Today in History for 19th August 2019

Historical Events

1861 – Confederacy Congress allies with government of MO
1944 – Polish 1st Division occupies Hill 262 (Mont Ormel), Normandy
1973 – Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
1984 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C’ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins
1993 – Sally Gunnell runs women’s world record 400m hurdles (52.74″)
1997 – STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands

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Famous Birthdays

1785 – Seth Thomas, American pioneer in mass production of clocks
1883 – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), born in Saumur, France (d. 1971)
1934 – William Cleary, hockey center, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1944 – Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio personality
1956 – Adam Arkin, actor (Busting Loose, Pearl, Northern Exposure), born in Brooklyn, New York
1962 – Tammy Bruce, American political commentator

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Famous Deaths

1662 – Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal’s Law, Pascal’s Wager), dies of a stomach tumor at 39
1691 – Mustafa Koprulu, Turkish grand vizer, dies in battle
1950 – Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
1975 – Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
1975 – Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
2005 – Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), dies at 55

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