Today In Chess History
Sep 8, 1830: Thomas Loyd, American composer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Sep 8, 1832: Edmund Thorold was born in Barnby Moor, England.
Sep 8, 1854: Elijah Williams died in London, England.
Sep 8, 1920: Francisco Jose Perez was born in Vigo, Spain.
Sep 8, 1922: Hector Rossetto was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
Sep 8, 1932: Gheorghi Teodoru, Romanian composer, was born, Romania.
Sep 8, 1935: Friedrich Baumbach was born in Weimar, Germany.
Sep 8, 1949: Johann Victor Ulehla died in Vienna, Austria.
Sep 8, 1956: Amador Cespedes Rodriguez was born in San German, Cuba.
Sep 8, 1957: Elias Silberstein died in Wingdale, New York, USA.
Sep 8, 1958: Sergey Smagin was born, Russia.
Sep 8, 1969: Luigi Ceriani, Italian composer, died in Milan, Italy.
Sep 8, 1976: Clarice Benini died in Poggio a Vico, Italy.
Sep 8, 1979: Peter Leko was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia.
Sep 8, 1984: Mijo Udovcic died, Yugoslavia.
Today In Chess History
Sep 9, 1801: Valerio Salimbeni, Italian composer, was born in Nonantola, Italy.
Sep 9, 1856: Vinzenz Hruby was born in Krivsoudov, Czech Republ.
Sep 9, 1886: Erwin Voellmy was born in Herzogenbuchsee, Switzerland.
Sep 9, 1909: Hermann Neustadtl died in Roztoky, Czech republ.
Sep 9, 1909: Arnold Schottlander died in Breslau (Wroclaw), now Poland.
Sep 9, 1923: Elmars Zemgalis was born in Riga, Latvia.
Sep 9, 1926: Imants Karlovic Draiska(V.Legers), Russian composer, was born in Sigulda, Latvia.
Sep 9, 1931: Edwin Bhend was born in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sep 9, 1945: Nino Kirov Ivanov was born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgary.
Sep 9, 1952: Ernesto Hellmann died in Venice, Italy.
Sep 9, 1954: Paul List died in London, England.
Sep 9, 1970: Zbynek Hracek was born in Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republ.
Sep 9, 1977: Piotr Bobras was born, Poland.
Sep 9, 1988: Bassem Amin was born, Egypt.
Today In World History
Today is Thursday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2009. There are 112 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany as Parliament acted at the behest of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
On this date:
In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
In 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.
In 1919, New York City welcomed home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who'd served in the U.S. First Division during World War I.
In 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, died in Baton Rouge two days after being shot in the state Capitol.
In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad the next month).
In 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George C. Wallace.
In 1977, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, became the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France.
In 1979, four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman were freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1983, John Vorster, prime minister of white-ruled South Africa from 1966 to 1978, died in Cape Town at age 67.
Ten years ago: The U.S. government began freeing 14 Puerto Rican nationalists granted clemency by President Bill Clinton. A federal judge ordered an end to busing and other means of achieving racial balance in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the North Carolina school system that had pioneered urban busing in the United States.
Five years ago: CBS News vigorously defended its report about President George W. Bush's Air National Guard service, with anchor Dan Rather saying broadcast memos questioned by forensic experts came from "what we consider to be solid sources." Former Transportation Secretary Brock Adams died in Stevensville, Md., at age 77.
One year ago: The world's largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) ring under the Franco-Swiss border. Frank Mundus, the legendary shark fisherman said to have inspired the character of Quint in "Jaws," died in Honolulu at age 82.
Today's Birthdays: Golfer Arnold Palmer is 80. Actor Philip Baker Hall is 78. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 72. Actor Greg Mullavey is 70. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 69. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 67. Singer Jose Feliciano is 64. Actor Tom Ligon is 64. Actress Judy Geeson is 61. Former Canadian first lady Margaret Trudeau is 61. Political commentator Bill O'Reilly is 60. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 59. Actress Amy Irving is 56. Country singer Rosie Flores is 53. Actress Kate Burton is 52. Movie director Chris Columbus is 51. Actor Colin Firth is 49. Rock singer-musician David Lowery (Cracker) is 49. Pitcher Randy Johnson is 46. Rock musician Stevie D. (Buckcherry) is 43. Rock musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 43. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 43. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 41. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 41. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 35. NBA All-Star Ben Wallace is 35. Rock musician Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 29. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Timothy Goebel is 29.
Thought for Today: "History is the great dust-heap ... a pageant and not a philosophy." — Augustine Birrell, English author and statesman (1850-1933).
SOURCE: Yahoo News
Today In Chess History
Sep 10, 1832: Achille Campo, Italian composer, was born in Palermo, Italy.
Sep 10, 1887: Paul Johner was born in Basel, Switzerland.
Sep 10, 1892: Janos Balogh was born in Tirgu Secuiesc, Romania.
Sep 10, 1941: Rosendo Balinas was born in Manila, Philippines.
Sep 10, 1952: Werner Hug was born inFeldmeilen, Switzerland.
Sep 10, 1974: Valery Popov was born, Russia.
Sep 10, 1983: Victor Ciocaltea died in Manresa, Spain.
Sep 10, 2001: Alexey Suetin died in Moskva, Russia.
Today In Chess History
Sep 11, 1874: Jan Willem te Kolste was born in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Sep 11, 1896: Luis Palau was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sep 11, 1898: William Winter was born in Medstead, England.
Sep 11, 1905: Jules Arnous de Riviere died in Paris, France.
Sep 11, 1913: Julius Perlis died in Innstaler Alpen, Austria.
Sep 11, 1920: Mijo Udovcic was born in Stara Josava, Yugoslavia.
Sep 11, 1940: Peter Fyfe died in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sep 11, 1950: Eduard Meduna was born in Prague, Czech Republ.
