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Birthdates which occurred on May 24:

0015 Julius Caesar Germanicus Roman commandant
1544 William Gilbert Essex England, physicist (researcher into magnetism)
1605 Nikon [Nikita Minin] patriarch of Russian-orthodox church
1610 Giovanni Battista Chinelli composer
1619 Philips Wouwerman(s) Dutch painter
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)
1743 Jean-Paul Marat France, revolutionist
1751 Charles Emanuel II King of Sardina (1796-1802)
1753 Oliver Cromwell Burlington NJ, black who served with Washington
1754 Giacomo Conti composer
1767 Joseph Ignaz Schnabel composer
1781 Louis-François Dauprat composer/horn player
1794 William Whewell British philosopher (History of Inductive Science)
1803 Charles Bonaparte Corsican/French prince of Canino/Musignano
1807 Cornelis E van Koetsveld vicar/literature
1807 Thomas Duncan painter
1810 Abraham Geiger theologian/author/leader of Reform Judaism
1811 Charles Clark Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1877
1816 Emanuel Leutze US, painter (Washington Crossing the Delaware)
1816 Robert Seaman Granger (Union Army Brevet Major General, died in 1894)
1819 Victoria Alexandrine London England, Queen of Great Britain (1837-1901)
1831 Richard Hoffman composer
1838 Paul Laband German lawyer
1840 Frederick Walker painter
1841 Charles Napier Henry painter
1841 Tito Mattei pianist/composer
1850 Ernest Albert Waterlow water-color painter
1852 Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham author/politician
1854 Louis Mountbatten Admiral (WWI)
1855 Arthur Wing Pinero British playwright
1858 Johan C Braakensiek political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer)
1866 Armando Frid Argentina, live until July 28 1990 (124 years)
1870 Jan Christian Smuts proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations
1878 Lillian Moller Gilbreth engineer (CIOS Gold Medal-1954)
1881 Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky composer
1882 Creighton Hale Cork Ireland, actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East)
1886 Paul Paray Le Tréport Normandy, conductor/composer (Artemis Trouble)
1891 Benedictus H Danser Dutch botanist
1891 William F Albright US old testament scholar/archaeologist
1893 W H Walter Baade German/US astronomer (Andromeda)
1895 H S T L "Stork" Hendry cricketer (Australian all-rounder post-WWI)
1895 Samuel I Newhouse US millionaire publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour)
1898 Kathleen Hale British children book writer/illustrator (Orlando)
1899 Suzanne Lenglen France, Wimbledon tennis champion (6-times)
19-- Judy Kahan Roslyn Heights NY, actress (Doc, Mary Hartman)
1903 Aram Katchaturian Armenian composer, (Earth)
1903 Hilding Hallnas composer
1904 George Formby [William Booth], British singer/comic (Let George Do It)
1904 Kenneth Buckley British Rear-Admiral
1904 Patrick Johnson physicist
1905 Mikhail Sholokhov USSR, writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965)
1905 Zdenek Blazek composer
1906 Edmund Sargant solicitor
1906 John Mayo director-general (Help the Aged)
1908 Kresimir Fribec composer
1908 Michael Roberts historian
1909 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
1909 Louis Fürnberg writer
1909 Wilbur Mills (Representative-D-AR)/involved with Fanne Foxe
1910 Margers Zarins composer
1910 Nils-Eric Fougstedt composer
1912 Joan Hammond British operatic soprano
1912 Joseph Anthony [Deuster] US director/actor (Matchmaker, Tomorrow)
1913 Audrey Brown England, 4 X 100 meter runner (Olympics-silver-1936)
1913 Willi Daume Olympic organizer
