Today in History for 14th December 2018

Historical Events

1708 – Prosper Jolyot’s “Electre” premieres in Paris
1953 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
1977 – Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni and cash
1978 – China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1980 – Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
2017 – US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality

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Famous Birthdays

1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (Golden nose), born in Knudstrup, Denmark (d. 1601)
1916 – Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)
1926 – Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50’s, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
1932 – Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
1934 – Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
1941 – Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle and Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)

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Famous Deaths

1754 – Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria and Russia, dies at 58
1900 – Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
1965 – Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
1980 – Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
2012 – Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
2014 – Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90

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