Sep 11, 1953: Arkadi Vul was born, Russia.
Sep 11, 1955: Jacob Meister was born, Germany.
Sep 11, 1956: Dmitry Gurevich was born in Moskva, Russia.
Sep 11, 1958: Carl Carls died in Bremen, Germany.
Sep 11, 1960: Predrag Nikolic was born in Bosanski Samac, Yugoslavia.
Sep 11, 1971: Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska was born in Mestia, Georgia.
Today In Chess History
Sep 12, 1800: Pierre Charles Saint Aman was born in Chateau Latour, France.
Sep 12, 1812: Elias Stein died in Gravenhage, Netherlands.
Sep 12, 1841: Eugene Delmar was born in New York, USA.
Sep 12, 1869: Peter Mark Roget died in West Malvern, England.
Sep 12, 1887: Eduard Adolf Birgfeld, German composer, was born in Hamburg, Germany.
Sep 12, 1889: Arvid Kubbel, Russian composer, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sep 12, 1909: Francis Lee died in London, England.
Sep 12, 1957: Mario Cocozza was born in Cercola, Naples, Italy.
Sep 12, 1957: Gustaf Nyholm died in Stockholm, Sweden.
Sep 12, 1958: Constantin Ionescu was born, Romania.
Sep 12, 1967: Alexander Shabalov was born, Latvia.
Sep 12, 1971: Ferruccio Castiglioni died in Gallarate, Italy.
Sep 12, 1974: Delfino Gastaldi died in Biella, Italy.
Sep 12, 1980: Janos Balogh died in Budapest, Hungary.
Sep 12, 1980: Andre Cheron died in Leysin, Switzerland.
Sep 12, 1980: Bojan Vuckovic was born, Serbia.
Sep 12, 1985: Alexander Riazantsev was born, Russia.
Today In Chess History
Sep 13, 1592: Michael Eyguem de Montaigne died in Perigord, France.
Sep 13, 1908: Ephraim Solkoff was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
Sep 13, 1930: Kenneth Ray Smith was born in Olney, Texas, USA.
Sep 13, 1960: Mark Santo Roman was born, France.
Sep 13, 1975: Anna Segal was born, USSR.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Birth: Feb 28, 1533
Castle of Montaigne, France.
Death: Sep 13, 1592
Nationality FRA - France.
Biographical data: French Essayst, Lawyer, Mayor of Bordeaux, Chess Player.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533-1592, a famous 16th Century, French chess player, said this:
"Tis a great foolery to teach our children-
the knowledge of the stars and the motion of the eighth sphere, before their own."
Today In Chess History
Biographical data: US Chess Player, Engineer.
Nationality: USA - United States of America
Solkoff System: This system is the same as the Median system, except that no scores are discarded (Just & Burg 2003:200). Ephraim Solkoff did not invent this system. He introduced it to the United States in 1950, but it was used in England prior to that (Harkness 1967:138).
Today In Chess History
Biographical data: US player.
Nationality: USA - United States of America.
by Bill Wall
In 1954 he won the British Blitz Championship while stationed in England. He was not given a prize because he was not British. In 1983 while playing in the National Open in Las Vegas, Ken Smith won $140,000 at a poker tournament. He has won the Texas Championship 9 times and the Southwest Championship 7 times.
Today In Chess History
Santo Roman, Marc.
Birth Sep 13, 1960.
Nationality FRA - France.
Titles GM - International Grandmaster.
Biographical data: French player, International Grandmaster.
Today In Chess History
Birth Sep 13, 1975.
Nationality ISR - Israel.*
Titles WGM - Woman International Grandmaster.
Biographical data: International Woman Grandmaster.
*Wikipedia has Anna Segal listed as a chess player for the USSR.
Today’s Highlight in World History
Also, on this day:
1759 – Seven Years' War: British forces defeated the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, New France, though General James Wolfe was mortally wounded (pictured).
1814 – War of 1812: Fort McHenry was attacked by British forces during the Battle of Baltimore, later inspiring Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," which later became the national anthem of the United States.
1848 – American railroad worker Phineas Gage survived an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head and destroyed areas of his brain's frontal lobes.
1987 – A radioactive item was scavenged from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, resulting in four deaths and serious contamination in 249 others.
1993 – After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin formally signed the Oslo Peace Accords.
This Day In World History - Continued:
On This Day - September 13 - Continued:
September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 109 days remaining until the end of the year.
509 BC – The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September.
122 – The building of Hadrian's Wall begins.
533 – General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage, North Africa.
1440 – Gilles de Rais is finally taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.
1503 – Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
1504 – Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand issue a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) to be built.
1609 – Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.
1743 – Great Britain, Austria and Savoy-Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms (1743).
1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeat French near Quebec City in the Seven Years' War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War.
1788 – The United States' Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the country's first presidential election, and New York City becomes the temporary capital of the U.S..
1791 – King Louis XVI of France accepts the new constitution.
1808 – Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
1812 – War of 1812: A supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison is ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.
1814 – The British fail to capture Baltimore, Maryland. Turning point in the War of 1812.
1814 – Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner
1847 – Mexican-American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City in the Mexican-American War.
1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions.
1850 – First ascent of Piz Bernina, the highest summit of the eastern Alps.
1862 – American Civil War: Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.
1882 – The Battle of Tel el-Kebir is fought in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War.
1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.
1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1899 – Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199m – 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.
1900 – Filipino resistance fighters defeat a small American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine-American War.
1906 – First fixed-wing aircraft flight in Europe.
1914 – World War I: South African troops open hostilities in German south-west Africa (Namibia) with an assault on the Ramansdrift police station.
1914 – World War I: The Battle of Aisne begins between Germany and France.
1922 – The temperature (in the shade) at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 57.8°C (136.04°F).
1922 – The final act of the Greco-Turkish War, the Great Fire of Smyrna, commences.
