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The history of the MLB Futures Game and the Yankees: 1999-2002

A few weeks ago it was announced that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez would be a part of the 2015 All-Star Weekend activities as both will take part in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, July 12. Started in 1999, the Futures Game was devised as a showcase for young talent within professional baseball. Over the years it has evolved from an exhibition game for baseball’s next rookie class, to a prospect All-Star Game to allow MLB’s best young talent a chance to impress on the national stage. In celebration of this understated and often completely overlooked event, I’d like to take you on a journey through the years to explore the history of the game and how it relates to the Yankees organization. Today we look at the first four games that took place.
1999 Futures Game
The inaugural event took place at Fenway Park and hosted a treasure trove of future MLB regulars, some of whom ended up on the Yankees at some point in their careers. The game (a seven-inning contest until 2008) proved to be a one-sided affair as the World Team demolished the US Team 7-0, while collecting 11 hits against only three. That year the Yankees were represented by second baseman Alfonso Soriano on the Word Team and first baseman Nick Johnson on the US Team. While Johnson didn’t contribute much, Soriano proved to be the difference-maker of the day, going 2-3 with two home runs (a three-run shot off Mark Mulder) and five RBI to take home the game’s first MVP honors.

It was a great victory for a Yankees prospect who went on to make his MLB debut in September. Johnson, on the other hand, was in the middle of a season for the ages where he hit .345/.525/.548 with 14 home runs and 123 walks in almost 600 plate appearances at Double-A. He likely could have reached the majors in 2000, but as was always the case with Nick Johnson, he missed the entire season due to injury.
Future All-Stars among this crop included Lance Berkman, A.J. Burnett (2015, baby!) Francisco Cordero, Michael Cuddyer, Aramis Ramirez, Mark Mulder, Brad Penny, B.J. Ryan, Alfonso Soriano, and Vernon Wells. Some went on to become Yankees as A.J. Burnett signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the organization before the 2009 season (we all know how that turned out). Lance Berkman joined the Yankees for the 2010 playoff push, but ultimately had a forgettable career in pinstripes, while Vernon Wells was an unwanted member of the miserable 2013 squad. Other participants went on to sign minor league deals with the organization. Outfielder Dee Brown spent a few weeks of the 2005 season in Double-A Trenton, first baseman Erubiel Durazo played at Triple-A Columbus in 2006, Russell Branyan spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Scranton, and outfielder Corey Patterson latched on in Scranton during the 2013 season.

2000 Futures Game
The crop of Yankees prospects who appeared in the 2000 Futures Game ended up being nothing more than a footnote in the greater story of the New York Yankees. And by footnote, I mean piece of scrap paper that never made it into the actual book. This year they were represented by third baseman Drew Henson (there’s a name out of the annals of history) and outfielder Jackson Melian. The game took place at Turner Field as the Braves hosted the All-Star Game that year and, despite only meant to go seven innings, actually went nine when the affair needed extra innings before USA beat World 3-2 after nine.
Henson, Baseball America’s no. 24 prospect before the season, hit .287/.347/.439 with seven home runs over 245 plate appearances at Double-A Norwich that year, while Melian, BA’s no. 72nd, hit .252/.299/.400 with nine homers in 316 plate appearances at the same level. That year they had attempted to trade for Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa and nearly ended up acquiring him for a hefty price:

The Yankees offered Ledee, Westbrook, outfielder Jackson Melian and a choice of Soriano or D’Angelo Jimenez for Sosa; the Cubs insisted on five players, including Melian, Westbrook, Ledee and two players from a group of three that included Soriano, Jimenez and Alex Graman, a Class A pitcher.

Instead of that deal, the Yankees opted to acquire David Justice in June and the rest was history. Justice cost them Zach Day, Ricky Ledee, and Jake Westbrook, as he hit .305/.391/.585 with 20 home runs over the half-season in the Bronx to help lead them to their third-straight World Series title. A few weeks later, the Yankees basically used the Futures Game as a showcase for their prospects. Henson and Melian were packaged together, along with right-hander Brian Reith and left-hander Ed Yarnall, just days later to the Reds for center fielder Mike Frank and left-hander Denny Neagle. Frank was out of baseball two years later, while Neagle was incredibly bad for the Yankees over the last few months of the season.
Out of that group of prospect, the Yankees only ended up missing Westbrook, and even then only because of a few solid seasons. Neither Henson’s or Pena’s Yankees career was over as Henson returned to the organization just months later and Melian eventually returned to the organization in 2004, but never reached the majors. He eventually started playing full-time in the Venezuelan Winter League where he hit a walk-off home run in the 2010 championship series for the eventual winner Leones del Caracas (cue it up to 2:00):

In 2000, the Futures Game included eventual All-Stars Danys Baez, Josh Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Marcus Giles, Josh Hamilton, Felipe Lopez, CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets, Vernon Wells, and Barry Zito. Among them, Wells and Sabathia would eventually play for the Yankees major league team. Carlos Silva would finish his American baseball career rattling around the Yankees system in 2011. Grant Roberts finished his professional career in 2005 with Double-A Trenton. Carlos Pena played a few months in Triple-A Columbus during the 2006 season, while Jack Cust and Corey Patterson (as mentioned above) played for Scranton in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

2001 Futures Game
This year’s roster included two old friends that should be familiar to Yankees fans–Nick Johnson, back from injury (what else is new), and Juan Rivera!? This year, USA beat World 5-1 at Safeco Field in Seattle as Johnson singled in the second inning and went on to score the game’s first run when a young Chase Utley brought him in. Future Yankee Wilson Betemit also hit a home run off Jerome Williams (Could this be the Futures Game at its lowest point?) to give the World team their lone run of the day.
After missing the entirety of the 2000 season, Nick Johnson was finally healthy enough to play in 2001. He made the jump to Triple-A Columbus, where he hit .256/.407/.462 with 18 home runs and 81 walks at the age of 22–over five years younger than the league average that year! Johnson would go on to make his major league debut in August backing up Tino Martinez. In 2001, Juan Rivera had his best season as a prospect when he hit .322/.360/.557 with 28 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. He would finally make his debut with a brief cup of coffee at the end of the regular season before the Yankees went off to the World Series again.
Johnson and Rivera would remain with the organization through the 2003 season before they, and Randy Choate, were sent to Montreal for another old friend, Javier Vasquez. Despite his tremendous talent, Johnson often struggled to stay healthy while Rivera had some decent years out in LA. Unfortunately, Vasquez had a rough go of things in 2004, was eventually shipped out in the Randy Johnson trade that Winter, and ended up returning to the Bronx in 2010. Nick Johnson re-signed with the Yankees at the same time, but missed most of the season to injury and Juan Rivera signed a minor league deal with the team in 2013, nearly becoming the starting first baseman in place of an injured Mark Teixeira before he was instead released in favor of Lyle Overbay.
These two weren’t the only former Yankees prospects involved in the game, though, as Wily Mo Pena also made an appearance. The slugger had hit a paltry .205/.268/.361 with 10 home runs in A-Ball during the 2000 season and was traded to the Reds in the offseason for outfielder Michael Coleman and third baseman Drew Henson, who the Yankees had traded to Cincinnati just months before. Despite a professional career in baseball, Henson, a college quarterback, wanted to enter the NFL Draft now that he was no longer with the Yankees. Still seeing his amazing potential, New York decided to reacquire him before he could choose football and the two teams agreed to the swap. Baseball is hard, though, and neither would end up amounting to much. Henson wasn’t included in the 2001 game.
The 2001 Futures Game also included shortstop Angel Berroa, who went on to somehow beat Hideki Matsui for the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year Award. Many consider Berroa to be the worst player to ever win the award. By 2009, his MLB career was almost over and he hooked on with the Yankees through July, hitting a useless .136/.174/.182 in 21 games. His World teammate Wilson Betemit would ultimately find his way onto the Yankees in 2007 and was a key piece in the deal that brought the Yankees Nick Swisher (so thank you). Another player in the game who made their way to the Yankees was Cody Ransom, who played for the 2008 and 2009 squads and made history as the first starting third baseman of the new stadium, replacing Alex Rodriguez after hip surgery forced him to miss the start of the season.
The 2001 game included future All-Stars Grant Balfour, Hank Blalock, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, Adrian Gonzalez, Felipe Lopez, Ryan Ludwick, Carlos Pena, Chase Utley, and Jose Valverde. Future minor league additions included Carlos Pena in his second year at the game, outfielder Jamal Strong, who played for Trenton and Scranton in 2007, and catcher Mike Rivera, who participated in spring training 2010 before leaving the team before the start of the season.

2002 Futures Game
The 2002 game proved to be an odd entity, especially for the Yankees. A full season removed from the Wily Mo Pena trade to bring him back to the organization, Drew Henson was the only representative the organization sent that year. Wily Mo Pena also made his second appearance in a row for the Reds. After two years of getting beat out by Team USA, World finally got themselves a 5-1 win when the game was played at Miller Park. All the runs were scored in the third inning and World only allowed their opponents to collect three hits over seven innings.
With football seemingly behind him, the 22-year-old Henson hit .240/.301/.435 with 18 home runs, which wasn’t the makings of the star they hoped he would be, but was seemingly good enough to finally get the call. Named the no. 9 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America that year, Henson made his debut in September and ended up playing a total of eight games in the big leagues between Septembers in 2002 and 2003 and a disappointing .234/.291/.412 with 14 home runs at Triple-A in the middle. At the end of the season, he decided to retire from baseball and pursue football. He was taken in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and bounced around between a few teams before finally retiring from professional sports in 2009. Henson now works in the Yankees organization as a scout. Wily Mo Pena also showed up again, making his MLB debut that September with the Reds. He spent eight years in the majors and found some success, though it wasn’t lasting. He went on to hit 69 home runs between 2004 to 2007 before heading off to Japan in 2012, where he still plays today.
That year included an incredibly large sample of future All-Stars, including John Buck, Marlon Byrd, Miguel Cabrera, Aaron Cook, Carl Crawford, Corey Hart, Orlando Hudson, Omar Infante, Francisco Liriano, Jose Lopez, Victor Martinez, Justin Morneau, Brandon Phillips, Jose Reyes, Francisco Rodriguez, Adam Wainwright! Future Yankee Angel Berroa played again that day, as did reliever Billy Traber in 2008, catcher (and now Rays manager) Kevin Cash in 2009, and Lyle Overbay in 2013. Infielder Bill Hall would play with the Yankees during spring training 2012 before ultimately being released before the season, and Chad Tracy ended up playing in the organization for only a few weeks in July of 2010.

It’s fun to hear that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are going to be in the Futures Games, but good things don’t always come out of it. As we see from Drew Henson, Jackson Melian, and Juan Rivera, prospects don’t always work out how we want them to do. When they do, something they still have issues like Nick Johnson, but every once in awhile, you’ll find someone who sticks around for a long time like Alfonso Soriano. Next we’ll look at 2003-2007 to see a new generation of Yankees prospects on the Futures Game scene.

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A few weeks ago it was announced that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez would be a part of the 2015 All-Star Weekend activities as both will take part in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, July 12. Started in 1999, the Futures Game was devised as a showcase for young talent within professional baseball. Over the years it has evolved from an exhibition game for baseball's next rookie class, to a prospect All-Star Game to allow MLB's best young talent a ch...
26 days ago - Via Google+ - View - mark marlinsarechamps : The Marlins drafted a Hall of Famer in 1992 The decision to draft Charles Johnson with their first ...
The Marlins drafted a Hall of Famer in 1992 

The decision to draft Charles Johnson with their first ever selection is still paying dividends for Miami.
Way back in 1992, the Marlins were a twinkle in Major League Baseball's eye, and were allowed to make their first amateur selections to start to build their farm system before the major league team debuted in 1993. With their first pick, the Marlins struck gold, essentially snagging a Hall of Famer. And no one noticed.

No one noticed because this one player, Charles Johnson, was not a Hall of Famer. He was only worth about 22 wins over the course of his career above replacement. But what Johnson begot, through the Marlins' maddening refusal to hold on to useful players, was something along the lines of an elite Hall of Fame-level of production.

As we approach July and the trade deadline, the Marlins sit at 30-42, and experimental manager Dan Jennings' .412 winning percentage is even worse than the .421 winning percentage that got Mike Redmond fired. As I write this, they are 8.5 games back in the NL East and 10.5 games back of any kind of Wild Card. In short, it's not happening in South Florida again this year, and eventually that realization will dawn on whoever is responsible for Jeffrey Loria and whichever former stepson he has put in charge of transactions while his general manger relays signals from the dugout. And what is amazing is that, when the Marlins trade Martin Prado (assuming he gets healthy), they will add even more value to their franchise that they will be able to trace back to Johnson.

Johnson was a local kid, something I'm sure the cagey Marlins considered when they selected the 20 year old catcher out of the University of Miami, who had grown up just two hours north of the city, and had backed up Jason Varitek for Team USA in the 1992 Olympics, as the 28th overall pick.

As it turned out, it was a good one. Johnson flew through the minors and caught four games in May for the Marlins, hitting .455/.462/.818 while filling in for Benito Santiago. Johnson was returned to the minors long before the players struck, and finished the season at double-A. Santiago left to sign with the Reds that offseason, and Johnson broke camp as the starting catcher when the delayed season got started in 1995. He got hurt in August, came back for a couple weeks and then was hurt again. He finished the year .251/8.351/.410 with 11 homers, won his first of four consecutive NL Gold Glove awards, and finished 7th in the Rookie of the Year voting. He made the All Star team in 1997 and was part of the club's first world championship team, hitting .357/.379/.464 while starting all seven games.

Of course, the next year, Johnson was caught up in the first Marlins fire sale as well. With the Marlins just one game under .500, owner Wayne Huizenga ordered the team gutted. Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, and a prospect went to the Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. It was pretty shameless, especially since neither Piazza nor Zeile lasted the rest of the season in Miami. In fact, Piazza barely lasted a week, getting dealt to the Mets for three players, including useful center fielder Preston Wilson and not useful pitcher Ed Yarnall.

Amusingly, Wilson was traded with the recently reacquired Johnson in the 2002 offseason to the Rockies for Mike Hampton (who was quickly sent to the Braves) and Juan Pierre, who would help Marlins win their second world championship in 2003 and eventually lead to the Marlins acquiring Ricky Nolasco.

More important for our purposes, however, is Yarnall, who was packaged in the 1998-1999 offseason with two other players to bring in Mike Lowell from the Yankees. Lowell would, of course, be a steadfast Marlin for the next seven years, teaming with Pierre on that 2003 World Series winner, and hitting .272/.339/.462, making three all star teams, and winning a gold glove and a silver slugger while manning third base. Lowell, of course, went with Josh Beckett and Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox in 2005 to get them ready for their own 2007 championship, while four players, including Anibal Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez came back to the Marlins.

Sanchez struggled with injuries for much of his Marlins career, but found himself in serious demand at the trade deadline in 2012, when the Tigers acquired him for three players, Bryan Flynn, Rob Brantley, and former top prospect Jacob Turner. Brantley lasted a couple seasons as a backup catcher. Flynn was traded this offseason to the Royals for Aaron Crow. Finally, Turner flopped, but was still sent to the Cubs for minor leaguers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer, who are still in the Miami system.

Ramirez quickly became the greatest player in Marlins history, winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2006, and being worth around 23 wins in his first four full seasons. As injuries began to take their toll, Ramirez was traded in 2012 to the club where all former great Marlins eventually go, the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of the players the Marlins got in return, Scott McGough, still toils for the Fish in double-A when he's healthy. The other, Nathan Eovaldi, pitched pretty ok for the team from 2012-2014. This past offseason, as he was set to start earning real money through arbitration, he was sent to the Yankees with Garrett Jones for the aforementioned Martin Prado and for David Phelps.

Phelps has pitched pretty ok in 2015 for the Marlins. He has done good work limiting his walks and homers, while struggling to strike batters out with average stuff. He will still make little enough through arbitration, however, that the Marlins can hold onto him for at least another season before he too gets dealt. Prado, however, should deliver a return that will keep this crazy chain alive. Thanks in many ways to their refusal to hold onto tradable assets, the Marlins have actually gained something like 88 wins thanks to their selection of Charles Johnson 23 seasons ago. And they're still counting.




Charles Johnson



Mike Piazza



Todd Zeile



Preston Wilson



Mike Lowell



Tim Spooneybarger



Juan Pierre



Sergio Mitre



Renyel Pinto



Hanley Ramirez



Anibal Sanchez



Ricky Nolasco



Harvey Garcia



Jesus Delgado



Rob Brantley



Jacob Turner



Nathan Eovaldi



Brian Flynn



David Phelps



Martin Prado



30 days ago - Via Google+ - View - Blue Crew SportsRoadhouse : Miami Marlins, former teammates honor Josh Beckett
Miami Marlins, former teammates honor Josh Beckett
Miami Marlins, former teammates honor Josh Beckett
On Sunday, the Miami Marlins gave out replica 2003 championship rings to fans and honored Josh Beckett before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The +Boston Red Sox​ are in last place in the AL East and have found themselves in the same discussion as teams like the Miami Marlins. One of their big offseason acquisitions, Pablo Sandoval, was recently benched after he went on Instagram in the middle of a game. The other, #Hanley_Ramirez, is apparently annoying some teammates.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Ramirez has “irked” members of the Red Sox’s clubhouse with his antics this season. While he has shown some tremendous power at the plate, Ramirez’s attitude has reminded Boston fans of the last right-handed slugger they had who shared the same last name. Hanley has a tendency to not hustle and make dumb mistakes on the base paths.

What did the Red Sox expect?

On the surface, it appeared Boston was getting a decent value when it signed the 31-year-old Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million contract. However, the Sox were banking on him growing up, so to speak. It doesn’t sound like that has happened.

While it may be too early to hit the panic button, this Red Sox team already looks a lot like the one they blew up a few years back by sending Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers. With David Ortiz hitting just .232 and growing more frustrated with the media by the day, the team lacks leadership. Ramirez’s ability to do things like this with a bat has not translated to many wins.

By Steve DelVecchio. The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the AL East and have found themselves in the same discussion as teams like the Miami Marlins. One of their big offseason acquisitions, Pablo Sandoval, was recently benched after he went on Instagram in the middle of a game.
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Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their world heavyweight title rematch in Lewiston, Maine. (Ali's victory generated controversy over whether he'd truly connected when he sent Liston crashing to the canvas with a right to the head, or whether it was a "phantom punch," implying that the fight had been fixed.)

On this date:

In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.

In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.

In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In 1935, Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs - Nos. 712, 713 and 714 - for the Boston Braves in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The Pirates won, 11-7.)

In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, told reporters in Delhi, India: "I claim we got a hell of a beating."

In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.

In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court, in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey, struck down a Louisiana law prohibiting interracial boxing matches. (The case had been brought by Joseph Dorsey Jr., a black professional boxer.)

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.

In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan.

In 1985, more than 11,000 people were killed as a cyclone and tidal surge devastated Bangladesh.

In 1992, Jay Leno made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.

Ten years ago: Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals judge after a ferocious four-year battle. The defense rested in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial without calling the pop star, who ended up being acquitted. Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol" on Fox TV over Bo Bice. Ismail Merchant, half of the prestigious Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died in London at age 68.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border. NFL owners voted to hold the 2014 Super Bowl at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough, won the 10th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

One year ago: President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit, making clear the U.S. would likely maintain a limited role there even after its combat mission ended later in the year. Pope Francis arrived in Bethlehem where, in a symbolic nod to Palestinians' aspirations for their own state, he called the stalemate in peace talks "unacceptable" and stopped briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding the biblical West Bank town. Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his career and the first of the season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0. Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006, making a dramatic pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap.

(Editors: Note word "vagina")

Today's Birthdays: Actress Ann Robinson (TV/Film: "War of the Worlds"; "Dragnet") is 86. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 81. Author W.P. Kinsella is 80. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 79. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 76. Country singer Jessi Colter is 72. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 72. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 71. Actress Karen Valentine is 68. Actress Jacki Weaver is 68. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 67. Actress Patti D'Arbanville is 64. Playwright Eve Ensler ("The Vagina Monologues") is 62. Actress Connie Sellecca is 60. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 57. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is 55. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 52. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 48. Actor Joseph Reitman is 47. Rock musician Glen Drover is 46. Actress Anne Heche (haych) is 46. Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: "Little House on the Prairie") are 45. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 45. Actress Octavia Spencer is 45. Actor Justin Henry is 44. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 42. Actress Molly Sims is 42. Singer Lauryn Hill is 40. Actress Erinn Hayes is 39. Actor Cillian Murphy is 39. Actor Ethan Suplee (soo-PLEE') is 39. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 37. Actor Corbin Allred is 36. Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 30. Musician Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) is 24. 1991 Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman is 21.

Thought for Today: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet (1803-1882).

(Above Advance for Use Monday, May 25)

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2 months ago - Via Google+ - View - Miami Marlins Fans : Happy Birthday, Josh Beckett! The celebration continues Sunday, June 28th on Josh Beckett Day at Marlins...
Happy Birthday, Josh Beckett!

The celebration continues Sunday, June 28th on Josh Beckett Day at Marlins Park!
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1536 - Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
1567 - Mary, Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, her third husband.
1602 - Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first recorded European to see Cape Cod.
1701 - The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
1718 - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun.
1755 - Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards.
1792 - War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
1793 - Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for \"about 360 meters\", at a height of 5–6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.
1796 - War of the First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.
1800 - King George III of the United Kingdom survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason of insanity.
1811 - Paraguay declares independence from Spain.
1817 - Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1836 - Francis Baily observes \"Baily's beads\" during an annular eclipse.
1849 - Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily
1850 - The Bloody Island Massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians in Lake County are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry, led by Nathaniel Lyon.
1858 - Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
1869 - Women's suffrage: In New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.
1911 - Three hundred three Chinese and five Japanese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution led by Francisco I. Madero's brother Emilio Madero take the city of Torreón from the Federales.
1919 - The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1925 - ''Al-Insaniyyah'', the first Arabic communist newspaper, is founded.
1928 - Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
1929 - A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
1934 - Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.
1935 - The Moscow Metro is opened to the public.
1940 - McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
1941 - First flight of the Gloster E.28\/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
1943 - Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or ''Third International'').
1945 - World War II: The Battle of Poljana, the final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1951 - The Polish cultural attaché in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
1958 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
1960 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
1966 - After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyễn Cao Kỳ of South Vietnam's ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Tôn Thất Đính, forcing him to abandon his command.
1974 - Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
1988 - Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
2006 - ''Cloud Gate'' was formally dedicated in Chicago's Millennium Park.
2010 - Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
1397 - Sejong the Great, Korean king (d. 1450) born.
1531 - Maria of Austria, Duchess of Jülich-Cleves-Berg (d. 1581) born.
1567 - Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1643) born.
1608 - René Goupil, French-American missionary (d. 1642) born.
1689 - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English author (d. 1762) born.
1720 - Maximilian Hell, Hungarian priest and astronomer (d. 1792) born.
1749 - Levi Lincoln, Sr., American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Attorney General (d. 1820) born.
1759 - Maria Theresia von Paradis, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1824) born.
1764 - Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, German organist and composer (d. 1827) born.
1767 - Ezekiel Hart, Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1843) born.
1786 - Dimitris Plapoutas, Greek general (d. 1864) born.
1808 - Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (d. 1870) born.
1817 - Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (d. 1905) born.
1841 - Clarence Dutton, American commander and geologist (d. 1912) born.
1848 - Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926) born.
1854 - Ioannis Psycharis, Ukrainian-French philologist and author (d. 1929) born.
1856 - L. Frank Baum, American author (d. 1919) born.
1856 - Matthias Zurbriggen, Swiss mountaineer (d. 1917) born.
1857 - Williamina Fleming, Scottish-American astronomer and academic (d. 1911) born.
1862 - Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian author and playwright (d. 1931) born.
1863 - Frank Hornby, English businessman and politician, invented Meccano (d. 1936) born.
1869 - Paul Probst, Swiss target shooter (d. 1945) born.
1870 - Eddie Morton, American singer (d. 1930) born.
1874 - Polaire, French singer and actress (d. 1939) born.
1890 - Katherine Anne Porter, American journalist and author (d. 1980) born.
1891 - Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian author and playwright (d. 1940) born.
1891 - Fritz Feigl, Austrian-Brazilian chemist and academic (d. 1971) born.
1892 - Charles E. Rosendahl, American admiral (d. 1977) born.
1892 - Jimmy Wilde, Welsh boxer (d. 1969) born.
1894 - Feg Murray, American hurdler (d. 1973) born.
1895 - Prescott Bush, American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972) born.
1895 - William D. Byron, American politician (d. 1941) born.
1895 - Astrid Zachrison, Swedish super-centenarian (d. 2008) born.
1898 - Arletty, French model, actress, and singer (d. 1992) born.
1899 - Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970) born.
1901 - Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984) born.
1901 - Luis Monti, Argentinian-Italian footballer and manager (d. 1983) born.
1902 - Richard J. Daley, American politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976) born.
1903 - Maria Reiche, German mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998) born.
1904 - Clifton Fadiman, American game show host and author (d. 1999) born.
1905 - Joseph Cotten, American actor (d. 1994) born.
1905 - Abraham Zapruder, American businessman, filmed the Zapruder film (d. 1970) born.
1907 - Sukhdev Thapar, Indian activist (d. 1931) born.
1909 - James Mason, English actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984) born.
1909 - Clara Solovera, Chilean singer-songwriter (d. 1992) born.
1910 - Constance Cummings, American-English actress (d. 2005) born.
1911 - Max Frisch, Swiss author and playwright (d. 1991) born.
1911 - Herta Oberheuser, German physician (d. 1978) born.
1912 - Arthur Berger, American composer and educator (d. 2003) born.
1914 - Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1972) born.
1914 - Angus MacLean, Canadian politician, 25th Premier of Prince Edward Island (d. 2000) born.
1914 - Norrie Paramor, English composer, producer, and conductor (d. 1979) born.
1915 - Hilda Bernstein, English-South African author (d. 2006) born.
1915 - Henrik Sandberg, Danish producer (d. 1993) born.
1915 - Gus Viseur, Belgian-French accordion player (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1974) born.
1916 - Vera Gebuhr, Danish actress (d. 2014) born.
1918 - Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008) born.
1918 - Joseph Wiseman, Canadian-American actor (d. 2009) born.
1920 - Michel Audiard, French director and screenwriter (d. 1985) born.
1920 - Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Lebanese patriarch born.
1920 - Louis Siminovitch, Canadian biologist and academic born.
1922 - Sigurd Ottovich Schmidt, Russian historian and ethnographer (d. 2013) born.
1922 - Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese nun and author born.
1923 - Richard Avedon, American photographer (d. 2004) born.
1923 - John Lanchbery, English-Australian composer and conductor (d. 2003) born.
1924 - Maria Koepcke, German-Peruvian ornithologist (d. 1971) born.
1925 - Bert Bolin, Swedish meteorologist (d. 2007) born.
1925 - Mary F. Lyon, English geneticist and biologist born.
1925 - Carl Sanders, American soldier, pilot, and politician, 74th Governor of Georgia (d. 2014) born.
1925 - Roy Stewart, Jamaican-English actor and stuntman (d. 2008) born.
1926 - Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2006) born.
1926 - Peter Shaffer, English playwright and screenwriter born.
1930 - Jasper Johns, American painter born.
1931 - Ken Venturi, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2013) born.
1935 - Don Bragg, American pole vaulter born.
1935 - Ted Dexter, Italian-English cricketer born.
1935 - Utah Phillips, American singer-songwriter (d. 2008) born.
1936 - Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American actress and singer born.
1936 - Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist born.
1936 - Mart Laga, Estonian basketball player (d. 1977) born.
1936 - Ralph Steadman, English painter and illustrator born.
1936 - Paul Zindel, American author, playwright, and educator (d. 2003) born.
1937 - Madeleine Albright, Czech-American politician, 64th United States Secretary of State born.
1937 - Karin Krog, Norwegian singer born.
1937 - Trini Lopez, American singer, guitarist, and actor born.
1937 - Joe Tait, American sportscaster born.
1938 - Mireille Darc, French actress born.
1938 - Nancy Garden, American author (d. 2014) born.
1938 - Diane Nash, American educator and activist born.
1938 - Lenny Welch, American singer born.
1939 - Dorothy Shirley, English high jumper born.
1940 - Roger Ailes, American businessman born.
1940 - Lainie Kazan, American actress and singer born.
1940 - Don Nelson, American basketball player and coach born.
1941 - Jaxon, American illustrator and publisher, co-founded the ''Rip Off Press'' (d. 2006) born.
1942 - Lois Johnson, American singer (d. 2014) born.
1942 - Jusuf Kalla, Indonesian politician, 10th Vice President of Indonesia born.
1942 - K. T. Oslin, American singer-songwriter and actress born.
1943 - Paul Bégin, Canadian politician born.
1943 - Freddie Perren, American songwriter, producer, and conductor (d. 2004) born.
1944 - Bill Alter, American politician born.
1944 - Ulrich Beck, German sociologist and academic (d. 2015) born.
1945 - Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza born.
1945 - Michael Dexter, English hematologist and academic born.
1946 - Aly Bain, Scottish fiddler (The Boys of the Lough) born.
1946 - Thadeus Nguyễn Văn Lý, Vietnamese priest born.
1948 - Yutaka Enatsu, Japanese baseball player born.
1948 - Valentina Gerasimova, Kazakhstani runner born.
1948 - Kathleen Sebelius, American politician, 44th Governor of Kansas born.
1949 - Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., American captain, pilot, and astronaut born.
1949 - Robert Stephen John Sparks, English geologist and academic born.
1950 - Nicholas Hammond, American-Australian actor and singer born.
1950 - Keith Mills, English businessman born.
1951 - Chris Ham, English political scientist and academic born.
1952 - Chazz Palminteri, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter born.
1952 - Phil Seymour, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1993) born.
1953 - George Brett, American baseball player and coach born.
1953 - Athene Donald, English physicist and academic born.
1953 - Mike Oldfield, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Sallyangie) born.
1954 - Suzanne Basso, American murderer (d. 2014) born.
1954 - Diana Liverman, English-American geographer and academic born.
1954 - Caroline Thomson, English journalist born.
1955 - Mohamed Brahmi, Tunisian politician (d. 2013) born.
1955 - Lee Horsley, American actor born.
1955 - Lia Vissi, Cypriot singer-songwriter born.
1956 - Andreas Loverdos, Greek lawyer and politician born.
1956 - Dan Patrick, American sportscaster born.
1957 - Meg Gardiner, American-English author born.
1957 - Juan José Ibarretxe, Spanish politician born.
1957 - Kevin Von Erich, American wrestler born.
1957 - Ashutosh Varshney, American political scientist born.
1958 - Ron Simmons, American football player and wrestler born.
1959 - Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer born.
1959 - Khaosai Galaxy, Thai boxer born.
1959 - Luis Pérez-Sala, Spanish race car driver born.
1959 - Beverly Jo Scott, American-Belgian singer-songwriter born.
1960 - Rhonda Burchmore, Australian actress, singer, and dancer born.
1960 - R. Kuhaneswaran, Sri Lankan politician born.
1960 - Rimas Kurtinaitis, Lithuanian basketball player and coach born.
1960 - Greg Wise, English actor and producer born.
1961 - Katrin Cartlidge, English actress (d. 2002) born.
1961 - Melle Mel, American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) born.
1962 - Lisa Curry, Australian swimmer born.
1963 - Brenda Bakke, American actress born.
1964 - Digna Ochoa, Mexican lawyer (d. 2001) born.
1964 - Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish politician, 40th Prime Minister of Denmark born.
1965 - Raí, Brazilian footballer born.
1967 - Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress born.
1967 - Laura Hillenbrand, American journalist and author born.
1967 - John Smoltz, American baseball player and sportscaster born.
1967 - Orlando Zapata, Cuban activist (d. 2010) born.
1968 - Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician born.
1968 - Sophie Raworth, English journalist born.
1969 - Hideki Irabu, Japanese-American baseball player (d. 2011) born.
1969 - Assala Nasri, Syrian singer born.
1969 - Emmitt Smith, American football player and sportscaster born.
1970 - Frank de Boer, Dutch footballer and manager born.
1970 - Ronald de Boer, Dutch footballer and manager born.
1970 - Desmond Howard, American football player and sportscaster born.
1970 - Alison Jackson, English photographer born.
1970 - Anne Akiko Meyers, American violinist born.
1971 - Sarah Hadland, English actress born.
1971 - Karin Lušnic, Slovenian tennis player born.
1971 - Phil Pfister, American weightlifter and strongman born.
1972 - Danny Alexander, Scottish politician born.
1972 - David Charvet, French actor and singer born.
1972 - Conrad Keely, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) born.
1973 - Emilia Tsoulfa, Greek sailor born.
1974 - Vassilis Kikilias, Greek basketball player and politician born.
1974 - Matthew Sadler, English chess player born.
1974 - Marko Tredup, German footballer and manager born.
1974 - Ahmet Zappa, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor born.
1975 - Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames) born.
1975 - Ray Lewis, American football player and sportscaster born.
1975 - Ales Michalevic, Belarusian lawyer and politician born.
1976 - Torraye Braggs, American basketball player born.
1976 - David Copeland, English terrorist born.
1976 - Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer born.
1976 - Ryan Leaf, American football player and coach born.
1976 - Tyler Walker, American baseball player born.
1978 - Amy Chow, American gymnast born.
1978 - Dwayne De Rosario, Canadian soccer player born.
1978 - Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress born.
1978 - Edu Gaspar, Brazilian footballer born.
1978 - David Krumholtz, American actor born.
1978 - Krissy Taylor, American model (d. 1995) born.
1979 - Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer born.
1979 - Daniel Caines, English sprinter born.
1979 - Chris Masoe, New Zealand rugby player born.
1979 - Ryan Max Riley, American humorist and skier born.
1979 - Robert Royal, American football player born.
1979 - Li Yanfeng, Chinese discus thrower born.
1980 - Josh Beckett, American baseball player born.
1980 - Rocky Marquette, American actor born.
1980 - Ariel X, American porn actress and model born.
1981 - Patrice Evra, French footballer born.
1981 - Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player born.
1981 - Zara Phillips, English horse rider born.
1981 - Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress and singer born.
1982 - Alexandra Breckenridge, American actress born.
1982 - Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican sprinter born.
1982 - Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer born.
1982 - Bradford Cox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deerhunter) born.
1982 - Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor born.
1982 - Jessica Sutta, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Pussycat Dolls) born.
1984 - Jeff Deslauriers, Canadian ice hockey player born.
1984 - Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian race car driver born.
1984 - Samantha Noble, Australian actress born.
1984 - Mr Probz, Dutch singer-songwriter and producer born.
1985 - Cristiane, Brazilian footballer born.
1985 - Tania Cagnotto, Italian diver born.
1985 - Justine Robbeson, South African javelin thrower born.
1986 - Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer born.
1986 - Adam Moffat, Scottish footballer born.
1987 - Kévin Constant, French-Guinean footballer born.
1987 - Mark Fayne, American ice hockey player born.
1987 - Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player born.
1987 - Leonardo Mayer, Argentinian tennis player born.
1987 - Jennylyn Mercado, Filipino singer-songwriter and actress born.
1987 - Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player born.
1987 - Michael Brantley, American baseball player born.
1987 - Doruk Çetin, Turkish film director, film producer, photographer, actor born.
1988 - Indrek Kajupank, Estonian basketball player born.
1988 - Nemanja Nešić, Serbian rower (d. 2012) born.
1989 - Kiki Vidis, Australian porn actress born.
1990 - Jordan Eberle, Canadian ice hockey player born.
1990 - Lee Jong-hyun, South Korean singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (CNBLUE) born.
1991 - Mollee Gray, American actress, singer, and dancer born.
1993 - Mahfizur Rahman Sagor, Bangladeshi swimmer born.
392 - Valentinian II, Roman emperor (b. 371) died.
1036 - Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (b. 1008) died.
1157 - Yuri Dolgorukiy, Russian prince (b. 1099) died.
1174 - Nur ad-Din, atabeg of Aleppo, Syrian ruler (b. 1118) died.
1381 - Eppelein von Gailingen, German warrior (b. 1315) died.
1585 - Niwa Nagahide, Japanese samurai (b. 1535) died.
1591 - Dmitry of Uglich (b. 1582) died.
1609 - Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557) died.
1634 - Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (b. 1585) died.
1698 - Marie Champmeslé, French actress (b. 1642) died.
1699 - Sir Edward Petre, 3rd Baronet, English politician (b. 1631) died.
1740 - Ephraim Chambers, English publisher (b. 1680) died.
1773 - Alban Butler, English priest and hagiographer (b. 1710) died.
1886 - Emily Dickinson, American poet (b. 1830) died.
1919 - Hasan Tahsin, Ottoman Sabbatean, Turkish nationalist journalist (b. 1888) died.
1935 - Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian-Russian painter (b. 1878) died.
1937 - Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1864) died.
1954 - William March, American author (b. 1893) died.
1956 - Austin Osman Spare, English painter and magician (b. 1886) died.
1957 - Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1892) died.
1964 - Vladko Maček, Croatian lawyer and politician (b. 1879) died.
1965 - Pio Pion, Italian businessman (b. 1887) died.
1967 - Edward Hopper, American painter (b. 1882) died.
1971 - Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and playwright (b. 1900) died.
1978 - Robert Menzies, Australian lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894) died.
1980 - Gordon Prange, American author (b. 1910) died.
1982 - Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946) died.
1984 - Francis Schaeffer, American pastor, theologian, and philosopher (b. 1912) died.
1986 - Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958) died.
1986 - Theodore H. White, American historian, journalist, and author (b. 1915) died.
1989 - Johnny Green, American composer and conductor (b. 1908) died.
1989 - Luc Lacourcière, Canadian ethnographer and author (b. 1910) died.
1991 - Andreas Floer, German mathematician and academic (b. 1956) died.
1991 - Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Malian ethnologist (b. 1901) died.
1991 - Ronald Lacey, English actor (b. 1935) died.
1991 - Fritz Riess, German racing driver (b. 1922) died.
1992 - Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965) died.
1993 - Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese poet and diplomat (b. 1933) died.
1994 - Gilbert Roland, Mexican-American actor (b. 1905) died.
1995 - Eric Porter, English actor (b. 1928) died.
1996 - Charles B. Fulton, American lawyer and judge (b. 1910) died.
1998 - Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944) died.
1998 - Naim Talu, Turkish economist, banker, politician and former Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1919) died.
2003 - June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (Carter Family and The Carter Sisters) (b. 1929) died.
2005 - Alan B. Gold, Canadian jurist (b. 1917) died.
2007 - Jerry Falwell, American pastor, founded Liberty University (b. 1933) died.
2007 - Yolanda King, American actress and activist (b. 1955) died.
2008 - Alexander Courage, American composer and conductor (b. 1919) died.
2008 - Robert Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1960) died.
2008 - Astrid Zachrison, Swedish super-centenarian (b. 1895) died.
2009 - Rodger McFarlane, American soldier, therapist, and activist (b. 1955) died.
2009 - Bud Tingwell, Australian actor, director, and producer (b. 1923) died.
2009 - Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964) died.
2010 - Besian Idrizaj, Austrian footballer (b. 1987) died.
2010 - Loris Kessel, Swiss race car driver (b. 1950) died.
2011 - Barbara Stuart, American actress (b. 1930) died.
2012 - Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (b. 1928) died.
2012 - Jean Craighead George, American author (b. 1919) died.
2012 - Arno Lustiger, German historian and author (b. 1924) died.
2012 - Zakaria Mohieddin, Egyptian military officer and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Egypt (b. 1918) died.
2012 - John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, South African surveyor (b. 1929) died.
2012 - George Wyllie, Scottish sculptor (b. 1921) died.
2013 - Paddy Buggy, Irish hurdler (b. 1929) died.
2013 - Linden Chiles, American actor (b. 1933) died.
2013 - Albert Lance, Australian-French tenor (b. 1925) died.
2013 - Billy Raymond, Scottish-Australian television host (b. 1938) died.
2013 - Henrique Rosa, Bissau-Guinean politician, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1946) died.
2014 - Jean-Luc Dehaene, French-Belgian politician, 63rd Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1940) died.
2014 - Robert J. Flynn, American soldier, pilot, and navigator (b. 1937) died.
2014 - Michael Mence, English cricketer (b. 1944) died.
2014 - Noribumi Suzuki, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1933) died.
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