Today in History for 13th March 2020

Historical Events

1878 – Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
1979 – European Monetary System is established, ECU created
1980 – Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
1986 – Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
1994 – 15th Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom announces an indefinite moratorium on the death sentence in the state, saying it discriminates against marginalized communities

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Famous Birthdays

1719 – John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal, born in Oundle, Northamptonshire (d. 1797)
1947 – Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
1950 – Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
1957 – John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota, born in Bismarck, North Dakota
1972 – Brian Saxton, NFL tight end (NY Giants), born in Whippany, New Jersey
1973 – David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Famous Deaths

1558 – Jean Fernel, French physician/physiologist, dies
1930 – Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), dies at 77
1938 – Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual, dies at 49
1946 – Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
1987 – Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
1996 – Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, dies at 48

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