Monday, October 30, 2006



  • Harvey Washington Wiley, chemist, known for his leadership in the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, and his subsequent work at the Good Housekeeping Institute laboratories, October 30, 1844 - June 30, 1930

  • Galileo Ferraris, physicist and electrical engineer, known for his studies on alternating current, October 30, 1847 - February 7, 1897

  • Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette, neurologist, after whom Tourette syndrome is named, October 30, 1857 — May 26, 1904

  • John Frank BUCK Freeman, MLB right fielder, one of the top sluggers of his era, his most famous feat being the 25 home runs he scored during the 1899 season; he retired with a career batting average of .293, OBP of .346, a slugging percentage of .462, 82 home runs, and 713 RBIs, October 30, 1871 – June 25, 1949

  • Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, poet, musician, and critic, who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early 20th century poetry, and the driving force behind several Modernist movements, notably Imagism and Vorticism, October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972

  • Zoe Akins, playwright, October 30, 1886 - October 29, 1958

  • Angelo Siciliano, aka Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, whose company, Charles Atlas, Ltd. - founded in 1929 and still in business today) - markets a fitness program for the "97-pound weakling;" he conceived the idea of working muscle against muscle, rather than working out with weights, a system referred to as Dynamic Tension, October 30, 1892 – December 24, 1972

  • Gerhard Johannes Paul Domagk, pathologist and bacteriologist, awarded the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the first drug - a sulfonamide - effective against bacterial infections, October 30, 1895 – April 24, 1964

  • Dr. Dickinson Woodruff Richards, Jr., physician and physiologist, shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with André Cournand and Werner Forssmann for the development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases, October 30, 1895 – February 23, 1973

  • Ruth Gordon Jones, aka Ruth Gordon, actress and screenwriter, known for her role as the neighbor in Roman Polanski's film of Rosemary's Baby, for which she won the 1968 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985

  • William Harold BILL Terry, MLB first baseman and manager, most remember for being the last National League player to hit .400, a feat he accomplished by batting .401 in 1930, when he won the NL Batting Champion; he as an NL All-Star in 1933, 1934, and 1935; he retired with 1120 runs scored, 154 home runs, 1078 RBI and a .341 batting average; he was the New York Giants' manager from 1932 to 1941; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, October 30, 1898 - January 9, 1989

  • Ragnar Arthur Granit, neuroscientist, who shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald, October 30, 1900 – March 12, 1991

  • Ruth Carol Hussey, actress, known for her Oscar-nominated role as Liz Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story, October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005

  • Richard E. Holz, brass band composer, 1914

  • Leon Day, right-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues, who pitched a perfect season (13-0) in 1937, batting .320 that year; he retired from baseball in 1955, and died of a heart attack at age 78, just six days after being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, October 30, 1916 - March 13, 1995

  • Joseph Wilbur JOE Adcock, MLB first baseman, from 1950 to 1966, with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman (.994); he hit four home runs in one game in July, 1954; he was the Cleveland Indians' manager in 1967 , October 30, 1927 - May 3, 1999

  • Daniel Nathans M.D., microbiologist, who shared thr 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Werner Arber and Hamilton Smith, October 30, 1928 – November 16, 1999

  • Néstor Almendros, cinematographer, October 30, 1930 – March 4, 1992

  • Clifford Brown, jazz trumpeter, October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956

  • Louis Malle, film director, October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995

  • Frans Brüggen, virtuoso recorder soloist, flutist, and conductor who, in 1955, was appointed professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague; he founded the Orchestra of the 18th Century in 1981, 1934

  • Michael Winner, film director and producer, 1935

  • James Evan JIM Perry, Jr., former MLB pitcher from 1959 to 1975; he was a three-time All-Star - 1961, 1970, and 1971 - and won the 1970 AL Cy Young Award, when he posted a record of 24-12; he won 20 games in 1969, and won at least 17 games five times; in a 17-year career, he earned a 215-174 record in 630 games, 447 of them starts, and struck out 1576, while allowing 1258 earned runs in 3285.2 innings pitched; his brother is Gaylord Perry, 1935

  • Claude Lelouch, film director, writer, and producer, 1937

  • Leland H. LEE Hartwell Ph.D., president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Paul Nurse and Sir Richard Timothy Hunt, 1939

