Today in History for 15th June 2019

Historical Events

1908 – World congress for Women’s rights opens in Amsterdam
1915 – US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
1954 – Great Britain’s 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
1979 – 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
2001 – Indian epic “Laagan” directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres
2012 – Five Dutch banks, including ING, receive credit rating downgrades of one or two notches

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Famous Birthdays

1864 – Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
1898 – Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist
1920 – Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
1943 – Aron Kincaid, actor (Warren-Bachelor Father, Ski Party), born in Los Angeles, California
1969 – Ice Cube [O’Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California
1977 – Michael Doleac, American basketball player

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Famous Deaths

1397 – Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
1839 – Hans Skramstad, composer, dies at 41
1958 – François de Vries, Dutch economist, dies at 74
1996 – Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, dies at 77
2014 – Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
2015 – Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72

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