Today in History for 23rd March 2019

Historical Events

1026 – Koenraad II crowns himself king of Italy
1821 – Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence
1919 – 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
1930 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1944 – Royal Air Force gunner Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 m out of a plane without a parachute over Nazi Germany and lives
1997 – “Mandy Patinkin in Concert” closes at Lyceum Theater NYC

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Famous Birthdays

1825 – Edward Lloyd Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1898)
1834 – Julius Reubke, composer
1932 – Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
1956 – Andrew Mitchell, British MP
1957 – Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
1972 – Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer

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Famous Deaths

1801 – Tsar Paul I of Russia (1796-1801) is struck with a sword, strangled, and trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle aged 46
1832 – Vaclav Vilem Wurfel, composer, dies at 41
1982 – Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (Casa della vita), dies at 85
1994 – Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican presidential candidate, assassinated at 44
1994 – Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, dies at 73
2009 – Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)

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