Thursday, November 09, 2006

Today CCIII - RIP Edward R. Bradley


  • Benjamin Banneker, originally Banna Ka, or Bannakay, mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher, November 9, 1731–October 9, 1806

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

  • Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, novelist, short story writer, and playwright, wrote Fathers and Sons; Asteroid 3323 Turgenev is named after him, November 9, 1818 – September 3, 1883

  • Leila Marie Koerber, aka Marie Dressler, Academy Award-winning actress, November 9, 1868 - July 28, 1934

  • Otfrid Foerster, neurologist and neurosurgeon, who made innovative contributions to neurology and neurosurgery, including the first surgeries for epilepsy, November 9, 1873 - June 15, 1941

  • Edna May Nutter, aka Edna May Oliver, Oscar-nominated film actress, November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942

  • Hermann Weyl, mathematician, closely identified with the University of Göttingen tradition of mathematics; he published technical and some general works on space, time, matter, philosophy, logic, symmetry, and the history of mathematics; he was one of the first to conceive of combining general relativity with the laws of electromagnetism, November 9, 1885 – December 8, 1955

  • Theodor Franz Eduard Kaluza, mathematician and physicist, known for the Kaluza-Klein theory involving field equations in five-dimensional space; his idea that fundamental forces can be explained by additional dimensions did not re-emerge until string theory was developed, November 9, 1885 – January 19, 1954

  • Isaiah Edwin Leopold, aka Ed Wynn, comedian and entertainer, also wrote, directed, and produced many shows, November 9, 1886 - June 19, 1966

  • Mary Wayne MAE Marsh, film actress, whose career spanned over 50 years; she started as an extra, and had her first starring role in the film Ramona at the age of 15; she appeared in The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance, November 9, 1895 - February 13, 1968

  • Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, chemist, who shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with George Porter for their study of extremely fast chemical reactions, November 9, 1897 – June 7, 1978

  • Anthony Asquith, film director, November 9, 1902 – February 20, 1968

  • Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, aka Hedy Lamarr, actress and communications technology innovator, who co-invented the first form of spread spectrum - a method in which energy generated at a single frequency is deliberately spread over a wide band of frequencies - a key to modern wireless communication, November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000

  • André Farkas, aka André François, painter, sculptor, graphic designer, and cartoonist, November 9, 1915 – April 11, 2005

  • Robert SARGENT Shriver, Jr., politician and activist, the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and an in-law of the Kennedy family, 1915

  • Pierrette Alarie, soprano, Companion of the Order of Canada, 1921

  • Imre Lipschitz, aka Imre Molnár, aka Imre Lakatos, philosopher of mathematics and science, November 9, 1922 – February 2, 1974

  • Dorothy Jean Dandridge, actress, the first black actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress category, whose first on-screen appearance was as an extra in a 1935 Our Gang short called Teacher's Beau; her first important role was a small part in the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races in 1937 in which her sister, Vivian Dandridge, and Etta Jones appear as The Dandridge Sisters; The Dandridge Sisters traveled all over the world and performed at the Cotton Club, also appearing in the 1939 film Going Places, with Maxine Sullivan and Louis Armstrong; she was cast in Carmen Jones, the film remake of the play of the same name, in November 1954, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Actress; in 1957, she appeared in Island in the Sun; in 1959, she starred in Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award; in 1961, she guested on the Ed Sullivan Show, singing a ballad, giving viewers the chance to hear her real voice - all the leads in Carmen Jones had been dubbed, except for Pearl Bailey, November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965

  • Imre Kertész, author, Holocaust concentration camp survivor, and winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature, 1929

  • Dorrel Norman Elvert WHITEY Herzog, former MLB outfielder and manager; in eight seasons, he batted .254 with 25 home runs, 172 RBIs, 213 runs, 60 doubles, 20 triples, and 13 stolen bases in 634 games; as a manager, he led six division winners, three pennant winners, and one World Series winner in compiling a 1281-1125 career record from 1973 to 1990; he was the 1985 National League Manager of the Year, 1931

  • Carl Edward Sagan, astronomer, astrobiologist, and science popularizer, who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI); he wrote popular science books, and co-wrote and presented the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; he wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name; he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books; in his works, he advocated scientific skepticism, humanism, and the scientific method, November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996

  • Pack Robert BOB Gibson, former MLB right-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975; in 1957, he received a bonus to sign with the Cardinals, but delayed his start with the organization for a year, to play with the Harlem Globetrotters; in the eight seasons from 1963 to 1970, he won 156 games and lost 81; he won nine Gold Glove Awards, was the World Series MVP in 1964 and 1967, and won Cy Young Awards in 1968 and 1970; in the 1967 World Series, he allowed only three earned runs over three complete game victories - games 1, 4, and 7 - hitting a home run in game 7; in 1968, his ERA was 1.12, he threw 13 shutouts, and allowed only two earned runs in 92 straight innings of pitching, winning the NL MVP Award; on May 12, 1969, he struck out three batters on nine pitches in the seventh inning of a 6-2 win, becoming the ninth National League pitcher and the 15th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning; on August 14 1971, he pitched a no-hitter in a 11-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates; he was the second pitcher in MLB history to strike out over 3,000 batters, the first to do so in the National League; he was one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time - in 1970, he hit .303 for the season, sometimes used by the Cardinals as a pinch-hitter, batting .206 with 24 home runs and 144 RBI's in his career; he had 3,117 career strikeouts; he was an eight-time All-Star (1962, 1965-70, 1972), had eight World Series wins, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, 1935

  • Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal, chess player, defeated Mikhail Botvinnik to become the eighth World Chess Champion, November 9, 1936 - June 28, 1992

  • 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

  • Tom Fogerty, musician, played rhythm guitar in Creedence Clearwater Revival; the elder brother of John Fogerty, November 9, 1941 – September 6, 1990

  • Louis Jude LOU Ferrigno, bodybuilder and actor, who has appeared in such television shows and movies as The Incredible Hulk, Pumping Iron, Sinbad of the Seven Seas and, in the title role, Hercules, 1951

  • Karen Dotrice, actress, known for her role as a child in the Mary Poppins movie; she is the daughter of Roy Dotrice, 1955

  • Fernando Meirelles, film director, nominated for the 2004 Academy Award for Best Director, 1955

  • Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone, whose reputation was initially based on his performance of Romantic lieder, but his repertoire now extends from the Baroque cantatas of Bach to solo jazz improvisations, 1959

  • Robert Duncan McNeill, actor, producer, and movie and television director, known for his role as Lieutenant Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager, 1964

  • Bryn Terfel Jones, aka Bryn Terfel, CBE, bass-baritone contemporary opera and concert singers, 1965

  • Teryl Rothery, actress and voice actor, known for her role as Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1; she has also appeared on many other sci-fi series, 1965

  • Nazzareno Carusi, pianist, 1968

  • Sandra "Pepa" Denton, R&B/hip-hop singer, a member of the female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa, 1969

  • Susan Tedeschi, blues and soul singer and guitarist, married to Derek Trucks, 1970

  • Adam Troy Dunn, MLB outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, 1979


  • Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer, diplomat and composer, whose most important compositions are the Concerti Armonici, November 2, 1692 – November 9, 1766

  • Edna May Nutter, aka Edna May Oliver, Oscar-nominated film actress, November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942

  • Frank James Marshall, chess player, U.S. Chess Champion from 1909 to 1936, August 10, 1877 – November 9, 1944

  • Sigmund Romberg, composer, best known for his operettas, July 29, 1887 – November 9, 1951

  • Chaim Azriel Weizmann, chemist and statesman, the President of the World Zionist Organization, first President of Israel, and founder of a research institute in Israel which became the Weizmann Institute of Science, November 27, 1874 – November 9, 1952

  • Dylan Marlais Thomas, poet and writer; in 2004, the Dylan Thomas Prize, was created in his honour, October 27, 1914 – November 9, 1953

  • Maude Hawk, aka Maude Fealy, stage and film actress, March 4, 1881 - November 9, 1971

  • Fred Girard Haney, MLB third baseman, manager, coach, and executive; as a manager, he won two pennants and a world championship with the Milwaukee Braves and, as an executive, he was the first general manager of the expansion Los Angeles Angels, April 25, 1898 – November 9, 1977

  • Victor Sen Yung, character actor, with dozens of credits in television and feature films, remembered as Hop Sing, the cook on Bonanza, October 18, 1915 - November 9, 1980

  • Ivo Livi, aka Yves Montand, actor, October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991

  • Ursula Reit, actress, known for her role as Mrs. Gloop in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, March 5, 1914 – November 9, 1998

  • Arthur William Matthew ART Carney, film, stage, television, and radio actor, who gained lifelong fame for his portrayal of Ed Norton on The Honeymooners; he had many screen and stage roles, including the portrayal on Broadway of Felix Unger in The Odd Couple; in 1974 he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Harry and Tonto, November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003

  • Iris Shun-Ru Chang, freelance historian and journalist, who wrote The Rape of Nanking, March 28, 1968 – November 9, 2004

  • Edward R. ED Bradley, journalist, best known for his work on 60 Minutes; his first job was teaching sixth grade; while he was teaching, he moonlighted at WDAS in Philadelphia, where he programmed music, read news, and covered basketball games; his introduction to news reporting came during the riots in Philadelphia in the 1960's; in 1967, he landed a full-time job at radio station WCBS; in 1971, he moved to Paris, where he became a stringer for CBS News, covering the Paris Peace Talks; in 1972, he was transferred to Saigon, to cover the Vietnam War, and spent time in Phnom Penh covering the war in Cambodia - while covering the war, he was injured by a mortar round; in 1974, he moved to Washington, D.C; he covered the Carter campaign in 1976, and became CBS News' White House correspondent until 1978; from 1978 to 1981, he served as principal correspondent for CBS Reports; in 1981, he joined the staff of 60 Minutes, replacing Dan Rather; over the course of his career, Bradley received 19 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award for his African AIDS report, Death By Denial, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association; he was also a jazz enthusiast, and hosted the Peabody Award-winning Jazz at Lincoln Centre on National Public Radio for over a decade until his death, June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006


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