Today in History for 22nd August 2019

Historical Events

1827 – José de La Mar becomes President of Peru
1865 – William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap
1914 – Battle in Ardennen: Neufchateau, Rossignal, Tintigny and Virton
1933 – International Zionists Congress opens in Prague
1994 – Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands
2008 – Anne-Caroline Chausson of France and Māris Štrombergs of Latvia win the inaugural gold medals in BMX, winning the women’s and men’s events respectively at the Beijing Olympics

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Famous Birthdays

1865 – Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Eucharistic Crusade)
1895 – Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, born in Pierreville, Quebec (d. 1966)
1907 – Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), born in Kipling, Alabama (d. 1971)
1933 – Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (Jessica, Hercules), born in Split, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia (d. 1994)
1966 – Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
1980 – Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada

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Famous Deaths

408 – Flavius Stilicho, West Roman field leader (395-408), executed at 48
1532 – William Warham, English archbishop of Canterbury (1502-32), dies at 82
1936 – Juliette Adam, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue) and feminist, dies at 99
1989 – Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
1993 – Don Getz, US filmer (Playpoint)
2010 – Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)

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