Today in History for 25th September 2019

Historical Events

1654 – England and Denmark sign trade agreement
1930 – Zoe Akins’ “Greeks Had a Word for it” premieres in NYC
1960 – For 1st time since 1927, Pirates clinch NL pennant
1980 – Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, and Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres
1988 – American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins women’s 100m in Olympic record 10.54; beats team mate Evelyn Ashford by 0.29; 1st leg of sprint double at Seoul Games
1994 – Oliver McCall TKOs Lennox Lewis in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

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Famous Birthdays

1766 – Armand-Emmanuel, Duc de Richelieu, Prime Minister of France (1815-18, 1820-21), born in Paris (d. 1822)
1823 – Thomas John Wood, American Major General (Union Army), born in Munfordville, Kentucky (d. 1906)
1862 – Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
1896 – Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
1949 – Jerry Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
1977 – Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1617 – Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan (b. 1617)
1840 – Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexandre Macdonald, Duc de Tarente, soldier
1900 – Félix-Gabriel Marchand, premier of Québec (b. 1832)
1953 – Dimitur Poljanov [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies at 76
2012 – Andy Williams, American singer, dies from bladder cancer at 84
2016 – Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 82

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