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January 21
1824 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson mb
1855 - Firearms designer John Browning mb (Maybe)
1884 - Roger Nash Baldwin (Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union )
1908 - Sullivan Ordinance enacted* mb

January 22
1775 - Andre Ampere (French physicist)
1879 - Battle of Rorke's Drift mb
1934 - Actor Bill Bixby mb
1934 - Singer Sam Cooke mb

January 23
1898 - Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein mb
1899 - Actor Humphrey Bogart mb
1977 - Haley's Roots premier mb

January 24
41 - Caligula murdered mb
1941 - Singer Neil Diamond mb
1949 - Comedian John Belushi mb

January 25
1533 - Henry VIII m. Anne Boleyn mb
1627 - Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, a founder of modern chemistry mb
1759 - Scottish poet Robert Burns mb
1783 - William Colgate mb (Soapmaker)
1874 - Novelist W. Somerset Maugham mb

January 26
1715 - French philosopher Claude Helvetius mb
1788 - Australia's first national day mb
1880 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur mb
1925 - Actor Paul Newman mb
1928 - Singer Eartha Kitt mb
1961 - Wayne Gretzky mb

January 27
1756 - Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart mb
1832 - Author Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) mb
1967 - Apollo 1 disaster mb
???? - Wavemotion
???? - ctimmins

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January 14
1892 - Silent comedy film director Hal Roach mb
1941 - Actress Faye Dunaway mb

January 15
1909 - Drummer Gene Krupa mb
2001 - Wikipedia goes live mb

January 16
378 - Smoking Frog conquers Tikal mb
1853 - Andre Michelin (Inventor of mass-produced tires)
1874 - Canadian poet Robert Service (The Cremation of Sam McGee)

January 17
1706 - American statesman, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin mb
1746 - Battle of Falkirk Muir mb
1931 - Actor James Earl Jones mb
1942 - Champion heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali mb

January 18
1778 - Cap. Cook "discovers" Sandwich Islands mb
1779 - English physician Peter Roget (Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus)
1782 - Daniel Webster (American orator and statesman.)
1882 - A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh mb
1892 - Actor Oliver Hardy mb
1904 - Actor Cary Grant mb

January 19
1523 - Zwingli publishes 67 Articles mb
1736 - James Watt mb
1807 - Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee mb
1809 - American short story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe mb
1923 - Actress Jean Stapleton (All in the Family)
1946 - Dolly Parton mb
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
???? - Kwakkie

January 20
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
1920 - Actor DeForest Kelley mb
1930 - Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin mb
1942 - Wannsee Conference mb

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January 7
1745 - Frenchman Jacques Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon mb
1800 - Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States mb

January 8
1821 - James Longstreet, Confederate general in the Civil War mb
1935 - Singer Elvis Presley mb
1947 - Singer David Bowie mb
???? - Brichs

January 9
1913 - Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States mb
1925 - Actor Lee Van Cleef mb
1941 - Folk Singer Joan Baez mb
1941 - Contry Singer Crystal Gayle mb

January 10
1904 - Ray Bolger mb
1945 - Rod Stewart mb

January 11
1757 - Alexander Hamilton mb
1807 - Ezra Cornell mb
1815 - Sir John MacDonald, first prime minister of Canada mb

January 12
1876 - Novelist Jack London mb
1944 - Champion heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier mb
1954 - Talk show host Howard Stern mb
???? - agorski

January 13
1961 - Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld mb

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December 31
1869 - French painter Henri Matisse mb
???? - Engoduun

January 1
1752 - Betsy Ross (maker of the first American flag)
1879 - English novelist E.M. Forster mb

January 2
1912 - British-born Soviet master spy Harold "Kim" Philby mb
1920 - Author Isaac Asimov mb

January 3
1892 - J.R.R. Tolkein, author of the fantasy novel "Lord of the Rings," mb
1909 - Entertainer Victor Borge mb
1951 - Actor Mel Gibson mb
???? - Wired_Wolf

January 4
1785 - Folklore and fairy tale collector Jakob Grimm mb
1809 - Teacher of the blind Louis Braille mb

January 5
1855 - King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor mb

January 6
1822 - Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy mb
1880 - Silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix mb
1970 - <em>Tall Girl in the Middle</em> Gabrielle Reece (she goes on to become a volleyball star, a model and an author mb

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December 24
1905 - Industrialist Howard Hughes (The Spruce Goose)

December 25
1 - Christ (observed)
1642 - British mathematician, physicist and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton mb
1821 - American Red Cross founder Clara Barton mb
1893 - Robert Ripley (Ripley's Believe it or Not)

December 26
1716 - English poet Thomas Gray mb
1792 - English inventor Charles Babbage (Inventor of the speedometer)
1891 - Novelist Henry Miller mb
1893 - Mao Tse-tung mb

December 27
1571 - German astronomer Johannes Kepler mb
1773 - George Cayley (Father of the science of aerodynamics )
1822 - French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (Who the hell decides who is worthy of a microbadge?)

