Today in History for 16th December 2018

Historical Events

1598 – Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
1918 – German troops evacuate Finland, give over Kiev in the Ukraine to revolutionary forces and pull back from Estonia as Bolshevik forces move in
1927 – Don Bradman makes his cricket 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia
1959 – Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1960 – TWA 266 and United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
1989 – Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)

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Famous Birthdays

1734 – Georg Peter Weimar, composer
1830 – John Frederick Hartranft, American politician, 17th Governor of Pennsylvania (1873-1879), and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
1895 – Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
1950 – Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
1972 – Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player

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Famous Deaths

1379 – John Fitzalan, Marshal of England
1870 – Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, dies at 31
1914 – Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82
1978 – Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
1985 – Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
1993 – Bentri Seddik, Algerian court judge, murdered at 46

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