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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of February 18:

1404 Leon B Alberti Italian humanist/architect (Della Pittura)
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)
1632 Giovanni Battista Vitali composer
1677 Jacques Cassini French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
1716 Gaspard Fritz composer
1745 Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta physicist/inventor (battery)
1751 Karl Haack composer
1770 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck composer
1771 Friedrich Christian Ruppe composer
1775 Thomas Girtin London, artist/watercolorist
1776 John Parry composer
1781 Henry Martyn Truro, missionary
1790 Marshall Hall Basford Nottinghamshire, physician
1795 George Peabody South Danvers MA, merchant/philanthropist
1805 Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough Rear Admiral (Union Navy)
1815 Henri Leys Flemish painter
1817 Lewis Addison Armistead Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
1817 Walter Page Lane Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
1819 Joseph Philbrick Webster composer
1829 Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1833 James Deshler Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
1836 Ramakrishna Hooghly Bengal, Hindu saint (preached unity of all religions)
1836 Swami Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji] Indian mystic/Hindu leader
1838 Ernst Mach Chirlitz-Turas Austria, physicist/philosopher/psychologist
1841 Samuel Prowse Warren composer
1844 Willem Maris Dutch painter (Hague School)
1848 Louis Comfort Tiffany glassmaker (stained glass windows)
1849 Alexander L Kielland Norwegian writer/politician (Garman og Worse)
1850 George Henschel composer
1853 August Belmont Jr breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (New York Jockey Club)
1857 Max Klinger German graphic artist/painter/sculptor
1858 Louise M A princess of Belgium
1859 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], author (Fiddler on the Roof)
1860 Anders Zorn Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
1875 Walter Andrae German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)
1877 Betsy Ranucci-Beckmann [Theodora], Dutch author/actress (Dead Water)
1880 Eric De Lamarter composer
1883 Tom Walls Kingsthorpe England, actor/producer (Undercover)
1884 Burt Mustin Pittsburgh PA, actor (All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show)
1887 Nikos Kasandsakis writer
1888 Gladys Cooper England, actress (Margaret-The Rogues)
1889 Sybold van Ravesteyn architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
1890 Adolphe Menjou Pittsburgh PA, actor (Front Page, Star is Born)
1890 Edward Arnold New York NY, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
1890 Boris L Pasternak Russian poet/writer (Dr Zhivago)
1890 Lauri SA Haarla Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
1891 Chester Clute New Jersey, actor (Niagra Falls)
1892 Wendell Wilkie Presidential candidate (R-1940)/author (One World)
1895 George "The Gipper" Gipp Notre Dame football star
1895 Semjon Timoshenko Russian marshal/inspector-general (WWII)
1896 André Breton France, surrealist poet/writer (founder of surréalism)
1898 K'Tut Tantri broadcaster/hotelier
1899 Sir Arthur Bryant English historian (King Charles II)
19-- Anthony Peña San Antonio TX, actor (Miguel-Young & Restless)
19-- Breck Jamison actor (As the World Turns)
1901 Reginald Sheffield London England, actor (Second Chance)
1903 Nikolaj V Podgorny President of USSR (1965-77)
1907 Billy Dewolfe Wollaston MA, actor (Good Morning World)
1907 Harm van Riel Dutch politician (Dutch Liberal Party)
1909 Matti Jarvinen Finland, javelin thrower (Olympics-gold-1932)
1909 Wallace Stegner novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
1912 Heinz Kühn German premier (North-Rhine Westphalia)
1913 Dane Clark Brooklyn NY, actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason)
1913 Artur Axmann Nazi youth leader
1914 Pee Wee King Milwaukee WI, country singer (Pee Wee King Song)
1914 Edward George Edwards chemist
1915 David van de Woestijne Flemish pianist/composer (Les Aéronautes)
1915 Marcel Landowsky composer
1916 Jean Drapeau mayor of Montréal (1954-1957, 1960-1986)
1916 Betty Phyllis Gathergood curator
1917 Phyllis Calvert London, actress (Man in Grey)
1920 Bill Cullen Pittsburgh PA, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
1920 Jack Palance [Walter Palanuik], Lattimer PA, actor (City Slickers)
1921 Barbara Hale actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
1922 Allan Melvin Kansas City MO, actor (Phil Silvers Show, Barney-All in the Family)
1922 Helen Gurley Brown Portland ME, author/publisher (Cosmopolitan)
1922 Eric Gairy premier (Grenada)
1923 Allan Melvin Kansas City MO, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family)
1924 Günter Haese German sculptor/graphic artist (Guggenheim prize 1967)
1925 George Kennedy New York NY, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight)
1926 Len Ford NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
1926 Harry "Little" Caesar blues singer/actor (City Heat, Homer & Eddie)
1927 Fazal Mahmood cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62)
1927 John W Warner (Senator-R-VA, 1979- ), married Liz Taylor
1927 Tabe Bas actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
1928 Jim McElreath auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
1929 Leonard Cyril Deighton English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
1930 Theodore C Freeman Haverford PA, captain USAF/astronaut
1931 Toni Morrison Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
