Today in History for 19th May 2019

Historical Events

1883 – William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska
1906 – Federated Boys’ Club (Boys’ Club of America) organizes
1973 – 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 – fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
1988 – Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
2005 – TV political comedy “The Thick of It” created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4
2007 – English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116′ winner for Blues’ 4th title

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Famous Birthdays

1839 – Alice Mary Smith, composer
1883 – Henricus WJM Keuls, Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
1939 – Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
1939 – Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
1940 – Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1953 – Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer

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Famous Deaths

1637 – Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, dies at 48
1903 – Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47
1992 – Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
1996 – Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
2001 – Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
2016 – Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84

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