Today in History for 8th October 2018

Historical Events

1927 – NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
1952 – Chinese offensive in Korea
1971 – John Lennon releases his megahit “Imagine”
1981 – US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat’s funeral
1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all labor unions
2012 – Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer (d. 1819)
1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator “Ace of Aces” (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
1952 – Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician (Leader of the Socialist Party), born in Oss, Netherlands
1954 – Ben Amonette, Radford VA, free pistol (Olympics 1992, 96)
1965 – Ross Flemer, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
1974 – Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears, born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)

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Famous Deaths

1286 – John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
1659 – Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
1865 – Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer, dies at 51
1953 – Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
1954 – Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
1958 – Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)

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