Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Today CLII


  • Joseph Pasternak, film director, retired in 1968, having produced more than ninety feature-length films as well as three Academy Award shows, September 19, 1901 – September 13, 1991

  • Leon Jaworski, lawyer, the Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal, September 19, 1905 - December 9, 1982

  • Ferdinand Anton Ernst FERRY Porsche, automobile designer and automaker-entrepreneur, September 19, 1909 – March 27, 1998

  • Sir William Gerald Golding, novelist, poet, and winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature, best known for his Lord of the Flies, September 19, 1911 – June 19, 1993

  • Kurt Sanderling, conductor, from 1942 to 1960, he was joint Principal Conductor, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; Principal Conductor, Berlin Symphony Orchestra from 1960 to 1977; Principal Conductor, Dresden Staatskapelle from 1964 to 1967, 1912

  • Frances Elena Farmer, film actress, screwed by the system, September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970

  • Damon Knight, science fiction author, editor, and critic, whose first story was published in 1941; recipient of the Hugo Award; founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and cofounder of the National Fantasy Fan Federation; member of the Futurians; the SFWA's Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement was renamed in his honor - formerly known as the Grand Master Award, which he won in 1994; his story To Serve Man was adapted as a The Twilight Zone episode, September 19, 1922 - April 15, 2002

  • Masatoshi Koshiba Ph.D., physicist, won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos, 1926

  • Edwin Donald DUKE Snider, former MLB centre fielder, playing for 18 seasons; he hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons, from 1953 to 1957; he averaged 42 home runs, 124 RBI's, 123 runs, and a .320 batting average between 1953 and 1956; eight-time All-Star, from 1950 to 1956, and 1963; is the only player to hit four or more home runs in two different World Series [1952 and 1955]; elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980, 1926

  • William West Anderson, aka Adam West, actor and voice actor, best known for playing the title role on the Batman TV series from 1966 to 1968; being typecast as Batman has affected his career, but he has acted in many movies, and done lots of voice work, Batman-related and other; he currently voices Mayor Adam West on Family Guy, 1928

  • Antonio Margheriti, aka Anthony M. Dawson, filmmaker, known for his science fiction, horror, spaghetti western and action movies, September 19, 1930 - November 4, 2002

  • Benjamin Franklin Peay, aka Brook Benton, soul singer and songwriter, known for Rainy Night in Georgia and Fools Rush In, September 19, 1931 - April 9, 1988

  • David Keith McCallum, actor, best known for his role as Illya Kuryakin on the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; he appeared in the 1963 movie The Great Escape; he is currently starring in series NCIS as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard - in an early episode, when Agent Gibbs is asked, "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?," Gibbs answers, "Illya Kuryakin," 1933

  • Brian Samuel Epstein, businessman, best known as the manager of The Beatles; in a meeting in December, 1961, it was decided that Epstein would manage them; he also managed Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, The Fourmost, The Cyrkle, Cilla Black, and many other artists; socialized with producer George Martin and his future wife, and hosted their 1966 bridal dinner, September 19, 1934 – August 27, 1967

  • Nicholas Macioci, aka Nick Massi, the bass singer for The Four Seasons, from 1961 to 1965, September 19, 1935 - December 24, 2000

  • Paul Hamilton Williams, composer, songwriter, actor, and voice actor, who starred as the lead role in the film Phantom of the Paradise, and as Virgil, the genius orangutan, in Battle for the Planet of the Apes; he worked closely with Jim Henson's Henson Productions on The Muppet Movie, mostly on the soundtrack; he provided the voice of The Penguin in Batman:The Animated Series; he is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and won an Academy Award, and two Grammy Awards, 1940

  • William Thomas BILL Medley, singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers, which began singing as a duo in 1962; in 1987, his duet with Jennifer Warnes, (I've Had) The Time of My Life, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 - the song won a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and an Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1940

  • Ellen Naomi Cohen, aka "Mama" Cass Elliot, Baroness von Wiedenman, singer, with The Mamas & The Papas, and in a solo career, listen to her music!, September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974

  • Joseph Leonard JOE Morgan, former MLB second baseman, currently, working as a color commentator for ESPN television and radio; All-Star in 1966, 1970, and from 1972 to 1979; NL MVP in 1975 and 1976; All-Star Game MVP in 1972; Gold Glove Award winner from 1972 to 1976; he won a CableACE Award in 1990, and Emmy Awards for sports analysis in 1998 and 2005; his carer numbers include 2517 hits, 1133 rbi, a .271 batting average, and a .392 obp; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, 1943

