Today in History

Historical Events

1913 - Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing 2 seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics
1961 - 1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)
1982 - For the first time since the 1930s, the unemployed population in UK rises above three million
1990 - Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
2004 - Mydoom , the most destructive computer worm (so far), first sighted on computers in North America. Goes on to cause $38 billion in damages.
2005 - Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.

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Famous Birthdays

1920 - Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2006)
1932 - George H Clements, first Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child.
1936 - Sal Buscema, American comic book artist
1943 - Jean Knight [Caliste], American soul, funk and RandB singer (Mr. Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1965 - Tim McDonald, American football safety (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fresno, California
1968 - Chris Pringle, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (14 Tests; 64 ODI), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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