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Today in History

1541: Conqueror of the Incas, Francisco Pizarro, assassinated

1906: First Grand Prix is held at Le Mans

1917: First American soldiers land in France

1919: NY Daily News begins publishing

1927: Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke approaches within 0.0394 AUs of Earth

1945: U.N. Charter signed

1959: St. Lawrence Seaway opened

1963: JFK charms Berliners: "Ich bin ein Berliner"

1989: Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty

1993: Clinton punishes Iraq for plot to kill Bush

Notable Births

1819: Abner Doubleday (baseball founder)

1891: Sidney Howard (playwright: screen play: Gone with the Wind)

1892: Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize-winning author: The Good Earth [1938])

1898: Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer

1900: Hack (Lewis) Wilson (baseball: major-league record holder: runs batted in [190] in a season [1930]: Chicago Cubs)

1904: Peter Lorre (Loewenstein) (actor: The Maltese Falcon, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Casablanca, The Raven)

1914: Babe (Mildred) Didrikson Zaharias (The outstanding female athlete of the first half-century [AP 1950]; International Women's Sports Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer, World Golf Hall of Famer, LPGA Hall of Famer, National Track and Field Hall of Famer)

1914: Richard Maltby (bandleader: Theme from The Man with the Golden Arm, St. Louis Mambo)

1916: Alex Dreier (newsman: ABC Radio)

1922: Eleanor Parker (actress: The Sound of Music, Of Human Bondage, Caged, The Man with the Golden Arm, Dead on the Money)

1922: Frances Rafferty (actress: Money Madness, Curley, Mrs. Parkington, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood)

1934: Dave Grusin (composer: film scores: On Golden Pond, Heaven Can Wait, Tootsie)

1936: Hal Greer (Basketball Hall of Famer: Philadelphia 76ers)

1940: Billy Davis, Jr. (singer: group: The 5th Dimension: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, Up Up and Away; w/Marilyn McCoo: You Don't Have to be a Star, Your Love)

1943: Pamela Bellwood (actress: Dynasty, Double Standard, Cellar Dweller, Deadman's Curve)

1943: Bill Robinson (baseball)

1943: Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) (singer: The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde)

1950: Dave Rosello (baseball)

1952: Danny Gruen (hockey)

1961: Terri Nunn (singer: group: Berlin: Take My Breath Away)

1968: Shannon Sharpe, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)

1970: Chris O'Donnell (actor: The Three Musketeers, Dead Poets Society, Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes)

1976: Ed Jovanoski, Windsor Ont, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)

Notable Deaths

1984: Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69

2003: Denis Thatcher, husband of former British PM Margaret Thatcher. Known for handling his difficult role with wit and grace. Born May 10, 1915

2003: Strom Thurmond, Politician: US Senator from South Carolina. Longest serving and oldest senator ever when he retired at age 100. Born December 5, 1902

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