  • Freda Charcilia Payne, singer and actress, the older sister of Scherrie Payne, the final lead singer in The Supremes; best known for song Band of Gold, 1942
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  • Jeremy John Irons, actor, trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; his breakthrough role was that of Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited in 1981; he won a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in The Real Thing; he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1990 for Reversal of Fortune, and an Emmy Award for Elizabeth I in 2005, 1948

  • Leslie Hornby, aka Twiggy Lawson, model, actress, and singer, 1949

  • Nile Gregory Rodgers, musician, composer, arranger, guitarist, and music producer, and cofounder of CHIC, began his career as a session guitarist in New York, playing with the Sesame Street band in his teens, and then working in the house band at the Apollo Theatre; he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Heroes Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; in 2005, he was honoured at the Dance Music Hall of Fame, when he was inducted for his achievements as a producer; in the summer of 2006, he organised most of a tribute concert to Ahmet Ertegun at the Montreux Jazz Festival, including performances by many artists who had performed on Ertegun's Atlantic Records, 1952

  • Charles Harold CHARLIE Reliford, MLB umpire since 1989, 1955

  • Carmelita Rossanna LITA Ford, glam metal singer and guitarist, became one of the founding members of The Runaways, playing lead guitar; after the group disbanded, she began a solo career, 1958

  • Trisha Yearwood, country music singer, 1964

  • Alexandra Vandernoot, actress, known as Tessa Noël, Duncan MacLeod's girlfriend, on Highlander, 1965

  • Cheryl O'Teari, aka Cheri Oteri, actress and comedienne, known for her work on Saturday Night Live, 1965

  • María de la SOLEDAD Teresa O'BRIEN, television journalist, an anchor on CNN's American Morning, 1966

  • James Anthony JIM Abbott, former MLB pitcher, who pitched and fielded his psition, despite having been born with only one hand, 1967

  • James Thomas JIMMY Fallon, comedian, actor, and musician best, known for his work on Saturday Night Live, 1974

  • Victoria Silvstedt, model and actress, 1974

  • Nick Johnson, MLB first baseman, currently with the Washington Nationals, nephew of Larry Bowa, 1978

  • Joseph JOEY Devine, MLB sidearm pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, 1983


  • Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, aka Gustave Coriolis, mathematician, mechanical engineer, and scientist, best known for his work on the Coriolis Effect, May 21, 1792 – September 19, 1843

  • Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, PC, politician, and a Father of Confederation, served as the first Minister of Finance in the new confederation, and became the first Canadian High Commissioner in London in 1880, September 6, 1817 – September 19, 1893

  • Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, rocket scientist and pioneer of cosmonautics, September 5, 1857 – September 19, 1935

  • Condé Montrose Nast, publisher, the founder of Condé Nast Publications, March 26, 1873 – September 19, 1942

  • William Jacob WILL Cuppy, humorist and journalist known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures, August 23, 1884 – September 19, 1949

  • Nikos Skalkottas, composer of 20th-century music; a member of the Second Viennese School, he drew his influences from both the classical repertoire and the Greek tradition, March 21, 1904 – September 19, 1949

  • Chester F. Carlson, physicist, inventor, and patent attorney, invented the process of instant copying which he called electrophotography, and which was subsequently named xerography, February 8, 1906 - September 19, 1968

  • Clyde Julian RED Foley, country music singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, June 17, 1910 – September 19, 1968

  • Robert Casadesus, pianist, composer, and educator, considered one of the greatest Mozart players of all time; he collaborated with Maurice Ravel on a project to create piano rolls of a number of works, April 7, 1899 – September 19, 1972

  • Cecil Ingram Connor, III, aka Gram Parsons, singer, songwriter, guitarist, a solo artist as well as a member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973

  • Italo Calvino, writer and novelist, whose best known works include If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, and Cosmicomics, October 15, 1923 – September 19, 1985

  • Hermes Pangiotopolous, aka Hermes Pan, dancer and choreographer, known as Fred Astaire's choreographic collaborator on the 1930's movie musicals starring Astaire and Ginger Rogers, December 10, 1909 – September 19, 1990

  • David Gordon "Slim Dusty" Kirkpatrick, OBE, country music singer-songwriter, June 13, 1927 — September 19, 2003

  • Mary Frances SKEETER Davis, country music singer, a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show for more than 40 years, best known for her song The End of the World, December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004

  • Ellis Marsalis, Sr., businessman, a former poultry farmer and jazz musician turned hotelier and civil rights activist, patriarch of the Marsalis musical family that includes his son, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and his grandsons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason, 1908 - September 19, 2004


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