Today in History for 12th March 2019

Historical Events

538 – Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius
1594 – Company of Distant established for business on East-Indies
1939 – Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
1971 – Hafez al-Assad elected President of Syria
1987 – Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North
1993 – 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay

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Famous Birthdays

1758 – Leopold earl of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general and politician [or March 22]
1827 – John Robert Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
1860 – Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer
1931 – William “Billie” Thomas, American child actor (Buckwheat- Our Gang), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
1942 – Ratko Mladić, Bosnian Serb general during the Bosnian War (found guilty of war crimes 2017), born in Božanovići, Croatia
1966 – Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Famous Deaths

417 – Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies
1946 – Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Nothing But Trouble), dies from a heart ailment at 59
1973 – Frankie “Fordham Flash” Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
1993 – Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
1999 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
2005 – Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)

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