Saturday, July 15, 2006

Yesterday

I've been sick.

Birthdays:

  • Jacques Eugène D'Allonville, Chevalier de Louville par Fontenelle, astronomer and mathematician, noted for determining a method for precisely calculating the occurrence of solar eclipses, July 14, 1671 – September, 1732

  • Emmeline Gouldine Pankhurst, one of the founders of the British suffragette movement, associated with the struggle for the enfranchisement of women in the period immediately preceding World War I, July 14, 1858 – June 14, 1928

  • Willy Hess, violin virtuoso and violin teacher, a student of Joseph Joachim, July 14, 1859 – February 17, 1939

  • Gustav Klimt, Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement, July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918

  • Albert Benjamin [A. B.] Happy Chandler I, politican and the second Baseball Commissioner, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991

  • Gerald Raphael Finzi, composer, July 14, 1901 – September 27, 1956

  • William Denby BILL Hanna, animator, director, producer, cartoon artist, and co-founder, together with Joseph Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera, producer of cartoons such as The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Scooby-Doo, July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001

  • Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens, aka Terry-Thomas, comic actor, July 14, 1911 – January 8, 1990

  • Herman NORTHROP Frye, CC, MA, D.Litt., FRSC one of the most distinguished literary critics and literary theorists of the twentieth century, July 14, 1912 – January 23, 1991

  • Woodrow Wilson WOODY Guthrie, influential and prolific folk musician, noted for his identification with the common man, and for his abhorrence of fascism and economic exploitation, father of Arlo Guthrie, July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967

  • Ernst INGMAR Bergman, stage and film director, 1918

  • Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, chemist, received the 1973 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Ernst Otto Fischer for his work on organometallic compounds, July 14 1921 - September 26, 1996

  • Dale Robertson, actor, 1923

  • Sir James Whyte Black, OM, FRS, FRSE, FRCP, pharmacologist, received the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1924

  • Harry Dean Stanton, character actor, 1926

  • John Chancellor, journalist and news correspondent, July 14, 1927 — July 12, 1996

  • Nellie Paulina Burgin, aka Polly Bergen, actress and singer, 1930

  • Roosevelt ROSEY Grier, football player, actor, and minister, 1932

  • Jerry Rubin, social activist, organizer of the VDC (Vietnam Day Committee), led some of the first protests against the war in Vietnam, a cofounder of the Yippies (Youth International Party) with Abbie Hoffman, one of the "Chicago Seven," July 14, 1938 – November 28, 1994

  • Ron Everett, aka Ron Karenga, author and Marxist political activist, founder of Kwanzaa, 1941

  • Gwendolyn GWEN Guthrie, singer/songwriter, backing vocalist for Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel, among others, wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King and Roberta Flack, July 14, 1950 – February 3, 1999

  • Igor Khoroshev, musician, from 1998 to 2000, played keyboards for Yes, 1965

  • Ellen Reid, musician, vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and accordionist for Crash Test Dummies, 1966

  • Robin Mark Ventura, former MLB third baseman, only the fifth third baseman to hit at least 250 home runs and win at least five Gold Glove Awards [he has six], 1992 and 2002 All-Star, 1967

  • Timothy Adam TIM Hudson, MLB starting pitcher, 1975

  • Bernie Castro, MLB second baseman, 1979


RIP:

  • Augustin-Jean Fresnel, physicist, contributed to the establishment of the theory of wave optics, invented the Fresnel lens, May 10, 1788 – July 14, 1827

  • Sir William Henry Perkin, chemist, discovered the first aniline dye, mauveine, March 12, 1838 – July 14, 1907

  • Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, dramatist, received the 1922 Nobel Prize for Literature, August 12, 1866 – July 14, 1954

  • Adlai Ewing Stevenson II, politician, unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956, February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965

  • Ernest Tidyman, author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, known for his novels featuring detective John Shaft, January 1, 1928 - July 14, 1984

  • Philippe Wynne, gospel singer and R&B vocalist, sang with Bootsy Collins, James Brown, and George Clinton, best known as lead singer of The Spinners, April 3, 1941 - July 14, 1984

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

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