Happy birthday and many happy returns Alex Beer. Your birthday is celebrated in Iran as "Women's Day." I don't know how to exploit that, but I've got top people working on it
February 18: Family Day in various regions of Canada (2013);Washington's Birthday/Presidents' Day in the United States (2013)
- 1637 – Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepted an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
- 1873 – Vasil Levski (pictured), the national hero ofBulgaria, was executed in Sofia by Ottoman authorities for his efforts to establish an independent Bulgarian republic.
- 1943 – Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, delivered theSportpalast speech to motivate the German people when the tide of World War II was turning against Germany.
- 1957 – Kenyan independence leader Dedan Kimathi, who spearheaded the Mau Mau Rebellion, was executed by British authorities, who saw him as a terrorist.
- 2001 – American FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for havingspied for Soviet and Russian intelligence agencies over a 22-year period.
- 1229 – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, andBethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
- 1268 – The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
- 1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
- 1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
- 1637 – Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
- 1745 – The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.
- 1781 – Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).
- 1797 – French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
- 1814 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.
- 1846 – Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
- 1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
- 1861 – With the Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.
- 1865 – American Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
- 1873 – Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
- 1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
- 1900 – Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.
- 1906 – Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
- 1911 – The first official flight with air mail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
- 1913 – Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
- 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
- 1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
- 1932 – The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
- 1938 – During the Nanking Massacre Nanking Safety Zone International Committee renamed "Nanking International Rescue Committee" and safety zone in place for refugees falls apart.
- 1942 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.
- 1943 – The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
- 1943 – Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
- 1946 – Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutinied in Bombay harbour, from where the action spread throughout the Provinces of British India, involving 78 ships, twenty shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
- 1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
- 1955 – Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots of the Teapot series.
- 1957 – Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
- 1957 – Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
- 1965 – The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
- 1969 – Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board.
- 1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
- 1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state's death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death rowinmates to life imprisonment.
- 1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.
- 1978 – The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
- 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- 1983 – Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
- 1991 – The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
- 2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- 2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
- 2001 – Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
- 2003 – Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
- 2004 – Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.
- 2007 – Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
- 1374 – Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399)
- 1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian painter and philosopher (d. 1472)
- 1486 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali yogi (d. 1534)
- 1516 – Queen Mary I of England (d. 1558)
- 1530 – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578)
- 1543 – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
- 1559 – Isaac Casaubon, French classical scholar (d. 1614)
- 1602 – Per Brahe, Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
- 1609 – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian (d. 1674)
- 1632 – Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1692)
- 1635 – Johan Göransson Gyllenstierna, Swedish statesman (d. 1680)
- 1642 – Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)
- 1658 – Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
- 1677 – Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (d. 1756)
- 1732 – Johann Christian Kittel, German organist, composer, and teacher (d. 1809)
- 1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (d. 1827)
- 1814 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American politician(d. 1900)
- 1817 – Lewis A. Armistead, American general (d. 1863)
- 1818 – Pedro Figueredo, Cuban poet, musician, revolutionary (d. 1870)
- 1836 – Sri Ramakrishna, Indian Bengali guru of Swami Vivekananda (d. 1886)
- 1838 – Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist (d. 1916)
- 1841 – Gergely Luthár, Hungarian Slovene writer (d. 1925)
- 1846 – Wilson Barrett, English playwright (d. 1904)
- 1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American glass artist (d. 1933)
- 1849 – Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (d. 1906)
- 1850 – George Henschel, German-British baritone, conductor, composer (d. 1934)
- 1859 – Sholom Aleichem, Russian Yiddish humorist (d. 1916)
- 1862 – Charles M. Schwab, American steel magnate (d. 1939)
- 1870 – William Laurel Harris, American mural painter and writer (d. 1924)
- 1871 – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
- 1878 – Harriet Bosse, Swedish–Norwegian actress (d. 1961)
- 1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek author (d. 1957)
