Sunday, June 04, 2006

Today XLVI

Birthdays:

  • Rosalind Russell, film and stage actress, nominated four times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, June 4, 1907 - November 28, 1976

  • Christopher Sydney Cockerell, engineer, inventor of the hovercraft, June 4, 1910 – June 1, 1999

  • Morris (Moishe) Mille, aka Robert Merrill, operatic baritone, June 4, 1919 – October 23, 2004

  • William Dennis Weaver, television actor, best known for his roles as Chester Goode on Gunsmoke, and as Marshal Sam McCloud on McCloud, June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006

  • Karola Ruth Siegel, aka Ruth "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer, Ed.D, 1928

  • Bruce MacLeish Dern, actor, whose uncle was poet Archibald MacLeish, and his godfather was Adlai Stevenson, 1936

  • Baldemar Huerta, aka Freddy Fender, Tejano, country, and rock and roll musician, 1938

  • Holly Michelle Gilliam, aka Michelle Phillips, singer and actress, who gained fame as a member of The Mamas & the Papas, 1944

  • Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller, singer, best known as half of Peter and Gordon, 1945

  • Richard Stevenson Parker, aka Parker Stevenson, actor, 1952

  • Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist, 1966

  • Sandra Lee Schwab, aka Tiffany Million, actress, 1966

  • Angelina Jolie Voight, aka Angelina Jolie, daughter of Jon Voight, Academy Award-winning actress and former fashion model, 1975


RIP:

  • Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, adventurer, writer, and womanizer, April 2, 1725 – June 4, 1798

  • Thomas J. 'Tommy' Ladnier, jazz trumpeter, May 28, 1900 – June 4, 1939

  • Dr. Sergei Aleksandrovich 'Serge' Koussevitzky, conductor best known for his long tenure [1924 to 1949] as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, July 26, 1874 – June 4, 1951

  • Dorothy Elizabeth de Guiche, aka Dorothy Gish, actress, sister of actress Lillian Gish, March 11, 1898 - June 4, 1968

  • Maurice Fréchet, French mathematician, who introduced the concept of metric space, and was one of the founders of functional analysis, September 2, 1878 - June 4, 1973

  • Murry Gage Wilson, musician and record producer, best remembered as father of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, and uncle of Mike Love; he was manager of their band The Beach Boys, and served as their music publisher, July 2, 1917 – June 4, 1973

  • Derek Leckenby, guitarist and dobro player, played lead guitar for Herman's Hermits, composed songs with band mates Keith Hopwood and Karl Green, May 14, 1943 - June 4, 1994

  • Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, singer, songwriter, and bass player, best known for his work with The Small Faces (1965-69) and Faces (1970-75), April 1, 1946 - June 4, 1997

  • John Cowan Harford, aka John Hartford, country and bluegrass composer, musician, fiddle- and banjo-player, known for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style, December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001

  • Steven Norman Lackritz, aka Steve Lacy, jazz soprano saxophonist, July 23, 1934 - June 4, 2004

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