Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Today XLII

Birthdays:

  • Walter WALT Whitman, poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist, May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892

  • John Florence Sullivan, aka Fred Allen, comedian, May 31, 1894 - March 17, 1956

  • Dominic Felix DON Ameche, actor, May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993

  • Denholm Mitchell Elliott CBE, stage, film, and television actor, May 31, 1922 – October 6, 1992

  • Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi, aka Rainier III, prince of Monaco, May 31, 1923 – April 6, 2005

  • Clinton Eastwood, Jr., actor, film producer, composer, and film director, 1930

  • Jay Glenn Miner, integrated circuit designer, known for his work with Atari and Amiga, May 31, 1932 - June 20, 1994

  • Peter Yarrow, singer, Peter, Paul, and Mary, 1938

  • Terry Waite CBE, humanitarian, author, and hostage negotiator, 1939

  • Sharon Gless, actress, 1943

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder, movie director and actor, May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982

  • John Henry BONZO Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, May 31, 1948 – September 25, 1980

  • Thomas Michael Moore, aka Tom Berenger, actor, 1949

  • Gregory Harrison, actor, 1950

  • Chris Elliott, comedian, 1960

  • Lea Thompson, actress, 1961

  • Brooke Christa Camille Shields, actress and former model, 1965

  • Kenneth KENNY Lofton, centre fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1967


RIP:

  • Franz Joseph "Papa" Haydn, Classical composer, often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet", March 31 or April 1, 1732 – May 31, 1809

  • Évariste Galois, mathematician, whose work laid the fundamental foundations for Galois Theory, a major branch of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections; he was the first to use the word group as a technical term in mathematics to represent a group of permutations, October 25, 1811 – May 31, 1832

  • Terrance Gordon TERRY Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, December 28, 1929 – May 31, 1970

  • William Schloss, aka William Castle, film director, producer, and actor, April 24, 1914 – May 31, 1977

  • William Harrison JACK Dempsey, World Heavyweight Championship boxer, June 24, 1895 - May 31, 1983

  • Timothy Francis Leary, Ph.D., writer, psychologist, campaigner for psychedelic drug research and use, 1960's counterculture icon and computer software designer, most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD, October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996

  • Ernesto Antonio TITO Puente, Jr., Latin jazz and mambo musician and composer, often called "The Mambo King" and "The King of Latin Music," April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000

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