Today in History for 19th October 2019

Historical Events

1924 – General Christian Worker’s union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium
1944 – US forces land in Philippines
1959 – Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
1974 – Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena
1981 – MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
1988 – South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize

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Famous Birthdays

1858 – George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
1878 – Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), born in Langenfelde near Hamburg (d. 1980)
1882 – Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
1901 – Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
1931 – John le Carré, English novelist
1946 – Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan’s Heroes, Westworld)

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Famous Deaths

1793 – Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
1894 – James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (translations of the Avesta, the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism), dies at 45
1970 – Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
1994 – Martha Raye [Margaret Reed], American actress (Waikiki Wedding, Martha Raye Show), dies after illness at 78
1994 – Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
2007 – Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)

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