1914 Clifford Irving Chairman (Isle of Man Government)
1914 George Tabori writer
1914 Lilli Palmer [Peiser] Germany, actress (The Gentle Sex, Lotte in Weimar)
1916 Roden Cutler Governor (New South Wales)
1917 Derek Hodgson British high court judge
1917 Lord Campbell of Alloway QC
1917 Theodore Hesburgh Syracuse NY, president (Notre Dame)
1918 Coleman A Young civil rights leader (Mayor-D-Detroit)
1918 D V Jennings solicitor
1922 Sadao Bekku composer
1923 Paul Bramley oral surgeon
1923 Siobhan McKenna Ireland, stage actress (Saint Joan)
1925 François J [Frank] le Roux chief whip (South African Conservative Party)
1925 Mai Zetterling Sweden, actress (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm)
1926 Len Maddocks cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's)
1927 John Kelly Jr US, sculls (Olympics-bronze-1956), brother of Grace Kelly
1927 Martinus J Mentz South African MP (Conservative)
1927 Timothy Beven CEO (Barclays Bank)
1928 Peter Griffiths MP
1928 Stanley Baxter British comedian (Joey Boy, Fast Lady)
1928 William Trevor British writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune)
1930 Hans-Martin Linde composer
1930 Ivor Richardson Judge (New Zealand Court of Appeals)
1932 Arnold Wesker British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen)
1932 Elaine Malbin opera singer
1932 Graham Arnold artist
1932 James Anderton Chief constable (Manchester England)
1932 Terence Heiser British senior civil servant
1933 Christopher Staughton British Lord Justice of Appeal
1933 Hemchandra Tukaram Dani cricketer (Test India vs Pakistan, 1-19, ct 1, DNB)
1933 Joaquín Vaquero Turcios Spanish painter
1933 Tony Mullett director-general (National Criminal Intelligence Service)
1934 Jane Byrne (Mayor-D-Chicago)
1936 Harold Budd composer
1938 Glen Hall cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test vs England 1964)
1938 Tommy Chong Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)
1939 Dixie Carter actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)
1939 Gert J Schutte Dutch MP (GPV)
1940 Joseph Brodsky USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
1941 Andres Garcia Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, actor (Tiger Shark)
1941 Baroness Hollis of Heigham history lecturer (U of East Anglia)
1941 Bob Dylan [Zimmerman] Duluth MN, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)
1941 Brian Dennis composer
1941 Konrad Boehmer composer
1941 Martin Mogg governor (British Durham Prison)
1941 Tony Valentino rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
1942 Ali Bacher cricketer (South African batsman & captain in 60's)
1942 Derek Quinn guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
1942 Sarah Dash Trenton NJ, rocker (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)
1943 Frank Oz Muppeteer (Grover, Yoda)
1943 Gary Burghoff Bristol CT, actor (Radar-MASH)
1943 James Levine British conductor
1944 Arthur Brown rock vocalist (Fire) [or Jun 24]
1944 Patti LaBelle [Holt] Philadelphia PA, singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)
1945 Priscilla Presley Brooklyn NY, actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun)
1945 Richard Ottaway MP
1945 Steven Norris British MP
1946 Irina Kirszenstein Szewinska Lenningrad, long jumper (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1946 Jeremy Treglown English scholar/editor (TLS)
1946 Steve Upton rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In)
1947 Luke Rittner secretary-general (Arts Council)
1947 Mike Reid Altoona PA, country singer (Walk on Faith)
1949 John Illsley rocker (Dire Straits)
