Today in History for 23rd October 2019

Historical Events

1668 – Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade
1690 – Revolt in Haarlem after public ban on smoking
1813 – The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom).
1920 – African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1953 – France grants Laos’ sovereignty
1974 – Cubs trade Billy Williams to A’s for Manny Trillo, Knowles and Locker

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Famous Birthdays

1820 – James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
1852 – Jean-Louis Forain, French etcher/lithographer
1919 – Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, born in Bursa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1992)
1923 – Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1974)
1938 – Jordan Christopher, actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
1981 – Ben Francisco, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1602 – Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, dies at 57
1753 – Columban Praelisauer, composer, dies at 50
1782 – Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, dies at 73
1872 – Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), dies at 61
2000 – Rodney Anoa’i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
2014 – Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72

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