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Today in History for 24th June 2017

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1795 - US and Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty
1955 - Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)
1982 - Jean-Loup Chretien, 1st spacionaut, 2 others, lift off (Soyuz T-16)
1994 - Jeff Bagwell of Astros is 28th to hit 2 HRs in an inning
2001 - 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb
2004 - Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York

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Famous Birthdays

1777 - John Ross, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1856)
1910 - Denis Dowling, baritone
1935 - Terry Riley, Colfax California, composer (Spectra)
1972 - Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
1973 - Alexander Beyer, German actor
1982 - Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter

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Famous Deaths

1439 - Duke Frederick IV of Austria (b. 1382)
1637 - Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (b. 1580)
1817 - Thomas McKean, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
1984 - Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president, dies at 78
2007 - Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
2016 - Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72

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Today in History for 23rd June 2017

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1894 - The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
1917 - 31st U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef (4-6, 6-0, 6-2)
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Catty took off for flight around world
1955 - Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" released
1970 - Charles Rangel defeats Adam Clayton Powell in Democratic primary
1994 - Some 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians, the first outside forces sent there since UN

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Famous Birthdays

1596 - Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (d. 1641)
1824 - Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, composer
1877 - Blair Fairchild, composer
1925 - Miriam Karlin, English actress
1925 - Richard Barber, cricketer (scored 12 and 5 in only Test NZ v WI 1956)
1940 - Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)

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Famous Deaths

1771 - Jean-Claude Trial, composer, dies at 38
1916 - Victor Chapman, US legionaire/WW I pilot, killed
1971 - Walter Schulthess, composer, dies at 76
1991 - Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
1994 - Piet van Elk, cartoonist, dies at 74
2007 - Rod Beck, American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, dies at 38

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Today in History for 22nd June 2017

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1476 - Battle at Morat/Murten: Charles the Stout invades Switzerland
1775 - 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)
1936 - Harry Froboess dives 110 m from airship into Bodensee and survives
1944 - US troops occupy Biak during Battle of Biak, New Guinea
1969 - Cleveland's Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution
1994 - Mets reliever John Franco sets lefty save mark at 253

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Famous Birthdays

1901 - Jack Whiting, actor/singer (Marge and Gower Champion Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1921 - Joseph Papp, Bkln, stage producer/director (Pirates of Penzance)
1922 - Bill Blass, American fashion designer (Nancy Reagan), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2002)
1942 - Margreet M H Kamp, Dutch MP (VVD)
1967 - Al Carlay, Manila Philippines, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
1968 - Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)

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Famous Deaths

1632 - James Whitelocke, English judge (b. 1570)
1935 - Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, diplomat and politician (b. 1866)
1988 - Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
1995 - Georges Yves Marie Congar, Dominican theologian cardinal, dies at 91
1996 - James Leander "Leo" Nichols, honorary consul, dies at 65
2006 - Moose (dog actor), dog actor popular for role on Frasier (b. 1990)

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Today in History for 21st June 2017

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1768 - 1st US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer)
1849 - Battle at Waghausel: Prussian troops beat Baden rebels
1933 - 1st Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, New Orleans
1941 - 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
1986 - "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18
2012 - A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued

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Famous Birthdays

1782 - Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, Russian general (d. 1852)
1790 - Wilhelm Speyer, composer
1882 - Rockwell Kent, artist/painter/illustrator (Canterbury Tales)
1906 - Luis Maria Millet, composer
1944 - Miguel Danus, Vicens rocker
1971 - Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Crown Prince/son of King of Nepal

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Famous Deaths

1652 - Inigo Jones, English architect (b. 1573)
1884 - Alexander, prince/last male descendent of Johan W Friso, dies
1970 - Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68
1987 - Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
1999 - Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
2007 - Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)

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Today in History for 20th June 2017

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1911 - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) incorporates (NY)
1919 - 33rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein (6-1, 6-2)
1936 - Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2
1968 - Austin Currie, then Nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont, and a number of other people, protest discrimination in the allocation of housing by 'squating' (illegally occupying) in a house in Caledon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
1973 - Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured
2010 - "Despicable Me" directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carrell and Jason Segel premieres at the Moscow Film Festival

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Famous Birthdays

1917 - Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation), creator of Ranger Rick, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
1919 - Bruce Gordon, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables), born in London, England
1924 - Rainer Barzel, German leader (CDU-CSU)/minister
1936 - Bobby Nunn, rocker (Coasters-Young Blood)
1958 - Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
1970 - Bruce Woodcock, American computer games analyst