1931 Dieter Schonbach composer
1931 Johnny Hart cartoonist
1931 Maxwell Thurman US General
1931 Swraj Paul Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
1932 Milos Forman Cáslav Czechoslovakia, director (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Ragtime)
1933 Kim Novak Chicago IL, actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage)
1933 Mary Ure England, model/actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way)
1933 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Tokyo Japan, singer(?)
1933 Bobby Robson British soccer coach (PSV)
1933 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling Dutch soprano
1934 Aldo Ceccato Milan Italy, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra 1973-77)
1936 Marin Sorescu poet/dramatist
1936 Ronald William Eastman cinematographer
1937 Jeff Farrell US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
1938 Manny Mota baseball outfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers)
1938 Barry Knight cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
1938 Elke Erb writer
1939 Claude Ake political scientist
1939 Marlos Nobre composer
1939 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
1941 David Blue [Cohen], Providence RI, rocker (Cupid's Arrow)
1941 Herb Santiago vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
1941 Irma Thomas [Lee], US vocalist (It's Raining)
1945 Judy Rankin St Louis MO, LPGA golfer (Vare Trophy 1976-77)
1945 Michael Nader St Louis MO, actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty)
1947 Carlos A Lopes Portugal, marathon runner (Olympics-gold-1984)
1947 Dennis De Young Chicago IL, vocalist (Styx-Grand Illusion, Its Raining Again)
1947 Eliot L Engel (Representative-D-NY)
1947 Princess Maria Christina [Marijke], of Netherlands
1948 Bruce Francis cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
1948 Carolyn B Maloney (Representative-D-NY)
1948 Sinead Cusack Ireland, actress (Waterland, Revenge)
1949 Cybill Shepherd Memphis TN, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show)
1949 Jess Walton actress (Jill Abbott-Young & Restless)
1950 John Hughes director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller)
1952 Juice Newton [Judy Cohen], Virginia, singer (Angel of the Morning)
1952 Veronica "Randy" Crawford US vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away)
1953 Derek Pellicci rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
1953 Nico Arzbach rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
1953 Robin Bachman Winnipeg, guitarist (Bachman Turner Overdrive-You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet)
1954 John Travolta Englewood NJ, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Grease, Pulp Fiction)
1955 Hunt Block Washington DC, actor (Peter-Knots Landing, Ben Warren-Guiding Light)
1957 Marita Koch German DR, 400 meter sprinter (Olympics-gold-1980)
1957 Vanna White [Rosich], North Myrtle Beach SC, TV game show hostess (Wheel of Fortune)
1958 Peter Koech Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympics-silver-1988)
1960 Andy Moog NHL Goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
1960 Greta Scacchi Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)
1960 Roger Wijesuriya cricketer (bowling average 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
1961 Alycia Moulton Sacramento CA, tennis star
1962 Gary Reasons NFL linebacker (New York Giants)
1962 Julie Strain Concord CA, actress (Witchcraft IV)
1962 Simon Fletcher NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
1963 John Gesek NFL center (Washington Redskins)
1963 Rob Andrew English rugby player
1964 Kevin Tapani Des Moines IA, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twin)
1964 Lisa Elaine Comshaw Akron OH, actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child)
1964 Matt Dillon New Rochelle NY, actor (Flamingo Kid, Tex, Little Darlings, Kansas)
1965 Dr Dre [Andre Young], rap singer
1965 Peter Martini journalist
1966 Kris King Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
1966 Phillip De Freitas cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)
1967 Colin Jackson Cardiff England, 100 meter hurdler (Olympics-silver-1988)
1967 John Valentin Mineola NY, infielder (Boston Red Sox)
1967 Matt Turner US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1967 Roberto Baggio
1968 Chris McKendry ESPN sportscaster
1968 Molly Ringwald Roseville CA, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)
1969 Alexander Mogilny Khavarovsk USSR, 1st soviet hockey star to defect to NHL (Sabres)
1969 Igor Larionov Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Team Russia, Detroit)
1970 Tyler Green US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
1971 George Teague NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
1971 Reggie Holt WLAF safety (London Monarchs)
1972 Lubomir Rybovic Kosice Czechoslovakia, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
1972 Marc Lillibridge WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
1972 Shani Lynn Nielsen New Albany IN, Miss Indiana-America (1996-Top 10)
1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Russia, tennis star
1975 Scott Tucker Birmingham AL, 400 meter/800 meter freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
1976 Chanda Rubin Lafayette LA, tennis star (1996 Australian Open doubles)
1976 Jason Podollan Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
1976 Volker Schenk WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1979 Julia Greville Perth Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1980 Alison Rachel Fitch Hamilton New Zealand, swimmer (Olympics-96)


