Today in History for 12th March 2020

Historical Events

1867 – Last French troops leave Mexico
1897 – Vincent d’Indy’s opera “Fervaal” premieres in Brussells
1945 – 30 Amsterdammers executed by nazi occupiers
1947 – Belgian government of Huysmans resigns
1981 – Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Marry Me a Little,” premieres in NYC
1994 – Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests

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Famous Birthdays

1821 – John Abbott, 3rd Canadian Prime Minister (1891-92), born in Saint-Andre, Quebec (d. 1893)
1922 – Jack Kerouac, American Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)
1926 – Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
1926 – Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer
1967 – Irvin Smith, CFL cornerback (Montreal Alouettes)
1972 – Hector Luis Bustamante, Colombian actor

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Famous Deaths

604 – Gregory I the Great, Pope (590-604), dies at 64
1925 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, dies of liver cancer at 58
1998 – Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), dies at 74
2001 – Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
2001 – Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
2008 – Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)

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