1923 – Military coup in Spain – Miguel Primo de Rivera takes over, setting up a dictatorship.
1935 – Rockslide near Whirlpool Rapids Bridge ends the Great Gorge and International Railway.
1940 – World War II: German bombs damage Buckingham Palace.
1942 – World War II: Second day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge in the Guadalcanal campaign. U.S. Marines successfully defeated attacks by the Imperial Japanese Army with heavy losses for the Japanese forces.
1943 – Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China.
1943 – The Municipal Theatre of Corfu is destroyed during an aerial bombardment by Luftwaffe.
1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
1953 – Nikita Khrushchev appointed secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1956 – The dike around the Dutch polder East Flevoland is closed.
1956 – IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305.
1968 – Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.
1971 – State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to end a prison revolt. 42 people die in the assault. On the same day in People's Republic of China, Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao fled the country via a plane after the failure of alleged coup against the supreme leader, the plane crushed in Mongolia,killing all aboard.
1979 – South Africa grants independence to the "homeland" of Venda (not recognised outside South Africa).
1987 – Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and leading some to die from radiation poisoning.
1988 – Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, later replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (based on barometric pressure).
1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.
1993 – Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian agreement initiated by Norway.
1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
1994 – Ulysses probe passes the Sun's south pole.
1999 – Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2006 – At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
2008 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
64 – Julia Flavia, daughter of Roman Emperor Titus; lover of Domitian.
678 – K'inich Ahkal Mo' Naab' III, Ruler of Palenque (d. 730)
786 – Al-Ma'mun, Abbasid caliph (d. 833)
1087 – John II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1143)
1475 – Cesare Borgia, Italian aristocrat (d. 1507)
1502 – John Leland, English antiquarian (d. 1552)
1520 – William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, English statesman (d. 1598)
1604 – William Brereton, English soldier and politician (d. 1661)
1676 – Élisabeth Charlotte of Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine (d. 1741)
1694 – Yeongjo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1776)
1739 – Grigori Potemkin, Russian statesman (d. 1791)
1766 – Samuel Wilson, possible namesake of Uncle Sam (d. 1854)
1775 – Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine (d. 1868)
1802 – Arnold Ruge, German philosopher and writer (d. 1880)
1813 – John Sedgwick, American Civil War general (d. 1864)
1819 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (d. 1896)
1830 – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (d. 1916)
1842 – John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator (d. 1920)
1851 – Walter Reed, American physician and biologist (d. 1902)
1857 – Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (d. 1937)
1857 – Milton S. Hershey, American confectioner (d. 1945)
1860 – John J. Pershing, American general (d. 1948)
1863 – Arthur Henderson, British politician and union leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1935)
1873 – Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (d. 1950)
1874 – Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (d. 1962)
1874 – Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-born composer (d. 1951)
1876 – Sherwood Anderson, American writer (d. 1941)
1877 – Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer (d. 1957)
1877 – Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (d. 1962)
1882 – Ramón Grau, Cuban president (d. 1969)
1885 – Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian geometer (d. 1962)
1886 – Sir Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1975)
1886 – Amelie Beese, German aviator and sculptor. (d. 1925)
1887 – Lavoslav Ruzicka, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
1893 – Larry Shields, American musician (d. 1953)
1894 – J.B. Priestley, English playwright and novelist (d. 1984)
1894 – Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (d. 1953)
1895 – Morris Kirksey, American rugby player (d. 1981)
1899 – Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, leader of the Iron Guard (d. 1938)
1903 – Claudette Colbert, American actress (d. 1996)
1908 – Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (d. 1987)
1909 – Ray Bowden, English footballer (d. 1998)
1911 – Bill Monroe, American singer (d. 1996)
1916 – Roald Dahl, British writer (d. 1990)
1916 – Dick Haymes, Argentine vocalist (d. 1980)
1917 – Robert Ward, American composer
1919 – Mary Midgley, American philosopher
1922 – Charles Brown, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)
1923 – Edouard Boubat, French photographer (d. 1999)
1924 – Scott Brady, American film actor (d. 1985)
1924 – Harold Blair, Australian tenor, Aboriginal activist (d. 1976)
1924 – Maurice Jarre, French composer (d. 2009)
1925 – Mel Tormé, American singer (d. 1999)
1926 – Emile Francis, Canadian ice hockey player and executive
1929 – Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer (d. 2004)
1930 – Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, British printing millionaire
1931 – Barbara Bain, American actress
1933 – Eileen Fulton, American actress
1936 – Stefano Delle Chiaie, Italian neo-Nazi
1937 – Don Bluth, American animator
1938 – Judith Martin, American etiquette writer
1938 – John Smith, Labour Party Leader 1992 – 1994 (d. 1994)
1939 – Richard Kiel, American actor
1940 – Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1941 – Tadao Ando, Japanese architect
1941 – Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 10th President of Turkey
1941 – David Clayton-Thomas, Canadian singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1944 – Jacqueline Bisset, British actress
1944 – Peter Cetera, American musician (Chicago)
1945 – Noël Godin, Belgian humorist
1945 – Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (d. 2002)
1946 – Frank Marshall, American film producer
1948 – Nell Carter, American actress (d. 2003)
1948 – Dimitri Nanopoulos, Greek physicist
1949 – Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarrist (MC5) (d. 1994)
1950 – Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician
1951 – Jean Smart, American actress
1952 – Randy Jones, American musician (The Village People)
1952 – Raymond O'Connor, American actor
