Today in History for 2nd November 2018

Historical Events

1712 – Suriname government gives French hijacker Jacques Cassard, ƒ682,800
1917 – In WWI the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat: James Gresham, Thomas Enright and Merle Hay
1931 – Warren, Dixon and Young’s musical “Laugh Parade” premieres in NYC
1974 – 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started.
1979 – Peter Shaffer’s musical “Amadeus” premieres in London
1995 – “Busker Alley” premieres at St James Theatre, NY

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Famous Birthdays

1846 – Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1896)
1947 – David Anthony Ahern, Australian composer, born in Sydney
1952 – Larry Fink [Laurence Douglas Fink], American chairman and CEO of BlackRock, born in Los Angeles, California
1952 – Kate Linder, actress (Esther Valentine–Young and Restless), born in Pasadena, California
1962 – Andrew Elt, singer (Sleeze Beez)
1963 – Ines Diers, German 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rochlitz, Germany

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Famous Deaths

1171 – Baudouin IV, count of Henegouwen (1120-71), dies
1610 – Richard Bancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (1604-10), dies at 66
1887 – Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67
1956 – Leo Baeck, President of World Union for Progressive Judaism, dies at 83
1981 – Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
2007 – Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu

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