Today in History for 2nd July 2019

Historical Events

1823 – Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia
1862 – Lincoln signs act granting land for state agricultural colleges
1949 – “High Button Shoes” closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
1966 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles
1970 – 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam and Brussels
2001 – Bush Administration announce that it will seek to let oil companies drill on about 1,500,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico

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Famous Birthdays

1822 – Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails/trains)
1857 – Francesco Spetrino, composer
1882 – Edgar Mayne, cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria)
1888 – Selman Waksman, Russ/US microbiologist (Nobel 1951)
1964 – Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That’s Life)
1973 – Peter Kay, British comedian

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Famous Deaths

1591 – Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
1700 – Lambert Doomer, painter/cartoonist, dies at about 77
1951 – Earnest F Sauerbruch, German nazi/surgeon, dies at 75
1963 – Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
1999 – Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78
2010 – Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)

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