, dies at 71, of heart failure

1370 Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels Belgium
1455 Open battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses (St Albans)
1570 1st atlas, with 70 maps, published
1629 Emperor Ferdinand II & Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of L�beck
1712 Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary
1836 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium "St Paul" premieres in D�sseldorf
1843 1st wagon train, 1000+ departs Independence MO for Oregon
1849 Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device
1892 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
1906 Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
1915 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland)
1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
1933 Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
1954 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
1973 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
1979 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau


23-05-2006, 07:52 AM
Todays Facts, 23rd May

1696 Johann Caspar Vogler composer
1707 Carolus Linn�us Swedish botanist/"Father of Taxonomy" (naming plants & animals)
1718 William Hunter obstetrician/medal writer
1754 Andrea Appiana Italian royal painter (Napoleon)
1795 Charles Barry architect
1883 Douglas Fairbanks Denver CO, actor (Zorro/3 Musketeers/Robin Hood)
1901 Edmund Rubbra Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch)
1907 Kenneth Allen engineer
1908 John Bardeen US, physicist (transistor, Nobel 1956, 1972)
1912 Marius Goring Isle of Wight, actor (Herr Palitz-Holocaust)
1921 Humphrey Lyttelton jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
1923 Nirode Chowdhury Indian cricket pace bowler (1949-52)
1924 Desmond Carrington British radio host (Jim-Calamity the Cow)
1928 Nigel Davenport Cambridge England, actor (Without a Clue, Masada)
1928 Rosemary Clooney, singer/Coronet paper towels spokeswoman
1936 Robert Sangster horse owner/trainer
1943 John Newcombe Australia, tennis pro (Wimbledon 1967, 70, 71)
1954 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, middleweight boxing champion (1982-83)
1966 Helena Bonham Carter, actress (Fort Worth, Howards End)
1970 Grahae Hick cricketer
1984 Adam Wylie actor (Picket Fences)
- - - - Michael Dunn (AA Member)

1153 David I king of Scotland (1124-53), dies at about 68
1423 Benedict XIII [Pedro the Luna] Spanish Pope (1394-1423), dies
1568 Adolf van Nassau German son of Willem the Rich, dies in battle at 27
1701 William Kidd Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock
1754 John Wood architect/town planner, dies
1867 Archibald Alison Scottish historian, dies at 74
1906 Henrik Johan Ibsen Norwegian playwright (Doll House), dies at 78
1934 Bonnie Parker outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush
1934 Clyde Barrow outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush
1940 Andrej N Rimsky-Korssakov Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
1941 Lord Herbert Austin motor manufacturer, dies
1945 Heinrich Himmler Nazi/Gestapo leader, commits suicide while in prison at Luneburg, Germany at 44
1952 Georg Alfred Schumann composer, dies at 85
1986 Sterling Hayden actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
1990 Rocky Graziano boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies
1996 Patrick Cargill actor (Up Pompeii, Magic Christian), dies at 77

1059 Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France
1275 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews
1430 Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians at Compiegne, who sell her to the British
1533 King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon marriage declared null & void
1544 German emperor Charles V recognizes king Christian III of Denmark
1660 King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England
1667 King Afonso VI of Portugal flees
1701 Captain Kidd hung in London after conviction of piracy & murder
1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1865 Flag flown at full staff over White House, 1st time since Lincoln shot
1931 Whipsnade Zoo opens in Whipsnade Beds England
1934 Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon (polymeer 66)
1939 British decoration, George Cross, 1st presented
1945 Winston Churchill resigns as British PM
1966 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
1969 The Who release the rock opera "Tommy"


24-05-2006, 05:49 AM
Todays Facts for 24th May

1544 William Gilbert Essex England, physicist (researcher into magnetism)
1605 Nikon [Nikita Minin] patriarch of Russian-orthodox church
1650 John Churchill 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist
1677 Alexandre de Villenueve composer
1736 Juan de Sesse y Balaguer composer
1738 George III king of Great-Britain (1760-1820)
1751 Charles Emanuel II King of Sardina (1796-1802)
1854 Louis Mountbatten Admiral (WWI)
1891 Benedictus H Danser Dutch botanist )
1898 Kathleen Hale British children book writer/illustrator (Orlando)
1904 George Formby, British singer/comic (Let George Do It)
1906 John Mayo director-general (Help the Aged)
1914 Clifford Irving Chairman (Isle of Man Government)
1917 Derek Hodgson British high court judge
1923 Siobhan McKenna Ireland, stage actress (Saint Joan)
1925 Mai Zetterling Sweden, actress (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm)
1928 Stanley Baxter British comedian (Joey Boy, Fast Lady)
1932 James Anderton Chief constable (ManchesterEngland)
1941 Bob Dylan [Zimmerman], singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)
1943 James Levine British conductor
1945 Priscilla Presley, actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun)
1955 Rosanne Cash, country singer (Runaway Train, Seven Year Ache, I Wonder)
1964 Adrian Moorhouse British 100 meter breaststroker (Olympics-gold-1988)
1964 Elizabeth McColgan British running star (world record 5 km indoor)
1996 Matthew Eappen Boston MA, baby murdered by nanny Louise Woodward

1543 Nicolas Copernicus astronomer, dies in Poland
1612 Robert Cecil 1st Earl of Salisbury/PM (1598-1612), dies at 48
1670 Ferdinand II ruler of Toscane, dies at 59
1696 Albertine Agnes princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
1850 Jane Porter novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
1876 Henry Kingsley English/Australian writer, dies at 46
1881 Samuel Palmer landscape painter, dies
1941 Lancelot Holland British Vice-Admiral ((WWII/Hood), dies in battle
1969 Mitzi Green actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
1974 Duke Ellington composer/bandleader/pianist, dies of cancer at 75
1981 Jack Warner actor (Captive Heart), dies at 84
1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
1991 Gene Clark folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
1992 Joan Sanderson actress (Young Wives' Tale, Fawlty Towers), dies at 79
1994 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
1995 Harold Wilson British PM (1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79

1153 Malcolm IV becomes king of Scotland
1300 King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured
1487 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin
1653 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria
1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
1738 Methodist Church is established
1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is written
1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened
1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
1902 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1916 Conscription begins in Britain
1921 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
1921 British Legion is formed
1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1935 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)
1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
1954 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England
1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
1985 Cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel


25-05-2006, 04:30 AM
Today Facts , 25th May

1713 John Stuart 3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63)
1767 Friedrich Johann Eck composer
1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson US, essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn)
1839 John Eliot English meteorologist )
1865 Frederick Augustus III King of Saxon (1904-18)
1878 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson actor (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel)
1879 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook Canada/English banker
1889 Igor Sikorsky developed a working helicopter
1892 Josip Broz Tito, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia), leader of Yugoslavia (1945-80)
1898 Gene Tunney world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30)
1908 David Lean British director (Lawrence of Arabia)
1912 Eddie Maxwell singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)
1918 Claude Akins, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo)
1934 David J Burke Liverpool England, writer
1939 Ian McKellen, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)
1945 Dave Lee Travis DJ
1970 Sidney [Robin] Greenbush, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)
- - - - tsts (AA Member)
- - - - Russ Beckett (AA Member)

0946 Edmund the Older king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
1085 Gregory VII Pope (1073-85), dies
1125 Hendrik V last Salische German king, dies
1510 Georges d'Amboise French cardinal/viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49
1916 Jack Marsh cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for New South Wales 1900-03), dies
1934 Gustav Theodore Holst English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
1946 Patty Smith Hill songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 78
1981 Roy James Brown rocker (Good rockin' tonight), dies of a heart attack at 55

1659 Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector
1660 English King Charles II lands in Dover
1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Bragan�a
1810 Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain (National Day)
1878 Gilbert & Sullivans opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London
1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
1895 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite
1900 Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in the Olympics
1914 British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule
1927 Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)
1935 Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour
1941 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
1945 Arther C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit
1946 Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
1965 Dave Davies of the Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage
1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
1969 "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating
1977 Liverpool wins 22nd Europe Cup 1 in Rome
1986 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida


26-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Todays Facts for 26th May

1566 Mohammed III sultan of Turkey (1595-1603)
1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu English essayist, feminist, eccentric
1759 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin writer/mother of Mary Shelley
1782 Joseph Drechsler composer
1788 ? Clark England, baby of Mary Clark born without a brain
1799 Alexander S Pushkin Russia, writer (Eugene Onegin)
1867 Mary queen of Great Britain/North Ireland
1874 Henry Farman French aviation pioneer (double decker)
1876 Jack Root boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion
1877 Isadora Duncan, free form/interpretative dancer
1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson] jazz singer/silent film actor (Mamie, Swanee)
1907 John Wayne [Marion Michael Morrison], actor (True Grit)
1908 Robert Morley, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)
1909 Matt Busby Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
1913 Peter Cushing, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who)
1914 Archie Duncan Glasgow Scotland, actor (Sherlock Holmes)
1919 Jay Silverheels actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger)
1923 James Arness, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing)
1942 Ray Ennis, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
1966 Zola Budd South Africa, track star (Olympics-1988)
1968 Frederik Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
1990 Zenouska Mowatt granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
- - - - Bluey (AA Member)
- - - - Country Boy (AA Member)
- - - - Alison Blundell (AA Member)
- - - - Robert John (AA Member)

1868 Michael Barrett Irish nationalist, last British public execution
1905 Alphonse de Rothschild French banker, dies
1924 Johann Heinrich Beck composer, dies at 67
1924 Victor Herbert Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65
1933 Jimmie Rodgers country singer, dies at 35
1943 Edsel Ford owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49
1946 Friedrich A H von Waldeck monarch of Waldeck, dies
1967 George E Stone actor (5 Star Final, Front Page), dies at 64
1968 William E "Little Willie" John US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
1997 Manfred Von Ardenne German scientific pioneer, dies at 90


0961 German King Otto II crowned
1521 Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers
1788 Mary Clark of England gives birth to a baby without a brain
1798 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
1805 Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains
1834 Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates
1864 Territory of Montana is formed
1896 Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
1900 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
1909 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
1915 H H Asquith forms a coalition government in England
1922 Lenin suffers a stroke
1927 Ford Motor Company manufactures its 15 millionth Model T automobile
1937 San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens
1940 Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
1941 Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck
1951 Vaughan Williams "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London
1955 Conservatives win British parliamentary election
1966 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled
1982 British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war


28-05-2006, 11:58 PM
Facts for Today, 27th May

1626 William II prince of Orange/stadholder
1756 Maximilian I Jozef King of Bavaria
1774 Francis Beaufort Admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)
1794 Cornelius Vanderbilt millionaire (B & O railroad)
1815 Henry Parkes British journalist/premier of Australia
1837 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler] cowboy/scout
1897 John Douglas Cockroft English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)
1911 Hubert Humphrey 38th Vice President (1965-69), 1969 Presidential candidate
1911 Vincent Price, actor (House on Haunted Hill, The House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Scream and Scream Again, The Fly)
1922 Christopher Lee London England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles)
1923 Henry Kissinger Secretary of State (1973-77)/Nobel Peace Prize (1973)
1925 Mai Zetterling Sweden, actress (Only 2 Can Play, Quartet)
1931 Florence Sharples director (British YWCA)
1931 Kenny Price, country singer (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw)
1936 Louis Gossett Jr, actor (An Officer & a Gentleman, The Deep)
1939 Don Williams, country singer (I Believe in You)
1943 Cilla Black LiverpoolEngland, rock vocalist (You're My World)
1962 Ravi Shastri cricketer (Indian SLA all-rounder 1981-92)
1965 Pat Cash Australia, tennis player (Wimbledon 1987)
1967 Paul Gascoigne soccer player

1525 Thomas M�nzer German vicar/boer leader, executed
1541 Margaretha duchess of Salisbury, beheaded
1564 Jean Caulvin [John Calvin] priest/church reformer, dies at 54
1661 Archibald Campbell Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53
1790 Jeremiah Carlton laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 years, dies at 89
1840 Niccol� Paganini composer/violinist, dies at 57
1876 Joseph Bosworth lexicographer/scholar, dies
1887 Coenraad J van Houten Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
1910 Robert Koch German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), dies
1941 G�nther L�tjens German Admiral (Bismarck), dies
1964 Jawaharial Nehru Independent India's 1st PM, dies at 74
1985 Kay Campbell actress (All My Children), dies at 80
1994 Norman Cook British museum curator, dies at 87

1328 French king Philip VI Valois crowned
1679 Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in UK
1689 Anthonie Heinsius succeeds G Fagel as pension advisor of Holland
1703 St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great
1844 Samuel F.B. Morse completes 1st telegraph line
1883 Czar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
1895 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
1919 Charles Strite patents pop-up toaster
1930 Richard Drew invents masking tape
1938 Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of England season, earliest to do so
1941 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1942 Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague
1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st prime minister of Kenya
1969 Walt Disney World construction begins
1970 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
1975 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges from Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
1977 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
1984 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
1985 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1994 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
1997 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO


29-05-2006, 12:03 AM
Facts for Today, 28th May


1371 John the Fearless Burgundy France, Duke of Burgundy/warrior
1660 George I king of England (1714-27)
1738 Dr Joseph Ignace Guillotin France, physician/inventor (guillotine)
1759 William Pitt the Younger (C), English PM (1783-1801, 1804-06)
1807 Louis Agassiz Switzerland, naturalist/geologist/teacher
1851 Dick Barlow cricketer (immortal England all-rounder of 1880's)
1874 G K Chesterton writer
1888 Jim [James Francis] Thorpe Shawnee OK, decathlete (Olympics-gold-1912)
1906 Mary Ralton director (British WRAC)
1907 Patrick Browne British Lord justice of appeal
1908 Ian Lancaster Fleming London England, author (James Bond)
1910 Rachel Kempson actress (Captive Heart)
1916 Thora Hird actress (Nightcomers, Kind of Loving)
1917 Papa John Creech rocker (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
1931 Carroll Baker, actress (Andy Warhol's Bad, Babydoll, Harlow)
1934 Dionne Quintuplets (Annette C�cile, �milie, Marie, Yvonne), Ontario Canada, First known set of surviving quintuplets, these girls were treated as a side show and lived in a virtual museum
1943 Liz Edgar horse show jumper
1944 Gladys Knight, singer, leader of the Pips (Last train)
1968 Kylie Minogue, Australia, rock vocalist (Locomotion)

1259 Christoffel I King of Denmark, dies
1357 Afonso IV King of Portugal (1325-57), dies at 66
1787 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart Austrian composer, dies at 67
1843 Noah Webster lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84
1969 Rhys Williams actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
1971 Audie Murphy actor (Whispering Smiths), dies at 46
1972 Duke of Windsor who abdicated the throne, dies in Paris at 77
1984 Eric Morecambe British comedian (Morecambe & Wise), dies at 58

1533 England's archbishop voids King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn's marriage
1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
1919 Armenia declares it's independence
1934 Hobbs scores his 197th & last FC cricket ton at 51 years 163 days
1937 Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco opens to vehicular traffic
1937 Neville Chamberlain becomes PM of England
1940 Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
1959 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock Up Your Daughters" premieres in London
1959 Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission
1961 Amnesty International is founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
1963 Jomo Kenyatta becomes 1st PM of Kenya
1964 Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Dehli
1964 Palestine National Congress forms the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in Jerusalem
1967 Francis Chichester arrives home at Plymouth from Round-the-world trip
1979 European Market accepts Greece as member
1982 Pope John Paul II is 1st pope to visit Great Britain
1989 Emerson Fittipaldi wins the Indianapolis 500 with an average speed of 167.581 mph
1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis
1997 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mount Everest for 3rd time


29-05-2006, 12:10 AM
Facts for Today, 29th May

1630 Charles II king of England (1660-85)
1826 Ebenezer Butterick inventor (tissue paper dress pattern)
1843 Emile Pessard composer
1874 Gilbert Keith Chesterton England, journalist/poet/critic/novelist (Man Who Made Gold)
1903 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes]England, entertainer/comedian (famous profile)
1904 Robert Knox bacteriologist
1915 Lord Huntingfield British agent to UN Secreteriat
1929 Katie Boyle [Lady Sander Saunders] British broadcaster
1937 Alwin Schockemohle horse show jumper
1939 Nanette Newman writer/actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage)
1941 Douglas Scott mountaineer
1949 Francis Rossi, England, guitarist/vocalist (Status Quo-Down Down, Picture of a Matchstick Man)
1956 LaToya Yvette Jackson, singer (posed in Playboy, Millipede)
1973 Emma Johnson Sydney, Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1973 Malcolm Allen Wauchope, Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)

1546 Cardinal Beaton English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered
1593 John Penry English congressionalist, executed
1814 Jos�phine empress of France (1804-14), dies
1829 Humphry Davy scientist/inventor (Miner's safety lamp), dies at 84
1883 WFLC Marianne princess of Orange-Nassau, dies
1911 William Schwenck Gilbert England, writer (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74
1979 Mary Pickford actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies at 86
1982 Romy Schneider actress (Cardinal), dies of cardiac arrest at 43
1994 Erich Honecker President of German Democratic Republic (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81

0526 Antioch struck by Earthquake; about 250,000 die
1652 English Admiral Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant-Admiral Tromp
1660 Charles II restored to English throne after PuritanCommonwealth
1727 Peter II Aleksei (11) becomes czar of Russia
1848 Wisconsin becomes 30th state
1884 1st steam cable trams start in Highgate
1940 In WWII, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France
1942 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas" greatest selling record to date
1944 British troops occupy Aprilia Italy
1953 Edmund P Hillary & Tensing Norkay are 1st to reach summit of Mount Everest
1959 Charles de Gaulle forms French Government
1967 Pope Paul VI names 27 new cardinals, including Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, who later became Pope John Paul II
1969 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of ArcticSea ice
1982 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
1983 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 meters
1985 Heysel Stadium Disaster - 39 die and 500 injured in rioting between British & Italians at European Cup soccer; English clubs banned from playing in European competition for five years
1987 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains
1988 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season
1989 Student protesters in Tiananmen Square China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty
1990 An earthquake hits Peru, killing 56
1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic


30-05-2006, 09:14 PM
Todays facts for 30th May

1672 Peter I "the Great" Romanov tsar of Russia (1682-1725)
1757 Henry Addington Viscount Sidmouth (C), British PM (1801-04)
1835 Alfred Austin Leeds England, poet laureate of England (Garden)
1846 Peter Carl Faberg� Russia, goldsmith/jeweler/egg maker
1847 Alice Sophia Stopford Green Ireland, proponent of Irish independence
1908 Mel[vin Jerome] Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)
1909 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing)
1909 George Headley cricketer (in Panam� All-time great West Indies batsman)
1927 Clint Walker, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)
1963 Helen Patricia Sharman Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)

1431 Joan of Arc burned as a witch by the English at Rouen at 19
1574 Charles IX King of France (1560-74), dies
1593 Christopher Marlowe British dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), murdered
1640 Andr� Duchesne French historian/genealogy, dies
1640 Peter Paul Rubens Flemish painter, dies at 62
1912 Wilbur Wright US aviation pioneer, dies
1919 Lord John Raleigh British physicist (Nobel 1904), dies
1960 Boris Pasternak Russian poet (Dr Zhivago), dies at 70
1967 Claude Rains actor (Invisible Man), dies at 77
1971 Audie Murphy WWII hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
1994 Baron Marcel Bich inventor (Bic Pen), dies at 79

1381 English boer uprising begins in Essex
1498 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America
1536 English king Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour
1574 Henry III follows brother Charles IX as king of France
1588 Spanish Aramada under Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
1821 James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose
1842 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
1848 William G Young patents ice cream freezer
1889 The brassiere is invented
1895 W G Grace scores his 1,000th Cricket run of the season after 22 days
1913 1st Balkan War ends, Treaty of London
1942 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WWII
1954 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
1959 World's 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes England
1967 Robert "Evel" Knievel's motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles
1971 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; after drinking LSD apple juice
1980 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million


30-05-2006, 11:32 PM
Facts for Today, 31st May

1469 Manuel I king of Portugal (1495-1521) during era of exploration
1701 Alexander Cruden compiler of a concordance to King James Bible
1819 Walt Whitman NY, poet (Leaves of Grass)
1837 Ernest Daudet French writer (White Terror)
1837 Joseph Grimaldi London, clown
1863 Francis E Younghusband British journalist/explorer
1908 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places)
1909 Thor Thorvaldsen Norway, yachtsman (Olympics-gold-1948, 52)
1910 Elizabeth Blackwell Hastings, 1st woman doctor of medicine
1910 Francis Avery Jones British gastro-enterologist
1922 Denholm Elliott England, actor (Alfie, Cuba, Doll's House, King Rat)
1922 Elisabeth arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein
1923 Rainier III Prince of Monaco (1949- )
1930 Clint Eastwood, actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel CA)
1938 John Prescott British MP
1938 Peter Yarrow, (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon)
1939 Terry Waite Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage
1948 John "Bonzo" Bonham, drummer (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)
1948 Lynda Bellingham actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic)
1961 Harry Enfield, comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live)
- - - - Lozzie (AA Member)

0455 Petronius Maximus senator/Emperor of Rome, lynched
1740 Frederick-William I king of Prussia (1713-1740), dies at 51
1809 Franz Josef Haydn Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies in Wien (Vienna) Austria at 77
1837 Joseph Grimaldi greatest clown (king of pantomime), dies at 57
1900 John Power Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle
1906 King Alfonso XIII assassinated in Madrid
1906 Victoria von Battenberg assassinated in Madrid
1916 Horace Hood British spy (Battle of Jutland), dies in battle
1962 Adolf Eichmann war criminal, hanged for crimes against Jews in WWII at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
1982 Jack Dempsey former heavyweight boxing champion/actor, dies at 86
1994 Sidney Gilliat British screenwriter/director, dies at 86
1996 Neela Sanjiva Reddy President of India (1977-82), dies

1495 Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella & Venice sign anti-French Saint League
1621 Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night
1678 Lady Godiva rides naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes
1790 US copyright law enacted
1836 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope
1847 Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens
1853 Elisha Kane's Arctic expedition leaves New York aboard the Advance
1884 Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"
1891 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins
1900 US troops arrive in Peking, help put down Boxer Rebellion
1902 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Vereeniging signed, Britain annexes Transvaal
1916 British battle cruiser Invincible explodes, killing all but 6
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury
1944 Allied breakthrough in Italy
1955 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to railroad strike
1969 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amour"
1991 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia


01-06-2006, 07:16 AM
Facts for Today,1st June

1563 Robert Cecil Earl of Salisbury, English chief minister (1598-1625)
1801 Brigham Young religious leader (Mormon church)/polygamist
1878 John Masefield England, 15th poet laureate (Salt-Water Ballads)
1907 Frank Whittle inventor (jet engine)
1926 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Baker], actress (Some Like It Hot)
1928 Bob Monkhouse Kent England, comedian (Bonkers)
1934 Pat Boone Florida, singer/actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade)
1944 Robert Powell England, actor (Jigsaw Man, Shaka Zulu, Secrets)
1947 Ron Wood rock guitarist (Faces, Jeff Beck Group, Rolling Stones)
1959 Alan "Wild"er rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
1968 Jason Donovan rocker/actor (Neighbours)
- - - - Julie2006 (AA Member)

1968 Helen Keller blind & deaf, dies at 87
1985 Richard Greene actor (Adv of Robin Hood), dies at 67
1987 Errol W Barrow PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
1987 Rashid Karami Lebanon, 10 time PM of Lebanon, dies at 65

1495 1st written record of Scotch Whiskey appears in Exchequer Rolls
of Scotland. Friar John Cor is the distiller
1792 Kentucky admitted as 15th US state
1796 Tennessee admitted as 16th US state
1813 Capt John Lawrence utters Navy motto "Don't give up the ship"
1869 Voting Machine patented by Thomas Edison
1915 1st Zeppelin air raid over England
1938 Superman Comics launched
1939 British sub "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
1957 1st US runner breaks 4 minute mile (Don Bowden)
1958 Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France
1963 King Victor Emmanual III of Italy, becomes Emperor of Ethiopia
1971 Ed Sullivan's final TV show
1991 Mount Pinatubo (Phillipines) erupts for 1st time in 600 years


02-06-2006, 12:58 PM
Facts for Today, 2nd June

1491 Henry VIII King of England (1509-47)
1840 Thomas Hardy England, poet/novelist (Mayor of Casterbridge)
1857 Edward Elgar, England, composer (Pomp & Circumstance)
1890 Hedda Hopper gossip columnist (From Under My Hat)
1901 Michael Todd producer (Around the World in 80 Days)
1904 John Weissmuller actor (Tarzan)/100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
1940 Constantine II deposed king of Greece (-1967)
1941 Charlie Watts drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1941 Stacy Keach, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer)
1943 Charles Haid, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, AlteredStates)
1944 Marvin Hamlisch US, composer/pianist (The Sting, Chorus Line)
1960 Tony Hadley rocker (Spandau Ballet-True)

1882 Guiseppi Garibaldi Italian rebel leader, dies at 74
1943 Leslie Howard actor killed, when Nazis shot down his plane
1961 George S Kaufman playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72
1977 Forrest Lewis actor (Great Gildersleeve, Ichabod & Me), dies at 77
1979 Jim Hutton actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 45
1990 Rex Harrison actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 82 of cancer
1990 Robert Noyce co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founded Intel, dies