1952 – Don Was, American singer
1955 – Joe Morris, American musician
1957 – John G. Trueschler, American politician
1957 – Vinny Appice, American musician (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)
1957 – Judy Blumberg, American ice dancer
1960 – Greg Baldwin, American voiceover actor (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1961 – Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth)
1961 – Barton Hawkins, American biophysical chemist
1961 – KK Null, Japanese musician
1961 – Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
1962 – Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author
1963 – Theodoros Roussopoulos, Greek politician
1964 – Tavis Smiley, American talk show host, journalist and author
1965 – Zak Starkey, British musician
1965 – Annie Duke, American poker player
1965 – Jeffrey Ross, American Comedian
1966 – Maria Furtwängler, German physician
1966 – Louis Mandylor, Australian actor
1967 – Michael Johnson, American athlete
1967 – Tim "Ripper" Owens, American singer (Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest)
1968 – Brad Johnson, American football player
1968 – Emma Sjöberg, Swedish model
1968 – Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican baseball player
1969 – Ilka Knickenberg, German actress
1969 – Shane Warne, Australian cricketer
1970 – Martín Herrera, former Argentine footballer
1970 – Louise Lombard, British actress
1970 – Yuki Matsuoka, Japanese voice actress
1970 – Jason Scott Sadofsky, American programmer
1971 – Goran Ivanišević, Croatian tennis player
1971 – Manabu Namiki, Japanese composer
1971 – Stella McCartney, English fashion designer
1973 – Christine Arron, French runner
1973 – Kelly Chen, Chinese singer
1973 – Mahima Chaudhry, Indian actress
1974 – Craig Rivet, Canadian ice hockey player
1974 – Travis Knight, American basketball player
1975 – Joe Don Rooney, American musician (Rascal Flatts)
1975 – Akihiro Asai, Japanese racing driver
1976 – Giorgos Koltzos, Greek footballer
1976 – Craig McMillan, New Zealand cricketer
1976 – José Théodore, Canadian ice hockey player
1977 – Fiona Apple, American singer
1977 – Ivan De Battista, Maltese actor and singer
1977 – Daisuke Tsuda, Japanese singer (Maximum the Hormone)
1978 – Megan Henning, American actress
1978 – Peter Sunde, Scandinavian Entrepreneur
1979 – Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic)
1979 – Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
1980 – Han Chae Young, South Korean actress and model
1980 – Evangelos Nastos, Greek footballer
1981 – Koldo Fernández, Spanish cyclist
1981 – Angel Williams, Canadian wrestler
1982 – Miha Zupan, Slovenian basketball player
1983 – James Bourne, English musician
1984 – Nabil Abou-Harb, Arab-American filmmaker
1985 – Emi Suzuki, Japanese model
1986 – Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese racing driver
1986 – Sean Williams, American basketball player
1987 – Luke Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union footballer
1988 – Keith Treacy, Irish footballer
81 – Titus, Roman emperor (b. 39)
1438 – Duarte, King of Portugal (b. 1391)
1506 – Andrea Mantegna, Italian painter
1557 – John Cheke, English classical scholar and statesman (b. 1514)
1592 – Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
1598 – Philip II, King of Spain (b. 1526)
1624 – Ketevan of Kakheti, Christian martyr, Queen of Kakheti in Georgia (b. 1565)
1632 – Leopold V, regent of the Tirol (b. 1586)
1759 – James Wolfe, British general (b. 1727)
1766 – Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
1800 – Claude Martin, French then British General (b. 1735)
1806 – Charles James Fox, English politician (b. 1749)
1808 – Saverio Bettinelli, Italian writer (b. 1718)
1813 – Hezqeyas of Ethiopia, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia
1847 – Nicolas Oudinot, French marshal (b. 1767)
1872 – Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, German philosopher (b. 1804)
1881 – Ambrose Burnside, American Civil War general and politician (b. 1824)
1885 – Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
1894 – Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (b. 1841)
1904 – Raden Ayu Kartini, Indonesian national heroine (b. 1879)
1905 – René Goblet, French politician (b. 1828)
1912 – Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
1915 – Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
1928 – Italo Svevo, Italian author (b. 1861)
1941 – Elias Disney, Canadian father of Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney (b. 1859)
1946 – Eugene Lanceray, Russian painter (b. 1875)
1946 – Amon Göth, commandant of Nazi concentration camp (b. 1908)
1949 – August Krogh, Danish zoophysiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
1965 – Jean B. Fletcher, American architect (b. 1915)
1971 – Lin Biao, Chinese Marshal and political leader.(b.1907)
1973 – Betty Field, American actress (b. 1913)
1976 – Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and film maker (b. 1895)
1976 – Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
1977 – Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (b. 1882)
1987 – Mervyn LeRoy, American film director (b. 1900)
1991 – Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)
1991 – Joe Pasternak, American film director (b. 1901)
1996 – Tupac Shakur, aka 2Pac, American rapper and actor (b. 1971)
1998 – Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
1998 – George Wallace, American politician (b. 1919)
1999 – Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
2001 – Dorothy McGuire, American actress (b. 1916)
2003 – Frank O'Bannon, Governor of Indiana (b. 1930)
2004 – Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)
2005 – Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
2005 – Julio César Turbay Ayala, Colombian politician (b. 1916)
2006 – Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
2007 – Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
2007 – Clare Oliver, Australian Cancer Activist (b. 1981)
Holidays and observances
Roman festivals – epulum Iovis ("banquet of Jupiter"), on the Ides, during the Ludi Romani.
RC Saints – St John Chrysostom.
In non-leap years, September 13 is the Programmers' Day, an official holiday in Russia and unofficially remarkable among programmers around the world.
Also see September 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics): en.wikipedia.org)
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Today In Chess History
Sep 14, 1834: Patrick Thomas Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland.
Sep 14, 1835: Alexander McDonnell died in London, England.
Sep14, 1837: Nikolai Bugaev was born in Dusheti, Russia.
Sep 14, 1842: Andrey Khardin was born, Russia.
Sep 14, 1848: Adolf Albin was born in Bucarest, Romania.
Sep 14, 1905: Pierre Biscay, French composer, was born in Levallois Perret, France.
Sep 14, 1909: Vladimir Bron, Russian composer, was born in Nikolaev, Ukraina.
