Today in History for 24th December 2019

Historical Events

1877 – Thomas Edison files a patents for the phonograph
1933 – Paris express train derails and kills 160, injures 300 (France)
1963 – Greek and Turks riot in Cyprus
1966 – USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
1970 – 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane
1986 – French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released

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Famous Birthdays

1881 – Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956), born in Moguer, Spain (d. 1958)
1923 – George Patton IV, American general, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
1926 – Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director, born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
1940 – Anthony S. Fauci, American immunologist, born in Brooklyn, New York City
1966 – Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
1986 – Riyo Mori, Japanese actress and model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan

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Famous Deaths

1935 – Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, dies at 50
1984 – Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
1994 – John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
1996 – Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
1997 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77
2009 – Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)

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