575 Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1835 P.T. Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
1857 James Gibbs, Va., patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
1862 Gen Robert E Lee takes command of the Confederate armies
1886 Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)
1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1924 US citizenship granted to all American Indians
1930 1st baby born on a vessel passing through Panama Canal
1936 Gen Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
1979 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a communist country (Poland)

03-06-2006, 11:02 PM
Facts for Today, 3rd June

1761 Henry Scrapnel English inventor (shrapnel shell)
1780 William Hone England, author/bookseller (The Every-Day Book)
1865 George V king of England (1910-36)
1904 Dr Charles Drew Washington DC, pioneer of blood plasma preservation/first director of the Red Cross blood bank
1911 Paulette Goddard [Marion Levy], Switz, actress (The Great Dictator)
1913 Ellen Corby, actress (Grandma Walton-The Waltons)
1925 Tony Curtis, actor (Some Like It Hot, Trapeze)
1944 Michael Clarke drummer (Byrds)
1945 Hale Irwin PGA golfer (US Open 1974, 79)
1946 Ian Hunter England, rocker (Mott the Hoople-All the Young Dudes)
1950 Suzi Quatro, singer (Stumblin' In)/actress (Happy Days)

1875 Georges Bizet France, composer
1881 Japanese giant salamander dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
1933 William Muldoon Belfast NY, boxing commissioner, dies at 88
1949 Amedos Peter Giannine founder of Bank of America dies at 79
1963 Pope John XXIII dies at 81
1987 Will Sampson actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54
1991 Harry Glicken volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan

1098 Christian Crusaders seize Antioch, Turkey
1789 Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)
1860 Comanche, Iowa completely destroyed by 1 of a series of tornadoes
1925 Goodyear airship "Pilgrim" makes 1st flight (1st with enclosed cabin)
1929 Border dispute between Peru & Chile resolved
1934 Dr Frederick Banting co-discoverer of insulin, is knighted
1937 Duke of Windsor (Edward 8) weds Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France
1962 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
1964 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsilitis & pharyngitis
1976 Queen's Bhoemian Rhapsody goes gold
1976 US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta
1980 Crew of Soyuz 36 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 35
1981 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after attempt on life
1989 Troops in China shoot & kill 100s of students demonstrating
for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

04-06-2006, 09:48 AM
Facts for Today, 4th June

1738 George III English king (1760-1820)
1877 Heinrich Wieland German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927)
1909 Paul Nordoff Philadelphia, composer (Frog Prince)
1924 Dennis Weaver Joplin Mo, actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered)
1926 Robert Earl Hughes became heaviest known human (486 kg)
1932 John Barrymore Jr, actor (Pantomine Quiz)
1936 Bruce Dern, actor (Coming Home, Silent Running, Tatoo)
1937 Freddie Fender Mexico, country singer (Feelings)
1944 Michelle Phillips singer/actress (Mamas & Papas)
1945 Gordon Waller, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)
1965 Andrea Jaeger, tennis player (retired as a teenager)

1973 MurrayWilson father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
1989 Ayatalloh Ruhullah Khomeini of Iran, dies at 86 of internal bleeding
1990 Jack Gilford, actor, dies at 82 of stomach cancer

1070 Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France
1647 British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner
1783 Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned)
1912 Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses
1918 M Wolf discovers asteroid #894 Erda
1927 1st Ryders Cup (Golf), US beats England
1929 George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie
1940 British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
1942 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II
1942 Capitol Record Co opens for business
1956 Speech by Khrushchev blasting Stalin made public
1965 Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction"
1970 Tonga gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1984 Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA"


05-06-2006, 11:03 AM
Todays Facts, 5th June


1718 Thomas Chippendale England, furniture maker (baptized)
1723 Adam Smith Kirkcaldy Scot, economist (Wealth of Nations) (baptized)
1819 John Couch Adams co-discover (Neptune)
1878 Francisco (Pancho) Villa Mexico, revolutionary/guerrilla leader
1900 Dennis Gabor inventor (holography (3D laser photography))
1932 Christy Brown Dublin, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days)
1937 Waylon Jennings, country singer (Dukes of Hazzard)
1938 Marion Chapman smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)
1945 John Carlos track star (Olympic bronze 1968); gave black power salute

221 -BC- Chu Yuan China's poet drowns
1864 Gen William E "Grumble" Jones killed at Piedmont
1916 Horatio H Kitchener British General (Sudan), dies at 65
1953 Bill Tilden tennis champ, dies at 60

1661 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge
1783 Joseph & Jacques Montgolfier make 1st public balloon flight
1806 Batavian Republic becomes the Kingdom of Holland
1833 Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage
1849 Danish National Day-Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy
1912 US marines invade Cuba (3nd time)
1940 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited
1940 Battle of France begins in WW II
1944 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure
1945 USA, UK, USSR, France declare supreme authority over Germany
1952 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles for heavyweight boxing title
1968 Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies the next day
1975 Suez Canal reopens (after 6 Day War caused it to close)
1980 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
1983 Yannich Noah becomes 1st Frenchman to win French Open since WW II
1984 Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh's holiest site (Golden Temple)


06-06-2006, 10:37 AM
Todays Facts for 6th June

1799 Aleksandr Sergeyevich Russia, poet, founder of modern Russian Lit
1799 Alexandr Pushkin Russia, writer (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)
1850 Karl F Braun codeveloped wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)
1868 Robert Falcon Scott leader of ill-fated south polar expedition
1872 Alexandra last Russian tsarina (1894-1918)
1875 Walter Percy Chrysler found Chrysler Corp (1925)
1932 Billie Whitelaw Coventry England, actress (Omen, Adding Machine)
1933 Heinrich Rohrer Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
1947 Marion Coakes England, equestrian show jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)
1956 Bj�rn B�rg, Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbeldon 1976-79)
- - - - HiFly (AA Member)
- - - - ROBIN (AA Member)

1961 Dr Carl Gustav Jung Swiss psychatrist, dies at 85
1965 Lester Matthews (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu), dies at 64
1966 Claudette Orbison wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
1967 Edward G Givens Jr astronaut, dies in an auto accident at 37
1968 Robert F Kennedy, assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan
1976 J Paul Getty oil magnate dies at 83 in London
1988 Ella Raines actress, dies of throat cancer at 67
1991 Larry Kert actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies from AIDS
1991 Stan Getz jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64

1523 Gustavus I becomes king of Sweden (Swedish National Day)
1639 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
1813 US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)
1844 Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) founded in London
1882 Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowns 100,000
1882 Electric iron patented by Henry W. Seely,
1942 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
1944 D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
1955 Bill Haley & Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits No.1
1960 Roy Orbison releases "Only the Lonely"
1972 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (****ie Rhodesia)
1975 British voters decide to remain in Common Market
1979 200th Derby is run in England
1980 Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe for Wimbeldon title
1985 Body of Nazi criminal, Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed
1985 Chris Evert wins a grand slam title for 13th straight year (French)
1985 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station


07-06-2006, 07:45 AM
Facts for Today, 7th June

1770 Earl of Liverpool (C) British PM (1812-27)
1778 George Bryan "Beau" Brummel London England, English dandy
1811 Sir James Young Simpson Scotland, obsterician (used chloroform)
1899 Elizabeth Bowen Dublin, novelist (The Death of the Heart)
1917 Dean Martin singer/comedian (partner for Jerry Lewis)
1922 Rocky Graziano boxer/entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Martha Raye Show)
1940 Tom Jones, Wales, singer (What's New Pussycat)
1958 Prince [Rodgers Nelson], rocker/actor (1999, Purple Rain)

1329 Robert Bruce leader of the Scots, dies at 53
1631 Mumtax Mahal wife of Shah Jahan of India, her tomb (Taj Mahal)
1862 William Mumford 1st US citizen hanged for treason
1957 Mrs Elizabeth S Kingsley double-Crostic puzzle creator, dies
1961 Robert Griffith producer of Pajama Game, dies
1965 Judy Holiday actress, dies at 42
1968 Dan Duryea actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies at 60
1990 Barbara Baxley actress (Norma Rae), dies at 63 of a heart attack

1614 2nd parliment of King James I, dissolves passing no legislation
1654 Louis XIV crowned king of France
1775 United Colonies change name to United States
1864 Abe Lincoln renominated for President by Republican Party
1924 George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775' from Everest's summit
1929 Vatican City becomes a soverign state
1939 George V1 and Elizabeth,1st king & queen of England to visit US
1967 Israel captures Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem
1969 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash combine on a Grand Ole Opry TV special
1975 Spain's Manuel Orantes wins US Open, beating Jimmy Connors in 3 sets
1979 Rocker Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
1982 Pres Reagan meets Pope John Paul II & Queen Elizabeth
1989 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires
1990 Michael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains


08-06-2006, 07:52 AM
Todays Facts for 8th June

1625 Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovered 4 satellites of Saturn
1814 Charles Reade England, novelist (The Cloister & the Hearth)
1829 Sir John Everett Millais England, painter (Order of Release)
1847 Ida Sazton McKinley 1st lady
1916 Francis Crick codiscovered DNA's structure (Nobel 1962)
1921 Alexis Smith, Canada, actress (Jessica-Dallas, Follies)
1930 Dana Wynter, actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
1933 Joan Rivers, comedian (The Late Show, Hollywood Squares)
1934 Millicent Martin, actress (Alfie, Nothing but the Best)
1940 Nancy Sinatra, singer, her boots were made for walkin'
1960 Mike Hucknail rocker (Simply Red-Every Time We Say Goodbye)
1962 Nick Rhodes rocker (Duran, Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
1967 Neil Mitchell rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)
- - - - Henners (AA Member)

632 Mohammed prophet of Islam (Koran), dies (according to tradition)
1809 Thomas Paine writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72
1969 Robert Taylor actor (Death Valley Days), dies at 57
1979 Herb Polesie producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
1991 Mary Bacon jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43

452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun
1783 Laki Volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption
1786 1st commercially-made ice cream sold (NY)
1824 Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec
1861 People of Tennessee vote to succeed from Union
1869 Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner (it sucks)
1968 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
1968 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, captured
1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
1975 2 passenger trains collided near Munich Germany killing 35
1982 Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament
1991 Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-4 for French Open
2004 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs


09-06-2006, 11:45 PM
Facts for Today, 9th June


1781 George Stephenson inventor (principal RR locomotive)
1791 John Howard Payne US, author/actor/diplomat (Home Sweet Home)
1843 Bertha von Suttner Austria, novelist/pacifist (Nobel 1905)
1893 Cole Porter Indiana, composer/lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
1908 Robert Cummings Joplin Mo, actor (Love that Bob, Dial M For Murder)
1912 Ingolf Dahl Hamburg Germany, composer (Andante & Arioso)
1922 George Axelrod playwright (Breakfast at Tiffany)
1924 Tony Britton, actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup)
1947 Mitch Mitchell drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze)
1951 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart)
1961 Michael J Fox, actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)
1962 Eddie Lundon rocker (China Crisis-Christian)
1963 Johnny Depp, actor (21 Jump Street)

68 Nero Roman Emperor commits suicide
1870 Charles Dickens author, dies in England
1897 Alvin Graham Clark dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens

1822 Charles Graham receives 1st patent for false teeth
1898 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to Britain for 99 years
1899 Jim Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons for the Heavyweight boxing crown
1931 Goddard patents rocket-fueled aircraft design
1940 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
1957 Anthony Eden resigns as British PM
1969 Brian Jones quits the Rolling Stones
1977 George & Patti Harrison divorce
1977 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth celebrated with fireworks
1980 Soyuz T-2 returns to Earth
1984 Cyndi Lauper's 1st No.1 "Time After Times"
1984 Polygram's HanoverGermany plant produces its 10 millionth CD
1989 Michael Changs French Open win makes him youngest male to go to finals
1991 Jim Courier beats Andre Agassi for the French Open
1997 British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires


09-06-2006, 11:51 PM
Facts for Today,10th June

1836 Yamaoka Tesshu Japanese swordsman, master of kendo )
1904 Frederick Loewe composer/partner of Learner
1911 Terence Rattigan playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version)
1921 Prince Philip Mountbatten Greece, Duke of Edinburgh
1922 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], actress/singer (Wizard of Oz)
1923 Earl Hamner Jr, TV narrator (The Waltons)
1923 Robert Maxwell [Jan Hoch], Czech, billionaire/CEO (NY Daily News)
1945 Ron Glass, actor (Ron-Barney Miller, New Odd Couple)
1946 Matthew Fisher England, keyboardist (Procal Harum-Conquistador)
1973 David Friedman, actor (Jason-Little House on the Prairie)
- - - - Kevin (AA Member)

1580 Lu�s Vaz de Camoes Portugal's national poet, dies
1839 Nathaniel Pryor sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies
1903 King Alexander I & Queen Dragia of Serbia are assassinated
1941 Marcus Garvey dies at 52 in London England
1946 Jack Johnson 1st black heavyweight champion, dies in car accident
1971 Michael Rennie actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
1981 Russell "Lucky" Hayden actor (Judge Roy Bean), dies at 68
1985 George Chandler actor (Lassie), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87

1610 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island
1639 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
1720 Mrs Clements of England markets 1st paste-style mustard
1902 Patent for window envelope granted to H.F. Callahan
1916 Great Arab Revolt begin
1955 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
1957 Harold MacMillan becomes British PM
1962 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3�"
1966 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in the UK
1977 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison
1979 Pope John Paul II visits Poland
1981 Sebastian Coe of Englands sets the 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence
1984 Ivan Lendl wins the French Open, his 1st grand slam title
1989 Major French Open upset, as Spain's Arantxa Sanchez, 17 beats heavily
favored Steffi Graf, also 1st Spaniard to win a grand slam title


16-06-2006, 12:23 AM
Apologies for the delay in bringing this thread upto date.

Facts for Today, 11th June

1776 John Constable England, landscape painter (Hay Wain)
1847 Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett leader of English women's movement
1864 Richard Strauss M�nchen Germany, composer (Till Eulenspiegel)
1867 Charles Fabry found ozone layer in upper atmosphere
1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau France, oceanic explorer aboard Calypso
1918 Nelson Mandela civil right activist in South Africa
1919 Richard Todd Ireland, actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident)
1935 Gene Wilder, actor (Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak)
1939 Jackie Stewart Scotland, driver/sports announcer (27 Grand Prix)


1970 Frank Laubach Benton Pa, taught reading through phonetics, dies
1970 Frank Silvera actor (High Chaparral), dies at 55
1979 John Wayne actor, dies of cancer
1988 Giuseppe Saragat president of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
1988 Nathan Cook actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38

1488 Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland
1770 Capt Cook runs aground on Australian Great Barrier Reef
1788 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
1901 Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand
1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" released
1947 WW II sugar rationing finally ends
1951 Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal
1959 Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover
1969 David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
1987 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British PM in 160 years to win 3rd cons term
1988 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8�")
1989 Youngest male French Open champ & 1st US champ since 1955, Michael
Chang, 17, beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden

16-06-2006, 12:28 AM
Facts for Today, 12th June

1819 Charles Kingsley England, clergyman/novelist (Westward Ho!)
1829 Johanna Spyri Switzerland, writer (Heidi)
1851 Oliver Joseph Lodge England, early radio pioneer
1897 Anthony Eden Earl of Avon (C), British PM (1955-57)
1915 David Rockefeller banker, international power broker
1916 Irwin Allen disaster-movie producer (Towering Inferno)
1917 Priscilla Lane US, actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)
1924 George Herbert Walker Bush (R) 43rd VP (1981-89) 41st Pres (1989- )
1928 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], Bkln, singer (the Street Where You Live)
1929 Anne Frank Holland, diarist/Nazi victim
1943 Reg Presley rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing)

1972 Saul David Alinsky radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
1980 Milburn Stone actor (Doc-Gunsmoke), dies at 75
1983 NormaShearerAcademy Award-winner, dies at 80
1986 Tony Desimone combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66

1701 Act of Settlement gives English crown to Sophia, Princess of Hanover
1792 George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver, BC
1812 Napoleon's invasion of Russia begins
1867 Austro-Hungarian Empire forms
1917 Secret Service extends protection of president to his family
1918 1st airplane bombing raid by an American unit, France
1923 Harry Houdini frees himself from a straitjacket while suspended
upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above the ground in NYC
1964 South Africa sentences Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment
1965 Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction"
1965 The Beatles are awarded the MBE
1967 Israel wins 6 day war
1979 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
1980 Reagan said he would submit to periodic medical tests
1986 P W Botha declares South African national emergency
1989 Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids


16-06-2006, 12:33 AM
Facts for Today, 13th June

823 Charles II (the Bald) king of France (843-77), emperor (875-77)
1752 Fanny Burney England, author (Camille, Evelina)
1773 Thomas Young proponent of the wave theory of light
1831 James Clerk Maxwell physicist, formulated electromagnetic theory
1865 William Butler Yeats Ireland, poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923)
1892 Basil Rathbone, actor (Sherlock Holmes)
1893 Dorothy L Sayers England, novelist (9 Taylors)
1915 J Donald Budge US tennis player (1st to hold world's 4 major titles)
1951 Richard Thomas, (John Boy-Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda)
1962 Ally Sheedy, actress (St Elmo's, Short Circuit, Maid to Order)
1963 Catarina Lindqvist Sweden, tennis player (Swedish Open 1986)
1971 Broderick nonuplets Sydney Australia (7 of 9 survived infancy)
- - - - June (AA Member)

323 -BC- Alexander the Great dies of fever at Babylon
1886 King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowns
1962 Sir Eugene Goossens composer, dies at 69
1972 Clyde McPhatter singer of the drifters, dies of a heart attack
1979 Darla Hood actress (Little Rascals), dies
1982 King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, dies at 69
1986 Benny Goodman the clarinet playing King of Swing, dies in NY at 77
1987 Geraldine Page actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62

1373 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world's oldest) signed
1774 Rhode Island becomes 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves
1777 Marquis de Lafayette lands in US
1789 Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington
1837 1st Mormon missionaries to the British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio
1863 Samuel Butler publishes 1st part of "Erewhon," Christchurch, NZ
1886 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC
1927 Ticker-tape parade welcomed Charles A Lindbergh to NYC
1940 Paris evacuated before the German advance
1955 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans France
1969 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band & joins the Rolling Stones
1977 Convicted assassin James Earl Ray recaptured [?]
1980 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela
1981 Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II
1982 Fahd becomes king of Saudi Arabia when King Khalid dies at 69


16-06-2006, 12:38 AM
Facts for Today, 14th June

1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe author (Uncle Tom's Cabin)
1864 Alois Alzheimer Germany, psychiatrist/pathologist (Alzheimer Disease)
1909 Burl Ives Hunt Ill, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
1919 Sam Wanamaker Chic Ill, actor (Holocaust, Competition, Raw Deal)
1921 Gene Barry NYC, actor (Bat Masterson, Name of the Game, Burke's Law)
1928 Ernesto (Che) Guevara Latin American revolutionary
1943 Muff Mervyn Winwood singer (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)
1946 Donald Trump master builder (Trump Towers/Plaza/Castle)
1961 Boy George O'Dowd androgynous rock musician & druggie (Culture Club)
1969 Steffi Graf West Germany, tennis player (Grand Slam 1988)
2160 Montgomery Edward ScottAberdeen, Scotland (Star Trek)

1801 Benedict Arnold Revolutionary War general, dies in London
1828 Charles Duke of Prussia, dies at 70
1962 Anna Sleasers first Boston Strangler victim
1977 Alan Reed actor (Mr Adams & Eve/voice (Fred Flintstone), dies at 69
1986 Alan Jay Lerner Broadway librettist, dies in NY at 67

1775 US Army founded
1777 Continental Congress adopts Stars & Stripes replacing Grand Union flag
1834 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont
1841 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
1847 Bunson invents a gas burner. Lab teachers celebrate worldwide
1900 HawaiianRepublic becomes the US Territory of Hawaii
1919 1st nonstop air crossing of Atlantic (Alcock & Brown)
1940 German forces occupied Paris during WW II
1942 Walt Disney's "Bambi" is released
1949 State of Vietnam formed
1963 Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 orbits earth 81 times in 5 days
1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on Falkland Is, ends 74-day conflict
1989 Rocker Carol King gets a star in Hollywood's walk of fame


16-06-2006, 12:45 AM
Facts for Today, 15th June

1330 Edward the black prince, prince of Wales (1343-1376)
1843 Edvard Grieg Bergen Norway, composer (Bewitched One)
1937 Waylon Jennings singer of innumerable country songs (Ramblin' Man)
1941 Harry Nilsson [Johnny Niles], laid-back singer/songwriter
1950 Heidi Sch�ller Germany, 1st woman to take olympic oath (1972)
1950 Noddy Holder rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade-Cum On Feel The Noize)

1381 Wat Tyler leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
1467 Philip the Good Duke of Burgundy, dies at 76
1849 James Knox Polk the 11th US Pres, dies in Nashville, Tenn
1982 Neil Fitzgerald Irish actor, dies at 90, in Princeton NJ
1989 Victor French actor (Highway to Heaven), dies at 54 of cancer

1215 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England
1219 King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark
1381 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
1389 Battle of Kossovo; Turks defeat Serbs, Bosnians
1785 2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident
1836 Arkansas becomes 25th state
1844 Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber
1896 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku Japan
27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured, with 13,000 houses destroyed
1919 1st nonstop Atlantic flight (Alcock & Brown) lands in Ireland
1924 Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth automobile
1924 Native Americans are proclaimed US citizens
1940 French fortress of Verdun captured by Germans
1951 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory
1956 John Lennon (15) & Paul McCartney (13) meet for the 1st time as
Lennon's rock group The Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
1972 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
1978 Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
1978 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days
1989 Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth


16-06-2006, 12:50 AM
Facts for Today, 16th June

1895 Stan Laurel comedian (Laurel & Hardy)
1902 Barbara McClintock US, cytogeneticist (Nobel 1983)
1912 Enoch Powell England, (C), racist
1937 Erich Segal author (Love Story, Oliver's Story)
1942 Giacomo Agostini, Italy, world motorcycle race champion
1943 Joan Van Ark, actress (Valene-Dallas/Knots Landing)
1944 Reg Presley singer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
1952 Aleksandr Zaitsev USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

1216 Innocent III pope, dies at 54
1671 Stenka Razin Cossack rebel leader, tortured, executed in Moscow
1959 George Reeves actor (Superman, Gone With the Wind), shoots himself
1969 John Scott rocker with the Pretenders, dies at 25
1976 Francis E Meloy Jr US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
1982 John Honeyman-Scott guitarist of the Pretenders, overdoses on drugs

1567 Mary Queen of Scots thrown into LochlevenCastle prison
1671 Cossack rebel leader Stenka Razin tortured, executed in Moscow
1858 Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand"
1949 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa
1951 Ben Hogan wins golf's US open for 2nd year in a row
1955 Pope Pius XII ex-communicated Argentine Pres Juan Peron
1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris
1963 Levi Eshkol replaces David Ben-Gurion as Israeli PM
1963 Valentina Tereshkova becomes 1st woman in space, aboard Vostok 6
1968 Lee Trevino is 1st to play all 4 rounds of golf's US open under par
1976 Student uprisings begin in Soweto, South Africa (Soweto Day)
1977 Leonid Brezhnev named president of USSR
1984 Edwin Moses wins his 100th consecutive 400-meter hurdles race
1991 Boris Yeltsin elected president of Russia


17-06-2006, 10:40 PM
Facts for Today, 17th June

1239 Edward I King of England (1272-1307)
1703 John Wesley cofounded Methodist movement/author
1832 Sir William Crookes chemist/physicist; discovered thallium
1867 John Robert Gregg Ireland, inventor (shorthand)
1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russia, composer (The Rite of Spring)
1920 Beryl Reid actress (Joseph Andrews, Psycho Mania, Yellowbeard)
1920 Fran�ois Jacob France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965)
1928 James Brown rocker (Hot Pants)
1931 Virginia McKenna London, actress (Born Free, Gathering Storm)
1945 Eddy Merckx Belguim, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
1946 Barry Manilow, singer (Mandy)
1964 Michael Gross West Germany, swimmer (Olympic-2 world records-1984)
- - - - Domino (AA Member)

1939 Eugene Weldman last guillotined in France
1961 Jeff Chandler actor, dies at 40
1979 Lou Frizzel actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
1989 David S Griggs astronaut, dies in crash of WW II vintage plane

1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on the coast of Calif
1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French
1775 Battle of Bunker Hill
1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
1950 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat
1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
1988 The Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
1991 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78


18-06-2006, 12:13 AM
Facts for Today, 18th June

1799 William Lassell discoverer (satellites of Uranus & Neptune)
1886 George Mallory England, mountain climber ("because it is there")
1901 Jeanette MacDonald actress/singer (When I'm Calling You)
1912 Henry Brandon Berlin Germany, actor (Drums of Fu Manchu)
1913 Sammy Cahn lyricist (3 Coins in a Fountain)
1929 Eva Bartok Budapest Hungary, actress (Assassin, Crimson Pirate)
1942 Paul McCartney rocker, Beatles, writes silly love songs
1947 Linda Thorson Toronto, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live)
1952 Isabella Rossellini actress (Blue Velvet, Tough Guys Don't Dance)
1961 Alison Moyet rocker (Yaz, Alf)
- - - - Tattyhead1 (AA Member)
- - - - Sara L Scott (AA Member)

