1999 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 160

  • Jan 1 International Year of Elderly
  • Jan 1 The Euro currency is introduced.
  • Jan 2 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
  • Jan 3 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • Jan 3 The Mars Polar Lander was launched.
  • Jan 4 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
  • Jan 4 Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.

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Jan 7 Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 10 Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'
  • Jan 11 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time
  • Jan 14 Mel Lastman, Mayor of Toronto, calls in the Army to help with snow removal and emergency medical evacuations after major snowstorm hits the city
  • Jan 15 The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jan 20 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • Jan 21 In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.
  • Jan 22 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • Jan 25 Earthquake hits Colombia, South America, killing around 300 and injuring 1000
  • Feb 3 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • Feb 4 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
  • Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 10 49th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Thin Red Line" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial
  • Feb 12 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
  • Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.
  • Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
  • Feb 24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • Feb 24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
  • Feb 27 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
  • Feb 27 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.
  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 15 Pluto again becomes outermost planet
  • Mar 20 Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.
  • Apr 1 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • Apr 5 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
  • Apr 7 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
  • Apr 8 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated.
  • Apr 12 US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
  • Apr 14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • Apr 14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
  • Apr 19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
  • Apr 20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • Apr 29 Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • Apr 30 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
  • May 1 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" debuts on Nickelodeon
  • May 2 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
  • May 3 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
  • May 3 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
  • May 3 Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.
  • May 7 Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • May 7 In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.

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May 7 Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 7 A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD.
  • May 8 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
  • May 12 Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
  • May 19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term
  • May 24 Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
  • May 25 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.

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May 27 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic

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May 28 In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • May 28 Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase.
  • May 29 Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
  • May 29 Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
  • Jun 6 In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
  • Jun 6 At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.
  • Jun 6 53rd Tony Awards: Fosse & Side Man win
  • Jun 9 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
  • Jun 10 Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • Jun 12 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • Jun 16 Thabo Mbeki is elected 2nd President of a democratic South Africa

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Jun 19 At about 4:30 pm, Stephen King is hit by a car on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He would suffer numerous injuries, including a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • Jun 22 Former Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu causes a storm within political circles with his now infamous statement, "It is acceptable for politicians to lie", South Africa
  • Jun 25 In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998
  • Jun 27 ATB go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with '9pm, Till I Come'
  • Jun 27 The Chemical Brothers go to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Surrender', their second No.1 album
  • Jul 1 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
  • Jul 8 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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Jul 8 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 9 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • Jul 15 Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found

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Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Jul 20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
  • Jul 23 Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
  • Jul 23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Jul 31 Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.

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Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 23 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria
  • Jul 20 Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Aug 28 Prince Nikolai of Denmark
  • Sep 29 Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • Nov 20 Princess Sofia of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Nov 20 Prince Umberto of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family

Weddings in History

  • Jan 23 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19 Earl of Wessex Prince Edward (35) weds Sophie Rhys-Jones (34) at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 25 Business magnate Rupert Murdoch (68) weds businesswoman Wendi Deng (30) at the yacht Morning Glory in New York harbor

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Jun 26 Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy (52) weds freelance journalist Alexandra Llewellyn (32) in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (61) weds Krystal Kennedy at Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Dec 4 Philippe, Duke of Brabant and heir apparent to Belgium throne marries the honourable Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 8 Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (68) divorces journalist Anna Torv (55) after 31 years of marriage

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897)
  • Jan 11 Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • Jan 16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • Jan 23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • Jan 25 Sarah "Sadie" Delany, American author (b. 1889)
  • Jan 28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • Feb 1 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 5 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • Feb 8 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 15 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • Feb 16 Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
  • Feb 19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • Feb 20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)
  • Feb 24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, emir of Bahrain (b. 1933)
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (b. 1918)
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Mar 13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)
  • Apr 5 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general (b. 1949)
  • Apr 10 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Willi Stoph, German politician (b. 1914)
  • Apr 15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • Apr 19 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • Apr 19 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Apr 22 Chan Canasta, magician and mindreader (b. 1920)

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Apr 28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1921)

  • May 2 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  • Jun 1 Christopher Sydney Cockerell, British engineer and inventor (b. 1910)
  • Jun 7 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV entertainer (b. 1942)
  • Jun 20 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • Jun 21 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • Jun 27 George Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (b. 1919)
  • Jul 1 Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)

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Jul 2 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Jul 4 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • Jul 6 Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
  • Jul 7 Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • Jul 8 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • Jul 9 Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • Jul 16 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

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Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr., American publisher (George) and lawyer, dies in a plane crash at 38

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Jul 23 Hassan II, King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Jul 27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jul 28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • Aug 9 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician (b. 1910)
  • Aug 10 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • Aug 12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • Sep 1 W. Richard Stevens, Zambian computer scientist (b. 1951)
  • Sep 5 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician (b. 1921)
  • Sep 7 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • Sep 9 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • Sep 11 Belkis Ayón, Cuban artist (b. 1967)
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • Sep 20 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer, dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)