1950 Jo Ann Washam LPGA golfer
1951 Pat Bradley golfer (leader in the LPGA career earnings)
1951 Rob Baker rock drummer (Red Rider)
1951 Ronald A Parise Warren OH, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67)
1953 Alfred Molina London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
1953 Nell [Laura] Campbell Sydney New South Wales Australia, actress (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
1955 Rosanne Cash Memphis TN, country singer (Runaway Train, Seven Year Ache, I Wonder)
1955 Thad Ackel horse trainer
1956 Helen Terry rocker (Now You're Mine)
1957 John G Rowland (Representative-R-CT, 1985- )
1959 George Glanos horse trainer
1960 Pete Metzelaars NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Lions)
1962 Bev Lidyoff Huntington Park CA, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)
1962 Dorothy Trapp equestrian 3-day (Olympics-96)
1963 Gene Anthony Ray Harlem NY, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame)
1963 Horace Holden Jr Atlanta GA, slalom double canoe (Olympics-96)
1963 Joe Dumars NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
1963 Ken Ftach St Louis MO, tennis star
1964 Adrian Moorhouse British 100 meter breaststroker (Olympics-gold-1988)
1964 Elizabeth McColgan British running star (world record 5 km indoor)
1964 Pat Verbeek Sarnia Ontario, NHL forward (Team Canada, New York Rangers)
1965 Chris Jorgis Palo Alto CA, US badminton player (Olympics-92)
1966 Tommy Turner jockey
1966 Tony Jones NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1967 Heavy D rapper
1967 Margaret Crowley Australian 800 meter/1500 meter runner (Olympics-96)
1967 Steve McDonald rocker (Redd Kross)
1968 Jerry Dipoto Jersey City NJ, pitcher (New York Mets)
1969 Martin McCague cricketer (in Ulster AIS product, England quickie 1993-94)
1969 Rich Robinson Atlanta GA, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)
1970 Jeff Zgonina NFL defensive tackle (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Rams)
1970 Nick Castaneda Birmingham AL, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink)
1970 Tommy Page West Caldwell NJ, singer (I'll Be Your Everything)
1971 Paul Ragusa Bulach Switzerland, Canadian 48 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics-96)
1971 Troy Barnett NFL defensive end (New England Patriots)
1972 Danny Bautista Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, outfielder (Atlanta Braves)
1972 Petra Schwarz-Ritter Vienna Austria, tennis star (1988 Futures-Bari-ITA)
1972 Tito Paul NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals)
1972 Viktor Ujcik Jihlava Czechoslovakia, hockey (Team Czechoslovakia Republic)
1973 Karim Alami Morocco, tennis star
1973 Ville Peltonen Vantaa Finland, NHL forward (Team Finland, San Jose)
1974 Ace Custis NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
1974 Marcus Coleman free safety (New York Jets)
1974 Maria Alejandra Vento Caracas Venz, tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz)
1974 Natalie Neaton Royal Oak MI, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
1975 Katie King ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics-98)
1978 Jade Winter Australian swimmer (Olympics-96)
1979 Tracy McGrady NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
1980 Billy L Sullivan Long Island NY, actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right)
1981 Shelby Lyons Oswego NY, pairs skater (& Wells-1995 Midwest champion)
1982 Baby Boy Samane South Africa, son of Christina, heaviest known viable baby (22 lbs 8 oz/10.2 kg)
1996 Matthew Eappen Boston MA, baby murdered by nanny Louise Woodward


