Today in History for 19th March 2020

Historical Events

1919 – Literary Magazine “Littérature”, edited by André Breton, Philippe Soupault, and Louis Aragon publishes its first issue
1982 – Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K.
1984 – John J O’Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
1987 – Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
1989 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
1995 – “Uncle Vanya” closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1589 – William Bradford, English separatist, Governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years (baptized), born in Austerfield, England (d. 1657)
1817 – Lewis Henry Little, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
1819 – David Henry Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
1904 – Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)
1955 – Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
1964 – Barbara Lynch, American restaurateur (The Barbara Lynch Gruppo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Famous Deaths

1898 – João da Cruz, Brazilian poet, dies at 26
1918 – Willem H de Beaufort, Dutch historian/liberal politician, dies at 73
2004 – Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
2008 – Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86
2008 – Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78
2017 – Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85

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