Today in History for 12th July 2019

Historical Events

1817 – 1st flower show held in Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland
1927 – Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs
1968 – Couve de Murville forms government in France
1973 – A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States
1982 – Britain announces it is returning 593 Argentine POWs
1993 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Promenade” opens in London

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Famous Birthdays

1925 – Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
1925 – Roger Smith, CEO (General Motors), born in Colombus, Ohio (d. 2007)
1939 – Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria
1974 – Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)
1977 – Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
1988 – Inbee Park, South Korean golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2008, 13), born in Seoul, South Korea

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Famous Deaths

1693 – John Ashby, English admiral
1814 – William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, British military leader (commander of British forces in the American Revolutionary War), dies at 84
1945 – Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (b. 1871)
1990 – João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, dies at 73
1993 – Lily van Lugt Melsert, actress (Tomorrow will be better), dies at 91
2013 – Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker’s World), dies at 91

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