Today in History for 12th August 2019

Historical Events

1553 – Pope Julius III orders confiscation and burning of Jewish Talmud
1948 – Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India’s 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
1959 – 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
1974 – Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day
1978 – International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched – to study solar wind
1985 – 520 people die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes in Ueno, Japan, the second-deadliest aviation disaster of all time

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Famous Birthdays

1853 – Jean Louis Nicode, composer
1885 – Marion Lorne, American actress (The Graduata, Mister Peepers), born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
1887 – Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate (wave mechanics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
1897 – Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
1921 – Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
1930 – Ronald James Herron, architect

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Famous Deaths

1809 – Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, dies at 71
1900 – James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42
1955 – James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
1968 – Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
1985 – Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
2010 – Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)

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