Today in History for 1st April 2019

Historical Events

1936 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano” is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York
1942 – Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor
1980 – France performs nuclear test
1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
1992 – Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
2012 – Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)

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Famous Birthdays

1578 – William Harvey, English physician (discovered blood circulation), born in Folkestone, Kent (d. 1657)
1929 – Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
1934 – Vladimir Posner, Russian-French-American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
1956 – Peter O’Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
1964 – John Morris, British cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990), born Crewe, Cheshire, England
1984 – Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer

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Famous Deaths

1917 – Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48
1930 – Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
1965 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
1993 – Wayne Mack, sportscaster/actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
1996 – Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy), dies at 47
2005 – Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)

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