2005-08-19 07:58:47 UTC
we have two birthday boys; Giles has just reached the big four-oh and
Chris Ridd, who could pass for twenty one but I don't actually know how
old he is.
Happy birthday to you both!
You share your birthdays with:
1398 - Marqués de Santillana, Spanish poet
1621 - Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter
1631 - John Dryden, English poet
1646 - John Flamsteed, English astronomer
1686 - Eustace Budgell, English writer
1686 - Nicola Porpora, Italian composer
1689 - Samuel Richardson, English writer
1743 - Madame du Barry, French courtesan
1870 - Bernard Baruch, financier
1871 - Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer
1875 - Stjepan Seljan, explorer
1881 - Georges Enescu, Romanian composer
1883 - Coco Chanel, French clothing designer
1883 - Elsie Ferguson, American film actress
1892 - Alfred Lunt, actor
1902 - Ogden Nash, poet
1906 - Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor and television
1907 - Thurston B. Morton, American politician
1913 - Richard Simmons, American actor
1915 - Ring Lardner, Jr., actor and screenwriter
1916 - Marie Wilson, actress
1919 - Malcolm Forbes, publisher
1921 - Gene Roddenberry, American television producer
1925 - Claude Gauvreau, Canadian playwright, poet, and polemicist
1926 - Arthur Rock, venture capitalist
1930 - Frank McCourt, Irish-born author
1931 - Willie Shoemaker, American jockey
1935 - Bobby Richardson, baseball player
1938 - Diana Muldaur, actress, dog breeder, and dog judge
1939 - Ginger Baker, musician
1944 - Charles B. Wang, philanthropist
1940 - Johnny Nash, singer
1940 - Jill St. John, actress
1942 - Fred Thompson, U.S. Senator from Tennessee and actor
1945 - Ian Gillan, vocalist
1946 - Bill Clinton, President of the United States
1946 - Beat Raaflaub, conductor
1947 - Gerard Schwarz, American conductor
1948 - Tipper Gore, former Second Lady of the United States
1950 - Jennie Bond, journalist
1952 - Jonathan Frakes, actor and director
1955 - Peter Gallagher, actor
1956 - Adam Arkin, actor
1958 - Anthony Muñoz, American football player
1960 - Morten Andersen, American football player
1963 - John Stamos, actor
1965 - Kevin Dillon, actor
1965 - Kyra Sedgwick, actress
1966 - Lee Ann Womack, country music musician
1969 - Matthew Perry, actor
1973 - Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway
1973 - Callum Blue, British actor
1980 - Darius Danesh, singer
1983 - Tammin Sursok, Australian actress
On this day in history:
1561 - Queen Mary Stuart returns to Scotland.
1692 - Salem Witch Trials: In Salem, Massachusetts five women and
a clergyman are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
1782 - Battle of Blue Licks: the last major battle of the American
Revolutionary War, almost ten months after the surrender of
the British commander Lord Cornwallis following the Battle
1812 - War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the
British frigate HMS Guerrière off the coast of Nova Scotia.
The British shot is said to have bounced off the
Constitution's sides, earning her the nickname "Old
1813 - Gervasio Antonio de Posadas joins Argentina's second
1839 - Presentation of Jacque Daguerre's new photographic process
to the French Academy of Sciences.
1848 - California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to
the East Coast of the United States, that there is a gold
rush in California (although the rush started in January).
1862 - Indian Wars: During an uprising in Minnesota, Lakota
warriors decide not to attack heavily-defended Fort Ridgely
and instead turn to the settlement of New Ulm, killing white
settlers along the way.
1895 - American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is
killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
1919 - Afghanistan gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1929 - The radio comedy show Amos and Andy makes its NBC debut
starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1934 - The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
1934 - The creation of the position Führer approved by the German
electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote.
1942 - World War II: Operation Jubilee - The 2nd Canadian Infantry
Division leads an allied forces amphibious assault on Dieppe,
1944 - World War II: Liberation of Paris - Paris rises against German
occupation with the help of Allied troops.
1945 - Vietnam War: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi,
1953 - Cold War: The CIA helps to overthrow the government of
Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad
1955 - In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by
Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
1960 - Cold War: In Moscow, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary
Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet
Union for espionage.
1960 - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 5 with the
dogs Belka and Strelka (Russian for "Squirrel" and "Little
Arrow"), 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The
spacecraft returned to earth the next day and all animals
were recovered safely.
1965 - Japanese prime minister Eisaku Sato becomes the first
post-World War II sitting prime minister to visit Okinawa.
1975 - The cricket test match between England and Australia is
called off after the pitch is vandalised by supporters of
1980 - Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after
making an emergency landing at King Khalid International
Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people.
1981 - Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi sends two Sukhoi Su-22 fighter
jets to take on a couple of United States fighters over the
Gulf of Sidra. The American jets destroyed the Libyan
1987 - Hungerford Massacre: In the United Kingdom, Michael Ryan
kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then
1989 - Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates Solidarity
activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be Prime Minister, thus
Mazowiecki becoming the first non-communist to come to power
in Poland in 42 years.
1990 - Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with
Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
1999 - In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand
the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
President Slobodan Miloevic.
2002 - A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a
Chechen missile outside of Grozny killing 118 soldiers.
2003 - A car-bomb attack on UN headquarters in Iraq kills the
agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other
Deaths on this day:
14 - Augustus, Roman emperor
1186 - Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of Brittany, stamped by a horse
in a tournament
1245 - Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence (born 1195)
1493 - Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor
1580 - Andrea Palladio, Italian architect
1662 - Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and
religious philosopher (born 1623)
1753 - Balthasar Neumann, German architect (born 1687)
1819 - James Watt, Scottish inventor (born 1736)
1872 - King Charles XV / Carl IV of Sweden and Norway (born 1826)
1889 - Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (born 1838)
1895 - John Wesley Hardin, gunfighter
1936 - Federico García Lorca, Spanish author (born 1898)
1936 - John M.S. Pearce, neurologist and author
1954 - Alcide De Gasperi, Prime Minister of Italy (born 1881)
1957 - David Bomberg, painter
1959 - Jacob Epstein, American-born sculptor (born 1880)
1967 - Hugo Gernsback, editor and publisher
1968 - George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (born 1904)
1970 - Pawel Jasienica, Polish historian (born 1909)
1977 - Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (born 1890)
1980 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
1994 - Linus Pauling, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel
Prize in Chemistry and Peace (born 1901)
1995 - Pierre Schaeffer, French composer
2003 - Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (born 1926)
2003 - Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (born 1948)
The BBC's "on this day" page:
Hope you both have a good day. Who was born first (ie who is the
eldest) and who gets to celebrate first (ie was born earlier in the