December 28
1856 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States mb

December 29
1808 - Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States mb
1917 - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley mb
???? - fastfox

December 30
1865 - British author Rudyard Kipling mb
1869 - Canadian economist and humorist Stephen Leacock mb
1884 - Japan's World War II Prime Minister Hideki Tojo mb
???? - [geekurl=/user/Red Wine Pie]Red Wine Pie[/geekurl]

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December 17
1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier (Poet )

December 18
1856 - English physicist Joseph Thompson (Discoverer of the electron )
1870 - British short story writer Saki (H.H. Munro)
1946 - Steven Spielbergmb
1963 - Actor Brad Pitt mb

December 19
1906 - Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev mb

December 20
1868 - Industrialist Harvey Firestone mb
1901 - Nuclear physicist Robert Van de Graaff mb

December 21
1795 - Dog Breeder Jack Russell mb
1804 - Benjamin Disraeli (Bristish Statesmen)
1937 - Actress Jane Fonda (Barberella)
1940 - Musician Frank Zappa mb
1948 - Actor Samuel L. Jackson mb
1954 - Tennis player Chris Evert mb

December 22
1858 - Giacomo Puccini mb
1862 - Connie Mack mb
1912 - Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson mb
1917 - Gene Rayburn (Match Game)
1922 - Actress Barbara Billingsley (Leave it to Beaver)
1949 - Brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb mb

December 23
1790 - Egyptologist Jean Francois Champollion (Translator of the Rosetta Stone)
1805 - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith mb
1860 - Poet Harriet Monroe, founder of Poetry magazine mb

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December 10
1787 - Francis Gallaudet (founder of the first free school for the deaf)
1830 - Poet Emily Dickinson mb
1851 - Melvil Dewey (Librarian)
1978 - Sadat & Begin awarded Nobel Peace Prize mb

December 11
1781 - David Brewster (kaleidoscope inventor)
1803 - French composer Hector Berlioz mb
1918 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn mb
1936 - Edward VIII abdicates mb

December 12
1915 - Singer Frank Sinatra mb
1930 - Spanish Civil War begins mb

December 13
1835 - Clergyman Phillips Brooks (O Little Town of Bethlehem)
1925 - Comedian-actor Dick Van Dyke mb
2003 - Saddam Hussein captured mb

December 14
1503 - Nostradamus (French astrologer and prophet )
1546 - Danish astronomer and mathematician Tycho Brahe mb
1896 - World War II American air ace "Jimmy" Doolittle mb
1911 - Amundsen at South Pole mb

December 15
37 - The Roman emperor Nero mb
1859 - Polish linguist Ludwik Zamenhof, creator of the international language Esperanto mb
1915 - Allies begin evacuation of Gallipoli mb
1933 - Comedian-Actor Tim Conway mb
1950 - Actor Don Johnson mb

December 16
1770 - German composer Ludwig von Beethoven mb
1773 - The "Boston Tea Party" mb
1775 - Novelist Jane Austen mb
1866 - Artist Wassily Kandinksy mb
1917 - Author Arthur C. Clarke mb
1928 - Author Philip K. Dick mb
1943 - TV Producer Stephen Bochco (Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, NYPD Blues)
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December 3
1755 - Presidential portrait painter Gilbert Stuart mb
1838 - Cleveland Abbe mb (Inventor of daily weather bulletins)
1916 - Joffre replaced by Nivelle mb[/q]
1930 - Andy Williams (Singer)
1944 - Musician Ralph McTell mb
1948 - Ozzy Osbourne (Singer)
1960 - Actress Daryl Hannah mb
???? - Spielfreak

December 4
1776 - Phi Beta Kappa organized (first Greek frat) mb
1795 - Thomas Carlyle (Historian)
1861 - Lillian Russell (Actress-Singer)
1872 - Marie Celeste found adrift and deserted mb
???? - MarylandBear

December 5
1782 - Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States mb
1839 - Gen. George Custer mb
1890 - Film director Fritz Lang mb
1901 - Cartoon creator Walt Disney mb

December 6
1421 - Henry VI (English King)
1865 - 13th US Amendment ratified mb
1870 - William S. Hart mb
1896 - Ira Gershwin (Lyricist)

December 7
1761 - Marie Tussaud (Waxwork Museum Founder)
1941 - Pearl Harbor mb
1949 - Musician Tom Waits mb

December 8
1765 - Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin mb
1861 - General Motors founder William Durant mb
1925 - Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. mb
1943 - Rock musician Jim Morrison mb
1980 - John Lennon murdered mb