1959 Ethel Barrymore actress, dies at 79
1974 Georgi Zhukov Russian Marshal (WW II), dies at 78
1975 Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh
shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king
1982 Curt Jurgens actor, dies of an acute heart attack at 66
1991 Joan Caulfield actress (My Favorite Husband), dies of cancer at 69


1812 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
1815 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon defeated by Wellington
1928 Amelia Earhart is 1st woman (passenger) to cross Atlantic by air
1940 Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations
would remember that "this was their finest hour"
1942 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
1945 William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) Brit radio traitor charged with treason
1956 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt
1983 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC
1986 52 die in plane/helicopter collision over Grand Canyon
1989 Curtis Strange wins his 2nd US golf open
1990 1st sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin


19-06-2006, 10:19 AM
Todays Facts for, 19th June

1556 James VI of Scotland (1567-1625)/James I of England (1603-25)
1623 Blaise Pascal mathematician/physicist/religious writer
1865 Dame May Whitty Liverpool England, actress (Mrs Minerva)
1877 Charles Coburn, actor (Acad-1943, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
1896 Mrs Simpson 1919 Louis Jourdan[/SIZE], actor (Gigi, Can-Can, Madame Bovary)
[B]1932 Pier Angeli Italy (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge)
1933 Viktor I Patsayev USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11)
1943 Malcolm McDowell actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula)
1947 Salman Rushdie novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses)
1949 Kathleen Turner, actress (Peggy Sue Got Married)
- - - - Mikelynn 40 (AA Member)

1867 Maximilian Mexican emperor, executed, Mexican republic restored
1962 Frank Borzage academy award winning director, dies at 69
1966 Ed Wynn comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 86
1973 Roger Delgado actor (Adventures of Sir Francis Drake), dies at 53
1986 Murray P Haydon artificial heart recipient,
1989 Hy Gardner newspaper columnist, dies at 80

1917 After WW I King George V ordered members of British royal family to
dispense with German titles & surnames, they take the name Windsor
1961 Kuwait regains complete independence from Britain
1963 2 Russian space missions return to Earth
1963 Valentina Tereshkova 1st woman in space returns to Earth
1967 Muhammad Ali is convicted for reusing induction in US Army
1967 Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
1988 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers finish cycling underwater
on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
1991 2 of Mia Farrow's daughters arrested for shoplifting lingerie


19-06-2006, 10:26 PM
Facts for Today, 20th June

1674 Nicholas Rowe England, poet laureate (Jane Shore, Tamerlane)
1819 Jacques Offenbach, French composer (Tales of Hoffmann)
1868 Helen Miller Shepard philanthropist/established Hall of Fame
1899 Jean Moulin hero of the French Resistance during WW II
1909 Errol Flynn actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood, Against All Flags)
1919 Bruce Gordon England, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables)
1920 DeForest Kelley, actor (Dr Leonard McCoy-Star Trek)
1924 Audie Murphy, WWII hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)
1924 Chet Atkins, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)
1928 Martin Landau actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Tucker)
1933 Jean Boiteux France, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1952)
1942 Brian Wilson Inglewood Calif, singer (Beachboys-In My Room)
1950 Lionel Richie singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover)
1953 Cyndi Lauper, singer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Vibes)
1960 John Taylor rocker (Duran Duran-Girls on Film)
1961 Karin Enke German DR, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980, 84)
- - - - Chrispy (AA Member)
- - - - DougTSC (AA Member)
- - - - gy1517 (AA Member)


1837 King William IV of England, dies
1947 Benjamin `Buggsy' Siegel gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal
1963 Gordon Jones actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
1963 Ralph Sanford actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
1966 Georges Lema�tre originator of "big bang" theory, dies at 71
1984 Estelle Winwood actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99

1756 146 Brit soldiers imprisoned in India-Black Hole of Calcutta-most die
1782 Congress approves Great Seal of US & the eagle as it's symbol
1791 King Louis XVI caught trying to escape French Revolution
1793 Eli Whitney applies for a cotton gin patent
1819 Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)
1837 England issues its 1st stamp, 1P Queen Victoria
1837 Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of
uncle King William IV Ruled for 63 years ending in 1901
1863 West Virginia admitted as 35th US state
1867 Pres Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska
1936 Jesse Owens of the US sets 100 meter record at 10.2
1960 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France
1966 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman
1967 Muhammad Ali convicted of refusing induction into armed services
1968 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds


21-06-2006, 06:14 AM
Facts for Today, 21st June

1732 Martha Washington 1st, 1st lady
1882 Rockwell Kent artist/painter/illustrator (Canterbury Tales)
1921 Jean Kent England, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake)
1922 Judy Holliday, comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib)
1925 Maureen Stapleton, actress (Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite)
1932 Lalo (Boris) Schifrin Buenos Aires Argentina, composer
1944 Ray Davies singer/guitarist (The Kinks-Come Dancing)
1948 Leo Sayers rocker (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing)
1953 Benazir Bhutto 1st female leader of a Moslem nation (Pakistan)
1982 Prince William of Wales son of Prince Charles and Princess of Wales

1876 Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Mexican general (took Alamo), dies at 82
1957 Don McBride actor (Mr Clyde-My Friend Flicka), dies at 68

1633 Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, &
detest" his Copernican heliocentric views
1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine
1879 F W Woolworth opens 1st store
1887 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
1919 Germans scuttle their own fleet
1942 Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa
1945 Japanese forces on Okinawa surrender to US during WW II
1948 Dr Peter Goldmark of CBS demonstrates "long playing record"
Columbia commits to 33 1/3 rpm records, plans to phase out 78's
1963 Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII
1969 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
1970 Brazil wins last Jules Rimet Trophy, soccer championship
1977 Menachem Begin (Likud), becomes Israel's 6th PM
1985 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm
skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame


23-06-2006, 06:38 AM
Facts for Today, 22nd June

1757 George Vancouver surveyed Pacific coast from SF to Vancouver I
1837 Paul Morphy New Orleans, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61)
1856 H Rider Haggard author (King Solomon's Mine, She)
1858 Giacomo Puccini Italy, operatic composer (Madama Butterfly)
1887 Sir Julian Huxley London, biologist/philosopher, Darwin's Bulldog
1903 John Dillinger one of America's Most Wanted
1906 Billy Wilder movie director (Some Like It Hot, Apartment, Stalag 17)
1910 Sir Peter Pears England, tenor (Death in Venice)
1921 Joseph Papp, stage producer/director (Pirates of Penzance)
1944 Peter Asher London, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)
1947 Don Henley drummer/singer (Eagles, Boys of Summer)
1947 Howard Kaylan rocker (The Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
1949 Lindsay Wagner, actress (Bionic Woman, Paper Chase, Nighthawks)
1949 Meryl Streep NJ, actress (French Lieutenant's Woman, Sophie's Choice)
1956 Derek Forbes rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
1965 Tommy Cunningham rocker (Wet Wet Wet-Wishing I Was)
- - - - Suey (AA Member)
- - - - Jean Bulancier (AA Member)

1874 Howard Staunton world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies
1922 Field Marshal Sir Henry H Wilson murdered in London
1961 Betty Elder actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
1965 David O Selznick Gone With the Wind's producer, dies at 63
1969 Judy Garland singer/actress, dies in London at 47
1987 Fred Astaire actor/dancer, dies at Century City Hospital in LA at 88
1991 Kevin O'Connor actor (Bogie), dies of cancer at 56

1497 Antitax insurrection in Cornwall suppressed at Blackheath
1611 Henry Hudson & son set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers
1675 Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II
1772 Slavery outlawed in England
1807 British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812
1815 2nd abdication of Napoleon (after Waterloo)
1847 Doughnut created
1873 Prince Edward Island joins Canada
1911 King George V of England crowned
1940 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarmed
1941 Germany declares war on Soviet Union during WW II
1949 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for the boxing title
1978 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
1981 John McEnroe exhibites a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbeldon
1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
1990 Florida passes a law prohibits wearing a throng bathing suit
1991 Underwater volcano, Mount Didicas, erupts in Phillipines


23-06-2006, 06:43 AM
Facts for Today, 23rd June

1763 Josephine Martinique, empress of France
1848 Antoine Joseph Sax inventor (the saxophone)
1894 Alfred Kinsey entomologist/sexologist (Kinsey Report)
1894 Duke of Windsor [King Edward VIII of England] (briefly in 1936)
1916 Irene Worth, actress (Deathtrap, Nicolas & Alexandra)
1929 June Carter Cash, country singer (Johnny Cash Show)
1940 Adam Faith England, singer (Poor Me, What Do You Want?)
1943 James Levine musical conductor (Tosca)
1946 Ted Shackelford, actor (Dallas, Knots Landing)
1950 Sally Geeson England, actress (Bless This House)
- - - - Karen Souhrada (AA Member)

1969 Stanley Andrews actor (Old Ranger-Death Valley Days), dies at 78
1972 Elton Britt country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
1973 Fay Holden actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77

1775 1st regatta held on Thames, England
1784 1st US balloon flight (13 year old Edward Warren)
1848 Bloody insurrection of workers in Paris
1860 US Secret Service created
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes patents "Type-writer"
1951 British diplomats Guy Burgess & Donald Maclean flee to USSR
1955 Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt
1969 Joe Frazier beats Jerry Quarry for the heavyweight boxing title
1970 Rocker Chubby Checker arrest for marijuana pocession
1972 Hurricane Agnes is costliest natural disaster in American history
1975 Rocker Alice Cooper falls of stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs
1976 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens
1982 Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
1985 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die


23-06-2006, 11:06 PM
Facts for Today, 24th June �

1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift founded Swift & Co
1850 Horatio Herbert Kitchener England, original Order of Merit member
1895 Jack Dempsey heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26) (Manassa Mauler)
1901 Harry Partch, composer (Oedipus)
1903 Phil Harris singer/actor (Anything Goes)
1916 John Ciardi poet/critic (translated Dante)
1922 Sibohan McKenna Ireland, stage actress (Saint Joan)
1932 David McTaggart cofounded Greenpeace
1942 Michele Lee, actress/singer (Karen-Knots Landing, Love Bug)
1942 Mick Fleetwood drummer (Fleetwood Mac) (or 1947)
1944 Bruce Johnston rocker (Beachboys-Surfin' Girl)
1944 Jeff Beck Surrey England, singer/songwriter (Jeff Beck Group)
1945 Betty Stove Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
1957 Astro rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1959 Andy McClusky rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
1961 Curt Smith rocker (Tears for Fears-Shout)
1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic-gold-1980)
- - - - Shirleynuk (AA Member)

1908 Grover Cleveland 22nd & 24th Pres, dies in Princeton, at 71
1922 Dr Walter Rathenau German foreign minister killed by anti-semites
1971 Kenneth Washington actor (Sgt Baker-Hogan's Heroes), dies at 53
1984 William Keighley actor, dies of a stroke at 94
1987 Jackie Gleason actor (Honeymooners), dies at 71 in Fort Lauderdale

1314 Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
1322 Jews are expelled from France
1441 Eton College founded by Henry VI
1497 John Cabot claims eastern Canada for England
1509 Henry VIII crowned King of England
1540 Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
1813 Battle of Beaver Dam-British & Indian forces defeat US forces
1894 Decision to begin modern Olympics every 4 years
1939 Pan Am's 1st US to England flight
1940 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1963 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
1977 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976


24-06-2006, 10:50 PM
Facts for Today, 25th June �.

1852 Antonio Gaud� Spanish architect (Sagrada Familia, Barcelona)
1864 Walther Hermann Nernst Prussian physical chemist (Nobel 1920)
1900 Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, royal relative
1903 George Orwell England, satirist/author (Animal Farm, 1984)
1907 J Hans D Jensen Germany, physicist (atomic nuclei-Nobel 1963)
1925 June Lockhart, actress (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction)
1945 Carly Simon, singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain)
1950 Tatyana Averina USSR, speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic-gold-1976)
1963 George Michael England, rocker (Wham-I Want Your Sex)
- - - - Janet May (AA Member)

1212 Simon de Montfort a leader of the crusades, dies at 67
1906 Architect Stanford White shot dead atop MadisonSquareGarden which
he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit

1178 5 Canterbury monks report something exploding on Moon
1630 Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop
1876 Custer & 7th Cavalry wiped out by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn
1921 Jack Hutchinson becomes 1st American to win golf's British Open
1929 Pres Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
1942 British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II)
1948 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 to reatain championship
1950 Israeli airline El Al begins service
1950 Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea
1966 Beatles' "Paperback Writer," single goes No.1 & stays No.1 for 2 weeks
1966 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
1969 Longest tennis match in Wimbeldon history, Pancho Gonzalez beats
Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
1991 Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia


25-06-2006, 10:59 PM
Facts for Today, 26th June �.

1702 Dr Philip Doddridge England, nonconformist clergyman
1763 George Morland England, artist of rural landscapes
1824 William Thomson Lord Kelvin, engineer/mathematician/physicist
1887 Anthony G de Rothschild Britain, philanthropist
1904 Peter Lorre actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)
1909 Col Tom Parker Elvis Presley's manager
1913 Maurice Wilkes inventor (stored program concept for computers)
1942 Larry Taylor rocker (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
1943 Georgie Fame rocker (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde)
1964 Zeng Jinlian Hunan China, became tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1")
- - - - Annrob (AA Member)

1906 Alexander Muir poet (The Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76
1938 James Weldon Johnson dies of injuries received in car crash
1967 Francoise Dorlac actress (That Man From Rio), dies at 35

1483 Richard III usurps English throne
1797 Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to
farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
1900 Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
1902 England establishes Order of Merit
1917 1st American Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
1941 Finland enters WW II against Russia
1959 Ingemar Johansson of Sweden defeats Floyd Patterson as boxing champ
1959 Queen Elizabeth & Pres Eisenhower open the St Lawrence Seaway
1960 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
1974 Liz Taylor's 5th divorce (Richard Burton)
1978 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France


27-06-2006, 12:20 PM
Todays Facts, 27th June �.


1462 Louis XII (the Just) king of France (1498-1515)
1550 Charles IX king of France (1560-74)
1682 Charles XII king of Sweden (1697-1718)
1846 Charles Stewart Parnell Ireland, nationalist
1869 Emma Goldman anarchist/publisher (Mother Earth)
1872 Paul Laurence Dunbar Dayton Oh, short story writer (Majors & Minors)
1880 Helen Keller blind-deaf author/lecturer had more sense than many
1907 John McIntire, actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian)
1913 Willie Mosconi world champion pool player (1941-57)
1918 Adolph Kiefer US, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1936)
1933 Gary Crosby son of Bing, actor (Which Way to the Front)
1942 Bruce Johnston rocker (Beachboys-In My Room)
1944 Patrick Sercu Belgium, 1K time trial (Olympic-gold-1964)
1950 Benjamin Peterson US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972)
1951 Sidney M Gutierrez, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 40)
1951 Ulf Andersson Sweden, International Chess Grandmaster (1972)
- - - - Debphelan (AA Member)
- - - - Boalergirl (AA Member)


1844 Joseph & Hyrum Smith Mormon leaders killed by a mob in Carthage Ill
1973 Ernest Truex actor (Pop-Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 73
1980 Steve Peregrin Took percussionist (T-Rex), dies at 31
1982 Jack Mullaney actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time), dies at 49
1983 Maxie Anderson & Don Ida balloonists, die during a race


1693 1st woman's magazine "The Ladies' Mercury" published (London)
1743 English defeat French at Dettingen
1806 Buenos Aires captured by British
1914 US signs treaty of commerce with Ethiopia
1940 USSR returns to the Gregorian calendar
1942 FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY's Long Island
1944 Cherbourg, France captured by Allies
1950 UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea
1954 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)
1960 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
1963 Bill J Kramer & Dakotas record Lennon & McCartney "I Call Your Name"
1963 Pres Kennedy spent 1st full day in Ireland
1969 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
1977 Djibouti gains independence from France (National Day)
1978 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
1983 Soyuz T-9 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
1986 Anne White shocks Wimbeldon by wearing only a body stocking
1986 In referendum, Irish uphold ban on divorce
1990 Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help
their earthquake victims


28-06-2006, 07:32 AM
Todays Facts for 28th June ���

1491 Henry VIII of England (1509-47), Don't lose your head over him
1577 Peter Paul Rubens Siegen, Flemish Baroque painter (Circumcision)
1787 Sir Henry G W Smith leader of British-Indian forces
1824 Paul Broca France, brain surgeon/anthro (located speech center)
1902 Pierre Brunet France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
1902 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
1906 Maria Goeppert Mayer US atomic physicist (Nobel 1963)
1926 Mel Brooks comedian/actor/director (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs)
1955 Nikolai Simyatov USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
1966 John Cusack actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead)
1966 Mary Stuart Masterson, actress (Some Kind of Wonderful)
1969 Danielle Brisebois Bkln NY, actress (Archie's Place, Big Bad Mama 2)
1969 Tichina Arnold, actress (Ryan's Hope, Sharla-All My Children)
1970 Jack Stephen Burton actor (Chris-Out of this World, Days of Our Life)
1971 Aileen Quinn actress (Annie)
- - - - Rachiemcm (AA Member)


1776 Thomas Hickey American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
1836 James Madison 4th US pres, dies in Montpelier, Va
1889 Maria Mitchell 1st US woman astronomer, dies at 71
1914 Archduke Ferdinand & wife Sofia of Austria assassinated (starts WW I)
1954 Red deer dies in Milwaukee Zoo at 26; oldest known deer
1975 Rod Serling writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), dies at 60
1980 Herbie Faye comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81


1635 French colony of Guadeloupe established in the Caribbean
1820 Tomato is proven nonpoisonous
1838 Britain's Queen Victoria crowned in Westminster Abbey
1859 1st dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)
1905 Russian sailors mutiny aboard the battleship "Potemkin"
1914 Assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia, in Sarajevo by a Serbian Nationalist,Gavrilo Princip. This incident precipitated a war with Serbia, eventually starting WW1
1919 Harry S Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence
1919 Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed
1940 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
1946 Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st pres of Italy
1950 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea
1971 Supreme Court overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali
1974 Wings release "Band on the Run" & "Zoo Gang" in UK
1982 Prince Charles & Lady Diana name their baby "William"


29-06-2006, 07:26 AM
Facts for Today, 29th June

1858 George Washington Goethals engineer (built Panama Canal)
1865 Shigechiyo Izumi achieved oldest authenticated age (120 y 237 d)
1886 James Van Der Zee famous African
1900 Antoine Saint-Exup�ry France, aviator/writer (Wind, Sand & Stars)
1901 Frieda Inescort Scotland, actress (Pride & Prejudice)
1901 Nelson Eddy actor/baritone (Great Duets with Jeanette MacDonald)
1911 Prince Bernhard Germany, (Constort to Queen Juliana of Netherlands)
1919 Slim Pickens, actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles)
1928 Ian Bannen Scotland, actor (Eye of the Needle, Gorky Park)
1936 David Jenkins US, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1960)
1943 Roger Ruskin Spear rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman)
1944 Gary Busey , actor (Buddy Holly Story, Star in Born)
1945 "Little" Eva Boyd rock vocalist (Locomotion)
1960 Sergey Kopylov USSR, cyclist (Olympic-gold-1980)
- - - - - Maria (AA Member)

1852 Henry Clay the great compromiser, dies at 75
1923 General JC Gomez Venezuala's 1st VP, assassinated
1967 Jayne Mansfield actress, dies in a car crash at 34
1978 Bob Crane actor (Hogan's Heroes), murdered at 59
1979 Lowell George rocker (Mothers of Invention. Little Feat), dies at 34
1990 Irving Wallace author (Book of Lists, Peoples Almanac), dies at 74

1767 British passes Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America
1776 Mission Dolores founded by SF Bay
1863 Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg,
1913 Beginning of the 2nd Balkan War
1916 Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time
1940 US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
1945 Ruthenia, formerly in Czechoslovakia, becomes part of Ukrainian SSR
1946 British arrest 2,700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorists
1949 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
1949 US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II
1956 Charles Dumas, makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)
1962 1st flight Vickers (British Aerospace) VC-10 long-range airliner
1963 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits the UK charts
1966 US bombs fuel storage facilities near N Vietnamese cities
1967 Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem
1967 Keith Richards is sentenced to 1 year in jail on drugs charge
1971 Soyuz 11 docks with Salyut 1 for 22 days
1976 Seychelles gains independence from Britain


03-07-2006, 02:01 AM
Todays Facts for 30th June

1470 Charles VIII king of France (1483-98), invaded Italy
1768 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe 1st lady
1898 George Chandler, actor (Lassie)
1916 David Wayne actor (Adam's Rib, Andromeda Strain, 3 Faces of Eve)
1917 Lena Horne, singer (Stormy Weather)
1918 Susan Hayward, actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa)
1943 Florence Ballard singer (Supremes)
1966 "Iron" Mike Tyson heavyweight boxing champ (1986-90)

1961 Dr Lee De Forest radio pioneer, dies at 87
1971 3 cosmonauts die as Soyuz XI depressurizes during reentry
1973 Elmer Layden one of Notre Dame's legendary 4-horsemen, died
1974 Mrs Albert King mother of Martin Luther King, murdered in church
1983 Mary Livingstone actress (Jack Benny Show), dies at 75
1984 Lillian Hellman playwright, dies of cardiac arrest at 79

1859 Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
1893 Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered
1894 Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid
1914 Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest, campaigning for Indian rights in S Africa
1934 "Night of the Long Knives," Hitler stages bloody purge of Nazi party
1950 President Truman orders US troops into Korea
1960 Zaire (then Belgian Congo) gains independence from Belgium
1961 Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 Rwanda & Burundi become independent
1969 Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
1973 Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse
1987 Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden set a new world record in the high jump


03-07-2006, 02:06 AM
Facts for Today, 1st July

1788 Jean-Victor Poncelet mathematician, founded projective geometry
1872 Louis Bl�riot 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel
1899 Charles Laughton England, actor (Mutiny on the Bounty)
1908 Estee Lauder CEO (Estee Lauder's cosmetics)
1914 Cristyl Cranz Germany, slalom (Olympic-gold-1936)
1916 Olivia de Havilland, actress (Adventures of Robin Hood)
1925 Farley Granger actor (Arnold, Rope)
1930 Imelda Marcos former 1st lady (Philipines)/shoe collector
1931 Leslie Caron, actress (Lili, Father Goose)
1934 Jean Marsh London England, actress (Dark Places, Eagle has Landed)
1934 Sydney Pollack director (Tootsie, Presumed Innocent)
1942 Genevieve Bujold, actress (King of Hearts, Choose Me)
1945 Deborah Harry rocker (Blondie-Heart of Glass)
1951 Trevor Eve Wales, actor (Shadow Chasers)
1952 Dan Aykroyd, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
1961 Carl Lewis US, olympic track & field star (Gold-1984, 1988)
1961 Lady Diane Spencer (Princess Di) consort of England

1958 Dr Harry Nicholls Holmes crystallized vitamin A, dies at 78
1979 Richard Ward actor (Beacon Hill), dies at 64
1983 R Buckminster Fuller inventor/philosopher, dies in LA at 87
1991 Michael Landon actor (Bonanza), dies at 54 from cancer
2006 Freddie Trueman Cricketer dies at 75

1535 Sir Thomas More went on trial in England charged with treason
1690 Army of England's Protestant King William III defeats Roman Catholic King James II in Battle of the Boyne in Ireland (Now celebrated on July 12 as "The Battle of the Orange" )
1776 1st vote on the Declaration of Independence
1862 Congress outlaws polygamy (1st time); bad news for Utah
1873 Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province
1899 Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels
1934 1st x-ray photo of entire body, Rochester, NY
1946 Rajah cedes Sarawak to the British crown
1956 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on The Steve Allen Show
1959 World Refugee Year begins
1960 Ghana becomes a republic
1969 Charles Philip Arthur George invested as Prince of Wales
1969 John & Yoko are hospitilized after a car crash
1977 Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove for Wimbeldon's woman's singles
1978 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
1980 Steve Overt runs world record 3:48.8 mile in Oslo
1990 German Democratic Republic accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency
1997 China regains sovereignty of Hong Kong


03-07-2006, 02:12 AM
Facts for Today, 2nd July


1489 Thomas Cranmer England, archbishop/reformer/martyr
1714 Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck Erasbach Germany, composer
1877 Hermann Hesse Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946)
1894 Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys)
1903 Lord Alex Douglas-Home (C) British PM (1963-64)
1903 Olav V, King of Norway (1957)
1905 Jean-Rene Lacoste France, tennis champ/alligator shirt designer
1906 Hans Bethe physicist (Nobel 1967), peace worker
1925 Patrice Lumumba Zaire, revolutionary
1927 Brock Peters actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird)
1927 Cornelius "Kees" Broekman Holland, speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952)
1940 Georgi Ivan Ivanov 1st Bulgarian space traveler (Soyuz 33)
1947 Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin daughter of Pres LBJ
1956 Jerry Hall, model/Mrs Mick Jagger
- - - - Angel (AA Member)

1566 Nostradamus French astrologer/physician/prophet, dies in Salon
1644 William Gascoigne introduced telescopic sights, is killed at 24
1798 John Fitch American inventor, clockmaker, etc, dies
1882 James Garfield assassinated by "job-seeker"
1961 Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death in Ketchum Idaho
1969 Brian Jones founder of the Rolling Stones, drowns
1973 George Macready actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
1991 Lee Remick actress, dies at 55 from cancer

