Today in History for 18th March 2020

Historical Events

417 – Saint Zosimus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1532 – English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1953 – 15th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas, 69-68; Jayhawks’ center B. H. Born is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
1972 – Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: “if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy”
1995 – STS 67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16½ days
2003 – British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language

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Famous Birthdays

1548 – Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet
1843 – Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899)
1927 – Lillian Vernon, founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2015)
1929 – Christa Wolf, German novelist (Divided Heaven)
1966 – Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt)
1982 – Chad Cordero, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1917 – William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
1944 – Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
1965 – Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
1974 – David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
1990 – Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo’ Better Blues), dies at 36
2016 – Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79

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