Half Events in History

2015 Event - RadioShack, the U.S. electronics retailer founded in 1921, files for bankruptcy; the company plans to sell up to half of its stores to Sprint and close the remainder

2015 Event - King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia dies at age 90 after hospitalization for pneumonia three weeks earlier; he has been succeeded by his half brother Salman of Saudi Arabia

2013 Event - In Kuwait, voters go to the polls for a general election; half of the parliamentary seats are lost by Shiite candidates

2012 Event - Half of the population of New York City, and millions of others in the Northeastern United States continue to deal with power outages, gas shortages and limited public transportation after Hurricane Sandy struck; the death toll rises to 90

2011 Event - Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather

2011 Event - Over half a million people participate in the world's largest wildlife survey after extreme cold drives exotic birds into Britain's back gardens

2010 Event - Raul Castro, head of the Cuban government, declares they will lay off half a million state workers to improve their economy by the middle of 2011

2010 Event - In Chile, 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the surface make contact with their families for the first time in three weeks since the incidentally

2010 Event - Threatened by floods, Pakistan directs nearly half a million people to evacuate their homes

2010 Event - A U.S. federal investigation results in 47 foreign-born gang members arrested in New England, half are arrested in the state of Maine

2010 Event - Northern Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army is accused of abduction and forced recruitment of 697 people in the past year and a half

1991 Event - Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117

1990 Event - Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half and loses 102-24

1988 Event - 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless

1984 Event - Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial half his ashes next to N Senzaki

1984 Event - Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half of his ashes

1974 Birthday - Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back 1996 Olympics

1971 Event - Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half

1970 Event - Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves," premieres in London

1970 Birthday - Shay-Oren Smadja, born in Israel, men's half middleweight judoka, 1996 Olympics

1969 Event - Australian aircraft carrier "Melbourne" slices U.S. destroyer "Frank E. Evans" in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)

1968 Event - "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 512 performances

1967 Birthday - Yael Arad, Israel, Women's half middleweight judoka, 1996 Olympics

1966 Event - "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 512 performances

1963 Event - Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar

1955 Birthday - Angela Molina, born in Madrid, Spain, actress, Streets of Gold, Half of Heaven

1955 Birthday - Diamanda Galas, born America, composer, musician, politically charged performance artist, keyboardist, singer, has a voice range of three and a half octaves

1945 Event - Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa

1943 Event - SS police chief Rauter threatens to kill half Jewish children

1943 Birthday - Joe Pesci, born in Newark, New Jersey, actor, Half Nelson, Goodfellas

1942 Event - "Queen Mary" slices cruiser "Curacao" in half, killing 338

1940 Event - British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet

1917 Birthday - Jack Buetel, born in Dallas, Texas, actress, Outlaw, Half Breed

1914 Birthday - Jan Kapr, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, pupil of Jaroslav Ridky, second half of the 20th century's most prolific Czech composer

1902 Birthday - Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer, New Zealand bat early 1930's, All Black half

1899 Event - 24th Preakness: R Clawson aboard Half Time wins in 1:47

1897 Birthday - Morris Ankrum, Illinois, actor, Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers

1839 Event - Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal-700 die

1838 Event - Fire destroys half of Charleston

1834 Event - Delmonico's, one of New York's finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee and half a pie for 12 cents

1673 Event - Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers