Today in History for 14th August 2019

Historical Events

1824 – General Lafayette returns to US
1861 – Martial Law is declared at St Louis, Missouri, due to pro-secession sentiment which surged throughout Missouri after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek
1897 – The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
1908 – Race riot in Springfield Illinois
1919 – White Sox Happy Felsch ties record of 4 outfield assists in a game
2018 – Pennsylvania grand jury alleges 300 “predator priests” abused over 1000 children over 30 years and Catholic leaders covered it, up after 2-year investigation

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Famous Birthdays

1908 – Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
1941 – Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
1951 – Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy), born in New York City, New York
1973 – Wayne Chrebet, American NFL wide receiver (NY Jets), born in Garfield, New Jersey
1978 – Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer, born in Giannouli, Greece
1983 – Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic

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Famous Deaths

1652 – Abraham Elsevier, Dutch book publisher, dies at 60
1955 – Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, dies at 93
1958 – Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
1991 – Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
2003 – Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
2012 – John Herbert “Jonathan” Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87

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