Friday, September 01, 2006

Today CXXXIV - September already?

September 1st - where did the first 8 months of the year go?

Happy Birthday to Katelyn Olivia May Smith, born at 9:19 AM this morning! Mazel Tov Carrie and Glenn!

Other Birthdays:

  • Johann Pachelbel, composer, organist and teacher, composed a large body of sacred and secular music; best known for his Canon in D, baptized September 1, 1653 – March 3, 1706

  • Engelbert Humperdinck, composer, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel, September 1, 1854 – September 27, 1921

  • Sergei Nikolaievich Winogradsky, microbiologist, ecologist, and soil scientist, pioneered the cycle of life concept, September 1, 1856- February 25, 1953

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs, author, best known for his Tarzan books; his first story Under the Moons of Mars was serialized in 1912, after which he had completed two novels, including Tarzan of the Apes, which was published from October 1912 and went on to become his most successful brand; also wrote popular science fiction/fantasy stories involving Earthly adventurers transported to various planets, lost islands, and into the interior of the hollow earth in his Pellucidar stories, as well as westerns and historical romances; in total, he wrote almost seventy novels, including about 25 Tarzan, 11 Mars, 7 Pellucidar, and 5 Venus books; the Burroughs crater on Mars is named in his honor, September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950

  • Francis William Aston, physicist, invented the mass spectrograph, awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery, by means of his mass spectrograph, of isotopes, in a large number of non-radioactive elements, and for his enunciation of the whole-number rule, September 1, 1877 - November 20, 1945

  • Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore, aka Richard Arlen, actor in more than 140 films, best known for his role as a pilot in Wings, September 1, 1898 – March 28, 1976

  • Elvera Sanchez, dancer, an adviser to the New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day; the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr., September 1, 1905 – New York City, September 2, 2000

  • Franz Xaver Biebl, composer of classical music, most of whose compositions were for choral ensembles, September 1, 1906 – October 2, 2001

  • Walter Philip Reuther, labour union leader, made the UAW a major force not only in the auto industry but also in the Democratic party in the mid 20th century; a leading liberal and supporter of the New Deal coalition, September 1, 1907 – May 10, 1970

  • Christian Nyby, editor, and television and film director, September 1, 1913 - September 17, 1993

  • Richard Farnsworth, actor, began his career as a stunt man in such films as A Day at the Races at age 17; his career was largely in Western films; won a Genie Award in 1983 as stagecoach robber Bill Miner in The Grey Fox, and in 1985, as Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables, September 1, 1920 – October 6, 2000

  • Margaret Yvonne Middleton, aka Yvonne De Carlo, film and television actress, played Moses' wife in the 1956 film The Ten Commandments; her most famous role is as Lily Munster in The Munsters, 1922

  • Vittorio Gassman, theatre and film actor and director, September 1, 1922 – June 29, 2000

  • Rocco Francis Marchegiano, aka Rocky Marciano, boxer, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from September 23, 1952 to November 30, 1956; had a professional record of 49 - 0 with forty-three knockouts, September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969

  • Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, businessman and art collector, September 1, 1923 – June 12, 2006

  • Arthur Edward ART Pepper, Jr., jazz alto saxophonist, began his musical career in the 1940's playing with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton; in the 1950's, became one of the leading lights of West coast jazz, September 1, 1925 – June 15, 1982

  • Gene Colan, comic book artist, worked for DC Comics (originally National Publications) in the 40's, and the 1940s and 1950s precursors of Marvel Comics (Timely and Atlas; has since worked for both Marvel and DC; independent-comics work includes the miniseries Predator: Hell & Hot Water for Dark Horse Comics; and the 1985 Eclipse graphic novel Detectives Inc.: A Terror Of Dying Dreams; in 2005, inducted into the comics industry's Will Eisner Hall of Fame, 1926

  • Anne Mobley, aka Anne Ramsey, actress, played Mama Fratelli in The Goonies, and Mrs. Lift in her Academy Award-nominated performance in Throw Momma from the Train, Born, 1 September 1929 - 11 August 1988

