Today in History for 18th August 2019

Historical Events

1769 – A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
1846 – General Stephen W Kearney’s US forces capture Santa Fe, New Mexico
1958 – Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde
1976 – Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-Sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone
1991 – Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind
2011 – The “West Memphis Three” are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
1920 – Bob Kennedy, baseball player
1950 – Dennis Elliott, English rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
1972 – Ray Jacobs, American football linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Corsicana, Texas
1974 – Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-), born in Unity Village, Guyana
1978 – Andy Samberg, American comedian and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Berkeley, California

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Famous Deaths

1430 – Thomas de Ros, 8th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician, drowned at 23
1634 – Urbain Grandier, French priest (b. 1590)
1995 – Sylvester Louis Adams, murderer, dies at 39
2005 – Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
2010 – Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
2013 – Dezső Gyarmati, Hungarian water polo player, dies at 85

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