On this Date
Classical pianist Gary
Graffman is 90. Movie
director Carroll Ballard is 81. Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is
80. Country singer Melba Montgomery is 81. Fashion
designer Ralph Lauren is
79. Singer Sir Cliff Richard is 78. Singer-musician
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) is 72. Actor
Greg Evigan is 65. TV personality Arleen Sorkin is 63. World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 62. Singer-musician Thomas Dolby is 60. Actress Lori Petty is 55. Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is 54. Actor Steve Coogan is 53. Singer Karyn White is 53. Actor Edward Kerr is 52. Actor Jon Seda is 48. Country musician
Doug Virden is 48. Country singer Natalie
Maines (The Dixie Chicks) is 44. Actress-singer
Shaznay Lewis (All Saints)
is 43. Singer Usher is 40. TV personality Stacy
Keibler is 39. Actor Ben Whishaw is 38. Actor
Jordan Brower is 37.
Director Benh Zeitlin is 36.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech.
In 1926, “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne was first published by Methuen & Co. of London.
In 1933, Nazi Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
In 1939, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the HMS Royal Oak, a British battleship anchored at Scapa Flow in Scotland’s Orkney Islands; 833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard were killed.
In 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.
In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1968, the first successful live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
In 1977, singer Bing Crosby died outside Madrid, Spain, at age 74.
In 2001, as U.S. jets opened a second week of raids in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush rejected a Taliban offer to discuss handing over Osama bin Laden to a third country.