Today in History for 19th December 2019

Historical Events

1788 – Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
1945 – Jean Giraudoux’ “La Folle de Chaillot” premieres in Paris
1960 – Frank Sinatra’s 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)
1993 – “Red Shoes” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 5 performances
2000 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko
2010 – “Miracle at the New Meadowlands”, Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson

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Famous Birthdays

1922 – Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
1944 – Richard Leakey, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician, born in Nairobi, Kenya
1948 – Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
1969 – Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
1969 – Kristen “Kristy” Swanson, American actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Mission Viejo, California
1970 – Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California

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Famous Deaths

1815 – Robert Hudson, composer, dies at 83
1848 – Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30
1939 – Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death and Devil), dies at 70
1944 – Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)
1994 – Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39
2012 – Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68

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