- 1883 – Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (d. 1909)
- 1884 – Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
- 1890 – Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
- 1890 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
- 1892 – Wendell Willkie, American politician (d. 1944)
- 1897 – Charles Kuentz, German-born French WW1 veteran and centenarian (d. 2005)
- 1898 – Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari (d. 1988)
- 1898 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
- 1899 – Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (d. 1985)
- 1901 – Reginald Sheffield, British actor (d. 1957)
- 1902 – Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
- 1903 – Nikolai Podgorny, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (d. 1983)
- 1905 – Queenie Leonard, American actress (d. 2002)
- 1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)
- 1907 – Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (d. 2008)
- 1909 – Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer and English rugby union player (d. 1990)
- 1909 – Wallace Stegner, American writer (d. 1993)
- 1914 – Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (d. 2000)
- 1915 – Phyllis Calvert, British actress (d. 2002)
- 1916 – Jean Drapeau, Canadian politician, Mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)
- 1917 – José Curbelo, Cuban-American pianist and manager (d. 2012)
- 1918 – Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008)
- 1919 – Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)
- 1920 – Bill Cullen, American game show host (d. 1990)
- 1920 – Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician (d. 1997)
- 1921 – Oscar Feltsman, Ukrainian-Russian composer (d. 2013)
- 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American editor (d. 2012)
- 1922 – Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
- 1922 – Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (d. 1971)
- 1922 – Joe Tipton, American baseball player (d. 1994)
- 1922 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player AAGPBL (d. 1995)
- 1924 – Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
- 1924 – Louis Laberge, Canadian labour union leader (d. 2002)
- 1924 – Nicolo Rizzuto, Sicilian-born Canadian organized crime figure (d. 2010)
- 1924 – Sam Rolfe, American screenwriter (d. 1993)
- 1925 – Marcel Barbeau, Canadian artist
- 1925 – George Kennedy, American actor
- 1926 – Wallace Berman, American artist
- 1926 – Nalini Jaywant, Indian actress (d. 2010)
- 1927 – Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
- 1927 – Peter Fryer English Marxist writer and journalist (d. 2006)
- 1927 – John Warner, American politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy and American politician
- 1928 – Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
- 1929 – Len Deighton, British author
- 1929 – André Mathieu, Canadian composer (d. 1968)
- 1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
- 1931 – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
- 1931 – Toni Morrison, American writer, Nobel laureate
- 1931 – Bob St. Clair, American football player
- 1932 – Miloš Forman, Czech film director
- 1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese-born American singer and performance artist
- 1933 – Sir Bobby Robson, English football player and manager (d. 2009)
- 1933 – Mary Ure, Scottish actress (d. 1975)
- 1934 – Audre Lorde, Caribbean poet and activist (d. 1992)
- 1934 – Heini Müller, German footballer
- 1934 – Paco Rabanne, Spanish fashion designer
- 1935 – Michel Aoun, Lebanese prime minister
- 1935 – Janette Oke, Canadian writer
- 1936 – Jean Auel, American writer
- 1936 – Dick Duff, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1936 – Ab McDonald, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1938 – Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player
- 1938 – Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna
- 1938 – István Szabó, Hungarian film director
- 1939 – Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist
- 1939 – Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
- 1939 – Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
- 1940 – Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1999)
- 1941 – Herman Santiago, American singer and songwriter (The Teenagers)
- 1941 – Irma Thomas, American singer
- 1943 – Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
- 1944 – Pat Bowlen, American sports team owner (Denver Broncos)
- 1945 – Judy Rankin, American golfer
- 1946 – Michael Buerk, British newsreader
- 1946 – Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
- 1947 – Dennis DeYoung, American musician (Styx)
- 1947 – Princess Christina of the Netherlands
- 1947 – Carlos Lopes, Portuguese athlete
- 1947 – Eliot Lance Engel, American politician
- 1948 – Georg Brunnhuber, German politician
- 1948 – Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
- 1948 – Keith Knudsen, American drummer and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2005)
- 1948 – Gilbert Sicotte, Canadian actor
- 1948 – Geoff Thomas, Welsh footballer (d. 2013)
- 1949 – Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
- 1950 – Michel Gauthier, Canadian politician
- 1950 – John Hughes, American film director (d. 2009)
- 1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress
- 1951 – Isabel Preysler, Filipino-born Spanish socialite
- 1952 – Randy Crawford, American jazz and R&B singer
- 1952 – Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (d. 2010)
- 1952 – Juice Newton, American singer
- 1952 – Bernard Valcourt, Canadian politician
- 1953 – Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)
- 1954 – Charlie Fowler, American mountaineer (d. 2006)
- 1954 – John Travolta, American actor
- 1955 – Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
- 1955 – Raymond Rougeau, Canadian wrestler
- 1956 – Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
- 1956 – Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian politician
- 1956 – Paul Reed Smith, American luthier
- 1957 – Marita Koch, German athlete
- 1957 – George Pelecanos, American author
- 1957 – Vanna White, American game show presenter
- 1958 – Giovanni Lavaggi, Italian racing driver
- 1958 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) (d. 1999)
- 1958 – Lucie Visser, Dutch actress and model
- 1960 – Tony Anselmo, American animator
- 1960 – Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
- 1960 – Andy Moog, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1960 – Greta Scacchi, Australian actress
- 1961 – Hironobu Kageyama, Japanese singer
