#649 Ed McBain / Jean Peters – 15 October 1926

Ed McBain (Evan Hunter)

Evan Hunter

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.  As Evan Hunter, he gained notice with his 1954 novel Blackboard Jungle.  He wrote the screenplay of the Hitchcock film The Birds (1963). From 1958 until his death, McBain’s “87th Precinct” novels appeared at a rate of approximately one or two novels a year.

Jean Peters


Jean Peters (October 15, 1926 – October 13, 2000) was an American actress, known as a star of 20th Century Fox in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and as the second (or possibly third) wife ofHoward Hughes. Although possibly best remembered for her siren role in Pickup on South Street (1953), Peters was known for her resistance to being turned into a sex symbol. She preferred to play unglamorous, down-to-earth women. Peters and Marilyn Monroe starred together in the 1953 film noir, Niagara, also starring Joseph Cotten. She replaced Jeannie Crain in the film Three Coins in the Fountain (1954).


On this day:
12 police and 35 miners were injured at a mine near Port Talbot, Wales when 500 locked-out miners attacked a colliery that was operating under police protection.

Also born on this day:
Michel Foucault was a French philosopher.
Jeffrey Hayden is an American television director and producer.
Karl Richter was a German conductor , choirmaster , organist , and harpsichordist.
Don Carlsen was a right-handed pitcher.
Genrich Altshuller was a Soviet engineer and inventor.
M. A. Abdul Majeed was a Sri Lankan politician, Member of Parliament and deputy minister.
Sven Axbom was a Swedish footballer.
Aloysius Valente was a Norwegian dancer, choreographer and stage instructor.
Narayan Gangaram Surve was a Marathi poet.
James E. Akins was the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Agustín García Calvo was a Spanish philologist , philosopher, poet and playwright.
James Madison Lee was a lieutenant general in the United States Army.

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