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Births for April 21


  • 1713 Louis Duke de Noailles, marshal of France
  • 1729 Catharina II, the Great, writer/emperess of Russia (1762-96)
  • 1775 Alexander Anderson, US, engraver/illustrator (Shakespeare)
  • 1782 Friedrich W A Fr”bel, German educator (founded kindergarten)
  • 1803 Levin Minn Powell, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885
  • 1809 Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secy State (Confederacy)
  • 1816 Charlotte Bront‰, Tornton England, novelist (Jane Eyre)
  • 1816 Louis Trezevant Wigfall, Confederate Army, died in 1874
  • 1828 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher/historian (Voyage & Italy)
  • 1834 William Rufus Terrill, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 1837 Fredrik Bajer, Denmark, politican/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1908)
  • 1838 John Muir, US, naturalist, discovered glaciers in High Seirras
  • 1849 Oskar Hertwig, Germany, embryologist, discovered fertilization
  • 1864 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)
  • 1867 Benjamin A Jesurun, Antillian literary
  • 1878 Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist
  • 1896 Attila H”rbiger, Austrian actor
  • 1898 Steve Owen, NFL tackle, coach (NY Giants)
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, NYC, composer (Trip to Nahant)
  • 1903 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark
  • 1904 G˜sbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67)
  • 1904 Jean H‚lion, artist/author (They Shall Not Have Me)
  • 1905 Edmund G "Pat" Brown, (Gov-D-Calif)
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, NYC, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col)
  • 1908 Louis Hostin, France, Light Heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
  • 1909 Rollo May, US, psychologist (Love & Will)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren, NYC, baritone (Met 1939-60) died on stage
  • 1912 Feike P Asma, organist
  • 1912 Marcel Camus, French director (Orfeu negro)
  • 1912 Nell (Petronella GS) Koppen, actress (Kniertje in on hoop of zegen)
  • 1913 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor (isolated growth hormones)
  • 1913 Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German politician
  • 1913 Norman Parkinson, England, fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar)
  • 1915 Anthony Quinn, M‚xico, actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia)
  • 1915 Frick, (W Groebli), Swiss clown (Frick & Frack
  • 1916 Sidney Clute, Brooklyn NY, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey)
  • 1917 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist (SD Symph 1978-82)
  • 1919 Franc (Franklin E) Essed, Suriname agricultural eng (Oper Grasshopper
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, Venice Italy, conductor/composer (Hyperion)
  • 1923 Andrea Domburg, actress (Theo d'Or Prize)
  • 1924 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer (Louvin Brothers)
  • 1926 Elizabeth, Alexandra Mary Windsor II, Queen of England (1952- )
  • 1927 Robert Brustein, NYC, dean (Yale School of Drama)
  • 1930 Margaret Rose, London England, Princess of York
  • 1930 Silvana Mangano, Italy, actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas)
  • 1932 Elaine May, Phila Pa, comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf)
  • 1933 Easley Blackwood, Indianapolis In, composer (Un Voyage   Cythere)
  • 1935 Charles Grodin, actor (Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid)
  • 1935 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1936 Bob Cleary, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1937 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • 1941 David L Boren, (Sen-D Oklahoma)
  • 1947 Iggy Pop, (James Osterberg), Mich, rocker (Zombie Birdhouse)
  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1948 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1948 Paul Davis, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, Northport NY, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On)
  • 1951 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveikin, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • 1951 Paul Carrack, rocker (Squeeze/Ace-How Long)
  • 1951 Tony Danza, Brooklyn, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who's the Boss)
  • 1956 Rick DeMont, US, 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • 1957 Jesse Orosoco, baseball relief pitcher (NY Mets, LA Dodgers)
  • 1958 Andie MacDowell, (Rosalie Anderson), Gaffney SC, actress (Green Card)
  • 1959 Robert Smith, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1960 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1962 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russia, major/cosmonaut
  • 1965 Karen Foster, Lufkin Tx, playmate (Oct, 1989)
  • 1971 Samantha Druce, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1978 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • 1984 Ashley Peldon, Staten Is NY, actress (Marsha Lewis-Guilding Light)


Passings for April 21


  • 1073 Alexander II, (Anselmo da Baggio), Pope (1061-73), dies
  • 1509 Henry VII, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), dies
  • 1574 Cosmos de Medici, art patron (Accademia del Disegno), dies at 64
  • 1910 Mark Twain, (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), author, dies in Redding Conn
  • 1918 "Red Baron", (Manfred von Richtofen), killed in WW I
  • 1924 Eleanora Duse, Italian actress (La Gioconda, La Locandiera), dies
  • 1930 Christine (Elizabeth C) Poolman, actress (Mother), dies
  • 1930 Robert S Bridges, poet laureate (Testament of beauty), dies at 85
  • 1938 Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch east indies lawyer/Pakistan national hero, dies
  • 1946 John M Keynes, English economist (How to pay for the war?, dies
  • 1961 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • 1962 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • 1967 Andr‚ L Danjon, French astronomer, dies at 77
  • 1968 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • 1971 Edmund Lowe, actor (Front Page Detective), dies at 81
  • 1971 Fran‡ois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator Ha‹ti, dies at 64
  • 1977 Gummo (Milton) Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • 1982 Joe Sawyer, actor (Biff O'Hara-Adventures of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 80
  • 1983 Walter Slezak, actor, commits suicide at his NY home at 80
  • 1985 Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • 1987 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • 1990 Ert‚, art deco stylist, dies at 97
  • 1990 Johnny Beagley, winner of two 1942 World Series games
  • 1991 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74
  • 1991 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies
  • 1992 Robert Harris, executed in Calif's gas chamber, at 39
  • 1992 Vladimir Romanov, pretender to Russian throne, dies at 74
  • 1993 Cantiflas, spanish actor (Around World in 80 Days), dies at 81