December 9
0536 - Flavius Belisarius captures Rome mb
1886 - Clarence Birdseye (Industrialist-inventor)
1898 - Emmett Kelly mb
1909 - Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (The Thief of Baghdad)

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November 26
1789 - Washington proclaims National Thanksgiving Day mb
1876 - Air conditioning engineer Willis Carrier mb
1919 - SF author Frederik Pohl mb
1922 - Cartoonist Charles Schulz mb

November 27
1701 - Anders Celsius (Swedish astronomer and inventor of the centigrade thermometer )
1907 - SF and Fantasy author L. Sprague de Camp mb
1928 - SF/Fantasy Artist Josh Kirby (many Discworld covers) mb
1940 - Martial Artist Bruce Lee mb
1942 - Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix mb
1955 - Educator/Television host Bill Nye the Science Guy mb
1957 - Game designer/author Michael Stackpole mb
1978 - George Moscone and Harvey Milk assassinated mb
???? - Volfield

November 28
1757 - English poet William Blake mb
1820 - Philosopher/Economist Friedrich Engles mb
1866 - Architect Henry Bacon, designer of the Lincoln Memorial mb
1868 - Mt. Etna goes boom mb
1929 - Berry Gordy mb (Motown Records founder)
1931 - Author/Illustrator Tomi Ungerer mb
1931 - Author/Illustrator Ed Young mb
1962 - Comedian/Commentator Jon Stewart mb
1987 - Actress Karen Gillan mb

November 29
1787 - Louis XVI's Edict of Tolerance mb
1797 - Composer Gaetano Donizetti mb
1803 - Christian Doppler (Austrian physicist )
1832 - Author Louisa May Alcott mb
1849 - John Fleming mb (Inventer of the radio tube-diode)
1898 - Author C.S. Lewis mbmb
1918 - Author Madeleine L'Engle mb
1931 - Actor/Director Shintaro Katsu mb

November 30
1667 - Author/Satirist Jonathan Swift mb
1835 - Novelist Mark Twain mb (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
1874 - British statesman Sir Winston Churchill mb
1923 - Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. mb
1929 - Dick Clark mb
1952 - Actor Mandy Patinkin mb
1982 - MJ's Thriller released mb
1985 - Actress Kaley Cuoco mb

December 1
1792 - Mathematician Nikolai Lobachevsky mb
1935 - Comedian-film maker Woody Allen mb
1940 - Actor Richard Pryor mb
1964 - RPG and Fantasy Author Jo Walton mb

December 2
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte crowned Emperor mb
1853 - French painter Georges Seurat mb
1863 - Circus co-founder Charles Ringling mb
1906 - Engineer Peter Carl Goldmark mb (inventor of the long-playing record)
1914 - Actor Ray Walston (Mr. Hand)
1923 - Opera singer Maria Callas mb
1946 - Author/illustrator David Macaulay mb
1955 - Rosa Parks declines to move mb
1973 - Monica Seles mb

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November 19
1600 - King Charles I of England mb
1831 - US President.James Garfield
1875 - Explorer Hiram Bingham mb (Discoverer of the Inca city of Machu Picchu)
1888 - Chess grand master José Capablanca mb
1911 - First Italy-New York wireless transmission mb
1961 - Actress Meg Ryan mb
1962 - Actress Jodie Foster mb
1980 - GW1: Legion of Gold is published.

November 20
1884 - Norman Thomas mb (Six times the Socialist Party candidate for U.S. president)
1886 - Zoologist Karl von Frisch mb
1889 - Astronomer Edwin Hubble mb
1900 - Chester Gould mb
1945 - Nuremberg trial opens mb

November 21
1694 - French author Francois Voltaire mb
1898 - Artist René Magritte mb
1910 - Revolta da Chibata mb
1920 - Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial mb

November 22
1940 - Actor/Director/Artist Terry Gilliam mb
1950 - Musician Tina Weymouth mb
1958 - Actress Jamie Lee Curtis mb
1963 - Oswald murders Kennedy mb
1984 - Actress Scarlett Johansson mb

November 23
1616 - Mathematician John Wallis (designer of the infinity symbol) mb
1804 - Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States mb
1859 - Outlaw Billy "The Kid" Bonney mb
1859 - The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection published mb
1887 - Actor Boris Karloff mb
1888 - Comic actor Harpo Marx mb
1907 - Producer Run Run Shaw, founder of martial arts film studio Shaw Brothers mb

November 24
1784 - Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States mb
1853 - William "Bat" Masterson mb (Gambler and frontier lawman)
1942 - Comedian/Actor Billy Connolly mb
1946 - Singer Freddie Mercury mb
???? - Papiklfish

November 25
2348 BC - The Great Deluge (e.g., Biblical Flood, trad.) mb
1844 - Pioneer German automobile designer Karl Benz mb
1920 - Actor Ricardo Montalban mb

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