Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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Birhtdays:

  • James Clerk Maxwell, mathematical physicist, developed a set of equations expressing the basic laws of electricity and magnetism, demonstrated that electric and magnetic forces are two complementary aspects of electromagnetism, and that electric and magnetic fields travel through space at a constant velocity, June 13, 1831 – November 5, 1879

  • William Butler Yeats, poet, dramatist, mystic, and Irish Senator, awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature, June 13, 1865 – January 28, 1939

  • Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet, immunologist and microbiologist, awarded the 1919 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries relating to immunity, June 13, 1870 – April 6, 1961

  • Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, actor, appeared in Shakespearean roles on the British stage, and in silent movies, famous for playing suave villains in many swashbucklers of the 1930's, starred in fourteen Sherlock Holmes movies, June 13, 1892 – July 21, 1967

  • Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez, composer, conductor, teacher, journalist, and the founder and director of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, June 13, 1899 – August 2, 1978

  • Paul Edward Lynde, comedian and character actor, June 13, 1927 – January 10, 1982

  • John Forbes Nash, Jr., mathematician who works in game theory and differential geometry; shared the 1994 Nobel prize in Economics with two other game theorists, best known in popular culture as the subject of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, about his mathematical genius and his struggles with mental illness, 1928

  • Alan Civil, [French] horn player, principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and BBC Symphony Orchestra, played the horn solo on the Beatles song "For No One" on the Revolver album, June 13, 1929 – March 19, 1989

  • Malcolm John Taylor, aka Malcolm McDowell, actor, best known for his portrayal of Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange, started playing movie villains in the late 1970's, also known as the man who killed Captain Kirk in the film Star Trek: Generations, 1943

  • Richard Earl Thomas, actor, played John-Boy in The Waltons, 1951

  • Alexandra Elizabeth 'Ally' Sheedy, screen and stage actress, 1962

  • Grigori 'Grisha' Yakovlevich Perelman, mathematician, expert on Ricci flow, thought to have proven the Poincaré conjecture, a major open problem in mathematics, 1966

  • Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen, actresses and entrepreneurs, fraternal twins, 1986


RIP:

  • Martin Buber, philosopher, translator, and educator, February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965

  • Clyde McPhatter, R&B singer, founder of The Drifters, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, November 15, 1932 – June 13, 1972

  • Darla Jean Hood, child actress, played Darla in Our Gang, November 8, 1931 – June 13, 1979

  • Benő Guttman, aka Benny Goodman, jazz clarinet player and bandleader, May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986

  • Geraldine Sue Page, Academy Award-winning actress, November 22, 1924 - June 13, 1987

  • Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven NASA astronauts, grounded due to a heart condition, March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993

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

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