Sep 14, 1919: Jean Taubenhaus died in Paris, France.
Sep 14, 1922: Philip Hamilton Williams, British composer, died in Market Harborough, England
Sep 14, 1944: Alberto Armeni was born in Parma, Italy.
Sep 14, 1969: Grigory Serper was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Sep 14, 1969: Ruslan Sherbakov was born, Russia.
Sep 14, 1974: Mikheil Kekelidze was born, Georgia.
Sep 14, 1977: Paul Michel died in La Plata, Argentina.
Sep 14, 1979: Pavel Skatchkov was born, Russia.
Sep 14, 1980: Gerhard Paul Latzel, German composer, died in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Today In Chess History
Sep 15, 1895: Jan Kleczynski died in Warsaw, Poland.
Sep 15, 1912: Mario Camorani, Italian composer, was born in MassaLombarda, Italy.
Sep 15, 1924: Eugene Chatard died in La Varenne, Seine, France.
Sep 15, 1937: Marton Krajcsovits was born, Hungary.
Sep 15, 1946: Carlo Micheli was born in Brunico, Bolzano, Italy.
Sep 15, 1964: Victor Goglidze died in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Today In World History - Highlights
Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation. On this day in 1932, in his cell at Yerovda Jail near Bombay, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi begins a hunger strike in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste.
Also, on this day in 1620, 102 pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower bound for America. The rest is history...
Today In World History - Continued
September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining until the end of the year.
1400 – Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the "Old Pretender", becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
1795 – The first occupation by United Kingdom of Cape Colony, South Africa with the Battle of Hout Bay, after successive victories at the Battle of Muizenberg and Wynberg, after William III requested protection against revolutionary France's occupation of the Netherlands.
1810 – With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico's fight for independence from Spain.
1812 – Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight – the city burns down completely days later.
1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
1893 – Settlers race in Oklahoma for prime land in the Cherokee Strip.
1901 – Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County.
1908 – General Motors is founded.
1919 – The American Legion is incorporated.
1920 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J.P.Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured.
1931 – Hanging of Omar Mukhtar.
1941 – World War II: concerned that Reza Pahlavi the Shah of Persia was to align his petroleum-rich country with Germany during World War II, the United Kingdom and the USSR invade Iran in late August and force him to resign in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1945 – World War II: Surrender of the Japanese forces in Hong Kong. The ceremony was presided by British Admiral Cecil Harcourt.
1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hit Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, at least 1,930 killed.
1955 – Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina.
1963 – Malaysia is formed from Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak.
1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera, Antony and Cleopatra.
1970 – King Hussein of Jordan declares military rule following the hijacking of four civilian airliners by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). This results in the formation of the Black September Palestinian paramilitary unit.
1975 – Papua New Guinea gains its independence from Australia.
1975 – The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
1976 – Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
1978 – An earthquake measuring 7.5-7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
1982 – Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon.
1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
1991 – The trial of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega begins in the United States.
1992 – Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the Deutschmark.
2005 – Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
16 – Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)
1098 – Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known (d. 1179)
1386 – King Henry V of England, (d. 1422)
1507 – Jiajing, Emperor of China (d. 1567)
1557 – Jacques Mauduit, French composer (d. 1627)
1651 – Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler (d. 1716)
1666 – Antoine Parent, French mathematician (d. 1716)
1678 – Henry St John, English statesman and philosopher (d. 1751)
1722 – Gabriel Christie, British general (d. 1799)
1725 – Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist (d. 1815)
1745 – Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (d. 1813)
1782 – Daoguang, Emperor of China (d. 1850)
1823 – Francis Parkman, American historian (d. 1893)
1827 – Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist (d. 1908)
1844 – Claude-Paul Taffanel, French flautist, conductor and instructor regarded as the founder of the French Flute School (d. 1908)
1853 – Albrecht Kossel, German physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
1858 – Andrew Bonar Law, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)
1859 – Yuan Shikai, Chinese politician (d. 1916)
1875 – James C. Penney, American department store founder (d. 1971)
1881 – Clive Bell, English art critic (d. 1964)
1883 – T. E. Hulme, English writer (d. 1917)
1886 – Jean Arp, Alsatian sculptor and painter (d. 1966)
1887 – Nadia Boulanger, French composer and teacher (d. 1979)
1888 – F. E. Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
1891 – Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-born German spy (d. 1972)
1891 – Karl Dönitz, German naval leader (d. 1980)
1893 – Alexander Korda, Hungarian film director (d. 1956)
1893 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
1896 – Margaret Fitzgerald, Canadian supercentenarian
1898 – H.A. Rey, American children's author, creator of "Curious George" (d. 1977)
1905 – Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (d. 1980)
1906 – Jack Churchill, English soldier (d. 1996)
1910 – Karl Kling, German race car driver (d. 2003)
1910 – Erich Kempka, Adolf Hitler's chauffeur (d. 1975)
1914 – Allen Funt, American radio and television personality (d. 1999)
1916 – Robert Bradshaw, Saint Kitts and Nevis politician (d. 1978)
1916 – M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (d. 2004)
1916 – Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (d. 1999)
1919 – Laurence J. Peter, Canadian born educator and writer (d. 1990)
1921 – Jon Hendricks, American jazz singer
1922 – Janis Paige, American actress
1922 – Marcel Mouloudji, French actor and singer (d. 1994)
1922 – Guy Hamilton, English film director
1923 – Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor of Singapore
1924 – Lauren Bacall, American actress
1925 – Charlie Byrd, American musician (d. 1999)
1925 – B. B. King, American musician
1925 – Charles Haughey, Prime Minister of Ireland (d. 2006)
1926 – Tommy Bond, American actor (d. 2005)
1927 – Peter Falk, American actor
1927 – Jack Kelly, American actor (d. 1992)
1928 – Lady Gwen Thompson, British occultist (d. 1986)
1930 – Anne Francis, American actress
1934 – George Chakiris, American actor
1934 – Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners and Solo Artist (d. 2008)
1935 – Carl Andre, American artist
