Today in History for 7th October 2018

Historical Events

1908 – Serbia and Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
1947 – Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
1954 – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad Sinarum gentem
1979 – Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
1993 – Massive Muslim demonstration in Xining, China, 12 killed
2012 – 13 people are killed after a Sudanese military aeroplane crashes near Khartoum

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), born in Luang Phrabang, Laos (d. 1984)
1910 – Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
1921 – John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
1943 – Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
1956 – Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
1987 – Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer

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Famous Deaths

1368 – Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, dies at 29
1780 – Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), dies in battle at 36
1990 – J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
1991 – Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86
2005 – Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
2008 – Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)

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