Today in History for 16th March 2019

Historical Events

1249 – The Servite Order is officially approved by Cardinal Raniero Capocci, papal legate in Tuscany
1896 – Premiere of Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”
1937 – All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors and sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32
1946 – “Would-Be Gentleman” closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
1968 – General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado
1988 – Federal grand jury indicts North and Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair

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Famous Birthdays

1654 – Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (d. 1704)
1911 – Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
1931 – Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
1937 – Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
1954 – Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
1986 – T. J. Jordan, American basketball player

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Famous Deaths

1987 – Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies of kidney failuyre at 71
1988 – Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
1992 – Yves Rocard, French physicist (b. 1903)
1996 – Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet’s bookshop), dies at 104
2008 – Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan’s Heroes,The Final War of Olly Winter), dies of renal failure at 76
2008 – John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86

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