Today in History for 17th December 2019

Historical Events

1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu
1821 – Kentucky abolishes debtors’ prisons
1943 – Transport 63 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1949 – Burma recognizes People’s Republic of China
1958 – Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks’ 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium
1970 – Poland: shipyard workers in Gdańsk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.

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Famous Birthdays

1820 – Frederick Tracy Dent, American General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1892)
1894 – Willem Schermerhorn, Neth premier (1945-46)
1970 – Benedictine, [St Bernard]; becomes heaviest known dog (137 kg)
1975 – Nick Farrell, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
1982 – Josh Barfield, American baseball player
1982 – Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir

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Famous Deaths

1663 – Nzinga Mbandi, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (1626 -1663) (modern Angola), dies at about 82
1933 – Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Side-Studies), dies at 81
1956 – Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
1957 – Dorothy L. Sayers, English novelist (The Nine Tailors), dies at 66
1990 – Don Draper, actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
1991 – Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, dies at 87

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