Today in History for 21st December 2018

Historical Events

1906 – British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen’s Compensation Act, broadening employers’ liability for accidents
1920 – Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva’s musical “Sally” premieres in NYC
1981 – Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
1991 – Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
1999 – The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
2012 – “Gangnam Style” by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

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Famous Birthdays

1874 – Juan Bautista Sacasa, President of Nicaragua (1932-36), born in León, Nicaragua
1926 – Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares, Texas (d. 2006)
1931 – David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
1932 – Edward Hoagland, American essayist, born in New York City, New York
1955 – Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
1957 – Lisa Gerritsen, American actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California

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Famous Deaths

1549 – Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, dies at 57
1674 – Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66
1907 – Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
1948 – Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
1996 – Margaret E Rey, author of children’s books, dies at 90
2013 – Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85

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