1935 – Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist
1935 – Jules Bass, American author, producer, director and composer
1937 – Alexander Medved, Russian wrestler
1939 – Breyten Breytenbach, South African writer and painter
1941 – Richard Perle, American political advisor
1942 – Bernie Calvert, British musician (The Hollies)
1943 – James Alan McPherson, American writer
1944 – Winston Grennan, Jamaican American drummer
1946 – Cathee Dahmen, American fashion model
1946 – Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
1946 – Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer
1947 – Russ Abbot, British comedian
1947 – Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and writer
1948 – Ron Blair, American bassist
1948 – Kenney Jones, English musician (The Small Faces; Faces; The Who)
1949 – Ed Begley, Jr., American actor
1950 – Loyd Grossman, American television presenter
1952 – Mickey Rourke, American actor
1953 – Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie) (d. 1995)
1953 – Nancy Huston, Canadian-born novelist and essayist
1953 – Eric Vail, Canadian ice hockey player
1954 – Earl Klugh, American jazz guitarist
1954 – William McKeen, American author
1954 – Colin Newman, English musician (Wire)
1954 – Frank Reed, American singer (The Chi-Lites)
1955 – Ron Brewer, American basketball player
1955 – Janet Ellis, British television presenter
1955 – Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer
1955 – Robin Yount, American baseball player
1956 – David Copperfield, American magician
1957 – David McCreery, Irish footballer
1958 – Orel Hershiser, American baseball player
1958 – Neville Southall, Welsh footballer
1958 – Jennifer Tilly, American actress
1959 – Tim Raines, American baseball player
1959 – Dave Richardson, former South African cricketer
1960 – Danny John-Jules, British actor
1960 – Kurt Busiek, American comic book writer
1960 – Yianna Katsoulos, French singer
1961 – Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
1963 – Richard Marx, American singer
1964 – Molly Shannon, American actress
1964 – Mary Coustas, Austalian entertainer
1964 – Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress
1964 – Dave Sabo, American musician (Skid Row )
1965 – Katy Kurtzman, American actress
1966 – Kevin Young, American athlete
1967 – Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga-ka
1968 – Marc Anthony, American singer
1968 – Walt Becker, American director and writer
1969 – Justine Frischmann, English musician (Elastica)
1970 – Mark Schultz, American musician
1971 – Amy Poehler, American comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1972 – Mark Bruener, American football player
1972 – Sprent Dabwido, Nauruan politician
1972 – James Westman, Canadian Operatic Baritone
1973 – Alexander Vinokourov, Kazakh cyclist
1973 – Justin Haythe, American writer
1973 – George Corrie, English footballer
1974 – Tom Dolan, American swimmer
1975 – Shannon Noll, Australian singer and songwriter
1976 – Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
1976 – Greg Buckner, American basketball player
1976 – Heather Hopper, American actress
1977 – Greg Ball, American politician
1978 – Jason Grant, gentleman and a scholar
1978 – Dan Dickau, American basketball player
1978 – Matthew Rogers, American singer
1979 – Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
1979 – Fanny, French singer
1980 – Patrik Stefan, Czech hockey player
1981 – Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress
1981 – Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls)
1982 – Leon Knight, English footballer
1983 – Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer
1983 – Brandon Moss, American baseball player
1984 – Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls)
1984 – Katie Melua, Georgian/British singer
1985 – Madeline Zima, American actress
1986 – Gordon Beckham, American baseball player
1986 – Kyla Pratt, American actress
1987 – Daren Kagasoff, American actor
1987 – Louis Clément Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player
1987 – Travis Wall, American dancer and dance instructor
1988 – Teddy Geiger, American singer
1988 – Sarah Steele, American actress
1989 – Dustin Tokarski, Canadian ice hockey goalie
1992 – Nick Jonas, American singer/songwriter (Jonas Brothers)
2005 – Princess Jalilah bint Ali, of Jordan
96 – Domitian, Roman Emperor (b. 51)
307 – Flavius Valerius Severus, deposed Roman Emperor (murder)
827 – Pope Valentine
1087 – Pope Victor III (b. 1026)
1100 – Bernold of Constance, German chronicler (b. 1054)
1345 – John IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1295)
1380 – King Charles V of France (b. 1338)
1394 – Avignon Pope Clement VII (b. 1342)
1406 – Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow (b. 1336)
1498 – Tomás de Torquemada, first grand inquisitor of Spain (b. 1420)
1589 – Michael Baius, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
1672 – Anne Bradstreet, American colonial poet (b. 1612)
1701 – James II of England and VII of Scotland (b. 1633)
1736 – Gabriel Fahrenheit, German physicist (b. 1686)
1775 – Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst, English privy councillor (b. 1684)
1782 – Farinelli, Italian castrato singer (b. 1705)
1803 – Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (b. 1754)
1824 – King Louis XVIII of France (b. 1755)
1829 – Nikolay Raevsky, Russian general and statesman (b. 1771)
1843 – Ezekiel Hart, Canadian entrepreneur and politician, and the first Jew to be elected to public office in the British Empire (b. 1770)
1864 – John Hanning Speke, English explorer (b. 1827)
1865 – Christian Julius De Meza, Danish general (b. 1792)
1898 – Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (b. 1827)
1911 – Edward Whymper, English mountain climber (b. 1840)
1925 – Alexander Alexandrovich Friedman, Russian physicist (b. 1888)
1932 – Ronald Ross, English physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1857)
1933 – George Gore, baseball player (b. 1857)
1944 – Gustav Bauer, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1870)
1945 – John McCormack, Irish tenor (b. 1884)
1950 – Pedro de Cordoba, American actor (b. 1881)
1957 – Qi Baishi, Chinese painter (b. 1864)
1965 – Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
1975 – Irene Hayes, Ziegfeld girl and businesswoman (b. 1896)
1977 – Marc Bolan, English musician (b. 1947)
1977 – Maria Callas, Greek-American soprano (b. 1923)
1980 – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (b. 1896)
1987 – Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
1992 – Millicent Fenwick, American politician and writer (b. 1910)
1993 – Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (b. 1966)
1996 – McGeorge Bundy, U.S. National Security Advisor (b. 1919)
1996 – Gene Nelson, American actor (b. 1920)
2000 – Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)
2001 – Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer (b. 1918)
2002 – James Gregory, American actor (b. 1911)
2003 – Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
2003 – Sheb Wooley, singer and actor (b. 1921)
2004 – Michael Donaghy Poet, (b. 1954)
2005 – Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser (b. 1920)
2006 – Rob Levin, creator of Freenode (b. 1955)
2006 – Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
2007 – Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
2008 – Norman Whitfield, associated with the Temptations (b. 1940)
Holidays and observances
In ancient Greece, the third day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the initiates walked to the sea at Phaleron and purified themselves in the water.
