Today in History for 2nd August 2019

Historical Events

1907 – Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit
1973 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win v Chicago WS
1996 – The star-studded United States men’s basketball team beats Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics
2012 – American swimmer Rebecca Soni becomes first woman to win the 200m breaststroke twice with a world record 2:19.59 at the London Olympics
2018 – Oldest library in Germany confirmed unearthed in Cologne dating to 2AD, possibly held 20,000 scolls
2019 – Saudi Arabia announces news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian’s permission

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Famous Birthdays

1896 – Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
1910 – Lawrence Josset, British engraver, born in Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1995)
1924 – Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)
1931 – Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1967)
1982 – Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer, born in Vila do Conde, Portugal
1983 – Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter, born in Stockton, California

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Famous Deaths

1799 – Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor, dies at 54
1815 – Guillaume Brune, French marshal, dies at 52
1869 – Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
1920 – Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
1988 – Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
2015 – Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94

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