Today in History for 15th March 2020

Historical Events

1744 – French King Louis XV declares war on Britain
1948 – WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1964 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1968 – Diocese of Rome announces that it “deplored the concept”, but wouldn’t prohibit rock and roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
1997 – Pitts Penguins’ Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
2013 – 24 people die after a double decker bus veers of a pass in Cape Town, South Africa

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Famous Birthdays

1808 – Gaetano Gaspari, composer
1830 – Élisée Reclus, French geographer (d. 1905)
1921 – Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)
1934 – Daniel George “Danny” Apolinar, composer/songwriter
1941 – Mike Love, American vocalist (Beach Boys – “Fun, Fun, Fun”), born in Los Angeles, California
1964 – Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
1889 – Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
1918 – George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, dies at 59
1993 – Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
2008 – Sarla Thakral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft (1936), dies at about 94
2011 – Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93

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