Today in History for 7th November 2018

Historical Events

1659 – The Treaty of the Pyrenees signed by representatives of French King Louis XIV and Spanish king Philip IV
1874 – 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast
1914 – The German colony of Kiaochow Bay and its centre at Tsingtao are captured by Japanese forces.
1956 – United Nations Emergency Force establish by the UN at instigation of Lester B. Pearson and UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld to deal with Suez Crisis
1989 – NYC elects it’s 1st African American mayor (David Dinkins) and 1st female comptroller (Elizabeth Holtzman)
2017 – South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun becomes the first LPGA rookie to be ranked no. 1

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Famous Birthdays

1897 – Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, born in Ilford, London (d. 1992)
1918 – Paul Aussaresses, French Army general, born in Saint-Paul-Cap-de-Joux, France (d. 2013)
1943 – Judith Frost, British Columbia, artist (To Red, Dust Drawings)
1974 – Chris Summers, Norwegian drummer (Turbonegro)
1979 – Barney Harwood, CBBC presenter
1979 – Joey Ryan, American professional wrestler

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Famous Deaths

1817 – Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer, dies at 85
1913 – Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of the theory of evolution through natural selection, dies at 90
1941 – Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
1972 – Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
1979 – Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
1988 – Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74

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