Today in History for 12th December 2019

Historical Events

1408 – Order of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia.
1904 – CMS McClellan’s “Leah Kleschna” premieres in NYC
1925 – Medina surrenders to Saudi forces led by Sultan Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
1966 – US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
1968 – Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O’Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont
1987 – Rollermania at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Express beats Midwest Pioneers

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Famous Birthdays

1298 – Albert II, Duke of Austria, born in Habsburg Castle, Swabia (d. 1358)
1791 – Marie-Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma and second wife of Napoleon, born in Hofburg, Vienna, Austria (d. 1847)
1906 – William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), born in Pleasant Mound, Illinois (d. 1987)
1913 – Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)
1952 – Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (4 Tests), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
1991 – Daniel Magder, Canadian actor (The Famous Jett Jackson), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1889 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
1965 – Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show), dies from a heart attack at 67
1971 – Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
1985 – Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor’s Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
2005 – Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
2018 – Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, dies at 57

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