Today in History for 16th April 2019

Historical Events

1799 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor – Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
1951 – 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
1978 – NBC’s premiere of miniseries “Holocaust”
1979 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for “Buried child”
1987 – British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in London charged with gross indecency
2013 – 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana

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Famous Birthdays

1660 – Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (providing the foundation of the British Museum), born in Killyleagh, Ulster, Ireland (d. 1753)
1922 – Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
1951 – John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
1954 – John Bowe, Australian racing driver
1955 – Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager
1956 – Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier

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Famous Deaths

1967 – Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, dies at 86
1992 – Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
1993 – John P W Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77
2003 – Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
2007 – Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
2007 – Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)

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