Today in History for 2nd December 2019

Historical Events

1916 – National Baseball Commission orders that injured players get full pay for duration of their contracts; injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days’ pay
1954 – “Hit the Trail” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
1970 – Michael Tippett’s opera “The Knot Garden” premieres in London
1978 – Anti-Shah protest in Tehran,protesters chant “Allah is great”
1987 – Chicago City Council elects Eugene Sawyer acting mayor
1988 – ESPN airs its 10,000th edition of ‘Sports Center’, making it the most televised cable program in history

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Famous Birthdays

1897 – Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China)
1929 – Jaap Boersma, Dutch minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
1941 – Tom McGuiness, rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
1958 – George Saunders, American writer (Lincoln in the Bardo), born in Amarillo, Texas
1988 – Edward EMG baron Downpatrick, grandson of English prince Edward
1989 – Matteo Darmian, Italian soccer full-back (36 caps; Torino, Manchester United), born in Legnano, Milan, Italy

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Famous Deaths

1515 – Gonzalo de Cordoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies
1665 – Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
1985 – Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
1993 – Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), dies at 85
2005 – Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
2009 – Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), dies of leukemia at 71

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