  • Harold Lloyd Jenkin, aka Conway Twitty, best known as a country music singer, who also enjoyed success in early Rock and Roll, R&B, and Pop music, September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993

  • Seiji Ozawa, conductor, known for his interpretations of large-scale late Romantic works, 1935

  • Mary Jean LILY Tomlin, actress, comedian, and voice actor, whose first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965; in 1969, joined the cast of Laugh-In; in 1975, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Nashville; voiced the Ms. Frizzle character on TV's The Magic School Bus from 1994 to 1998; in the 1990's, appeared on Murphy Brown; in 2005 and 2006, had a recurring role on Will & Grace; starred in the hit 1985 one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, for which she won a Tony Award; in 1989, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre; in 2003 and 2006. she was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, 1939

  • Carolyn Janice Cherry, aka C. J. Cherryh, science fiction and fantasy author, has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s; won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977 for Well of Shiuan, the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1979 for Cassandra, the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1982 for Downbelow Station and in 1989 for Cyteen, and the Locus Award for Best Novel in 1988 for Cyteen, among others; Asteroid 77185 Cherryh, discovered March 20, 2001, was named in her honor, 1942

  • Leonard Slatkin, conductor, Musical Director, St Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996; Musical Director, National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to the present; Principal Conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2004 1944

  • Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE, singer, songwriter, and producer, formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Robin and the late Maurice, 1946

  • Bruce Foxton, rock and roll musician, bassist, singer, and songwriter, the bass player for The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers, 1955

  • Jada Fire, actress, 1976


  • Jakez Karter, aka Jacques Cartier, explorer, considered to be ONE of the major discoverers of Canada, December 31, 1491 – September 1, 1557

  • Marin Mersenne, aka le Père Mersenne, theologian, philosopher, mathematician, and music theorist, remembered today for his association with the Mersenne primes; wrote about music theory, among other subjects; edited works of Euclid, Archimedes, and other Greek mathematicians; his perhaps most important contribution to the advance of learning was his extensive correspondence with mathematicians and other scientists in many countries, making him the centre of a network for exchange of information; one of his many contributions to musical tuning theory was the suggestion of the formula for the ratio for an equally-tempered semitone, the square root of (the square root of (2 over 3 - square root of (2))), September 8, 1588 – September 1, 1648

  • Dennis Brain, [French] horn player, whose grandfather, father, and uncle were all successful horn players; largely responsible for popularizing the horn as a solo instrument, May 17, 1921 - September, 1, 1957

  • François Charles Mauriac, author, poet, playwright, and journalist; awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature; wrote more than 30 novels, and published several plays which were produced by the Comédie Française; awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur in 1958, October 11, 1885 – September 1, 1970

  • Ethel Waters, blues vocalist, performed jazz, big band, gospel, and popular music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts; played Jeanne Crain's worldly-wise grandmother in the 1949 film Pinky, a performance that earned her an Academy Award nomination, making her only the second black actress, after Hattie McDaniel, to be thus nominated, October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977

  • Haskell Brooks Curry Ph.D., mathematician and logician, wrote his Ph.D. thesis on combinatory logic under the supervision of David Hilbert, September 12, 1900 – September 1, 1982

  • Luis Walter Alvarez Ph.D., physicist, won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a large number of resonance states, made possible through his development of the technique of using hydrogen bubble chamber and data analysis; his research made it possible to record and study the short lived particles created in particle accelerators; during World War II, was a key participant in the Manhattan Project; did important work relating to radar and aviation, and designed a system by which airplanes could land safely in low visibility conditions; invent the synchotroned, June 13, 1911 – September 1, 1988

  • Angelo Bartlett BART Giamatti, President of Yale University, and the 7th commissioner of Major League Baseball; father of actors Marcus and Paul Giamatti, April 4, 1938 – September 1, 1989

  • Tadeusz Sendzimir, engineer and inventor, with 120 patents in mining and metallurgy, July 15, 1894 — September 1, 1989

  • Robert Lee [R. L.] Burnside, blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, November 21 or November 23, 1926 - September 1, 2005


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