Today in History for 17th August 2019

Historical Events

1908 – Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson’s play “Man from Home” premieres in New York
1961 – Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
1982 – LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)
1988 – LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
1991 – Royals Warren Cromartie’s 1st major league HR since 1983
2016 – German pair Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women’s beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro

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Famous Birthdays

1870 – Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1880 – Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)
1890 – Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
1903 – Abram Chasins, composer
1959 – Jonathan Franzen, American author
1960 – Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer

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Famous Deaths

1927 – Horace Alderman, American murderer, hanged
1961 – Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
1979 – Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
2008 – Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
2008 – František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
2012 – Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67

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