Today in History for 12th September 2019

Historical Events

1703 – Emperor Leopold I ends contacts on Spanish heritage
1934 – US National Championship Men’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Englishman Fred Perry retains title; beats Wilmer Allison of the US 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6
1962 – Wash Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
1971 – US Open Men’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
1992 – Mae Jemison is the 1st African American woman to go into space (aboard Endeavour STS-47)
2001 – Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.

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Famous Birthdays

1829 – Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, born in Speyer, Germany (d. 1880)
1921 – Stanislaw Lem, Polish sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (d. 2006)
1945 – Maria Aitken, Irish-English actress (Fish Called Wanda), born in Dublin, Ireland
1945 – Vern Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
1956 – Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
1958 – Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer (youngest world champion at 17 years, 176 days [WBA Light Welterweight]), born in NYC, New York

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Famous Deaths

352 – Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies
1674 – Nicolaas Tulp, Mayor of Amsterdam (1654-71), dies at 80
1819 – Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prussian general (b. 1742)
1953 – Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
1977 – Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
2013 – Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), dies of leukemia at 80

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