Today in History for 4th April 2020

Historical Events

1900 – British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet
1905 – Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
1974 – Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th
1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s last NBA game in Seattle
2005 – 67th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois, 75-70; Tar Heels’ 4th national championship
2019 – US Mormon church pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents

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Famous Birthdays

1755 – Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
1853 – Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1871)
1896 – Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
1935 – Trevor Griffiths, English playwright (Absolute Beginners), born in Manchester
1958 – Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
1963 – Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)

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Famous Deaths

1900 – Edward VII, King, assassinated
1944 – Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
1959 – Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
1991 – Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
1992 – Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
2002 – Harry L. O’Connor, Czech film stuntman

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