Today in History for 22nd March 2020

Historical Events

1832 – British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000
1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience
1929 – 88th Grand National: Robert W. H. Everett wins aboard 100/1 outsider Gregalach
1936 – “The Great Ziegfeld” directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937
1963 – Beatles release 1st album, “Please Please Me”
1968 – Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia

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Famous Birthdays

841 – Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (d. 885)
1946 – Laraine Ashton, fashion models’ agent (London)
1958 – Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
1970 – Jason Rouser, 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
1972 – John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
1982 – Constance Wu, Taiwanese-American actress (Fresh Off the Boat), born in Richmond, Virginia

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Famous Deaths

1758 – Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
1934 – Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)
1955 – Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
1994 – Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
2001 – William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90
2019 – Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76

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