- 1961 – Douglas Rushkoff, American media theorist
- 1961 – Cosmo Wilson, American concert lighting designer
- 1962 – Moe Lemay, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1962 – Julie Strain, American actress
- 1963 – Henry Winter, English football journalist
- 1964 – Matt Dillon, American actor
- 1964 – Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall and Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
- 1965 – Dr. Dre, American record producer and rapper (World Class Wreckin' Cru and N.W.A)
- 1965 – Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (d. 2005)
- 1966 – Guy Ferland, American television director
- 1967 – Marco Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
- 1967 – Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
- 1967 – Tracey Edmonds, American film and television producer
- 1967 – Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka
- 1967 – Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Thai film director and producer
- 1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress
- 1969 – Tomaž Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)
- 1969 – Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player
- 1969 – Jason Sutter, American drummer (Smash Mouth and American Hi-Fi)
- 1970 – Susan Egan, American actress
- 1970 – Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
- 1970 – Andy Williams, British musician (Doves and Sub Sub)
- 1970 – Jez Williams, British musician (Doves and Sub Sub)
- 1971 – Merritt Gant, American thrash metal guitarist (Overkill)
- 1971 – Constantin Popa, Romanian-born Israeli basketball player
- 1973 – Shawn Estes, American baseball player
- 1973 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer
- 1974 – Carrie Ann Baade, American painter
- 1974 – Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
- 1974 – Radek Černý, Czech footballer
- 1974 – Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
- 1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist
- 1974 – Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player
- 1974 – Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer
- 1975 – Sarah Brown, American actress
- 1975 – Keith Gillespie, Irish footballer
- 1975 – Simon Kvamm, Danish singer and comedian (Nephew)
- 1975 – Gary Neville, English footballer
- 1976 – Leilani Munter, American race car driver
- 1976 – Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
- 1976 – Bernadette Sembrano
- 1977 – Ike Barinholtz, American actor
- 1977 – Kátia, Brazilian footballer
- 1977 – Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Nickel Creek, Fiction Family and Works Progress Administration)
- 1977 – Chrissie Wellington, British tri-athlete
- 1978 – Oliver Pocher, German comedian
- 1978 – Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
- 1980 – Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
- 1980 – Regina Spektor, Russian/American singer and songwriter
- 1981 – Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
- 1981 – Alex Ríos, American baseball player
- 1981 – Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
- 1981 – Larry Sweeney, American professional wrestler
- 1981 – Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
- 1982 – Juelz Santana, American rapper (Skull Gang and The Diplomats)
- 1982 – Christian Tiffert, German footballer
- 1983 – Troy Bienemann, American football player
- 1983 – Joel Huiqui, Mexican footballer
- 1983 – Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
- 1983 – Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
- 1984 – Stéphanie de Lannoy, Belgian countess
- 1984 – Idriss Carlos Kameni, Cameroonian footballer
- 1984 – Ricardo Salampessy, Indonesian footballer
- 1984 – Kathrin Wörle, German tennis player
- 1985 – Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
- 1985 – Chelsea Hobbs, American actress
- 1985 – Todd Lasance, Australian actor
- 1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican spree killer
- 1986 – Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
- 1986 – Vika Jigulina, Romanian Singer
- 1987 – Vicente Guaita, Spanish footballer
- 1988 – Shane Lyons, American actor and chef
- 1988 – Maiara Walsh, American actress
- 1988 – Max, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
- 1989 – Vicente, Brazilian footballer
- 1990 – Cody Hodgson, Canadian hockey player
- 1990 – Park Shin-hye, South Korean actress
- 1991 – Malese Jow, American actress and singer
- 1991 – Sebastian Neumann, German footballer
- 1991 – Henry Surtees, English racing driver (d. 2009)
- 1992 – Logan Miller, American actor
- 1995 – Samantha Crawford, American tennis player
- 814 – Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne
- 901 – Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician (b. 826)
- 999 – Pope Gregory V (b. 972)
- 1139 – Prince Yaropolk II of Kiev (b. 1082)
- 1294 – Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor (b. 1215)
- 1379 – Albert II of Mecklenburg (b. 1318)
- 1405 – Tamerlane, Mongol Emperor (b. 1336)
- 1455 – Fra Angelico, Italian artist (b. 1395)
- 1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (b. 1449)
- 1535 – Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, astrologer and alchemist (b. 1486)
- 1546 – Martin Luther, German religious reformer (b. 1483)
- 1564 – Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (b. 1475)
- 1583 – Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
- 1654 – Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
- 1683 – Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, Dutch painter (b. 1620)
- 1712 – Louis, duc de Bourgogne, heir to the throne of France (b. 1682)
- 1718 – Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (b. 1663)
- 1743 – Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)
- 1748 – Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)
- 1772 – Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
- 1778 – Joseph Marie Terray, French statesman (b. 1715)
- 1780 – Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1714)
- 1788 – John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (b. 1713)
- 1803 – Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, German poet (b. 1719)
- 1842 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
- 1851 – Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician (b. 1804)
- 1873 – Vasil Levski, Bulgarian Revolutionist (b. 1837)
- 1889 – Jerónimo Espejo, Argentine General (b. 1801)
- 1893 – Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician (b. 1814)
- 1895 – Karl Abs, German wrestler (b. 1851)
- 1895 – Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (b. 1817)
