Today in History for 17th June 2019

Historical Events

1902 – US Congress pass the New Lands Reclamation Act, which establishes a fund from sale of public lands to build irrigation dams for arid Western lands
1927 – US Open Men’s Golf, Oakmont CC: American-based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Harry Cooper by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win the first of his 3 major titles
1970 – Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour
1997 – NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000
2012 – US Open Men’s Golf, Olympic Club, SF: American Webb Simpson wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson
2015 – US Treasury announced that the image of Alexander Hamilton will be replaced from the US $10 bill by an image of a woman

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Michail Swetlow, writer
1919 – Galina Ivanova Ustvol’skaya, composer
1936 – Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
1943 – Barry Manilow [Barry Alan Pincus], American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs), born in New York City
1958 – Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor
1967 – Keith Sims, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)

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Famous Deaths

1821 – Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
1906 – Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, dies at 33
1957 – Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), dies at 69
1973 – Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born, American actor, author and translator (One Man’s Family), dies at 66
1981 – Richard O’Connor, British general (b. 1889)
1992 – Dewey Balfa, American Cajun fiddler and singer, dies at 65

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