Today in History for 20th April 2019

Historical Events

1715 – Nicholas Rowe’s play “The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey” premieres in London
1936 – 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:33:40.8
1959 – 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
1980 – Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1983 – Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock (lands 2 days later)
1998 – 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men’s title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women’s events in 2:23:21

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Famous Birthdays

1879 – Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (Pleasures of Ignorance), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1949)
1931 – Lee H. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Daytona Beach, Florida
1943 – Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon), born in North Shields, England
1948 – Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
1960 – Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
1973 – Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1977 – Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
1991 – Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan’s Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
1992 – Benny Hill [Alfred Hawthorn Hill], British comedian (The Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 68
1995 – R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
2012 – Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
2014 – Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76

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