Today in History for 14th September 2019

Historical Events

1752 – Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar (no Sept 3 – Sept 13)
1814 – Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, later known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor
1868 – Golf’s 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick’s 8th hole)
1916 – Christy Mathewson pitches and wins his final game
1968 – USSR’s Zond 5 is launched on 1st circumlunar flight
2018 – Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane

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Famous Birthdays

1543 – Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit priest (5th Superior General of the Society of Jesus), born in Atri, Italy (d. 1615)
1869 – Kid Nichols, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
1882 – Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1919)
1886 – Jan Masaryk, Czech statesman and Minister to London (1918-35), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)
1933 – Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Modesto, California (d. 2009)
1968 – Dan Cortese, American actor and TV host (Jess Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1605 – Jan Tarnowski, Archbishop of Krakow (b. 1550)
1763 – Johann Philipp Sack, composer, dies at 40
1916 – Josiah Royce, American philosopher (Conception of Immortality), dies at 60
1936 – Ossip Gabrilovich, composer, dies at 58
1996 – Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), dies at 77
2002 – LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford and Sons), dies of complications from diabetes at 81

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