Today in History for 14th May 2019

Historical Events

1890 – 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
1910 – Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
1969 – Abortion and contraception legalized in Canada
1973 – Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
1975 – French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
1991 – 42 die in a train collision in Japan

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Famous Birthdays

1846 – Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
1899 – Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
1943 – [Derek] Lek Leckenby, English guitarist (Herman’s Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
1957 – William G Gregory, Lockport NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 67)
1978 – André Macanga, Angolan footballer
1980 – Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete

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Famous Deaths

1742 – Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
1801 – Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
1864 – William N Green Jr, Union brigadier general, dies
1940 – Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
1966 – Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
2006 – Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)

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