Today in History for 24th February 2019

Historical Events

1208 – St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
1881 – De Lesseps’ Company begins work on Panama Canal
1893 – The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America
1894 – Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras
1917 – German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
2018 – UN Security Council passes resolution for 30 day ceasefire in Syria

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (d. 1907)
1932 – John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), born in Zehner, Saskatchewan (d. 2005)
1947 – Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
1957 – Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
1974 – Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
1989 – Daniel Kaluuya, British actor and writer (Get Out), born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

616 – King Ethelbert of Kent, 1st English king to convert to Christianity
1810 – Henry Cavendish, British physicist and chemist (discovery of hydrogen), dies at 78
1990 – Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), dies at 93
1991 – Jean Rogers, actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74
2001 – Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
2007 – Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)

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