Today in History for 16th May 2019

Historical Events

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1894 – Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium and 170 other buildings
1972 – “Don’t Play Us Cheap” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
1974 – Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
2013 – Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

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Famous Birthdays

1857 – Juan Morel Campos, composer
1906 – Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30’s)
1910 – Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
1920 – Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
1927 – Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
1980 – Melanie Lofton, American Journalist

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Famous Deaths

1778 – Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)
1926 – Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
1932 – William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
1944 – Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
1954 – Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
2001 – Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)

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