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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Airlift Gas-n-Go
A pair of C-17 Globemaster IIIs and an E-3 Sentry (AWACS) sit on the tarmac at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2006. The transports, from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., and the NATO airborne warning and control system will receive services from Spangdahlem's 726th Air Mobility Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky)

VMM-263 Marine makes historic flight

Captain Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-263 schedules officer and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron-204 student, poses in front of an MV-22 Osprey March 14. March 13 marked her first flight in the Osprey and the first time a female has piloted the tiltrotor aircraft. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Jonathan A. Tabb

Story by Lance Cpl. Jonathan A. Tabb

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (March 22, 2006) -- Each day Marines around the world make history. One pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 made history March 13 when she became the first female ever to pilot the MV-22 Osprey.

Captain Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah spent the first five and a half years of her career in the Marine Corps as a CH-46E “Sea Knight” pilot, but when Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-263 began transitioning to the Osprey Program while she was stationed there, she became one of the first female pilots to begin training on the controls of the tiltrotor aircraft.

“She was the first female selected on the V-22 transition conversion board and out of sheer fate, she’s here, she’s in the pipeline going through the syllabus and she’s passed everything so far with flying colors,” said Col. Joel P. Kane, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron-204 commanding officer.

Okoreeh-Baah spent her first three months with VMMT-204 training on the flight simulators at Marine Aircrew Training Systems Squadron.

“All her ground school and all her simulator flights have gone spectacularly,” said Kane. “After she completes her co-pilot’s syllabus, it’ll be nine months to a year before she’s a certified Osprey pilot.”

Okoreeh-Baah said her decision to become one of the few and the proud is a direct result of living in Memphis, Tenn., and attending a very small high school.

“I went out to different schools pretty often because my school was so small. The influences I got were mostly from seeing all the people around who had been in the Army,” Okoreeh-Baah explained. “At one time they had good plans; they were professional, but they just didn’t do anything with themselves. They lacked drive. I think that’s why the Corps appealed to me so much.”

Okoreeh-Baah said that while she was greatly influenced by outside sources, her family was also very encouraging throughout her life.

“She’s going to go a long way because she never quits. She can succeed at anything she puts her mind to,” said Okoreeh-Baah’s father, Isaac K. Okoreeh-Baah Sr., a native of Ghana, North Africa. “She gets that from me, I think.”

After meeting the Marine recruiters and noticing they were the only ones who showed up on time, Okoreeh-Baah made her decision and signed up for enlistment through the Delayed Entry Program.

Okoreeh-Baah said her parents were strongly against her enlisting and wanted her to do something that wouldn’t put her in harm’s way.

“My parents called the captain in charge of my recruiting station told him they didn’t want me going. They wanted me to go to Yale and not do anything that might put me in danger,” she explained. “The captain was a graduate of the Naval Academy and after talking to him, my parents got on board and were able to sell me on the Naval Academy being just like the Marine Corps, except I could get my education.”

After arriving at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Okoreeh-Baah said her urge to be a Marine was heightened greatly.

“It became very evident that the only leaders who had a consistent influence on my growth at the Academy were Marine Corps officers,” she explained. “The Marine instructors are the ones who made a real difference in my life.”

Okoreeh-Baah said she doesn’t know exactly what her future holds, but she’s sure her experiences in the Corps will help her with everything she does in life.

“It’s a whole new world, a whole new military. I’d love to have my own squadron but there’s no set path because I’m not even a co-pilot yet,” she said. “I would also like to be an instructor one day.”
by Staff Sgt. Kevin Moses Sr
March 22, 2006
Master Sgt. Larmar Stellfox (right) and Pfc. Brent Wendtland, from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, hunt for suspected terrorists near the village of Oswesat, Iraq.

Talking With Heroes - March 26, 2006

Military Connection and "Talking With Heroes" Join Forces

March 21, 2006 - Simi Valley, CA. - Military Connection is pleased to announce that its President, Debbie Gregory, will be a featured guest on the March 28, 2006 "Talking With Heroes" radio show at 5:00 p.m. PST to discuss its new web site. was launched January 27, 2006. This web site offers the most comprehensive online directory of information and resources for each branch of the U.S. military, including all active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserves, National Guard and Coast Guard, as well as resources for Veterans, Retirees, Department of Defense civilian employees and their families.

