Today in History for 23rd December 2019

Historical Events

1620 – French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
1920 – Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
1933 – Train crash in Eastern Paris; 230 die
1942 – Allies air attack on Den Helder
1943 – Gen Bernard Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
1972 – 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism

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Famous Birthdays

1582 – Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, born in Florence (d. 1663)
1943 – Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor and director (One Evening at Eva), born in Maurik, Netherlands
1952 – Hans Abrahamsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
1964 – Petr Klíma, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chomutov, Czech Republic
1969 – Martha Byrne, American actress (Lily-As the World Turns), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
1971 – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)

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Famous Deaths

1930 – Johannes H Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
1962 – George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70
1969 – Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
1976 – Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
1996 – Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
2007 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

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