Saturday, April 29, 2006

Today XV

Birthdays:

  • Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor, April 29, 1879 – March 8, 1961

  • Edward Kennedy Ellington, aka DUKE Ellington, jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader, April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974

  • Hirohito, 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 1926 to 1989; his childhood title was Prince Michi; became heir apparent upon the death of his grandfather, Emperor Meiji, on July 30, 1912; formal investiture as Crown Prince took place on November 2, 1916, April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989

  • Samuel Yewell Tompkins, aka Tom Ewell, actor, April 29, 1909 – September 12, 1994

  • Celeste Holm, actress, 1917

  • Lonnie Donegan MBE, skiffle musician, April 29, 1931 – November 3, 2002

  • Rodney Marvin ROD McKuen, poet, composer, and singer, 1933

  • Luis Aparicio, MLB shortstop, 1934

  • Otis Rush, musician, 1934

  • Zubin Mehta, conductor, 1936

  • April Stevens, singer, 1936

  • Walter Lane Smith, actor, April 29, 1936 - June 13, 2005

  • Klaus Voormann, illustrator and musician, 1942

  • Thomasina Montgomery, aka Tammi Terrell, singer, April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970

  • Tommy James, musician, 1947

  • Kate Mulgrew, actress, 1955

  • Robert J. Sawyer, author, 1960

  • Uma Thurman, actress, 1970


RIP:

  • Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, philosopher, April 26, 1889 – April 29, 1951

  • Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE, film director and producer, August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980

  • Michael MICK Ronson, guitarist, arranger and producer, May 26, 1946 – April 29, 1993

  • John Kenneth Galbraith, OC , Ph.D , LL.D, economist, one of the few two-time recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, receiving one from President Truman in 1946 and a second from President Clinton in 2000, October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006


Also:

  • The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops, 1945

  • Roger Clemens sets a major league baseball record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Seattle Mariners, 1986

  • Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation, 2005

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