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Famous Deaths

1668 - Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
1950 - Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
1984 - Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
1986 - Tim Herbert, comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
1994 - Louis Benjamin, British showman, dies at 71
2007 - Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)

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Today in History for 19th June 2017

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1897 - 11th U.S. Women's National Championship: Juliette Atkinson beats Elisabeth Moore (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3)
1908 - 48th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 291 at Prestwick Golf Club
1934 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created
1947 - 1st plane (F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph)-Albert Boyd, Muroc Ca
1980 - Battle between police and demonstrators in Capetown, 34 killed
2012 - A man is beheaded for witchcraft and sorcery in Saudi Arabia

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Famous Birthdays

1843 - Charles Edouard Lefebvre, composer
1868 - Heinrich Schenker, [A Niloff], Austrian musicologist (Urlinie)
1897 - Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York
1908 - Quentin N Burdick, (Sen-D-ND, 1960-91)
1919 - Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
1960 - Heike Walpot, German, cosmonaut

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Famous Deaths

1584 - François, Duke of Anjou (b. 1555)
1805 - Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)
1952 - Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
1984 - Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
1986 - Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
2007 - Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1919)

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Today in History for 18th June 2017

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1574 - Polish King Hendrik of Anjou secretly leaves Poland
1767 - Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island
1924 - Pope Pius XI's encyclical Maximam gravissimamque
1947 - Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
1986 - De Havilland Twin Otter and Bell 206 helicopter collide, kills 25
2006 - 106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY

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Famous Birthdays

1757 - Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine leader (d. 1833)
1877 - James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator ("I want you" Uncle Sam)
1946 - Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
1966 - Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1966 - Doug Bodger, Chemainus BC, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose)
1966 - Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)

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Famous Deaths

1669 - Abraham Crijnssen, Swiss admiral, conquered Suriname, dies
1794 - James Murray, British military officer and administrator (b. 1721)
1799 - Johann Andre, composer, dies at 58
1909 - Learmont Drysdale, composer, dies at 42
1997 - Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
2008 - Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)

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Today in History for 17th June 2017

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1861 - Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
1939 - Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre
1940 - World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
1948 - Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader
1978 - "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
1990 - 90th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 280 at Medinah CC in Medinah Il

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Famous Birthdays

1861 - Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)
1874 - Grant Mitchell, actor (Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio
1883 - Alexandre Cellier, composer
1927 - Martin Böttcher, German conductor
1963 - Kevin Glover, NFL center (Detroit Lions)
1970 - Arnold Ale, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)

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Famous Deaths

1719 - Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
1963 - John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wolf Solent), dies at 90
1974 - Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
1986 - Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
1996 - Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
2008 - Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)

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Today in History for 16th June 2017

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1947 - 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
1962 - 2 US army officers killed in Saigon
1991 - "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
1995 - Salt Lake City awarded the XIX Winter Olympics in 2002
2000 - Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
2013 - 113rd US Golf Open: Justin Rose shoots a 281 at the Merion Golf Club, PA

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Famous Birthdays

1633 - Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)
1910 - Lord Richardson, president (General Medical Council)
1951 - Michel Viso, France, cosmonaut
1955 - Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
1980 - Martin Stranzl, Austrian footballer
1980 - Brad Gushue, Canadian curler

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Famous Deaths

1397 - Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
1885 - Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
1976 - Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped and killed
1979 - Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
1994 - Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
2008 - Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)

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Today in History for 15th June 2017

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1580 - Phillip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.
1864 - US Congress passes legislation equalizing pay for Black soldiers
1915 - US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
1918 - 50th Belmont: Frank Robinson aboard Johren wins in 2:20.6
1955 - The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack.
1982 - Supreme Court rules all children, regardless of citizenship, are entitled to a public education

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Famous Birthdays

1902 - Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
1911 - W.V. Awdry, British children's writer (d. 1997)
1933 - Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (d. 2005)
1954 - James Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
1965 - Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
1982 - Haley Scarnato, American singer

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Famous Deaths

1246 - Frederik II "the Strijdbare", duke of Austria, dies in battle at 25
1702 - Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies
1965 - Steve Cochran, American actor (b. 1917)
1985 - Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
1994 - Nadia Gray, actress (La Dolce Vita, Naked Summer), dies at 70
1995 - Charles Bennett, screenwriter, dies at 95

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Today in History for 14th June 2017

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1934 - Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Vienna
1944 - General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France
1957 - Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz to become NWA wrestling champion
1962 - Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show
1987 - Colleen Walker wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

