Today in History for 23rd April 2019

Historical Events

1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
1982 – Conch Republic is established – secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
1983 – 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing “Si la vie est cadeau” in Munich
1989 – CBS’ premiere of fact based “The Littlest Victims”, based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
1994 – Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
2001 – Fatboy Slim releases single “Weapon of Choice”, music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

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Famous Birthdays

1735 – Ildephons Haas, German composer, born in Offenburg, Germany (d. 1791)
1921 – Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
1966 – Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
1979 – Yana Gupta, Indian actress and model
1979 – Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
2000 – Chloe Kim, American snowboarder (Olympic Gold 2018), born in Torrance, California

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Famous Deaths

871 – Ethelred I, king of Wessex/brother of Alfred the Great, dies
1217 – King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
1792 – Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, dies at 50
1946 – Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 68
1991 – Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
2003 – Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92

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