1644 Battle of Marston Moor; Parliamentary forces defeat royalists
1858 Partial emancipation of Russian serfs
1863 Battle of Gettysburg (2nd day)
1894 Government obtains injunction against striking Pullman Workers
1900 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin 1st airship LZ-1, flies
1927 1st American to win Wimbeldon in 20 years (Helen Wills Moody)
1932 FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech
1937 Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean
1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
1964 Pres Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
1966 Billie Jean King wins her 1st of 6 Wimbeldon single titles
1976 Formal reunification of North & South Vietnam
1977 Sweden's Bjorn Borg won Wimbeldon men's singles over Jimmy Connors
1980 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
1982 Soyuz T-6 returns to Earth
1988 Steffi Graff beats Martina Navratilova for Wimbeldon crown
1990 Imelda Marcos & Adnan Khashoggi found not guilty of racketeering


03-07-2006, 02:18 AM
Facts for Today, 3rd July

1423 Louis XI king of France (1461-83)
1870 Richard B Bennett (C) 11th Canadian PM (1930-35)
1874 Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata Kawaka NZ, Maori political/cultural leader
1906 George Sanders Russia, actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950)
1925 Tony Curtis , actor (Some Like it Hot)
[B]1927 Ken Russell England, director (Crimes of Passion)
1937 Tom Stoppard playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony)
1940 Fontella Bass, vocalist (Rescue Me)
1940 Lance Larson US, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-silver-1960)
1945 Iain MacDonald-Smith England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
1951 Jean-Claude Duvalier deposed Haitian president-for-life
1951 Richard Hadlee Christchurch, NZ, leading cricket bowler
1962 Tom Cruise, actor (Risky Business, Color of Money, Rainman)
- - - - Helenbl (AA Member)

1969 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones drowns to death at 25
1971 Jim Morrison rocker (Doors), dies of heart failure in Paris
1981 Ross Martin actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
1986 Rudy Vallee singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
1989 Andrei Gromyko Soviet diplomat, dies just short of his 80th birthday
1989 Jim Backus actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia

1608 City of Quebec founded by Samuel de Champlain
1754 George Washington surrenders to French, (7 Years' War)
1806 Michael Keens exhibits 1st cultivated strawberry
1890 Idaho admitted as 43rd US state
1898 Joshua Slocum completes 1st solo circumnavigation of the globe
1920 Royal Air Force holds an air display at Hendon, England
1940 British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in North Africa
1967 "News at 10" premieres on English TV
1974 Soyuz 14 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
1982 Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert Lloyd at Wimbeldon
1983 Calvin Smith of US becomes fastest man alive (9.93 s for 100 m)
1983 John McEnroe regains men's singles title at Wimbledon
1986 Pres Reagan presided over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
1989 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3k steeplechase rec (8:05.39) in Stockholm
1989 The movie "Batman," set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)


04-07-2006, 11:45 AM
Todays Facts for ,4th July

1753 Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard 1st balloon flights in England, US
1807 Giuseppe Garibaldi unified Italy
1826 Stephen Foster, composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River)
1847 James Anthony Bailey , circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey)
1872 Calvin Coolidge (R) 29th pres (1923-29)
1885 Louis B Mayer, motion-picture executive (MGM)
1900 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, jazz musician (Hello Dolly)
1916 Tokyo Rose WW II propogandist
1918 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV king of Tonga (1965- )
1924 Eva Marie Saint, actress (On the Waterfront)
1927 Gina Lollobrigida, Italy, actress (Trapeze, Falcon Crest)
1948 Rene Arnoux France, formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)
1958 Kirk Pengilly, Australia, rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
1962 Pam Shriver tennis player (US Open's Doubles 1983,4,6,7)
1963 Henri Leconte France, tennis player (French finalist 1988)
- - - - Edwinwrg (AA Member)

1627 Thomas Middleton Elizabethan dramatist, dies (birth date unknown)
1826 John Adams & Thomas Jefferson 2nd & 3rd presidents, die
1831 James Monroe 5th president, dies
1848 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand French novelist/politician, dies
1938 Suzanne Lenglen 6 time Wimbeldon champ, dies at 39 of anemia
1957 Judy Tyler actress (Princess-Howdy Doody), dies at 24 in car crash
1970 Harold Vanderbilt America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85

1653 Barebones Parliment goes into session in England
1776 Declaration of Independence-US gains independence from Britain
1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
1817 Construction on Erie Canal begins
1832 "America" 1st sung publicly
1862 Lewis Carroll creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice P Liddell
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show
1884 Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
1894 Republic of Hawaii established
1919 Jack Dempsey beats Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship
1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
1959 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
1969 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in the UK
1969 Ann Jones defeats Billie Jean King for Wimbeldon Ladies championship
1970 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of
Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
1976 Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers
1982 Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe for his last Wimbeldon championship
1984 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
1987 Martina Navratilova wins 6th straight Wimbeldon defeats Steffi Graf
1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" convicted by a French court
1988 Steffan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbeldon crown


05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
Facts for Today, 5th July

1781 Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore
1810 Phineas Taylor Barnum, circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey)
1853 Cecil John Rhodes South Africa, politician, diamond merchant
1867 Dr Andrew Ellicott Douglass Dendrochronologer (study of tree rings)
1909 Andrei Gromyko USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/18 NS]
1928 Warren Oates, actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke)

1948 Carole Landis actress, dies at 29
1950 Pvt Kenneth Shadrick of WV becomes 1st US fatality in Korean War
1969 Tom Mboya economics minister, assassinated in Narobi Kenya
1983 Harry James swing-era bandleader/trumpet player, dies in Las Vegas

1687 Isaac Newton's PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England
1811 Venezuela, 1st South American country to gain independence from Spain
1830 France invades Algeria, begins a 40 year conquest
1841 Thomas Cook opens 1st travel agency
1865 William Booth founded Salvation Army in London
1932 Oliveira Salazar becomes dictator of fascist Portugal
1940 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy govt in France
1946 Louis Reard's bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show
1948 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
1969 Rod Laver wins his 4th Wimbeldon championship
1969 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park
1973 "Live & Let Die," James Bond film premiers
1973 Isle of Man begins issuing their own postage stamps
1975 Arthur Ashe wins men's single championship at Wimbeldon
1985 Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of the
globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr, 30 min
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 10K woman's record (30:13.74)


07-07-2006, 10:46 AM
Facts for Today, 6th July

1796 Nicholas I Russia, Tsar (1825-55)
1903 Axel Theorell Sweden, biochemist, studied enzymes (Nobel 1955)
1918 Sebastian Cabot London, actor (Mr French-Family Affair)
1925 Bill HaleyMich, (& the Comets-Rock Around the Clock)
1927 Janet Leigh, actress, She's in the shower (Psycho, Harper)
1927 Nicky Hilton heir to his father Conrad Hilton's vast international hotel chain.
1939 Helena Dupont US, equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964)
1939 Mary Peters England, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1972)
1940 Viktor Kuzkin USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
1945 Burt Ward, actor (Robin-Batman)
1946 Sylvester Stallone, actor/director (Rocky, Rambo, Cobra)
1950 Sultan Rakhmanov Super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1980)
1959 John Keeble rocker (Spandau Ballet-True)

1189 Henry II King of England (1154-89), dies at 56
1415 Jan Hus burned for heresy by the Church at Constance, Germany
1535 Sir Thomas More executed in England for treason
1971 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong jazz musician (Hello Dolly), dies at 70
1972 Brandon De Wilde actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
1973 Patrick McVey actor (Manhunt, Big Town), dies at 63
1982 Russell Thorson actor (One Man's Family), dies at 72

1483 England's King Richard III crowned
1535 Sir Thomas More executed in England for treason
1777 British Gen Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
1863 Northern Territory passes from New South Wales to South Australia
1885 1st inoculation (for rabies) of a human being, by Louis Pasteur
1886 Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public
1923 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics formed
1945 Nicaragua becomes 1st nation to formally accept UN Charter
1957 Althea Gibson became 1st black tennis player to win Wimbledon
1958 Alaska becomes the 49th state
1964 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premiers in London
1965 Rock group "Jefferson Airplane" forms
1966 Malawi becomes a republic
1991 Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini for Wimbeldon championship


07-07-2006, 10:50 AM
Facts for Today, 7th July

1752 Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented programmable loom
1843 Camillo Golgi Italy, physician, cytologist (Nobel 1906)
1851 Lillien Jane Martin psychologist. found gerontology clinic
1860 Gustav Mahler Kalischat BohemiaAustria, composer/conductor (Titan)
1899 George Cukor producer/director (Adam's Rib, Philadelphia Story)
1921 Ezzard Charles world heavyweight boxing champion (1950-51)
1922 Pierre CardinParis France, fashion designer (Unisex)
1928 Vincent Edwards actor (Dr Ben Casey, Death Stalk, Firehouse)
1933 Murray Halberg New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
1940 Ringo Starr Beatles' drummer/actor
1960 Isabelle Boeri-B�gard France, foils (Olympic-gold-1980)
1962 Clive "Doctor" Jackson rocker (Dr & the Medics-Laughing at Pieces)
- - - - Hasmom (AA Member)

1967 Vivian Leigh Scarlet in Gone with the Wind, dies at 53
1970 Louise Harrison mother of Beatle George, dies
1973 Veronica Lake actress, dies at 58
1980 Reginald Gardiner actor (Great Dictator), dies at 77
1984 Flora Robson actress, dies in her sleep at 82

1668 Isaac Newton receives MA from TrinityCollege, Cambridge
1891 Travelers cheque patented
1930 Construction begins on Boulder (Hoover) Dam
1937 Japanese & Chinese troops clash, which will become WW II
1949 "Dragnet" premiers on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
1965 Otis Redding records "Respect"
1967 Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released
1972 Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong to win Wimbeldon
1973 78 drown as flash flood sweeps a bus into a river (India)
1978 Solomon Islands gains independence from Britain)
1981 1st solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, crosses English Channel
1982 David Moorcroft of UK sets record for 5000 m, 13:00.41
1987 Lt Col Oliver North began public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
1990 Greg Lemond wins his 3rd Tour de France (90:43:20 avg 23.3 mph)
1991 Michael Stich beats Boris Becker for Wimbeldon championship


08-07-2006, 07:39 PM
Facts for Today, 8th July

1838 Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin invented rigid dirigibles
1839 John D Rockefeller US founded Standard Oil
1898 Alec Waugh London, novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn
1914 Billy Eckstine jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love)
1915 Charles Hard Townes, physicist, developed lasers
1918 Nelson Mandela Transkei South Africa, jailed political activist
1931 Jerry Vale singer (Arriverderci Roma)
1933 Marty Feldman London England, comedian (Young Frankenstein)
1935 Steve Lawrence , singer/actor (Go Away Little Girl, Lonely Guy)
1935 Vitaly I Sevastyanov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 9 Soyuz 18B)
1948 Raffi children's singer (Baby Beluga)
1951 Andy Fletcher rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
1951 Anjelica Huston actress (Prizzi's Honor, Ice Pirates)
1952 Ulrich Wehling German DR, cross country (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
1956 Russell Christian rocker (The Christians-Harvest the World)
1958 Kevin Bacon actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby)
- - - - Tinatom AA Member

810 Pepin son of Charlemagne, king of Italy, dies (birth date unknown)
1957 Grace Goodhue Coolidge 1st lady, dies at 78
1957 William Cadbury chocolate maker, dies at 89
1959 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
1991 James Franciscus actor, dies at 57 of emphysema

1663 King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island
1889 John L Sullivan wins by KO in 75 rounds in last bare-knuckle bout
1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing
1907 Florenz Ziegfeld staged 1st `Follies' on NY Theater roof
1950 Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea
1967 Billie Jean King concludes Wimbeldon sweep (singles, doubles & mix)
1978 Bjorn Borg of Sweden won 3rd consecutive title at Wimbledon
1984 John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors for Wimbeldon singles
1988 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992
1990 Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbeldon title


10-07-2006, 11:50 AM
Facts for Today,9th July

1802 Thomas Davenport invented 1st commercial electric motor
1819 Elias Howe, invented sewing machine
1901 Barbara Cartland romance author
1916 Edward Heath (C) British PM (1970-74)
1928 Vince Edwards, actor (Ben Casey, Matt Lincoln)
1929 Hassan II king of Morocco (1961- )
1929 Lee Hazelwood, country singer/songwriter (Summer Wine, Jackson)
1932 Donald Rumsfeld politician (involved in Watergate)
1938 Brian Dennehy , actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Ants)
1939 Richard Roundtree, actor (Shaft, Roots)
1946 Mitch Mitchell drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
1956 Marc Almond rocker (Everything I Want Love to Be)
1956 Tom Hanks, actor (Bossom Buddies, Big, Punchline)
1971 Scott Grimes, actor (Together We Stand)
1976 Fred Aaron Savage Ill, actor (Kevin-Wonder Years, Vice Versa)
- - - - Priestcopping ( AA Member)

1755 British Gen. E Braddock mortally wounded during French & Indian War
1850 Zachary Taylor 12th pres of US, dies in White House served 16 mo
1977 Dr Loren Eiseley prof of Anthropology (Animal Secrets), dies at 69
1988 Barbara Woodhouse dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
1990 Howard Duff actor, dies at 76 of a heart attack

1540 England's King Henry VIII 6-mo marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled
1595 Johannes Kepler inscribes geometric solid construction of universe
1816 Argentina declares independence from Spain
1872 Doughnut cutter patented by John Blondel.
1915 Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa
1916 1st cargo submarine to cross the Atlantic arrives in US from Germany
1917 British warship "Vanguard" explodes at Scapa Flow killing 800
1918 101 killed & 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tenn
1944 World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's -
Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance. 168 die
1947 Britain's Princess Elizabeth & Lt Philip Mountbatten's engagement
1951 Pres Truman asked Congress to formally end state of war with Germany
1955 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart
1972 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)
1982 Margaret Thatcher begins her 2nd term as British prime minster
1989 1st time Wimbeldon has both men & women's final on same day, Boris
Becker beats Stefan Edberg & Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova


10-07-2006, 11:57 AM
Facts for Today, 10th July

1509 John Calvin Protestant religious reformer/theologian
1723 Sir William Blackstone England, jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries)
1856 Nikola Tesla physicist, developed alternating current
1879 Dr Harry Nicholls Holmes, crystallized vitamin A
1897 Lloyd Goodrich American Arts Museum director
1920 Owen Chamberlain codiscovered antiproton (Nobel 1959)
1921 Jake LaMotta, middleweight boxing champ (1949-51) (Raging Bull)
1926 Fred Gwynne, actor (Car 54 Where Are You, Munsters)
1933 Chuan-Kwang Yang Taiwan, decathlete (Olympic-silver-1960)
1943 Arthur Ashe tennis pro (1968 US Open)
1945 Virginia Wade tennis star (Wimbeldon 1977)
1954 Neil Francis Tennant rocker (Pet Shop Boys-Left to My Own Devices)
- - - - Winnie (AA Member)
- - - - Geoffgriff (AA Member)
- - - - Jmfal@tiscali.c (AA Member)

1863 Clement Clarke Moore ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), dies at 83
1884 Paul Morphy US chess wizard, dies
1910 Johann Galle discoverer of Neptune with telescope, dies
1945 Robert Goddard Rocket pioneer, dies
1989 Mel Blanc voice of cartoon characters (Bugs Bunny), dies at 81

1690 Battle of Beachy Head-French fleet defeats Anglo-Dutch fleet
1847 Urbain J.J. Leverrier & John Couch Adams, codiscoverers of Neptune
meet for 1st time at home of John Herschel
1890 Wyoming becomes 44th state
1918 Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic established
1929 US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency
1940 Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air
1943 US & Britain invade Sicily in WW II
1947 200 die when train derails & fell into a river in Canton, China
1951 Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong
1962 Telstar, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
1966 Orbiter 1 launched to Moon
1973 Bahamas gain independence after 300 yrs of British rule
1982 Miguel Vasquez makes 1st public quadruple somersault on trapeze
1985 French agents sink Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand


11-07-2006, 11:37 PM
Facts for Today, 11th July �.

1274 Robert the Bruce Scotland, King (1328-1329)
1558 Robert Greene Elizabethan dramatist (Friar Bacon)
1754 Thomas Bowdler famous prude, bowdlerized Shakespeare
1767 John Quincy Adams, 6th Pres (D) (1825-1829)
1915 Colin Purdie Kelly US, 1st US air hero during WW II
1916 Gough Whitlam (ALP) Australia, PM (1972-75)
1920 Yul Brynner actor (King & I, 10 Commandments)
1931 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One)
1945 Deborah Harry singer (Blondie) actress (Videodrome, Hairspray)
1946 Beverly Todd, actress (Roots, Having Babies, Redd Foxx Show)
1950 Bonnie Pointer singer (Pointer Sisters)
1953 Leon Spinks US, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)
1958 Mark Lester England, actor (Oliver, Prince & Pauper)
1958 Ray Dodds rocker (Fairground Attraction-You Send Me)
1959 Richie Sambora guitarist (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)
- - - - Sixstrings (AA Member)
- - - - V Peggy288 (AA Member)
- - - - Aradia (AA Member)

1937 George Gershwin composer (American in Paris), dies at 38
1965 Ray Collins actor (Halls of Ivy, Perry Mason), dies at 75
1971 Carleton Young actor (Court of Last Resorts), dies at 64
1973 Isabel Randolph actress (Mrs Nester-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 83
1987 Thomas F Waddell found of Gay olympics, dies of AIDS at 50
1989 Sir Laurence Olivier acting great, dies at 82

1533 Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII
1740 Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Czarina Anne
1792 Prussia army moves into French territory
1812 US invades Canada (Detroit frontier)
1818 Keats writes "In the Cottage Where Burns Was Born," "Lines Written
in the Highlands," & "The Gadfly"
1921 Mongolia gains independence from China
1952 Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican presidential candidate
1962 1st transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I)
1962 Cosmonaut Micolaev set then record longest space flight - 4 days
1969 David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
1969 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
1977 Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr
1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1000 m, 2:12.18
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000 m in world record 30:13.74
1991 Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii


11-07-2006, 11:44 PM
Facts for Today,12th July

100 -BC- Julius Caesar Roman Emperor
1730 Josiah Wedgewood England, pottery designer/manufacturer
1849 Sir William Osler Canada, physician/author (circulatory system)
1854 George Eastman, invented Kodak camera
1864 George Washington Carver studied the peanut
1895 Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers
1943 Christie McVie rocker (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me)
1951 Cheryl Ladd, actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts)
- - - - Rockgod (AA Member)

1450 Jack Cade slain in a revolt against British King Henry VI
1977 Ed Holmes actor (Growing Pains, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
1979 Minnie Ripperton singer (Lovin' You), dies of cancer at 30
1982 Kenneth More actor, dies of Parkinson disease at 67

1290 Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I
1543 England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)
1691 Battle of Aughrim (Aghrim) England, William III beats James II
1859 Paper bag manufacturing machine patented by William Goodale
1914 Babe Ruth makes his baseball debut, pitches for the Red Sox
1928 1st televised tennis match
1934 US Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island abandoned
1957 1st President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower
1960 Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence
1960 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
1962 1st time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR)


13-07-2006, 07:34 AM
Todays Facts for 13th July

1396 Philip the Good Duke of Burgundy
1527 John Dee London, alchemist/astrologer/mathematician
1793 John Clare Northamptonshire peasant poet (Shepard's Calendar)
1913 Carolina Gisolf Holland, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1928)
1928 Bob Crane, actor (Hogan's Heroes)
1934 Alexei S Yeliseyev cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 8, 10)
1941 Robert Forster, actor (Lady in Red, Alligator)
1942 Harrison Ford actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)
1942 Roger McGuinn rocker (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn, Mr Tambourine Man)
1944 Erno Rubik Budapest, inventor (Rubik's cube)
1954 Louise Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
1966 Myong Hui Choe North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
- - - - (Kalgirl 67 AA Member)
- - - - (The-Duke) AA Member)

1762 James Bradley 3rd Astronomer Royal, dies
1793 Jean Paul Marat French revolutionary, murdered by Charlotte Corday
1890 John C Fremont declared Republic of California, dies at 76
1955 Ruth Ellis hung
1973 Lon Chaney Jr actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 67
1982 John Alexander actor, dies at 85

1568 Dean of St Paul's Cathedral perfects a way to bottle beer
1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered (Henry R Schoolcraft)
1865 PT Barnum's museum burns down
1898 Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio
1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
1917 Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of F tima, Portugal
1960 Democratic National convention nominates Sen John F Kennedy for president
1969 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon
1976 Courtmartial begins in USSR for Valeri Sablin (Hunt for Red Oct)
1978 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
1984 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
1985 Live Aid, a rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow & Sydney


13-07-2006, 11:08 PM
Facts for Today, 14th July

1834 James Abbott McNeill Whistler artist (Whistler's Mother)
1857 Maytag invented washing machine
1858 Emmeline Pankhurst England, found (Women's Social & Political Union)
1862 Florence Bascom US, 1st American woman PhD
1862 Gustav Klimt Austria, Art Nouveau painter
1880 Donald Meek, Scotland, actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach)
1910 William Hanna animator (Hanna-Barbera)
1911 Terry-Thomas England, actor (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)
1912 Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
1913 Gerald R Ford , 41st VP (1973-74), 38th pres (R-1974-77)
1917 Douglas Edwards Alda Okla, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
1918 Arthur Laurents, playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy)
1918 Jay Wright Forrester invented random-access magnetic core memory
1923 Dale Robertson, actor (Death Valley Days, Walter-Dynasty)
1926 Harry Dean Stanton actor (Alien, Cool Hand Luke,)
1977 Princess Victoria heir apparent of Sweden
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1881 William Bonney (Billy the Kid) dies
1958 King Faisal II PM of Iraq, assassinated at Baghdad
1968 Westbrook Van Voorhis announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
1970 Preston Foster actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69
1973 Clarence White guitarist (Byrds), killed by a car

1789 Bastille Day-citizens of Paris storm Bastille prison
1850 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration
1865 1st ascent of Matterhorn
1868 Tape measure enclosed in a circular case patented, AJ Fellows
1950 RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
1955 2 killed, many dazed when lightning strikes Ascot race track, England
1958 Iraqi army overthrows monarchy; republic replaces Hashemite dynasty
1965 US Mariner IV, 1st Mars probe, passes at 6,100 miles (9,800 km)
1973 Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to the Everly Brothers
1987 Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
1989 The 16th James Bond movie "License to Kill" premiere�s


13-07-2006, 11:13 PM
Facts for Today, 15th July

1573 Inigo Jones London, architect; restored St Paul's cathedral
1606 Rembrandt van Rijn, Netherlands, painter (Night Watch)
1701 Pierre Joubert became oldest known Canadian (113 y 124 d at death)
1919 Iris Murdoch Ireland, novelist (Severed Head)
1935 Ken Kercheval, actor (Cliff Barnes-Dallas)
1943 Diligenti quintuplets Buenos Aires, Argentina
1946 Linda Ronstadt, singer (Different Drum)
1948 Enrique Basilio hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
1956 Kathy Kreiner Canada, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
1961 Forest Whitaker actor (Bloodsport, Platoon, Stakeout)
1962 Brigitte Nielsen, Denmark, actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV)
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1869 A J Hayne black captain of Arkansas militia, assassinated
1881 William "Billy the Kid" Bonney killed by Pat Garrett
1904 Anton Chekhov dies
1940 Robert Wadlow world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
1957 George Cleveland actor (Grampa-Lassie), dies at 74
1958 Julia Lennon mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
1997 Gianni Versace murdered.