RC Saints – Saint Cyprian, Pope Cornelius, Saint Ludmila, Curcodomus
Also see September 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics).
Mexico – Independence Day (from Spain; proclaimed 1810, recognised 1821, instituted 1825; See Fiestas Patrias (Mexico)).
Malaysia – Hari Malaysia (formation of Malaysia, 1963).
Papua New Guinea – Independence Day (from Australia, 1975).
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Today In Chess History
Sep 16, 1840: Paul Rudolf von Bilguer died in Berlin, Germany.
Sep 16, 1873: James C. Creevey was born in Blackwood, Ireland.
Sep 16, 1880: Carl Carls was born in Varel, Germany.
Sep 16, 1884: Magnus Victor Anderson was born in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia.
Sep 16, 1892: Joseph Jean Opdenoordt , Dutch composer, was born in Venlo, Netherlands.
Sep 16, 1929: Hans Bouwmeester was born in Harlem, Netherlands.
Sep 16, 1929: Verica Nedeljkovic(Jovanovic) was born in Cacak, Yugoslavia.
Sep 16, 1954: Federico Braunberger was born in Milan, Italy.
Sep 16, 1957: Mark Carl Diesen was born in Buffalo,New York, USA.
Sep 16, 1960: Igor Efimov was born in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Sep 16, 1964: Berge Ostenstad was born, Norway.
Sep 16, 1965: Dirk Poldauf was born, Germany.
Sep 16, 1969: Elena Zayac was born, Russia.
Today's Highlight In Chess History
Biographical information on Daniel Willard Fiske:
"Daniel Willard Fiske (1831–1904) was an American librarian and scholar, born on November 11, 1831, at Ellisburg, New York.
Fiske studied at Cazenovia Seminary and started his collegiate studies at Hamilton College in 1847. He joined the Psi Upsilon but was suspended for a student prank at the end of his sophomore year. He was educated at Copenhagen and at Uppsala University. Upon his return to the United States, he acted as a General Secretary to the American Geographical Society and edited the Syracuse Daily Journal.
Dedication plaque on Uris Library referencing Henry W. Sage's gift in lieu of Jennie McGraw's estate payment after the resolution of The Great Will CaseUpon the opening of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Fiske was named University librarian and professor in 1868. He made a reputation as an authority on the Northern European languages, and Icelandic language and culture in particular.
In August 1880, he married Jennie McGraw, at the American Legation in Berlin. McGraw was the daughter of deceased timber magnate John McGraw, and had inherited $2,202,593 dollars upon his death in 1877. Their marriage was short, and by September 1881 she had died from tuberculosis. Controversy over her will's bequest to Cornell left him involved in the The Great Will Case. Following its resolution in May 1890, he spent much of his remaining years in Italy, and collected manuscripts.
His interests included chess: he helped organize the first American Chess Congress in 1857 and wrote the tournament book in 1859, and edited The Chess Monthly from 1857 to 1861 with Paul Morphy. His scholarly volume, Chess In Iceland and in Icelandic Literature (Florence, 1905), was used as source material by H.J.R. Murray for A History of Chess. Another manuscript, Chess Tales and Chess Miscellanies (New York, 1912), also published posthumously, is an anthology covering chess life of the period including articles about Morphy, problems by Sam Loyd, and the history of chess including some fables.
On September 17, 1904 Fiske died at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is buried next to his wife Jennie McGraw Fiske in the elaborate crypt of Sage Chapel at Cornell University. After his death he left a large bequest of 32,000 volumns, the Fiske Icelandic Collection, to Cornell."
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Today In Chess History
August der Jungere died Sep 17, 1666 in Wolfenbuttel, Germany. He was born Apr 10, 1579 in Dannenberg, Germany. Nationality GER - Germany. Biographical data: Pseudonym: Gustavus Selenus. German player and author.
by Bill Wall
Author of the earliest detailed account of living chess and the earliest German book on the openings in 1616.
Seeberger, Johannes was born Sep 17, 1843 in Graz, Austria. he died Nov 11, 1879 in Lindewiese, Austria. Nationality AUT - Austria. Biographical data: Austrian composer.
Bombicci Porta, Luigi was born Sep 17, 1864 in Bologna, Italy. He died Dec 1, 1928 in Bologna, Italy. Nationality ITA - Italy. Biographical data: Italian player.
Miliani, Luigi was born Sep 17, 1875 in Livorno, Italy. He died Nov 19, 1944 in Venezia, Italy. Nationality ITA - Italy. Biographical data: Italian player and writer.
Today In Chess History - Continued
Borgi Guerrazzi, Mario died on Death Sep 17, 1884 in Livorno, Italy. He was born Aug 15, 1848 in Livorno, Italy. Nationality: ITA - Italy. Biographical data: Italian player and editor.
