Thursday, June 08, 2006

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Birthdays:

  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, baroque composer; while famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, June 8, 1671 – January 17, 1751

  • Robert Schumann, composer and pianist; his music, more than any other composer, reflects the deep personal nature of Romanticism, June 8, 1810 – July 29, 1856

  • Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, biophysicist, inventor of the thermocouple ammeter and moving-coil galvanometer, June 8, 1851 - December 13, 1940

  • Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, who not only developed a series of highly individual styles over his extraordinarily long architectural career, but also influenced the whole course of American architecture and building, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959

  • John Wood Campbell, Jr., science fiction writer, under his own name and his pseudonym, Don A. Stuart, and editor; his primary influence on the science-fiction field was as the editor of Astounding Science Fiction, a position that he held from late 1937 until his death. In that role. he is generally credited with helping to create the Golden Age of science fiction, starting with the July 1939 issue of Astounding, June 8, 1910 – July 11, 1971

  • Professor Francis Harry Compton Crick, OM FRS, physicist, molecular biologist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being one of the co-discoverers, in 1953, of the structure of the DNA molecule, June 8, 1916 – July 28, 2004

  • Robert Preston Meservey, aka Robert Preston, actor, best known as "Professor" Harold Hill in The Music Man, June 8, 1918 - March 21, 1987

  • LeRoy Neiman, artist, 1921

  • Gerald JERRY Stiller, comedian and actor, 1927

  • Joan Alexandra Molinsky, aka Joan Rivers, comedian, talk show host, and celebrity, 1933

  • James William Ercolani, aka James Darren, television and film actor, television director, and singer, 1936

  • Bernie Casey, former football player, now an actor, 1939

  • Nancy Sandra Sinatra, Jr., singer and actress, 1940

  • Chuck Negron, singer, best known as a member of Three Dog Night, 1942

  • Colin Baker, actor, the 6th Doctor; prior to being cast as the Doctor, he had guest starred as Commander Maxil in the 1983 Dr. Who serial Arc of Infinity, 1943

  • Mark Henry Belanger, MLB shortstop who played almost his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, winning an AL Gold Glove eight times, June 8, 1944 - October 6, 1998

  • William Royce BOZ Scaggs, singer, songwriter and guitarist, 1944

  • Emanuel Ax, classical pianist, 1949

  • Sônia Maria Braga, actress, 1950

  • Gaynor Hopkins, aka Bonnie Tyler, singer, 1951

  • Tony Rice, bluegrass guitarist, 1951

  • Sir Timothy John TIM Berners-Lee, KBE, FRS, inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees its continued development, 1955

  • Scott Adams, cartoonist, creator of Dilbert, and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books, 1957

  • Julianna Luisa Margulies, actress, 1966

  • Alexandra L. LEXA Doig, actress, best known for her role as Rommie in Andromeda, also appeared in TekWar and Stargate SG-1, 1973

  • Lindsay Ann Davenport, professional tennis player, 1976


RIP:

  • Thomas Paine, intellectual, scholar, revolutionary, deist, and idealist, January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809

  • Cochise, chief of the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua Apache, and leader of an uprising that began in 1861, c. 1805 – June 9, 1874

  • Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant, novelist and proto-feminist, who wrote under the nom de plume of George Sand, July 5, 1804 – June 8, 1876

  • Spangler Arlington Brough, aka Robert Taylor, actor, August 5, 1911 - June 8, 1969

  • Abraham Maslow, Ph.D., psychologist, best known for his proposal of a hierarchy of human needs, April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970

  • James Andrew JIMMY Rushing, blues singer, August 26, 1901/02/03 - June 8, 1972

  • Leroy Robert SATCHEL Paige, pitcher in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball, July 7, 1906(?) - June 8, 1982

  • Mack Jones, MLB left fielder, November 6, 1938 – June 8, 2004

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