1662 Charles II grants charter to establish Royal Society in London
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte captured
1856 Natal established as a British colony separate from Cape Colony
1869 Margarine is patented in Paris, for use by French Navy
1870 Manitoba becomes 5th Canadian province & NW Territories created
1888 Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
1912 British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect
1944 Greenwich Observatory damaged by WW II flying bomb
1946 British North Borneo Co transfers rights to British crown
1952 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins
1965 US scientists display close-up photos of Mars from Mariner IV
1971 Pres Nixon announces he would visit People's Rep of China
1972 Lee Trevino wins his 2nd consecutive golf's British Open
1973 Ray Davies, announces retirement from Kinks then attempts suicide
1975 Soyuz 19 & Apollo 18 launched; rendezvous 2 days later
1983 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France


13-07-2006, 11:17 PM
Facts for Today, 16th July

1704 John Kay England, machinist, invented flying shuttle
1723 Sir Joshua Reynolds England, portrait painter (Simplicity)
1821 Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science (Science & Health)
1872 Roald Amundsen Norway, explorer, discovered South Pole
1888 Frits Zernike invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953)
1907 Barbara Stanwyck, actress (Dynasty II, Big Valley, Thorn Birds)
1911 Ginger Rogers, dancer/actress
1932 Oleg Protopopov Russia, olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68)
1939 Corin Redgrave London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons
1942 Desmond Dekker reggae pioneer (The Aces-Israelites)
1942 Margaret Smith Court Australia, tennis pro (1970 Grand Slam)
1960 Gisela Beyer German DR, discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980)
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1918 Nicholas II Russian tsar, his tsarina & their 5 children executed

463 Start of Lunar Cycle of Hilarius
622 Origin of the Islamic Era (Muharram 1, 1 AH)
1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa; end of Moslem power in Spain
1439 Kissing is banned in England
1894 Many negro miners in Alabama killed by striking white miners
1920 US wins Davis Cup sweeping Australia in 5 straight matches
1926 National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
1956 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on the Moon, launched
1983 20 killed in Britain's worst helicopter accident
1988 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 m in 9.78 sec
1988 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's hepathlete record of 7,215 pts
1990 400 die in a (7.7) earthquake in the Philippines


13-07-2006, 11:21 PM
Facts for Today, 17th July

1875 Sir Donald Francis Tovey Eton England, musicologist
1889 Erle Stanley Gardner author (created Perry Mason)
1900 James Cagney actor, A yankee doodle dandy, hold that grapefruit
1909 Hardy Amies London England, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II)
1917 Phyllis Diller Lima Ohio, comedienne (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number)
1934 Donald Sutherland Canada, actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
1935 Diahann Carroll, actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty)
1939 Spencer Davis Wales, vocalist (Gimme Some Lovin)
1948 Cathy Ferguson 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1964)
1952 David Hasselhoff, (Revenge of the Cheerleaders, Night Rider)
1970 Mandy Smith England, rocker (I Just Can't Wait) wife of Bill Wyman

1903 James Whistler, Artist dies
1928 General Alvaro Obreg�n pres of Mexico, assassinated
1946 Mikhailovich resistance leader, executed by Tito regime
1959 Billie Holiday blues singer, dies of liver failure at 44
1975 Modoc the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)


1841 British humor magazine "Punch" 1st published
1897 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from the Yukon
1917 British Royal family changes its name from Hanover to Windsor
1946 Resistance leader Mikhailovich executed by Tito regime
1948 Proclamation of the constitution of the Republic of (South) Korea
1954 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
1964 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)
1966 Jim Ryan sets mile record (3m51s3)
1966 Pioneer 7 launched
1968 Beatle's animated film "Yellow Submarine" premiers in London
1974 1st quadrophinic studio in UK is open by the Moody Blues
1974 John Lennon is ordered to leave the US in 60 days
1976 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal
1979 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
1981 Humbar Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens
1988 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets the 100m woman's record (10.49)


19-07-2006, 10:41 PM
Facts for Today, 18th July

1635 Robert Hooke Isle of Wight, physicist (Micrographia)
1720 Gilbert White "father of British naturalists"
1796 Feargus O'Connor County Cork, leader of the English Chartists
1811 William Makepeace Thackeray England, Victorian novelist (Vanity Fair)
1848 William Gilbert Grace Victorian England's greatest cricketer
1891 Gene Lockhart, actor (Going My Way)
1903 Chill Wills, actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders)
1909 Andrei Gromyko USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/5 OS]
1918 Nelson Mandela Qunu South Africa, political prisoner (ANC)
1921 John H Glenn Jr, Col USMC astronaut (Mer 6, Sen-D-Oh)
1933 Yevgeny Yevtushenko Russia, poet (Bratsk Station)
1939 Dion Di Mucci, rocker (Dion & the Belmonts-Teenager in Love)
1940 James Brolin, actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel)
1941 Marcia Jones Smoke, 500m kayak (Olympic-bronze-1964)
1941 Martha Reeves, singer (& the Vandellas-Dancing in Street)
1944 David Hemery , Former Athlete
1949 Dennis Lillee, Former Cricketer
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1374 Francesco Petrarch Italian poet, dies at 69
1650 Christoph Scheiner German astronomer, dies at 74
1817 Jane Austen, Author dies at the age of 41
1872 Benito Ju rez Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
1973 Jack Hawkins actor (Ben-Four Just Men), dies at 62
1990 Karl Menninger psychatrist (Menninger Clinic), dies at 96 from cancer

64 Great Fire of Rome begins (Nero didn't fiddle)
390 -BC- Battle of Allia-Gauls inflict heavy casualties on Romans
1536 Pope's authority declared void in England
1716 Jews are expelled from Brussels Belgium
1872 Britain introduces secret ballot voting
1877 Thomas Edison, made the first successful recording of the human voice
1919 The Cenotaph in London�s Whitehall was unveiled
1925 Mein Kampf (My Struggle), which Adolf Hitler wrote while in jail, was published.
1932 US & Canada signed a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway
1934 The first Mersey Tunnel was formally opened
1936 Spanish Civil War begans, Gen Francisco Franco led uprising
1942 Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe, 1st jet fighter, takes 1st flight
1953 Truck Driver Elvis Presley went to the Memphis Recording Service in Tennessee and paid $4 to make his first private recording
1969 Mary Jo Kopechne & Sen Kennedy plunge off Chappaquiddick bridge
1974 World's tallest structure, 646-m Polish radio mast, completed
1980 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts
1986 Videotapes released showing Titanic's sunken remains


19-07-2006, 10:47 PM
Facts for Today, 19th July

1814 Samuel Colt inventor (colt revolver)
1834 Edgar Degas France, impressionist painter (Bouquet)
1846 Charles Edward Pickering pioneered American spectroscopist
1865 Charles Horace Mayo surgeon, cofounded Mayo Clinic
1896 A.J. Cronin England, author (Citadel, Shining Victory)
1919 Patricia Medina Liverpool England, actress (High-Low)
1922 George McGovern (Sen-D-SD), pres candidate (D-1972)
1929 Sofia Muratova USSR, gymnist,(Olympic-6 gold/3 silv/4 bronze-1952-60)
1938 Vikki Carr El Paso Tx, singer (Let it Please Be Him)
1946 Ilie Nastase Bucharest Romania, tennis player (US Open 1972)
1947 Bernie Leadon guitarist/vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy)
1947 Brian May guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions)
1948 Keith Godchaux keyboardist (Grateful Dead)
1952 Alan Collins guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1954 Kathleen Turner actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile)
1959 Terri Treas KC Kansas, actress (Hannah-7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
1963 Sandor Wladar Hungary, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1980)
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1937 J M Barrie Creator of Peter Pan died.
1940 Samuel H Chang American newspaper magnate murdered in Shanghai
1958 Robert Earl Hughes weighed 1,041 lbs (473 kg), dies at 32
1969 Mary Jo Kopechne dies at 28, in Ted Kennedy's car
1990 Herbert Nelson actor (Guilding Light), dies at 76 of a stroke

1545 The Mary Rose pride of Henry V111�s battle fleet, sank in the Solent.
1553 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England's Queen after 9 days
1816 Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days
1843 At Wapping Dock, Prince Albert launched the world�s largest ship, Isambard Kingdom Brunel�s Great Britain.
1848 Female rights campaigner Amelia Bloomer introduced �bloomers� at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York State.
1870 France declares war on Prussia; the Franco-Prussian war begins
1877 1st Wimbledon tennis championships held
1918 German armies retreat across Marne River in France (WW I)
1941 British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign
1943 Allied air forces raid Rome during WW II
1976 Rock group Deep Purple disbands
1983 People searching a clay pit in Surrey discovered fossils of a previously unknown species of carnivorous dinosaur.
1990 MP�s voted in favour of permanent televising of The House of Commons.


19-07-2006, 10:50 PM
Facts for Today, 20th July

1864 Erik Karlfeldt Sweden, poet (Nobel 1918-refused; 1931-posthumous)
1919 Sir Edmund Hillary one of 1st 2 men to scale Mt Everest
1924 Lola Albright, actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad)
1930 Sally Ann Howes London England, actress (Dead of Night)
1938 Diana Rigg , actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
1938 Natalie Wood , (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause)
1941 Vladimir A Lyakhov cosmonaut (Soyuz 32, T-9)
1943 John Lodge bassist (Moody Blues)
1947 Gerd Binnig Frankfurt, physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
1955 Michael Anthony bassist (Van Halen)
1956 Mima Jausovec Yugoslavia, tennis player (French Open-1977)
1956 Paul Cook drummer (Sex Pistols)
1958 Michael McNeill rocker (Simple Minds-Don't You Forget About Me)
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1609 Federico Zuccari Italian Mannerist painter, dies (birth date unknown)
1951 Abdullah Ibn Hussein Jordan's King assassinated in Jerusalem
1974 Allen Jenkins actor (Fugitive from a Chain Gang), dies at 74
1986 Helen Craig actress (Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 74

1773 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
1810 Colombia declared independence from Spain
1871 British Columbia becomes 6th Canadian province
1881 Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, surrenders to federal troops
1938 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
1944 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam in WW II
1954 Tennis Champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
1969 1st men on Moon, Neil Armstrong & Edwin Aldrin, Apollo 11
1970 1st baby born on Alcatraz Island
1974 Turkey invades Cyprus
1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks


21-07-2006, 07:21 AM
Facts for Today, 21st July

1804 Victor Schoelcher Guadeloupe, abolished french slavery
1816 Paul Julius Baron von Reuter founded Reuters news service
1899 Ernest Hemmingway Oak Park, for whom the bell tolled... (Nobel 1954)
1920 Isaac Stern Kremenetz, Russia, violinist (debut SF Symph)
1926 Paul Burke, actor (Thomas Crown Affair)
1931 Gene Littler golfer (1961 US Open)
1945 Leigh Lawson, actress (Fire & Sword, Charlie Boy)
1947 Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam, rocker (Peace Train, Father & Son)
1949 Ludmila Smirnova USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
1951 Doug Collins US, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)
1952 Robin Williams, comedian (Mork & Mindy, Awakenings)
1955 Henry Preistman rocker (The Christians-Harvest the World)
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1796 Robert Burns Scottish poet, dies
1948 Arshile Gorky abstract expressionist, dies at 43
1957 Bernard Spooner US inventor of bulletproof jacket, dies
1967 Basil Rathbone, actor, dies at 75
1976 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Brit ambassador to Ireland is assassinated
1985 Mickey Shaughnessy actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65

1588 English fleet defeats Spanish armada
1831 Belgium gains independence from Netherland, Leopold I made king
1846 Mormons found 1st English settlement in Calif (San Joaquin Valley)
1873 Jesse James, 1st train robbery
1898 Spain cedes Guam to US
1954 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North & South Vietnam
1955 1st sub powered by liquid metal cooled reactor launched-Seawolf
1960 The country of Katanga forms in Africa
1966 Gemini X returns to Earth
1969 Neil Armstrong steps on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
1969 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits
1972 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
1978 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
1980 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs the Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
1983 Polish govt ends 19 months of martial law
1984 Marita Koch of E Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
1990 Pink Floyds' "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood


23-07-2006, 12:00 PM
Facts for Today, 22nd July

1478 Philip I (the Handsome) 1st Habsburg king of Spain (1506)
1822 Gregor Mendel monk/geneticist, discoverer of the laws of heredity
1844 Rev William Archibald Spooner London, invented "spoonerisms"
1887 Gustav Hertz German quantum physicist (Nobel 1925)
1888 Raymond Chandler Chic, mystery writer (The Long Goodbye)
1898 Alexander Calder sculptor (mobiles, stabiles)
1927 George Hunter South Africa, light heavyweight boxer (Oly-gold-1948)
1939 Terence Stamp England, actor (The Collector, Alien Nations)
1940 Yuriy Klimov USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
1941 Thomas Wayne rocker (Tragedy)
1944 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Baby)
1947 Don Henley drummer (Eagles-Desparado)
1949 Lasse Viren Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
1955 Willem Dafoe actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
1956 Michael Spinks US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1976)
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1461 Charles VII king of France (1422-61), dies at 58
1802 Marie-Fran�ois-Xavier Bichat a founder of histology, dies
1826 Giuseppe Piazzi discoverer of 1st asteroid, dies
1934 John Dillinger shot dead at Biograph Theatre in Chicago
1953 Cy Kendall actor (Mysteries of Chinatown), dies at 55
1955 Joseph Foley actor (Mr Peepers), dies at 45
1967 Carl Sandburg poet (Abraham Lincoln: The Prarie Years), dies at 89
1988 Luigi Lucioni Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87

1298 English defeat Scots at Battle of Falkirk
1775 George Washington takes command of the troops
1796 Cleveland, Ohio, founded by Gen Moses Cleaveland
1812 Duke of Wellington defeats French at Battle of Salamanca, Spain
1912 5th Olympic games in Stockholm closes
1917 Alexander Kerensky becomes Russian PM
1942 Gasoline rationing begins in US during WW II
1943 Allied forces captured Palermo, Sicily
1950 King Leopold, after 6 years in exile, returns to Belgium
1963 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson to retain heavywieght championship
1964 Steve Ballesteros wins the Britsh Golf Open
1969 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit
1983 Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight around the world
1987 Said Aouita of Morroco sets the 5k record (12:58.39) in Rome
1990 Greg Lemond of US wins bicycling's 3rd tour de France
1990 Nick Faldo of England wins the British Open Golf championship


23-07-2006, 12:04 PM
Facts for Today, 23rd July

1888 Dr Milan Stoyadinovich Serbia, fascist Yugoslavia PM (1935-9)
1892 Haile Selassie emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74)
1908 Karl Swenson , actor (Lara-Little House on the Prairie)
1912 Michael Wilding actor (Derby Day)
1950 Belinda J Montgomery actress (Man From Atlantis, Stone Cold Dead)
1961 Martin Gore rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
1961 Woody Harrelson Midland Tx, actor (Woody Boyd-Cheers)
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1844 Christian Gobrecht 4th US chief engraver (1840-44), dies in office
1885 Ulysses S Grant 18th US pres, dies in Mount McGregor, NY, at 63
1971 Van Heflin actor (Great Adventure), dies at 60
1979 Keith Godchaux rocker (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 32
1982 Vic Morrow killed during filming of "Twilight Zone" at 53
1985 Mickey Shaughnessy actor, dies at 64 of heart failure

1599 Caravaggio's 1st public commission for paintings
1798 Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt
1829 William Austin Burt patents "typographer" (typewriter)
1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
1904 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
1914 Austria-Hungary issues ultimatum to Serbia leading to WW I
1920 Kenya becomes a British crown colony
1921 Edward Gourdin of the US, sets then long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
1931 France announces they can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA olympics
1937 Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University)
1940 "Blitz" begins, all-night raid on London
1944 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
1958 1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords
1965 Beatles "Help" is released in the UK
1966 Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
1972 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France
1974 Greek military dictatorship collapses
1980 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
1986 H.R.H Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson
1987 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
1987 Said Aouita of Morocco runs world record 5,000 m (12:58.39)

24-07-2006, 05:26 PM
Facts for Today,24th July

1802 Alexandre Dumas France, author (3 Musketeers)
1802 Ira Aldridge famous African
1803 Alexander Jackson Davis US, architect (gothic revivalist)
1878 Lord Edward Dunsany Ireland, dramatist/poet (Mirage Water)
1880 Ernest Bloch Geneva, Switzerland, composer (MacBeth)
1895 Robert Graves England, poet/historical novelist (I, Claudius)
1898 Amelia Earhart into the wild blue yonder
1920 Alexander H Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe)
1926 Hans-Gunther Winkler Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
1936 Mark Goddard, actor (Don West-Lost in Space)
1942 Chris Sarandon, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
1950 Sam Behrens actor (General Hospital, LA Law)
1955 Lubov Odinokova USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1990 Evan James Springsteen, rocker Bruce Springsteen's son

1862 Martin Van Buren 8th pres, dies in Kinderhook NY
1954 Mary Church Terrell educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
1966 Montgomery Clift actor, dies at 45
1979 Archie Duncan actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
1980 Peter Sellers dies at 54
1991 Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel prize winning author, dies at 87

1704 Great Britain takes Gibralter from Spain
1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
1847 Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah
1948 Soviets blockades Berlin from the west
1959 VP Nixon argued with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"
1963 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1963 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson to retain heavyweight championship
1965 Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"
1969 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1974 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes
1975 Apollo 18 returns to Earth
1984 Seve Ballesteros wins the British Open


25-07-2006, 02:11 PM
Facts for Today, 25th July

1848 Arthur Earl Balfour (C), British PM (1902-05) (Balfour Declaration)
1884 Davidson Black Canada, doctor of anatomy (identified Peking Man)
1907 Jack Gilford, actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2)
1924 Estelle Getty, actress (Sophia Petrillo-Golden Girls)
1935 Adnan Khashoggi billionaire/arms dealer
1935 Laurent Terzieff France, actor (Pharoah-Moses the Law Giver)
1943 Jim McCarty rocker (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
1954 Lynn Frederick Middlesex England, actress (Schizophrenia)
1955 Iman model/David Bowie's girlfriend/actress (Star Trek VI)
1957 Bogdan Musiol German DR, bobsled (Olympic-bronze-1980)
1961 Katherine Kelly Lang, actress (Brooke-Bold & Beautiful)
1978 Louise Brown Oldham England, world's 1st `test tube baby'
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1616 Andreas Libavius German alchemist, dies
1934 Engelbert Dollfuss Austrian chancellor assassinated by nazis
1959 Dr Isaac Halevi Herzog chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
1986 Vincente Minnelli movie director, dies in LA at 76

1759 British capture Fort Niagara from French (7 Years' War)
1799 French-Egyptian forces under Napolean I beat Turks at Battle of Abukir
1814 Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane); Americans defeat British
1868 Territory of Wyoming created
1909 France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across Engl Channel
1943 Benito Mussolini dismissed as premier of Italy during WW II
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
1957 Monarchy in Tunisa abolished in favor of a republic
1964 Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" album goes No.1 & stays for 14 weeks
1984 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became 1st woman to walk in space
1985 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
1992 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain


26-07-2006, 07:54 AM
Todays Facts for 26th July

1799 Isaac Babbitt invented babbitt's metal for bearings
1856 George Bernard Shaw Dublin, dramatist (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925)
1872 George Louis Beer historian (authority on British colonies)
1907 Istvan Pelle Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1932)
1908 Salvador Allende Gossens Chile's last elected president (1970-73)
1917 Richard Burnell England, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1948)
1922 Blake Edwards writer/director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's)
1922 Jason Robards Jr actor (A Thousand Clowns, Act 1, Any Wednesday)
1928 Stanley Kubrick, director (2001, Dr Strangelove, Lolita)
1931 Takashi Ono Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
1943 Mick Jagger Rolling Stone, never gathers moss
1944 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues)
1944 Micki J King springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1972)
1945 Linda Harrison, actress (Bracken's World, Planet of Apes)
1946 Helen Mirren , England, actress (Cook Thief Wife)
1949 Roger Taylor rocker (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody)
1950 Susan George, England, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo)
1954 Vitas Gerulaitis, tennis star (Australia 1987)
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1863 Sam Houston president of Texas, dies at 70
1952 Eva "Evita" Peron Argentina's 1st lady, dies in Buenos Aires at 33
1965 Constance Bennett actress, dies at 59
1990 Brian Mydland keyboardist (Grateful Dead), dies at 38

1866 Canoe Club opens in England
1887 1st Esperanto book published
1908 Federal Bureau of Investigation established
1945 Churchill resigns as Britain's PM
1947 National Security Act establishes the CIA
1956 Egypt seizes Suez Canal
1957 USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile
1965 Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain
1983 Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czech sets 800m woman's record (1:53.28)


27-07-2006, 10:20 PM
Facts for Today, 27th July

1801 George Biddle Airy 7th Astronomer Royal
1824 Alexandre Dumas fils France, playwright/novelist (Camille)
1867 Enrique Granados L�rida Spain, composer (Maria del Carmen)
1880 Donald Crisp Scotland, actor (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana)
1916 Keenan Wynn NYC, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor)
1930 Shirley Williams Politician
1937 Don Galloway Brooksville Ky, actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside)
1938 Shirley Anne Field England, actress (Alfie, War Lover)
1942 Barbara Ferris England, actress (Nice Girl Like Me)
1942 John Pleshette actor (Richard-Knots Landing, 7th Avenue)
1944 Bobbie Gentry Mississippi, what did Billi-Jo throw off the bridge
1948 Peggy Fleming, ice figure skater (Olympic-gold-1968)
1955 Allan Border, Former Cricketer
1958 Christopher Dean Former Olympic Ice-Skater
1960 Jo DurieEngland, tennis player
1962 Michael Ball, Singer
1973 Tracey Shaw, Actress
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1974 Lightning Slim blues singer, dies at 61
1976 Ray Brennan becomes 1st to, die of "Legionnaire's Disease"
1980 Shah Mohammed Reza Pahavala of Iran, dies in Cairo at 60
1982 Dan Seymour actor (We the People, Sing it Again), dies at 67
1984 James Mason actor, dies at 75 of a heart attack
1990 Bobby Day rocker (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 60

1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brings 1st tobacco to England from Virginia
1689 Jacobite Scottish Highlanders defeat royal force at Killiecrankie
1694 Bank of England chartered
1836 Adelaide, South Australia founded
1866 Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)
1880 Battle of Maiwand, at which Dr Watson was wounded, breaks out
1924 8th Olympic games closes in Paris
1941 Japanese forces land in Indo-China
1942 Sweet rationing began in Britian.
1944 US regains possession of Guam from Japanese
1949 Havilland Comet 40-passenger airliner makes maiden flight
1953 Armistice signed ending Korean War
1960 VP Nixon nominated for pres at Republican convention in Chicago
1964 Sir Winston Churchill made his last appearance in the House of Commons at 89 yrs old.
1965 Edward Heath became leader of the Conservative Party aged 49yrs.
1977 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US
1987 John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible" testifies in Israel
1988 Mercury Communications opened its first non-British Telecom payphones at Waterloo Station.
1989 The Common Cold Research Centre in Salisbury closed.
1990 Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop


30-07-2006, 01:14 AM
Facts for Today, 28th July

1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins England, poet (The Windhover)
1866 Beatrix Potter England, children's author (Tale of Peter Rabbit)
1887 Marcel Duchamp painter (Nude Descending a Staircase)
1901 Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)
1907 Earl S Tupper invented Tupperware
1909 Malcolm Lowry novelist (Under the Volcano)
1911 Gerhard Stoeck Germany, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1936)
1916 David Brown NYC, director (Jaws, Planet of the Apes)
1922 Jacques Piccard Switzerland, undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste)
1929 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 1st lady (1961-63)
1944 Daniel Morelon France, 1K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
1945 Jim Davis cartoonist (Garfield)
1945 Richard Wright rocker (Pink Floyd-The Wall)
1947 Barbara Ferrell US, 400m relay racer (Olympic-gold-1968)
1947 Elena Novikova-Belova USSR, foils (Olympic-gold-1968)
1958 Terry Fox ran "Marathon of Hope" across Canada

1540 Thomas Cromwell King Henry VIII's chief minister, executed
1750 Johann Sebastian Bach German composer (Art of the Fugue), dies at 65
1794 Maximilien Robespierre Fr revolutionary/avocat (1781), guillotined
1985 Grant Williams actor, dies of toxic poisoning at 54
1987 James Burnham philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81

1588 Spanish Armada sails to overthrow England's Queen Elizabeth I
1821 Peru declares independence from Spain
1830 Revolution in France replaces Charles X with Louis Philippe
1900 Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut
1913 US wins its 1st Davis Cup since 1902, beating England, 3-2
1914 Austria-Hungary attacks Serbia-WW I begins
1915 US forces invade Haiti, stays until 1924
1928 Olympics open at Amsterdam
1931 Congress makes "The Star-Spangled Banner" the 2nd national anthem
1943 Italian Facist dictator Benito Mussolini resigns
1948 I.G. Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die
1951 Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released
1962 Mariner I launched to Mars falls into Atlantic Ocean
1977 1st oil flow through the Alaska pipeline
1984 23rd modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
1986 NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith
could be heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated
1988 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa destroyed by arson
1991 Miguel Indurain of Spain wins the Tour de France bicycle race


30-07-2006, 01:20 AM
Today Facts for, 29th July

1861 Alica Hathaway Lee Roosevelt 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt
1871 [Gregory Efimovich] Rasputin the mad Russian monk
1883 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43)
1892 William Powell actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey)
1898 Isidor Isaac Rabi Poland, physicist (explored atom-Nobel-1944)
1913 Stephen McNally, actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo)
1921 Richard Egan, actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna)
1924 Lloyd Bochner Toronto, (Cecil-Dynasty, Lonely Lady, Naked Gun 2)
1924 Robert Horton, actor (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena)
1933 Robert Fuller, actor (Laramie, Wagon Train)
1938 Peter Jennings Toronto Canada, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
1959 Nelli Kim USSR, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1976)
- - - - Mike McGrath (AA Member)
- - - - Seswho (AA Member)

1030 King Olav Haraldsson of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad
1164 King Olaf of Norway, dies
1890 Vincent Van Gogh dies in Auvers, France
1900 Umberto I Italian king assassinated by anarchist Gaetano Bresci
1974 Cass Elliot singer of Mamas & Papas chokes to death at 30 in London
1983 David Niven actor (Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73
1983 Raymond Massey actor, dies of pneumonia at 86
1988 Ellin Berlin (MacKay) Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86

1588 Attacking Spanish Armada defeated & scattered by English defenders
1715 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by hurricane
1751 1st international world title prize fight-Jack Stack of England,
beats challenger M Petit of France in 29 mins in England
1835 1st sugar plantation in Hawaii begins
1858 US citizens allowed to live anywhere in Japan
1948 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London
1958 Pres Eisenhower signs NASA & Space Act of 1958
1967 Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage
1968 Pope Paul VI reaffirms stand against artificial birth control
1975 Ford became 1st US pres to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz
1978 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings
1981 Prince Charles of England weds Lady Diana Spencer
1988 South African govt bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
1991 Donald Trump gives Marla Maples a 7+ carat engagement ring


