Today in History for 28th October 2018

Historical Events

1467 – Battle at Brustem: Charles the Stoute beats the Luikenaars
1746 – Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die
1856 – French Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin performs for Algerian Marabouts in Algeria to convince them that French magic is the stronger
1927 – Josip Broz (Tito) begins 7 months jail sentence in Croatia
1978 – Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)
2017 – Twin car bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, kill at least 27, Islamist militant group al-Shabab claim responsibility

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Famous Birthdays

1756 – ALF [Gordon Shumway], fictional Melmacian Alien Life Form from the American sitcom “ALF”
1909 – Adolfs Skulte, composer
1929 – 1st child born in aircraft, Miami, Florida
1950 – Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
1971 – Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
1972 – Brad Paisley, American musician

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Famous Deaths

1854 – James P Carrell, composer, dies at 67
1918 – Edward Bouchet, American Physicist, 1st African American to receive US Ph.D, dies at 66
1962 – Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
1973 – Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
2005 – Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
2006 – Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (One Day at a Time), dies of heart disease at 86

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Today in History for 27th October 2018

Historical Events

1941 – Nazi’s directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade
1985 – Hurricane Juan ravages US Gulf states and east coast, 49 die
1985 – Thieves steal 9 paintings, including 5 Monet’s and 2 Renoir’s
1990 – Supreme Soviet of Kirghiz SSR chooses Askar Akayev as republic’s first president.
1995 – Contract finalizing Cleveland Browns’ move to Balt is signed
1999 – Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.

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Famous Birthdays

1762 – Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp, Dutch count and Minister of Foreign affairs (1813-14), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1834)
1877 – George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
1893 – Johan G Dancer, Dutch poet (Meetings)
1925 – Mary Kay Stearns, American actress (Mary Kay and Johnny), born in Glendale, California
1925 – Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), born in Scranton, North Dakota (d. 2011)
1971 – Theodoros Zagorakis, Greek footballer

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Famous Deaths

1652 – Henry, count of Nassau-Siegen, colonel/gov of Hulst, dies
1940 – Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
1942 – Helmuth Hubener, Youth Political Activist against the Hitler regime (b. 1925)
1962 – Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate, dies at 58
1990 – Elliott Roosevelt, son of FDR, dies at 80
1991 – Pyke F C Koch, realistic painter, dies

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Today in History for 26th October 2018

Historical Events

1942 – Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
1951 – Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden
1952 – Pakistan’s 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
1975 – Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
1993 – NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
2013 – St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to lead the MLB 2013 World Series 2-1

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Famous Birthdays

1813 – Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1879)
1854 – August Kiehl, Dutch actor (Op hoop van zegen, De kribbebijter), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1938)
1915 – Joe Fry, British racing driver, born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1950)
1926 – Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut
1934 – Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster, Harmonia), born in Berlin
1959 – François Chau, Cambodian actor, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Famous Deaths

1235 – Andres II Arpad, King of Hungary (1205-35), dies
1661 – Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
1945 – Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
1966 – Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
1983 – Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
1993 – Absolutely Nobody, [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37

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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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Today in History for 24th October 2018

Historical Events

1962 – Cuban missile crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba
1965 – Benjamin Britten’s “Voices for Today” premieres
1973 – John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
1979 – Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
1980 – Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
1989 – After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played

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Famous Birthdays

1885 – Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem), born in Zichem, Belgium (d. 1968)
1897 – Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
1904 – Moss Hart, playwright (You Can’t Take it With You, Act 1), born in The Bronx, New York
1956 – Dale Maharidge, American author
1973 – Jackie McNamara, Scottish footballer
1989 – Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress

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Famous Deaths

1649 – Ferdinand van Boisschot, South Neth diplomat, dies at about 89
1789 – Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, dies at 68
1898 – Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (b. 1824)
1912 – Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Zeesterre), dies at 83
1982 – James Philbrook, actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
2003 – Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)

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Today in History for 23rd October 2018

Historical Events

1668 – Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade
1903 – 8th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-6 in Montgomery
1935 – Johnny Revolta wins PGA golf tournament
1942 – All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger (“Thanks for the Memory”)
1944 – Soviet army invades Hungary
1987 – Dutch government gives Fokker’s Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit

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Famous Birthdays

1810 – William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, born in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies (d. 1848)
1851 – Guillaume Couture, composer
1918 – Mary Jeanette “Peggy” Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 2002)
1927 – Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
1931 – Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
1962 – Beatie Edney, actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1774 – Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, dies at 59
1901 – Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank), dies
1936 – (Marie) Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80
1976 – Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley and Lee-I’m Gone), dies at 40
1990 – Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
1998 – Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)

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Today in History for 22nd October 2018

Historical Events

794 – Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto).
1884 – Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
1913 – Explosion at Dawson NM coal mine kills 263 mine workers
1936 – 1st commercial flight from mainland to Hawaii
1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine
1968 – Apollo 7 returns to Earth

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Famous Birthdays

1876 – Karl B Adam, German theologist (Christ our Brother)
1908 – John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
1915 – Harry Hickox, Big Springs Tx, (Herb-Please Don’t Eat the Daisies)
1919 – Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (d. 2001)
1942 – Robin John Maconie, composer
1972 – Tyrone Williams, WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Rhein Fire)

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Famous Deaths

1852 – Hans C E Freiherr von Gagern, German advisor to Dutch king, dies at 86
1994 – David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
1995 – Ralph Whitlock, English writer, dies at 81
1997 – Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
2009 – Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
2017 – Paul J. Weitz, American test pilot and NASA astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), dies at 85

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