Today in History for 21st May 2019

Historical Events

1897 – Yerkes Observatory 40″ (1m) refractor used for 1st time
1983 – 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
1985 – Israel exchanges 1,150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
1988 – 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
1998 – Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power
2005 – English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners’ 10th title

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Famous Birthdays

1825 – George Lafayette Beal, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norway, Maine (d. 1896)
1860 – Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), born in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1927)
1929 – Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
1944 – Janet Dailey, American author
1957 – Judge Reinhold, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
1976 – Deron Miller, American rock musician

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Famous Deaths

987 – Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies
1481 – Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1647 – Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
1812 – Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
1957 – Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
2008 – Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland’s peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66

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