30-07-2006, 09:13 AM
Todays Facts for, 30th July

1818 Emily Bronte England, novelist (Wuthering Heights)
1863 Henry Ford, auto maker (Ford)
1898 Henry Moore England, sculptor (Vertebrae)
1933 Edd "Kookie" Byrnes LA, actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper)
1934 Ben Piazza Ark, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas)
1936 Ralph Taeger , actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo)
1938 Vayachselav Ivanenko USSR, 50K walker (Olympic-gold-1988)
1941 Paul Anka Ottawa Ontario, singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger Austria, body builder (Commando, Terminator)
1954 Ken Olin (Hill St Blues, Michael-30 Something)
1958 Daley Thomas London, Decathalete (Olympic-gold-1980, 1984)
1958 Kate Bush, singer/songwriter (Wild Things)
- - - - Roy Parker (AA Member)

1980 Charles McGraw actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), dies at 66
1983 Howard Deitz MGM executive, dies at 86 of Parkinson's disease
1983 Lynn Fontanne Broadway's premier actresses, dies at 95

1729 City of Baltimore founded
1733 Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
1792 500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time
1863 Pres Lincoln issues "eye-for-eye" order to shoot a rebel prisoner
for every black prisoner shot
1870 Staten Island ferry "Westfield" burns, killing 100
1928 George Eastman demonstrates 1st color movie
1930 Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for soccer's 1st World Cup in Montevideo
1943 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie released (Girl Crazy)
1966 England beats West Germany 4-2 for soccer's 8th World Cup in London
1971 George Harrison releases "Bangladesh"
1980 British New Hebrides becomes independent & takes name Vanuatu
1983 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg


31-07-2006, 08:05 AM
Facts for Today, 31st July

1803 John Ericsson US, invented screw propeller
1841 George Melville polar explorer, naval engineer
1929 Don Murray (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love)
1940 Stanley Jaffe producer (Fatal Attraction)
1944 Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Dr Zhivago, 3 Musketeers)
1946 Bob Welch rocker (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well)
1946 Gary Lewis Jerry's son, singer, (& The Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
1951 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Lt Dillon-Battlestar Galactica)
1951 Evonne Goolagong Cawley Australia, tennis player (Wimbeldon 1971)
1957 Irina Nazariva USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic-gold-1980)
1963 Norman Cook rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)

1556 St Ignatius of Loyola founder of Society of Jesus, dies in Rome
1811 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Mexican hero priest, executed by Spanish
1875 Andrew Johnson 17th pres, dies in Tennessee at 66
1964 Jim Reeves Country singer.(He'll Have to Go, Four Walls) Plane crash
1981 Gen Omar Torrijos leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
1984 Bill Raisch one armed actor (Fred Johnson-Fugitive), dies at 79

1498 Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad
1790 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
1922 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world's 1st water skis
1925 Unemployment Insurance Act passed in England
1953 Dept of Health, Education & Welfare created
1962 Federation of Malaysia formed
1969 Mariner 6 flies past Mars
1978 Gunman shoots his way into the Iraqi Embassy in Paris
1980 John Phillips of the Mamas & Papas is arrested on drug charges
1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
1984 US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics


02-08-2006, 07:56 AM
Todays Facts for, 1st August

1779 Francis Scott Key composer (Star-Spangled Banner)
1819 Herman Melville US, author (Moby Dick, Billy Budd)
1889 Dr John F Mahoney developed pencillin treatment of syphillis
1920 Sammy Lee US, platform diver (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1936 Yves Saint-Laurent fashion designer (Opium, Obsession)
1942 Jerry Garcia, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band)
1944 Yuri V Romanenko USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 26, Soyuz 38, Soyuz TM-2)
1959 Joe Elliot rocker (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
1961 Bart Conner US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
1963 Mark Wright Football Manager
1964 Rob Camilletti Cher's boyfriend
1965 Sam Mendes Film and Theatre Director
1969 Graham Thorpe, Cricketer
1970 David James, Footballer
1978 Dhani Harrison George Harrison's 1st child
- - - - Phil4lin ( AA Member)
- - - - Pootle (AA Member)

1882 Henry Kendall Australian poet, dies of tuberculosis at 43
1983 Peter Arne actor, bludgeon to death in London at 62
1988 Florence Eldridge Broadway actress (The Swan), dies at 86
1988 Trindad Silva of Hill St Blues, dies at 38 in an auto accident

1619 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
1716 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)
1774Joseph Priestly, English Chemist, discovers oxygen
1785 Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
1790 1st US census (population of 3,939,214)
1831 London Bridge opens
1834 Slavery abolished in British empire
1869 1st voyage down Colorado River
1876 Colorado becomes 38th state
1914 Germany declares war on Russia in WW I
1928 The Morris Minor was launched
1932 The firs Mars bar went on sale
1936 Adolph Hitler opens Berlin Olympic Games
1945 Family Favourites record request programme began on BBC
1950 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes king
1950 Territory of Guam created
1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
1971 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place
1976 Liz Taylor's 6th divorce (re-divorces Richard Burton)
1980 Gerd Wessig of East Germany set the high jump record
1987 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart
1990 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait


02-08-2006, 08:13 AM
Todays Facts for, 2nd August

1696 Mahmud I Ottoman sultan, fought Austrians & Russians
1878 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden
1891 Sir Arthur Bliss (Edward Drummond) London, composer (Olympians)
1905 Myrna Loy, actress (Rebound, Emma)
1914 Gary Merrill, actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve)
1916 Beatrice Straight, actress (Poltergeist, Nun's Story)
1932 Peter O'Toole Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)
1934 Albert W Hall actor (Apocalypse Now)
1934 Valery Bykovsky cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
1938 Brunhilde Hendrix German FR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
1938 Yvonne R�egg Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1960)
1946 Bob Beamon long jumper (Olympic-gold-1968 29' 2�" (8.9m))
1949 Bertalan Farkas 1st Hungarian space traveler (Soyuz 36)
1956 Isabel Pantoja Spain, spanish singer (Genio y Figura)
1960 Linda Fratianne US, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)

1075 John VIII Xiphilinus theologian/patriarch of Constantinople, dies
1876 Wild Bill Hickock shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while
poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8's
1934 Paul Von Hindenburg dies at 86, Hitler takes over presidency
1982 Cathleen Nesbitt English actress (Seperate Tables), dies at 93
1988 Raymond Carver poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1375 1st roller skating rink opens (London)
1492 Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella
1776 Formal signing of the Declaration of Independence
1798 British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile
1832 Whites decimate Indians in Battle of Bad Axe River
1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
1967 US's Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5
1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
1990 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait


03-08-2006, 11:28 PM
Todays Facts, 3rd August,

1753 Charles Earl Stanhope, England, radical politician/scientist
1811 Elisha Graves Otis inventor (safe elevator)
1867 Stanley Earl Baldwin, (C) British PM (1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37)
1872 Haakon VII Denmark, King of Norway
1887 Rupert Brooke British WW I poet (1914)
1902 Habib Bourguiba 1st president of Tunisia
1905 Dolores Del Rio Mexico, actress (What Price Glory?)
1920 P.D. James mystery writer (Cover Her Face)
1923 Anne Klein fashion designer (Anne Klein II)
1926 Tony Bennett, singer (Left a body part in SF)
1938 Terry Wogan British talk show host (Irish Days)
1940 Martin Sheen actor (Subject Was Roses, Wall St)
1941 Beverly Lee, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
1950 John Landis director (Twilight Zone)
1960 Tim Mayotte, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988)
1962 Tina Lehtola Finland, women's ski jumper (world's record holder)

1954 Colette France, novelist (Claudine), dies at 81
1966 Lenny Bruce comedian, dies of a morphine overdose
1983 Carolyn Jones actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer

1492 Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for "Indies"
1596 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
1914 Germany invades Belgium & declares war on France in WW I
1952 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland
1960 Niger gains independence from France
1963 Beatles final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
1963 Great Train Robbery
1970 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire, passes her driving test on 40th try
1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his group Wings
1973 Flash fire kills 51 at amusement park. (Isle of Man, UK)
1975 500 drown when 2 river boats collide & sink in China's West River
1990 Radio Kuwait goes off the air, due to the Iraqi invasion


03-08-2006, 11:36 PM
Facts for Today, 4th August

1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte inventor (modern pencil)
1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley England, romantic poet (Adonais)
1839 Walter Pater London England, writer (Plato & Platoism)
1870 Sir Harry Lauder Scotland, comedian/singer (Roman in the Gloamin)
1901 Louis Armstrong New Orleans, Jazz musician & bandleader, "Hello Dolly" - oldest musician in Billboard history to have a Number One song
1900 Elizabeth , Queen Mother
1928 Udham Singh India, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1952, 56, 64)
1943 Rodney Stuart Pattison British yachtsman (Olympics)
1946 Maureen Cox Starkey 1st wife of Beatle Ringo Starr
1958 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney, olympic track star (Mile record 4:16.71)
- - - - Bsilva1950 (AA Member)

1265 Simon de Montfort English baron, dies in battle
1526 Juan Sebasti�n Cano Spanish explorer, dies
1891 George Washington Williams dies at 41 in Blackpool England
1981 Melvyn Douglas actor, dies at 80
1984 Edmond Ryan actor, dies at 79 of a heart attack
1984 Mary Miles Minter silent screen star, dies at 82 of heart failure
1984 Walter Burke actor, dies at 75 of emphysema

1181 Supernova seen in Cassiopia
1578 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Morrocans defeat Portugeese
1693 Dom Perignon invents champagne
1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
1914 Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
1944 Anne Frank, 15, (Diary of Anne Frank) is arrested by Nazis
1967 British pirate radio station Radio 355 goes off the air
1984 Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics
1984 Prince's "Purple Rain," album goes to No.1 & stays for 24 weeks
1990 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq
1996 26th Olympic Summer games close in Atlanta, Georgia


05-08-2006, 11:35 AM
Facts for Today, 5th August

1540 Joseph Justice Scaliger proposed Julian dating
1860 Joseph Carey Merrick "Elephant Man"
1899 Conrad Aiken US, poet/short story writer/critic (Selected Poems)
1906 John Huston, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)
1908 Harold Holt PM of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam
1911 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days)
1930 Neil Armstrong, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)
1935 John Saxon, actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman)
1941 Leonid D Kizim cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15)
1942 Rick Huxley guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
1943 Rodney Pattisson England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
1950 Holly Palance, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley's Believe It)
1950 Rose Mittermaier German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic-gold-1976)
1959 Pete Burns rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
- - - - Jayjay (AA Member)
- - - - Lizzie Dripping (AA Member)

1961 Sir Sidney Holland PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
1962 Marilyn Monroe found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose
1984 Howard Culver actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
1984 Richard Burton actor (Cleopatra), dies at 58 of cerebral hemorrhage
1991 Soichiro Hondo CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84

1583 Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)
1772 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia
1858 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
1861 US Army abolishes flogging
1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island
1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
1923 1st American to swim the English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1� hrs
1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illegally leaving S Africa
1963 Britain, US & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
1964 Actress Anne Bancroft & comedian Mel Brooks wed
1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam
1966 Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" & "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
1967 Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe"
1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
1972 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
1984 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2h24m52s)
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets the 5k woman's record (14:37.33)
1991 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault record (20�") in Malm� Sweden


08-08-2006, 08:33 PM
Facts for Today, 6th August

1697 Charles VII Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)
1809 Alfred Lord Tennyson poet laureate of England
1861 Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt
1881 Sir Alexander Fleming , penicillin (Nobel 1954)
1911 Lucille Ball, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy, Mame)
1917 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South)
1922 Sir Freddie Laker entrepreneur (Laker airlines)
1923 Jack Parnell, orch leader
1927 Andy Warhol pop artist
1929 Anneliese Kuppers German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1956)
1934 John Storey Bonington UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
1945 Ken Norton heavyweight boxer (or 0809)
1951 Catherine Hicks, actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play)
1952 Wojiech Fortuna Poland, ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)

1867 Faustin-lie Soulouque emperor of Haiti, dies (birth date unknown)
1914 Ellen Wilson Pres Wilson's wife, dies at 54
1964 Sir Cedric Hardwicke actor (Capt Hook-Peter Pan), dies at 71
1978 Pope Paul VI dies of heart attack at summer residence at 80
1986 William J Schroeder (world's longest-survivor with permanent
artificial heart, with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
dies after 620 days

1181 Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers
1815 US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli
1825 Bolivia gains independence from Peru
1890 1st use of electric chair in US, John Hart, in NY for murder
1914 Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia
1914 Serbia declares war against Germany
1919 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
1926 NY's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim the English Channel
1944 Deportation of 70,000 jews from Lodz Poland to Auschwitz begins
1948 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
1961 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits), 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
1962 Jamaica gains independence from Britain
1965 Beatles release "Help" album in UK
1984 Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics


08-08-2006, 08:37 PM
Facts for Today, 7th August

1598 Georg Stiernhielm "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules)
1783 John Heathcoat inventor (lace-making machinery)
1876 Mata Hari dancer/courtesan/spy (WW I)
1886 Louis Hazeltine inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
1932 Ann Harding US, actress (East is West, Janie)
1938 Helen Caldicott Melbourne Australia, physician/anti-war activist
1940 Marlyn Mason San Fernando Cal, actress (Making It, Peyton Place)
1950 David James Wottle 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
1957 Alexander Ditiatin USSR, gymnast (Olympic-gold-1980)
- - - - Daverly (AA Member)

1867 Ira Aldridge actor dies at 63 in Lodes Poland
1957 Oliver Hardy comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65

768 Stephen III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1498 Columbus arrives in Caribbean
1782 George Washington creates Order of the Purple Heart
1942 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
1959 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1960 Ivory Coast gains independence from France
1961 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
1963 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st, 1st lady to give birth since Mrs Cleveland
1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
1978 Thousands of mourners file past the body of Pope Paul VI
1983 Grete Waitz of Norway, wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki Fin)
1990 Saudi Arabia allows US troops on their soil to stop an Iraqi invasion


08-08-2006, 08:41 PM
Facts for Today, 8th August

1879 Emiliano Zapata Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
1884 Sara Teasdale US, poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
1901 Dr Ernest O Lawrence, inventor (Cyclotron-Nobel 1939)
1902 Paul A.M. Dirac England, theoretical physicist (Nobel 1933)
1918 Rory Calhoun, actor (Capitol, Motel Hell, Bill-Texan)
1919 Dino DeLaurentis producer (King Kong)
1929 Josef Suk Prague Czechoslovakia, violinist (Artist of Merit-1977)
1936 Don Bowden US, 1st American to run a sub 4 min mile
1936 Keith Barron, England, actor (At the Earth's Core)
1937 Dustin Hoffman, actor (The Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer)
1947 Larry Wilcox, actor (Lassie, CHiPs)
1948 Svetlana Y Savitskaya 2nd woman in space (Soyuz T-7, T-12)
1949 Keith Carradine, actor (Young Guns, Pretty Baby)
1954 Nigel Mansell formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)
1956 Chris Foreman guitar (Madness-1 Step Beyond)
1988 Beatrice daughter of H.R.H Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

1961 Charlie Gemora actor who portrayed King Kong, dies at 58
1976 John Roselli hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
1984 Richard Deacon actor (Mel-Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 62
1985 Louise Brooks actress, dies of a heart attack at 78

1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
1709 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena
1843 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
1844 Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following Joseph Smith death
1861 William Bateson, originator of term "genetics"
1876 Thomas Edison patents mimeograph
1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognize Afghanistan's independence
1929 German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight
1940 Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
1945 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II
1960 Ivory Coast declares independence
1963 Great Train Robbery in England.
1966 Beatles' release "Revolver"
1988 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
1990 Iraq annexes Kuwait
1991 Shi-ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy


09-08-2006, 07:43 AM
Today's Facts, 9th August

1819 William Thomas Green Morton dentist, used ether (HOF 1920)
1896 Jean Piaget Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
1905 Leo Genn actor (Affair in Monte Carlo)
1911 William A Fowler US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
1927 Marvin Minsky Artifical intelligence computer scientist (MIT)
1927 Robert Shaw England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)
1930 Betty Boop animation
1938 Rod Laver Australia, tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam)
1944 Sam Elliot, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty)
1945 Ken Norton Heavyweight Boxing Champ/TV panelist (Gong Show)
1957 Melanie Griffith, actress (Something Wild, Working Girl)
1963 Whitney Houston, singer (One Moment in Time)
1971 Mary Joe Fernandez Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
1972 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children)
- - - - Jeanie A (AA Member)
- - - - Milliecent (AA Member)
- - - - Suearmo (AA Member)

1969 Sharon Tate actress, killed by Charles Manson's gang
1988 Alan Napier (Alfred the Butler on Batman), dies at 85

378 Battle of Adrianople, Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army
480 -BC- Persia defeats Spartan king Leonidas at Thermopylae
1673 Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
1778 Capt Cook passes through Bering Strait
1786 1st ascent of Mt Blanc
1849 Hungarian Republic crushed by Austria & Russia
1855 Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising
1902 Edward VII of England crowned after death of his mother Victoria
1936 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal of Berlin Olympics
1942 British arrests Indian nationalist Mohandas K Gandhi
1945 US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki
1963 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premiers
1965 Singapore gains independence from Malaysia
1974 Richard Nixon resigns presidency, Vice President Gerald Ford becomes 38th president
1981 6 English lifeguards set relay swim record the English Channel (7:17)
1984 Daley Thomas of Britain sets the decathalon record (8,847) in LA Cal
1992 25th Olympic Summer games close in Barcelona, Spain


10-08-2006, 11:57 PM
Facts for Today, 10th August

1874 Herbert Clark Hoover, (R) 31st Pres (1929-1933)
1889 Irene Steer England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic-gold-1912)
1893 Viscount Dunrossil Scotland, Gov Gen of Australia (1959-61)
1900 Arthur Porritt NZ, 100m sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1924)
1900 Norma Shearer Canada, actress (Divorcee, Idiot's Delight)
1909 Mohammed V King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
1913 Noah Beery Jr, actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot)
1914 Jeff Corey, actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men)
1924 Martha Hyer actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly)
1928 Eddie Fisher, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)
1939 Kate O'Mara Leicaster England, actress (Caress Morell-Dynasty)
1940 Bobby Hatfield, rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody)
1941 Anita Lonsbrough England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Oly-gold-1960)
1943 Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], singer (Be My Baby)
1947 Ian Anderson Scotland, rocker (Jethro Tull-Bungle in the Jungle) )
1959 Rosanna Arquette, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan)
1961 John Farriss rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
- - - - Docwatto (AA Member)

1945 Robert Goddard father of American rocketry, dies
1977 Vince Barnett actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
1988 Arias Arnulfo 3 time president of Panama, dies at 86

654 St Eugene I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1519 Magellan's 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate the Earth
1792 Mobs in Paris attack the palace of Louis XVI
1809 Ecuador declares independence from Spain
1821 Missouri admitted as 24th US state
1866 Transatlantic cable laid - Former Pres Buchanan communicates over it to Queen Victoria
1900 1st Davis Cup Tennis Tournament (Mass) US beats England
1911 Parliament Act reduces power of House of Lords
1945 Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies provided the status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged
1954 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
1960 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
1961 England applies for membership in the European Common Market
1980 Jack Nicklaus wins PGA Championship for 5th time
1984 Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run


20-08-2006, 01:28 PM
Facts for Today, 11th August

1778 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn founder of turnverein (gymnastics) movement
1837 Sadi Carnot engineer, French president (1887-94); assassinated
1892 Hugh MacDiarmid Scotland, writer (Scots Unbound)
1897 Louise Bogan Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
1900 Charles Paddock sprinter (world's fastest human of 1920s)
1912 Jean Parker Montana, actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women)
1921 Alex Haley US, author (Roots)
1937 Anna Massey actress (De Sade, Doll's House)
1942 Mike Hugg drummer (Manfred Mann)
1947 Sergey Kovalneko USSR, basketball (Olympic-bronze-1968)
1949 Ian Charleson Edinburgh Scotland, actor (Jamie-Master of the Game)
- - - - Trisha 21 (AA Member)
- - - - Lance (AA Member)
- - - - Chris Woolsey (AA Member)
- - - - Travisr (AA Member)

1868 Thaddeus Stevens architect of Radical Reconstruction, dies at 76
1956 Jackson Pollock abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)
1982 Tom Drake actor, dies of lung cancer at 63
1988 Anne Ramsey actress, dies of cancer at 59
1988 Jean-Pierre Ponnele opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56

1772 Explosive eruption blows 4,000' off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000
1780 Barbados hurricane begins
1835 George B Airy begins 46-year reign as England's Astronomer Royal
1918 Battle of Amiens ends in WW I, Allieds beat Germans
1934 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay
1945 Allies refuse Japan's surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
1948 Summer Olympics opens in London
1952 Hussein proclaimed king of Jordan
1956 Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
1960 Chad declares independence
1962 Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3
1968 The Beatles launch the "Apple Records" label
1974 Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)
1974 Lee Trevino wins PGA championship
1976 Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami
1978 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
1984 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, wins 4 Olym track golds
1985 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
1989 Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
1990 Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion


20-08-2006, 01:46 PM
Facts for Today, 12th August

1753 Thomas Bewick England, artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
1762 George IV king of England (1820-30)
1774 Robert Southey English poet laureate, biographer of Nelson
1781 Robert Mills US, architect (Washington Monument)
1881 Cecil B deMille Mass, directed God (10 Commandments)
1884 Frank Swinnerton England, novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)
1912 Jane Wyatt, actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek)
1925 Norris McWhirter author (Guinness Book of World Records)
1925 Ross McWhirter author (Guinness Book of World Records)
1926 John Derek, actor/director (10, Annapolis Story)
1927 Ralph Waite, actor (John-Waltons, Roots)
1931 William Goldman author (Lord of the Flies-Nobel 1983)
1949 Mark Knopfler guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
1961 Pete De Freitas rocker (Echo & the Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
1961 Roy Hay guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
- - - - Cinmoore (AA Member)

1900 Wilhelm SteinitzPrague, Chess champion (1866-1894)
1982 Henry Fonda actor (On Golden Pond), dies at 77 from heart disease

1332 Battle of Dupplin Moor; Scottish dynastic battle
1851 Isaac Singer granted patent for his sewing machine
1867 Pres A Johnson defies Congress suspending Sec of War Edwin Stanton
1877 Thomas Edison invents the Edisonphone, a sound recording device
1898 Hawaii formally annexed to US
1915 "Of Human Bondage," by William Somerset Maugham, published
1928 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
1960 Ralph Boston of the US, sets then long jump record at 26' 11�"
1972 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
1977 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
1985 Japanese Boeing 747 crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
1988 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at the hospital
1990 Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve the Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories


20-08-2006, 01:54 PM
Todays Facts for, 13th August
1422 William Caxton 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)
1655 Johann Christoph Denner inventor (clarinet)
1814 Anders Jonas �ngstr�m Sweden, physicist, founded spectroscopy
1818 Lucy Stone pioneered women's rights
1819 Sir George Gabriel Stokes physicist/mathematician (Spectroscope)
1860 Annie Oakley, frontierswoman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West)
1888 John Logie Baird Scotland, inventor (father of TV)
1898 Jean Borota France, tennis champ (35 Wimbledons between 1922-64)
1899 Alfred Hitchcock London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window)
1902 Felix ****el Germany, inventor (****el rotary-piston engine)
1907 Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp Essen Germany, arms manufacturer
1918 Frederick Sanger England, chemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)
1921 Neville Brand actor (Cahill, US Marshal)
1927 Fidel Castro Ruz Cuban political leader (1959- )
1958 Feargal Sharkey rocker (Undertones-Never Never, Good Heart)
1959 Mark Nevin rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
1964 Ian Haughland heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
- - - - Tidmaesh (AA Member)

1896 John Everett Millais
1910 Florence Nightingale
1946 H.G. Wells
1991 Jack Ryan inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65

1521 Spanish conquerors captured Mexico City from Aztecs
1642 Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
1704 English defeat French at Battle of Blenheim
1946 Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus
1960 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
1977 1st test glide of the shuttle


20-08-2006, 01:58 PM
Facts for Today, 14th August

1774 Meriwether Lewis, capt of Lewis & Clark Expedition
1777 Hans Christian Oersted Den, physicist/chemist (View of Chemical Law)
1867 John Galsworthy England, author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932)
1901 Sir James Pitman England, educator/publisher/phonetic speller
1903 John Ringling North circus director
1926 Buddy Greco, singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House)
1941 David Crosby rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross)
1945 Steve Martin, comedian (The Jerk, Man With 2 Brains)
1946 Antonio Fargas, actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch)
1946 Susan St James, (MacMillan & Wife, Kate & Allie, Name of Game)
1952 Debbie Meyer US, 200m/400m/800m freestyle swimmer (Oly-gold-1968)

1936 Rainey Bethea hung, last US public execution
1951 William Randolph Hearst newspaper publisher, dies in Beverly Hills
1958 Gladys L Presley mom of Elvis, dies at 46
1972 Oscar Levant actor (American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
1982 Patrick Magee Irish actor, dies at 58
1988 Enzo Ferrari Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90

1248 Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun
1813 British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus
1848 Oregon Territory created
1862 Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president
1880 Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed
1917 China declares war on Germany & Austria at start of WW I
1935 Social Security Act became law
1945 V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
1947 India granted independence within British Commonwealth
1947 Pakistan gains independence from Britain
1948 14th Olympic games in London closes
1962 French & Italian workers break through at Mount Blanc Vehicular Tunnel
1969 British troops intervenes militarily in Northern Ireland
1971 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
1971 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
1979 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hour duration