- 1900 – Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
- 1902 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American founder of Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
- 1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American manufacturer (b. 1830)
- 1911 – Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)
- 1923 – Alois Rašín, Czechoslovak politician, Minister of Finance (b. 1867)
- 1931 – Milan Šufflay, Croatian politician (b. 1879)
- 1933 – James J. Corbett, American boxer (b. 1866)
- 1938 – David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
- 1942 – Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
- 1945 – Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (b. 1906)
- 1956 – Gustave Charpentier, French composer (b. 1860)
- 1957 – Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan rebel leader (b. 1920)
- 1957 – Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (b. 1877)
- 1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
- 1966 – Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
- 1967 – Dragiša Cvetković, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister (b. 1893)
- 1967 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1904)
- 1973 – Frank Costello, Italian-born gangster (b. 1891)
- 1976 – Wallace Berman, American Artist
- 1977 – Andy Devine, American actor (b. 1905)
- 1978 – Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)
- 1981 – John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
- 1982 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author (b. 1895)
- 1993 – Kerry Von Erich, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
- 1993 – Jacqueline Hill, British actress (b. 1929)
- 1993 – Erwin Thiesies, German rugby player and coach (b. 1908)
- 1995 – Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)
- 1997 – Emily Hahn, American writer (b. 1905)
- 1998 – Harry Caray, American baseball broadcaster (b. 1914)
- 1998 – Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
- 1999 – Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)
- 2000 – Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927)
- 2001 – Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
- 2001 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1951)
- 2001 – Eddie Mathews, American baseball player (b. 1931)
- 2003 – Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
- 2004 – Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
- 2006 – Richard Bright, American actor (b. 1937)
- 2008 – Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
- 2008 – Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
- 2008 – Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
- 2008 – Alain Robbe-Grillet, French writer and filmmaker (b. 1922)
- 2009 – Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist (Sentenced) (b. 1974)
- 2009 – Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
- 2010 – John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
- 2012 – Cal Murphy, Canadian football coach and general manager (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Matt Lamb, American painter (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Roger Miner, American federal appellate judge (b. 1934)
- 2012 – Peter Halliday, Welsh actor (b. 1924)
- 2012 – Roald Aas, Norwegian Olympic gold (1960) and bronze (1952) (b. 1928)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965.
- Sepandārmazgān or "Women's Day" in Iran
Normally Ministers agree to a common line before responding to bad news. So this gap in the responses of Julia Gillard and one of her chief backers should deeply concern the Prime Minister:
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she isn’t losing sleep over the latest poll showing Labor’s primary vote stands at just 30 per cent...“If I spent time worrying about them and commentating on opinion polls then I wouldn’t have the time to get my job done.“So each and every day I just let that wash through and I focus on what I need to do as prime minister.”
CABINET minister Simon Crean says a new opinion poll showing Tony Abbott ahead of Julia Gillard as preferred prime minister is a “wake-up call” for the party.
I wonder who Crean, from the Victorian Right faction, would support as Labor’s next leader if it can’t be him. Which it now can’t be.
It wouldn’t be Kevin Rudd, of course, after Crean’s assault on him. It certainly couldn’t now be the car wreck called Wayne Swan. It would most likely have to be someone approved of by the now dominant grouping, the more than 15 MPs controlled or strongly influenced by the AWU, once led by Bill Shorten.
...once led by Bill Shorten.
Hmm. Tony Abbott may have more good news ahead.
(Thanks to reader Alan RM Jones.)
In the days before the strike on Mr Rudd on June 23, 2010, his deputy prime minister told some members of the caucus she believed the Rudd government was heading for electoral disaster and gave them copies of the polling to drive the point home.The polling, which the Herald has seen, included a comparison between her and Mr Rudd that showed Ms Gillard favourably. In contrasting word-clouds of voters’ most common, one-word descriptions, the dominant words for Mr Rudd were “arrogant” and “weak”. The dominant words for Ms Gillard were “strong” and “capable.”Party polling is supposed to be kept confidential between the federal secretariat, which organises the research and polling program, and the leader’s office.Ms Gillard told Four Corners: “The truth is I made a decision to run for prime minister on the day I walked into Kevin Rudd’s office and asked him for a ballot. I did not make that decision at any time earlier.”And asked about the internal polling, Ms Gillard said: “I don’t have any specific recall of pages of party polling at that time.”
On with Steve Price from 8pm. Listen live here. Talkback: 131 873
Steve hears a leadership rumor. And I’ll report on my private lunch with Geert Wilders today.
Last week’s shows can be heard here.
It’s not often I’d ask such a question and produce this correct answer. But do we believe the Prime Minister when she says we have a carbon tax:
Oh, look, I’m happy to use the word tax… Well, can I say this is a market-based mechanism to price carbon. It has a fixed price period at the start, a price that will be fixed. That is effectively a tax and I’m happy to say the word tax.
Or do we now believe Paul Howes, head of the Australian Workers Union which helped to install Gillard:
(Thanks to reader Des.)
I was shocked that the head of the Human Rights Commission on the weekend supported proposed laws against free speech so draconian that even the Gillard Government has had to back off.
