Monday, November 30, 2009

Evel Knievel died 2 years ago

Evel Knievel was born on October 17, 1938 as Robert Craig Knievel in Butte, Montana. He was a motorcycle stunt rider. Mr. Knievel died on November 30, 2007 in Clearwater, Florida.

Tiny Tim died 13 years ago

Tiny Tim was born on April 12, 1932 as Herbert Khaury in New York City, New York. He sang the songs Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight. Mr. Tim died on November 30, 1996 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lionel Stander died 15 years ago

Lionel Jay Stander was born on January 11, 1908 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. He acted as “Max” on the TV series Hart to Hart. Mr. Stander died on November 30, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

David Houston died 16 years ago

David Houston was born on December 9, 1935 as Charles David Houston in Bossier City, Louisiana. He sang the song Almost Persuaded. Mr. Houston died on November 30, 1993 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Oscar Wilde died 109 years ago

Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde in Dublin, Ireland. He wrote the novel The Picture of Doran Gray, the play The Importance of Being Earnest, and other works. Mr. Wilde died on November 30, 1900 in Paris, France.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

George Harrison died 8 years ago

George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943 in Wavertree, Liverpool, England. He wrote the song Here Comes the Sun and others. Mr. Harrison died on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.

Gene Rayburn died 10 years ago

Gene Rayburn was born on December 22, 1917 as Eugene Rubessa in Christopher, Illinois. He hosted the TV game show The Match Game. Mr. Rayburn died on November 29, 1999 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Ralph Bellamy died 18 years ago

Ralph Rexford Bellamy was born on June 17, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. He acted in the 1937 movie The Awful Truth and many more. Mr. Bellamy died on November 29, 1991 in Santa Monica, California.

Cary Grant died 23 years ago

Cary Grant was born on January 18, 1904 as Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England. He acted in the 1938 movie Bringing Up Baby and many more. Mr. Grant died on November 29, 1986 in Davenport, Iowa.

Natalie Wood died 28 years ago

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 as Natalia Zacharenko in San Francisco, California. She acted in the 1961 movie West Side Story and many, many more. Ms. Wood died on November 29, 1981 by Santa Catalina Island, California.

Giacomo Puccini died 85 years ago

Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858 as Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He composed the operas La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and others. Mr. Puccini died on November 29, 1924 in Brussels, Belgium.

Claudio Monteverdi died 366 years ago

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was born on May 15, 1567 in Cremona, Italy. He composed the opera L’Orfeo. Mr. Monteverdi died on November 29, 1643 in Venice.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kal Mann died 8 years ago

Kal Mann was born on May 6, 1917 as Kalman Cohen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He co-wrote the song Let’s Twist Again. Mr. Mann died on November 28, 2001 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Garry Moore died 16 years ago

Garry Moore was born on January 31, 1915 as Thomas Garrison Morfit, III in Baltimore, Maryland. He hosted The Garry Moore Show and the game shows I’ve Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth. Mr. Moore died on November 28, 1993 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Christopher George died 26 years ago

Christopher John George was born on February 25, 1931 in Royal Oak, Michigan. He acted on the TV series The Immortal. Mr. George died on November 28, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

Rosalind Russell died 33 years ago

Rosalind Russell was born on June 4, 1907 in Waterbury, Connecticut. She acted in the 1958 movie Auntie Mame and many others. Ms. Russell died on November 28, 1976 in Beverly Hills, California.

Washington Irving died 150 years ago

Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783 in New York City, New York. He wrote the short story Rip Van Winkle and other works. Mr. Irving died on November 28, 1859 in Sunnyside, New York.

Friday, November 27, 2009

David White died 19 years ago

David White was born on April 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado. He acted as “Larry Tate” on the TV sitcom Bewitched. Mr. White died on November 27, 1990 in North Hollywood, California.

Arthur Honegger died 54 years ago

Arthur Honegger was born on March 10, 1892 as Oscar-Arthur Honegger in Le Havre, France. He composed the orchestral work Pacific 231. Mr. Honegger died on November 27, 1955 in Paris, France.

