Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Today XCVI

Birthdays:

  • Frederick MAXFIELD Parrish, painter and illustrator, July 25, 1870 - March 30, 1966

  • Alfredo Casella, composer and piano teacher,re-populizer of Vivaldi's work, July 25, 1883 - March 5, 1947

  • Walter Brennan, character actor, the first actor to win three Academy Awards, and the only person to have won three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor; starred in the TV series The Real McCoys, July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974

  • Eric Hoffer, social writer and philosopher, produced ten books, and, in February, 1983, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom , July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983

  • Elias Canetti, novelist, awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature, July 25, 1905 – August 14, 1994

  • John Cornelius JOHNNY Hodges, alto saxophonist and lead player of Duke Ellington's saxophone section, July 25, 1906 - May 11, 1970

  • Rosalind Elsie Franklin, physical chemist and crystallographer, made important contributions to the understanding of the fine structures of DNA, viruses, coal and graphite; best known for her contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953; there is no doubt that Rosalind Franklin's experimental data were used by Crick and Watson to build their model of DNA in 1953, July 25, 1920 – 16 April 16, 1958

  • Estelle Scher, aka Estelle Getty, actress, played Harvey Fierstein's mother on Broadway in Torch Song Trilogy; best known for her role as Sophia on The Golden Girls, 1925

  • Kathleen Stewart, aka Maureen Forrester CC, operatic contralto, 1930

  • Iman Abdulmajid, model and actress, wife of David Bowie, 1955

  • Alain Robidoux, professional snooker player, 1960

  • Julian Michael Hodgson, chess player, International Grandmaster and former British Chess Champion, 1963

  • Illeana Hesselberg, aka Illeana Douglas, actress, writer, director, and producer, 1965

  • Linda Ann Hopkins Shapiro, aka Tera Patrick, actress, 1976

  • Louise Joy Brown, world's first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilisation, 1978

  • Allister Carter, professional snooker player, 1979


RIP:

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic, and philosopher, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England, and one of the Lake PoetsOctober 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834

  • Charles Macintosh, chemist, inventor of waterproof fabrics; the Mackintosh raincoat is named after him, December 29, 1766 – July 25, 1843

  • Ugo Cerletti, neurologist, developed the method of electroconvulsive therapy in psychiatry, September 26, 1877 - July 25, 1963

  • Leroy Robertson, composer and music educator, December 21, 1896 – July 25, 1971

  • Louis Stephen St. Laurent, baptized Louis-Étienne St-Laurent, PC, CC, QC, BA, LL.L, DCL, LL.D, twelfth Prime Minister of Canada February 1, 1882 – July 25, 1973

  • Lester Anthony Minnelli, aka Vincente Minnelli, director, February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986

  • William BEN Hogan, professional golfer, August 13, 1912 – July 25, 1997

  • John Richard Schlesinger CBE, film director, February 16, 1926 – July 25, 2003

  • Albert Mangelsdorff, jazz trombonist, famous for his distinctive technique of playing multiphonics, September 5, 1928 – July 25, 2005

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