Today in History for 17th April 2019

Historical Events

1863 – Grierson’s raid begins as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee
1899 – 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia in 2:54:38
1939 – Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1942 – Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1969 – The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1989 – 18th Boston Women’s Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33

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Famous Birthdays

1750 – François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure, born in Saffais, France (d. 1828)
1833 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1900)
1901 – George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, born in Ceylon (d. 1993)
1972 – Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
1974 – Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex
1975 – Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model, born in Mexico City

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Famous Deaths

1680 – Kateri Tekakwitha [Lily of the Mohawks], first Native American saint (b. 1656)
1936 – Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
1945 – Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
1974 – Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
1983 – Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
2006 – Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), dies at 88

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