Eugene O’Neill died 56 years ago

Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born on October 16, 1888 in New York City, New York. He wrote the 1956 play Long Day’s Journey into Night. Mr. O’Neill died on November 27, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Clement Studebaker died 108 years ago

Clement Studebaker was born on March 12, 1831 in Pinetown, Pennsylvania. He co-founded the Studebaker Company. Mr. Studebaker died on November 27, 1901 in South Bend, Indiana.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mel Tolkin died 2 years ago

Mel Tolkin was born on August 3, 1913 as Shmuel Tolchinsky in Odessa, Ukraine. He was the head writer for the TV show Your Show of Shows. Mr. Tolkin died on November 26, 2007 in Century City, California.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Flip Wilson died 11 years ago

Flip Wilson was born on December 8, 1933 as Clerow Wilson, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was a guest on the TV show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and hosted his own TV show The Flip Wilson Show. He often said the WYSIWYG phrase: “What You See Is What You Get”. Mr. Wilson died on November 25, 1998 in Malibu, California.

Jack Albertson died 28 years ago

Jack Albertson was born on June 16, 1907 in Malden, Massachusetts. He acted as “Grandpa Joe” in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as “Manny Rosen” in the 1972 movie The Poseidon Adventure, and as “Ed Brown” on the TV sitcom Chico and the Man. Mr. Albertson died on November 25, 1981 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Upton Sinclair died 41 years ago

Upton Sinclair, Jr. was born on September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland. He wrote the 1906 novel The Jungle. Mr. Sinclair died on November 25, 1968 in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pat Morita died 4 years ago

Pat Morita was born on June 28, 1932 as Noriyuki Morita in Isleton, California. He acted as “Arnold” on the TV sitcom Happy Days and as “Mr. Miyagi” in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid. Mr. Morita died on November 24, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arthur Hailey died 5 years ago

Arthur Hailey was born on April 5, 1920 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. He wrote the 1965 novel Hotel and the 1968 novel Airport. Mr. Hailey died on November 24, 2004 in Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, Bahamas.

John Rawls died 7 years ago

John Bordley Rawls was born on February 21, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. He wrote the book A Theory of Justice. Mr. Rawls died on November 24, 2002 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Hilary Minster died 10 years ago

Hilary Minster was born on March 21, 1944 as Roger Michael Hilary Minster in Surrey, England. He acted on the British sitcom ’Allo ‘Allo!. Mr. Minster died on November 24, 1999 in Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.

Freddie Mercury died 18 years ago

Freddie Mercury was born on September 5, 1946 as Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Zanzibar. He composed the songs Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Mr. Mercury died on November 24, 1991 in Kensington, London, England.

Dodie Smith died 19 years ago

Dodie Smith was born on May 3, 1896 as Dorothy Gladys Smith in Whitefield, Greater Manchester, England. She wrote the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Ms. Smith died on November 24, 1990 in Uttlesford, Essex, England.

Lee Harvey Oswald died 46 years ago

Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Oswald died on November 24, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Diego Rivera died 52 years ago

Diego Rivera was born on December 8, 1886 as Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez in Guanajuata, Guanajuato. He was a painter. Mr. Rivera died on November 24, 1957 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Betty Comden died 3 years ago

Betty Comden was born on May 3, 1917 as Elizabeth Cohen in New York City, New York. She co-wrote the lyrics to the musicals Billion Dollar Baby and Peter Pan. Ms. Comden died on November 23, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

O.C. Smith died 8 years ago

O.C. Smith was born on June 21, 1932 as Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana. He sang the song Little Green Apples. Mr. Smith died on November 23, 2001 in Ladera Heights, California.

Roy Acuff died 17 years ago

Roy Claxton Acuff was born on September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee. He sang the song Wabash Cannonball. Mr. Acuff died on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Roald Dahl died 19 years ago

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He wrote the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many others. Mr. Dahl died on November 23, 1990 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mary Kay Ash died 8 years ago

Mary Kay Ash was born on May 12, 1918 as Mary Kathlyn Wagner in Hot Wells, Harris County, Texas. She founded Mary Kay Cosmetics. Ms. Ash died on November 22, 2001 in Dallas, Texas.