20-08-2006, 02:02 PM
Facts for Today, 15th August

1688 Frederick-William I king of Prussia (1713-1740)
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte resident of Elba (emperor 1804-13, 1814-15)
1771 Sir Walter Scott Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)
1845 Walter Crane England, painter/illustrator (Beauty & Beast)
1856 J Keir Hardie 1st Labour representative in British Parliament
1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast)
1879 Ethel Barrymore, actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green)
1888 T.E. Lawrence Tremadoc, soldier/writer (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
1901 Arias Arnulfo 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
1912 Wendy Hiller actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield)
1924 Robert Bolt playwright (Man for All Seasons, Dr Zhivago)
1925 Mike Connors, actor (Joe Mannix-Mannix, Night Kill)
1935 Jim Dale Broadway entertainer (Barnum, My One & Only)
1949 Ann Ryerson, actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin)
1950 Princess Anne England (daughter of Queen Elizabeth II)
- - - - Ron Earith (AA Member)
- - - - Christine Jolli (AA Member)

1935 Wiley Post & Will Rogers killed in plane crash in Alaska
1975 Sheikh Mujibur Rahiman of Bangladesh killed in a military coup
1983 Anthony Costello actor, dies at 42

1057 Macbeth, King of Scotland, slain by son of King Duncan
1519 Panama City founded
1535 Asunci�n, Paraguay founded
1620 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
1867 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
1893 US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea
1918 US & Russia sever diplomatic ties
1945 South Korea liberated from Japanese rule
1947 India becomes independent, Islamic part becomes Pakistan
1952 9" of rain fall creates a 20' wave in Lynmouth, England killing 34
1960 Congo gains independence from France (Natl Day)
1971 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
1991 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park


20-08-2006, 02:07 PM
Todays Facts, 16th August

1874 Arthur Meighen Canada, PM of Canada (1920,1,6)
1897 Robert Ringling circus master
1899 Glenn Strange, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke)
1904 Wendell Stanley biochemist, 1st to crystallize a virus (Nobel '46)
1906 Franz Josef II prince of Liechtenstein (1938- )
1913 Menachem Begin Israeli PM (1977-83, Nobel 1978)
1914 Tullio Pandolfini Italy water polo (Olympic-gold-1948)
1930 Robert Culp, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
1930 Ted Hughes England, poet laureate (1984- )
1930 Tony Trabert tennis pro (1955 Wimbledon)
1938 Andr s Balcz� Hungary, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1972)
1938 Ketty Lester, actress (Hester-Little House on the Prairie)
1953 James Taylor rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
1957 Tim Farriss rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
1958 Madonna (Ciccone)Bay CityMich, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)
1964 Jimmy Arias BuffaloNY, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
- - - - Lisa 1624 (AA Member)

1920 Norman Lockyer editor of NATURE, discoverer of helium in Sun, dies
1948 Babe Ruth Baseball legend, dies in NY at 53
1977 Elvis Presley dies of heart ailment at Graceland at 42
1989 Amanda Blake actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60

1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
1780 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
1858 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
1861 Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
1896 Gold discovered in the Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Ala
1936 11th Olympic games close in Berlin
1960 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
1960 Republic of the Congo (Zaire) forms
1985 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn
1988 Jailed black nationalist Nelson Mandela struck with tuberculosis
1989 Roger Kingdom of USA sets the 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
1990 Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq


20-08-2006, 02:11 PM
Facts for Today, 17th August

1601 Pierre de Fermat mathematician who needed wider margins
1786 Davy Crockett, frontiersman/adventurer/politician
1840 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt England, writer (Irish Land League)
1844 Menelik II King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1870 Frederick Russell developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1892 Mae West, actress (Go up & see her sometime)
1914 Franklin D Roosevelt Jr son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
1921 Maureen O'Hara Dublin Ireland, actress (Miracle on 34th St)
1943 Robert De Niro, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)
1951 Alain Mimoun France, marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1956)
1951 Alan Minter England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1953 Kevin Rowlands rocker (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
1960 Sean Penn actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
- - - - Buddy 100 (AA Member)
- - - - Wendymw (AA Member)
- - - - xxxLauraxxx (AA Member)

1850 Jos� Francisco de San Martin South American revolutionary hero, dies
1973 Conrad Aiken Pulitzer winning poet, dies at 74
1982 Barney Phillips actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies at 68
1983 Ira Gershwin lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills, Cal, at 86
1987 Rudolph Hess Nazi, dies at 93, after 46 years in Spandau Prison
1988 Franklin D Roosevelt Jr (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday

1807 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1869 1st international boat race (Thames River) (Oxford beats Harvard)
1938 Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
1945 Indonesia declares independence from Netherlands
1959 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
1960 Gabon gains independence from France
1961 Building of the Berlin Wall begins
1962 Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr
1973 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
1978 1st manned balloon crossing of Atlantic Ocean (Eagle II)


20-08-2006, 02:15 PM
Todays Facts for, 18th August

1587 Virginia Dare 1st American born of English parents
1750 Antonio Salieri Italy, composer (Tatare)
1778 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
1792 John 1st Earl Russell, British Whig PM (1846-52, 1865-66)
1873 Otto Harbach songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
1904 Max Factor Jr CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)
1922 Shelley Winters, actress (Poisidon Adventure)
1933 Roman Polanski director (Knife in the Water, Repulsion)
1934 Rafer Lewis Johnson US, decathalete (Olympic-gold-1960)
1937 Robert Redford, actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby)
1951 Candice Earley actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children)
1952 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)
- - - - Norpeters (AA Member)
- - - - Mark Phillips (AA Member)

1227 Genghis Khan Mongol conqueror, died
1952 Ralph Byrd actor (Dick Tracy TV Show), dies at 43
1988 Frederick Ashton choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83
1990 B.F. Skinner psychologist (Skinner Box), dies from Leukemia at 86

1834 Mt Vesuvius erupts
1835 Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago
1868 Pierre Janssan discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse
1943 Final convoy of Jews from Salonika Greece arrive at Auschwitz
1958 Great Britain issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall completed
1962 Peter, Paul & Mary release their 1st hit "If I Had a Hammer"
1983 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d is youngest woman to swim English Channel
1989 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets the 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin


20-08-2006, 02:19 PM
Facts for Today, 19th August

1631 John Dryden 1st poet laureate of England (Absalom & Achitophel)
1646 John Flamsteed 1st astronomer royal of England
1689 Samuel Richardson English novelist (Pamela) (baptized)
1785 Seth Thomas pioneer in mass production of clocks
1858 Edith Nesbit England, children books author (Railway Children)
1860 John Kane Scottish-born US primitivist painter (Self-Portrait)
1871 Orville Wright aviator
1921 Gene Roddenberry executive producer (Star Trek)
1931 Willie Shoemaker jockey (In 1956 he won $2 million)
1938 Diana Muldaur actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Generation, LA Law)
1940 Jill St John, actress (Diamonds are Forever)
1940 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now)
1943 Billy J Kramer Liverpool, rocker (The Dakotas-Bad to Me)
1945 Ian Gillian heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor)
1951 John Deacon rocker (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody)
1956 Cindy Nelson US, skier (Olympic-bronze-1976)
1967 Jason Starsky son of Beatle Ringo
- - - - Shofstall (AA Member)
- - - - Jan Wisdom (AA Member)

1493 Frederick III Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493)
1929 Sergei P Diaghilev Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
1962 Kerstin Hesselgren 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
1977 Julius (Groucho) Marx, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86
1986 Hermione Baddeley actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude), dies at 79

1263 King James I or Argon censors Hebrew writings
1787 W Herschel discovers Enceladus, a moon of Saturn
1934 Plebiscite in Germany approved sole executive power to Adolph Hitler
1942 1,000 Canadian & British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
1967 Beatles' "All You Need is Love," single goes No.1
1979 Crew of Soyuz 32 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 aft 175 d flight
1982 Renaldo Nehemiah of US sets record for 110 m hurdles, 12.93 sec
1982 Soyuz T-7 launched, Svetlana Savtiskaya 2nd woman in space
1991 Coup in Russia deposes Mikhail Gorbachev


20-08-2006, 02:24 PM
Facts for Today, 20th August

1833 Benjamin Harrison (R) 23rd Pres (1889-1893)
1860 Raymond Poincar� France, PM (1912), president
1901 Salvatore Quasimodo Italy, poet/critic/translator (Nobel 1959)
1931 Don King boxing promoter, shocking hairstyle
1937 George Thoma German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1960)
1942 Hans-Joachim Klein German FR, 100m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1964)
1942 Isaac Hayes composer (Shaft)
1944 Rajiv Gandhi PM of India (1984- )
1948 Robert Plant rocker (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)
1957 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen British TV game show host
1958 Lenny Henry British comedian (3 of a Kind)
- - - - Rokerman (AA Member)
- - - - Mikeysh (AA Member)
- - - - Sarahmess (AA Member)
- - - - Sandy184 (AA Member)
- - - - Sezelmg (AA Member)
- - - - Patb (AA Member)

1804 Charles Floyd only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
1914 Pope Pius X dies
1915 Paul Ehrlich scientist, dies in Hamburg at 61
1961 Vilhjalmur Stefansson Arctic explorer, dies at 82
1991 Lenore Strunsky Gershwin widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90

1781 George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
1866 Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
1896 Dial telephone patented
1908 Congo Free State becomes the Belgian Congo
1914 German forces occupy Brussels, Belgium during WW I
1918 Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
1949 Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution


21-08-2006, 01:01 PM
Facts for Today, 21st August

1165 Philip II Augustus 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223)
1660 Hubert Gautier engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building
1765 William IV king of England (1830-37)
1872 Aubrey Beardsley England, artist (Salome)
1906 William "Count" Basie jazz pianist
1906 Friz Freleng animator (Bugs Bunny-Emmy 1982)
1928 Gillian Sheen England, foils (Olympic-gold-1956)
1930 Princess Margaret England (Sister of Queen Elizabeth)
1938 Kenny Rogers singer (Lady) actor (Coward of the County)
1944 Jackie DeShannon Hazel Kentucky, singer (What the World Needs Now)
1956 Kim Cattrall Liverpool, actress (Mannequin, Star Trek VI)
1957 Budgie rocker (Siouxsie & the Banshees-Wild Thing)
1957 Kim Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family)
- - - - Tonyald (AA Member)
- - - - Murray (AA Member)

1982 Benigno S Aquino Jr Philippines opposition leader, killed in Manila

1680 Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa F� from Spanish
1841 John Hampson patents venetian blind
1945 Pres Truman ends Lend-Lease program
1959 Hawaii becomes 50th US state
1963 Martial law declared in S Vietnam
1965 Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts)
1972 1st hot air balloon flight over the Alps
1975 3 truck pile up kills 10, injures 26 on French highway
1982 Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut
1985 Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71
1988 Cease fire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
1989 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of the planet Neptune
1991 Communist coup is crushed in USSR in 2 days


22-08-2006, 09:49 PM
Facts for Today, 22nd August

1862 Claude Debussy St Germain-en-Laye, composer (La Mer, Clair de lune)
1900 Elizabeth Bergner Vienna Austria, actress (Catherine the Great)
1904 Deng Xiaoping Chinese leader (1976-1983)
1920 Dr Denton Cooley heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant)
1926 Honor Blackman London, actress (Pussy Galore-Goldfinger)
1934 Norman Schwartzkopf NJ, US General (Liberated Kuwait from Iraq)
1945 Ron Dante, rocker (Archies-Sugar, Sugar)
1947 Cindy Williams, actress (Shirley-Laverne & Shirley)
1961 Roland Orzabal singer (Tears for Fears-Shout, Head over Heels)
1964 Mats Wilander Sweden, tennis player (1988 US Open)
- - - - Sue Ford (AA Member)

1818 Warren Hastings 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), dies at 85
1922 Michael Collins Sinn Fein leader, killed by rebels
1977 Sebastian Cabot actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59
1978 Jomo Kenyatta president of Kenya, dies at 83
1991 Colleen Dewhurst actress (Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 67

565 St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
1485 Richard III slain at Bosworth Field-last of Plantagenets
1775 King George III proclaims colonies to be in open rebellion
1791 Haitian Revolution begins
1846 US annexes New Mexico
1851 Gold fields discovered in Australia
1864 Geneva Convention signed, by 12 nations
1911 Mona Lisa stolen from Louvre
1951 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
1968 1st papal visit to Latin America (Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota)
1968 Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on adultry
1989 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered


23-08-2006, 08:02 AM
Todays Facts for 23rd August

1754 Louis XVI Versailles, king of France (1774-92); guillotined
1903 William Primrose Glasgow Scot, violist (Method for Violin & Viola)
1905 Constant Lambert London England, composer (King Pest)
1912 Gene Kelly, dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way)
1913 Bob Crosby, Bing's brother, orch leader (Bob Crosby Show)
1923 Wolfgang Sawallisch Munich Ger, conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70)
1930 Michel Rocard, France, Prime Minister of France
1930 Vera Miles actress (Psycho)
1934 Barbara Eden, actress (Dream of Jeannie, Amazing Dobermans)
1942 Nancy Richey Gunther, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66)
1949 Shelley Long, actress (Diane-Cheers, Money Pit)
1951 Queen Noor of Jordan
1953 Bobby Gubby rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
1970 River Phoenix, actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me)
- - - - Max Hamilton (AA Member)

1819 Oliver Hazard Perry naval hero, dies on 34th birthday
1926 Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaello Pietro Filiberto Guglieimi Di Valentina
D'Antonguolla (Rudolph Valentino), silent movie idol, dies in NY at 31

1617 1st one-way streets established (London)
1833 Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
1866 Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
1914 Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
1924 Mars' closest approach to Earth since the 10th century
1944 Romania liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day 1944-1990)
1948 World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
1960 World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea)
1963 Beatles release "She Loves You" in the UK
1966 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects
1985 Said Aouita of Morroco sets the 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin


24-08-2006, 07:30 AM
Facts for Today, 24th August

1113 Geoffrey Plantagenet France, conquered Normandy
1591 Robert Herrick England, poet (Gather ye rosebuds) (baptized)
1759 Wilbur Wilberforce England, crusaded against slavery
1787 James Weddell England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
1816 Sir Daniel Gooch laid 1st successful transatlantic cables
1890 Duke Kahanamoku Hawaii, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1912, 20)
1898 Albert Claude Belgium, physician (Nobel 1974)
1927 William V Shannon journalist/ambassador to Ireland (1977-81)
1958 Steve Guttenberg, actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit)
- - - - Dg300 (AA Member)
- - - - Auntie Peanut (AA Member)
- - - - Sylviy77 (AA Member)
- - - - DonnaKay (AA Member)
- - - - Egbiggs (AA Member)

1991 Abel Kivlat US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
1991 Bernard Castro patented convertible couch, dies at 87
1998 E.G. Marshall actor - "The Defenders", "Nixon", "Absolute Power", dies at 88

79 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii & Herculaneum
1572 King Charles IX orders massacre of thousands of French Protestants
1662 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept book of Common Prayer
1751 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch
1869 Waffle iron invented
1891 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
1909 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established
1954 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
1963 1st 200 meter freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
1963 John Pennel is 1st to pole-vault 17'
1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
1981 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for Lennon's murder
1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
1990 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City
1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
1991 Ukraine declares independence from the USSR


25-08-2006, 10:19 PM
Facts for Today, 25th August

1530 Ivan IV (the Terrible) 1st tsar of Russia (1533-84)
1841 Theodor Kocher Swiss surgeon, thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909)
1845 Ludwig II mad king of Bavaria (1864-86)
1902 Stefan Wolpe Berlin Germany, composer (Zeus & Elidco)
1909 Michael Rennie actor (The Robe, Klatuu-Day the Earth Stood Still)
1910 Pierre Musy Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1936)
1917 Mel Ferrer, actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor)
1918 Leonard Bernstein conductor/composer/pianist/egotist
1918 Richard Greene, England, actor (Adv of Robin Hood)
1921 Brian Moore Ireland, novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife)
1930 Sean Connery actor (James Bond, Man Who Would Be King)
1934 Valery F Bykovsky USSR, cosmonaut (Vostok V Soyuz 22 31/39)
1949 John Savage, actor (Deer Hunter, Maria's Lovers)
1954 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], rocker (Allison)
1956 Matt Aitken rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
1964 Blair Underwood, actor (Jonathan-LA Law)
1970 Claudia Schiffer Rheinbach Germany, super model (Elle, Rolling Stone)
- - - - Heather54 (AA Member)
- - - - Alj82 (AA Member)
- - - - Attuppen (AA Member)

1789 Mary Ball Washington mother of George, dies
1822 William Herschel discovered Uranus, dies at 85
1835 Ann Rutledge said to be Lincoln's true love, dies at 22
1901 Clara Maass army nurse sacrificied her life at 25 to prove that
the mosquito carries yellow fever
1986 Allen Case actor (Deputy, Legend of Jesse James), dies at 51

1580 Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
1609 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1689 Montreal taken by Iroquois
1825 Uruguay declares independence from Brazil
1830 Belgium revolts against Netherlands
1875 Matthew Webb becomes 1st to swim English Channel (21h 45m)
1919 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)
1920 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
1932 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
1944 Paris liberated from Nazi occupation
1946 Ben Hogan wins the PGA championship
1950 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title
1960 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
1988 NASA launches space vehicle S-214
1991 Carl Lewis runs 100m in 9.86 seconds


25-08-2006, 10:39 PM
Facts for Today, 26th August

1676 Sir Robert Walpole (Whig) British PM (1721-42)
1728 Johann Lambert Switzerland, mathematician, proved � is irrational
1740 Joseph Montgolfier France, aeronaut (ballooning)
1743 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier Paris, father of mod chemistry (Oxygen)
1850 Charles Richet French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)
1873 Lee De Forest Council Bluffs, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube)
1875 Sir John Buchan Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer
1906 Dr Albert B Sabin polio vaccine discoverer
1915 Jim Davis, actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas)
1943 Ulf Sundelin Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
1952 John Kinsella USA, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
1954 Steve Wright Britain's wacky DJ
1965 Chris Burke actor with down syndrome (Life Goes On)
1981 Macauley Culkin actor (Home Alone, My Girl)
- - - - Clive Stacey (AA Member)

1974 Charles Lindbergh dies at 72 in his Hawaiian home
1976 Warner Anderson actor (Doctor, Lineup, Peyton Place), dies at 65
1978 Charles Boyer actor (The Rogues), dies at 78

55 -BC- Roman forces under Julius C�sar invade Britain
1346 English longbows defeat French in Battle of Crecy
1883 Krakatoa erupts with increasingly large explosions kills 36,000
1907 Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec
1914 Germans defeat Russians in Battle of Tannenberg
1972 Summer Olympics open in Munich, West Germany
1974 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
1978 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
1984 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)


Note: This thread will be brought back upto date on my return from holiday, thank you.

10-09-2006, 08:14 AM
Todays Facts for, 27th August

1882 Samuel Goldwyn pioneer film maker/producer (MGM)
1899 C.S. Forester Engl, historical novelist, created Horatio Hornblower
1908 Lyndon B Johnson (D) 36th Pres (1963-1969)
1910 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Yugoslavia (Nobel 1979)
1929 Ira Levin author (Rosemary's Baby, Sleuth, This Perfect Day)
1932 Antonia Fraser biographer (Mary Queen of Scots)
1941 Yuri V Malyshev cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
1943 Susan "Tuesday" Weld NYC, actress (Dobie Gillis, Wild in Country)
1949 Barbara Bach, actress (Spy Who Loved Me)
1950 Cynthia Potter US, springboard diver (Olympic-bronze-1976)
1954 John Lloyd tennis player (former husband of Chris Everet)
1959 Gerhard Berger formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
- - - - Walter Holder (AA Member)

1576 Titan Italian artist, dies
1879 Sir Rowland Hill introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
1958 Dr Ernest O Lawrence inventor (Cyclotron-Nobel 1939), dies at 57
1967 Brian Epstein Beatles' manager, dies
1975 Haile Selassie depossed Ethiopian emperor, dies at 83
1978 Robert Shaw actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies at 51
1979 Earl Mountbatten British adm of the Fleet, assassinated by IRA

1667 Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
1776 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
1783 1st hydrogen balloon flight (unmanned); reaches 900 m altitude
1883 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons
1896 Zanzibar loses to England in a 38 minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM)
1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs' publishes Tarzan
1913 Lt Peter Nestrov, of Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev (1st aerobatic maneuver in an airplane)
1918 Dr Joseph L Johnson named minister to Liberia
1921 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
1927 Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens
1928 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident
1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
1937 Bkln Dodger Fred Frankhouse no-hits Cin, 5-0 in 7 2/3 inn game
1937 George E.T. Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH
1938 Yanks Monte Pearson no-hits Indians 13-0, DiMaggio hits 3 triples
1939 Erich Warsitz makes 1st jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)
1940 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
1945 US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender
1950 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
1961 Francis the Talking Mule is the mystery guest on "What's My Line"
1962 Mariner 2 launched; 1st probe to fly by Venus
1966 Francis Chichester begins the 1st solo sail around the world
1975 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
1982 Soyuz T-7 returns to Earth


10-09-2006, 08:19 AM
Facts for Today, 28th August

1592 George Villiers duke of Buckingham, royal minister to James I
1833 Sir Edward Burne-Jones England, Pre-Raphaelite painter/designer
1878 George Hoyt Whipple US, astrophysicist (Nobel-1934)
1889 Charles Boyer France, actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park)
1905 Sam Levene actor (Demon, Gung Ho)
1906 Sir John Betjeman poet laureate of England
1921 Nancy Kulp, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)
1930 Ben Gazzara, actor (Run for Your Life, QB VII)
1931 John Shirley-Quirk Liverpool England, baritone (Death in Venice)
1943 David Soul, actor (Starsky & Hutch, Here Comes the Bride)
1946 Bob Beamon US, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1968)
1951 Wayne Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
1958 Scott Hamilton, figure skating champion (Olympic-gold-1984)
1960 Emma Samms, London, actress (Colby's, General Hospital)
1961 Kim Appleby rocker (Mel & Kim-Coming to America)
1965 James Jagger son of Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall
1969 Mary McCartney daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney
- - - - George Hislop (AA Member)
- - - - Roadandrew (AA Member)

1818 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable trader, founder of Chicago, dies
1955 Emmett Till kidnapped & lynched at 14, Mississippi
1964 Gracie Allen Mrs George Burns/comedian (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
1983 Jan Clayton actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
1985 Ruth Gordon actress, dies at 88 suffering a stroke in her sleep

1609 Delaware Bay explored by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands
1776 Battle of Long Island
1789 Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
1916 Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
1921 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)
1922 Walker Cup golf tournament established
1963 Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream speech" at Lincoln Memorial
1981 John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to kill Pres Reagan
1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
1983 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces resignation
1990 Iraq declares Kuwait its 19th province


10-09-2006, 08:24 AM
Facts for Today, 29th August

1632 John Locke England, empiricist philosopher; disproved substance
1876 Charles F Kettering Ohio, inventor (auto self-starter)
1897 Charles Boyer France, actor (The Rogues)
1899 George Macready, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place)
1912 Barry Sullivan, actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man)
1915 Ingrid Bergman Sweden, actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower)
1923 Sir Richard Attenborough actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston)
1924 Dinah Washington, singer (What a Difference a Day Makes)
1928 Charles Gray Bournemouth England, actor (Clay-Rawhide)
1938 Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
1958 Michael Jackson, singer (Thriller, Bad)
1962 Rebecca De Mornay actress (And God Created Women)

29 John the Baptist beheaded ( Note: Actual date is questionable )
1533 Atahualpa last Incan King of Peru, murdered by Spanish conquerors
1877 Brigham Young 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies
1967 George Rockwell American nazi party leader, murdered
1975 Eamon de Valera Irish independence fighter, dies at 92
1982 Ingrid Bergman academy award winning actress, dies on 67th birthday
1987 Lee Marvin dies in Tucson, Ariz at 63

284 Origin of Era of Diocletian (Martyrs)
1758 1st indian reservation established
1854 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)
1862 Battle of Aspromonte-Italian royal forces defeat rebels
1864 William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae
1885 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle
1896 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
1904 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis
1929 German airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight
1950 Intl Olympic Committee votes admission to West Germany & Japan in '52
1964 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" released
1967 Final TV episode of "The Fugitive"
1990 Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq


10-09-2006, 08:30 AM
Facts for Today, 30th August

1748 Jacques-Louis David France, Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat)
1871 Ernest Lord Rutherford England, physicist; discovered atomic nucleus
1884 Theodor Svedberg Sweden, chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel '26)
1896 Raymond Massey Toronto Canada, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare)
1907 Fred MacMurray, actor (Caine Mutiny, My 3 Sons)
1930 Warren Buffett author (The Midas Touch)
1931 John L Swigert Jr Colorado, astronaut (Apollo 13
1935 John Phillips singer (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming)
1943 Jean Claude Killy France, skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968)
1950 John Landis actor (American Werewolf in London
- - - - Sheila52 (AA Member)

30 -BC- Cleopatra 7th & most famous queen of Egypt, commits suicide
1483 Louis XI king of France (1461-83), dies at 60
1930 William H Taft 27th US President, dies
1961 Charles Coburn Acad award winning actor, dies at 84
1964 Wesley Lau actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
1981 Mohammad Ali Rajai president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

