Today in History for 16th October 2019

Historical Events

1923 – John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)
1939 – George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner” premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances
1962 – KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
1978 – Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad
1979 – First global telenovela Mexican “Los ricos también lloran” (The Rich Also Cry) premieres, second foreign series to be screened in the Soviet Union
2001 – The US Coast Guard lifts a ban on liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers entering Boston Harbor to make deliveries to Distrigas’ Everett LNG terminal that had been imposed on September 26 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11

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Famous Birthdays

1758 – Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster’s Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)
1937 – Tony Anthony, Clarksburg WV, actor (Treasure of 4 Crowns)
1955 – Ellen Dolan, Monticello IO, actress (Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT)
1956 – Melissa Belote, American 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1972), born in Washington, D.C.
1959 – Gary Kemp, English rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London
1980 – Jeremy Jackson, actor (Shout, Baywatch), born in Newport Beach, California

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Famous Deaths

1594 – William Allen, English cardinal/founder seminary of Douai, dies at 62
1867 – Salomon J Rappoport, Czech rabbi (Ereg miliem), dies
1877 – John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
1946 – Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
2003 – László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
2003 – Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)

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