Sterling Holloway died 17 years ago

Sterling Price Holloway, Jr. was born on January 4, 1905 in Cedartown, Georgia. He acted and sang in the 1940 movie Remember the Night and others. Mr. Holloway died on November 22, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.

Hans Krebs died 28 years ago

Hans Adolf Krebs was born on August 25, 1900 in Hildesheim, Germany. He co-identified the urea cycle and the citric acid cycle. Mr. Krebs died on November 22, 1981 in Oxford, England.

Mae West died 29 years ago

Mae West was born on August 17, 1893 as Mary Jane West in Bushwick, New York. She acted in the 1933 movie She Done Him Wrong, the 1937 movie Every Day’s a Holiday, the 1978 movie Sextette, and others. Ms. West died on November 22, 1980 in Los Angeles, California.

Aldous Huxley died 46 years ago

Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on July 26, 1894 in Godalming, Surrey, England. He wrote the novel Brave New World. Mr. Huxley died on November 22, 1963 in Los Angeles, California.

Shemp Howard died 54 years ago

Shemp Howard was born on March 4, 1895 as Samuel Horwitz in Brownsville, New York. He had been part of the comedy team the Three Stooges. Mr. Howard died on November 22, 1955 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Lorenz Hart died 66 years ago

Lorenz Hart was born on May 2, 1895 as Lorenz Milton Hart in New York City, New York. He was the lyricist for the songs Blue Moon, Isn’t It Romantic?, Where or When, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, and others. Mr. Hart died on November 22, 1943 in New York City, New York.

Jack London died 93 years ago

Jack London was born on January 12, 1876 in San Francisco, California. He wrote the novel The Call of the Wild and others. Mr. London died on November 22, 1916 in Glen Ellen, California.

Arthur Sullivan died 109 years ago

Arthur Sullivan was born on May 13, 1842 in Lambeth, London, England. He composed the music to the opera The Mikado and others. Mr. Sullivan died on November 22, 1900 in London, England.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bill Bixby died 16 years ago

Bill Bixby was born on January 22, 1934 as Wilfred Bailey Bixby in San Francisco, California. He acted in the TV sitcom The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and in the TV drama series The Incredible Hulk. Mr. Bixby died on November 21, 1993 in Century City, California.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Leo Tolstoy died 99 years ago

Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828 as Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. He wrote the novel Anna Karenina and others. Mr. Tolstoy died on November 20, 1910 in Astapovo, Russia.

Anton Rubinstein died 115 years ago

Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein was born on November 28, 1829 in Ofatinţi. He composed Melody in F and many more. Mr. Rubinstein died on November 20, 1894 in Peterhof, Russia.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dick Wilson died 2 years ago

Dick Wilson was born on July 30, 1916 as Riccardo DiGuglielmo in Preston, Lancashire, England. He was the fictional TV commercial character Mr. George Whipple. Mr. Wilson died on November 19, 2007 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Bobby Russell died 17 years ago

Bobby Russell was born on April 19, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. He wrote the songs Little Green Apples and Honey. He also wrote and sang (with his then-wife Vicki Lawrence) the song The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. Mr. Russell died on November 19, 1992 in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Franz Schubert died 181 years ago

Franz Peter Schubert was born on January 31, 1797 in Vienna. He composed the ”Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and many more. Mr. Schubert died on November 19, 1828 in Vienna, Austria.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cy Coleman died 5 years ago

Cy Coleman was born on June 14, 1929 as Seymour Kaufman in New York City, New York. He composed the music to the song The Best Is Yet to Come and If My Friends Could See Me Now. Mr. Coleman died on November 18, 2004 in New York City, New York.