Deaths which occurred on February 18:

0999 Gregory V [Bruno] 1st German Pope, dies
1217 Alexander Neckum de Sancto Albano English encyclopedist, dies at 59
1397 Enguerrand VII French master of Coucy/count of Soissons, dies at 56
1455 Fra Angelico Italian monk/painter, dies
1478 Duke of Clarence forced drowning in a wine barrel
1535 Agrippa von Nettesheim German royal astrologer, dies at 48
1535 Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim physician/theologian, dies
1546 Martin Luther biblical scholar/religious reformer, dies at 62
1564 Michelangelo Buonarroti Italian sculptor/painter/architect/poet (David), dies at 88
1587 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
1660 Judith Jansdochter Leyster Dutch painter, buried
1683 Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem Dutch landscape painter/etcher, dies at 62
1712 Duke of Bourgondië French king Louis XIV's grandson, dies
1745 Nicola Fago composer, dies at 67
1790 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle composer, dies at 67
1799 Maurus Haberhauer composer, dies at 52
1803 J W L Gleim writer, dies
1807 August G Meissner German estheticus/literary, dies at 53
1807 S von Laroche writer, dies at 75
1817 Giacomo Quarenghi master builder (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
1829 Jan Krtitel Kuchar composer, dies at 77
1830 Charles G G Earl of Merode, mayor (Brussels), dies at 67
1833 Georg Johann Schinn composer, dies at 64
1833 Ignac Ruzitska composer, dies at 55
1846 Giovanni Liverati composer, dies at 73
1861 Louis C Luzac Dutch minister of Internal affairs, dies at 74
1878 Peter D Regout industrialist (Sphinx, Maastricht), dies at 76
1885 Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby composer, dies at 61
1890 Julius Andrássy Sr earl/premier of Hungary (1867-71), dies at 66
1895 Albrecht arch duke of Austrian (Battle at Custozza), dies at 77
1898 Frances Willard founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58
1899 M Sophus Lie Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
1905 Jules de Geyter Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
1906 Willem Doorenbos literary/critic, dies at 85
1911 Bill Murdoch cricketer, dies while watching Australia vs South Africa Test
1917 Charles E Barber US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
1925 James Lane Allen US writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
1932 Frederik Augustus III King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66
1933 James Corbett (Gentleman Jim), heavyweight box champion (1892-97), dies
1938 Alida J Tartaud-Little actress (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
1938 Edward Anseele Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
1938 Louis de la Vallée-Poussin (The Way to Nirvana), dies at 69
1939 Ludwig Bonvin composer, dies at 89
1943 Henri Polak Dutch union leader/politician (Social-Democrat), dies at 74
1949 Niceto A Zamora y Torres premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
1950 Voranc Prezikov [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamaica), dies at 56
1951 Piet A W Hopmans bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85
1956 Gustave Charpentier French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
1957 Henry N Russell co-author (temperature-luminosity graph), dies
1959 Alfred Alessandrescu composer, dies at 65
1959 Eric Zeisl composer, dies at 53
1959 Jaroslav Kvapil composer, dies at 66
1963 Monte Blue silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
1963 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
1966 Anne Anema Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
1966 Casimir von Paszthory composer, dies at 79
1966 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
1967 Manuel Palau Boix composer, dies at 74
1967 Robert J Oppenheimer creator of atomic bomb, dies at 62
1968 Sigurd Erixon geographer (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
1969 Dragisa Cvetkovic Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
1970 Desiderius A Stracke Flemish Jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94
1973 Franc Costello US gangster, dies at 82
1975 Chivu Stoica [Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
1975 Luigi Dallapiccola composer, dies
1975 Raymond Moley US advisor to President Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
1975 Syed Nazir Ali cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies
1976 Eddie Dowling composer (Anywhere USA), dies at 81
1976 Anton Betzner writer, dies at 81
1976 Joseph Henabery actor/director (Cobra), dies at 88
1977 Andy Devine [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy's Gang), dies at 71
1977 Maria Realino teacher (Botany of Curaçao), dies at 87
1977 Ralph Graves actor (Extra Girl), dies at 77
1978 Charlotte Greenwood actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
1978 Derrick De Marney actor (Inheritance, Projected Man), dies at 71
1978 Maggie McNamara actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
1980 Gale Robbins actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
1982 Edith Ngaio Marsh New Zealand detective writer/producer, dies at 82
1982 Tina Carver actress (Inside Detroit, Uranium Boom), dies at 58
1985 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbruggen], Dutch singer, dies at 58
1990 Hulk fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
1993 Edward S "Ted" Haworth US set designer (Sayonara, Marty), dies at 76
1993 Jacqueline Hill dies of cancer at 63
1993 Leslie Norman English director/producer (Dunkirk), dies at 82
1993 Michael David Morrison actor (Caleb-As the World Turns), dies at 33
1994 Peter Caddy founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76
1995 Calder Willingham US scriptwriter (End as a Man), dies at 72
1995 Denny Cordel rock music producer-Laverack, dies at 51
1995 Eddie Williams blues/Jazz Bassist, dies at 82
1995 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson US jazz trumpeteer (Stormy weather), dies at 83
1996 Brian Daley writer, dies at 48
1996 Jack Thieuloy writer, dies at 64
1996 Nicholas Beriozoff ballet master, dies at 89
1996 Richard Leslie Hill historian, dies at 94
1997 Emily Hahn writer, dies at 91
1997 Enrique Peralta Azurdia military President of Guatemala in (1963-66), dies
1997 Eric William Fenby musician, dies at 90
1998 Harry Caray sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77
1998 Mya Than Tint Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
1998 Robert Merrill songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
2001 [Ralph] Dale Earnhardt NASCAR driver/"The Intimidator", dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49

