Today in History for 21st December 2019

Historical Events

1960 – Ornette Coleman records his influential album “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation”, establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound
1976 – Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
1980 – Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1987 – 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
1987 – Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov launched
1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

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Famous Birthdays

1853 – Isolde Kurz, German poet and short-story writer (Meine Mutter), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1944)
1895 – Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
1919 – Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
1938 – Larry Bryggman, American actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Concord, California
1961 – Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
1964 – Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

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Famous Deaths

1736 – Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45
1824 – James Parkinson, English physician (First description of Parkinson’s disease) and political activist, dies at 69
1873 – Francis Garnier, French explorer, dies at 34
1967 – Stuart “Stu” Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of heart attack at 64
1998 – Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
2013 – Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91

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