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Famous Birthdays

1691 - Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, born in Banská (d. 1758)
1922 - Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
1955 - Larry Burrows, fictional character (Mr Destiny)
1967 - Wendy Lian Williams, US diver (Olympic-bronze-88, 92), born in St Louis, Missouri
1988 - Kevin Michael McHale, American singer
1989 - Courtney Halverson, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1908 - Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor general of Canada (b. 1841)
1946 - John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, dies of a stroke at 57
1960 - Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, composer, dies at 57
1997 - Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
2005 - Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (b. 1914)
2016 - Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87

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Today in History for 13th June 2017

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 21:02
Historical Events

1798 - Mission San Luis Rey de Francia founded in California
1898 - Yukon Territory of Canada organized, Dawson chosen as capital
1933 - Federal Home Owners Loan Corporation authorized
1936 - 2nd Belgian government of Van Zealand forms
1988 - Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, and go on to win AL East
2004 - 50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam

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Famous Birthdays

823 - Charles II, the Bald, King of France (843-77)/emperor (875-77)
1761 - Anton Wranitzky, composer
1887 - Bruno Frank, German-born writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1945)
1894 - Isaak E Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [or Jul 13]
1913 - Etienne Leroux, major Afrikaans author.
1963 - Bettina Bunge, Switz, tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983)

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Famous Deaths

1749 - Jan F van Bloemen, [Orizonte], Flemish painter, dies at 87
1904 - Nikiphoros Lytras, Greek painter (b. 1832)
1946 - Edward Bowes, radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), dies at 71
1969 - Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
1972 - Clyde McPhatter, American RandB singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
1973 - Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 82

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Today in History for 12th June 2017

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 18:02
Historical Events

1928 - NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples and 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7
1944 - British 12th airborne batallion and the 13th and 18th Hussars attack and capture Bréville
1973 - Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
1977 - 23rd LPGA Championship won by Chako Higuchi
1979 - Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson
1999 - Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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Famous Birthdays

1951 - Brad Delp, guitarist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
1951 - Dean Unruh, Riverton Wyoming, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire)
1953 - Allan Weiner, American radio station owner
1954 - Tineke Schouten, Dutch TV host
1963 - Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer
1973 - Jason Caffey, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)

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Famous Deaths

1878 - Hendrik J Jut, Dutch murderer [Head of Jut], dies at 26
1917 - Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
1985 - Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
1986 - Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66
1996 - MacKenzie John, pipe major, dies at 83
2006 - Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)

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Today in History for 11th June 2017

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 18:01
Historical Events

1644 - Florentine scientist Evangelista Torricelli describes his invention of the mercury barometer in 1643 in a letter to Michelangelo Ricci
1960 - 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
1966 - "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances
1983 - "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61
1989 - Robin Hood 16 wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Points Golf International
1994 - 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

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Famous Birthdays

1886 - David Steinman, American bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), born in NYC, New York
1912 - William Baziotes, painter (abstract expressionist)
1951 - Collis King, cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s)
1953 - Peter Bergman, actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band), born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
1972 - Joe O'Brien, WLAF defensive tackle (Scottish Claymores)
1978 - Ujjwala Raut, Indian supermodel

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Famous Deaths

1674 - Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns, dies at 52
1900 - Charles Swinnerton Heap, composer, dies at 53
1903 - Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)
1908 - Georg Adler, German statehouse head, dies at 45
1986 - Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80
1993 - Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguy, No Mercy, Body Rock), dies of AIDs at 40

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Today in History for 10th June 2017

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 18:02
Historical Events

1905 - 1st forest fire lookout tower placed in operation, Greenville, Me
1972 - Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden
1981 - Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
1994 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
2001 - 100th Women's French Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Kim Clijsters (1-6, 6-4, 12-10)
2008 - The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

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Famous Birthdays

1941 - Soraya Khashoogi, Leicester England, wife (Adrian Khashoogi)
1951 - Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
1959 - Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York
1966 - Doug McKeon, NJ, actor (Big Shamus Little Shamus, Centennial)
1975 - Henrik Pedersen, Danish footballer
1977 - Mike Rosenthal, American football player, sports radio talk show host

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Famous Deaths

1654 - Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at 58
1735 - Thomas Hearne, English antiquarian (b. 1678)
1791 - Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte, French admiral (b. 1720)
1899 - Ernest Chausson, French composer (Solitude dance le bois), dies at 44
1923 - Pierre Loti, [Julien Viaud], French sea officer/writer, dies
1969 - Frank Lawton, actor (David Copperfield, Skin Game), dies at 64

