Today in History for 1st May 2019

Historical Events

1863 – Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled first opens its doors
1884 – Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
1944 – Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails
1963 – Gloria Steinem’s expose on Playboy bunny working conditions published in “Show” magazine
1991 – West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua
2017 – Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

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Famous Birthdays

1545 – Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, born in Bourges, France (d. 1602)
1942 – Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
1946 – Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
1955 – Nick Feldman, English musician
1971 – Ethan Albright, NFL long snapper (Pro Bowl 2007), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
1985 – Drew Sidora, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1965 – Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher’s Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
1968 – Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 73
1981 – Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
1984 – Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
1992 – Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
2010 – Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)

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