Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Today CCI

Birthdays:

  • Andrew Dickson White, diplomat, author, and educator, the co-founder of Cornell University, November 7, 1832 – November 4, 1918

  • Ignaz Brüll, pianist and composer, November 7, 1846 - September 17, 1907

  • Christian Friedrich Wilhelm CHRIS von der Ahe, entrepreneur, grocer, and owner of the St. Louis Browns baseball team from 1882 to 1898, November 7, 1851-June 5, 1913

  • Maria Sklodowska-Curie, aka Marie Curie, chemist, pioneer in the early field of radiology, and the first two-time Nobel laureate and the only person with Nobel Prizes in two different fields of science (physics and chemistry), November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934

  • Lise Meitner, physicist, who studied radioactivity and nuclear physics; she received the Max Planck Medal of the German Physics Society in 1949; element 109 is named meitnerium in her honour, November 17, 1878 – October 27, 1968

  • King Baggot, motion picture actor, screenwriter, and director, November 7, 1879 - July 11, 1948

  • Lev Davidovich Bronstein, aka Leon Davidovich Trotsky, Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist, assassinated with an ice axe to the skull by a Stalinist agent, November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940

  • Aron Nimzowitsch, chess player of strong grandmaster strength, and chess writer; he was the foremost figure amongst the hypermoderns; he wrote three books on chess strategy, November 7, 1886 – March 16, 1935

  • Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, CBE, physicist, who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the scattering of light, and for the discovery of the Raman effect, which is named after him: Raman scattering - or the Raman effect - is the inelastic scattering of a photon, November 7, 1888 – November 21, 1970

  • Leatrice Joy Zeidler, aka Leatrice Joy, film actress, known for her career in the early silent film era, November 7, 1893 - May 13, 1985

  • Herman Jacob Mankiewicz, Hollywood screenwriter and raconteur who, in 1926, left a job as drama editor at The New Yorker magazine to write for Hollywood; he is best known for his collaboration with Orson Welles on the screenplay of Citizen Kane, for which they both won an Academy Award; he wrote and co-wrote many other screenplays, including the original version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Pride of the Yankees, and served as producer on several Marx Brothers movies, November 7, 1897 — March 5, 1953

  • Raphaël Salem, mathematician, after whom the Salem numbers are named, and whose widow founded the Salem Prize, November 7, 1898 – June 20, 1963

  • Ira DEAN Jagger, actor, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1949 for Twelve O'Clock High; he appeared as the principal on the TV series Mr. Novak, for which he received Emmy Award nominations in 1964 and 1965, November 7, 1903 – February 5, 1991

  • Konrad Zacharias Lorenz, zoologist, animal psychologist, and ornithologist, considered as one of the founders of modern ethology, the scientific study of animal behavior; he shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other early ethologists, Niko Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch, November 7, 1903 – February 27, 1989

  • William Alwyn, composer, conductor, flutist,and music teacher, November 7, 1905 – September 11, 1985

  • Albert Camus, author and philosopher, often associated with existentialism, who was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature; among other works, he wrote L'Étranger, the English title of which is The Stranger or The Outsider, November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960

  • Alois Maxwell Hirt, aka Al Hirt aka Jumbo, musician and bandleader, November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999

  • Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE, opera singer, noted for her contribution to the bel canto revival of the 1950's and 1960's, 1926

  • Eric Richard Kandel, psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University; he shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard, 1929

  • Mary Travers, singer, a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, which formed in 1961 and broke up in 1970, after which she pursued a solo career, recording five albums on her own; the group reformed in 1978, 1936

  • James Lee JIM Kaat, former MLB pitcher, who was primarily a starting pitcher until 1979, when he became a relief pitcher; after retirement and a brief stint as a pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds, he became a sportscaster for more than two decades, before retiring in September 2006; over his 25 years in the majors, he was an All-Star three times - 1962, 1966, and 1975 - and won the Gold Glove Award a record 16 consecutive times, from 1962 to 1977; his best season was in 1966, when he won a league-leading 25 games, and was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year, 1938

  • John Ramistella, aka Johnny Rivers, rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer; I always liked his version of Secret Agent Man, the theme music for the TV series Secret Agent, aka Danger Man, 1942

  • Jean Shrimpton, former model, 1942

  • Roberta Joan Anderson, aka Joni Mitchell, CC, musician, songwriter, and painter; she became associated with the burgeoning folk music scene of the mid-1960's; throughout the 1970's, she explored and combined the pop and jazz genres; she received five Grammy Awards during her career, the first in 1969 and the most recent in 2000, the year that she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame; she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; she received an honorary doctorate from McGill University on October 27, 2004, 1943

  • Michael Spence, economist, who shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics with George A. Akerlof and Joseph E. Stiglitz for their work on the dynamics of information flows and market development, 1943

  • Joseph Franklin JOE Niekro, MLB starting pitcher, who specialized in throwing the knuckleball; in 1976, he hit his first and only big league home run in 973 lifetime at bats, off his brother Phil Niekro, who was also a knuckleball pitcher; he was an All-Star in 1979, a year in which he led the National League with 21 wins, and threw a league-leading five shutouts; when he appeared in the 1987 World Series, he set a record for the longest period of time elapsed between a player's major league debut and his first appearance in the World Series; on May 4, 1988, after compiling a 10.03 earned run average in his first five games, the Minnesota Twins released him, effectively ending his 22-year career; his 221 career victories make him one of the most successful knuckleball pitchers of all time; he finished his career with a .520 winning percentage [221 - 204] and a 3.59 ERA in 702 games, November 7, 1944 — October 27, 2006

  • Christopher Knight, actor, best known for playing Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, 1957

  • Tommy Thayer, musician, the current lead guitarist for KISS, replacing previous lead guitarist, Ace Frehley, 1960

  • Dana Michelle Plato, actress, who achieved fame playing the role of Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes; after the show, she appeared in low-budget films, including some softcore pornography; she died of an overdose, perhaps suicide, perhaps not, 1999, November 1, 1963 – May 8, 1999

  • Hélène Grimaud, pianist, 1969

  • Morgan Spurlock, independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, 1970

  • Kim Yoon-jin, film and theatre actress, best known for her role as Sun Kwon on Lost, 1973

  • Lily Thai, actress, 1981


R.I.P.:

  • Cornelius Jacobszoon Drebbel, inventor of the first navigable submarine in 1620, 1572 - November 7, 1633

  • Rev. Elijah Parish Lovejoy, abolitionist and journalist, November 9, 1802 – November 7, 1837

  • Rudolf Friedrich Alfred Clebsch, mathematician, who made important contributions to algebraic geometry and invariant theory, January 19, 1833 – November 7, 1872

  • Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Seidel, engineer, poet, and writer, June 25, 1842 - November 7, 1906

  • Samuel Luther SAM Thompson, MLB outfielder; he had his breakout season in 1887 when he batted .372 with 118 runs, 203 hits, 11 home runs, and 166 RBI, winning the NL Batting Title; he retired with 1256 runs, 1299 RBI, 127 home runs, and a .331 batting average; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, March 5, 1860 - November 7, 1922

  • Dwight Iliff Frye, stage and movie actor, who specialized in the portrayal of mentally unbalanced characters, including his signature role, the madman Renfield in the 1931 version of Dracula; later that year, he played the hunchbacked dwarf assistant [Fritz, NOT Igor] in Frankenstein, February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943

  • Victor McLaglen, boxer, wrestler, and actor; in films, he became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks; he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1935 for his role in The Informer; near the end of his career, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Quiet Man; he was especially popular with director John Ford, who frequently included McLaglen in his films; toward the end of his career, he made several guest appearances on television, particularly in Western series such as Have Gun, Will Travel and Rawhide, December 10, 1886 - November 7, 1959

  • Anna ELEANOR Roosevelt, political and human rights activist, who chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and niece of Theodore Roosevelt, October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962

  • Raymond Bloom RUBE Bressler, MLB left-handed pitcher from 1914 to 1920, before being converted to an outfielder and first baseman from 1918 to 1931, October 23, 1894 - November 7, 1966

  • Alexander Osipovich Gelfond, mathematician, who obtained important results in several mathematical domains including number theory, analytic functions, integral equations, and the history of mathematics, October 24, 1906 - November 7, 1968

  • James Joseph GENE Tunney, Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1926 to 1928, May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978

  • Steve McQueen, actor, who gained both regular employment and fame with the Western series Wanted: Dead or Alive, playing Josh Randall, a bounty hunter; his first major hit was The Magnificent Seven in 1960; his next big film was 1963's The Great Escape; 1968's Bullitt was another success; he was an avid motorcycle and racecar fan and, when he had the opportunity to drive in a movie, he often did so himself, performing many of his own stunts, March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980

  • Marcelle Taillefesse, aka Germaine Tailleferre, composer, the only female member of Group Les Six, April 19, 1892 - November 7, 1983

  • Carter Cornelius, rhythm and blues musician, part of the musical group Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, October 5, 1948 - November 7, 1991

  • Jack Kelly, film and television actor, known for the role of Bart Maverick in the TV series Maverick, from 1957 to 1962, September 16, 1927 — November 7, 1992

  • Milton SHORTY Rogers, jazz musician, April 14, 1924 - November 7, 1994

  • Harry Clifford HOWARD Keel, actor, who starred in many of the classic film musicals of the 1950's, including Annie Get Your Gun, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate, Calamity Jane, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Rose Marie, April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004

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