Deaths which occurred on May 24:

1144 Petronella wife of earl Floris II the Vette of Holland/regent, dies
1153 David I King of Scotland, dies
1543 Nicolas Copernicus astronomer, dies in Poland
1612 Robert Cecil 1st Earl of Salisbury/PM (1598-1612), dies at 48
1665 Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel] Spanish franciscans, dies
1669 Pieter Cuypers South Netherlands lawyer, dies at 48
1670 Ferdinand II ruler of Toscane, dies at 59
1696 Albertine Agnes princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
1751 William Hamilton of Gilbertsfield, poet, dies
1762 Joseph Umstatt composer, dies at 51
1773 Jan Zach composer, dies at 73
1792 George Brydges 1st baron Rodney/Admiral, dies
1792 Jakob M R Lenz writer (That Soldier), dies
1804 Simon Style Fries medical/writer, dies at 73
1817 Juan Meléndez Valdés Spanish lawyer/poet, dies at 63
1826 Friedrich Fesca composer, dies at 37
1831 Benjamin Carr composer, dies at 62
1844 William Crockford clubman/gambler, dies
1848 A V Droste-Hülshoff writer, dies at 51
1850 Jane Porter novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
1851 Stanko Vraz [Jakob Frass] Slavic poet (Grammatica), dies at 40
1861 Elmer Ellsworth US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23
1861 James T Jackson US landlord (doodde EE Ellsworth), shot dead)
1871 Francisco Salvador Daniel composer, dies at 40
1872 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld painter, dies
1876 Henry Kingsley English/Australian writer, dies at 46
1879 William Lloyd Garrison abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73
1881 Samuel Palmer landscape painter, dies
1894 William Joseph Westbrook composer, dies at 63
1895 Joseph Quinaux Belgian painter, dies at 73
1919 Amado Nervo [Juan C Ruiz de Nervo] Mexican poet, dies at 48
1941 Lancelot Holland British Vice-Admiral ((WWII/Hood), dies in battle
1943 Vladimir I Nemirovitch-Dantshenko Russian playwright, dies at 84
1948 Alfred Kastner composer, dies at 78
1953 Cor Hermus actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
1956 Guy Kibbee actor (Captain Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
1959 John Foster Dulles US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71
1963 Elmore James blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
1968 Bernard Rogers composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
1969 Mitzi Green actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
1972 Asta Nielsen actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
1972 Gavin Muir actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
1974 Duke Ellington composer/bandleader/pianist, dies of cancer at 75
1976 Henk Lankhorst pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP), dies at 62
1976 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle") painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
1979 Jan Arvan actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
1981 George Jessel US comedian/America's toastmaster general (Diary of Young Comic), dies from a heart attack at 83
1981 Jack Warner [Waters] actor (Captive Heart), dies at 84
1981 Jaime Roldós Aguilera President of Ecuador, dies in air crash
1986 Gunnar Björnstrand actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
1986 Stephen D Thorne Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
1986 Yakima Canutt actor/director (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 91
1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
1988 James "Hamish" Hamilton British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
1988 Tom Burtt cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
1989 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants] Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
1991 Gene Clark folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
1992 Joan Sanderson actress (Young Wives' Tale, Fawlty Towers), dies at 79
1993 Jesus Posadas Ocampo Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
1993 Milton O Thompson astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), dies at 66
1994 Jean-Pierre E Plooij Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
1994 John Barrington Wain author, dies at 69
1994 Sandor Lakatos Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
1994 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
1995 Harold Wilson British PM (1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79
1995 Mike Pyne jazz Pianist, dies at 54
1996 Alexander Langsdorf physicist, dies at 83
1996 Harry Campion statistician, dies at 91
1996 Jack McCarthy kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
1996 Jacob R Druckman composer, dies at 67
1996 John Abbott British actor (Lady Jane, Quest), dies at 90
1996 Joseph Mitchell writer, dies at 87
1997 Edward Mulhare actor (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of lung cancer at 74

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On this day...