Reported: MISSING in ACTION

( Expanded with full Bios, history, & MIA report )
 1966    MURRAY           JOSEPH VAUGHN     CHILLICOTHE           MO       
1966 RUFFIN JAMES T. DEATSVILLE AL EJECTED PARA OBSERVED POS KIA REMAINS RETURNED 06/03/83
1966 SPENCER LARRY H. EARLHAM IA 02/12/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE AND WELL 98
1966 SCHROEFFEL THOMAS ANTHONY PITTSBURGH PA
1967 DUART DAVID H. CANTON PA 03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE AND WELL 98
1967 JENSEN JAY R. SANDY UT 02/18/73 RELEASED BY DRV " DECEASED MAY 29, 1998"
1969 BRUCHER JOHN M. CLATSKANIE OR "VOICE CONTACT, INJURED IN TREE"
1969 CHAPMAN RODNEY M. ALPENA MI
1969 JEROME STANLEY M. DETROIT MI
1969 SCHIMMELS EDDIE R. LOS ANGELES CA
1970 DAFFRON THOMAS C. PINCKNEYVILLE IL REMAINS IDENTIFIED 08/05/99
1970 GILLEN THOMAS E. KINGMAN KS
1970 MORLEY CHARLES F. WARRENSBURG MO REMAINS IDENTIFIED 08/05/99
1971 BERG GEORGE P. BELFORD NJ "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"
1971 CRANDALL GREGORY S. TACOMA WA "CRASH BURN, NO SURV OBS" REMAINS RET 1991 ID'D 06/18/93
1971 DEMSEY WALTER E. JR. GLENDORA NJ "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"
1971 ENGEN ROBERT J. STOCKTON CA "CRASH BURN, NO SURV OBS" REMAINS ID 30 OCT 91
1971 JOHNSON GARY L. MALIBU CA "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"
1971 LEWELLEN WALTER E. NEW ALBANY IN "CRASH BURN, NO SURV OBS" REMAINS IDENTIFIED 30 OCT 91
1971 LLOYD ALLEN R. ST CHARLES MN "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"
1971 WATSON RONALD L. EL PASO TX "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"
1971 WOODS GERALD E. SALEM OR "KIA CRASH, REMAINS TAGGED, NO RECOV"

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3102 -BC- Origin of Kali Era (India)
1129 Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II
1503 Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1536 France & Turkey sign military/trade agreement against King Karel
1563 Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Méré shoots General François De Guise
1574 Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
1634 Ferdinand II orders commander Albrecht von Wallenstein, execution
1678 John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" is published
1688 Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown PA
1713 French invade under Jacques Cassard on Curaçao
1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston SC
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Inverness Scotland
1787 Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
1804 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens OH, chartered
1815 Treaty of peace with Great Britain proclaimed
1828 More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar
1834 1st US labor newspaper, "The Man", published, New York NY
1839 Detroit Boat Club forms (still exists today)
1841 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
1849 1st regular steamboat service to San Francisco CA starts: gold rush prospectors from east coast
1850 California Legislature creates 9 Bay Area counties
1856 American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy
1857 Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
1861 Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery AL
1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st king of Italy
1865 Evacuation of Charleston SC; Sherman's troops burn the city
1865 Union troops force Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson NC
1865 Battle of Ft Moultrie SC occupied by Federals
1876 Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand
1879 Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha
1884 Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"
1884 General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum
1885 Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" published
1891 Captain Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan
1896 Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for 1st time in 50 years
1899 80º F, San Francisco CA
1899 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
1899 Stanley Cup Montréal Shamrocks sweep Queens University (Kingston Ontario) in 2 games
1900 Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam
1900 Battle at Paardeberg, 1,270 British killed/injured
1900 British troops occupy Monte Christo Natal
1901 H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner
1902 The opera "Le Jongleur (Hunchback) de Notre Dame" is produced (Monte Carlo)
1903 Kuyper government launches anti strike laws
1905 Frank Wedekind's "Hidada, oder Sein und Haben" premieres in Munich
1906 Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris
1908 1st US postage stamps in coils issued
1909 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps
1913 French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" by Marcel DuChamp displayed at Armory Show in New York NY
1915 Germany begins a blockade of England
1919 Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goals
1921 British troops occupy Dublin
1922 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball
1922 WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
1923 Belgium Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages
1924 US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1924 US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1924 US, Minister of Marine Edwin Denby ends term due to Teapot Dome-scandal
1927 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
1927 US & Canada begin diplomatic relations
