Today in History for 11th December 2019

Historical Events

1282 – Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259.
1981 – El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country’s civil war.
1985 – Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
1986 – A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball’s National League
2017 – Rahul Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, is elected leader of the Indian National Congress
2018 – Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is “the Guardians” journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi

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Famous Birthdays

1863 – Annie Jump Cannon, American stellar spectroscopist (Harvard-classification), born in Dover, Delaware (d. 1941)
1915 – Anna van Beers [Graeve], Dutch actress (A Woman like Eve, Diary of a Hooker), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2011)
1952 – Susan Seidelman, American film director (Desperately Seeking Susan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1967 – Chris Shepherd, English film director, born in Anfield, Liverpool, England
1970 – Doug Nussmeier, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
1981 – Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1524 – Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
1747 – Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)
1972 – Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
1987 – G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 1987
1993 – Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
2004 – José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)

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