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Today in History for 9th June 2017

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:01
Historical Events

1909 - Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
1984 - Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater
1986 - Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points
1996 - 95th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-7, 10-8)
2002 - 101st Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-5, 6-3)
2016 - World Health Organisation advises delaying pregnancy in areas with the Zika virus

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Famous Birthdays

1934 - Michael Mates, British politician (C) resigned during Asil Nadir scandal, born in Brentford, Middlesex
1939 - David Hobbs (auto racer)
1942 - Richard Hutton, cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971)
1944 - 23 puppies (record litter) born to Lena, a foxhound, Ambler Penn
1969 - Mitch McLee, [Douglas Lee Mitchell], Miles Mi, drummer (Southgang)
1982 - Christina Stürmer, Austrian singer

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Famous Deaths

597 - St. Columba, Christian missionary (b. 521)
1563 - William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
1911 - Carry Amelia Moore Nation, American temperance leader, dies
1989 - George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
1996 - Walter Pardon, carpenter/traditional singer, dies at 81
2015 - James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86

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Today in History for 8th June 2017

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:02
Historical Events

1815 - 39 German states unite under Act of Confederation
1938 - Gert Terblanche, a local school boy, discovers fossils of an unknown 'robust-type' human ancestor, later named Paranthropus robustus by Robert Broom, at Kromdraai, Blaauwbank River Valley in South Africa
1950 - Test Cricket debut of Ramadhin and Valentine (8-104 1st inn) v England
1978 - Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery
1995 - "Buttons on Broadway" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 40 performances
2003 - 102nd Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (6-0, 6-4)

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Famous Birthdays

1806 - Gideon Johnson Pillow, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1878)
1849 - Juliaan Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument)
1897 - John G. Bennett, British scientist and author (d. 1974)
1929 - Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Department of Environment)
1932 - Lady Littler, CEO (Gaming Board for Great Britain)
1955 - Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor of the World Wide Web, born in London

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Famous Deaths

1612 - Hans Leo Hassler, composer, dies at 49
1806 - George Wythe, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at about 79
1871 - Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death
1991 - Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
1992 - William McGowan, entrepreneur (MCI), dies at 64
2006 - Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)

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Today in History for 7th June 2017

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:02
Historical Events

1860 - Workmen start laying track for Market Street Railroad, SF
1881 - 15th Belmont: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
1892 - Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
1917 - Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
1987 - 86th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova (6-4, 4-6, 8-6)
1989 - 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

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Famous Birthdays

1911 - Silas Roy Crain, singer/arranger/songwriter
1933 - Herb Score, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
1937 - Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
1951 - Anne Twomey, actress (Secret, Deadly Friend, Imagemaker), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1969 - Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Oly-silver-92, 96)
1972 - Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)

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Famous Deaths

1863 - Franz Xaver Gruber, composer ("Silent Night"), dies at 75
1877 - Winand C H Staring, geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68
1896 - Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
1980 - Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
1994 - Barry Sullivan, actor (Streets of SF, Oh, God!), dies at 81
2002 - Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

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Today in History for 6th June 2017

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 18:01
Historical Events

1716 - 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
1809 - Sweden declares independence, constitutional monarchy established with a new constitution empowering Riksdag after 20 years of absolute monarchy
1896 - Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 year
1966 - Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement
1975 - Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam established
1994 - 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)

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Famous Birthdays

1661 - Giacomo Antonio Perti, composer
1862 - Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet
1900 - Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (d. 1957)
1910 - Toshitsugu Ogiwara, composer
1944 - Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother and Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
1981 - Johnny Pacar, American film actor

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Famous Deaths

1480 - Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect
1861 - Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)
1934 - Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter) dies at 66
1951 - Lionel Hallam, cricketer (England capt 1921), dies
1994 - John Slot, mayor of Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede, dies
2006 - Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)

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Today in History for 5th June 2017

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 18:02
Historical Events

1915 - Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
1937 - 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6
1952 - 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
1968 - 12:16AM PST-Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day
1989 - Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt"
2004 - 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50

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Famous Birthdays

1640 - Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)
1878 - Franklyn Farnum, actor (Cowboy and Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days)
1964 - Laura Charameda, Marshall Mich, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1967 - Joe Deloach, US, 200m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
1973 - Lamon Brewster, American boxer
1983 - Marques Colston, American football player

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Famous Deaths

1785 - Gottfried August Homilius, composer, dies at 71
1953 - William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
1977 - "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
1984 - Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
1990 - Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
2000 - Don Liddle, baseball player (b. 1925)

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