Today in History for 20th March 2019

Historical Events

1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden
1739 – Iranian ruler Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne
1890 – General Federation of Womens’ Clubs founded
1891 – 53rd Grand National: Irish jockey, trainer Harry Beasley wins aboard 4/1 Come Away
1982 – Joan Jett and Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” goes #1 for 7 weeks
1988 – Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

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Famous Birthdays

1811 – George Caleb Bingham, American politician/painter (Country Election)
1879 – Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
1935 – Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1996)
1940 – Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
1987 – Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
1987 – Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1730 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama “Adrienne Lecouvreur”, dies at 37
1757 – Johann Paul Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
1899 – Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
1947 – Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), dies at 62
2007 – Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
2017 – David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101

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