Today in History for 1st September 2019

Historical Events

462 – Possible start of first Byzantine indiction cycle.
1863 – Rail and ferry connection between San Francisco and Oakland inaugurated
1931 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 4 days and 6th homer in consecutive games in NY Yankees’ 5-1 win v Boston Red Sox
1981 – Mike Brearley’s last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England’s 3-1 series win confirmed
1990 – “Heidi Chronicles” closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 621 performances
1996 – The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Famous Birthdays

1732 – Thomas Erskine 6th Earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, born in Kellie Castle, Scotland (d. 1781)
1931 – Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1999)
1933 – Conway Twitty, [Harold Jenkins], Miss, country singer (Hello Darlin’)
1951 – David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test ‘keeper Jonny), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
1968 – Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
1982 – Ryan Gomes, American basketball player

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Famous Deaths

1940 – Lillian Wald, American pioneering nurse and social activist who started American community nursing with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73
1982 – Wladislaw Gomulka, Polish partisan/party leader, dies at 76
1992 – Morris Carnovsky, American actor (Dead Reckoning), dies at 94
1995 – Ernest Marke, Sierra Leonean seaman and club owner, dies at 93
2008 – Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
2012 – Sat Mahajan, Indian politician (Rural Development Minister), dies at 85

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