Today in History for 24th August 2019

Historical Events

1828 – Dutch army takes Fort Du Bus in New Guinea
1911 – Manuel d’Arriaga elected first president of Portugal
1937 – In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.
1963 – 24th Venice Film Festival: “Hands Over the City” directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
1968 – France becomes the world’s fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
2000 – Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.

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Famous Birthdays

1531 – Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1612)
1579 – John Amner, English composer, born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 1641)
1891 – Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1969)
1942 – Karen Uhlenbeck, American mathematician and founder of modern geometric analysis, born in Cleveland, Ohio
1959 – Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
1979 – Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan

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Famous Deaths

1103 – Magnus III Berbein, [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
1832 – Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (b. 1796)
1912 – Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59
1972 – Carlos Wesley “Don” Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
1997 – Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
2004 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)

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