Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Today LXXXIII

Birthdays:

  • Elwyn Brooks [E.B.] White, essayist, author, and literary stylist, wose writing ranged from satire to textbooks to children's fiction; author of the writers' style guide, The Elements of Style, July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985

  • Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, aka Cordwainer Smith, author, wrote science fiction, political thrillers, and poetry, among other genres, July 11, 1913–August 6, 1966

  • Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov, physicist, received the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on lasers and masers; chief editor of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia from 1969 until his death, July 11, 1916 – January 8, 2002

  • Cesare Mansueto Giulio Lattes, experimental physicist, co-discoverer of the pi meson [pion], July 11, 1924 - March 8, 2005

  • Nicolai Gedda, tenor opera singer and recitalist, 1925

  • Hermann Prey, baritone, July 11, 1929 – July 22, 1998

  • Arthur Andrew Kelm, aka Tab Hunter, actor and singer, 1931

  • Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd, CM , B.Mus , LL.D< guitarist, 1949

  • Bruce Travis McGill, actor, played Jack Dalton on MacGyver, 1950

  • Sela Ann Ward, actress, 1956

  • Suzanne Nadine Vega, singer and songwriter, 1959

  • Lisa Deanna Rinna, actress, 1963

  • Michael Owen Rosenbaum, actor, known for his role as Lex Luthor on Smallville, and such voice work as Flash on Justice League, 1972


RIP:

  • Jacob Gershowitz, aka George Gershwin, classical, jazz, and Broadway composer, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937

  • 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

  • Pär Lagerkvist, author, received the 1951 Nobel Prize in Literature, May 23, 1891 – July 11, 1974

  • Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, Academy Award-winning, film and stage actor, director, and producer, regarded by many as the greatest actor of the 20th century, May 22, 1907 – 11 July 11, 1989

  • Gary Arlen Kildall, creator of the CP/M operating system and GEM Desktop GUI, and founder of Digital Research, Inc., May 19, 1942 – July 11, 1994

  • Shannon Michelle Wilsey Longoria, aka Savannah, actress, October 9, 1970 – July 11, 1994

  • Helen Fogel, aka Helen Forrest, singer in the Big Band era, April 12, 1917 – July 11, 1999

  • Frances Newbern Langford, singer, actress, and radio performer, April 4, 1914 – July 11, 2005

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