Harry Houdini was born on this date in 1874. The New York Times has posted their original obituary from when Houdini died in 1926 from peritonitis, which followed appendicitis.
Joseph Barbera, the cartoonist, is 93.
Annabella Sciorra, the actress, is 41.
Keisha Castle-Hughes, the Oscar-nominated actress (Whale Rider) is 15.
Thomas E. Dewey was born on this date in 1902. He was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for President in 1944 and 1948. NewMexiKen has a vague memory of visiting Albany as small child, touring the capitol, and actually sitting in Governor Dewey’s chair. (He wasn’t there.)