James Coburn died 7 years ago

James Coburn was born on August 31, 1928 as James Harrison Coburn, Jr. in Laurel, Nebraska. He acted in the 1963 movie Charade. Mr. Coburn died on November 18, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California.

Cab Calloway died 15 years ago

Cab Calloway was born on December 25, 1907 as Cabell Calloway III in Rochester, New York. He sang the song Minnie the Moocher. Mr. Calloway died on November 18, 1994 in Hockessin, Delaware.

Jim Jones died 31 years ago

Jim Jones was born on May 13, 1931 as James Warren Jones in Crete, Indiana. He founded the Peoples Temple. Mr. Jones died on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Don Gibson died 6 years ago

Don Gibson was born on April 3, 1928 as Donald Eugene Gibson in Shelby, North Carolina. He wrote and sang the songs Sweet Dreams and I Can’t Stop Loving You. Mr. Gibson died on November 17, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Esther Rolle died 11 years ago

Esther Rolle was born on November 8, 1920 in Pompano Beach, Florida. She acted as “Florida Evans” on the TV sitcoms Maude and Good Times. Ms. Rolle died on November 17, 1998 in Culver City, California.

Auguste Rodin died 92 years ago

Auguste Rodin was born on November 12, 1840 as François-Auguste-René Rodin in Paris, France. He sculpted The Thinker and other works. Mr. Rodin died on November 17, 1917 in Meudon by Paris, France.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Milton Friedman died 3 years ago

Milton Friedman was born on July 31, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He wrote the book Capitalism and Freedom and co-wrote the book Free to Choose. Mr. Friedman died on November 16, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

Clark Gable died 49 years ago

Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 as William Clark Gable in Cadiz, Ohio. He acted as “Rhett Butler” in the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind and many more. Mr. Gable died on November 16, 1960 in Los Angeles, California.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dorothy Loudon died 6 years ago

Broadway actress Dorothy Loudon was born on September 17, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Loudon died on November 15, 2003 in New York City, New York.

Margaret Mead died 31 years ago

Margaret Mead was born on December 16, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She wrote the book Coming of Age in Samoa. Ms. Mead died on November 15, 1978 in New York City, New York.

Tyrone Power died 51 years ago

Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. was born on May 5, 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He acted in the 1940 movie The Mark of Zorro and many more. (His great-great grandson Tyrone Power Jr. acted in the 1985 movie Cocoon.) Mr. Power died on November 15, 1958 in Madrid, Spain.

Jean-Baptiste Say died 177 years ago

Jean-Baptiste Say was born on January 5, 1767 in Lyon, France. He originated Say’s Law. Mr. Say died on November 15, 1832 in Paris, France.

Johannes Kepler died 379 years ago

Johannes Kepler was born on December 27, 1571 in Weil der Stadt, Germany. He wrote the books Astronomia nova and Harmonices Mundi. Mr. Kepler died on November 15, 1630 in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gene Anthony Ray died 6 years ago

Gene Anthony Ray was born on May 24, 1962 in Harlem, New York City, New York. He acted as the dancer “Leroy” in the 1980 movie Fame. (View a part here.) Mr. Ray died on November 14, 2003 in New York City, New York.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Donald Mills died 10 years ago

Donald Mills was born on April 29, 1915 in Piqua, Ohio. He was a member of the singing group the Mills Brothers. Mr. Mills died on November 13, 1999 in Los Angeles, California.

Karen Silkwood died 35 years ago

Karen Gay Silkwood was born on February 19, 1946 in Longview, Texas. Ms. Silkwood died on November 13, 1974 near Crescent, Oklahoma.

