Today in History for 16th December 2019

Historical Events

1773 – Boston tea party incident – Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
1880 – Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
1912 – 1st US postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20 cent parcel post, issued
1945 – National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
1959 – Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1991 – UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote

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Famous Birthdays

1776 – Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)
1892 – A “Shon Nene” Morales, Antillean/Neth very old lady
1919 – Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
1926 – Alfred Koerppen, composer
1958 – Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
1962 – William “The Refrigerator” Perry, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)

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Famous Deaths

1669 – Nathaniel Fiennes, English politician (b. circa 1608)
1673 – Juan de Padilla, composer, dies at 68
1927 – Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
1944 – Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
1989 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor (Good, Bad and Ugly), dies at 64
2005 – Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)

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