Today in History for 21st November 2018

Historical Events

1620 – Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11]
1818 – Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine
1852 – Duke Uiversity, founded in 1838 as Union Institute, chartered as Normal College
1905 – 1st game ever played in the Australian Tennis Open
1925 – Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears
1989 – Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by US President George H. W. Bush

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor
1939 – R. Budd Dwyer, American politician who committed suicide on TV (d. 1987)
1948 – Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
1952 – Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
1958 – Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
1962 – Sabine Busch, German athlete

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Famous Deaths

1481 – Ikkyu Sojun, Zen head of Daitokuji temple, dies in Kyoto, Japan at 87
1580 – Willem Van Hoorn, baron of Heze, governor of Brussels, executed
1811 – Heinrich W von Kleist, German playwright, dies at 34
1916 – Franz Jozef I, King of Austria/Hungary, dies
1958 – Mel Ott, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
1991 – David “Sonny” Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81

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