Even more incredible was the sole reason Professor Gillian Triggs gave for (reluctantly) supporting the Government scrapping its plan to extend the offences of “offend” and “insult” - already in section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act - to every kind of “protected attribute” from a person’s political opinions to their “social origin”.
Triggs said while she did still want laws against offending people, “the public voice” was against the government’s attack on free speech “at the moment”.
As I said, it is astonishing that the public must now protect possibly its most important freedom against the objections of the Human Rights Council itself. The defender of our rights has become its enemy.
The IPA’s James Paterson has more about Triggs’ outing as an enemy of free speech in the video above, which also includes Triggs’ astonishing admissions.
I’m happy to be told he speaks for only a minority. But I wonder which other faiths produce a minority so vocal, hate-preaching and rejectionist:
A controversial Muslim cleric who lives off benefits is urging his followers to also sponge off UK taxpayers by claiming their ‘Jihadseeker’s allowance’.Anjem Choudary [was] secretly filmed him saying Islam will overrun Europe, David Cameron and Barack Obama should be killed and calling the Queen ‘ugly’.The father-of-four takes home more than £25,000 a year in benefits and lives in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, East London.He told a crowd of around 30 fanatics: ‘People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar (non-Muslim).‘So we take Jihadseeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.’In another video a grinning Choudary is recorded telling his disciples that it is justifiable to take money from non-believers.He said: ‘The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar (God is great)...”
Choudary has since claimed he was joking and wants no one killed.
(Thanks to reader Peter.)
Who is to blame for designing a tax so badly that it collects next to nothing? Who is to blame for imagining the tax would raise billions, all giddily spent on handouts, before finding there was no money to pay for it all?
Ross Gittins, of the Sydney Morning Herald, says we shouldn’t just blame Treasurer Wayne Swan. The AbbottAbbottAbbott made him do it.
Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, now on a speaking tour of Australia, on why he came to fear Islam:
In the Islamic world, I was always struck by two things. I was impressed by the kindness and helpfulness of many people. But there was also their fear. Islamic societies are ruled by terror. Muslims are good people, but they live under the yoke of Islamic sharia. If they leave Islam, or even just mildly criticise it, they sign their own death verdict.I returned to The Netherlands and became a politician. I used to live in the Kanaleneiland district of Utrecht. During my years there, the district was transformed into a dangerous neighbourhood for non-Muslims. I have been robbed. On several occasions I had to run for safety. The same transformation happened in several cities in The Netherlands and other European countries where Islam settled. Europe is going through an Islamification process, which makes our continent less free and less safe.Contrary to what many Westerners think, Islam, rather than a religion, is a totalitarian political ideology. It is an ideology because it aims for an Islamic state and wants to impose sharia on all of us. It is totalitarian because it is not voluntary: once you are in, you cannot get out. Unlike genuine religions, Islam also makes demands on non-Muslims. We, too, are marked for death if we criticise it.For nine years I have been living under constant police protection. I live in a government safe house. I am driven every day to my office in an armoured police car. I have even lived in army barracks and prison cells just to be safe from assassins. I am threatened because I am a a critic of Islam.
Some critics will scoff, knowing that to do so puts them in no danger at all. It will make them seem more tolerant, and enable them to walk down the street in danger of nothing but praise from the like-minded.
Wilders’ life, though, is proof of at least part of his message. Here are just some of the security guidelines distributed to journalists covering the visit here of an elected Dutch political leader simply expressing a point of view:
To facilitate the required level of security and to ensure an enjoyable time for us all, you are kindly requested to familiarise yourself with the following notes and the T&Cs* applicable to the evening events. We understand that this are not everyday requirements, but are essential for the security of Mr Wilders and his staff.1.) For most media opportunities we will send to you the location details the night before the event. The venue information is privileged and confidential and must not be made available for publication or made available to a third party prior to or during the event....2.) Besides your ‘tools of trade’ only one small handbag is permitted into the venues… If you refuse to be screened, security will refuse entry.
4.) Immediately upon arrival on location please approach one of our security operatives. Kindly identify yourself with photo ID and the confirmed media accreditation and you will be given a location pass, please wear this visibly and return this to security when you leave the venue…8.) Do not assume patrons and members have given permission to be filmed. Aside from Mr Wilders and our board members speaking from the podium, any other face on your recording must be pixelated, or the relevant frames deleted before broadcasting; unless you have received written permission from this person.9.) As a security requirement, officers providing close personal protection for Mr Wilders will not allow persons to directly approach Mr Wilders without prior arrangement…10.) All of the meetings/press conferences will be taken indoors in secure locations. We understand the desire to get ‘shots outside/movement shots’, but for security reasons this will not be possible.
If criticising Islam requires this much protection, there must be something to criticise.
A METEORITE last weekend hurt more Russians - about 1000 - than have ever been proved injured by global warming.
