Today in History for 22nd December 2019

Historical Events

1974 – Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath, just before announcing Christmas ceasefire
1975 – US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)
1985 – 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
1997 – Scotty Bowman’s Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo
2006 – Australian archaeologist Sue O’Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
2017 – UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country’s petrol imports by up to 90%

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Famous Birthdays

1702 – Jean-Étienne Liotard, Swiss-French painter, art connoisseur, and dealer (Madame d’Epinay), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1789)
1904 – Louis-Eugene-Felix Neel, French physicist (Nobel 1970), born in Lyon, France (d. 2000)
1913 – Anthony Barber Doncaster, English bookseller, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
1932 – Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
1960 – Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
1993 – Gabriel Medina, Brazilian professional surfer (World Champion 2014), born in São Sebastião, São Paulo

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Famous Deaths

69 – Aulus Vitellius, Roman Emperor for 8 months, executed by the troops of his successor Vespasian in Rome at 54
1723 – Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70
1875 – Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75
1968 – Louise Granville, entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
1974 – Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
1987 – Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies

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