"Talking With Heroes", hosted by founder Bob Calvert, is a weekly radio show with thousands of listeners. is a non-profit under the umbrella of the National Heritage Foundation. This outstanding talk radio show features guests each week that are either active military, veterans or organizations that provide support and resources to the military. The show also provides a forum for military heroes to share their knowledge and experiences in helping the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of the world.

In addition to Debbie Gregory of, the March 26th show will also feature former Army Ranger and entertainer Keni Thomas, Deb Saunders, President of Blue Star Moms, East Bay Chapter, and Doris Kent, whose son Jonathan was killed in Iraq in October of 2004.

Debbie Gregory stated: "We are honored to be included in the “Talking With Heroes” radio talk show. We appreciate the opportunity to get the word out to those who will benefit the most from the many resources and the vast information on our web site". When the next tour is back home, its on was recently featured by the Department of Defense News Agency and America Supports You.

This web site is an extremely useful tool for companies wishing to tap into this impressive talent pool of world-class candidates and offers creative online advertising opportunities to reach viable candidates. With features such as the Directory of Employers and the Virtual Job Fair of government jobs and civilian jobs for transitioning and retiring military, this site offers something for everyone from databases of benefits and useful information to free coupons and online yellow pages. Gregory added "We are very proud of our Charity Connection that enables clients to make direct donations to wonderful charities”.

Log on to www.talkingwithheroes on Sunday, March 26th at 5:00 p.m. PST and click on the Stardust Radio Network link to hear the show. If you have questions or comments, call in live at 877-213-4329.

Debbie Gregory, President
800-817-3777 or 805-306-0580

Bob Calvert, Host

The full guests list on the March 26, 2006 {5pm PST} Show are:

Deb Saunders, President of the East Bay Chapter #101 Blue Star Moms, Inc., an official chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Deb joined this service and support group shortly after her son joined the Marine Corps. He left for boot camp the morning of September 11, and she knew that everything had changed for him that day and for our country. Since that time, she has served as president of the chapter for three years, watching it grow to 160 members, and expand and broaden it’s support programs to include not only active duty military and their families, but our injured troops, and our Gold Star Parents.

Blue Star Moms also supports our veterans and their activities and programs. Deb’s son, Joe, is now a veteran and out of active duty. But her dedication to her group of mothers and their kids has not changed. She also hosts a small group meeting at her home as well as the general meeting each month. She actively encourages moms to become involved in projects that help them deal with the stress of deployments.

Debbie Gregory, an experienced executive recruiter who spent six years working as a print advertiser for Defense Department-contracted base the President of Debbie Gregory said she aimed the site at today's military family. "All the databases are free for their use. ... We're not really selling anything."

The site contains several useful features to support the military's unique needs with links to hospitals, schools, news, state tax boards, yellow pages, a military pay calculator and a "virtual mall," she hopes, will help military families make smoother transitions between duty stations. The site also provides options for help on resumes and advice for what to do at a job interview.

Doris Kent's son, Cpl Jonathan Santos was killed in Karabilah, Iraq on October 15, 2004 when his vehicle was attacked by a suicide bomber. She visited a traveling exhibit that had a pair of boots with her son’s name on them. A woman witnessed her visit and went home and told her friends what she saw. The next day, an independent film producer/physician found the boots at the exhibit, emailed this mother, and 11 months later released a short film titled “The Corporal’s Boots”.

Six months after this film she will release another film entitled “The Corporal’s Diary” which will be entirely made with Cpl Santos’ personal video footage and excerpts from a daily journal he kept while deployed to Haiti and then Iraq. This mother’s story and her quest to not let her son be forgotten is filled with pain and hope.

Keni Thomas is a former Army Ranger and member of the elite Task Force Ranger assault unit. Thomas fought in the Somalia battle recounted in the book and motion picture “Black Hawk Down.” He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Thomas spent four more years in the Army as an assistant team leader for the 75th Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment. After he left the Army he went to work as a counselor in an outdoor therapeutic program for troubled youth.

Keni’s current project is Flags Of Our Fathers – A Soldier’s Story: A collection of songs written by Thomas that tell stories inspired by life in the military and by those who serve our nation. Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Blackhawk and Shawn Mullins. Keni Thomas is a national spokesman for the and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college educations to the children of our special ops personnel killed in combat or training. A portion of proceeds from the single “Not Me” and the CD Flags Of Our Fathers - A Soldier’s Story will go to the Hero Fund. He has made media appearances on Hardball on MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Hannity & Colmes on FOX News, “The True Story of Blackhawk Down” on The History Channel, Frontline on PBS, with additional appearances on The Discovery Channel and NBC Dateline. His movie credits are: Sweet Home Alabama – Keni Thomas & Cornbread were the featured band in the blockbuster film. Circle On The Cross – Thomas wrote the title track. We Were Soldiers – Thomas worked as a military advisor and made his on-screen debut as a squad leader next to Mel Gibson.
FIRING LINE — Down the firing line, sailors are instructed in the proper use of a 12-guage-shotgun during a familiarization firing exercise on the USS Ronald Reagan in the Arabian Gulf, March 21, 2006. Reagan is deployed as part of a routine rotation of U.S. maritime forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Burden

In Today's News - Thursday, March 23, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Give me liberty, or give me death."

-- Patrick Henry

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bush: Full pullout up to 'future presidents'
Senators prod Iraqis to produce a coalition
50 Insurgents Captured in Iraq Gunbattle
Bush: Iraq to Take Charge
Bush urges Iraqis to form government - Video
US targets Iraqi deaths "misinformation"
Iraqi Insurgents' Raid on Jail Thwarted

Operation Enduring Freedom
Suspected Taliban rebels killed
Bush 'Troubled' by Trial of Afghan Christian Convert

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Suspicious package investigated at White House gate
Court releases Bridgeview man's confession
Muslim says Quran justified attack in N.C.
Feds failed to scrutinize 9/11 terror pilots' training hijinks
Official: Moussaoui wasn't pre-9/11 priority
Pentagon mulls torture rule on Guantanamo evidence
Germans weigh right vs wrong in spying, terror war

Troops on Trial
Residents in video implicate US in deaths of civilians
Abu Ghraib dog handler gets six months for abusing prisoners

Other Military News
Senators Seek Smoother Military Voting

Hamas Rising
Israelis chase down suspected bomber

Worldwide Wackos
N. Korea Says it Can Strike First
Jail raid illustrates threat of militants
N. Korea talks of nuclear strength
Prince criticizes Muhammad cartoons
Iran's top leader OKs talking to U.S. for 1st time
Admin. Questions Iran's Motives

Bush says censure call "needless partisanship"
Hillary's calling the shots, Bill says
DJ Fired for Racial Slur Against Condoleezza Rice

Supreme Court
Supreme Court splits in police search case

Man found at O'Hare sent home to Romania
Milosevic: It's difficult sharing name with dictator
Professor killed after crocodile snatches him from canoe in Africa
Man gets stuck in mud fleeing deputies, dies
Web chat rooms in Japan foster suicide pacts
Porn star hits it big as wine-maker
Have a beer on Australia? No thanks, says Canada
Obese Man Crosses U.S. to Shed Pounds
Wily Coyote Captured in Central Park

Other News of Note
Private wells to be tested near radioactive leak
Mussolini's secret bunker opens to public
How to comment on IRS proposal to sell tax information
European Union bans dozens of airlines, mostly from Africa, as safety hazards
Chemical-plant oversight urged

Fox News
Cocaine Terrorists - Colombian rebels face drug rap
Woman Says She Was Confined to House for Decade
GM Buyout
Video: Buyout Deal
Deadly Crash
New Witness Comes Forward in Holloway Case
Bouncer Indicted in Murder of N.Y. Grad Student- Video: Bouncer Charged
Dell to Purchase High-End PC Maker Alienware
Bird Flu Too Deep in Lungs for Human Transmission
Video: Lafave Victim's Mother Speaks Out
Y2K Stash Kept Family Alive

Reuters: Top News
A tale of two nuclear nations
Merck scientist plays down Vioxx risk at trial
Greater efforts needed to save Amazon rainforests
Lost in space: Russian gear, US paperwork
Microsoft delay may hurt retailers' holiday sales
Samsung execs to plead guilty in US DRAM probe
Episcopal church faces another showdown over gays
Older women most successful at quitting smoking
Enron's Lay lied to credit agencies: witness
Microsoft delay may hurt retailers' holiday sales
Regis, Alberto-Culver shares off after Regis warns
Private equity group forms in Univision bid-sources
Nvidia to buy Hybrid Graphics, but stock slips
Alwaleed plans to float 30 pct of flagship company
Dow flirts with 5-year high as rate worry fades
Adobe Q1 net profit falls; outlook disappoints
Oakley shares up after purchases by founder
Movie Gallery shares up on short covering: analyst
Yahoo shares up on Goldman valuation call
Challenges for Microsoft, AppleVideo: Microsoft delay wide reaching
Oil falls as U.S. supplies stay robust

AP World News
Forum Says Governments Must Improve Water
College Board Finds 27,000 Unchecked SATs
Murder Trial of Phil Spector Is Delayed
Soriano Plays Outfield After All
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler to Undergo Surgery

The Seattle Times
Ferry sinks off British Columbia coast, all 101 aboard were rescued
Ferry sinking disrupts Inside Passage route that's vital to locals, popular with tourists
Accidents involving B.C. Ferries
BC Ferries Web site
Neighbors bridge labor gap as Salvadorans head north
Group sues to block budget-cutting law
Study says treating Mom's depression helps kids
ADHD drug warning labels studied
Pipe corrosion biggest threat as Alaska marks Exxon Valdez spill
Snowstorm drifts east as Midwest digs out
All children missing after storms found
Russia to help fuel China's boom
Agency says forests in Asia cut illegally for some U.S. flooring
2 men remain in a coma a week after disastrous London drug trial
Charges dropped for sake of victim

Chicago Sun-Times
Charges dropped against Johnson
Feds charge priest with downloading child porn
Lessons in election lawlessness in El Salvador
$750,000 bond in postal worker's slaying
Did Blair trade titles, seats for secret loans?
Table-size pizza seeks its slice of world fame
Drug that made patient 'Elephant Man' defended
Wis. in danger of setting snowmobile death record
Toothpaste plant may get squeezed out of existence
Storm survivors cook up a barbie
Now 'C-Miller,' rapper awaits retrial in nightclub murder
Loot used to bribe rep up for auction
Sex charges against teacher dropped
Bush salutes Africa's 1st elected female leader

Boston Globe: World
At the front of Israel's culture war - Benny Elon
France tries to assuage student rage on job law
5 Azerbaijanis said dead of bird flu
Weary Belarus protesters eye next move
As Chad election looms, army attacks rebel post
Navy Leader's Plan Hits the Hill
Insurgents Nabbed After Gun Battle
Report: U.S. Strike Forces at Risk

CENTCOM: News Releases












Department of Defense
Bush: Sept. 11 Lessons Still Relevant - Story
Missile Defense System Binds Elements - Story
Military Commissions May Get New Guidance - Story
U.S., Iraqi Forces Net Suspects, Weapons - Story

New Pipeline Established to Iraqi Army Base - Story
Former Terrorist Base Sees New Beginning - Story
U.S., Iraqi Forces Provide Security for Pilgrims - Story

Tankers Bridge Troubled Waters
Iraqi Soldiers on Track for Independent Ops

Citizen Tip Leads to IED in Afghan Mosque
Aircrews Refuel B-52s in Flight for the Fight
Spartans Take Reins in Eastern Afghanistan

Father, Daughter Reunite in Iraq - Story

Motorcyclists Honor Fallen, Families - Story
Coronado Salutes Military

Iraq Reaches Historic Moment
Tal Afar Liberation Shows Intentions
Predator Crashes
66 Suspected Insurgents Detained
Tal Afar Shows Strategy Working
NATO Key Ally in Anti-terror War
Soldier Killed in Baghdad
Bush Remembers Troops
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

General Notes Progress
Troops Detain Suspects
Afghanistan Update

Troop Support Promotes Freedom
Cheney Thanks Airmen for Support
Americans Must Maintain Resolve
Success in Iraq Critical to War
Cheney Thanks Troops for Service
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Missile Technology Valid, Viable
Memorial Fundraiser Hits Milestone
Pace Tours Earthquake Area
Pakistan Visit to Build Better Bridges
Single C-17 Breaks Airdrop Record
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah
Al Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
1026 - Koenraad II crowns himself king of Italy
1066 - 18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1153 - Treaty of Konstanz between Frederik I "Barbarossa" & Pope Eugene III
1568 - Treaty of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike
1579 - Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
1593 - English Congressionalist Henry Barrow accused of slander
1630 - French troops occupy Pinerolo Piedmont
1657 - France & England form alliance against Spain; England gets Dunkirk
1708 - English pretender to the throne James III lands at Firth of Forth
1775 - Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death"
1794 - Josiah Pierson patents a "cold-header" (rivet) machine; Lieutenant-General Tadeusz Kosciuszko returns to Poland
1801 - Murder attempt on Czar Paul I
1806 - Lewis & Clark reach Pacific coast
1808 - Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain
1832 - British Parliament passes reform bill
1835 - Charles Darwin reaches Los Arenales, in the Andes
1836 - Coin Press invented by Franklin Beale
1839 - 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
1840 - Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype)
1849 - Battle of Novara (King Charles Albert vs Italian republic)
1857 - Elisha Otis' 1st elevator installed (488 Broadway, NYC)
1858 - Streetcar patented (Eleazer A Gardner of Philadelphia)
1861 - London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr. Train of New York, begin operating
1862 - Battle of Kernstown VA-Jackson begins his Valley Campaign
1864 - Encounter at Camden, AR
1865 - General Sherman/Cox' troops reach Goldsboro NC
1867 - Congress passes 2nd Reconstruction Act over President Johnson's veto
1880 - Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisconsin)
1881 - Boers & Britain sign peace accord; end 1st Boer war; Gas lamp sets fire to Nice France opera house; 70 die
1889 - President Harrison opens Oklahoma for white colonization
1901 - Dame Nellie Melba, reveals secret of her now famous toast
1903 - Wright brothers obtain airplane patent
1910 - 1st race at Los Angeles Motordrome (1st US auto speedway)
1912 - Dixie Cup invented
1915 - Zion Mule Corp forms
1917 - 4 day series of tornadoes kills 211 in Midwest US
1918 - Crépy-en-Laonnoise: German artillery shells Paris France, 256 killed; Lithuania proclaims independence; Paris bombs "Thick Bertha's Dike" (nickname for the widow Krupp)
1919 - Bashkir ASSR, in RSFSR, constituted; Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in Milan, Italy; Moscow's Politburo/Central Committee forms
1920 - Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms
1922 - 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington DC
1923 - Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
1925 - Tennessee becomes 1st state to outlaw teaching theory of evolution
1929 - 1st telephone installed in White House
1933 - Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers
1934 - US Congress accepts Philippines independence in 1945
1936 - Italy, Austria & Hungary sign Pact of Rome
1940 - All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
1942 - 2,500 Jews of Lublin massacred or deported; Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean; US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers
1943 - German counter attack on US lines in Tunisia
1944 - Bomb attack against Southern Tirol congregation in Rome - 33 die; Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 meter without a parachute & lives
1945 - British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine; Largest operation in Pacific war, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa; Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits Montgomery's headquarter in Straelen
1948 - John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 meter))
Crawford & Olivia de Havilland win
1950 - Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greeks government; UN World Meteorological Organization established
1956 - Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day); Sudan becomes independent
1957 - US army sells last homing pigeons
1960 - Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 - JFK visits San Francisco
1964 - UNCTAD 1 world conference opens in Geneva
1965 - Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young); Moroccan army shoots on demonstrators, about 100 killed
1966 - 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
1968 - Reverend Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from Washington DC
1969 - Rally for Decency (Miami)
1971 - Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
1972 - Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
1973 - Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in US
1976 - International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratify)
1980 - Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt
1981- Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions; Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
1982 - Guatemala military coup under General Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees
1983 - US President Ronald Reagan introduces "Star Wars"-plan (SDI)
1987 - US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf; West Germany SPD chairman Willy Brandt resigns
1989 - 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature; Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 years for killing his adopted daughter
1990 - Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
1991 - 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
1993 - Belgian government of Dehaene, resigns
1994 - Amy Fisher's lover, Joey Buttafuoco, released from jail after 4 months & 9 days; Howard Stern formally announces his Libertarian run for New York Governor; Russian Airbus A-310 crashes in Siberia (74-75 killed)

1699 - John Bartram, naturalist/explorer, father of American botany
1736 - Iman Willem Falck, Dutch Governor of Ceylon (1765-83)
1761 - John W. de Winter, Dutch Vice-Admiral (Battle at Kamperduin)
1818 - Don Carlos Buell, Union Major General
1823 - Schuyler Colfax (R) 17th Vice President (1869-73)
1825 - Edward Lloyd Thomas, Confederate Brigadier General
1854 - Alfred Milner Giessen, British Governor (Cape colony)
1857 - Fannie Farmer, actress (namesake of a candy company)
1858 - Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
1863 - Godfried C.E. van Daalen, Dutch General/Governor of Atjeh
1881 - Hermann Staudinger, chemist/plastics researcher (Nobel '53)
1883 - Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st King of Iraq/Syria
1887 - Felix Felixovitch Yussupov, Russian prince/murderer of Rasputin
1898 - Georgios Grivas Greek General/opposition leader on Cyprus
1901 - Jan H. de Groot, Dutch resistance fighter/co-founder (Free Netherlands)
1905 - Ralph Perring Lord Mayor (London)
1907 - Daniel Bovet, pharmacologist (Nobel 1957); Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician
1908 - Dominique de Menil arts patron/human rights advocate
1911 - Charles Joseph A. Russhon, USAF Lieutenant Colonel/liaison (James Bond films)
1911 - Denis Wright, diplomat; Edward Warner, diplomat
1912 - Werner von Braun Wirsitz, rocket expert (I Aim at the Stars)
1919 - Michael Lyne British air Vice-marshal
1920 - Neal Smith (Representative-IA)
1928 - 11th duke of Beaufort, English landowner/multi-millionaire; Alfred Morris, British MP
1929 - Albert H. Crews, astronaut
1931 - Norman F. Lent (Representative-NY)
1938 - Christopher Glenn, news anchor (CBS Nightwatch)
1949 - Karen English (Representative-AZ)
1953 - Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
1956 - Andrew Mitchell, British MP

1169 - Shirkuh Kurd General/vizier of Cairo/Saladin's uncle
1237 - Jan of Brienne King of Jerusalem/Emperor of Constantinople
1369 - Pedro the Cruel, King/tyrant of Castile & Leon
1555 - Julius III [Giovanni M del Monte], Pope (1550-55), dies at 67
1653 - Johan van Galen, Dutch Admiral (Dunes Monte Christo), dies at about 48
1676 - Paulus Wirtz [Würtz], German/Netherlands army commander, dies at 63
1801 - Paul I, Tsar of Russia (1796-1801), strangled at 46
1862 - Karl Robert von Nesselrode, German chancellor, dies at 81
1902 - Kálmán Tisza, premier of Hungary (1875-90), dies at 71
1907 - Constantine P. Pobedonostsev, Russian reactionary senator, dies at 79
1925 - Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian General/minister of War, dies at 76
1944 - O.C. Wingate, British General-Major (Burma), dies in air crash
1952 - Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
1957 - L. Patrick Abercrombie, English architect, dies at 77
1961 - James Edward Murray (Senator-MT 1935-61); Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
1962 - Josephus R.H. van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Netherlands, dies at 80
1963 - Davey Moore dies seconds after being KOed in feather-weight championship
1983 - Dr. Barney Clark, 1st artificial heart recipient , dies after 112 days at 62
1985 - Patricia Roberts Harris (Representative-D), dies at 60
1991 - Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
1994 - Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican Presidential candidate, assassinated at 44

Reported Missing in Action
The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their C47 was shot down:
Bailey, Lawrence Robert (NM); passenger, released August, 1962 - alive as of 1998

Bankowski, Alfons A. (CT); flight engineer, KIA - remains ID'd November, 1991

Garside, Frederick T. (MA); assistant flight engineer, KIA, remains ID'd November, 1991

Magee, Ralph Wayne (LA); pilot, KIA - remains ID'd November, 1991

Matteson, Glenn (TX); navigator, KIA, body not recovered

Sampson, Leslie V. (MT); radio operator, KIA - remains ID'd November, 1991

Weitkamp, Edgar Wilken (PA); passenger, KIA, body not recovered

Weston, Oscar B., Jr. (VA); co-pilot, KIA, body not recovered

Clark, Donald E., Jr., USAF (VI); F100F shot down, remains returned by SRV September, 1977

Dawson, Clyde Duane USAF (WI); F100F shot down, remains returned by SRV Septeber, 1977

Hewitt, Samuel Eugene, USMC (IN); disappeared near perimeter wire, presumed Killed

Tapp, John B., USN (KY); A4C disappeared en route to ship, presumed Killed

Franks, Ian J., US Army (NY); OV1C crashed in water, presumed Killed

Davis, Robert C., USAF (NJ); A26A shot down (w/Widdis), remains returned 1994 - 1995

Widdis, James W., USAF (NJ); A26A shot down (w/Davis), remains returned 1994-1995 - ID'd October, 1996

Jackson, James T., USAF (FL); F4D crashed (bombardier/navigator, w/Whitt), Killed, body not recovered

Pike, Dennis S., USN (AZ); A7E disappeared on mission

Whitt, James E., USAF (IL); F4D crashed (pilot, w/Jackson), Killed, body not recovered

Martin, Earl; released from Saigon July, 1975