1086 Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III
1153 Malcolm IV becomes king of Scotland
1300 King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured
1370 Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV
1487 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin
1626 Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24
1653 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria
1658 Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought
1660 English king Charles II visits Netherlands
1667 French troops attack into Southern Netherlands
1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
1697 English king Willem III travels through northern Europe
1726 People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax
1738 Methodist Church is established
1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1818 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola FL
1822 At Battle of Pichincha, Bolívar secures independence of Quito from Spain
1824 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
1829 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for the pontificate
1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is written
1830 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
1844 Samual FB Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)
1846 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey in Mexican War
1854 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston
1854 Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, 1st Black college in US forms by Prebyts
1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
1861 Alexandria VA occupied by Federal troops
1861 Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
1866 Berkeley CA named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
1870 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris France
1877 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45½
1878 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
1879 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40½
1881 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & Governor Cleveland
1884 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party form People's Party in the US
1887 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants East African Association at East African harbors
1890 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck on as chancellor of Germany
1890 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
1899 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
1900 34th Belmont Stakes: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼
1900 Britain annexes Orange Free State
1902 Cleveland's Bill Bradley is 1st American League-er to hit a homerun in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
1902 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
1905 39th Belmont Stakes: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
1908 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
1908 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
1909 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
1915 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1916 Conscription begins in Britain
1916 French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
1916 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
1916 US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
1918 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19 inning
1921 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
1921 British Legion is formed
1922 Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6ºC)
1922 Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 meters (8:25.4)
1928 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yankees beat A's 9-7
1928 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
1929 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1930 Babe Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
1930 Bradman scores 252 Australia vs Surrey, 290 minutes, 29 fours
1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes, premieres in Moscow
1934 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phils 1)
1935 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)
1936 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
1936 Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record by reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yankees beat A's 25-2
1940 1st night game at New York's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
1940 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
1940 Dutch army demobilizes
1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
1940 German tanks reach Atrecht France
1940 Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
1941 Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
1943 Admiral Dönitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean
1943 U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje
1944 Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albania anti fascists
1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
1946 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
1948 Benjamin Brittens "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge
1951 Racial segregation in Washington DC restaurants ruled illegal
1951 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1951 Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants
1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
1954 1st rocket attains 150 mile (241 km) altitude, White Sands NM
1954 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
1954 German airline Lufthansa forms
1954 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
1957 Anti American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
1957 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances
1958 President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
1958 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
1959 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills PA)
1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England
1960 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
1961 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson MS
1961 Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into earth orbit
1963 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
1964 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan
1964 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1964 Longest homerun (471') in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota)
1964 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
1965 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
1967 AFL grants a franchise to the Cincinnati Bengals
1968 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
1968 President De Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse
1969 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
1970 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1970 Peter Queen quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
1971 A commuter bus plunges into Panamá Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
1972 Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1975 Dutch Government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
1975 Soyuz 18B carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington DC)
1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1977 USSR President Podgorny resigns
1978 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
1979 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52's hits #56
1980 Iran rejects a call to the World Court to release US hostages
1980 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
1981 Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indianapolis 500
1981 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
1981 Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1983 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
1983 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students
1984 "The Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
1984 Detroit Tigers win American League record 17th straight road game
1985 "View to a Kill" premieres in US
1985 Cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
1985 Ferry flight, Enterprise (OV-101) from Vandenberg Air Force Base to Edwards Air Force Base CA
1986 Country Singer Garth Brooks marries Sandy Mahl
1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel
1986 Reginald Huffstetler treds water for 985 hours
1986 Stanley Cup: Montréal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1
1987 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes
1987 Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indianapolis 500
1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
1988 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
1988 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
1989 "Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade" premieres
1989 AC Milan wins 34th Europe Cup 1 at Barcelona
1989 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
1989 New York Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of the season
1989 NHL's New York Rangers fire general manager & coach Phil Esposito
1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game
1990 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1992 Al Unser Jr wins Indianapolis 500
1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1992 Despite trailing 7-1, New York Yankees tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
1992 Pat Bradley wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament
1993 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
1993 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4 million settlement
1993 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey
1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
1996 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
1997 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan
1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
1997 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
1998 Indianapolis 500 race; Eddie Cheever Jr. wins with an average speed of 145.155 mph





Holidays

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

ancient Rome : Quando Rex Comitiavit; a. d. ix Kal. Junias
Bahamas, Belize, Gibraltar, Lesotho, Turk & Caicos : Commonwealth Day
Bulgaria : Education Day/Enlightenment & Culture Day
Ecuador : Battle of Pichincha (1822)
England : Victoria Day/Empire Day (1819)
Canada : Victoria Day (1819) - - - - - ( Monday )
France : La Fete des Saintes Maries

Religious Observances

Roman Catholic : Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, help of Christians
Orthodox : Feast of SS Cyril & Methodius, evangelizers
Lutheran : Commemoration of Copernicus, teacher
Lutheran : Commemoration of Euler, teacher
Anglican : Commemoration of Jackson Kemper, 1st missionary bishop in US

Religious History

1738 English founder of Methodism John Wesley underwent his famous religious conversion at Aldersgate Chapel in London. Later, in his journal, Wesley reflected under this date: 'I felt my heart strangely warmed....'
1752 According to a note inscribed in his Bible, Robert Robinson, 16, was "born again" ("renatus") under the preaching of English revivalist George Whitefield. Robinson later authored the hymn, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."
1892 Birth of Earl B. Marlatt, American religious educator and hymnologist. In 1926 Marlatt penned the hymn, "`Are Ye Able?' Said the Master," to be sung in a consecration service at Boston University's School of Religion.
1930 Pioneer linguist Frank C. Laubach, while serving as a Congregational missionary, wrote in a letter: 'As one makes new discoveries about his friends by being with them, so one discovers the "individuality" of God if one entertains him continuously.'
1950 In Boston, during its annual gathering, the Northern Baptist Convention formally changed its name to the American Baptist Convention. Twenty-two years later, in 1972, the denomination changed its name once more, and became the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

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)

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