Today in History for 15th October 2019

Historical Events

1641 – Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal
1897 – Aaron and Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
1904 – The Russians are driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)
1952 – “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams is published by Harper and Brothers
1959 – “Untouchables” premieres
1974 – National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing

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Famous Birthdays

1910 – Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (South African leg-spinner of 30’s), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1994)
1920 – Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), born in Rodosto, Ottoman Turkey (d. 2002)
1951 – Frank Dimino, American rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
1966 – Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland
1971 – Bernardo Harris, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1987 – Jesse Levine, American Canadian tennis player, born in Boca Raton, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1715 – Humphry Ditton, English mathematician, dies at 40
1811 – Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (b. 1735)
1837 – Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, dies at 77
2003 – Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
2005 – Matti Wuori, Finnish politician (b. 1945)
2013 – Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, dies at 89

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