Today in History for 21st April 2019

Historical Events

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus
1966 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica
1984 – “Nightline” reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour
1986 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV and finds nothing
1992 – Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders
1996 – Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
1872 – Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
1913 – Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor, isolated growth hormones)
1935 – Charles Grodin, Pitt, actor, Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid)
1939 – John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
1975 – Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

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Famous Deaths

1930 – Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
1946 – Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
1948 – Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
1971 – François Duvalier “Papa Doc”, Dictator of Haiti (1957-71), dies at 64
2016 – Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57
2016 – Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What’s Wrong), dies at 74

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