Today in History for 13th April 2019

Historical Events

989 – Battle at Abydos: Byzantine emperor Basilius II beats Bardas Phocas
1741 – Royal Military Academy forms at Woolwich, England
1969 – 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
1978 – NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
1990 – 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
2014 – Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon

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Famous Birthdays

1841 – Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1905)
1849 – Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba (d. 1933)
1892 – Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 1973)
1907 – Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
1920 – Claude Cheysson, French politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Paris (d. 2012)
1920 – Liam Cosgrave, Irish politician (Fine Gael Party), born in Castleknock, Dublin (d. 2017)

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Famous Deaths

1952 – [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
1959 – Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, dies at 57
1966 – Georges Duhamel, French writer (b. 1884)
1981 – Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
1984 – Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
2009 – Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)

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