On this day in 627, a Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II’s Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh, in the Battle of Nineveh.

Born on this day in 1900 tenor Arthur Carron

Born on this day in 1906 tenor Ludwig Suthaus

Born on this day in 1921 bass-baritone Toni Blankenheim

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Hanny Steffek

Happy 66th birthday baritone Donald Maxwell

Happy birthday soprano Adelaide Negri, who was born at some point during the 20th century