Today in History for 16th August 2019

Historical Events

1780 – British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina
1944 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
1972 – Morocco King Hassan II’s B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots “Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!”, fooling pilots to break off attack
1976 – St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
1987 – Bon Jovi release their 3rd album “Slippery When Wet” (Billboard’s top selling album of 1987)
1992 – British Williams driver Nigel Mansell finishes second in Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

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Famous Birthdays

1645 – Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), born in Paris (d. 1696)
1650 – Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1718)
1820 – Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
1932 – Jon Lindbergh, 2nd son of aviator Charles Lindbergh
1933 – Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
1972 – Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1339 – Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), dies at 36
1831 – Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
1968 – Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
1973 – Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
2005 – William Corlett, English children’s writer(b. 1938)
2016 – John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89

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