Today in History for 12th May 2019

Historical Events

1701 – Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
1821 – The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi
1864 – Battle of Todd’s Tavern, cavalry battle fought near Todds Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan’s Raid), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
1982 – Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
1990 – NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
2001 – English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (72,500): Liverpool beats Arsenal, 2-1 with Michael Owen scoring twice for the Reds

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Famous Birthdays

1803 – Justus von Liebig, German agricultural and biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1973)
1812 – Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
1876 – Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria
1910 – Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
1941 – Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
1962 – Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York

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Famous Deaths

1906 – Gabriel C. Wharton, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
1908 – Melesio Morales, Mexican composer, dies at 69
1935 – Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman, dies at 67
1967 – Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
1994 – Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase “identity crisis”, dies at 91
1994 – John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55

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