Today in History for 17th May 2019

Historical Events

1579 – Artois, Henegouwen and French-Flanders sign Treaty, the Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish Duke van Parma as land guardian
1903 – Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1990 – “Cheers” star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1994 – Bakili Muluzi’s UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
2014 – The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
2015 – A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people

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Famous Birthdays

1888 – A P “Tich” Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent and England)
1941 – David Howell Cope, composer
1945 – D A S Pennefather, Maj-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)
1954 – Michael Roberts, jockey
1976 – José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
1985 – Matt Ryan, American football player

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Famous Deaths

1395 – Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
1888 – Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
1945 – Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
1945 – Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies
1960 – Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
2016 – Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74

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