Gioachino Rossini died 141 years ago

Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born on February 29, 1792 in Pesaro. He composed the opera The Barber of Seville and many, many others. Mr. Rossini died on November 13, 1868 in Passy, Paris, France.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ira Levin died 2 years ago

Ira Levin was born on August 27, 1929 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. He wrote the novel The Stepford Wives and others. Mr. Levin died on November 12, 2007 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Jonathan Brandis died 6 years ago

Jonathan Gregory Brandis was born on April 13, 1976 in Danbury, Connecticut. He acted in the 1992 movie Ladybugs, on the TV drama series seaQuest DSV, and in many more. Mr. Brandis died on November 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

Penny Singleton died 6 years ago

Penny Singleton was born on September 15, 1908 as Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She acted as “Blondie Bumstead” on the radio sitcom Blondie. (View an episode here.) Ms. Singleton died on November 12, 2003 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Franck Pourcel died 9 years ago

Franck Pourcel was born on August 11, 1913 in Marseille, France. He was an orchestra leader. Mr. Pourcel died on November 12, 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Eve Arden died 19 years ago

Eve Arden was born on April 30, 1908 as Eunice M. Quedens in Mill Valley, California. She acted in the 1945 movie Mildred Pierce, on the radio show Our Miss Brooks, and in many, many more movies. Ms. Arden died on November 12, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

William Holden died 28 years ago

William Holden was born on April 17, 1918 as William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O’Fallon, Illinois. He acted in the 1955 movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and many, many more. Mr. Holden died on November 12, 1981 in Santa Monica, California.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Peter Drucker died 4 years ago

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was born on November 19, 1909 in Kaasgraben, Vienna, Austria. He was a business philosopher. Mr. Drucker died on November 11, 2005 in Claremont, California.

Dimitri Tiomkin died 30 years ago

Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin was born on May 10, 1894 in Kremenchuk. He composed the score for the 1958 movie The Old Man and the Sea and many more. Mr. Tiomkin died on November 11, 1979 in London, England.

Jerome Kern died 64 years ago

Jerome David Kern was born on January 27, 1885 in New York City, New York. He composed the music to the songs All the Things You Are, Long Ago (and Far Away), and many, many more. Mr. Kern died on November 11, 1945 in New York City, New York.

Søren Kierkegaard died 154 years ago

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born on May 5, 1813 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a philosopher. Mr. Kierkegaard died on November 11, 1855 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Norman Mailer died 2 years ago

Norman Kingsley Mailer was born on January 31, 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He was a novelist. Mr. Mailer died on November 10, 2007 in New York City, New York.

Jack Palance died 3 years ago

Jack Palance was born on February 18, 1919 as Volodymyr Palahniuk in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. He acted in the 1991 movie City Slickers. Mr. Palance died on November 10, 2006 in Montecito, California.

Ken Kesey died 8 years ago

Ken Kesey was born on September 17, 1935 as Kenneth Elton Kesey in La Junta, Colorado. He wrote the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Mr. Kesey died on November 10, 2001 in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.

Mary Millar died 11 years ago

Mary Millar was born on July 26, 1936 as Mary Wetton in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. She acted as “Rose” on the British TV sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. Ms. Millar died on November 10, 1998 in Brockley, London, England.

Chuck Connors died 17 years ago

Chuck Connors was born on April 10, 1921 as Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He acted in the 1973 movie Soylent Green. Mr. Connors died on November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.

Arthur Rimbaud died 118 years ago

Arthur Rimbaud was born on October 20, 1854 as Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud in Charleville, Ardennes, France. He was a poet. Mr. Rimbaud died on November 10, 1891 in Marseille, France.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ed Bradley died 3 years ago

Ed Bradley was born on June 22, 1941 as Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a journalist on the CBS show 60 Minutes. Mr. Bradley died on November 9, 2006 in New York City, New York.

Art Carney died 6 years ago

Art Carney was born on November 4, 1918 as Arthur William Matthew Carney in Mount Vernon, New York. He acted as “Ralph Kramden” on the TV sitcom The Honeymooners. Mr. Carney died on November 9, 2003 in Chester, Connecticut.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Norman Rockwell died 31 years ago

Norman Percevel Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 in New York City, New York. He was a painter and illustrator. Mr. Rockwell died on November 8, 1978 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

John Milton died 335 years ago

John Milton was born on December 9, 1608 in London, England. He wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost. Mr. Milton died on November 8, 1674 in London, England.