This doesn’t just suggest we are more likely to be killed by a rock from outer space than by carbon dioxide from a power station.
It also says we might be safer if we used the billions we now spend to cut emissions to build rockets instead.
ANDREW Demetriou, get back on that stage. Fix the damage done to your game and say you were conned.
Say we were all conned when huff-puffing politicians two weeks ago suggested Australian sport was riddled with drugs, criminals and allegations of match-fixing.
Simon Crean, Sky News, Friday:
IN the meantime we’re seeking to address the design flaw in—well, we’re seeking to actually now change the design (of the MRRT) . . .Ben Packham in The Australian, Friday:“I DIDN’T say it was being redesigned. Go back and have a look at the transcript. Let’s get your facts right,” (Simon Crean) told reporters.
AS other media outlets lay off journalists by the dozen, Guardian Australia editor-in-chief Katharine Viner has been shopping for talent, armed with a generous chequebook and a wish list of high-profile bylines,...last week the fledgling enterprise scored a PR coup when it announced the poaching of two of Fairfax Media’s well-respected political correspondents: Lenore Taylor, the Walkley-winning former Sydney Morning Herald chief political correspondent, and Katharine Murphy, formerly national affairs correspondent for Melbourne’s The Age…Viner ...is ... known to be having discussions with former Fairfax columnist and author David Marr and approaching the ABC’s Annabel Crabb…Also confirmed to be joining the start-up in a behind-the-scenes role is Paul Chadwick, formerly the ABC’s director of editorial policies, who becomes a non-executive director of the Australian entity.
A similar attempt by a foreign conservative media outfit to gather local conservatives for an Australian venture would:
a. quickly run out of names.b. be attacked as a sinister attempt by foreigners to poison debate here.c. incite demands by Greens for an inquiry into media ownership.
Number of weeks since Nice Mr Scott promised greater diversity on the ABC ... Total: 331 WeeksNumber of conservative presenters/producers/paid regular commentators/editors on prominent ABC Radio/ABC TV/ABC Online outlets ... Total: Absolutely Zip
So in an hour and a half across several ABC Radio outlets, only critics of the Vatican were heard discussing Benedict XVI’s papacy. The prevailing ABC group-think did not lead to a realisation that there are some Catholics who support the Church’s teachings and some non-Catholics who admire Pope Benedict XVI.
But there is one exception, and for those growing familiar with his name it’s not surprising. Here is Scott Stephens, ABC Online’s religion and ethics editor, who - in between his interesting tweeting - had time to correct the Sydney Morning Herald’s excitable Peter FitzSimons on Benedict XVI’s handling of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church:
Scott Stephens: Wow. I’ve heard Peter Fitzsimons say some pretty stupid things about the Pope but I think that just about takes the cake. And I’m sure that we could find some better, some more intelligent certainly some better informed people to assess the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI apart from someone like Christopher Hitchens. Some really awful and ill-informed and derogatory things – [Interrupted]Peter FitzSimons: [interjecting] go on get to it, what? What? Spread ‘em out.Scott Stephens: What, what? For instance, I’m not sure if Paul Collins would agree but it seems to me from the research that I’ve done – from the immense reading that I’ve done on this topic – that there’s no one in the life of the Church today that can claim to have done more to eradicate the cancer of sexual abuse – and that’s Pope Benedict’s own phrase “The Cancer of Sexual Abuse”, from the life of the Church and the whole culture of cover-up and craven and cowardly bishops from the life of the Church than Joseph Ratzinger – in his initial role as prefect and his subsequent role as Benedict XVI.Peter Fitzsimons: So was Hitchens wrong? Was Hitchens wrong in what was published in the Sydney Morning Herald?Scott Stephens: AbsolutelyPeter Fitzsimons: So Hitchens was wrong.Scott Stephens: Absolutely, my God. Absolutely. As wrong as someone like Richard Dawkins who described Pope Benedict as this leering old villain whose first instinct when he heard of children with their pants down was to cover up the crime and as wrong as someone like Geoffrey Robertson QC who described the Pope as -Peter Fitzsimons: [interjecting] If I may -Scott Stephens: - No hang on, as the global CEO over a global paedophile trafficking network.Peter Fitzsimons: Okay,Scott Stephens: This is quite preposterous.
For those interested in Stephens, a disillusioned Leftist, here is a disgraceful apology run five years ago by the Jesuit-run Eureka Street, which removed of Stephens’ articles from its on-line archive or otherwise impeccably Leftist articles:
On Thursday, Eureka Street published a commentary by Scott Stephens on the Parliamentary Apology to Stolen Generations. The article has been withdrawn. It argued that the Prime Minister’s motivation was self-serving, and his action empty rhetoric. Eureka Street, the Australian Jesuits and Jesuit Communications do not necessarily support the views expressed in our published articles. The publishers specifically disagree with the substance of this article. We apologise to those who were hurt or offended by allegations contained in it.
