Today in History for 21st March 2020

Historical Events

1863 – Naval Engagement at Havana, Cuba: USS Henrick Hudson vs Confederate blokcade runner Wild Pigeon
1909 – Moran and MacFarland (US) wins Europe’s 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
1987 – PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
1995 – New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295
2018 – China announces greater controls over the media, including merging state-run radio and television broadcasters into a single conglomerate called “Voice of China”
2019 – Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state

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Famous Birthdays

1768 – Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician/Egyptologist
1901 – Richard Leslie Hill, historian
1934 – Al Freeman Jr, Tx, actor (One Life to Live, My Sweet Charlie), (d. 2012)
1955 – Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
1962 – Matthew Broderick, American actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York
1975 – Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player

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Famous Deaths

1656 – Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
1734 – Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
1992 – Natalie Sleeth, American composer, dies at 61
1998 – Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
2007 – Drew Hayes, American writer and graphic artist (b. 1969)
2015 – Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74

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