Today in History for 16th November 2018

Historical Events

1805 – Battle at Schongrabern: Russian army stop French
1849 – Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor
1856 – Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens
1950 – US President Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat
1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks
1974 – John Lennon’s only solo #1 “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”

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Famous Birthdays

1603 – Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (d. 1673)
1609 – Henrietta Maria, French-born, Queen Consort of England (d. 1669)
1643 – Jean Chardin, French explorer (d. 1703)
1762 – Petronella Moens, Frisian author/poetess
1870 – Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne (d. 1960)
1970 – Jason Carthen, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)

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Famous Deaths

1785 – Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, dies at 76
1932 – Carry van Bruggen, [de Haan], Dutch author (Eva), dies at 51
1960 – Clark Gable, actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59
1965 – Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, dies at 80
1973 – Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
2005 – Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), dies at 92

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