Special events for April 21

  • 753 -BC- Traditional date of foundation of Rome
  • 1600 1st date in James Clavell's novel Shogun (OS)
  • 1649 Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship
  • 1789 John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)
  • 1828 Noah Webster publishes 1st American dictionary
  • 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from M‚xico
  • 1855 1st train crosses Miss River's 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia
  • 1856 1st railroad bridge across Mississippi completed
  • 1857 A Douglas patents bustle
  • 1862 Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Co
  • 1863 Declaration of Bah 'u'll h; Bah '¡ Feast of Ridv n (Jalƒl 13, 20)
  • 1865 Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington
  • 1874 J Palisa discovers asteroid #137 Meliboea
  • 1876 Prosper Henry discovers asteroid #162 Laurentia
  • 1878 Ship Azor leaves Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia
  • 1892 1st buffalo born in Golden Gate Park
  • 1892 Black Longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis Mo
  • 1898 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat
  • 1898 Spanish-American War begins
  • 1901 L Carnera discovers asteroid #470 Kilia
  • 1908 Frederick A Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn't)
  • 1910 Cleve Indians play 1st game at League Park, lose to Tigers 5-0
  • 1913 German passenger ship Imperator runs aground
  • 1914 US marines occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico, stay 6 months
  • 1921 Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1925 Chuvash Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Chuvash ASSR
  • 1930 Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
  • 1933 C Jackson discovers asteroid #1264 Letaba
  • 1935 King Boris of Bulgaria forbids all political Party
  • 1939 C Jackson discovers asteroid #1505 Koranna
  • 1940 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It", on CBS Radio
  • 1940 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
  • 1941 Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
  • 1944 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pitts Steelers merge (disolves on Dec 3)
  • 1945 He Shima in. Okinawa conquered in 5 days, 5,000 die
  • 1945 Russia army arrives at outskirts of Berlin
  • 1946 SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • 1948 Baltimore beats Philadelphia, 4 games to 1, for NBA championship
  • 1951 Rochester beats New York, 4 games to 3, for NBA championship
  • 1951 Tor Maple Leafs beat Mont Canadiens 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
  • 1952 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  • 1954 Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
  • 1954 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • 1955 Bkln Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • 1955 Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die
  • 1959 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • 1959 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" white shark
  • 1960 Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
  • 1961 Dirk U Suffocated chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • 1961 French army revolts in Algeria
  • 1961 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
  • 1962 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
  • 1964 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • 1965 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • 1966 Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
  • 1967 Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)
  • 1967 EO, Evangelical Broadcasting, begins in Netherlands
  • 1967 Military coup in Greece
  • 1967 Svetlana Alliluyeva (Josef Stalin's daughter) defects in NYC
  • 1969 Record 1,152 starters compete in Boston Marathon
  • 1972 John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
  • 1972 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
  • 1975 Bill Rodgers wins his 1st Boston Marathon in 2:9:55
  • 1975 Last South Vietnam president Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years
  • 1976 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
  • 1977 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • 1977 Broadway play "Annie" opens, 1st of 2,377 performances
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • 1982 M Watt discovers asteroid #2991
  • 1983 Soyuz T-8 is launched (04-20?)
  • 1983 œ1 coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • 1984 "Nightline" reverts back from 1 hour to « hour
  • 1984 After 37 weeks, "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"
  • 1984 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
  • 1985 Flyers 5-Isles 2-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 2-0 lead
  • 1985 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
  • 1986 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • 1986 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on TV & finds nothing
  • 1987 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season
  • 1988 Barbra Striesand records "You'll Never Know"
  • 1989 George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • 1990 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
  • 1990 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • 1992 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
  • 1992 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill
  • 1993 Brazil votes against a monarchy
  • 1993 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman weds Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria


Songs for date April 21

  • 04/21/50 --- Hoop-Dee-Doo (Como, Perry)
  • 04/21/50 --- Bewitched (Jenkins, Gordon)
  • 04/21/50 --- Sentimental Me (Morgan, Russ)
  • 04/21/54 --- Happy Wanderer, The (Weir, Frank)
  • 04/21/56 --- Moonglow & Theme From Picnic (Cates, George)
  • 04/21/56 --- Moonglow & Theme From Picnic (Stoloff, Morris)
  • 04/21/58 --- Kewpie Doll (Como, Perry)
  • 04/21/58 --- Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Presley, Elvis)
  • 04/21/58 --- Chanson D'Amour (Song Of Love) (Todd, Art & Dotty)
  • 04/21/62 --- Old Rivers (Brennan, Walter)
  • 04/21/62 --- Funny Way Of Laughin' (Ives, Burl)
  • 04/21/62 --- Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) (Maresca, Ernie)
  • 04/21/73 --- Hocus Pocus (Focus)
  • 04/21/73 --- Daniel (John, Elton)
  • 04/21/73 --- Pillow Talk (Sylvia)
  • 04/21/73 --- Frankenstein (Winter, Edgar)
  • 04/21/79 --- Love You Inside Out (Bee Gees)
  • 04/21/79 --- Just When I Needed You Most (Vanwarmer, Randy)
  • 04/21/84 --- Time After Time (Lauper, Cyndi)
  • 04/21/84 --- Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
  • 04/21/90 --- It Must Have Been Love (Roxette)
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