  • Grace Barnett Wing, aka Grace Slick, singer and songwriter, who was the lead singer for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, and a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960's to the mid-1990's, 1939

  • Edward EDDIE Holland, Jr., singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the songwriting and production team that was responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records; he was the team's lyricist, and also worked with producer Norman Whitfield on lyrics for the songs he produced for The Marvelettes and The Temptations, 1939

  • Edward Lauter, former stand up comic, and film and television actor, , 1940

  • Theodor Wolfgang Hänsch, physicist, who shared one half of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics with John L. Hall, the other half going to Roy J. Glauber, 1941

  • born Otis Miles, Jr., aka Otis Williams, second tenor/baritone singer, and soul and R&B songwriter and record producer; he is the leader and founder of The Temptations, in which he continues to perform as the sole surviving original member, 1941

  • Joanna Shimkus, former actress, married to Sidney Poitier, 1943

  • Henry Franklin Winkler, Ph.D., actor, director, producer, and author, 1945

  • Timothy Bruce Schmit, bass guitarist and singer, who has played in the Eagles and Poco, 1947

  • Harry Hamlin, actor, 1951

  • Charles Martin Smith, film actor, writer and director, played the role of Terry "The Toad" Fields in American Graffiti, 1953

  • Diego Armando Maradona, former football player, 1960

  • Scott Garrelts, former MLB pitcher for the San Francisco Giants from 1982 to 1991, whose best season was 1989, when he went 14-5 with a 2.28 ERA; he was an All-Star in 1985, 1961

  • Nitara Carlynn NIA Long, actress, 1970


  • Jean Mouton, composer of the Renaissance, famous for his motets, c. 1459 – October 30, 1522

  • Willebrord Snel van Royen, aka Willebrord Snellius, astronomer and mathematician, most famous for the law of refraction now known as Snell's law, the formula used to calculate the refraction of light when travelling between two media of differing refractive index, 1580–October 30, 1626

  • Pietro Raimondi, composer, transitional between the Classical and Romantic eras, famous as a composer of operas and sacred music, an innovator in contrapuntal technique, December 20, 1786 – October 30, 1853

  • Friedrich Robert Volkmann, composer, April 6, 1815 – October 30, 1883

  • Jean Henri Dunant, businessman and social activist; in 1901, he received the first Nobel Peace Prize with Frédéric Passy, May 8, 1828 - October 30, 1910

  • Frederick Leonard Beebe, MLB pitcher, who played from 1906 to 1916; in his rookie year, he led the major league's with 171 strikeouts; his career record was 62-83, December 31, 1880 - October 30, 1957

  • Rose Wilder Lane, journalist, travel writer, novelist, and political theorist, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilde, December 5, 1886 – October 30, 1968

  • José Ramón Gil Samaniego, aka Ramón Novarro, silent film actor, February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968

  • George Murphy POPS Foster, jazz musician; best known for his vigorous string bass playing, he also played tuba and trumpet, May 18, 1892 - October 30, 1969

  • Gustav Ludwig Hertz, physicist, awarded the 1925 Nobel Prize in Physics for studies in cooperation with James Franck of electrons passing through gas; the Franck-Hertz experiment was an early physics experiment that provided support for the Bohr model of the atom, a precursor to quantum mechanics, July 22, 1887 – October 30, 1975

  • Kirby Grant Hoon, Jr., aka Kirby Grant, musician and actor; he was a child prodigy violinist, a singer, and dance band leader; a long-time B movie actor, he is remembered today for playing the title role in the television series Sky King, November 24, 1911 - October 30, 1985

  • Samuel Michael Fuller, writer of pulp novels and screenplays, and film director, August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997

  • Stephen Valentine Patrick William STEVE Allen, musician, comedian, writer, songwriter, and game show panelist, the father of TV talk shows, December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000

  • Margaret PEGGY O'Rene Ryan, dancer and dance teacher, who starred in a series of movie musicals with Donald O'Connor, August 28, 1924 - October 30, 2004

  • Alfonso Ramon AL Lopez, MLB catcher and manager, who established a major league record for career games as a catcher; with a .584 career winning percentage, he ranks 4th in major league history among managers of at least 2000 games; over the course of 15 full seasons as manager, he never had a losing record; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, August 20, 1908 – October 30, 2005


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