Today in History for 20th December 2018

Historical Events

1892 – Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY
1907 – Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91
1912 – Paul Claudels “L’Annonce Faite à Marie” premieres in Paris
1918 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon of the Caribees” premieres in NYC
1944 – Archbishop De Young and bishop Huibers condemn black market
1978 – H. R. Haldeman, Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff released from jail

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Famous Birthdays

1758 – Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer (d. 1832)
1833 – Samuel Mudd, American physician (imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth), born in Charles Country, Maryland (d. 1833)
1861 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1926)
1943 – Angel Tompkins, American actress (Gloria-Search), born in Albany, California
1972 – Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Oakland, California
1983 – Adrián Varela, Mexican singer, born in Culiacán, Mexico

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Famous Deaths

860 – King Ethelbald of Wessex
1022 – Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)
1679 – Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75
1965 – Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (classified human into races), dies at 73
2009 – Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
2017 – Bernard Francis Law, disgraced American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (1982-2002), dies at 86

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