1930 Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted
1930 Luigi Pirandello's "Come Tu Mi Vuoi" premieres in Milan
1930 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's "Simple Simon" premieres in New York NY
1930 US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
1932 Japan declares Manchuria Independent
1932 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
1936 NHL record 32 points scored, New York Americans (28) & Montréal Maroons (24)
1939 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
1942 Japanese troop land on Bali
1943 1st edition of Dutch resistance newspaper "Trouw"
1943 Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (Chilean General/dictator) marries Lucia Hiriart
1943 Munich resistance group "White Rose" captured by Nazis
1943 William D Cox buys Philadelphia Phillies
1944 Cincinnati Reds sign youngest baseball player, 15 year old Joe Nuxhall
1944 Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested
1947 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin PA
1947 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in New York NY
1950 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
1951 3 City College of New York basketball players admit to accepting bribes
1951 Nepál becomes a constitutional monarchy
1951 Netherlands Radio School forms
1952 4th Emmy Awards Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
1953 Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film-"Bwana Devil" (New York NY)
1953 "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
1953 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
1960 8th Winter Olympics games open in Squaw Valley CA
1960 Walter O'Malley, Los Angeles Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
1961 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
1962 France & Algerian Moslems negotiate truce to end 7 year war
1962 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
1964 Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday" premieres in New York NY
1964 Papandreou government takes power in Greece
1965 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain British Columbia
1965 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting
1965 Gambia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1965 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 72 performances
1967 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
1967 Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner strikes out 6 straight major leaguers
1968 British adopt year-round daylight savings time
1968 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
1968 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
1968 10th Winter Olympics games close at Grenoble, France
1969 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
1969 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
1970 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot
1970 US President Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"
1972 John & Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
1972 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
1972 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
1973 54-kg octopus measuring 7 meter across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
1973 Belgian Emile Puttemans runs 3000 meter indoor record 7 39.2
1973 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic
1974 NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
1974 US ambassador to India Daniel Moynihan presents $2,046,700,000 check
1975 2nd American Music Award
1975 Italy broadens abortion law
1977 George Harrison releases "True Love"
1977 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on it's maiden flight
1977 Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft & Joel Garner vs Pakistan Bridgetown
1978 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona HI
1979 -52º F (-47º C), Old Forge NY (state record)
1979 Miniseries "Roots The Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
1979 Snow falls in the Sahara Desert
1979 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1979 President Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
1980 Billy Wyman said he will leave the Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
1980 Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections
1983 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
1984 Revised concordat between Italy & the Vatican signed
1986 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix
1988 Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1989 Steve Garvey marries Candace Thomas while at the same time being accused of fathering children by 2 other women
1989 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am
1990 Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
1991 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out New Jersey Devils 4-0
1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY
1994 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)
1994 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000 meter (1:12.43)
1994 Shreveport Pirates join CFL as 4th US team
1995 Angela Kennedy swims world record 100 meter butterfly
1995 Barb Thomas Whitehead wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1995 Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) & Tommy Lee (Motley Crüe) wed
1995 Warnecke swims world record 50 meter freestyle
1996 Daytona 500 race
1996 Tendulkar scores 127 in India's Cricket World Cup win over Kenya
1998 New York Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell





Holidays

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

China : Chinese New Year-The Year of the Boar (2007/4705)
Gambia : Independence Day (1965)
Iceland : National Bun Day
Iran : Mohammed's Death
Israel : Mother's Day
Nepál : Constitutional Day (1951)
US : Presidents' Day (formerly Washington's Birthday)-legal holiday - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

Christian : Commemoration of St Bernadette
Christian : Feast of St Angilbert
Christian : Feast of St Constantia (St Constance)
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of St Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, martyr
Orthodox : Feast of St Leo I, the Great
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of Bl Fra Angelico, Florentine painter
Lutheran : Commemoration of Martin Luther, renewer of the Church

Religious History

1571 A group of Spanish Jesuits in the Chesapeake Bay area, led by Fray Batista Segura, were murdered by the Indians they had come six months earlier to convert. The massacre led ultimately to the withdrawal of all Jesuits living in Florida as well.
1678 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" was first published, in England. Bunyan was frequently imprisoned for preaching without a license. During these sequestered times, between 1660-72, Bunyan collected the ideas enabling him to pen this masterpiece of Christian literature.
1688 At a monthly meeting in Germantown, PA, a group of Quakers and Mennonites became the first white body in English America to register a formal protest against slavery. The historic "Germantown Protest" denounced both slavery and the slave trade.
1781 Birth of Henry Martyn, Anglican missionary to Persia. Martyn first sailed for the East in 1805. His great linguistic gifts led him to translate the New Testament both into Hindustani and Arabic, before his premature death at 31.
1867 The Augusta Institute was founded in Georgia. Established as an institution of higher learning for black students, it moved to Atlanta in 1879, and in 1913 changed its name to Morehouse College.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (pilgrimwb@aol.com)

Thought for the day :

" Many a family tree needs trimming. "

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