Today in History for 18th July 2019

Historical Events

1814 – British capture Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin)
1907 – French troops occupy Casablanca
1947 – US begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands
1947 – British seize “Exodus 1947” ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
1976 – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
1983 – Despite being in 1st place in NL East, Phils fire manager Pat Corrales

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Famous Birthdays

1811 – William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), born in Kolkata, India (d. 1863)
1893 – Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, born in Melnik, Bohemia (d. 1951)
1895 – George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
1913 – Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
1923 – Michael Medwin, British actor and producer (Four in a Jeep, Scrooge, Checkpoint), born in London, England
1964 – Wendy Williams, American TV and radio host (The Wendy Williams Show), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Famous Deaths

1831 – Thomas Greatorex, English composer, dies at 72
1992 – Jan Pelleboer, Dutch meteorologist, dies
1995 – Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 24
1996 – Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
2004 – Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
2005 – Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), dies of cancer at 67

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