Today in History for 15th August 2019

Historical Events

1843 – Tivoli Gardens amusement park opens in Copenhagen, world’s 2nd oldest
1914 – The first large public gathering of Boers in South Africa who do not want to support Britain in a war against Germany; British authorities will try to repress this movement, but discontent spreads
1964 – Mayor Daley declares “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago
1998 – Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
2006 – Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass’ membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II
2009 – Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009

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Famous Birthdays

1740 – Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
1788 – Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
1910 – Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70), born in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria (d. 1964)
1963 – Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
1975 – Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
1976 – Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)

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Famous Deaths

1907 – Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), dies at 76
1968 – Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], composer and teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), dies at 84
1988 – Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
2004 – Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
2007 – Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
2007 – Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, dies at 80

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