Today in History for 25th October 2018

Historical Events

1932 – Benito Mussolini promises to remain dictator for 30 years
1966 – 6 youths sentenced in “Johnson murderer!” in Amsterdam
1968 – Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon’s baby
1968 – US men’s basketball team beats Yugoslavia 65-50 to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; 7th straight basketball title for the Americans
1993 – Daryll Cullinan hits 337* for Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record
2015 – British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins US F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

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Famous Birthdays

1806 – Max Stirner [Johann Kaspar Schmidt], German philosopher (Der Einzige), born in Bayreuth, Bavaria (d. 1856)
1864 – Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1956)
1932 – Harry Gregg, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Magherafelt, Ireland
1948 – Dave Cowens, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Newport, Kentucky
1958 – Dipak Patel, cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder)
1958 – Mark Miller, actor (Search for Grace, Love Field), born in Dayton, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1154 – Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies
1942 – Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65
1968 – Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
1973 – Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64), dies of a cerebral bleed at 41
1999 – Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42
2013 – Bill Sharman, American basketball player, dies from complications from a stroke at 87

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