Today in History for 11th September 2019

Historical Events

1914 – W. C. Handy “Father of the Blues” publishes his most famous composition “St Louis Blues”
1922 – Yankees play their farewell home game in Polo Grounds win doubleheader
1939 – Iraq and Saudi Arabia declare war on Nazi Germany
1941 – Construction of the Pentagon begins in Arlington County, Virginia (completed Jan 15, 1943). Designed by architect George Bergstrom and built by contractor John McShain, construction was overseen by Leslie Groves.
1971 – US Open Women’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6
1971 – Egypt adopts its constitution

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Famous Birthdays

1911 – Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban pianist, singer and songwriter, born in Guanabacoa, La Habana, Cuba (d. 1971)
1929 – David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 2011)
1940 – Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2018)
1940 – Robert Palmer, American businessman and last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation
1970 – Taraji P. Henson, American actress and singer, born in Washington, D.C.
1980 – Antônio Pizzonia, Brazilian race car driver, born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

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Famous Deaths

1892 – Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), dies at 84
1922 – Louis Coerne, composer, dies at 52
1971 – Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet premier, dies of a heart attack at 77
1988 – John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
2001 – Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
2007 – Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)

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