Today in History for 22nd May 2019

Historical Events

1916 – French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1933 – World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
1947 – 1st US ballistic missile fired
1979 – Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton
2016 – TV series “Preacher”, developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

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Famous Birthdays

1780 – Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
1923 – Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, born in New York, United States (d. 2017)
1924 – Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
1956 – Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
1966 – Donald Royal, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic)
1975 – Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.

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Famous Deaths

1667 – Alexander VII [Fabio Chigi], Italian Pope (1655-67), dies at 68
1851 – Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
1885 – Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83
1972 – Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP’s), dies at 80
1977 – Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
1998 – John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King’s Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

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