Today in History for 20th December 2019

Historical Events

1957 – Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service
1968 – The People’s Democracy (PD) announce that its members will undertake a protest march from Belfast to Derry beginning 1 January 1969
1973 – Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
1974 – “The Godfather Part II”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
1983 – PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN

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Famous Birthdays

1905 – “Tiger” Bill O’Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
1949 – Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1969, Playmate of the year 1970), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
1960 – Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-born Canadian writer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
1963 – Pam Casale, American tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
1975 – Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
1981 – James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California

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Famous Deaths

1768 – Carlo Innocenzo Fragoni, Italian poet, dies at 76
1821 – Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75
1921 – Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German Colonel General, dies at 71
1988 – Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49
1991 – Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
1998 – Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)

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