Guarini, Carlo was born Sep 17, 1885 in Napoli, Italy. He died Jun 9, 1958 in Portici, Italy. Nationality: ITA - Italy. Biographical data: Italian player and composer.
Koltanowski, George was born Sep 17, 1903 in Anversa, Belgium. he died Feb 5, 2000. Nationality: USA - United States of America. Titles: GM - International Grandmaster; IA - International Arbiter. Biographical data: Belgian player and chess journalist; International Master, 1950; International Arbiter, 1960; International Grandmaster, 1988, honoris causa; Belgian Champion, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1937; USCF President, 1975-1978.
Xu, Jun was born Sep 17, 1962. Nationality: CHN - China. Titles: GM - International Grandmaster. Biographical data: International Grandmaster. In 1994, he became China's fourth Grandmaster. Career highlights: He was champion of China in 1983 and 1985. He has been a member of the Chinese Olympiad Team, a five times winner of the Asia Team Championship 1983-2003, the 1987 3.3 Zonal Champion, the 1998 Champion of China Open; the 2000-2001 Champion of Asia, and was a 2002 Olympiad member of Chinese Team which came 5th in the final standings. (From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org ).
Today In Chess History
Sep 18, 1647: Pietro Carrera died in Messina, Italy.
Sep 18, 1887: Bathelemy de Basterot died in Paris, France.
Sep 18, 1906: Ottavio Stocchi, Italian composer, was born in Langhirano, Italy.
Sep 18, 1963: Gerald Hertneck was born, Germany.
Sep 18, 1963: Wong Meng Kong was born, Singapore.
Sep 18, 1964: Curt Hansen was born in Bov, Sonderjylland, Danmark.
Sep 18, 1971: Frantisek Hladik, Czech composer, died in Pisek, Czech Republ.
Sep 18, 1980: Frank Ross Anderson was born in San Diego, California, USA.
Sep 18, 1985: Andrey Zhigalko was born, Belarus.
Today In Chess History
Sep 19, 1873: Rudolf Charousek was born in Prague, Czech Republ.
Sep 19, 1977: Emil Sutovsky was born in Baku, Azebaijan.
Sep 19, 1993: Samvel Ter-Sahakyan was born, Armenia.
Sep 19, 2000: Karl Robatsch died, Austria.
Today In World History - Highlights
Actress-comedian Anne Meara is 80. Actress Sophia Loren is 75. Bassist Chuck Panozzo (Styx) is 62. Actor Gary Cole is 53. Bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise is 45. Actress Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From the Sun) is 42. Singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of Nelson are 42. Bassist Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden) is 41. Rapper Yung Joc is 27.
Today In World History - Continued
September 20th 0368 Emperor Valentinianus visits Nijmegen
September 20th 0451 General Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at Chalons-sur-Marne
September 20th 0622 Prophet Mohammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
September 20th 1258 Cathedral of Salisbury inaugurated
September 20th 1378 Robert de GenÅ ve, "butcher of Cesena" crowned anti-pope Clemens VII
September 20th 1519 Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of world
September 20th 1530 Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
September 20th 1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Fla & massacre the French
September 20th 1604 Spanish army under Spinola recaptures Oostende
September 20th 1620 Battle at Jassy: Turks beat king Sigismund III of Poland
September 20th 1593 Gottfried Scheidt, composer
September 20th 1653 Benedict Schultheiss, composer
September 20th 1663 Pirro Conte d' Albergati Capacelli, composer
September 20th 1665 Johannes van der Hagen, vicar/genealogist/chronologer
September 20th 1706 Franz Habermann, composer
September 20th 1168 Paschal III, [Guido di Crema], Italian anti-Pope, dies
September 20th 1384 Louis, duke of Anjou/wife of Marie of Bretagne
September 20th 1493 Philippe Pot, governor/viceroy of Burgundy, dies
September 20th 1586 Anthony Babington, page/conspirator to Mary Stuart, executed at 24
September 20th 1613 Willem H van Est (Estius), theologist, dies
Today In Chess History
Sep 20, 1896: Friedrich Samisch was born in Berlin, Germany.
Sep 20, 1906: Philip Stuart Milner - Barry was born in London, England.
Sep 20, 1920: Giuseppe Benini died in Viareggio, Italy.
Sep 20, 1926: Jack Lee Spence was born in Omaha, Nebrasca, USA.
Sep 20, 1958: Tunde Csonkics was born, Hungary.
Sep 20, 1968: Niall Carton was born, Ireland.
Sep 20, 1981: Hugh Francis Blandford, British composer, died in Hatfield, England.
Today In Chess History - Highlights
Nial Carton was born in Ireland on this date in 1968. For the list and a review of his games, see this link: www.365chess.com
Nial Carton won the Irish Chess Championship in 1989.
Today In Chess History
Sep 21, 1576: Girolamo Cardano died in Roma, Italy.
Sep 21, 1773: Martino Martini died in Pescia, Italy.
Sep 21, 1815: Paul Rudolf von Bilguer was born in Ludwigslust, Germany.
Sep 21, 1899: Ettore Foschini, Italian composer, was born in Ferrara, Italy.
Sep 21, 1915: Rene Letelier Martner was born in San Bernardo, Chile.
Sep 21, 1931: Benjamin Glover Laws, British composer, died in London, England.
Sep 21, 1965: Robert Zelcic was born, Croatia.
Sep 21, 1970: Ivan Leventic was born, Croatia.
Sep 21, 1973: Frantisek Josef Prokop(A.Sedlacek), Czech composer, died in Prague, Czech Republ.
Sep 21, 1975: Leone Singer died in Villa Opicina, Italy.
Sep 21, 1990: Alexander Konstantinopolsky died in Moskva, Russia.