Today in History for 24th May 2019

Historical Events

1928 – Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A’s 9-7
1954 – 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
1956 – Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna
2003 – Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland for their 3rd Super 12 Rugby title
2015 – Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 3:05:56.5286 (259.653 km/h)
2018 – US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea

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Famous Birthdays

1619 – Philips Wouwerman, Dutch painter, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1668)
1908 – Michael Roberts, English historian, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire (d. 1996)
1911 – Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking, born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2007)
1928 – Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
1956 – Helen Terry, rocker (Now You’re Mine)
1963 – Kathy Leander, Swiss singer

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Famous Deaths

1826 – Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37
1918 – Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, dies at 50
1994 – John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
2000 – Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
2004 – Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
2010 – Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)

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