Thursday, August 03, 2006

Today CV

Birthdays:

  • Elisha Graves Otis, inventor, invented a safety device that made elevators much safer, founded the Otis Elevator Company, August 3, 1811 — April 8, 1861

  • Ivan Zajc, composer, conductor, director, and teacher, August 3, 1832 – December 16, 1914

  • William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, inventor, invented the motion picture camera while working for Thomas Edison, August 3, 1860 – September 28, 1935

  • Harry Edwin Heilmann, MLB first baseman and right fielder from 1914 to 1933, American League Batting Champion in 1921, 1923, 1925, and 1927; inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952, August 3, 1894 – July 9, 1951

  • Ernest Taylor ERNIE Pyle, journalist and war correspondent, August 3, 1900 – April 18, 1945

  • John Thomas Scopes, teacher, charged with violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee schools; the case was known as the Scopes Trial or Monkey Trial, August 3, 1900 – October 21, 1970

  • Clifford Donald Simak, science-fiction writer, won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Awards, among others, as well as being named the third Grand Master by the SFWA in 1977, August 3, 1904 - April 25, 1988

  • Dolores Martínez Asúnsolo y López Negrete, aka Dolores del Río, film actress, August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983

  • Phyllis Dorothy [P.D.] James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE, writer of crime fiction and member of the House of Lords, 1920

  • Leon Uris, novelist, author of Battle Cry, Exodus, Mila 18, Topaz, QB VII, Trinity, and The Haj, among others, and writer of the screenplays for Battle Cry and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003

  • Anthony Dominick Benedetto, aka Tony Bennett, popular music, standards, and jazz singer, 1926

  • Gordon M. Werschkul, aka Gordon Scott, actor, best known as Tarzan in five films, 1927

  • William Dee "Haystack" [or "Haystacks"] Calhoun, professional wrestler, August 3, 1934 – December 7, 1989

  • James George JIMMY Nicol, musician, temporarily replaced Ringo as The Beatles' drummer when Ringo collapsed and was hospitalised prior to a 1964 tour, 1939

  • Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez, aka Martin Sheen, actor, 1940

  • Beverly Lee, singer, member of The Shirelles, 1941

  • John Landis, movie actor, director, writer, and producer, 1950

  • Jay North, actor, played the title role in Dennis the Menace on TV, 1951

  • Koichi Tanaka, engineer/scientist, awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a novel method for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules, 1959

  • Troy Edward Glaus, MLB third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, 2006 All-Star, 1976


RIP:

  • Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, aka Joseph Conrad, novelist, author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, among other works, December 3, 1857 – August 3, 1924

  • Richard Martin Willstätter, chemist, awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his study of the structure of chlorophyll and other plant pigments, August 13, 1872 – August 3, 1942

  • Leonard Alfred Schneider, aka Lenny Bruce, stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist, October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966

  • Alfred Lunt, actor, winner of two Tony Awards and an Emmy Award; with his wife Lynn Fontanne, was half of the pre-eminent Broadway acting couple in American history, August 12, 1892 – August 3, 1977

  • Bertil Ohlin, economist, awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize in Economics, April 23, 1899 – August 3, 1979

  • Carolyn Sue Baker, aka Carolyn Jones, actress and comedienne, known as Morticia Addams in the TV series The Addams Family, April 28, 1930 - August 3, 1983

  • Ida Lupino, film actress, director, and pioneer among women filmmakers, February 4, 1918 – August 3, 1995

  • Alfred Garyevich Schnittke, composer, November 24, 1934 – August 3, 1998

  • Christopher Hewett, actor, known for the title role on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere, April 5, 1922 – August 3, 2001

  • Carmen Silvera actress, appeared twice on Doctor Who, in The Celestial Toymaker and Invasion of the Dinosaurs, June 2, 1922 – August 3, 2002

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer, considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, one of the first serious photographers to shoot in the 35mm format, August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004

  • Steven Vincent, freelance journalist, working in Basra, Iraq, for several publications; on August 2, 2005, he and his translator were kidnapped off the street in Basra; Vincent was found dead, shot once in the back at close range, December 31, 1955 – August 2, 2005

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