Today in History for 17th December 2018

Historical Events

1895 – George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)
1907 – Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
1960 – “La Plume de Ma Tante” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
1978 – Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
1989 – 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
1991 – Soap opera “One Life To Live” airs its 6,000th episode

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Famous Birthdays

1778 – Hunphry Davy, English chemist (discovered some elements)
1820 – Frederick Tracy Dent, American General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1892)
1947 – Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)
1948 – Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
1964 – Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
1965 – Scott Edward Gump, American PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd), born in Rockledge, Florida

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Famous Deaths

695 – Begga, ancestress of the Carolingians/saint, dies [or 693]
1962 – Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
1996 – Wayne Barlow, American composer, dies at 84
1996 – Elizabeth Hill, Russian-English teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96
2003 – Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82
2008 – Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

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