31 -BC- Origin of Era of Augustus
1645 Dutch & Indians sign peace treaty
1850 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes a city
1885 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda
1888 Lord Walsingham kills 1070 grouse in a single day
1916 Paul Von Hindenburg becomes chief-of-General-Staff in Germany
1941 Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WW II
1944 Soviet troops enter Bucharest Romania
1945 Hong Kong liberated from Japan
1968 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)
1974 Express train runs full speed into Zagreb, Yugo rail yard killing 153
1987 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec
1987 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump women's record (6'10�")
1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
1988 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills


10-09-2006, 08:36 AM
Facts for Today, 31st August

__12 Caligula (Gaius Caesar), 3rd Roman emperor (37-41 AD)
1880 Queen Mother Wilhelmina Netherlands (1890-1948)
1889 A Provost Idell father of modern volleyball
1897 Frederic March, actor (Dr Jeckyll-Acad Awards 1932/1946)
1903 Sir Bernard Lovell England, radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank
1907 Ram�n Magsaysay, statesman (US Legion of Merit-1952)
1914 Richard Basehart, actor (Voyage to Bottom of Sea)
1918 Alan Jay Lerner lyricist composer (Lerner & Leowe-My Fair Lady)
1928 James Coburn, actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven)
1940 Alain Calmat France, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1964)
1945 Van Morrison Belfast, singer (Here Comes the Night)
1949 Richard Gere, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club)
1958 Edwin C Moses track star (hurdler, Olympic-gold-1984)
1970 Debbie Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams)
- - - - Sara (AA Member)
- - - - Fruitbatface (AA Member)

1057 Leofric husband of Lady Godiva, dies
1688 John Bunyan preacher/novelist/author of "Pilgrim's Progress,", dies
1888 Mary Ann Nicholls a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to
death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper
1963 George F Broque cubist painter, dies at 81 in Paris
1964 Rocky Marciano former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash
1968 Dennis O'Keefe actor (Suspicion), dies at 60

1535 Pope Paul II deposed & excommunicated King Henry VIII
1772 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
1887 Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)
1907 England, Russia & France form the Triple Entente
1954 Hurricane Carol (1st major named storm) hits New England, 70 die
1957 Malaya (Malaysia) gains independence from Britain
1959 Australia defeats US for tennis' Davis Cup
1962 Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain
1968 6,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
1972 Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
1973 1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)
1980 Poland's Solidarity labor union founded
1987 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for the year record ($697,385)


10-09-2006, 08:41 AM
Facts for Today, 1st September

1854 Engelbert Humperdinck Germany, opera composer (Parsifal)
1864 Sir Roger David Casement Ireland, martyr (IRA)
1866 James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett heavyweight champion boxer (1892-97)
1875 Edgar Rice Burroughs novelist (Tarzan, Mars Saga)
1900 Richard Arlen actor (Alice in Wonderland)
1910 Jack Hawkins London England, actor (Ben-Four Just Men)
1922 Vittorio Gassman actor (War & Peace)
1922 Yvonne De Carlo, actress (10 Commandments, Munsters)
1923 Rocky Marciano heavyweight champion boxer (1952-56)
1933 Conway Twitty, country singer (Hello Darlin')
1938 George Maharis, actor (Buz-Route 66, Most Deadly Game)
1939 Heinrich Messner Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1946 Barry Gibb singer (BeeGees-Stayin' Alive)
1957 Gloria Estefan Cuba, singer (Miami Sound Machine-Conga, 1-2-3)

1159 Adrian IV only English pope (1154-59), dies (birth date unknown)
1557 Jacques Cartier French explorer, dies (birth date unknown)
1648 Marin Mersenne French mathematician, dies at 59
1715 Louis XIV the great, king of France (1643-1715), dies at 76
1838 William Clark of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 68
1986 Murray Hamilton actor (Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 63

69 Traditional date of the destruction of Jerusalem
1661 1st Yacht race, England's King Charles vs his brother James
1666 Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
1865 Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery
1870 Napoleon III captured at Sedan
1874 Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
1905 Alberta & Saskatchewan become 8th & 9th Canadian provinces
1914 St Petersburg, Russia changes name to Petrograd
1923 Earthquake strikes Tokyo & Yokohama, kills 106,000
1928 Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
1939 WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
1948 UN's World Health Organization forms
1971 Qatar declares independence from Britain
1972 Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title
1989 Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their seperation


10-09-2006, 08:45 AM
Facts for Today, 2nd September

1838 Queen Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani last queen of Hawaii (1891-93)
1853 Wilhelm Ostwald Germany, physical chemist (Nobel 1909)
1856 Yang Hsiu-ch'ing commander in chief of the Taiping Rebellion
1916 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney winner of more than 141 US tennis titles
1936 Joan Kennedy 1st wife of Mass Senator, Ted
1951 Mark Harmon Burbank Calif, actor (Dr Caldwell-St Elsewhere)
1952 Jimmy Connors tennis (US Open-78,82,83 Wimbledon-74,82)
1955 Linda Purl, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock)
1964 Keanu Reeves actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
- - - - Dave H (AA Member)

1547 Hernan Cortes Spanish general defeated Aztec Indians
1937 Baron Pierre de Coubertin revivor of Olympics, dies at 74
1982 Jay Novello actor, dies of cancer at 78
1982 Tom Baker actor, dies of a drug overdose at 42

31 -BC- Battle of Actium; Octavian defeats Antony, becomes Emp Augustus
490 -BC- Phidippides runs 1st marathon, seeking aid from Sparta vs Persia
1752 Last day of Julian calendar in Britain, British colonies
1898 Lord Kitchener retakes Sudan for Britain
1944 Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank), is sent to Auschwitz
1945 V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WWII ends)
1983 Yitzhak Shamir (Herut) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israelli PM
1988 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley


10-09-2006, 08:50 AM
Todays Facts for, 3rd September

1596 Nicolo Amati Italy, violin maker (Stradivari & Guarneri)
1757 Charles X Versailles France, Duke of Prussia
1905 Carl David Anderson, physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics)
1913 Alan Ladd actor (Shane, Carpetbaggers, Boy on a Dolphin)
1923 Terry Wilson, actor (Bill-Wagon Train)
1926 Anne Jackson Penn, actress (Dirty Dingus Magee, Angel Levine)
1926 Irene Papas actress (Anne of Thousand Days, Guns of Navarone, Z)
1931 Mitzi Gaynor, actress (South Pacific)
1940 Pauline Collins London England, actress (Shirley Valentine)
1942 Al Jardine rocker (Beachboys-In My Room)
1965 Charlie Sheen actor (Carlos Estevez), actor (Wall St, Platoon)
- - - - Pam Lockhart (AA Member)

1189 Rabbi Jacob of Orleans killed in anti Jewish riot in London England
1658 James I king of England (1603-25), dies at 92
1658 Oliver Cromwell the Lord Protector of England, dies at 59
1969 Ho Chi Minh North Vietnamese president, dies
1991 Frank Capra director (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 94

590 St Gregory I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1189 England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) crowned in Westminster
1752 This day never happened nor the next 10 as England adopts Gregorian Calendar. People riot thinking the govt stole 11 days of their lives
1783 Treaty of Paris signed (ending the US Revolutionary War)
1900 British annex Natal (South Africa)
1904 St Louis Olympics close
1912 World's 1st cannery opens in England to supply food to the navy
1914 Cardinal Giacome della Chiesa becomes Pope Benedict XV
1934 Tunisia began its move for independence
1939 Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
1943 Allies invade Italy
1971 John Lennon leaves the UK for NYC, never to return
1971 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
1978 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 264th supreme pontiff


10-09-2006, 08:56 AM
Todays Facts for, 4th September

1736 Robert Raikes England, Sunday school pioneer
1825 Dadabhai Naoroji 1st Indian in British parliament
1902 Lorna Johnstone England, equestrian dressage (Olympic-13th-1968)
1917 Henry Ford II automaker (Ford)
1937 Dawn Fraser Australia, 100m freestyle (Olympic-gold-1956, 60, 64)
1949 Tom Watson, PGA golfer (British Open 1975,77,80,82)
1972 Merald Knight, singer (Gladys Knights & Pips)
- - - - Julie Hodgson (AA Member)
- - - - Bob Sanders (AA Member)

1553 Cornelia da Nomatalcino monk converted to Judaism, burned at stake
1965 Albert Schweitzer dies
1985 George O'Brien actor, dies of a stroke at 85
1990 Irene Dunne actress (5 oscars), dies of heart failure at 91
1991 Dottie West country singer, dies at 58 in a car crash

422 St Boniface I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1609 Navigator Henry Hudson discovers island of Manhattan
1618 "Rodi" avalanche destroys Plurs Switzerland, 1,500 killed
1886 Geronimo is captured, ending last major US-Indian war
1939 The Polish ghetto of Mir is exterminated
1948 Queen Wilhelmina of Netherlands abdicates
1957 Ford Motor Co introduces the Edsel
1970 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single
1972 US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
1983 Greg LeMond becomes only American to win cycling's Road Championship


10-09-2006, 09:05 AM
Todays Facts for, 5th September

1187 Louis VIII [Coeur-de-Lion] king of France (1223-26)
1638 Louis XIV the great, king of France (1643-1715)
1735 Johann Christian Bach composer, son of JS Bach (English Bach)
1847 Jesse James Missouri, outlaw
1902 Darryl F Zanuck Hollywood producer & motion picture executive
1929 Andrian G Nikolayev USSR, cosmonaut (Vostok III Soyuz 9)
1937 William Devane, actor (Family Plot, Missles of October)
1940 Raquel Welch (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles)
1946 Freddie Mercury rock vocalist (Queen-We are the Champions)
1952 Graham Salmon blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man)
1954 Hans-Jurgen Gerhardt German DR, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1980)
- - - - Moturton (AA Member)
- - - - James (AA Member)
- - - - Judy05 (AA Member)
- - - - Welshspencer (AA Member)
- - - - Monilin777 (AA Member)

1981 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated

1795 US-Algiers sign peace treaty
1900 France proclaims a protectorate over Chad
1914 Battle of Marne (WW I) begins
1944 Allies liberate Brussels
1958 "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak published in the US
1960 Cassius Clay captures the olympic light heavyweight gold medal
1972 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics
1980 World's longest auto tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
1990 Iraqi Pres Saddam Hussein urges Arabs to rise against the West


10-09-2006, 09:08 AM
Todays Facts for, 6th September

1711 Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg founder of US Lutheran church
1766 John Dalton chemist, developed atomic theory of matter
1883 Lord Birkett England, judge (Nuremburg Trials)
1888 Joseph P Kennedy financier/diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy
1915 Franz Josef Strauss Germany, minister of defense (1956-62)
1947 Roger Waters singer (Pink Floyd)
1954 Jon Erikson US, 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981)
1955 Anne Henning US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
1960 Michael Winslow actor/comedian (Police Academy)

1701 James II king of England (1685-88), dies at 68
1901 Pres William McKinley assassinated by Leon Czologosz in Buffalo, NY
1959 Kay Kendall British actress, dies at 32
1966 Dr Verwoerd South African PM, assassinated in assembly

1620 Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth England to the New World
1899 Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk
1909 Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
1913 1st aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe P�goud-France)
1948 Juliana becomes queen of the Netherlands
1966 "Star Trek" premiers on NBC TV
1968 Swaziland gains independence from Britain


10-09-2006, 09:29 AM
Facts for Today, 7th September

1533 Queen Elizabeth I England, (1558-1603) daughter of Henry VIII
1707 George-Louis Leclerc comte de Buffon, writer on natural history
1829 August Kekule von Stradonitz discovered structure of benzene ring
1836 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman British PM (L) (1905-08)
1908 Dr Michael E DeBakey artificial heart pioneer
1909 Elia Kazan Canstaninople Turkey, director (Streetcar Named Desire)
1913 Anthony Quayle England, actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia)
1923 Peter Lawford London England, actor (Mrs Miniver, The Thin Man)
1930 Baudouin I king of Belgium (1951- )
1936 Buddy Holly singer (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day)
1942 Richard Roundtree actor (Shaft, Earthquake)
1949 Gloria Gaynor, disco singer (I Will Survive)
1950 Adriano Panatta Rome, tennis star (French 1976, Italian 1976)
1950 Chrissie Hynde, rocker (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
1954 Corbin Bernsen , actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law)
1960 David Steele rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-Drive Me Crazy)
1971 Henry Thomas actor (ET)
1985 Tatia Jayne Starkey Ringo's 1st grandchild
- - - - Njewell (AA Member)

1151 Geoffrey Plantagenet conquered Normandy, dies at 38
1655 Tristan l'Hermite French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)
1909 Eug�ne Lefebvre dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft

1714 Treaty of Baden-French retain Alsace, Austria gets right bank of Rhine
1822 Brazil declares independence from Portugal
1880 Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
1892 James J Corbett k.o�s John L Sullivan in round 21 at New Orleans
1936 Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation
1940 German Air Force blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
1963 1st US TV appearance of the Beatles (Big Night Out-ABC)
1976 US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagarism (He's So Fine)
1986 Desmond Tutu installed to lead south African Anglican Church
1991 Monica Seles wins the US Open


10-09-2006, 09:47 AM
Facts for Today, 8th September

1157 Richard I [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99)
1897 Jimmie Rodgers , country singer/singing brakeman
1921 Harry Secombe Wales, actor (Down Among the "Z" Men)
1925 Peter Sellers England, actor (not now, Kato, Bobo, Pink Panther)
1930 Jeanette Altwegg England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1952)
1932 Patsy Cline Va, country singer (Walkin' After Midnight)
1937 Virna Lisi Italy, actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard)
1951 Tom Gullikson Wisc, tennis player (US mixed Doubles 1984)
- - - - D.Pritchard (AA Member)
- - - - Karen King (AA Member)
- - - - Cheeseman (AA Member)
- - - - Angel 30 (AA Member)
- - - - Darren Harris (AA Member)

1100 Clement III 1st antipope (1084-1100), dies (birth date unknown)
1979 Jean Seberg actress, dies at 40
1991 Alex North music composer (Spartacus), dies at 80 of cancer

1522 Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completes 1st circumnavigation of globe, expedition begins under Ferdinand Magellan
1553 City of Lichfield, England established
1565 Turkish siege of Malta broken by Maltese & Knights of St John
1664 Dutch surrender New Amsterdam (NY) to 300 English soldiers
1858 Lincoln makes a speech about when you can fool people
1900 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave destroys Galveston, Texas, most deadly in US history
1941 Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania is exterminated
1943 Italy surrenders to the allies in WW II
1952 Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man & the Sea" published
1966 "Star Trek" premiers on NBC-TV
1967 Uganda abolishes traditional tribal kingdoms, becomes a republic
1974 Pres Gerald Ford pardons former Pres R Nixon of all federal crimes
1990 Gabriella Sabitini beats Steffi Graff to win the US Open
1991 Stefan Edberg wins the US Open


10-09-2006, 10:03 AM
Facts for Today, 9th September

1585 Cardinal A Jean de Plessicide de Richelieu Louis XIII chief minister
1754 William Bligh nasty ship's captain (HMS Bounty)
1828 Leo Tolstoy Russia, novelist (War & Peace, Anna Karenina)
1850 Harishchandra India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi
1890 Harland Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken founder/colonel
1900 James Hilton hotel magnate (Hilton Hotels)
1924 Jane Greer, actress (Prisoner of Zenda, Clown)
1932 Sylvia Miles, actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely)
1935 Chaim Topol Tel Aviv Israel, actor (Fiddler on the Roof)
1941 Les Braid England, bass (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
1941 Otis Redding Georgia, rocker (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay)
1943 Roger Waters rocker (Pink Floyd-The Wall)
1949 John Curry England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
1951 Michael Keaton, actor (Gung Ho, Batman)
1952 Dave Stewart rocker (Eurythmics-Here Comes the Rain Again)
- - - - Cricketer (AA Member)
- - - - Chris H (AA Member)
- - - - JoyWaters (AA Member)

1087 William I The Conqueror, King of England, & Duke of Normandy, dies
1976 Mao Tse-Tung Chinese communist party chairman (1949-76), dies at 82
1990 Samuel K Doe Liberian president, killed by rebels

1513 Battle of Flodden Fields; English defeat James IV of Scotland
1839 John Herschel takes the 1st glass plate photograph
1850 California becomes 31st state
1867 Luxembourg gains independence
1908 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight.
1911 1st airmail service (British Post Office)
1944 Bulgaria liberated from Nazi control (often referred to as the invasion of Bulgaria by Russia) (National Day)
1956 Elvis Presley appears on national TV for 1st time (Ed Sullivan)
1965 Tibet is made an autonomous region of China
1971 John Lennon releases the "Imagine" album
1979 John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis, for the US Open Tennis title
1990 Bush & Gorbachev meet in Helsinki & urge Iraq to leave Kuwait


02-10-2006, 11:51 AM
Todays events for 10th September

1753 Sir John Soane England, architect (Soane Museum)
1872 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji India, cricketer/politician
1887 Giovanni Gronchi president of Italy
1907 Fay Wray Alberta Canada, actress-King Kong's main squeeze
1914 Robert Wise movie director (Day the Earth Stood Still)
1915 Edmond O'Brien, actor (Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight)
1929 Arnold Palmer golfer (PGA Golfer of the Year 1960, 1962)
1933 Yevgeny V Khrunov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5)
1945 Jos� Feliciano, singer/songwriter (Light my Fire)
1946 James R Hines US, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1968)
1948 Judy Geeson, actress (To Sir With Love, Berserk)
1948 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady
1950 Joe Perry Boston, rocker (Aerosmith-Walking the Dog)
1957 Siobhan Fahey rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
1963 Carol Decker rocker (T'Pau-Heart & Soul)
- - - - Darata (AA Member)
- - - - Bonna (AA Member)
- - - - Peterhunn (AA Member)

1419 John the Fearless Burgundy France, warrior, murdered at 48
1961 Leo Carrillo actor who portrayed Pancho on Cisco Kid, dies at 81
1977 Hamida Djandoubi convicted murderer last to, die in the guillotine
1990 Samuel Kanyon Doe president of Liberia, assassinated
1991 Yves Montand actor (Lets Make Love, Z), dies at 70

1349 Jews who survived a massacre in Constance Germany are burned to death
1813 Comm Oliver H Perry defeats the British in the Battle of Lake Erie
1823 Simon Bolivar named president of Peru
1846 Elias Howe patents the sewing machine
1869 Baptist minister invents the rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan
1899 2nd quake in 7 days hits Yakutat BayAlaska
1927 France wins its 1st Davis Cup
1939 Canada declares war on Germany
1960 Running barefoot, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila wins Rome Olympic marathon
1962 Rod Laver wins the Grand Slam of tennis
1972 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
1976 2 airliners collide over Yugoslavia, kills all 176 aboard
1988 Steffi Graf wins US Open, 1st woman Grand Slam since Court (1970)
1990 George Bush & Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Helsinki


02-10-2006, 11:55 AM
Events for Today 11th September


1877 Sir James Jeans England, physicist/mathematician/astronomer
1885 David Herbert "DH" Lawrence England, writer (Lady Chatterly's Lover)
1902 Alice Tully, singer/patroness (Carnegie Hall)
1909 Anne Seymour England, actress (Gemini Affair, Empire, Tim Conway Show)
1917 Ferdinand Marcos Philippines Pres (1965-86)
1923 Alan Badel, actor (Shogun)
1932 Valentino Milan Italy, fashion designer (Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis)
1935 Gherman Titov USSR, 1st man to spend a day in space (Vostok 2)
1957 Jon Moss rocker (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
1958 Mick Talbot rocker (Style Council-You're the Best Thing)
- - - - Shilo (AA Member)
- - - - Ymhull (AA Member)
- - - - Steff (AA Member)

1970 Chester Morris actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), dies at 69
1971 Nikita Khrushchev dies of a heart attack at 77
1971 Percy Helton actor (Homer-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 77
1987 Lorne Greene actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 72
1988 George Alpert railroad executive, dies at 90
1988 Luis W Alvarez physicist (Nobel-1968), dies at 77

1609 Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan island
1709 English, Dutch & Austrians defeat French in Battle of Malplaquet
1773 Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace."
1850 "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind gives 1st US concert
1881 Triple landslides bury Elm Switz
1885 Moses Hopkins, named minister to Liberia
1919 US marines invade Honduras
1922 British mandate of Palestine begins
1926 Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu
1930 Stomboli volcano (Sicily) throws 2-ton basaltic rocks 2 miles
1941 Charles Lindbergh, charges "the British, the Jewish & the Roosevelt administration" are trying to get the US into WW II
1951 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim the English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes
1960 The 17th Olympic games close in Rome
1961 Bob Dylan's 1st New York performance
1962 Beatles cut "Love Me Do" & "PS I Love You"
1973 Chile's President, Salvador Allende, deposed in a military coup
1976 Evonne Goolagong loses her 4th straight US Open Final (Evert wins)
1977 Guillermo Vilas beats Jimmy O'Connors wins US Open
1988 Sports Aid-jogging to feed the world
2001 The worst terrorist attack on American soil - 2819+ die as a result of hijacked airplane attacks on the WorldTradeCenter, the Pentagon and a field in Western Pennsylvania


02-10-2006, 11:59 AM
Events for Today, 12th September

1818 Richard Jordan Gatling US, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)
1852 HH Asquith (L) British PM (1908-16)
1871 Prince Friedrich of Liechtenstein, Romania
1888 Maurice Chevalier Paris, thanked heaven for little girls (Gigi)
1913 Jesse Owens track star, spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold
1931 George Jones country singer (White Lightning, He Stopped Loving Her Today, I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair)
1931 Ian Holm England, actor (Himmler-Holocaust)
1934 Gunther Gebel-Williams lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus)
1940 Linda Gray, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas)
1943 Maria Muldaur, singer (Midnight at the Oasis)
1944 Barry White, singer (Love's Theme)
1949 Irina Rodnina USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
1957 Rachel Ward Cornwell Manor England, actress (Thorn Birds)
1977 James Louis McCartney son of Paul & Linda McCartney
- - - - Gerrypab (AA Member)
- - - - Teresaw (AA Member)
- - - - Taylor Baxter (AA Member)
- - - - Scooby (AA Member)
- - - - Odonnells (AA Member)

1953 Lewis Stone actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 73 of a heart attack
1972 William Boyd cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
1977 Steven Biko S African black student leader, dies in police custody
1980 Lillian Randolph actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
1991 Regis Toomey actor (You're in the Army Now), dies at 93

1649 Drogheda, Ireland falls to Puritan troops; inhabitants massacred
1901 Arabs attack Gedara Palestine
1918 During WW I, US forces launch an attack on German-occupied St Mihiel
1920 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
1923 Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
1953 Jacqueline Bouvier marries John F Kennedy
1953 Nikita Khrushchev becomes 1st Secretary of USSR Communist Party
1959 "Bonanza" premiers
1964 Ralph Boston of the US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4"
1966 Gemini XI launched for 71-hour flight
1970 USSR launches Luna 16; returns samples from lunar Sea of Fertility
1972 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
1974 Coup overthrows Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia
1979 Pietro Mennea of Italy sets the 200m record (19.72) in Mexico City
1984 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
1988 Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
1990 US, England, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing the 2 Germanys to merge


02-10-2006, 12:04 PM
Todays events for, 13th September

1739 Grigory Potemkin army officer, statesman, Catherine II's lover
1755 Oliver Evans pioneered high-pressure steam engine
1851 Walter Reed US Army Surgeon, proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever
1857 Milton S Hershey , chocolate manufacturer/philanthropist
1863 Arthur Henderson Britain, socialist/disarmament worker (Nobel 1934)
1866 Adolf Meyer US, psychiatrist/neurologist (pioneered mental hygiene)
1894 J(ohn) B(oynton) Priestly author (Good Companions)/wed Jessica Hawkes
1924 Maurice Jarre Lyons France, composer (Dr Zhivago-Acad Award 1966)
1925 Mel Torm, jazz singer "Velvet Fog" (Jet Set, Night Court)
1930 James McLane US, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
1944 (Winifred) Jacqueline Bisset England, actress (Class, Deep, Secrets)
1951 David Clayton-Thomas singer (Blood Sweat & Tears-You've Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel)
1965 Zak Starsky drummer, son of Beatle Ringo
1971 Stella Nina McCartney daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney
- - - - David Newey (AA Member)
- - - - Deborah Leigh (AA Member)

1321 Dante Alighieri author of the Divine Comedy, dies
1598 Philip II King of Spain (1556-98), dies at 71
1950 Sara Allgood actress (Jane Eyre, Spiral Staircase), dies at 56
1977 Leopold Stokowski symphonic conductor, dies in England, at 95
1982 Philip Ober actor (Gen Stone-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 80
1991 Joseph Pasternak movie producer, dies at 89 of cancer

122 Building begins on Hadrian's Wall
1625 Rabbi Isiah Horowith & 15 other rabbis arrested in Jerusalem
1663 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
1788 New York City becomes capital of the United States
1882 Britain invades Egypt
1942 German forces attack Stalingrad
1943 Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
1959 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
1965 Beatles release "Yesterday"
1981 John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg for US Open title
1987 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere
1990 Iraqi troops storm the residence of French ambassador in Kuwait
1991 A 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium