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Today's Anniversary – Wednesday, October 04

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* 1976 Alicia Silverstone English actress living in America.
* 1960 James MacDonald Author, speaker, and Protestant minister.
* 1946 Susan Sarandon Academy Award winning American actress and activist.
* 1946 Chuck Hagel 24th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving since 2013.
* 1946 Michael Mullen 17th and current Chairman of the U S Joint Chiefs of Staff.
* 1941 Anne Rice American novelist, known as the author of the Vampire Chronicles.
* 1936 Christopher Alexander Austrian-born British architect.
* 1931 Richard Rorty American philosopher and pragmatist.
* 1924 Charlton Heston Born John Charles Carter, was an American film actor noted for his heroic roles and for his long involvement in political issues, mainly as five-time president of the National Rifle Association.
* 1916 Vitaly Ginzburg Russian theoretical physicist and astrophysicist and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
* 1903 Ernst Kaltenbrunner Senior Nazi official during World War II He was Reinhard Heydrich's replacement as the Chief of Security Police and head of the Gestapo and SD.
* 1895 Buster Keaton American actor and filmmaker, often called The Great Stone Face, he was the first person ever called "Buster", acquiring the nickname from Harry Houdini who saw him take a fall down some stairs as an infant.
* 1891 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska French sculptor who developed a rough-hewn, primitive style of direct carving.
* 1886 Yehuda Ashlag Kabbalist who lived in Jerusalem from 1922 until his death in 1954, who received the name Baal HaSulam for his Sulam commentary on The Zohar.
* 1881 Walther von Brauchitsch Aristocratic German field marshal and the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht Heer in the early years of World War II Brauchitsch was made a field marshal in 1940 and was key in Hitler's "blitzkrieg" war against the West, making modifications to the original plan to overrun France.
* 1859 Ravachol Born Franηois Claudius Koenigstein, was a French anarchist famous for his criminal acts.
* 1858 Dorothy Frances Gurney English poet and hymnwriter.
* 1848 Fred Weatherly English songwriter and poet.
* 1822 Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, lawyer, military leader and 19th President of the United States (1877–1881).
* 1813 William Gilpin 19th century United States explorer, politician, land speculator, and futurist writer about the American West.


† 1982 Glenn Gould Canadian pianist, noted especially for his recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
† 1982 The Amazing Criswell Born Jeron Criswell Konig, and known by his stage-name The Amazing Criswell, was an American psychic who was famous for his wildly inaccurate predictions.
† 1974 Anne Sexton Born Anne Gray Harvey, was an American poet and writer.
† 1970 Janis Joplin American singer and songwriter.
† 1969 Leon Brillouin French physicist.
† 1947 Max Planck One of the most important German physicists of the late 19th and early 20th century, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918; he is considered to be the founder of quantum theory.
† 1904 Laurence Hope Pen-name of the English poet Adela Florence Nicholson.
† 1903 Otto Weininger Austrian philosopher.
† 1902 Lionel Johnson English poet, essayist and critic.
† 1859 Karl Baedeker German publisher whose company Baedeker set the standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists.
† 1669 Rembrandt Dutch painter and etcher, generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in history.
† 1582 Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesus) Born Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a Spanish mystic philosopher and Catholic saint.
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