Today in History for 24th March 2019

Historical Events

1545 – German Parliament opens in Worms
1877 – University boat race between Oxford and Cambridge ends in a dead heat
1926 – The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
1945 – Operation Varsity: In the largest one-day airborne operation of all time, British, US and Canadian paratroopers land east of the Rhine in Northern Germany
1953 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 – Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling

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Famous Birthdays

1703 – Jose F de Isla, [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
1951 – Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
1970 – Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
1975 – Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer, actress and diva
1975 – Julia Bikbova, dance skater (and John Lee), born in Kiev, Ukraine
1990 – Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress

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Famous Deaths

1603 – Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69
1844 – Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), dies at 73
1974 – Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79
1977 – Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
1991 – Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, dies at 76
2008 – Chalmers “Spanky” Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)

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