Friday, September 29, 2006

Today CLXII - Happy Birthday, Hersh


  • Adriaan van Roomen, aka Adrianus Romanus, mathematician, who worked in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry, and on the decimal expansion of π, September 29, 1561 - May 4, 1615

  • Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB, naval officer, famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars, most notably in the Battle of Trafalgar, September 29, 1758 – 21 October 21, 1805

  • Enrico Fermi, physicist most noted for his work on beta decay, the development of the first nuclear reactor, and for the development of quantum theory; he was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity - the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation, September 29, 1901–November 28, 1954

  • Eileen Evelyn GREER Garson, actress, September 29, 1904 – April 6, 1996

  • Orvon GENE Autry, performer, famous as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television, former owner of the Los Angeles Angels, September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998

  • Michelangelo Antonioni, modernist film director, 1912

  • Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith, aka Trevor Howard, CBE, movie and television actor, September 29, 1913 – January 7, 1988

  • Stanley Kramer, film director and producer, September 29, 1913 – February 19, 2001

  • Harry HERSH Fine, breadwinner, soldier, collector, husband, and father, survived by wife Sylvia, children Richard Avram, Mark Stephen, and Joy Josephine, and their children, September 29, 1915 - March 14, 2003

  • Peter Dennis Mitchell, biochemist, awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of the chemiosmotic mechanism of ATP synthesis, September 29, 1920 – April 10, 1992

  • Norman COLIN Dexter, OBE, author of the Inspector Morse novels, 1930

  • Kerstin ANITA Marianne Ekberg, former model and actress, 1931

  • James Watson Cronin, nuclear physicist; he and Val Logsdon Fitch were awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for an experiment that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles, 1931

  • Robert Benton, screenwriter and film director, won Academy Awards for Writing Original Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde in 1968 and for The Late Show in 1978; won Academy Awards for Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and Places in the Heart in 1985; in 1995, won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool, 1932

  • Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986; his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1935

  • Sidney Thomas TOMMY Boyce, songwriter, famous as part of Boyce and Hart songwriting team, September 29, 1939 - November 23, 1994

  • Larry Linville, actor, best known for his portrayal of Major Frank Burns on the television series M*A*S*H, September 29, 1939 – April 10, 2000

  • Madeline Kahn, movie, television, and theatre actress, her last role was her recurring role on the sitcom Cosby, September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999

  • Ian McShane, actor, recently played the role of Al Swearengen on the HBO series Deadwood, 1942

  • Jean-Luc Ponty, violinist and jazz composer, who formed the acoustic fusion group TRIO! with bassist Stanley Clarke and banjo stylist Béla Fleck in 2005, 1942

  • Leland Michael Postil, aka Mike Post, Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer of music and theme songs for television, 1944

  • Mark Farner, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known as the lead singer and guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, 1948

  • Warren Livingston Cromartie, former MLB player, played for the Montreal Expos; in December, 1983, he signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo, with whom he spent seven seasons; in 1989, he had a .378 batting average and became MVP of the Central League; in 1991, he returned to Major League Baseball, playing with the Kansas City Royals from April until September, 1953

  • Leslie Edward LES Claypool, bassist and lead singer, known for his work with Primus, 1963

  • Erika Maya Eleniak, modela and actress, 1969

  • Natasha Gregson Wagner, actress, 1970

  • Laura David , aka Ariana Jollee, actess and director, 1982


  • Émile Zola, novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, April 2, 1840 – September 29, 1902

  • Léon Victor Auguste Bourgeois, statesman; following World War I, he became President of the Council of the League of Nations and won the 1920 Nobel Peace Prize, May 21, 1851 – September 29, 1925

  • Willem Einthoven, doctor and physiologist; he invented the first practical electrocardiogram in 1903, and received the 1924 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine for it, May 21, 1860 – September 29, 1927

  • Edward Everett Horton, character actor, whose long career included motion pictures, theatre, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons, March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970

  • Wystan Hugh [W. H.] Auden, poet, February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973

  • Charles Dillon CASEY Stengel, MLB outfielder and manager, played from 1912 to 1925; the only person to manage a team - the New York Yankees - to five consecutive World Series championships; inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975

  • Monty Franklin Pierce Stratton, 6'5" MLB pitcher, played five years with the Chicago White Sox, 1934 to 1938,), compiling a career 36-23 record with 196 strikeouts and a 3.71 ERA in 487.1 innings; he worked with the White Sox for the next two years as a coach and batting practice pitcher, May 21, 1912 - September 29, 1982

  • Charles Samuel Addams, cartoonist, known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters, whose cartoons regularly appeared in The New Yorker from 1938 until his death; he created a syndicated comic strip called Out of This World - some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, became the basis for two live action television series, two cartoon series, and three motion pictures, January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988

  • Roy Lichtenstein, pop artist, whose work borrowed heavily from popular advertising and comic book styles, October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997


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