Today in History for 15th December 2019

Historical Events

1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia
1907 – In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de’etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
1952 – KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 – “Folsom Prison Blues” single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)
1967 – The Beatles release “Christmas Time is Here Again”
2006 – First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1936)
1853 – Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur and director of oil on Dutch Indies, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1900)
1878 – Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)
1944 – Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, born in Xapuri, Brazil (d. 1988)
1966 – Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
1981 – Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)

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Famous Deaths

1839 – Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
1943 – Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hot Chocolate), dies at 39
1950 – Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, dies at 66
1987 – Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89
2001 – Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
2003 – Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)

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