Today in History for 11th November 2019

Historical Events

1503 – Pope Julius II elected
1807 – Washington Irving’s Salmagundi periodical published – first to associate the name “Gotham” with New York City
1811 – Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain
1868 – War of the Triple Alliance: Allied victory in the Battle of Avay leaves 3,000 Paraguayan soldiers dead, 600 wounded and the road to Asunción open
1983 – President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature
2018 – Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: in a final denuded of both countries’ top players Kateřina Siniaková beats American Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to clinch a 3-0 win for the home side

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Famous Birthdays

1893 – Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1983)
1911 – Patric Knowles [Reginald Lawrence Knowles], British actor (Chisum, Arnold, Mutiny), born in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
1943 – Karin Kent, [Janneke Kanteman], Dutch singer
1955 – Jigme Singye Wangchuk, king of Bhutan (1972- )
1968 – Wyatt Pauley, Ecuador, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies)
1986 – François Trinh-Duc, French rugby player

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Famous Deaths

1968 – Jeanne Demessieux, composer, dies at 47
1984 – Martin Luther King Sr, US vicar/father of MLK Jr, dies at 84
1987 – Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), dies at 86
1993 – Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), dies at 79
2005 – Keith Andes, American actor (Farmer’s Daughter, Away All Boats), commits suicide at 85
2017 – Francesco “Frank” Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), dies at 92

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