Today in History for 10th April 2019

Historical Events

837 – Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth
847 – St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
879 – Louis III becomes King of West Francia
1863 – Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee
1939 – Colijn’s Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
1982 – LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

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Famous Birthdays

1741 – Basílio da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai), born in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Colony of Brazil (d. 1795)
1837 – Forceythe Willson, American poet (The Old Sergeant), born in Little Genesee, New York (d. 1867)
1903 – Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
1926 – Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
1940 – Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
1976 – Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1945 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born writer (b. 1887)
1956 – Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
1992 – Ken Ward, dies at 37
2010 – Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
2011 – Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
2013 – Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87

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