Today in History for 15th May 2019

Historical Events

1711 – Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” is published anonymously
1817 – Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
1862 – Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
1941 – British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
1948 – Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
2017 – 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson

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Famous Birthdays

1773 – Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
1889 – Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
1912 – Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
1925 – Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
1940 – Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur’s Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1988 – Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2018)

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Famous Deaths

1622 – Peter Plancius, Flemish vicar/cartographer, dies at about 69
1986 – Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
1988 – Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), dies of cancer at 64
2003 – George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
2007 – Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
2014 – Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73

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