Michael Gordon says some MPs blame the politics of division for their catastrophic poll numbers:
Labor’s malaise, however, runs deeper than the events that contributed to it, and includes deep misgivings about a strategy that relies too heavily on division and playing the class warfare card.
Yet no sooner said than there’s another class war appeal to excuse raiding big employers for more cash to fund yet more bureaucracies and job-killing red-tape regimes:
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will paint herself as a leader able to make tough choices on Monday in a speech saying only Labor would be prepared to take $1 billion from Australia’s richest companies in order to fund a jobs plan for smaller ones.Her industry and innovation statement released on Sunday will save $1 billion over four years by preventing companies with a yearly turnover of $20 billion from accessing the generous research and development tax incentive…The savings will be used to build 10 innovation precincts modelled on those in California’s Silicon Valley and Italy’s Biella textile district. Each will help direct a total of $236 million in Australian Research Council grants…Corporations running investment projects worth more than $500 million will be required to produce plans showing how they will give local companies a chance to win contracts.
Note the assumption here: that Government knows better than businesses themselves how to invest their own money in their future. Private investment becomes government grants.
THE federal government’s plan to develop innovation precincts is a great idea but whether it will work is a mystery, says one of Australia’s foremost innovation authorities, Terry Cutler.“This is great in theory, but it’s a strategy without an implementation plan,” Dr Cutler said.“I’ve been doing research into such precincts for about five years. I’m a big fan of them.“But there is no evidence anywhere that can tell us which ones work and why....”South Australia has been named as hosting one of the first two manufacturing precincts, but a spokesman for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade minister Tom Kenyon said there had been no consultation with the state government.He did not know where it would be built or if it would be incorporated into an existing hub.
Another warning sign:
More of that politics of division, this time attacking the very people creating jobs for union members:
AUSTRALIAN Workers Union boss Paul Howes has sought to rally unions to oppose mining industry leaders he claims are ”corporate robber barons” selling workers down the river…Mr Howes, the union’s national secretary, will use his opening address to 300 delegates to ridicule former Rio Tinto chief Tom Albanese, Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer as “titans of industry, who can’t even make a profit in the middle of a resources boom”.
Howes seems very confused:
BILLIONAIRE Gina Rinehart’s company Hancock Prospecting posted a massive $1.2 billion profit in 2010/11, almost doubling its previous profit, documents filed on Christmas Eve show.
What I think Howes meant to ridicule was the Prime Minister he installed - a woman who cannot even make a surplus in the middle of a resources boom.
The Coalition will be hoping Labor doesn’t now stampede to Kevin Rudd after tonight’s disastrous Nielsen Poll:
Labor’s support, which had climbed into the mid-30s, has now collapsed, plunging it back towards landslide-losing territory were an election held now.Its primary vote stands at just 30 per cent, a dip of 5 points since the last survey in December and a mere 4 points above its nadir of 26 per cent in May 2012…On a two-party-preferred basis, Labor’s support languishes at 45 per cent to 55 per cent for the Coalition, according to voter feedback on the direction of second preferences.Based on preference flows from the 2010 election, the two-party split is 44/56 in favour of the Coalition - a swing towards the Coalition.
That’s the measure that counts, of course, but after repeating Labor spin so furiously for a year about the significance of Tony Abbott’s unpopularity, I’m sure we can expect the media to give us another forest of articles about Gillard this time being the truly unpopular one:
Crucially, in terms of Ms Gillard’s command of the Labor leadership, Mr Abbott has overtaken her in the preferred prime minister stakes with his support leaping by 9 percentage points to 49 per cent compared with Ms Gillard on 45 - down 5 points.
The pollster explains:
‘’I think the most likely thing is that the combined effect of Craig Thomson and Eddie Obeid created an atmosphere of crisis,’’ says Nielsen’s John Stirton.And while Labor lost its opportunity, Tony Abbott took his. ‘’I think the results probably reflect Abbott’s change of approach,’’ becoming less aggressive and more positive, says Stirton. ‘’There have been far fewer shots of him on the evening news in his shrill, hectoring mode. He’s been more moderate and bipartisan – it took him a long time to learn, but the voters rather like that.’’
Unmentioned is that Gillard has proved catastrophically bad. That election announcement. Those resignations just afterwards. That budget blowout. That mining tax. That broken promise of a surplus. Those boats. That shrillness. That....
Despite that orchestrated campaign by Labor and its media and activist allies to paint Tony Abbott as a woman hater, thug, bully and sexist...
An exclusive Galaxy poll of 800 female voters conducted for News Ltd found 38 per cent of women believed the Prime Minister was the leader they would most likely trust.The Opposition Leader tied with 38 per cent of female voters responding they were most likely to trust him.
The take of SBS host Jenny Brockie:
That AbbottAbbottAbbott is always in the picture, even when Julie Gillard is burning Rome.
