Today in History for 19th December 2018

Historical Events

1861 – Battle of Black Water (American Civil War)
1884 – Italy recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State
1922 – Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
1941 – US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
1978 – Indira Gandhi ambushed in India
1984 – Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

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Famous Birthdays

1714 – John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)
1902 – Ralph Richardson, English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1983)
1957 – John Gulager, American film director and actor (He Was a Quiet Man), born in NYC, New York
1959 – Kathryn “Furu” Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
1964 – Beatrice Dalle, French actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath), born in Breast
1982 – Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower

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Famous Deaths

1741 – Vitus Bering, Danish navigator and explorer (explored Bering Strait and Alaska coast), dies after being shipwrecked at 60
1814 – Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump
1878 – Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
1953 – Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85
1982 – Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
1993 – Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49

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