Today in History for 24th September 2019

Historical Events

1789 – President George Washington nominates John Jay for 1st Chief Justice
1919 – Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey
1948 – Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
1988 – West German swimmer Michael Gross wins 200m butterfly in Olympic record 1:56.94 at the Seoul Games; third career gold medal
1992 – Toronto’s Dave Winfield, 40, is oldest player to reach 100-RBI
2017 – Plastic polystyrene rubbish discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole by international team of scientists

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Famous Birthdays

1898 – Charlotte van Pallandt, Dutch sculptress, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1997)
1945 – Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
1962 – Jack Dee, British comedian ( I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue), born in Bromley, England
1964 – Rafael Palmeiro, 1st baseman (Baltimore Orioles), born in Havana, Cuba
1966 – Paul Michael Valley, American actor (Ryan Harrison-Another World), born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
1967 – Roland Jansen, soccer player (Willem II)

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Famous Deaths

1707 – Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (b. 1642)
1889 – Daniel Harvey Hill, Confederate General (American Civil War), dies at 68
1954 – Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
1990 – Jay Currin, stuntman/actor (Back to the Beach, Serial), dies at 34
1993 – Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian nuclear physicist, dies at 80
2004 – Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69

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