Today in History for 11th March 2019

Historical Events

1744 – English auction house Sotheby’s holds its first ever auction (of books) in London
1895 – Spanish cruiser Reina Regente sinks in Straits of Gibraltar, over 400 die
1954 – US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
1967 – Pink Floyd releases 1st single “Arnold Layne”
1982 – Failed military coup under Rambocus and Hawker in Suriname
2007 – 54th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80

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Famous Birthdays

1549 – Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)
1907 – Jessie Matthews, British actress (Gangway, First a Girl), born in London, England (d. 1981)
1927 – Ron Todd, British trade unionist
1945 – Timothy Mason, consultant (British Arts Council)
1957 – Cheryl Lynn, American singer
1975 – Cedric Henderson, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)

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Famous Deaths

222 – Julia Soaemias, mother of Elagabalus (b. 180). Ruler during her son’s minority, murdered by the Praetorian Guard
1870 – Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
1972 – Fredric Brown, American sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
1979 – Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman’s Agreement), dies at 88
1992 – Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, Key Largo), dies at 79
2015 – Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78

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