Today in History for 23rd May 2019

Historical Events

1932 – Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hr record of 860 mi, 367 yds
1940 – 1st great dogfight between Spitfires and Luftwaffe
1953 – WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 – Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)
2015 – 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing “Heroes” in Vienna
2018 – Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Helmuth J L von Moltke, German general/chief of staff (WWI)
1914 – Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)
1951 – Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
1958 – Mitch Albom, American writer
1974 – Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder, born in Calgary, Alberta
1979 – Rasual Butler, American basketball player

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Famous Deaths

1524 – Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi’ah, dies at 36
1684 – Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
1965 – David Smith, sculptor, dies
1975 – Jackie “Moms” Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
1996 – Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 40
2009 – Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)

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