Today in History for 3rd October 2018

Historical Events

1906 – William Vaughan Moody’s “Great Divide” premieres in NYC
1936 – NY Yankees set new attendance record of 64,482 in Game 3 of World Series at Yankee Stadium; 66,669 following day Game 4; win series v NY Giants, 4-2
1962 – Wally Schirra in Sigma 7 launched into Earth orbit
1974 – Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games
1988 – WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK and begins airing Howard Stern
1993 – Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

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Famous Birthdays

1716 – Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (d. 1781)
1890 – Henry Hull, actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky
1919 – Boyd Bradfield Upchurch, [John Boyd], American sci-fi author (IQ Merchant)
1928 – Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer (National Ballet of Canada)
1934 – Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
1970 – Tyji Armstrong, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs)

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Famous Deaths

1838 – Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
1929 – Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), dies of a drug overdose at 39
1941 – Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
1971 – Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
1975 – Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse and I), dies at 75
2000 – John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)

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