Today in History for 16th September 2019

Historical Events

1795 – British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
1926 – Philip Dunning and George Abbott’s “Broadway” premieres in NYC
1940 – Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
1951 – US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
1990 – Iraq televises an 8 minute uncensored speech from George H. W. Bush
2007 – Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)

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Famous Birthdays

1881 – Clive Bell, English art critic, born in East Shefford, Berkshire (d. 1964)
1906 – Jack Churchill, British Army commando, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1996)
1906 – Johanna Sophia Hermes, Dutch singer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
1950 – David Bellamy, American singer (The Bellamy Brothers-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
1961 – Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
1971 – Amy Poehler, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), born in Newton, Massachusetts

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Famous Deaths

1643 – Lucas Franchoys the Elder, Belgian painter, dies at 69
1775 – Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst, English privy councillor (b. 1684)
1964 – Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
1996 – Andrew MacElhone, bar owner, dies at 73
2004 – Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
2006 – Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)

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