Today in History for 17th November 2019

Historical Events

1933 – Marx brothers film “Duck Soup” directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US
1956 – Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1967 – French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
1967 – Davy Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, New York
1989 – Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
2013 – Giorgi Margvelashvili becomes the President of Georgia

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Famous Birthdays

1787 – Michele Carafa, composer
1892 – Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
1895 – Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
1925 – Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier
1944 – Danny DeVito, American actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
1955 – Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don’t Look Down)

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Famous Deaths

1608 – Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
1865 – James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist, dies at 52
1905 – Adolphe [Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905), dies at 88
1968 – Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57
1991 – Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55
2004 – Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63

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