Today in History for 20th September 2019

Historical Events

1859 – George Simpson patents electric range
1871 – Bishop John Coleridge Patteson martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. He was the first bishop of Melanesia.
1893 – The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts
1919 – Booth Tarkington’s “Clarence,” premieres in NYC
1978 – Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
1988 – American diver Greg Louganis wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after famously hitting his head on the board the previous day

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Famous Birthdays

1744 – Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
1744 – Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), born in Rota d’Imagna, Republic of Venice (d. 1817)
1791 – Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Semejnaja chronika), born in Ufa, Russian Empire (d. 1859) [NS 10/01]
1869 – Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, born in Plourivo, Côtes d’Armor, France (d. 1958)
1943 – Roek Williams [Willemze], Dutch singer (Roek Williams and The Fighting Cats), born in Amsterdam
1972 – Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

1460 – Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
1823 – Daniel Steibelt, German pianist and composer, dies at 57
1865 – William H Revere Jr, US Union brigadier general, dies
1960 – Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
1994 – Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
2003 – Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62

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