Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Today CCLI


  • James [Jacob I] Bernoulli, mathematician, who collaborated with his brother Johann on various applications, publishing papers on transcendental curves and isoperimetry; in 1690, he became the first person to develop the technique for solving separable differential equations; in 1682, he founded a school for mathematics and the sciences, December 27, 1654 - August 16, 1705

  • Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet, scientist, inventor, and politician, who pioneered the study of aerodynamics over a century before the development of powered flight, December 27, 1773 – December 15, 1857

  • Louis Pasteur, microbiologist and chemist, best known for demonstrating how to prevent milk and wine from going sour, a process now called pasteurization; his experiments confirmed the germ theory of disease, and he created the first vaccine for rabies; he became one of the founders of bacteriology, December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895

  • Sydney Hughes Greenstreet, actor, who began working for Warner Bros. in 1941; his debut film role was also his most famous: Kasper Gutman (aka "The Fat Man") in The Maltese Falcon, co-starring Peter Lorre; the duo appeared in eight films together, including Casablanca, in which he played Signor Ferrari, December 27, 1879 – January 18, 1954

  • Cyrus Stephen Eaton, financier, industrialist, and philanthropist, whose 1950's efforts at rapprochement with the Soviet Union won him the 1960 Lenin Peace Prize, December 27, 1883 – May 9, 1979

  • Thea Gabriele von Harbou, actress and author, December 27, 1888 – July 1, 1954

  • Marie Magdalene MARLENE Dietrich, actress, entertainer, and singer, December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992

  • Oscar Levant, pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor, December 27, 1906 - August 14, 1972

  • William Howell Masters, gynecologist, the senior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team; with Virginia E. Johnson, he pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response, and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions from 1957 until the 1990's; they co-wrote Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy, December 27, 1915 - February 16, 2001

  • Mary Kornman, child actress, who was the leading female star of the Our Gang series during the Pathé silent era, December 27, 1915 - June 1, 1973

  • Michel Piccoli, actor, 1925

  • Jerome Courtland, actor, director, and producer, 1926

  • Winfield Scott SCOTTY Moore III, guitarist, known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis' Hollywood years; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1931

  • John Amos, Jr, former professional football player, and movie and television actor, known for playing: Gordy Howard, the weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; James Evans, Sr. on Good Times; and the adult Kunta Kinte on the miniseries Roots, 1939

  • Michael Thomas MIKE Pinder, musician, known for his work with the Moody Blues, and as a solo artist, 1941

  • Byron Ellis Browne, former MLB outfielder, 1942

  • Charmian Farnon, aka Charmian Carr, actress, known for role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in The Sound Of Music, 1942

  • Peter Sinfield, lyricist and record producer, known as the lyricist for early incarnations of King Crimson, contributing to In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon, and Lizard and Islands, which he produced; he produced Roxy Music's self-titled first album, 1943

  • Joan Manuel Serrat i Teresa, singer-songwriter, 1943

  • Michael Leslie MICK Jones, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, known as a member of Foreigner, 1944

  • Tracy Nelson, blues singer-songwriter, 1947

  • Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu, CQ, actor, 1948

  • David Knopfler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and poet; he was a founding member of Dire Straits, playing rhythm guitar with his brother Mark Knopfler as frontman; he is currently a solo artist, 1952

  • Maryam d'Abo, actress, whose first feature role was as Kara Milovy in the 1987 film The Living Daylights, 1960

  • Sarah Jane Vowell, author, journalist, voice actor, and regular contributor to This American Life on Public Radio International, I have read and enjoyed her books The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation, 1969

  • Joan Marie JOANIE Laurer, actress, and retired professional wrestler [as CHYNA] and bodybuilder, 1969

  • Masayori MASI Oka, actor and digital effects artist, who has performed in many films and TV shows, and is currently appearing in the role of Hiro Nakamura on Heroes, 1974

  • Heather Michele O'Rourke, child actress, known for her leading role in the Poltergeist, December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988

  • Emilie de Ravin, actress, known for her roles as Curupira on BeastMaster, as Tess Harding on Roswell, and as Claire Littleton on Lost, 1981


  • Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, composer, organist, and pianist, April 19, 1785 - Paris, December 27, 1858

  • Charles Martin Hall, inventor and engineer, known for his discovery in 1886 of an inexpensive method for producing aluminum, which became the first metal to attain widespread use since the prehistoric discovery of iron, December 6, 1863 – December 27, 1914

  • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, engineer, architect, and specialist in metallic structures, famous for designing the Eiffel Tower, December 15, 1832 – December 27, 1923

  • Calvin Blackman Bridges Ph.D., scientist, known for his contributions to the field of genetics, January 11, 1889 - December 27, 1938

  • Lester Bowles MIKE Pearson, PC, CC, OM, OBE, MA, LL.D., Canadian prime minister from 1963 to 1968; during his time as Prime Minister, his minority governments introduced universal health care, student loans, the Canada Pension Plan, and Canada's flag; he was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in defusing the Suez Crisis through the United Nations, April 23, 1897 – December 27, 1972

  • Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, physicist, who did foundational work on quantum mechanics, December 22, 1898 – December 27, 1974

  • Robert Glynn BOB Luman, country and rockabilly singer, April 15, 1937 - December 27, 1978

  • Hoagland Howard HOAGY Carmichael, composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader, known for writing Stardust, which may be the most-recorded American song ever written, November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981

  • John Leonard JACK Swigert, Jr.,, astronaut, August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982

  • William HAL Ashby, film director, became an assistant film editor to begin his movie career; in 1967, he won the Academy Award for Film Editing for In the Heat of the Night; at the urging of its director, Norman Jewison, he directed his first film, The Landlord, in 1970, September 2, 1929 - December 27, 1988

  • Shura Cherkassky, classical pianist, October 7, 1911 - December 27, 1995

  • George Roy Hill, film director, who won the Academy Award for Best Director in
    1973 for The Sting, December 20, 1921 – December 27, 2002

  • Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, actor, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for 1968's The Fixer, and was the winner of two Tony Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003

  • Ivan Calderón Pérez, MLB right fielder, who played from 1984 to 1993, and was named an All-Star in 1991; he was a career .272 hitter with 104 home runs and 444 RBI in 924 games; he was murdered in a bar in Loiza, Puerto Rico, March 19, 1962 – December 27, 2003

  • Walter HANK Garland, Nashville studio musician, who began playing the guitar at the age of six, and had a million-selling hit at 19 with Sugar Foot Rag; he is known for his work on early Elvis Presley recordings, November 11, 1930 – December 27, 2004

  • C. William Doody, politician, a member of the Canadian Senate representing Newfoundland and Labrador, February 26, 1931 - December 27, 2005

  • Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 40th vice-president and 38th President of the United States; he was the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment and, upon succession to the presidency, became the only person to hold that office without having been elected either president or vice president, July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006


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