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Historical Events

Events 1 - 48 of 48

1st - Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
1st - Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
3rd - 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
5th - New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
6th - 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
6th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
7th - Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
7th - Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
8th - Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
9th - USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
9th - Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
10th - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
11th - Funeral of Pope Paul VI
11th - Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
12th - Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
12th - China & Japan sign peace treaty
12th - ICE is launched
12th - 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
13th - Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
13th - Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 13th - Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
14th - French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
15th - US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
17th - 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
18th - Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
19th - 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
20th - Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
20th - Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
20th - Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
20th - Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
21st - 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
22nd - Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
23rd - Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
24th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
25th - Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
26th - Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
26th - Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
27th - Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
27th - Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
27th - Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
27th - Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
28th - Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
28th - Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
29th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
29th - USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
31st - Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
31st - Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
31st - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 62 of 62

1st - Zac Brown, Dahlonega, Georgia, American musician (Zac Brown Band)
1st - Dhani Harrison, Windsor Berkshire, English musician
1st - Edgerrin James, Immokalee Florida, American football player (Indianapolis Colts)
1st - Andy Blignaut, Salisbury, Zimbabwean cricketer
2nd - Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
2nd - Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
3rd - Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer
4th - Kurt Busch, American race car driver
5th - Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics-96)
5th - Lorrie Fair, Los Altos CA, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
5th - Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
5th - Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
6th - Marisa Miller, American model
7th - Alexandre Aja, French director
7th - Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed)
7th - Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
7th - Cirroc Lofton, American actor
8th - Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
8th - Louis Saha, French footballer
8th - Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
8th - Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
9th - Audrey Tautou, French actress
10th - Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
10th - Chris Read, English cricketer
11th - Jermain Taylor, American boxer
11th - Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
12th - Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
12th - Chris Chambers, American football player
13th - Kristiina Heinmets, Miss Estonia Universe (1997)
13th - Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean footballer
14th - Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
14th - Kate Ritchie, Australian actress
15th - Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
15th - Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
15th - Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
15th - Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
16th - Eddie Gill, American basketball player
16th - Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
17th - Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
18th - Andy Samberg, American comedian
19th - Chris Capuano, American baseball player
20th - Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
21st - Reuben Droughns, American football player
21st - Jason Marquis, American baseball player
21st - Alan Lee, Irish footballer
21st - Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player
21st - Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
22nd - Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
NBA Guard Kobe BryantNBA Guard Kobe Bryant (23rd) 23rd - Kobe Bryant, NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23rd - Julian Casablancas, American musician
24th - Melissa McElroy, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Houston, Texas
24th - Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player
25th - Kel Mitchell, American actor
26th - Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
28th - Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY)
28th - Shaniqua, American wrestling valet
29th - Larissa Meek, Miss Missouri Teen USA (1997)
29th - Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
30th - Swizz Beatz, American rapper/producer
30th - Cliff Lee, American baseball player
31st - Philippe Christanval, French footballer
31st - Phina Oruche, British actress

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Singer-songwriter Neil YoungSinger-songwriter Neil Young (2nd) 2nd - Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton
23rd - Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 26 of 26

2nd - Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
2nd - Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
2nd - Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
3rd - Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
5th - Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
6th - Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
6th - Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
7th - Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
9th - James G Cozzens, US writer (Guard of Honor, Pulitzer), dies at 74
9th - Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
14th - Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
15th - Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
16th - Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
20th - Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51
20th - Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
21st - Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
21st - Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
22nd - Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78
Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo KenyattaKenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta (22nd) 22nd - Jomo Kenyatta, 1st premier of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83
24th - Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
26th - Charles Boyer, actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
26th - Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
26th - José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
27th - Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
28th - Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
31st - John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)

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