Monday, July 03, 2006

Today LXXV

Birthdays:

  • Leoš Janáček, composer, remembered for his operas, July 3, 1854 - August 12, 1928

  • Alfred Korzybski, linguist, remembered for developing the theory of general semantics, July 3, 1879 - March 1, 1950

  • Franz Kafka, novelist and short story writer, July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924

  • "Mississippi" John Smith Hurt, blues singer and guitarist, March 8, 1892 - November 2, 1966

  • George Sanders, film actor; in 1950, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, July 3, 1906 – April 25, 1972

  • Dorothy Mae Kilgallen, actress, socialite, reporter, and television presenter, known for her role as panelist on What's My Line?, July 3, 1913 – November 8, 1965

  • Henry Kenneth Alfred KEN Russell, film director, known for his films about famous composers, 1927

  • Karl Ludwig Kleiber, aka Carlos Kleiber, conductor, July 3, 1930 - July 13, 2004

  • Tomáš Straussler, aka Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, playwright, 1937

  • César Leonardo Tovar, MLB infielder/outfielder; in 1972, he hit for the cycle, July 3, 1940 - July 14, 1994

  • David DAVE Barry, Jr., author and Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, 1947

  • Karin JAN Smithers, American television and film actress, played Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati, 1947

  • Laura Branigan, singer/actress, known for the song Gloria, July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004

  • Martha Maria YEARDLEY, actress and voice actor, the voice of Lisa Simpson, 1964

  • Moisés Rojas Alou, MLB outfielder, currently with the San Francisco Giants, NL All Star in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005, 1994 NL Comeback Player of the Year, 1994 and 1998 Silver Slugger, 1966

  • Kevin Neil Hearn, musician, plays keyboards and other instruments for Barenaked Ladies, 1969

  • Andrea Laura Barber, actress, played Kimmy Gibbler on Full House, 1976


RIP:

  • Francis Willoughby, ornithologist and ichthyologist, November 22, 1635 - July 3, 1672

  • Anna Maria Walburga Mozart, mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maria Anna NANNERL Mozart, December 25, 1720 — July 3, 1778

  • Theodor Herzl, journalist and founder of modern political Zionism, May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904

  • Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones, aka Brian Jones, founding member, lead and rhythm guitarist, and backing singer for The Rolling Stones; early on July 3, 1969, Brian Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool, and pronounced dead, February 28, 1942 - July 3, 1961

  • James Douglas JIM Morrison, singer, songwriter, writer, and poet, lead singer and lyricist of The Doors, December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

  • Alexander Melentyevich Volkov, novelist and mathematician, July 14, 1891 – July 3, 1977

  • Louis Durey< composer, May 27, 1888 - July 3, 1979

  • Hubert Prior Vallée, aka Rudy Vallee, singer, actor, musician, bandleader, and entertainer, July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986

  • James Gilmore JIM Backus, radio, television, film, and voice actor, known as the voice of Mr. Magoo, and as Thurston J. Howell III on Gilligan's Island, February 25, 1913 - July 3, 1989

  • Joseph Wardell, aka Joe "Curly-Joe" DeRita, comedian, best known as the sixth and last of the Three Stooges, July 12, 1909 - July 3, 1993

  • Ricardo Alonso "Pancho" González, tennis player, May 9, 1928 – July 3, 1995

  • Mordecai Richler, CC, author, scriptwriter and essayist, January 27, 1931 - July 3, 2001

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