(Thanks to reader Andy.)
I wanted to know, still, can't help but think it needs a satisfied burp at the end .. possibly man morphing into baby .. also, a disclaimer .. no actor was hurt in filming this .. that is right ??!! - ed
A nice lightning strike from May 19th
If you have never tried our Bushmans Loaf you are missing something very special, baked to our own recipe and served with our whipped butter...deliccccous
In Christ, you were created to be at rest. Your life is not about doing and striving; your life is about receiving. God wants to do everything through you and for you, and it will be so much more than what you can do through your own efforts.
Attending the soil turning at the Aboriginal Child and Family Centre -Yenu Allowah with Andrew Rohan MP representing the Minister Victor Dominello - Dai Le
Hanging kids in the classroom to remind them who is the boss .. ed
POLL SPELLS DANGER FOR Pickering's ALP
Abbott now preferred PM? Women now prefer Abbott? Abbott up four points, Gillard down five? What the...?
McTernan’s dumb tactics have proved disastrous and a gross underestimation of Aussie nous.
The Left of the media is now looking for a place to hide as things worsen daily for this woefully inept government.
The budget is blowing out even further while Wayne Swan is back home in Russia extolling the virtues of deficit spending.
Gillard is running out of billion dollar “initiatives” and panic sweeps an enervated Caucus.
Abbott even feels secure enough to promote his policy nasties:
Public Service to be slashed by 20,000, taxes to be imposed across the board, many of Gillard’s “initiatives” on hold, not to mention Abbott’s IR reforms, a Royal Commission into the unions and penalties for union fraud to be on a parity with corporation crime.
Abbott has a newfound policy fearlessness.
But he is fully aware of the storm clouds gathering above such a potentially lop-sided Parliament.
Polls of this proportion, if accurate, spell danger for any incoming government. It is impossible to manage 100 ambitious egos of any political colour.
Queensland’s Campbell Newman left Labor with a mere handful of seats at last year’s election massacre and the result has not been good for either side.
It is impossible for Newman to keep 78 Members entertained and they are leaking badly to Katter’s little goup.
In Abbott’s case it could be an unwieldy 100, mostly discontents, with little chance of joining the inner sanctum and no chance of the dream of a Ministry.
Abbott would be battling to know them by their first names.
Newbies in government always have their pet projects but they can never be realised under the conditions of an electoral bloodbath. They become lost in major policy.
Disgruntled, they form outer groups and often break away causing the ruling Party grief on the way.
Conversely, the decimated losing Party has little to choose from.
Few will have the ability to hold down a shadow portfolio let alone justify the position of alternative Prime Minister.
It can be a long way back for the vanquished.
Labor and the unions will pay dearly for the Gillard experiment and there is further damage in store.
It is not just the polls. Caucus is excreting bricks in sheer fear of the coming AWU fallout.
The Teflon has eroded from their fallible princess and something must be done to keep the damage to disastrous.
They could start by deporting John McTernan.
The Daleks invaded London this morning - as scenes from the iconic 1964 Dalek invasion were recreated for upcoming drama 'An Adventure in Space and Time'. Check out this special behind-the-scenes video report with Mark Gatiss (who thankfully wasn't exterminated!):http://bit.ly/XYHV2S
I would like to say that I rely completely on the security forces of the State of Israel. They operate with endless dedication and commitment to ensure that we will be able to live in this country
In Israel, Sunday is the first day of the week, and our soldiers are heading back to base after a restful weekend.
Beautifully Captured......from Norway!
Nur wenige Personen haben die Chormusik so entscheidend geprägt, wie Eric Ericson. Nun ist der große Chorleiter im Alter von 94 Jahren gestorben. Das Wirken von Eric Ericson bleibt unvergessen und wird von den unzähligen Personen, für die er ein menschliches und musikalisches Vorbild war, fortgesetzt.
Danke, Eric Ericson!
Today is Get a Different Name Day! Marion Robert Morrison is better known by his stage name JOHN WAYNE. In 1911, a local fireman at the station on Marion's route to school in Glendale started calling him "Little Duke" because he never went anywhere without his huge Airedale Terrier, Duke. He preferred "Duke" to "Marion," and the name stuck for the rest of his life.
Lac des Taillères
From the dress rehearsal of Carmina Burana Feb. 8, 2013 at the Pala Mandela in Florence, Italy. This is me swinging upside down (about 4.5meters or 15ft. in the air) while singing "Amor Volat" soooo much fun! (Nice to be able to use some of my old gymnast skills) :) - Angel Blue
Third! They are fighting fiercely for the award. But at the moment Gillard is the one to beat. Whitlam doesn't seem to have enough in the tank to overtake her. Meanwhile, Rudd is handicapped because she was his deputy. Many suspect Swan is the worst treasurer ever, but Keating seems to be his equal in ability. - ed