Today in History for 6th December 2018

Historical Events

1534 – Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish
1876 – 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Pennsylvania
1971 – Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as US Supreme Court justice
1973 – Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations
1981 – Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
1988 – STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission

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Famous Birthdays

1835 – Wilhelm Rudolf Fittig, Hamburg, German Chemist (synthesizing organic compounds)
1914 – Cyril Washbrook, cricketer (stalwart Lancs and England opener)
1916 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
1929 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
1976 – Lindsay Price, Arcadia CA, actress (Bold and Beautiful, All My Children)
1995 – Joy Gruttmann, German singer

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Famous Deaths

1889 – Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
1892 – [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist (siemens electrical conductance unit and Siemens corporation), dies at 75
1924 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
1989 – John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
1989 – Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
2011 – Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71

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